newport engagement

Chris + Christina

Brenton Point + Fort Adams

Newport, RI

Chris and Christina held an intimate elopement ceremony this past month to celebrate their love and life together, and our wedding photographers had the chance to document it! This adventurous couple set out against the winter wind and even some rain to get some elegant, dramatic portrait photos at Brenton Point State Park and at Fort Adams. After being together for almost six years, Chris and Christina’s romantic story and excitement to elope came to life in their photographs! It was a misty, magical day, and this bride and groom took it by storm!

These folks were great. They were a pleasure to deal with and were very creative in their approach. They accommodated all of our random photo requests and their own ideas blew us away, and we got our photos back sooner than we expected. I recommend them whole heartedly!
— Jacob D

Tom + Hana

Engagement Session

Warren, RI

Sometimes the most magical engagement photos can be taken right in the comfort of your home! It was a snowy winter day when our wedding photographers visited this bride and groom’s cozy home for their casual winter engagement session. This was the perfect option for a photo session in February, since the couple was able to stay warm and still take advantage of the snow on the ground outside. We even got some great photos with their dog included! The next time we’ll see these two is at their fall wedding at the Blithewold Mansion in Bristol, Rhode Island, and our wedding photography team can’t wait!

We are in love with our photos and haven’t stopped looking at them!! We are even more excited than before for our wedding photos and are so glad we have Move Mountains Co to document one of the most important days of our lives!
— Hana

The Morning Of

Getting the Best Bride Prep Photos

You wouldn't think it at first, but some of our favorite wedding photos/videos are taken in the morning when the bride is getting ready! It’s the beginning of the day, excitement is in the air, and we don’t want to miss a thing. This is a critical time for your wedding photographers to capture some really important photos that you’ll love to look back on later. In order to make sure that your bride prep looks great, here are a few suggestions that we can offer!

Location

We recommend choosing a space/location that is open, has plenty of natural light and is free of clutter! This will ensure the photographer or videographer has plenty of light and room to work with and will keep your photos looking nice and clean! Try to avoid hotel rooms that are cramped and don't provide much natural lighting. Indoor lighting can be difficult to work with and usually produces orange skin tones, and hotel rooms can also be limiting when trying to find a nice place to shoot details, such as the dress! Often times these rooms have TVs, phones, desks and lamps which can take away from the elegance of the dress and other details that need to be shot.

If you've already scheduled a hotel or are in a smaller/darker space this is totally okay! Here are a few tips for working in this type of space:

  • Make sure your hair and make up artists position you by a window (This is important in any scenario, we love natural light!)

  • Keep indoor lighting off, it may feel dark but the pictures and video will still come out bright!

  • Keep the space clean

 
 

Details

Be sure to bring all the details that you want us to photograph or catch on video on the morning of. This may include but is not limited to:

  • Shoes

  • Dress

  • Wood or Custom hanger for the dress (Example)

  • Bridesmaid dresses

  • Invitations

  • Rings (All 3)

  • Ring Box (Example) (Another Example!)

  • Any jewelry 

  • Any card/gift you'll be exchanging with your fiancé

  • Your bouquet

 
 

Time

Bride prep is such an important part of the day and can sometimes be neglected and undervalued. This is the most relaxed time of the day: you're spending time with your girls, getting pampered, and getting ready to say I do! It’s a great time for your photographer or videographer to warm up and build a rapport with you, your bridesmaids, and your family! But beyond that, shooting details takes time! We ask that you give our team at least an hour (but we recommend more) to style invitations, rings, florals and shoes, and also find the best place to hang your dress!

If we are shooting video and you're planning on exchanging cards on the morning of, please allow your videographer an extra 15 minutes to capture good visuals and audio!

We hope that this is helpful for you as you continue your wedding planning! As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have!

