Mike and Sarah Engagement | Bristol, Rhode Island

Mike and Sarah were just married this weekend in Bristol! Their wedding pics are coming up next but their engagement session was oh-so-sweet.

There was a storm passing by throughout the session. We had sprinkles but not enough rain to stop us! One of the greatest parts of an overcast day is the soft light. No need to worry about squinty eyes or looking for shade away from the harsh sun. We could shoot just about anywhere! I tend to stop quite a bit while walking as soon as I see something that catches my eye. You will always here me go, "Can we stop here for a sec? or ohhhhh this is so pretty!" One of those places during this session was in front of a parking lot! Yes, a parking lot. I knew it would photograph beautifully and look like we were in a garden. (4th image set from the top) A busy road in front of them and a giant parking lot behind them, but I knew it would be magic.

Jeff and Sarah Engagement | Newport, Rhode Island

Here in New England, we have such amazing landscapes to choose from when planning an engagement session. In Newport, there are beaches, woods, mansions and clapboard houses dating back to the later part of the 17th century!

As soon as I saw this red door in downtown Newport, I knew it needed to be part of Sarah and Jeff's session. Their engagement photos are a great example of what I talk about when I mention "color story" to my couples. Part of the fun of planning a session is putting together a wardrobe and a color story. This creates a visually cohesive collection of work. I love getting emails and texts from brides, excited to show me their outfit choices. This also creates a great energy and buzz about your engagement!

Lisa and Laurel Wedding | Ocean House, Westerly Rhode Island

Lisa and Laurel Wedding | Ocean House, Westerly Rhode Island

Nothing makes me happier than an elopement. Truly, all weddings have a deep place in my heart but there is something so incredibly intimate about small weddings and elopements.

Lisa and Laurel decided an elopement fit them perfectly and asked that I meet them on the beach in Westerly along with their family. Their families made a half-circle around them and afterwards they wanted to go to the water. That action of going to the water together after the ceremony is one I have seen many times and it never ceases to strike a cord in my soul. It becomes this unspoken baptism of love.

I often spend the entire summer on the beach, toes in the sand, photographing weddings. I can usually be found in the water, up to my knees trying to get the perfect angle. It is one of my favorite places to be and I wouldn't trade it for the world!

JT and Whitney Wedding | Monterre Vineyards Orefield Pennsylvania

JT and Whitney Wedding | Monterre Vineyards Orefield Pennsylvania

The more I shoot, the more I see. I picked up a camera in high school and have never put it down. Shooting a wedding, in particular, speaks to me on such a deep level. Finding love is a magical thing. To find another human being that is your reflection, makes you want to become a better person and truly "gets" you, is nothing short of a miracle.

I was lucky enough to be asked by JT and Whitney to share in their celebration. It's always an honor when a friend, peer or colleague asks me to shoot their wedding. JT and my brother grew up together. They are part of a very tight-knit group of guys. It's been pretty amazing to watch all of them over the years. Being asked to photograph them is so much like coming home.

 

Jon and Stephanie Engagement | Jamestown Rhode Island

Jon and Stephanie Engagement | Jamestown Rhode Island

How amazing is it to smell salt air and be close to the sea everyday? It makes it even more magical when you mix in a couple in love. One of the best parts of my job is really getting to know my clients. During an engagement session and hanging out for an afternoon is the best way to do just that. Stephanie and Jon took me to some of their favorite spots in Jamestown and as we drove from place to place, I was told stories of their dates and adventures.

 

Yin and Julia Engagement | MIT Boston Massachusetts

Yin and Julia Engagement | MIT Boston Massachusetts

It is something special to be taken on a tour of how a couple met. I love
this about engagement sessions. Yin and Julia took me on a walking tour of
the MIT campus in Cambridge to show me all of their favorite spots and
told me the story of how they met. Makes my heart happy.

 

James and Lacy Wedding |  Providence Public Library Providence, Rhode Island

James and Lacy Wedding | Providence Public Library Providence, Rhode Island

It is always such an honor to be passed around a group of friends, when they can check off their wedding list photographer box with ease. I love knowing most of the people at an event. It feels like coming home and celebrating with your own family and friends! James and Lacy are such a loving and amazing couple. Being surrounded by books and the city of Providence too? That was just the icing on the cake!

 

Mike and Liz Wedding |  Florence Griswold Museum Old Lyme Connecticut

Mike and Liz Wedding | Florence Griswold Museum Old Lyme Connecticut

I love waiting quietly for an image to arise. Like a bubble you can feel
it drifting towards the surface. It's moments in between moments that I
watch evolve at a wedding. Sometimes I say something silly or odd just for
the reaction that comes after the first reaction. It's a way of cutting
through akwardness and often times reveals the most beautiful expressions
and emotions. Liz and Mike's wedding was nothing short of stunning! They
were cracking jokes and fist bumping all day. It was so much fun watching
them interact with each other.

 

Kellan and Jenny Wedding | South Kingston Rhode Island

Kellan and Jenny Wedding | South Kingston Rhode Island

I remember the excitement on the farm when I arrived the day of Jenny and Kellan's wedding. There was so much love surrounding them. Friends and family from all over the country gathered on Kellan's family farm to wish them well in their new lives together. I had just been there a few months before to shoot their engagement session and visit the farm. They were so excited to show me the wedding plans, each beautiful nook of the farm, construction that was taking place, the treehouse, the chickens, the dogs! It was such a labor of love and a testament to their commitment to each other.

 

Rob and Hayley Wedding | Oceancliff Newport Rhode Island

Rob and Hayley Wedding | Oceancliff Newport Rhode Island

 The way these two look at each other is pure magic. There is no better thing to witness than love and with these high school sweethearts it's easy to see. Hayley and Rob's beautiful wedding took us all around Newport: from Oceancliff to Bowen's Wharf to The International Tennis Hall of Fame! It was an insanely great day from beginning to end.

 (Dress: L'Elite Boston Hair Styling: Bloom Salon Cake: La Salle Bakery
Music: GQ and The Lady Favors: Glass With A Twist Video: Memories RI  Ice
Sculpture: Brilliant Ice)

 

Rob and Hayley Engagement | Bristol Rhode Island

Rob and Hayley Engagement | Bristol Rhode Island

These two are quite the pair. High school sweethearts and forever in love. We even went back to place where their love began for their engagement session. They told me of afternoons spent running through the woods during track practice and the science lab where they first met. Young love is one of my favorite things to witness!