A bridal shower is such a fun time for couples! A brunch with friends, great food, and of course mimosas in the quaint seaside city of Newport. Our last shoot at Scales and Shells highlighted the upstairs, but today we are looking at the downstairs, called the Half Shell. Equipped with a private bar, lots of tables, colorful walls and big windows, the Half Shell is the perfect nook for any celebration!
On the shores of Roseland Lake in Woodstock, Connecticut on the perfect Fall day, with a reception in an adorable barn decked with sunflowers and the most amazing barbecue I have ever tasted, Amber and Donald said I do! As a New England girl, I’m a total fan of barn weddings and country music. Fall is my favorite season and when the leaves start changing I’m ready to go hiking and take my yearly trip to New Hampshire.
Amber glowed with excitement in her gorgeous flowing gown, perfect flower crown and rose gold halo custom made ring. After sharing a “faux” first look around the corner of the red barn, seeing the look on Donald’s face as his bride made her way down the aisle on the arms of her parents was priceless. The generations of family and great grandparents there to witness their marriage just made this wedding all the more perfect. Congratulations Amber and Donald, I wish you many more adventures as you share a life of love!
Photographer: Alicia Ann Photographie
Invitations: Vista Print
Bride/ Bridesmaids Attire: Bella’s Bridal
Groom/ Groomsmen Attire: Bonardi’s Formal Worcester
Venue: Roseland Park
Jeweler: Santisi & Bove
Hair Stylist: Joy Kochinsksas Essential Hair Design
Makeup Artist: Phoenix Argyriadis
Officiant: Lisa Roberts-Sangillo
Florist: Ladybug Florist
Catering: Mack’s Catering
Cake: Frosting and Lace
DJ: Tony Caramello
Early in October, as the leaves were just starting to change and the air was just starting to turn crisp, I met Christine and Jeff and their adorable dog Jet at a private farm in their town just minutes down the street from their home. They had driven by the farm many times, and thought it would be a perfect setting to take their engagement photos. We all made friends with the owner, who so kindly welcomed us onto his property, and told us all the best places to explore and had one of the most beautiful golden sunsets. Jet was the perfect model! Tagging along and sniffing everything out, he perfectly posed for me several times when I asked him “Jet do you want to look at the camera?!” The perfect model, and the perfect Fall session to start off my October!
This was an engagement session I was looking forward to for a while! Ever since I met Heather and Connor earlier this year I knew we were going to have a great time together. They are fun, adventurous and love beautiful locations. Newport is always one of my favorite places for sessions, especially by the Cliff Walk. There are so many beautiful places along the ocean and behind the mansions that photograph beautifully and are bright and beautiful! I feel like I’ve stepped right into Downton Abbey! After the Cliff Walk we headed over to Fort Adams for a change of seaside scenery, to explore by the piers, and catch that iconic Newport Bridge sunset! Congratulations Heather and Connor, I can’t wait for your Lake Pearl wedding next year!
The threat of rain and summer thunderstorms never deters me from being inspired or excited on a wedding day or inspirational shoot. While rain threatened off shore and over Connecticut, it brought some amazing clouds and a breeze to Nappatree point in Westerly. The area is a beach and conservation area that stretches out in a little peninsula at the very tip of Rhode Island. It is full of luscious tall grass, birds and wildlife, an amazing jetty, and a harbor of sailboats. What more could a Rhode Island girl want? Actually, maybe puppies, but they were there too, and we just couldn’t let one by without letting this doggy loving duo show them some love! Stunning florals and a lace shift dress made this the perfect bohemian elopement affair. After the sun hid behind the clouds for good, we enjoyed some amazing gelato and headed out just as a thunderstorm (and flash flood warning) broke out, but gave us some amazing sky before. Summer may be nearly over, but I’ll always love a couple that wants to run away to the beach to elope! #willstopforpuppies
Shortly after starting to chat with Sabrina to plan her couples session with her boyfriend Mike, I knew this was going to be one of my favorite sessions! Not only did she want to glam it up, but he was wearing his Coast Guard blues and....they wanted to bring their tiny Frenchie puppy, Eloise! If you ever want to bring your furry friends to your session the answer is always yes! Since our first location was a no dogs allowed kind of place, they had some friends come hang out with Eloise while we took some sunlit field photos, then headed to the nearby beach for the last of golden hour. Then one of Sabrina's dresses hadn't come in time for the shoot and we decided (since we're neighbors and all) to do a quick couple shots down by the beach just minutes from our houses. Well, I can't stop photographing these cuties, so it turned into a little more than that! Not only are these two extremely photogenic and adorable, but they were up for an adventure and I feel like I left the session with some new friends. Speaking of friends, it turns out we're practically neighbors too, so I see lots of doggy walks in our future!
