The home, according to its own historical records, was built in 1891 for Oliver Belmont. It was built to “serve as a summer cottage for him and his many horses.”
Belmont’s Rhode Island home, designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt, came with an “enormous carriage room and stables—with cream and maroon tiles lining the walls, yellow brick pavement, and a central marble trough.” The website adds, “Belmont could ride his horses from the stables to the grounds and all the way to the ocean. The mansion had a single bedroom in it, so he could live in privacy with his horses.”
Since its original construction, the home has changed hands many times and is currently owned by Carolyn Rafaelian, the CEO of the jewelry line, Alex and Ani.
The home was the ideal venue for a wedding as romantic — and as massive — as Lawrence’s. According to E! News, the wedding was attended by 150 guests including celebrities like Adele, Emma Stone, Amy Schumer, Kris Jenner, Ashley Olsen, Nicole Richie, Cameron Diaz, and Sienna Miller.
"Guests were greeted on a lawn with cocktails served in copper mugs," a source shared with E! News. "The wedding had all the touches of fall with dark-colored flowers, apples in baskets and open fire spits roasting beef. All the food was prepared outdoors with wood-roasted fish and heirloom roasted carrots and squash as part of the menu."
According to the source, all the guests went inside following the ceremony for an absolute banger of a reception,
It kicked off with guests eating family-style at long tables in the mansion’s reception all. Then, they all took the dance floor for the rest of the evening.
"They had a DJ and everyone danced for hours," the source said. "They played all the classics from Jackson 5 to Aretha Franklin. Nobody wanted to leave. Many stayed until 2 and 3 a.m.”
Don’t worry, Lawrence fed all her guests late-night snacks too. According to People, she enlisted the help of Boston’s Baddest Burger Food Truck and Maine-ly Lobstah to serve her guests chicken sandwiches, French fries, and hamburgers into the wee hours of the morning.
But, they didn’t stop there.
"It was an all-night party," the source added. "Jennifer and Cooke didn't leave Belcourt until 5:30 a.m. They were the last guests to leave. The looked very happy but tired. Jennifer had on a long-sleeved jeweled dress. Her hair was up with strands framing her face."
Now that the big day is over hopefully the two can spend a few extra days enjoying everything Newport has to offer all season long. Want to see the venue for yourself? Check out the mansion's tours available every weekend. Advance tickets available here.