A stunning October wedding, dusted in some light rain, but showered in real love.
Residing in Florida, we don’t often get to see the types of rich foliage and crisp changes that we witnessed on Kate and Ray’s wedding day in Rhode Island. Whispering Pines is out of control gorgeous! I would recommend this spot to any local couple, it is bursting with endless photo potential.
The day before the wedding, Hayley and I came around the grounds for the second time, and cemented in our notebook the definite spots we knew we needed to be with Kate and Ray.
There was a pleasant calmness to the start of the day. Kate and her girls took their time getting ready, laughing and shaking off any nerves that began to creep in as the hours passed. One of Kate’s bridesmaid’s, Rachel, had a baby 2 days before the wedding. And she was still there, newborn in tow.
We had a connection session with Ray and Kate back in August, so I was able to meet them and get comfortable with them before the wedding day. Ray was great then, but on his wedding day, he was looking so smooth.
When Ray saw his bride for the first time, he thoughtfully brought down a face cloth from the room, knowing Kate might start to cry. As her tears fell, so did the rain. Hayley and I whisked the then still engaged couple into our rental car and down the beautiful paths into the wilderness. Kate and Ray put total trust in us and our vision for their bridal portraits. We swung them around in the rain and up the hills and through the mud. We made some beautiful work in this hour.
Right before the ceremony, the rain had let up and people were blowing the residual drops off the guests’ white chairs with leaf blowers. The decision had been made that the outdoor ceremony was going on rain or shine. Selfishly, I love to shoot a rainy wedding day. I love the look, the textures, the spirit and the chaos. As the last bridesmaid and groomsmen made their way down the aisle, I could see Kate coming around the corner clutching her brother Jonathon. That’s when I felt the rain start again on the back of my neck. I smiled at the thought that I could see her surrender in her mind. She seemed to let go as she walked toward Ray, in utter happiness and joy, no matter the weather.
We were really honored to be a part of this day, to document such beautiful details and honesty. The reception was full with dancing queens and sweet treats. Kate’s mom Mary got down on the dance floor hardcore with her book club. The air was crisp and the guests were elated for the newlyweds, swarming them and each other on the dewey dance floor. That dessert table was on point, the grounds were stunning at every hour, and the magic was felt by everyone.
Oh, and we saw a deer nursing in the forest. Talk about magic.
Here are a few of my favorite moments: