So…. I’ve been seriously lacking at getting updates onto the site. It’s not because I don’t have anything to post. It’s actually the complete opposite….. I’ve been shooting, editing away, booking a couple weddings every week. It’s been so incredibly awesomely wonderfully insane!!!
Anyway… In between all the booking, shooting, adventures and racing… I’ve been editing and just pulling through another crazy fun autumn as a photographer… I could go on about this session, it was a great one. Meeting Christina and Peter for the first time at Minuteman National Park. These two are connected and calm and have fun all at the same time. Once we found each other at the park, we rocked out their session and I hit the road for the two hour drive back home. Instead of filling this page with word after word, I’ll just share the images. And well, a video I made of the day… (because I’m lame like that….)….
Either way, ENJOY YOURSELF!!! Every minute is another minute of your life!
Most of the time, I come into writing my posts with thoughts on how I can do the day justice, with some words and my photos. And while photos can say 1000 words, and my words, well…. The way I ramble on can be a few thousand words… I’m truly unsure I can do this wedding justice. It was, pretty much, perfect. There was a delay in the day when a transportation shuttle didn’t do any transporting but I guess there needed to be a slow down somewhere in the day. Because it surely didn’t happen anywhere else, because every other part of this day…. S-P-E-C-T-A-C-U-L-A-R!!!! Seriously. Even when the shuttle didn’t do the shuttling, Ted and Danielle orchestrated transportation and made it happen as quick as they could… Plus, every, EVERY wedding has been late this year with some part so why stop that trend… GRRRRR………
Really though, even Megan calls it perfectly – “Josh and I had the most perfect day. From the weather to the most amazing venue ever to the most amazing staff ever (Ted, Danielle, Kate), to the music and the endless food and to you-for being so fun and creative and organized the day of and we are already blown away with the few pictures you have posted. I could go on forever about how awesome the day was-it was truly a fairytale for us and the best start to the rest of our lives together :)”
Since nothing I write will really do this wedding the justice it needs, the photos will have to do the speaking here, I’ll keep it short. And long story short, these two met while drunk on a beach at spring break!!! “Cancun #Springbreakshulmans” (okay, they were NOT drunk… but from what I heard, they did talk hours into the evening…)
From there, I think they both knew they were in this for the long haul… From spring break to the moment when they saw each other during the first look which was simply magical… Their family watching from the balconies of the Manor. Tears on everyones faces… Gosh these moments. It also happens to be Megan’s top one. “Our first look-will never forget that moment when we saw each other and both just started crying (expected for josh but not for me 🙂 “…
The ceremony, so sweet. All the guests made it there with enough time to mingle and the person marrying them, someone who has been in Josh’s life since growing up. That helped make one of the most important pieces of the day come together “The ceremony. Having one of Josh’s best friends from growing up marry us and his other 2 friends play our ceremony music with our family and friends by our side as we shared the vows we wrote together was just beyond special.”
From here… They have some big plans… Megan might have a couple more that Josh doesn’t know about “hopefully travel the world ( in-between grad school for me and campaigns for josh) then eventually have some kiddos and hopefully more bulldogs…but shhh josh doesn’t know that part of it yet!”
But I guess he does now. 😉
Lord Thompson Manor
Djae Melee (Jason Palermo),
Band: Uninvited Wilson
Danny Kash Cinema
Jackie at lord thompson manor
Rebecca Schoneveld from Everthine boutique, veil by Sara Gabriel from Everthine boutique
lace on bouquet from my mom’s wedding veil, rings wrapped in my grandmother’s handkerchief
One thing about living in New England, is small town New England. Our little towns have a charm all their own. The rolling hills to the steeper mountains. The homes that carry the character that only New England homes have. Built in the 17-1800’s and even older. The towns, keeping their craftsmen architecture and the seasons keeping our minds sane and insane all at once. haha.
Right now though, right now we’re talking about the small New England town of Washington – Washington Depot. The town where Gilmore Girls was based and a town that sits quietly in the lower hills southwest of Litchfield.
This town is also where I was meeting Jenny and Greg for their TAB Photographic engagement session. It’s also a town where I met a girl with the lower back tattoo (you can read about that ::here:: )…. Right now though, right now we’re talking about their engagement session at Steep Rock Park which is nestled into a river valley right outside the center of Washington.
Steep Rock Park is a quiet one for sure. The river flows thru the valley, a few fields open up to the wild grasses and the hills on both sides tuck the sun away. I can only imagine what this place looks like when autumn really grabs hold and litters the trees with golds, reds, purples and more!!!
What a place for the engagement session. We started in the fields of gold, or possibly field of thorns (depends if you look at the photos or the blood we all left behind. haha.). Working our way to the river bed, down a dirt road to another spot tucked away on the river and then up into a field to wrap things up.
The weather was pretty much perfect, their laughs and smiles were spectacular and we flew thru the session. And to top all that off, we did it with out any bear encounters, mountain lion stalking or birds of prey attacking. So all in all, I would say it was a pretty great session for sure.
What do you think?
