Rhode Island Country Club Wedding | Anna + Wes
For me, one of the strangest things about getting older is the realization that everyone else is growing up right along with me. This year I’ve photographed the high school senior children of my own former classmates, seen three of my childhood friends become grandparents (!!), and, on a day so wonderful I could hardly believe it, photographed the wedding of the daughter of a man I’ve known for 30 years. Bobby was the friend of my high school boyfriend, and he is just as fantastically warm and sweet today as he was back then. I’d lost touch with him over the years, so when he contacted me last spring to ask if I’d be interested in meeting his daughter, who was getting married, I was just as honored as I could be. I met Anna and Wes and it immediately felt like we were old friends. Anna caught me up on what her family had been up to over the years, and every minute that I have spent with her and Wes has been a treat. Their wedding day set the bar HIGH.
The morning of the wedding dawned foggy and chilly, but my good wedding juju prevailed and by the time Anna and her girls were dressed the sun was peeking from behind the clouds and it was so pretty. I got to meet Anna’s beautiful mom and sister during the getting ready part of the day, and within moments I had started weeping for what would be the first of about a gazillion times that day, There is SO much love and joy and grace in this family; witnessing it is one of the greatest privileges I can think of. Anna’s first look with her dad (so fun to see him after so many years) was beautiful (cue more tears), as was every bit of this amazing wedding. Wes is truly a gentle and sweet man, and his family fits in perfectly with Anna’s. Their outdoor ceremony at the Rhode Island Country Club had family and friends cheering them on, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a happier bride as she walked back down the aisle after saying her vows. Just look at that smile! Speeches by the father of the groom (more tears by me), the groom’s brother (sobbing by me), and a special hymn sung by the bride’s sister Abby (ugly crying, snot and all, by me) showed once again how lovingly these two families feel about their children, and about this marriage.
I am so thrilled to share these photos with everyone — Anna and Wes, I am so blessed to know you, and I am overjoyed that I was able to capture this day for you. Happy love!
Special thanks to Nicole Mason for helping me out!