Andrea and Austin were married in Newport, Rhode Island. Traveling from their home in New York City, their ceremony took place at St. Joseph’s Church. They held their wedding reception at the venerable Rosecliff Mansion in Newport.
Growing up not far from Newport, we used to tour the Newport mansions when I was a kid. We’d learn about the legendary families of the Gilded Age. People like the Vanderbilts and Astors would travel from New York City to summer in cooler homes by the sea. Whenever I visited these buildings, I thought about what it was like to live — and work — in one. I’ve always romanticized the workers toiling behind the scenes as much as I do the mansion’s aristocratic residents! I loved seeing the kitchens and back staircases. Viewing the empty ballrooms, I’d imagine what their grand summer parties looked like. Now I know! I wanted these images convey some feeling of what it is to be present at Rosecliff on a summer evening. Special thanks to Li Ward who served as second photographer.