Gallery and Testimonials
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum is a beautifully landscaped 33-acre historic property situated on Bristol Harbor offering sweeping views of Narragansett Bay. A 45-room mansion, heirloom trees, 11-acre Great Lawn, seven historic gardens, and the sea combine to produce an aesthetic experience that is both exciting and refreshing.
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Wedding Date: June 22, 2014
My wife and I had been looking for different places to get married, but weren't committed to anyplace yet. When we turned the corner into Blithewold's driveway, our jaws dropped from how beautiful it was. The huge, beautiful grounds with the gorgeous building took our breath away. We walked in for our meeting with Karen Bellavance, who took us on a tour of the house and explained the location of the ceremony (Overlooking the water as we said our vows... how perfect?) and the tent for the reception (again, with water and sunset views!). She showed us a marketing video that allowed us to see the grounds in different settings and picture albums of previous brides. We were completely in love and Karen was so incredibly helpful with answering all our questions. All of our guests were equally in love with the location, they all kept commenting on how beautiful it was. During cocktail hour and as the sun was setting, our guests roamed the grounds to enjoy a special romantic moment away with their significant others. On the day of the wedding, Karen was there with her staff to make sure everything went smoothly. They guided our guests to their seats and made sure everyone was accommodated. Any time we needed anything, Karen and her staff was one step ahead of us. They were flexible when some of our pictures took a little longer; took it right in stride and still allowed our entrance to go smoothly. They kept constant communication with the vendors - half the time something was being taken care of that we didn't even realize! It was just incredibly perfect and we couldn't have been happier. Beautiful pictures, beautiful weather, beautiful location!
- From the Bride
Wedding Date: June 14, 2014
Karen- as I said to you prior to your exit on Saturday, we cannot thank you enough for the amazing job you and your staff did. Everything was so well orchestrated and flowed in a seamless manner. Your attention to detail allowed us to savor every moment of a spectacular evening!
- Francine and John (Parents)
Wedding Date: June 13, 2014
I cannot thank you enough for helping to orchestrate the most amazing wedding ever! Every detail was accounted for and I can't wait to see all of my pictures to relive it all again!
Wedding Date: June 7, 2014
We just wanted to send a quick note and say THANK YOU so much for everything. It was an incredibly memorable wedding day for us - couldn't have asked for anything more :) We received so many compliments on how beautiful the grounds were! Also, please send our sincere gratitude to Cara and the rest of the Blithewold team, all of which who were AMAZING for the entire night. They played a vital role in making sure that everything ran smoothly and helped to make our night just perfect!
Tim and Jess
Wedding Date: May 26, 2014
We LOVED having our wedding at the Blithewold. It's a gorgeous venue and the staff is very helpful and friendly. If you're looking for an outdoor venue with lush gardens and scenery and great photo ops, this is a great choice. They have a tent on the property that is used in rain or shine for your reception, so you don't have to worry about anything - they set everything up for you, and they have an excellent Plan B if it rains on your day. Aside from the beautiful venue, one of the reasons we chose Blithewold was because we knew they were prepared for anything. We felt well taken care of and our day was perfect. (And I never use the word perfect.)
Wedding Date: May 25, 2014
From the moment we saw Blithewold we knew it was the place for us. Even on a dreary November day it was beautiful. We had an absolutely perfect wedding day from start to finish, and I couldn't imagine a more perfect setting for a wedding. Karen was wonderful to work with leading up to our wedding. She ran the entire rehearsal and let us drop off a lot of items the day before. On the day of, Karen and her staff were awesome - they did a great job of ensuring that the entire night ran smoothly.
Wedding Date: May 17, 2014
Blithewold is the perfect venue to get married. The rolling lawn down to the bay, gorgeous tent with permanent stone flooring, and meticulous gardens make for the perfect backdrop for any party. With the ceremony site in the west garden facing the water, the sun sets as you are saying your vows. There are tons of perfect spots to get your photo taken- my favorites being the bamboo garden and shaded pathways. The staff was friendly, easy to work with, and extremely well organized. I didnt have to worry about anything during the day. The Blithewold staff worked closely with my caterer, band, and photographer to make sure everything ran smoothly. It is also great that there are wonderful rain contingency plans in place. I would choose Blithewold a million times over again.
Wedding Date: May 16, 2014
Thank you sooooo much for everything! Everyone has been raving about the venue and all of the staff :)
Wedding Date: May 10, 2014
Manny and I headed off to Hawaii for our honeymoon on Monday after the wedding. We are just now getting back in the swing of things which is hard to do after such a beautiful wedding and honeymoon.
