Blog  The Story Behind The Stories



     Have you ever had a moment where something funny or unpredictable happened and you thought to yourself "Man, I'm going to remember that for a long time?" As a Rhode Island wedding photographer, I have more of these moments every year than I could even imagine trying to count. 

     Weddings are the ultimate thrill ride for me. A once-in-a-lifetime day full of special moments and memories that I know my brides and grooms will cherish for a lifetime. With that typically comes a timeline full of things to do, a unrelenting stress for everything to go perfect and, eventually, enough alcohol to wipe away any inhibitions if things don't go exactly how you envisioned them.

     Back in the fall of 2014, when I was just starting my career as a wedding photographer, I thought it would be a good idea to do what everyone on the internet was doing back then: write a blog. The problem, I would discover, was I had nothing of note to say. So I did what any good photographer does: Let the photos speak for themselves. 

     It took me a while to find my voice as a blog writer but I'm so glad I did as I genuinely believe my blog writing has become a key part of documenting a wedding for my couples. These are the inside stories behind the stories of the wedding days that I will remember for the rest of my life. 

     Whether you're planning your own wedding or you just like looking at cool wedding photos and finding out more behind them, I hope you genuinely enjoy these articles. Going forward I will continue writing separate blog entries for each wedding and engagement session I shot and, soon, I will start adding some exciting wedding-related articles I hope help brides and grooms in their quest to plan the perfect day. 

     For now, though, enjoy a stroll back through my favorite stories and images of recent assignments and, as always, thanks for reading.



Private Residence, Fall River, Massachusetts 

Date: May 16th, 2020

     What do you do if you're a bride and groom planning a wedding and a global pandemic forces you to cancel or postpone? Well, if you're Elizabeth and Steve, you refused to let it ruin a day you worked so hard for and you find a socially distant and safe way to say "I do" like you planned all along.

     I had the pleasure of documenting Elizabeth and Steve's elopement this month and though it may not have been the big party they were expecting, it's was still sweet and beautiful. See why I won't soon forget this day by clicking here.

Providence Pedestrian Bridge Photos

Providence Pedestrian Bridge, Providence, RI 

Date: May 14th, 2020

     I admit, the year 2020 hasn't gone as planned. With the coronavirus pandemic shelving almost all weddings, it's been hard to stay positive. Thankfully, one of the nice things about having so much time off is I've been able to think back on some of my all-time favorite weddings as I redesign this website.  

      Keirys & Jhair's 2015 wedding is one of them and I was so happy when they reached out recently to commemorate that day with a five-year anniversary shoot that I can't help but share how much fun we had by tell you to click here.

Graduate Providence Bride and Groom Form

Providence City Hall & Cranston Portuguese Club 

Date: December 7th, 2019

     By the time I reach the end of a wedding season, every part of my body wants to sleep for four months. The last thing I typically want  is go out there for another six or eight hours and hustle around a dance floor trying to capture every moment.

     But I do. And it's because of couples like Ariel and Sathia. 

      Ariel and Sathia were married in at Providence City Hall in December and it really was the best way for me to close my 2019 season out. You can see why by clicking here.

Independence Harbor wedding photos

Independence Harbor, Assonet, Massachusetts

Date: December 6th, 2019

     December is a time full of holiday joy and renewed appreciation for your friends, family and the things that matter most in your life. 

     For Danielle and Edward, there was no greater way to show that appreciation than saying "I do" three weeks before Christmas and truly embracing the spirit of the holidays as they did.

     From custom centerpieces to a visit from Santa himself, Danielle and Edward went all in on the Christmas spirit for their wedding and it paid off with a truly magical day you can see by clicking here.

Captain Daniel Packer Inne wedding photo

Captain Daniel Packer Inne, Mystic, Connecticut.

Date: November 16th, 2019

     One of my biggest selling points as a wedding photographer is I want every couple to get the photos of their dreams regardless of their budget and/or wedding plans.

     So when Victoria came to me and said she was having a "Viking wedding" and was cutting out almost everything you see on a traditional wedding day, I just knew I had to see it for myself. And I'm glad I did. 

     Victoria and Pembroke might not have had a traditional wedding but they sure had a beautiful one and you can see it all for yourself by clicking here.

Warwick Country Club wedding photos

Saints Rose & Clement, Warwick Country Club

Date: November 10th, 2019

     I ask a lot of my couples but I have a hard and fast rule for every wedding day: I'll never ask you to do something I wouldn't. 

     So when I asked Allison and Jason to give me a few more minutes outside in the chilly November air for their formal photos, it wasn't because I was thrilled to be cold. It was because I knew the best photos were yet to come. And I was right.

     Sunset at Warwick Country Club was one of my favorite parts of Allison & Jason's wedding and you can see why, and see for yourself by clicking here.

Massachusetts wedding photos

St Mary's Catholic Church & Attleboro Elks Lodge

Date: November 9th, 2019

     One look can say a lot, especially on a wedding day, and for Rebecca and Chris, all it took was one look from the groom as his bride walked down the aisle to tell you everything about their relationship.

