Author Archives: J.Koteen Photography

19Oct

Family Session @ the farm

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Family Session @ Auer Farm

Last weekend we had the pleasure of photographing our besties, their kids, and the rest of the family.  We were super excited when they reached out to us for some photos.  They are like family for us, so it was an extra special session.  We had such a fun time capturing the kiddos running around and being silly.  The kids are adorable, little subjects, and the light was beautiful for some early fall photos.

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12Oct

Family Session @ Holcomb Farm

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Jen, Abe, and Matthew

Holcomb Farm

I can’t believe it has already been a year.  We were quite excited to see these three again.  Matthew is another year older and even more adorable than before.  He was such a great sport.  He hopped in the tall grass, ran through the fields, and giggled his way across the farm.  His infectious smile kept us laughing and snapping photos.  It is so much fun to watch kids grow from year to year and gain even more personality.

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10Oct

Family Session @ Auer Farm

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Family Session @ Auer Farm

The fall is a beautiful time of year for photos.  Most people love the colors of the leaves, but we love the light.  Each season has its own beauty, but nothing beats the evening glow of Autumn.  We had an incredible time capturing this family.  There were so much fun to work with, and they definitely came with their adventurous spirit.  We took them off the beaten path for a beautiful view of Heublein Tower.  The evening light and weather was just perfect for the photos.  The girls were such fun to photograph.  They jumped, danced, and giggle their way through the session.  They even taught us a new song!  We LOVE the photos

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3Oct

Family Session @ Westmoor Park

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September 2017

Family Session @ Westmoor Park

We met this family for the first time on Sunday at Westmoor Park.  From the moment we met, we loved them.  I am personally smitten with these children.  They are positively adorable and sweet.  I can’t stop smiling each time I look at their precious, little faces.  They were expressive and excited for the camera.  It was such a was a beautiful and warm evening at the park.  We took advantage of the sunlight and all the park had to offer.  We walked, ran, smiled, and laughed all throughout the park.  We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we do.  And we hope this is the first of many sessions to come with the awesome family.

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26Sep

Kelley & Laura–Engagement Session

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Kelley & Laura

White Memorial Park

Litchfield, CT

This summer Jake and I discovered White Memorial Park in Litchfield, CT.  We went on Thursdays for their summer race series and fell in love.  It is conservationist land with 40 miles of trails.  The first time we were there I decided that we MUST do an engagement session in the park.  I thought it would be magical.  I was not disappointed!

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15Sep

Deb & Todd–Wedding @ Wadsworth Mansion

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Deb & Todd

August 25, 2017

Wadsworth Mansion, Middletown, CT

 

Deb and Todd had a gorgeous afternoon for a lawn wedding at the Wadsworth Mansion.  The weather was perfect for their outdoor ceremony and al fresco dance floor.  It was truly a well-deserved day to remember.  We had such a great time with these two throughout the day.  They never stopped smiling.  They never stopped laughing.  And they never stopped enjoying each moment with each other.

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6Sep

Family Session @ The Beach

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We love when this family reaches out to us for their annual photo session.  Not only do they give me an opportunity to put my toes in the sand, but they are always prepared for fun photos and a swim in their clothes!  This kids are just too cute.  This year there was another new addition to the family.  The little cousins all have such a blast together.  This year they even did a dance party for us on the beach.  For us, it is so rewarding to see families year after year.  As usual we had a great time with everyone and really appreciate the beautiful evening on the beach.

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30Aug

Deb & Todd–Wedding Sneak Peek

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Wadsworth Mansion
Middletown, CT

Deb and Todd married this past weekend.  It was a beautiful afternoon and evening on the Mansion lawn. Guests were guests were treated to fantastic food from Billy Grant Catering and a fun evening of dancing outside.  Deb even surprised Todd with an amazing fireworks display.  This day was gorgeous and fun from start to finish.  We hope you enjoy the preview, and make sure to check back because there are many more photos to come!

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21Aug

Sarah & Jon–Inn at Mystic Wedding

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Inn At Mystic Wedding

July 29, 2017

Jake and I had such a fun time capturing this wedding.  Less than a year ago, we had the pleasure of photographing Sarah’s sister’s wedding.  We already knew how sweet Sarah, Jon, and her family were, so we were very excited for the day.  Jon’s family was equally warm and wonderful.  It was truly a day built around love for both of them.

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8Aug

Cheri & Matt–Wedding @ Geer Farm

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Cheri & Matt

July 22, 2017

The Overlook @ Geer Tree Farm

Cheri and Matt are two of the sweetest people we have met.  It was such and honor to spend their wedding day with them.  Jake and I had never been to the overlook before, and we loved it the moment we arrived.  We instantly understood why Cheri and Matt chose this location for their wedding.  Like them it is laid back, fun, a little quirky, and beautiful.  Geer Farm is a family run business.  The staff is friendly and full of heart.  They have paid attention to all the little details that make a day special.  And the land and the view is spectacular.  Matt and Cheri said they chose the venue because they loved looking out onto the sky.  We loved their choice.

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7Aug

Sarah & Jonathan–SNEAK PEEK@ The Inn at Mystic

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We had the privilege of photographing this gorgeous wedding last week.  The sky opened up and the sun came out just in time for the start of photos.  It was a beautiful afternoon and evening overlooking the Mystic shoreline.  We have been the inn many times, but we have never seen an evening so clear.  There are more photos to come, so don’t forget to check back to see more of this beautiful wedding.

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31Jul

Family Photos @ Home

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Braden is just the cutest baby ever.  The expressions just make me laugh and smile each time I look at the photos.  We had such a nice evening at the family home capturing everyone together now that they are a family of four.  Big sister Robin showed off her new balance beam skills and beaming smile.  The kids were truly a pleasure to capture.  Braden gave us the best smiles and everyone seemed to really enjoy their time together behind the camera.  We always love sessions at home where everyone can be relaxed and feel themselves.  It offers the perfect opportunity to capture real candid moments of joy, happiness, and the nature of being a family.  We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we do!

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26Jul

SNEAK PEEK–Wedding @ Geer Tree Farm

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Cheri & Matt

July 22, 2017

With Cheri and Matt the laughs never stop.  From the moment we arrived until the last photo, there were smiles and laughs all around.  It was such a pleasure to photograph this wedding.  We could not be more excited for these two.  Geer Tree Farm is a gorgeous venue with vast land and endless photo possibilities.  Here is a little preview of the wedding with many more to come soon.  Cheri and Matt, congrats!

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17Jul

Family Beach Session

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Jake and I headed to the beach for a gorgeous night along the Connecticut shore.  I love it when a photo shoot has me barefoot with my toes in the sand!  This family has their summertime get together at the family cottage; and we love when we get to be apart of the festivities.  Everyone was relaxed and sun kissed.  As usual we had a great time with everyone.

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14Jul

First Birthday Session

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Any parent will tell you that when it comes to kids, time flies.  A day can seem long, but a year will go by in a flash.  I cannot believe that this little girl turned one.  She is sweet, adorable, and happy.  She is a true second child moving along through life letting her presence be known and keeping her big brother on his toes.  When her big brother turned one, we did family photos in the park.  This was such a fun way to commemorate another first birthday.  We had a gorgeous morning and the roses were all in bloom.  It was the perfect day to play in the grass and celebrate a birthday.

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6Jul

Family Session–Backyard Party

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Every year the family has a party on Father’s Day.  This year they asked us to join the festivities with our cameras!  This was a year when father’s day had even more meaning as there were many new dads in attendance.Since last winter there have been 4 new additions to the family and one more coming in September!   Jake and I had the privilege of photographing a few weddings for the family, and now we get to watch it grow.   The first generation of cousins are all close in age and they are brining up the next generation the same way.  It is such a special and fun thing to see.  We have loved every family gathering we have been to, and we hope to see everyone at many more.

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16Jun

Family Photo Session

I cannot describe just how cute this little one is.  Mason just turned 1, so it was the perfect time to have some family photos.  He is happy, easy going, and incredibly sweet.  Like any typical one year old, he is curious and active.  He did necessarily want to sit still, but he was not shy with his smiles.  We had such a fun time at the park with the family.  It was great to reconnect with Jason and Allison.  We had not seen them since there wedding six years ago.  They recently returned to the east coast, and we were super excited when they reached out to us for photos.  It was such a pleasure to meet and photograph this little one.  We certainly hope it is the first of many sessions!

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8Jun

Family Session–Granby, CT

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Family Session

Granby, CT

Our Outdoor Studio

We have had TWO glorious days of sunshine, and it feels amazing.  I still can’t believe that it is June.  Most days this spring it seems like the rain will never end.  In fact at the start of this session, the rain was coming down outside.  Everyone was incredibly patient and decided to wait it out and let it pass.  Fortunately it was all worth the wait.  Once the rain stopped the sky opened and the sun was shining.  Once we let the kiddos outside they wanted to run around in the grass.  Not only is it hard to stay inside, but it has been difficult to be cooped up for weeks.  We had a fun time playing outside with everyone.  Enjoy of few photos from this session at our “outdoor studio” and enjoy the weather!

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1Jun

Portrait Session–Senior Portraits

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Nice weather seems so fleeting these days.  Spring has sprung with such little spring in its steps making it difficult to get outside and enjoy.  However we did managed to find a perfect evening for a portrait session.  Some people call dandelions weeds, but I call them happy pops of color in a gorgeous field.  We found such a beautiful area for photos and the light was amazing.  We hope you love this portrait session as much as we do!

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29Mar

Baby Dan!–Lifestyle Session

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Welcoming Baby Dan

At Home Session

This gorgeous family was on our blog this past summer.  However they had one less member at the time.  Daniel Jr. was in Sara’s tummy and Liliana was celebrating her second birthday.  It was nice to catch up with everyone again and to meet the newest addition.  We love these in home lifestyle photo shoots.  It helps the kiddos to feel relaxed and happy.  And it gives us a glimpse into life that we can document for families for years to come.  I know with our own kids, it is nice to have photos of our earliest interactions.  They grow so quickly.  To have each stage documented is such a blessing and a treat to look back on as the kids get older.

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11Jan

Colleen & Matt–Wedding @ Shuttle Meadow Country Club

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Colleen & Matt

December 30, 2016

Shuttle Meadow Country Club- Kensington, CT

Colleen and Matt kicked off the weekend of New Year’s celebrations with their evening wedding at Shuttle Meadow Country Club.  Colleen’s family has been a member of this private club since she was a little girl.  It was a second home to her, so it was a perfect place to celebrate this momentous occasion.  Family and friends, as well as Colleen and Matt, made the journey from all over the country for a winter wedding in New England.  While there wasn’t a snow covered ground, they day was complete with a brief snowfall.

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6Jan

Colleen & Matt–Wedding Sneak Peek

Although the winter is cold, and the time spent out side is brief, the light is truly amazing.  The gorgeous, soft light makes braving the cold well worth the results.  Here are a few photos from Colleen and Matt’s wedding last weekend.  They kicked off New Year’s weekend with a beautiful wedding at Shuttle Meadow Country Club.  Make sure to check back next week for the full blog post and more photos!

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12Dec

Family Session–Westmoor Park

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Family Session

Westmoor Park, West Hartford CT

Thanksgiving weekend is a time for family and celebration.  This was a big year for the family to celebrate.  Mom and Dad just had their 50th wedding anniversary!  This life’s tremendous milestone was cause for all the kids to come home from all over the country.  They came from Florida, Pennsylvania, and Hawaii to cook together, eat together, laugh together, and take photos together.  We were very honored to capture the family gathering for this funny, sweet family.  We especially love when the photos involve some fun props.  Despite the cold temps, we had a fun time walking around outside in the fresh air.

