Ariela & Rebecca: New Haven, CT Wedding

I had been to Lighthouse Point in New Haven a few times during my Connecticut travels but never dreamed of what a majestic and unique space two people could transform it into. It’s lovely by itself, set beside an actual lighthouse and rolling rocks overlooking the city. It even has a carousel guests can ride! Ariela and Rebecca (and a magnificent team of creatives) transformed the space into a coastal getaway. The day was beyond. These two lovely women smiled nonstop amid the buzzing and activity that is a wedding day. It was truly an honor to be with people who enjoy every step of the process and I wish I could do it all over again…

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I’m always thankful when I can document both sides of the wedding party, (I’m selfish and want to tell the whole story) and in this case it was seamless!

Lighthouse Point Wedding

Amid the sunshine and beach view, an emotional First Look in the park…

Lighthouse Point Wedding

Ariela and Rebecca’s ceremony was personable and touching. All of the V.I.P.’s were within a few feet of this amazing couple and no matter how close I got, no one even noticed me. That’s how tuned in they were…

Lighthouse Point Wedding

I think these photos below really capture what Ariela and Rebecca are all about – so unbelievably loving…

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After I got a few close up shots of the first dance I had to get the carousel in full effect…

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Look at this space! Everything was gorgeous!

Lighthouse Point Wedding

Everyone was on their feet, the party was hopping until the very end…

Lighthouse Point Wedding

There is nothing better than shooting a great dessert bar…

Lighthouse Point Wedding

We wandered around Lighthouse Point Park for some couple’s shots. Admittedly, this was my favorite part of the day. When you spend intimate time alone with two people you really find out what makes them tick. Ariela and Rebecca are interesting and bright people. They make everyone around them feel special and loved…

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Lighthouse Point Wedding

Ariela and Rebecca you are both gorgeous, kind and lovely individuals. I am so lucky you found me!

xo

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Friday Randoms, Vol. 50

Good God we are at Volume 50 of these nonsense Friday Randoms posts already. 50, people! 50! Let me note the following before I get started: I could post the most beautiful wedding in the world, my life’s best work, the most amazing photo I’ve ever captured…and people would still tell me about some stupid thing I mentioned in Friday Randoms.

So I must accept my fate with head held high (and grimace on my face). Onward…

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Dezeen Magazine is an architecture and design magazine so if you like looking at cool spaces, unique typeface and interesting design from buildings to logos and everything in between, you’ll love it.

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A meal I’ve had almost every day this week is a Caprese salad. What I have learned with growing my own basil is that the green kind is better than the purple kind. This is a very scientific opinion. Also, heirloom or artisan tomatoes are where it’s at. I would question paying $8 for pretty much anything but for an artisan tomato? F yeah!

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I finished the Boilermaker 15k last Sunday. Year #24. Still haven’t beat the Kenyans, but getting closer. So far no pictures have surfaced of me actually running the thing. This is best for all of us.

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I’ve been trying to go to bed by 11pm each night. Hasn’t been happening. “Making a schedule will help you!” they say. Why is it that I can be drop dead exhausted ALL FREIKIN’ DAY and then the minute I get into bed I feel like I have enough energy to paint the house?!?!

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Office supplies make me inexplicably happy. Like colorful eraser heads to put on my eraserless pencils.

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It’s not an understatement to say David Foster Wallace was one of the all time best American writers. Just my opinion, obviously I’m not some literary guru. Most of the time you’ll find me in the grocery store checkout aisle, giving knowing looks to other patrons as I read, “Stars: they’re just like us!!” in Us Weekly Magazine.

Acknowledged and owned.

 That said, to me, in a world with so much noise, he was original, powerful, dark and brilliant. His voice captivates me in a way few authors can. A movie is coming out about him and I can’t wait.

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I made a mango/peach/spinach smoothie today and it changed my life for the better. If you give me a lecture about how much sugar I’m taking in slurping one of those babies down each day, it’ll sadden the experience.

This next one is for the men: One of my friend’s bought an item at Filson, which is an outdoor shop, and they send a handwritten note with every. order. I want to buy things from them for this reason alone. Everything they make is right here in the states too!

Speaking of companies, I was going to give you a link to a Swedish company’s website that sells beautiful bathroom accessories but my browser quite on me four times when I was on their website so my outrage will not let me type the words. Get me on another day.

