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Vendor Spotlight On… Newport Vineyards

Photo courtesy of Newport Vineyards

Photo courtesy of Newport Vineyards

 

Name: Newport Vineyards

Location: Middletown, RI

What’s the history behind Newport Vineyards? There is so much history! It dates back to 1917, when the great-grandfather of our owners (John and Paul Nunes) purchased the land that is Nunes Farm and is now protected farmland housing 30 acres of our nearly 60 acres of vineyards. Newport Vineyards was incorporated in 1995 by John and Paul Nunes, on the heels of part of the original vineyard, which was planted by retired Navy Captain Richard Alexander. Now in its 20th anniversary year, the Nunes brothers have completed a two-year multi-million dollar renovation and expansion elevating Newport Vineyards to a true food, beverage and events destination in Newport County.

Can you give a few details about the new wedding space? Our new wedding venue, The Meadow Room (pictured above), is truly unique. Couples enjoy the beautiful backdrop of vines, coupled with a romantic refined rustic décor. The walls are adorned with reclaimed New England barn wood, paired with polished concrete floors, wood beams, barn wood doors, a glass door overhead that spills out onto a covered porch overlooking the vineyard. In addition, our winery’s bottling room and Tank Room can be seen by guests through a glass wall, so the winery is always incorporated into the aesthetic of the space.

What makes the vineyard a special place for couples to get married? We are fortunate enough to have the perfect marriage of a beautiful setting, along with easy access to downtown Newport, Providence, and Boston. We are also one of the few vineyards in the region that offer indoor venue facilities.

When’s the best time of the year to book the vineyard for a wedding? We have the ability to offer weddings year round. In fact, we have several winter weddings coming up this year—a snowy vineyard makes a beautiful backdrop! Certainly May – October is a perfect time of year to get married in the Newport County region. Specifically for a vineyard, it’s good to keep in mind the growing season. The vines will begin to bud in May, are full bloom mid-summer, and then our harvest season begins early October. The Meadow Room is perfect in the warmer seasons with the large glass overhead door open, creating a beautiful indoor/outdoor flow. However, it’s so cozy with its reclaimed barn wood walls in the off-season.

How many wedding receptions has the new space already accommodated? This is the first year in our new space, as the Meadow Room opened in early June this year. We began opening it up for booking last October, and have 10 weddings booked this year. For 2016, we already have over 20 weddings booked. While we do expect this to grow, we look to book only one wedding per day.

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Vendor Spotlight On… Newport Vineyards

  Name: Newport Vineyards Location: Middletown, RI What’s the history behind Newport Vineyards? There is so much history! It dates back to 1917, when the great-grandfather of our owners (John and Paul Nunes) purchased the land that is Nunes Farm and is now protected farmland housing 30 acres of our nearly 60 acres of vineyards. […]

Tips for Picking a Re-Wearable Bridesmaid Dress

Courtesy of Bella Bridesmaids. Photography by Cameron Ingalls Photography.

Courtesy of Bella Bridesmaids. Photography by Cameron Ingalls Photography.

Weddings are always about the bride, but we decided it’s high time to show the bridesmaids some love. After all, they’re working hard on that secret bridal shower for you. We were lucky enough to chat with Heidi of Bella Bridesmaids, who gave us a few tips on what styles to pick for your lady friends so they get more mileage out of that dress:

  • Go for V-neck silhouettes with A-line skirts or dresses with pleating along the waist, which can be more forgiving than flat fabric. And speaking of which, steer clear of shiny materials. They tend to highlight imperfections. Look for matte fabrics, such as chiffon and tulle.
  • Choose classic colors that can be woven into any wardrobe, like navy, gray/charcoal, black and neutrals. If your color palette is bold, leave the bright hues for the flowers and décor. Not everyone gravitates to those colors, and they don’t complement every skin tone.
  • Convertible dresses are all the rage for bridesmaids, because they can morph into so many different styles. Your gals will be able to choose the their most flattering look for your big day, and then change it up for other events. Heidi recommends TwoBirds—one of their dresses can produce 15 options!
  • Opt for two-piece ensembles. Separates mean you can pair that beautiful sequined top with your sexiest skinnies for a future fun night out on the town. Joanna August, with her vast selection of separates options, is a favorite for the Bella Bridesmaids team.

After the festivities have died down though, Heidi suggests freshening up that frock with a bold statement necklace or earrings and set of bangles for an instantly glam date night look. Or pair the dress with a blazer for an office-chic aesthetic.

Now brides, be kind to your bridesmaids and their wallets with this newly acquired wealth of information. And if you’re the bridesmaid reading this, speak up now with these tips or forever hold your peace!

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Tips for Picking a Re-Wearable Bridesmaid Dress

Weddings are always about the bride, but we decided it’s high time to show the bridesmaids some love. After all, they’re working hard on that secret bridal shower for you. We were lucky enough to chat with Heidi of Bella Bridesmaids, who gave us a few tips on what styles to pick for your lady […]

Bridesmaids Dresses with a Twist!

Happy Sunday Bliss followers! Today is all about your bridesmaids. We reached out to some of our favorite boutiques in New England and asked them to show us some of the colors and styles we can expect to see this Autumn and boy did they deliver! Grab a cup of joe (or tea!) and enjoy the fashion view.

Monique Lhuillier at The Plumed Serpent

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Jim Hjelm at A Little Something White

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The White Dress by the Shore – Photography by Eric Foley

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Bridesmaids Dresses with a Twist!

Happy Sunday Bliss followers! Today is all about your bridesmaids. We reached out to some of our favorite boutiques in New England and asked them to show us some of the colors and styles we can expect to see this Autumn and boy did they deliver! Grab a cup of joe (or tea!) and enjoy […]

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Enjoy the season’s best with our weekly faves!

Nothing screams summer more than dolphin watching at Chatham Bars Inn. We dare you to watch this video and NOT feel happy.

Flawless hair and makeup by Dana Bartone & Company in this nautical look are giving us all sorts of style ideas for this weekend’s brunch plans by the beach.

These marshmallow dipped waffle cones from Sweet Indulgence are beckoning us. After all, ice cream pairs perfectly with a hot summer afternoon.

Save your peppers and eggplants from disappearing into the black hole that is your veggie crisper– repurpose them by placing them in your next flower arrangement! Marc Hall Design shows off their own harvest here.

Tips for stunning wedding stationery done smartly, courtesy of our friends from Paper Moss, are the hot topic of the week for us.

xo,

The Bliss Team

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Enjoy the season’s best with our weekly faves! Nothing screams summer more than dolphin watching at Chatham Bars Inn. We dare you to watch this video and NOT feel happy. Flawless hair and makeup by Dana Bartone & Company in this nautical look are giving us all sorts of style ideas for this weekend’s brunch […]

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