When I first met Gily at a bridal show she just had this glow about her. I knew she had a deep love for Justin after our conversation and I couldn’t wait to hear from her to discuss the wedding plans. When we picked to have their engagement session in down town Mystic I knew right were I wanted to start out. The boat docks by Red 66 are always so full of gorgeous light and then making our way over to the iconic bridge that had the words Mystic printed the light got even more gorgeous. Between the three of us I don’t think we stopped laughing at all the entire time. Gily really wanted a light house in the background so we headed over to stonington which is another fun scenic spot with old history in Connecticut. We played around the light house and made even more gorgeous memories for this sweet couple. They were total naturals in front of the camera and I can’t even believe their wedding is in 2 weeks. I am so beyond excited for them and I can not wait to have just as much fun at their wedding as we did doing this session.
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This Harkness engagement sessions love story started at a friends bbq back in 2013. That would set the seen for Colleen and Matt to start dating and now they are building their life together a day at a time. When I asked about the proposal I kinda melted with pure excitement when I heard the story. Imagine your sitting in a nice restaurant in Dublin Ireland. Yes you read that correct they were on a trip to Dublin Ireland. This is so on my bucket list of places I want to visit in my lifetime. It was the very first night on their trip and Matt was treating Colleen to a super romantic fancy dinner at The Bank Restaurant. While eating dessert, they were talking about their future, and how excited they were for their move and and the future. That’s when Matt grabs the ring from his jacket pocket, gets down on 1 knee and proposes. I am a desert girl and I of course wanted to know what was for desert and hello what a romantic man Matt is. I don’t even think I would be able to eat my desert after that because I would be full of excitement so I hope he at least let Colleen eat a little before dropping to one knee. I can see it all over his face the way he looks at her that she is his everything. I can’t wait for their wedding to finally get here already. June seems so far away yet so close.
Meggie and Brian met online which is kinda become the normal for so many couples now. I mean I am happy to say I’ve met my current boyfriend on Match dot com and it really does work.
I asked Meggie my usually questions and in her own words here’s their love story of how they met. Our first date was a quick dinner where Brian was a perfect gentleman albeit 30 minutes late... which is usually my MO (so together we stand no chance of being on time haha). We immediately scheduled a second date for a few days later, met early in the morning for a hike with the dogs, breakfast at a diner (my favorite, being a Jersey girl), then we were having such a good time we decided to go kayaking and grabbed pizza for dinner, and shared a sweet first kiss. This was ultimately a preview to many future weekends together enjoying the outdoors and searching for the best local pizza.
The best was the proposal was a complete surprise, everyone thought Brian would propose on our one year anniversary trip, he didn't, I was thinking Christmas, that would also turn out to be incorrect. Instead after a Labor Day picnic he asked me to come help him out in the living room and when I walked out he was down on one knee asking if I'd be his wife. Later I would find out how he had taken a vacation day to secretly go find the perfect ring and that he wanted to propose on our trip but the ring hadn't come in and his secret texts with the jeweler that he didn't want me to see, and then as soon as he got the ring, he just couldn't wait to ask. <3. Simple and sweet.
These two are so sweet and I can’t wait to share their gorgeous Yacht club wedding with you on the blog soon…
Abi, Marc and I had so much fun exploring Harkness during their engagement session. We had a beautiful sky that day. Even better was a very photogenic couple who I swear were naturals in front of the camera. I barely had to tell them what to do. I always love sending my couples a short questionnaire when they inquire with me because well I LOVE getting to know them so I don’t feel like a stranger when we meet for the first time.
When I asked Abi how these two met this was in her own words. We met late summer 2016 through a mutual friend who had been trying to set us up for awhile. She invited him on a "girl's" weekend up in NH to hike and hangout. Needless to say, he held his own with 3 overworked nurses whose topics of conversations tend to veer towards the gross side. And he was still interested after watching me struggle on the hike with a nauseous stomach!
