Liz & Chris’ Intimate Rosecliff Mansion Celebration: Newport, Rhode Island Wedding Photographer

Liz & Chris’ late August wedding was a steamy day for this New England based photographer, but perfect for this southern couple and their guests. The couple, who met in college in Alabama, decided to have a destination wedding and invited guests to travel north to Newport, a small Rhode Island city with a lot of history and coastal charm. Their celebration started with a “first look” in the rose garden at Rosecliff, so they could have a few minutes to be together as a bride and groom without any distractions (other than their photographer clicking away from a distance). They were then joined by their families for photos by the gorgeous fountain at the back of the mansion’s property.

All of their guests were dressed in Gatsby-esque beaded gowns and classic tuxedos, which added to the elegance and authentic feel of their celebration. After a beautiful ceremony inside of the Salon Room (which included vows they had written to each other and having everyone in attendance add their personal name tag to a sign custom created for Liz & Chris’ ceremony which read simply, “Family”) the newlyweds and their guests sipped, dined and danced the night away in the grand ballroom. When it was time for the cake and dessert table, Liz made sure to have mini Cadbury creme eggs – Chris’ favorite – scattered throughout the dessert table. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Liz and Chris. I’m happy to tell you that their entire celebration was as special and beautiful as the two of them!

Congratulations Liz & Chris! Wishing you all the very best – and trips back to Newport soon!

WEDDING CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: Rosecliff Mansion  CATERER: Russel Morin  FLORIST: Sayles Livingston  MAKEUP & HAIR: Spectrum Makeup Artistry DECOR: Peak Event Services  ACCOMMODATIONS: Grace Vanderbilt Hotel

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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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