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Collinsville, Ct. Engagement Sessions Portrait Photographers Wedding TAB PhotographicI 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…)

Collinsville, Ct. Engagement Sessions Portrait Photographers Wedding TAB PhotographicAnyway, 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….

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Wedding Barn Wedding Photos Ct. Wedding PhotographersWhat 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!!!

Wedding Barn Wedding Photos Ct. Wedding PhotographersEspecially 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… Wedding Barn Wedding Photos Ct. Wedding Photographers“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!!!

Wedding Barn Wedding Photos Ct. Wedding PhotographersAnyway… While they realized that not everything will ever go perfect on the wedding dayNo, 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.” 

Wedding Barn Wedding Photos Ct. Wedding PhotographersSo 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.”

Wedding Venue – Webb Barn, Old Wethersfield

Wedding Photographer – TAB Photographic

Wedding DJ – Michael Simonetta

Wedding Videographer – Brian J. Productions 

Florist – Marzi Florist

Hair & Make Up – Naomi’s Salon

Shoes – Elegant Park

Dress – Angelia Novias

Cake – Nora Cupcake Truck

Mens Attire – Mens Warehouse 

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Collinsville Ct. Great Gatsby Engagement Session Wedding Photography TAB PhotographicI 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!

Collinsville Ct. Great Gatsby Engagement Session Wedding Photography TAB PhotographicSo 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….

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No, seriously. I am… I’m one lucky duck…..

This past weekend, beginning Thursday and ending Sunday, I was invited to capture three different weddings. I won’t lie, three weddings can be a doozy, but three weddings can also be awesome. And the best part, wrapping up Sunday, the last wedding of the bunch, I was just as excited to get to the next wedding….. That’s one way I totally know I still love what I do.

One of those reasons, the love what I do reasons, is because every wedding, every location, is so flippin’ awesome and new.

Thursday’s wedding I got to shoot on the beach at Madison Beach Hotel…. One of the best locations for a beach wedding in Ct.

Saturday’s wedding, Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, Ct. ….. Such a stellar estate for beautifully crafted weddings.

And then Sunday I got to wrap up in Downtown Hartford at The Hartford Marriot. Offering up city streets and more for awesome shots…

At every wedding I shoot, I do what I can to stop and take in some of the awesome. From the people to the location to the details. Each wedding always unique in their own way and offering so much. And being invited in to capture their love. F’in great!!! Anyway… I’m just lucky. That on a holiday weekend, I got to hang out at the beach, visit a historic manor and find myself in the city… All in a three day stretch. Not many people get to experience all that over a three day stretch…

What can I say… I’m one lucky duck…..

And while these three images barely touch on their days… I might as well share one from each wedding!!!

::The Madison Beach Hotel Wedding::

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::The Lord Thompson Manor Wedding::

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The Connecticut River Valley Inn in Glastonbury Webb Barn Wedding Photography Photos TAB PhotographicSo there’s this place, The Connecticut River Valley Inn in Glastonbury, Ct… It’s one of those places, that you should want to get ready for your wedding in! Each room, beautiful set, the property so well taken care of. From their gardens to the shed to the field out back. The owners, while patiently waiting to head out on their boat for the afternoon, so welcoming.

Webb Barn Wedding Photography Photos TAB PhotographicI’ve been there before for an actual wedding and that was great, and for Bethany and Michael’s day, showing up at the Inn for Bethany’s getting ready moments and shots, was once again, great. Seriously, if you need somewhere to get ready for your wedding and Glastonbury is an option, check this place out!!!

Okay, enough about the Inn… Let’s chat about these two and their day. Their day that was blessed with some great summer weather, sunshine galore, warm temps and plenty of love…

Webb Barn Wedding Photography Photos TAB PhotographicThey arrived to this place when Bethany did indeed say “YES!” to Michael’s proposal. That went something, yet not quite like this: “Tell me about the proposal, you say. Yes, it was beautiful and thoughtful. No, the helicopter ride was not directly involved. (It was simply a diversion.) Yes, there were hundreds of ducks flocking to feed on the path of rose petals. Yes, Michael’s parents kicked Bethany out of the car onto the curb. (The words used were, “get out.”) Yes, there was a photographer playing peekaboo from behind a tree and a future groomsman videoing from the cover of a bush. Yes, Bethany had no idea. Yes, it was ridiculously romantic and she said “Yes!””

