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
Crystal Lake Golf Club, Mapleville, Rhode Island
Date: July 23rd, 2022
Weddings are stressful events and, while it might seem like an easy thought to have, being able to laugh and joke around on the day you get married is a rare trait.
That's why I loved Megan and Louis' July wedding at Crystal Lake Golf Club so much. These two absolute sweethearts never let the stress of their day overwhelm them and, more importantly, stayed true to themselves even during one of their lives' most important moments.
And the photos? They reflected that. Want to see why? Check them out for yourself here.
St. Mary's Parish & Wyndham Newport Hotel
Date: July 9th, 2022
Like many adults my age, I have an affinity for the magic of Disney. Look, I grew up with it.
But, as a wedding photographer, that love runs even deeper because I know whenever I encounter a bride and groom that incorporates Disney into their special day that they're a fun couple that believes in fairy tales and happy ever after.
Few couples have proven that statement more than Jamie and Scott and you can see why their Disney-themed wedding really was a dream come true by checking it out for yourself here.
Danversport, Danvers, Mass.
Date: July 3rd, 2022
At its core, wedding photography is a game of patience.
In my case for Ida and Justin's July wedding date, that meant checking every couple of minutes if the sun would FINALLY let up enough for us to shoot some bride and groom portraits.
It took a while but it finally did some 20 minutes before sunset on that July afternoon and, boy, was it worth the wait. See why I loved Justin and Ida's portraits, and their wedding day as a whole by checking it out for yourself here.
Coachmen's Lodge, Bellingham, Mass.
Date: July 1st, 2022
At their core, weddings are supposed to be fun and, as much as I try to remind my couples of this, most of them get caught up in the stress and seriousness of the day and forget to just relax and enjoy themselves.
Not Emily and Josh, though. These two, who were married back in July at Coachmen's Lodge in Bellingham, Massachusetts had a wedding day that was, from start to finish, one of the most fun I've ever seen.
Want to know why? Check it out for yourself by clicking here.
Avenir, Walpole, Mass.
Date: June 26th, 2022
It never ceases to amaze me that even now, 12 years after I photographed my first wedding, I'm still discovering new venues I've never been to before that are so beautiful they blow my mind.
For Marissa and David's wedding back in June, this meant by first-ever trip to Avenir in Walpole, Massachusetts and, I've got to be honest, it was well worth the wait.
Marissa and David had an absolutely gorgeous wedding day and it was only partly because of the location they chose. See it for yourself by clicking here.
Private Residence, Danvers, Mass.
Date: June 18th, 2022
It's cliche but you can really tell a lot about a couple by the first impression you get when you meet them.
When I met Amanda and Michael after a bridal expo back in January, I knew right away they were my kind of people and their backyard wedding at the bride's mother's house was going to be fun.
What I didn't know is just how much fun it would be but when I headed out TWO HOURS into the four hours they set aside for dancing, and they were still going, I knew this would be a wedding I wouldn't soon forget. See why for yourself by clicking here.
Soprano's Casino By The Sea, Falmouth, Mass.
Date: June 17th, 2022
If there's one thing that will make or break your wedding day as a bride and groom, it's your ability to handle stress.
For Jesse and Michelle, who were married back in June at Soprano's Casino By The Sea, this meant staying calm as a downpour rolled through their area right before they walked down the aisle, delaying their ceremony by a full half hour.
Did Jesse and Michelle freak out? Absolutely not. And that's why their wedding day was a beautiful one I know they won't forget. Check it out by clicking here.
First Unitarian Church of Providence
Date: June 11th, 2022
If we're being honest, the main goal of any wedding for a bride and groom — besides, ya know, the whole getting married thing — has got to be to do something or having something so memorable your friends and family members never forget it.
For Carolyn and Lucas, I know deep down the one thing their guests will be talking about forever is the afternoon of super fun and super sweet contra dancing that everyone brave enough to take to the dance floor loved instantly. Want to see why? Check it out for yourself by clicking here.
Wright's Farm, Burrillville, Rhode Island
Date: June 3rd, 2022
I've said this more times than I can count but I genuinely believe WHERE you get married says a ton about who you are as a bride and groom.
That's why I knew Amanda and Chris were my kind of people when they told me they have their big day at Wright's Farm in Burrillville, Rhode Island.