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9Dec

Family Photos–Westmoor Park

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Family Photo Session

Westmoor Park

 

What better way is there to celebrate a holiday weekend and work off all the yummy food than a family photo session.  Although it was a brisk day, the girls were great!  We headed into Weetmoor Park and got them running around so they would forget all about the chilly temps and just have fun.  it worked!  It wasn’t long until they were laughing, smiling, and tossing the jackets aside for some adorable photos. The combination of fall light and tall grass creates beautiful photos that make me smile.  I hope you enjoy smiling through these.

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16Nov

Courtney & Evan–Glastonbury Wedding

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Courtney & Evan

Ceremony:  Glastonbury Yacht Club, South Glastonbury

Tree Photos:  South Glastonbury

Reception: 2Hopewell Restaurant

 

We love every wedding that we photograph.  We always feel like we have made new friends, which makes the day special.   But this wedding came with a bit more history and was just a bit more special to photograph.  Evan and I grew up on the same street.  I went to Elementary school with some of the guests!  Courtney, Evan, and I grew up in Glastonbury and Courtney and I were in the same grade.  While we have not all seen each other for years, there is a shared past that gives us a forever connection.  Jake and Evan were the best of friends in high school.  All three of us went to private high school together.  There is so much shared history that we could not have been more excited when Courtney and Evan reached out to us to photograph their day.

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11Nov

Family Photo Session–White Plains, NY

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Dan, Courtney, and Sam

At Home Session–White Plains, NY

 

This was such a fun and special session for Jake and me.  We photographed Dan and Courtney’s wedding almost five years ago.  We love meeting the little ones of past couples.  It is so nice to visit with the couples who we watch begin married life together and see how life has grown.  Sam is such a cute, little boy.  He was a little shy to start, but thanks to Jake’s willingness to do anything to make a kid smile, he managed to break him out of his shell.  Sam was very happy to take out his little guitar and strum away for us.  I can’t get enough of that little face and those curls.  He has caught the music bug, and I hope it stays with him.  I certainly hope this was the first of many visits for us.  We can’t wait to see how Sam grows!

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7Nov

Liz’s Bat Mitzvah

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Last month Jake and I met Liz and her family to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah.  The family is just the sweetest.  It was so nice to see their bond and love for each other.  They laughed, hugged, and encouraged Liz through her rehearsal as she prepped for morning services.  The family are members of the reform synangogue, Temple Sinai, in Newington.  So we were able to be there for the morning excitement prior to services.

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2Nov

Fall Family Session

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Natural Learning Children’s Community School
Fall Mini Sessions

J.Koteen “Outdoor Studio”

 

Our two daughters attend NLCCS in Simsbury.  This spring we had the idea to offer mini sessions to families at school.  We thought it would be a great way to meet more families in the community.  It has been even better and more fun than we could have imagined!  As I mentioned in the last blog, we are really focused on creating an “outdoor studio” at our North Granby property.  This blog is another great example of how one location can look so very different.  Each session is unique despite all photos being taken at the “outdoor studio.”  It is an excellent demonstration of how light moves and changes throughout the day.  We work with the light that we are presented throughout the day, which keeps us moving to different locations.  In addition it always offers different and equally enjoyable results.  We hope all the families at school love these photos as much as we do.  We had a really awesome time seeing everyone and documenting your family.

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31Oct

Family Session–Granby, CT

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Family Session
J.Koteen Outdoor Studio

North Granby, CT

 

Here are a few photos from this fun mini session.  The family joined us on our property last week.  It was a sun filled morning and nice day for photos.  It has been so nice to use our property for sessions.  It is amazing how in the end each session always looks unique and different despite the same location.  We have grand plans for this “outdoor studio.”  We really appreciate everyone joining us for photos on site since we are seeing all the things we love about the land and the areas we want to expand upon it.  Thanks everyone for coming out and letting us take you photos.  We really enjoyed meeting everyone!

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26Oct

Family Session–Holcomb Farm

Family Session

Holcomb Farm
Granby, CT

 

This sweet family has found themselves on our blog again.  We love seeing families over and over.  Just like with our own kids, it is so rewarding to watch the little ones grow.  And we have been watching these two grow up over the last couple years.  I can’t believe that Jake has started first grade and Emilie is a spunky, talking,  two year old, girly girl.  As usual Jake got right into photo mode.  He smiled on command, and even hammed it up for the camera.  He is such a well spoken and polite boy.  I am sure Chistina and Kevin will be pleasantly surprised by all the smiling photos of Emi.  She was like any two year old at a session.  There were moments of unhappiness followed by endless smiles and giggles.  This is why we always love time during a session to let the kids run around and be themselves.  Family photos are sometimes difficult but candid photos always represent a child’s personality so well.  It is great to have the time to play around and catch those moments with the camera.

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23Oct

Family Photo Session

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Nodbrook Park
Avon, CT

 

We have met a lot of kids throughout the years.  Photographing families is my favorite part of our job.  As parents we know just how important it is to capture all the precious moments and stages of a kid’s life.  Even the stages that aren’t your favorite are nice to look back upon and realize that it passed by too quickly.  We tell parents all the time that any emotion or behavior during a session is ok with us since it is just capturing life’s real moments and fleeting stages.  And to be honest sometimes it is just too funny to catch not only a silly moment but moments of discontent.  Kids are cute no matter what they are doing.  HOWEVER this little man was amazing for us and the cameras.  He laughed.  He smiled.  He ran all around wanting to explore.  And most importantly, he loved to look at the camera on command.  He was the best!  It isn’t easy to for a two year old to be entertained, happy, and cooperative for a hour, but he did it.  It was such an amazing session with some amazing results.  Thanks everyone for a great time!

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22Oct

Family Photo Session–Avon, CT

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We headed out for a session in one of our favorite photo spots in Avon.  The weather kept us on our toes.  It seemed like the rain could come at any moment.  Instead the skies opened, and we had a mild fall evening to run around outside.  The kids enjoyed the open fields and the little bridge over the water.  There are endless things to capture a kid’s attention and keep them entertained.  It is all a matter of keeping up with their enthusiasm.  There is no shortage of cuteness with these three kids.  It was a great time running around capturing photos of these adorable kids.  Thanks for a fun session!

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21Oct

Courtney & Evan

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Courtney & Evan
October 9, 2016

Ceremony: Hartford Yacht Club, Glastonbury, CT

Photos: South Glastonbury

 

Here is a little preview of this fun, fall wedding.  These two braved the rain, the wind, and the cold to keep alive their wedding day vision.  Courtney arrived by boat.  They married outside under a beautiful tree overlooking the Connecticut River.  AND we took all their photos outside even with the rain coming down!  There are more to come, but in the meantime enjoy.

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17Oct

Elise & Sean–Wedding @ The Society Room

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Elise & Sean

September 24, 2016

Residence Inn Downtown Hartford

Bushnell Park

The Society Room

 

When Elise and Sean planned their wedding, they were hoping for outdoor photos, a great night time reception, and a day that was beginning to feel a little like fall.  They got all three things.  It was the first weekend in September that had a nice cool breeze, beautiful light in the park, and an early enough sunset to have a evening party downtown.  The Society Room was a perfect venue to capture that romantic and elegant vibe.

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12Oct

Family Photos–Westmoor Park

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David, Ashley, Theo, and August

 

We had a perfect evening for stroll and some photos in Westmoor Park.  The sun was close to setting, so we took a walk through the grass trails through the park.  Last time we did photos the whole family wasn’t with us.  David wasn’t at the session and Auggie was still in Ashley’s belly.  This time we got the whole family together for a fun time in the park.  Theo was his usual adorable self.  He knows how to turn on the charm for the camera.  August was incredibly alert for a baby only a couple months old.  Not that you can’t tell in person these two cuties are brothers, but you can really see the resemblance in photos.  Both boys were a delight to photograph.  We can’t wait to watch how they grow and change.  David and Ashley congrats on your beautiful and expanding family!

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3Oct

Emily & Nick–Society Room Wedding

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Emily & Nick

September 17, 2016

Elizabeth Park & Society Room

Jake and I were so honored to have been a part of this day.  Although the day leading up to the wedding was a bit stressful for these two, it made the day more enjoyable.  I was so impressed with how relaxed Emily and Nick were from beginning to end.  From the moment the church doors opened and they locked eyes, they stayed focused on each other for the day.  There were so many moments throughout the whole day that we caught these two admiring each other truly caught up in their love.

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27Sep

Elise & Sean–Wedding Preview

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Elise & Sean
September 24, 2016
Society Room

Saturday was beautiful and fall was officially in the air. It was a gorgeous afternoon to spend in downtown Hartford. Bushnell Park was bright and beautiful for photos and The Society Room looked gorgeous. This could not have be more warm and fun. It was a pleasure to spend the day following them with our cameras. Sean and Elise had a gorgeous celebration with so much more to come. In the meantime enjoy the preview!

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21Sep

Emily & Nick–Wedding Preview

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Emily & Nick
September 17, 2016

Ceremony: Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, West Hartford, CT

Photos: Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, CT

Reception: The Society Room, Downtown Hartford, CT

 

There are so many wonderful things to say about last Saturday’s wedding especially starting with how amazing  and easy  it was to photograph this couple.  However I will leave it all for the full blog coming soon.  The lead up to the wedding might have had a bit of craziness and bad luck, but the day could not have been more perfect.  It was the true calm and beauty after the storm.  Here are just a few photos from the day, so make sure to check back for more!

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13Sep

Cadence & Jared–Cranberry Pond Wedding

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Cadence & Jared

Cranberry Pond Wedding

Private Residence and Private Clubhouse

Cadence and Jared’s wedding in the woods was unforgettable.  The details were gorgeous and the setting was special and picturesque.  After a year of planning, preparing, and an incredible amount of work done by her parents, the day was perfect.  We could not have been more excited for the day or more honored to have been apart of such a beautiful wedding.

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7Sep

Granby Family Session

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Family Session

Granby, CT

J.Koteen Outdoor Studio

Matt, Kim, Naomi, and Ben are not just clients, they are long time friends.  We went to high school with Matt and Kim and now we are watching our kids play together.  So we couldn’t have been more excited to take some photos of their family.  The kiddos are adorable, and they both did such a great job behind the camera.

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29Aug

Family Photos At The Beach

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Family Photo Session

Westbrook, CT

 

I can’t believe that summer is coming to a close.  As usual it went by in a flash. Although we have been lucky with a sunshine filled summer for plenty of activity, it just never seems like enough time.  Jake and I headed to Westbrook to take some family photos on the beach.  It was the first time we stepped in the ocean all summer.  It was a glorious night along the CT shore with perfect weather.   It was so nice that, clothes and all, the family decided to get in the water for some photos and fun.  We love a little adventure and spontaneity in a photo shoot.  And we could not have asked for better light to finish off the day.  It was wonderful to see the whole family again.  We have been apart of a wedding and first year photos.  We certainly hope this just one of many family photo sessions to come.

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22Aug

Liliana

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Earle Park
Audobon Society
Glastonbury, CT

Jake and I were elated when Sara and Dan contacted us for some family photos.  Jake photographed their wedding 6 years ago, so we were excited to catch up and meet their little girl.  I was even more excited to learn that they moved back to the area to my hometown of Glastonbury.  It is truly one of my favorite areas of CT with so much to offer and so many pretty places.

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1Aug

A Growing Family–Simsbury Photo Session

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A little over a week ago we had the pleasure of meeting this growing family and group of adorable children.  We were out in Simsbury again for another family session.  We headed to one of our favorite locations.  It was a sunny, summer day that was perfect for capturing photos.  The weather was hot but there was plenty of shade to keep us cool.  The kids brought their favorite toys to keep them entertained for the session.  The grandparents even came by for a couple photos with the grandkids.  I absolutely love all the little expressions we captured from all the kids.  It is the most fun when you can see kids showing their true personalities and funny faces.  We know just how fleeting these moments in life are, so it is so wonderful to see them frozen forever.  Some of the photos have made me laugh out loud with their cuteness.  We hope you enjoy checking out the session.

