Ricky & Jessica – Niantic Wedding

When I started days ago picking the pics for this post I had narrowed them down to ONLY 52 images. Needless to say, I have had a VERY hard time making decisions about which pics to put up. I just love so many images from this wedding! I’m very grateful to Taryn Allison for assisting me at this wedding. She had so many wonderful images I included some of hers in the post as well. She has a major creative vibe and I love seeing the way her eye captured the day.
I just love documenting weddings. It brings me back to when I was a photojournalist in the newspaper industry in NY. It was like being a fly on the wall – letting the events unfold in front of me and capturing them as they happen. Nothing forced, nothing posed. My favorite way to see things as a photographer. The images tell the story. And let me just say….these images are speaking to me! I’m going to let them do the talking about this absolutely beautiful day!

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I love this series of cake pics:
Ricky is looking towards everyone – wondering what’s coming, he takes his first bite, thinks everything is fine – then Jessica smears it on his face. I love the look on her face after because she’s waiting to see if he retaliates!
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Sophie

I just attended my high school reunion last month. (I’m not giving away how many years it’s been since I graduated though!) But let’s just say it was back in the era of Benetton, rolled jeans and and A LOT of Rave hairspray! Looking back, I could have only dreamed of looking like Sophie when I was in high school – the killer blue eyes, great smile and carefree personality. She just lit up my camera!
Oh, and you might see us on the next episode of America’s Most Wanted. We broke a few laws trespassing on private property to get some shots in that amazing open grass area. (Sweet lighting courtesy of Mr Golden Sun). Oops. Anything for a pic, right?

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Senior Session

Recently I offered a FREE session to the first 5 seniors who contacted me. I’ve done a few senior pics in the past, and would really like to offer a senior session as a regular part of my business. The thing I want to know is…what do seniors want? The reason I offered these free sessions is to get some feedback from the seniors and their parents to find out what kinds of products/pictures they are looking for. If you are an upcoming senior and looking for a photographer, leave a comment below and let me know what you’re looking for!

And now….meet Marla. She’s the carefree, beautiful, 2010 senior I got to photograph this past weekend. Luckily, her school doesn’t have any yearbook restrictions so she’s free to pick whichever photo suits her to grace the pages of her yearbook. Hopefully its a difficult choice. :) We headed to downtown Middletown for a few pics on Main St. and then over to Wesleyan University to get some shots on the beautiful campus. I picked the locations since she wasn’t sure where she wanted to do the pics and I think it turned out well. It’s fun to scope out new spots I haven’t used before! Shaun came along for help and, of course, got some great shots of his own. I think he’s a keeper.

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At Last….

I have known Ali since I first moved to Connecticut. She was the first friend that I made – she was the loving neighbor who came over to say “hi” and brought some cookies and flowers! We got to share being pregnant with our first children at the same time. She was a HUGE supporter of me when I started up my photography business, and still is. The one thing (but not the only thing!) I can tell you without a doubt is how GIVING of a person she is! Needless to say, I was more than happy when she asked me to be her wedding photographer. Of course, she just wanted me to take a few pics here and there and then have a nice time at the reception. I had a GREAT time on her wedding day and certainly took more than just a “few pics” like she asked.

We started the day out with some mimosas and a light lunch. Then Ali got ready and we headed to Wickham Park in Manchester to meet Aaron and do some Bride and Groom portraits before an evening wedding and reception at the Mill on The River in South Windsor. I just LOVE when the bride and groom decide to meet before the ceremony. It’s so intimate and romantic. They had a beautiful moment seeing each other for the first time and whispering in each other’s ear. (there’s me, wiping the tears in my eyes again!). The entire day exuded such LOVE and JOY that I don’t think I could wipe the smile off my face until long after I had left them. I had the HARDEST time narrowing down a few choices for this blog entry! So excuse the long post…..

I was thinking, it would be AWESOME to get this same shot on the day Abbey (Ali’s daughter) is getting ready for her own wedding!!
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Ali and Aaron right before they see each other for the first time!!!!!

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I cannot even express how much I LOVE these next 5-6 shots!!

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Seriously!!  Ali looked beautiful

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And this one BELOW is BY FAR my FAVORITE of the Day!!

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And I have to say… Shaun earned a game ball (his terminology, not mine) for the way he was all over the ceremony with his favorite 70-200mm lens!  These next few are all his.

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One to end the night…..

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Shelagh & Matt Wedding.. Mystic Seaport, Connecticut

Matt & Shelah’s story began 15 months ago when they found each other (thank goodness for the digital age we live in!) and they found love! They had a beautiful wedding in Mystic Ct. followed by a wonderful reception at Mystic Seaport. The whole day was full of beautiful moments and the weather was perfect. I could go on and on but I think the pictures speak for themselves.

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Shelagh had a STUNNING dress! It fit her like a glove
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As Shelagh walked down the stairs to meet her father there wasn’t a dry eye in the house….including mine
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It was an absolutely beautiful day at the Seaport, everyone around was stopping to watch Matt & Shelagh walk by
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They had a very graceful first dance together
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Shelagh’s grandfather made a very touching (and hilarious!) toast before dinner
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They had a photo booth!!
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How many receptions do you go to and get candy? They put out an array of candies after dinner for their guests to enjoy – a selection of all their favorites and even had little bags for them to fill and take home. (Also, little side note, they ordered a guest book of their engagement pics for people to sign. And I must say, it turned out beautiful!)
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Shelagh and her dad didn’t have a classic “Father/Daughter dance”. This was waaaay more fun
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Shelagh and Matt worked with a wonderful group of vendors. Each one made the day extra special

The Mystic Seaport
Kimberly Aubin – Catering Sales Manager
www.MysticSeaport.org

Grace Wedding and Event Designers, LLC
Jennifer Brinton, Wedding Planner and Coordinator
Grace03@cox.net (401-212-7592)

Rentals Unlimited
www.rentals-unlimited.net

Newport Tent
www.newporttent.com

SkinTight Band
www.bestbands.com

David Bettencourt Videography
www.DavidBettencourt.com

Photobooth Planet
Jeff Gordon
www.photoboothplanet.com

Kentford Farm Florists and Designers
www.KentfordFarm.com

Andrew Rubenoff: Design
www.andrewrubenoff.com

Viking Tours of Newport – Trolley
www.vikingtoursnewport.com

Flagship Trailways – Guest Transportation
www.flagshiptrailways.com

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