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West Point Hotel Thayer Wedding | Kate & Tom

Even know they call California home now, they have New York City to thank for their paths crossing and their stories becoming intertwined. Among the millions of people living and working in the Big Apple, the city got just a little bit smaller when these two found each other against all odds. Wouldn't you know they both just happened to commute on the very same Coach USA bus to work in NYC?! Yup, a bus. It's like straight out of a movie where after watching it you swear people don't really just happen to meet their soul mates on a subway or bus... But they are proof that it can happen. This forensic accountant and comedian fell for one another and their friends can vouch for the fact that when they talked about one another after meeting, it was different. Their words were filled with the excitement of having met the one your heart was meant for. 
It's no surprise that Kate and Tom's wedding was filled with laughter and an incredible thankfulness. A thankfulness to now be able to call one another husband and wife and a thankfulness to have their family and friends there to celebrate with them. Their Thayer Hotel wedding at West Point had all the elements for the setting of a breathtaking affair... from the changing colors of the autumn leaves, views of the river, and rolling mountains in the backdrop. Champagne was toasted, string lights twinkled, and the dance floor was filled to the brim! 
Kate & Tom - You are such an incredible and sweet couple! Truly. Your laughter and happiness bring such joy to all those around you! Thank you for inviting us to be part of your wedding and witness such beautiful moments.

Seriously the cutest little flower girls!

THIS GIRL. Kate you are stunning!

There was something about this quiet little moment right after the ceremony that was so incredibly sweet. I just love everything about it.


These two!! One of my favorites from their day!

Venue: Thayer Hotel at West Point 
Gown: David's Bridal 
Shoes: Badgley Mischka 
Makeup artist: Makeup By Monique 
Hair stylist: Ciao Bella Salon & Spa 
Groom's Tux: Black by Vera Wang 
Floral Design: Angel Wedding Works 
Music: Music Speaks Volumes 
Cake: Homestyle Desserts Bakery 
Favors: Gertrude Hawk Chocolate & Caramel Apples 
Invitations: Christopher Ladika 
Transportation: Born to Run Limos 
Photography: Ashley Therese Photography
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To Our 2014 Couples

Literally, I feel like I just wrote this blog post at the end of last year's wedding season like a month ago. How has another year come and gone already?! I can't believe our 2014 wedding season has already come to a close. If I am being honest, this wedding season was one of the most challenging and most beautiful for a variety of reasons. And again, just like at the close of last wedding season, I sit here beyond humbled and grateful for it. The thankfulness I have in my heart for our couples and their families can't really be described. 
I have said this before, but each time I capture a wedding, I am not the same person afterwards. It changes me. The amazing love between a couple and their families is such an incredible thing to witness, it can't help but change me and leave me different. Leave me better then before. And this wedding season, I came to each wedding through a new lens - one I haven't had before. This year, I came to each wedding as a mom. I see the world and everything in it differently. And honestly, it has made me a better person and photographer. I now truly know a parent's love for their child like I didn't before. When I am photographing mother/son dances, I see them differently. I connect to the mother's emotions on a deeper level and the amazing love a son has for his parents more. When prayers are said over the couple, I can feel even more the excitement and anticipation for what's to come. I know because I have been there. I know because the best has happened to me and is only getting better. This season I came in as a different person from last year, and ended this season different from when I started. And for that I am so thankful.  
Each year, Chris and I are so blown away by the amazing love and perseverance of our couples. They have epic love stories, each with their own trials and triumphs. They have opened up to us and shown us a deeper beauty in this world. Their kind and generous hearts have moved us and left us falling more in love with what we do. So Emily, Drake, Meghan, Jack, Kaitlyn, Mark, Jessica, Brian, Sara, Chris, Catherine, James, Bethany, Joe, Cass, Tim, Diane, Will, Amy, Joe, Natasha, Quentin, Alexis, Gerry, Diane, Mark, Christine, Pat, Kate, Tom, Rachel & Harry - THANK YOU. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for letting us be part of your lives and for inviting us to be a small part of your love story. We can't truly ever begin to express what an honor it has been and how completely grateful we are. 
Here's a little look back at our amazing 2014 wedding season!

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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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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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