August 31st, 2017
Aren’t Newport weddings just so glamorous? Michele & Stanley’s wedding at Belle Mer was no exception. Actually, the first time I met Michele & Stanley was a few months before the wedding during one of their planning trips. Michele walked in with her stylish short haircut and ridiculously chic over the knee leather boots. Then she showed me some of her décor for the wedding, and the description that kept popping into my head was modern glamour. So fitting for Newport!
On the day of the wedding, I met up with Michele and her girls at the Newport Beach Hotel. The stylists from M.A.W Beauty Studio were busy applying makeup and setting some Veronica Lakesque finger waves in the ladies’ hair. Then Michele debuted her hollywood glam headband which totally completed the look. Meanwhile the guys were over at Belle Mer having a full on photo session.
Once hair and makeup was done, we snuck Michele into the bridal suite at Belle Mer, making sure she didn’t run into Stanley along the way. Her gorgeous Matthew Christopher trumpet style gown finally made its way out of the bag for some photos before her mom helped her into it. Meanwhile, we got to peek out the window as the guests started to arrive and get their photos taken. Before long Steven James, their coordinator, knocked on the door and let the girls know it was time for their walk down the aisle (perfectly on time I might add).
The wedding ceremony took place outside on the lawn at Belle Mer. The bridal party processed through a beautiful walkway of flower petals. Stanley ALMOST cried when he saw his bride walking down the aisle. Then the couple exchanged handwritten vows, and braided a three strand cord to symbolize their union with each other and God. The minister finally announced that they were man and wife, and they danced down the aisle into their reception. The evening continued with dinner, dancing, and speeches (in English and French). There was cake, ice cream, and mini cheeseburgers, and lots more dancing before all the guests gathered to send off Michele and Stanley to their honeymoon!
Ceremony: Belle Mer, Newport, Rhode Island
Reception: Belle Mer, Newport, Rhode Island
Coordinator: Steven James Popko with Longwood Events
DJ: Darren Cayard
Lighting: Ormonde Productions
Florist: Flowers by Semia
Hair/Makeup: M.A.W. Beauty Studio
Videography: Primo Video
Dress: Matthew Christopher