Wright's Farm is an institution in the Ocean State and is beloved for their family-style meals and amazing atmosphere and both were true on the day made their marriage official-official. Want to see why? Check out this awesome wedding for yourself by clicking here.
The Pond House Cafe, West Hartford, Connecticut
Date: June 2nd, 2022
I love the beauty of New England. No matter how long you live here, you still discover new things to fall in love with and, for me, I can't see any other new location hitting me quite like the Pond House Cafe did for Ryan and Stephanie's wedding back in June.
How special was this spot? Well, it was so nice that neither I, the bride or groom cared even a little that it was raining during their first look. We just HAD to take photos here.
And you know what? It was worth it. Want to see why?Check it out for yourself by clicking here.
Saphire Estate, Sharon, Massachusetts
Date: May 20th, 2022
Among my biggest worries on a wedding day is whether or not a bride and groom will have time to actually enjoy themselves.
Weddings are stressful and they go by the blink of an eye but, thankfully, sometimes it's quite obvious when a bride and groom are making the most of every moment.
Case in point: Jennifer and Zachary, who turned the last hour of their reception into the most jam-packing party I've ever seen. Want to know why I feel that way? Check it out for yourself by clicking here.
Five Bridge Inn, Rehoboth, Massachusetts
Date: May 7th, 2022
One of my favorite feelings on a wedding day is the wide grin on my face that I struggle to hide when I see a bride and groom truly enjoying their day.
For some people, this is evident when they look longingly at each other during their a ceremony. For Jaclyn and Corey, it was in the way they kept making each other laugh. And I can't think of a more fitting way for these two to have become husband and wife.
Jaclyn and Corey were married in May at Five Bridge Inn and if you want to see why it was one of the most fun wedding days I've ever shot, click here.
Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island
Date: May 14th, 2022
Part of the reason I love wedding photography is I tend to attract couples with a similar attitude and mindset to me. In the case of Victoria and Daniel, whose May engagement session at Roger Williams Park is one my favorite in a long time, this meant an afternoon of inappropriate jokes and lots and lots of laughter.
Victoria and Daniel were so much fun to work with an I genuinely believe our ability to crack each other up helped bring out the best in their photos. Want to see why I feel that way? Check them out for yourself here.
Rocky Point State Park & Goddard Park
Date: May 10th, 2022
One of the biggest things that will make a photo session the best it can be is flexibility. I think that's why I knew during Courtney and Giovanni's engagement session we were in for a fun time despite some of the toughest weather conditions I've ever photographed in.
Within moments of our trip to Rocky Point State Park, it was clear this would be a challenging day and, thanks to a great backup option, we were able to deliver one of my favorite sessions of 2022 so far. See why I adored Courtney & Giovanni's engagement session for yourself by clicking here.
The Villa at Ridder Country Club
Date: April 16th, 2022
As much as I love the entire wedding photography process with a bride and groom — from our first consult until I deliver the images — sometimes it's just nice to show up, shoot and leave.
That's one of the reasons I love occasionally working as a second shooter and while I don't plan on picking up a ton of second shooter gigs this year, I am so glad I got to photograph Tonya and Matt's wedding back in April for Pretty Nerdy Photography.
Why? It was a day full of tons of fun, no stress and lots of cool moments. See for yourself by clicking here.
Lake Pearl, Wrentham, Massachusetts
Date: December 4th, 2021
As a wedding photographer, you always want to end on a strong note. Whether it's an engagement session, a wedding or an entire wedding season, there's no better feeling than walking away from something you finished feeling great about how things turned out.
And that's what I adored the most about Kevin & Jillian's December wedding at Lake Pearl.
My final shoot of 2021, I couldn't have asked for a nicer or sweeter day to close out the best wedding season of my career and if you'd like to see why, check it out for yourself by clicking here.
Newport Marriott, Newport, Rhode Island
Date: December 3rd, 2021
I have a pretty simple rule when it comes to the music at a wedding reception: If I see a live band, I know we're in for one heck of a party.
Melissa and Patrick proved this theory to me once again as their December wedding day was FULL of amazing moments on and off the dance floor.
But I've expect nothing less as this couple are amazing in so many ways on their own.
Whether it was a sweet first look, some well-timed bride and groom portraits in the cold or their sweet and touching ceremony, this is one day worth checking out.
Kirkbrae Country Club, Lincoln, Rhode Island
Date: November 21st, 2021
Whenever I'm driving home from shooting a wedding, I can't help but think about the one moment above all that defined the day for the bride and groom.
