Lisa and Michael’s Simple, Elegant, & Perfect Providence Graduate Wedding

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Lisa and Michael are one of those rare couples that pulled off a perfectly beautiful wedding after only 90 days of planning! In a world where year(s) long engagements are the norm, these two dared to be different by fast-laning their nuptials and it absolutely worked for them! Of course, what would you expect from a couple who met and fell in love on Tinder!? Normal is NOT for everyone!

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Groom Wedding Photos Graduate Hotel Providence

While they originally intended for their wedding to be on the smaller side with 40 guests, the invitation list steadily grew as they discovered so many of their friends wanted to celebrate with them. Luckily, Lisa and Michael were willing to accommodate, and it probably helped that Lisa works for the Graduate Providence, which is where they decided to tie the knot and host their reception. Many of the guests were hotel employees (we recognized a bunch from prior events), so it was fun to watch them all cut loose and relax with each other!

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Some of our favorite highlights include Lisa’s gorgeous, beaded gown from Spark Bridal Boutique, the Scrumptions cake and Only The Finest Italian Cookies for dessert, and the heartfelt speeches that had everyone holding back tears! When they came into the studio to view their gallery, Lisa and Michael agreed the day flew by and the photos were an awesome way to relive every moment, which is why you hire a great photographer to capture it all for you to remember!

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Want to know more about Lisa and Michael? Check out their Q + A!

Where was your first date?
Our first face to face meeting was in Providence. Michael came to the Graduate, and we walked to Bolt Coffee before going over to the park and talking on a bench for almost 2 hours. Michael calls this our “meet and greet” followed by our first date. I call this our first date!

How did you get engaged?
In Mystic, Connecticut in our apartment, early in the morning as the sun was coming up.

What advice can you give engaged couples looking to hire a wedding photographer?
Ask your venue who they recommend, someone that has been to that location and knows all the best places for photos!

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If you had to describe your wedding vibe or theme, what would you say?
Simple, elegant, perfect!

What was the favorite part of your ceremony and / or reception?
Bride: exchanging of our vows and cutting the cake!
Groom: exchanging of our vows and the toasts at the reception!

First Dance song:
When you Love a Woman by Journey

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What made you want to hire us for your wedding?
Your stellar reputation at Graduate Providence and beautiful work for all the brides!

What was your favorite part about working with us?
The ease of planning everything!

Did we help solve any unexpected wedding day problems that may have come up?
Yes!! My youngest daughter, Grace, snapped the strap on her bridesmaid dress while putting it on. Nicole came to the rescue with a sewing kit so I could sew her into it!

Was there anything that you learned about us and how we shoot that you didn't know ahead of time?
I did not know that Nicole’s husband was also a photographer, and that we would get to have both of them with us!


Venue: Graduate Providence
Photographer: Nicole Gesmondi Photographer, LLC
Florals: Golden Gate Studios
DJ: Luke Renchan Entertainment
Cake: Scrumptions
Speciality Cookies: Only The Finest
Bridal Gown: Spark Bridal Outlet
Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse