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Rhode Island Wedding from Zac Wolf Photography

I often times find myself remembering the bejillions of beautiful weddings we’ve shared on the blog by the dress. That gorgeous, take your breath away number gets seared into my brain faster than I can bat an eyelash. It’s kind of a sickness but one that comes in very handy with the job at hand. And this vintage-esque gown from today’s Rhode Island beauty is already seared away. But get this, it was hand-made by the Mother of the Bride and it blends beautifully with a day crafted by friends and family. This wedding has heart & soul and so many lovely images by Zac Wolf Photography. See them right here.

From Zac Wolf PhotographyCertain people come into your life and it just seems right, and, well, Dylan and Keri were two of those people for me. Two of the best friends a person can ask for got engaged last year, and then they asked me to photograph their big day. And boy oh boy am I glad they gave me the chance to do so. I have a hard time describing the beauty of this wedding simply because it’ll probably make me cry. I cried the night before, I bawled the day of, and I cried while editing the photos. Dylan and Keri and their crew did almost EVERYTHING themselves. That includes the wedding dress, bridesmaids’ dresses, bow ties, invitations, centerpieces, makeup and more. Keri’s dad even wore cufflinks she made for him when she was in grade school. This venue, this wedding, the two of them, the amazing friends and family — I wish I was better with words, but alas, this is why I am a photographer. But I do want to say I love any venue with on-site overnight accommodations to facilitate a wedding night ending with close friends sitting around a fire listening to music, cracking jokes and celebrating love.

Wedding Photography: Zac Wolf Photography / Wedding Venue: Whispering Pines Conference Center in West Greenwich, Rhode Island / Floral Design: Yard Works Floral, Gift & Garden / Desserts: DIY by A Friend / Wedding Invitations, Centerpieces, Place Cards + Card Box: DIY / DJ: Nate of White Label DJs / D & K Signs: DIY by the Best Man / Photo Booth: The Danger Booth / Wedding Dress + Bridesmaids’ Dresses: DIY by the Bride’s Mother / Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden / Hair + Makeup: DIY / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Groom’s Shoes: ASOS / Men’s Bow Ties: Yellow Mannequin

Rhode Island Wedding by Joshua Behan Photography

I am definitely not a country girl but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate some densely populated woods every now and then, preferably from the comfort of my desk chair as we gaze upon some Rhode Island nuptials captured by Joshua Behan Photography. And the sweet little details abound in this beauty. From the scrumptious paper goods to the Bride and Groom’s efforts to reduce their event’s environmental impact, the proof is in the pudding. See for yourselves in the gallery.

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From the Bride… Jeff and I had been dating for 8 years when we were engaged and we were thrilled to celebrate our commitment to each other with our friends and families. I had wanted a venue where our guests could stay overnight and we could all spend time together outdoors. We didn’t think such a place existed in Rhode Island until we visited the amazing Whispering Pines Conference Center. It’s like a gorgeous summer camp for adults with comfortable beds and gourmet food!

We tried to give our wedding a “vintage garden party” feel and chose our date to take advantage of those warm late summer nights in Rhode Island. Unfortunately we woke up on our wedding day to torrential downpours, which moved our outdoor wedding ceremony to a covered porch and eliminated the post-reception s’mores around a campfire. I was definitely upset at first but got over it pretty quickly once the day started. I think our ceremony felt more intimate in the new location and I loved standing under the lit paper lanterns, surrounded by candles and mason jars filled with flowers.

Though I don’t know if I can call our wedding green, we did try to reduce our event’s impact on the environment. Before buying decorations, we considered if we would be able to reuse or resell what we purchased. We made little buttons with Audubon print animals for each guest that served as a both a favor and an escort card. Our florist uses environmentally-friendly practices and she sourced all but one of the flower species used in the bouquets and centerpieces from local growers. We also used minimal paper in our invitation and asked our guests to RSVP online through our wedding website.

We had fun planning everything (most of the time!) and it all came together beautifully. A lot of that was thanks to our awesome vendors; from our photographer Josh who made sure we got plenty of outdoor portraits during breaks in the rain to our DJ, Ari who found vintage jazz records to play during our cocktail hour.  I tried to remember to stop and take it all in, but the day still went by heartbreakingly fast. Moments that stand out in my mind are unexpected ones – rushing around in the pouring rain to hang up the arrow signs, Jeff accidentally knocking my mom’s nosegay out of her hand at the altar (making everyone laugh), and dancing with Jeff’s 70-something grandparents late, late into the night.

I know that wedding planning can be really stressful. I got lucky because we had 20 months to prepare and both of our families were very supportive of all of our decisions.  I am glad that I have just as many fond memories of the months leading up the wedding, where we came up with ideas and crafted stuff together, where we got to go to fun vendor meetings and tastings, and where we were constantly in awe of all of the excitement and support shown by our friends and families.

Wedding Venue & Catering: Whispering Pines Conference Center / Wedding Photography: Joshua Behan Photography / Flowers: Greenlion Weddings / Pitcher Plants: Robin Hollow Farm / DJ: Beat Train Productions / Wedding Invitations: Download & Print / Wedding Invitation Letterpress: The Bride via AS220 Print Shop / Wedding Dress: J.Crew / Bride’s Hair Piece: Twigs & Honey / Wedding Cake: The Provender / Cake Topper: Melabo / Ring Bearer Bowl: Paloma’s Nest

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