It’s been toooo incredibly long since I’ve posted a, well, post. As always, it’s not because I haven’t had anything to post, it’s actually quite the opposite. Since I last posted, I have wrapped up the season with about 15 more engagement sessions, a ton of weddings and more! So since then, it’s been editing, editing and editing away. “werk werk werk werk.. werk”…… And I’m almost, 100% done with editing. 4 more weddings to go and I’m doing my best to have them all done by late next week.
All that being said, I need to get back to real life posting. So I’ll start with this wedding for Janet and Matt. Their day went down at The Candlewood Inn in Brookfield, CT. And the awesome’ness of this wedding will be followed in the coming days with another awesome wedding which was in the mountains of North Western Maine, which was another awesome adventure. Anyway, for now….. Let’s get on with it for Janet and Matt!!!
What can I say about their day, other than the fact that it went off without a hitch. Well, for the most part. There was one other photographer who wanted to shoot where we were shooting at Lovers Leap State Park. He had quite the issue, do you want to know what’s important though? My couples, so I pretty much said “take a ticket” and we did what we had to do. That and I thought a couple of the groomsmen were about to throw him into the water.
Really though, everything about the day was perfect. As I drove to Danbury where Janet was getting ready, the sun was shining, the sky was blue and the weather was pretty much perfect!!! Walking into the room, all the girls were filled with laughter, some sarcasm and loads of smiles. From a little birthday “cake” cookie to some stunning bridal portraits. So wonderful.
From the hotel it was the first look time. Their wedding is a classic case of WHY YOU SHOULD do a first look. It allowed for us to not only capture images with out rushing or stress, it allowed us to create even more with some smoke, with a few locations and a ton of awesome. On from the first look, the rest of the day went off with out a hitch as I already stated. Must mean it really was that awesome. For now, I’ll stop the rambling and let the photos tell the story. As always, the full wedding day pretty much unfolds from here in photos.
Candlewood Inn Wedding Photos for Matt and Janet by CT Wedding Photographers TAB Photographic www.tabphotographic.com
What happens when you take a girl, and a guy, have them fall in love, decide to spend their lives together, dress them up and drop them at the beach? Well, this engagement session.
The evening, warm, wind swept clouds, sun setting, laughter, kissing and me and my cameras. In no specific order.
I won’t lie, these two were on point, “dressed to the nines” and filled with such a great energy. If there’s one thing I can say when you come to your engagement session, follow the lead of these two and the session will rock. Get dressed for the moment, be willing to just be yourselves, kiss, laugh, love. Not to mention, Sarah had her hair and make up done which just adds to the session and Bert, even after a long day at work, let it all go and was all about being in the moment with the two of them.
From the first photo on, everything just worked. Walking toward the sun and the love was all there. Then I saw it, this rock, not the easiest to get up onto. I made a comment about it and with in seconds Bert was hoisting Sarah up onto it, heels, dress and all… These two were all in!!! From there, off the rock and down to the beach, the sand, the sun setting, the wind still flowing with her dress and these two, still smiling and loving the entire time.
All I’m getting at is that if you come to the session with your love, dressed for your love, in love…. We can make some good stuff happen.
So it’s truly the height of wedding season, yes, it’s been going non-stop all year, but now it really cranks up right till mid November. That being said, some of the posts won’t be filled with quite as much of a story but more of the day itself. Really, it’s about the photos and the couple anyways. Not a bunch of my words saying this and that…… Right?
Anyway, Jana and Andrew. These two have known each other for a long time and realized something, they should really just keep knowing each other for all the years to come. It’s so obvious that these two are besties and I believe one of their keys to this long term success is that they are both individuals and get that they get that about each other. And they compliment each and roll with the laughs and the smiles.
Jana brings this elegant side and Andrew brings a certain roughness, but in this really dapper way. She enjoys the hair, the make up and the shoes and looking on point. He enjoys the Harley the cigars and the whiskey. If you ask me, it’s a pretty great match.
Bring on their wedding day, it was pretty much perfect. It was also fun having them get ready in the same room. It brought moments that are rarely seen on a wedding day. Most of the time you have a bride and groom, nervous in their separate rooms, each hoping the other is getting everything they need for their day. In this case, when needed, Jana was there for Andrew and he was there for her. You know, like the moment when she had to play seamstress to do a little touch up on her dress. Which was sort of sucky, but I also won’t lie, it created some pretty sick shots. And it was a moment Andrew couldn’t really see because he hadn’t sene the dress.
From there, it was the elevators in the bottom floor of the G. Fox building where Andrew would see his stunning bride in her dress. Then it was shots up in the mezzanine the ceremony, shots around Hartford, the sky, the perfect evening and then….. THE PARTY!!!!
