A Belle Mer Wedding full of winter wedding inspiration.

Alexandra and Christopher (Allie and Chris) were married on December 29th, with a ceremony and reception at Belle Mer – a Longwood Venue. Their winter wedding was what dreams are made of, their classic black tie attire and winter reception decor filled in the Island House with a romantic and timeless elegance. 

How it all began

Allie and Chris met through Allie’s brother when their friends all got together for a big trip to Canada. It was on this trip that Allie fell for the super tall guy with the awesome smile. When I first talked to Allie and Chris I learned that they were living in Virginia Beach, Virginia, so I didn’t have the opportunity to meet with them in person until the wedding day. I talked with Allie on the phone throughout the wedding planning process, and I could just tell their wedding was going to be special.

A Stunning Newport Winter Wedding

When I arrived at Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina with my second shooter, Jessica Rich, and my assistant, Brandon Bebeau, my initial gut feeling was confirmed. This bride and groom were amazing! Chris was so friendly and relaxed and genuinely happy to be marrying his dream girl. And Allie was fearless and stunning in her Pnina Tornai dress from Kleinfeld; it looked like it was made just for her.

The ladies started out the day right, with a little fun as well as true emotion. All of the girls had on black monogrammed pajama jumpsuits as they got ready—perfect for the cold weather. And in a quieter moment, Allie’s mom helped her to put on her grandmother’s necklace.

Since this was a late December wedding, the winter weather had already started nipping at us when we went outside for the first look. Allie and Chris weren’t afraid to brave the weather, but Allie stayed warm in a fur blanket that she brought to stay warm. You can see in the pictures from the first look at the lighthouse their cheeks were rosy red and the wind was really whipping. But, despite the chilly weather, these two were able to recreate a picture from their engagement session where Chris held Allie in the air. It was all worth it!

Their puppy, a German Shephard, made an appearance during the first look as well. We took a couple of photos with him at a distance—he was so excited to see his mommy that he wanted to jump right on her!

Belle Mer Wedding Photography

Everyone headed to Belle Mer after that for some bridal party photos as well as some images of just the two of them at the place where they would be married. This was my favorite part of the whole day because I got so caught up in their chemistry together. The way Allie made Chris light up, and the way Chris made Allie so relaxed—it was amazing to watch.

Not to mention the gorgeous location, the Island House was a winter wonderland, with evergreen trees covered in twinkle lights… dark floors with white walls… a panoramic view of the ocean… The whole venue was a wedding photographer’s dream.

With this gorgeous backdrop, Allie and Chris held a beautiful, emotional ceremony. When Allie’s father handed her off after walking her down the aisle, it was plain to see he was proud. It was so sweet when he placed Allie’s hands into Chris’s. Chris couldn’t stop beaming. Then, Allie’s mom did a reading before the ring exchange. Allie and Chris poured a bottle of red and white wine into one carafe. They sipped the wine together to symbolize their lives mixing and joining together.

The Reception

That emotion continued into the reception in the Island House, where Allie’s parents brought tears to the eyes of the guests. Allie cried during her father’s thoughtful speech, and then her mother cried as she held onto Allie’s brother during the father/daughter dance. On the other hand, the best man’s speech had everyone laughing as he looked back on years of good times with Chris.

But my favorite images of the whole day weren’t until sunset when Allie and Chris braved the cold once more. The colors were breathtaking, and so were Allie and Chris, with the Newport Bridge in the background. I’m so proud of them—and of that picture.

Allie & Chris, thank you for being so amazing and trusting me even though you hadn’t met me until the most important day of your life! You guys nailed it! Congratulations and warmest wishes!!

