Sep

The Beauty Of Change

Here's the thing, I've always thought that I have never really been a huge fan of change. I am one of those girls that would sail in the if-it-ain't-broke-then-don't-fix-it stay-the-course boat into the sunset... You know, stay in my comfort zone and maintain perceived "control." Because change, well change can be scary because it can involve the unknown. Usually does. Change can ask us to hand over the reins, turn over the keys, let go of the safety line, throw away the well thought out map. It can ask us to do all these things in exchange for the unknown because change often comes with its bff - uncertainty. Change can tell us that we must steer off of that straight and well lit path we are on for a turn in a new direction. Change is something we always remember. We remember how change has brought some of our lowest lows and how it has brought some of our biggest joys. 
 
As much as I would probably like to think I am generally not a huge fan of change, I can't imagine what life would be like without it... Without those unexpected twists in the road and detours I never saw coming. I can't imagine if I had continued down a long straight road where everything was predictable and the end was known and clear from the beginning. Where it was all planned out and the excitement of change didn't exist. You see, change has brought me some of the best things into my life. Change has built character, brought love, tested strength, and fueled determination. It has made dreams reality. It has brought us out of current situations and put us in better ones. It has had us take one step backwards and two steps forward. Sometimes we choose change and sometimes it chooses us without our say.  
 
It is a leading writer in each one of our journeys and is a character that can be counted on to always show up without fail. Change is a necessary and beautiful part of life. 
 
With fall here and the leaves starting to change from green to oranges, yellows, and reds I am reminded of the beauty of change. I am in the midst of a season of change, some big and some small. And I am excited for them. I will embrace this new season and all the twists and turns that Change has up her sleeves.

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Sep

Mystic Engagement Session | Tiffany & Jeremy

They met in high school and it's safe to say that Tiffany had a huge crush on Jeremy. Like huge. Like she may or may not have kept a photo of him in her backpack huge. It was that kind of huge crush. :) But it was only years later when they both had gotten put of relationships when that crush turned into something more. They ran into one another at a local bar they both love to go to with their friends. The two struck up a conversation that would be the beginning of "them." Now if you ask them who asked for whose phone number first, Tiffany swears Jeremy asked for her number. If you ask Jeremy his eye roll combined with a huge grin and "come on" answer says it all. He says Tiffany asked for his number first. After chatting at the bar that night they hang out again and again and soon became inseparable.  
 
She is clearly head over heels and he is totally and completely smitten. Their Mystic seaport engagement session was so much fun and I was SO excited they brought along their adorable goldendoodle Bentley. The sunset light was golden and downtown Mystic was the perfect spot to hang out and photograph these two! And we started off at a very special place, the restaurant Azu. It's where they had their first date!  
 
Can't wait for their wedding next summer! Here are a few of my favorites from their session!







































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Sep

Whitby Castle Wedding | Amy & Joe

I will never forget the first time I met Amy and Joe over a year ago. As they sat next to one another on my couch and described their wedding plans thus far, Joe couldn't stop smiling and looking at Amy. Amy leaned into Joe with literally pure joy on her face as she described the ceremony and the castle where they would celebrate. She put her hand on this back and gave his should a squeeze as she stated the obvious: "I am SO excited!!" Joe put his arm around Amy and shared some of the details of their special day with just as much enthusiasm. 
 
These two have an excitement for life that is contagious. They have a happiness that can't quite be put into words. They have a deep sweet love for one another that storybooks are made of. So it came as no surprise that Amy and Joe's wedding day was filled with these things: excitement, happiness, and love. Their Whitby Castle wedding was magical. The rain clouds blew over and left a amazing stillness outside of the castle. It was so calm and peaceful and a perfect place to take photos of the newlyweds before they celebrated with friends and family inside the castle! 
 
Amy & Joe - Your excitement for life and love for one another that is truly beautiful. Chris and I were so happy and honored to be there to document your special day. 
 
Below are some of my favorites from their wedding! And to see their NYC engagement session, click here.










True beauty. You are gorgeous Amy!



Amy's dad walking up to the car to escort her into the church... One of my favorites!









MARRIED! Pure happiness!



It was POURING and Ioved every second of photographing them through the rain as they pulled up to the castle!






























Who says you can't cut your wedding cake with a sword?! :)


Venue: Whitby Castle 
Wedding gown: Mori Lee 
Shoes: Jimmy Choo 
Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal 
Beauty: Wendy Youngblood (makeup artist) & Liz Walker and Rosalinda Biddle (hair stylists) 
Groom's Tux: Calvin Klein 
Videographer: M.S.V. Entertainment 
Music: M.S.V. Entertainment 
Floral Design: Dramatic Innovation, LLC 
Cake: Lulu's Bakery 
Invitations: Crane & Co.  
Transportation: Top Class Limousine 
Photography: Ashley Therese Photography
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Sep

SNEAK PEEK: Whitby Castle Wedding

This gorgeous Whitby Castle wedding is coming to the blog tomorrow! Here's a little peek... :)

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Sep

Brooklyn Bridge Engagement | Diane & Will

The excitement for their wedding day was at an all time high... It was the week before Diane and Will's I Dos when we headed to Brooklyn for their engagement session. Their wedding day was one that overflowed with a love and closeness that could be felt by all those there. During one of the toasts, Diane's uncle said something that spread smiles throughout the room. He said that Will doesn't just love Diane, he adores her. Everyone who was listening knew exactly what he meant. Diane and Will do indeed love one another. But they also simply adore one another. Their love and respect for one another is at the forefront of all they do. They treasure and cherish each other and what they have. They truly know how lucky they are to have the other and it shows in the little moments in between... the hand squeezing, the sweet kissing, and the holding each other close as they sit side by side.  
 
Their Brooklyn Bridge engagement session was full of love from two people who just adore one another. Here are a few of my favorites from their session!




























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