ROSECLIFF MANSION WEDDING

A wedding at Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, RI is a Gilded Age dream. Originally commissioned by Nevada silver heiress, Theresa Fair Oelrichs (Tessie to her friends), Rosecliff was designed by architect Stanford White who modeled Rosecliff after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles.

Completed in 1902, Rosecliff quickly became the social hotspot for East Coast elite. Mrs. Oelrichs was famous for her lavish parties that featured a who’s who of society including the Astors, Vanderbilts (her Newport neighbors), and the famous magician, Harry Houdini.

Rosecliff is, not surprisingly, a stunning example of the architecture of the time. The white glazed terra-cotta exterior gives the mansion a pristine, gleaming appearance that really ‘pops’ the mansion out from its plush, manicured grounds. 

The inside is what you would expect from a Gilded Age Newport Mansion – grand, opulent, decadent, luxurious. With its soaring ceilings, heart-shaped grand staircase, and the largest ballroom on Bellevue Avenue (aka Mansion Row), it’s no wonder that Rosecliff has been featured in several Hollywood films over the years. Most notably, the Great Gatsby, True Lies, and Amistad.

Despite it’s lush grandeur, Rosecliff has a warm and inviting vibe making you and your guests feel right at home. 

HISTORY OF ROSECLIFF MANSION

Rosecliff’s position as the soical hotspot of the day was, unfortunately, rather short-lived. Tessie’s husband, Hermann passed away a few short years after construction was completed. Tessie continued to live in Rosecliff until her passing in 1920. Her son Hermann inherited the property until its sale in 1941.

By 1942, the home had fallen into decay.  The result of being left unoccupied and not properly winterized, the pipes burst on the second floor flooding the home. The grand Rococo-style staircase was a giant, frozen waterfall and the ballroom ceiling cracked and caved.

Fortunately, Rosecliff’s history would take a turn for the better. In 1947, Mr. and Mrs. J Edgar Monroe purchased the home and occupied the mansion each summer for 20 years until ultimately donating it to the Preservation Society of Newport County along with a large trust fund to preserve the home. 

ROSECLIFF MANSION WEDDING CEREMONY, COCKTAIL, AND RECEPTION LOCATIONS

Wedding ceremonies are held outside on the back lawn. Dramatically set on the shores of the Atlantic and flanked on both side by Newport’s stately mansions, the back lawn is a dream-like spot to exchange your vows. You’ll enjoy the same feeling mingling with your guests and sipping on your signature cocktails on the back terrace. Receptions are held in the grand ballroom which comfortably accommodates up to 180 guests for dinner and dancing. The Salon, adjacent to the Ballroom, provides additional dinner seating for 90 guests. The Salon can also be utilized as a ceremony space (with a capacity of 130) in the event of rain.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT ROSECLIFF MANSION AS A PHOTOGRAPHER

My mother collected antiques. And when she added new pieces, she would always tell me the story behind each one. That’s what I love about Rosecliff – the story. I love the idea of being in a home that’s had occupants and guests dating back to the early 1900’s. Being there is like being a part of history.

I’m also inspired by beauty and Rosecliff, with it’s period architecture and stunning setting, is a feast for my senses. 

My favorite aspect of the home though is the intimate setting inside. I really enjoy photographing weddings that place an emphasis on spending time with friends and family. And Rosecliff’s warm, cozy setting really fosters a sense of closeness and togetherness.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE ROSECLIFF MANSION FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY

If you envision a historic mansion setting for your wedding day, then Rosecliff Mansion is hands down your ideal venue. With its historic architecture, dramatic setting, and intimate interior, Rosecliff is dream fantasy wedding come true. 

Aside from Rosecliff itself, getting married in Newport, RI is an experience. Newport has long been a fun-filled summer destination. From it’s storied history to the Newport Jazz Fest to it’s own ATP Tour Tournament to a miriad of annual sailing events, Newport, RI draws a steady stream of tourists and vacationers a like. 

It’s a perfect spot for a destination wedding!  

FAQ

Can you get married at Rosecliff?

  • Fortunately, yes! You can have your wedding at Rosecliff Mansion. 

How much does it cost to get married at Rosecliff Mansion?

How much is Rosecliff mansion worth?

  • Rosecliff was originally built in 1902 for $2.5 Million. Today it’s worth over $70 Million.

What movies were filmed in the Rosecliff mansion?

  • The Great Gatsby, True Lies, 27 Dresses, and Amistad.

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