For Catherine and Sean, that moment when they asked their guests to leave the Kirkbrae Country Club ballroom and took the dance floor by themselves for one last song.
It was a storybook ending to a beautiful wedding day but it was just one moment on a day full of memories and you can check out some of the rest of this, one of my favorite weddings of 2021, by clicking here.
Bournedale Function Facility, Plymouth, Mass.
Date: November 20th, 2021
As much as I enjoy fall weddings in New England, I always find myself a bit worried when the calendar turns to mid November.
You never quite know what you're in for over the last six or so weeks of a given year so when Allison and Joe told me they were getting married by the water toward the end of November, I panicked a bit inside.
Luckily, my worries of a wintery, cold, outdoor wedding were overblown as Allison and Joe had a beautiful, warmer-than-expected ceremony that was absolutely perfect for them. Why? Check it out here.
Goddard Park, East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Date: November 11th, 2021
Anytime I book an engagement session past the first week of November or so, I'm always worried the fall colors won't stick around long enough to make the session as good as it can be.
Luckily, that wasn't the case with Jen and Domenic during their mid-November session at Goddard Park as we got one of the last good days for fall foliage.
And thank goodness we did as this couple was super easygoing and relaxed the entire time we were together. Perhaps that's why I loved their photos so much so be sure to check them out by clicking here.
Newport Vineyards, Middletown, Rhode Island
Date: November 6th, 2021
One of my favorite parts of being a wedding photographer is that, at some point during a wedding day, the people you're working with forget you're there.
That's when I get to see how they act in real life and, most times, it's beautiful and sweet. For Amelia and Giuliana, who said "I do" back in November at Newport Vineyards, it was also apparently very, very funny.
Amelia and Giuliana are an amazing couple who compliment each other so well and their wedding day was one FULL of smiling, laughing and beautiful moments. Want to see why? Check it out here.
Private Residence, Exeter, Rhode Island
Date: October 24th, 2021
One of the best reasons a couple should plan an engagement session is to really get to know their wedding photographer and how they act in a real-world environment. But it works both ways, really.
When I got the chance to work with Michael and Katie back in October, I had no idea who they were outside of one casual consultation five days earlier.
Within two hours, they went from total strangers to a couple who I loved working with and could totally envision their upcoming 2022 wedding. And the result? A beautiful fall session definitely worth checking out.
Camp Kiwanee, Hanson, Massachusetts
Date: October 23rd, 2021
There are a lot of reasons why I got into wedding photography but the main thing that KEEPS me in wedding photographer is finding really fun couples that I can be myself around .
I knew within minutes of meeting Elizabeth and Spencer that they were the exact kind of couple and were planning the exact kind of wedding I love to shoot.
What kind of wedding is that? A beautiful and romantic wedding that never takes itself too seriously. Oh ... and one that is awkward. In the best way possible. Want to see what I mean? Check it out here.
Crystal Lake Golf Club, Mapleville, Rhode Island
Date: October 16th, 2021
If you told me I could choose one specific venue, on one specific day, to shoot a wedding every year, I wouldn't blink an eye and I'd say "Give me Crystal Lake Golf Club on a Saturday in the middle of October."
Why? Because nothing says "Fall in New England" better than that. Especially with a couple as amazing as Nicole and Sherry, who were married on, quite possibly, the most beautiful day of the fall season.
I'm so glad it was them I got to photograph on this beautiful day because they took full advantage of the weather in every way. How? Check it out here.
Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island
Date: October 14th, 2021
I tell every couple I work with that the first 10-15 minutes of a photoshoot are always going to be awkward and, for the most part, it is. But I didn't need that awkward period for Ashley and Joel during their October engagement session ... and not just because I photographed a family portrait session with them two days early.
No, photographing Ashley and Joel would have been easy whether it was our first of fifth time working together. Why? Because they're awesome. Check out why I feel that way by clicking here.
Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island
Date: October 13th, 2021
There really is no better time to live in Rhode Island than the fall. It is hard to imagine something more beautiful than the foliage once the colors start to turn.
Unless, of course, you're ALSO capturing an amazing love story like Jessica and Phillip's.
What was so special about these two and their October engagement session? Well, we were taking their photos at the place Phillip told Jessica he loved her. And it was the place where he proposed. And the weather and fall colors? Absolutely perfection. Don't believe me? Check it out for yourself by clicking here.