Kaleigh & Charles Classic Summer Wedding at Oceancliff: Newport, Rhode Island Wedding Photographer

On a perfect summer day in June, high school sweethearts, Kaleigh & Charles, exchanged their wedding vows on the back lawn of The Oceancliff Resort in Newport, Rhode Island.  Sailboats drifted by in the background of the ceremony, floating across the deep blue waters of Narragansett Bay as family and friends witnessed the couples’ ceremony and then celebrated the newlyweds in style. Oceancliff is a wedding venue that offers so many beautiful settings for photographs indoors and outside. After Kaleigh & Charles’ first look under the resort’s front archway, we took advantage of the architecture and landscape with amazing views for more photographs of the couple with their wedding party and family. The guests enjoyed a sun-filled cocktail reception on the back patio as the sun sank lower across the bay. When Mother Nature cooperates, I always take my wedding clients outside at sunset for a few additional images of them during “golden hour.” Thankfully, we had a beautiful, brilliant sunset for their photos, before heading back inside for dining and dancing. At the end of the evening, Charles’ talented uncle serenaded the couple with a guitar performance that was beautiful and meaningful. The entire celebration was beautiful, lighthearted and fun, and I was thrilled to be a part of it.

Additional Vendors:  CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: Oceancliff  FLOWERS: Castle & Cottage RI  BAND: Groovin’ You  HAIR & MAKEUP: Hair Heart & Soul  CAKE: Diane’s Delectables

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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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