Venue Spotlight | Eolia Mansion

The Venue Spotlight Series

Over the past few years we’ve photographed a lot of wedding venues. Like, a lot of venues. We thought that we’d bring something a little different to the blog to highlight some of these wonderful spaces. In the coming months, we’ll feature some helpful information and beautiful photos and videos of wedding venues around Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut that you are going to absolutely love. So, without further ado, here’s the next edition of our venue spotlight series: Eolia Mansion at Harkness Memorial State Park!

 

Eolia Mansion

 

Harkness Memorial State Park is located where the land meets the sea in historic Mystic Country, Connecticut. Eolia, named after the island home of Aeolus, god of the winds, was the elegant summer mansion of the Harkness family. Now, it’s managed by the State of Connecticut Parks and Recreation Department. The park, the mansion, the gardens, the ocean, it all adds up for the perfect wedding setting.

 

For photos, you really can’t beat this location. The views of Long Island Sound are truly unparalleled. Want more than just water views? You got it. The elaborate gardens provide ample space and beautiful season gardening. And that mansion. So gorgeous. Marble fireplaces? Check! High ceilings? Check! Beautifully restored rooms and spaces to explore? Check! It’s really all here.

 

If you’re a Rhode Islander, you might be thinking, “That’s a really long drive!” It’s actually about an hour’s drive from Providence, so it’s not all that far! If you’re looking for a waterfront mansion, this location should 100% be on your list. If you go and check them out, be sure to tell the staff that Blueflash sent you!

 

Check out our other posts from Eolia Mansion and Harkness Memorial State Park: Melissa & David | Amy & Rikky | Caroline & Paul

 

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Amy and Rikky | Harkness Park Engagement

If you’ve got the cold weather blues, we’ve got a great little pick me up for you. Today, we’ll be bringing you photos from Amy and Rikky’s Harkness Park engagement session. Matt spent the afternoon with this great couple and got some shots that you are absolutely going to love. Without further ado, here’s the session!!

 

Harkness Park Engagement

 

After much deliberation, Amy and Rikky chose Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, CT as their engagement session location. We had been here for an awesome wedding (Melissa & David’s Wedding) and an engagement session (Caroline & Paul’s Engagement) a few years back. Both visits were in much cooler weather, so it was great to see the beauty of the park with all the plants in full bloom.

 

Amy and Rikky were up for an adventure, and really showed off that adventurous spirit by getting a little wet in the sprinklers! It resulted in some seriously cool shots. After a change of outfits, we caught an epic sunset. Thanks to Amy and Rikky for being so cool and for hanging with us today! They recently tied the knot at Rhode Island Country Club, so stay tuned for some gorgeous wedding photos! Photo highlights from this Harkness Park engagement are below. Be sure to check them out.

 

Here are some more fantastic engagement sessions for you to check out: Jessica & Jared | Kristin & Jeremy | Nicole and Steve

 

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Sarah and Chris | Woodwinds Wedding

What better way to kick off spring than with a Woodwinds wedding! Sarah and Chris got married on April 10th 2015 at the Woodwinds in Branford Connecticut and Matt, Emily, and Dan got to share this day with them with photography and cinematography. ‘Makeup by Dilieto‘ did an incredible job on hair and makeup. There’s no doubt these ladies had a blast getting ready! Sarah is also wearing a beautiful gown by Essence of Australia from Bliss Bridal. The ladies also had beautiful pink embroidered robes to wear while they got ready. Family and friends surrounded this lovely couple as they got all dolled up for their big day.

 

Now that everyone’s dressed to the nines, it was time to say “I Do”. Wanda Chiles did a great job officiating the wedding. After exchanging vows everyone was ready to party! The floral arrangements by Fleur De Lys made the ceremony and reception hall look like a a fairytale. After a delicious meal, everyone got to enjoy some incredible cake by J Cakes. Now it was time to dance the night away and celebrate Sarah and Chris’s special day. Powerstation Events made sure to keep everyone on their feet for the rest of the night!

 

We’re so happy that we could be apart of this very special day! Make sure to take a sneak peak at their wedding pictures and film below.

 

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Nichole and Jon | Mystic Seaport Wedding

We love ourselves a little Mystic Seaport adventure. Dan, Emily, and I headed down to photograph and film Nichole and John’s wedding. The Seaport is such a cool place for a wedding and for photos and video. The village area is loaded with cool buildings and backdrops and there’s great textures everywhere.

 

The weather was looking a little threatening for most of the morning but the rain held out until after first look and bridal party photos which was pretty awesome. Right as we finished it started coming down. Hard. The outdoor ceremony had to be moved inside. Nichole decided she didn’t want to have the ceremony under the tent where the reception was set up so instead we found a nearby building to have it in that had a walkway about five feet wide. It was all dark wood and the only light was leaking in through small windows on the long wall. The other part of the building was a display area for the textile machinery. For that reason, the building was extremely long and narrow.

