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13 Elegant RI Wedding Venues | Part 1

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13 Elegant RI Wedding Venues

Living in New England, Rhode Island is a common destination for many couples on their wedding day. Newport, Rhode Island is full of high end venues, natural beauty, and the charm of a seaside coastal town. In Part 1 of my blog series on Rhode Island wedding venues, I will be sharing 13 Elegant RI Wedding Venues that every couple should check out if planning a wedding in or near Newport, Rhode Island wedding. Between the extravagant mansions, ocean views, and activities offered in the area, it is the perfect place to get married and spend a lovely wedding weekend! 

Belle Mer: A Longwood Venue

No matter what you are envisioning for your wedding day, Belle Mer can make it happen! They believe that every couple deserves a one-of-a-kind experience! This stunning wedding venue is described as glamorous and contemporary with seven acres of beautiful lawns to host your event. You can choose to have your special day on Belle Mer’s Ocean Lawn, which is perfect for that outdoor wedding of your dreams. The Water Salon will provide upfront ocean views indoors in their large four-season event space, dressed in white. The retractable glass doors allow you to feel the ocean breeze on those warm weather days too! 

The Bohlin

At The Bohlin you can take in the nautical heritage and classic New England architecture centered around a marina, where you will find the Bohlin’s dockside terrace. You can exchange vows in the heart of Newport Harbor with sailboats and yachts in the background! There you and your guests can watch the breathtaking sunset over the iconic Newport Bridge. You and your guests will enjoy the natural beauty of the waterfront setting on the Atlantic as the ocean breeze rolls in off the waves.

Newport Beach House: A Longwood Venue

For a real, authentic beach experience, Newport Beach House is the perfect spot for that wedding of your dreams on the beach! This luxury, private, coastal venue intertwines indoor and outdoor spaces allowing for endless possibilities to create your wedding vision. The Newport Beach House has a few options for your wedding day as well. You will never grow tired of the ocean breeze or the gorgeous views up and down the beautiful coastline. This elegant, modern beach venue is ideal for those daydreaming of a romantic, wedding day on the beach! 

OceanCliff Hotel 

The OceanCliff hotel is another show stopping venue sitting on 10 acres with unreal oceanfront views! This elegant RI Wedding Venue provides awe-inspiring beauty which has made the waterfront estate a historic destination for weddings. The grand ballroom can accommodate wedding parties of up to 225, with the option for smaller rooms for a more intimate atmosphere. You can say “I Do” on the magical grounds of the Narragansett Bay at OceanCliff with the ocean in the background, while the wedding coordinators ensure you have a seamless, unforgettable wedding day! 

Gurney’s Newport Resort + Marina

Gurney’s Newport Resort + Marina is known as a seaside oasis with an all-encompassing wedding experience, according to their website! This venue offers a large grand ballroom that can accommodate large wedding groups, as well as the Rose Island Ballroom, which is a prominent wedding venue choice! You can marry your partner outdoors in front of the lovely Newport Harbor Lighthouse. What an amazing Rhode Island Wedding experience!

The Elms

The Elms is a stunning Newport Mansion that has tons of french architecture and lovely English gardens that are perfectly manicured! You will love the dramatic front and entrance to the mansion! While this mansion doesn’t sit on the ocean like many on this list, it does however have a perfectly manicured park behind the mansion inspired by a French chateau. This historic landmark is definitely one elegant wedding venue worth checking out.

Aldrich Mansion

Next on our list of 13 elegant RI wedding venues is the Aldrich Mansion! This French Chateau overlooks the charming Narragansett Bay, and is located just north of Newport, RI (not far!) It is a stunning picturesque spot for a wedding. Aldrich Mansion sits on seventy acres and will transport you guests to a relaxing atmosphere. The rich history and French architecture make this stunning mansion a must see! With accommodations available for up to 230 people at the mansion, you will have an unforgettable wedding day as you take in the views of the bay. 

Castle Hill Inn

Newport, Rhode Island is known for its sweeping coastlines, breathtaking views, and historic mansions and lighthouses. Castle Hill Inn is a 40 acre property with a truly idyllic setting that offers both privacy and beauty for you and your wedding guests. Here you will find magical ocean views, picturesque gardens, and white-sand beaches! The staff at Castle Hill Inn encourage couples to dream big and allow them to handle all the details to make their wedding day perfect and unique! You can choose to have your wedding at The Chalet Terrace, a lovely and magical indoor/outdoor location, in front of the Lighthouse, which is an icon of the coast, or on Castle Hill Inn’s emerald lawn overlooking the cool ocean. You really can’t go wrong!

Glen Manor House

The Glen Manor House sits just outside of Newport, RI, and is a romantic, elegant RI wedding venue. The Glen Manor House sits on the banks of the Sakonnet River, with charming gardens nearby offering a dreamy, fairytale like atmosphere! Whether you are dreaming of a garden wedding, a wedding on the lawn with enchanting waterfront views, or an event transformed by the remarkable architecture of a different time, there are options to suit any dream you might have.

Rosecliff

This elegant RI wedding venue is one of the country’s most romantic and historic venues according to their website. There are endless options for your wedding day, whether you want ocean views, picturesque gardens, or romantic, inspiring architecture, you are sure to have an ideal setting for your wedding. Rosecliff features a large ballroom and a heart-shaped staircase perfect for photos! This charming wedding venue is a magnificent, historic location perfect for your big day!

The Chanler

For a magical wedding experience, the elegant Chanler hotel is a luxury hotel in Newport, RI. Here you can have the wedding of your dreams! The gardens are the perfect setting for a storybook, romantic event. The serene ocean views, open terrace, and stunning landscapes make it an ideal location for an outdoor wedding.  There is also a wood lawn area that conjures a fairytale scene for your wedding backdrop. It also just so happens to be a perfect spot for a proposal and a romantic dinner afterwards!

Linden Place

Linden Place is an expansive mansion surrounded by beautiful gardens and grand ballrooms. This historic location has been a gathering place by many distinguished and historic figures of the past. You will be floored by the elegance and splendor of this unforgettable wedding venue! 

Ochre Court

Last on our list of elegant RI wedding venues is Ochre Court located at Salve Regina campus. This historic, stately mansion has impressive views from Newport’s famous Cliff walk. The mansion’s French architecture, which was inspired by the medieval period, features high roofs and whimsical gargoyles. The entrance to the mansion is lined with symmetrical trees that are an enchanting sight when in full bloom!

While I know the search for a wedding venue can be overwhelming, I hope this list of 13 elegant RI wedding venues inspires you as you search for the perfect wedding venue to host your big day! One thing I can assure you, you can’t go wrong with any of the venues listed here. The coastal area of Newport, Rhode Island is home to several wedding venues that allow you to take in the breathtaking coastal views, magnificent and historic mansions, and have the wedding of your dreams.

Featured Wedding Venues: 

Belle Mer: A Longwood Venue 

The Bohlin

Newport Beach House: A Longwood Venue

OceanCliff Hotel

Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina

Castle Hill Inn

Glen Manor House

Rosecliff

The Chanler at Cliff Walk 

Linden Place

Aldrich Mansion

The Elms

Ochre Court

If you are recently engaged or are currently planning your wedding day, CONGRATULATIONS! Contact me to learn more about my wedding photography offerings! I’m so excited to hear from you and discuss capturing your precious memories.

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  1. […] I covered in Part One of this blog series, Newport, RI and the surrounding area is home to several amazing, high end, and […]

  2. […] The Aldrich Mansion is a picturesque spot for a wedding. As I captured Michele + Erik around the grounds of the venue, I was in awe of the breathtaking views overlooking the Narragansett Bay.  Whether you are on the pristine lawn looking out to the horizon at the amazing ocean views, or standing in front of the epic Aldrich Mansion, you will be surrounded by beauty at every turn. The Aldrich Mansion is a French Chateau located just North of Newport, RI. Rhode Island is home to several jaw-dropping, elegant wedding venues. This historic mansion is featured on my list of top 13 Elegant RI Wedding Venues! […]

  3. […] I had the opportunity to photograph this absolutely stunning, dreamy Glen Manor wedding that I am so excited to share! Between the immaculate landscaping, beautiful gardens, and waterfront views from the venue, paired with the gorgeous wedding florals and perfectly chosen details woven into the day, I couldn’t have asked for anything more!  This romantic wedding venue sits right outside of Newport, Rhode Island and is one of my top picks for elegant Rhode Island wedding venues! You can read more about my top pics in my blog, 13 Elegant RI Wedding Venues | Part One. […]

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Stephanie Berenson Photography is Boston wedding photographer located in Boston, MA. Stephanie photographs weddings in Boston, Gloucester, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Newport, Rhode Island, and all over New England. Stephanie loves to photograph classic, timeless, and elegant weddings for couples who are looking for a unique wedding experience and beautiful wedding photos.