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Vendor Spotlight On: Hotel Viking

Vendor Spotlight is on Hotel Viking; a historic, luxury hotel located in scenic downtown Newport known for their impeccable service.

1.      How did your business come to be?  

The Hotel Viking was originally built by local mansion owners as well as the local community over 90 years ago to house their high- society summer guests who traveled from New York City to attend lavish parties at their magnificent homes, but had nowhere to sleep!   Over the years we have evolved into a beautiful, historic hotel which offers the perfect romantic, gilded-age backdrop for weddings and social events.

2.      What are the services you offer?  

We are a full service hotel offering fabulous event spaces for weddings and social events, including an on-site chapel, as well as an incredible spa, lounge and restaurant, rooftop bar, and indoor pool.  

3.      Where are you located and how far will you travel to provide your service?   

We are located in the heart of Newport, RI sometimes referred to as America’s “city by the sea”. We are conveniently located close to the Newport Harbor, beaches, shops, restaurants, bars, and the famous Newport Mansions.  

4.      How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?  

For high season weekend dates we recommend booking at least a year out but always call us to check if your wedding is within 12 months because we have a few open weekends left in 2017. 

5.      What is one piece of advice you always give to brides?  

Stay organized!  The more organized you are, the less stressful and more enjoyable the planning process will be.  Also, rely on the talented and experienced vendors you’ve selected for ideas and suggestions to make your day truly memorable.

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Vendor Spotlight On: Hotel Viking

Vendor Spotlight is on Hotel Viking; a historic, luxury hotel located in scenic downtown Newport known for their impeccable service. 1.      How did your business come to be?   The Hotel Viking was originally built by local mansion owners as well as the local community over 90 years ago to house their high- society summer […]

Sheer Opulence — Style Statements

Shimmering design elements combined with rich textures add glamour and opulence to any event.

Breathtaking diamond halo engagement ring from Long’s Jewelers is pure elegance.

Layered ball gown is a modern twist on an old favorite by Sareh Nouri at A Little Something White.

A gilded place setting from Rhode Island Rentals paired with lace linen and delicate blooms by Farrissey Floral Design romances the table at the Chapel Grille. Photographed by Sabrina Scolari.

Green tea wedding cake by Peppers Artful Catering is topped with a golden layer of buttercream.

Stunning gown custom designed by Candice Wu Couture features a fairytale-like train. Photographed by Sabrina Scolari.

Gold leather crown chair from Reserve Modern Event Rental adds luxury and style to any event lounge. Photographed by Lea St. Germain.

A simple invitation is dressed up with glistening script and an art deco inspired envelope from Papers. Photographed by Molly Lo Photography.

Gold flatware featuring a transparent handle filled with foiled confetti from the Luna Oro collection at Giardini Di Sole is perfect for a party.

Spectacular wedding cake inspired by luxurious strings of pearls and a feathered skirt. Artfully designed by Something Different Cake Couture.

Departing in style in a vintage sedan from Rockstar Limo. Photographed by Rebecca Arthurs at Rosecliff Mansion.

Liquid metallic bridesmaid gown by Amsale embodies sheer opulence. Available at A Little Something White.

Cascading orchids artfully crafted into a bouquet by Marc Hall Design is captivating. Photographed by Person + Killian.

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Sheer Opulence — Style Statements

Shimmering design elements combined with rich textures add glamour and opulence to any event. Breathtaking diamond halo engagement ring from Long’s Jewelers is pure elegance. Layered ball gown is a modern twist on an old favorite by Sareh Nouri at A Little Something White. A gilded place setting from Rhode Island Rentals paired with lace […]

Vendor Spotlight On: Jodi Raphael Events

Vendor Spotlight is on Jodi Raphael Events; a Boston-based event firm that takes care of every event detail from concept to execution.

