Rosecliff: Location

31 March 2009

{from osvchic’s photostream}

I love me some dress up action. When I actually have a legitimate reason to get fancy, I’m over the moon – which is why I’m so excited to be attending a black tie ball at the Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, RI, this May.

Because I delight so much in the process, I’m going to use the run-up to the event to share with you a few of my favorite products and sources, some of which will hopefully be of use to those planning a wedding, those planning to attend a wedding, or those who also have a ball to attend (lucky ducks!).

For today’s post, I thought I’d share a few photos of the mansion itself, for those who are not familiar with it.

{from globaltraveler2007’s photostream}

Rosecliff, modeled after the Grand Trianon at Versailles, was completed in 1902.

{from tinklestoe’s photostream}

The original owner entertained in lavish style, including a fairy tale dinner and a party featuring Harry Houdini.

{from Paul-W’s photostream}

The movie version of The Great Gatsby was filmed inside the mansion and on its grounds.

{from justmecpb’s photostream}

Next week, I’ll share my search for a sophisticated, classic, and black-tie appropriate gown (on a budget!).

{Hint: it’s harder than it sounds!}

Board No. 25: Gold Rush

30 March 2009

{Click image to enlarge!}

This board brings the sunshine, but in a refined, elegant way. I love the juxtaposition of the shiny gold trophy cup and the rustic, natural succulents. Succulents are easy to propagate at home in the months before the wedding {saving you money in the process!}. Treasure hunt at garage sales and flea markets for small bowls and cups in shades of pewter, bronze, and gold, transplant your succulents, then cluster them in the center of tables or display as favors. A single bud tucked into each place setting is another great detail, and a project you can use your cuttings for, as well. My favorite thing about this board, though, has got to be the miniature limoncello sodas – serve them at cocktail hour with straws.

The Details
First row, left to right:
Trophy cup centerpiece by Artfool and photo by Karen Hill; ceremony photo by Zoom Photography via Snippet & Ink; gold headpiece via Rebecca Thuss

Second row:
Sand, succulent, and rose escort card display by Modern Day Design; gold ceiling photo by Jenifer Altman; succulent goblets via Once Wed

Third row:
Dress portrait by Meg Smith Photography; limoncello via Style Me Pretty; gold and crystal earrings photo by Aaron Delesie on Style Me Pretty

Fourth row:
Place setting photo by Aaron Delesie on SMP; gold satin ribbon cake from Martha Stewart Weddings; succulent wreath via Brilliant Asylum

As always, I would love to work with you to put together a custom inspiration board for your wedding or party! Check out the details here and purchase here.

Monday, Monday + The Sun

30 March 2009

{photo c/o Our Labor of Love – see more here}

I’m ready for some sun after the dreary weekend we just had. If you’re looking for some sunshine-y love, too, I’ve got an inspiration board coming your way that just might help you out!