If you are a vintage-vibe, history loving couple on the hunt for the perfect location for your destination wedding, Rhode Island is the place for you. This spring I had the chance to visit this sweet state and it completely captured my old soul heart! Below are just a few of the fabulous venues that had me falling in love and will have you wanting to say “I do” in RI.
My absolute favorite venue was Rosecliff Mansion in Newport. Finished in 1902, it is a Gilded Age masterpiece right on the water. The heart shaped staircase is like something out of a fairy tale. And not going to lie, I actually got a little teary when I first stepped into the main ballroom, it is just that breath-taking! If you want vintage glamour of classic French chateaus right here in the US, Rosecliff is your winner. The images below don’t really do it justice.
image by Melissa Robotti Photography
If you want something really unique, you will fall for The Dorrance in downtown Providence. It is a converted Edwardian bank with high ornate windows and even still has the old vault! With an award winning menu, your foodie and your historic heart merge in this elegant venue.
I completely fell for the turn of the century charm of The Casino at Roger Williams Park. Built in 1896, this venue reminded me of the Mary Poppins park scene with its ornately painted ballroom and lakeside rotunda. It is so romantic!
Built in 1925, Hotel Viking is the oldest hotel in Newport. They are the perfect blend of old and new, with the classic Colonial brick facade and a modern interior that you will fall for. Their recent renovation has done an amazing job of balancing fresh design with nods to the past and the hotel’s history. Hotel Viking also boasts Kay Chapel on the grounds, a historic exposed wood beam chapel from 1869 that is a dream ceremony location!
For that classic Gatsby glamour, The Providence Biltmore can’t be matched. The hotel opened in 1922 and hosts elegant and elaborate ballrooms that will make your vintage loving heart swell. Combined with the one of a kind panoramic views of downtown, this venue is as dazzling as it is grand.
For that classic seaside New England feel with sprawling grounds and historic details, Castle Hill Inn in Newport is a dream. Built in 1875, it has the history you love with magnificent views and impeccable service. My favorite hidden treasure is ‘Grace Kelly Beach’, a little beach hideaway that was a frequent retreat for Grace Kelly while she was filming High Society.
*All images provided by the venues or taken by me unless otherwise stated.