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The Barns at Wesleyan Hills | Becca & Marty Wedding

Where to begin with this stunning wedding? Becca and Marty chose the perfect rustic barn for their romantic spring wedding. The Barns at Wesleyan Hills was decorated to perfection with every detail in its place. I was so honored to shoot this special wedding with my awesome friend Robyn from Robyn and Lou photography. We always have so much fun when shooting together. My day started with Marty and the guys and lets just say I knew form the moment I walked in that this was going to be a wedding filled with so much love. Marty was beaming with excitement and blushed every time someone mentioned his soon to be new wife. Poor Becca was sick on her wedding day but that didn't stop her from looking absolutely stunning in her gown. The Ct wedding group who hosts weddings for The Barns at Wesleyan hills did a fabulous job as always with their styling and day of coordinating. I am always happy to shoot a wedding at one of their venues, because lets face it they truly know how to put on an epic wedding. 

So my favorite part of the day was when Becca walked out to the end of the isle to meet her father. I didn't know Becca before that day but after talking with her in her bridal sweet before the ceremony I just knew that moment needed to be captured in time. And surely it was magic seeing the look on her fathers face as his beautiful daughter walked down the long driveway to him. They picked a beautiful spot on the property to have their ceremony right in front of the weeping willows that blew in the wind. Let's just say it was magic. You can tell by the photos it was the perfect romantic setting. Just like I thought Marty cried and cried when his bride walked down the isle and he continued to cry during most of the ceremony especially when he said his vows. Both sets of parents just gleamed with huge smiles knowing their children were finally tying the knot. This was such and emotional day and I'm so thankful to have been a part of it. The first dance was even more amazing as the ceremony. The barn was decorated to perfection. I can't wait to be able to come back to this beautiful venue for another amazing wedding. So if your looking for the perfect romantic rustic wedding then you can't go wrong with The barns at Wesleyan Hills.

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Denison Homestead Engagement Session | Nicole & Dylan

So when Nicole told me we had to plan her an Dylan's engagement session around his leave I was happy to work them in at a moments notice. The best part was Dylan really really wanted a snow session this winter and low an behold someone was looking out for us. We had a crazy ride that week and got the biggest snow storm of the year here in CT. Thirteen inches fell the day before we were supposed to have Nicole and Dylan's session at the Denison Homestead in Mystic. Let's just say we were all very excited to go play in the snow. I even got so excited for one shot that I almost forgot there was a creek where I was standing being covered by all the snow and literally almost fell in. But I didn't care one bit because the photo I took while falling was purely magic. I want to thank Dylan and Nicole for the sacrifices they make to keep us safe and free. I had so much fun with them during our session that I just know we will have a blast on their wedding day this coming October at The Mohegan Sun golf club. I'm so honored they chose me to be their wedding photographer and can't wait for the big day to get here.

So here are some highlights of us laughing and having a good time in the snow this past February. I even loved that they did the traditional navy kiss while in his dress blues.

 

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The Pavilion on Crystal Lake | Amanda + Nick

Hmmmmm where to start with the sweat couple. When I got the call from Brooke Allison Photography to photograph her life ling friends weddings I jumped at the opportunity. The day was gorgeous with the sun  and light being amazing. The day started off with a beautiful church ceremony with lots of tears and smiles. That moment when Amanda's dad gave her away and Nick's huge smile full of love at that very moment just made my heart melt. When we arrived at The Pavilion on Crystal Lake I literally squealed with excitement for the gorgeous lighting. The way the light shines through the trees at Crystal lake is just simply magical. We had our typical fun with the bridal party especially with the guys and their fun sucks. I love when the groom and his guys have every detail like the beautiful bride and bridesmaids do. This bridal party was the funniest and most hilarious group I've ever had. We had a blast. When it came time for Amanda and Nick's portraits I just knew we were creating MAGIC...

This wedding was so beautiful down to every single detail. Amanda did a fabulous job with the coordinators of CT Wedding Group to design the most romantic rustic wedding at The Pavilion on Crystal Lake.

