New England Inspired Wedding

Posted On: Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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With the thought of summer coming to a close and having just gotten back from a brief  getaway in Newport, Rhode Island with family, I was inspired to blog about what the ideal New England summer wedding might look like. The rocky shorelines, beautiful sailboats and crisp salty air of New England are all perfect reasons to gather up friends and family and have a destination wedding up north.

*Image courtesy of Castle Hill Inn*

First, the ceremony and reception can be held at a classic inn with breathtaking views of the water. The Castle Hill Inn which I stayed while in Newport has one of the most picturesque backdrops for a intimate ceremony. Guests can take in the sights of meandering white sailboats before the bride makes her way down the aisle.

*Image courtesy of Ivy and Aster*

This beautiful dress from Ivy and Aster is classic elegance. The twisted chiffon bodice and airy flowing skirt is just structured enough for a outdoor tent reception but also soft enough for a stroll on the beach.

*Image courtesy of Martha Stewart weddings*

I’ve always loved the color scheme of blues and yellows. The combination is fresh and preppy which works well for outdoor weddings. The deep sea blue shade of this cotton mix bridesmaid dress would pop with the accent from a yellow bouquet.

*Image courtesy of Leila Brewster Photography*

The simplicity of this three color bouquet works well. The white stock flowers break up the yellow roses and soften the look. Yellow billy buttons and hints of green from the rosemary really give it a unexpected twist.

*Image courtesy of style me pretty and Callie V Photography*

New England prepster attire for the groom is of course mandatory. Fitting in with the blue and yellow theme, this stripped tie with Brooks Brother’s button up shirt looks great under a grey linen jacket.

*Image courtesy of Etsy*

Having customized details really makes any wedding special. Guests are always impressed by monogramming but make sure not to go too overboard. Having one or two custom decorations is plenty. These budget friendly sailboat napkins from Etsy really help pull the theme together and are perfect for cocktail hour.

*Image courtesy of style me pretty and Robert & Kathleen Photographers*

Guests are sure to remember these adorable sand dollar seating arrangements. They also double as a great keepsake for guests to take home after the festivities.

*Image courtesy of style me pretty and Callie V Photography*

Long rectangle tables allow guests a more intimate feel. With crisp white linens the bright blue and yellow hues really stand out. The charming bow tie napkins have a nautical feel.

*Image courtesy of Style me pretty and The Jason Group Photography*

Whats a wedding without a fabulous cake! The colors on this particular one make me think of a sailor dressed in his civilian whites. The fondant bows are another perfect understated nautical element that helps tie the theme together.

*Image courtesy of Martha Stewart weddings*

These rock candy filled pails are a perfect farewell gift to guests. With the rocky shorelines of New England you just might fool guests into thinking that you scooped up some real ones for them to take home!

New England is a great budget friendly option for couples wanting to have a destination wedding that isn’t too far from home. With it’s picturesque shorelines, quaint inns and preppy attitude it’s a great place to get away for a long weekend and celebrate with friends and family.

Created by Sarah Wright