I fully admit, I'm horrible with blogging/updating my site. It's one of those things I always swear I will get better at, and I will, I promise! It's painfully embarrassing to see that I haven't posted much of anything this year, especially when I have SO much I want to share with you. I've had *so* many utterly amazing weddings, engagement shoots, maternity, styled shoots, and boudoir, (and even some really exciting corporate work that I'm proud of), and I promise I will update you all really soon, and give you a peek of all of the work that's been keeping me busy! I also promise that I will finally get myself on Instagram (I know, I know, I'm years behind on that...) . As Spring is approaching, and I think of all the exciting opportunities I have booked over the next few months, it makes me realize how much I want to share all of it with you, and how that's really been missing from my life this year. It's my goal over the next few months to change all of that, and I'm going to make sure I deliver! Stay tuned! Many, *many* updates to my blog and soon-to-be social media are coming very soon!! I can't wait to share it all with you! Until then, friends!
These two couldn't have picked a better set of locations! Elizabeth Park, with its organic and romantic atmosphere, was the perfect choice for the ceremony. We were blessed with the most dreamy light shining through my favorite willow tree, and I'm pretty sure it was during that time that I was convinced that Alison was in fact a real life fairy. I mean, look at her! Not only that, but she actually made that perfect flower crown that she's wearing...and it was her first attempt at ever making one. How does one create something so perfect on their first try? More proof that she's a fairy? I think so! Now that the wedding is over and she has some free time, I am going to hire her to make flower crowns for all of my brides, because it should be required that everyone wear one, in my opinion.
The beauty of the day didn't end at Elizabeth Park. The Simsbury 1820 House was incredibly gorgeous and laid back, and totally reflected Chris + Alison's relaxed and easy going nature, and the food at Metro Bis Restaurant was fabulous! Oh, and we also stopped at the Flower Bridge (The Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge) in Simsbury, CT on our way to the reception, and being that Chris + Alison are both firefighters, they got to not only pose with one of the old fire engines that they arranged to be there, but also arrived to the reception in it! Pretty perfect day all around! I can't wait to edit the rest of their images!!
Here's a sneak peek of Melissa + Steve's wedding at the Country House in East Haven, CT! I'm loving the soft, romantic afternoon sun! Can't wait to see more! Such a beautiful day, and an even more stunning bride!
I absolutely love how organic this wedding was at Rosedale Farms in Simsbury, CT. There is something so romantic and dreamy about farm weddings, and the whole light and airy, romantic and whimsical feel that they seem to convey. From the vineyard, the cornstalks, and the magical sunset, to the corn given out as favors at the end of the night, the whole day had such an organic and nostalgic feel, and I loved every minute of it. Nostalgia was taken a step further even, as countless friends from high school who I hadn't seen in years, all came together to celebrate our friends tie the knot.
Life is so crazy sometimes. It seems like only a few years have passed since Neal and I played drums in marching band together, and yet 17 years later, here we are, celebrating his marriage to Liz. I feel so fortunate that we are still such great friends, and so honored to have been a part of their celebration. I'm just so happy that I was able to capture the immense amount of love between these two, and I wish them a lifetime of happiness! Thanks for allowing me to be a part of something so incredibly beautiful. Xo.
Another perfect wedding day! Christina + Eric were married in Greenwich, CT. The day began at the Church of St. Catherine of Siena (in Riverside, CT), and the reception followed at the Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich. We took the golf carts out on the course for some photos during cocktail hour, and grabbed a few shots before sundown. Luckily no one was hit by golf balls and all went well! :)
These two claimed they didn't know what they were doing, but I'm pretty sure they're really professional models! These were only the first handful I uploaded, so I can't wait to see and edit the rest! Aside from being a gorgeous couple, they are also the sweetest people ever, and didn't complain once about the heat, humidity, or my broken promises of "just one more shot!!" (I couldn't help it, they were just made for the camera!).
Oh, and did I mention James is running for City Council in Hartford, CT? Take some time and check out his page, learn more about him, and all that he's doing to make a difference and improve Hartford! Learn more about James Woulfe here:
Don't forget to vote!!
I know I don't blog a lot (it's something I keep vowing to change, but that's another story), but this week has been so monumental and full of emotions that I needed to write about it. I am so beyond proud of this week's SCOTUS victory..of AMERICA'S victory...LBGT victory..OUR victory.
