Eric and Missy had wanted a Caribbean wedding but logistics for guests would have been unwieldy, so they chose the Newport, RI Hyatt as a close second. Between the steel drummer, expansive water views and the high heat and humidity that day, I have to say it was a pretty close comparison! Of course, odds are great for sudden downpours with those conditions by the water, and sure enough, we all dodged the rain by seconds–they had done their formal photographs beforehand and we practically ran inside as the storm clouds came up in record time. We found ourselves amidst near chaos with two weddings full of guests in the hotel lobby trying to sort out changes in plans. I have to give the Hyatt’s coordinator a big hand for being calm under pressure as well as Missy and Eric. They rolled with it and we all hustled to make it a great day. It only rained for about 20-30 minutes, but it was such a downpour that it required us to have an indoor ceremony and reception. Given how hot it was, I actually was happy to be in the air conditioning, though I got a little wet shuttling gear from the ceremony site to the reception ballroom.
We really turned things around though with a sunset and an opportunity to do an HDR (high dynamic range) portrait with the famous Newport Pell bridge as a backdrop, which is one of my favorite photos from 2010.
Venue: Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa, Newport, Rhode Island
Wedding Coordinator – Steven James, Hyatt Regency
Caterer: Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Resort
Flowers: Golden Gate Studios, Cranston, Rhode Island
Dress: Bridal & Gift Weddings & Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Party Dress Express
Men’s Suits: Professional Image
Steel Drummer: PanNeubean Steel
Officiant: Frank Camera, Justice of the Peace, Bristol, Rhode Island
Hair and Makeup: Hyatt Stillwater Spa
Cakes: Scrumptions, East Greenwich, Rhode Island