Color Pops

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With blush tones dominating color palettes, some brides and grooms are afraid to add color, thinking it’s off-trend or will distract from the elegance, says Briel Delmonaco of Uniquely Chic Vintage Rentals. But “in a place like Newport from the Gilded Age, you can have color in your weddings and still maintain the desired level of class and sophistication,” she says. From the flowers and cake to furnishings, linens and accent decor, even a cool lounge area for guests, getting colorful will add to the flair. “Bring in the bright patterns that you are seeing in home design and all over the decor magazines,” suggested Sara Zarrella of Sara Zarrella Photography. “So many weddings go with blush and pinks, which are beautiful, but don’t be afraid of bold colors.”

By Annie Sherman / Newport Wedding magazine 2019


​Colorful Sweet

Don’t suppress your fun style on your wedding day, including the cake and other sweet treats. “Keep it classy but eye catching with color!” says Anna Carreiro of Scrumptions. Fresh fruits, bright blooms and assorted patterns keep these lively confections top of mind, while whimsical textures, like dragonflies or asymmetrical lines of fondant icing maintain a contemporary appeal. “I want these treats to be mouth watering, as well as to stick with the overall feel of the day. It’s a fun and vibrant style, which I love!”



“It has to be color,” says Delmonaco. “Couples now add furnishings to elevate their event. It really adds a different element than your typical dining room seating table.” Perhaps it’s a lounge area near the dance floor or on terrace so guests can relax or mingle while still being part of the event. Perhaps it’s a funky teepee with pillows and a private table to allow a moment of seclusion for the newlyweds. Either way, “it’s definitely not your typical white linen big-box store furnishings. It’s all custom, and brings it to a whole new level.”

The hutch for specialty dessert presentation is a huge demand, Delmonaco says, as is the vintage loveseat or chaise for the bridal table. Mix-and-match servingware and china also is a unique method of spicing up your event. “We work with them to add traditional elements as well as pops of color so it’s cohesive,” she says. “Add a little bit of variety but keep with the genre of the venue. These pieces are indicative of that.”

The teepee is intimate. It relates to our childhood and having fun, in the outdoors. You might think it takes the seriousness down a notch, but this is sophisticated and cool,” she says. “Guests can take their desserts in there or cocktails and relax.”


Floral Ecstasy

This is where you can really go wild. Of course, summertime presents the brightest blooms, from peonies to roses and ranunculus, and the hydrangea that is synonymous with Newport Even in the winter with vibrant orchids or holly berries, you can kick up the color spectrum.



Let your fun and playful vibe show through in the fashion choices, while allowing your setting to set the pace. The bateau necklines of both these gowns symbolize the city of Newport’s sailing legacy, exemplifying classic Jackie Kennedy glamour. “This large scale floral pattern embroidered on ivory lace has a unique look that I haven’t seen before and also features polka dots. In my opinion, there isn’t a more fun print to wear than polka dots!” says Christina Carlson from The Bridal Garden. “The colorful and bold colors elsewhere shone through in accessories and flowers and the bridesmaid dress needed to showcase those details. I think this rose gold sequin dress did just that!” – AS


Inspiration Shoot Courtesy of Sara Zarella Photography, Location: The Chanler, featuring Planner/Stylist: Unique Weddings by Alexis, Furniture: Uniquely Chic Vintage Rentals, Flowers: Botanica Florals, Desserts: Scrumptions, Tuxedos: Aldo’s House of Formals, Gowns: Bridal Garden, Jewelry: Baxter’s Fine Jewelry, Hair & Makeup: Calma Salon Beauty Boutique & Videography: Artistic Wedding Films.

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