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Stephanie + Michael’s beautiful Providence, RI Winter wedding at Cafe Nuovo

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A Winter wedding in New England can be great fun with great light and great people. Stephanie and Michael are just those folks. They came my way as many clients do from referrals through another wedding–Steph was the maid of honor in a wedding I photographed last year. She watched us work that day and loved the images so when she called it was so exciting for me since that group of tight friends were so sweet and loved a good time like nobody else.

They had a great day/night planned for their Winter wedding that was all centered in downtown Providence, RI. We started at the Biltmore getting ready and its classical interior styling that harkens back to great days of old. Next up was a majestic mass at the First Unitarian Church of Providence timed perfectly as the thin Winter sun just started to reach Golden Hour gorgeousness as we exited the ceremony. We were further aided by some mix up with the limos that gave us extra time to craft some epic shots while transport was arranged. There are always silver linings–you just have to take advantage of them.

The reception was in the epicenter of downtown at Cafe Nuovo in Citizens Plaza. The main dining room offered 180 degree views of the urban environment and dancing was in the bar area. One thing that Stephanie and Michael arranged that really made for some spectacular photos was having their first dance in the dining room area amidst the tables and ambiance of that space. They rocked well into the night squeezing every bit out of Cafe Nuovo’s grandeur before heading for some late night karaoke at the Boombox.

Stephanie and Mike had a smile on the whole day and  their gentle go-with-the-flow attitudes were a perfect balance to the party animals they were throughout.  It’s so much fun when things come together like this–I was just wishing for a flake or two of snow to complete this Winter wedding but happy again that it never materialized as a made my 2 hour drive home very late that night. Silver linings.


Caterer/Venue: Cafe Nuovo

Entertainment: Unique Sounds – DJ Jon Smith

Event Planner: Nikki Phillips

Hair and makeup: Dayna Purcell @ Solon Viva and Sarah Rodrigues @ Making You Glow

Linens and chairs: Quality Rental

Florist: Heritage Flowers

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Sondra + Erik: The Commons 1854 in Topsfield

Very late afternoon sun is around just long enough.

Not two weeks prior to Sondra and Erik’s wedding I tweaked my back very badly while on a trail run in Groton. Lucky for me Erik runs a physical therapy business, Elite Physical Therapy. I go by to drop off a 30×40 canvas and he sets me up with some icy stimulation for my lower back. I met Sondra’s Dad in there as well getting treatment so he can get back at his mountain biking. Two weeks later we were both good as new and ready to go.

We made the most out of the short day and The Commons 1854 in Topsfield provided an incredible backdrop for the evening ceremony and reception. Eye 2 Eye provided the entertainment that kept the party hoppin’. The delicious cake was made by Eat Cake! from Newburyport and the flowers by Lotus Designs.  And still no back pain!

Sondra checks out her amazing up do at her stylists house.

Sondra’s family react to her new style.

And Sondra likes what she sees.

A little help from Mom.

Honey from Lotus Designs in Boston created a perfect bouquet to accent our bride.

The reveal.

Window light.


Stealing a smooch before the ceremony.

The Ballroom set up for the ceremony.

The star treatment. Thanks for the assist from Uncle Joe with the video light.

Roses top the cake, of course.

The Ballroom after the flip.

All eyes on the new couple.

Grand entrance.

First dance.




Last dance of many.

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How to be seen? Find a good Business Team and get out of their way!

Some fun press of the last month all thanks to our stellar PR person!

One of the best investments we’ve made is to have a dedicated PR person working to get our beautiful wedding photography work published. I can not stress how wonderful it is for this Boston wedding photographer to have someone working behind the scenes on this so we can stay focused on building our business, creating beautiful work and serving our clients.

A huge thank you! to the Southern New England Weddings 2011 edition for featuring Julie and Ryan’s little, off-the-beaten-path wedding at the Chequessett Yacht & Country Club in Wellfleet.

Three full spreads from Southern New England Weddings landed in their 2011 edition.

We have to thank the folks at Boston Magazine for the feature in their gorgeous pub Boston Weddings Spring/Summer 2011 edition. A nice full page and we were able to add some of our local advice for couples and other photographers.  For an article on the “City’s Best Backdrops” we were happy to contribute to Donna Garlough’s piece on where to find some nice spots in the city for day-of wedding portraits.  We chose Post Office Square since it is a little oasis of green right in Downtown Boston. What Boston wedding photographer couldn’t make this spot work and it is especially convenient to all the main venues in the area.

This was a section on some of Boston's best locations for wedding day portraits.

And we can not forget our friends at Bride & Groom for featuring Vani and David’s beautiful wedding at Radius.  Great work on this wedding from our photographers, Nathan and Janice. Some wonderful details from this unique spot.

Vani and David are married at Radius in Boston, Mass.

As an artist, it sometimes takes a team to bring the work out into the world. I have a great team!

To learn on how you can take your work out into the world, join Asha for her Business Mentoring Class, starting in February.

Check it: www.dmpj.com/blog/classes


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Chris, his landscapes & the photos he creates…

Chris Gagne– DMPJ’s Senior Photographer: how does he do it?

Many couples often ask what other types of photography I’m involved in.   My first love in photography is documentary style.  Working as a photojournalist at Boston Now and attending Glen Cooper’s Reportage field trips in Guatemala have helped craft me into the photographer I am today.
There is however another type of photography that inspires me and has had an impact on how I look at wedding photography.  Its landscapes.   Landscape image making has always been a passion of mine.
From road trips cross country to California to flying high above shooting stunt planes over a incredible view of Rhode Island.  Landscape photography is the work I love to hang in my home.  I love to be reminded of all the wonderful places I’ve traveled.
Most of my work is representational, but some photos are starting to move slightly into the impressionistic.   Urban, rural, city-scapes, industrial, environmental,  it’s all wonderful to capture.
The wedding work I see myself producing has a certain kinship with the landscape photographer’s eye.   Example, I love to shoot at the 24 mm focal length. The lens itself shoots wider then almost all point and shoot cameras giving you a real feel for the environment.  This is a focal length popular with landscape photographers and photojournalist alike.  Also, there is a big relationship between the landscape photo and the environmental portrait.
Some of my favorite portrait (engagement or wedding) sessions have been here on the beautiful Massachusetts beaches.   The goal for me, is find the perfect light, compose a compelling background, and shoot at a wide angle to give the couple a sense of presence.

My next self assignment is to venture into America’s National Parks to document and take away the most amazing natural landscapes ever.   Ken Burns six part PBS series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea has been the catalyst. Stay tuned.
Chris Gagne is a graduate of New England School of Photography and has been a Boston Wedding Photographer for DMPJ for over two years. He blends photojournalism & artistic photography to tell stories. We are proud to have him as part of our team!
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