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27Jul

Michelle & Kevin–Wedding At Lost Acres Vineyard

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This was a fun wedding for us to photograph.  A couple months ago, we didn’t know Michelle or Kevin, and now it feels like we have known them forever.  We have such interesting connections to each other, so it made it special to be a part of the day.  In fact they only live a couple houses down from us. They are warm and welcoming people.  So it was no surprise that so many people came out on a Thursday night to celebrate their love and union.

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25Jul

Henna’s Arrival–Family Session At Home

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Photos At Home
West Hartford, CT

Newborn & Family Session

We have truly enjoyed documenting this family over the past year.  It seems like yesterday that  we were photographing Arin for his 1st birthday.  He was just learning to take a few steps.  Now he is an attentive big brother.  We were thrilled to meet Henna.  She is a beautiful, sweet baby girl and a wonderful addition to the family.  Her temperament was perfect.  She gave us time to get some sleepy photos, yet she made sure to pop open her big brown eyes for a few photos as well.  We loved meeting her.  I can’t wait to see Henna and Arin continue to change and grow over the next few months and years.  Each phase with children is so fleeting that it is always nice to be able to capture each step along the way.  It has been such a pleasure to watch this family grow.

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20Jul

Katie & Andrew–Wedding at Riverview

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Katie & Andrew

July 9, 2016

Riverview, Simsbury, CT

 

Katie and Andrew traveled back east to celebrate their wedding near Katie’s hometown.  They had friends and family from all over the country and world fly in to celebrate the big occasion.  Even their two dogs made the journey to walk down the aisle.   Guests were treated to a beautiful afternoon along the Farmington River as well as a weekend full of festivities.  In the midst of the oppressive Northeast summer heat, Katie and Andrew were blessed with a summer day of reprieve.  The July afternoon was a pleasant temperature for their tented ceremony.  The crazy weather that threatened the day held out until the reception and left as quickly as it arrived.  I would guess that most guests were too busy enjoying their fun on the dance floor to have even noticed!

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13Jul

Family Session–Simsbury, CT

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Last Sunday this sweet family decided to brave the funny weather and meet us for a photo shoot.  It was a day of rain with pockets of sunshine.  Just as they were meeting us the raindrops started to fall.  They were good sports walking through the grass being shelter by umbrella.  However just as we came to the clearing the rain stopped, and they were able to toss the umbrellas to the side for a few photos before it started again.  The kids were super cute and cooperative with the camera.  We are very happy everything worked out for some great family photos.

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12Jul

Nina & Joe–Greenwich, CT Wedding

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Nina & Joe

Pre Wedding:  Hyatt Regency

Ceremony:  Saint Mary Church

Formal Photos:  Roger Sherman Baldwin Park

Reception:  Gabriele’s Restaurant

 

Nina and Joe were married on a warm sunshine day in June.  They two are gorgeous people both inside and out.  They joy was all over their faces; and the camera loved them both!  Jake and I had an incredible day documenting this marriage and witnessing the love between each other and their families.

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1Jul

Celebrating 40!–Private Party in Oxford, CT

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Jake and I headed back to Oxford, CT last weekend for an amazing backyard party.  Instead of hiding from this milestone birthday, Sandra put on a party dress and invited over her closest friends and family!  I couldn’t be more in awe of her attitude, her handwork, and her amazing details for the day.  Everything was beautifully put together in her signature vintage, rustic  style.  Her mom came in from Puerto Rico and set out an amazing spread of homemade food.  Her husband, Jason helped bring her vision to light with his DIY building magic and hands on help throughout the day.  All the kids, little and big, enjoyed a clever soda making stand.  Just the “big kids” enjoyed their own version of make your own drinks with a mimosas table.  I can attest to the fact that they were fantastic mimosas!  It was wonderful to see the whole family again.  We were excited to celebrate with Sandra, and commemorate the day with lots of family photos, party candids, and some gorgeous portraits of Sandra.  I think everyone should take a page out of her book and embrace each birthday with light hearted fun, lots of photos, and some great drinks!

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27Jun

Celebrating 15 years!–Family Session in Granby, CT

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Granby Family Session

J.Koteen Outdoor Studio

Last week was Elana and Scott’s 15 year anniversary.  They decided to celebrate by spending a little time with us!  The family made the drive out to Granby in time to catch the nicest light of the day.  It was a fun session full of laughs, a few bugs, and beautiful photos.  It was a pleasure to meet the family.  I hope Jake and I provided enough entertainment to help commemorate this momentous day.  Happy anniversary to the both of you!

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24Jun

“Dress for the Sess”

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Hello Summer, it is so nice to see you!!

With the warmer weather and longer days, it is the perfect time to think about family photos and engagement sessions. The most frequently asked question I receive is “what should we wear?” This is an important question with an answer to which I will give a lengthy response, share my opinion, and give some examples. Taking this advice for your session does require some effort. Viewing your photos and deciding that you didn’t wear the appropriate clothes will instantly change your feelings on your photography session. Those photos will likely end up stored and forgotten. Therefore, you will be happy you put the time into outfitting yourself, your partner, and your family.

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15Jun

Nina & Joe SNEAK PEEK–Wedding In Greenwich, CT

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Nina & Joe

This stunning couple was married this past Saturday.  They are beautiful inside and out, and we couldn’t be more thankful that we were able to capture this momentous day.  It was a perfect afternoon on the Southern, CT shore.  There is much more to come soon, but in the meantime enjoy the preview!

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14Jun

Family Celebration–Beth Sholom B’nai Israel

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Beth Sholom B’nai Israel
Manchester, CT

Hebrew Healthcare

West Hartford, CT

 

We had a fun weekend with this family.  Friday we headed over to the synagogue to take a few photos of Rabbi Plavin to document his retirement.  His family flew in from all over to celebrate his life’s work and the end of a long career at the temple.  The synagogue has beautiful grounds and it was a beautiful evening for photographs.  On Sunday we met up with another side to the family at the Hebrew Home.  We went there to photograph four generations of family from Great Grandma to the newest addition of a grand daughter to a family full of boys.  All weekend everyone was welcoming and fun to photograph.  We really enjoyed meeting everyone, and we hope you enjoy the photos.

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6Jun

Mini Sessions–Granby, CT Private Land

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Granby, CT

Mini Sessions

J.Koteen Outdoor Studio

 

Last summer we bought a new home out in the country.  It is a bit farther out than we had originally set out to be.  However with each season that passes we love the country more and more.  Now that spring is in full bloom, we decided that home would be a great place to hold mini session.  Our girls have been attending school in Simsbury for a couple years.  We love the school community and really enjoy all of the families we meet.  We thought it would be nice to have a day of mini sessions just for families at school.  Here are a few photos from the day.  We had such a great time capturing the kids and learning to love our land even more.  Hopefully there will be many more mini sessions to come.

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24May

Cousins–At Elizabeth Park

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Family Photo Session

Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, CT

We had an awesome evening session last week in the park.  The three kids were funny, excited, energetic,  and a blast to photograph.  Claire and Beckett are three and a half year old twins.  There little cousin, Theo, is just shy of two.  They are all at such adorable ages to capture with the camera.  The kids played well with each other and encouraged each other to smile big and play for the camera.  They all did a great job together.  We even got the moms and Grandma to jump into a few photos.  This session was done so their Mimi (Grandma) could have some nice photos of her grandchildren for her home.  Sadly she lives a plane ride away, but hopefully these photos will keep her smiling on a daily basis.  I can’t seem to pick a favorite since I love so many of them.  Thanks everyone for such a fun evening in the park.

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23May

At Home with Vijay, Supriya, and Arin

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Vijay, Supriya, and Arin

At Home In West Hartford.

 

Preparing for a new arrival!

It seems like just yesterday that we were photographing Arin for his first birthday.  Now this little man is soon to turn two and preparing to become a big brother!  The newest addition with join the family in about a month.  So we headed over to get a few photos maternity photos of Supriya and document the last time they are a family of four (dog included).

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26Apr

Jacob’s 1st Birthday

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Jacob’s First Birthday

Southford Falls, Oxford, CT

 

Jacob made his blog debut a year ago as a newborn.  It is amazing how quickly a year can go by and how much a little one grows.  We were excited to see the family and document Jacob as he exits his baby life to his toddler stage.  He is such a sweet and happy little boy.  We could see how much love mom and dad have for him and vice versa.  He smiled and clapped and practiced his walking and standing.  I have no doubt this little man will be cruising all around soon.

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2Mar

Megan & Jeff–The PROPOSAL at Enders Falls

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Megan & Jeff

Proposal at Enders Falls

Granby, CT

 

I have been excited about posting this blog for quite some time.  Our friend Jeff of JF3 Productions, gave us a call and asked if we would photograph his proposal.  We were immediately excited about the idea.  He also happened to pick a location that is just down the street from our house, so it could not have been better.  Sadly for Jeff, he woke up to a cold, fall day filled with rain, which was sandwiched between weeks of gorgeous warm weather.  I sent him a message asking if we were still a go.  The date was engraved into the ring, so he gave me the thumbs up, and off we all went to the falls.

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24Feb

A Day In The Life–Our Family Photo Album

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People say to us all the time, “you must have the most amazing photos of your children.”  the truth is that while we do have some photos we love, we are constantly challenged by our girls.  They are the toughest subjects we have ever had!  We love family sessions and taking photos of children.  They are sessions we can’t wait to get to and have a hard time when it comes to editing.  Every moment captured of a child is such a precious moment.  When we are in a session the camera is always clicking so we can catch those fleeting moments.

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15Feb

Gabriela’s Newborn Photos

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Sweet, adorable Gabriela is my pseudo niece.  Her mama is my “sista from another mista,” my bestie of almost 30 years!  Jake and I were very excited to spend some of our Valentines Day photographing our favorite new family.  Gabby was quite excited for her camera debut.  She wasn’t about to sleep through all the fun.  We got bright eyed photos to go along with the sweet baby smile Jake was able to catch.  We are so excited for Karen and Dave as they embark on their parenting journey.  Welcome to the club!

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18Nov

Lisette…a year later!

We met Lisette, Kylene, and Jim a little over a year ago.  We took photos of Lisette to commemorate her first birthday.  We love getting to see families again and again and to watch kids grow.  Lisette was even cuter than before.  She gave us a tour of her back yard and some of her favorite things, and Owl, her most treasured posession.  We even got to meet Jefe the dog.  Their backyard provided so much fun that we got a good sampling of Lisette’s favorite activities.  She showed us her driving skills in her Barbie Jeep, swung high on the swings, and took turn with Dad on the slide.  We had a fun time with the family, and we can’t wait to do it again soon!

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26Oct

Danielle and Tony–Great Neck Country Club Wedding

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Danielle and Tony
October 16, 2015

 

Danielle and Tony had a gorgeous, autumn day for their wedding.  We met Danielle at her aunt’s beach house in Groton Long Point.  The ladies were there getting ready, and we were able to use the beach for some photos.  After we headed over to the country club to meet up with Tony and the guys.  Danielle and Tony kept the day traditional and waited until their ceremony to see each other.  They both looked awesome.  Neither of them could hide their emotions the first moment their eyes locked with each other.  No matter when it is during the day, I always love the moment a bride and groom see each other for the first time.  Danielle and Tony’s moment was a particularly candid and sweet one.

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19Oct

Ellen & Dominic–Avon Old Farms Hotel Wedding

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Ellen & Dominic
October 11, 2015

Jake and I had a great week with Ellen and Dominic.  First we met them for a beautiful afternoon stroll in Boston on Tuesday, and then we were photographing their wedding on an equally gorgeous day that Sunday.  Fall was just making its debut in our area.  The day was sunny, warm, and perfect for a wedding.  Dominic and Ellen opted for a first look, so Jake and I took them to a trail near the hotel for their first meeting and some photos of just the two of them.  Then we headed back to the hotel for family photos and bridal party photos.  The area behind the hotel is a great location for outdoors photos as well as an outdoor ceremony.

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12Oct

Wickham Park Family Photos

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Mike, Michelle, Olivia, and Tyler
Wickham Park, Manchester, CT

We had such a great time getting together with Mike and Michelle and their kids.  We were a part of their wedding a couple years ago, so we were quite excited to meet the whole family.  Olivia and Tyler are adorable.  Olivia was made for the camera.  She walked around the park following all the directions and smiling beautifully for the camera.  We found it only fair to reward her with a little time on the playground at the end of the session.  Tyler did great as well.  It isn’t easy at the age of one to stay focused and still for the camera.  These two kids are just adorable.  We can’t wait for the next session!

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9Oct

Family Fun At Home

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Revisiting families is always the best part of this job.  We love seeing the kids grow and getting the opportunity to document their stages along the way.  We were back at the family house last week to commemorate the start of the school year for Madeline and Ben.  The whole family joined for the occasion.  The grandmas were there for a visit and the family dog made his first camera debut.  Believe or not this large and gorgeous dog is still just a baby.  Jake had fun playing the trampoline, and I had a great time running through the yard.  For us it is always part photography and part play session.  It is a good thing we are still just big kids.

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7Oct

Sandra and Jason–Anniversary Photos

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Sandra & Jason

Anniversary Shoot

 

This happy couple just celebrated their one year anniversary.  We were excited to see them and hear about life a year after the wedding.  These two have blended their families and have five children between them.  So there is never a dull or idle moment in life.  They wanted to take some time to do something that was 100% just about the two of them.  They decided to get back into their wedding attire and take some more beautiful photos of just the two of them without any distractions.  We had a great time revisiting this gorgeous, happy couple.  Happy one year anniversary, we wish you many more happy anniversaries to come!

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28Sep

Sandy & Ted–Inn At Mystic Wedding

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Sandy & Ted

September 12, 2015

Inn At Mystic

 

Ted and Sandy enjoy the beach and the coast, however they are typically enjoying the west coast since it is where they live.  Sandy is from CT, so they wanted to pick a venue back east and they wanted a New England shoreline feel.  The ocean was still incorporated yet the day had a truly East Coast feel and flair.  The Inn at Mystic was a perfect location to host a party for bi coastal guests.  The venue is beautiful.  The day was gorgeous so everyone was able experience the beautiful view on top of the hill.  And the day was complete with a classic Northeast menu of clam chowder and lobster.  Sandy and Ted had a beautiful and memorable wedding shared with family and friends.

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16Sep

Sophia’s First Birthday–Elizabeth Park

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Sophia’s First Birthday

Elizabeth Park, Hartford, CT

Sophia turned one yesterday!  Jake and I had the privilege of spending time with this adorable little one on her birthday.  We laughed and played throughout Elizabeth Park.  It was a sunshine filled day perfect for being outdoors.  If I didn’t already have my hands full with two small children at home, I would have scooped up Sophia and run away with her when Mom and Dad weren’t looking.  She is the cutest!  She giggled for us and put on a show.  She practiced her standing and walking and loved being behind the camera.  She was an absolute blast to photograph.  We were so honored to have been a part of her first birthday celebrations.

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15Sep

Laura & Tyler–Saybrook Point Inn Wedding

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Labor Day weekend was a gorgeous weekend in CT to be at the shoreline.  It was the perfect place for Laura and Tyler to host their weekend festivities.  Not only did they give their guests a mini tour of the surrounding area complete with the New England lobster experience, but they also provided them with an incredible view during their wedding.  They could not have dreamed a better weekend of weather to tie the knot.

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26Aug

We’re Featured!

At a wedding a few weeks back, Jake and I met a lovely writer for the Hartford Courant.  We spoke with her briefly about working as a husband and wife team, raising our two girls ages 2 1/2 and 11 months, and still being able to have fun with each other day in and day out.  While we don’t always think that our life is an interesting love story , Mary Ann thought differently.  She asked to interview us in greater length, and we agreed.  This past Sunday, you could read our love story in the Hartford Courant.  We learn so much about our clients as weddings and family shoots, so we thought it would be nice for us to share a little bit about us with all of you!  Thank you to all of you who keep checking back with us, keep sharing your stories, and continue to allow us to capture a moment in time with your family.  We hope you enjoy learning a little bit about us as we look forward to meeting an learning about new families and couples in the upcoming years.

 

http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-love-story-jessica-jake-koteen-0823-20150823-story.html

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26Aug

Arin Is One!–Family Photos In Elizabeth Park

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On Monday Arin turned one!  It was a big milestone for this very adored son, grandson, and nephew, so we documented it with some  photos of this handsome little man.  His grandparents came from India and Texas for the big occasion, and his Aunt and Uncle made the journey to CT as well.  Arin was in great spirits and did excellent cooperating for the camera.  It is hard work to stay focused, energetic, and excited when you are only one, but he did a great job.  The park is always a great spot for kids to explore and have some fun.  It was another great session for us in the beautiful Hartford park.

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25Aug

Family Photos At Elizabeth Park

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Kevin, Christina, Jake, and Emilie

Elizabeth Park

September 18, 2015

 

This sweet family made their blog debut exactly a year ago.  We met them for the first time to take newborn photos of their daughter Emilie.  Now she is a spunky one year old working on her walking!  As usual we had a great time with their son Jake.  He is a kind and energetic kid who is gearing up to start Kindergarten.  He is imaginative, polite, and a pleasure to photograph.  Jake and I were very excited when they contacted us to do another photo session this year.  We headed to Elizabeth Park for a nice park tour and some fun photos.  Enjoy!

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19Aug

Margaret and Nick–Hillstead Museum Wedding

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Margaret and Nick
August 8, 2015
Hillstead Museum, Farmington, CT

Jake and I had the pleasure of documenting Margaret and Nick’s wedding a little over a week ago.  This was a particularly fun wedding for Jake to be a part of since Margaret and Jake grew up directly next door to each other!  We were so honored to have been included in this spectacular day.  And the day itself could not have been more perfect.  This gorgeous wedding was on the grounds of the Hillstead Museum.  The Farmington Valley countryside offered an incredible backdrop to the event.  This August day had the perfect weather for the perfect afternoon.

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9Jul

Stephanie & Steve–Branford House Wedding

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Stephanie & Steve

May 31, 2015

Branford House

Avery Point, Groton, CT

 

Stephanie and Steve had a gorgeous afternoon for a wedding on the CT shore.  The lawn of the Branford House was the perfect setting for a Memorial Day Weekend wedding especially one complete with corn hole and frisbee games.  Out in front of the venue the food trucks served guests lobster rolls and brick oven pizzas for lunch and s’mores for an afternoon treat.  It was such a fun and relaxed day for a couple just the same.

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2Jul

Elif & Andrew–Westport Country Playhouse Wedding

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Elif & Andrew

May 30, 2015
Westport Country Playhouse

 

Elif and Andrew wanted a laid back wedding that was unique and special just to them.  They got exactly what they set out to accomplish.  They were the first ever wedding held at Westport Country Playhouse.  It was a  different venue with a lot of history for this couple.  We had a great time meeting both of them and their families.  We instantly felt like we had known them forever.  They are such warm and friendly people.  Months of handwork, DIY projects, and planning from 3000 miles way paid off with a lovely wedding and great weather.

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2Jul

Elif & Andrew–Westport Country Playhouse Wedding

Elif & Andrew
May 30, 2015
Westport Country Playhouse

 

Elif and Andrew wanted a laid back wedding that was unique and special just to them.  They got exactly what they set out to accomplish.  They were the first ever wedding held at Westport Country Playhouse.  It was a  different venue with a lot of history for this couple.  We had a great time meeting both of them and their families.  We instantly felt like we had known them forever.  They are such warm and friendly people.  Months of handwork, DIY projects, and planning from 3000 miles way paid off with a lovely wedding and great weather.

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17Jun

Kat & Matt–Wedding at Priam Vineyards

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Kat & Matt
May 16, 2015
Priam Vineyard
Colchester, CT

 

Kat and Matt had a gorgeous wedding at Priam Vineyards.  Jake and I had never photographed a wedding at the venue before.  However after spending the afternoon on the grounds, we certainly hope this will not be our last.  The vineyard has done an amazing job of using the land and adding great touches for a tented event.  It is complete with an outdoor fire pit, gazebo, and sitting area for warm summer nights.  The tent is beautifully situated on the grounds, and the owner is a hands on passionate man who loves good wine, good people, and a good party.  We were very excited to have been a part of the day.

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6Jun

Stephanie & Steve–SNEAK PEEK

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SNEAK PEEK

Stephanie & Steve

May 31, 2015

The Branford House

Avery Point, Groton, CT

 

Here are a couple photos from last Sunday’s wedding.  It was such an honor to be a part of this day.  It is evident to anyone around these two that they are meant to be with each other.  They couldn’t hide their excitement and joy from the moment their eyes locked at their ceremony to the last minute of their wedding.  We have heard from friends and family that this love for each other looks the same every other day as well.  It was a fun afternoon along the CT coast complete with food trucks and lawn games.  Make sure to check back for more details and photos of this fantastic wedding.

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4Jun

SNEAK PEEK–Elif & Andrew

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Elif & Andrew

May 30, 2015

Westport Country Playhouse

 

This past Saturday we headed down to Westport, CT to photograph the first wedding ever held at the Country Playhouse.  It was a beautiful day along the shore and a fun and unique wedding.  This couple met at the playhouse, so it was quite fitting to use the grounds for their wedding.  There were so many fun and personal touches to the day.  Make sure to check back for more soon.  In the meantime, enjoy the preview.  The first couple photos are my favorite since they were capture directly after the ceremony when they thought no one was watching.  It was such a sweet and genuine moment that perfectly conveyed their feelings on this beautiful day.

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2Jun

Barbara & Tom–Norwalk Aquarium Wedding

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Barbara and Tom
May 9, 2015
Norwalk Aquarium, Norwalk, CT

 

Barbara and Tom had a beautiful spring day for a wedding.  This past winter seemed endless, and the last time we saw these two we were walking through deep snow snapping their engagement photos.  Finally the trees were in bloom and the weather warmed for an amazing wedding day.  The aquarium in Norwalk is a fun and different venue.  The building sits right by the water and has a great New England feel.  Inside guests are entertained by the fish, turtles, and sharks in the tanks during cocktail hour and joined by the seals during dinner.  The live entertainment always adds an extra element of fun as well as provides a great topic for conversation.  The guests were delightfully surprised by the aquarium transformation into a wedding venue.

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1Jun

Molly–First Photos For Her First Birthday!

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May 24, 2015

Northwest Park, Windsor, CT

 

We headed out memorial day weekend for our favorite kind of photo shoot, a kid shoot!  We caught up with Colleen and Jason, who are the proud parents of 1 year old Molly.  Jake and I had the privilege of photographing their wedding a couple years ago.  So we were very excited to meet their little girl.  Molly is adorable.  After a little while, she forgot all about being shy with us and started enjoying playing for the camera.  We had a gorgeous day for the park.  We took a tour around to see the animals, play in the grass, and enjoy the playground.  Molly practiced walking and took a turn at feeding the sheep.  It was a fun session with a sweet family.  Molly was a delight to meet and photograph and super cute!  We hope to see everyone again soon.

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21May

SNEAK PEEK–Kat & Matt Wedding At Priam Vineyards

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Kat and Matt

May 16, 2015

Priam Vineyard, Colchester, CT

 

Jake and I had never photographed a wedding at Priam Vineyards before.  When we arrived, we instantly loved the venue.  We had been anticipating this day for quite some time, and we couldn’t wait to see Kat and Matt again.  We had such a great time with both of them at their engagement shoot.  They are a great couple, and we new that it would be a fun day documenting the wedding.  They were very excited about the vineyard, the grounds, and the wine, which in turn got us excited about checking it all out.  Right away we understood.  I can’t wait to show more photos from the day soon, but in the meantime enjoy the preview!

