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Early spring coastal weddings can be overlooked for flashy wedding months like June and September that draw so many couples looking to get married in New England. But in all honesty, some of the most gorgeous flower options and fresh vendors looking excitedly to start their year after a winter’s rest make Early Spring the perfect time of year to tie the knot. Especially if you are ok with a bit of breeze and some cloud cover. Laura and Bryan’s early May wedding at Oceancliff was the perfect embodiment of all of those attributes. Clouds that let the sun peek out just in time for portraits. The ballroom decked out with gorgeous and romantic spring blooms by Greenlion. 

From Laura, “We love a natural, sophisticated, simple aesthetic, so our color schemes, décor, and even music were all selected with that in mind. We just wanted to emphasize the natural beauty of the venue, season, and New England coast which transcended into our vendor selection process as well. Fortunately, we ended up with a dream team who we trusted to bring our dream wedding to life!

We wanted to showcase all the love and history that came before us, the bride’s late father’s photo on her bouquet so that he could symbolically “walk her down the aisle”. We also put a major emphasis on our guests’ experience. By having our wedding on a Friday that allowed our guests to have most of the day Saturday to explore Newport—something we were excited to share with everyone! We also provided planned and suggested activities for the guests to partake in, including a rehearsal dinner at The Landing and brunch on Saturday back at the OceanCliff. ”

My favorite things about early spring coastal weddings

  • The availability of guest rooms and easy travel around Newport makes for a more affordable and easy option for guests.
  • A great time of year to travel for your honeymoon
  • Availability of stunning flowers, especially those locally sourced
  • Fresh creativity of vendors coming out of offseason
  • Overcast and cloud cover create gorgeous lighting for portraits, and folks aren’t sweating out in the hot sun


Venue: Oceancliff / Floral Design: Greenlion / Hair and Makeup: Allison Barbera / Cake: Isis Cakes / Officiant: Mike Egan of Heavenly Weddings