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Autumn Barn Weddings at Mount Hope Farm

Autumn barn weddings at Mount Hope Farm, what could be more fitting here in New England? It was Thanksgiving weekend. Now, that weekend here in coastal Rhode Island can either be balmy and warmish, with the crinkling leaves drying out in the autumn sunshine, or it can be rainy and cold and blustery, with the unforgiving bite of the winter wind letting us know its on its way.  Lucky for Savannah and Nick, it was more the former than the latter.  While we had a little bit of a chill, we also had the type of overcast bright light that I adore, and since we had ALL day to shoot and the entire property to take in, we had so many gorgeous backdrops to capture.

With a late fall wedding, our number one thing to consider is sunset. Since I am a natural light photographer, I need to make sure that we are shooting not only all our formals, ceremony, and detail shots while we have sun. This can be challenging because the sun can set as early as 4PM, and if we have a very cloudy or rainy day, we are loosing light shortly after 3PM.  Savannah and Nick worked with me and Morin’s catering at Mount Hope Farm to make sure they had access to all of the spots they wanted to capture during daylight hours.

Consider Sunset in the Fall

To give you an overview, I started with capturing getting ready shots of Savannah and the girls in the main Inn, while my second shooter Jaime was off with Nick and the guys in another cabin, and then walking the grounds with the baby goats! We had use of the areas surrounding the Inn as well for photos, some of my favorite spots! We captured their first look right outside the “potting shed” and then walked down to the wooden gates to capture some of the foliage. The surrounding ivy and stone walls really allowed the colors of their Stoneblossom flowers to pop. How these colors were perfection! The bridal party met us outdoors and we finished photos with them also in the area around the Inn. We used the back garden for our family photos and then we headed off to Church.

Their little stone church felt perfectly New England! The couple worked with Morin’s to make sure I could capture detail shots in the barn as soon as we got back. There were so many gorgeous details from Stoneblossom and Exquisite Events! I finished up just in time for us to ride down to Cove Cabin. These sunset shots are some of my favorites.

TIPS:

  • Work with your wedding planner, caterer, floral designer, and photographer to make sure everyone has the time they need to do what they can do the best for you!
  • Make sure you have access at the proper times to your favorite spots at your venue. What you see may not always be available due to restrictions.
  • Get ready on site. So many of my favorite detail shots happened because we were on property.

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Vendors:

Florist: STONEBLOSSOM FLORAL AND EVENT DESIGN // Invitations/Paper Design: M ROCK CREATIVE // Venue: MOUNT HOPE FARM // Dress Designer: La Sposa // Dress Boutique: BLUE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE, Denver // Hair and Makeup: WAVELENGTHS SALON AND SPA // Shoes: Sam Edelman // Earrings: J Crew // Lighting: EXQUISITE EVENTS // Décor: STONEBLOSSOM FLORAL AND EVENT DESIGN // Transportation: VIKING TOURS OF NEWPORT // Catering and Cake: RUSSELL MORIN CATERING AND EVENTS // Rentals: PEAK EVENT SERVICES // Music: DJ BELLS/ Second Shooter: Jaime Marland

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