Thank you so much for all that you and Karen and the team did on our wedding. Manny and I could not have been happier with the way everything came out. The place was beautiful and I can't believe it didn't rain!!! We had such a wonderful time at our own wedding...we truly enjoyed the day and evening as much as we possibly could! Our guests were so happy with the beautiful venue and the wedding...everyone had such wonderful things to say about it all. The wedding was everything I imagined and more. It was exactly as I had envisioned it and then some...truly a fairytale dream come true.
Thanks again for everything, fixing my ripped dress included:) you guys were amazing and I couldn't be happier.
Wedding Date: May 3, 2014
I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for such a beautiful wedding on Saturday! It was a great evening and everything was so perfect, we could not believe it. Everyone has been calling, emailing and texting about how beautiful Blithewold was and how nice everything was. It started with such a beautiful day, thank God, and everything until the end was great! Everyone had a great time and just wanted to say thanks again for all of your help with the planning.
- Mother of the Bride
Wedding Date: September 14, 2013
Van and I just returned from our honeymoon! We left for our trip the day after the wedding so we hadn't really had a chance to recap with friends and family. Now that we're back, that's all we have been talking about, and I wanted to send some thank yous to the people who helped make our day so amazing!
I don't know where to begin! The first time we visited Blithewold, it was a cold and rainy day and it was just under 2 years until our wedding. It was probably a little crazy to be starting the venue search that early on, but we knew we were moving to TX soon and it would be difficult to plan a wedding from across the country. We ended up looking at 8 or so venues, but Van and I both knew Blithewold was for us. We fell in love with it on a rainy, cold day, and knew if we had any luck, our wedding day would have a little better weather. And if we loved it on a bad day, we would certainly love it on a nice day.
And what a day we had! I can't imagine more perfect weather for an outdoor wedding, nor could I imagine a more perfect venue. Two weeks later, I am still receiving compliments on how the mansion is like something out of a fairy tale! The lawn, the gardens, the mansion, the tent... everything is like something from a dream! I can't imagine any place I would have been happier at on that day.
And leading up to that day, I also can't imagine a more helpful coordinator than you! You answered all my questions promptly, and didn't make me feel crazy for all my tiny details and inquiries haha I am a bit of a control freak which I know can be hard to work with, but you did a great job with making me feel as though everything was going to be great. And it was great! Thank you for all your help leading up to the day, and on the actual day Kim was fantastic as well! I couldn't believe how well everything flowed and how easy everything came together. I had dropped off so many things earlier that week, and when I saw it all set up on the breakfast porch it really took my breath away. Thank you for taking such care in arranging everything and making sure my hard work was displayed so beautifully.
I know how many weddings you have, but you really made us feel special and as if we were the only ones you cared about. I feel like we had such a unique experience and I am so glad we booked with Blithewold. It really was the perfect place to get married and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Tuesday, June 03
- Thursday, August 28
Yoga in the Garden
Wednesday, July 02
- Wednesday, October 08
Wednesday 1pm Walk-Around, a Guided Tour of Blithewold
Wednesday, July 02
- Wednesday, October 08
Wednesday 2:30 pm Walk-Around, a Guided Tour of Blithewold
Monday, July 21
- Friday, July 25
Camp Sequoia - Junior Picasso
Wednesday, July 23
Music at Sunset - Ivy Leaf
Thursday, July 24
Artist Workshop: Allison Newsome - Shell Grotto Tile Workshop: Sculpture Embraces Horticulture
On formality and fine tuning
(Jul 18, '14)
Mother Nature dumped almost three more inches of rain on Blithewold this week and the gardens responded by growing with an exuberance bordering on, and even crossing over the line to loose, lush informality. I have a hard time defining formality when it comes to gardens though I’m sure I know it when I see […]
(Jul 11, '14)
The gardens are going through a bittersweet transition from June’s hurrah to a mid-summer huzzah, and although we sometimes experience a “July gap,” the shift seems pretty seamless this year. Delicate oxeye daisies gave way almost overnight to beefy Shastas, echinaceas, and rudbeckias. Sturdy summer phlox are taking over, as we speak, for the elegance […]
(Jul 11, '14)
It is very hard to believe that a month has passed since my last post, Getting it done. Even more incredulous are the vast changes the garden has seen since that time. For instance, the peas went from looking like this… To being a week past due for pulling out! I had been hoping they […]