The blanket of snow in Brooklyn on the day we photographed Allie and Blake’s engagement session made for a pretty incredible backdrop. We are not shy about saying we hate the cold. We do. But we love Allie and Blake, so we were thrilled to meet them in their neighborhood to capture this exciting time in their lives. And the post session drink Allie and Blake took us out for didn’t hurt!

Spending time with Allie and Blake was like hanging out with old friends. We shot the wedding of one of Blake’s sisters (he has five!) and also took photos of his cousin’s wedding. Blake, his sister and his cousin all chose New York City-based wedding planner Whitney Events, and we are always super excited to work with them! Dream Team!!

Brooklyn engagement session during the winter time.
Couple walking down the street during their Brooklyn engagement session during the winter time.
Couple walking under the bridge with the Manhattan skyline in the background during their Brooklyn engagement session during the winter time.

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Cara and Bennie, you have our whole hearts! And obviously, we were not the only ones with our eye on this fabulous couple at their Belle Mer wedding. It was almost like Mother Nature saw them, thought to herself, “These. Two!” and graced them with the most perfect lighting a Newport wedding has ever seen.

And speaking of perfect, we’re wondering how Bennie’s plans for his class on how to be a groom are coming along. He nailed every direction we gave him, effortlessly pulled off the sockless-in-a-tux beachy vibe and, backed by his talented musical family, serenaded his bride at the reception. What?!?

But it does take two, and Cara brought plenty of perfection of her own to Belle Mer. They brought equal energy to their beautiful vows, spoken during the most magical of magic hours in Newport, then expertly got the party started with their “Dirty Dancing” worthy entry to their wedding reception.

And not to self-promote, but we were happy to hear that Cara and her mom, Kim, are big fans of our podcast. They even got Cara’s dad, Craig, to give it a listen. His review? “I have to say — you girls are batshit crazy.” Best thing a father of the bride has ever said to us. Excuse us while we update our website!

Cara and Bennie, we love you as much as our cameras do. May your life together be as dreamy as your wedding day.

Venue: Belle Mer

Catering: Belle Mer

Florist: Grace Kim

Videographer: JB Horn Film

Band: Flipside

Makeup and Hair: Ali Lomazzo Beauty

 

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It was a hot day for a wedding in Bristol, RI! The humidity level was 98%… Ninety. Eight. Percent! It was moist out there. I’m sorry. I know that everyone hates that word but it was moist. Our bride and groom, Taylor and Clark, did not help the situation being so damn hot themselves. We had to be quick when taking the formal photos outside since everyone was literally melting! Thankfully Blithewold has a lot shaded areas for photos but who am I kidding? Shade didn’t help anyone! Did I mention it was hot?

Taylor and Clark are a part of an elite group of people that we have been so fortunate to meet through this crazy journey as wedding photographers. It all started with our friends, Colleen and John. They got married and we met Colleen’s cousin, Trey, who married Ian. We shot their wedding and met Taylor and Clark. Taylor and Clark hired us for their wedding (obviously) and while we were there we met Lily and Zach AND Michaila and Chris whose weddings we will be shooting this year. Katie and Josh who had already hired us for their wedding were also in attendance. AND bringing it full circle we just got back from doing Colleen’s brother’s engagement session in Brooklyn. Shout out to Blake and Allie! So as you can see this couple and this group mean a lot to us. The feeling seems to be mutual. Legends Only!

Taylor and Clark had originally scheduled their wedding for August of 2020. Since Covid was still making a mess of things they made the hard decision to postpone to 2021. Last year I was on the phone with a Mother of the Bride. She told me she was always trying to find her CSL’s, Covid Silver Linings. This idea stuck with me. The pandemic has not been fun for anyone so it’s not always easy to see the good things that happened as a result. That is why it’s important to find some positives to keep yourself going. One CSL at the wedding was a new addition added to the guest list – Taylor and Clark’s pandemic puppy, Franklin! Franklin didn’t stay very long but he was able to strike a pose in his floral collar before he was whisked away. Another CSL… Taylor’s childhood swing set was refurbished into a their ceremony arch. I believe the whole family including Clark helped put it together during lockdown which makes it a thousand times more special.

Venue: Blithewold Mansion

Catering: Blackstone Catering

Florist: Brambles and Bittersweet

Lighting and Decor: Exquisite Events 

Band: Radiance

Videography: NST Pictures

Hair and Makeup: Hair Heart and Soul

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