Lauren and Timothy had spent their entire lives living no more than 20 minutes away from each other. But it wasn’t until a vacation to Mexico with friends that the two connected, kindling a romance that, over six years later, would result in marriage.
The celebration of their nuptials began with a romantic ceremony held at Ochre Court, a château-esque mansion set along Newport’s famed Cliff Walk. “We knew we wanted to have a destination wedding somewhere on the water,” says Lauren. “There is a grand staircase [at Ochre Court] leading down to the Great Hall which soars upwards with three stories of windows framing the seaward vista. It really felt special to be married in a Newport landmark with so much history.”
Later that day, elegance turned casual for the couple’s reception, a tented locale by the harbor among boats and the summer excitement of the city’s downtown. “The Newport Yachting Center was an amazing find,” says Lauren. “There was already a big white tent with so much potential, a fabulous al fresco terrace right next to the dock and an unbelievable view [of] the Newport Bridge.”
A variety of themes were tied together to incorporate both personal and sentimental favors and wedding décor. To keep in sync with the theme of the venue, Lauren and Tim chose colors of sea glass blues and greens with vivid pops of pink and red. Nantucket baskets, lobsters and starfish were used as stylish wedding staples, present throughout the invitations, menu cards, cocktail napkins and table settings. Original and watermelon mojitos with the tag line “Minted in Mexico 2003” served as the signature drink, a tribute to the newlyweds’ early beginnings. Lauren and Tim had decided to exchange their rings (each had the other’s ring engraved separately with a surprise inscription) and “love letters” to one another. Ironically, and unbeknownst to either, both rings were inscribed with “You are the best thing.” Their letters read “… that ever happened to me.”