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Massart Photography reflects on 14 years of photographing weddings

This post is for you if:

-You’re getting married

-You photograph weddings

-You want to photograph weddings

-You want a glimpse into this crazy exhilarating career

-You want to pass the time looking at pretty people

 

I was recently contacted to photograph a Newport Wedding at a venue and I needed to find some portfolio images so I started digging. In true Audrey fashion, I let this get out of hand and decided heck, why not make a compilation of MY ENTIRE wedding career 😆 So here you have it: some favorite moments, some tricks for photographers, inspiration for couples tying the knot, and a walk down memory lane! Keep in mind that anything stated in this post is strictly my opinion and in no way shape or form am I stating that my way is the way.

Happy browsing!

 

I wouldn’t say this was my first wedding but it was definitely in my early years and this image is still a favorite so I thought it would be a good starting point. Blithewold Mansion often comes to mind as one of my favorite venues to photograph because of its beauty and abundance of backdrops. I love the wild feel of the gardens and the bamboo section is a must! If you get to photograph a Rhode Island wedding here, consider yourself lucky and be ready to explore! More to follow
a dramatic portrait of a bride and groom in bamboo with sunset coming though at blithewold mansion during their wedding photography session with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

Portrait session photo location? The only drawback to this incredible spot is that it’s gotten very popular so working around other photographers can be a challenge but it’s well worth it! Buttonwoods Farm in Connecticut is where you will find this sunflower field. They have homemade ice cream AND 100% of the proceeds go straight to the make-a-wish foundation. That’s a win-win for me!

a portrait of an engaged couple through a sunflower field during their engagement photography session with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MAan engagement portrait at a field of sunflowers of a couple to have a wedding in rhode island during their engagement session with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

While you can’t exactly plan for snow on your wedding day, it’s certainly magical when it happens! The whole state was shut down, their rented car had to leave early, and their photo venue closed but we still laugh about it and got some magical images! This beautiful couple now has FOUR little ones and I love spending time with them. I have met some of my very best friends through this business and I couldn’t be more grateful

a romantic and whimsical portrait of a bride and groom kissing in the snow storm in the winter next to an antique rolls royce during their wedding photography session with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

a photograph of a bride and groom exchanging emotional vows and the groom tearing up by the ocean during their fort adams newport wedding photography session with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MAThroughout this post, I’m going to mention some of my favorite things. Number 1: an emotional groom. This wedding was one for the books! I even had the incredible honor of photographing their twin girls a few years later.

Venue Spotlight: Fort Adams, RI is such a unique venue. The casings are my favorite part. If you’re looking for a venue with water views and an edge, this is the place for you! I have photographed weddings and engagement sessions here but wouldn’t it be fun for a family session too?

a timeless whimsical portrait of a bride and groom in a doorway with window light during their fort adams newport wedding photography session with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MAPortrait of a bride at Fort Adams in Newport, RI

Massart Photography takes a bridal portrait inside the casings at fort adams in Newport RIPhotos of wedding details and bride and groom at newport wedding by massart photographersdramatic black and white portrait of a bride by a window of fort adams casings in Rhode Islanda fort adams newport wedding portrait of the bride and groom with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

Wedding party formals at fort adams in newport, RI captured by massart photographers

Venue Spotlight:  OceanCliff Resort in Newport, RI is probably the venue I have photographed the most. You really can’t go wrong here. Between the stunning archway, the ocean, the bridge, and heck, everything is gorgeous!

(I actually made a post just for it, you can see it here)

a nighttime portrait of a bride and groom under the archway at ocean cliff resort in newport during their wedding photography session with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

a portrait of a bride and her flowers by the ocean at ocean cliff resort in newport during their wedding photography session with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

Scheduled for portraits mid-day? You can learn to love all light if you don’t already. A helpful trick for managing that bright light is to use natural reflectors. A light-colored building can work as a giant reflector but so can sand, snow, etc.

a portrait of a bride and groom at sunset at ocean cliff resort in newport during their wedding photography session with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MAThis couple is featured here in artificial light, mid-day light, sunset light, and open shade. I don’t believe in bad light 🤷‍♀️

a portrait of a bride and groom kissing under the archway in newport at oceancliff resort during their wedding photography session with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MAa portrait of a groom and the bridesmaids and flower girl during formals under the oceancliff resort archway in newport during their wedding photography session with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

I love this archway at Ocean Cliff Resort because it photographs beautifully in any light. It can be used with light coming through just as well as for shade. It’s wide enough for large groups and can also provide a plain black backdrop, as you can see below!

bride and groom's portraits at oceancliff resort in newport rhode island under the archway

Oceancliff Resort, Newport Experience, wedding photography by Massart Photography photographers capturing portraits and pictures of the bride and groom and fireworks.