Then I asked about the proposal and this is were it gets even better. In Abi’s own words “We often go for walks at a friend's farm close to home with our dog, Ziggy. There are beautiful woods, trails and ponds to choose from. One late morning, the sun had broken out after a night of snow. He suggested we go for a walk because he knows I love snow. I was excitedly snapping pictures of Ziggy in his new scarf for our holiday cards when he suggested we hike to the top of the big hill on the property. As we were walking up, he started asking me about what were my "top three" memories for 2017. I immediately chose our trip to Costa Rica (our second date!). Then I talked about a fireworks festival in Montreal he took me to (because he knows I love fireworks!). We had done so many things that year, I told him I had trouble picking a third and told him it was his turn. By this point, we were at the top of the hill and I was obliviously looking all around at the snow-filled panoramic view. He talked about Costa Rica and then a trip to Denver where we saw our favorite band at Red Rocks. And then when I turned toward him, he was going down on one knee with a ring in his hand saying "And I hope this will make your top 3..." And then I blacked out. He says there was swearing and crying and then finally a "yes!".
I don’t think I could have worded this any better than Abi did… I am kinda obsessed with their love story and hearing about their second date to Costa Rica was ummmm pretty amazing. But if you want to hear about that you must come back to see their wedding posted soon.
Harkness Memorial park is always the perfect backdrop for any type of session weather it be for a romantic couples session or even when you wanna throw in the brides adorable son for a few family photos. I’m a big harry potter fan myself so I couldn’t resist letting little man keep his glasses on and his magic wand in hand. Mike is truly a great man and I am so happy for Gabrielle and little man to have him in their lives. He walked into Gabrielle’s life and loves her for everything she has to offer. Best thing ever is he gets and immediate family. Who couldn’t ask for more love than that? He gets two for the price of one…
Stop back by my blog soon to see their beautiful wedding from this past fall at the Gorgeous Burr Mansion!!
When Alicia told me her idea about having me come out to her friends private farm for their engagement session I swear I felt a little giddy inside. It’s like being a school girl in love all over again when it comes to me and beautiful rustic farms. So my favorite part was that we got to have fun with their 3 gorgeous dogs and with a little bit of me jumping around looking like a fool behind the camera and the dogs being very patient we were able to get the shot Alicia rally wanted. When the day came it was raining all day but we decided to power through it and make the best of the day. I always carry my white umbrellas with me for wedding days and figured lets play in the rain why not. I have to say Alicia and Michael were good sports and went with it. I am so happy with the gorgeous images we ended up getting. A little rain does not stop people in LOVE…
I can’t wait to celebrate with them on their big day this coming St. Patricks’s day. I just know it’s going to be a blast.
One of my favorite places to visit is Devil’s Hopyard and I was so excited when Kelsey and Joe picked this beautiful place for their engagement photos. Even better when they got out of the car in these ummmmm perfect outfits. The pink was popping off all the greenery and just made my job so easy. Any man who puts on pink for his lady is a keeper in my eyes. you would never guess who these two love birds met by how dressed up they are. Its kinda adorable if you ask me. Joe showed up to this upscale bar in sandals. Yes sandals… Well 3 years later they are getting married so it definitely made an impression on Kelsey for sure. The proposal was so sweet when they were visiting her sister in Florida. The first night of being there they went to siesta key beach and he surprised Kelsey with letters written in the sand with candles and rose petals asked her to marry him. I just love hearing the sweet proposal stories.
Coming soon to the blog is their gorgeous Aria wedding!! Don’t forget to come back and see soon…
I maybe be biased but I am a little obsessed with this session at Devils Hopyard from this past spring. Erin and Lee nailed it from the perfect outfits to every pose. I mean they are our naturals in front of the camera. You will see more of that when I blog their wedding here soon. I was so excited when I saw her ring because this girl LOVES rings. It was simply beautiful and I must say Lee did a fabulous job picking it out. I just love how they met at the local bar that Erin worked. Lee would come in with his friends for nearly two years before he finally asked this beautiful lady out. I secretly think he had to work up the courage but she gladly excepted and now they get to spend the rest of their lives making memories. He took her out on the greater banks on vacation and during a moonlit stroll he wrapped his arms around her and whispered sweet words into her ear. Little did Erin know what was about to happen when she turned around and he got down on one knee and asked her to spend the rest of her life with him. Its like a fairy tail and I am so honored to be their photographer and I get to share in their love story.
When your couple tells you they want their engagement photos with their favorite sports team on it and they show up with your favorite teams jersey you grin ear to ear with excitement. I mean I didn’t think the session could get any better until mom brought out the most adorable dog ever… He was such a champ and it was like he knew he had to put on a show. I can’t lie I almost wanted to take the little guy home to my kids. Shannon, Andrew and I had so much fun exploring one of my favorite parks together. Harkness Memorial State Park has so many little secret hidden gems around the property that I can shoot there everyday and still manage to find a new fun spot to use. The lighting is always so gorgeous and this day was particularly one of my favorites with this beautiful warm glow we had. I am so excited and can’t wait for Shannon and Andrews wedding which just so happens to be in a short few months. The count down has begun…
When I first met this sweet young couple I felt an instant connection with them. Their story about how they met in college when Rupak moved here all the way from Nepal. Who would think he would find the love of his life all the way across the world. The proposal was so sweet of course Kimberly being the intuitive woman she is kinda knew it was coming sooner rather than later. But the day approached and Rupak got Kimberly’s brother and sister-in-law in on the plan and they were supposed to be going to a corn maze together. Somehow, they ended up in Newport at the cliff walk instead and walked along for a while while. He stopped her, had a whole speech, got down on one knee… and well, you can figure out the rest. Such a magical memory for them to cherish. So when it came time for the engagement session we knew exactly where to have it. No place was going to be more perfect than the college grounds they met and fell in love on. We secretly wanted snow and guess what we got our wish and got snow the day before their planned session. My photographer heart was full of excitement and joy to share my afternoon with this sweet couple at WPI.
Come back and see their wedding coming to the blog soon!!
Save the date for this super fun loving couple. When Lisa had the idea of having their engagement photos at the same location as Sachin's proposal I got super excited and jumped at the chance. The light is always so amazing in down town Mystic in the winter and I just knew we would create magic. When Lisa showed up with matching coffee mugs that said Love Madly I got was in heaven and they even brought the beautiful sign I sent them with their soon to be new last name. when my brides get creative with their engagement sessions and even bringing the little things to make it their own just melts my heart. We laughed our butts off trying to stay warm with the wind over the water but they were good sports and you would never know how cold it was outside. Their love shined through and made it feel like it was 80 degrees that evening. I just love having fun with my couples and catching those little looks that they give each other when they don't think I am looking or taking a photo because those moments are my true favorite and I just get giddy inside when I catch those. I can't wait to photograph Lisa and Sachin's wedding this fall at the beautiful Bill Miller's Castle. These two are going to light up the night and I just know its going to be an absolute blast to be a part of. Thank you Lisa and Sachin for trusting me to be your photographer.
When I first talked to Nicole and Jadian about their wedding I knew right away they would be a perfect couple for the J.Parsons Photography family. The sweet story about how Jadian proposed in Florida on a sail boat just melted my heart. They were away for vacation and little did Nicole know that he planned it all out. He rented a boat just for the two of them to enjoy all day. It was just them and the captain. We all know how that story ends because surprise they are engaged!!!
It was so great to finally meet them on their last trip up to CT for a venue walk through. It was perfect timing I just happen to have that day off from my crazy wedding season and we planned a fun morning shoot. I promised to keep it short since they were going to have a really long day filled with like a 9 hour drive home back to Pittsburg but I like I always tell my couples its so important for us to meet and have an engagement session so we can get to know each other before the big day.
Knowing that they both love adventures and the outdoors we planned to start the session at The Wadsworth Falls before ending at their wedding venue The Barns at Wesleyan Hills. To our surprise there was the cutest little tree farm across the street from the falls so we of course made a pit stop. I mean who doesn't love some photos with gorgeous Christmas trees. I think my favorite part about the session was right from the start they both seemed to read my mind and know what I was thinking next. Its like they've been doing this forever. They were even brave enough to climb on the wet rocks to get super close to the beautiful falls for one of my very favorites of their session. Jadian was so funny he saw me looking at the little jetty of rocks and before I could even say anything he's like yup we will totally go on that. We finished our morning off at the beautiful barns under the weeping willow trees and even explored the fun tunnel. I just love the variety of images we were able to capture in such a short amount of time. I truly can not wait to celebrate Nicole and Jadian's wedding with them next June! Until then happy wedding planning...
