Belle Mer: Ashley & Stephen's Newport Love Story

Ashely and Stephen got married on November 11, 2018 at Belle Mer in Newport.

I met Ashley at the Newport Bridal Show, which she attended with her sister and mom. They had a blast causing around the historic halls of Rosecliff Mansion, drenched in wedding spirits. I knew after our little chat that we would hit if off and offered to meet me at my studio in downtown Newport to meet with her fiancé Stephen as well, to talk about details and answer all their questions. I think it is always so special if you meet a couple and you can feel the same energy and mind set, simply the perfect combination. You can imagine how thrilled I was when Ashley emailed me and confirmed they pick me to photograph their big day.

A couple of month later we met for their engagement photos. Prosecco on board we toured the beautiful cliffs of Jamestown, Brenton Point Park in Newport and ended with a sunset at Castle Hill’s famous lighthouse. We had a blast. I could’t wait for they wedding day to arrive.

After tying the knot at Immaculate Conception in Cranston, we jumped into limo with the bridal party and went to Ochre Court, the Cliff Walk and the Elms for photographs. Yes we had some grounds to cover but we did it.

The reception was at Belle Mer, a Longwood Venue in the heart of the Newport harbor. I love the simplicity of the place with its contemporary features, the openness and not to mention the view over the harbor with the Newport Bridge in the background! It is one of a kind. It was a magical day, filled with love and laughter. I couldn’t have wished for more. We were blessed with the most beautiful wether, followed by a typical Newport sunset. I am talking… out of this world colorful. It was perfect.

The reception was filled with lots of laughter and dancing, fun speeches and a band that kept them on their toes.

A special thank you to Dave Paek for coming up here from NY to photograph this wedding with me!


Venue Belle Mer, A Longwood Venue, Florist Flowers by Semia, Dress, Catering and Cake A Longwood Venue, Hair and Make up, Church Immaculate Conception in Cranston, Photographer Stefy Hilmer Photography, Videography Peter Freed, Band , Stationary , Transportation Rock Star Limo,