Blog — The Story Behind The Stories
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORIES
- YET ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG -
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.
MY LATEST BLOG POSTS
St. Rocco's Rectory & Warwick Country Club
Date: August 27th, 2021
About two years ago, when I photographed Brittany and Giovanni's engagement session at Colt State Park in Bristol, I made sure to comment how I loved this couple because they were so flexible and patient.
But I had no idea how key those qualities would be on their wedding day.
After a beautiful ceremony at St. Rocco's Rectory, Brittany and Gio had their reception at Warwick Country Club on what might have been the hottest day of the day. But that didn't stop us one bit and you can see why their patience made the day so great by clicking here.
Harbor Lights, Warwick, Rhode Island
Date: May 30th, 2021
I'm just being honest. Few things disappoint me more than bad weather on a couple's big day. But that's why I have a special place in my heart for brides and grooms who refuse to let Mother Nature rain, literally, on their parade.
Kristen and Michael are an example of why I will always love these types of couples as the pair didn't sulk once on the way down the aisle for their rainy Memorial Day weekend wedding. In fact, I don't think any kind of weather could have ruined this day. See why I loved this wedding for yourself by clicking here.
Camp Hoffman, South Kingstown, Rhode Island
Date: August 21st, 2021
There are certain moments that define a wedding day and one of the biggest ones is when a groom sees a bride for the first time. I've shot a LOT of weddings in my day but few of those big reveal moments were more touching or beautiful than Daniel's was when he saw Clarissa walk down the aisle back in August.
Dan's reaction was so emotional that I thought, for a moment, he was joking. But he wasn't and I can't blame him for wiping away a tear because this was a day full of tears. The best and happiest ones. Why? Check it out for yourself by clicking here.
Colt State Park, Bristol, Rhode Island
Date: August 17th, 2021
I can tell a lot about a couple by how their approach their engagement sessions. For some, it's just a formality that they want to get past in order to collect enough photos for a Save the Date. For others, it's something they eagerly await and have a ton of fun doing.
Zachary and Jennifer were the latter and their August engagement session at Colt State Park was easily one of my favorites of 2021 so far., even before we were treated to the best sunset of the summer. Want to see why? Check it out by clicking here.
Saphire Estate, Sharon, Mass.
Date: August 1st, 2021
Wedding days are among some of the longest, and busiest, days of your life. For Ann and Andrew, that was even more true than most couples as the pair had not one but TWO wedding ceremonies on the day they became husband and wife.
But, although their wedding day consisting of a traditional Vietnamese ceremony and an American wedding ceremony and reception may have been long, I know they wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.
Why? Because it was perfect from start to finish. Want to know why? Check it out for yourself by clicking here.
The Barn at Wight Farm, Sturbridge, Mass.
Date: July 31st, 2021
As much as it hurt to see several of my brides and grooms postpone their 2020 weddings to 2021, one consolation I've been able to take is that, so far, it doesn't seem as if these grand celebrations one year later are any less special.
Karen and Steve's certainly wasn't. The pair had their "official" wedding back in July and, though they'd eloped in a small ceremony over a year earlier, their wedding at the Barn at Wight Farm in Sturbridge, Massachusetts was still perfectly them. How so? Click here and see it for yourself.
Saint Mary's Parish & Wyndham Newport Hotel
Date: May 22nd, 2021
It's rare that one moment will sum an entire wedding day but it's even rarer that it might sum up an entire wedding season.
And even though it's still spring, I think my favorite moment of the 2021 wedding season may have come during Allegra & Nick's May wedding reception that I photographed for George Street Photography.
After a beautiful first dance, Allegra and Nick let loose on the dance floor for one of the most fun dance medleys I've ever seen at a wedding. Want to see why I loved it so much? Click here to see it for yourself.
The Towers, Narragansett, Rhode Island
Date: May 16th, 2021
One of the most creatively freeing things you can do as a wedding photographer is second shoot for another photographer and, even though I hadn't done so for three years, when the opportunity presented itself to work with Pretty Nerdy Photography on Becca and Ryan's May wedding at the Towers in Narragansett, I just had to say 'yes.'
I'm so glad I did as Becca and Ryan's wedding was a ton of fun to shoot and a rewarding experience creatively. Want to see why? Click here to see some of my favorite photos from their big day.
Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island
Date: July 7th, 2021
There was a moment at the tail end of Catherine and Sean's engagement session that told me exactly why I adored this bride and groom.
Having just finished up, I asked the two if they wanted to drive around the park we were at to find a better spot for sunset shots. They said yes and though we weren't successful, that flexibility told me all I needed to know about their wedding later this year.
I loved Catherine and Sean's engagement session and if you want to see why, check it out for yourself by clicking here.
Our Lady of the Rosary, Providence, Rhode Island
Date: June 12th, 2021
I always know I'm in for a great wedding day when I sit down with a couple for the first time and they have a very clear vision of what they want their wedding to be.
Mark and Julie were one of those couples and, partly because of the coronavirus pandemic but partly because of their own personalities, the first thing they told me was their wedding day would be a simple, short and intimate event.
But that doesn't mean it was any less special. In fact, I can't think of a way they could've made their wedding more perfect. Why? Check it out for yourself.
Private Residence, Glocester, Rhode Island
Date: June 5th, 2021
There aren't a lot of bright sides to be found through the coronavirus pandemic but one I'm particularly thankful for is the way in which it allowed couples to really figure out what the most important aspects of their wedding day would be.
For Paige and Ryan, that meant scrapping plans to host their event in a venue that may or may not have been under severe pandemic-related restrictions and opting, instead, for a backyard wedding ceremony and reception that featured a full pool party and dunk tank and was so right for them. Want to see why? Click here.
