Jessica and Andrew | Harbor Lights Wedding

You may remember Jessica and Andrew from their Jamestown engagement session last year and now comes time for their wedding.  I loved how this wedding was styled.  It fueled my obsession for navy blue and all things nautical.  My favorite decoration was the bride and groom anchor cake topper. Aside from the decorations, Jess and Andrew are a great couple.  It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know them throughout this past year.

They married at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wakefield, Rhode Island.  We then went to the Plum Point Beach Club in Saunderstown for portraits.  Their reception was held at the newly redone and launched, Harbor Lights in Warwick.  Harbor Lights was a GREAT venue.  This was our first wedding with them and we were thoroughly  impressed, the bride and groom can say the same.

Cheers Jess and Andrew,

Jess



Nicole and John | Roger Williams Park Wedding

John and Nicole had a simple, yet very detailed beautiful wedding at Roger Williams Park in Providence, RI on May 25, 2014. They got married in the Botanical Gardens which was phenomenally gorgeous and their reception was at the Casino. For this post I am going to leave you with a poem read at their ceremony about their engagement.  I knew after I heard it that I wanted to re-read it, and re-read it again.  The poem encompasses John and Nicole perfectly.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

-Jess

 

At the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum By Julie Danho O’Connell

There may be no better place to love someone
than in that courtyard, where light glides down
like a bridal train, lands among Venetian lions

and primrose, Roman mosaic and azalea. Gardner
wedded the past to the past, built a 15th-century palazzo
in America and filled it with Manet, Degas, Vermeer.

Side by side on a stone bench, you looked upon arches
and balustrades that belonged to other structures
centuries before, when your city was still marsh

and estuary. Each fragment was a diamond’s facet,
arranged to illuminate the whole. When the question
was asked, you both knew the answer, but the yes

is for always, the yes is for memory, for a moment
that will hold in time. Yours was the newest life
in the garden, feet from Persephone and Odysseus,

sculpted by those long forgotten. The idea,
Gardner said, was not to know history or artist,
but to love what we see before us. You will

return to that place again, to remember where
you chose each other, to discover how time
has altered its beauty and let it bloom anew.

 



Missy’s Bridal Shower | Waterman Grille

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the most fabulous bridal shower I have ever seen.  I was beyond impressed with how Missy’s sister decorated and planned everything.  After you see the photos, you will be too.  She even handmade cushion-cut Swarovski crystal earrings as the party favor.  Missy and Stefan were an extremely vibrant and fun couple.  It was so much fun having a girls day with their family and friends. Hope you enjoy and are inspired!

-Jess





Jackie and Karl | Linden Place

Flashing back to the end of summer we have Jackie and Karl’s wedding at Linden Place in Bristol, RI.  This was a gorgeous historic property where part of the original Great Gatsby was filmed.  It had very unique grounds with two beautiful people celebrating their love for each other.

 

My favorite part about Jackie and Karl’s wedding was the longevity dance.  If you aren’t familiar with this dance, it is were all of the married couples head to the dance floor and sit down after how ever many years they have been married.  The last couple dancing is met with love and applause.  The amount of couples still on the dance floor after 20 years, 25 years, 40 years, 50 years, 60 years and up was amazing.  I don’t remember where it ended but it brought tears to my eyes.

 

It was very clear that Jackie and Karl are surrounded by families that truly support and respect the value of marriage in all of the wonderful years spent and in their trials.  It was a great thing to witness.  They also had their first dance to one of my personal favorite artists, Ray Lamontagne,  and they both appreciate a good microbrew ;)

 

Cheers to Jackie and Karl and may their lives be blessed with great longevity, love, and of course…great beer.

 

– Jess


Joanna and Ricky | Providence, RI

Joanna and Ricky married at the Aldrich House in Providence, RI and their wedding was full of vintage, class and romance. Joanna’s dress was so timeless and so was her beauty.   Her dress, the color scheme and the feel of a historical home all blended together for a night of warmth and romance.

 

Their closest family and friends gathered for a short and sweet ceremony and reception.  The hors d’oeuvres were fabulous along with all of the sweets Joanna baked herself for the wedding. Here are some of my favorites from the wedding (most being of her dress because I was so obsessed with it).

 

Cheers,

Jess

Blueflash Photography - Joanna and Ricky - RI Wedding

 

Blueflash Photography - Joanna and Ricky - RI Wedding

 

Blueflash Photography - Joanna and Ricky - RI Wedding

 

Blueflash Photography - Joanna and Ricky - RI Wedding

 

Blueflash Photography - Joanna and Ricky - RI Wedding

 

Blueflash Photography - Joanna and Ricky - RI Wedding

 

Blueflash Photography - Joanna and Ricky - RI Wedding

 

Blueflash Photography - Joanna and Ricky - RI Wedding

 

Blueflash Photography - Joanna and Ricky - RI Wedding

 

Adina and Donnie | Cranston, Rhode Island

In five years Adina and Donnie made it through two deployments, three continents and being separated by distance for the majority of their relationship. They started dating in 2009 when he signed for active duty in the National Guard. Soaking up all their time together before he left turned the relationship very serious and they quickly knew they were in it for the long haul.  Donnie deployed to Iraq in 2009 and then to Afghanistan in 2012.  He was then stationed in Vicenza, Italy in 2011 as a paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. The distance hasn’t stopped since they’ve married though! Donnie will be in South Korea as of January.
 
