June 2018 in review - The Weddings

In June, I had the good fortune of photographing as second photographer to three fabulous photographers. I mentioned them in my June 2018 in Review post a little while ago. These gigs yielded me my very first triple header wedding weekend ever. I must say - it was quite the rush to go from one wedding to another.  

Something Blue Photography - The Villa at Ridder Country Club

Working with Something Blue Photography afforded me not only the opportunity to photograph at one of my favorite locations, The Villa at Ridder Country Club in East Bridgewater, but also to photograph an event in one of their grand ballrooms a feat that had eluded me so far.  I also got to work with a creative team that's based out of state.  Elle Audrey New York were the planners extraordinare who planned and executed a flawless event that involved a slew of vendors from various locations. 

Conte Sound Productions with Kristen Conte Weddings - The Waterman Grille, Providence RI

The next day, I worked with Kristen Conte of Conte Sound Productions. I've work with Kristen and her husband Tom before, so I knew I was in a for a great night.  From capturing getting ready shots in Providence RI, to documenting the wedding ceremony and parts of the reception at the Waterman Grille on the east side of Providence, I spent most of my evening laughing with one of the most talented wedding creative duos I know.  

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Side Note - 

The Waterman Grille served mini-sliders. These burgers are the best burger bites on the face of the planet! One fell on the ground and was smashed. I cried real tears over that poor crushed mini burger! 

John Branch IV Photography - Blithewold Mansion, Bristol RI

I capped off working alongside the masterful John Branch IV out of North Carolina. Previously based in NYC, John moved his family and his business to North Carolina earlier this year. Sending out a call for a second photographer, I eagerly raised my hand to work alongside yet another photography professional from out of state.  Thanks to DJ Dakey Christmas for the behind scenes snapshot of John and I making pictures of the couple and the iconic arch at Blithewold. 

I have another set of second photographer gigs in the coming months and I'm looking forward to all of them. To all my prospective brides and grooms - note that when you request a second photographer at your wedding, you are working with folks who love their craft and the community. You're getting two professionals giving you various looks of your day AND who are having fun doing it!  

Are you getting married at The Blithewold Mansion or The Villa in 2019/2020 and are still looking for the photographer for your day? Let's chat then! I'm but a phone call or text away at 401.287.4120. 

Looking forward to working with you soon!

M

Charlene + David

These two got married on the first weekend of June, on the first truly WARM day of summer.  They were married at their home in Chepachet RI, which made for an incredibly relaxed atmosphere.  They were surrounded by friends and family who made everything special for them. And I mean, everything - Moms setting up the reception area, Dads breaking down smoked meat - this wedding was a labor of love from everyone. 

Charlene and David were so chill, I wish I could have bottled some of their zen energy for my personal use in some of the more frantic moments of my life. One of my favorite things was Charlene's bouquet which was made up of silk flowers and pages of her favorite Harry Potter novel - which I believe was the Harry Potter and The Globlet of FIre (don't quote me though). I also loved the relationship David had with his father. The two of them had a complete blast the whole day. 

My assistant Aidan loved the smoked meat.  I loved the laughter from everyone all day long. It was a great day! 

Congratulations to Charlene and David! 

That time when I photographed a newly minted engaged couple!

I can't tell you how many times I read of photographers catching a surprise engagement just because they were at the right place at the right time! Things like that never ever ever happened to me! 

Until it did! 

While I was at the Blithewold Mansion assisting a photographer with another another wedding, I happened to be THAT photographer who was there at the right time and place. I was walking through the Rose Gardens when I heard a squeal of pure joy and I looked up to see a couple embrace. The young lady was flush and breathless with the widest smile on her face while the man beside her was also smiling, in a relieved sort of way - as if he just passed a really huge test. 

There it was - a surprise engagement and I was there! with my camera. I should have dropped everything that very second and run to play the lottery because when next would my luck be this good?!

Here's Alan and Jasmine - after he asked, and she said "Yes!"

June 2018 in review

June was a month of making new friends, loosing favorite pieces of gear and experiencing my first triple-header wedding weekend ever.  That last tidbit made June a truly memorable month for me. 

Weddings

I photographed five weddings in June - two as a primary photographer and three as a second photographer. I kicked off the month photographing Charlene and David's wedding at their home in Chepachet. It was a glorious informal affair that was a celebration of love and of family.  The next weekend, I travelled across Rhode Island to document a wedding of a couple that loves the City of Providence almost as much as I do.  

My second photographer gigs were exhilarating! If you follow the Piper Brown Photography instagram account (and if you don't, please do!) you'll recall three posts that went up the weekend of June 22 - 24 that featured a beaming photographer racing from one gig to another. 

I had THREE weddings y'all!  THREE back-to-back-to-back. My feet landed in Epsom salts Sunday night for sure! 

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Portrait Sessions

I had two days of family sessions this past month.  The first was a family reunion of sort at the Goddard State Park in East Greenwich. This was the session where I lost a favorite piece of gear - RIP Westcott 6ft Umbrella. After loosing my umbrella, I decided NEVER EVER to photograph another session without having an assistant by my side. Especially if I'll be using any lighting gear.  The next family session was really a compilation of a bunch of minis to be honest - It was the Annual Free Photos for Public Safety Families event. My second time participating in what's becoming an eagerly anticipated annual tradition in Rhode Island, I was able to make portraits for four different public safety families. 

Engagement Sessions

Finally, I capped the month off with two engagement sessions. Both held on June 30th which had to be the hottest stickiest day of the year EVER!  It was brutal being out there with little to no breeze, but I have to say, my couples made looking fabulous effortless AND refreshing! I'm not kidding.  I'll be posting about their sessions in the next couple of days, stay tuned for that. 

So that was my June in a nutshell.  July is a month of vacationing and chilling. I don't really have much planned for the month and so I'm going to take the opportunity to travel the country a little bit and enjoy time with my family.  When I'm not making images for Piper Brown Photography, I still have a camera in hand, photographing everything and anything that catches my eye. I've been toying with the idea of launching a personal work page just so I can share my random snaps as well. I mean, what else am I going to do with the images right?  Should I get that page off the ground, I'll be sure to share details about the page here as well. 

Next post will be details about the weddings of June!  Who, what, where and when! Come back and trek across RI with me.

And if you're in the market for a wedding photographer, please give me a call at 401.287.4120 or set up a date to meet on my calendar 

Happy Summer Everybody!

Christina + Matt

Christina hired me via facebook and so shooting her engagement session was my first opportunity meeting her in person.  I'm always nervous when this happens - simply because I know just how goofy I can be and all it would take is one of my ill-timed laughs to send a new client running for the hills. Somehow Matt and Christina were not phased by my guffawing which was very lucky for me! 

Christina and Matt are a fun-loving, sea-faring couple from Boston. We picked the wharfs of the New Bedford Whaling district to meet (Christina's idea) and our decision was blessed with gloriously warm weather. 

This was a super fun session - not even the blinding life-giving sun could dampen our moods.  I can't wait to photograph their wedding in September.  It's going to be so much fun!

Brianne + Dylan

"We are so beautiful" - Brianne gasped as I showed her the image on the back of DSLR. I laughed in agreement.  Dylan and Brianne were incredibly beautiful, not just physically, but in spirit. It's been a while since I've come across a couple like these two. Beautiful and strong in their joint Christian faith, they exude a calm that belies their youth. 

Dylan is a collegiate level baseball player from Oklahoma who came to Rhode Island to play baseball for college.  He met Brianne here through mutual friends and their ensuing story is the stuff of fairytales.  

These two lovebirds are going to make their way to Oklahoma shortly after they wed = much to the chagrin of Brianne's family and friends here in Rhode Island and the delight of the Brooks family.  

Good luck Mr. and Mrs. Brooks!  God's speed and stay blessed

 

Spring Time in Providence • Jennifer + Mike Engagement Session

It finally felt like spring this weekend! I spent the weekend with two of my 2018 couples soaking up the sun and just enjoying the warm spring breezes.  On Sunday, Jennifer, Mike and I spent time walking around downtown Providence, checking out some of the architecture and celebrating the few blooming cherry blossom trees we found. 

Here are some of the favorites from my session with them,

Emily and Michael's Engagement Session

Emily and Michael's engagement session with me occurred a month before Christmas. If you recall, it was frigidly cold and although the sun was shining, you couldn't really feel the warmth on your face because your face was frozen.  

Since Christmas was just around the corner, Emily suggested we have a session during their hunt for a Christmas tree.  It was a fantastic idea and I jumped on it immediately! The weather had been mild and there was this awesome Christmas tree farm in West Greenwich Emily wanted to try, so we all sallied forth.  The second we stepped out of our cars however, we looked at each other and immediately thought - "We have regerts".  IT WAS COLD! Super Duper Cold! 

For the first few images we took, Michael snuggled up to Emily, not to look cute and cuddly but to leech heat from her marvelous faux fur-lined vest.  We called him out out on it of course, which also made for great images!  

But then, once we got going, and our extremities were pretty much numbed by the cold, we got down to making images that warmed my heart. We had a fun day walking around in the trees. 

I'm looking forward to photographing their wedding later on in October this year.  Stay tuned next week for Vicki and Lexi's engagement session.  This time, I travel to the site of the first psychiatric hospital in Massachusetts, and believe me when I say, we were not alone! 

The Instagram Hits of 2017 and beyond!

So I'm a Johnny-come-lately with this, but I finally figured out how to share the images everyone liked the most from my Instagram feed.  All December long, I saw photographer after photographer share their images and I was chartreuse with envy! But thanks to the googles, I figured it out. 

It appears Israel and Daisy's wedding was very loved!  I loved that wedding too! There was so much gentle love in the air. 

 The best of 2017!

The best of 2017!

Here are the images from 2016! Apparently everyone likes my face. I take that as the compliment it was obviously intended to be! 

 The best of 2016! 

The best of 2016! 

Every time people ask me about my photography style, I always mention how much I love color and I try to find it in every aspect of my life. Check out the favorites from my personal instagram account! 

I can't wait to see what awesome images I make this year will be the favorites of 2018! 

Stephanie and Anthony

Stephanie and Anthony were married at St. Stephen's Church in in Concord, MA and held their ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Dedham MA.  This venue was another first for me and I was pleasantly surprised by their facilities.  I will have to state, that I have decided the traffic around that section of 1-95 is the devil and I wouldn't wish experiencing it on any friends of mine.  My enemies can go live in it for all I care! 

Stephanie and Anthony's wedding was bilingual. Having their wedding ceremony held in Spanish was a key reason why their service was held at St. Stephen's.  The church was beautiful, easy to get to and was very accomodating to their needs. So for any bilingual couples out there seeking a spanish-speaking church for their weddings, definitely give them a call. 

I was only at the Hilton for a short while, but as you can see from the pictures below, I certainly caught a lot of the love and fun everyone had!