Here are some more images of an Ocean Cliff Resort Wedding

Let’s backtrack though. This blog post was quite time-consuming, but also therapeutic, I loved relieving all these years with these beautiful couples. That said, it’s not necessarily in chronological order. Okay, not at all. Anywho, I won’t tell anyone how to run their business but I’ll tell you what has worked for me. I stopped doing hourly packages a long time ago. I wanted all my couples to have the same story captured, whether it was condensed, or not. Because of this, my arrival time simply depends on client A’s departure time for the ceremony or first look. I always give myself two hours but I’m also methodical and on a mission. If you are newer, you may want to give yourself more time. I’ll go over my goals during this two-hour window.

Makeup: my opinion is that no bride wants to see herself with a completely bare face when she’s going to be glammed up the rest of the day. Because of this, I do not need to be there for the entirety of the makeup application. In fact, a couple of images of mascara and/or lipstick can easily be staged and make a big difference in the timeline. While the bride is in the makeup chair, I spend the time photographing some of her details and some candid images. Of course, she has done her homework and has her details gathered up for me 🙂

timeless black and white portrait of bride getting ready

The Details: I do believe details are important: whether it’s a family heirloom or a color palette that’s been considered for months, I like to turn it into a little art project. One thing I learned was to group the details together as opposed to photographing EVERYTHING separately. I found that it made more sense visually and it also freed up my time to go capture candid emotion.

Photo tip: Some florists will leave a few extra florals or greenery; this makes the perfect addition but using boutonnieres also works, as they are smaller in size

wedding day details photographed by Massart Photography

Photo tip: To find a background, look around the room for textures. I have been known to photograph details next to toilets if that’s what it takes! Another idea is to lay a bridesmaid’s dress down. This will tie in the wedding colors and work beautifully in an album layout!

photographs of a bride's hair and locket during their fort adams newport wedding photography session with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

Incorporating your subject with your details adds a personal element to your image

Brides: don’t pre-hang the dress and ALL your bridesmaids’ dresses for your photographer. We always appreciate it BUT the light is more important than the location, let them figure it out

The pearls are from 1941!

When you are finished with details, it’s always nice to get a photo of the girls bonding. Keep in mind that this isn’t always possible because of hair and makeup. Bridesmaids: take this with all the love and kindness that it is meant with: if the bride wants a robe image, don’t make everyone wait while you apply lipstick. This isn’t about that and making the group wait creates delays, which in turn, cut into the bride’s portraits. You look beautiful anyway!

bride and bridesmaids with silver BRIDE balloons before wedding day at Castle Hill Inn photographed by Massart Photographybride and bridesmaids pop champagne

Champagne popping ALWAYS results in some genuine laughs. So does my stupid pretend laugh. Laugh at yourselves, laugh at me, I don’t care, just enjoy the moment 🙂

Now it’s time for one of my favorite parts of the day: The bride getting in her gown. I have found this time to include some of the most tender moments between my brides and their mothers/grandmothers/besties etc. I always ask for some privacy during this time so the bride can take a break from the chaos and really take in the moment. This is also a great time to read a card from the groom if there is one.

bride prepares for wedding day with MA wedding photographer Massart Photography

Photo tip: I love using a simple window for this part of the day and love it when I find sheers as they do a beautiful job of diffusing the light.

mother helps bride with necklace o n wedding day

I don’t really care that every single one of my wedding blog posts includes the bride putting her earrings in. I don’t have anything against consistency! I find it to be such a classic portrait that it’s become a staple.