This strong couple has made it though so much in this past five years and has their love and the support of their friends and family to thank.  They were married in Cranston, RI on October 13, 2013 and had their reception at the Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown.  Everything about their wedding was nothing shy of fabulous.  Adina’s engagement ring and wedding band may also be the most gorgeous set of diamonds I’ve ever seen! I think my favorite part about the wedding was that her dress and cake matched perfectly. I loved getting to know Adina and her mom before the wedding and getting to spend the day with them was great. They really made us feel like family. I’ll leave you with this quote:
 
“Love doesn’t know what distance is.”
 
Cheers,
 
Jess

 
First, their wedding film!

 


 

Blueflash Photography - Rhode Island Wedding - Adina and Donnie

 

Blueflash Photography - Rhode Island Wedding - Adina and Donnie

 

Blueflash Photography - Rhode Island Wedding - Adina and Donnie

 

Blueflash Photography - Rhode Island Wedding - Adina and Donnie

 

Blueflash Photography - Rhode Island Wedding - Adina and Donnie

 

Blueflash Photography - Rhode Island Wedding - Adina and Donnie

 

Blueflash Photography - Rhode Island Wedding - Adina and Donnie

 

Blueflash Photography - Rhode Island Wedding - Adina and Donnie

 

Blueflash Photography - Rhode Island Wedding - Adina and Donnie

 

Blueflash Photography - Rhode Island Wedding - Adina and Donnie

 

Blueflash Photography - Rhode Island Wedding - Adina and Donnie

 

Blueflash Photography - Rhode Island Wedding - Adina and Donnie

 

Blueflash Photography - Rhode Island Wedding - Adina and Donnie

 

Blueflash Photography - Rhode Island Wedding - Adina and Donnie

 

Blueflash Photography - Rhode Island Wedding - Adina and Donnie

 

Blueflash Photography - Rhode Island Wedding - Adina and Donnie

 

 

Blueflash Photography - Rhode Island Wedding - Adina and Donnie

Some of the vendors for this beautiful wedding include:
Adina’s rings: Fifth Avenue Jewelers in Cranston, RI
Cake: Dyane’s Sweet Tooth in Cumberland, RI
Bridal Gown: Sottero & Midgley
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Jordan Fashions
Make-up: Serai Beauty in East Greenwhich, RI
Florist: The Enchanted Forest in Cranston, RI

Jenna and Jared | Boston Engagement

I love any excuse to go up to Boston and photographing Jenna and Jared was one of the best ones.  Saying they were “such a fun couple” doesn’t even do them justice because they were a riot.  We walked around Cambridge and into the North End.  We started where they had their first kiss outside Jenna’s dorm room and then ventured to the North End where they spent a majority of their time in their first year of dating.  I was really excited because I’ve always wanted to do a Lady and the Tramp spagetti kiss for an engagement picture… there couldn’t be a better place to do it than the Italian district in Boston! Sharing a meal and a glass of wine with them was a treat too.  I love getting to know my couples on a personal level and I truly feel like I gained new friends in Jenna and Jared.  I might have to steal this wedding from Matt ;)

Cheers,

Jess
Blueflash Photography - Engagement Session - Jenna and Jared

 

Blueflash Photography - Engagement Session - Jenna and Jared

 

Blueflash Photography - Engagement Session - Jenna and Jared

 

Blueflash Photography - Engagement Session - Jenna and Jared

 

Blueflash Photography - Engagement Session - Jenna and Jared

 

Blueflash Photography - Engagement Session - Jenna and Jared

 

Blueflash Photography - Engagement Session - Jenna and Jared

 

Blueflash Photography - Engagement Session - Jenna and Jared

 

Wedding Photography | Meet Your Photographer

We live in an awesome age of instant information. You can sit at your computer and check out every wedding photographer in Rhode Island without moving anything except your right arm. Actually, you can do it without moving anything except your thumbs if you feel like doing it on your phone. Is this good? Definitely! It’s great for you to pre-screen wedding photographers based on their style.

 

Don’t Go Too Far

Notice how I said specifically that it’s great for you to pre-screen photographers based on style. I would warn against price shopping on your first pass through photographer land. How come? Terms used on websites can be so vague that it’s difficult to compare “apples to apples” so to speak. For example – photographer A and photographer B might both offer two photographers and an album. Photographer A costs $2200 and photographer B costs $3400. Well, photographer A is the clear choice… right? Not so fast. Without meeting them, you miss out on some key info, like photographer A offers themselves with an assistant (who happens to be their little brother) while photographer B offers two legitimate photographers for your day. Photographer A also hands you a scrapbook with all your 4×6 prints pasted into it with a glue stick while photographer B provides a professional quality wedding album. By just looking at their websites, you would make the incorrect assumption that their offering of an album and two photographers is equivalent.

