Monday, June 22, 2015

Wedding Recap Part 3: The Venue

We got married at the beautiful Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI. When Kyle and I were first discussing potential venues, he told me that he wanted to be by the water whereas I wanted a garden venue, so we both set out looking for places that incorporated both of these elements. At pretty much the same time, we both sent each other the link to Castle Hill and knew we had to go check it out. When we went to visit, we knew we wanted to get married in May 2015 (as this would mark 10 years together) and THANKFULLY a few days after our visit, one of the coordinators called us to let us know Saturday, May 9th was now available (some crazy couple backed out of the date) so we jumped on it right away (#meanttobe)! 

The floral arrangements on this arch were the talk of the night! Joyce at Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design literally killed it with the flowers. 

We ended up re-purposing a lot of the floral arrangements, which I can't recommend enough to those of you who are trying to keep the cost down while still having your wedding vision come to life. The arrangements hanging from the ceremony chairs (below) and the large clouds of baby's breath (above) were re-purposed to the head table after the ceremony!  The baby's breath was originally just going to be for the head table, but at the last minute, we decided we needed something at the beginning of the aisle so we just rented two large silver vessels and had the baby's breath sit in there. Post ceremony, the baby's breath was moved into the gold vessels already set up on the table (see pictures below)! The smaller arrangements from the chairs were then used as fillers in between the large baby's breath arrangements. 

In lieu of a guestbook, we decided to have our guests sign the matte frame around this beautiful map of Newport. I can't wait to have a place where we can hang this beauty up in! 

(map purchased at

Kyle's aunt is a chocolatier and made our favors for us! All different style lighthouses in dark and white chocolate.  

My ultimate goal was to have a warm and inviting space that incorporated a little glamour (you know I love me some sparkle)! With my color palette of pale pink, ivory, and gold, I think that mood was set perfectly and with the market lights strung up on the top of tent, it really made the place come alive. To me, it warmed the tent up and was just the overall perfect added touch!

I still can't get over how foggy it was! One minute the skies were clear and the next, the fog rolled in and decided to say. 

Most of the detail items I bought for the wedding were shops on Etsy. After planning our wedding, I don't know how people planned anything on a budget prior to Etsy! I  lucked out and was not disappointed by anything, so I've outlined all the shops below:

Mr & Mrs Signs - ZCreate Design
Mason Jars - The Retro Redhead 
Paper Straws - Pop Up Parties Shop
Place Card Holders - Graceful Events 
Find Your Seat / Love Is Sweet / Cards & Gifts signs - Sweet Peony Press 
Trust Me You Can Dance and wedding hashtag signs - Keep Life Simple Design 
Frames - TJ Maxx
Cake Topper - Deighan Design 
Table Numbers - Blessed Blondies 

Other items bought via Etsy but not shown in these pictures:

Writing these posts and looking through all the pictures just makes me miss our wedding day so so much. I wish we could go back in time and relive that day over and over again! I hope you enjoyed all of the pictures and please feel free to email or comment with any wedding related questions/comments you may have!

Xo, MacKenzie 

*all photography by the amazing Ruth Eileen Photography 

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