Locations: The wadsworth Falls & The Barns at Wesleyan Hills
I knew from the moment I first met Jackie and Brian at our consultation that this couple was going to be a blast to work with and I was right. I lost count of how many times we laughed during their engagement session. The light was amazing at Baldwin Brook Farm that night and I probably could have photographed them all night long had the sun not gone down. you can clearly see how much love these two share especially when Brian looks at his beautiful bride to be. He gets this special sparkle in his eye and I think his smile literally goes from ear to ear. Jackie is so bubbly and I just LOVE her. We just seem to get each other and I mean come on anytime one of my brides tells me they just want to eat ribs in their wedding dress on the most important day of their life just makes me happy. I'm a southerner and love ribs. I always drive by these gorgeous spots in my town and when Jackie said she loved the idea of following me around to shoot in my secret spots I got very very excited. It truly makes me happy knowing my couples trust my judgement and are willing to follow me anywhere to make gorgeous photos for them. I am so happy to have the most gorgeous Farm just around the corner from my house with a beautiful brook and covered bridge. Even better the owners are super nice and let me use their gorgeous farm. I can't wait to try out their syrup and eggs.
Thank you again Jackie and Brian for choosing me to be your photographer and I look forward to your wedding next year at Wrights Mill Farm!
When I first got the call from Conor with his plan to pop the question to Becca and he wanted to do it on the first day of Buttonwood Farms Sunflower for Wishes. I was over the moon with excitement. I mean who doesn't want to be a part of something like this. Sharing this very special time with Becca and Conor was so much fun. You can just see how much love they have for one another. Before leaving them I felt like I was an old friend. The best and most favorite part of our portrait session was when they decided they had to take a photo in front of the cows because Becca is going to be a large bread vet. Well little did we know that one of the cows was going to become the focus in the background and photo bomb them. It was so great and perfect timing. So earlier in the week Conor and I made the perfect plan on google maps. lol Best thing ever when your planning something from several states away. Conor told me he would be flying in the night before the big proposal so I would go there a few days before and check out the lay of the land. We were able to walk the route he would eventually take Becca on that Saturday morning. It was a gorgeous day. The two of them walking through the path enjoying all the beautiful sunflowers which by the way is Becca's favorite and then right before they reached the end of the walking path he turned her and dropped to one knee. Instantly Becca burst into tears with excitement. It was simply magical and I couldn't hold back my tears watching it all unfold before my eyes. He picked out the perfect ring for his sweet bride to be and she LOVES it. Thank you again Conor for choosing me to create these beautiful life long memories for you and Becca to cherish for years to come.
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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What I love most about this adorable couple was watching them interact with one another. I had so much fun at Gouveia Vineyards with Megan an Mike. I can't tell you enough about how perfect of a choice to have their engagement photos at this venue was. Megan good call on using the Gouveia vineyards in the fall. That dock overlooking the water and vineyards was so stunning. I was dying over the gorgeous lighting as always. Thanks for trusting me enough to follow me to a random red barn on the side of the road. Those images turned out magical and I can't stop staring at them. When I first met with Megan & Mike I knew instantly we would be a perfect fit. I mean hello Megan has such a great heart and teaches children for a living. I have a special place in my heart for teachers who work so hard and are way under appreciated for what they do. Also Mike has some amazing taste in sports teams. Who knew that he would love the NY Giants and the NY Rangers as much as my husband does. I know that their wedding at the Webb Barn next year is going to be stunning and such a fun party. Thank you again Megan & Mike for allowing me to take part in this special time in your lives! I had so much fun trekking around the Gouveia Vineyard with you.
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.
What to say about this adorable couple... I had so much fun on our 2 hour hike through the Wissahickon Valley Park. We were in search of the red covered bridge and found some fun spots to stop along the way. Sadly we did not find the bridge in the end, but all that matters is we had a blast and I even convinced them to get in the river and dance on the bridge.