Regatta Place Offers Romantic Setting, Water Views at Summer Wedding


August 20, 2016 • Newport, Rhode Island

By Jessica Bowne | Wedding photography by Maaike Bernstrom Photography; above photo courtesy of The Newport Experience

Rebecca Karnofsky and Kevin Healey’s August wedding at Regatta Place, on Goat Island, was a true celebration of their love and a blending of their families and religions.

The couple met at a neighborhood pub in New York City on New Year’s Eve and caught each other’s eye instantly from across the room. “I noticed Kevin the moment I arrived at the bar and immediately started thinking of ways to talk to him,” remembers Rebecca. “Kevin claims he saw me first and also had plans to strike up a conversation.”

While who made the first move may remain a mystery to everyone but Rebecca and Kevin, the duo quickly found themselves enamored with one other. The couple was engaged on a snowy night in February in their West Village apartment, with Rebecca arriving home from a family weekend to find Kevin on bended knee and surrounded by flowers.

The site choice for their wedding was easy for the couple. “Newport has always been such a special place for us,” says Rebecca. “We often travel there for long weekends to enjoy the quaint town and visit our favorite local restaurants. We always envisioned getting married there. It is also conveniently located between our hometowns in New York and Massachusetts.”

Rebecca and Kevin wanted a relaxed, romantic feel to their venue overlooking Newport Harbor and had the bridesmaids wear floor-length petal-pink dresses and groomsmen don gray suits. The couple, who love cooking, incorporated rosemary sprigs into the place settings and gave jars of rosemary sea salt as favors. The evening ended with guests enjoying a grilled cheese truck before the after-party.

“It was also wonderful to have both of our religions represented in an interfaith ceremony with a priest and a rabbi,” says Rebecca. “The most special part of the ceremony was when we recited our own vows.”



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Only a short drive from historic downtown Newport, Regatta Place offers couples a romantic and secluded atmosphere with sweeping water views. Located in the heart of Goat Island Marina surrounded by beautiful yachts, the venue boasts both indoor and outdoor event spaces and stunning décor, including an elegant cream and white striped tent adorned with a cream swathe ceiling, billowed draperies and striking chandeliers. A “Best Of” winner for its service and amenities, the venue is the perfect spot for southern New England couples to say, “I do.” Newlyweds desiring to extend their wedding reception can climb aboard the luxury yacht Schooner Aurora, docked nearby, for a sail around Newport Harbor.


Location: Water views, Coastal

Guest Capacity: 200

On-site Wedding Planner: Yes

On-site Catering: Yes

Parking: On-site, Free


Regatta Place – The Newport Experience

(401) 619-7924


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