Soon it was party time and they even had the DJ announce to have all the wedding guests join in the fun at the end of their first dance which I thought was sweet. You can see the love of this family as they watched the newlyweds take their first dance. I couldn't help but wipe some tears away during the speeches and even got a good laugh at times. I think one of my favorite parts of wedding is hearing the sweet stories form the made of honor and best man. The part of the day that takes the cake for me well it literally is CAKE cutting. I joke around with all my couples and say I shoot weddings for the cake or in some cases cupcakes. You will make this photographer very happy if you feed me cake on your special day!

It was such a pleasure to be a part of this beautiful and romantic wedding. This is why I do what I do...

Do what you love!

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Allen Hill Farm Wedding | Karen + Matthew

Where to begin with this beautiful wedding. I mean I LOVE shooting at Allen Hill Tree Farm so much that when Rachel with Rowanberry + Lavender called me to shoot this wedding with her I could not refuse. We couldn't have asked for a more gorgeous day and the weather was perfect for this fall wedding at the farm. The day started off at The Hilton Garden Inn and all it took was one step through the front door and I knew right away the perfect spot to hang the dress. I literally fell in love with the chandeliers in the lobby and with the beautiful wood and glass backdrop who could go wrong. I love when I get to go back and fourth between the bride and groom especially when the rooms are on the same floor. Matt was already dressed when we arrived but I couldn't help but grabbed a few quick details of him and on to the bride I went to back up Rachel. Karen had a handkerchief from her grandmother and kept the box it came in for her wedding day to store it. How much love this family has just made me feel like I was part of the family that day even though I had literally only met them 5 minutes ago. I immediately knew right then and there why Rachel talked so highly of this couple and how much she loved this family. Matt made Karen the sweetest necklace that had the coordinates engraved of where they are getting married on both sides. How creative he is I swear. I mean he even made the log Arbor that they got married under at the Farm. 

Then came time for Karen to get into her dress and well the tears quickly flowed. I found myself getting teary eyed behind the camera as I was shooting the moment. Rachel and I looked at each other and our hearts melted with excitement for Karen. Once Karen was dressed I quickly drove off to Allen Hill Farm to start the groomsmen photos and of course they are always a blast. The guys had a few fun ideas and even decided they would all climb to the top of the rock and take big group photo. 

I think I witnessed one of the most emotional ceremonies of all my weddings ever shot that day. The crying the smiling and most of all the laughing. After exchanging their rings they did a rope ceremony where they tie hands together and the officiant tells a nice story. The best part of the whole ceremony was the officiant was a very close friend of the family which always makes it more personal to the couple. 

Well finally it was party time for the guests and Rachel and I were off into the sunset with the happy newlyweds and of course we both were jumping for joy with the gorgeous sunset light we were so blessed to have that day. I think we probably took about 500 or more photos between the two of us. LOL If your looking for a gorgeous sunset for your wedding day then I highly recommend having your wedding at Allen Hill Tree Farm. Theres so many little hidden gems on that property for your wedding day photos. Also they always have the BEST caterers. On the Spot  Catering is one of my very favorite caterers in the area so I was really excited to see them there. They are always so tentative to the bride and groom and amazing to fellow vendors. They feed us well too and in my eyes thats always a BONUS when your on your feet working all day to have a great working relationship with other vendors.

After formals where over it was time to get to the fun part of the day! The first dance was amazing and of course the father daughter dance was emotional. Aren't they always the most emotional part of the day? Karen's Made of Honor was brought to tears and you could see the joy in her mothers face. We had fun partying along with the guests and snapped a ton of amazing photos even out by the bon fire and during cat cutting. But until next time I say Live, Love, Laugh and be Merry!

congrats to the happy couple and Thanks again to Rachel for having me to shoot this beautiful wedding with her. I can't wait for our next adventure together!

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Nathan Lester House Wedding | Sara + Jose

When I got the distress call from Tracy 2 days before her daughters wedding at The Nathan Lester house I just new I had to jump in and help a fellow photographer out. Everyone deserves beautiful wedding day photos. I mean heck I literally could have walked to the venue. I love being around the corner from such beautiful historic venues in Ledyard. When I arrived right before the ceremony all I could see is the loving family members running around setting up the perfect simple decorations. It was simply stunning and so special. One of the most emotional intimate weddings I've had the pleasure of witnessing. I loved that Sara and her dad stopped at the back of the isle to say a little prayer before Jose turned to see his beautiful bride walking down the isle. His reaction was priceless and so sweet. He literally burst into tears. Tracy had only 3 weeks to pull this special day off, but I have to say she nailed it and I know Sara and Jose loved it. Thank you Tracy, Sara and Jose for allowing me to be a part of one of the most special days of your lives.

