Storrs CT Wedding and Garden Reception: Lily & Joe

Just catching up on my blog, I am a little behind.  So,  starting with this lovely July wedding…. I first met Lily at her place of work, as her boss employed me to create head shots on site for the staff.  Lily mentioned that she was looking for a wedding photographer so I gave her my card.  Subsequently, she did hire me, and when I finally met with both Lily and Joe for their engagement session, I instantly knew this was a divine match!  They were made for each other.  Have you ever met a couple while in their presence you could just feel the love between them?  Well, there it was! So, on July 20,  Lily and Joe promised their lives to each other at the beautiful Storrs Congregational Church on the UCONN Campus.   It was during that brutal heat wave we had –  but Joe and Lily looked cool and collected all day long!  Happy to be together and surrounded by their amazing families. The reception was at Lily’s parents house near by, a beautiful spot in the woods with garden, pool, barn and a big tent in case of rain.  Well, they had everything that day – […]

New England Wedding at Guilford Yacht Club, CT.

What a wonderful day for Rachel and Mario.   The weather was perfect all day, a cool rainy morning which cleared up just in time for the ceremony on the beautiful lawn of the Guilford Yacht Club.   Here is a peek at some moments from their day.  Stay tuned for more later….and  please leave some blog love before you go!

Waiting out the Rain_Engagement Session in CT

My challenge this summer has been the weather.  The rains have come heavy and hard and it has made me stretch in many ways.  When it is pouring, photographing outdoors is impossible – so you have to make it work somehow.  My engagement session with Lily and Joe turned out great, but on my drive to their home I was not sure what I would do.  The sky was clear and sunny when I left my studio.  The forecast called for scattered thunder showers but I was optimistic.  Five minutes away from their home I saw a sight that made my heart sink.   The highway was up high so I could see the hills ahead where Lily and Joe’s neighborhood was.  A huge black cloud was hanging low and letting loose with a downpour…. it was actually quite beautiful… but I feared it was where I was headed.  I was right.  It was pouring right over their neighborhood!  We ended up sitting and chatting for awhile, which was fun.  Then we took a few images in the house, and this first one is my favorite.  They had a pretty living room window, so I silhouetted them together in front of […]

Engagement Session at Chamard Vineyards & Hammonasset

I spent a lovely evening with Rachel and Mario at Chamard Vineyards in Clinton, CT.  It was a great break from the rain and the heat as the cool breezes at the shore were glorious.  Mario works there so I had a grand tour of the whole place – including the wine cellar!  Check it out if you have not… the smells from the kitchen were yummy and they grow their own herbs and veggies, too.  After the Chamard ‘experience’ we went down to the beach at Hammonasset for the sunset.   It was a great time and I cannot wait to photograph their wedding in August at the Guilford Yacht Club.   I hope you enjoy these photos!

A Lovely Garden Wedding at Home

I love the small intimate feel of a garden wedding at home.  It is a personal reflection of the couple, their families and their new life that lies ahead.  This past weekend I had the honor to be the photographer at Beckie and Lester’s wedding.   What a lovely day they planned with the help of family and friends.  They even had home brewed beers with the coolest custom labels!  After all the rain, it turned out to be a ‘picture perfect’ day. Here are a few images to give you an idea of how wonderful a day it was!  Congratulations to this awesome couple and their families.      

Wedding on the Shore

I had the honor to photograph this beautiful couple at the New England shore yesterday. The weather cleared enough to take advantage of the beauty of Little Compton, Rhode Island. It was a small intimate gathering at a house on the water, a sit down dinner was prepared for after the ceremony and photographs.  It was a lovely day all around!  Congratulations to Kristen and Dan. Here are some favorite images from the day.                                                                                

New Baby in Town!

Let’s hear it for baby Miles and his parents Andy and Priya!  I photographed their wedding and now the family is growing.   Miles was 10 days old in these images and they were all created in natural light at my studio.  Here are some of my favorites from the day.  Let me know how you like them.

Engagement Session in Boston Garden

I had the pleasure of photographing Beth and Alan in Boston Garden.  What a day it was… a little chillier than expected but the light, tulips and flowering trees made for a wonderful backdrop.  We had to dodge the crowds, but otherwise it was a glorious day.  We are all looking forward to their September wedding in Connecticut.  Here are a few favorites of the day.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             […]

Tips for Great Wedding Photos – Part 3

How can you be sure YOU will have a great time at your wedding reception?  The best way is to hire a good team.  A good party takes experience and skill to pull off.  A venue with experienced managers and a great band or DJ is key.  As a photographer, I work closely that day with the reception manager and/or DJ.  Make sure who you choose is experienced at weddings, as there is much going on.   This person is in charge of the timing of the entrances, dances and events of all kinds during the reception.  Your DJ or band leader must know how to throw a great party!  I have witnessed countless receptions where the DJ or bandleader takes charge of the room and creates a great time.  One person I have loved working with is Matty B who is a one man live band and DJ.  He is an exceptional wedding pro and throws a great party, plays sax, guitar and sings beautifully, as well.  He can suggest what songs to play that will make your party rock, will play your music, and knows how to handle all the events of the day.  Plus he works with […]

Tips for Great Wedding Photos _ Part 2

I am back with some tips to help you make your wedding day photography go smoothly so you can capture everything you would like.  In the last post I spoke about the early planning stages – the venue and time of day for good lighting to help you look good in your photos.  Next, let us talk about time-lines. TIME-LINES are very important for your images because you need to allow enough time for your photographer to help you create the images that you really want.  If the details of your dress, rings, bouquets etc are important to you, allow at least 1-2 hours before the ceremony starts to have yourself and your details ready to be photographed, along with your brides maids, mom and any other family or friends that will be with you in your ready room.   If your brides maids and mother can plan on being dressed around this time so that everyone looks great in the photographs. Allowing time to photograph your father and/or your groom in a “first look” is possible before the ceremony.  If you would like this, allow the time for it.  This should be done early or off site so that your […]