The Green Wedding | Bluecube

The Bluecube has been a busy machine lately. We’re a little backed up here on the blog, which is typical once wedding season gets into full swing. I’m going to make an effort to get this stuff pumped out on the blog as fast as I can so we don’t get buried and left behind.

 

Without further ado, some highlights from the Green wedding about a month ago from the coolest photobooth around. Oh wait, one more thing – thanks to Caleb for stepping in and doing Bluecube duty while Andrew was away on vacation.

 

Green Wedding - Bluecube - Rhode Island Photobooth

 

Green Wedding - Bluecube - Rhode Island Photobooth

 

Green Wedding - Bluecube - Rhode Island Photobooth

 

Green Wedding - Bluecube - Rhode Island Photobooth

 

Green Wedding - Bluecube - Rhode Island Photobooth

 

Green Wedding - Bluecube - Rhode Island Photobooth

 

Green Wedding - Bluecube - Rhode Island Photobooth

 

Green Wedding - Bluecube - Rhode Island Photobooth

 

Green Wedding - Bluecube - Rhode Island Photobooth

 

Green Wedding - Bluecube - Rhode Island Photobooth

 

Green Wedding - Bluecube - Rhode Island Photobooth

Featured RI Wedding Photography

Happy Friday everyone. This is just a jump post to another blog over at Melissa Dov Weddings. They are a New York City based wedding planning service and she found and featured a Blueflash wedding today.

 

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We’re really excited and honored about it, so head on over and check out her write up (click “A personal and handmade wedding: Jess and Shawn by Blueflash Photography”) and some of the images. While you’re there, poke around her site and take a look at some of the outrageously good stuff they do.

 

Enjoy the weekend!

Jessica and John [Rhode Island Wedding Photography]

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Have you ever pulled up to a building and felt like you just rolled onto some movie set that you didn’t think existed in real life? That’s the feeling I had when I got within viewing distance of The Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Check this place out:


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Jaclyn and I (and the Bluecube) drove together to this wedding for Jess and John in the southwestern most tip of little Rhode Island. I began to go out of my mind with anticipation for how cool this place would be while Jaclyn remained calm and collected. It was a good balance, if you could call it that.

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Let’s just say that neither Jaclyn nor myself should be appointed leaders of an expedition to an unknown land. I’d be embarrassed to admit how many times we got lost in the hallways of The Ocean House trying to go from location to location. Move fast, move a lot, eventually you find where you’re going.

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Anyways, more importantly, Jess and John were great people and a pleasure to work with. Jess had some of the most serious shoes I’ve seen yet. Check these things out:

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John had a great sense of humor and a plethora of jokes to tell while we were hanging out before the ceremony. The bridal party consisted of John’s two kids, Jack and Violet. I hope we delivered for Jack – he was very concerned about getting a good profile picture for Facebook.

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It was a little cool outside but we braved the cold to get some photos. The band was awesome – Nancy Paolino and The Black Tie Band. I love bands at weddings. Flowers were done by one of the best florists out there – Stoneblossom. I should know, we had these guys do the flowers for our own wedding. They never disappoint.

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I also feel compelled to point out that there were some great toasts at the wedding, including one of the most heartfelt I’ve heard coming from Jack. Unfortunately photos fall short when it comes to conveying speeches, but here’s the little guy delivering:

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They also had the Bluecube (and Andrew, of course) at the wedding which was awesome to keep a lot of the little kids occupied. I started noticing guests wearing the Bluecube props on the dance floor after a little while. Full Bluecube album here.

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Great wedding. thanks so much for having us all be a part of your day. For more photos, head over to the Blueflash Facebook page. Direct album link – here. If you haven’t “liked” the Blueflash page yet, click “like” while you’re over there. Thanks!

Michelle and Nelson [Rhode Island Wedding Photography]

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Michelle and Nelson had their reception at the Biltmore in Providence, RI. Their ceremony was at Saint Francis Xavier Church in East Providence.


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When I met Michelle to talk about her wedding, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that she reads the Strobist blog. It’s a blog by a guy called David Hobby and it’s for nerds who like to read about photographic lighting with speed lights instead of studio strobes. It’s not very often that one of my brides is into that sort of thing.

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Anyways, we hit it off and talked about flashes and wireless triggers and what not. It was a good time.

