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Tom + Charity- Day After Session- Block Island, Rhode Island

The day after Tom and Charity’s wedding was a completely different day than the one before!  They have the term ‘night and day’ for situations like this! I am very glad we pre-arranged for their portraits session to be the day after. With the combination of their timeline and the hurricane, it would have been impossible!  The day was a bit chilly, but we took the chilly wind and sun combination over a blazing hurricane!

Tom and Charity came back to the 1661 Inn to get redressed and we ventured out to the grounds of the Spring House Hotel for portraits outside.

The sun really cuts into the cold and makes everything great!  

The Southeast Lighthouse is iconic on Block Island. The Block Island Southeast Lighthouse was built in 1874 on a ten acre plot of land on the southern tip of Block Island. When the lighthouse was built, three hundred feet of land lay between it and the edge of Mohegan Bluffs and the ocean. Over the next hundred years the bluff eroded to within seventy-five feet of the light. If something wasn’t done soon, the light would light fall into the ocean. On August 13, 1993, the lighthouse started its move inland. It took nineteen days to move it to a new location, three hundred feet from the bluff.  (Information taken from http://rhodeislandlighthousehistory.info)

From the light house, we moved to the bluffs. This was the original idea for the ceremony location, but the spacing was a bit cramped. So the idea was to have the wedding on the lawn of the Spring House Hotel, although that obviously wouldn’t work due to the hurricane! This was a beautiful spot for photos though!

I saw this spot down below, wanted to put my clients there, but the trail to get down there was a bit cumbersome. They were up for it in a heartbeat! Charity kicked off her shoes, tucked the veil into her dress, and they made their way down to the bluff!  I love this view of them on the bluff with the calm ocean around it!

The last stop on our island tour was the house they stayed at post honeymoon.  The field reminded me of something out of Pride and Prejudice. Continue reading

Tom and Charity- Block Island, Rhode Island

This wedding was especially special to capture for us. Tom is one of KJ’s younger brothers and we were privileged enough to be asked to photograph their wedding day. We designated the day after to take their wedding portraits due to such a tight timeline, it really worked out for our favor, but more on that later!

Hurricane Matthew hit the same day as their wedding, making for a pretty eventful day! Thankfully, we all got onto the island the day before, before the hurricane hit! Tom and Charity are such a sweet couple. They’re actually gag worthy with how much they love each other. I have funny memories of playing Ticket to Ride with the both of them where they got all googly-eyed because they’re trains were traveling side by side.. gag me! Kj and I used to be accused of being that way, but since Tom and Charity got together, we’ve been out-gagged! buahah!

I know of some brides who got really upset at the prospect of rain on their wedding day, Tom and Charity got a hurricane! They say rain on your wedding day is good luck.. if that’s true, these two have enough luck to spread around to multiple couples!

Charity’s something borrowed was her veil from her Matron of Honor. She wore this on her wedding day, it was made by her mother for her wedding.

This hair piece was so beautiful! I love the intricacy of this piece! I hope Charity is able to pass it down to future generations!

Here’s a glimpse of Charity’s bridal prep area. They rented this house via Air B&B, it was tucked away into the island, which sounds funny because there’s basically one road that goes around the island! Most roads are not marked which made getting to this house difficult, then add a hurricane! This house was great though, and provided a great area for Charity and Faith to get ready. We generally walk into a pretty busy bridal prep area, it was quite refreshing to find a peaceful setting. Tom’s getting ready portion of the day (like most men’s) was really simple. There was some ironing involved, which is more than most men have to do! Tom also got ready in mine and KJ’s room at the 1661 Inn right down the road from the wedding venue, Spring House Inn.

This moment right before the aisle between Charity and her Dad was so lovely, even with the slight photo bomb of the Matron of Honor! One of the sweetest things about their ceremony was the complete inclusion of everyone. Their Matron of Honor and Best Man officiated the wedding, and their vows were very personalized.

