Just when I think I've visited all of the best wedding venues in New England, I'm introduced to another hidden gem. In this case, Glen Manor House which is where Heidi & Eric were married last month!
Glen Manor House is a French-style chateau in Portsmouth, RI. The manor house can aaccommodate up to 200 guests from May - October with both indoor and outdoor dining rooms. The historic house is simply beautiful and a photographer's dream with stone terraces, archways, formal gardens and even a dock overlooking the tidal strait of the Sakonnet River. Anyway, I'm jumping ahead of myself, let's rewind to the beginning of the day:
Heidi was helped into her beautiful lace gown by her sister Laura and MOH Tia,
Heidi had handwritten notes for each of her bridesmaids along with a pair of beautiful earrings:
Heidi knew she'd feel the loss of her mother even more than usual on her wedding day, she made sure to display pictures of her mom and of her parent's wedding day throughout the manor.
Meanwhile, Audrey was there to photograph Eric and the groomsmen getting ready.
Heidi's dad arrived to see his daughter in her wedding dress, letters were exchanged and let's just say it was a good job there was a box of tissues on hand. Once the tears were mopped up, I rode with the girls to Glen Manor House while they drank champagne and sang songs from the Little Mermaid at the top of their lungs.
Could Glen Manor House be anymore fairytale like? [It helps if you say that line in your best Chandler Bing voice]
Heidi and Eric wanted to take unhurried pictures in the beautiful grounds before the ceremony and maximize their time with their friends and family at cocktail hour so they chose to do a first look. Eric had the BIGGEST smile on his face watching Heidi walk through the gardens towards him.
I could have photographed these two all day!
If you're planning a wedding at Glen Manor and plan to have your ceremony on site, I believe you get to choose whether you look out over the water or towards the gardens, Heidi and Eric chose the garden direction which you'll see shortly and it was a smart move as they weren't in direct sunlight (no one wants to be hot and squinty!).
We were joined by the wedding party and families, loved the soft gray of the Jenny Yoo bridesmaid dresses and the muted soft floral pallet by Fig & Squill.
A close up of the flowers? Why not! And look closely at what Heidi is holding in the bottom right picture, I'll explain shortly...
Time to get married!!! The ceremony was wonderfully officiated by Eric, a close friend of the couple. Laughter and tears and giggles and emotional readings galore.
Guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the terrace with champagne and all manner of deliciousness from Russel Morin Catering. Regular blog readers might recognize Jessica & Scott from the top right picture below, can you believe it's been 4 years since I photographed their wedding at the Boston Public Library!??!
Looking at the picture below, you're probably wondering two things:
1) What is this wonderful installation of keys?
Heidi made it! Handwritten escort cards attached to vintage keys took the place of traditional escort cards.
2) Were Tom & Gisele really guests at Heidi & Eric's wedding?
Sadly no, well I say sadly but really it wasn't sad for Heidi. It seems that Eric is such a big Patriots fan that when there's a game on, Heidi says she feels like she's just "Heidiwho?"
Glen Manor house is definitely one of the best wedding venues in RI. Guests were invited into the ballroom for a glass of champagne and Heidi & Eric danced for the first time as husband and wife. The toasts also took place in the ballroom with everyone gathered around before guests walked through to the library and dining room for dinner.
What a setting for dinner! Now would be a good time to mention Katie Wilkinson who manages Glen Manor House and makes sure everything runs smoothly on the wedding day!
Here's a little behind-the-scenes story for you and just one of the many reasons that Audrey is a saint! While guests ate dinner, Audrey and I scoped out locations for nighttime pictures. I planned to photograph Heidi & Eric down on the dock and asked Audrey to stay closer to the house to get a wide shot using the trees to frame the newlyweds. I told Audrey that I'd ask Eric to spin Heidi like they were dancing and that would be the sign that she should come down to the dock with the lights.
So we're out there and I've got my photographs and I need Audrey to come light Heidi and Eric but she's still up on the grassy slope. I start to get mildly irritated thinking "What is she doing? She must have got the shot by now?" I start wildly gesturing that she should come and join me on the dock and as she makes her way down I'm all "Did you get it? Was there a problem?" and Audrey tells me she was waiting for the twirl. Right. Just following my instructions that I then forgot. Yup, Audrey is a saint and this is her picture:.
After dinner, guests made their way back to the ballroom for the parent dances:
The dancefloor was opened and let's just say Heidi & Eric's friends definitely know how to dance!
Heidi & Eric - how much fun was that? It was so amazing to photograph Eric's proposal at Nubble Light and such an honor to be the one to document your actual wedding day. Thank you for being so fun to work with! It was the perfect day and I hope you like this handful of favorites!
And with that I'll bid you a fond adieu, next up on the blog will be an itty bitty beautiful baby named Mia and then Katlyn & Ryan's South End engagement session followed by Lindsey & Conor's barn wedding at Kara & Brett's Taj Boston wedding so stay tuned...
