Tag Archives: J.Koteen Wedding Photography

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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2Oct

Erin & Taha–SNEAK PEEK

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Erin & Taha
Guilford Yacht Club
September 28, 2013

We had an awesome time with Erin and Taha this past Saturday. The day was perfect. The weather was just right for a wedding at the Guilford Yacht Club. Guests were able to spend most of the day enjoying the sun out on the lawn. These two are the sweetest couple, and they were so much fun to work with. We can’t wait to show you more from the day soon. In the meantime, enjoy the preview!

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24Sep

Cassie & Evan–Hearts Affluter

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Cassie & Evan
August 31, 2013
The Branford House at Avery Point
Groton, CT

Cassie and Evan celebrated Labor Day by getting hitched! Jake and I were excited for this wedding since Jake would be joining some familiar faces. He photographed Evan’s brother and sister-in-law’s wedding a couple years ago. So, we knew this would be a warm, welcoming, and fun wedding to document. We met Cassie and her bridesmaids at the hotel before the wedding. We quickly learned this bunch had a great sense of humor and a penchant for fun photos. We had many laughs over their desire to a bridesmaids gone bad photo, and the result of their acting efforts is hilarious. After some photos with the girls, we headed to New London to St. Mary Star of the Sea church. Cassie and Evan exchanged vows in a beautiful church ceremony. Once they were officially husband and wife, their guests welcomed them out of the church with lots of bubbles. From there we were off to the Branford House for a beautiful reception.
The Branford House is always a gorgeous location to get married. It is right on the water in Groton, CT. The lawn of the mansion is perfect for photos. The Branford House has its own unique atmosphere that seems to tell a story all on its own. And there is never a shortage of locations for photos. In fact there is often too many options! Cassie and Evan were great subjects, and we soon learned the groomsmen could give the bridesmaids a run for their money. They added to the laughs and the antics behind the camera. This bridal party was definitely a fun bunch that continued with their enthusiasm throughout the night both on and off the dance floor. We hope you enjoy checking out some of the photos from the day.

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18Sep

Leslie & Mike–At Last!

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Leslie & Mike
August 24, 2013
Madison Beach Hotel

Jake and I had met Leslie and Mike on two occasions, and we really enjoyed getting to know them both times. With each couple we meet, we always want to know their story. How did they meet? How did they get engaged? Leslie and Mike were both very sweet and nonchalant about their length of time together. However we learned at their wedding that their families were quite ready and waiting for this gorgeous couple to FINALLY get married! Although Mike and Leslie are young, they have quite a long history. I mean, they went to prom together long history! Yup, these two met in high school. Needless to say, this was a wedding that everyone was happy to attend and thankful that the day had finally arrived. And it couldn’t have been anymore beautiful a day for such a beautiful and deserving couple. Leslie and Mike had bright sun and clear skies for their beach ceremony. And a beautiful sunset to look out at during their reception. The Madison Beach Hotel looked amazing since the renovations. It was an awesome day and a great location for a CT shoreline wedding. Jake and I were very excited to have been a part of their day. Enjoy!

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17Sep

Lisa & Tyler–SNEAK PEEK

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Lisa & Tyler
September 14, 2013
Shenorock Shore Club

This past weekend Jake and I headed to Rye, NY for a beautiful oceanside wedding. Tyler and Lisa gave us a little tour of Greenwich, CT and Rye as we joined them for their wedding. They were married in a church. We took photos at Binney Park in Greenwich. And we celebrated the occasion at the private Shenorock Shore Club. The weather was perfect and the day was beautiful. Enjoy the preview.

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14Sep

Kate & Matt–SNEAK PEEK

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Kate & Matt
Albany Country Club
September 7, 2013

Kate and Matt have officially been married for one week! We hope they are enjoying their honeymoon. Last Saturday we joined them in the Hills of NY for their wedding. The country club had beautiful grounds and mother nature cooperated just enough for us to stay outside for photos. There are more to come soon, but enjoy the preview.

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13Sep

Dave & Veronica–SNEAK PEEK

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Dave & Veronica
September 6, 2013
Lighthouse Point Park

A week ago today, we joined Dave and Veronica for their wedding. Jake and I have been to Lighthouse Point Park for photos before, but we have never experienced a wedding in the park. It was awesome! Dave and Veronica were fun light hearted, and created an amazing evening for guests. When you are married at the park, the carousel is a part of the festivities. We had fun watching guests of all ages, the bridal party, and of course the bride and groom take a spin or two throughout the day. But that is all I am going to tell for now. You will have to check back later for more about this fun event. In the meantime enjoy the preview!

