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Bill Miller's Castle Wedding | Lisa + Sachin

Lisa and Sachin are two the my favorite people I’m had the pleasure of meeting through the years. I had this deep connection with Lisa at our very first meeting as she stole my heart the minute she cried looking at my wood memory box. I knew right then and there she’s my kinda bride. Emotional and in LOVE with photos and the preservation of memories. I have this slight obsession with telling stories behind my photos even in my everyday life with my kids. Details Details and more Details… A favorite part of every wedding day for me is the small little details like the smallest stones on the brides shoe to the grooms custom cufflinks. The smiles they share and the tears they shed when the father hands off his beautiful daughter to her forever husband. I find it very therapeutic to be in these moments knowing I captured it for them to cherish for a life time. Lisa and Sachin had a rainy wedding day but that did not stop this couple one bit. As always I have umbrellas for my bridal parties incase and even with a sideways rain these fun loving friends did not complain once as we ran outside following the indoor ceremony to grab some fun photos under the umbrellas. We got so lucky and the rain clouds cleared long enough for Lisa and Sachin to get some romantic couples photos outside around the grounds of Bill Miller’s Castle before being whisked into their reception for the first dance. My secret favorite part was getting to try the different foods from Sachin culture and boy was it delicious. We ended the night with fun and dancing and even cigar rolling which turned into a cigar smoke portrait session in the dark. Thank you Lisa and Sachin for having me be your photographer. I LOVED every minute of your special day!

Awesome Vendors:

Photography: J.Parsons Photography

Venue: Bill Miller’s Castle

Florist: Flowers on the green

Hair & MUA: Chic Beauty Salon

Catering: La Luna and Darbar

Cake: JCakes

DJ: H&B Entertainment

Wedding Signs: The WriteBoard

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The Simsbury Inn Rustic Wedding | Megan + Paul

This very beautiful rustic wedding at The Simsbury Inn was nothing but spectacular. Megan and Paul even planned for us to stop in route from the church to the reception at this quiet little farm for portraits. Every who knows me can tell you if you put me on a farm I am going to have the biggest smile on my face and make magic. I may even ask you to walk into some random tall grass and have a little fun. I may ask you to twirl around and just kiss. Paul took it one step further and took his new bride over his shoulder. Ummmm I was totally in heaven when he did that. These two had so much fun and I could photograph them all over again. I am sad these two love birds moved away but I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for them. It was an honor to be a part of their very special day. They made me feel like part of the family and not just another vendor at their wedding. I even cried and laughed with them during the speeches. Make sure you check out the sweetest little touches Megan put into her day with all the little details. She even had a custom bouquet made with strips from her grandmothers wedding dress attached. I thought it was so sweet the ring she had engraved for her mother and the special message she put on her dads handkerchief. I knew from the minute I walked into that bridal suite it was going to be a great day full of special moments to capture. This is another reason why I love what I do.

Amazing Vendors:

Photography: J.Parsons Photography

Church: Our Lady of Hope Parish

Venue, Catering & Cake: The Simsbury Inn

Brides Dress Designer: “The Monica Gown", By Watters

Bride’s Jewelry: Alex and Ani

Grooms Suit: Jos. A Bank

DJ: B_entertained DJs and More

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Intimate Wedding at David Burke Prime | Niki + Jason

Niki and Jason tied the knot at the very delicious David Burke Prime restaurant this winter and oh my gosh was it beautiful and simple but perfect. Their day began with getting ready up in the fox tower surrounded by loved ones. Lots of smiles and excitement for the evening ahead. Niki's room overlooked the reservation and you could see the mountains for miles. The perfectly clear blue sky and the light pouring into her room was simply beautiful. The simple elegant dress from the world famous Kleinfeld hung from hanger simply waiting for her special day. While her mom and future mother in law and even grannie helped her into her gown her sister put on the finishing touches. The moment Niki's brother walked into the room to see his beautiful sister in her gown was so touching. I probably could have cried myself because the smile on his face was priceless and then seeing Niki's face omg I kinda lost it inside a little. It brought me back to my wedding day when I saw my brother. Jason was so excited to see his beautiful bride to be that he cheated a little during their first look. Haha I loved how he turned his head way before the rest of his body just to catch a glimpse of his bride. After sharing an intimate moment together it was off to the restaurant to say their "I Do's". We walked through the casino with a few fun stops oolong the way. The ceremony was super emotional but still had lots of laughing. Onto the sisters speech well that just had a lot more tears and the night got even better with....

IT'S A GIRL!!!!!

Yup you read that right! Niki and Jason surprised their family at the wedding with a gender reveal cake and both moms screamed and jumped with excitement of the news tat they are having a grand daughter. 

Thank you to David Burke Prime for letting us climb into the wine cellar and take some gorgeous night portraits for the couple because well they turned out amazing. 

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A Winter Wedding at home | Katelyn + Anthony

Katelyn and Anthony where do I even start with this adorable couple. Anthony's parents where so kind to host the intimate family wedding at their cottage home in Canterbury right before Christmas. We couldn't have asked for a better day after having freezing tempetkres the week prior filled with a bunch of snow their day ended up being absolutely gorgeous outside. This made for some beautiful outdoor wedding portraits. I just love when my couples will brave the weather and trust me when I have these crazy ideas of tracking through the snow on their wedding day. I mean the snow went so well with their winter wonderland theme. The intimate ceremony started with a special phone call between the bride and her grannie who couldn't be there and then down the stairs to her awaiting groom. Anthony's face lit up when he say his bride for the first time. The ceremony was no surprise filled with plenty of laughter and some tears. You can feel the love in the room just by looking around. I think my favorite part was the dog... Yes the dog even had her own flower girl dress for the wedding. She truly stole the show haha. It was a pleasure to be a part of such a special day and I was honored to meet this incredibly loving family who happen to live right down the street from me.

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HighRollers at Foxwoods Vow Renewal | Gina + Roland

When I first talked to Gina on the phone and heard the news about her secret plan to surprise her husband with a vow renewal I got so excited. One of the most romantic gestures ever. The best part is he had no clue and I mean the venue was the perfect cover. Who would think of having a vow renewal at high end bowling alley? Well Gina did and I think it was such a fun idea. The evening was filled with their closest friends and a lot of laughing and smiles. Thank you Gina and Roland for allowing me to share this special night with you. Heres to many many more happy years of marriage to you both!

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Fall Wedding at Allen Hill Farm | Kacey + Anthony

Kacey and Anthony's beautiful fall wedding at Allen Hill Farm was so perfect and truly represented the Love for everything Fall that Kacey talks about. They hired On The Spot Catering for the big day and I have to say that Stacy worked her magic with her crew setting up all the little details. Bonus their food was delicious as always. I couldn't wait to shoot this wedding especially after the fun engagement session we had. I just knew Kacey and Anthony would not disappoint from beginning to end.

The day started with them getting ready at the hotel and then finishing up at the farm. My favorite part was when Kacey and Anthony shared a sweet quiet first look among the orchard trees. Those are Kacey's favorite spot on the farm so it was only fitting to use those for most of the days portraits. They both seemed to be more relaxed and ready to day their I do's. You can truly see how much love they have for one another. I probably could have taking photos of them all day if they didn't have to get to their ceremony. So I won't lie I shed some happy tears during their ceremony along with family and friends. They both wrote their own vows that really touched the heart. I don't think there was a dry eye in the crowd. 

Following the ceremony we had a blast with the family and then it was onto bridal party photos. Those are always a fun part of the day and this bridal kept a smile on my face all day. They really got into it with the sunglasses and super hero socks with matching cufflinks for the guys.  The ladies were striking in their green dresses which were perfect for a fall wedding. I love how Kacey had her shoes died to match the girls dresses.

The party was ready to start and everyone danced the night away but first it was time for the newlyweds to share their first dance. A choreographed first dance that is. We managed to sneak outside for a few night portraits in the Christmas trees and then it was back to dancing dancing and more dancing. Of course Kacey had the one and only Nora cupcakes for her wedding seeing as she works for them. I was kinda super excited about that when she told me what she would be serving because I don't get to Nora cupcakes very often with there shops being so far from me. So whenever I can get a Nora cupcake I am very very excited to say the least.

I am so honored to have been a part of this beautiful wedding. Thank you Kacey and Anthony for choosing me to share in the most important day of your lives.

