We all adore love stories, don’t we? Here is an amazing one – a story of love found and lost, and found again. Two people who were meant to be together are now back together. This is Dawn and Dale, two extraordinary people who fell madly in love with each other when they were teens. They lost each other in Nebraska, due to life circumstances in the days before cell phones and internet, but a few years ago, they found each other! They both had been married and divorced, but, they immediately realized that their true love was as strong as ever and happily they reunited here in Connecticut. Now, they can spend the rest of their lives together. I had the honor of photographing their wedding at The Lake View Restaurant on Coventry Lake in Coventry, CT. They were married in the company of close family and friends wearing their native american style clothing in a beautiful ceremony that honored their past and present. They both have native american heritage in them, by the way. It was an incredible day and now their amazing love story can continue. I wish them all the best!
The Connecticut National Golf Club in Putnam, CT was the setting for the wedding reception of Marie and Josh yesterday. What a beautiful day it was. There was warm brilliant sun, then a few clouds and cool winds – but the day was joyous and fun. Here is just a few photos from the day…MORE to come SOON.
I had the pleasure of photographing Heather and Eric on Horsebarn Hill on the campus of the University of Connecticut. They are engaged to be married in July! Congratulations to them both. They are graduates of UConn so it was fitting to photograph them on “the hill”. I just love the images we made that day.
As a wedding photographer in Connecticut, I am comfortable behind the camera, but a bride and groom may not be so comfortable as the subject on the other side. That is why I highly recommend ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS before the wedding day if possible. This gives you time to feel what it feels like to be the main photographic subject all day! The more time you spend with your photographer, the more comfortable you will be in front of their camera. This kind of pre-wedding session will also give you time to get to know your photographer and visa-versa: be yourselves – wacky, fun or a little crazy and there will be plenty of “moments” to capture the real you in photos you will cherish. Also, your photographer can help you learn to pose so you look great on this day AND ON YOUR WEDDING DAY. Posing is the not the big bad ugly that so many people think it is. I pose people to look their very best. Isn’t that what everyone wants – to look great? I also realize that it is important to look natural, too, there is no better place than an engagement session with your photographer […]
Congratulations to Petra-Ann and Derrick who were married in a beautiful ceremony surrounded by friends and family – many who came from Jamaica! I had a great time photographing these gorgeous people. As usual, Amarante’s Seacliff did a great job! Here are a few of my favorite moments from the day. First, a quiet few moments with mom and dad. Bubbles kept the kids busy while we waited for everyone to arrive! And at last, even after dark we had portraits to do down by the water at Amarantes…. the skyline and the evening was beautiful!
Hurricane Irene is closing in and I am thinking of all the people who either canceled their wedding or are hoping they can get it in before the storm hits. My best to you and hoping all is well. I am actually ok with the fact that I do not have a wedding to photograph this weekend. My husband, Peter, and I spent the morning clearing out the garage so we could get the cars in, bringing all the potted plants in, clearing the deck of furniture, filling bathtubs and cooking up some tasty food ahead of time in case there are power outages. Also, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my 16 year old son, Matt, who just completed a 400 mile bike ride with two buddies. They are coming home today, one day early due to the storm. They made their goal! Mansfield, CT to Bar Harbor, Maine! They got there last evening, and turned it around this morning without much of a visit there. Thankfully, they are getting a ride home by car. What an adventure. What a week! Now, what a weekend, due to Irene! Stay safe everyone, evacuate if you need to, no heroics […]
I had the honor of photographing the wedding of Melanie and Jeff on Sunday. It took place at the beautiful Amarante’s Seacliff in New Haven, CT. Melanie looked fabulous in a gown by Casablanca from Fairy Tales Formal in Glastonbury. The cake was by Creative Cakes by Donna. The grooms mother, Beth Weller and friend, Janet Sanders provided the floral centerpieces and the beautiful sunflower bouquets! Here are a few of my favorite images from the day! The last image of the couples first dance was taken by the amazing, Jean Moledetz, who was my second photographer for the day!
Unlike looking for your perfect venue or dress, which you can see and experience in the moment…the photography is something very different. You need to be able to trust your photographer to produce the kind of imagery you desire at a future date! This is no small task. It requires asking for photographer referrals from family and friends; then looking at their websites, interviewing them in person, taking good notes and having a list of questions ready for them. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind and let them know exactly what you envision for your wedding photography. San Francisco wedding photographer, Joseph Kohn, has a great article on his website about these specific questions to ask each photographer you interview.
Tip #3 When you picked your ceremony and reception site, what was it that you fell in love with? What ever it is, let your photographer know. It is important to me as a photographer to know what you envisioned when you chose that place. For instance, if it is at a mansion and the spiral staircase and graceful columns were what excited you; or if that stonewall and barn behind the reception site made you jump for joy – make sure you communicate this so it is not overlooked that day. This is a great reason why choosing a photographer who you feel comfortable talking with and who takes the time to listen and ask about what you have in mind is so important. If you chose a venue with no areas on site for creative photography, you can always find cool places on the way or in the area that are interesting and make good backdrops for your group photos. You just need to communicate the need for this and plan it with your photographer. I am always available to go to on site ahead of time and walk it with my couples so we are on the […]
Tip#2: With so many colors to choose from, think about how your color choices will look in your wedding images. Also, save the leftover fabric (hems) from your brides maids dresses so you can either match colors for the details, centerpieces or wrap the bouquet stems. Take a look at one of my brides from 2010, Pamela. She had a unique color scheme at her wedding at the Inn at Mystic, CT. I think it looked great for a summer outdoor ceremony! Pastels would not have stood up in the direct sun. Here they are in the shade for the photos and it still looks great.