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 – […]

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.      

CT Wedding decor that is handmade – a trend this season.

I have noticed that brides in Connecticut are cutting costs by handcrafting their table decor and bouquets!  I have seen some fun in this area and would like to share these ideas with you! First, how about saving your corks from wine bottles, or maybe you or someone you know works at a restaurant and can set them aside and make place card holders with them!  Two per card and tied together with twine.  Simple! How about silk flowers that  look fresh!  And last for years, not hours! ….and simple burlap and art paper! Perfect decor for the head table in New England’s historic Publick House wedding reception. Or how about really being ‘green’ and make paper flowers for your wedding reception tables!! Handmade mustaches for photo fun! These handmade touches created weddings that were personal and original, and great fun to photograph! I hope you have enjoyed this post!  

CT Wedding at UConn Alumni House – Sneak Peek!

Heather and Eric, UConn Alumni, were married at the Storrs campus last weekend.  It was a really fun wedding with many personal touches.  Here is a sneak peak of a few images.  There will be more to come so check back soon.

Looking for Your Wedding Vendors?

Getting married in 2012? 2013?  Research is key to finding the wedding professionals who will help you create the wedding day of your dreams.  There are many websites and blogs that will list vendors in your area with reviews and images of their work.  To name a few, WeddingWire, Wedding Reports, GetMarried, The Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings and the list goes on.  Depending on the style of wedding you are planning it is helpful to look for vendors that have that ‘ feel’ you are going for. Now is the time to make a short list of vendors for 2012 weddings, and get out there and meet face to face.  Meet ups are more than just exchanging information as you can get a feel for the person who you will be communicating with AND spending hours with on your wedding day.  My recommendation: find the people you are comfortable with and actually like.  Usually the rest will fall into place. Check back as I will be posting about some of my favorite wedding vendor colleagues that I love working with and that you might consider for your wedding.  🙂 This beautiful centerpiece above was created by Melissa at Stylish Blooms […]

A Favorite Image.

I know it is rather traditional and maybe out of date to some minds.. but this kind image is a favorite of mine.  I love the uniqueness of each hand; the contrast and the details.  Hands have always been a favorite photographic subject of mine.  When I studied fine art at UConn, I made a book (by hand)  filled with photographs called, “Hands at Work”.   These were dentists, artists, a baker, a mechanic, etc.   Hands in themselves can tell the story of the person or persons they belong to.  What does this image say to you?  Please leave your thoughts, I would love to know.

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

Wedding at Amarante’s Seacliff

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!

Wedding Tips

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.

A bride and her bouquet…

I created this portrait of Regan while she was taking a few moments to relax before she and her new husband Jason made their entrance into the reception for their first dance together as husband and wife.  They were married at The Riverview, in Simsbury, CT.