Saint Mary's Parish & Lake Pearl
Date: May 21st, 2021
I love a couple that makes each other laugh and few couples in all my years photographing weddings ever spent more time giggling on their wedding day than Lindsey and Andrew.
Lindsey and Andrew were married at Saint Mary's Parish in Franklin, Massachusetts and what they lacked in silliness for their traditional ceremony they more than made up for with a wild reception at Lake Pearl in Wrentham, Massachusetts. In fact, their reception was so much fun that I had to stay until the end even though I wasn't even booked to. See why by clicking here.
Colt State Park, Bristol, Rhode Island
Date: June 20th, 2021
It's always a bit concerning when you don't get to shoot an engagement session for a couple who have booked you to photograph their wedding until just a few weeks before the big day. What if you don't click? What if they hate the photos? What if they had a negative experience?
Thankfully, in my experience, some of the best couples are the ones you get to work with for the first time right before their big day and Ann and Andrew were no exception. Want to see why? Check out their June engagement session for yourself here.
Quonset 'O' Club, North Kingstown, Rhode Island
Date: May 15th, 2021
If there's one thing all of my 2021 couples have in common, particularly those getting married in the spring and summer, it's that planning a wedding was definitely touch and go for a while.
It's hard to fully know what your big day is going to look like when you're in the midst of a global pandemic but, for Evan and Alex, as long as they were husband and wife, their wedding day was going to be a success. And when the rules changed and let them have the wedding of their dreams? Well, it was worth all the stress. See why for yourself by clicking here.
Charleston Yacht Club, Charleston, South Carolina
Date: April 3rd, 2021
Each year, by the time spring rolls around, I'm counting down the days until the start of a new wedding season. Despite having 11 years experience as a wedding photographer I'm still as excited for a bride and groom's big day as I was on my first assignment.
Even so, I don't know if I've ever looked more forward to a wedding season than 2021. And I can't say I've ever been more eager for a "first wedding of a year" than I was for Stephanie and Stephen's big day in Charleston, South Carolina back in April. Want to see why? Check it out for yourself by clicking here.
The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass.
Date: December 12th, 2020
As tough as 2020 has been, by far the hardest challenge as a wedding photographer is finding a way to stay positive. But that's twice as hard when you're a bride and groom set to get married and the coronavirus pandemic forces you to postpone your wedding.
In the case of Jillian and Kevin, staying positive meant "taking back" the wedding day they lost with a special engagement-style photo session.
The result? One of my favorite sessions of 2020 and the absolute perfect way for me to close the year out.
Want to see why? Check it out for yourself here.
St. Mary's Catholic Church, Norton, Massachusetts
Date: December 5th, 2020
How do you stay positive when it seems like everything is going off the rails? That's a question I'm sure many of us have asked this year but, for Victoria and Keith, it's one that defined their wedding day.
Not only were this bride and groom forced to cancel plans for a beautiful wedding reception thanks to a global pandemic but even the day of their ceremony was beset by never-ending rain and horrid weather.
Yet, this couple not only stayed positive but they had an amazing wedding day DESPITE the obstacles. Want to see how? Check it out for yourself by clicking here.
Granite Rose, Hampstead, New Hampshire
Date: November 22nd, 2020
The year 2020 has been a trying one was many brides and grooms but, at the end of the day, I've found the most important thing a couple can do when planning a wedding is not to lose sight of the ultimate goal: Getting married to the person you love.
Michael and Christina kept that goal in mind as they planned their late November wedding day and though it may have been smaller than they initially thought, it was the absolute perfect day for so many reasons. Want to see why? See for yourself by clicking here.
Borderland State Park, North Easton, Mass.
Date: October 17th, 2020
I'm a big believer that the work you put into a photo session will directly correspond with the work you get back. Perhaps that's why when Chelsea, Brandon and I stood inside Borderland State Park in North Easton, Massachusetts on a beautiful October afternoon, I was willing to walk just about anywhere.
No matter how long it took.
What resulted was a near marathon engagement session that went nearly three hours and was, without a doubt, one of my favorite shoots of the entire year. Want to see why? Check it out for yourself here.
Blissful Meadows, Uxbridge, Massachusetts
Date: October 16th, 2020
I love a couple that can deal with any curve ball you throw at them and the minute I met Ashley & Justin, I knew they were one of them. And, thank goodness because they needed it on their wedding day.
Whether it was moving their ceremony indoors at the last minute, being limited to one small portion of a barn for family formals or wet weather for their bride and groom portraits, Ashley and Justin never let the weather get them down and it paid off with one of my favorite weddings of the year. Want to see why? Check it out for yourself by clicking here.
Goddard Park, East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Date: October 12th, 2020
I've always said that an engagement session is the absolute perfect way to get to know a bride and groom and, if nothing else, I learned one thing working with Alex and Evan back in October: They know how to roll with the punches.
Despite a cold and rainy afternoon, Alex and Evan decided to go through with their engagement session and I'm so glad they did as, gloomy weather or no gloomy weather, it was a beautiful session showcasing a beautiful relationship. If you'd like to see why I enjoyed this session so much, check it out here.
Goddard Park, East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Date: October 11th, 2020
One of the toughest parts about shooting an engagement session is getting to know your couple for the first time and seeing what works and doesn't work for their unique relationship and body language.
It's not often you find yourself in a situation I was in during Marisa and Larry's engagement session back in October. See, I'd already shot their wedding so we were already well aware of what to do and not do pose wise.
If that sounds odd to you, it's because it was uniquely weird to be as well but, thankfully, it worked beautiful and if you'd like to see why, check it out here.