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3Sep

Cassie & Evan–SNEAK PEEK

Cassie & Evan
August 31, 2013
Branford House

Jake and I had another beautiful day along the CT Shoreline. Cassie and Evan had a church ceremony at St.Mary’s in New London followed by a gorgeous reception at the Branford House. Avery Point is a perfect location to celebrate a wedding and bring a close to summer with an ocean breeze and old stone home setting. Enjoy a little preview of the photos with many more to come soon!

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27Aug

Leslie & Mike–SNEAK PEEK

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Leslie and Mike
August 25, 2013
The Madison Beach Hotel

Jake and I were with this gorgeous duo this past Saturday. They had clear skies and warm air for their ocean side wedding. The Madison Beach Hotel is an amazing venue along the CT shore. There are many more photos to come, but enjoy the preview.

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22Aug

Kristy & Guy–Vows with a View

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Kristy & Guy
July 27, 2013
Anthony’s Ocean View
New Haven, CT

Kristy and Guy are such a sweet couple. It had been quite a while since their engagement shoot last fall, and we were looking forward to the wedding. We had a wonderful time with them, and we were excited to join in their day. Having gotten to know each of them a little, we expected the wedding to be a beautiful and fun day. However we actually underestimated just how fun the day turned out to be!
We met Kristy and the girls for photos at the Marriott in New Haven. After everyone was ready, excited, and eagerly anticipating the nuptials, per Kristy’s request, Jake got a photo of both bride and groom before the ceremony. They wanted to have the special moment of seeing each other for the first time as Kristy walked down the sand aisle. So they used the hotel door to keep the surprise.
When we arrived at the venue, guests were ready and waiting to catch a glimpse of this gorgeous bride and see these two married. As Kristy hid around the corner, guests were lined up with cameras and iPhones excited to snap a photo. Once she reached the alter with Guy, they began their ocean side ceremony. The backdrop of the sun and boats was beautiful and the weather was perfect. Anthony’s even supplied some palm trees on the beach to give it a bit of a destination wedding feel.
After some fun on the beach with the family, bridal party, and happy couple, it was time to get the party started. And what a party it was. We have to commend friends and family on their enthusiasm and energy from start to finish. The dance floor was never empty and the laughter continued you all night. Everyone did a wonderful job of helping Guy and Kristy celebrate this momentous occasion. They helped make it an even more memorable day than it was already. We want to thank everyone for making our job fun and easy. Enjoy the photos!

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14Aug

Michelle & Scott–Brought To Life

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Michelle & Scott
July 26, 2013
Getting Ready: Simsbury Inn
Photos & Ceremony: Ethel Walker School & Chapel
Reception: The Riverview

Jake and I have been to the Riverview many times, and it is always a beautiful venue. However, Scott and Michelle went above and beyond transforming the Riverview from a just vision to a perfect celebration. They gave new meaning to the phrase, “bringing it to life.” Before I get to that part, let me rewind and start at the beginning.
We met Michelle and the girls at the Simsbury Inn for photos. It is always a nice place for bridal photos. We had a blast with the girls who were excited for their camera shots, and they brought fun to every photo. And I must mention that Michelle is absolutely gorgeous. I am not sure she could take a bad photo. After everyone was dressed and ready, Michelle and Scott opted for a first look. While we respect each couple’s individual decision on when to see each other, we love the idea of a first look. They had a private moment to talk with each other and share their excitement and anticipation of the day. Not to mention it provided us with plenty of time to get some beautiful photos.

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30Jul

Kristy & Guy–SNEAK PEEK

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Kristy and Guy
July 27, 2013
New Haven, CT
Anthony’s Oceanview

Here are a few beautiful photos from last Saturday’s wedding. Kristy and Guy are the sweetest duo. You could see how excited these two families were to have a new member added to the family. It was a beautiful afternoon on the ocean. Everyone had the opportunity to put their toes in the sand for the ceremony and photos. The weather was gorgeous and the ocean view was the perfect backdrop to the reception. There are many more photos to come from this lively reception. In the meantime, enjoy!

