Amarante's Sea Cliff Weddings are among my favorites to photograph. Located in New Haven, Connecticut on the shoreline, it is a romantic, fun place to celebrate. I have found that the staff treat every bride, groom and their families as if they were their own! Peter Garceau and his staff do an amazing job.
On June 11th, Amarante's Sea Cliff was at its best. It had rained all morning, however, just in time for setting up chairs out on the lawn, the clouds parted and the day that Stephanie and Adam had dreamed of became a reality. They could not have asked for more perfect timing. I met the bride and her girls in the beautifully decorated dressing room upstairs. There was champagne, laughter and anticipation. Stephanie's father stopped by as soon as she was in her gown and we caught a beautiful moment as he saw her for the first time as a gorgeous bride! Here are some highlights from Stephanie and Adam's special day.
Flowers by 'One Fine Day', Sarah Parlos - Floral Artist and Event Planner.
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!
A portrait of Dawn's family. Dawn's dress was made in the Osage way by a Native American woman. Her family has Osage blood from her mother's side. Dawns daughter is wearing authentic historical top hat and suit from London- quite fantastic outfits!
This Dale's neck piece, a white wolf head carved from buffalo bone by a tribe of Native Americans. White Wolf is important to Dawn and Dale, they both saw him in dreams and meditative states over their years apart. The other necklace was made by a woman of the Mi'kmaq tribe in Canada and given to Dale as a gift from Dawn. It has a wolf claw on it that was harvested from wolves that died naturally. The Mi'kmaq do not harm wolves. Dale has Mi'kmaq blood in him.
Simply incredible cupcakes by Becker's Catering, Tolland, CT. I hear everyone still is talking about them!
Dale collected items from Nebraska for the wedding table, the last place they had been together long ago. It contains buffalo hair gathered from buffalo that were shedding out in the Spring. There is also buffalo and wolf hair in the basket that was gathered the same way - plus, rocks and other mementos from their farm they had been living on together back then.
Here is Dawn's bouquet made with feathers and buffalo hair.
Reading their vows in the company of family and friends.
Finally, husband and wife!
Congratulations to these two beautiful people! Coventry Lake, CT
Horsebarn Hill. One of my favorite places. If you are a student, teach or live here in the area, you know this place. This is an early morning shot taken from the road looking east at the Hill. Fog was lifting and it was magical! Enjoy.
Looking for a caterer? If so, for your next event or wedding, look no further! One of my favorites is Matt Becker, of Becker's Catering, located in Tolland, CT. Matt takes food seriously and is a fantastic chef, as well as a great person. Yesterday at a wedding we both were working at, I got to try his Gluten Free Cupcakes and Chocolate Chip cookies for the first time. Amazing. You would never know they were gluten free. The chocolate cupcakes melted in my mouth, the icing was creamy and dreamy. The yellow cupcakes were just as perfect . The texture was no different to regularflour ones, but then again, I have been gluten free for 6 years, I may not remember. But I DO know how bad some gluten free cakes and cookies can taste. I try to bake my own, but they never live up to the 'real' thing. Becker's Catering is a fantastic choice, if Matt can create the best gluten free baked goods, imagine how good the rest of his food is! Here is the link to his website. And - here is a look at his scrumptious and beautiful cupcakes!
Dynamic Headshots stand out from more traditional ones to show who you are and what you do. I agree that we all need a straight forward headshot for certain sectors of business, but why not shake it up if you can and stand out from the crowd? If you do not work in a corporate office, take advantage of that to show your unique business.
I had a great time creating headshots with Mary Hurley of Sunshine-n-Daisies, a physical trainer and health coach here in Connecticut. We did some standard shots and some for her website as well. But this image below was one of our favorites because of the uniqueness and this dynamic headshot quality. My goal is to help my clients grab the attention of potential clients, help them create an images for their business that reflect what they do and still be professional.
I shot this dynamic image in my studio against a dark grey background (http://www.backgroundsbymaheu.com ). This is a 1 light portrait with a little fill from a reflector on the opposite side. I wanted to light her profile and show her as her clients would probably see her as their physical Trainer!
Let me know if you need to update your headshot or other photos on your website. I would love to help you. The process can be difficult without a professional to help you make your vision of you and your business come to life!
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.
Marie with Mom and Dad, ready to go!
In the beautiful Garden at The Connecticut National Golf Club.
The Guys at The Connecticut National Golf Club, Putnam CT
I love it when my wedding clients call and ask about Maternity Photography. I treat these sessions like a regular portrait session, except that I am more inclined to summon up some "fashion designer wanna be skills" to create something special like in this image below. I created this dress on the spot by wrapping my subject in material I keep around to create a dreamy dress for her. Meet Petra, one of my former wedding clients. Petra and husband Derrick are expecting in a couple of weeks! Isn't Petra a beautiful mother to be? I could not wait to share it with you. Please feel free to leave your comments here, I would love to know what you think, too.