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Jun 20, 2017

Fairfield County Engagement | Courtney & Chris

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How they met and fell in love has all the makings of an award winning blockbuster... The Notebook can move on over! Chris' family was dinning at Il Palio, which happened to be the Italian restaurant where Courtney worked as the hostess. Not even in her wildest dreams would Courtney have imagined that a passing comment to her friend who was a waitress result in some matching making occurring shortly there after! Courtney mentioned she thought the guy dining with his family and relatives there in the restaurant that evening was cute. Wouldn't you know somehow the family got word as they exited and raved about how amazing that cute guy, Chris, was. Chris had already left the restaurant when his family worked their match making skills and asked Courtney for her number to pass along to Chris. Now Courtney didn't think anything would honestly become of it and definitely did not think that Chris would actually call her, buuuut a few days later she got a call from that cute guy. Truth be told, Chris hadn't even seen Courtney that day at the restaurant so he went on blind faith when his family raved about the sweet and gorgeous hostess and gave her a call! The two ended up going out on a date and the rest is history! End scene... and the beginning of the next! This duo is set to tie the knot next spring and ohhhh we are beyond excited! We adore this couple and love every single time we get to photograph a wedding in their sweet family! :)  
 
Loved hanging out with these two while they were here in town from Alabama for her cousin's wedding (coming to the blog this week too)! Here are a few of my favs from their engagement session!
Fairfield County Engagement | Courtney & Chris
New England Fall Engagement | Stephanie & Stephen
Oct 27, 2016

New England Fall Engagement | Stephanie & Stephen

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Stephanie and Steve came up from Florida for their engagement session and it was the kind of day I think of when I imagine a typical fall day in New England. The air was brisk and the skies were overcast, making the bright colors on the trees pop against the gray sky. They didn't bring that Florida sunshine with them, but my photographer heart was totally okay with it as I was loving every second of photographing such a kind and sweet couple during me favorite season of the year! Oh you guys, the fall leaves are one of the things I heart most about this time of year and living in New England! The trees are all wearing their fall best and their colors never disappoint!  
 
Stephanie and Steve's love story began years ago when they met in college, his sophomore year and her freshman year. Who would have thought that at the beginning of their college journey they would meet their soul mate, and the one they would end up sending the rest of their lives with?! Who would have imagined that years later Steve would totally surprise and shock Stephanie by getting down on one knee and propose to her at the Masters?! Such a beautiful love story that's still being written and we are so looking forward to their wedding next month in New York, when they will start a new chapter and tie the knot on their sixth anniversary! Here are a few of my favorites from their engagement session... :)
Oct 13, 2016

Gouveia Vineyard Engagement | Stephanie & Matthew

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Stephanie and Matthew met when recess was the highlight of their day and when they probably both thought the other had cooties. Yes, these two met 21 years ago in FIRST GRADE! Can you believe that?! Fast forward to eighth grade when they would eat lunch together each day and Matthew became, as Stephanie put it, her first stay-up-and-talk-on-the-phone-all-night boyfriend. Their paths diverged in high school but through the years they always seemed to cross again. Then a few years ago in 2013 their paths came together one last time and would be inseparable! 
 
For their engagement session we spent the sunset hour at one of my favorite places around here in the fall, Gouveia Vineyards. The leaves changing into colors of brilliance, the geese flying in formations overhead, that golden sunset light and that crisp New England fall air never cease to amaze. And let me tell you, hanging out with them and photographing their love made my heart so very full.  
 
I don't know who said the quote, but it goes something like "They told me that to make her fall in love I had to make her laugh. But every time she laughs I'm the one who falls in love." Oh how this quote reminds me so very much of Stephanie and Matthew! Matthew is constantly making Stephanie laugh in a way that no one else can, and you can see she can't help but beam and fall more head over heels for him. In turn, with each laugh and smile you can see it written all over Matthew's face that he cherishes her so very much and his love for her only grows. 
 
It takes very little imagination to know their life together is going to be filled with so many beautiful memories, love and laughter! I can't wait for their wedding next spring at the gorgeous Oheka Castle!
Gouveia Vineyard Engagement | Stephanie & Matthew
Connecticut Sunset Engagement | Stephanie & Ryan
Sep 29, 2016

Connecticut Sunset Engagement | Stephanie & Ryan

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When two hearts that are so obviously meant for each other finally find one another in this great big world, it's an amazing thing to witness. When they are so in love that it brings tears to their eyes just thinking about the day when they will commit their lives to one another, you can't help but just watch, listen and let your heart overflow with theirs. It's in moments like this I find myself taking too many photos with a ridiculously huge smile on my face and the disbelief that I get to photograph moments and hearts like these...  
 
This is exact how I felt spending time with Stephanie and Ryan. As they popped the champagne bottle they had been given to celebrate their engagement, they couldn't help but get caught up in one another's eyes and tell each other how truly and completely happy they were and how much they loved one another. Just like the celebratory champagne sprayed and lit up like a shower of magical gold sparkles in the sunset light, the connection and love these two have is beautiful and overflows from both of them. These two are one of those couples people are drawn to and just want to be around... They are funny, kind, and have such a zest for life!  
 
And it must be said, friends successfully playing matchmaker is alive and well and these two are the proof! Stephanie's roommate was dating Ryan's best friend and decided to set her and Ryan up. These matchmakers knew what they are doing bringing these two together, because over seven years later they are engaged and can't wait for their next chapter as husband and wife! 
 
Here are just a few of my favorites from their beautiful beach engagement session... :)
Aug 12, 2016

New England Beach Engagement | Rachel & Mike

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After a stretch of wet weather over the past few days before their session that would make anyone living here on the Connecticut coast feel like they lived in Seattle instead, the day we headed to the beach for their engagement session was perfection. There was a sunset bursting with pastel hues of pink, purple and gold that looked like it was taken right out of a painting and splashed across the sky, seeping into the water below. It was one of those warm summer nights at the beach that you hope never end, but especially when you are hanging out with such a sweet couple and their seriously adorable puppy golden retriever! 
 
Rachel and Mike held hands and walked along the water's edge, letting their toes sink into the sandbar. They left behind a trail of footprints that would soon be erased by the incoming tide. Watching them, you can't help but smile seeing how these two best friends are clearly the love of each other's lives. As they leaned into one another they were full of smiles as they soaked in the quiet moments of just being together. The anticipation and excitement for the promise they will be making on their wedding day swirled in the air and floated up into the painting above. What a joy it was to spend time with these two and their insanely cute pup Reese! 
 
Here are a few of my favorites from their summer beach engagement session!
New England Beach Engagement | Rachel & Mike
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