Massart photography takes a picture of the bride putting her earrings in for her Newport, RI wedding

The next thing I do is capture intimate portraits of the bride and her closests. If dad is around, this is the perfect time to have him join. It doesn’t take long to turn this into a first look with him but it WILL provide the family with a beautiful moment captured. This is the time to delegate. Bridesmaids love to help, put one in charge of getting him and making sure he doesn’t enter until you are ready, then have him jump into a few portraits.

Of course, we photograph these groupings during formals later as well but I find that there’s something special about capturing this moment in a more private setting.

 

Lastly, portraits of the bride!!!! Why does no one seem to think this is important during the wedding day? I have yet to figure that out 😆 I can’t tell you how many times I have had to beg for five minutes with the bride. The good news is that it can be very quick if needed.

Photo tip: My go-to is a simple window. In order to create that dark and dramatic background, simply close ALL of the shades to all of the other windows. This will create a single light source for a timeless portrait.

  1. Bright and airy portraits of the bride at the ivy lodge in newport, RIA timeless photo of the bride at the Ivy Lodge in Newport, RI and her wedding gown

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Photo tip: If the gown allows, spreading it around the bride is always fun! Be ready to help her get back up!

Glam portrait of bride and bridal party by RI photographer

Many people have heard of first looks as they have grown in popularity but just in case you haven’t: A first look is when the couple sees each other before the wedding ceremony. This has two wonderful advantages: you and your future spouse can take it all in, share a private moment, and take your time. Second, this allows you to get portraits done early and frees you up to enjoy more time with your guests after the ceremony!

Photo tip: Focus on the GROOM!!!!! I promise you this is the one time of the day that is less about the bride! She is dying to see his reaction. Grooms: the more tears, the better.

Emotional groom sees his bride at their Newport, RI first lookbride and groom have emotional first lookRI wedding photographers capture a first look in this RI library

This concludes my getting ready process. Now let's get back to wedding venues:

I have done a few private residence weddings over the years and I just love the personal feel. This one was a “summer party” and the wedding was a surprise for the guests! How cool is that?a photograph of a private estate backyard wedding by a pool during their wedding photography session with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

Photo tip: I mentioned mid-day light above. There’s actually a positive to mid-day light, it’s so high that it’s not in your lens!

This was mid-day and bright and I loved it! Side note, these two have become some of my closest friends <3

a portrait of a bride and groom during their first look on a dock in newport with boats during their wedding photography session with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

Photo tip: If you find yourself with too much sunlight in your lens, use a tree, building, or anything to diffuse some of it down. You will be left with a beautiful glow and won’t have to deal with washed-out images from the sun fully hitting your lens.

a portrait of a bridal party under a tree at sunset during their newport hyatt regency wedding with with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MAa portrait of a newly married couple at the hyatt regency in newport rhode island during their wedding with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

This private spot at Ochre Court in Newport, RI is the perfect place for a few romantic, backlit portraits. You can rent out Ochre Court for your portraits!

a portrait of a bride and groom kissing by window light at salve regina ochre court in newport during their wedding photography session with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

Venue Spotlight: Ochre Court at Salve Regina in Newport, RI offers a plethora of backdrops for all your wedding needs!

a regatta place newport wedding portrait of the bride and groom with the wedding party at ochre court salve regina with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MAa regatta place newport wedding portrait of the bride and groom with the wedding party at ochre court salve regina with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MAa regatta place newport wedding portrait of the bride and groom at ochre court salve regina with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

Venue Spotlight: I’m a HUGE book lover so getting to capture a wedding at The Providence Library is an absolute treat!

a portrait of a bride and groom kissing near rows of rare books at the providence public library during their wedding with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

a portrait of a bride and groom kissing behind a book at the providence library during their wedding with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MAa dark moody portrait of a bride and groom at the providence library during their wedding with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MAa portrait of a bride and groom sitting in the providence library reading a book during their wedding with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

first look at Providence Public Library photographed by RI wedding photographers Massart Photography

First look at the Providence Library

wedding reception at Providence Public Library with RI wedding photographers Massart Photography

Reception at The Providence Library

a portrait of a bride and groom walking down the stairs of the providence public library during their wedding with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

Outside of the library is just as pretty too!

