Since the day we met with Jenny & Brett for the first time to talk to them about their wedding, they had already resigned themselves to the fact that there was a high likelihood that it was going to rain on their wedding day. How in the world could they have guessed that it would rain well over a year in the future? Because of the location they had chosen: Newport, Rhode Island. One of their absolute favorite places to visit, Jenny & Brett had made a point to come to Newport together many times over the years. They wanted a "destination feel" to their wedding and selected arguably the most quintessential New England shore town as their backdrop. They had fallen in love with the town during their many visits and they knew their guests would too.
Of course, all of their visits had one common denominator: rain. Persistent mist, torrential downpours, even the crazy side-ways rain you can never seem to escape from - they had seen it all on the streets of Newport, every single time they visited. But they didn't let that change the way they felt about town. In fact, they even had a sense of humor about it, calling Newport their "Little Ireland." Earlier this year they lucked out with a half of day of rain, the day of their engagement session. No sooner had we wrapped up the session and gotten into the car and the raindrops started to fall.
So when they looked at the forecast for their wedding day they couldn't believe their eyes. Nothing but sunshine all day long - big fluffy white clouds and blue sky as far as the eye could see. We joked with Jenny and Brett that day that had been paying their dues with all those rainy days - saving it up for one gorgeous when they could share with all their friends and family exactly what they loved about Newport. And, really, if they could have chosen one day to get the perfect weather that had alluded them so many times before, wouldn't they have picked their wedding day?
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We started the day with Jenny and her girls at the super sweet house her mother had rented for the week of the wedding. They had returned home from getting their hair and make-up done in nearby Middletown by Jennie Kay Murphy, shortly before we arrived. Ever the planner, Jenny made sure everyone was ready for the long day ahead by insisting they all sit down for some much-needed food before they finished getting ready. We took that time to photograph Jenny's details - her beautiful Casablanca Bridal gown and her bright colored bouquet done by Julia Huggins Floral Design . We saw Jenny's feel vision of the colors come together when the bridesmaids put on their grey and blue dresses and the bouquets popped against them.
Once everyone was dressed and ready to go, Jenny and her girls headed over to St. Augustine Church in their unique mode of transportation for the day (and special request by Brett): a trolley. It was a sweet Catholic ceremony with tons of personal touches and plenty of humor especially provided by Jenny's relative who was the Priest officiating the service. After the ceremony, Jenny & Brett greeted their guests and took several family shots before jumping on the trolley for some more shots of just the two of them and their wedding party. They scheduled lots of time in between the ceremony and reception, giving us the time to visit Fort Adams, downtown Newport and Second Beach.
The last stop for the trolley was the Atlantic Beach Club, where the reception would be taking place. It was a lively party from the get-go, with Drop Dead Sexy getting the guests out of their seats and on the dance floor. The reception was one of the parts of the day Jenny and Brett had been looking forward to the most - giving their friends and family a party they would be talking about for years to come. Safe to say, they definitely accomplished their goal.
The house Jenny's mother had rented for the week happened to be on Paradise Road, hence the clever sign. We thought it was even more appropriate based on the gorgeous weather Jenny & Brett ended up having.
I fell in love with Jenny's bouquet - the mix of colors and textures were so different and beautiful. Jenny's father passed away a few years ago, even though he couldn't be there in person she carried a tribute to him all day on her bouquet.
When it came time for Jenny to put on her Casablanca Bridal gown it was hard to tell who was more excited, her or her bridesmaids.
This is Jenny's adorable niece and flower girl who made everyone smile all day long.
Just as Jenny had been zippered in her dress her trolley arrived and we hopped on it with her for some fun shots.
The trolley really set the tone for the day, getting the party vibe started even on the way to the church.
This is Joanne, one of Jenny's bridesmaids who happened to recommend us. She knew Rob back when they were at Sacred Heart University together. Thanks Joanne!! :)
I always think there is something so romantic about when a bride has a blusher veil, especially when their is some soft light shining on her in the back of the church. This was my shot of Jenny right before she walked down the aisle.
And these two are the shots Rob caught from the front of the church, Jenny walking down the aisle with her brother...
...and Brett's reaction when he saw her for the first time all day.
The homily during the Ceremony Mass was full of tons of jokes and some cute stories about Jenny when she was a kid.
Once it came time for the vows, there were several tears - not just from Jenny. Her girls were moved by the moments as well.
The moment everyone had been waiting for - Jenny & Brett's first kiss as husband and wife.
Once the ceremony was over Jenny, Brett and their wedding party hopped back onto the trolley for a mini-tour of Newport.
We definitely had a lot of fun with the trolley - before we even got on the road our first order of business was a fun twist on a wedding party shot.
First stop: Fort Adams, a former military base with some great views of Newport.
Whenever Jenny and Brett were just quietly talking to each other during pictures, they were saying the sweetest things to each other - which brought out these great smiles.
Jenny's niece couldn't get enough of smelling the flowers and Jenny was more than happy to let her.
The girl's grey dresses and blue sashes were the perfect compliment to the men's tuxedos and blue, grey and silver ties.
Jenny and Brett were excited to see so many sailboats going by while we were at Fort Adams, hoping they would be in the background for their pictures. We were more than happy to oblige.
Next stop on the trolley tour: downtown Newport for a complete change of pace - trading in the greenery and water for the cute storefronts and brick buildings.
We stopped by an Irish pub, a significant place for Jenny and Brett because they had a very special trip to Ireland together a couple of years ago.
Of course, no trip to Newport would be complete without a trip to the beach. Thankfully Second Beach was just a short distance from the reception location: Atlantic Beach Club.
Jenny and Brett brought a few more tears during their first dance, having everyone captivated from start to finish.
Toasts were offered up by Jenny's two Maids of Honor and Brett's Best Man. All of speeches had tons of laughs and some very sweet sentiments about the couple.
Drop Dead Sexy definitely brought some great energy to the reception - keeping the dance floor packed all night long.
Jenny & Brett, we can't thank you enough for choosing us to capture your amazing wedding day! We have really enjoyed getting to know you both, hope we get to catch up with you again very soon! We need to hear all about your honeymoon in Croatia.