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New Haven Lawn Club Wedding | Rachel & Harry

If you ask them, they were two lost souls looking for their mate. If you ask anyone who knows them, fate just hadn't crossed these soulmates paths yet. And little did either one of them know when they signed up for the dating website OKCupid everything would change and they would be that much closer to meeting their other half. They had no idea that their initial conversations filled with jokes and laughter would eventually lead to their amazing wedding day.  
Rachel and Harry couldn't be more perfect for one another. They are two of the funniest, care-free and loving people you will ever meet. Being around them reminds you of some of the things that are really important in a relationship: love, laughter, and enjoying the little things. And wouldn't you know their New Haven Lawn Club wedding was also filled with all of these things. Their black tie affair was quite the celebration! Outside the blustery wind was blowing and the raindrops could be heard tapping on the window panes. But with the soft candlelight filling the spaces, the fireplaces roaring, and the crystals twinkling in the light, the rain only added to the romantic, warm, and beautiful setting inside. And right then and there with all their loved ones gathered, Rachel and Harry tied the knot and somewhere cupid patted himself on the back for a job well done! 
Rachel & Harry - It's couples like you that make us fall even more in love with what we do. Really and truly. Thank you for always making us laugh and for reminding those around you of what's really important. We can't begin to tell you how grateful we are to have been part of your big day! Congrats again you two!

Something about this I just totally love...!

THIS girl. Rachel, you are SO incredibly beautiful!

Loved the look on Rachel's dad face when he saw her for the first time all dolled up in her wedding dress!

And what a sweet First Look... One of my favorite things to photograph!


Oh how we just adore these two! With their constant smiles and up for anything attitudes you would never have know it was a freezing 30 degrees outside while we were taking photos!

Such sweet bridesmaids! Had so much fun with this ladies!

I believe Harry told his guys to strike a pose for the next One Direction album cover... LOL

Their letterpress invitations from Twin Ravens Press were AH-mazing!

With their immediate family and friends gathered close, they signed the ketubah. There were tears, smiles, prayers, and hand squeezes. It was a indescribably beautiful moment... a breathtaking one all those present will never forget.

We always love working with the uber talented Fleurescent and photographing her beautiful floral creations!

Venue: New Haven Lawn Club 
Gown: Custom by Exclusive Bridal Shoppe, Greenwich CT 
Shoes: Betsey Johnson 
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff 
Earrings: BHLDN 
Beauty: Dana Bartone & Co 
Groom's Tux: J. Crew 
Band: Bud Maltin Metropolitan Music 
Florist: Fleurescent 
Cake: Erica O'Brien Bakery 
Lighting: Shindig Lighting 
Chuppah: Chuppah Studio 
Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Michele 
Invitations: Twin Ravens Press 
Transportation: Black Swan 
Photography: Ashley Therese Photography
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SNEAK PEEK: New Haven Lawn Club Wedding

I seriously can't wait to share Rachel & Harry's GORGEOUS New Haven Lawn Club wedding on the blog at the beginning of next week! 
There was candlelight, sparkle, and an indescribable love... Trust me when I say you don't want to miss this one!

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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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