Charlie and Drake: A Wedding in Providence, RI

Charlie and Drake’s wedding was just shy of a year ago, now. And honestly I’m only getting around to blogging it now because I’ve tried to write about it several times in the past and struggled to come up with the words to adequately describe these two and all the love and community that surrounded them on their wedding day.

Charlie and Drake were married at the church they regularly attend – Grace Episcopal Church in Providence, RI. Their ceremony took place in the stunning sanctuary there, and the reception was just next door in Grace Church’s lovely Pavilion – which is a modern, light-filled space with stunning vaulted ceilings. The wedding ceremony was beautiful. Surrounded by their family, friends, and church community, Drake and Charlie held one another’s hands and made their vows. They walked down the aisle with their parents. They listened to beautiful music, heard the words spoken over them, prayed together, and helped give communion to their guests.

After the ceremony, everyone made their way over to the Pavilion for cocktail hour and the reception. Toasts were given by parents and members of the wedding party, while Charlie and Drake and their guests laughed and cried along with them. There was a mother-son dance Celine Dion sing-a-long. I cried probably more times than was professional for a wedding photographer.

Throughout it all, the most beautiful part of the day was the love that was imbued in every moment. The love was there in the way the wedding party helped Drake and Charlie tie ties and pin boutonnieres. It was there in the letters Charlie and Drake read to one another on a sunny rooftop after their first look. It was there in the floral arrangements and decorations their mothers made for them the night before. It was there in the way everyone embraced them, spoke about them, danced with them. It was just so palpably there.

Charlie and Drake – truly you both honored us by entrusting us with the documentation of this day. We adore you two and wish you so much happiness in your life together.

Massive shout out to William Ference Catering, who cooked up one of the best meals I have ever had at a wedding, and to Pauly Danger for the great music. Big thanks to Emily Kaar for second shooting this one for me, and for Jess for doing the video (this wedding was actually the first wedding film we ever made!).

Sufjan Stevens – All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands

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  1. hgunnellphotography@gmail.com says:

    What a lovely wedding this is!

  2. This just makes me cry!!! So absolutely precious, really captures the gorgeous architecture of New England, and shows all their joy and love! Amazing work!!

  3. Henry Tieu says:

    Are you kidding me right now? These photos are precious. You are one amazing Rhode Island wedding photogprapher. Being a gay person, these photos brought me to tears

  4. omg how freaking perfect!!! You always capture the FEEL of the day in your photos! You’re my favorite rhode island photographer for this exact reason!

  5. jenny says:

    I love the way they look at each other…full of joy and emotion. What a perfect wedding celebration in rhode island!

  6. This New England wedding just made my heart skip a beat! Love the urban setting!

  7. Shanna says:

    This is so beautiful! Such a perfect love you captured! We may be filming a wedding in Rhode Island this fall and can’t wait!

  8. Sydney says:

    My first thought it WOW, every image is just full of love. You captured this Providence RI wedding so beautifully.

  9. Shanna Fisher says:

    Holy cow these New England wedding photos are fantastic! I especially love their portraits against that amazing mural! You really captured the couples personalities well and man do they have some awesome photos to frame!!

  10. Cassandra O. says:

    WOW, this New England wedding is beautiful!!! I love how you captured it so perfectly!

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