1. How did your business come to be?

At the beginning of my career I was a producer at a local television station in Boston. When I left I was producing 22 hours of live tv. Events are similar to live television in that I only get one chance to get it right… there are no “do overs”. I then went to work for both an entertainment company and a corporate event company. I felt as if clients needed more personal, one on one attention and that is how and why I started my business. I walk our clients through the whole process from choosing a venue to entertainment, menu and design. They know that they have an advocate in me and my company- a friend and a partner.  I also help with family dynamics and the situations that can arise with many family members involved.

2. What are the services you offer?

We offer full event/wedding planning and coordination in addition to month of/day of coordination. Basically we will do what it takes to help a bride/host plan a memorable and fabulous event.

3. Where are you located and how far will you travel to provide your services?

We are in Newton, Ma and will travel to wherever the event is- all over New England and beyond. We often work with couples who are out of town and planning to have their wedding in Boston or the same scenario with parents who are out of town.

4. How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?

As soon as they are ready to start the planning process, but a year out is typical.

5. What is one piece of advice you always give brides?

I tell brides that they need to hire a professional to take some of the stress off of them and to avoid making expensive mistakes and then to trust the pros to do their job- so they can enjoy their day!

 

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Vendor Spotlight On: Jodi Raphael Events

Vendor Spotlight is on Jodi Raphael Events; a Boston-based event firm that takes care of every event detail from concept to execution. 1. How did your business come to be? At the beginning of my career I was a producer at a local television station in Boston. When I left I was producing 22 hours […]

Vendor Spotlight On: Newport Vineyards

Vendor Spotlight is on Newport Vineyards; wine lover or not, the vineyard provides a beautifully unique landscape for any kind of event.

1. How did your business come to be?

On the heals of the 20th Anniversary of Newport Vineyards, owners John and Paul Nunes embarked on a multi-million dollar expansion of the 30,000 sq foot facility which brought the addition of our Meadow Room events venue, along with Brix Restaurant, the Vineyard Café, a new Marketplace store, and a full in-house catering kitchen. We had always hosted smaller private events, however since the expansion we host about 100 private events each year from intimate rehearsal dinners or showers, to wedding receptions, birthday parties, post-wedding brunches or corporate events.

2. What are the services you offer?

We host any type of private event, from showers, to post-wedding brunches, wedding ceremonies and receptions, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, family reunions, corporate events, you name it! We also offer private tours and tastings, a full public events series, two restaurants and wine of course! For our catered private events, we offer seasonal, from scratch in-house catering menus for all our private events. Being a vineyard we are an agriculture business, we are farmers – so our chef takes the farm-to-table philosophy very seriously. For instance, we don’t use tomatoes out of season, so for our calzones served in the Café our chef will make a “No-Mato” sauce, derived from other root vegetables. It’s delicious and many of our guests prefer it over the traditional tomato sauce! We also have full in-house catering team, event coordinators, reception tables and chairs, on-site parking and a pre-wedding room for couples 1-hour prior to their ceremony.

3. Where are you located and how far will you travel to provide your service?

We are located just 5 minutes outside of Newport, on Rte 138 in Middletown, RI. Guests appreciate the location as it is easy access from MA, and other points of RI. There’s ample on-site parking and a wide range of hotels near by.

4. How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?  

It depends on the event, most of our weddings book 1-year to 18-months prior. Showers and rehearsal dinners are anytime between 6 months to 1 year. Don’t ever hesitate to reach out to us, whether it’s a short-lead or planning two years in advance, our team will get back to you promptly!

5. What is one piece of advice you always give to brides?

Just show up, relax and let us take care of it all, it’s time to celebrate – we’ll have a glass of wine ready for you! Cheers!

Corinna Raznikov Photography

Photo courtesy of Newport Vineyards

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Vendor Spotlight On: Newport Vineyards

Vendor Spotlight is on Newport Vineyards; wine lover or not, the vineyard provides a beautifully unique landscape for any kind of event. 1. How did your business come to be? On the heals of the 20th Anniversary of Newport Vineyards, owners John and Paul Nunes embarked on a multi-million dollar expansion of the 30,000 sq […]

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