 
 

Aaron + Heather

Salve Regina + Forty Steps

Newport, Rhode Island

Engagement session season picks up right as summer wedding season slows down! Aaron and Heather got to meet up with their wedding photographer right before the winter chill rolled in. This happy couple’s adventure began when they met at Salve Regina in Newport, Rhode Island, so it was such an honor to head back to where it all began for their two-hour engagement session. Our top rated wedding photographers loved getting to know the bride and groom while hearing stories and visiting the spots where they first fell in love. Their engagement shoot was the perfect warm up for their wedding photography and videography this upcoming Fall at Gurney’s in Newport. If you’re recently engaged and looking for a wedding photographer or wedding videographer, we’d love to connect!

My fiancé and I had our engagement photos taken this past fall by Move Mountains Co. and we couldn’t be happier with how they came out! They were amazing to work with and made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. We were blown away by their attention to detail. Our photographer brought us back to our first location after noticing the lighting from the sunset, which turned out to be some of our favorite pictures. We are so excited to work with the entire Move Mountains Co. team for our wedding next fall!
— Heather

Tim + Katie

Beavertail State Park

Jamestown, RI

We’ve been looking back at our favorite weddings and engagement sessions from previous wedding seasons and we wanted to share a throwback to Tim and Katie’s engagement session at Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, Rhode Island! Their love story began with just a high school crush, it was incredible to see how far this New England couple had come. By the time the sun set on the beach at the end of their photo session, this bride and groom was more than ready for their wedding the following summer. If you’ve ever been on the fence about having an engagement session, our photographers always recommend trying it! Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have!

Absolutely incredible team of photographers and videographers! Our wedding day could not have been captured any more beautifully and we are so thankful to Move Mountains for that. If you are looking for a professional, thoughtful and extremely talented group of people- look no further!
— Katie

Mike + Mary

Fort Adams

Newport, RI

We initially met Mike and Mary through some mutual friends of ours! When they asked if they could bring their dog to their engagement session, we knew right away that we were going to love them. Our wedding photographers loved getting to explore the historic, rustic interior with this down to earth bride and groom. Fort Adams in Newport, Rhode Island was a special spot for Mike and Mary, as they had many sentimental memories there at the Newport Folk Festival every year. It was an easy photo shoot location to pick for their wedding engagement session, and it resulted in some beautiful, dramatic engagement photos! If you’re getting married in 2020, let’s book your engagement session today!

Sean is so great at capturing moments, it feels so natural and comfortable. I would recommend him to anyone looking for engagement sessions or weddings!!
— Maurissa

Jimmie + Kate's Boat Session

Hawthorne Cove

Salem, MA

We’re not gonna lie, our wedding photography and videography team was a little star struck when we first met Boston-based fashion blogger, Prep of Boston! The first time we met Jimmie and Kate was at their favorite spot in Salem, Massachusetts. It was on their boat and by the docks that these two fell in love, and we loved hearing their collection of memories they shared there! It’s always extra meaningful getting to visit different spots that hold sentimental value to our wedding couples for their engagement sessions! Check out their engagement photos and their engagement video below. If you have a special place in mind that you’d like your engagement photos or engagement video taken, we want to hear about it! Contact us here.

Vendors:

Planning: Cristen & Co.
Makeup: Pretty Wife Beauty

We got married at a residential home in Rhode Island in October 2017 and Move Mountains did an exceptional job capturing the gorgeous weekend. I absolutely love our photos and really enjoyed working with the photographers. Among what I appreciated: their prices were reasonable, they were willing to customize a package that made sense for our wedding needs and the photographers were very responsive to the style of photography we were going for. My only regret is not booking a bit more time with the photographers. Thank you Move Mountains!
— Arwa

Connor + Amanda

Beavertail State Park

Jamestown, RI

Every time we visit Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, Rhode Island to photograph our engagement sessions with our recently engaged couples, it’s easy to see that it’s magical! Connor and Amanda’s engagement shoot with their wedding photographer was no exception! We had a blast navigating the beach’s rocky terrain with these two! This was the perfect opportunity for this couple to get comfortable in front of the camera while getting to know their photographer some more! We can’t wait to see them again when they say “I Do” at Fort Adams this September!

“My fiancé and I just had our engagement photos done, and could not be happier with how they came out! The pictures are absolutely beautiful.. And our photographer had them totally complete in less than a week. I can’t wait to work with them at our wedding.”
— Sarah H