When I first spoke with John and Ellen, we all connected because of our shared appreciation for the outdoors and journalistic photography. For their wedding location, John and Ellen chose The Overlook at Geer Tree Farm. The backdrop for their autumn wedding includes rolling hills of foliage and the “down-home” feeling and sense of community you feel working with a family owned farm. My grampa had a small house on a Christmas tree farm when I was young and I have fond memories of running through the trees and feeling like a “tomboy-princess” in my imaginary forest. So excited to work at another Christmas tree farm to photograph their wedding in the journalistic style they appreciate and enjoy.
Rustic outdoor weddings are my cup of tea for sure! Photographing weddings in natural settings makes this country mouse turned city mouse feel right at home. There’s something magical about the smell and color of the pine trees, dining outside among the stars, enjoying local eats and treats, good music, and a cozy bonfire! The three of us met this past November in New Haven for their fall engagement session amongst the warm colors of the Audobon district. These two love birds are fun and affectionate and I can’t wait to see how everything comes together at The Overlook in October.
Connecticut Shoreline Wedding
September is one of the most beautiful times of the year in Connecticut. The Connecticut shoreline boosts breathtaking views and beautiful beaches and waterfront parks. Shannon invited me to her parent’s home to capture the details of her preparations before heading to Grace Church in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. This family is full of joy and love and complete adoration for one another. I am grateful to work with such kind and warm-hearted families like Shannon and Paul’s. After celebrating the beginning of their marriage in Old Saybrook, we all headed out to the shoreline a quick stop before heading to Amarante’s in New Haven, Connecticut for their wedding reception. Guests are welcomed to an outdoor cocktail hour sunset with steel drum entertainment and a waterfront view. Laughter, dancing, toasts, and memories that will last for years to come.
Congratulations to Shannon and Paul!
Florist: Elements, Carla Steele in Old Lyme, Connecticut
DJ: Powerstation Events, Cheshire, Connecticut
Venue: Amarante’s Sea Cliff, New Haven, Connecticut
I meet one of the strongest women I have had the pleasure of being introduced to in my many years as a photographer. Karen is a beautiful free spirited woman who loves life and has red-headed tenacity. Karen married her long time sweetheart and together, they are parents of twin girls who are full of spunk, laughter, and pure beauty. The four of us took a stroll through the woods on an incredible autumn day and celebrated their family together in nature.
Karen loves music and appreciates a day outside enjoying the fresh air. She has an eye for art and good craftsmanship. She is a loyal friend and an incredible listener. She carries herself with a lovely warm energy that is caring and very maternal. Karen is a courageous survivor and fighter. She conquered breast cancer with strength and grace. Now, she is taking-cancer-down with a confident fight. I was introduced to Karen from her friend, Shawn. Shawn is another one of those incredible women that has came into my life to show me what courage and strength are all about.
I am paying it forward. I am giving back to women who have been through the fight. Women who reevaluate life as a spouse, mother, sister, and friend. If you have been dealt the card of cancer in your life, I want to celebrate your courage, your love, your family, your support system. I know what it’s like to have to put your health first, even though your heart may say differently. I was introduced to these two women because of an organization, that sadly no longer exists called the Magic Hour, which created a community of photographers who donate portrait sessions to patients and families affected by cancer.
If you would like to introduce me to an amazing cancer-fighter-veteran in your life, please contact me.
I raise a glass this New Year’s Eve to Karen and her family, Shawn and her family, and my dear friend Tom and Abby’s family. To Hope, Courage, Challenge, Strength, and Love.