You are the expert when it comes to your wedding, for sure. But when it comes to your Belle Mer wedding, we like to think of ourselves as experts who can offer you some insider info that will help make it truly spectacular!

What makes us Belle Mer wedding experts? It’s basically our work home away from home! When M.studios was just a baby photography studio, we were preferred vendors at the Hyatt (now Gurney’s). The Hyatt and Belle Mer are both on Goat Island Picture us working at the Hyatt, having the best time doing what we love, but then we’d longing look across to Belle Mer and dream about being on their preferred wedding photographer list. And now that dream is a reality! #Goals

Every time we work a Belle Mer wedding with their incredible staff, it feels like a family reunion. That’s one of our favorite parts of working at this venue. It really is a special place for us.

Belle Mer has two wedding venues on the property: the salon and the island house. Each give different vibes. The salon is a bit more formal. It has a huge staircase, a beautiful chandelier, and the building itself is set back on the lawn. The island house is a smaller, more intimate venue. Its glass walls let wedding guests look right out at some spectacular ocean views. Both venues photograph beautifully.

Above the island house is a loft where brides and their bridal party can get ready. This is the one thing you won’t get in the Salon. There’s an additional cost to use it, but it is so worth it. It’s huge and light-flooded with lots of fun seating and windows.

That pony and makeup by Ali Lomazzo Beauty

We love using those windows to take wedding dress photos. Have you ever noticed this dress photo online? Well it was taken it in the loft at Belle Mer! Some of our brides have a hanger made with their new last name on it for this shot, but we don’t think that’s necessary. A plain wooden hanger looks nice, but we can even work with a plastic one! It’s all about the silhouette.

And although it never–ever!–rains on a Belle Mer wedding day (the staff takes care of that!), access to the loft can help couples create a backup plan just in case. It’s a perfect twirling spot, rain or shine.

The island house and the salon both have great places to take detail shots. All we need to take a perfect accessory shot is a little sunshine. These detail shots can be so much fun! Consider including your perfume, some ribbon from the bouquets or leftover flowers the florist doesn’t need. Below is one of our most memorable detail shots because it included a custom lipstick shade made for the bride. She named it Belle Mer!

The wedding ceremony spot at Belle Mer has sweeping views of the ocean and the Newport bridge. There are so many ways for couples to incorporate their own style into the ceremony location. Flowers, aisle decor and ceremony arches can entirely change the look of the spot–from dreamy and romantic to minimalist and beachy.

Bride walks with her father to her wedding ceremony on the water with the Newport Bridge in the background

Even though the ocean makes a breathtaking ceremony backdrop, we always recommend that couples add some flower details to the ceremony site. From a photographer’s perspective, flowers add visual interest and act as a frame for photos.

This gorgeous huppah by greenlion

And think beyond the flowers at the end of the aisle. Place some bouquets at the top of the aisle or use flower petals as an aisle runner. Brightly colored flowers add a gorgeous contrasting pop of color against the blue of the ocean and sky.

Florals by Grace Kim

We love a flower arch because it serves as an anchor for ceremony photography and acts as a sun block on those crazy bright summer days.

Sunflower for days by Stoneblossom

Savvy couples ask their officiant to make an announcement before the ceremony asking people to put away their cell phones because if they don’t, an overzealous guest will put a cell phone in our shot. Every. Single. Time! The walk down the aisle lasts 20 seconds. That all-important first kiss lasts 10 (for most of you!). That’s not a lot of time for those precious moments, and our cameras don’t want to miss a thing!

Circle Arch by Flower Thyme

And don’t forget to do something unique after you’re officially pronounced married. These wedding photographers can never can resist a shot shot!

Bride and groom take a shot at the end of the aisle after their ceremony

We always have fun taking bridal party photos! Whether a couple has a huge posse of ride-or-dies or they have a large extended family or they have a mother who insists her college roommate’s daughter’s cousin be part of the wedding, the result is the same: a big wedding party! Belle Mer can handle it and so can we! The venue has tons of room so we can do fun poses with small or big parties.

Sometimes, big wedding parties are our favorite because we love a dramatic group picture. It takes time to pose, but the result is super fun and definitely gives ’90s soap opera drama.   

Large Wedding party poses by the ocean on the lawn at Belle Mer in Newport.

Good News! Your Belle Mer wedding can be fur baby friendly! The lawn makes for some fun pet poses and the unpredictability of a happy pet can release some wedding day tension for sure.

Bride and groom pet their golden retriever on their wedding day at Belle Mer in Newport

Belle Mer shifts with the seasons and we love watching the landscape change throughout the year. Fresh spring shoots, summer drama, fall colors–Belle Mer Newport has it all. And the various landscapes at the venue make for lots of unique shots. The ivy wall is killer!

Bride and groom walking through the gates to the salon at Belle Mer for their wedding in Newport

If you can’t decide between the island house or the salon for your wedding, we’re about to make that decision a little bit harder. Like wedding planning isn’t hard enough!

You can’t pick a venue based on your favorite type of landscape because it’s similar on both sides. That killer ivy wall? The ivy grows on both sides of the wall, so you can use it for bridal party or first look pictures no matter which venue you select.

Two brides standing together outside the island house at Belle Mer

And oh, the veil magic that comes to life in the ocean breezes at Belle Mer! We love the ethereal beauty of a bride with her veil caught in the wind. A long veil is key here, though we can work with anything that is at least thigh length. Just remember to lock it down with plenty of hairpins! We’ve never had a groom chase a veil into the ocean. The photos would be amazing, but wet shoes would put a damper on the day.

