When I first met with Kristen and Adam they told me the only thing they wanted to do on their wedding day was to have fun with their closest friends and family, and that they did! The couple were married at the beautiful church of St. Augustin and the reception took place at the Newport Beach House!
Before we started the day with the couple’s private first look, each of them opened the gifts from each other. Each were very surprised with the thoughtful gifts. Kristen received her anniversary band to match her wedding band and engagement ring. It was GORG! <3 Kristen gifted Adam his personalized cufflinks but best of all she has been keeping a journal of memories and thoughts since they got engaged. It was the sweetest thing and there are still many blank pages left to fill in throughout their first year of marriage. After that we headed up to the roof deck where we had some killer clouds for a quick first look before we all headed to the church.
Kristen’s grandmother has been a huge influence in her life and she was a very important person at this wedding. It was important to have a church wedding married by Kristen’s family priest. During the ceremony the priest shared a lot of loving stories about Kristen growing up and some funny stories of Adam and his catholic experience as a child. It was a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony. After they said “I do” it was time to party on the beach.
The couple’s favorite “thing” at their wedding was their Irish band, who were excellent, that played all through their cocktail hour. They played new Irish pop music as well as the classics. “Danny Boy” was one of the last songs and it had everyone in tears. Just before sunset we headed out to the beach to get some awesome shots!
The rest of the evening was filled with lots of stories and of course dancing. Victor & his band had the dance floor packed all night long! Congratulations Kristen & Adam!
Venue: Newport Beach House | Church: St. Augustin’s | Flowers: Cherryhill Florals | DJ & Band: VictorEvents | Cocktail Hour Band: Boxty Irish Band | Videography: Summer Wind Wedding Films | Hair & Makeup: Jennie Kay Beauty | Wedding Planner: Sherri Dressler Klein | Transportation: Viking Tours | Wedding Live Wedding Painter: Mark DeSilva | Rentals: Pranzi
Melanie and Jon were married at the Renaissance Hotel at Patriot Place this past May. The venue was so fitting because Jon is very much into sports! Not only does he love all our Boston teams but he himself is a basketball coach for a college team. Mel loved the the ballroom and how it was so perfectly matched to her color theme, which was this beautiful cobalt blue with accents of gold.
This wedding was an extra special wedding as it wasn’t only a wedding celebrating two people who love it other but it was also a celebration of life. While the couple was dating, Melanie was diagnosed with Lymphoma and it was a long, hard road to recovery. I can only imagine the amount of emotion that was present during this time for them both but everyone was cheering Melanie on as she beat the odds and is now in 100% remission! This part of their lives made them so much stronger as individuals and as a couple and all of this needed to be celebrated!
The bridesmaids were dressed in long blue dresses and carried a beautiful selection of posies, blue hydrangea, lavender freesia and wild queen anne’s lace! To add something special to her “wedding” Melanie’s engagement ring was made from her grandmother’s engagement diamond so she would always have her close to her heart. Her dress was so unique with it’s low lying waist and the intricate stitching made of gold thread. She also wore a gold drop earrings and the most fun gold strappy shoes. This lady is so smart, she bought the matching sandals to wear at the end of the night to her “groove” on. To compliment the ladies, the men wore grey suites with blue and grey striped ties & socks. Jon wore a special set of cufflinks and his favorite watch! Along side the watch he wore his bracelet which has Melanie’s initials on them, something he never forgets to wear.
The couple’s theme to their wedding was based around love of music. They were both “band nerds” and are still very much in love with all kinds of music. The tables were all named after favorite songs of the couple. The place card was hidden inside sheet music envelopes and the record sign read “take ‘note’ of your seat. I thought that was very clever! The tall centerpieces were beautiful with the hanging crystals and the low floral arrangements sat on top of records which actually spun around as if it were on a record player. I remember Mel talking about her vision for the tables and she was so excited to see it all come to life! The couple also had a record which was for their save the date and then a second one for their thank you cards. It was so sweet! Speaking of sweet, the cake topper was adorable as it was a heart and G-clefs.
Once the ceremony was over and pictures were taken the party got started and the dance floor was packed until the end of the evening. Melanie & Jon, Congratulations!!!
Venue: Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel | Florist: Designing Images Florist | Band: Groove Authority | Videographer: Freeze Frame Productions | Officiant: Father Lenny Nelson | Cake/Dessert: Montilio’s Baking Company | Makeup/Hair: Angela Mangano
Hallelujah, the sun does exist! After weeks of grey, cold rainy days, summer emerged and gave the most perfect day of warmth and sun. This couple had been waiting for the right time to get those golden-light shots out by the water. We chose the quintessential Newport location, the Castle Hill lighthouse. This location offers one of the best views of the Newport Bridge, the open ocean and the setting sun! We had such a fun time wandering around finding the beautiful light! I can’t wait to photograph their wedding next year the Viking Hotel!
Wedding season is officially here and I love that we started this season off with a springtime engagement session at the Elms Mansion here in Newport! Michael and Mary are getting married at the end of June at the beautiful Linden Place Estate in Bristol! I love seeing what couples are going to wear to their engagement session and how the outfits always perfectly match their personalities and the backgrounds! Mary wore the most gorgeous soft pink dress and jacket outfit which was perfect for the pink blooms and the pastel colors of the historic home. The Elms mansion is also one of my favorite locations to photograph because of the potential it has. Every season the grounds offer something new to work with whether it be blooming trees, green leaves in all it’s glory on the willows or the dance the sun has on the grounds as it moves across the sky throughout the year. This session was so much fun and I’m very much looking forward to their wedding in June.
Anglea and Trevor’s OceanCliff wedding was everything this couple could have dreamed of and more! The bride is a professional wedding planning for the Exquisite Events team here in Newport so I knew this was going to be an amazing event!
One of my new found loves to photograph are the invitation suites! I love placing them and adding all the little extras of ribbons and flowers. Angela and Trevor’s classic black and white suite was beautiful! The invitations were set to be mailed before the New Year so a tag that read “Happy 2017! The start of something wonderful” was affixed to the suite by a lovely blush dupioni silk ribbon. A great little personal well wishes to their guests.
Angela and her ‘maids wore custom PJ’s as they sipped champagne and began bridal prep in the gorgeous gatehouse at OceanCliff. The ladies all wore elegant black lace gowns made by J.Crew here in Rhode Island. The maid of honor, the bride’s sister, wore a flower crown as a nod to their families Polish heritage. Trevor was looking dapper in his custom suit made by Michael Hayes here in Newport. I just adored the black paisley fabric which lined the suit jacket. The Groom also had his monogram stitched onto the sleeve of his shirt as well as wear his initials on his cufflinks. As a gift all of the groomsmen were given matching monogramed socks and cufflinks.
The couple were married in the historic church of St. Mary’s in Newport. I loved how the couple met each other halfway down the aisle to unite and walk together to the alter. Family kisses and hugs were given at the top of the aisle before the couple proceeded to take their seats. The ceremony was officiated by not one but two family priests! The ceremony was both heartfelt and hilarious. Once they said “I Do” and sealed it with a kiss we went to Angela’s favorite Newport location – Brenton Point. The bridal party and couple alike were ready to get “the shot” despite the grey skies and chilly wind. It was fun and so worth it!
Okay, on to the stunning ballroom! Angela wanted to make the ballroom feel like an indoor garden. Lush floral arrangements made up of the softest whites and cremes accented with varying greens were littered throughout the room – long table scapes of low lying vines and bunches of flowers traveled down the farm tables while dainty centerpieces covered the round tables. The head table had a trellis which was straight from the “Secret Garden”, decorated with dripping greens and candles. The room also had little garden vignettes decorated with lounge furniture and planters fill with greenery and candles. The monogram was a theme which was carried throughout the event. From the invitations, to the table runners and napkins down to the smallest most delicious cookies.
There were so many wonderful little things throughout the day that were done for the couple or by the couple for their guests. The couple spent months creating these thoughtful bags. They included custom maps of the Newport Area; his (Cheese-Itz) and her (Hershey kisses with custom stickers) favor bags; personalized “emergency” kits; a candle from Shore Soap Co. (A Newport CO.) with custom matches; a bottle of local Del’s lemonade and two water bottles with their custom monogram. Speaking of monograms, the couple had the beautiful monogramed linen napkins given to them that day by a beloved client. The next surprise was for Angela! Trevor made an appearance onstage alongside the band to sing a custom ballad for “His Angela” which was so thoughtful and sweet. On the flipside, Trevor had a surprise coming from his twin brother; A toy car, which is the only thing that ever caused arguments between them, was given to him along with one of the best speeches I have heard. The last surprise was the a grilled cheese food truck! (Um how awesome!?) The truck was there at the end of the evening after the dancing had ended. Needless to say, it was a major hit with everyone.
Venue: OceanCliff | Florist: Robin Hollow Farm | Band: Them Apples | Videographer: Artistic Wedding Films | Church: St. Mary’s Newport | Officiant: Rev. Msgr. Richard LaVerghetta & Fr. Andy (Angela’s childhood priests) | Cake/Dessert: Isis Cakes | Makeup/Hair: Kerri Sweet, ProRadiance (makeup), Lawni Hamilton (hair) | Calligraphy & Invitations: Jane Parillo (calligrapher) & Kate Lemish, Katlem Designs | Transportation: Newport Travel & Viking Tours | Dress: Augusta Jones from Kleinfeld | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Planner: The Bride (Professional planner for Exquisite Events) | Decor: Exquisite Events Decor | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited