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.
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Harkness engagement photos
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!!
Where do I even start with these two. When I first got the email from Kacey that she wanted to meet with me and talk about her wedding the usual nervousness set in but the excitement quickly took over. Once we finally met at I think the busiest Starbucks ever on a freezing cold day and how much fun I had talking with them about all the details of their wedding to come I couldn't help but fall in love with them. Kacey and Anthony are getting married at Allen Hill Tree Farm and love the fall just like me. And.... She works at the one and only NORA cupcake company which is like only the most fabulous cupcake company in CT period. I totally can't wait to eat some deliciousness at their wedding. I thought it was so cute when we were deciding on the meeting place that Kacey is a Starbucks lover and Anthony is a Dunkin Donuts lover. I personally love both... So of course once they booked me I knew exactly what I was sending the coffee loving couple as a thank you for choosing me to share in the most important day of theirs lives.
Sadly the entire end of the fall season had rain storm after rain storm, but I'm glad Kacey trusted me with the location choice because I knew Harkness Memorial park would still be a beautiful backdrop for the fall look Kacey was hoping for in her engagement photos. She's so talented and crafty I swear. I mean she painted a pumpkin with their wedding date on it and found some beautiful metal letters to use during the session. These two were naturals in front of the camera and I can't even tell you how much fun we had running around the park. I can't wait for the big day to come later this year. Thank you again Kacey and Anthony for choosing me to be your photographer. Until then I leave you with this... Do what you love!
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.