Once engaged, Lindsey Lyons and Michael Pratt envisioned a summer destination wedding—“a place where our families and guests could enjoy a vacation,” she says. They took a trip to Newport, Rhode Island and fell in love with the town. Of course, when they saw Castle Hill Inn for the first time, it was clear there was no other venue for their August 2019 nuptials.
At Wedding Atelier in New York City, Lindsey showed her bridal consultant her wedding Pinterest board, and she came back with a “classic with a twist,” Sareh Nouri gown. “I tried on my dress and didn’t want to take it off,” Lindsey remembers. “I actually stood twirling in it for almost an hour, so it was a pretty easy decision.”
To complete her bridal look, Lindsey also wore Jennifer Behr earrings and her mother’s bracelet, and her “something blue” was her grandmother’s sapphire ring. For footwear, Harriet Wilde was hosting a trunk show, and the bride chose a pair of ivory, floral block heels. Bridesmaids complemented her well in Jenny Yoo dresses in Mayan blue, Morning Mist, Whisper blue, and Serenity blue.
Mike and his fiancée agreed that he should go for a classic tuxedo. At The Black Tux showroom, they loved a midnight blue tux with black lapels and a black bow tie. And he made an accessory change after the ceremony. Lindsey shares, “The die-hard Boston sports fan that he is, Mike bought Patriots cuff links that he wore for the reception.”
On a sunny, summer late afternoon, on the lawn of Castle Hill, the bride walked down the aisle with her father to meet Mike under a beautiful arbor in front of panoramic ocean views. One of their best friends from college, who was there from the start of their relationship, married the couple in a heartwarming ceremony. “The one time I teared up during the ceremony was listening to my eleven-year-old cousin sing ‘I Was Made for Loving You’ by Tori Kelly, accompanied by piano,” Lindsey says. And Mike adds, “I was happy because I was marrying my best friend, and it was the best decision I was ever going to make.”
Once officially wed, the 200 guests seamlessly made their way under the outdoor tent. The space for dinner was decorated with beautiful, hanging delphiniums and greenery by Greenlion Design that spread nearly 30-feet long, and tables were set with fabulous linens from La Tavola Fine Linen.
After the delicious meal, Lindsey made a quick outfit change into a BHLDN ivory gown with delicate floral appliqués and an illusion back. “I loved going up to the bridal suite during the reception with my sister, cousins, and friends to change into my second dress and of course, enjoy a glass of champagne,” she says.
Back on the dance floor, the newlyweds had their first dance to “Beyond” by Leon Bridges. “Before we even got engaged, Mike turned to me when we were taking an Uber home and said, ‘Wouldn’t this be the perfect first dance song?’” Lindsey remembers. The last song of the evening with Sugarbabies Inc. was “Mr. Brightside,” and friends decided to lift the couple up into the air, while they were holding hands and singing at the top of their lungs—a rousing end to the night…until the after-party.
Remaining revelers headed to The Red Parrot downtown for drinks, pizza, and wings. And the next month, the new Mr. and Mrs. went to Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete for a dazzling Mediterranean honeymoon.
Lindsey+Michael | Castle Hill | Newport, RI | Wedding Film from StopGoLove.