wedding photos at quidnessett country club in rhode island, north kingston. Outdoor wedding pictures of a winter ceremony.Venue Spotlight: If a country club is up your alley, Quidnessett Country Club offers beautiful grounds and a gorgeous lobby for some dramatic portraits

indoor wedding portraits of the bride and groom photographed by massart photography ri ma ct

Photo tip: Rules are meant to be broken. Seek even light; it’s more flattering. Unless you’re ready to be daring, then direct light can be your friend. All you have to do for this is expose for the highlights and bam, drama!

a portrait of a bride putting on her shoes for her wedding in rhode island during her session with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

Speaking of drama, nighttime portraits are so fun, don’t let them intimidate you!

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All of the above night portraits were a one-light setup. It’s placed right behind the couple!

Massart Photography captures artistic wedding portraits in Foxboro MA

nighttime wedding day portrait photographed by RI, MA, CT wedding photographers Massart Photography

While this one wasn’t captured outside because of frigid temperatures, it’s the same concept. The Atlantic Resort has gorgeous twinkle lights, which gave me the perfect excuse to keep my booty toasty inside!

Photo tip: Use your settings to overpower ambient light for more drama!

A dramatic wedding photo of the bride and groom under the twinkle stars at the atlantic resort ballroom in newport rhode island

If I remember correctly, this was taken in a parking lot with cars all around. Things don’t need to be complicated!

A night time wedding photo of a couple at their bittersweet farm wedding in MA taken by massart photography

Photo tip: One of my favorite tricks is placing my subjects directly in front of the sun. Do this and rapidly shoot moving ever so slightly in order to change the amount of sun hitting your lens. Many will get trashed but I almost guarantee you will have a few magical images. This is similar to what was discussed above, in reference to night portraits but with the sun instead of a flash!

Ocean Cliff Resort sunsets never disappoint.

a ocean cliff resort newport wedding photography portrait with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

Whimsical portrait of a couple during their wedding engagement session in Rhode Island by Massart photographers

However, if you don’t have sun and your couple is dying for a romantic sunset feel, an orange gel on an off-camera flash is all you need!

Another wedding favorite: TWINKLE LIGHTS! They always create a magical backdrop!

Photo tip: To add dimension, use a reflective surface right below your lens! Here, I used my cell phone to reflect the lights back onto the image.

a providence marriott wedding portrait of the bride and groom and the bridal wedding party at the rhode island state house with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MAI have photographed wedding portraits around the outside of the state house many times when working at providence venues but getting to actually go inside was extra special! How chic are these white bridesmaids’ dresses?Bride and groom pose for wedding photos outside of the Rhode Island State House

Of course, if you are getting married at Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina now renamed Newport Harbor Island Resortyou just have to incorporate the lighthouse; a staple!

a newport regency hyatt wedding portrait of the bride and groom at the light house with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

Or you can get engaged there too! Couple gets engaged by the lighthouse in Newport

Market lights are right up my alley and add such a special touch to portraits are Regatta Place, Newport. I was told they were left over from a wedding and I don’t know if that’s accurate but I’m not mad about it!

a regatta place newport wedding portrait of the bride and groom's first dance with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

As you will see, these next two Ocean Cliff Resort couples had their ceremonies at sunset. This made for beautiful ceremony light but would have been a challenge if we hadn’t gotten formals done before the ceremony. A first look really helped their wedding day timelines! Instead of cramming formals after the ceremony, we were able to get additional, dreamy portraits of the two of them and then let them go enjoy their guests!

an ocean cliff resort newport wedding portrait of the ceremony with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MAan ocean cliff resort newport wedding portrait of the ceremony with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

an ocean cliff resort newport wedding portrait with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

Wedding ceremony takes place under the trellis at Ocean Cliff Resort photographed by Massart Photography RIOceanCliff Resort sunset ceremony

Black and white portrait of the bride and groom walking down the aisle photographed by Massart Photography RIBride and groom kiss after officially becoming married photographed by Massart Photography RIGroom kisses his bride with the sunset in the back photographed by Massart Photography Rhode Island

Ocean Cliff Resort offers packages for small, intimate weddings, which are some of my favorites. As you can see, even a sunless day photographs beautifully here!

