Jamie & Conor’s Autumn Rosecliff Celebration: Newport, Rhode Island Wedding Photographer

Jamie & Conor had planned for an early spring 2020 wedding at historic Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. And then, within a matter of two weeks before their wedding date, COVID-19 turned their plans upside down and put a hold on all large gatherings.  It was disappointing to say the least, but I spoke with Jamie several times and she was actually very practical and understanding despite her disappointment. Postponing their wedding was clearly the safest thing to do for family, guests and vendors in the wedding industry. Instead, the couple, college sweethearts from Fairfield University, opted for an intimate beach ceremony on their original wedding date so they could  be officially married and then moved ahead with making plans for celebrating with a larger wedding in the future. A date in July 2020 was selected, and that too had to be postponed due to the pandemic. Many deep breaths and phone calls (for Jamie and Conor) later and we flash-forward to October 18th, 2020, when they FINALLY were able to hold their beautiful wedding ceremony at St. Mary’s Church in Newport (the historic church where JFK and Jackie O. were married) and a joyous celebration and party at Rosecliff Mansion. Extra bonus – their Bernese Mountain Dog, Jennings, was able to join them for a few photos by the ocean and share in the fun.

Jamie & Conor had a vintage 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom brought in for the full Great Gatsby effect of the gilded age of Newport mansions.

Even when their dog, Jennings, couldn’t be at the reception, she was still there in spirit with these amazing look-alike cookies by ‘Cookies by Kelli.’ And they were as delicious as they were cute!Additional Wedding Vendors:  CEREMONY: St. Mary’s Church, Newport, RI  •  CATERER: Blackstone  •  RECEPTION VENUE: Rosecliff Mansion  •  FLOWERS: Flowerthyme Floral Studio  •  BRIDAL HAIR:  Shauna Dellaia  • HAIR & MAKEUP:  Bella Beauty Bridal  •  MUSIC:  Soho, Nightshift Entertainment  •  HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: Viking Hotel  •  VINTAGE CAR: 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom, Audrain Automobile Museum  •   BRIDAL GOWN: Watters  •  COOKIES: Cookies by Kelli  •  CUSTOM DESSERTS: Dunkin Donuts  •  ENGAGEMENT RING/WEDDING BANDS: Hannah Florman

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About Susan

My wedding and portrait photography business is located in the heart of South County, Rhode Island close to URI and the scenic, south coast beaches. I grew up here and feel so lucky to be able to work and create in such a beautiful location! My approach to photography is much like my approach to life: creative, relaxed, natural and fun. I would describe my style as a blend of candid & photojournalistic with traditional & artistic images. I love taking the time to create some beautiful, romantic portraits of my brides & grooms, but also the spontaneous moments throught the wedding day. 

I consider my website and blog a place where I can visually journal about the amazing people and places I get to photograph. Not only do I consider myself exceptionally lucky to be making a living taking photographs for people at important moments in their lives, but I also get to meet an amazing cross section of people I might not otherwise get to know. In the ten years I have been in business, I have had the chance to photograph couples riding high on the excitement of their recent engagement, on their wedding day, parents-to-be waiting to meet their new child, newborn babies, children marking milestone birthdays and families who want to remember a certain time in their lives by capturing it in a photographic portrait.  

In more recent years, I have had the opportunity to photograph the weddings of younger siblings and friends of previous wedding clients, and the maternity, newborn and family portraits of couples whose weddings I photographed in years past. It feels amazing to know my creative vision of these occasions is a part of their lives and their family history and I am grateful for each and every one of them. When I say I love what I do, it is from a genuine place. I can't imagine doing anything else and feeling as creativly satisfied and pleased to make my clients happy.  

I studied photography at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) for undergraduate school and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. 

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