 

It was pretty cool, but it was also pretty dark. Nichole asked us if we could make it happen in there and we assured her it’d be fine. I hopped the wall and went into the display area to set up a couple speedlights and umbrellas on stands to balance the light that was coming in from the windows on the opposite side. It was probably the most interesting setup we’ve ever photographed at a wedding. I think it ended up coming out pretty cool.

 

The rest of the wedding was under a tent so everyone quickly forgot about the downpouring rain. It was actually kind of neat to be under the tent and dry while the sky dumped serious water all around us.

 

Check out the wedding film and some of the photo highlights below. Congrats to Nichole and Jon and thanks for having us!


 

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Nikki and Rick | Mystic Wedding

Nikki and Rick got married in Mystic, CT on a relatively warm January day. Jaclyn, Dan, and myself headed down and met up with them at The Whaler’s Inn for the getting ready pictures. You might remember Nikki and Rick from their engagement session we did with them in Newport.

 

I was looking forward to this wedding, knowing it was going to be an intimate affair in the upstairs room of the Daniel Packer Inne. The ceremony was at the Mystic Yachting Center, which is apparently a really cool place. Out in the back are some docks and the fog was pretty heavy that afternoon. We were psyched to get out there and shoot the bridal party on the docks.

 

The ceremony featured military personnel (with Rick being in the service) and lots of swords. They tied knots around their wrists which was pretty neat. Everybody was super nice and the night ended with a sparkler walk from the Inne to a local pub for the after party. We followed them on their walk and grabbed some really cool shots.

 

This was the first (and still only) wedding that the groom stood up at the reception and toasted to… Blueflash. It was so cool and unexpected. It’s always nice when our brides and grooms like us as much as we like them! Thanks so much for having us guys, and all the best to you both!

 

-Matt


 



 

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Wedding Vendors

Ceremony Venue: The Mystic Yachting Center

Reception Venue: Daniel Packer Inne

Floral Design: Bride (awesome, huh?!)

Catering: Daniel Packer Inne

Cake/Dessert: Bleu Squid Cafe

Music: Dan Watson (guitarist)

Cinematography: Blueflash

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Hair: Sarah Roux

Makeup: Sarah Roux

Officiant: Jeff Buenoventura

Transportation: Hertz

Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang

Bridesmaid Dresses: Joan Newman (UK)

Groomsmen Attire: Military uniform

Nichole and Jon | Connecticut Engagement

Talk about an awesome location for a shoot! Jon had access to some family property out in Connecticut that just happened to have a run-down barn building. It was cold, but worth every second we spent outside. There was peeling wood, tons of dust that we could kick up and get cool light streaks through, and thousands of other things that are a dream for a photographer.

 

Nichole and Jon were good sports about hanging out in the freezing cold for awhile. I’m glad they were, because I think we caught some pretty cool shots. Take a look and stay tuned for their wedding this upcoming September!

 

-Matt


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Becca and Josh | Mystic, CT Wedding

Becca and Josh got married at the Watch Hill Chapel across the street from the Ocean House in mid-August. Their reception took place at Latitude 41 in Mystic, CT. Both locations were really cool, especially with Latitude 41 being right on the water with docks and boats everywhere in the back of the property.

 

We met up with Becca while she was getting ready at her parents’ house with her bridesmaids. I love walking into a getting ready location and being instantly comfortable with the group of people. That’s how it was at this wedding. It didn’t take long before the bridesmaids and I were joking around with each other. Everyone was cool and calm and having a good time. We got to take some photos in their backyard before the ceremony and then headed off for the rest of the day.

 

Everything went smoothly and we caught an awesome sunset in the back of Latitude 41. A very huge thanks to Mihaela for stepping in to fill as second shooter at the last minute. Jaclyn woke up with something terrible that morning and Amanda was out with Jess at another wedding. It was a pleasure shooting with her. Congrats to Becca and Josh and thanks for having us!

 

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People who made this wedding great:

 

Ceremony Venue: Watch Hill Chapel – Westerly, RI

Reception Venue: Latitude 41 – Mystic, CT

Flowers: Broadview Florist – Westerly, RI

Catering: Coastal Gourmet Catering Group

Cake: Coastal Gourmet Catering Group

DJ: David Christina / Spin Enterprise

Invitations: Paper Source

Hair/Makeup: Uptown Salon & Spa – Westerly, RI

Becca’s Dress: Jim Hjelm

Bridal Shop: The Bridal Garden – East Greenwich, RI