Wedding at Amarante’s Seacliff New Haven

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!  

Garden Wedding in Connecticut.

It was the hottest day of July when Anna and Graham were married.  But it was one of those lovely garden weddings that I just love.  It all took place at Scot Free Farm, the home of Grahams parents in the Quiet Corner of Connecticut.  Surrounded by family and friends, good home cooked food and drink, they were married in a flower garden under a canopy to give relief from the hot sun.  Weddings don’t have to be formal or fancy, and this one was casually elegant, just right for this wonderful couple!  It was personal and relaxed, and everyone including the flower girl had a grand time! She actually enjoyed going down the isle! Their faithful dog took part in the  ceremony, too!

Weddings and Hurricanes Don’t Mix!

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 […]

Connecticut Weddings that are Unique to You.

I have been speaking to many Connecticut Brides lately who are planning their wedding for next season, and I find it interesting that many of them are working to create very personal and unique wedding plans.  Lots of attention is being paid to the talents of their guests and utilizing those talents in the wedding preparations such as the entertainment or details.  This is a  wonderful idea to me as so many weddings for the guests attending can be hum-drum.  Incorporating the talents of family and friends to make it a really special day is fantastic!  I recently attended a wedding like this where I was the photographer for a close friend, all her musicians were the couples friends, and the flowers, invitations and other details were also created by friends!  All of them were paid for their time and expertise as well, but many guests were involved as vendors, which made it fun and very personal for everyone.  So if you are planning a Connecticut Wedding this may give you some ideas to make your day extra personal and unique to you as a couple.

Priya & Andy’s Wedding at the Riverhouse!

Priya and Andy were married on Saturday at The Riverhouse.  It was a morning ceremony and the weather was perfect.  The Riverhouse’s beautiful setting – a modern and unique patio with a beautiful garden was the ideal backdrop!  Congratulations Priya and Andy –  it was an honor to photograph your wedding.  Here are a few favorites from the day.   Very unique gift for the guests…a little live plant beautifully packaged!   A quiet moment before the reception..   Our beautiful bride!   And the beautiful gown by Maggie Sottero!

One of my dearest friends is married!

My dear friend, Carol, a fabulous guitarist and singer, was married last weekend.  I had the honor of being her photographer! What a blast!  One of the most fun weddings I have been to EVER!  It helped that almost everyone there were super talented musicians, so there was LIVE music at the ceremony and reception!  Carol and Steve performed as well.  My best to you both!  Here are a few images from the day.

Engagement Session at Gillette Castle

Two extraordinary people, Priya and Andy are planning an August wedding at the Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station in Haddam, CT.  So, for the engagement session, we had a great time exploring the grounds of the Connecticut landmark, Gillette Castle.  I am happy we postponed the first date we set, because the weather could not have been more perfect! The castle has some beautiful light in the evening and when it reflects off the stone of the castle, it is really pretty. Even in B&W there is plenty of interest there.  Thank you Priya and Andy for such a fun afternoon.  I look forward to the wedding coming up soon!

Waterview Wedding in Connecticut!

I had the honor of photographing the Wedding of Lauren and Anthony at the Waterview in Monroe, CT.   It was a lovely ceremony which was held inside due to the wet weather.  The ceremony room and reception tables were beautifully decorated with flowers by Elizabeth of Blush Floral Design. I loved this special moment between Lauren and her mother just before the ceremony. Lauren wore an amazing dress which looked comfortable and gorgeous! …..and Tony looked great as well. After the ceremony and formal photos, Lauren returned wearing these shoes and a cute short dress for the party! Anthony changed his shoes as well! Congratulations to Lauren and Tony!  AND a thank you to Jean Molodetz for her help as second photographer.  Your images speak volumes,  and I look forward to working together again soon. Other vendors: Big Apple Entertainment -DJ, Inspiration in Motion– videographers

Celebrating Love in Connecticut!

I am celebrating the love between Petra and Derrick on the blog today!  These two very special people are to be married in October and I look forward to their wedding at Amarante’s! They were right at home in the fields around my studio in Mansfield, CT.   The love I saw and felt between them warmed my heart! I feel that the engagement session is an opportunity for engaged couples to capture something special for themselves that they may not have another chance to do.  These days leading up the the wedding day are very special. Thank you, guys, for a wonderful afternoon together. Thank you for stopping by my blog.  Check back for other engagements, weddings and portraits; and friend me on facebook, too!