The Atlantic Resort Newport overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, with a manicured lawn for outdoor weddings (like Meredith & Brandon’s). Cambria Suites Newport is also on property so friends & family can settle in for the weekend. After some drone footage of the grounds, Ben and I headed in to greet Meredith & Brandon, who were getting ready in suites just around the corner from each other. These two were so calm and relaxed! There was a great vibe to the day, even early on.
Brandon’s brothers were his support throughout the day and stole the show with their toasts during the reception. One of the things I enjoyed most about this day is the closeness of the families. They each have brothers – this was a day of A LOT of brothers – and share such a strong connection with their siblings and parents.
Back to the ladies. I was so impressed with the delivery of the flowers by Weedweavers Wakefield. How cool is this wooden bouquet caddy?! The flowers were stunning and this made transportation a breeze.
Meredith opened her card & gift from Brandon before getting into her gown. So so calm and ready to marry her best friend. Oh, and you’ll get a peek below at one of my instant-favorite-people-of-all-time, Grandmom below. She might be the funniest person I’ve ever met.
Meredith looked so elegant in her gown. I loved the shoulder detail, and those beautiful earrings from Brandon! Once she was ready, she met her dad for the very first look. He barely held it together, waiting patiently to see his baby girl on her wedding day. But he did it!
Brandon & Meredith asked us for help choosing locations for their first look & wedding party portraits. They rented a vintage trolley and were up for anything off-sand. I’m pretty excited about the plan we came up with…from Paradise Park for their bride & groom first look & family portraits (free of wind & rocky terrain!), followed by 3rd beach and then the cliffs at Purgatory, all within 10 minutes of the Atlantic Resort.
In Jewish tradition, Brandon & Meredith had a private ketubah signing ceremony led by Brandon’s rabbi, Rabbi Jerome David, prior to their ceremony at Atlantic Resort. In the eyes of the temple, this is when they are officially married.
The Ballroom at The Atlantic Resort is on the second floor. Step out of the elevator and you’re greeted with this gorgeous modern, airy room filled with lounge furniture and light.
Meredith & Brandon, congratulations friends. Your day was perfect. You are both so so lovely, and your families are just the same. We loved being a part of the day, and are so excited for your journey ahead!
It’s throwback Thursday! I’ve reached into the archives and pulled out one of my most favorite weddings, which took place at the beautiful Newport RI wedding venue, Castle Hill Inn. Its one of my favorites for many reasons, the biggest reason being the two beautiful people getting married – Libby & Chris. These are two of the most genuine, kind-hearted people I’ve ever met. We connected from the start, even before their firehouse engagement session…Chris is a firefighter, and he totally indulged my inner 5 year old, giving me a tour of a ladder truck and all their fire equipment. I was clearly meant to be a mom of boys!
Their day wasn’t “perfect” by general wedding day standards…it was overcast with threats of rain, and windy as anything. But it was completely their perfect day. I overheard them say several times, “this is our wedding day, and it is how it is. And that’s how we want it captured.” This sentiment still brings a smile to my face. Such amazing perspective, especially after how much time and effort goes into planning a wedding day. They were married in a secluded area overlooking the Narraganssett Bay opening with 30 of their favorite people. The rain held off just long enough for family pictures, and started just after everyone headed inside the Inn for their 5-course dinner. Theirs was a beautiful, joyful day. One I’ll always be thrilled to have been a part of.
John & Lauren’s Belle Mer Wedding in Newport RI is one of the most beautiful we’ve photographed! It was so good to get back down to Newport. Totally inspired by this beautiful city and the photo opps there. This day was a blustery one, but the sun was out in full force to make up for the wind. We started at the Hyatt Regency on Goat Island in Newport for their getting ready pictures. I love Lauren’s gorgeous Jimmy Choo’s!
I love the pride in Lauren’s dad’s eyes as he sees her in her gown for the first time.
The morning was so relaxed! It was a breeze and before we knew it, Newport Trolley was here to take us to the church. John & Lauren’s wedding ceremony was down the road at St Lucy’s in Middletown RI. The kids pulled it together perfectly for the ceremony – look at this little guy with his girls!
John’s expression when he sees Lauren is the best. And he kept stealing glances at her during the ceremony – the sweetest!
After the ceremony we headed over the Ochre Court at Salve Regina for wedding portraits. This is a gorgeous location for pictures and I’m so glad we had a bit of time between the ceremony and reception to make this stop!
We made it to Belle Mer for their wedding reception late in the afternoon, and the light was soft and beautiful.
Ben headed inside to take some pictures of this incredible Newport wedding venue while I created a few more portraits with John & Lauren outside.
Such a grand entrance into the reception! Followed by a beautiful first dance.
We snuck out just before sunset for a few minutes of quiet and a more pictures…
My favorite weddings are the ones that are personal. Chris & Libby are kindhearted, warm people who wanted an intimate wedding with an incredible location and even more incredible food. Their Castle Hill Inn wedding in Newport RI completely nailed it. Love love, love. Enjoy!