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Natalie & Patrick’s Fairytale Love Story at the Branford House, University of Connecticut, Avery Point

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Natalie and Patrick’s families have been intertwined since, well, since they could remember! With summer homes just a block apart in New London, Natalie and Patrick grew up at the same beach, and, with three siblings each, they had a ready-made social group that loved nothing more than hilariously competitive sports, both silly and serious! Natalie’s mother recalled in her toast that she realized Natalie and Patrick’s relationship was evolving when, as teens, Patrick actually rang the FRONT doorbell to pick Natalie up for a formal date, as opposed to the norm of popping in the side door unannounced!

Naturally, their wedding was a warm and joyful family affair, with the ceremony and reception held on the lawn of the Branford House, on the grounds of the University of Connecticut, Avery Point, in Groton. The rehearsal dinner was held at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, and the next day brunch was an all-day croquet brunch hosted by Natalie’s parents.


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Mallory & Jarret’s Southampton Beach Wedding

I gave Mallory & Jarret a ride to Mallory’s sister’s wedding last year, and I secretly knew they were going to soon be engaged (…they were so obviously perfect for each other!)  What I didn’t know: they were secretly choosing me as their wedding photographer at the same time!  We spent some time on their wedding day visiting a few of Mallory’s favorite spots from her childhood, including the old Parrish Museum (now the Southampton Arts Center) and the old Library in Southampton Village. Their fun-filled wedding day ended at 1am with a piano-singalong by one of their very close (but living far away) friends. Big laughs and a few heartfelt tears along the way: it was a really lovely wonderful day!!

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Emily & Peter’s Intimate Chelsea Loft Wedding, NYC

Emily and Peter had an intimate yet raucous wedding at the Ramscale Studio in Chelsea in June. Emily wore blue Tory Burch sandals with her short wedding dress and swept up hair, and the bright colorful flowers she chose added more vibrant pops of color in the open white loft space. Emily and Peter were unflappable all day, laughing constantly and simply enjoying the day with family and friends. The party moved inside after the sun went down over the Hudson River, but the outside deck afforded beautiful spacious river views all afternoon and evening!

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From Date Night to Brunch: A tasting dinner with Casa Noble Tequila

In January I was invited to shoot an intimate dinner for Casa Noble tequila, featuring a guided tasting with founder Jose ‘Pepe’ Hermosillo and innovative chef-prepared courses paired with various tequila cocktails. Hosted by the Museum of Food and Wine in Brooklyn, the event hosted various writers and bloggers who collectively embraced the versatility and appeal of tequila as an inspiration for drinks for every mood and occasion, from date night to brunch.

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Cathryn & Tommy’s North Fork, Long Island Winery Wedding

Cathryn rocked a red lip and family heirloom fur stole over her delicate lace dress and was escorted by her parents to the church in a vintage Rolls Royce. Even I was swooning, so you can imagine Tommy’s reaction to her Old Hollywood elegance. Martha Clara’s vineyards were the perfect backdrop for romantic photos before their evening reception began.

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Katie & Jen’s Shelter Island, NY Wedding

The unpredictable October weather chased Katie & Jen’s wedding inside, but the charm of the historic Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island made for an intimate, warm and loving day filled with family, friends, beautiful details, and lots of laughs. The brides might have worn very practical Wellingtons to their rehearsal dinner, but their shoes on the wedding day were beyond fab!

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Food, Wine, Little Big Town! Greenwich Wine + Food Festival 2015!

It doesn’t get much better than this. The email comes in, “Am I available to photograph a fantabulous (my word) event in Greenwich celebrating great food, top chefs, amazing mixologists, burger battles, local food, farm to table, cookbooks, cooking demos, and oh yeah, by the way, Little Big Town is headlining? Am I available? Yes, every year, from last year (I photographed it in 2014!) to infinity (I’m scheduled for this 2016 too!), yes, I will be there! And I suggest you get yourself a ticket too! Here are a few highlights, including Geoffrey Zakarian, Kathie Lee Gifford, Rocco Dispirito, Adam Richman, The Wailers, Alex Guarnaschelli, and Kimberly Schlapman with Little Big Town.

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Meghan & Michael’s Hampton Bays Waterfront Wedding

Meghan and Michael’s wedding day was all sparkling sunshine and lots of cheer, pretty much a direct reflection of their personalities!  Their venue, The Inn Spot on the Bay, was perfectly charming and hosted their family and friends on the lawn overlooking the water with plenty of room for lawn games and signature cocktails!

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Meghan & Rob’s Hampshire House, Boston, Mass Wedding

Meghan and Rob picked the historic Hampshire House for their romantic and stylish candle-lit, black tie wedding. Having photographed Meghan’s sister’s wedding the previous year, I felt instantly welcomed and right at home with her family once again. My husband was my chosen second shooter for this family affair, and we took advantage of Meghan and Rob’s local knowledge to have a whirlwind fun snowy weekend in Boston!

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Real. Beautiful. Photography.

I’m just taking a moment to sit back and count my blessings. I’ve spent the last 8 hours doing some long-overdue updating on my website.  In updating my site, I got to spend a little time re-living some of the best, most beautiful days of so many amazing people and their families. My clients! Oh how I love them. When I’ve run into former bridesmaids at the grocery store, they don’t always remember me, but I have spent so much time editing wedding photos, I never forget a bridal party face!

Let me tell you, the best day of my adult life was my wedding. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to loving being a part of so many wonderful weddings, because I KNOW how special that day is. I know how long it takes to plan a wedding. I know that your Grandmother is very special to you, because mine was to me. And I am so happy that my clients trust me and believe in me. I believe in them too, in their vision and their family ties. I don’t take it lightly that, by taking photos of weddings, I am a small part of the family legacy, creating heirloom photos that I believe will pass the test of time. Not overly trendy, not too posed. Just real. Real beautiful. Real emotion. Real families. Real photography.

 

 

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