A Providence Minimony with a Post Ceremony Surprise!

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Due to Rhode Island COVID19 restrictions, Harley and Trish had to postpone their “big shebang wedding reception” until January 2022, but the pandemic wasn’t going to stop them from saying “I do” on their original wedding date! With a guestlist limited to their daughters, parents, & stepparents, Harley and Trish decided to have a Minimony instead, otherwise known as a mini wedding ceremony!

On January 9th, 2021 we met up with Harley and Trish at Homewood Suites to capture some “getting ready” photos before their first look at Biltmore Park in downtown Providence. We loved Trish’s red and black accessories to match Harley’s kilt; so unique!

getting ready photos of wedding day with bride in providence, RI
bride and groom wearing red and black wedding colors

After the first look, we went into the Graduate Providence for the wedding ceremony. One benefit of having a Minimony during a pandemic was they had the entire (gorgeous!) lobby of the hotel all to themselves! Honestly, the dramatic architecture, bright colors, and funky furniture is a photographer’s dream!

Harley and Trish exchanged their own vows at the top of the grand staircase and involved their daughters in every part of the ceremony, which was super sweet! The Graduate even provided a champagne (or Sprite) toast to celebrate afterwards!

black and white wedding ceremony photos at Graduate Providence
Bridal portraits at Graduate Hotel providence RI
Love the bright colored and funky pattern decor at Graduate Hotel in Providence!
Bridal portrait at Graduate Hotel in Providence RI
Left Image: Daughter, Mara, taking advantage of the Ginger Ale Toast
Right Image: Beautiful portrait of Bride, Trish

Unbeknownst to Harley and Trish, their friends reached out to us asking for help with a post ceremony surprise since they could not attend the Minimony at the Graduate. We were happy to oblige and hatched a plan for the newlyweds! After the champagne toast, we suggested going back to Biltmore Park for more wedding photos while we simultaneously text Trish’s friend Mindy with “NOW!” By the time we got outside, all their closest friends were waiting in the park with sparklers cheering them on! Harley and Trish were SO excited, and the moment made some beautiful wedding memories, which we were so happy to capture for them to remember always!

Surprise sparkler exit for graduate hotel providence bride and groom
Surprise sparkler exit for Trish and Harley.
Surprise sparkler wedding exit
Surprise sparkler exit for Trish and Harley!


Photographer: Nicole Gesmondi Photographer, LLC
Andrew Simon from St James Lutheran Church
Hair: Devan Iarossi from Papillon Jaune Salon
Make Up: Chelsea Orabona
Accessories: Etsy – GlamorousBijoux
Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co.
Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co.
Florals: Wood & Word Blooms
Wedding Dress: Alexandra's Boutique
Daughter's Dresses: JJ's House