Chris + Alison - Elizabeth Park (West Hartford, CT) + Simsbury 1820 House (Simsbury, CT)

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!! 

Melissa + Steve (The Country House- East Haven, CT Wedding)

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!

Love Wins!

 

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

#lovewins

 

Happy Anniversary Mike + Holly!

Can't believe it's been a year since your wedding!