A Formal Waterfront Wedding at Ocean Cliff in Newport, Rhode Island

Michaela Gannon (28 and a Ready to Wear product developer at Coach) and James de Gorter (31 and a technology investor) met through Michaela's best fri

Michaela Gannon (28 and a Ready to Wear product developer at Coach) and James de Gorter (31 and a technology investor) met through Michaela's best friend and had their first date on Valentine's Day with a homemade brunch. Four years and four months later, James recreated that same brunch and proposed afterwards. Being from Rhode Island, it was impossible not to have their wedding at Ocean Cliff in Newport, Rhode Island. With romance and elegance, the ocean view made the perfect backdrop for their outdoor ceremony. The bridesmaids wore cocktail dresses from J. Crew in the color palette consisting of blush, soft pink, champagne and ivory in various necklines to stay comfortable yet formal while the groomsmen were dressed in classic black tuxedos. With the reception indoors, the flower arrangements blossomed throughout the venue with pink roses and white hydrangeas to bring out the same color palette. To continue the soft atmosphere, Michaela added candles throughout the entire reception venue. To amp up the volume, the couple brought The Sultans of Swing to accompany the reception, which turned the night into a dance party and made the entire day a success. Michaela and James continued the party the day after the wedding with a surprise for their guests. "We chartered a sailboat for our guests. The weather was perfect, and it was almost as fun as the wedding itself," says Michaela.

While still formal, Michaela's Anna Maier wedding dress had a lightness that paired perfectly with the waterfront ceremony.
The color palette of the wedding included blush, champagne, ivory, and gold which were seen throughout the floral arrangements and wedding fashions.
Rose and Dusty Miller Boutonniere
White Cathedral Veil
Sun Shines on the Lace Bodice
Michaela wanted her bridal party to comfortable yet still fashion forward, so they each chose their own style dress from J. Crew.
Groomsmen Dressed in Classic Black Tuxedos
The white hydrangeas contrasted beautifully against the soft pink and champagne bridesmaid dresses.
Newport, Rhode Island was a great town for Michaela and James' guests to spend the weekend for the wedding, especially with their love of sailing!
The day after the wedding, Michaela and James chartered a sailboat for their guests. "With incredible weather, it was almost as fun as the wedding itself," says Michaela.
Michaela thought the environment and grounds of Ocean Cliff were elegant and romantic, fitting the wedding theme perfectly.
With an ocean as a backdrop, it was impossible for Michaela and James not to choose Ocean Cliff as their wedding venue.
Bride and Groom Walk the Grounds of Ocean Cliff
Michaela wanted to include as many candles as possible to create a formal yet soft atmosphere for the indoor reception.
With The Sultans of Swing provided the entertainment and turned the reception into a dance party. "So therefore, a success," says Michaela.