To say that Rosecliff is an elegant venue would be a huge understatement. No expense was spared in the construction and décor of this spectacular mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. One the Gilded Age mansions (it was completed in 1902), it has the look and feel of a palace. Any bride getting married there must truly feel like a princess!
Nina and Sean held their ceremony on the expansive back lawn overlooking the ocean.
Guests were greeted at Rosecliff’s front entrance by bagpiper Ian MacConnell while our quartet played prelude music out back. The grounds are so large that we never even heard him! He led the groom and best man down the aisle, too. Who doesn’t love a man in a kilt!
Nina and Sean chose Handel “Air” and Bach “Air” for the processionals, We played Bach “Arioso” during the sand ceremony and La Rejouissance for the recessional. Things were decidedly more up-tempo after we moved to the the covered veranda for cocktail hour. U2, Coldplay and Lady Gaga were a few of the requests.
As a surprise for Nina and Sean, Terri Altergott from Something Borrowed-Something New Events asked us to join the Plaid Daddy Band for their first dance. Jim Dunlop sang while the band and strings played together.