Ocean Cliff Resort in Newport RI by The Newport Experience wedding portraits by massart photography photographers from warwick, RI who service Rhode Island, MA, CT and other New England areas.

When searching for a location for your bridal portraits, don’t underestimate the beauty of trees! They’re all around and they’re free!

a portrait of a bride and her bridesmaids in downtown providence before her providence biltmore wedding during their before the wedding ceremony at ocean cliff resort in newport for their photography session with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

Rhode Island offers so much variety when it comes to wedding portrait backdrops. Downtown Providence is just one of them!

a providence biltmore wedding portrait of the bride and groom with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MAcityscape wedding portraits by wedding photographers Massart Photography

This is a senior portrait session and not a wedding but I wanted to make sure and mention Roger Williams Park here because I think that we sometimes take it for granted. There’s more variety than you will ever need here! If you’re bringing a wedding party, make sure and get a permit ahead of time.

a senior family portrait with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

Palace Theater wedding portraits by wedding photographers Massart Photography

Did you ever consider a STAGE for your engagement session or wedding!? See their stunning wedding HERE
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Venue Spotlight: A venue that’s less known of but a favorite of mine would be Lavender Waves Farm, in Wakefield, RI. I have photographed several portrait family sessions there but here’s a glimpse at a wedding!

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I didn’t include many partying images in this post because I had to draw the line somewhere but capturing the energy at the reception is definitely another favorite part of the wedding day. The jaw-dropping ballroom at The Graduate Hotel, Providence deserves a mention too. More on that below!

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Photo tip: To create a magical ring image, look for reflective surfaces and whip out that off-camera flash! Random twinkle lights are a bonus!

photo of wedding rings by massart photography of rhode island

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bridal portrait and photographs of the rings for their wedding in RI

Venue Spotlight: Goddard Park was the perfect backdrop for this intimate and elegant wedding! We even had a special surprise guest!

Intimate wedding ceremony on the beach of Goddard Park in East Greenwich, RI. Portraits of the bride and groom with a horse in Rhode Island.

 Venue Spotlight: Five Bridge Inn has so much to offer but my favorite is probably the less-manicured area in the back, which includes this beautiful trellis!

Drooping, and flowering trees are my absolute favorite thing. I may love them more than twinkle lights. Keep an eye out for them, it doesn’t matter where they are, I believe this one was in a parking lot. By compressing your background by zooming all the way in, the focus will be on your subject and the flowers, not what’s behind the tree.

Blithewold Mansion, RI

Wedding photos in Blithewold Mansion in Bristol, Rhode Island by Massart Photography photographers.

Venue Spotlight: I mentioned Blithewold being one of my favorite Rhode Island Wedding venues above, can you see why?

That said, true, authentic moments still trump a beautiful backdrop. Photographers: do not view the moment right after the ceremony as a break. I promise this is the best time to capture gold; some of my favorite images in my entire career were captured during this time. The amount of adrenaline allows people to forget all about you and your camera.

guests hug after ceremony at The River Club

Sometimes, you also don’t need to reinvent the wheel. A simple flowering tree made me so happy and nature is all around!classic summer wedding portraits by Rhode Island wedding photographers Massart PhotographyRomantic portrait of a couple at bittersweet farm captured by massart photography

On the other hand, fireworks make a great backdrop! I have had the honor of photographing couples in front of them on several instances and it’s humbling each and every time.

OceanCliff Resort

This couple decided to share cards with each other before their first look, without seeing each other. This idea was so sweet <3

bride groom before first look newport

We have such incredible churches in Rhode Island, make sure and back all the way up for a full capture!

I often tell my children, “turn your attitude into gratitude”. They think I’m a dork but I live by this motto. I hear so many photographers complain about guests taking photos with their cell phones. It’s 2023, it just is what it is! Technology is part of our everyday lives so it doesn’t bother me, as long as guests are respectful and aren’t blocking my lens. In this instance, a guest’s flash beautifully lit my couple, which allowed me to decrease the exposure all around and create this dramatic portrait. So thanks, guest! Attitude —> Gratitude   See?!

bride and groom recess after wedding ceremony in Providence RI photographed by RI, MA, CT wedding photographers Massart Photography

 

Petals and bubbles always add such a beautiful touch of dimension! These were petal canons and I highly recommend!