Leave them some love down below, after all the blood that was shed from the thorns, they deserve it. ( even if they were only light scratches. :p )
I received an e-mail from Matt not the long about about their wedding coming up, not that far from now. It’s always a little surprise when a couple contacts you about a wedding two months out when you’re used to 1 to 2 years out. And somehow, just somehow….. I had the day open. So after some chatting, which in his first response back to me included “My fiancee was so impressed she definitely wants you personally to be there for our photography”, how could we not work it out. (He may have just been trying to “butter me up” so we could work some magic that would fit into their budget. haha…)
Anyway, it will surely be a stellar October wedding in Lakeville, Ct. for sure!!!
And upon first meeting, you could sense a bit of uncomfortableness… That rapidly went away as we laughed and joked the moments through. They had admitted that neither of them had ever had professional photos taken, I’m glad I could be their first. 🙂
For now, just a quick few shots… But below you can leave comments for them and even sign up to receive updates in your e-mail so when their wedding does go live, you can be the first to know… (I highly doubt you will actually be the first to know… But you get what I’m saying….
What a day, the weather pretty much spot on perfect. Yea, the humidity was a little high, but come on… It’s summer… And it’s Ct… That and there have been some days this summer that blew this one away on the humidity front. So this day, this day we rock it out and push thru with laughs and smiles!!!
Especially for these two… Right from the start I knew that this couple and TAB Photographic was a match made in heaven. haha… Really though, one of the most important pieces to Kristen (we won’t chat about Justin quite yet. haha) was photography. “For me, the photographer was one of the most important things to consider for a wedding . I wanted to find a photographer that wasn’t fixated on just one style. I was looking for quality, and I wanted photos that would be unique instead of just your typical posed photos. Justin, the photography was not as important to him so he was looking for something affordable.”
That doesn’t mean there weren’t questions and logistics to be figured out. Such as the first look, but even that was flippin’ awesome. Just Kristen and Justin in front of the Silas Robbins House (which is another spectacular place to get ready for a wedding… Just sayin’…). Of course, looking back you could spot all the bridesmaids in the window, cheering them on and tearing up… When it came to the first look, Kristen did have some thoughts there, but to use her words… “I was very hesitant to do the first look in the beginning of our planning stages. I was afraid it would take away from the moment of me walking down the aisle. I was also afraid of breaking away from tradition . Doing the first look was the best decision we made. It gave us so much time to do photos before the wedding so that we could actually enjoy the ceremony. I think I would have felt rushed if we try to do all the pictures during the cocktail hour . Also, everybody wants to talk to the bride and groom during the reception so the moments you alone as the bride and groom are rare. The first look it was a great opportunity to just have that moment to ourselves. It was intimate and special. I asked Justin after how he felt when I walked down the aisle and he said it felt like he saw me for the first time all over again. He still teared up and the moment was just a significant even though he had already seen me earlier that day.”… One of the best parts was that she and everyone else realized that “the” moment when the couple sees each other for the first time at the ceremony is still just as awesome!!!
Anyway… While they realized that not everything will ever go perfect on the wedding day “No, no matter what you do things will not be perfect. We had a blast and we had smiles across our faces the entire next day. There are some small details that we missed out on but it wasn’t worth changing a single thing. We had the time of our lives and that’s all that matters.”
So while Justin’s proposal didn’t quite go as he hoped (“He wanted to propose to me on vacation in Clearwater Florida but didn’t get a chance to ask my father for permission since my grandmother got ill. After returning from vacation he wanted to take me out to a nice dinner, I told him I was in the mood for some beer and wings at a bar. He tried convincing me to get dressed up for a nice dinner and I was adamant about beer and wings so he proposed to me in the living room.” ) I think they both beat their nerves down and made it to this spectacular day. They had their laughs… Their smiles… Their tears…. But most of all, they had their friends, family and each other…. So back to normal life they go now. In a couple months their honeymoon in Hawaii and then – “then it is game on for having kids.”
I first heard from Nicole and Chris when they contacted me after being referred in my direction. Right off the bat I knew a couple things. One, they were obviously awesome. Two, Nicole knew what she wanted. And three, their wedding was going to be off the hook with a “Great Gatsby” theme going on. Add in there that it will take place at The Branford House on the water, with the mansions architecture and the open fields, on shore breeze and all around greatness…. Well, I was all in!
So when it came to their engagement session, why not work some of that Great Gatsby theme in a little. And well, they brought it, attitude and all!
The humidity gave us quite the visit for their session but it didn’t slow us down a bit. Meeting up, we strolled around the Collins Company Factory which is located in the heart of Collinsville, Ct. Really, it’s not just located there, it is the heart of Collinsville. It also happens to be where my studio is located which makes it all the better.
Anyway, we strolled around the factory and then meandered up to the center of town where the sun began to create a masterpiece in the sky, casting onto the clouds. Then a quick change for them and we wrapped up the session down by the river.
All in all, a pretty killer shoot if I do say so myself. Tons of laughs, some serious faces and some awesome smiles.
So while TAB Photographic does shoot weddings all around the country and more (meaning that we will work with every couple no matter where you are to capture your dreams), it’s always nice to be able to capture my town and capture some love along the way….