I had the pleasure of photographing Sarah and Ryan’s seaside wedding at the Eisenhower house in Newport, Rhode Island this past June. When Sarah first reached out to me about photographing her wedding I was very excited. I am a big fan of Rhode Island. I am not sure if it’s the dels, the ‘gansett, the fact that I went to college there, or that it is surrounded by water, but I have a great love for that little state.
Sarah and Ryan met their freshman year at Fairfield University. They tried to keep their relationship a secret because they were class President and Vice President, but as Ryan’s cousin and best man pointed out in his toast, everyone knew. Having been together for over 10 years, their families already felt like one family, creating an incredibly jubilant atmosphere throughout the day and night. Sarah coordinated and designed countless details throughout the day; handmade escort cards, unique details on each of the dinner tables, handmade signs spread throughout the cocktail hour, gorgeously designed invitations, and color coordinated straws to match the cocktail hour decor. Sarah was stunning in her Carol Hannah gown, and her blue Toms wedges were the perfect shoes for running around Newport’s cobblestone streets.
My favorite part of the day was actually the ceremony. “Actually” because Catholic ceremonies are notoriously difficult to photograph. The priest, a family friend of Ryan’s, said to me before it started, “It’s dark in here, good luck.” Sarah and Ryan exchanged the traditional Catholic vows, but they also wrote each other letters saying why they loved each other. They gave them to the priest who read them aloud to each other and the entire church for the first time. I am fairly certain everyone in the church was crying by the end of the letters, myself included. It was one of the most personal and heartfelt ceremonies that I have witnessed.
Thank you Ryan and Sarah for letting me capture your day and congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Neubauer!
Special thanks to my second shooter: Angela Chicowski Venue: Eisenhower House Hotel: Newport Hyatt Church: St. Francis of Assisi Dress: Carol Hannah Bridesmaids: JCREW Groom/Groomsmen Tux: The Black Tux Rings: Tiffany & Co Shoes: Toms Makeup: Allison Barbera Beauty Hair: Jennifer Gonzalez Clark Florist: Elaine Godfrey, Weedweavers Stationery: Hartford Prints! Wedding Cake/Ice Cream Sandwiches: Tricycle Ice Cream Catering: Wildwood Catering Band: Sugar