When Erin McGinn is behind the lens, the results are always magical, and this breathtaking series of photographs speaks to her talent. Emily and John were wed on a crisp November day in the chapel at Rhode Island’s Salve Regina University, of which John is an alumnus. “Newport, Rhode Island is where John and I met, and it holds countless memories for us, so we knew without question that we wanted to celebrate our big day there,” said Emily, whose wedding story had an added specialness, as the nuptials brought together not just two people but three. She and John have a precious daughter, Heidi, who made the most cheek-pinchingly adorable flower girl in a dress to match her mother’s and a tiny little pair of silver ballet flats that were just as chic as Emily’s nude Louboutins. Following the ceremony, the wedding party posed for photographs in front of Ochre Court, a stately Châteauesque mansion owned by the university, before heading to the waterfront reception venue on Narragansett Bay—the Hyatt Regency Newport, just a stone’s throw away from the old Goat Island Light, a picturesque rubblestone lighthouse originally built in 1842. Although the wedding took place on the brink of winter, the mood was light and summery. “We wanted to celebrate a little bit of summer in November,” Emily said.
From the bride, Emily
John and I are currently living in a small suburb of Boston, so with the city nearby, we could have easily chosen one of the many beautiful venues that Boston has to offer. However, Newport, Rhode Island is where John and I met, and it holds countless memories for us, so we knew without question that we wanted to celebrate our big day there. We both love the beach, and oftentimes when vacation opportunities arise, we choose to go to tropical islands. Thus, when we saw the Hyatt Regency on Goat Island and its proximity to the water, we fell in love with the venue rather quickly! Although our wedding took place in the fall, the surrounding ocean inspired us to have a summer-themed wedding, and we couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. Everything from our centerpieces to our table numbers reflected the fact that we were celebrating a little bit of summer in November!