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Tim and Stacie | Wedding Providence RI

I'm really not sure if sweeter humans exist on this earth? More caring? More generous? More fun? More engineer-y? Nah, there's no other couple quite as special as Tim and Stacie. If known these two for a long while. In the days when they were dating and modeling for local photography workshops, advertising campaigns, styled shoots, etc. They were my muse couple always willing to throw on a suit and a gown for whatever whimsy I could think up. 

Last month, it was their turn. It was THEIR big day. They had had tons of practice photos with different wardrobes, hairstyles, make-up and faux ceremonies. This time it was real. This time each moment was building a memory. I cannot begin to describe how much joy I felt to take part in their celebration. I am honored and humbled. What a gift to see two amazing people joined together and begin a new journey together. Love you both! 

MUA: Brandon Ward Makeup

Hair Stylist: Salon Bella

Dessert: PVDonuts

Floral Design: Rustic Roots

Getting Ready: The Providence Biltmore

Reception: The Dorrance

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Back by popular demand! Holiday Card Minis in PA!

Back by popular demand, Holiday Card Minis are back this year! As some of you know, I am originally from Pennsylvania. I travel back often to visit family and friends. The weekend after Thanksgiving has been a time to catch up in PA and shoot some on location family sessions. I'm asked every year when I am coming home and if I'll be shooting while I'm there. It's so sweet to be remembered.

It is amazing to watch families grow! New babies being added into the group, older babies now toddling around, pre-schoolers turned into elementary kids. Just wow! Time flies and it's an honor to watch it all unfold. I remind all my clients that childhood goes by before you can blink. As a mother of a 19 yr old and an 8 month old I know that really is the TRUTH. It's so important to have family photos taken, even just once a year. Photos not on a smart phone and photos where parents are actually able to be seen! I promise you when your kiddos are grown, they will not care about the wind making your hair imperfect or the 10 lbs. you are still trying to lose. They will care about seeing (and then remembering) their parents hugging them, holding hands and being silly with them. 

If you are in the Reading/Allentown areas this Saturday Nov. 25th hop on over to my booking site and grab a session. There are only a few spots left! https://oliviagird.youcanbook.me/

 

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Santa Minis are here!!

The big man himself is coming for a visit in November! For three magical nights, Santa will be visiting my studio ready to listen to every Christmas wish. November 9, 10 and 19th. Your child will have individual time to make their Christmas wishes known, to check his naughty & nice list and of course lots of photos! This is the first annual Santa visit for my studio and I am over the moon excited! 

These sessions are perfect for Christmas cards and early enough to be the first off your "holiday to-do-list" this year. Ditch the mall lines and make your reservation for a magical childhood experience they will never forget! 

Meet Santa Session. This is a fifteen minute individual session with Santa. Sessions range from $50-$250. For a full price list email me: olivia@oliviagird.com or to book go here: https://oliviagird.youcanbook.me

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Brian and Reagan | Wedding | Pomfret, CT

Brian and Reagan are some of the most gracious people I know! From their guests to their vendors, they always made sure to tell us how grateful and happy they were that we were celebrating with them. Even when it came to the getting ready time of day, they each spent a good portion opening thoughtful gifts to one another. Reagan gave Brian a mix of tunes that would play during the wedding day to listen to later. Brian gave Reagan a large wooden wall piece that he had printed with the words of the their first dance song. Even Bear and I were given Fruity Pebble handmade cookies and a hand written note of thanks. Guests were hugging and laughing all day long! Themes of joy and gratitute swam around their entire wedding day and you couldn't help but smile. 

Bar: Two Pour Guys

Music: Pro Sound Weddings

JP: Paul Aldrich

Floral Design: The Flower Pot

Caterer: Sir Loin Catering

Venue: Tyrone Farm

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Nick and Pinar | Wedding | Bristol, Rhode Island

Nick and Pinar's wedding was non-stop fun and excitement! We started at the Providence Biltmore for getting ready. I love when brides include first looks for their parents and/or bridal party. It creates such anticipation in the early part of the day. Pinar's bridemaids seeing her for the first time was so incredibly sweet! The couple decided they also wanted photos with their pup, Oliver. He was such a trooper, loves his tux, treats and chicken noises. I am a pro at goofy noises, ya know one of my many skills. Ha! We ended the day at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol with dancing, an amazing Photo Booth and cigar smoking. Congratulations Nick and Pinar! 

Photo Booth: Stop Go Snap

Caterer: Russell Morin Catering

Videographer: City Point Films

Music: DJ Valentina

Florist: Toni Chandler Flower and Events

Venue: Blithewold Mansion

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Jake and Helen | Wedding | Westport, Massachusetts

What a sweet couple! Jake and Helen made every aspect of their planning and vision of their wedding to be easy-breezy and fun. I completely enjoyed sharing in their celebration and I even learned something new about wedding traditions. (I love learning new things, especially about weddings, parties and love stories!!)

