CT Anniversary Session | Nell & Chris

"Love is a wonderful gift. It's a present so precious words can barely begin to describe it. Love is a feeling, the deepest and sweetest of all. It's incredibly strong and amazingly gentle at the very same time. It is a blessing that should be counted every day. It is nourishment for the soul. It is devotion, constantly letting each person know how supportive it's certainty can be. Love is a heart filled with affection for the most important person in your life. Love is looking at the special someone who makes your world go around and absolutely loving what you see. Love gives meaning to one's world and magic to a million hopes and dreams. It makes the morning shine more brightly and each season seem like it's the nicest one anyone ever had. Love is an invaluable bond that enriches every good thing in life. It gives each hug a tenderness, each heart a happiness, each spirit a steady lift. Love is an invisible connection that is exquisitely felt by those who know the joy, feel the warmth, share the sweetness, and celebrate the gift." 
Nell and Chris stood on the shoreline and read these sweet words by Douglas Pagels to one another. They were the words read at the beginning of their wedding ceremony 2 years ago. But there on the shore, it was just the two of them with only a few seagulls as witnesses. With the sand between their toes they renewed their vows to one another. They said the promises and words of love they spoke to one another on their wedding day. But this time there were no guests, no bouquets or bridesmaids, no white dress or music. There were their words and a love that was stronger then on their wedding day. There on the shore, they celebrated what the wedding was really all about - the beginning of their marriage. With tears in their eyes, they read the new vows they had written to one another, a poem, and some verses. There was a new hope, a stronger love, and a deeper bond as they held hands and spoke from the heart. It was a beautiful acknowledgement and pledge to the greatest journey they have been on and will be on for their rest of their lives.  
What an honor it was for Chris and I to photograph Nell & Chris' vow renewal and anniversary session... As the wedding season draws to a close, it was a beautiful reminder of the day after the wedding. And the days after that. It's the marriage and the truly amazing journey with its valleys and peaks that two hearts will go on. 

GAH! You are such a beauty Nell!

Love this photo Chris took...

Love. Just love this one..

They danced to their song by the Rolling Stones and whispered the lyrics to one another... It was a moment to remember.

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Great River Golf Club Wedding | Christine & Patrick

He looked down towards his shoes and adjusted his tie. Patrick put his hand in his pocket and took it out again. The palms of his hands were hot. He adjusted his tie one more time. He had a smile on his face and you could just feel the excitement and anticipation. He pulled on the cuff of his jacket and took a deep breath. Patrick was about to see Christine for the very first time on their wedding day First Look. Christine slowly approached the man she was about to marry with her fists clenched and her heart beating so very fast she wouldn't have been surprised if Patrick could hear her coming. As Patrick turned around to see Christine there were no words. There was just an embrace and a flood of emotion washing over both of them. Tears of happiness ran down Christine's cheeks and Patrick's smile could not have been any bigger. Then the words of love and adoration filled the space. That day was the day they had been waiting for their whole lives. From that day forward they would walk through this life together not just as best friends, but now as husband and wife. That day they will never forget. 
Their Great River Golf Club wedding was so very gorgeous and was the perfect place to celebrate becoming Mr & Mrs!  
Christine & Patrick - You two just beam happiness. Truly. Like the kind of happiness that makes other people happy just from being around you. The kind of happiness that comes from being in love with your soulmate. That kind. You both are so kind and what an amazing day your wedding was to be a part of!

You are beyond gorgeous Christine! I mean, seriously...!!

One of my favorites!

Before the reception we took advantage of that gorgeous golden sunset light!

Venue: Great River Golf Club 
Shoes: Badgley Mischka 
Gown: Demetrios 
Gown sash: Big Rock Bridal (Etsy) 
Earrings: Eliot Danori 
Where Gown was purchased from: Mariella Creations 
Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters & Wtoo 
Jewelry: Eliot Danori earrings 
Beauty: Dana Bartone & Co. 
DJ & Photobooth: Spin Doctor Entertainment 
Florist: City Line Florist 
Cake: Julia's Bakery 
Invitations: Amanda Day Rose Paperie (Etsy)  
Photography: Ashley Therese Photography
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Dear Sweet Greyson

Dear Sweet Greyson, 
This time last year, I was almost five and half months pregnant and I was finishing up our wedding season. I was LITERALLY counting down the weeks and days until I would meet your sweet face and hold you for the first time. Fall is my favorite time of year, but last year I honestly couldn't wait for it and winter to come and go so it would be the time of year that you would arrive. When my life would change so much for the better. 
This fall has been the most beautiful one yet. I have never seen such beautiful colors and such breathtaking details. Because now, now I see it through your eyes. The brightest red leaves need to be picked up and examined. Leaf piles should be walked through so that the crunching sound can be given proper attention. Leaves twirling through the air should be watched as the fall to the ground, one after the next. 
Truth is, as cliche as it may sound, everything is that much more awesome and beautiful. You are amazed by the simple wonders all around us, ones that I often pass by without notice. But you, you are intrigued and get so excited by the simplest things... the little things. It's an outlook I want to embrace and take to heart more. 
My world is more beautiful then I could ever imagine because of you my sweet love. I can't believe you are already 7 months old! 
I love you, 

This is his mom-I-am-done-with-this-whole-leaf-pile-photo-shoot-thing face. Such a cutie!

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Woodwinds Wedding | Diana & Mark

If you know them, you know they love wine. They love going wine tasting together, exploring new vineyards and learning as much as they can about different kinds of grapes from all over the world. It's a shared passion and something they love doing together. Last summer, one of their adventures was to go on the Connecticut wine trail and stop at as many vineyards and wineries as possible. And it was at one of these gorgeous vineyards that Mark proposed to Diana. So it was no surprise that Diana and Mark's beautiful wedding at Woodwinds had details hinting of this shared love, including serving wine from local CT wineries to their guests! 
In an intimate ceremony outside with the sun beaming down and their loved ones gathered, Diana and Mark became husband and wife. It was such a sweet and beautiful ceremony. And afterwards, it was a celebration to remember! There was more dancing and singing then I have seen at a wedding at a long time!  
Diana & Mark - You are so adored by your family and friends and it was a joy to document everyone celebrating with you! We are so happy for you both!


One of my favorites!

Loved their wine barrel and grape vine cake!

Venue: The Woodwinds 
Gown: Oleg Cassini 
Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal 
Beauty: Vivid Salon 
Music: Phil Thomas 
Floral Design: Just for You Floral Design 
Cake: J Cakes
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For Everything, A Season.

I have been reminded a lot lately that there is a season for everything. For certain dreams, goals, relationships, struggles, and the phases in life we find ourselves in. And their purpose and timing may not be clear until afterwards, when we look back. But one of the beautiful parts about life is that it's not static. There is movement and chapters constantly beginning and ending. Some seasons are hard to say goodbye to while the ending of others are a welcome relief. But they all shape and mold us. They leave their unique fingerprints on who we are. And that... THAT is the amazing and exciting part of the ebb and flow of life, isn't it? Time will always come and go just as certain as the sun and moon will dance each day and night. There are lessons to learn and hope to be had. 
There are memories I have of times I wish I could relive again and again. But even as amazing as they were, I can't imagine living them again at this point in my life. I am reminded again and again, there is a season for everything.

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