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We were able to take their limo into Providence to take photos wherever we wanted. It worked out really well, except for when we were trespassing in a bus tunnel and the bus started coming through. Other than that everything went very smoothly.

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The guys had some serious orange argyle socks, the band was awesome (check out The Mac Chrupcala Orchestra here), and best of all they had the Bluecube.

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Andrew came along to operate the Bluecube and Jaclyn came with as second photographer. We got to sit at a pretty serious meeting room table for dinner with executive chairs. I curled my fingers into the Mr. Burns pose and pretended that I was taking over the world. Is this the best job or what?

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Thanks to Michelle and Nelson for having Blueflash at your wedding, we all had a great time and wish you all the best. Enjoy the images!

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Facebook album here.

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Matt and Kayla’s Wedding [RI Photobooth]

Playing a little catch up on the blog here…


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You can see me, my lovely wife, my trusty Bluecube operator Andrew, and our friend Pasha having a good time at our friends Matt and Kayla’s wedding. I didn’t hold a camera for this one, but rather donned a tuxedo and stood up for my buddy as he got married.

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The wedding was at the Quidnessett Country Club, ceremony outdoors and reception inside. Though impossible to be both photographer and groomsman, I was still able to bring the Bluecube. I’m starting to wonder if I only get invited to stuff because I bring the Bluecube.

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Here’s the bride and groom (camera right):

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Check out all the photos right here – Bluecube shots

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Thanks for having me be a part of your wedding day guys.

Jess and Shawn’s Wedding [Connecticut Wedding Photography]

You probably saw Jess and Shawn’s engagement photos (click here in case you missed them) awhile back. The shoot was out in a nature preserve in Rhode Island, well off the beaten path. Jess made cookies for props and then I got to take them home. Best props ever.


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Well, the two of them are now  married and their wedding in East Lyme, CT was full of handmade things and personal touches. It was at Rocky Neck State Park. It happened to be one of the greyest, rainiest, dreariest days of the season but that didn’t seem to be much of a deterrent to having a cool wedding and getting plenty of photos.

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The building was outrageous inside. There was wood everywhere. Floors, ceiling, tables, support beams, etc… Even though it was a dark day outside, there was still enough light spilling in from the windows to make it happen.

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I had the pleasure of bringing along Amanda to the wedding as a second shooter. We had a nice one hour car ride each way where she was a captive audience to my ranting and raving about anything that came to mind. I enjoyed it. She did a great job contributing shots from a different viewpoint while I was busy grabbing the main stuff. She also served as a terrific dinner date in the absence of my wife.

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This wedding had a little bit of dancing. It actually had enough dancing to make the second floor of the building shake and bounce so much that my off-camera flash stands almost fell over a couple times. It was that serious.

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Jess and Shawn are two of the kindest people I have gotten to work with. I had a lot of interaction with Jess over the past year. She’s a graphic designer so I hired her to help me with some things (namely my last website overhaul as well as an upcoming print ad that will hit in January). She has done some great work for me and I really appreciate it.

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Back in my college days I lived down the hall from Jess’s sister Cecilia. It was awesome to see her again at the wedding as part of the bridal party and catch up a little bit. I was also able to show her some new dance moves that I’ve been working on.

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I parked my car really quickly when we first got there in a place that definitely wasn’t a parking space, assuming I’d move it afterwards. I forgot to move it. Thankfully, at the end of the night, that car had neither gotten a ticket or gotten towed. I love when that happens.

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All the best to Jess and Shawn, thanks so much for having me and Amanda be a part of your wedding! Check out the full highlight gallery here.

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Michele and Paul At the Botanical Gardens [RI Wedding Photography]

Blueflash was back at the Botanical Gardens again for an end-of-summer wedding with Michele and Paul. You may remember them from their Providence engagement session (check out the photos here in case you missed it).


Awesome Photos for Awesome People

They are a cool Cranston couple who I think are very photogenic. I started off by going to where Paul was getting ready with his best man and hung out with them while they got ready. They’re guys, so that was only for about five minutes. After that I headed over to Michele’s mom and dad’s house which was conveniently three minutes away.

Awesome Photos for Awesome People

I have to give credit where it’s due, and a lot of the detail shots where Michele was getting ready were already “styled” by her mom when I got there. I think I might have to hire her. Her house was also probably the best looking house for photos I’ve ever come across. There was so much rustic wood and texture everywhere and the light was spilling through big picture windows and white sheer curtains making everything bright but soft.

