A Block Island Wedding Photographer: Spring House Hotel
51 Spring St, New Shoreham, RI 02807
As Block Island wedding photographers, we’re big fans of the Spring House Hotel. After spending a few summers working at the Spring House Hotel when I first moved to the island, I got to know the Spring House inside and out. Tanya, the wedding coordinator, has been a friend since then, nearly a decade now, and it is always such a pleasure working with Tanya. I’m lucky to be a Block Island wedding photographer because of Block Island wedding venues like the Spring House.
Open now year-round with the Barn Restaurant and the Inn at Spring House, the hotel offers the perfect setting to relax, reconnect, and get to know Block Island. With friendly staff, a full-service wedding venue, the Spring House is the perfect wedding venue for a destination wedding.
There are a few Block Island wedding venues: Champlin’s Resort, the Sullivan House, the Spring House Hotel, the Atlantic Inn, the Rose Farm Inn, Payne’s Dock, and the Manisses Hotel. The Spring House Hotel is the only wedding venue on Block Island that offer beautiful settings indoors and outdoors for events.
A Spring House Wedding: An Unforgettable Experience
Heading out to Block Island RI, you have a few options from the mainland. You can take a plane out of Westerly, ferries out of New London CT, Point Judith RI, Montauk NY, or Newport RI. There isn’t a way to walk, drive or take a train to the island — it’s 13 miles out to sea.
Off the coast of Southern Rhode Island, it’s the perfect place to start your family tradition, with your wedding day. Bring your closest of close out for a week, with the rest of your wedding guests joining you for the weekend. Enjoy a welcome party on the beach with a bonfire or hit the Surf Hotel for poke bowls and mudslides for a welcome reception.
The Spring House Hotel has a few dining spaces to offer for your rehearsal dinner, an indoor ceremony if needed, your wedding reception, and more. There are many hotels and restaurants where you can host other wedding events, helping show your guests the island.
As a Block Island Wedding Photographer, The Top Tips for Your Wedding
There isn’t a place in the United States quite like Block Island — so knowing some of these tips is really important! As one of the very few year-round Block Island wedding photographers (there’s only 2 of us!), I have a few tried and true tips for hosting your Block Island wedding at the Spring House Hotel.
- Have your guests, and vendors come in the day before. Weather can be unpredictable, and it would be the worst if your vendors and guests couldn’t make it to the island in time for your wedding ceremony!
- Be flexible. The island is a little remote and the weather is unpredictable. Being flexible will keep you grounded and enjoying your day versus stressing that the wind is ruining your hair.
- Work with island wedding vendors. We know the island, and we know it well. From beautiful hidden locations for wedding photos that don’t have tons of tourists on a Saturday (hint, there aren’t many), to how to make sure your hair looks perfect despite the wind out on the island, we’ve learned a lot over the years doing weddings on Block Island.
- Be prepared and foster teamwork with your vendors. Send out an email about a month before CCing all of your vendors just saying how excited you are to work with everyone. This will help us all communicate beforehand.
- Have your vendors do walk throughs. There are lots of little things about the island that are important to note: there aren’t many outlets in the Spring House dining rooms (making it tricky for DJs, videographers, and hairstylists), your gear will be separated from you on the high-speed ferry, you can’t get a ferry reservation for a car last minute for peak season weekends, and more.
- Internet on the island isn’t as fast on the mainland no matter what you do.
- Prescription pharmaceuticals must be flown to the island.
- There aren’t any Targets, or Walmarts — bring all the things you could need for a weekend. Your vendors won’t be able to get backup batteries, SD cards, or other tools last minute on the island.
- Restaurants generally stop serving food between 9PM and 10PM at the very latest during peak season.
- If vendors or guests are shipping freight boxes over on the ferry you should arrive about an hour before your boat.
- There are no Ubers on the island, taxis can be cash only.
If you liked getting to know this wedding venue, check out some of our other favorites on Block Island.