Providence Public Library’s First Wedding

Stephanie & Christopher – February 17, 2013

Although it was a cold wintery day, the love that filled the air between Stephanie and Christopher made for a warm and cozy afternoon. Stephanie and Christopher, along with their bridesmaids and groomsmen, got ready for the big day at the Biltmore Hotel in Providence. Jocelyn and I arrived about 2 hours before the ceremony so we could get some shots of the girls getting their hair and makeup done and the guys getting ready as well. As we arrived, Stephanie was admiring her beautiful bouquet from Bella Flora, which had amazing hints of purple, lavender, pink and blush colors. Also, her florist added some special touches to the bouquet which coincided with her bridesmaid’s dresses that were black, all of which Stephanie loved! The girls were chit chatting and enjoying their time together before the ceremony, and the bride even joked that she has been dubbed “The Snowflake Bride” by a friend of hers who sent her a good luck text in the morning. While Stephanie got her hair and makeup attended to, I was able to get some great shots of her dress! Her dress was primarily lace with fantastic beading that had some floral traces, and to pull the look together Stephanie added a little bling with this amazing necklace and a beautiful hair piece! Oh, and I can’t forget the silver, sparkle shoes. She looked incredible, and Stephanie’s cool and calm attitude definitely set the tone for the day!

Stephanie and Christopher opted for the “first look” which I love, because it gets all of the formal portraits out of the way so the bride and groom can enjoy the rest of the night with their family and friends. Photographer, Susan Sandcomb, set the scene at the Biltmore, and with Christopher’s back turned, Stephanie snuck up behind him with nervous anticipation. As Chris turned around, he got a bit teary eyed, saying “Wow…you look amazing!” It was a special moment between the two that will truly be relived as they watch their video  Formal portraits began at the Botanical Gardens at Roger Williams Park, one of my favorite places! Between the trickling water fountains and ponds, and the beautiful backdrop of flowers and plant life, this place makes for some stunning photos. We then moved over to the Providence Public Library for some additional photos, and this is where the couple chose to have their ceremony and reception site. Interestingly, this was the very first wedding that has ever been done at the Providence Public Library, and it went off without a hitch!

After the formals, it was ceremony time! After much anticipation, this classy couple will finally be married! As guests arrived, they were greeted with programs and a beautiful ice sculpture set above pictures of family members from past to present. The string quartet set the tone as Stephanie walked along the balcony looking down upon her soon to be husband. This sweet ceremony had its own special touches with the bride and groom giving each other the Eucharist, and the ever popular “pouring of the sand” which is a symbol of the foundation for which they will build their life together. With a tender kiss, Stephanie and Christopher were pronounced husband and wife! Things moved quickly into another part of the Library where the cocktail hour was held. Guests sipped on refreshing glasses of water with a crisp cucumber slice instead of lemon, which I thought was a nice touch. Russell Morin’s catered the event, and as usual, the food was amazing.

The reception space was beautifully lit with a lavender uplighting, and the reception tables were adorned with pictures of the couple as children which really personalized the space. The couple chose to have a cupcake tower instead of the traditional cake, although there was a small cake as the top tier that was totally encrusted with diamonds! DJ, Luke Renchan, got the night started with introductions, and led the way for Stephanie and Christopher’s first dance to a fun upbeat number called “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne. The night was filled with many remarkable speeches, but I really love the story that Stephanie’s father told of the time that he and Chris went to a Patriots game, and Chris asked for his daughter’s hand in marriage. With tears in his eyes, her dad expressed that it was a special moment for him, and loved that Chris had respect for the tradition. The night continued, and was filled with great food and dancing, and everyone enjoyed the photo booth using all of the trendy props!

All in all, the day was a success, and the couple will surely have lots of great memories to share for years to come! Check out their recap below! Congrats Stephanie and Chris!

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