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Dec 20, 2017

Longshore Winter Wedding | Alyssa & Mike

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I can't imagine a more perfect way to end our 2017 wedding season then with Alyssa and Mike's breathtaking winter wedding at The Inn At Longshore! You guys, would you believe that the first real snow of the year here on the Connecticut coast was on their wedding day!? Days before when we saw the forecast with snow, I was like a kid counting down the days until Christmas and hoping and wishing that there would be some of that magical white sparkle. And let me tell you, Mother Nature did not disappoint! If I had to imagine what it's like to be inside of a life size snow globe, this would be it. It was every bit as magical as you would expect... and then some. Their wedding was woven with the kind of laughter that comes from deep within the soul, tears of joy and awe at once in a lifetime moments unfolding. 
 
Alyssa & Mike - We adore the sweet, funny and kind-hearted couple that you are. Your wedding was truly magical from beginning to end, and we are so grateful to have been a part of it. Congrats again and we can't wait to grab another burger with you two at the Cheesecake Factory soon! :) 
 
Here are some of my favorites from their special day...
Longshore Winter Wedding | Alyssa & Mike
NYC Rock The Dress Session | Liz & Jim
Nov 15, 2017

NYC Rock The Dress Session | Liz & Jim

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They were enjoying a nice relaxing evening at home when Jim mentioned that he had picked up a bottle of champagne for them to enjoy. With a smile Liz picked up the very special bottle to pop the cork, but didn't notice what exactly made this bottle so special. Looking at the label Liz asked Jim why he got such an expensive one?! I mean, goodness, after all it was just a normal evening at home, kicking up their feet and finding something good to watch on tv together! But what was so special about this champagne bottle was actually under the bottle of bubbly. It had been hiding the most breathtaking diamond sparkler which Liz hadn't noticed as she picked up the bottle and moved toward the kitchen to open it! Oh was it going to be anything but a normal evening at home! It was indeed one that would be one of the best and most memorable in their love story! After finally noticing the amazing ring, Liz was speechless as Jim proposed and made her the happiest girl alive!  
 
Liz and Jim tied the knot at their destination wedding in gorgeous Cancun Mexico 1.5 months ago and reached out to me when they got back to book a Rock the Dress session so they would have photos in the city that means so much to them! We headed to Central Park in New York City and Liz definitely rocked her gorgeous gown one more time as they told me about their amazing wedding, recalling all the details of that magical day! You guys, we had soooo much fun! Here are a few of my favorites from their dreamy session!
Nov 3, 2017

Hudson Valley Wedding | Shannon & Anthony

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The delicate buttons on her gown were looped, bracelet clasped, veil perfectly placed and all the finishing touches were done. Shannon was a gorgeous bride, beaming and smiling from ear to ear ready to marry the man that swept her off her feet years ago. But there was just one more thing. In true Anthony fashion, he had an amazingly thoughtful gift for Shannon from his heart. With her bridesmaids and parents huddled around to see what was in the bag, Shannon found in it a priceless trip down memory lane. Shannon carefully turned the pages of a book Anthony made for her of a story. Not just any story though... their story. She pointed to photos from over the years of the two of them and recalled some of the sweet memories that wove the tale of their love story. There was laughter and tears and oh-my-goodness-remember-whens. "Remember when I told you I was going back to my apartment to study for my test on that day? Well Anthony actually came and got my in the middle of the snowstorm so we could hang out!" "Remember when we all went to that concert together, oh and this trip! I remember like it was yesterday!" I don't know if it was 5 minutes 500, but it was one of those time stands still moments when you get totally wrapped up and lost in the moment unfolding in front of you. Anthony even ended the book with a line from the Notebook (<-- can we say major brownie points!!) and by the time Shannon was done looking through the book, I don't think there was a dry eye in the room! That was only the beginning of a day of celebration and never-forget moments. 
 
The newlyweds toasted champagne, danced the night away and sang their hearts out to their favorite country songs at the Grandview nestled in the gorgeous Hudson Valley. They were surrounded with the ones they hold so dear and the ones who love them to pieces! 
 
Shannon & Anthony - Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for inviting us to be a part of this chapter in your lives and your wedding celebration! We adore you and your families and wish you nothing but love, happiness, and pure joy! Can't wait to see you soon - hope you are having a blast in Hawaii! CHEERS!
Hudson Valley Wedding | Shannon & Anthony
Rosecliff Mansion Wedding | Janelle & Michael
Jul 13, 2017

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding | Janelle & Michael

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If you ask them to tell you one thing about themselves, it would be that they are, from the bottom of their hearts, so thankful... thankful that God brought them together. And truth be told, if you ask those who know the couple to describe Janelle and Michael, they too would say thankful. The thankfulness for God bringing them together, the joy of marrying their best friend and the excitement of journeying through this life now as husband and wife was evident in every aspect of their wedding day.  
 
Janelle & Michael both went to college in Boston and met six years ago through a mutual friend. Every summer they spend time in one of their favorite places, Newport Rhode Island, so they didn't have to think twice when deciding where to have their wedding festivities. They wed at Our Lady of Mercy at Salve Regina University in an absolutely beautiful ceremony and then danced and dined the night away with their loved ones at one of the breathtaking historic Newport mansions... Rosecliff Mansion. With views of the water dissolving into the sky, hand painted ceilings, marble, gold and crystal detailing, Rosecliff was a perfect setting for their epic champagne popping celebration! 
 
Janelle & Michael - Your incredible wedding was truly an amazing celebration of love, blessings, and joy. The words spoken, the details crafted and the excitement felt were indescribable. We loved meeting your sweet family and friends and WE are immensely thankful that you invited us to be part of your special day! Congrats again to you both!  
Jun 23, 2017

Wadsworth Mansion Wedding | Brittany & Alex

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He looked so dapper in his suit with a boutonniere gently pinned to his lapel. Alex stepped outside the front of the gorgeous Wadsworth Mansion and eagerly waited to see his bride for the very first time on this special day... their wedding day. Brittany quietly walked up behind him and once she was standing a few feet away from him, told Alex to turn around. The sunshine poured through the evergreen trees in front of the mansion and the sweet smell of the nearby pink azaleas soaked the air. Remember I told you about those times on a wedding day when the sound fades away to silence and the moment seems to be happening in slow motion? Well when Alex tuned around, that happened. Brittany and Alex's eyes finally locked as he turned around and they hugged for a 10-minute-feeling 30 seconds. It's one of those moments as a witness you never forget because you are in the presence of intense concentrated JOY. The soon to be bride and groom held one another laughing, smiling, and holding back the tears that come with this kind of amazing overflowing happiness. Soon the sound of the birds chirping and wind whistling through the pine needles came back into the moment and words of love and excitement poured from their hearts to each other. They couldn't wait... Couldn't wait to say I do. Couldn't wait to marry one another. Couldn't wait to be his wife and her husband. Couldn't wait to start this next chapter. And then Alex's eyes began to well up and overflow... Brittany told him not to make her cry but he said he was just taking it all in. They both were. This was just the very beginning of a magical day and beautiful celebration that would change their forevers. 
 
Brittany & Alex - The love that you two have for one another is a gift to witness. You truly are the north star for the other person and what a true honor it has been for us to be a part of this exciting chapter of your lives! Our hearts are bursting with gratitude. We hope you are having an amazing time in Italy and eating LOTS of pizza that would most definitely put to shame the pizza we all had together! Congrats again you guys! CHEERS!
Wadsworth Mansion Wedding | Brittany & Alex
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