Helen told me the story of the bridal veil as I was shooting her getting ready photos. While there are many tales of how the custom of the veil originated, Helen told me the bible story of Rachel and Jacob. It seems Rachel's father tricked Jacob and substituted his oldest daughter on the wedding day for Rachel. Jacob had no idea that his beloved, Rachel, was not standing before him. Her sister Leah stood before him covered by a heavy veil. The old switch-a-roo. The tradition of lifting the veil off the bride's face started as a way for the groom to check he was marrying the right woman! 

Caterer: Smoke and Pickles

Wedding Planner: Without A Hitch

 

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Mike and Laura | Wedding | Pomfret, Connecticut

Always a favorite, Tyrone Farm is stunning every season of the year! I loved all of Laura and Mike's details and color palette. These two were so super stylish and classy. Being a talented stylist herself, Laura's eye for fashion and color were so well played throughout the day. It's always such an honor when fellow creatives choose to work with me. Congratulations Laura and Mike!!

Caterer: G Seven

Desserts: Dee's One Smart Cookie

Venue: Tyrone Farm

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Greg and Jenny | Wedding | Bristol, Rhode Island

These two are conservationists so it was appropriate that their love of the sea be entwined throughout their wedding day. Subtle themes of the ocean were found everywhere! While they make their home in Florida, Jenny's love of little rhody could be found in Bristol Harbor and Del's Lemonade. They cruised the harbor and made a grand entrance at the Bristol Yacht Club where their guests were waiting dockside with champagne and cheers!

Band: Kimberly McHale Band

Caterer: Simply Devine

Food Truck: Del's Lemonade

Reception Venue: Bristol Yacht Club

Ceremony Venue: Colt State Park

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Kevin and Erin | Wedding | Newport RI

Kevin and Erin are one of the warmest and stylish couples I know! I could tell they would be awesome when they started telling me they had ties to Philadelphia. If you know me at all then you know my uncanny way of attracting Philly and Jersey clients in New England. It always makes me smile when I hear those first, we met at Penn or our first apartment was in Chestnut Hill. Too funny! 

Their wedding was incredibly fun and chic. I adored Erin's pretty pastel color palette! It was such a pleasure to photograph their day but even more amazing when Im able to work with vendors I know and love. One of my all time favorites is MAW Beauty. Melissa and her team are a powerhouse when it comes to making all the ladies feel completely and totally gorgeous! 

Cake: Pink Box Desserts

Music: Ripcord

Getting Ready Bridemaids Short Set: Pretty Plum Sugar

Floral Design: Toni Chandler Flowers & Events

Hair & Make Up: MAW Beauty

Venue: Oceancliff

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John and Ellen | Wedding | Newport, RI

John and Ellen's beautiful Newport wedding was made completely perfect surrounded by loving friends and family. The weather was stunning and the ocean was filled with sailboats!

I always say that each couple sets the tone for their big day. Ellen and John were glowing and laughing from the getting ready moments to the first dance. It was an amazing thing to witness through them but also through their guests! Happy vibes get passed around an event like a wildfire. I have such gratitude to share and be showered in all of these happy moments. 

One of my other favorite parts of my job is connecting with a new vendor and making friends! Yay new friends! JV Films did an OUTSTANDING job filming video for John and Ellen's wedding. I highly recommend him if you are in the wedding planning phase. 

Videographer: JV Films

Hair & Make Up: Studio B

Venue: Oceancliff

Music: Groove Authority

Cake: Sweet Cakes of Peacedale

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Tim and Caitlin | Wedding | Boston, MA

Back to Boston I went to help Time and Caitlin celebrate their wedding day. We drove around the Back Bay (Public Garden and Post Office Square) taking in the sights and photographing moments. They chose to share vows together near the pond as they thought they would be nervous in front of their many guests. It ended up being such in intimate and special moment. 

Venue: Omni Parker House

Music: Cover Story Entertainment

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Ben and Charlotte | Wedding | Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Joy and pure love were all I kept thinking to myself the entire day as I shot Ben and Charlotte's wedding. From the time that I walked into the getting ready moments until I waved goodbye in the pouring rain as they were swept up into a get away car. I adore being involved with such a celebration, such people. This is my tribe, is where I belong. These beautiful couples, just beginning their adventures together and I am asked to capture the very beginning of it all. Kisses to Ben and Charlotte! Wishing you 100 years of health and bliss!