 
Bridal Flat Shoes
Wedding Dress and ballet shoes.
Bridesmaids Pashminas
Professional Make Up Artist
Bride gets ready in her Pnina Tornai dress
Bride gets ready in her Pnina Tornai dress
Light house First Look location at Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina
Light house First Look location at Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina
Light house First Look location at Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina
Light house First Look location at Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina
Light house First Look location at Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina
Light house First Look location at Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina
Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina Wedding
Winter Bridesmaids Bouquet
Belle Mer Island House Wedding
Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina Wedding
Belle Mer - A Longwood Venue Wedding
Belle Mer - A Longwood Venue Wedding
Belle Mer - A Longwood Venue Wedding
Belle Mer - A Longwood Venue Wedding
Winter Wedding in Newport
Winter Wedding in Newport RI
Belle Mer - A Longwood Venue Wedding Photography
Belle Mer - A Longwood Venue Wedding photography
Belle Mer - A Longwood Venue Wedding Photography
Belle Mer Newport Wedding photography
Belle Mer Newport Wedding Photography
Belle Mer Newport Wedding Photography
 Belle Mer - A Longwood Venue Wedding Photography
Belle Mer Newport Wedding Photography
Belle Mer Newport Wedding Photography
A Bride and Groom Kiss at Bell Mer in Newport RI
A Bride and Groom Kiss at Bell Mer in Newport RI
Newport Wedding Venue: Belle Mer
Father of the Bride walks the Bride down the Aisle at Belle Mer in Newport
Father of the Bride walks the Bride down the Aisle at Belle Mer in Newport
Wedding Ceremony at Belle Mer in Newport
Wedding Ceremony at Belle Mer in Newport
Wedding Ceremony recessional at Belle Mer in Newport
Reception details at Belle Mer in Newport RI
Guest book alternative and Reception details at Belle Mer in Newport RI
Reception details at Belle Mer in Newport RI
Reception details at Belle Mer in Newport RI
Bride and groom at Winter wedding at Belle Mer in Newport RI.
Bride and groom watch the sunset on their wedding day at Belle Mer in Newport RI.
Bride and groom watch the sunset on their wedding day at Belle Mer in Newport RI.
Wedding Centerpieces and Reception details at Belle Mer in Newport RI
Wedding Centerpieces and Reception details at Belle Mer in Newport RI
Wedding Centerpieces and Reception details at Belle Mer in Newport RI
Wedding Centerpieces and Reception details at Belle Mer in Newport RI
Wedding decor and Reception details at Belle Mer in Newport RI
Wedding decor and Reception details at Belle Mer in Newport RI
Wedding decor and Reception details at Belle Mer in Newport RI
The Island House in Belle Mer - A Longwood Venue
Bride and groom share a first dance at their wedding day at Belle Mer in Newport RI.
Bride and groom share a first dance at their wedding day at Belle Mer in Newport RI.
Bride and groom share a first dance at their wedding day at Belle Mer in Newport RI.
Bride and groom share a first dance at their wedding day at Belle Mer in Newport RI.
Bride and groom share a first dance at their wedding day at Belle Mer in Newport RI.
Bride and groom sit at their wedding day at Belle Mer in Newport RI.
Bride and groom sit at their wedding day at Belle Mer in Newport RI.
wedding and engagement rings
A bride and groom cut their wedding cake at Belle Mer - a Longwood Venue in Newport RI.
A bride and groom share a dance with their parents at Belle Mer - a Longwood Venue in Newport RI.
Dance and wedding reception photos at Belle Mer - a Longwood Venue in Newport RI
Dance and wedding reception photos at Belle Mer - a Longwood Venue in Newport RI
Dance and wedding reception photos at Belle Mer - a Longwood Venue in Newport RI

The Dream Team:

Venue: Belle Mer

Photographer: Shannon Matos Photography 

Wedding coordinator –Stephanie Donofrio

Flowers: Sayles Livingston Design

Cake: Belle Mer

DJ: The Dancefloor DJ’s

Makeup: Julie 

Hair: Lynn Daponte 

Dress designer: Pnina Tornai

Dress boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal

Brides Maid dresses: Davids Bridal

Mens tuxes: Mens Wearhouse

Rentals: PEAK Event rentals 

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