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20May

Family Photos At Elizabeth Park

Liana, Natalie, and Lindsay

Elizabeth Park

May 12, 2015

 

The weather is finally warm and the trees and flowers are in bloom.  It is the perfect time to get outside for photos.  Liana wanted some nice photos of her with her daughters.  As usual Elizabeth park was a great location for lots of color and different natural backgrounds.  We always find it fun to shoot in the park since each time is always different.  Different flowers are in bloom and different areas of the park offer more for photos at different times.  We are constantly finding new and interesting places for photos.  The ladies were fun and willing subjects.  They followed us around the park having fun as we snapped away.  They joked and laughed among themselves as we documented all the little moments.  We had a great time with the ladies, marshmallow included!  They were fun subjects, and it was a pleasure to spend time with all of them.  We hope they all had as much fun behind the camera as we had taking the photos.

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19May

Baby Jacob–First Photos At Home

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Baby Jacob

Newborn Photos

May 12, 2015

 

Last week we had the privilege of documenting sweet baby Jacob who was less than two weeks old.  We had photographed his mom and dad’s wedding a few years back.  So we were thrilled when they reached out to us to document their new baby boy.  It is always nice to see life after the wedding day!  Jacob is beautiful.  He was such a great baby to photographed.  He slept, opened his big beautiful eyes, and even gave a few smiles for the camera.  Mom and Dad are clearly smitten and with good reason.  It was such a joy to meet the little one and see the whole family again.  We hope to see them again in the future and track how much Jacob has grown.  It is always a rewarding afternoon spending time with new parents and newborns.

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14May

SNEAK PEEK–Barbara & Tom Wedding at Norwalk Aquarium

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Here is a little preview of this past weekend’s beautiful, spring wedding.  The flowers and trees were finally in bloom as Barbara and Tom shared their first look just outside the aquarium.  It was a great wedding and there is much more to come.  In the meantime enjoy the teaser.

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5Mar

Barbara and Tom–Cranbury Park Engagement Shoot

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Barbara and Tom

Engagement Photos

Cranbury Park, Norwalk, CT

 

Jake and I really want to thank Barbara and Tom for braving the cold and getting us out in the snow for some photos.  Last weekend we took advantage of what seemed like a warm day.  The temp reached the 30s, which almost felt spring like in comparison to recent frigid temperatures.  When we planned the photo shoot weeks ago, we could not have asked for a better day.   It was awesome to get out of the indoors, trudge through the snow, and actually enjoy the winter.  I feel like I have been cooped up inside waiting for a good reason to force me out and into the fresh air.  This was the perfect activity to get us all out and breathing the outside air.  None of us had been to Cranbury Park before, so we weren’t quite sure what to expect for a park in the winter.  There is a beautiful old mansion on the property, which we had assumed we might use for some photos.  We didn’t realize that Cranbury Park actually has a frisbee golf course.  Believe it or not, last Saturday there was a tournament for charity!  They, too, were braving the snow and ice and occupying the mansion.  So instead, we headed out on the extensive trails throughout the park.  The landscape provided us with a beautiful winter wonderland.  Barbara and Tom were fun and easy going subjects who were willing to take on any suggestion we had.  This included walking through deep snow, sitting on the wet cold ground, and yes, even lying in it all for the sake of a fun photo.  Each time we get out for a winter engagement session we remember just how much fun they are to do.  It is always nice to have something fun and different to look forward to during the long, long northeast winter.  Here are a few photos from our session.  I can’t wait to get back to the park in the spring and maybe even try a new frisbee golf course!

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10Feb

Alec’s Bar Mitzvah–Rentschler Field

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Rentschler Field

This is our second Mitvah with Alec and his family. Two years ago we had the pleasure of photographing Alec’s brother, Evan’s big day. Both times the parties did not disappoint us or the guests. Yet again it was an incredible evening impeccably planned by Staci, Alec’s mom. Both events were held in unique sports venues befitting of a Bar Mitzvah celebration.

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30Dec

Lilli’s Bat Mitzvah–Farmington Gardens

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Lilli’s Bat Mitzvah
December 20, 2014
Farmington Gardens

Jake and I joined Lilli and her family for a fun filled night at the Farmington Gardens. Lilli was celebrating her 13th birthday (a little bit early) and her Jewish coming of age with family and friends. Jake and I were at synagogue during services. We were able to hear her at reading and she did amazing. This was a well deserved night of dancing and games as a reward to the months of hard work. Boppers Events did a great job as usual of getting people out of the seats and on the dance floor. The details were a great complement to the night and a special girl. The party was a fantastic way to spend a chilly winter night. Lilli is a sweetie, and we were very honored to capture the memories for her and her family.

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20Nov

Alessandra–Newborn Photos At Home

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Her First Photo Session!
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Here are more adorable photos to this new little life. We had a great time documenting Alessandra in her adorable room. She was an amazing subject. She was well behaved and happy behind the camera. We could already see how sweet this little girl is going to be. Hopefully she will be a great friend to our daughter since the girls are just a few days apart. We wish this family all the best. We can’t wait to see Alessandra as she continues to grow. It is incredible how quickly babies change. We were honored to have captured this special moment in time.

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19Nov

Sarah & Matt–Lake Of Isles Wedding

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Sarah & Matt
October 18, 2014
Lake Of Isles

Sarah and Matt were married during the height of our foliage season. The October colors were beautiful for this wedding. The attire for everyone looked fantastic as well as Sarah’s details. It was a perfect compliment to all that mother nature added to the day. The afternoon was perfect for a fall wedding.
Lake of Isles is a great venue for people to come and celebrate. It is directly across from Foxwoods Casino and hotels. The hotel on the property is great. We had fun with both the men and ladies before the ceremony. After a few getting ready photos, we all headed over to New London to get these two hitched. St. Mary Star of the Sea is a beautiful and large church. The Reverend always has a great service, and Sarah and Matt’s wedding was no exception.
After the ceremony, we headed to a small little park on the way to the venue. It was a cute little spot along the way for photos. It was a perfect place to take advantage of some of the foliage before heading to the reception on the golf course.
It has been said that rain on your wedding day is good luck. I think this is exactly what we were all saying when we got stuck in the pouring rain. We headed out in golf carts with the newlyweds for some photos. The clouds rolled in and the rain came down hard. However these two were troopers. The rain went as quickly as it came and we were able to stay out on the course for some gorgeous photos. This was a day that had it all. It was full of fun, laughter, tears of joy, surprises, and excitement. The party was a perfect end to a great day. Sarah and Matt, we thank you for including us.

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11Nov

Laura & Steven–Saint Clements Castle Wedding

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Laura and Steven
October 12, 2014
Saint Clements Castle

Fall is beautiful, brief, and a gorgeous time of year for a wedding in Connecticut. Laura and Steven chose a perfect date because they had the day that all couples dream of when planning an autumn wedding. The weather was warm, sunny, and full of vibrant color.
Family and guests joined Steven and Laura at Saint Clements Castle for both the ceremony and reception. The grounds were green and colorful amongst the trees with changing leaves. The ceremony overlooked the river and looked amazing. Both inside and out the castle was beautifully decorated with sweet details and beautiful floral arrangements. The flowers and attire were the perfect compliment to the day. Not only did the details look amazing, but so did Laura and Steven. Neither Laura nor Steven realize just how photogenic each of them is. They both looked great and were such a pleasure to photograph. Laura and Steven exuded happiness and a fun-loving spirit throughout the day. It was a perfect wedding day. And we enjoyed out time with their family and friends. Laura and Steven, thank you for including us in your wedding day. Enjoy!

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10Nov

Newborn Photos–SNEAK PEEK

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Alessandra’s Newborn Session

We had the pleasure of meeting this sweet baby girl the other day. She was an absolute joy to photograph. We had such a great time taking her first official photos. There are more to come soon!

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23Oct

Sarah and Matt–SNEAK PEEK

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Sarah and Matt
October 18, 2014
Lake Of Isles

This past Saturday we had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of this fun duo. Sarah and Matt tied the knot at Saint Mary Star of the Sea Church in New London, CT and enjoyed their reception at Lake of Isles in Ledyard. The foliage looked beautiful and was a gorgeous background for this elegant wedding. Make sure to check back for more photos soon, and enjoy the preview…

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16Oct

Laura & Steven–SNEAK PEEK at St.Clements Castle

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Laura & Steven
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St.Clements Castle
October 12, 2014

The weather was perfect on Sunday for this fall affair. Laura and Steven had a beautiful outdoor ceremony on the grounds of St.Clements Castle. The time of day for photos was just right and the fall colors added a gorgeous natural backdrop. There are many more to come, but enjoy the preview in the meantime.

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9Oct

Diana and Hai–Tented Backyard Wedding

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Diana and Hai
September 6, 2014
Private Residence
Suffield, CT

Diana and Hai had a gorgeous wedding. They chose to tie the knot on the property of Diana’s family home in Suffield. It was the perfect place for these two to exchange vows. Diana shared a place special to her and her family and with her newest family members. The expansive property had so much to offer for the photos, and thankfully the weather cooperated. Despite the threat of thunderstorms, we were able to explore the grounds. The wedding was full of personal touches and beautiful details.

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25Sep

Erica & Peter–Candlelight Farms Wedding

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Erica & Peter
August 30, 2014
Candlelight Farms Inn
New Milford, CT

Memorial Day weekend, Jake and I headed to Candlelight Farms in New Milford. It is all the way in the western part of the state, and it is amazing. We had never been to the venue before, but we were instantly impressed and in love with the location. The farm is 700 acres with a ton of natural ambiance to offer. Erica and Peter’s guests spent the weekend enjoying the farm. Both the rehearsal dinner and wedding were held on the premises, and Erica and Peter did a great job personalizing the venue for the big event. We loved all the touches to the day and the games that were set out to keep the guests entertained when they weren’t on the dance floor. Their personal and homemade photo booth was a fun addition as well.

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11Sep

Diana and Hai–SNEAK PEEK

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Diana and Hai
September 6, 2014
Private Residence
Suffield, CT

Jake and I were quite excited to be a part of this amazing event last weekend. Diana and Hai are sweet, fun-loving individuals. We had a great time capturing them and their wedding. The event was held at Diana’s family home in Suffield, CT. It was full of personal touches, beautiful details, and Louisiana flair. Make sure to check back for the blog soon to check out all this incredible wedding had to offer. In the meantime, here are a few photos of the happy couple. Their first look has been my favorite wedding moment thus far!

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9Sep

Martha & Rikin–Loomis Chaffee Wedding

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Martha & Rikin
August 23, 2014
Loomis Chaffe School
Windsor, CT

Martha and Rikin had a sweet and nostalgic wedding with many beautiful touches. These two met at Loomis Chaffe, so there wasn’t even a doubt in their minds that the school would be the perfect location for them to tie the knot. They owe thanks to the teacher that partnered them for a school project and kicking off their destiny. Upon graduation, these two just new that it wasn’t an ending but rather a beginning of a true love story. Their romance continued and survived the long distance of two different colleges in two different cities. Rikin was in NYC and Martha in Boston. After college, they decided to hit the road and travel together. Now they have moved life 3000 miles to the other coast. Through all the distance and movement, the one constant has been their love and devotion for each other.
Jake and I were honored to have witnessed their love first hand. We also felt a bit of a personal connection to their story since Jake and I met in high school at the private school we attended. While our story didn’t take us through high school and graduation, we understand the special bonds you create with your fellow private school grads. Many of Martha and Rikin’s friends from school came from all over the country and world to be a part of the day as well. It was such a pleasure to capture the wedding memories for these two. The school had so many beautiful places for photos, and we knew that it held so many memories that we couldn’t go wrong with any corner, nook, or landscape the school and grounds had to offer. It was a beautiful wedding thanks to all the parties involved. Martha and Rikin’s vendors did a fabulous job brining to life their vision for the day. Martha and Rikin, we thank you for including us in your day.