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Monday, July 18, 2016
Ah, where to start with Emily & Nick's wedding? How about the super duper variable weather forecast in the few days before the big day. The forecast was all sunshine one minute and then horrendous storms the next. The morning of the wedding, things were pretty overcast with intermittent drizzle and the decision about where the wedding would take place would be just 30 minutes before the ceremony.
Emily couldn't have been more relaxed in the face of such uncertainty. Plus she was in the good hands of Dani Wagener who is so calm and makes everyone look even more amazing than usual and Danielle of Salon Acote for hair.
Audrey was in the cottage with Nick and the guys as they played cards and drank a little beer. New York Yankees fan, Nick had to suffer the indignity of having to drink his Budweiser from a Red Sox branded can.
Eastern Point Yacht Club is a most accurate name for this Gloucester wedding venue out on the ocean, you drive through the town and keep driving, drive a little more, and just a little more and just when you can't get any further you see the beautiful yacht club with green lawns overlooking the ocean. Let's start with a few pretty little details
Emily had gifted all of her bridesmaids these cute little robes. Eagle-eye blog readers might recognize Dani (second left) whose Taj Boston wedding to Mark, I photographed back in 2012, and I'm sure she won't mind me confirming that her adorable little bump is baby #2 on the way :)
Emily's sisters Molly and Annie, and her Aunt Sylvia, helped her into her dress by Sarah Seven. The presence of Emily's late mother was so obviously missed and emotions were running high. Laughter, tears, hugs.
Love David's reaction seeing his daughter as a bride for the first time:
Emily and Nick wanted to spend as much time as possible with their friends and family so they chose to see each other before the ceremony and do all of the formal pictures then.
Eastern Point Yacht Club is such a beautiful wedding venue, we explored the little wooded trails and stone grottos:
True story, the weather was kind of behaving and Emily & Nick wanted to chance the quick drive down to the rocky beach for a few pictures. Just as we got there, the heavens opened and it started to pour down. We had umbrellas off to the side and we nearly lost Emily's veil but we had just enough time for this:
Loving the flowers from Wild Folk Studio, also super-obsessed with long trailing ribbons right now, makes the bouquets feel more romantic and ethereal:
Pretty bridesmaids and handsome groomsmen:
We wandered down to the dock to take some pictures by the ocean and a kind gentleman offered to take Emily and Nick out for a little sail. The picture in the boat is Audrey's.
We were joined by Emily & Nick's wonderful families. When you have an outdoor wedding ceremony and you choose to do a first look, not only do you get to enjoy champagne and hors d'oeuvres at cocktail hour (yay!) but you also get to take your formal pictures with everyone looking fresh and not windswept! You know these pictures will be up on the mantel for the rest of your life so who doesn't want to look their best? :)
One last picture of the almost-newlyweds and then we have a wedding ceremony to get to!
At 4:15pm, the decision was made to move the ceremony inside to the junior club house. The musicians brought in their keyboards, speakers and we set up lights. At 4:30pm, the weather forecast looked a little better and we headed back outside. At 4:45pm, we were back in the junior clubhouse and then at 4:55pm the final call was made and we were back outside. It was totally worth it as the rain turned to a light drizzle and then stopped completely just as Emily walked down the aisle. Dean, Kayla and the whole EPYC team were fabulous to work with. The staff must have dried off the ceremony chairs at least four times! Barbara Sica was a fabulous Justice of the Peace.
Guests made their way back to the clubhouse to enjoy cocktail hour on the deck and in the bar, as well as corn hole on the lawn
EPYC has a teeny tiny cannon which produces a HUGE noise and the newlyweds set it off to announce the start of dinner:
It was a pleasure to work with Ana who was super cool under pressure and so flexible and adaptable with all of the weather changes. It's always a treat to work with a wedding planner who takes a team approach, helping each vendor to provide the very best possible service/product to the couple, highly recommend!
Beautiful calligraphy and paper goods by Li at Liwardian
The newlyweds entered the tent and went straight into their first dance:
Such good toasts. Best man Tucker had everyone in stitches with his stories about Nick and his wooing of Emily. MOHs Annie and Molly brought the laughter with their stories of how Emily convinced them to cut the hair of their American Girl dolls telling them it would grow back, and then the tears as they shared how Emily would come home from school whenever they felt the loss of their mother, taking them shopping for prom dresses and always being there for them.
Emily danced with her father, and Nick with his mother:
We snuck out for a few minutes as the rain had stayed away before getting back to the packed dancefloor:
Emily & Nick, thank you so much for choosing me as your wedding photographer! It's been a blast, from your New York City engagement pictures to your amazing wedding day. It's been an absolute honor and a pleasure getting to know you both and documenting your day. I can't wait for you to see the full gallery and relive your wedding day all over again!