(BNN) Without a doubt, Newport, Rhode Island is one of
the most magnificent places in America. The very mention of
Newport conjures up images of the of the late nineteenth century
Gilded Age – a time of unparalleled wealth, luxury and privilege
set in a world of ultra-gentility and manners
This rarefied world was perfectly depicted
by Edith Wharton in her novel The Age of
Innocence; a mesmerizing portrayal of the
nineteenth-century East Coast upper class.
In more recent times, movie director Martin
Scorsese brought the story to life giving
viewers a stunning glimpse of New York and
Indeed, from the 1880s to the early 20th
century, Newport was the playground of the
newly rich Vanderbilts, Astors, Belmonts
and other industrial barons.. Their incredibly
elaborate marble houses or “cottages” with
names like The Breakers, The Elms, Marble
House and Rosecliff, were the sites of large
and lavish parties.
Today, the extravagant mansions and miles of breathtaking
Atlantic coastline make it a glorious backdrop for celebrations
of any kind – especially weddings. One of the most celebrated
Newport nuptials was that of Jacqueline Bouvier to John F.
Kennedy at her family’s summer home, Hammersmith Farm – an
event meticulously documented in many glamorous photographs.
Wedding planner extraordinaire, Nancy Swiezy, owner of A
Newport Affaire (anewportaffaire.com) explains the lure of
Newport. “A Newport wedding is a remarkable experience. It’s
the original Hamptons, after all, and attracts many stylish couples
wishing to marry in extraordinary surroundings.” Swiezy, an expert
on Newport celebrations, recently planned and orchestrated a
wedding for a family at Marble House.
Newport is filled with breathtaking locations. One
of the most idyllic sites is Cliff Walk – a historic
path that combines the natural beauty of the shore-
line with the architectural history of the oceanfront
estates. Amid these romantic surrounding sits The
Chanler at Cliff Walk (thechanler.com), a boutique
hotel whose grace and grandeur is perfect for an
Newport is truly an American phenomenon, a
monument to a unique time in the country’s history.
It is a magical place whose mystique inspires and
compels those wanting to enjoy a special celebra-
tion – one that will be shared and treasured by dear
friends and family and provide lasting memories.
Create Wedding Magic in Legendary Newport
"A Newport wedding is
a remarkable experience.
It’s the original Hamptons,
after all, and attracts many
stylish couples wishing to
marry in extraordinary
From the 2008 Spring NYSJA Newsletter