If you don’t have a canon handy, there’s always someone willing to throw petals at the couple!

Of course, if you want to take your photographer to that magical place in Florida, that’s always fun! 🐭🙃

Destination wedding at theme park in Florida by wedding photographers in Rhode Island, available for travel and elopements.

Back to evening portraits, if you’re getting married in downtown Providence, consider stepping out with your photographer for a few minutes at night.

weddings ri providence downtown bride and groom portrait night shotsevening wedding portraits by RI wedding photographers Massart Photography

Aldrich Mansion, RI

black and white portrait of bride and groom on the balcony of the providence biltmore

The best part of not having a crazy tight timeline is that you can spend a few minutes on opportunities that pop up out of nowhere!

bridal portrait on street in Providence RI photographed by Massart Photography

 

fun wedding portraits at the Providence Biltmore photogrpahed by RI, MA, CT wedding photographers Massart Photography

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Venue spotlight: Aldrich Mansion in Warwick, RI is absolutely gorgeous all around. There is so much beauty to list here but I have a special appreciation for the wild vines growing on the guest outbuilding!

Pictures of a wedding event at Aldrich Mansion by photographers from Massart Photography. Elegant portraits in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Wedding photos at Aldrich Mansion in Warwick Neck, RI by wedding and family photographers from Massart Photography studio

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Random career highlight: There was that time my son tried to run away with the bride!  You had to be there 😜

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Wedding portraits taken at Linden Place in Warren, RI as well as in church and at The Atlantic Resort in Newport, Middletown in Rhode Island

Venue Spotlight: Linden Place

The bride and groom's first kiss as husband and wife during their Linden Place wedding ceremony in Bristol, RI.

 Linden Place in the springtime had me swooning. That magnolia tree was a dream come true! Any season is gorgeous here really. The mansion and the grounds provide you with everything you need in one location!

A dramatic and elegant portrait of a bride by a window of Linden Place Mansion. Image captured by Massart Photographers a photography studio servicing RI, CT and MA

I’m in love with the rooms at Linden Place. One is bright and airy, while the other is dark and moody. Both are equally beautiful, in my opinion, and I love to provide my clients with both options!

Wedding pictures of a bride getting her shoes on taken by Rhode Island photographers from Massart Photography located in Warwick but servicing New England.

 A bride and groom pose in front of Linden Place mansion for their wedding images taken by Massart Photography. RI, CT and MA

Bride and groom enter their wedding reception in the carriage house of Linden Place in Bristol, Rhode Island. Photo by Massart Photography of Rhode Island.

The carriage house is perfect for your reception

A dramatic staircase wedding portrait of the bride and groom at Linden Place in Bristol, Rhode Island. Captured by Massart Photographers from a newborn, family and wedding photo studio in RI

By far my favorite part of the venue is the staircase

Behind the scenes image of Audrey from Massart Photography who is capturing a Linden Place wedding during the final week of her pregnancy

Photo tip: If you must photograph a wedding NINE months pregnant, make sure you have a solid backup plan in place. Better safe than sorry!!!

Venue Spotlight: Harbor Lights, Warwick.

Heather and Jen’s quote was “today is someday” and how perfect is that? I can’t help but get extra emotional when I witness same-sex couples finally being able to get married. On another note, Harbor Lights in Warwick, RI is your place if you’re looking for a beautiful but laid-back, nautical venue!

Harbor Lights Marina in warwick neck, RI wedding, same sex marriage wedding photography by Massart Photographers

I’m sure this won’t surprise you but my favorite part of Harbor Lights is this unmanicured path. All I see is a dreamy, whimsical photo op!

Venue Spotlight: Another laid-back, stunning, rustic, and full of photo ops is Blissful Meadows! This place truly offers everything!

Rustic wedding pictures at Blissful Meadows in Uxbridge, MA by Rhode Island photographers from Massart Photography

Venue Spotlight: The Providence G. I love the variety this wedding allowed. Downtown scenes, a weeping willow, a beautiful church, and an elegant ballroom!

