The two individuals of my latest wedding couple, Chelsea and Curtis, both grew up in other parts of the country. Rhode Island, however, is where their love story blossomed. This post is about their Federal Hill Providence engagement session, as well as tips for visiting other parts of the city.

A couple jumps and smiles during their Providence engagement session in Federal Hill with a blue door and graffiti in the background.

Info About Federal Hill Providence

A couple embraces during their Providence engagement session in Federal Hill.

Federal Hill is just west of downtown Providence. This is the capital city of Rhode Island, of course. Historically speaking, this neighborhood has Italian roots.

This part of the city is really great to photograph. It has a plethora of restaurants, the homes and buildings have lots of character, and there is art almost everywhere.

As compared to Narragansett or Newport Rhode Island (home to famous getaway location Castle Hill Inn), Providence is definitely a New England city. This is embodied by Federal Hill.

Exploring Federal Hill

I met up with Chelsea, Curtis, and their dog, Roxy. We started their engagement session in a residential part of the neighborhood.

Instantly, it was like we were old friends! (A good connection with your prospective wedding photographer is something I recommend highly in this post.)

Each year, I shoot one or two engagement sessions involving couples’ pets. If animals are important to you, then it’s a great idea to include them in your engagement photos!

We took our time walking around, pausing here and there to take photographs at Chelsea and Curtis’s favorite locations in the area. Federal Hill has a lot of awesome graffiti (we’re not talking just tags), adding to the character.

(Sadly, we didn’t have time to make it over to the famous DePasquale Square. Next time though.)

Tricycle Ice Cream

As a person who loves food, I find myself constantly encouraging couples to incorporate it into their engagement sessions with me (assuming food, dining, imbibing, etc. is important to them).

Sharing a meal, drink, or treat is a real relationship builder. With that said, my couple let me know that ice cream was an option: Tricycle Ice Cream is another place they love.

After trying one of their signature sandwiches, I could definitely see why this shop is one of the most popular in all of Rhode Island.

A couple poses together in front of cat graffiti during their Providence engagement session in Federal Hill.

In addition to Federal Hill, there are plenty of other options for your Providence engagement session. Here’s some quick info about some of the city’s other neighborhoods:

Fox Point

If engagement photos with water are your goal, this might be the best part of Providence to visit. This area is right on the Providence and Seekonk Rivers and is home to a really cool pedestrian bridge, the Michael S. Van Leesten Memorial Bridge.

South Elmwood

This part of the city is home to Roger Williams Park. This is actually a network of several awesome places to visit, including a great zoo. I’m looking forward to photographing Curtis and Chelsea’s wedding day, which will take place at the Botanical Center.

A couple stands together in the shade during their Providence engagement session in Federal Hill.

College Hill

Big on culture, here you’ll find The Providence Athaeneum, Brown University, and the RISD Museum. These are all great spots for engagement photos or just a date location. Certain parts of this neighborhood are hilly, giving you a good view of the Providence skyline.

Downtown Providence

The obvious powerhouse for Providence engagement sessions. This area is bustling, home to iconic locations like Graduate Providence and Providence Public Library, which are two great Rhode Island wedding venues.

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