Category Archives: Wedding

wedding date: August 5th, 2017

There are so many wonderful things I could say about this couple but I am going to keep this one short. They were friends and started dating in high school, they went to college and continued their relationship. They have grown together and learned to be stronger together. From the moment I met them and their families, I felt welcomed. Their traditional Jewish ceremony brought tears to all those who are close to them. It was a perfectly perfect ceremony followed up with perfectly perfect toasts, dances and a celebration with the moon high in the sky over the tent! There was one quote from one of the toasts that resonated with me and I think it fit them so well. It is an old African proverb that reads, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Cheers to the newlyweds, here’s to the next 1,000 years! 

wedding date: August 4th, 2017

Dana & Jack tied the knot on a perfect summer day at the Pond House Cafe last week. Their wedding was filled with many personal touches and details that Dana planned on for over a year. Since Dana is a teacher, a lot of her hand-made items were put together during her summer break.

Dana prepared for her wedding day at the gorgeous Goodwin Hotel in downtown Hartford. The Goodwin has some incredibly cool and trendy furniture and spaces throughout the hotel. Dana’s bracelet was an heirloom and the earrings she wore have been worn at 3 other weddings in her family as well. She had 3 of her grandmothers broaches attached to her absolutely stunning bouquet to carry down the isle. Her bridesmaids dresses were in a pink/coral ombre that I think she pulled off nicely! Jack got ready for the wedding at their house. He was surrounded by his friends, his parents and their lovable rescue cat that Dana and Jack worry someone will steal her because of how perfect she is! 

They had their first look in one of the gardens at Elizabeth Park. Overall, the park was very quiet on Friday so there were not many other visitors that we had to avoid. Bridegroom portraits and family photos were all taken in the gardens at Elizabeth Park, a must see for anyone who has not been there before. 

The ceremony took place on the patio at the Pond House. The Pond House has a really cool approach for the bridal party to walk around before actually entering the ceremony area. A beautifully dramatic way to start a wedding. They wrote their own vows and Jack’s father married them (after becoming ordained on the internet)! The party rocked on throughout the rest of the night and concluded with a dramatic sparkler send-off!  I hope they are having a blast in Hawaii on their honeymoon! Cheers to the newlyweds! 

Hair & Make-up: Cahoots Salon, Michelle

Flowers: In Bloom Florals, by Powerstation Events

DJ: Powerstation Events, Todd A. 

Videographer: Gracenote Films, Todd

 

wedding date: July 29th, 2017

Sarah and Rob were expecting rain on their wedding day. We prepared for it, we planned for it, and then what do you know,… the weatherman was wrong yet again- the sun came out and stayed out as they prepared for their first look. The weather could not have been more perfect for this couple! After their first look, one of the club members drove in with a stunning baby blue, 67 mustang and kindly offered to let us use it for pictures!

Sarah had very thoughtful “something old” and “something blue” pieces incorporated into her wedding.  As Sarah prepared for her wedding day with her bridesmaids, her soon-to-be mother in law hand sewed a stitched wedding date into the bottom of Sarah’s dress. Sarah also carried a handkerchief that was made from Rob’s baptism bonnet when he was a baby and wore some of her grandmothers jewelry. 

A good friend from college married Sarah and Rob. Having him marry them was a beautiful personal touch and made it easy to include their own vows. They each had a hand in helping write them but did not read them alone. These vows included several funny things about one another’s own quirks when sharing a house, daily chores and living together. Also during their wedding, exercpts from “Oh the Places You’ll Go” was read.

After the ceremony and family formals, everyone headed inside to the Great River Golf Club for cocktails and dancing. One of my favorite quotes from the night came from Sarah’s dad. During his toast, he offered this advice to the newlyweds, “…and I hope the only pain you have,… is champaign!” Throughout the rest of the evening, Dave from Spin Doctor Entertainment kept the dance floor rocking! Here’s to the newlyweds, I hope they are having a blast on their honeymoon! Cheers! 

Bridal Hair & Make-up: Hello Gorgeous  

Flowers: Peter’s Wholesale Florist 

Bridal Store: RK Bridal          Dress Designer: Ti Adora by Alvina Valetta

DJ & Uplighting: Spin Doctor Entertainment, Dave 

wedding date: July 1st, 2017

It all started with a crush when they were in high school. Melissa was younger and loved everything about Jacob, but Jacob was older and a little hesitant. That’s where it all started. They’ve been best friends for 10 years and dating for the last 7. That is what helped build this strong relationship between the two of them.  They did everything together and when Melissa attended college, they stayed together. They have been through a lot together and you can honestly feel the love they have for one another when you are around them. It is infectious! I’ve had the pleasure of teaching and coaching both Melissa and Jacob. Every wedding I am at is special to me, but this was extra special to be a part of, especially since I photographed their proposal as well! 

Their wedding day was nothing short of perfect! They were surrounded by all their friends and family on the beach at Lighthouse Point in New Haven, CT. The afternoon called for rain, but it stayed away, except for a small sprinkle after their vows, but that brought out a rainbow over their venue. I am sure we all believe it was a little sign from their friend Ed, who was watching from above. Ed would have been a groomsman, but he passed away too soon. Melissa and Jacob had a beautiful tribute to him in the reception hall and his brother Christian, was the best man. Aside from the rainbow, Ed also let others know he was there- a twisted tea was opened and it said “Ed” on the cap. When the Best Man was asked to hand the rings to their officiant, he pretended he “lost” them,… and as a surprise to Melissa, their dog Tucker, brought the rings down the isle. It was perfect! 

The reception continued on inside the venue where there was an antique carousel that guests could ride at any time through the evening. The sunset was spectacular, and Spencer, the DJ kept the dance floor rocking all night long. At the end of the evening, their friend, and one of the groomsmen, Charlie, played the bagpipes for everyone.

Here’s to the many more years of love and happiness for this couple, Cheers! 

Caterer: Carriage House Events and Catering, Chris

DJ: Dance to the Music, Spencer

Makeup: Maggie Dalton & Caroline and Hair: Samantha Hembrook

Rentals: All Season Party and Tent Rentals, Dave & Sarah

If you know Melissa & Jacob,… this picture of these two is them in a nut shell!

Photographed by: Erica Keane and Ali Lee for Keane Eye Photography