Cole & Alleigh
South Ferry Church, Narragansett, Rhode Island (Ceremony) / Plum Beach Club, North Kingstown, Rhode Island (Reception)
September 28th, 2014*
I've been shooting weddings for a couple of years now and while I love a good outdoor, non religious ceremony, sometimes the old softy in me prefers a good ol' fashioned church ceremony. There's just something special about those traditional ceremonies where the bride and groom stand in front of all their friends and family members on their big day and I think a church adds to the seriousness of the moment if it's the right couple. Cole and Alleigh were definitely that couple and their late September wedding was a perfect one to hold in a gorgeous, historic church down in South County.
I loved a lot of things about Cole and Alleigh's wedding but, by far, my two favorite things were the groom, who I got to spend a lot of time with, and the venue. While I had never shot an event at the South Ferry Church before, it was the type of church you would see in a movie, right up to and including the tall white tower that just begged to be photographed.
And it didn't hurt that the timing of the wedding was such that we were finally starting to see some true signs of the season with fall arriving. Be it pumpkins or the earlier sunset, Cole and Alleigh's wedding was a great reminder of the change in seasons and they really rolled with it in a big way with lots of great little details that made for awesome photographs as the night wore on.
And then there was the ceremony itself. Though I had not met Alleigh prior to seeing her walk down the aisle, it was clear from the first instant that she walked in the church that she was going to be a special bride. And what I loved about this particular ceremony, besides her infectious smile, were the little moments, like when one of the ringbearers decided he didn't feel like standing still anymore and got up to walk around. Ah, to be that young again.
Shooting in South Ferry Church, while challenging, was a ton of fun. Though this little historic church was incredibly tiny, the available angles offered me the chance to show how intimate this wedding was going to be and, before all was said and done, this was by far my favorite ceremony of the 2014 wedding season.
What I liked the most was how relaxed and fun the bride and groom were though. Laid back and completely free of the traditional wedding stress, Cole and Alleigh were able to just focus on themselves and it made for a lot of fun, candid moments between the two, like this one when they hopped aboard the shuttle bus to make their way to the reception.
Cole and Alleigh were also fortunate to have a great reception site picked out as not only were we treated to a private beach, but we got a beautiful view of the Jamestown bridge. It made the sunset pictures that much nicer.
But I shouldn't have been surprised, really, as the two had tons of spectacular details planned for their guests to view.
By the end of the night, it's hard to imagine anyone who didn't leave the event with a smile on their face. Cole and Alleigh were everything you hope for in a couple and their wedding was one I'll look back fondly on for a long time.
* These photos were taken as part of my work for George Street Photography and are presented here strictly for portfolio/display purposes.