Jul 30, 2018

Stamford CT Newborn Session | Baby Griffin

To see the full post of this beautiful Connecticut in home newborn session, please CLICK HERE or visit my maternity/newborn blog at www.ashleytheresefamilies.com/blog
Stamford CT Newborn Session | Baby Griffin
Yale Anniversary Session | Nicole & Danny
Jul 25, 2018

Yale Anniversary Session | Nicole & Danny

Published in Anniversary
It feels like a year ago... ok well mayyyybe two years ago at most that they were on stage at the Bushnell Theater under the starry "sky" dancing for the first time as husband and wife surrounded by their loved ones. It was the most beautiful setting with vibrant pops of color, historic architecture and whimsical details. They floated around the stage in what felt like a fairytale story unfolding right before our eyes there in the theater. It was one of the most uniquely beautiful weddings we have had the honor of photographing!  
 
But their amazing wedding was actually five years ago to the day we walked around the Yale campus for their 5 year anniversary session, talking about all that has changed since then. One of the biggest and most exciting things over the past 5 years was becoming parents and the birth of their son Emmett. You guys, meeting our couple's children is so very special to me. We get to witness the first day of our couple's marriage and the start of "them" as husband and wife and then meeting the little ones that are such a big part of their hearts... well it's truly special. I loved that Emmett joined us for the first part of their anniversary session! 
 
It was truly so special to catch up with Nicole and Danny, see Nicole's parents and of course meet their absolutely adorable son. I can't wait to see what the next 5 years has in store for this family, and I love that they will have these photos to look back on decades from now to reminisce about this sweet time 5 years wed. Happy 5th Anniversary you two!!! 
 
Feel free to CLICK HERE to take a look back at their amazing wedding!
Jul 12, 2018

Rustic Acres Farm Wedding | Courtney & Chris

Published in Weddings
Courtney and Chris have such a zest for life, a love for their families and make those around them feel important and special. Their sense of humor draws people to them and you know you will always have fun when you are with them. They are two of the most caring and compassionate people, who will drop everything if you asked them to. They are THAT kind of couple. And let me tell you, their beautiful wedding day was a true celebration of the two of them and a representation of who they are. Love surrounded them on all sides as they gave their hearts to one another for eternity and it.was.amazing. 
 
I think I had tears of joy at least a dozen times during their day and when Courtney's dad thanked Chris and I during his speech and said we have become like family, guys, I almost ugly cried right then and there! Courtney and Chris and their sweet family welcome us with open arms every time we see them. They are some of the most incredible people you will ever meet and when they all come together under one roof its one heck of a fun celebration! This is the third wedding we have had the honor of photographing for this family and we hope that we can crash family reunions in the future!  
 
Courtney & Chris - After your wedding when we got in the car, Chris and I had to sit for a second and soak in everything... all the amazing once in a lifetime moments we were honored enough to witness unfolding right in front of us. There were quiet words spoken, tears of happiness and moments of immeasurable joy that have left a mark on our hearts and we will never forget them. 
 
Here are some of my favorites from their wedding day at Wood Acres Farm!
Rustic Acres Farm Wedding | Courtney & Chris
Fairfield County Newborn Session | Baby Caroline
Jun 5, 2018

Fairfield County Newborn Session | Baby Caroline

To see the full post of this beautiful Fairfield County in home newborn session, please CLICK HERE or visit my maternity/newborn blog at www.ashleytheresefamilies.com/blog
Jun 1, 2018

Ordinary Everyday Moments

Published in Personal
We sat on the couch trying to figure out what we wanted to do for dinner... Cook something, go out somewhere, order take out...?? How about pizza? Chris asked. Clearly he knows I would never turn down a good piece of pizza in all of it's cheesy goodness. What are your parents up to? Let's ask them if they want to come with! Chris hung up with his parents and said they were in! Let's call Nana and Pop also! I dialed their number and Nana said they were in as well. No plans went to fun last minute dinner plans with the fam! 
 
We picked up Chris' parents and then Nan and Pop... We all squished into one car, with my mother-in-law sitting on my lap. Chris said the obvious, We could always take two cars! Where is the fun in that?! Doesn't he know that squeezing into one car and going together is the best part?! We sat in one large booth enjoying all types of pizza and cheered to do doing this more often. 
 
Fast forward to the next day, I was watching Oprah interview author and public speaker Brene Brown. One thing Brene said stuck out... "One of the things that happens in a culture of scarcity is we are all chasing the extraordinary... When I ask people who had went through a trauma what's the hardest loss, they never talked about the extraordinary things... They said they missed the ordinary moments. And those are the moments in front of all of us everyday, that we can stop and say God I'm grateful for this." When she said that I felt it in my heart.  
 
That pizza night was almost five years ago and so much has changed... two of the biggest changes being Harper & Greyson were born since then and my sweet Pop is in the arms of our Heavenly Father. Squishing our family into one car like sardines and going for pizza was an ordinary moment. Nothing fancy or extraordinary. But it was an ordinary moment that I will always cherish, wish I could relive just one more time and continue to hold in my heart. One of the biggest driving factors of why Chris and I decided to move back to CT from NYC almost 9 years ago was to be closer to our families. Because we wanted to have more ordinary moments like this with them. Let me tell you it was one of the best decisions we ever made. I am grateful for new ordinary moments unfolding each day and will give up big extraordinary for a million like these any day.
Ordinary Everyday Moments
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