Mike and Heidi originally met (at a wedding!) 18 years ago and have been married for 15 of those years. When we initially spoke, they admitted their original wedding was a “hot mess” and they had a "bit of a photography disaster"while they received many photos to remember their day – they did not love many of them (posing, cropping, lack of attention to details etc) which is why they decided to have a vow renewal to mark their 15th anniversary. As a bonus, this time around they were excited to include their five children in the ceremony, the celebration, and of course the professional photos!

For their vow renewal venue, Mike and Heidi chose the historical Eisenhower House in Newport, Rhode Island. Everything was to take place outdoors, taking advantage of the beautiful weather by the ocean in July. The vibe was Newport casual, coastal, and classy - which was perfect for this small celebration attended by fifteen of their closest family and friends.

Bride and Groom at Eisenhower House in Newport RI

For the photography, Mike and Heidi requested fluid and candid shots to capture the special moments from their vow renewal, so we made sure to be there at all the right times without interfering with the ceremony. Hearing their handwritten vows was so heartfelt and moving – 15 years gives you a lot of insight on what really matters in a marriage, and you could tell Mike and Heidi meant every word of it!

We also did a few formal photos on the beautiful grounds surrounding Eisenhower House. It is so special to see what 15 years of happily ever after brought them: five fantastic kids and a lovely family. Afterwards when they viewed their photos, Mike and Heidi said, “Thank you for giving us the wedding photos we never got,” and that gives us all the feels!

Bride and Groom wedding portraits in Newport RI

Thoughts from Heidi and Mike…

What was the favorite part of your ceremony or reception?

Heidi: Exchanging vows. We got married very young and never exchanged handwritten vows. We poured out our hearts to one another at our vow renewal ceremony. It was a romantic and sweet moment.

Mike: Celebrating with our 5 children and our closest friends and family at the stunning Eisenhower House.

What made you want to hire us for your wedding?

We liked what we saw from Nicole’s website and were even more impressed with Nicole’s prompt response to our online inquiry and taking the time to have a phone call about what type of photos we were looking for and how she could capture our special day.

What was your favorite part about working with us?

Nicole and Paul were so easy going and wonderful to work with. We had a very intimate affair, and they captured each beautiful moment. We could not be happier.

Wedding Portraits of the Bride and Groom at Eisenhower House in Newport RI

Did we help solve any unexpected wedding day problems that may have come up?

Nicole worked her magic in getting my overtired 3 year old to pose without his blanket and Paul was a pro at putting on Mike's boutonniere.

Do you have any advice for couples looking to hire a wedding photographer?

Choose a photographer who takes the time to listen to your needs and takes interest in capturing specific details and moments of your special day.

Wedding Photos taken at Eisenhower House in Newport RI

Why is it important to have great photos?

Memories are a lifetime and photos capture a point in time of special events. We’ll cherish these vow renewal photos forever!


Venue: Eisenhower House
Photographer: Nicole Gesmondi Photographer, LLC
Caterer: Pranzi
Florals: Pranzi
Heidi’s Dress: Lulus
Mike's Suit: Kenneth Cole
Hair and Makeup: Self