 

 

 

Wedding pictures at The Providence G, The Rooftop in Providence RI, downtown photos by massart photography photographers of a Pranzi catered event

This was only the beginning of our road together 🥰 ⬇️

Let’s get back on track! Venue Spotlight! I only got to photograph one wedding here and that makes me so sad because Glenn Manor in Portsmouth, Rhode Island was an absolute treat!

 

Glenn Manor House wedding photography, bride and groom in Portsmouth, RI by wedding photographers from Massart Photography

bride groom glen manor house portsmouth wedding mansion dock picture

The mansion is gorgeous but don’t forget to take a walk to the dock!

glen manor house bridge water view

I’m heartbroken that the Dorrance is no longer open but I still had to feature it. The way the Sunlight would leak through the windows allowed for so much drama.

Light is so much fun once you realize that the possibilities are endless. Same dress, same venue, different lighting usage.

Photo Tip: I wanted to feature this portrait of the bride with her grandmother because it’s a reminder for photographers to keep taking photos “in between” the shots. I had taken the standard portrait of them looking at the camera but I’m willing to bet that they treasure this one more. It happened organically, as grandma was about to walk away.

Photo Tip: If you are in a church with stained windows and there is any sun, do yourself a favor and sneak the couple back in after the ceremony. You will need to be ninja-like so that the guests don’t steal your couple but it’s so worth it!

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bride and groom pose for sunkissed portraits by Massart Photography

Massart photographers take romantic photos of wedding couple

If you are feeling downtown and want a venue that’s edgy but timeless and classic at the same time, The Graduate Hotel in Providence is your place to be! The team is so wonderful to work with and that ballroom and lobby are incomparable.

Bride sings during her wedding reception at the Biltmore photographed by Massart Photography Rhode Island

The Graduate Hotel, Providence, RI

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Several of my Graduate Hotel couples chose the John Brown House for their outdoor portrait location. If you have time for travel, this location is stunning!

Formal portraits of the newly married couple in Providence, RI photographed by Massart Photography RIThe bride, groom, bridal party and groomsmen stand under greenery in Providence, RI photographed by Massart Photography RI

Another downtown Providence photo idea! The Gondolas!

Romantic gondola ride around the river with the newlyweds photographed by Massart Photography RI

A few thoughts on engagement sessions. The advantage of these portraits versus your wedding day portraits is that you can control the time and location. Personally, I love flowers and will always seek those out as my first choice but just like wedding venues, engagement session locations are limitless in our little state!

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Pictured here are Beavertail, Fort Adams, Charlestown Breechway, Kinney Azaleas, my backyard, and a patch of weeds on the side of the road!

A romantic engagement picture in downtown providence in rhode island taken by RI photographers

a romantic and whimsical portrait of an engaged couple kissing in a field at sunset during their engagement photography session with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

Bride and groom to be pose for their engagement session in Rhode Island

Romantic engagement images during a session with wedding photographers from Massart photography RI

a portrait of an engaged couple kissing on a boat with the new york skyline during their engagement photography session with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MAa portrait of an engaged couple near a rustic shabby wall in new york city during their engagement photography session with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

A Manhattan engagement session!

a portrait of an engaged couple kissing next to a cape air plane during their engagement photography session with rhode island photographers of massart photography RI, CT, MA

If you can have access to a plane at your next engagement session, that’s always fun too 😆😍

Couple holds hands in a flower field during engagement session photographed by Massart Photography of Warwick, RI

A vineyard engagement session? Yes, please!

Couple poses with their dog in the sunset during their engagement portrait session photographed by Massart Photography Rhode Island

An engagement session is also the perfect opportunity to include your pooch!

Then again, so is your wedding day. RIP little buddy 🙁 I’m so thankful I got to capture your mama’s love for you!

bride holds dog on wedding day during prep

Portraits of the bride in a flower garden after the wedding ceremony in Newport RI photographed by Massart Photography RI

Venue Spotlight: Even if the hydrangeas aren’t in season, Castle Hill will not disappoint. Between the ocean views, the gardens, the lighthouse, and more, it’s a personal favorite.

