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Jun 29, 2015

Aria Wedding | Tiffany & Jeremy

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There are amazing moments on a wedding day that despite any noise or surroundings that do exist, everything fades into the background. There is a beautiful silence that fills every corner of a moment and the surrounding walls and windows seem to dissolve into the beauty of what is taking place. These moments are ones that can't quite be described, but once you have witnessed them you realize how lucky you were to have done so. This quiet, surroundings-giving-way to the happy tears and time standing still happened during Tiffany and Jeremy's wedding when they saw one another for the first time during the First Look. It was a private intimate moment when the realization that they were about to marry their soul mate overflowed with joyful tears, I love yous, and a sweet embrace. And after what could have been a few minutes or an hour, sound began to seep back into the moment and the rain lightly tapping on the windows could be heard. You could hear the laughter of the bridal party in the distance and just like that time began again.  
 
Tiffany and Jeremy held hands in front of their loved ones gathered and spoke of their love and devotion to one another in a beautiful outdoor ceremony. The clouds and mist rolled in creating the literal expression that the happy couple was feeling - on cloud nine. The low clouds made it seem like they were being wed in the sky surrounded by gorgeous views and soft beautiful clouds. It was breathtaking! 
 
Tiffany & Jeremy - Thank you for allowing us to document the amazing moments of your wedding day and the beautiful love that you two have!
Aria Wedding | Tiffany & Jeremy
CT Waterview Wedding | Kristen & Matt
Jun 16, 2015

CT Waterview Wedding | Kristen & Matt

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From the moment I met Kristen and Matt, I just adored them. And then after their engagement session, I adored them even more! So it should come as no surprise I had been counting down the days until their wedding! I knew it was going to be an amazing, beautiful joyous occasion... and it was. Kristen and Matt are loved by so many people - how awesome it was to see them all come together to witness and celebrate the joining of these two as husband and wife.  
 
Kristen and Matt's wedding was perfection - the sun was shining all day and the dance floor was packed all night. And on that dance floor was a very special guest - Matt's 93 year old grandma. She was breaking it down, dancing with her grandsons with THE biggest smile on her face. The joy on her face was a perfect representation of the sheer happiness all of the family, friends and newlyweds felt that day. 
 
Kristen & Matt - We adore you two and what an honor it was to photograph your day. We are so grateful to have meet you both and to be a part of your special day!
Apr 27, 2015

Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club Wedding | Kira & Omari

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It was a night that neither one of them will forget as it was the beginning of their forever. Kira was planning a girls night out, but let's be honest - that's not how it ended up. And Omari, well he wasn't even supposed to go out that night but a friend convinced him to come out and celebrate another friend's birthday. It's what some may call fate or kismet. But whatever made their cross paths that night, it was the beginning of their beautiful love story. 
 
Fate or whatever it may have been, as soon as Omari saw Kira, he knew he just had to talk to her. He went up to her and said what any guy would have, "I saw you were looking at me..." LOL Love it. Kira then clarified that she was indeed NOT looking at him. And as Omari began to walk away in apparent defeat, she added, "but that doesn't mean I wouldn't..." They both smiled and began small talk. They talked the whole night and girls night out turned into a first date of sorts. The next day they met up and spent the whole day together. From that day on they were inseparable.  
 
The Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club was the perfect setting for their wedding celebration!! With the water sparkling, the sun shining and the champagne flowing, it was perfection. 
 
Kira & Omari - We are so honored to have captured this most amazing day in your love story! We wish you many more breathtaking moments and champagne popping occasions to come! Congrats again!
Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club Wedding | Kira & Omari
SNEAK PEEK: Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club Wedding | Kira & Omari
Apr 24, 2015

SNEAK PEEK: Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club Wedding | Kira & Omari

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Can't wait to share more form the first wedding of our 2015 season, and trust me, you don't want to miss this one! Kira and Omari's beautiful Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club Wedding in New York will be on the blog Monday! 
 
Until then, here's a little peek! :)
Mar 31, 2015

FAQ: Why do a First Look?

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One of my favorite moments during a wedding day, is the First Look... no question about it. A First Look is when a bride and groom see one another before the wedding ceremony in a very special and moment. No words can describe the tender emotions and reactions of that instant when the couple sees each other for the first time on the most important day in their love story... 
 
People always ask if Chris and I did a First Look, and I regrettably have to answer no. It wasn't because I didn't want to but simply didn't know what it was and that it was an option! I so WISH we had done a First Look and if we could do it all again, we definitely would without a doubt. When I walked down the over 90 foot aisle of the church we were married in (yes, it was a suuuper long aisle and I almost needed to take a break half way through... just kidding!) I couldn't really see Chris' reaction and when I got to the end of the aisle to him he just whispered to me and the ceremony began. In that moment what I really wanted to do was hug him, tell him how much I loved him... I wanted to hear how excited he was and how the morning was with the guys. I wanted to know if he liked my dress and I wanted to tell him how handsome he looked and wipe the tears from our eyes in a private moment. But all eyes were on us as the ceremony began, and we didn't have a chance to until after the ceremony... Because I so wish we had known what a First Look was and all the benefits, I make it a point to discuss with my couple's a First Look if they have not thought about it. Now it's just as important to note that a First Look is not for everyone, but this way each couple can decide for themselves! 
 
There are a few benefits of doing a First Look and I wanted to break down some of the big ones... Soooo, without further ado: 
 
Enjoying that special moment. Being able to enjoy and savor that first moment of seeing one another on your wedding day... Without all your guests watching. Being able to hug/kiss/cry/laugh/smile and not feel like you have to hold back. Having that instant reaction and tender moment documented. 
 
Timing. Doing a First Look provides much more time for photos without being rushed. Immediately after the First Look, I typically photograph the bride and groom together for a little while. Then I photograph the bridal party (the bridal party can meet the bride and groom at First Look location or wait in transportation until First Look and bride/groom photos are complete.) Family photos can even be done before the ceremony as well. Then after the ceremony, I usually do family photos if they have not been done already and additional photos of the bride/groom and sometimes more of the bridal party if time allows it. 
 
Attending Cocktail Hour. This ties into timing, but when we do the majority of photos before the cocktail hour, couples can attend some if not all of their cocktail hour. Doing a First Look and photos before the ceremony often allows for much flexibility and options with the wedding day timeline and photo opportunities. 
 
Daylight. Depending on what time of year a wedding is or how late the ceremony starts, a First Look enables the couple to have beautiful natural light photos while it is still light outside. If a couple is getting married in November on the east coast with an evening ceremony at 7:00pm, it will obviously be pitch dark outside when the ceremony is done. Doing a First Look, bride/groom photos, bridal party photos, and even family photos prior to the ceremony and sunset would allow for photos outside in the beautiful light... 
 
Calming those nerves. My brides are definitely less nervous for the ceremony and the rest of the wedding day when they do a First Look. They are just as excited and anxious, as are the grooms, but less nervous since they have already had time with their soul mate before the ceremony. One of my brides described it best when she told me that the First Look and walking down the aisle were two completely different experiences, but just as emotional and exciting. Walking down the aisle was something she had always dreamed about and the First Look was something she had been looking forward to in the year leading up to the wedding when they decided to do a First Look. And I will tell you that their First Look and walk down the aisle were so incredibly beautiful and emotional in their own way. 
 
Here are some of our couples' amazing First Look photos... :)
FAQ:  Why do a First Look?
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