Frank and Alexandra’s Blithewold wedding day had the perfect combination of elements… Joy, Laughter, Family, Friends, Elegance, Romance, Beauty, Amazing Light … and a little bit of Rain sprinkled on top for good measure.
We started the day in Providence at the Biltmore for getting ready photos with Alexandra and her nine beautiful bridesmaids.
Cuddling with your besties in matching robes? Yes, please.
Alex looked so pretty, she needed a solo shot too. 🙂
Alex reading Frank’s card. Tears were falling inside right along with the raindrops falling outside.
Providence was getting a bit of a sprinkle.
Alex’s mom helping her into her Matthew Christopher gown.
Alex’s makeup and hair is so lovely. Allison Barbera created her look.
We seized the opportunity for a few portraits near this big window before heading to the ceremony. I love getting a classic shot of the bride and a close up of the hair and makeup when it’s fresh and perfect!
Let’s do one with the bridemaids too while we’re at it!
The hotel suite was perfect to create this stunning formal photo of the ladies. That big window… dreamy light! It took just a moment to move some furniture and clear a spot, voila instant portrait studio! Photographers tip: Don’t fret about the size of the room you are getting ready in or the amount of stuff lying about, we’ve got the eye and we’ll clear the perfect spot to take these photos.
Sharing a laugh to calm the nerves.
And now… on to Frank.
What can we say about Frank except that Frank is the man? He’s so funny and sweet, he’s going to make an awesome husband and father.
Frank carried his grandfather’s wedding ring and Alex’s grandfather’s cufflinks. Alex felt it was very sentimental to have those items with them on their wedding day.
I love this photo of Frank showing his personal flair with the suit lining he chose… dashing!
Frank clowning around with his cute little mom.
And a very handsome portrait. Frank, you look positively presidential! #frankforpresident2020
Alex and Frank met at Providence College so it was fitting for them to be married there too. Their priest, Father Vidmar, was Alex’s teacher in her freshman year at PC. It meant a lot to have him officiate their wedding.
Alex is greeted with big hugs from Frank’s dad. I think he’s happy to be gaining Alex as his daughter in law.
Alex waiting her turn to go down the aisle. Can you feel the nerves?
Alex said, “We chose to see each other for the first time at the ceremony. There is nothing like the moment when the doors open and all eyes are on the bride, but the groom’s reaction is truly the best. We were both holding back tears and had huge smiles on our faces. This is one of my favorite moments from the wedding!”
Alex’s dad is smiling because he knows his daughter is in the best of hands.
Becoming Mr and Mrs.
Sealed with a kiss.
Frank can’t even believe it.
He knows he’s a lucky man.
When we went into the chapel at PC it was raining, when we came out … this light! Cue the singing angels please.
Onward to Blithewold for the PAR-TAY. That beautiful arrangement on the escort card table is by Flowers by Semia.
A few more sprinkles only mean the colors of Blithewold pop and we get to use our umbrella prop. The old pop and prop if you will.
Workin’ that brella’ ella ella.
I love a nicely crafted family portrait for posterity. Evenly lit, lovely background, sweet expressions, it’s awesome. Trish is the master of this.
Some fun with the stunning architecture of the venue and our rather large bridal party.
Rain drops also mean dramatic skies.
This is #squadgoals.
How pretty are these colors? Alex gushes over her florist, “I cannot say enough nice things about Semia and her team. I came to her completely confused about a color theme. She put me at ease and reassured me everything would come together. I put complete faith in her design and was totally blown away the day of the wedding. It’s like she could read my mind.”
Each of the groomsmen chose a lining to represent their own personal flair! So fun… plus they got to turn their jackets inside out on the dance floor later in the evening for instant party wear. 🙂
Cause it’s Blithewold Mansion and Gardens.
I asked Alexandra about her favorite part of the wedding and she said, “I really enjoyed it when Frank and I snuck off to take pictures alone (and with you two!). It was fun to spend a few minutes, just the two of us.
One of the places we snuck off to was the cutting garden by the greenhouse- again with the light!
I guess the day decided to end on a sunny note.
Meanwhile, inside the tent things are glowing too! The cake by: The Cake Gallery.
Blackstone was Alex and Frank’s caterer. Another favorite moment for Alex was when Karen from Blackstone stole her away from the cocktail hour to get a sneak peek at the tent. She says it took her breath away. Ours too! Rentals by: Exquisite Events.
Lush fall details inside the tent, thanks to Semia and her team of floral wizards.
Twinkly first dance.
Alex’s dad gave a great welcome toast. 🙂
Gentle Frank- Frank am I embarrassing you yet?
Humble Frank. LOL!
Alex advises, “Take a moment, just the two of you to look around and really take in that everyone in the room is there for you. It’s very unlikely all of your family and friends will be in one room again and it’s very special.”
Cheers to that great advice Alex!
A sweet ending to this beautiful fall wedding at Blithewold!