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Harkness Engagement Session | Sarah + Jim

After our first date was completely rained out I was so excited for the gorgeous light we had for Sarah and Jim's engagement session at Harkness Memorial State Park. I could not have asked for a better fall sunset filled with gorgeous colors and a beautiful couple. One thing I always love when my couples show up with a personal prop that mean so much to them. When Jim told me he brought his family guitar I jumped with excitement and knew just what I wanted to use for the ring shot. These two are naturals in front of the camera and it truly showed during their session. We had a blast together. This engagement session was filled with lots of laughter. Sarah & Jim are so in love and it really shows how much they care for each other. I can not wait to photograph their gorgeous fall wedding next September. If its any indication of how much they care for one another I can only imagine the day will be filled with so much laughter but also tears of joy.

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Preston Ridge Vineyard Wedding | Kathryn + Kevin

What a sweet genuine couple Kathryn and Kevin are. When I got the call from Amy Mello that she needed a 2nd shooter for this wedding I couldn't help but get super excited after hearing her tell me all about the couple. I've been wanting to get a chance to visit the Preston Ridge Vineyard and this was the perfect time to do so. I have to say anyone who is looking for a rustic chic vineyard style wedding will not be disappointed with this beautiful venue. Upon meeting Kathryn and Kevin I could tell instantly how in love they are. Amy told me so much about this couple that I felt like I knew them personally before the big day arrived, and I could tell she was personally invested in this wonderful couple. She told me how they were both adopted from Korea when they were younger and just happened to meet when they both started working in the same school district. How fun is that to meet your sole mate while your doing a job you love so much! The love of music was clearly shown in all the hand selected details of the Preston Ridge Vineyard wedding. Kevin even had a few of his students who were so happy to come out and play for them during the ceremony. Thats says something about someones character and devotion to their students. Sadly I only got to participate in part of the day and I hear Kevin and Kathryn preformed a music number for their guests and I missed the best dance party ever...

Thanks again Amy, Kathryn & Kevin for letting me share is such a beautiful and meaningful day! Congratulations and I know you will have a wonderful and adventurous future together.

I had the pleasure of working with some of my favorite vendors for this Preston Ridge Vineyard wedding and I can't wait to share them with all of you and my future brides who I know will LOVE everyone of these vendors for sure.

Reception Venue: Preston Ridge Vineyard

Catering: Ivy's Simply Homemade

Florals & Design: KLW Design Co.

Wedding Cake: Zest Fresh Pastry

Videography: East Coast Image

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Charlestown Rhode Island wedding | Lynn + Steve

Have you ever wondered how long it takes to find the love of your life? Well Lynn & Steve found each other in a bar one night on a whim. If you sit with these two and their family for 5 minutes you will see how perfect they are for one another. I felt the love in that living room during their intimate ceremony at their house. I was so excited to learn that Lynn is a bee keeper and how they incorporated a honey tasting during the ceremony. I've never seen that done before and it was so great. The officiant was so wonderful and had such an elegant delivery during the ceremony. I think my favorite part was the maid of honor was a granddaughter of the couple. She was so adorable and did such a wonderful job holding those rings and keeping them safe for when the time came to give them to the bride and groom. I am so happy with the way this wedding turned out and hope to do more intimate weddings in the future. Thank you again Lynn & Steve for allowing me to share in such a beautiful and intimate ceremony to start the rest of your lives together. I know you both have a bright future ahead especially now that you will share it with your true love.

