Elise and Mark had a beautiful Newport, Rhode Island, wedding brimming with personal touches – the two opted for a tropical color palette of aqua, coral and pink. I personally love that the pineapple, representing hospitality, was a bit of a theme in their wedding. The symbol was used in much of the wedding stationery and Elise created a chalkboard sign with the help of a bridesmaid to explain the history of the Newport pineapple – a truly lovely story about seafaring + celebration. / Images by Erin McGinn Photography.
Says Elise, “With Mark & I both being native Rhode Islanders, we thought a wedding in our home state would bring our family and friends together and showcase all that we love about New England. I spent a great deal of time growing up in Newport as my father was from Tiverton, and have always loved its old world charm, laid back attitude, and friendly vibe. We definitely wanted a reception site by the water, and the yachting center offers spectacular views of the harbor, tucked away from the crowds on Thames St. I loved the laidback style of the site, just a white tent and a dock! It was a blank canvas to create the look and feel we were going for.
Since the pineapple is a symbol from the colonial times in Newport of welcome and hospitality, we thought it would be the perfect touch to add to our big day. We didn’t want to overwhelm the place with pineapples everywhere, but added a few special touches around the tent, included them on our custom invitations & menu cards from Social Graces, and provided an explanation of the history of the symbolism and what it represents for Newport.
Mark & I both love music, and our relationship grew out of shared affinity for the Beach Boys, Rollings Stones, and reggae/island sound. We wanted music to be a focal point of the wedding, which is why we hired a bagpiper for outside the church, violinist, flute player, and organist for the ceremony, steel drum player for the cocktail hour, rockabilly band for the reception, and a DJ to keep the party going in between sets. It will hopefully make for a great party atmosphere!!
I loved putting special DIY touches into the day, especially our favors which were custom CDs that I (the bride) made compiled of ‘love songs’ chosen by the closest family and friends of the bride & groom. The tracks go in chronological order, and the album represents the love stories on both sides of our family.
I also worked with a bridesmaid to create the DIY chalkboards w/ the seating chart and explanation of the symbolism of the pineapple. Additionally, I hand made the nametags and attached them to starfish to be placed on guests placesetting.
Credits: Photography: Erin McGinn Photography/ Venue: Newport Yachting Center / Floral Design: Sayles Livingston Flowers/ Hair and Makeup:Jennie Kay Beauty/ Bridal Gown: Ana’s Bridal/ Paperie: William Arthur from Social Graces/ Rentals: Rentals Unlimited/ Music: George Zecher on Steel Drums/ DJ: Elite Entertainment/ Dave Foley Band/ Video: Jeremy Folster