Jamie & Conor had planned for an early spring 2020 wedding at historic Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. And then, within a matter of two weeks before their wedding date, COVID-19 turned their plans upside down and put a hold on all large gatherings. It was disappointing to say the least, but I spoke with Jamie several times and she was actually very practical and understanding despite her disappointment. Postponing their wedding was clearly the safest thing to do for family, guests and vendors in the wedding industry. Instead, the couple, college sweethearts from Fairfield University, opted for an intimate beach ceremony on their original wedding date so they could be officially married and then moved ahead with making plans for celebrating with a larger wedding in the future. A date in July 2020 was selected, and that too had to be postponed due to the pandemic. Many deep breaths and phone calls (for Jamie and Conor) later and we flash-forward to October 18th, 2020, when they FINALLY were able to hold their beautiful wedding ceremony at St. Mary’s Church in Newport (the historic church where JFK and Jackie O. were married) and a joyous celebration and party at Rosecliff Mansion. Extra bonus – their Bernese Mountain Dog, Jennings, was able to join them for a few photos by the ocean and share in the fun.
Jamie & Conor had a vintage 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom brought in for the full Great Gatsby effect of the gilded age of Newport mansions.
Even when their dog, Jennings, couldn’t be at the reception, she was still there in spirit with these amazing look-alike cookies by ‘Cookies by Kelli.’ And they were as delicious as they were cute!Additional Wedding Vendors: CEREMONY: St. Mary’s Church, Newport, RI • CATERER: Blackstone • RECEPTION VENUE: Rosecliff Mansion • FLOWERS: Flowerthyme Floral Studio • BRIDAL HAIR: Shauna Dellaia • HAIR & MAKEUP: Bella Beauty Bridal • MUSIC: Soho, Nightshift Entertainment • HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: Viking Hotel • VINTAGE CAR: 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom, Audrain Automobile Museum • BRIDAL GOWN: Watters • COOKIES: Cookies by Kelli • CUSTOM DESSERTS: Dunkin Donuts • ENGAGEMENT RING/WEDDING BANDS: Hannah Florman