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Riverton Yacht Club Wedding | The Rau's

Devon and Daniel's wedding at The Riverton Yacht Club this past fall was absolutely breath taking. They are such a fun couple and that go's to say why my second shooter Bonnie and I had so much fun hanging out with the bridal party all day. When Devon first called me and told me she picked The Riverton Yacht Club for her outdoor wedding I could not contain my excitement to photograph a wedding at this venue. It was only fitting that this adventurous outdoor loving couple would choose a venue that represents one of the many things they do together. Devon and Daniel belong to The Riverton Yacht Club and go sailing all the time. I remember when we did their engagement photos and took a hike through the woods in Pennsylvania for about 2 miles and all we did was laugh, I've had so much fun getting to know this wonderful couple over the last year and I'm truly honored I got to celebrate their special day with them. The day began with thunderstorms coming and going but turned out to be a beautiful overcast day. Of course as a photographer I couldn't have asked for better lighting than that. The ladies started out partying at the brides Aunts house while the guys were hanging out at the future Rau house. When I took my first look at Devon's dress I immediately fell in LOVE with it. The silk fitting body covered with the beautiful delicate lace adorned with her silk sash. I mean does it get any more rustic romantic than that? Judy Cope and friends helped her make all the bouquets and boutonnieres for the special day. The groom and his groomsmen all wore what I call boat shoes and I thought it was such a great touch to match the nautical theme of the day. The navy and mint colors matched everything so perfectly and the best part was the bridesmaids all had a different dress but yet still coordinated with one another. Get this... They all had pockets in their dress. I thought that was amazing as I am a pocket in my dress kinda girl. When we got to the Riverton Yacht Club for Devon and Daniel's first look I knew just the perfect spot for Daniel to see his beautiful bride for the very first time. We had a blooper moment when the bride was walking to see her groom a daddy long legs decided he wanted to join the party and climbed on Devons dress. Daniel turned around to not only see his blushing bride but he also got the surprise of his life when he noticed this big spider walking around on Devon. He made the funniest face and swatted the spider off her and then the real moment happened. His face lit up and the smile said it all. These two knew they were ready to become one and couldn't wait for the ceremony to begin. During the ceremony you could just feel the love in the air on both sides of the isle. The bridesmaids were crying and I couldn't help myself but I got a little choked up as well. Then came one of the best receptions I've had the pleasure of being a part of. They had a live band playing and the guests enjoyed themselves so much that I don't think we ever had an empty spot on the floor all night. Everyone had a blast dancing the night away. Thank you again Devon and Daniel for letting me share in your beautiful day with you. I enjoyed every moment of it!

 

 

 

Vendor List

Brides dress: Essence of Australia designer Sold by: Arielle Bridal, Ambler Pa

Hair and Makeup: Ingrid's Saloon

Cake: Haegele's Bakery

Catering: Cathy's Catering

Live Band: Sly 45

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Floral Theme Bridal Shower near Ocean Beach Park | Ellie

When I got the call from Taylor of  Black Bow Events to come photograph her sisters bridal shower I could not be more excited. I mean have you seen the gorgeous styled events she's put on? No one passes up on the chance to be a part of one of her events. I can't say enough about how sweet Ellie is and the excitement on her face when all her life long friends arrived. This bridal shower had the best food... Yes I said that the best food! Ivy's Simply Homemade is just the perfect catering company for such an event like a bridal shower or a wedding. Trust me you won't be disappointed. I can even tell you how many of the ladies could not stop telling Ellie and Taylor how delicious the food was. I can't even begin to tell you how thoughtful Taylor was when designing this bridal shower for her sister Ellie. I am still dying over all the sweet details from the guess Ellie's age game to the beautiful table displaying her bridesmaids to the fun mimosa table. I  can only imagine how beautiful Ellie and Brandon's wedding decor will be with her sister on the job! Thanks again for having me come take photos for such a fun event.

  

Vendor List:

Event Decor by Taylor with Black Bow Events

Flowers by Hana Floral Design 

Catering by Ivy's Simply Homemade

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Rustic Barn Wedding | Lindsey + Chris

I can't even tell you how incredibly excited I was to be a part of this stunning wedding. Lindsey and Chris are such an inspiration. To see how many of their friends agreed to stand with them on the most important day of their lives is just magical. I mean how many weddings do you see them have 13 on each side there to support the love of a couple. I can not be happier with the way these images came out and I know Lindsey is going to cherish this photos for a lifetime. She's such a sweet soul and its no wonder Chris fell madly head over heals for her. They picked the most beautiful location to hold their outdoor rustic barn wedding vision come true. I hope to go back o Ball Ground Georgia some day soon and to have the chance to shoot another wedding at The Wheeler House. I can't say enough about the beautiful decor and food. Thank you so much Lindsey and Chris for letting me share in this very special day with you and your family! I left feeling like not just another vendor but part of the family.

 

 

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