Mary Joy and Joe wanted traditional details for their second wedding. The theme was a celebration of the joining of two families with a ceremony at the quaint Talmadge Hill Church and reception at Woodway Beach Club. The Weather was perfect and having a tent wedding on the water is one of my favorite wedding styles. All shot on Portra 400 Film, Processed by the Find Lab
This wedding took place at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church just as the Dogwoods were at their peak. The reception was held at The Burr Homestead which was decorated in a beautiful ivory and gold color palette. I was second shooting with Joanna Fisher who needed help photographing the details while she concentrated on capturing the bridal party. I love details so I was basically in heaven here!
Venue: The Darien Community Association, Caterer: Marcia Seldon, Flowers: Betsy+Co, DJ: Gary Holter, Cake: Palmers, Hair & Make up: Amy Fiordelisi, Professional Dancers: Mattias Kruschel-Fred Astaire
Liz is a childhood friend ~ we were practically babies together. Our Mom's met through the Newcomers club in New Canaan and became fast friends. We kids went to school together and our families shared many outings from ice skating on Mill Pond (yes it used to freeze) to weekend ski trips and fall picnics in Pound Ridge. Our families, and in particular our Mom's, have a very special relationship to this day. We've always celebrated each others major life events, so I was genuinely thrilled to hear that Liz was traveling back to New Canaan for her wedding to Luciano. What an adorable couple! Photographing people in love is always a pleasure but this was such a joyous occasion for me. I've never seen Liz so happy! Welcome to the family Luciano!
I've known Herbert and Pauline for several years through my church. I was delighted to photograph their wedding and reception at the Roger Sherman Inn and knew many of the guests personally. It was a joyous occasion that most of our congregation attended and fun for me to shoot since I also was married at St. Michaels.
I've been dying to share this intimate wedding at Lord Thompson Manor and was so excited for Christine and Corey that it was recently featured on Grace Ormonde Wedding Style. Christine and I met years ago at the New Haven Lawn Club while I was scouting the venue for a client. Christine is the director of weddings at the club and we became fast friends while talking about unique weddings. Since Christine plans weddings for her work and has just about seen it all, she and Corey really wanted to create a totally unique weekend experience for their guests. After a ceremony rehearsal, guests dined on a real Texas BBQ buffet and made s'mores by the bonfire. The wedding day was full of surprises. The garden ceremony was followed by cocktails in a recreated 50's diner where even the servers dressed the part. Each of the dining rooms were transformed with Christine's distinct color palette and unique table layouts. The floral design tablescapes that Jennifer from Fleur de Lys created rivaled that of the Macy's Flower show! Each guest had their own individual wedding cake embellished in a complimentary color to their dining room. But by far the biggest surprise was the "after dinner entertainment"! Guest were escorted to a field where 20 classic cars from the 50's were lined up to view a drive-in movie, "The Long, Long Trailer". This big reveal had been a total secret and it was so fun to watch people's excitement over which car they would sit in. During intermission guests were escorted back to the venue to enjoy popcorn and a variety of traditional movie snacks. A wedding is always a happy event, but in Christine & Corey's love for one another they celebrated their love of life with their guests too!
The vintage cars were scheduled to be picked up early the next morning, so I was running around trying to shoot them all when John caught me taking self portraits. John is the director of corporate and social events at The New Haven Lawn Club and such a hoot! We were still running from car to car taking pictures of ourselves while the rental company was clearing out the field. I think that we all had dreams of driving one of these beauties home!
This was hands down the most involved, creative and visual wedding that I've shot. It's always an amazing pleasure to shoot for creative-out-of-the-box thinkers and I was so honored to be a part of this! So many talented people came together to produce this gorgeous event. Lord Thompson Manor is beautiful and secluded. The food is the best I've had at any wedding and the staff are just delightful! Many thanks to my good friend Danya Jimenez for helping me photograph it all. Danya has traveled to Vegas to shoot with me and is currently planning her own wedding in her native Mexico. Check out her photography and cinematography here! And my biggest thanks to Christine & Corey for trusting me to capture their vision. I'm certain that I enjoyed this weekend event as much as the guests did. I think we need a reunion at The Cottage House!
Contributing Vendors // Venue~Lord Thompson Manor // Florist~ Fleur de Lys // DJ~Correlation Productions // Wedding Cakes~On The Rise Baking // Rental Cars~Classic Car Motor Company // 50's Props~Antique Amusement // Rental Items~ Party Rental Ltd. // 50's Diner Furniture~ PBD Events // Hair & Makeup~Naomi's Studio & Salon // Tuxedo's~Bonardi's // Photography~ Cynthia Brown Studio
Candice and Scott's Celtic wedding at Waveny House in New Canaan took place on November 3, 2012. Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast a few days earlier leaving parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut devastated with impassable roads and no electricity. Miraculously the power was restored to Waveny House on the morning of the wedding and all of their guests arrived safely. Candice was baking red velvet cupcakes by a gas stove and flashlight the night before. The couple are both actors and had carefully planned the details of their event with a dramatic flair. There's nothing like a Hurricane to put everyone in a partying mood! Happy St. Patricks Day!