A Victorian Seaside Wedding at Castle Hill Inn

Creative Ambiance Events had the pleasure of bringing to life a stunning design concept for the wedding of Ali and Ben. Almost one year prior to their wedding, Ali and Ben met with Creative Ambiance`s head designer, LisaMarie Dwyer, to discuss their vision for their special day that was to take place at the beautiful, seaside Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI. The bride-to-be was unsure of the exact look that she wanted for the upcoming nuptials- however, she did know that she wanted to have rich, deep colors and for the flowers to look as if they were plucked right from the garden. With these two ideas in mind and the fact that Castle Hill Inn was built during the Victorian Era, LisaMarie and Ali and Ben decided on having a “Victorian Seaside Splendor” concept for their wedding.

After months of planning and anticipation- both for the happy couple and for everyone here at Creative Ambiance, Ali and Ben`s wedding day had finally arrived. Despite the gray skies, the view of the water and the Newport Bridge from the ceremony space was still just as breathtaking as always. At the altar, crystal garland was strung across the arbor, while two white, small tables with floral arrangements in bronze planters were placed on either side of the arbor. At the beginning of the aisle were two white, long tables- the same design as the smaller tables that were placed at the altar- that were each adorned with a floral arrangement in the same bronze planters that decorated the smaller tables at the altar. In front of one of the long white tables was a hand painted gold mirror placed on an easel that read, “Welcome to Our Day!” with Ali and Ben scrolled across the top of the mirror and their wedding date written at the bottom. For a finishing touch, deep red and purple rose petals were sprinkled down the aisle in an ombre effect. Besides the beautiful bride and the handsome groom, the showstoppers of the ceremony were the stunning bridal party flowers. The bride carried a gorgeous bouquet composed of blush pink campanella cabbage rose, plum colored dahlias, chocolate cosmos, dusty miller, magenta globe amaranthus, lightning celosia, white hydrangea, scabiosa pods, green eucalyptus seeds, and white miniature rose buds that was decorated with burgundy colored ribbon and lace from her mother`s wedding dress. The maid of honor, who wore a marine lake blue colored dress, carried a smaller version of the bride`s bouquet. The bride`s ten bridesmaids donned black currant and storm colored dresses and carried smaller, simpler versions of the maid of honor`s bouquet. The groom, dressed in navy, had a boutonniere composed of a blush miniature rose bud, magenta globe amaranthus and dusty miller leaf. The groom`s best man and ten groomsmen as well as both the father of the bride and father of the groom and the grandfather- all dressed in navy- wore simpler boutonnieres composed of a blush miniature rose bud. The mother of the bride, mother of the groom, and both grandmothers carried tussie mussies composed of three peach campanella cabbage roses and seeded eucalyptus.

After the ceremony, the wedding guests headed over to the cocktail hour that took place under the tented area on the lawn. Each of the high top tables was decorated with plum colored tablecloths and hand-blown bubble vases that contained small rose buds. Two hand painted gold mirrors each featuring the newlyweds` signature drinks were placed on easels in front of the bar. Drinks were served with custom-made white napkins that had written in gold foil, “Love, Laughter and Happily Ever After”. Castle Inn`s trademark white Adirondack chairs were given a pop of color with jewel toned velvet pillows. A lounge area that included a green, Victorian style velvet sofa, and a zebra patterned chair and giraffe patterned chair- both from the 1920s, a nautical inspired lamp, and a round oyster shell-colored ottoman gave the space an intimate and inviting feel. The designated “smoking area” included four vintage, black cigar-smoking chairs with vintage ashtrays. The focal point of the cocktail hour was a large clamshell placed on a black pedestal on the charcuterie table. From the clamshell flowed a romantic swag of lush flowers and greenery.