Our wedding in Newport, RI was a destination wedding for many of our guests, so we really wanted to go above and beyond to provide a full weekend of activities! One of the things we loved most about our venue was their partnership with the Schooner Aurora, a beautiful sailboat docked in Goat Island, RI.
All photo credit: Plugovoy Photography
From the Schooner Aurora history provided:
“…AURORA is a descendent of a class of sailing vessels dating back to the early 1700’s. Schooners are a refinement of Dutch fore-and aft sailboats that plied the North sea in the 1600’s. The term schooner reportedly came from comments of a spectator viewing the launching of a new ship in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1713. The spectator remarked, ‘See how she scoons!’
Aurora, originally named Lou Ann, was designed and built, in 1947 in Thomaston, Maine, to be used as a motor powered sardine or herring carrier…Schooners are of particular historic significance. They were designed and built for speed so that they could get their catch back to the competitive market. From the races to market were born races for sport.”
We welcomed our immediate family and friends with a sail through Newport harbor. We had about 60 guests on board Friday for the afternoon before our rehearsal dinner and welcome reception. We were SO LUCKY with the weather the whole weekend especially since there was a storm the wekeend before! Despite being late September it was sunny, 70 degrees, and not a cloud to be seen!
The entire experience was perfect from start to finish. From booking the sail to the friendly crew on the boat, we truly enjoyed our experience and highly recommend taking a sail next time you’re in Newport.
It was truly the best way to start our wedding weekend! Sean and I had QUITE the morning the day before our wedding (that’s a whole other blog post coming soon)!
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