October 27, 2016

Whitney & Tyler | Newport Vineyards Wedding, RI

FILED IN: Weddings

Boy do I have a treat for you all today. Back at the beginning of this year, my goal was to photograph my couple’s in a more candid, storytelling way. Not every wedding presents itself like this, but every so often you get to photograph everything as it happens and you just sit back and smile through the camera. 

May I present to you: Whitney & Tyler
Whitney is a actually an amazing blogger & graphic designer. When I got the call from LA, I honestly thought it was some advertising company trying to sell me something. I had no idea that this couple from LA wanted me to be their wedding photographer. When I found out that Whitney was a blogger, I had this cool idea for her to guest blog on my site. After all, who better to tell her story. I hope you all enjoy this special sneak peek of Whitney & Tyler’s big day at Newport Vineyards. These images are definitely some of my favorite thus far. I can’t wait for you to see them. But first, take it away Whitney!

Hello everyone!

My name is Whitney Eshleman, a graphic designer and blogger based in Los Angeles, California. I went to art school at Suffolk University in Boston and lived there for a few years before moving to Los Angeles in 2007. I created my lifestyle blog, hoopLA, on a whim after a layoff in 2010 and it just took off. Since then I have been designing and writing and hoopLA has me all over California, and now expanding across the US.

I’ve lived in LA for nine years, and anyone who has been here for some time knows dating in Los Angeles isn’t easy. It’s the land of the online dating. I was lucky enough to have a herniated disc injury and needed surgery because I met my now husband, Tyler. Tyler was my physical therapist after my surgery and it was love at first sight. From the moment we saw each other, we were together. I am originally from Glastonbury, CT and Tyler is from Binghamton, NY so we both have the east coast mentality. Plus, we both went to school in Boston and are huge Red Sox fans. 

Tyler now works for a company where he visits four high end hotels in Los Angeles and the City of Santa Monica, and teaches ergonomics to their employees. I am a freelance graphic designer, so our flexible schedules allow us to have “adventures” (as we call them) and hike, bike, camp, and travel as much as we can. We want to experience as much as life has to offer.

When it came to wedding planning, I was planning 3,000 miles away from where we were getting married. My mom helped me plan everything after we were engaged. We wanted something rustic, yet elegant and Newport Vineyards was the perfect venue. Tyler and I are huge winos, so when we heard it was a vineyard, we were sold. I visited 3 months later to seal the deal and Tyler and I fly out the May before so he could see it too. In terms of finding our DJ, caterer, Ryan, hair/makeup, and flowers, I had to just trust my gut. My mom found a few through word of mouth recommendations and I found some on theknot.com and did a little research on my own. In May we met with everyone and felt confident in our choices and they all turned out to be rock stars. One word of advice for your wedding is to find a photographer who you enjoy being around because they are with you all day. I not only enjoyed Ryan and his team, but I loved them. On a day where emotions are running high, they knew exactly how to take control and pose us. They can really read people and made sure Tyler and I were happy, comfortable, fed, and liquored up.  Ryan is a joy to work with and he always has a smile on his face. More than anything I loved that he checked in with Tyler and I right up to the day and he was always accessible. I am in absolute love with what I’ve seen so far and hope you love them too!

Follow along with my more recent adventures on my blog! I hope to see you there!


Whitney & Tyler’s full gallery will be available soon.
For now, let’s give a special thank you to all of those who worked hard on their special day:

Photographer: Ryan DeVoll Photography
Venue: Newport Vineyards
DJ: DJ Valentina
Hair & Makeup: Lynda Williams Beauty
Florist: Flowerthyme

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  1. Valentina Marianetti

    October 27th, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Beautiful Ryan!!

  2. Rebecca Lader

    October 27th, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Love love love!!! Just beautiful 🙂

  3. Whitney Eshleman

    October 27th, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Amazing! You captured the day perfectly!

  4. Eileen Lader

    October 27th, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    These pictures are FABULOUS !!!!!! Ryan did a wonderful job at photographing a beautiful brides and groom.

  5. Holly and Jim Dillon

    October 27th, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    What AMAZING pictures. As a photographer, you really captured the true "Whitney smile" and the obvious love that Whitney and Tyler have for each other. It was a wonderful wedding and these pictures brought us back to that special day!

  6. Uncle Larry

    October 27th, 2016 at 10:26 pm


  7. Ann Lader

    October 27th, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Great pix! Beautious!

  8. George and Paula Lader

    October 27th, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    What a happy couple and beautiful setting. My favorite of all of these wonderful photos is the couple alone in front of the casks. Whitney has always had a genuine smile but her joy is over the top. Photography does not always capture real feelings but in this case, the newlyweds’ love is fully on display! Congrats to Tyler and Whitney on their journey through life together. Paula and George Lader

  9. Barbara

    October 27th, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Wow. I was a part of your family years ago. Just want to say that you have a wonderful family and truly wish I knew you. These are fabulous pictures.

  10. Aunt Sharon

    October 28th, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Wonderful pictures for a wonderful couple! Whitney your smile says it all!!❤️❤️🍷🍷
    Love you both Aunt Sharon and Uncle Eric

  11. Rita Bograd

    October 28th, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Spectacular photos! They truly capture the love and joy of a unique and special wedding! Love, Rita

  12. Carolyn Wells

    October 28th, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Fabulous photos! Beautiful setting and a great looking couple! Best of lick!

  13. Carolyn Wells

    October 28th, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    That was supposed to say LUCK!

  14. Marty Lader

    October 29th, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Wow! These pictures are incredible of my beautiful daughter and her husband on their wedding day.

  15. Jennifer Hernandez

    October 31st, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Each photo captured the joy and the love. I love seeing ones that were captured of the unsolicited looks at each other as well as the smiles all around. Priceless

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