Lauren & Ben are Married at Belle Mer: Newport, Rhode Island Wedding Photographer

Lauren & Ben were married on a day that happens so rarely in New England – brilliant, blue, cloudless skies and warm, dry breezes. Add to that an exceptionally sweet couple and a gorgeous setting and you have Lauren & Ben’s wedding day. It couldn’t have happened for a nicer couple. I loved being a part of their special day and enjoyed every minute of it.

Lauren brought her Father’s family Bible and one of her Mother’s favorite old books to have with her which made perfect accessory props!

Ben had written a letter to Lauren for her to read just before they saw each other for the first time as bride & groom. It brought tears to all of our eyes it was so sweet.

Lauren and Ben chose to see each other before their wedding ceremony, so we set up a “First Look” moment near the lighthouse on Goat Island.

I had to include these two photos in my blog post as I think it illustrates the benefit of having a second shooter at a wedding. You can see that my assistant and I were shooting this photo of Lauren & Ben exiting the church at almost exactly the same moment, but from two different angles.

I have to give a big shout out to the three groomsmen who were first timers at “sparkler art” and yet helped to create some really amazing, fun and dramatic images for the newlyweds!

Congratulations Lauren & Ben! I loved capturing your wedding and wish you all the happiness in the world!

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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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