Vendors:
Wedding Planner: Dreaming Tree Events
Food and Cake: Loomis Chaffee Catering Service–ARAMARK
Flowers: Stems Floral Design
DJ: Jeff Ladd
Videography: The Light Mill

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5Sep

Erica & Peter–SNEAK PEEK

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Erica & Peter
August 30, 2014
Candlelight Farms Inn
New Milford, CT

Jake and I had an awesome time at Saturday’s wedding. Erica and Peter were an absolute delight. From the moment these two saw each other at their first look to the last dance we captured, they couldn’t take their eyes off each other. It was so nice to see and document the love between these two. We had never been to the venue, but we were quickly excited to be working there. It is a gorgeous 700 acre property with an inn, barn, and tented event. Each angle was beautiful and perfect for photos. Erica and Peter were willing to walk all over with us for the photos. Here is a little preview of our time with them.

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3Sep

Martha & Rikin–SNEAK PEEK

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Martha & Rikin
August 23, 2014
Loomis Chaffee School
Windsor, CT

Here are a few photos from the gorgeous wedding we photographed a couple weeks ago. This sweet duo both attended Loomis Chaffee School. Here is where they met and began the romance that just promised to keep going for a lifetime. It was a gorgeous day full of many beautiful details. Make sure to check back again soon for the full blog. In the meantime, enjoy!

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2Sep

Welcoming Emilie–Newborn & Family Photos At Home

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Kevin, Christina, Jake, and Emilie
Family Photos
Private Residence
August 21, 2014

Emilie was born just two weeks before our photo session. Jake and I wanted to meet the family and capture those sweet newborn moments that only occur right after a baby is born. And by this I mean those precious, sleepy moments. However Emilie was too excited for her first photos and fun evening with her family to miss the action! I have never seen a little baby wake up and be so alert for the camera. Emilie propped herself up and looked right at Jake for her very first photos. She was adorable and a pro behind the camera.

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22Aug

Lisette Turns One–Family Photos

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Boundless Playground
South Windsor, CT Community Center

I know her mom and dad can’t believe it has already been a year, but Lisette just celebrated the milestone of her first birthday! As parents’ of a 20 month old, Jake and I can attest to how quickly the time goes, how much a little one changes, and how much fun the age is to watch. We had a great time documenting this little one for her one year photos. She is adorable, sweet, and did amazing behind the camera. She loved playing on the playground, and we were so excited to be able to capture it all to be remembered. Little ones change so quickly, so it is nice to keep just a little piece of her frozen in time. Lisette did awesome and mom and dad had a great photo session as well. We hope you enjoy checking out this cutie. Happy Birthday Lisette, we hope to see you again soon!

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15Aug

Sandra & Jason–Wood Acres Farm Wedding

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Sandra & Jason
August 2, 2014
Bridal Prep & Photos: Private Residence, Oxford, CT
Ceremony & Reception: Wood Acres Farm, Terryville, CT

Sandra and Jason had a wedding to not only celebrate their love but to also officially blend their families into one. Together they have an adorable little son and separately they each have two children. They were excited for the kids to be a big part of the day. They even presented them with little gifts during the ceremony. It was a fun day for all and an intimate wedding with all their most important people.

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7Aug

Vanessa & Colin–Nantasket Beach Resort Wedding

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Vanessa & Colin
July 12, 2014
Bridal Prep, Photos, Reception: Nantasket Beach Resort, Hull, MA
Ceremony: St. Paul Parish, Hingham, MA

Vanessa and Colin are two very special and sweet individuals. They were celebrated by family and friends over a beautiful July weekend. Their wedding was held at Nantasket Beach Resort which is located alongside a long stretch of beach in Hull, MA. These two were blessed with a perfect weather weekend to enjoy a wedding at the beach.
Not only was the resort a great place for guests to spend the weekend, but the area was also a nice place for a mini vacation. Jake and I enjoyed checking out the area as we prepared for the day. We especially love the little town of Hingham where the ceremony was held. The church was old and absolutely beautiful. It was a beautiful place for Vanessa and Colin to exchange vows.
This wedding was a special day as a photographer for me in particular. In my previous line of work, Vanessa was a member of my staff. She was cheerful, sweet, and willing to do anything for anyone. Absolutely nothing has changed about her. You can see her genuine nature in every photo, and she managed to find a man who is every bit the same. Colin is just as warm and welcoming as Vanessa. Jake and I were very excited and honored to have been a part of this wedding for two deserving and kind individuals. We also saw how excited each family was about these two joining in matrimony. They really are a special duo who deserved to be celebrated. Vanessa and Colin we hope you enjoy looking through your photos as much as we enjoyed capturing the moments of your day.

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1Aug

Sarah & Kyle–Publick House Wedding

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Sarah & Kyle
June 28, 2014
Getting Ready: Private Residence, Bolton, CT
Formal Photos: Heritage Farm, Bolton, CT
Publick House, Sturbridge, MA
Ceremony: Bolton Congregational Church, Bolton, CT

Sarah and Kyle have an adorable story and long history with each other. Instead of boy meets girl, falls in love with girl, and asks girl to marry him, it is a bit the opposite. In the case of Sarah and Kyle, these two met in the first grade and Sarah just knew. She said then that she wanted to marry Kyle. She wrote him love notes and never hid her young love. Being young, it was a bit overwhelming for Kyle since the first grade isn’t exactly a time in life when it is cool to have a female admirer. However, they grew up together in a small town and were a part of each other’s lives from then on. Fast forward to high school and finally these two started the evolution from friends to one day husband and wife. They took the first step by attending prom together, although they went as “just friends.” However, as Kyle’s brother mentioned in his best-man speech, soon something began to change. It was Kyle who started coming home from college to visit Sarah. It was Kyle who began to talk about her more and more. And finally Kyle figured out what Sarah already discovered in the first grade, they were meant to be husband and wife! I cannot tell you how much we loved being a part of such a great love story and amazing wedding day. Their families surrounded them with love and support. It was a truly special day. Sarah and Kyle, congratulations on finally fulfilling your destiny. We wish you both the best and thank you for including us in your day. Also, thank you for introducing us to an incredible location for photos. Heritage Farm is a special place that I know we will visit and use time and time again.

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29Jul

Ali & Jason–Riverhouse Wedding

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Ali & Jason
June 27, 2013
Bridal Prep: Private Residence, Farmington, CT
Ceremony: First Church of Christ Congregational, Farmington, CT
Formal Photos: Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam, CT
Reception: Riverhouse, Haddam, CT

Jake and I really enjoyed being a part of Ali and Jason’s wedding day. They are a fun, easy going couple who exuded happiness throughout the day. They had a gorgeous wedding that began in Farmington, CT. The church on Main Street is a historic, quaint, and an idyllic CT location to tie the knot. From there we headed down to Haddam for photos and the reception. A little way down the road from the Riverhouse is Eagle Landing. It is a great spot to capture photos overlooking the CT river and the Goodspeed Opera House. Ali and Jason were willing participants as we moved them and their bridal party around the park.
The reception was an awesome time. Ali and Jason have moved down south, so it was a nice reunion with friends and family. Ali and Jason attended college together and met through soccer. There were plenty of mutual friends, and we heard a couple great stories from their early days as a couple. The personal touches to the wedding were fantastic as well. We loved the bottles of wine for guests to sign and Ali and Jason to enjoy over the next years and decades to come. The cigar rolling table and sparklers were a nice addition to the summer evening on the deck. And the band was great. We had an awesome time being a part of this special day. Ali and Jason, thank you for choosing us to capture your wedding day. Enjoy!

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16Jul

Vanessa & Colin–SNEAK PEEK

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Vanessa & Colin
Ceremony: St. Paul Parish, Hingham, MA
Reception: Nantasket Beach Resort, Hull, MA

Here is a little preview of last Saturday’s wedding. Vanessa and Colin had a gorgeous church ceremony in historic Hingham, and an awesome party overlooking the ocean in Hull, MA. These two couldn’t hide their excitement and joy. It can be seen in every photo. We can’t wait to show you more soon, but in the meantime enjoy the sneak peek!

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15Jul

Maribeth & Mike–Wedding At Crystal Cove

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Maribeth & Mike
June 14, 2014
Bridal Prep: Private Residence
Formal Photos: Capitol Building, Albany, NY
Ceremony/Reception: Crystal Cove, Averill Park, NY

Being a part of Mike and Maribeth’s wedding was a fun and special day for us. Jake grew up in the same town as Mike, so there were plenty of familiar faces at the wedding. It is always nice to have a personal connection to the wedding. Although we had yet to meet the girl Mike had been telling us about, the moment we met Maribeth, it felt as if we had known her forever. She is warm, sweet, and a ton of fun. She and her family opened the doors to the house and treated us as if we had been there a hundred times before.
After Maribeth was in her dress and ready to go, we headed over to the Capitol Building in Albany for Mike and Maribeth’s first look. We had to do a a quick change of plans from the park to the Capitol thanks to a road race. However I think the change worked out amazing. The old building is gorgeous and was an incredible spot for photos. There were some many places amongst the architecture to take photos that it was hard to leave. However, we need to get these two married!
The ceremony and reception were at Crystal Cove. Mike told us that it would be like going to camp for the reception since they wanted something laid back and fun vibe. The venue looked beautiful, the day was exactly what they had hoped for. Mike and Maribeth were married outside overlooking the lake. Then guests were sent up the hill inside the open air structure for dinner and dancing. It was an beautiful night in upstate NY for a wedding, and everyone had a fantastic time. Mike and Maribeth, thanks for including us in your day.

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9Jul

Jessica & Rockwell–Wedding At The Woodwinds

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Jessica & Rockwell
June 7, 2014
Bridal Prep: Lis-A-Lis Salon, Guilford, CT
Ceremony & Reception: The Woodwinds, Branford, CT

Jessica and Rockwell were a sweet, fun couple, who were so easy to photograph. We met Jess at the salon. She sat patiently through her makeup as we snapped away. From the start she let us know that she was up for anything, excited for the day, and completely relaxed about everything. Jake was quickly inspired by the salon and the surroundings, and Jess was willing to take a little walk about. I absolutely love some of her photos in Guilford.

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4Jul

Sarah & Kyle–SNEAK PEEK

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Sarah and Kyle
June 28, 2014
Rose Trail at Heritage Farm, Bolton, CT
The Publick House, Sturbridge, MA

Sarah and Kyle had a beautiful day and a gorgeous wedding. They both grew up in Bolton and brought that home town charm to their wedding. They introduced Jake and me to an amazing location for photos. Sarah and Kyle opted for a first look on local farm land. Formerly known as Rose Farm, Heritage Farm, now a part of Bolton Land Trust, is a historical treasure perfect for an afternoon stroll or wedding photos! We can’t wait to show you more of this wedding, but in the meantime enjoy your preview.

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2Jul

Alison & Jason–SNEAK PEEK

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Alison & Jason
June 27, 2014
The Riverhouse, Haddam, CT

Here is a little preview of last Friday’s wedding. It was such an amazing day to get married, and Ali and Jason were a great couple. We truly enjoyed being a part of this wedding day and sharing in the joy with friends and family. There is more to come, so don’t forget to check back soon!

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1Jul

Sandra & Jason–Engagement Shoot

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Sandra & Jason
June 24, 2014
Engagement Shoot & Family Photos
Location: At Home & Southford Falls

Sandra and Jason are not only joining their lives together in marriage, but they are joining their families together. They each have two children and together a son. It is a true blending of families, and we could not be more excited or happy for this couple. The are warm and welcoming duo. From the moment we met them, we felt like we had known them forever. And that feeling was reinforced when we met up with them for photos last week. Sandra’s daughters and their son were present for a few family photos at the house. Like any children, they wanted to ham it up for the camera. After some group photos, we stole mom and dad for a few photos of their own. We headed over to Southford Falls with Sandra and Jason for some beautiful photos to commemorate this joyous time in their lives. We can’t wait for the wedding in just a couple weeks!