Bride and groom outside their Castle Hill wedding photographed by Massart Photography Rhode Island

I have loved doing a first look with my brides. It doesn’t take long to set up. Just have everyone gather up as your bride is ready to walk out of her getting-ready room and be prepared to capture tears

The bride makes her first appearance in her wedding gown to her bridal party and her parents before the wedding ceremony in Newport RI photographed by Massart Photography Rhode Island

Venue Spotlight: Newport Beach House was redone recently and I’m enamored with the clean whites and the sun-drenched ballroom. Having the beach on the premise is 👌

Bride and groom with the veil in the sand on the beach at the Newport Beach House wedding photographed by Massart Photography RIBride and groom share their first dance at Newport Beach House wedding photographed by Massart Photography RI

Photos of the bride and groom on the beach at Newport Beach House wedding photographed by Massart Photography RIBride and groom with the wedding party on the beach at the Newport Beach House RI photographed by Massart Photography RI

Again, this was almost mid-day light. I love it! I almost never shoot with the sun at my subjects but once in a while, when I’m feeling froggy, I make it work!

 

Planning Tip: Something to think about when creating your wedding day timeline is the time the sun will set. A sunset ceremony is STUNNING but keep in mind that this means you won’t have sunlight for your formals (unless you plan on a first look.) Artificial light can be beautiful but adds to setting up and you just want to make sure your photographer is prepared for this. (Harbor Lights, RI)

Portraits of the newlyweds during their wedding ceremony at sunset photographed by Massart Photography RI

formal portraits of the bride, groom, bridal party and all the groomsmen at sunset photographed by Massart Photography Rhode Island

Definitely up there on my list of favorite things would be the starry twinkle lights at The Atlantic Resort, Newport RI. Whoever installed these, thank you, you have added such a beautiful and magical element to reception images!

 Black and white portrait of the bride and groom sharing their first dance as husband and wife captured by Massart Photography RI

Another favorite: dancing in the clouds

first dance in Lakeview Pavilion photographed by Massart Photography

Outdoor wedding formal portraits of the newlyweds captured by Massart Photography RI

I mentioned above that emotion trumps a beautiful backdrop every. single. time. Scheduling didn’t allow us to travel to a portrait location so I literally captured these images IN A DITCH. I even photoshopped out empty Dunkin’ Donuts cups and such. To prove my point, check out the images below!!! Little guy was crying tears of happiness! Had we rushed to get to a “fancier” location, or had I put my camera down because the ceremony was over, these would have been missed. Instead, they are literally some of my favorite images of my entire career.

Bride shares an emotional moment with her new husband and stepson captured by Massart Photography Rhode Island

formal bridal party portrait of a Newport, RI wedding

When it comes to bridal parties, I like to get a dramatic and edgy portrait but I don’t like to spend too much time on anything. Time is precious. Be assertive, remind people that the better they cooperate, the quicker they can move on to partying and they WILL work with you. The image above was captured as a composite. This means it was lit in chunks, 5 or 6 for this particular one, and photoshopped together. It’s very time-consuming on the back end but so worth it!

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classic gold and black wedding inspiration for Providence Public Library wedding day photographed by wedding photographers Massart Photography

Planning tip: antique cars are never a bad idea!

classic wedding portraits with classic car by Massart Photography

Personally, I loved the idea of the step and repeat. Table shots are outdated, awkward, and hard to capture without being in the way of the waitstaff. This allowed for more guest images!

guest portraits at Palace Theater wedding in Waterbury CT with wedding photographers Massart Photography

At the end of the day, the most beautiful backdrops, the fireworks, I won’t turn them down but…

bride and groom kiss in chairs covered in greenery and wooden signs at reception at Castle Hill Inn photographed by Massart Photographyreception firework display at Castle Hill Inn wedding day in Newport RI photographed by Massart Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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mother of groom watches preparations photographed by wedding photographers Massart Photography

   bride and mom dance together during Scituate MA wedding reception

Black and white portraits of the bride and her father getting ready to walk down the aisle at the Providence wedding photographed by Massart Photography RI

bride and grandmother outside RI wedding with wedding photographers Massart Photography

THIS is why I do what I do <3 

bride dances with grandfather during reception at Castle Hill Inn photographed by Massart Photography

XOXO,

           Audrey

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