 

What Else Is Missing?

There’s something else that’s critical that can’t really be attained by browsing websites – whether or not you connect with your photographer. Everybody’s got different personalities. On your wedding day you’re going to see your photographer more than almost anyone else. You’re going to want to make sure you can get along easily with them! We are not the perfect fit for every bride. Nobody is. Schedule a meeting, get together, look at what your potential photographer offers (albums, wall art, packages, etc…), and see if you can easily make a connection with them and if you can picture (no pun intended) them sharing in your wedding day.

 

Meetings Are Scary

They’re not. They shouldn’t be. It should be a casual meeting where you get to know each other a little bit and talk about your wedding. If you go to a meeting and it’s scary, excessively awkward, weird, or forced, then that’s a strong sign that photographer is not for you.

 

You need to meet your photographer. Find out the details. Ask the important questions. Understand what you’re investing in. Oftentimes things are cheap for a reason. More often than not you are going to get what you pay for.

 

Series information

Next we’ll be wrapping up the entire series by talking about the post-wedding viewing experience. Not sure what that is? Then be sure to catch the post.

If you missed the intro to this series, you can catch it right here – How To Choose Your Rhode Island Wedding Photographer Series Introduction.

 

Feeding Your Wedding Photographer

This topic in the How To Choose Your Rhode Island Wedding Photographer Series may seem like a strange one. It’s something that hardly anyone gives much thought to because there’s so many other things to take care of with your wedding. Here’s the deal, simplified and broken down:

 

1) Your wedding photographer is a human.

2) Humans need to eat.

3) Humans can’t efficiently work and eat at the same time.

4) When your wedding photographer is eating, they are not taking photographs.

 

Make the Most of It

With that newfound revelation, what scenario do you think would allow you to make the most of your photographer’s time (that you’re paying for, remember)?

 

1) Once all your guests receive the main course, allow your photographer to get some food. While people are being served, your photographer is mulling around because photos of people chewing are not wedding album material. Now your wedding photographer is sitting down to eat dinner while people are getting dessert. While dessert is going out, people start heading to the dance floor. The wedding marches on, but your photographer just got his fork.

 

2) Have your photographer get their food first, or at least toward the beginning of the serving cycle. This allows your wedding photographer to finish their meal before your guests. What that means is that your photographer is ready to photograph when things are actually happening, rather than being tied up with eating.

 

Obviously, scenario two works out better for everyone. Why is it, then, that scenario one is the one that plays out at every single wedding?

 

Yes, your guests are important. No, your photographer is not (should not be) a diva. We’re not asking to get our food first because we think we deserve to before everyone else. We’re asking so that we can efficiently do our job and you can get the most out of your wedding photography investment. This benefits you.

 

How To Fix It

It’s on you to talk with your caterer and/or venue. Let them know how you want things to work out. You’re the boss of your event. Simply tell them that you prefer to let the photographers eat at the beginning of the serve cycle. Otherwise, the default is for vendors to get their meals when all the guests are essentially finished with dinner.

 

One Last Thing

At risk of sounding greedy, there is one more thing I should mention. If you pay the same price for a vendor meal as you do for your guest (if so, thank you very much, we wholeheartedly appreciate it), then make sure your caterer is actually providing it. Sometimes caterers will cut corners and serve all your vendors a tray of sandwiches while your guests munch on filet mignon. Hey – vendors are people too, right? Get what you paid for.

 

Series information

Next we’ll be talking about the same day slideshow. What is it and why do you want it?

If you missed the intro to this series, you can catch it right here – How To Choose Your Rhode Island Wedding Photographer Series Introduction.

 

Announcement | Please Welcome Jessica Darling!

It is with great pleasure and a ton of excitement that I introduce to you the newest member of the Blueflash team: Jessica Darling. For many months I have been secretly searching for the perfect person to come on board with us to fill the role of lead photographer. We used to have to turn away brides and grooms if we already had a wedding booked on their date, but we are now able to accommodate!

 

Jessica Darling Bio Photo - Lead Photographer

 

It was a self-inflicted painstaking process because I wanted to make sure that the person was totally perfect for the role. Some of the qualification criteria was a) they are an awesome person, b) they are an awesome photographer, c) their style matches closely with the existing Blueflash style, d) they love weddings, and e) they understand what it means to be part of a team of people who are passionate about what they do. Those are just five out of about 4,032 other criterion.

 

I won’t regurgitate Jess’s bio here on the blog because you can read it right here on the Blueflash About Page.

 

Although Jess closely reflects the Blueflash style, she also mixes in some of her own elements to make for a distinct look that adds more dynamic to what we offer.

 

You know when you find something, buy something, walk into a place, or see something and you just immediately know it’s the right thing and was meant to be? That’s how we feel about Jess joining the team. Welcome.

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