Awesome Photos for Awesome People

Michele’s grandfather came by the house to see her in her dress since he wasn’t going to be going to the wedding. He is 97 and is still getting around on his own. I think it’s so cool to see the generations in families at events like this. I love this portrait shot of him, friendly grandfather complete with the Orioles baseball cap.

Awesome Photos for Awesome People

The ceremony and reception were at the Botanical Gardens. It was setup a lot different than the last time I shot there. It really is a cool place to have a wedding.

Awesome Photos for Awesome People

Michele and Paul had the Bluecube come along and as usual there was a line at it all night long with guests going back again and again. Have you booked the Bluecube for your wedding yet? My trusty assistant Andrew came along to hang out with the Bluecube and help setup and breakdown.

Awesome Photos for Awesome People

Awesome Photos for Awesome People

Awesome Photos for Awesome People

Thanks so much to Michele and Paul for having Blueflash (and the Bluecube) be a part of their wedding day. Hope you guys enjoy the pictures for all the years to come!

Awesome Photos for Awesome People

Awesome Photos for Awesome People

Awesome Photos for Awesome People

Here’s a few shots from the Bluecube:



Allyssa and Steve At the Carousel [RI Wedding Photography]

Allyssa and Steve got married a few days before the fourth of July this summer. They are friends of ours that we go to church with, so their ceremony was at Ocean State Baptist Church in Smithfield, where we go.


They had their reception in the carousel building at Goddard Park. Apparently there’s no longer a carousel inside. Like everything else in Rhode Island, it’s the building that used to have a carousel in it. Regardless, it was a pretty awesome building.


Allyssa and Steve opted to have the Bluecube at their celebration which definitely provided some entertainment.


The makeup was done by my not-often-enough partner in crime Ashley Tucker, of A&L Co fame. Check out her Facebook page to see lots of face scrubs and chapsticks that are so natural you can eat them. Not that I’ve tried. Lately.


A few things happened after the ceremony that caused a delay for the bride and groom to get to the reception, so we were a little pressed for time with the photos. Hungry guests make for a hostile wedding, so you can’t keep them waiting. We ended up sneaking out for ten minutes or so after the meal to get some quiet shots of just Allyssa and Steve. I’m glad we made the little trip to get some extra photos.


Best of luck to you both and enjoy married life (and your pictures!).

blithewold’s best (gianna and joe’s wedding)

the day started out with near-torrential downpours, but not a single drop of rain fell once the wedding started. that worked out pretty well since most of the festivities were outdoors.


this, my friends, was a wedding. why? because it had everything you need for an awesome wedding:


a great venue – the ceremony and reception was at blithewold mansion in bristol, ri. the ceremony was outdoors in one of the many meticulously kept garden areas. cocktail hour was held on the ‘back deck’, as much as a castle type building can have a deck. the reception was under a tent that was uplit by groove productions. uplighting always adds a cool dimension to the atmosphere, transforming an otherwise mundane white tent into a cool blue, green, and pink party area.


a live band – i hope i don’t offend my dj friends, but nothing compares to a live band at a wedding. let me correct myself – nothing compares to a GOOD live band at a wedding. gianna and joe had east side horns play at their wedding and they were awesome. it just so happens that my high school band teacher is a the trombone player for them. they were musically tight and i don’t think the dance floor was empty the entire night. if you’re looking for a band for your wedding, hire them. i lost count, but i think they showed up with about fourteen people. guitar, bass, drums, trombone, trumpet, sax, singers, sound guys, etc… they are the real deal when it comes to bands. serious musicianship.


exceptional hair and makeup – conveniently enough, gianna’s mom happens to own and run calma salon, a full on beauty shop in cranston on park avenue. i arrived there first and all the girls were getting their hair sprayed, their faces make-up’d, lashes curled, nails painted, and whatever else girls do when they get ready. besides taking photos, my other priority was making sure that my lens didn’t suffer a direct hit from one of the many active hair spray cans. i felt like a photographic ninja trying to protect my equipment. when i got home i had to get my chisel out to take the hairspray coating off the glass. that’s the price you pay for beauty i suppose. really though, calma did an exceptional job on the hair and makeup. good makeup really makes a difference in photos, and you can tell especially by looking at gianna and seeing what good work the salon did. it made me wish i had hair so i could get an up-do.


