Gratefulness and Gratitude

This time last year, our family was gathered for the holiday and prayed over the little one growing inside my baby bump. I remember feeling an overwhelming amount of gratefulness and gratitude for this amazing miracle. And now that Greyson is here, healthy and the happiest of babies, I am still in awe of the incredible blessing he is. 
This Thanksgiving I have so many things to be thankful for, but one of the biggest things is my little turkey... I mean duckling. :) I am so thankful for the way he has blessed our lives and changed us for the better. I am thankful for his curiosity and interest in the little wonders of our world. I am thankful for his laughter and pure happiness. I am thankful for his reminder of what is really important. 
This Thanksgiving, I feel like I have been given the greatest gift in the world this year and have a thankfulness I can't begin to describe. I thank God every day for the gift of Greyson and this beautiful family of mine. 
A bunch of you asked what Greyson was for Halloween and I can't believe I forgot to post a photo!! So here was our little ducking on Halloween! :)

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New Haven Lawn Club Wedding | Rachel & Harry

If you ask them, they were two lost souls looking for their mate. If you ask anyone who knows them, fate just hadn't crossed these soulmates paths yet. And little did either one of them know when they signed up for the dating website OKCupid everything would change and they would be that much closer to meeting their other half. They had no idea that their initial conversations filled with jokes and laughter would eventually lead to their amazing wedding day.  
Rachel and Harry couldn't be more perfect for one another. They are two of the funniest, care-free and loving people you will ever meet. Being around them reminds you of some of the things that are really important in a relationship: love, laughter, and enjoying the little things. And wouldn't you know their New Haven Lawn Club wedding was also filled with all of these things. Their black tie affair was quite the celebration! Outside the blustery wind was blowing and the raindrops could be heard tapping on the window panes. But with the soft candlelight filling the spaces, the fireplaces roaring, and the crystals twinkling in the light, the rain only added to the romantic, warm, and beautiful setting inside. And right then and there with all their loved ones gathered, Rachel and Harry tied the knot and somewhere cupid patted himself on the back for a job well done! 
Rachel & Harry - It's couples like you that make us fall even more in love with what we do. Really and truly. Thank you for always making us laugh and for reminding those around you of what's really important. We can't begin to tell you how grateful we are to have been part of your big day! Congrats again you two!

Something about this I just totally love...!

THIS girl. Rachel, you are SO incredibly beautiful!

Loved the look on Rachel's dad face when he saw her for the first time all dolled up in her wedding dress!

And what a sweet First Look... One of my favorite things to photograph!


Oh how we just adore these two! With their constant smiles and up for anything attitudes you would never have know it was a freezing 30 degrees outside while we were taking photos!

Such sweet bridesmaids! Had so much fun with this ladies!

I believe Harry told his guys to strike a pose for the next One Direction album cover... LOL

Their letterpress invitations from Twin Ravens Press were AH-mazing!

With their immediate family and friends gathered close, they signed the ketubah. There were tears, smiles, prayers, and hand squeezes. It was a indescribably beautiful moment... a breathtaking one all those present will never forget.

We always love working with the uber talented Fleurescent and photographing her beautiful floral creations!

Venue: New Haven Lawn Club 
Gown: Custom by Exclusive Bridal Shoppe, Greenwich CT 
Shoes: Betsey Johnson 
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff 
Earrings: BHLDN 
Beauty: Dana Bartone & Co 
Groom's Tux: J. Crew 
Band: Bud Maltin Metropolitan Music 
Florist: Fleurescent 
Cake: Erica O'Brien Bakery 
Lighting: Shindig Lighting 
Chuppah: Chuppah Studio 
Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Michele 
Invitations: Twin Ravens Press 
Transportation: Black Swan 
Photography: Ashley Therese Photography
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SNEAK PEEK: New Haven Lawn Club Wedding

I seriously can't wait to share Rachel & Harry's GORGEOUS New Haven Lawn Club wedding on the blog at the beginning of next week! 
There was candlelight, sparkle, and an indescribable love... Trust me when I say you don't want to miss this one!

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Q&A: How Do Deal With Negativity

Do you ever find others being really really critical of you and your work, in a mean and not helpful way? It can be hard to hear such harsh words from others, especially others in the industry, and not let it bother me. How do you handle this? Help! 
Ahhhhh, yes. I wish I could say that I have never been the subject of harsh words and scrutiny from others, but the truth is I have. Especially when I was newer to the industry. I can say from personal experience it's really hard to have folks that you have admired and respected say such hurtful words... words that were not helpful constructive criticism. Their lack of encouragement and zeroing in on my weaknesses as a photographer was really hard to just let roll off my shoulders. When I was first starting out my confidence was about the size of an apple seed and this negativity seemed just sooo big. 
The sad reality is that there will always be people that will be mean, right? There will always be people that will doubt you. They will question that you can do this. They will focus on your weaknesses and insecurities, pointing them out and reminding you of them... over and over again. These people will always exist. But the amazing thing is, their words don't have to bother you. They don't have to cause you to question if you really can run this race. I made the decision a long time ago that I didn't have the time and energy to listen to and /or worry about these people. But more importantly, I wasn't living this dream for them. 
One of the biggest things that has helped me when these sour winds have blown my way, is to take the time to refocus on WHY I am doing this. WHY I became a photographer in the first place. I will take some time to read through the sweet emails and notes from my past couples about what their photos mean to them. I will go back and look through some of the photos from their wedding day. I think about how incredibly lucky I have been to get to know them and their stories... That they chose Chris and I to capture the memories of their wedding day. No one else. Our why is grounded in reminding couples and celebrating with them the unique beauty of their stories. I'm not looking for the approval of other photographers... that's not part of my why. Never has been, never will be. So like rain rolling off the feathers of a duck, into the water their sour words fall. Pour your energy into becoming a better photographer and serving your clients on an even higher level. Celebrate and refocus on WHY you are doing this, how far you have come, and how lucky you are to do what you love. 
And as you refocus again and again and their words fade away just as fast as they came, don't forget how small these mean spirited words made you feel. Let them fuel you to encourage other photographers, especially those that are just starting out chasing their dream. Be that person that inspires and motivates them, cheering them on and telling them they can do this. 
Or in the wise words of Taylor Swift, haters gonna hate, so try and "shake it off." :)

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Gouveia Vineyards Engagement | Ashley & Trent

The countdown to their Atlantic City trip was finally at zero days! And both of them couldn't wait to spend time with their family and friends to celebrate Ashley's birthday. But the trip to Atlantic City was going to be an even more special few days then Ashley even knew it would be. It did cross her mind that maybe, juuuust maybe Trent would propose to her while on the trip. But Trent had other, more surprising plans.  
Ashley came home from work and her mind was filled with that pre-trip To Do list that everyone has in their head the day before going on a trip. Finishing packing, fold laundry, run one last errand. So with her thoughts caught up in the To Dos she was totally caught off guard when she slowly opened the door to their home to find rose petals strewn on the floor leading to a room filled with twinkling candles. And Ashley and Trent will tell you that the moment was so filled with excitement and joy that they aren't even sure he ever actually asked her Will You Marry Me and if she ever really answered! Their hearts had spoken for themselves and the trip ended up being a celebration with their loved ones of their engagement! 
Now Chris and I are counting down the days until their Newport wedding next year! : )

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