All in all, looking back, I don’t think there’s really anything I could see that needed to change. It was just a stunning day and one heck of a party with love, family and friends that know how to throw it down!!!
For now, let’s roll with some photos from the day.
Hartford Ct. Wedding Photographers TAB Photographic Gershon G FOX Photos
From the first second I heard from Melissa about her wedding, I knew that these two meant business. By that, I mean they totally dig each other. They’ve known each other for years, since high school. But it wasn’t love right from the start. Brendan used to knock Melissa’s books out of her arms and run down the hallways. Okay, there I go making up stories again. 😛 Really though, they’ve known each other for years and realized that they just needed to be with each other.
We booked everything thru e-mail (shoutout to Janet and Matt for sending these two my way) but when we first physically met, at the mall of all places (which was totally my idea) , I could see just how great these two are with each other. Their styles match and their energies seem to balance each other out. And I mean… They’re both chill and just kind souls.
Anyway, their engagement session… They were willing to pretty much roll with what ever I threw at them. And I had Brendan hooked from the second I mentioned the skate park. So we started at the CT State Capitol in downtown Hartford and got some great stuff. Then we made Brendan’s night and went down to the skate park. And hey, no one broke any bones either. Though Brendan did make sure he showed Melissa some of his moves. It was actually a great moment as he wanted to get this full grind on camera. (grind: the skateboard on a corner, not Brendan on Melissa) Truth be told, he couldn’t stick the landing (sorry for bringing that to light man), then shit got real and I said “If you don’t land it this time, the wedding is off”….. Feel all the pressure, Brendan jumps on his board, sweat rolling down his brow (because it was really flippin’ humid out, not because he was nervous), kicks up onto the ledge, grinding down, Melissa clapping, SLAM! He lands it like childsplay! That being said…………
The wedding is still on.
Enough of my rambling and non-sense. How about I just share a little video teaser and some photos???
So this one day, it was a day like no other. Especially for Jenny and Greg. Who would have thought that after these two met, they would never part. And the crazy thing is how they met. Jenny was flying home from Greece and ended up on the wrong flight. Her seat….. Was right next to Greg. They chatted the entire flight and before they parted he gave her his number, kissed her good bye and said “Hopefully I’ll hear from you again soon”….. Orrrrr…. That’s a totally false statement. They met thru her best friend.
Anyway, their day, they embraced everything that came their way. Not that there were many things unexpected, really, the day was just about perfect. It did rain, but what did they do??? They embraced it and we still rocked out all the photos outside. Even in the taller wet grass, Jenny was all about it! And it’s that kind of attitude that makes awesome possible. One of the other key parts, the first look. Greg, nervously waiting for Jenny to walk out to him. The rain lightly falling. And the second Greg turned around, his entire energy went to the sky and it was soooo awesome to witness. And because of the first look, we also got to roll smoothly thru the day, creating images that are only possible when the first looks happen. There’s no rushing, there’s a rhythm that builds and we have so many opportunities to make some stellar images happen.
What else did they handle like superstars? Turkeys! Yes, I SAID TURKEYS!!!! They seem to enjoy the golf course at the New Haven Country club. During the ceremony….. “Gobble Gobble”……. Vows… More gobbles… It was actually pretty fun. (between me and you, I was hoping they were gonna turkey strut themselves right down under the ceremony tree. haha.)
Anyway… Their day, it really was a great one. From the getting ready, to the girls all getting some pretty awesome rose gold flasks, to the dance party that went down. So great all the way thru and such a statement to who these two truly are (even if they didn’t meet while flying home from Greece) and who their friends and family are, let alone what they all mean to each other…
Sooooo. I guess I’ll just let the images tell their story from here.
Show Jenny and Greg your loving comments down below. 🙂
In Memory of Jackie’s Grandfather who recently passed. Because he got his moves on, dancing with the young ladies and his lady this night all night….
So the day, it’s one of those New England Summer days, the sun is hot, the humidity is making itself known and there’s a bride and groom getting to say their “I – do’s”…
“Where?” You ask??? Latitude 41 at Mystic Seaport. I mean, nothing makes a New England summer day more New England, than a place like Mystic Seaport. On the water, big ships and lots of fun! Not to mention latitude 41 and Coastal Gourmet is always on point and doing what they can to make it great!
As for the couple, Jackie and Heath. They’re fun ones who seem to know each other so well! (I feel like Erin, the brides maid needs to be mentioned too. Just because if she’s not, she’ll be sad. And her man who took advantage of me while I was shooting from the grass. Still having nightmares. hahaha.) Okay, back to this wedding and this couple.