good food – the 1149 took care of the catering, setting up shop all over the tent with different food stations like a meat carving station and a create your own pasta dish station. tara and i have eaten at the restaurant once before (they’re located in warwick, ri) and it was pretty good, but i didn’t know they did catering until the wedding. good stuff. (i am aware the picture is of candy and cake, i figured we’d skip right to dessert).


outrageous flowers – the enchanted florist had a crazy display of flowers everywhere you looked. i’m no flower expert, but i can tell you that this wasn’t some single rose centerpiece. each table must’ve had a hundred flowers in a huge bouquet. they were everywhere and the variety was impressive. i can’t tell what flowers they were, but i can definitely tell there were a lot of different ones and they all looked good together. the enchanted florist is based in cranston, ri on park ave if you live in the area and are in need of some original arrangements.


a photobooth – not just any photobooth, but the ultimate photobooth. yes, i am referring to the bluecube. it was actually the official debut of the bluecube. i was so proud of my little picture taking box. i felt like it was similar to putting your kid on the kindergarten bus on the first day of school, although i haven’t gotten to that point in life yet. i setup the bluecube and went back to taking photos of the wedding. i was spiraling into depression because there was no action happening at the cube for the first hour or so and i had settled with the fact that the bluecube was a complete and utter failure. then i remembered that everybody was eating dinner and sitting down at their tables. it helps to have a little perspective. once dinner finished up and people started wandering around, the first few unsuspecting guests discovered the bluecube and realized what it was. once the flash started popping, others came over to check out what was going on. from that point on until the night was over, there was a line of people at the bluecube waiting for their shot in the booth. i couldn’t have been prouder of my creation. the photos came out awesome if i do say so myself (check out the album on the blueflash facebook page. don’t forget to ‘like’ us once you’re there).


a very handsome, charming, and capable photographer – ok. i admit, i was the photographer and that was a shameless self-compliment. obviously gianna and joe decided to go with blueflash which i’m very happy about. it was great to be a part of their wedding. have i mentioned that i would recommend blueflash for your wedding? really, that’s an unbiased recommendation.

one of my quiet favorites from the day:


all the best to gianna and joe. thanks again for having me at your wedding.
check out the full albums (wedding album and bluecube album) here.

john and rachel at the casino [ri wedding]

a couple weekends ago i had the privilege to shoot a wedding of friends of mine, john and rachel. they got married at the roger williams casino on a saturday in february. following suit with the rest of this weird, near snowless, oddly warm winter in new england, the temperature and sun made the day feel more like april.



the day started at two o’clock in the guts of the casino, down by the kitchen area where there is a room for brides and their bridesmaids to get ready. it’s a little weird to send the soon-to-be bride through the hallways of the basement to dodge the silver trays being whisked around by the catering company, but it’s the only way to get to and from the ‘getting ready’ room.


then plan was to do the formal shots before the ceremony to take advantage of the fleeting february daylight. part of the photos included a ‘reveal’ since john was going to see rachel before the ceremony. we took a three minute ride from the casino over to the botanical gardens and felt like we had transported to the rain forest. it was so hot and humid i was surprised it didn’t start raining in that building. i scoped out a spot to use for rachel to come around and for john to see her wearing the dress. i shot over her shoulder as john turned around, hoping to capture his love-stricken face when he saw his almost-wife. hopefully he noticed her before he noticed me. i was, after all, wearing a very nice tie.


the bridal party were very gracious to accommodate me in the short amount of time we had to do photos. we did a speed session at the gardens and then piled back into our caravan and headed to the temple to music, which is a giant stone structure right near the water. an employee at the casino advised me not to go there for pictures, saying they wouldn’t come out good and referencing a photo on the wall from a past wedding. that made me want to go there so much more. they should replace the picture on their wall with this one:


the reception was upstairs in the casino, complete with live jazz band which supplied the perfect soundtrack for the environment. stand-up bass, saxophone, electric guitar, and drums carried the night with some occasional female vocals. this was my second wedding at the casino and both of them had live bands. i don’t think it would be right to have a wedding there without one.


for you dessert lovers and rhode islanders, you would have swooned at the (very) long table saturated with every kind of cake imaginable from federal hill’s pastiche. in addition to that was a bunch of candy, biscotti, and, although not edible, an old typewriter that served as a cool guest book.


best of luck to john and rachel in their new married life, and thanks for having me be a part of your wedding…



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