Be well, friends, until next time…

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Amy & Adam: Branchport, NY Wedding

I met Amy and Adam just once before their wedding. After a few minutes, I felt as if I had known them for years. Immediately, we were in synch. We spoke of romantic and timeless photographs and their wish to have a relaxed, joyful wedding day, something that totally reflected their love. They promised the church would be unique and that I’d love shooting there (I did). Then, they picked out the best First Look location ever (It was a dream come true). They told me I would love this willow tree on the reception grounds (True and true!). And finally, their adventurous spirit had us hiking up gravel hills, through sand, and near water to get to great places to photograph. Dream team couple? Check! Put everything together and it was a gorgeous day with two lovely people and their closest v.i.p.’s

Here are a few favorites from their intimate and charming day at Miles Wine Cellars in the heart of the Finger Lakes region…

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The stylists at Tropic Salon in Penn Yan were fantastic! To complement Amy’s perfectly tailored Maggie Sottero dress, she had her Wonder Woman sneaks at the ready…

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Amy and Adam picked a breathtaking location for their First Look. Away from the wedding bustle, we drove to a secluded, beautiful vineyard. Here’s a look from both my perspective and the second shooter’s…

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We paused for a few portraits on the property before jetting off to the ceremony!

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I love how the rich red colors complement the lush green backdrop! It didn’t hurt that Amy’s grandfather had a great antique car we were able to play with!

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Red accents tied the whole day together…

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Amy and Adam’s portraits were my favorite part of the day. I’d like to thank the Wonder Woman shoes for their help in traveling to these fantastic locations!

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I’ve mentioned before that photographing the formal dances are a highlight for me. That raw in-the-moment emotion that unfolds is so beautiful…

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I had envisioned dramatic shots under the willow tree before I even saw it. After telling Amy and Adam of the plan, of course they were all in!

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Amy and Adam, thank you for a day filled with quality, loving people. You two are a dream.

xo

Thank you also to this superior team for a phenomenal day!

Hair and makeup: Tropic Salon

Dress: Maggie Sottero

Ceremony: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Cake: Flour Shop Cafe

Reception: Miles Wine Cellars

DJ: Creekside Entertainment

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Meg & Joe: Lake Placid, NY Wedding

I’ve been excited to share this wedding with you for so many reasons. For one, the day was so much fun. The candids were incredible. You couldn’t find two people more suited for each other or more relaxed and joyful. I just love this couple so much. They are kind and genuine and surround themselves with equally amazing people. One of the great elements in documenting a wedding, outside of the obvious love and excitement between the bride and groom, is the people around them. I loved how expressive and supportive everyone was. When I’m behind the lens and these thoughtful reactions from people are unfolding, I get really wired inside. This is wedding documentary in it’s best form. When people totally forget that I’m there taking pictures and get swept away in a couple’s narrative? That is an incredible and powerful gift to the bride and groom. I’m honored I was there to experience it.

A few favorites from Megan and Joe’s Lake Placid wedding…

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The bridesmaids were fabulous, they were “oohing and aaahing” each step of the process! Meg looked magnificent thanks to Jen Despres from Roffi Salon and Day Spa out of Boston!

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A quiet moment to read some thoughts from their spouse-to-be…

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Meg looked gorgeous from all angles, I was in awe…

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The color scheme they chose was out of this world with florals by East Branch Organics. They went perfectly with the decor, the dresses, even the napkins! The whole vibe was awesome!

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These photos speak for themselves…

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There was no shortage of photos with Joe beaming at his new bride and I love every single one…

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It was a treat having angles from the second shooter on the balcony, it truly adds to the day’s story telling. Here’s a side-by-side of Meg and Joe walking down the aisle from our perspectives…

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The millionth candid I love…it was raining and these two are smiling and laughing nonstop…which is totally them…

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Their party was sick! People danced nonstop, Kenny The Promo Guy kept everyone on their feet all night!

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Lake Placid Wedding

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A few words about the last couple of hours during the reception. These next two shots capture exactly why I am not an hourly photographer. I stay until the very end, because amazing things like this happen. On the left, Meg’s father (wig and all) rocking out to 80′s music in front of a delighted crowd, and, on the right, the couple’s final dance and kiss, marking the beginning to the rest of their story. It fills me with warmth that they allowed me to stay and capture this…

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A humble thank you to these amazing people who helped put together a perfect day…

Hair and makeup: Jen Despres from Roffi Salon and Day Spa in Boston

Dress: Stella York

Florals: East Branch Organics

Cake: Simply Gourmet

Ceremony:  St. Agnes

Music/Strings during Ceremony: Potsdam String Trio

Reception: Lake Placid Club Resort

Reception DJ: Kenny the Promo Guy

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