One of the first things that Amanda and Tommy told me about their southern-inspired wedding was that they wanted it to be very, intimately, personal. They wanted to forgo having a big bridal party because so many of their friends and family members were special to them, but they didn’t need 25 bridesmaids and groomsmen to put on matching outfits and stand at the altar. Wanting to spend time before the ceremony walking around Bristol, we walked downtown while enjoying the sea, the salt, and the summer air. They wanted to listen to Tommy’s bandmates play during their ceremony, while Semia’s Southern-inspired floral designs waived in the warm breeze. They wanted to sit at their little sweetheart table in the carriage house and look at all of their favorite people enjoying a meal together. It was truly about connection and personality. Amanda’s southern background played a big part in her hospitability. Cute little grits as favors, lemonade and sweet tea for guests dotted the lawn of what felt like a big plantation porch. The night ended after Tommy performed with his band and guests grabbed sparklers and lined the driveway to Linden Place as the couple danced their way through the glowing glittery lights.
Linden Place Love: Some of my favorite things about this Bristol Gem:
- The bridal suite is huge and bright! What more could one want, especially when you get use of that bathroom!
- Bristol is the best! You still get the smalltown vibe of Newport, as well as the water views, but it’s so much easier to navigate in the summertime, and guests will be enchanted by the history and the charm.
- The beautiful buildings! Not only is the mansion itself absolutely stunning, but the porches on both sides also provide beautiful summer shade. The little building in the back is adorable, the carriage house is gorgeous, and the museum another hidden gem.
- The history! Seeing portraits of relatives of Drew Barrymore and Samuel Colt, crystal chandeliers, spiderweb glass windows, and antique rugs all add to the ambiance here.