A Classic Waterfront Wedding at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island

Wanting their wedding to feel like spring and quintessential New England, Kim Williams (30 and works in marketing) and Tommy Wilkes (34 and works in f

Wanting their wedding to feel like spring and quintessential New England, Kim Williams (30 and works in marketing) and Tommy Wilkes (34 and works in finance) worked with a navy and ivory color palette with pops of pink, coral and gray throughout the details. They also added ultra-local touches with vintage Newport postcards, which guests wrote on and sent to the couple after they returned from their honeymoon; a nautical Newport map that was used as the guest book; welcome bags including Del’s Lemonade and dark-and-stormy cocktails; and Castle Hill’s delicious cookies as the wedding favors. Kim and Tommy decided to exchange vows at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island, because Tommy wanted to get married on the water, and Kim had fallen in love with the venue after a brunch with her family (before she had even met Tommy!). The gorgeous venue had everything they wanted, from the stunning lawn overlooking the ocean where the ceremony was held to the sailcloth-tented reception. Joyce Holland of Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design added an ethereal garden feel to the wedding with amazingly lush floral arrangements—including on the rustic wedding arbor. Stephanie Frazier Grimm from Couture Parties worked with the couple to ensure they got hitched without a hitch, and Jill Person from Person and Killian Photography beautifully captured all the details of the day. One of the best parts, though, was the delicious, local menu, including crab cakes, lobster-avocado rillettes, Narragansett Bay littleneck clam casino, lobster sliders and Georges Bank scallops and bacon! Yum!

The bridesmaids wore long navy Monique Lhuillier dresses. The groomsmen wore classic black-and-white tuxedos. Kim and Tommy didn’t have any other standards for the wedding party’s attire, so the men and women could choose their own accessories. The formal attire added a classic look to the casual waterfront venue.
“We had our wedding at the Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island,” Kim says. “It is a gorgeous property overlooking Narragansett Bay. When it came around to picking our venue, Tommy was keen on getting married on the water, so Castle Hill had everything we wanted. The ceremony was held at the arbor on the lawn overlooking the ocean, and our reception was held beneath the sailcloth tent.”
Ivory Rose Flower Girl Flower Crowns
“Since it was early in the growing season, the arbor was adorned with creamy white naturally layered blossoms, flowering branches and textured foliage in shades of white, pink and green to make it appear as though it had been growing all season,” Kim says.
Tommy’s sister was also married at Castle Hill a few years before. Wanting to start a family tradition, Kim and Tommy incorporated a part of her wedding ceremony into theirs. They had guests toss a stone into the ocean with a wish for the newlyweds. The stones were displayed in a metal box with a sign that said, “To continue the Wilkes family Castle Hill tradition, please toss a stone into the water with a blessing or a prayer for the new couple.”
“I always knew I wanted a classic lace wedding dress,” Kim says. “It was the third dress I tried, and I just fell in love. It was a Badgley Mischka dress with a sweetheart neckline and had two tiers at the bottom, which I thought added interest to a very standard dress."
“Our arrangements and table linens were where we tied our colors together,” Kim says. “The cocktail tables outside were adorned with navy-and-white pattern linens tied with navy ribbon and topped with a mercury glass vase with coral roses.”
A Sailcloth-Tented Reception in Newport
Classic Tulle Fingertip Bridal Veil
Kim and Tommy had two different types tables at their tented reception. One long head table was where immediate family sat with the couple, and round tables surrounding it for everyone else. All the tables were decorated with simple gray linens and coral napkins.
The round tables at the reception were decorated with glass vases filled with pink sweet peas, coral peonies, peach roses, ivory hydrangeas and green viburnum. The couple loved how the high centerpieces on the round tables complemented the short centerpieces on the head table, adding dimension to the decor inside the tent.
The head table at the reception was decorated with low mercury glass vases filled with coral roses, ivory hydrangeas and pink sweet peas. An assortment of tall floating candles and small votives added even more romance to the room.
For dessert, Kim and Tommy enjoyed a three-tier textured ivory buttercream cake. The cake was almond and vanilla in one layer and hazelnut and chocolate in the others. The top of the cake was adorned with blush and ivory blossoms that complemented the centerpieces. For extra sweetness, they also served macarons, doughnuts, cookies and cupcakes.
Harry Winston Diamond Wedding Ring