Vendors: 

Photography: J.Parsons Photography

Venue: Allen Hill Farm   

Wedding Planner & Catering: On The Spot Catering

Cupcakes & Cake: NoRa Cupcake Company

Dj & Officiant: Peter at After Hours

Hair & Makeup: Kyle at Beauty Entourage   

Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas

Flowers: Brides Mother & Bridesmaids

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Rustic Fall Wedding at Mohegan Sun Golf Club | Nicole + Dylan

Where to even begin with Nicole and Dylan's gorgeous rustic wedding at the Mohegan Sun Golf Club last month. I was so excited when I showed up at Nicole's villa and meet all her amazing bridesmaids. Such a fun group of ladies. Nicole's Made of Honor did her makeup and I must say did a fabulous job at it too. I was in heaven and knew from the minute I walked in that the details for the rest of the day would not disappoint. Nicole left nothing out. She even got this beautiful custom hanger made for her wedding dress. It was truly like nothing I've ever seen before. Dylan is in the navy and I thought it was such a sweet touch that she added special charms to her garter. Of course Dylan had his own fun socks for the big day. I know Nicole was really planning for an outdoor ceremony but didn't let mother nature get her down. She was glowing with beauty in her Maggie Soterro gown and excitement to become Mrs. Berry. Kristin did a fabulous job officiating the ceremony. I really like when my couples have a family member officiate their wedding. It truly adds something unique to their wedding. 

Nicole and her family made all the centerpieces and so many special details for the reception. They really put so much thought into everything. Nicole loves horse back riding and I thought it was so unique they even had a huge wagon wheel holding the place cards with mini close pins. That was by far my favorite detail. Oh and their cake was to dye for. I have to say its probably one of my most favorite cakes I've seen to date any any wedding. Chocolate Rose Bake Shop really out did herself with this one.

Nicole and Dylan's Bridal party was so much fun. The guys even played a little golf and showed off some tricks for Elana my second shooter while I was taking photos of the ladies. I probably could have photographed them and their beautiful bouquets all day long if we didn't have a reception to get to. McKennas Flower Shop did a beautiful job with the florals. 

Once we had our fun out on the golf course it was time to enjoy the party with Ali from Karisma Events. She had the party going all night long. I hope to work with her again in the future. I mean she even had the our favorite guy we liked to call no pants man up dancing all night long. This sweet man was so funny because when he arrive at the wedding to change into his suit he realized well he forgot his dress pants. So he wore the top half of his suit and the bottom half was his shorts. It was hysterical but made for a funny memory. I would say Nicole and Dylan's wedding was a success and everyone had an absolute blast dancing the night away...

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day and making memories for a lifetime.

Vendors:

Venue & Catering: Mohegan Sun Golf Club

Dj: Ali from Karisma Events

Florist: McKennas Flower Shop

Cake: Chocolate Rose Bakeshop

Hair: Waves Hair Salon

 

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Love shared at The Lace Factory Wedding with Kara & Devon

What a beautiful job Cloud 9 and Ashleigh's Garden did for Kara and Devon's wedding at The Lace Factory last month. When I walked in I was floored at all the little details. I mean hello I probably could have just stayed there all day taking photos of the tables thats how gorgeous they were. A big thanks to Eric for having me shoot this wedding with him and I truly can not wait to return for another wedding at The Lace Factory soon! Hands down one of my very favorite venues I've had the pleasure of shooting at this year. Their food is always out of this world delicious and they really now how to treat their guests and vendors which is a plus.

When I first met Devon that morning he was the sweetest ever and I could tell he was just a LITTLE nervous but knew he was ready to call Kara his wife. Let's just say Devon has some major style. Check out his awesome custom tux for the big day. I mean I must say he was one of the best dressed grooms I've photographed in the 5 years I've been shooting weddings. 

Kara was top notch gorgeous when she spread for their first look. She had her hair up with beautiful delicate florals that matched her bouquet perfectly. Her off the shoulder lace covered dress was so flowing and fit her to a T. Just beautiful. And let me tell you about how awesome the bridesmaids dresses were. I just love when brides let the ladies choose a style that fits their personalities. They all had different dresses in the most beautiful pastels. I couldn't help but make sure to get a photo of each girl with their unique bouquets. I mean they were amazing...

I hope you enjoy this wedding and if you or a friend is planning a wedding at The Lace Factory give me a call. I am dying to shoot another wedding there soon!

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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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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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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!