Before jumping ahead of myself… Let’s chat about how they met. And it seems like things are making more and more sense. Like Heath getting caught trying to sneak Jack and Cokes into the venue. He obviously likes to see what corners he can get around… As they say here, with “dipping the pen in company ink.” (I’m going to leave all the other comments in my head out of this)… “We met while we both worked for a large banking institution in NYC.
Clearly didn’t follow that whole dipping the pen in company ink, because we not only worked for the same company, but actually worked for the same group. We spent most days trying to avoid contact at the actual office, and dodging coworkers on our commute home. We used to get a lot of laughs out of our commutes.”..
From there, they both got fired for said ink dipping. hahaha. Okay, maybe they didn’t, but they did begin to realize it was the real deal and things were getting hot and heavy. So hot that Jackie recounts an evening where things were really hot…“It was hot, haha like I almost passed out from the heat… Heath mentioned earlier that week wanting “authentic sushi” and that the Japanese gardens, Morikami was worth a visit. I think we got there like right when it opened at 10am, and we basically were the only ones there. We got halfway through the walk, and Heath pulled me to the side. He took me by the hand and asked if I could spend the rest of my life with him. I responded with…”I guess, if you’re not a bone head”. He laughed, then proceeded to say, “well then I have another question for you” and got down on one knee. After a quick yes and almost passing out from the heat, we made our way onto the sushi lunch that Heath wanted.”
Reading these damn things always give me chills………
So that brings us to their wedding day, where Jackie wasn’t nervous till I showed up. Which was funny since I heard they were just gonna be drinking Champagne and waiting for me to get there. Which, if you read her wedding day confession, is pretty much what it was. “I wasn’t super antsy or nervous until Tim showed up. When he got there, I knew that it was time to get into the dress and get the show on the road. Up until that point, my girls and I were just enjoying our time together in the suite being pampered. He got there and it all of a sudden got super real that the ceremony was going to start!”
Anyway, the truth is, neither of them were really “nervous”… Just excited – “For both of us it was the excitement and anticipation. I remember being able to see Heath from afar as we made our way to the aisle, then having him dip out of sight until we were pretty much at the altar. It was honestly one of the longest walks of my life.” And the good news is that looking back, they both say they wouldn’t change a thing. They rocked out the day even with having to plan it from 1000 miles away. So while Jackie enjoys her favorite treat of ice cream, and heath enjoys his as well, eating jackie’s ice cream before she can, they plan on moving forward with life. They had their awesome honeymoon in Maui and now just want to travel more.
Anything they wanted to share about their day – “In general, my advice would be to find the vendors that you not only like their work, but you also like their personality. I think what made our day run so smoothly was I knew my vendors totally got us, and our vision for the day. I never once felt like I was bothering them when calling in regards to what I deemed stupid questions or concerns. They answered timely and walked me through each step of the process, and I think a lot of that was because they were passionate about what they did, but also passionate about OUR day being their focus at that moment on the phone/email/etc.”
“That whole it goes fast thing, is totally legit. Take each moment as it comes and cherish it. All weekend we had great food, great weather and an amazing time celebrating with family and friends. Also watch out for the security guard at Mystic Seaport, apparently dressing in tuxes and a wedding dress is not proof enough that you are in fact the wedding party that was allowed on the property to take photos and not the random group of people looking to party there… Also also- dancing your butt off really happens, ask our groomsmen who legit shredded his pants on the dance floor, haha. “
And well, that’s that. Other than what they shared about their photographer, because I’m obviously going to share that… Their thoughts: “Passion and personality. You spend a hell of a lot of time with your photographer – between engagement pics and the wedding day, we did not want someone who didn’t click with us. I’d seen it at past weddings I was in or attended, where the couple and the photographer just didn’t mesh. To me, it showed in the pics. Also passion for what they do. Anyone can take a photo, but it takes someone who has passion for photography to really think outside the box for photo ideas, and go the extra mile (laying on the grass etc) to get that pic.”
I guess now we can move on to their pics. Huh???
Duhh? (I think she means me, TAB Photographic Second shooting was Rachel)
5 Star Mobile DJ – Gabe (featuring Jimmy on Sax), Cheshire, CT
None, we trust the pictures will be enough (HA)
Stylish Blooms – Melissa V, Bristol, CT
Two Spa Girls – Andrea (makeup) & Kristin (hair), North Haven, CT
Wtoo – The White Magnolia, Tampa, FL
My gift – earrings from CR Jewelers, his – Tiffany cufflinks
First Student Charter
Creative Cakes By Donna, Haddam, CT
CR Jewelers, Boca Raton, FL
Wedding Paper Divas
(please note, photo resolution is taken down as to not use up your data, photos are crisper in “real life”)