Real Celebrations: Laura & Martin’s Schooner Sail!
A relaxing schooner sail on the Schooner Adirondack was just the ticket to kick-start Laura and Martin’s authentic Newport wedding weekend. The sail was photographed by Carrie Rodman Wedding and planned by Laura and Raina Dawn Events. Yesterday we asked this beautiful couple tell you in their own words about their yummy, unique and fabulous clam bake rehearsal dinner. In today’s post, Laura details the special moments she and her (now) husband shared with their bridal party and immediate family sipping champagne and taking in the stunning Newport coastline.
NWG: Who did you include in your Schooner Sail and when did it take place?
Laura: The schooner sail took place on the Friday before our Saturday wedding in August. We thought this would be a fun alternative to a bridal brunch for the girls and something that everyone would enjoy. The sail was just for bridal party and immediate family, making it a great time for everyone to relax and get a feel for the scenery of Newport. Our guest loved it!
NWG: What are some of the details you chose to have on the boat and did you serve food & drinks?
Laura: We had the boat trip catered by A Little Cafe. We served champagne, mimosas and Belinis (with Cipriani Belini Mix I ordered online). We had personalized cups with cute nautical sayings, and personalized knot napkins. We also had Haute Papier make letterpressed anchor coasters tied with nautical twine as giveaways to the guests.
NWG: Did your event planner assist you with this event and if so how did that help?
Laura: I planned this event myself, but Raina assisted me with sourcing and designing all of the little details (cups, napkins etc) and also with logistics.
NWG: We see you had it professionally photographed, what was that experience like and would you recommend this to other couples?
Laura: We chose to have the photographer there for the “take off” to shoot me and martin on the boat, some family boat shots, guests boarding the boat, and of course all the details. I felt it would be uncomfortable to have a photographer on board in such close quarters while on the sail. I am so glad that I captured it on film!
NWG: How did your guests enjoy the sail?
Laura: Everyone LOVED the sail! In fact our bridal party had raved about it so much to other wedding guests, that some guests planned a sail of their own for the morning of the wedding day!
NWG: Any other advice for couples considering doing a schooner sail for some of their guests?
Laura: I highly recommend it as something special for your out of town guests to experience, especially if most of them havent been to newport. It was special, and unique and something people are still talking about!