Katie and Chris had a lovely summer wedding at the stunning Aldrich Mansion on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. The couple didn’t want to detract from the grandeur of the estate so they asked Orchids N’ Blooms to create monochromatic centerpieces infused with natural candlelight to warm the ambience of the regal stone estate. / Images by Erin McGinn Photography.
Says Katie, “Why Aldrich – We love New England, and it doesn’t get much more New England than an Aldrich/Rockefeller property perched on Narragansett Bay in the summertime. I love design and really enjoy the process of taking a room in – what it looks like, how it makes me feel, what it reminds me of, the details, the smells – and letting things fall into place organically as little bits of inspiration catch my eye. When I first stepped foot in the Aldrich Mansion, I felt a range of emotions – on the one hand, I was amazed by what an absolutely stunning property it was, and on the other hand, I felt totally overwhelmed as to how I could possibly decorate around such an ornate estate. I had always envisioned architecting my wedding from the ground up, but here, it seemed like all the work was done for me and I just had to show up! Since I find so much satisfaction and fulfillment in the design process, I really didn’t want to settle for the latter, and so began the process of figuring out how to make the property shine even brighter and more personally, for my wedding day. After hours of research and brainstorming, I knew what I had to do – honor the integrity of the venue – the colors in each room, the nautical setting, New England, the history – all the while sprinkling in congruous design elements that tie into Chris and my relationship. To achieve the sort of harmony with the original design I was seeking, I’ve landed on monochromatic, candle-light focused centerpieces in casual staggered clusters, to create a warm yet luxe ambiance.
Given the disparities between the two dining rooms, I created an Admiral’s Club – inspired vision for the dark room, rooted in masculine navy linens but softened by blush/cream florals and hurricane candle holders. In the light room, I’ve mimicked the dark room centerpieces but opted for cream linens to keep the room’s original, clean yet regal integrity. Since I also wanted the night to have metallic and gilt accents peppered throughout, I chose beaded gold chargers and white and gold china, with gold flatware.
As for personal elements, Chris and I talked about different themes for ages. As someone who’s a little weary of overdone themes, we didn’t want our wedding to have a clearly identifiable theme/label, but we needed some sort of strategy to help keep all of our decisions and creative calls rooted in some sort of sane, unified thought. As we talked about everything from the guest list to the menu to the honeymoon, the general idea of directions, cultures, and travels started to emerge more and more frequently. Chris is half Mexican and hails from Southern California, while I’m an Irish girl from New England. We have friends and family coming from all over the map. When we started to discuss the menu, we noticed funny parallels pop up as we requested lobster rolls and fish tacos, clam chowder and gazpacho. One of our favorite things about each other is the adventurers we’ve become together. Since starting to date 4 years ago, we’ve traveled all over the country and have also explored Bermuda, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Hong Kong, Greece, Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. We absolutely love traveling together – we’re both tireless nerds who can walk for days on end but also appreciate a nice cocktail – ideal travel partners! And so our pseudo/subtle theme of “cartographic glam” was born – map and location-inspired touches with gilded accents wherever possible, within reason! To achieve this, we named our tables after places in our lives (and in most cases, the lives of the tables’ inhabitants!), chose our menu options based on our travels/upbringings, chose our first song, “The World with You” by Jason Mraz, created compass place cards with accompanying signage (“Where in the world am I sitting?”), etc. “
Credits: Photography: Erin McGinn Photography | Venue: Aldrich Mansion | Florist: Erica Jones (Orchids N’ Blooms (Boston) | Hair and Makeup: Spa at the Providence Biltmore | Dress Designer: Hayley Paige | Dress Boutique: Jaehee Bridal Atelier | Shoes: Tory Burch | Accessories: Kate Spade | Cake: Scrumptions | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Music and Lighting: Victor Events