Paquet Whitehead Rosecliff
Nicole Paquet & Brent Whitehead
September 17, 2011
Published in Newport Wedding Magazine 2013
Red Sox Nation spans all over the world; in this case, a bar in New Jersey where two diehard fans met while watching their beloved team play. Brent, who knew Nicole was “the one” early on in their relationship, surprised her with a wedding proposal during one of their typical Wednesday date nights, and the two began planning a celebration that would knock it out of the park.
The baseball fanatics were excited to offer their friends and family the opportunity to take a mini-vacation and discover Newport, a destination they return to every Labor Day weekend. “What could be more Newport then getting married at Trinity Church, the most historic and oldest Episcopal church in Rhode Island,” Nicole says, “or having the reception at Rosecliff, the home of Theresa Fair Oelrichs, silver heiress from Nevada, known for her lavish Newport parties back in the early 1900s.”
Clutching a semi cascading bouquet, similar to the one her mother and grandmother carried down the aisle on their wedding days, the bride was a vision of beauty in her Va Lena Valentina Couture dress.
A 1957 Bentley shuttled the happily married couple from the ceremony to the reception, where personal touches included guests’ old wedding photos framed on the entrance table and crossword place settings that shared fun facts about the couple. Beakers and flasks served as centerpieces, reflecting the groom’s career as a medicinal chemist, and were filled with flowers including calla lilies and hydrangeas in shades of purple and white.
As guests dined on pan seared swordfish and gorgonzola porcini filet mignon, they were treated to the very best in entertainment, including a live rendition of “Sweet Caroline” sung by the bride’s immediate family, and dedicated to the couple’s favorite eighth inning song.
After a weekend of events that culminated with a brunch thrown by the bride’s grandmother, a resident of Newport, the newlyweds honeymooned in Hawaii, beginning their lives as Mr. & Mrs. Whitehead.
Bridal Gown: Camille Bridal Couture
Tuxedos: JoS. A. Bank
Engagement Ring: I.D. Jewelry
Wedding Bands: Braunschweiger Jewelers
Rehearsal Dinner: La Forge Casino Restaurant
Reception Venue: Rosecliff
Nails: Angel Nails
Flowers: Golden Gate Studios
Caterer/Cake: Russell Morin Fine Catering, and The Newport Sweet Shoppe
Ceremony: Trinity Church
Transportation: Newport Limousine Service
Reception Entertainment: Cover to Cover Band
Post-Wedding Brunch: Clambake Club
Other Rentals: New England Photo Booth
Photographer/Videographer: Armor & Martel Photography
Wedding Planner: Stephanie Frazier Grimm of Couture Parties
Calligraphy: Kelly Ganser of Celtic Calligraphy
Guest Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites and Residence Inn by Marriott
Custom Garter: The Garter Girl