Bride with veil blowing in the wind on a beautiful blue sky day with the newport bridge behind them at Belle Mer

The venues at Belle Mer face west, which means epic sunset photography! If you listen to our podcast, you’ve heard us talk about how much couples love the Newport Bridge. And when it’s silhouetted against a fiery sunset, we couldn’t agree more.

Bride and groom sitting on the ocean wall at sunset at Belle Mer

Couples often ask us how to time their celebration to work with the sun. In the summer, the sun sets so late that we never have a problem. But in the spring and fall, we advise couples have their ceremony 60 to 90 minutes before sunset so that we can get all the posed pictures we want and also capture that gorgeous sunset.

Bride and groom kissing at sunset with the newport bridge behind them at Belle Mer

The wedding reception room at Belle Mer is a neutral space waiting for a couple’s signature style. Because it’s all white, it can handle anything, and we’ve seen some really creative touches. Some couples have round tables. Others have farm tables. Some go with pastels while others go big and bold. Undone romance or formal drama–it all works!

Ivy place card install for guests at the Salon in Belle Mer
Reception room at the Salon in Belle Mer with farm tables, blue glassware

We love a mix of high and low centerpieces, not only because it looks great, but because it makes for very interesting photos. If your budget allows for only low centerpieces, we can make the decor look luxe in photos. But keep in mind that all high centerpieces tend to make photos look crowded.

Reception room at the Island house in Belle Mer with hydrangeas

If you plan your decor with your wedding photographers in mind–and thank you very much if you do!–think about lighting. Because the room is so neutral, placing a few spotlights that point toward the ceiling adds drama to the reception and gives photos a little pizzazz.

Reception room at the Salon in Belle Mer with sunflowers, blue linens and gold accents by stoneblossom florals in RI

Weddings at Belle Mer in Newport, RI, are limited only by imagination. And our couples’ imaginations are wild! We are always thrilled to photograph something new, different and fun, and we love watching and photographing the faces of happy couples lighting up the night as their dreams come to life.

Bride and Groom under custom light installation set up at their Belle Mer Wedding in Newport, RI.



After freezing our butts off at Allie and Blake’s engagement session, we all were thrilled that they had an unseasonably warm, 70-degree November wedding day in Cape Cod!

This Cape Cod wedding was so much fun, and not only because the warmth between the bride and groom rivaled the incredible warmth of the day. We also shot Blake’s sister’s wedding and his cousin’s wedding, and we were so excited to see so many familiar faces!

The expert planning by Christina and Jenn of Whitney Events was evident in all the wedding details, from the bubbles that followed the bride and groom from the ceremony site to the delicate greenery that covered the reception tables to the blue glassware that echoed the blue in the bride’s bouquet, the bridesmaid dresses and the water beyond the Woods Hole Golf Club reception site. As photographers, we adore all those little touches that make a wedding truly stand out!

The whole wedding party prepped for the ceremony at the nearby Coonamessett Inn, and we loved photographing Allie as she got ready to put on her next-level gorgeous wedding dress. Her veil with all the pearls sewn into it was just perfect. And can we talk about her reception dress? She couldn’t have worn anything better on the dance floor, which was out of control.

Blake and Allie, please call us when another cousin or sibling gets married! Until then, enjoy your wedded life together. We were so happy to see it start.

Reception Venue: Woods Hole Golf Club

Wedding Coordinator: Whitney Events

Florist: The Salty Florist

Cake Artist: Delicious Desserts

Band: The Dukes of Circuit Ave

Makeup: Beauty Barracuda

Hair: Lisa George

Wedding Dress Designer: Louvienne

A wedding dress hanging in the Coonamessett Inn in Cape Cod
Bride and Groom exit their wedding ceremony with a bubble send off in Cape Cod
Bride and her bridesmaids pose in front of Woods Hole Golf Club in Cape Cod
Bride and groom on the water at their Woods Hole Golf Club wedding with veil blowing in the wind
Bride and groom snuggle on the water at their Woods Hole Golf Club wedding
Bride and groom on the water at their Woods Hole Golf Club wedding with veil blowing in the wind
Bride and groom kiss in front of Woods Hole Golf Club
Formal Dining room at Woods Hole Golf Club wedding
Formal dining room at Woods Hole Golf Club wedding
Bride and groom dancing at their Woods Hole Golf Club wedding



There is nothing like a fall wedding in Providence. The long light and the vibrant colors against an urban backdrop is a photographer’s dream. But Amber and Morgan were not about to let fall steal their pride — they brought some colors of their own.

This wedding had rainbow everything. Guests waved rainbow flags when Amber and Morgan were announced as spouses after their ceremony. They had a toast with rainbow cupcakes at the reception. And the dance floor was lit — literally — by guests who wore light-up rainbow shoes. But the best part was at the end of the night when Amber and Morgan asked their friends and family to shower them with rainbow powder, turning their gorgeous wedding outfits into cherished works of art!

Amber and Morgan got dressed before the ceremony at NYLO Hotel, a beautiful space with an industrial vibe that was an incredible setting for what turned out to be our favorite first look photos of the entire year. That greenery, that brick, those reflections, those smiles!

Amber and Morgan, thank you for inviting us to be part of your day and for being so welcoming to us. Fingers crossed that we’re reunited soon!

Venue and Food: Waterman Grille

Cake: Gina Rombley

Florist: Frey Florist

Videographer: Isles of Ivory

DJ: Jordan Paiva, Music of Our Lives

Makeup and Hair: Bella Lani of Port St Lucie, Florida 

Violinist: Kelsey Foeller

First look for two brides on their wedding day in Providence, Rhode Island.
First look for two brides on their wedding day in Providence, Rhode Island.
First look for two brides on their wedding day in Providence, Rhode Island.
Guests wave rainbow pride flags as two brides walk down the aisle after their wedding ceremony