You may remember Rich & Michelle from their oh-so-Rich-and-Michelle engagement session last month.
They tied the knot on an arctic January afternoon in Providence, RI at their new apartment. Since they just moved in and lacked furniture, the duplex apartment served as a perfect open (and free!) space for their small, nontraditional, absolutely hilarious wedding.
Rich and Michelle swore they'd never get married, so when they changed their minds they wanted the least possible hassle for the best possible wedding. So what's a couple to do when the courthouse isn't enough, but the thought of a reception with line-dancing sends shivers down the spine? Do what you do every weekend...throw a house party!
But this time...with formal attire and false lashes!
They got ready at home with their family and bundled up to shoot the formals outside in downtown Providence.
(I believe this is Michelle's "holy shit it's cold" face.)
It was cold, and I mean...COLD, but this family were a pack of troopers and tossed their jackets aside and endured while James and I tried to get our shots before hypothermia set in.
We survived this successfully as well as the Hell known informally as Exiting The Providence Place Mall Parking Garage with just enough time for Rich & Michelle to walk down the aisle in their dining room...a bit late. What kinda celebrity couple shows up on time, anyway?
Michelle rocked a vintage gown, they were married by a temporarily ordained friend, sealed with teary vows (Michelle, you softie) and toasted with an immediate and abundant flow of alcohol. Their cake and favors should make the Dr. Who fans out there swoon...
A little touch of tradition...
Michelle's toast, thanking everyone for being there and sending a dedication to Rich's Mom, who passed away a few years ago.
The cake cutting ended without injury...
The couple announced there'd be no dancing, just drinking and partying...and took a long sigh of relief that all the "wedding stuff" was done and it was finally time to celebrate. By nights end, guests and family were trailing out, dress shirts were dribbled (in one case soaked...Rich) with beer and everyone was smiling.
...just like a wedding should be. We've shot weddings in mansions, apartments and museums. Regardless of where they're held, what they cost or how they're done, every wedding should be as joyful as this one. Thanks for having us guys! To Archie & Edith of 2011, have a wonderful happy life. <3