On the lovliest of June days, Cassi and Mike tied the knot at Holy Name Church in New Bedford, followed by a seaside reception at The Bohlin in Newport! What better backdrop for a wedding than views of the Newport Bridge and harbor, as well as the feeling of love in the air. The way Mike looked at Cassi all day, the tears of joy, and the beautiful connections between family and friends are what makes weddings so special. From the florals by Carlone's, the amazing looking cake, and the sparkly details of the table numbers, this is sure to be one happily ever after! I was excited to work with Peter and his team from Amylon Productions, they were so considerate and easy to team up with for those must have shots!
Congratulations Cassi and Mike!
This past winter I partnered with The Boston Bride and The Newport Bride to give away an engagement session to one lucky couple. I love doing things like this, because our New England wedding community is so talented and it gives us a chance to work together to serve couples and also support each other in business.
I was so happy when Brianna and Brian won my session! When she commented on the post to win, I felt like we connected right away and they would be a perfect couple to win! They got engaged at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston, so what better place to capture their engagement?! We started with some drinks at Tia's on a warm Spring day, and then proceeded over to the bench where Brian proposed. How cute are they! Congratulations Brianna and Brian, I had so much fun with both of you!!
What a winter wonderland we have had this season, and it seems like it's still coming! Haley and AJ met while he was coaching hockey, and she was teaching ice skating. The perfect setting for them was an engagement session after the most perfect snowfall on a frozen pond (don't worry, we made sure it was safe)! When they asked to bring along their adorable Beagle pup as well, I just couldn't be more excited! Despite some frozen toes, we had an absolute blast and I felt like we had known each other for years. Oakey definitely stole the show for a while, and left a few kisses on my camera, he was such a sweetie!
Now it's story time! All of us pretty cold, I finished the ring shots and we went to say goodbye. Yet my car had somehow decided to automatically lock itself when I walked away (leaving the keys on the backseat as I just took my camera to photograph the ring!) leaving me very embarrassed! Well, Haley and AJ refused to let me freeze alone while the guy came to unlock me door, and we had a good hour and a half to bond, warming up in their car, and talk about wedding plans and how badly we all wanted pizza and beer! This was definitely one of my most embarrassing career moments, but I couldn't have asked for sweeter people to spend time with. We are all human and life happens (however, if this happened on a wedding day and I was without camera, don't doubt I wouldn't be breaking my window haha). They even still decided afterward that we had so much fun that they wanted me to photograph their big day in September as well! These two are awesome, I can't wait for their wedding day!
Winter is the time of year when we New Englanders still drink our ice coffee, but hunker down when the snow hits unless we really have somewhere to go (for the most part anyway). We had a few days of absolute frigid cold a few weeks ago, but these Texas ladies wanted a snow filled engagement session since their wedding is taking place in warm, sunny Texas, so we had to go out and play! They chose Lincoln Woods State Park for its scenic woodland views, and the fact that it looks lovely snow covered. They glammed it up and rocked the cold, congratulations ladies!
I absolutely love how adventurous Jenna and Ethan are! Not only did they choose a gorgeous location for their Fall engagement session, and dress to a T, but they love hiking and doing things outdoors and had not problem galavanting through the woods with me. I even got a little lost at first because I haven't been to this park in a few years and totally got thrown off! However walking through the woods in a gown and a suite did not phase these two and we had a great time. I can't wait for their wedding in 2018 and to capture more of their moments! Congratulations Jenna and Ethan!
