A Romantic, Autumnal Wedding at Linden Place in Bristol, Rhode Island

Rachel Powers (37 and a history teacher) and John Baldaserini (39 and a web developer) planned a sophisticated fall wedding with undeniable old-world charm. A venue that combined rustic elegance and regional history was a must for the pair, and Linden Place in Bristol, Rhode Island, offered just that. The early-19th-century home boasts a long, rich history—having entertained more than its fair share of presidents, celebrities and local bigwigs in its heyday—and exudes turn-of-the-century opulence with its magnificent gardens and exquisite Federal-style rooms. The day started with a tented ceremony overlooking Linden Place’s expansive, manicured lawns, followed by a reception in the mansion’s carriage house ballroom. “We were also able to use parts of the Bristol Museum at Linden Place in addition to the ballroom for our reception, which was a nice touch for our guests,” Rachel says. Drawing inspiration from still life paintings and the luxurious feel of the venue itself, the couple worked with Flowers by Semia to bring their vision for a vintage, autumnal affair to life. Shades of deep burgundy, forest green, burnt orange, peach, plum and gold gave the day a dramatic, romantic vibe, while floral arrangements abundant in unexpected elements like artichokes, fruits, nuts and foliage transformed the carriage house ballroom, where the reception took place, into a work of art. Clockwork of Boston provided the sound track for the day, filling the cocktail hour with smooth jazz and performing hits across a variety of genres and generations during the reception. “We wanted the wedding to be elegant and intimate, but also relaxed,” Rachel says. “John and I figured if we found the right vendors, along with the help of our parents, it would all come together.”