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Sara Zarrella & Steve Sheally August 31st, 2014-Gerald’s Farm, Exeter, RI

Sara and Steve-Gerald’s Farm

Sara and Steve had a beautiful late summer wedding last year on August 31st, 2014 at her family’s property, Gerald’s Farm in Exeter, RI.  Sara utilized her eye for creativity and the couple’s elaborate touch could be seen in every detail.  A Mediterranean Rustic-Chic feel was the backdrop for a beautiful intimate weekend for their friends and family. In lieu of centerpieces, each of the 90 guests was given homemade herb-infused olive oil, The cuisine was coastal Tuscan fare. To see the photographs in print, pick up a copy of these two magazines, or click the links to see our blog posts about Southern New England Weddings 2015 and Bliss Celebrations 2015

In Sara’s Own Words:

This blog entry is long overdue as I have sat down many times to write about my wedding day and I have to tell you it’s tough. It is hard to put to words a day that was and is summed up in one word “magical”.  Every weekend I go out and photograph my couples weddings and have been doing so for the last 13 years.  I watch you all say “I Do” and each time I see how beautiful and special love is in that moment of one promise that a husband and wife share.  Watching friends and families come together sometimes for the first time to celebrate the unity.  A wedding is not just “a wedding” it is a day that two families come together and the couple has everyone that they love in one place.  That was how it was for Steve and I, because Steve is from Florida and I have many friends and relatives that are out of state. Our wedding was the first time we had everyone together in one spot.

I’m already guilty of wanting to turn back time to experience that day all over again. It’s bittersweet because you know you can’t, and that is what makes your wedding day one of the best days of your life. Everyone tells you that your wedding day flies by, so cherish it and experience every minute of it. It may feel like a whirlwind, but it is just one of those perfect days you want to visit again and again. That is the power of photography, and why being a wedding photographer is so special. I have seen so many couples walk down that aisle with the ones they choose to call their partner in life’s great adventures, and I thought I knew everything about weddings and about that day you spend with loved ones. I have now experienced it for myself and it IS everything it’s chalked up to be. It IS magical and euphoric. I hope that every one of my past and future couples will remember their wedding day with tenderness and a fondness like Steve and I do.

and now on to what you’ve been waiting for, the photographs!

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Working in this industry for over a decade, I have seen and worked with many vendors and I chose very carefully which ones would suit my wedding day and the feeling I was going for. I wish I could have used them all!

Thank you to all the vendors and staff that made this weekend magical and easy:

Venue:  Gerald’s Farm Exeter RI

Photographer: Jerry Ghionis

Photo Booth: Sara Zarrella Photography

Day of Coordinator PDR events by Pamela D’orsi Ryan

Tent Designer: Exquisite Events

Florist: Flowers by Semia

Ceremony Memorial Tree: Wildwood Nursery and Garden Center

Caterer: Russell Morin Catering

Officiate: Frank Camera

Linens and Chairs: Felicias PerfectSetting

Tent Rental: Newport Tent Company

Restrooms: C&S Portable Restrooms

Cigar Bar: BlockIsland Cigar

Reception Painter: Vesna Longton

Crepe Truck: O’Crepe (Tania Sousa-Brian Sousa)

Reception and Ceremony Music: Ripcord Band

Cocktail Hour and Reception Music: Victor Events

Mini Cakes: Something Different Cake Couture

Mini Pies: Scrumptions, Inc

Cookies: Only The Finest Cookies and Wandies Inc

Favors: Sara Zarrella Photography

Invitations/Party Goods/Save the Dates: Sara Zarrella Photography

Invitations/Paper Goods: New England Invitations

Videographer: Mike Picard Motion Pictures

Wedding Bands Jewelry: Eloquence Fine Jewelry

Wedding Rings: Hannoush Jewelers

Bridesmaids Headpieces/Sashes: Bridal Finery

Hair: Jennifer Crozier Hair Design (For the bride)

Hair: JKL Hair Design (for the bridesmaids)

Make Up: Darcie Palazzo

Bridal Gown: Le Spose Di Gio

Bridal Veil: Carol Hannah

Shoes: Stewart Wiseman

Groom Attire: Fred Baker

Welcome BBG: Gerald’s Farm with Russell Morin Catering

Rehearsal Dinner: Yawgoo Bakes and Barbecues

Morning Brunch: Chelo’s Waterfront

Accommodations: Residence Inn Marriott and Hampton Inn

Sara & Steve’s Wedding Feature in 2015 Southern New England Weddings Magazine!

Sara & Steve’s Wedding Feature in 2015 Bliss Celebrations Magazine!

WPPI-Wedding & Portrait Photographers International

2015 The Annual Print, Film, Album

Wedding Division- Wedding Couple Together:Wedding Day

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The incredible photographer, Jerry Ghionis who shot Sara and Steve’s Wedding Day got first place in this annual and very prestigious competition! Click on his name to be linked to his winning photograph and click here to see the other categories and winners.

The Annual WPPI Expo in Las Vegas is a great place to get inspired and learn from fellow photographers. Sara was attending this past March, and while walking around the vendor booths she was surprised to see her and Steve’s face in print! Jerry Ghionis won first place in the “Wedding Couple Together:Wedding Day” category. Congrats Jerry!


Fun Fun Sara and Steve’s Wedding Image is in the Rangefinder Magazine:

For Jerry Ghionis winning the WPPI Print Competition for Wedding Couple Image


The Sheally’s welcome Samiya May Sheally to the family!

Born May 29th, 7lbs 3oz and full of laughter.

As we say “Every Picture Tells A Story” – Labor Day Weekend, Steve and Sara celebrated their 1 year anniversary. A bit of nostalgia come over them as they remembered their perfect wedding.  Exactly one year later, they went back at the exact time and the exact location to capture what the year has brought to them….little Sammi. They are thrilled to add a plus one to the Sheally crew. If one year can bring this much change, just image what the bright future will bring.

SaraZarrella Family