Maggie and Brad met in college and although they now reside in Jackson Hole together, Maggie grew up spending her summers in Newport and at the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court. There wasn’t a question as to where Maggie would marry Brad! Throughout the years of their relationship, Newport and the club have always meant a lot to them. They couldn’t wait to host their family and friends from the mid-Atlantic and Jackson Hole, Wyoming on the East Coast!
Editorial Style Photography for a Newport Wedding
It was important to Maggie and Brad to have wedding day photos that were authentic, with an editorial style. They envisioned their photos to be candid, real, and less posed. Stylistically, they love the signature By Halie photography style, especially the incorporation of black-and-white moments and the occasional emotive, slightly blurry moment!
We created a photo timeline that allowed them to have true moments together and with their family and friends. While it may seem counterintuitive, you may think less formal portraits would take less time. However, it is especially important to have extra breathing room in your timeline so the real moments of the day can unfold naturally. Learn more about building your wedding day photography timeline.
New York Yacht Club Harbour Court Wedding
The historical mansion of the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court made for a naturally elegant coastal setting. Maggie hoped to balance the formality of the venue with an event that still felt relaxed and fun! Maggie and Brad each got ready with a small group of friends, before sharing their first look in front of the club. With this moment especially, we were mindful of a setup that was not overly orchestrated. Maggie simply walked out the front door of the club to meet Brad. It was an incredibly natural reveal!
We used the interior and exterior of the property to capture a variety of images of them together before a group of Maggie’s closest friends joined us for a photo op of their own in front of the club. This Vogue-inspired, editorial setup was one of the very few specific images on our shot list. We captured those, along with a few family portraits, before the ceremony.
Outdoor Ceremony and Cocktail Hour for Newport Wedding
With construction underway to update the club’s existing seawall and waterfront, Maggie and Brad opted for a ceremony on the club’s lawn. Guests gathered next to the club’s gardens and looked on as Maggie and Brad made their marriage official! The ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour on the back terrace, overlooking Brenton’s Cove and the Newport waterfront. Maggie and Brad were cheered on by guests as they entered the cocktail space!
Inside the mansion, dinner was set across the two main dining rooms. Guests were welcomed with a quick toast from Maggie’s father, and then dinner and the evening’s celebrations commenced! Not wanting to break up the evening with any other formalities, dinner concluded and the band kicked right off with opening up the dancefloor.
Different from so many weddings we see and attend, we loved Maggie and Brad’s approach to the day. They let us know their key priorities for planned photo moments but otherwise wanted to enjoy the day. For them, that meant great martinis amongst friends, lots of celebratory hugs and laughs, and, of course, some great fashion moments.
Photography: By Halie Wedding Photography
Venue & Catering: New York Yacht Club Harbour Court, Newport, RI
Bride’s Dress: Sassi Holford
Bridal Boutique: Little White Dress Bridal Shop
Bride’s Veil: Elie Saab
Headpiece: Lelet New York