Destination Wedding in…Rhode Island?


Sure, Rhode Island may not be the first thought that pops into your mind after hearing of a destination wedding, but it’s New England’s little Hawaii. Okay, all kidding aside, it was a very, very lovely wedding and I couldn’t have been happier to explore more of the small, but wildly eccentric, state of Rhode Island. Sure, I’d been through several times before, but as a state that takes less than an hour to drive through, I’ve had little temptation to stay overnight and explore. Seeing as many of my friends are from this state (and are quite loyal about it, too!), I felt I should give the place another chance.

As the wedding photographer for Candace and Matt, I was given a lovely room at a nearby hotel for two nights. As I drove to the rehearsal dinner, I couldn’t help but notice the Massachusetts-like bogs and green waterways that met up in small streams and ponds, giving the whole place a small ocean-like appearance with a salty breeze. Decidedly Rhode Island! I loved it. After meeting with the bride and groom (a very lovely and informal couple), we munched on sandwiches and cookies, then called it a night.

The wedding itself was quite lovely, and one of the most real displays of caring I’ve ever seen. And no one needed all the pomp of a usual wedding, as this one took place right in their yard. How wonderful is that?

8 hours of shooting later, it was time to relax. After meeting up with a friend at a Providence restaurant for a fairly terrible meal (I won’t even go into the bloody bar brawl we witnessed), I had a wonderful sleep. The next day, a friend and I took her car down to Newport. We did the entire cliff walk in the stormy weather–beautiful and probably the least crowded it could be, mind you–skipped the rest of the expensive, touristy activities, and camped on the island.

True, weird people seemed to follow me the entire trip, but after enough nice folks, a beautiful wedding ceremony, and enough Del’s Frozen Lemonade to last me a while, I enjoyed my Rhode Island visit well enough. Next stop? Canada! See you there.

Wedding photos and our rain-ready tent shot can be seen above.


PHOTOS – Southeast Asia Part 1


Baby’s first photo album…yes, this is the first time I’ve put pictures up on here! I got so many requests and honestly, this is the easiest way for everyone to see everything. So here are a few photos from my trip thus far. Comments are welcomed!

Taken in La Oop and Posor, Thailand.

Due to Posterous not letting one caption photos as of yet, I’ve included captions by photo number below:

(1) I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of these in America…

(2) This is where I live. Rather sunny, eh?

(3) This is the kind of house I live in.

(4) Why go any further?

(5) A village shepherd.

(6) This was so amazing in person…a picture doesn’t do it any justice…

(7) I just like this one.

(8) A cabbage farm.

(9) A Lawa (tribal) woman.

(10) The spiders here are HUGE and amazing.

(11) This is me singing and dancing as a guest teacher in a remote village. You should be glad you missed it. The singing and dancing part.

(12) My last class…

(13) 4 of my 5 little brothers and sisters. Government mandate haircuts.

(14) One of my favorite photos.

(15) It’s not so amazing here, but so amazing in person.

(16) Was there mama part of a wedding supper?

(17) The best lookout spot for hundreds of miles.

(18) This thing was HUGE and incredibly beautiful. Lui non?

(19) Cabbage massacre. Several were severely injured, and dozens were killed.

(20) How many get to play fooootball with this kind of backdrop?

(21) This was a nice patch of garbage and bamboo as of two nights ago. A mini landslide after a storm took it all out, and the schoolboys wanted to mug for the camera. I love how this came out, and it helps give a size perspective.

(22) (self-explanatory) It’s one of our pet rhinoceros beetles. Obviously.