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29Jul

Michelle and Scott–SNEAK PEEK

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Michelle & Scott
July 26, 2013
Simsbury, CT:
Ethel Walker Chapel
The Riverview

Jake and I had photographed two weddings this past weekend. The weather was perfect both days. We kicked off the weekend with an amazing wedding on Friday at the Ethel Walker Chapel and Riverview. Michelle and Scott looked amazing. Although everyone woke up to rain in the morning, it was a beautiful afternoon for our photos on Ethel Walker School’s grounds. We had such a fantastic time with their friends and family. Their reception at the Riverview was so different than any wedding I have ever had the privilege of seeing in this location thanks to Michelle and Scott’s vision for the day and the handwork of Jason and his team at CT Party Pros. They did an awesome job bringing everything to life…literally! There is so much to show and tell about this reception, but I will save all the exciting things for the full wedding blog post. In the meantime, we wanted to share a few photos of this gorgeous couple. Stay tuned for much more to come in the next few weeks there are many details you must check out.

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7Jul

Erika and Ari–Best Paired With Each Other

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Erika and Ari
June 9, 2013
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
Stonington, CT

There are so many things to write about this wedding and this couple. But the one thing I really want to share has nothing to do with the actual wedding at all. However it really highlights the tremendous love and admiration that Ari and Erika have for each other. When I emailed the preview of the wedding a few weeks back, I received Ari’s vacation response in return. It began with, “I am out of the office celebrating marrying the incomparable Erika.” His love for her was evident the first moment we met. It was reinforced by a sweet and heartfelt speech he gave about his bride at the wedding. And it was carried right through to a simple but loving away message in his email. Erika returns that love in each glance she gives Ari in life and in every photograph we captured on their wedding day. Not only is Erika incomparable but they are an incomparable couple. It was wonderful to witness this love and incredible wedding day.
We had been looking forward to the wedding for almost a year. We love the Saltwater Farm. We photographed Ari’s brother and sister-in-law’s wedding last Fall. And we know the family well. We were excited and the wedding exceeded our expectations. It was gorgeous sunny afternoon sandwiched between weeks of rain. The sky was bright blue and the venue looked gorgeous. The decor looked amazing. I have to give credit not only to the bride and groom for the details, but to the caters, Gourmet Galley, for the best food I have ever had at a wedding. They put together an amazing menu, which was paired with wine from the vineyard. Ari and Erika were very particular with each detail. They picked the venue for its setting, its vibe, and of course their love for the wine. They personally selected all the flowers, centerpieces, and linens. And they paid attention to even the littlest of details. Ari and Erika shared their excitement about the day, the food, and the party each time we spoke. Friends and family certainly weren’t disappointed.
There were many special moments and hilarious moments throughout the day. Whenever Ari and his brothers are together, you can be sure laughs will follow. Although sorry boys, I think Grandpa Howard, delivered the best laugh of the day. However my favorite conversation was one we had with Ari. I loved his explanation for waiting to see Erika until they were together under the chuppah. He told us that they could have opted for a first look. They knew it would have given them more time at the party with friends and family. However he said he had been to many, many cocktail hours, and he will go to many, many more. However he would only get one opportunity to see his bride for the first time as she walked down the aisle. And what a beautiful grass aisle on the edge of the vineyards it was.
Erika looked gorgeous in her dress. You would never have guessed that she experienced a bride’s biggest nightmare about two months before her wedding. A broken foot! Instead of shopping for 4in stilettos, Erika spent her time searching for the cutest flats she could find. In the end she even had to kick off the ballet flats for sneakers. But either way there were no crutches just dancing shoes. She and Ari shared a choreographed first dance that was a favorite moment of the wedding. The party was high energy and these friends and family came to dance! We really hope you enjoy looking through the photos and checking out this incredible wedding. Ari and Erika, we thank you both for including us in your day. We were very honored to have been a part of it.