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25Jun

Cristiana & Mark–Wedding at Anthony’s Ocean View

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Cristiana & Mark
May 31, 2014
Ceremony: Our Lady of Mount Caramel Church, Hamden, CT
Photos: Edgerton Park, Hamden, CT
Reception: Anthony’s Oceanview, East Haven, CT

Jake and I had a great time at the wedding a few weeks ago. Cristiana and Mark had a ton of friends and family who surrounded them with love, laughter, and a whole lot of celebrating on their wedding day. The guests came from all over to watch them exchange their vows. Cristiana and Mark are from two very different parts of the country. Mark is from North Haven, CT and Cristiana is from Texas. The wedding was a great opportunity to bring together all the people they love to meet and celebrate with them. And it turned out fantastic!

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19Jun

Maribeth & Mike–SNEAK PEEK

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Maribeth & Mike
June 14, 2014
Photos: Albany, NY Capitol Building
Ceremony/Reception: Crystal Cove, Averill Park, NY

Last weekend, Jake and I took a little tour of Upstate NY. We started in Albany and ended in Averill Park. The sun was shining and the weather was perfect for Maribeth and Mike’s wedding. We have known the groom for quite some time, so it was a honor to a be a part of the celebration. There is much more to come, but in the meantime enjoy!

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17Jun

Jessica & Rockwell–SNEAK PEEK

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Jessica and Rockwell
June 7, 2014
The Woodwinds, Branford, CT

Here is a little preview of Jessica and Rockwell’s wedding. We had a great time meeting both of them along with their friends and family. Both their ceremony and reception were at the Woodwinds. There is plenty more to come, so don’t forget to check back soon!

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10Jun

Kat & Matt–Engagement Shoot At Harkness Park

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Kat & Matt
Engagement Shoot
June 2, 2014
Harkness Park, Waterford, CT

Kat and Matt just sounds cute. Then you meet them, and they are cute! They were committed to their engagement photos, and we appreciated their enthusiasm. These two drove all the way from NYC (per their suggestion) to meet us at our favorite CT park. Harkness never disappoints for photos. We walked from one end to the next giving this couple the full tour. After a couple hours, we had many laughs and captured many great photos. Enjoy!

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9Jun

Cristiana and Mark–SNEAK PEEK

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Cristiana and Mark
May 31, 2014
Ceremony: Our Lady of Mount Caramel Church, Hamden, CT
Photos: Edgerton Park, Hamden, CT
Reception: Anthony’s Oceanview, East Haven, CT

Here is a little sneak peek of this beautiful wedding just a little over a week ago. It was a perfect day along the CT shoreline. Cristiana and Mark took us to a little park we had never been to before for their photos. Jake and I were immediately excited by all it had to offer. Edgerton Park was a beautiful setting for the photos, and we are excited to show more soon. So, don’t forget to check back for the full blog post. In the meantime, enjoy!

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6Jun

Olivia’s First Photo Shoot–Wickham Park

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Olivia’s Turning One!
Family Photo Shoot At Wickham Park

We were in Wickham Park the other day for our favorite kind of photo shoot…kids! This photo shoot was especially sweet for us since Olivia’s mom and dad, Stacy and Jason were a bride and groom whom we photographed a couple years ago. We did their wedding photos in Wickham Park, so it was a fitting location for Olivia’s first photo shoot. Part of the fun with photographing kids is the truly unscripted nature of the session. We understand this even more having a toddler. We are ready and expecting all types of reactions, emotions, and behavior. Olivia did amazing! She lasted through a walk, a drive, and a lot of posing in the park. She is adorable, and we loved documenting her for her almost first birthday. Next week is the official day, and we hope it is filled with fun and sweets. Enjoy the photos…

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4Jun

Holly & Ray–Anthony’s Oceanview Wedding

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Holly & Ray
May 9, 2014
Ceremony & Reception: Anthony’s Oceanview New Haven, CT

Jake and I had a fun time with this couple and their family. Holly and Ray waited a long time to find the right person to exchange vows with. Their families could not have been happier or more excited to toast these two and share in the celebration. Holly and Ray had a nice outdoor ceremony followed by a few photos on the beach. They braved the chilly wind to get a few photos of the bridal party and family before heading inside for the party. Although we weren’t there for the whole evening, we had a great time with everyone while we were. Thanks for including us in your special day. Enjoy!

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1Jun

Paulette & Mark–Waterview Wedding

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Paulette & Mark
May 2, 2014
Church: South Britain Congregational Church, Southbury, CT
Reception: The Waterview

Paulette and Mark are a stunning couple! They looked amazing on their wedding day. We were so very honored to have been a part of this fun and special celebration. While we love all the weddings we are a part of, this one was a bit more close to our hearts. We have known Mark and Paulette for years. We waited and hoped that a wedding would come one day. Not only were we excited by the engagement, but we were elated to be their photographers. They are the sweetest individuals and nicest couple. They have such big hearts and fun personalities. So many people were there to help share in their love and celebration. We had an awesome time with friends and family. There were so many great moments captured from the day. We hope you enjoy!

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28May

Holly & Ray–SNEAK PEEK

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Holly & Ray
May 9, 2014
Anthony’s Ocean View

Here is a little preview of the wedding we did a few weeks ago on the beach. Holly and Ray wanted something small, intimate, and fun. That is exactly what they got! They were surrounded by their family and closest friends to laugh and cheer with them as they joined as husband and wife. There is more to come soon…

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21May

Olivia & Kevin–Fantasia Wedding

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Olivia & Kevin Wedding
April 27, 2013
Photos–Binney Park, Greenwich, CT
Ceremony–St.Mary’s Church, Stamford, CT
Reception–Fantasia Wedding and Banquet Facilities, North Haven, CT

Olivia and Kevin had a beautiful afternoon for a spring wedding. Jake and I headed to meet them at Olivia’s childhood home. We loved everyone right at the start. Her family was warm, welcoming, and fun to work with. We headed over to Binney Park in Greenwich, CT for these two to share their first look. I always love a moment that is a bit more private between the couple. We are blessed with the opportunity to see just how much in love with each other and excited a couple is on this special day. Binney Park was coming alive with spring and was a great location for their photos.
The church was spectacular. It is one of the largest we have been in with some of the more interesting nooks for photos. There is something about a grand structure for a ceremony that really adds to the impact of a wedding. We really enjoyed getting to be a part of the family’s history and tradition. St. Mary’s Church is so important to Olivia and her family that Kevin agreed to get baptized only a week earlier, so they could be married in the church! Now, that is a good man doing great things for love.
After the ceremony, it was on to the reception in North Haven. We had a great time with friends and family at Fantasia. Everyone was ready to party and dance the night away. We were very honored to have been a part of the day and celebration for such a sweet couple. Enjoy!

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7May

Paulette & Mark–SNEAK PEEK Waterview Wedding

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Paulette & Mark
May 2, 2014
The Waterview
Monroe, CT

All I can say is gorgeous! Not only are these two the nicest people but they couldn’t have looked more amazing. We had a wonderful time with friends and family. We can’t wait to show you more photos soon. In the meantime, enjoy!

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1May

Olivia & Kevin–SNEAK PEEK

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Olivia & Kevin–SNEAK PEEK
Binney Park, Greenwich CT

Here is a little preview of our wedding from last weekend. We were back at Binney Park in Greenwich, CT for some gorgeous photos. This duo opted for a first look, so we were able to spend a bit of time walking the park before the wedding day festivities kicked off. They were an adorable couple supported by wonderful families and great friends. Make sure to check back for more photos soon.

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30Apr

Sara & Tom–“Bright, Bright, Sunshiny Day”

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Sara & Tom
Ceremony–St.Margaret Church, Madison, CT
Photos–East Wharf Beach, Madison, CT
Reception–Seasons at the Traditions, Wallingford, CT

Sara and Tom woke up to a gorgeous day for a wedding. It rained in the week before, and it rained in the days after. However it could not have been a more perfect day to celebrate this couple. We had an awesome time with these two. Although we weren’t surprised since we had so much fun capturing their engagement photos. Their light-hearted nature made them fun and easy to photograph. They were quite trusting subjects. They never batted an eye when we told them we wanted to go to a parking lot for photos. “Just trust us”, we said. “The parking lot behind the dry cleaners will be worth it in the end!” We certainly think the photos in the reeds look amazing, so hopefully you will share our sentiment. After we headed to the beach for a few more laughs and many more photos. The day was filled with laughter and dancing. It was truly a celebration from beginning to end. We were so honored to have been a part of the day. Enjoy checking out some of the photos!

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17Apr

Sara & Tom–SNEAK PEEK

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Sara & Tom–SNEAK PEEK
Madison, CT
April 12, 2014

Here is a little preview of things to come. Jake and I attended this wedding on Saturday, and it was a perfect day. Spring had finally sprung, and we were able to head to the beach for some photos. Make sure to check back for the full blog coming soon. Enjoy!

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26Mar

Nikki’s Sugar Rush

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Nikki’s Bat Mitzvah
March 1, 2014
Belle Terrace
Avon, CT

Nikki had an awesome Bat Mitzvah celebration at Belle Terrace in Avon, CT. Also it was arguably one of the better weekends of her life. Not only did she accomplish a major milestone in Judaism and have an incredible party, but her hockey team spent the weekend playing in their championship tournament. I am not entirely certain how she was still standing on Sunday night. She kicked off Friday with a game and a photo shoot with us. She followed it up on Saturday with another morning game, more photos, and a sugar fueled party until midnight. Then it was up the next morning to play in her championship game. I was exhausted listening to her schedule. But all the excitement coupled with her sugar rush Mitzvah theme kept Nikki and her friends dancing all night. There was candy all around. I have never seen so many jumbo sized candy bars. The 5lb Hershey bar was quite impressive. It definitely helped the adults and kids alike spend the night dancing away. It was a perfect celebration for a fantastic young lady. Enjoy!

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7Mar

Nikki’s Bat Mitzvah–SNEAK PEEK

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Nikki’s Bat Mitzvah
March 1, 2014
Belle Terrace
Avon, CT

Nikki had an action packed weekend. From hockey games to dancing with friends, I am not sure she stopped for even a moment. Jake and I had the pleasure of documenting her “Sugar Rush” Bat Mitzvah at Belle Terrace. The party was non stop from beginning to end. There is much more to say and share, but i’ll save it for the full blog. In the meantime, enjoy her sneak peek.

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9Feb

David’s Bar Mitzvah–Kicking off 2014

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David’s Bar Mitzvah
The Riverview
January 18, 2014

Jake and I kicked off our 2014 season with this fun, afternoon Bar Mitzvah. The day was beautiful for guests at the Riverview. The big windows overlook the Farmington River, which had a nice cover of snow. To add the the nice winter atmosphere snowflakes were falling throughout the afternoon. It was a magical day at the venue.
While the adults were enjoying the ambiance, the kids were enjoying a ton of games. They were entertained for the afternoon with shooting hoops, trivia games, and the favorite coke/pepsi game. These high energy guys were fiercely competitive and quite good at all the activities. I was especially impressed with David’s limbo skills. All of his soccer definitely payed off in this activity. Speaking of soccer, David’s mom, Sheri, did an excellent job of bringing the theme to the day. The cake, which was done by a family friend was amazing and the place card settings were quite imaginative. It was a fun afternoon of great friends and great food complete with an awesome ice cream and candy bar. We were very excited to have been a part of such a milestone in David’s life. Enjoy!

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21Jan

Alex Has Arrived!

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Baby Alex
In The Studio

We have waited months to meet Alex, and we were so excited to capture a few photos during his first week. We met our friends, Ashley and Chris, at our studio to document the little man’s first few days. They even indulged me in trying a photo that was inspired by Wengenn In Wonderland.. This mom and artist’s blog is definitely worth checking out. Alex did great behind the camera, and we are so happy to have documented this precious and fleeting time in this little man’s life. It is amazing how quickly they grow and change. I am sure the next photo session will be very different.

