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!
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!
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
Scheduling the portraits on the wedding day is a smart way to make sure that you have the images you desire. This family portrait was taken last week at the wedding of Melanie and Jeff at Amarante’s Seacliff in New Haven. When working with my brides and grooms, I ask them for a list of “must have” portraits. This includes friends and extended family, and I speak with them a couple of weeks before to discuss the best time that day to do these. Not every couple wants this, that is fine, but if you have in mind that you want these kinds portraits from your wedding, it is a good idea to let your photographer know in writing. The formal portraits are usually taken before or after the ceremony. For me this includes the wedding party, parents and grandparents. I then make every effort to learn the timing of the day so we know when we can set up the other portraits. Right after dinner, in between parent dances and cake is an possible time, everyone is in the room so they won’t miss these events. Doing this ahead of time is important so there is time to alert […]
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.
Because of the many discussions I have with my newly engaged couples and the advice I find myself giving, I thought I would start a series of “tips” for brides and grooms here on my blog. These tips, not necessarily on wedding planning, but on anything that I have observed to be helpful to avoid pitfalls either the day of the wedding, before or after. So, here is the first one! Tip# 1. Quite often during the formal family portraits at a wedding it can be difficult for the bride to focus on the photos happening at the moment. She may be worried that she doesn’t see a certain family member for the next portrait and she ends up looking tense and distracted. I suggest to my couples that they pick two people, one from the brides side and the other from the grooms side, who know all the folks on that side of the family and will round them up for the photos. These people need to be leaders who will speak up and be active in getting the job done. I carry a list, too, however it is hard to identify who Aunt Rose is when I […]
What is an engagement session and why do I do them? This is the question I get asked most when I meet with my newly engaged couples. It is simple. This is the opportunity for you as a couple to see how I work, feel what it feels like to be in front of the camera, and for both of us to get to know each other better and establish a relationship before the wedding day. For me it is a great way to explore and see how you photograph and what angles make you look your very best, so that I can give you my best when it really matters on the big day! AND, last but not least, it is fun and you both have a great experience with great images of yourselves to remember this time in your lives forever. Here are a few of my favorites images from Erika and Steven’s session. These were taken on a spectacular day at Horsebarn Hill on the UConn campus in Storrs.