Couple Rings in New Year with Glamorous Newport Wedding

Stephanie & Nathan

December 31, 2015 • Newport, Rhode Island

By Rachael Devaney | Wedding photography by Adeline & Grace Photography

With kisses at midnight, champagne toasts and sparkles of silver and gold, Stephanie Argyropoulos and Nathan Connors embraced the best of New Year’s Eve on their wedding day.

The couple, who met through a mutual friend, not only treated their 150 guests to an intimate wedding ceremony at Emmanuel Church in Newport, Rhode Island, but also to a lavish reception and New Year’s Eve celebration at iconic OceanCliff.

Stephanie admits that while she and her husband are not “overly religious,” they were excited to be married at Emmanuel Church, a parish that had its start in 1841 and eventually became known as the “church of the people.”

“Being at a church really made our day special,” says Stephanie. “It made the event feel like it was just about Nathan and I.”

Stephanie hoped attendees would feel the “cozy and wintry” vibe as they entered the cocktail reception set up as a living room within OceanCliff’s library space. With roaring fires and drinks and appetizers ready and waiting, the intimate atmosphere was just what the bride was hoping for. “I wanted to feel like a guest in someone’s house,” she says. “And I think that came across perfectly.”

And as Stephanie looks back on her wedding day she is proud that she not only pulled the event off by herself, instead of hiring a wedding planner, but also elated at the show of support given to her and Nathan by her family and friends.

“There were so many special moments, from the ball drop to listening to traditional Greek songs played in honor of my father,” she says. “And to see my friends and family—many of which I hadn’t seen in forever—enjoying themselves was amazing, and Nate and I will reflect on these memories forever.”

Featured Vendors

CEREMONY VENUE Emmanuel Church

RECEPTION VENUE OceanCliff (The Newport Experience)

RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT Mike Amado ~ Entertainment Specialists


PHOTOGRAPHER Adeline & Grace Photography

CATERER OceanCliff

RENTALS PEAK Event Services

FLORIST Toni Chandler Flowers & Events

CAKE / DESSERT Oakleaf Cakes Bake Shop

BRIDAL GOWN Liv Harris Designs / Vows Bridal

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES Shoes: YSL | Bracelet: Kate Spade New York | Bag: Chanel


GROOM ATTIRE Jacket + Shirt: A. Vitullos | Pants + Shoes: Brooks Brothers


HAIR + MAKEUP Bella Beauty Bridal

RINGS Engagement ring: Shreve, Crump & Low | Wedding bands: Grono and Christie Jewelers

PAPER PRODUCTS Invitations: Wouldn’t it be Lovely | Place cards: Minted

VIDEOGRAPHER Epic Filmmakers

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