Vendors 

Caterer: Russell Morin

Venue: Glen Manor House

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Joe and Amanda | Wedding | Narragansett, RI

What a perfect and sweet wedding! Joe and Amanda were surrounded by their closest family and friends at the Towers in Narragansett before making the move to Arizona. (They even had favors of Arizona Iced Tea as favors. Hehe.) It was so lovely watching both sides of their families celebrating and wishing them well in their new lives together! 

Caterer: Blackstone

Florist: Whole Foods

Venue: The Towers

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Caleb and Laura | Wedding | Pascoag, Rhode Island

I've been told by Caleb and Laura that I am their "soul photographer" which is about the nicest thing a client has ever said to me. I believe that vibe attracts vibe. My clients are the sweetest creatures on earth. 

These two were married on a gloriously sunny, perfect day in Rhode Island. I pass the ECC often in my daily life and had never noticed it. What a sweet venue! Many of the bridal party members had spent summers there as children. I adore love stories like this where two people come back to a place where they spent so much time laughing, forging friendships and making memories. These places are already infused with such love. 

Vendors:

Catering- Pranzi

Hair & Make-Up- B Lovely Beauty Studio

Venue- The Episcopal Conference Center

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Nick and Pinar | Engagement | Boston University

I met up with Nick and Pinar in what was possibly the BEST spring day we have had so far in New England. New England weather is forever the joke around here. It usually goes something like: Are you hot? Wait a minute. Cold? Wait a minute. Too rainy? Wait a minute. Too windy? Wait a minute. Ha! We really were blessed after rescheduling and trying to predict the next nice day. These two met at Boston University and were college sweethearts so it's only fitting that we come back to the beginning. 

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Mike and Olivia | Wedding | Block Island, Rhode Island

A little fall of rain could not stop the romance. This storm just started their marriage off snuggling closer together under an umbrella. Amma and I headed over to Block Island Saturday morning to shoot Mike and Olivia's wedding. Olivia wished for a first look with her dad and it was oh-so-special. His reaction was super sweet and I couldn't help but think of all the flashing memories running through his head of when she was a little girl. 

Congratualtions Mike and Olivia! 100 years of health and happiness!

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Adam and Abby | Wedding | Newport, Rhode Island

First wedding of the 2017 season! Yay! It's so good to be back to work after having my daughter.

Adam and Abby's wedding was such a joyful and lovely way to start. I knew some familiar faces as I had photographed Abby's cousins wedding years ago. (wow does time fly!) Belle Mer looked stunning in peach and coral, the band was aaaamazing and can we talk about the hanging vine chuppah?! Such awesome vendors came together for this wedding! Adam and Abby are the sweetest couple and are so loved. I could see it in every face present that day. It is a testament of love being surrounded by so many family and friends. Congratulations to the happy couple :)

Vendors: Band: Sweet Tooth and The Sugar Babies |  Floral Design: Golden Gate Studios | Venue: Belle Mer | Hair and Make Up: Studio B

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Tony and Courtney | Wedding | Pomfret, Connecticut

Tony and Courtney were married at one of my favorite venues in New England, Tyrone Farm. Their wedding party brought non stop laughs. I had never photographed a bridal party so large..21 strong! It was an amazing celebration of love all day and the dance floor was never empty all night!

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Lee | Artist Portrait | Providence, Rhode Island

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Lee | Artist Portrait | Providence, Rhode Island

Photographing other artists is such a joy. I love hearing about their process, their journey, their challenges. I can relate on so many levels to their experiences. Lee is a folk musician just getting started in the industry and has made the cross-country journey to settle in Boston. We chatted about an album cover concept and set to work in the woods of Middletown, RI.

To be on the other side and listening to these stories is pure magic. All of our journeys are unique and special. There is no destination. There is no "I know everything now.". There is no "I have made it". There is only moving forward, learning and growing. As an artist, the evolution of a lifetime of work is profound. As a human being, the evolution of a lifetime is a miracle. I am honored to be a part of such journeys and to tell their stories.

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Ms. J  Boudoir | Providence, Rhode Island

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Ms. J Boudoir | Providence, Rhode Island

Having a client walk into my studio for a boudoir session is so exciting. Every session is different. Every session is an awakening. It's amazing to watch a womans beauty and confidence unfold before my eyes. These sessions are for every woman, every body type, every look and style. They are for every woman in every stage of life; newly engaged, celebrating a weight loss, enjoying a new look, graduating from college/grad school, going through a divorce/break-up, etc. 

A few times a year I offer mini boudoir marathons. These sessions are offered at a special price starting at $350 and include professional hair and make-up styling. I'll be taking the marathons on the road this year! Here is the upcoming schedule:

Jan.7--Philadelphia

Jan.14, 15 & 29--Providence

Email me to grab your spot: olivia@oliviagird.com

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