Pam + Greg, River Valley Inn Wedding

After spending years apart, these high school sweethearts found their way back to one another and finally made it official this past summer. Pam and Greg had a small wedding at the historic River Valley Inn, in Glastonbury, Connecticut, surrounded by close family and friends. Guests arrived to find a quaint patio nestled in the Inn’s well manicured garden. Pergola’s full of wisteria lined the backyard, and tall weeping willows added a whimsical feel to the day. I loved incorporating the lush greenery and natural elements of the property in to Pam & Greg’s photos. Following the ceremony guests enjoyed heavy hor’dourves and were treated to fresh pasta served a la carte. The night winded down with cake and dancing under the stars. I truly enjoyed sharing in Pam & Greg’s special day.

Highlights from their day are below. Enjoy!

Franchesca+Rashard, Pardee Rose Garden Elopement

Franchesca & Rashard are the real deal you guys. When we first met over coffee, we chatted about how they met one another and their journey to saying "I do". As they shared with me, I could tell their love for one another was deep. Not because of any particular story they told, or phrase they said - but because of the ease and comfort shared between them. Like the way you feel when you put on your favorite sweatshirt, or that warm feeling you get when you sink in the couch after a long day. They're home to one another, and that shared feeling made photographing their day so special.

These two chose to have an elopement style wedding at a local rose garden with their immediate family. Their ceremony was short and sweet, and as we snuck off to take photos, guest snacked on light appetizers and drinks.  I loved the intimacy of their small wedding, and the freedom of schedule they chose to provide for the day.  Franchesca & Rashard chose to make their photographs the main emphasis of the day and set aside a large amount of time to take their portraits. We explored the park's greenhouses, cherry blossom grove and graciously stumbled upon on the most beautiful weeping willow tree, tucked away in the back corner of the property. It was such a sweet afternoon.Later that evening the group went out to a local restaurant to celebrate the days events.

Highlights from their day are below. Enjoy!

Olivia + Mike, Brainerd House Wedding

This was a special one people! This quaint day began with an early morning arrival to the Brainerd House, a 250 year old inn nestled in the hills of the Connecticut River Valley. Mike & Olivia were so excited to get married, it showed all day! The property buzzed with set up as the bride and groom snuck away to get ready. I had the opportunity to shoot my first "first look". It was WAY fun and had me as giddy as can be! The energy of this groom seeing his bride for the first time was palpable. As their ceremony began, they were surrounded by a small group of close family and friends. The evening was spent celebrating and dancing the night away. I don't want to blabber on too much, so i'll let the pictures do most of the talking. Enjoy!

Location: Nehemiah Brainerd House, Haddam, CT | Hair & Make Up: Crystal Diaz | Entertainment: DJ Ron Donson

Caroline + Chris, Lake Hayward Wedding

The morning began with country roads leading to the lake house Caroline and her family have owned since she was a kid. The house's field stone walls and tall pines scattered amongst the property provided the perfect backdrop to this rustic backyard wedding. The house was buzzing as aunts & uncles, grandparents, cousins, neighbors and long time friends arrived. I was even able to overhear a story or two from summers past as Caroline's mom and sister helped with last minute preparations. Caroline and Chris's special day felt like summering with old friends. It was perfectly intimate, sentimental and to top it off...they opted for wedding PIES! What's better than that? Highlights from their day are below. Enjoy!

Nicole + Jason, NYC Elopement #FlashbackFriday

I met Nicole when I was fifteen years old working at a summer camp in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. We hadn't spoken to each other in over ten years, so when I saw a message in my Facebook inbox from her this past December - it peaked my interest. She excitedly told me of her life, her fiancé, and their grand idea of a City Hall wedding in NYC. Nicole & Jason planned on inviting their parents in to the city for a 'holiday lunch', but would  in fact direct them to City Hall where they would be waiting in their wedding best for a winter elopement! I don't normally shoot weddings, but when I heard about their special day I couldn't pass up being a part of it!

Nicole & Jason got ready that day at a hotel in Astoria. We wove our way through the subway and blustery city streets before finally arriving at the park in Manhattan. Jason called both sets or parents, helping them make their way to the 'restaurant' before the moment finally arrived. It was an amazing day full of cherished memories and new beginnings. Check out some of the highlights from our day below!