WEDDING | Warm Fall Wedding at Indian Pond Country Club, MA

After viewing her friend’s engagement photos on Facebook, Sarah decided to contact us about her wedding photography and we are so glad she did. Sarah said she found it hard to initially start researching photographers because “everyone with a Canon EOS Rebel thinks they’re the next Ansel Adams, so there’s no shortage  of portfolios to review.” But at the same time it was easy “because you could really see who had an eye for certain things” while viewing their work.

Sarah and her fiancé Ryan said of their initial meeting with us: “we felt we all just “clicked” as people which was huge.” As we tell all the couples we meet with, “your wedding photographer is with you basically every second at your wedding, so you want to be comfortable and confident around who you choose.” Ryan added that “the engagement shoot was a great preview of what we could expect at the wedding. After that, we were sure that everything was going to be fine.”

Ryan and Sarah’s engagement was 14 months which they felt was the perfect amount of time to find a venue and get everything in order. They were even able to personalize their wedding too. Ryan says: “The theme going into it, if it could be called a theme, was “simple but elegant.” That pretty accurately describes us, I think. Nice, but not in an in-your-face kind of way. There was the general elegance of it, as well as LEGO table numbers that we built. I don’t think you should have to give up on what you were into as a kid, just because you’re an adult, so I routinely buy and build LEGO models as a stress reliever. Sarah got into it as well, and it’s something we both do together after work sometimes. Our friends know that about us, and we had to incorporate it into the wedding somehow.” <– those LEGO table numbers were really cool!

October 21st was a GORGEOUS day that didn’t feel like fall at all. The weather was 74 and sunny – perfect for photos at Indian Pond Country Club. Ryan and Sarah had scouted out all the locations where they wanted to do their photos at – which was great. And there were sooo many options!

Paul and I coordinated their first look out on the deck overlooking the golf course. I would say it was pretty epic actually. 2017 has been the year of emotional first looks and Sarah and Ryan’s was no different. I believe when Ryan saw Sarah he said, “wow!” In his words: “The first look will always be one of my happiest memories. I remember standing there, looking out at the golf course, talking to Paul about how excited I was. I never get excited, certainly never like I did as a kid. In that moment, it was like the anticipation of every birthday and Christmas and summer vacation all rolled into one and amplified. I was so sure that I wouldn’t cry, like maybe I could will myself not to. Partially because I was going to be photographed, but mostly because I didn’t want to be cliché. I was incorrect. I cried. She was too pretty not to.”

After the first look, the venue drove the bridal party {and us} to this really nice stone bridge by one of the holes on the golf course so we could do most of the formal photos. The lighting was perfect, the scenery was gorgeous and we didn’t get hit by a golf ball once!

They had an unplugged wedding ceremony that was performed by their good friend Buddy. The ceremony was personalized to the couple so guests got a good vibe of who Ryan and Sarah were. At the end of their ceremony and kiss, we caught the infamous “elbow” photo that they wanted. The meaning behind the elbow notion occurred one night when the couple pondered by “I love you” had to be followed by a kiss? Why not an elbow touch? Kind of genius don’t you think?

Immediately following the ceremony, we took a few more photos with Ryan and Sarah before they joined their guests in cocktail hour.

Sarah says her favorite moment was: “There are so many its hard to pick a favorite. Since Ryan went with the first look I will chose our first dance. We realized about 6 weeks before our wedding, we needed dance lessons so we didn’t look like we belonged at a middle school dance just standing in one spot swaying back and forth. So we went on a crash course in ballroom dancing and had a planned set of moves we practiced over and over again for the 2 minutes that everyone would be watching us. We started out just as choreographed but then I got caught up in the moment and we messed up a move.  I tried to cover it up with an extra twirl and don’t think anyone but us knew it was a “mistake”. I felt like we were the only two in the room and felt so special and loved in that moment.”

After the formalities of their reception, DJ Mike Amado from Entertainment Specialists got EVERYONE on the dance floor for the rest of the night. There were some songs where I wanted to put my camera down and dance! Here are some more fun reception photos from their wedding night – including a photo of my with Bryan and Erica who originally referred us.


Venue & Food: Indian Pond Country Club
Day of Wedding Planner: Jill Hall of Mosaic Events
Photographer: Nicole Gesmondi Photographer, LLC
Cake / Cupcakes: Veronica’s Sweet Cakes
Florals: Divine Orchids
Entertainment: Mike Amado of Entertainment Specialists
Officiant: Buddy Hutton {friend}
Uplighting / Photo Booth:
 Mike Amado of Entertainment Specialists
Transportation: ROCKSTAR LIMO
Invitations: The Write Approach
Bridal Gown / Veil: purchased from Mariella Creations
Groom’s Attire: Customized Tux from Alton Lane 
Honeymoon: Sandlas Resort in St. Lucia. Coordinated by Jayne from My Honeymoon Planner

Nicole Gesmondi Photographer, LLC is a wife-and-husband photography team located in Providence, Rhode Island. We’ve been providing wedding and portrait photography services in and around Providence and Newport, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, Boston and more for over a decade.

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