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1Jul

Sarah and Andy–The “Day” of Our Lives

Sarah and Andy
June 8, 2013
Wychwood Turkey Farm
North Stonington, CT

Sarah and Andy had such a beautiful and fun wedding. The location was amazing. It is always nice to photograph a wedding at a venue that is so personal to the couple. Sarah and Andy were married on the grass airplane runway of Wychwood Farm. The farm is a turkey farm in North Stonington (keep that in mind when Thanksgiving comes around), which has been in Andy’s Stepdad’s family for generations. Not only were the grounds for the wedding fantastic but so was the turkey they served at the reception! Guests sat in the actual airplane hangar and under a tent in an open green field, toasted and laughed with this happy couple, and helped them dance the night away. Sarah is by far the most animated bride we have encountered. She gave us and everyone else plenty of laughs and fun throughout the day. Their family and friends were warm and welcoming and a pleasure to spend the day with. Sarah and Andy spent plenty of time putting thought into the many vintage and rustic details of the day. It has been some of my favorite decor we have seen. Sarah’s father grew most of the flowers and did all of the amazing arrangements and bouquets himself. The guests were served dinner on a variety of china, and the centerpieces consisted of different floral arrangements in eclectic glass and china vases. But while all of that was wonderful none of it held a candle to the hilarious wedding vows that this couple shared. They were personal, loving, and funny just like the two people reciting them. Jake and I couldn’t have been more excited and thrilled to have been a part of this wedding celebration. Sarah and Andy thank you for making us a part of your day. It was truly a wedding to remember!

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15Jun

Ari and Erika–SNEAK PEEK

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Sunday was another beautiful day for us to be at the Saltwater Farm Vineyard. It is a venue that is always gorgeous and a wonderful place to host a wedding. Ari and Erika had an an amazing day. They are a beautiful couple, and we were so honored to be their for both of them and their families. There a many more great photos to come, but in the meantime, enjoy the preview.

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13Jun

Sarah and Andy–SNEAK PEEK

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Someone was looking down from the heavens on all the brides and grooms who were married this past weekend. Saturday and Sunday were two amazing, sunny days sandwiched between endless rain. Sarah and Andy were particularly lucky since their venue was not quite conducive to rain. We did two weddings back to back last weekend which were both in Stonington, CT. And ironically they were both in converted airplane hangars.

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11Jun

Sarah and Andrew–Two Love Birds

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Sarah and Andrew
May 19, 2013
Eolia Mansion at Harkness Park

This wedding was very special for Jake and me. For one, as I have mentioned in the past, Jake and I were married at this venue. This was the first wedding I have worked at the mansion since joining Jake a couple years ago. It was nice to reminisce and see how another bride took her vision and brought the mansion to life. Sarah and Andrew did a great job of adding personal touches throughout the mansion. The flowers, photos, cute little birds everywhere, and even a time capsule were nice pieces of the day.

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6Jun

Elaine and Ryan–I’ve Found The One

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Elaine and Ryan
May 18, 2013
Photos: Harkness Park and Enders Island
Reception: At Home in the Backyard!

Elaine and Ryan were officially our most laid back couple to date. We started with photos at Harkness park in Waterford, CT. Ryan and Elaine drove together, just the two of them, to meet us. From there they took us on a mini CT shoreline tour. Photos at Harkness are always beautiful. It is a great backdrop for the couple’s photos and family photos. It is a location with a little bit of everything, some greenery and a little sand between the toes. From there we all piled in our cars and headed to Montville for their ceremony. Once these two were married, their bridal party (and the newest family member, their puppy) joined us at Enders Island for some photos oceanside. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the location, it is the very tip of Mason’s Island in Mystic, CT where the monastery resides. From there we headed just a few blocks to Elaine and Ryan’s home. It is here where they held their reception.

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4Jun

CT Bride Magazine–Yay, We’re Featured!

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First let me start by congratulating Kristiana and Steve for planning a gorgeous wedding. They were married last September at the Jonathan Edwards Winery in Stonington, CT. Their wedding photos posted on our blog caught the eye of CT Bride Magazine. They have decided to feature their wedding in the next issue! Along with Kristiana and Steve, A Thyme to Cook and Stems Floral Design did an amazing job bringing this couple’s wedding vision to life. If you want to check out all of Kristiana and Steve’s wedding details or see the amazing venue, you can revisit our blog post, “Kristiana and Steve–Wine All Around.” I have posted a little montage refresher below. Enjoy!

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22May

Sarah and Andrew–SNEAK PEEK

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Here is a little preview of our Harkness wedding from this past weekend. These two were absolutely adorable and so much fun to spend the day with. Jake and I also have a special place in our hearts for their wedding venue since we were married there as well. There are many more great photos to come, but in the meantime enjoy the teaser.

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21May

Ryan and Elaine–SNEAK PEEK

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Here is a little teaser from Ryan and Elaine’s wedding this past Saturday. They had a beautiful afternoon on the CT shoreline, which we were very honored to have documented. There will be many more for viewing soon, but in the meantime here is a preview.