This was not the original idea for the ceremony sight. But, again, Hurricane Matthew to throw a wrench into plans. Instead, the ceremony was put here, under the tent. It was loud, due to the wind and rain, and we swore that at one point the tent was going to blow off the place! Charity’s veil was going EVERYWHERE! Her Dad caught it and held it in place which made for a sweet little detail, but I also kind of wished he would have let that thing fly!

Charity’s engagement ring was so sweet! Tom refers to Charity as his Pearl of Great Price, referencing a parable Jesus spoke of about the Kingdom in the book of Matthew; so he gave her a pearl as her engagement ring!

“God bless the broken road, that led me straight to you!”

Matthew and Faith’s speeches were full of laughter and touching memories! Greatest Congratulations to Tom and Charity O’Reilly!

Allison + Justin: Traditions at the Glenn, Binghamton NY

Allison and Justin had many special things planned for their guests and each other on their wedding day.  Allison had a figurine of the Bonaventure mascot made up and put on the cake for Justin. The love story video, put together by Jimmie Malone, had some beautiful details and stories about the two of them which made everyone (especially the bride and groom) cry!  They also customized their favors by bringing in Muckles Ink in to live screen print t-shirts! Instead of a Sparkler Exit, they did a Glow Stick exit! Very different and difficult to shoot, but it made for a great exit!

Many brides have a pretty specific idea of how they want their wedding day to look and feel. The biggest thing and really most important thing anyone should remember is to just breathe through it all. Not everything goes according to plan, but in the end, you’re marrying your best friend! That’s the reason behind the big hoopla, the great party, and all the planning! Focus on that, and no matter what happens (or doesn’t happen) the day will be perfect!

Cheers and Love!
Emily + KJ

From Allison + Justin

Favorite memory of the day?Definitely our ribbon wand church exit!
Funniest memory? When the groomsmen got my attention while we were on the altar and I thought they wanted to see my ring but they were really pointing out that I had put Justin’s ring on the wrong hand.
Most memorable moment/s? Sharing that special moment with my dad right before I walked down the aisle, Seeing each other when the church doors opened, Stopping to look at all of the people during dinner that were there to celebrate with us and realizing just how loved we are, Watching our love story video together for the first time, both “exits”, the quiet moment alone that we shared right after we walked down the aisle together as a married couple!
Any advice for future bride and grooms? Stop to take it all in because it goes by SO FAST

What drew you to hire Emily Elizabeth Studios? The beautiful examples of your work on the website.
What was your biggest fear, if any, before hiring me? That there would be some sort of glitch and we would have no pictures (I really had this nightmare!)
What did you like most about working with Emily Elizabeth Studios? I liked that we were able to get to know each other before the actual wedding day. That made things a lot easier.
If you were to refer Emily Elizabeth Studios to your friends, what would you say to them? Emily and KJ are fun and super easy to work with and the photos are absolutely beautiful!

Dress designer and location: “Noelle” by Maggie Sottero purchased at Dress Your Fancy in Greene, NY // Jewelry: Rings designed by Chris Daniel at C.D. Daniel/Conti Jewelers, Earrings and bracelet from GlamorousBijoux on Etsy // Shoes: Touchups custom dyed by Dyemyshoes.com // Veil/ hair piece: Veil – Erika Koesler, Hair piece – “Lena Horne” by Paris by Debra Moreland (both purchased at Dress Your Fancy) // Hair: Jenna Wolf at Avant Garde // Makeup: The Spa at Traditions // Bridesmaids dresses: Alexia purchased at Bridal Emporium // Grooms attire: Jim’s Formal Wear through Sall Stearns // Ceremony venue: St. Patrick’s Church // Reception venue: Traditions at the Glen // Florist: Tioga Gardens // Dj/band: Exceptional Receptions by Jimmie Malone (also did photobooth, uplighting, slideshows, video love story) // // Videographer: SouthSixty // Special details?: Decorator – Stacey Webb, Cake – Hong Millard, Favors – custom screen printed shirts and totes by Muckles Ink., Invitations, Programs, etc. – Ja.m Scripts