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12Jan

Anticipating Your Arrival

Leigha, Bryan, (and Amanda)
At Home…excited and waiting to meet their babies

Leigha and Bryan were married about a year and a half ago. We love these two. Leigha and I check in with each other from time to time, so I was quite excited to get the email telling me she was pregnant and would love some photos. As many of you know (we love to talk about her), we have a year old daughter. We love anything baby and child related. So, we couldn’t wait to head over to Leigha and Bryan’s house to catch up with the soon to be parents, document Leigha’s pregnancy, and of course offer a few tidbits about parenthood from our experience. (Parents, we just can’t help it!)

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12Dec

Emily & Chinh

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Emily & Chinh
November 9, 2013
The Delamar Hotel at Southport
Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

I can’t believe it, but I writing my last wedding blog of 2013! It was an awesome wedding season that brought us to many new places. We definitely ended the season on a high note. Emily and Chinh had a spectacular event in a unique setting. Everything about the day was beautiful and these two were effortlessly stunning! They were laid back and fun and a pleasure to spend the day with.

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29Nov

NIc’cole + YAssine=NIYA!!

Niya’s Newborn Photos

It hasn’t been very long since these Nic’ole and Yassine appeared on our blog. Athough you won’t see the in these photos, you may remember them from their maternity photos just a couple months ago. While these two were actually present for the photos, they were behind the scenes. As new parents will attest, it isn’t fun to be sleep deprived and feel camera ready. Instead the photos were all about Niya. They welcomed their daughter on October 24th, and she is adorable. I love her name and origins behind it. Since she is a product of NIc’cole and YAssine, so is her name. We had the pleasure of spending some time with everyone at their house. Niya wasn’t always a fan of the camera, but she did a great job! Check out some of her adorable photos below.

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27Nov

Bethany & Chris–Cheers To Your Marriage, Beers All Around!

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Bethany & Chris
October 12, 2013
The Lace Factory

Bethany and Chris planned a fantastic wedding. The time of year perfect for the foliage and the weather cooperated for their outdoor ceremony. We were super excited to check out the venue. Bethany had told us awesome things about the Lace Factory, and we had yet to see it. We were not disappointed. It is a cool old space that is the brainchild of the owners who live on the premises. It has a cozy, personal feel since they are there along the way to make any couple’s day perfect.
Bethany and Chris did a great job enhancing the decor. They had fun personal items added throughout that were a great compliment to the day. Since the family name is Beers, we especially loved the pint glasses as seating cards. Guests and family were treated to a fantastic evening of fun and great food from Cloud Nine Catering.
For their ceremony, Bethany and Chris chose an outdoor ceremony on the Academy at Mount Saint John. They exchanged vows overlooking the rolling hills on the front lawn of the school. It is here where we took all their formal photos. They used a trolley to shuttle guests from the venue up the hill to the school, so Jake jumped on board to get a few photos with Bethany and Chris. The Lace factory is Deep River, which is a quaint and interesting area. There were endless photo options. We were able to get a great variety of photos with old stone work, a water background, and the steam train all in one place. The conductor was even nice enough to add a little more steam for the photo!
Bethany and Chris congratulations again. Thank you for introducing us to the venue and being so much fun to work with. We had a great time at the wedding. Enjoy!

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22Nov

Katie and Kent–

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Katie and Kent
October 5, 2013
Vernon, CT

Jake and I really enjoyed photographing Katie and Kent’s wedding. It was a different kind of day for us. It reminded us a bit of how weddings were when our parents were married. Katie and Kent asked us to come just for the ceremony and to capture some photos of family and friends. Katie arrived at the church and stayed behind closed door until the ceremony began. Kent saw her for the first time down the aisle. After they were officially married, they greeted guests and posed for photos. The church was beautiful and bright and the grounds were impeccable. It was the perfect place for their photos. Katie and Kent, we really enjoyed meeting both of you and learning a little bit about your history together. We hope you like the photos.

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13Nov

Emily & Chinh–SNEAK PEEK

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Emily & Chinh
November 9, 2013
Delamar Hotel, Southport, CT
Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk, CT

Jake and I captured an amazing wedding this past Saturday at the Aquarium in Norwalk. The event had such a cool vibe and interesting details. Guests ate dinner in a room with seals and shared cocktails and hors d’oeuvres next to the shark tank! So, you definitely need to check back for the full blog. In the meantime, here are a few photos of this stunning couple. Emily and Chinh opted for a first look since, as we know, the sun sets quite early in November. We took these two to a private area of the Delamar Hotel for a few photos on their own. Emily looked amazing! It was nice for them to have a moment to take each other in and share a conversation before the excitement of the day kicked off. Enjoy the preview.

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10Nov

Erin & Taha–Meeting In the Middle

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Erin & Taha
September 28, 2013
Guilford Yacht Club

Jake and I had not met this couple until the day of the wedding. It didn’t take us long after meeting them to absolutely love them! They are sweet, easy-going, warm hearted people. We were so honored to have been a part of their first of two weddings. They had a beautiful afternoon to get married on the lawn of the yacht club.

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31Oct

Ashley & Chris–Can’t Wait To Meet You!

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Ashley and Chris
Maternity Photos
Simsbury, CT

Jake and I were so excited to do this photo session. Ashley and Chris are our good friends. They have lived through all the big moments of Aubrie’s life of with us. Chris helped us prepare our house, and Ashley made us food for our sleep deprived days. They were willing to hole up in the house with us and join us to ring in the new year. Ashley and Chris have been a big part of our last year navigating the new world of parenthood. So, we are so happy to be able to return all the favors almost exactly one year later. This little man could possibly make an entrance around Aubrie’s first birthday. We are excited to watch them experience all the first with their little boy. I hope these photos put a smile on everyone’s face. We can’t wait to meet the little man and take more photos once he is here, but in the meantime enjoy the photos of mom and dad!

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30Oct

Tyler & Lisa–Marriage is a Marathon, Not a Sprint!

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Tyler & Lisa
September 14, 2013
Sacred Heart Parish, Greewich, CT
Binney Park, Greenwich, CT
Shenorock Shore Club, Rye, NY

These two signed up for the long haul, and they exchanged their vows on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon. If you hadn’t guessed, this couple loves physical activities, especially running. They have entered countless races together, so they decided to make it a part of their wedding day. Each guest table commemorated a different race that Tyler and Lisa did together. They are well aware what it means to prepare yourself for a marathon. Any married couple will tell you that, like a marathon, marriage may not always be easy, but it is most definitely rewarding. Tyler and Lisa, congratulations on starting this journey and welcome to the club!

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25Oct

Little Miss Trouble Turns 10 Months

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Aubrie Koteen
10 Month Photos

We are constantly posting photos of other people. We have heard more than once, “where are photos of your daughter?” I imagine she must have a ton of photos since her mom and dad are photographers. Well, we managed to get a kid who is acutely aware of the camera, and she is a difficult subject. Also with all the other photo work we do, somehow we forget to share our own. I looked back and realized that we haven’t posted any photos of the little monkey since her early days. Therefore, I thought I would share the photos Jake took for her 10 month birthday this week. I can’t believe my baby is almost a year old!

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23Oct

Bethany & Chris–SNEAK PEEK

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Bethany & Chris
October 12, 2013
The Lace Factory

Bethany and Chris picked the perfect time to incorporate New England foliage into their wedding. The colors on the rolling hills surrounding their outdoor ceremony were beautiful. And The Lace Factory was such a unique venue for a reception. It was our first time photographing a wedding at the venue. Make sure to check back to see venue photos when the full blog is up. In the meantime enjoy a preview of this gorgeous couple.

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23Oct

This Family is “D-Baum”

Family Photos
At Home in South Windsor

It has been a while since Jake documented this adorable family. Keira was still only a year old and Taya had yet to arrive on the scene. Time sure flies. Keira is now an energetic big sister. Taya is 6 months old with a big smile and amazing disposition. We couldn’t get over how amazing she did behind the camera. since we have a baby, we know exactly how difficult it can be to get one to cooperate and look at the camera. But not Taya. She smiled and focused on Jake as he snapped away. We had a great time with everyone. It was wonderful to see how much Keira has grown and meet Taya for the first time. We can’t wait to see everyone again soon!

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22Oct

Paulette & Mark–Reservoir Engagement Shoot

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Paulette & Mark
West Hartford Reservoir

Jake and I were super excited to do an engagement shoot with these two. We have known Mark and Paulette for years. We have even celebrated a few holidays together. They feel like family to us, so it was nice and special for us to help them document their engagement. We joined them at the reservoir off Rt.44 to take advantage of a setting with a few different things to offer. The trees were full of color and the reservoir added a nice water element to the photos. It was a fun time with both of them. We are so excited and honored to be a part of their wedding day next May. We hope you enjoy checking out some of their photos.

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17Oct

Katie & Kent–SNEAK PEEK

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Katie & Kent
First Congregational Church
Vernon, CT
October 5, 2013

Jake and I photographed Katie and Kent’s wedding a couple weeks ago on an amazing fall Saturday. The sun was shining. The weather was warm. And the church had beautiful grounds for photos. This couple kept it simple. We were only there to capture what was really important, the ceremony, family photos, and a few pics of the newlyweds. Here is a little pretty of the happy couple.

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16Oct

Kate & Matt–Meant To Be

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Kate & Matt
September 7, 2013
Albany Country Club

Kate and Matt are such sweet individuals and a wonderful couple. We got a glimpse of their big hearts and love at their engagement shoot. We were very excited to see them exchange their vows. Jake and I headed to the hills of upstate NY to the Albany Country Club to capture this beautiful wedding. The ceremony was on the patio of the club and overlooking the golf course. The course is nestled in the hills and was picturesque all around. Although the weather looked a bit ominous and a few drops did fall, Kate and Matt were able to keep their ceremony outside, and we were able to capture their photos outside as well.
Kate and her family are from Russia. There were many guests in attendance who did speak English. So Kate’s dad took on the job of translating all the big and important moments of the day. He translated the entire ceremony as well as the speeches. He did a great job of keeping everyone feeling a part of the moments. I find it so amazing how people find love. Kate started as a young girl in Russia and ended up a married woman in America who pledged her love with an amazing, down-to-earth man from Plattsburgh, NY. Although they started oceans apart, fate brought them together at Wentworth Institute of Technology. These two have infectious smiles and warm personalities. They had so many people who surrounded them with love. I can’t think of a more deserving couple to have their love celebrated by friends and family from all over. We were honored to share the laughs, fun, and little moments throughout the day with everyone. Kate and Matt, we thank you for having us be a part of your day. Enjoy!

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14Oct

Dave & Veronica–The Merry Go Round of Love

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Dave & Veronica
September 6, 2013
Lighthouse Point Park

Dave and Veronica had an amazing wedding. Jake and I have been to Lighthouse Point Park a few times before for photos, but we had never photographed an event at the park. We were excited to check out the venue for the first time. It is an huge pavilion by the ocean complete with a carousel. Dave and Veronica played up the merry go round with a nod to the carnival theme as well as adding fun vintage touches throughout. They are a duo with a great sense of humor. We had many laughs with them during their photo sessions and they came up with some great ideas for photos. Throughout the venue were interesting and personal touches to the day like a typewriter for guests to create notes and wishes for the couple. Dave is technology savvy, so he created an animated photo booth for friends and family enjoy. After a beautiful ceremony on the beach guests dined on food from Dave and Veronica’s favorite food trucks. There was a crepe truck on one side and a brick oven truck on the other. The food was awesome and it was a great twist on a catered event! The evening by the ocean was gorgeous and the wedding was a ton of fun. The carousel added to the entertainment with rides for everyone. It is definitely a wedding and a venue worth checking out. Enjoy!

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