This patriotic military wedding took place in June at Colt State Park in Rhode Island. Colt State Park sits on the Atlantic Ocean and boasts incredible ocean views, perfect for a summer wedding. The couple chose a military theme as the groom is currently serving in the US Marine Corps and they wanted to honor his military service.
The couple chose Sootie Studios to capture their special day. Here the photographer, Meri, shares her experiences from the big day: “I feel my style fit well (with this wedding) because the bride and groom wanted my style! They wanted romantic photographs depicting their love for each other. We were lucky the venue was just as beautiful as they are and that the sun was brilliant that day!”
The bride wore a strapless gown with beading on the bodice and a full tulle skirt. Since her wedding was outdoors, she opted for white flats rather than heels. She added a tiara and elbow length gloves for her walk down the aisle.
The bridal party wore blue dresses in a style of their choosing while the groomsmen wore dark grey suits with blue ties to match the bridal party.
The red, white and blue theme continued in the bouquets. The bride carried a bouquet of red white and blue flowers and stars and stripes ribbon. The bridesmaids carried smaller bouquets of only red and blue flowers with flag ribbon incorporated.
“The location and the theme were my favorite aspects of the wedding. Colt State Park was very large with an ocean view but also some magical forest areas that made for a fun session at sunset. I also loved the patriotic theme with the bright colors and being able to honor such an important person who fights for our country,” said Meri.
At the ceremony the couple recited their own vows and did a sand ceremony. During the sand ceremony the bride and groom combine two different color sands into one vase to symbolize two lives becoming one. A bagpipe and drum played as the couple walked down the aisle as man and wife.
The reception was held under a tent in the same park the ceremony was performed in. The wedding party watched on as the Bride and Groom had their first dance. “The tent area was a bit small. But I accommodated by using wider lenses and bouncing the flash off the tent ceiling which actually worked in my favor; creating a nice even light all around,” said Meri.
Tables were decorated with flag themed centerpieces and favor bottles filled with red and white striped candy. The tablecloths were blue with a white overlay decorated with red and blue stars.
Everyone had fun at the reception, sporting star shaped glasses while dancing to music from a local DJ.
The couple went casual with their reception meal; they served pizza, salad and dinner rolls.
For their cake they opted for two tiers of vanilla and red velvet cupcakes, each one decorated with red or blue frosting and a gold star. The cake topper was custom made to look just like the couple.
After the experience of photographing this wedding, the photographer has this advice for brides: “Definitely let your photographer know the layout of your reception, your ceremony and where you will be taking your formal photographs.”
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