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.
James & Michele recently got married at the Squantum Association, a beautiful wedding venue just outside of Providence Rhode Island. This was our first time at this RI oceanfront venue, and it was such a treat! Such a unique venue with amazing photo opps. Though most of the magic of this day is credited to James & Michele, two incredibly wonderful people with equally as wonderful family & friends. Here’s a glimpse into their beautiful wedding day.
Maid of Honor Michelle, getting her makeup done below, is a 2x EEP Bridesmaid! You may remember her from Heather & Jeff’s wedding. Heather & Michelle are the ones who set Michele & I up, thank you again ladies! Perfect match.
Our guest book is always such a gift on the wedding day – in this case, bringing Michele to tears. Which always makes me feel good… and a little bad too 🙂
Finally it was time to put on her gown – the picture of her mom, eyes filled with love and pride for her daughter, is one of my favorites from their day, and a moment I was so glad to capture for them.
So before their first look, they both separately made a joke wondering if they should jump out and scare the other…I thought it was a crazy coincidence, until MOH Michelle’s speech. This is apparently their thing! Or at least its Michele’s thing. 🙂
They braved the cold, and rocky terrain, and wind because they trust us. And I’m so glad for this! Quantum Association is beyond picturesque – a gem oceanfront wedding venue in Rhode Island, just outside of Providence RI.
Their ceremony happens just 30 minutes or so after this picture, in the rotunda of the building in the background.
Michele is very close with her grandmother, and it was important to her to get a portrait with her. Her grandmother has the most beautiful smile, and I love the in-between moments they shared too.
Time to get married! James’s sister, edge of her seat with fingers crossed as she waits to see how her flower girls will do. Nailed it!
And then it was Michele’s turn. James’s expression below says it all. L. O. V. E. For always.
Michele rang the honorary gong to signal the end to cocktail hour, when everyone could head outside and over to the main building for dinner & dancing.
So just as cocktail hour begins James mentions – quite casually – something about firing a canon before the reception. Wait. Wait. That’s happening? Tonight?! Pretty sure Michele blocked this detail out, so we hustled out, met up with the soldiers and figured out our lighting game plan. Got it! This was a first for us, and probably for most of their on-looking guests too!
Most favorite intro picture EVER>
A wonderful November wedding for a truly wonderful couple. Congratulations Michele & James!
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…
Greg & Marybeth’s Point Lookout Wedding in upstate Maine (near Camden, which just happens to be a little slice of heaven) was the most amazing ‘destination wedding within driving distance’ and we had the privilege to capture it all. I connected instantly with Marybeth & Greg when I first started talking with these two about a year ago. When the last question they had for me before booking was:
“How do you feel about glamping?!”
(Glam-camping, that is.) I knew we had a good one on our hands. And so we’ve been looking forward to it all year. Point Lookout Resort, their wedding venue, is a beautiful combination of rustic charm, high end details, and breathtaking views.
Here’s a glimpse into their amazing wedding weekend in Camden, Maine.
Marybeth & Greg kicked off their wedding weekend at the beautiful, newly renovated Cellar Door Winery in Lincolnville ME at their wedding rehearsal dinner. So naturally, Ben and I had to check it out.
Greg chartered The Lazy Jack, a 58′ sailboat docked in Camden ME, for the guys the morning of the wedding.
Point Lookout Resort overlooks Penobscot Bay, and the view is like none other. The picture on the left is from the inside of the reception space, which is rounded out with floor to ceiling windows to let that beautiful view (and light!) in.
Marybeth & Greg’s details embraced the refined rustic beauty of their venue, from the log placecard holders to burlap, twine & lace wrapped mini-vases of wild flowers and herbs.
The bottom of the mountain is just as gorgeous. We happily shuttled down for more pictures with just the two of them. Adorable Crazy-About-Each-Other Couple + Barn + Overgrown Field + Ocean Edge = happy photog. Or any combination of those will work too!
These two have such incredible chemistry together, and I’m pretty sure I told them (and so many of their friends too!) they’re adorable about a thousand times.
I’m excited to share my last wedding of the official season with you! It’s a goodie…Jessica & Thomas’s Popponesset Inn wedding in Falmouth was absolute perfection. Seriously. This beautiful bride worked for months on all of the details and all of her efforts were so worth it. They’ve also contributed to making this one of my longest blog posts EVER. Well, that along with the beautiful portraits (taken in record time), the special moments shared throughout the wedding day and the best wedding band I’ve seen yet.
I could go on for a while about J&T here (they are both awesome people through and through and are an amazing match), but since I’ve included so many pictures, I’ll let them do the talking and just point out a few of my favorites: Jessica’s stunning gown, the rings!, the programs Jessica designed, the incredibly-coordinated table settings and centerpieces, the coolest escort cards I’ve seen (actual compasses!), the wedding party, and The Beantown Band. They’re incredibly talented, friendly and FUN. They had the entire place dancing even before dinner service was finished (which was surf and turf, a tough act to beat!).
Jessica & Thomas, we had such a great time being your Cape Cod wedding photographers. Your wedding was unreal. Enjoy!