Webb Barn Wedding Photography Photos TAB PhotographicReally, the energy that these two have is awesome. While we didn’t mean when they invited me into their day, we did get a chance to have some laughs and grab some awesome shots at their engagement session. Right from the start it was obvious that they both have such admiration for each other. And as the shoot wrapped up, it was also brought to my attention that Michael has such admiration for his Subaru Impreza…. (Come on Mike, I couldn’t let you down haha)…

Anyway, they love each other. And this year, it has been their ceremony which I have to rate as my top favorite. From friends and family providing some ceremony music, to the love that was talked about, to the tears of joy and appreciation, to Michaels face as Bethany walked down the aisle… It was surely one of my favorites!!!

Webb Barn Wedding Photography Photos TAB PhotographicThey got here in a round about long distance way. I can promise that it wasn’t easy, but that makes marriage and love worth every step. Right??? For them, the long term round about ways went something like this, you decide how much is spot on??? haha. ” Michael and Bethany met backstage during intermission of a WV Symphony concert. Michael was preparing for a big audition and trying to stay focused, but while busing to an outreach concert, Michael spotted Bethany. The next day, instead of saying “hi”, he decided to hover backstage like a smitten school boy. So when Bethany introduced herself, Michael could not believe his luck! Even better, he knew Bethany was interested when she complimented him on the sparkly thread that ran through his tux shirt. That evening, Michael stalked Bethany on Facebook and asked her to watch a movie. After 38 seconds, the computer screen was shut and they spent the next three hours talking about music, performing, Jesus, family, travel, past, future- basically everything under the sun. Webb Barn Wedding Photography Photos TAB PhotographicThe following day, Michael asked Bethany if he could give her a ride back to Pittsburgh. (Bethany had fortuitously caught a ride from Pittsburgh to WV due to car troubles and Michael had fortuitously scheduled a lesson in Pittsburgh for the next day.) Before making it back, they made a pit stop for dinner at Qdoba where Bethany began to realize that she was on a date. Michael subsequently had this same realization when instead of sitting across from him in a large booth, she chose to sit next to him. Michael recalls that she was inches from his face. Not wanting to give up the opportunity of a three hour car ride with Bethany, Michael drove to Ohio and endured his first full length Handel’s Messiah featuring his future wife on section second violin. Upon arriving home, a mortified Bethany remembered that she had “accidentally” left her phone in Michael’s car. Michael was more than happy to return it in exchange for a “real” hug.
The next day Bethany told Michael that she couldn’t have lunch with him, because she was sick. With plans to investigate if she truly was sick, Michael asked if he could stop by before leaving town. After four more hours of talking, Michael embarked on his nine hour journey to Boston. The next few weeks they texted non- stop and Bethany’s family became suspicious that Christmas after witnessing Bethany’s new phone habits. Soon after, Michael came to Pittsburgh for the weekend to get to know Bethany better. Their next date was two weeks in the Dominican Republic where they worked at a festival together. Webb Barn Wedding Photography Photos TAB PhotographicIt was here, after many breakfast, lunch and dinner dates, and much hand holding and time spent sunning themselves, that they decided to commit to each other and see if marriage could be in the cards. Since then, the distance lovebirds have accrued a vast store of airline miles and they are well on their way to being in all 50 states together.”

It’s pretty right on. Now, while their story will grow, they do have some issues from the wedding they have to deal with. One, they seemed to have lost the top tier of their cake… If you see it, please contact me and we can mail it back to them… Two, Bethany’s father ripped the bumper off Michaels beloved car on the way to the ceremony… (Okay okay, that may not have happened but I tried to make Michael believe that it did…) Anyway…. While these two are still on their honeymoon in Greece, they will continue their adventure through life with love and god… I’m sure they will continue to tackle every day with their whole heart as they did every photo and I honestly wish them only the best as their incredible love guides them through each day, adventure and year…..

So for now, enjoy the photos below (from the getting ready, to first look with dad, to not first look – first look with the bride and groom, to their awesome ceremony, the bridal party, their bridal portraits to their awesome reception… Enjoy them!) , leave them some love in the comments and know that TAB Photographic captures weddings across the country and around the world working with couples needs, dreams and beliefs…

Day of wedding planning by Sarah Parlos of One Fine Day : http://www.onefinedayct.com

 

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