Kim and Jack’s story is straight from a romance novel! The couple grew up together in a small town in Ohio with their very large families. Jack has 8 siblings and Kim has 5. All of the children knew each other and would play during and after school together. As everyone grew up they all went their separate ways and moved to all parts of the country. Years later at a high school reunion, Kim and Jack were reunited and well…. the rest is history!
The couple wanted their wedding to be more of a family reunion than a wedding day. Jack’s 98 year old mother was just the cutest thing! I had the pleasure of meeting her when the couple came in to meet me for the first time. This was such an exciting day not only because of a union between Kim and Jack but because Jack’s mother was able to see her entire family together under one roof again. I loved experiencing the reconnection of families and old friends as well as seeing the joy everyone had for these two. To start the day the couple wanted something that would be fun, unique and very “Newport”. That thing was a mid-day sail around Newport Harbor aboard the Aurora. There were so many people who wanted to attend that they had an additional “yacht” sail along side the sailboat. Adults and kids alike had a blast! After the sail everyone headed back to get dressed up for the rest of the evenings festivities.
The wedding was held at the Regatta Place, a perfect sea-side setting. Kim loves all things natural and in keeping with her casual/fun atmosphere decided to incorporate mosses, grass and lots of beautiful succulents. For the ceremony the couple walked in together and as you will see they were just over the moon for each other. We took a few quick portraits and then it was time to party! As the night went on and the kids decided they were done with dancing they all decided to go searching for shrimp. The light from the boats in the marina made it extra easy for them to scoop them up and keep them as pets. :)
Kim & Jack, Congratulations!!
Aldrich Mansion weddings are one of my favorites & this one was a fairytale. The couple drew their inspiration from the historic romantic charm of the mansion. It was everything they were looking for and more! Jaclyn chose the color palette of blush pink with pops of ivory and gold. The color palette was exquisite with the wooden walls of the dining rooms!
I have to say my favorite details of this wedding was Jaclyn’s Dress and her adorable shoes! Take a look at the intricate beading which embellishes front and the entire back of the gown. It gives the dress an old world feel while it is still very modern. As you can imagine, I went a little ga-ga when I first laid eyes on it. Her shoes were also a perfect mixture of old and new….. AND the pink tie on the top was just darling.
The couple were married in the chapel next door to the mansion. The ceremony was beautiful and there were lots of smiles. Just look at how Frank looks at Jaclyn for the first time as they met up at the alter. After the ceremony we had some time to drive around the property in a vintage Rolls Royce to find some great photo locations. Despite the heat, the light was glorious! Most of the formals took place outside on the patio where the guests could enjoy the water view and the setting sun. The rest of the evening was in the great hall where lots of dancing and fun took place. Jaclyn and Frank, Congratulations!
This video truly captures the emotion of the day!
Stacy and Julian’s Castle Hill Inn wedding was one for the books! It was the hottest weekend in August and they were troopers, as were the rest of my weekend’s couples!
Stacy and Julian wanted their wedding to be relaxed & fun wrapped with a romantic vibe which is exactly what it was! The day started with the boys hanging out at the bar in the main mansion while the girls were getting dressed at the Chalet. One of my favorite details of the day were the Stacy’s shoes!!! Flip-flops are always a good idea. After everyone was ready to go, Stacy’s mother wanted to surprise the bride with a blue handkerchief, a family heirloom which has been passed down to every bride in the family for over 3 generations. It was a very touching moment.
We opted to do all the photos before the ceremony so the couple enjoy cocktail hour with their guests. We used the garden for the “first-look” as it provided a little shade from the hot sun! The couple took a quick break to enjoy some local brew while we headed out to the light house. I was so excited when Stacy and Julian were open to some “exploring” which meant walking narrow overgrown paths to get to a “secret” coastal location. It was totally worth it!
As it was time for the ceremony to began, dark ominous storm clouds were building behind the bridge. We lucked out that it never rained but I think the clouds made for a very dramatic backdrop (& fantastic sunset). As the ceremony was coming to a close the officiant read a passage which was very apropos as it made reference to rain and thunder which made everyone burst out into laughter.
The rest of the evening was filled so many fun things! Couple signature beers, lawn games including a corn hole set that Julian had made, a s’more bar by the campfire and of course lots and lots of dancing! Julian and Stacy, Congratulations!!
Venue: Castle Hill Inn | Florist: Broadway Florist | DJ/band: Bill Bibeau with Rhythm Express DJ Service | Officiant: Honorable Peter Regan
| Cake/Dessert: Castle Hill Inn | Makeup/Hair: Wavelengths Salon | Planner: Molly Emond, Castle Hill Inn
Carly & Ralph’s Belle Mer wedding was a night to remember! It was a hot sunny July day with a warm but pleasant breeze blowing off the bay – the perfect summer day.
The couple used both of the beautiful spaces of Belle Mer. The Island House is a great getting ready space because it is a large white room flooded with soft natural light. The girls were getting prepared here while the boys were over in the Salon hanging out in one of the upstairs rooms. Once everyone was ready to go we headed out front to the “green wall” to capture the first look. There were lots of smiles and a few small tears. We walked the property taking advantage of both the scenery and the wonderful props the couple had brought in. One of my favorites was the outdoor wall of fabric and chandelier.
The color choice for this wedding was also on point. The bridal party members were dressed in a stunning shade of blue which was gorgeous out in the sunlight against the water but it also complimented the romantic pink and grey palette the ballroom was decorated with.
After photos, the couple went upstairs to sign the Ketubah and to get ready for cocktail hour. In keeping with Jewish tradition the couple opted to have their ceremony after sundown so the cocktail hour came first! The ceremony was held downstairs at the Island House creating a warm, intimate atmosphere. Once they said ” I do” , kissed and broke the glass everyone headed over the Salon for lots of great food, conversation and most of all dancing! The evening ended with the lights going down and the glow sticks being lit up! Congratulations Carly & Ralph!
Venue: The Salon & Island House of Belle Mer | Florist: StoneBlossom Florals | Band: Eye 2 Eye | Videographer: Jpod Films | Cake & Dessert: Confectionery Designs | Hair and Makeup: Jennie Kay | Wedding Planner: Sherri Klein | Lighting: Ormonde Productions | Linens: Rentals Unlimited | Photobooth: Creative Event Services
I was so excited to photograph this couple’s Pierce House Wedding! When I first met the couple they told me how much they were drawn to the historic mansion because of the architecture and all the intricate details! We all know how much I love historic mansions! This mix of European details and New England history was the perfect place to have two families meet for the first time! The groom and his family are from Paris,France while the bride’s family are tried and true New Englanders.
The couple wanted a simple wedding which was focused more on their family and friends. We started the day getting ready in a room that matched the wedding perfectly! The pink walls were so unique but was a fantastic backdrop to the bridesmaids romantic pink gowns. The groomsmen were downstairs getting ready in the study. We chose to have the first look on the amazing staircase which was the feature of the home and then headed outside to explore the grounds.
The ceremony was a special one as the couple had many personal touches incorporated! The bride’s Uncle and Godfather officiated the ceremony in a very eloquent and beautiful way. The readings were not your average bible verses. The bride being a lawyer had a close friend read a passage of law about marriage. The groom being from France had a family member read an excerpt in French from Le Petit Prince (The little prince). After the vows, a gigantic dragonfly circled the bride and landed on her back. It stayed there the rest of the ceremony. Dragonflies are considered to be animals which carry the wisdom of transformation. When a dragonfly shows up in life it should remind us to bring more joy into your life and getting married is definitely a joy! After the ceremony we took a few more minutes to get some pretty “golden light” photos before the party began.
The rest of the evening was fun and it got even better when the dance floor music picked up! The French really know how to have a good time dancing! We got one last shot in front of the LOVE marquee that the caterer had made as a surprise for the bride. I was impressed and it made for a really fun shot!
Venue: Pierce House | Florist: Land Escapes Design | DJ: Scott Arrington, Murray Hill Talent | Caterer: Tastings | Officiant: Bride’s Uncle/Godfather | Bridal Dress: Judd Waddell from Allegria | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo