Jessica and Anthony’s wedding day celebration at the Chanler hotel was a gorgeous Newport wedding with seamlessly woven elements of casual elegance, color, and high fashion. The Chanler’s meticulously appointed and spacious rooms provided the perfect atmosphere for the girls to get ready, sip champagne and reminisce over old times. After their emotional first look (we’ve rarely seen a groom so excited), we made our way to Rosecliff mansion for photos with the bride and groom before returning to the Chanler’s west lawn for their ceremony. As the couple exchanged their vows in the stillness of the afternoon, with the sound of gentle waves lapping the nearby shores of Easton’s beach, it was easily understood that the 19th century Mansion has been called the most romantic hotel in America. Growing up just a mile from the property, it was deeply nostalgic returning to this special part of the world and we couldn’t have been matched up with a more perfect couple to share in each others enthusiasm. The cocktail hour featured classic cocktails and east coast delicacies while guests played lawn games and explored the hidden garden nooks around the property. Dinner featured toasts from the bride and groom’s siblings and was followed by dancing on the Chanler’s oceanside piazza. There, the couple danced their first dance together and were soon joined by parents, then the entire wedding party as the dance floor erupted into the Hora. The dance party continued late into the night and guests either moved inside or cooled off on the veranda in the misty salt air as Jessica re-joined the party in a cute white cocktail dress while Anthony promptly responded to requests to “show me how you Dougie”.
About the Couple
How they met
Anthony and Jessica met in law school when she got a summer associate at the law firm he was working at. He was able to take out one prospective summer for a nice meal on the firm to convince them to join. He chose Jessica! (obviously b/c he thought she was the most qualified ;). After a 3 hour lunch, they could not stop talking, she did not end up taking the job at his firm. But she did start dating him!
How they chose The Chanler
They wanted to get married in a place they would want to visit year after year, somewhere that felt like a destination wedding, but was easy to get to. The Chanler feels very “Newport” and was the right mix of glamour surrounded by nature’s beauty.
Unique Wedding Elements
Being a Jewish wedding, they were set on doing the “breaking the glass” ritual, but they used wine that Anthony’s parents made! Antony’s family buys the grapes and makes wine at their home in Connecticut. Because Jessica’s father passed away when she was 18, so decided on a mother daughter dance. The welcome dinner was a lobster bake at Newport’s famous Fort Adams.