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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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…
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!!
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!!
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!
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.
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.
The Ledyard Sawmill was the perfect choice for Erin and Jeff's engagement session. They are the sweetest couple and speak to my southern rustic loving heart. When I first met Erin at a bridal show I knew from that moment that we would have a blast working together. These two are so fun to be around its no wonder they are going to have a fun party of a wedding next July. It takes a very selfless person with a big heart be a nurse. I can't wait to see all the gorgeous shabby chic decor she is planning for her wedding at Wright's Mill next summer. I can just imagine its going to be beautiful and knowing the way Wright's Mill puts on a wedding it will be spectacular and the perfect day. Thank you Erin and Jeff for letting me make beautiful memories for you both during this wonderful time in your lives!
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.