     Rebecca and Chris were married at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Norton, Massachusetts on a slightly chilly November afternoon but no cold could have stopped this pair from warming each other's hearts. 

     I adored this bride and groom and their wedding and if you want to see why, check it out for yourself by clicking here.

Stonehurst Manor wedding photos

Stonehurst Manor, North Conway, New Hampshire

Date: October 26th, 2019

     When you think of fall in New England, chances are you picture beautiful foliage and picturesque little old colonial towns.

     At least, that's what I always picture and few weddings have ever nailed that visual better or utilized this region at that time of year better than Jill and Chris did during their October wedding at Stonehurst Manor in North Conway, New Hampshire.

     Jill and Chris had one of the most beautiful wedding days I've ever photographed and if you'd like to see why, check it out for yourself by clicking here.

Wyndham Newport Hotel wedding photos

Wyndham Newport Hotel, Newport, Rhode Island

Date: October 25th, 2019

     Wedding days are supposed to be happy ones full of positive emotions. But what happens when you're a bride who is still grieving the loss of a father who passed away three weeks before the big day?

     If you're Bethany, you let the tears fall, take a deep breath and honor his memory with the best wedding possible.

     Bethany and Thomas were married back in Newport back in October and if you'd like to see why this was one of the most emotional weddings I've photographed, check it out for yourself by clicking here.

Cranston Country Club wedding photos

Cranston Country Club, Cranston, Rhode Island

Date: October 19th, 2019

     At least once a year, I find myself in the middle of a portrait session and something about the location we're at just clicks.

     When this happens, I'm usually caught off guard by how beautiful nature can be and find myself saying, in the moment, that these photos are going "in my portfolio." 

     And I knew that was the case the moment I photographed Cora and Dan at Cranston Country Club. To see why I was right and why their wedding photos were some of favorites all year, click here.

Lincoln Woods State Park engagement phot

Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln, Rhode Island.

Date: October 18th, 2019

     There are certain things that, to me, scream "New England" and beautiful fall colors are one of them.

     So, too, is a love of the local sports teams and Kristen and Mike managed to make both a huge part of their October engagement session at Lincoln Woods State Park.

    I may not have known this future bride and groom prior to their photo session, but it only took a few minutes to know just how fun they are and how much they love each other. You can see why I loved working with this pair so much by clicking here.

Crystal Lake Golf Club wedding photos

St. Brendan's Parish, & Crystal Lake Golf Club

Date: October 13th, 2019

     I'm a sucker for any couple that's willing to give it their all during their formal wedding photos and I knew the moment I asked Kayla and Matthew to sit down on an dock overlooking a lake — and they actually did it — that they were my kind of couple.

     Sure, I already had plenty of awesome photos from their day but, hey, you can never have too much of a good thing right?

     If you want to see why I felt so confident about Kayla & Matt's big day before AND after those dock shots, check them out for yourself by clicking here.

Wright's Mill Farm wedding photos

Wright's Mill Farm, Canterbury, Connecticut

Date: October 12th, 2019

     I have a hard time scouting locations for weddings, mainly because I know no matter when I go, things can change and look completely different from the time of the scout until the wedding itself.

     And while this was certainly true in the case of Nicole and Matthew's October wedding at Wright's Mill Farm, I'm glad it was as I couldn't have envisioned it looking more perfect than it did the day they said "I do."

     Nicole and Matt had one of the most beautiful weddings I've ever photographed and you can see why by clicking here.

St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center wedding

St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, Woonsocket, R.I.

Date: October 11th, 2019

     No matter how many weddings I shoot in my career, I never want to lose sight of why I started and why I started is the chance to work with couples like Bobbi and Jeremy.

     Bobbi and Jeremy were married in October at the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center and when I first met them, they initially had removed photography from their budget entirely. Thankfully, I was able to help them reconsider and, though their wedding was one of my smallest this year, it was no less special. See why I loved this intimate wedding day by clicking here.

Saphire Estate wedding photos

Saphire Estate, Sharon, Massachusetts.

Date: October 6th, 2019

     The hardest struggle I find many of my brides and grooms go through in planning a wedding is staying true to the tradition and pageantry of such a big day while also, at the same time, staying true to themselves. It's a delicate balancing act but it's one Jacqueline and Michael walked perfectly during their wedding at Saphire Estate. 

     Everything about Jackie and Mike's wedding was "them." Whether it was the Bruins-inspired decor or rock music playlist, this couple had a vision and stuck to it and you can for yourself by clicking here.

Crystal Lake Golf Club wedding

Crystal Lake Golf Club, Mapleville, Rhode Island

Date: October 5th, 2019

     I don't often know much about my couples before I photograph their weddings but, every now and again, all I need to see is the way they look at each other to know everything about their love and their relationship.

     Ryan and Melissa personify this concept and their October wedding at Crystal Lake Golf Club was a morning full of positive energy and a beautiful love story that I couldn't wait to share.

     Check out why this couple's love for each other was simple contagious and why their early afternoon wedding was a blast to shoot by clicking here.

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