I met Michelle last Halloween when I started a new freelance graphic design job and we bonded almost instantly over our complete and utter obsession with Harry Potter. When I say fans, we are some special kind of fans! When I went to the Wizarding World in March for the first time, I legitimately CRIED upon entering Diagon Alley! On top of that, she was super excited because she was engaged and planning her wedding for 2017 (You can see their adorable engagement session here)! Unfortunately for business Alicia, she already had a wedding photographer booked, but still wanted to do engagement photos with us, and we were guests at her big day full of Harry Potter details (wait until you see the card Brian made Michelle that looks like the Marauders Map!) and I got to shoot the two of them getting ready! Thank you for having me be a part of your magical day, Michelle and Brian! Mischeif Managed!
On a windy and warm Spring day, I met Liz and Nick, dressed to the nines down at Sachuest Point. It was so hot that day, but was breezy and cool down by the water, and as soon as I met them I felt like we were old friends right away! Her center stone in her ring is also a family heirloom, that Nick had set in a gorgeous Tacori mounting, how sweet and special is that!? These two were up for a little walking adventure, as we stopped at some of my favorite places around the wildlife preserve. I've hiked here for years and always thought it would be a beautiful sunlit setting for couples portraits.
Congrats on your engagement and your wonderful future ahead Liz and Nick!
Flowers: The Flower Pot (www.theflowerpotri.com)
Dress: Lulus (www.lulus.com)
Images ©2017 Alicia Ann Photographie
This session was magical after one of our famous New England snow storms this past winter! I met Krista and Nichole through one of my second shooters and was excited to hear about their Fall wedding. I thought that using their Starbucks coffee mugs would add the perfect personal touch to their photos because that's how they met, and how cute are those mugs?! I believe every couple should have an engagement session, because it helps me get to know them while having some fun, and what part of throwing snowballs around and drinking coffee is not fun?!
I'm always up for an adventure and exploring new places, a wedding by the sea as summer ends was a wonderful way to end the season. Kristin and John were married right by the ocean at the Lighthouse Inn in Dennis, MA (Cape Cod). Since they love being by the ocean this venue was perfect, from its seaside charm and beautiful lighting. The cabins for the couple to get ready in were just adorable, it would be so much fun to stay here by the sea! We decided last minute to do a first look, and the docks by the ocean made the perfect backdrop for this as well as family and bridal party photos. Congratulations Kristin and John, I had a blast capturing your big day!
Venue: The Lighthouse Inn http://www.lighthouseinn.com/
Music: Full Service http://fullservicemusic.com/
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I was completely honored when Megan, one of my college professors, asked me to photograph her wedding in August! The ceremony was held at St Lukes in Westborough, Massachusetts, one of the cutest towns I have ever seen. The reception was held out of state later so I didn't cover it, but had a great time capturing this adorable couples I Do's!
Jewelry: Kate Spade at www.renttherunway.com
HMUA: Bride/ Maid of Honor
Flowers: Handmade by the Bride!
Shoes: www.davidsbridal.com and www.bananarepublic.com
Though I usually shoot in Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts, this gorgeous wedding at Alyson's Orchard was completely worth the drive! Nestled amongst rolling hills and fields, the orchard is lovely from inside to out. Jess and Will's wedding was country themed from the tractor rides to everyone wearing cowboy boots, and I just loved it! The ceremony was held by the lake and the reception in the airy hall. The bride and bridesmaids even surprised everyone with a choreographed dance as they were introduced. Now that's my kind of shindig! Congrats Jess and Will!
A few weeks ago I had the honor of again second shooting for my friend Kellyanne of Kelleyanne Bujold Photography (http://www.kelleyannebujoldphotography.com/). It was a beautiful New England Fall day, the trees were in prime color, and it was not too warm or too cold. The sun was shining and the venue was beautiful as well! The wedding party got ready at the Sheraton in Framingham, MA, a place fit for a king and queen. The reception was there as well, in the beautifully decorated ballroom aglow in blue and purple. The ceremony took place at the Saint Paul Catholic Church in Wellesley, which had fantastic gardens for the grounds, and a quaint but scenic park across the street that was perfect for formals, and a little silliness beforehand! Congrats to this beautiful couple, may your marriage be happy and full of love!