Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but if you ask me, no gemstone says “bride” quite like a pearl. Whether you go with vintage or new, real or faux, white or pink (or cream or black!), there is a perfect pair of pearl earrings out there for every bride. It’s hard to beat a classic pair of pearl studs or teardrops, but some unique embellishments can be so lovely, too…

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1. Gem Pearl Earrings from J.Crew, $55  /  2. “Fiorella Drops” from BHLDN, $40  /  3. Night’s Light Earrings from BHLDN, $120  /  4. Majorica Round Pearl Studs from Nordstrom, $125  /  5. “Florence” Art Deco Earrings from Portobello, $163  /  6. Militza Ortiz “Organica” Earrings from Boticca, $269  /  7. Natalie Frigo “Birds with Pearls” Earrings from Taigan, $350  /  8. Pearl Button Earrings from Miriam Haskell, $260  /  9. Louis Rousselet Pearl and Diamante Earrings from 1stdibs, $375  /  10. Mizuki “Eternity Feather” Earrings from Bloomingdales, $2240  /  11. “Creme” Earrings from Portobello, $59

 

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Newport, Rhode Island was the perfect place for Katie and Aaron to tie the knot: not only is it where they fell in love, it’s also in between their respective home towns in Cape Cod and New Jersey. Plus it’s a beautiful place for a beautiful wedding!

SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES OF THIS NEWPORT WEDDING BY ERIN McGINN.

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The Ceremony

“We planned the ceremony along with our officiant, John Stratton, who is Aaron’s cousin. We found an amazing resource called The Wedding Ceremony Planner by Judith Johnson that gave us traditional and non-traditional ideas and a solid framework. And we loved incorporating our personal story and personalities into our ceremony.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Open, Personal, Simple.

Did you include any traditions?  Yes, many old and new traditional elements including a candle lighting to honor Katie’s late father, and Christian ceremony readings.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  The moment we heard the words “I now pronounce you man and wife.” And the immediate cheers, applause and shouts of support that followed!

Ceremony Music:
Processional: Harvest Moon, by Neil Young
Brides Entrance: Holocene, by Bon Iver
Recessional: All You Need is Love, The Beatles

 

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The Reception

“The inspiration for our entire wedding came from the profound relationships we have with our family, friends and each other. Our intention was to celebrate the union of our two worlds, by throwing our very first dinner party as a married couple. With an emphasis on the word party! While we are a modern couple, we have deeply rooted heritage and tradition in both sides of our lives, so our wedding combined both modern and traditional romantic elements.”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Both of us grew up in beach communities – Katie on the Jersey Shore and Aaron in Cape Cod – so it was important to us to be married in a seaside community. We choose Newport because we took our very first vacation there as a couple and it’s where we first fell in love. And since Newport is located between New Jersey and Cape Cod, it seemed like the perfect place to start our lives together as husband and wife.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding:  The big hits: Champagne served upon guest arrival for the ceremony, a live percussionist that played alongside the DJ, a cigar roller, and late night snacks (chicken and waffles and s’mores!).

Menu  
First Course: Butter Lettuce Watercress Salad / Moscatel Poached Peaches with Marcona Almonds, Manchego, Sherry Dressing // Entrees: 10 oz. Pepper Crusted Aged Sirloin with Garlicky French Beans, Watercress-Shallot Salad, Crispy Potatoes Vincotto / Roasted Atlantic Salmon with Stewed Beluga Lentils, Braised Heirloom Carrots, English Peas in Mint Butter, Pea Shoots // Stuffed Eggplant Rollatini with Quinoa, Smoked Tomatoes, Broccoli Rabe and Sweet Pepper Oil // Dessert: Carrot Cake

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Take a moment to really look at all the people in the room on your wedding day (including your husband!). Every single person that matters in both of your lives, all there to celebrate your love. Coming together as one happy family – laughing, smiling, dancing and spending time with each other. It was breathtaking.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Que sera! Control what you can control, and let the rest go. The unexpected makes for the best stories. And don’t look at the weather. Ever! You most certainly can’t control that, so close the weather app.

First Dance Song: Wonderwall, Ryan Adams

 

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Photography: Erin McGinn / Event Planning: Jubilee Events / Venue: Belle Mer in Newport, Rhode Island / Floral Design: Greenlion Design / Dress: Mori Lee via RK Bridal / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Clutch: Stewart Weitzman / Suit: Jos A Bank / Tie: Brooks Brothers / Shoes: Johnston & Murphy / Program, Monogram: Jar of Ideas Design / Seating Chart, Table Numbers: The Perfect Table Cape Cod / Invitations: By Invitations Only Designs / Hair, Makeup: Jennie Kay / Cake: Fatulli’s / Transportation: Newport Limousine Service / DJ: Max Baun, C-Zone Entertainment / Guitarist: Chris Phillips / Photobooth: Photobooth Planet / Cigar Rollers: Boston Cigar Factory
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Susanne: “I love this picture because it is the first moment we had alone as husband and wife, with our beloved dog, Bailey. This will always stand out as a very special moment for us. Even though, there are many special moments to cherish throughout the day, taking time out together to enjoy this moment was so important to us. ”

 

Ed: “I know that the groom often times walks down the aisle alone, but walking my mother down the aisle meant a lot to me and even more to her. The happiness on her face was exactly what I wanted. Sometimes tradition can get in the way of a wedding. I’m glad we didn’t let it. ”

 

Photography: Jesse Leake / Event Planning & Design: Alison Events
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We’re so pleased to celebrate Select vendor Jesse Leake‘s new website, and to share his photos from Susanne and Ed’s lovely wedding with you today! Susanne and Ed let the beauty of their venue in springtime set the tone for their lovely wedding day, from the flowers to the menu, and their team of all star vendors made sure the day was exactly what they’d hoped for.

SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR ALL THE IMAGES FROM THIS ELEGANT CALIFORNIA RANCH WEDDING FROM JESSE LEAKE AND ALISON EVENTS.

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The Ceremony

“The best thing about our wedding ceremony was having everyone we love and care about in one spot, to support our love and our new journey as husband and wife. It was a beautiful day.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Traditional, non-religious, short and sweet.

How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  We met with our officiant The Right Reverend Dave (David Graves, co-owner and winemaker at Saintsbury Winery), and he gave us a book of wedding poetry and ceremonial readings, from religious to New Age, to Buddhist. We picked a traditional, non-denominational ceremony.

What was your favorite part of the day?  There are so many favorite moments from that day, but by far the best moment of the day is when I saw my husband for the first time waiting for me at the end of the aisle. He started crying when he saw me and I was just concentrating on getting to him. When I got to him he was still crying and I leaned over and whispered to him, “Please stop crying or you are going to make me cry and I don’t want to ruin my make up.” He laughed, wiped away his tears, and before I knew it we were married!

Ceremony music, played by Entire Productions (string quartet): 
Bridal Party Processional
: “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young
Bridal Processional:  “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison
Recessional: “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison

 

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The Reception

“We were inspired by spring time, new life, new beginnings, fertile ground abundant with wild flowers, bright green fields and mountains. Spring is filled with hopes and promises for a prosperous, happy, love-filled future. In planning our wedding we drew inspiration from our surroundings and the land. We wanted to bring the outdoors inside with an effortless, casual elegance, nothing overproduced, with everyone dressed in black tie.”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We got married at Hudson Vineyards, this is my husband’s family ranch located in Napa Valley where he grew up.  The Ranch is a special place to both of us, and I think my husband always wanted to get married there. We have created a lot of special memories there together over the years, so it was an easy choice. Plus, no site fee which was a major bonus!

Tell us about your wedding decor.   To create the abundant springtime look that we wanted, our florist used only flowers that were in season and California grown, as well as lichen and Spanish moss, branches and some wild flowers found on Hudson Ranch. Alison Events created this feeling inside three different tents: cocktail, dinner and dancing. We used ivory, flax and slate blue gray and let the flowers and greenery add the color. We had green water glasses and vintage wine glasses, with fine china and wood handled flatware.

What did you serve?  We wanted a menu that would reflect our tastes and have the feeling of something we would serve at an intimate dinner party at home, and our caterer did a fantastic job. The seasonal menu included an asparagus and artichoke salad, followed by lamb osso buco, and an Italian café wedding cake for dessert, made by Alexis Baking Company. The wines were from producers who used Hudson Vineyards grapes to make their wine.

 

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Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  We had a “speakeasy” lounge tent for after dinner, and Rye on the Road served a range of cocktails: Pisco Sour, Girl Next Door, Aviator, Old Fashioned and many more. // We did a traditional first dance, father/ daughter, and mother/son dance, and then the Monophonics came on and rocked the house for about two hours! They were amazing and had everyone on the dance floor the entire time they played. After the band finished, our close friend, DJ Dukes of Boutique Wedding DJs, had people dancing non-stop until the early morning hours. I danced all night! // Our photographer Jesse Leake, was so easy and fun to work with. He was able to capture the many special moments of the evening without hovering. I loved that!

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  If anything goes wrong, chances are you will be the only one who notices, so let it go. Don’t draw attention to it and nobody will be the wiser. Also, make sure to steal away with your husband for a few minutes and be present in the moment.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Be patient with each other, follow your hearts and your vision. Be flexible and if one of you really doesn’t like something, let it go.

 

Photography: Jesse Leake / Event Planning & Design: Alison Events / Venue: Private Estate in Napa, California / Dress: Carolina Herrera / Shoes: Rene Caovilla, Jimmy Choo / Tuxedo: Brioni Tuxedo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy / Floral Design: The Monkey Flower Group / Stationery: Olive Route / Videography: Lola Video / Cake: Alexis Baking Company / Photobooth: Magnolia Photobooth / Rentals: Hartmann Studios, One True Love Vintage, Frances Lane, Zephyr Tents, Royal Restrooms / Hair: Stella Rickett / Makeup: Darcy Hunt / Valet: Soiree Valet / Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation / DJ: Boutique Wedding DJs / Ceremony, Cocktail Music: Synchonicity Strings Quartet via Entire Productions / Band: Monophonics / Catering: Tasha De Serio / Lighting, Sound: Got Light

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