Aug 17, 2016

FEATURED: Knot Magazine | Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club

Published in Features
Oh how this summer is flying by! Last year, Chris and I decided we wanted this August to be a little different. We wanted it to be a sweet month of rest, recharging, and rejuvenation and boy has it been SO wonderful. There have been more days then I can count that have started with swimming at the lake and evenings that have ended with sitting on the deck listening to crickets. There have been memories made with family, BBQs with friends, and an abundance of laughter as a family of three. I have taken a little bit of a break from blogging and social media to focus on spending time with people and things that pour into our lives. I have made to time to sit still, reflect and do things that fill me up and refresh my soul. In our busy wedding season, it has been a total change of pace and I have been so grateful for it. 
 
And today we received some fabulous mail! What a honor it was to have our sweet couple Kira and Omari's Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club featured in the latest New York issue of the Knot Magazine! With a napping toddler and a cold lemonade in hand, you can find me outside going through all the gorgeousness going on in these pages! 
 
To see the blog post and more photos from their beautiful wedding, CLICK HERE.
FEATURED: Knot Magazine | Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club
New England Beach Engagement | Rachel & Mike
Aug 12, 2016

New England Beach Engagement | Rachel & Mike

Published in Engagements
After a stretch of wet weather over the past few days before their session that would make anyone living here on the Connecticut coast feel like they lived in Seattle instead, the day we headed to the beach for their engagement session was perfection. There was a sunset bursting with pastel hues of pink, purple and gold that looked like it was taken right out of a painting and splashed across the sky, seeping into the water below. It was one of those warm summer nights at the beach that you hope never end, but especially when you are hanging out with such a sweet couple and their seriously adorable puppy golden retriever! 
 
Rachel and Mike held hands and walked along the water's edge, letting their toes sink into the sandbar. They left behind a trail of footprints that would soon be erased by the incoming tide. Watching them, you can't help but smile seeing how these two best friends are clearly the love of each other's lives. As they leaned into one another they were full of smiles as they soaked in the quiet moments of just being together. The anticipation and excitement for the promise they will be making on their wedding day swirled in the air and floated up into the painting above. What a joy it was to spend time with these two and their insanely cute pup Reese! 
 
Here are a few of my favorites from their summer beach engagement session!
Aug 5, 2016

CT Classic Garden Wedding | Kelly & Tim

Published in Weddings
Kelly spends every Halloween with her friend Alana, and that year was no different. Kelly was going to take a bus from Boston MA to Stamford CT to celebrate the spooky and spectacular holiday with her friend, but wouldn't you know it was the year the Northeast got hit with a HUGE snowstorm in October. What is normally a 2.5 bus ride took EIGHT, that's right, E I G H T hours. But she eventually she made it to Connecticut! On one of the nights Kelly and Alana and a bunch of friends went to the New York City for some Halloween festivities and it was then that she met Tim through mutual friends. Safe to say, Tim was quite smitten with her right away... He Facebook friended her the next day and they exchanged numbers. Their phone conversations and texts turned into Tim eventually driving to Boston to see Kelly and the romance blossomed. Tim never really realized how LONG the drive from CT to Boston until he was driving it every weekend, but it was worth every mile to be with the girl he had totally fallen for. 
 
Their beautiful wedding day was a quintessential summer day in New England. The sun was shining and a soft sweet breeze blew through the gardens of blooms. In the middle of gorgeous gardens brimming with flowers of every color of the rainbow, surrounded by their loved ones Kelly and Tim read their hand written vows to one another. They spoke the words that were written all over their hearts, promising that every day they would wake up and choose one another over and over again. That they would be true, authentic and loyal and always celebrate the other for doing the same. As they spoke their vows to one another, you knew they were and are leaving a legacy of love that generations to come will feel the impact and beauty of, wanting nothing less for themselves because they know it truly exists. 
 
Kelly & Tim - Thank you thank you thank you. Thank you for giving us the great honor of witnessing and documenting such a special and beautiful day! We wish you nothing but love, happiness, and adventure for years to come! Congrats again!
CT Classic Garden Wedding | Kelly & Tim
Newport Engagement Session | Janelle + Mike
Aug 4, 2016

Newport Engagement Session | Janelle + Mike

Published in Engagements
Janelle loves the holiday season and everything that comes with it! She always wanted to go all out for a Christmas, decorating to the nines will all things red, green and sparkle... all things that just make it feel like Christmas time around the home. At the time both Janelle and Mike's apartments were too small for her big d├ęcor dreams so when they bought their house, they went all in with decorating with a beautiful tree, green garland and twinkling lights!  
 
Both of their families have the sweet tradition of exchanging ornaments with one another each year at Christmas time. So after the tree was lit and decorated with ornaments from years past that adorned each branch with sentimental memories, Mike handed Janelle her ornament gift for that year. As she opened the box, instead of an ornament she found the most gorgeous diamond ring! She was in SHOCK. She opened the box, saw the ring and immediately closed it. Then she opened it again slowly in complete disbelief! As the meaning and the promise that the ring signified began to sink in, Mike asked Janelle to spend the rest of her life with him! 
 
For their engagement session, we headed to one of their favorite places to visit, Newport RI which is also where their beautiful wedding is going to take place next year! We can't wait! Here are a few of my favorites from their session!
Aug 2, 2016

Made With Love

Published in Personal
This summer has been full of home improvement projects around here. You know, small and big ones that have been on our long term to do list that we have been planning and saving for. Since we bought this home five years ago this month we, well really I mean Chris (let's be honest)... has done so much work to our house and with each project he completes it is looking better and better and feels even more like our home. I love seeing the transformation of our house as these projects are completed, but honestly, there is one project I secretly had hoped he wouldn't finish. After years of walking over the ripped up door threshold from the hallway to one of the bathrooms that looked like it was straight out of the 60s, I joked with Chris, This house was definitely made with love!. Based on the look on Chris' face and response mumbling about how this and that was done wrong and the inspector never noted x, y, & z, I am not too sure he agreed. LOL However, he finally asked, What do you mean? 
 
I had him follow me to the door threshold. Chris apparently never noticed it, but when he was pulling up this portion or the floor years ago, pieces of cement came out forming a heart shaped indent. It has been a little reminder to me every time I step over it to be grateful to have a home to call our own.  
 
While I do love our completely renovated beautiful modern bathroom that was just finished (goodbye 60s blue tile and toilet!), a piece of me misses that imprint in the floor. Sometimes it's the little things... :)
Made With Love
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