An Elegant Destination Wedding at The Chanler in Newport, Rhode Island
James and Michael have taken a trip to New England every fall for the eight years they’ve been together. For their wedding, they invited 130 friends to join them in their annual excursion—this time to to Newport. “We felt it was a special corner of the area,” James says. After marrying in a circle surrounded by family and friends to represent unity and inclusion, everyone moved to a reception styled with blue and gold accents. “The theme was the seashore vibe of New England meets the gilded era of Newport,” James says. For part of the night’s entertainment, James serenaded Michael with Dear Evan Hansen’s “You Will Be Found,” and the newlyweds cut into a lemon cake with raspberry layers. “We wanted to convey the yin and yang of our relationship through our attire,” James says of their custom tuxedos.