I am enamored with love. I LOVE love. As a wedding photographer I feel incredibly honored that couples grant me the gift of documenting their love filled engagements, weddings, elopements, and virtually every step of their love journeys. To be allowed to peer into their intimate windows of love, friendship, and romance, while capturing every moment of their unique love story, is simply magical, and I love every single minute of it. Love is love. Period. End of story. My heart is so full this week, and it's bursting at the seams. Everyone deserves happiness, and every.single.benefit that exists to every other married couple, and finally that right exists. Love has no boundaries. Love is Love. And Love WINS!
Sadly, however, life can't be all rainbows and puppies. As big of a win as this victory is, there are still certain counties that, despite the law, are still refusing to offer marriage licenses to same sex couples. Yes, despite the LAW. Now, while I won't disrespect anyone for their personal beliefs, I do believe that when you have a duty to perform a public job that you *signed up for*, such as issuing marriage licenses, you are then required to do that job. It's a simple concept. Don't feel comfortable with it? No problem. There are plenty new jobs out there for you. Like I said, I won't disrespect you for your personal beliefs. However, if you feel the need to discriminate against same sex couples by not providing them with the service that you *GET PAID* to issue them, then I'm afraid that job no longer suits you. Sadly, it seems that every step forward in our country often results in two steps back. Now we have yet another hurdle for same sex couples. That's what I want to change. I want to make things EASIER, not harder for same sex couples.
I would be absolutely honored to gift my wedding photography services to a same sex couple getting married in 2016. I don't care which state it is. You just have to be madly in love with each other. Send me the details of the wedding. Send me a bio of the two of you, and a little bit about yourself, your wedding, and something that makes you happy. One couple will receive a complimentary wedding photography package (doesn't matter how big/small your wedding is, or what state you're from). I only ask that you pay my travel cost. I just want to shoot your wedding and be a part of your love story. That's all. I would be SO honored. <3
Can't believe it's been a year since your wedding!
Here is a sneak peek of Lisa + Mike's Saybrook Point Inn Wedding, in Old Saybrook, CT! I LOVE these two! Mike Daniele is a police officer in New Haven, CT, and his wife, Lisa, owns the cutest clothing boutique (Polished Boutique), in Branford, CT. http://www.shoppolished.com/ . These two couldn't be more perfect for each other! Can't wait to go through all the photos from their day!!
I had to share these pics of my daughter, Hunter. Need I say more?! I mean, really... Every single time I see these, my heart melts again.
Okay, so sometimes it takes a crazy duo (in this case, myself, and Caitlin) to make fun shoots happen! Sure, it was FREEZING and snowy, but how gorgeous and ethereal does she look in that dress and flower crown?! I mean, you can't even tell by looking at her that frostbite was about to set in any second, AM I RIGHT?! Seriously, Caitlin was a HUGE trooper, and I wish we could have gotten some of the bloopers on camera. There were some pretty amazing ones! Also, we learned a great tip from this shoot. Never, for even a second, assume that the snow "isn't that deep" when you're roaming aimlessly through the woods. Do yourself a favor and take a shovel or a stick with you and test it before stepping in it with a dress, boots, and no tights. Trust me on this one. Actually, trust Caitlin. Thigh high snow can be quite deceiving! Thanks for being so "chill" about it, Caitlin! Sorry, I had to. You know me and my undying love of puns. Anyway, I love the blush pink shade of the dress against the snow and the gorgeous green trees. I promise the next shoot will be somewhere warm!! :)
I love impromptu photoshoots! I was recently in LA, visiting family (and wishing I lived on the west coast). It was our last day before we headed back to MA, and we had some time to kill. What better way to pass the time than a last minute photoshoot!? The sun was beautiful, Karen (my amazing sister in law) is beautiful, and it just made sense. We didn't have much time left before the sun went down, so I quickly did her makeup (not that she needs any..) and grabbed the camera. I'm so happy we did this shoot. I'm all about soft, natural light when it comes to photography, and I just love the lighting and tones here. As I write this post, I'm awaiting a nor'easter in CT. Something is wrong with this picture!
Welcome to the world, sweet Toby!