After meeting Peter Enestrom in 2013 and getting engaged in Antigua with a custom-designed sapphire ring and steel drum band in the background in 2015, Stephanie Brag, cofounder and CEO of customizable womenswear brand Dee Hutton, embarked on 14 months of wedding planning. The result: her wedding to Peter on June 18, 2016, at a private home in Newport, Rhode Island. The summer celebration was well-attended, with 350 guests from 16 different countries. And since the bride's paternal family lives in France, French accents—like lavender and rosé—pervaded the entire day's affair.
Keep reading to see photos, by Corbin Gurkin Photography, of how Tara Guérard Soirée created Stephanie's vision for a Rhode Island wedding that was equal parts “romantic, colorful, whimsical, feminine and preppy chic.”
With its rolling lawn and pool and ocean views, the estate served as the perfect spot for the ceremony, with the reception following at the New York Yacht Club.
Stephanie was able to design her wedding gown with her best friend and matron of honor, Nedenia Hutton Craig, who is also her partner at Dee Hutton. But actually, Craig had already designed the gown (in her head) before Stephanie was even engaged! The final creation was made of 13 layers of tulle, gazar, and chiffon fabrics, with two layers of Chantilly lace. “The dress was built to look very light and as if it were floating while I walked," Stephanie says.
Her second dress of the night was also designed with her bestie, and was a V-neck embellished dress with a drop waist and circle skirt covered in hand-sewn beaded flowers. “It was the perfect dress for dancing: sparkly, flirty, and fun.”
Stephanie wore diamond-and-pearl earrings, borrowed from her grandmother, as her "something old"; a diamond bracelet from her matron of honor served as her "something borrowed"; and the bride's sapphire engagement ring was the perfect "something blue."
The bridal bouquet incorporated lots of pink, purple, green, and white, including white peonies, lavender, white roses, ranunculus, and pale pink sweetheart roses.
Instead of dressing her 11 bridesmaids in the same exact dress, Stephanie asked them to wear custom silk georgette gowns by Dee Hutton, in varying pastel shades and styles. “They were staged in a way so that when the bridesmaids were standing together in a line it was like a tight pastel rainbow ranging from mints to ice blues to lavenders to pinks,” she says. Her mom and the groom’s mother both wore custom gowns too.
The day's festivities started at 4 p.m., when the sun was still strong, so the couple provided parasols for everyone.
A highlight of the wedding for Stephanie was the intricate floral arch that was created for the ceremony with all her favorite flowers (lavender, roses, peonies, and hydrangeas). She credits that element along with the bridge over the pool and stage at the ceremony site to her planner, Tara: “She’s a creative genius and really helped bring my vision to life.”
The bride entered on a platform that was built on top of the pool, while guests watched from wooden benches set up on either side.
The couple’s escort card station was a hit. “Tara created an incredible flower stand, reminiscent of a French farmers' market, filled with little bouquets of lavender with each guest’s name and table number calligraphic on the paper holding them,” says Stephanie. Many of the male guests put the bouquet in their jacket pockets for the evening. And at each seat was a lavender seed packet for planting later.
During the cocktail hour—as hors d’oeuvres and local beers were served—an electric violinist played old classics and contemporary songs.
Because it was nearly the longest day of the year, meaning the sun didn’t set until around 8:30 p.m., Stephanie and Pete used only small votive candles in the dinner area of their tent. They also made sure that each seat had an ocean or sunset view!
“The ceiling of our tent was out of this world,” says Stephanie. “Tara and her team created the most stunning draping in striped pastels that really transformed the space into a pastel wonderland.” In addition, green and white toile tablecloths referenced the bride's French roots, and coordinated with the custom-made dance floor, which was also mint-green and white.
To end the classic Rhode Island wedding on the right note, guests sent Stephanie and Peter off with a sparker exit, as they ran to a waiting 1928 yacht that took them to the after party at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. “We even handed out party swag, like neon wristbands and headbands, to tie into the tennis theme,” says Stephanie.
Reception Venue & Catering: New York Yacht Club || Planner & Floral Design: Tara Guérard Soirée || Cake & Desserts: Confectionary Designs || Rentals: Newport Tent; Rentals Unlimited; DC Rentals; Rentals to Remember || Bride's Dress and Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dee Hutton || Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Groom’s Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna || Hair: Stilisti Salon and Kelly Novobielski || Makeup: Beauty Muse Bridal || Music: New York Virtuosi; Big Swing & The Ballroom Blasters || Audio Visual: Ormonde Productions || Paper Products: Lettered Olive || Photography: Corbin Gurkin Photography || Videography: Siegel Films || Transportation: Newport Limo; Viking Tours || Valet: Valet Connection || After Party: International Tennis Hall of Fame || After Party Caterer: Pranzi || Getaway Boat: Antique Yacht Collection Inc.