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26Mar

Sarah and Jim’s Waterview Wedding

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Sarah and Jim
March 9, 2013
The Waterview

Jake and I were very excited to start our 2013 wedding season a couple weeks ago. We kicked it off with Sarah and Jim, and we couldn’t think of a better couple to spend the day with. They were married at the Waterview in Monroe, CT, and it was an awesome afternoon. Snow blanketed the ground, but the weather felt like spring. We weren’t sure what mother nature would bring, but she brought a perfect weather day. The weather was warm enough that everyone was willing to head outside for a few photos in the snow. It was a gorgeous day for these two the tie the knot! Jake and I had a great time with their family and friends. Sarah and Jim were excited and welcoming as soon as we walked through the door. You can see the love on their faces and the faces of their family and friends throughout the day. It is always so rewarding to be a part of a day like this. We hope you enjoy looking through the photos as much as we enjoyed capturing the images.

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27Nov

Cindy and Chris–X Marks The Spot

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Cindy and Chris
November 11, 2012
Ceremony–Saint Catherine of Siena
West Simsbury, CT Photos
Reception–The Pond House at Elizabeth Park

Cindy and Chris were great as usual to photograph. We had an awesome time with them when we took their engagement photos. Although they may not think so, they are extremely comfortable behind the camera. They both are relaxed and amazing, which really comes through in their photos. I had a hard time picking photos of just the two of them for the blog. They have some of my favorite photos. The light, time of day, and relaxed attitude of the formal photo time really made the end product incredible. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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21Nov

Jess and Steve–With Traditional Flair

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Jess and Steve
November 3, 2012
Greentree Country Club
New Rochelle, NY

Planning a wedding can be stressful under the best of circumstances. Now imagine that you have planned a wedding on the NY coast scheduled the Saturday after Hurricane Sandy. The venue was without power for a few days. The outdoor beach area took a hit. And the church had a large tree in the front yard fall across the driveway. But everything was fixed up in time for the wedding. Jess and Steve rolled with the punches and did a great job of putting it out of their minds. In the end it all worked out. There were a few minor adjustments, but they were still able to get their special day which was amazing and full of high energy dancing and plenty of fun.

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13Nov

Colleen and Jason–An Autumn Wedding

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Colleen and Jason
October 13, 2012

Ceremony–Saint Catherine of Siena, West Simsbury, CT
Reception–Simsbury Inn

Colleen and Jason kicked off our fall weddings. The leaves on the trees had finally changed and were coloring the Simsbury hillside. They wanted some fall photos around and about the Simsbury area. They were a trusting duo, and they let us choose the location for their photos. There was a open field down the street from the church with the colorful hills in the background that looked perfect to us. It turned out to be an excellent places for some photos. The hills in the background were painted with the colors of fall. We were able to capture the perfect light to add even more intrigue to the photos.

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2Nov

SNEAK PEEK–Rachel and Alex

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SNEAK PEEK–Rachel and Alex
Love these two! They are just as adorable and fun in person as they are behind the camera. We had an awesome time with the two of them as well as their friends and family. There are many more great photos to come. In the meantime, enjoy the little teaser.

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1Nov

SNEAK PEEK–Colleen and Jason

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Colleen and Jason
Simsbury, CT

Colleen and Jason were married a couple weeks ago on a beautiful fall day. The church was amazing to photograph in, and I managed to find an awesome field just down the street for the photos. We had a great time with the couple and the bridal party during their photo session. There are many more great photos to come. Enjoy the preview!

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23Oct

Jen and Carlos– Wedding Celebration Take 2

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West Hartford, CT

Jen and Carlos were married on the beach in Mexico. From what we hear it was the perfect day to have your feet in the sand and exchange wedding vows. But the wedding was small and intimate not to mention a bit far for everyone to travel. For those who are local and and wanted to congratulate the couple, Jen’s parents held a luncheon at the temple. Jen and Carlos made the journey from their west coast home to join everyone in the celebration.

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22Oct

Kristy & Guy

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Kristy and Guy
Engagement Photos
Wickham Park

Kristy and Guy are adorable and fun. We had a great time taking photos with them. We somehow managed to choose the two busiest days to attempt a photo session at Wickham Park. We decided against a day with a war reenactment. Only we ended up finding ourselves in the midst of an invitational, high school cross country race. You wouldn’t know it from the photos, but the park was packed. I have never seen it so crowded before! However, Kristy and Guy did great. They were good sports about dodging the crowd and finding quieter places in the park for photos. We also decided to leave the madness and head down the street for a walk along a beautiful trail. The colors really represented the fall feel Kristy and Guy were looking to capture. And the trail was a beautiful place for us all to take a stroll. Enjoy the photos!

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