From the moment I got in touch with Margaret and Owen I knew this was going to be different. This was going to be a big, bold New Years Eve extravaganza, and it was sure to be elegant, tropical, winter-y, glamorous, laid back, romantic, warm, personal, and hilarious. That’s a lot for one wedding, right? I might be a bit biased because Owen has been a friend of mine since we were kids, but I have to say: this was my favorite wedding to date!

Owen’s always been a super active guy. He’s adventurous, silly, clever, and he’s always got a little mischievous twinkle in his eye. A great lover of the outdoors, you can always count on Owen to be surfing a nearby wave in the summer, or playing hockey and snowboarding in the winter. Margaret’s energy fills a room: her kindness is extended not only to her friends and family, but to the strangers that she casually meets. The first day I sat down with her I was impressed by her grace, and I know I’m not alone in that sentiment. She hugs everyone when she sees them, she looks you in the eye, and she even genuinely laughs when you crack corny jokes (thanks girl!)

Owen and Margaret married at Roger Williams Park Botanical Center. On the last day of the year, they stood surrounded by friends and family, next to palm fronds and Christmas trees. They promised each other to continue their love not by way of mere words, but in actions.  Through late nights at work, to sunny days on the beach, they promised to remain at each others’ best friend and true loves.  Forever.


We lucked out with a bright and sunny day in Newport, Rhode Island, which gave us plenty of gorgeous light to take get ready images


Margaret and her mother and sister shared some sweet moments exchanging gifts and well-wishes before the ceremony


Owen and best man, Sam, have been best friends since they were children. They clearly still laugh together like a bunch of kids!


Margaret and her dad opted to do a first look, creating this super special moment. Hold on to your tissues!


Margaret and Owen opted to see each other before the ceremony, which created lots of time for wedding photos… here’s Owen waiting to see his bride…


Their first look was private and intimate, with a few rouge tears, a lot of laughs, and even some dancing. It created a quiet fairy tale moment on an otherwise action-packed and exciting day!


I’m kinda obsessed with this girl-tribe, like, where do I sign up?


We had a little bit of time after the sunset and before the ceremony to take a few more photos of the newlyweds, so I grabbed my lights and we made a few night portraits

Their cake, with lovebird toppers just melted my heart, and completely fit with the tropical vibe of the day


Passed margaritas, white orchids, and a surfboard guest-book added to the beach theme


This wedding was an incredible cap to an incredible year. I always like to imagine which image is my favorite of the day, and this one is really tough to chose, but I think my fav is one from their first dance. The one where Owen picks up Margaret and swings her in the air, while she beams with the biggest giggly smile on her face. That one looks like pure joy to me.

Do you have a favorite? I’d love to know! Join the conversation and share your favorite with us in the comments!


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