Robert and Kathleen Photographers

Published: WellWed & Style Me Pretty

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This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer and, with it, the kick off of full-fledged wedding season! All of which means from now until November we will be road-tripping and jet-setting to photograph happy couples, we'll be surrounded by gorgeous flowers and right in the middle of crowded dance floors... and we couldn't be happier about it.

We have been lucky enough to have already photographed some gorgeous winter weddings and are so looking forward to all of the stunning locations and sweet couples we'll be working for the rest of this year.  

Of course, we also love getting the chance to revisit the weddings we photographed last year - especially when we get to see them published in the very best wedding publications in the industry. This month we have been thrilled to see not one, not two, but three of the weddings we photographed last year published. One of the things we love most about what we do is that each wedding is so different and that the very prettiest weddings are the ones that are a true reflection of the couple and their personal style. That's exactly what made the weddings below so special and why we were so excited to see them featured by WellWed and Style Me Pretty. Click on the images below to see the full features - we promise they'll get you as excited as we are for the launch of wedding season.

Venue: Sole East in Montauk, New York  |  Event Coordination: Baton NYC  |  Event Rentals: Party Rental LTD  |  Bridal Gown: Haylely Paige Bridal  |  Shoes: Calvin Klein  |  Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Michele  |  Entertainment & Lighting: Jarrell Entertainment  |  Floral Design & Linens: Celadon & Celery  |  Hair & Make-up: Grace Hair Spa  |  Invitations: Minted  |  Jewelery: Anthropologie  |  Menus: Designed by Kristin

Venue: New Haven Lawn Club  in New Haven, Connecticut  |  Flowers: Fleur de lys Floral in New Haven, Connecticut  |  DJ: Local Motion

Wedding Dress: Oscar de La Renta  |  Shoes: Christian Louboutin  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters  |  Bowties: Brooks Brothers  |  Socks: Charles Tyrwhitt  |  Wedding Rings & Cufflinks: Tiffany & Co.   |  Cake: J Cakes  |  Band: Peat Moss and the Fertilizers

Our Family Trip to California

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Before our son was born, we used to travel as much as possible. We'd add on a few nights to a destination wedding or engagement shoot just to explore. We returned to Paris three years in a row because it was just so magical (and because, you know, we weren't buying diapers back then). When Malachy arrived, we discovered that simply being with him was the very best adventure at all. So we would return to him as quickly as possible. Far-away vacations were replaced with family trips to the Jersey shore (which have been incredible - if you haven’t been to Cape May, you must go!).

But now that Malachy is three and much more independent, we decided it was finally time to take him on his very first airplane ride to a place that’s very special to us: California. Traveling with a three-year-old isn’t always easy, but I have to say that this was one of the very best vacations we have ever been on. There are few things more fulfilling than hearing Malachy say “Wow!” when saw his very first palm tree  or seeing the sheer joy in his face as ran on the sand in La Jolla and dipped his toes into the Pacific Ocean. We took him on his first trip to Disneyland, had the best tacos ever in San Diego and he even got to dance with a drum circle in Venice. And with every look of wonder on Malachy’s face, Rob and I would look at each other and smile. And on our way back, as Malachy stared at the clouds out the airplane window, we started to dream of all the places we could bring our energetic little boy and just how amazing it would be to see the world through his eyes.

Featured: The Knot New York & More

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How in the world are we more than half-way through April already? I feel like this month has been an absolute whirlwind and wedding season is just getting started! Of course, for us that means getting to spend time with fabulous couples and photographing gorgeous events, so we're not complaining! We'll be filling the blog with the sweet stories of those couples and the stunning images from their weddings, so be sure to check back often as season goes into full swing!  We'll also be sharing some images from our very first out-of-state family vacation, where we introduced our sweet little boy to the sunny shores of California.

In the meantime, we are delighted to share that THREE of our recent couples have had their weddings featured in top wedding publications! This is no small feat since wedding publications are absolutly inundated with wedding submissions. Having an editor select your wedding from the massive pile of submissions is a true testament to just how magical your wedding was. We are always thrilled when we get to notify a couple that they will get to see their wedding featured in a publication.  And, truthfully, we are delighted to see our work and their love on display as well.

First up is Stacey and Patrick, whose Old-School Hollywood inspired wedding at the New Haven Lawn Club was published in The Knot New York.

Wedding Dress: Oscar de La Renta  Shoes: Christian Louboutin  Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters  Bowties: Brooks Brothers  Socks: Charles Tyrwhitt  Wedding Rings & Cufflinks: Tiffany & Co.  Cake: J Cakes  Band: Peat Moss and the Fertilizers

Then there was Jean and Andy's chic New York City rooftop wedding at the Gramercy Park Hotel which was featured on Style Me Pretty New York 

Venue: Gramercy Park Hotel in New York, NY  |  Bridal Gown: Nicole Miller  |  Shoes: Jimy Choo

Finally, there was Chris and Ana's garden-inspired NYC rooftop wedding at the Hudson Hotel which was featured on Carats and Cake.

Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier  |  Shoes: Valentino  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: JLM Couture  |  Hair: Muze Salon  |  Floral Design: Cornucopia Flowers  |  Venue: Hudson Hotel  |  Event Planning: Red Letter Events  |  DJ: Scratch Weddings  |  Cake: Sugar Flower Cake Shop

Lord Thompson Manor: Thompson, CT: Melissa & Russell's Wedding

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When they were both undergrads together at Duke University, Melissa had thought she knew Russell. He was a frat guy, she thought, not serious. Then, two months before she graduated, Russell offered to walk her home from the bar where they had both happened to be. On that walk home, they talked. They talked about a number of things but when Russell told Melissa about his favorite violin concerto, he spoke about it so eloquently that Melissa felt as though she was finally seeing Russell for the very first time. In that moment, she saw the man he truly was; everything he could be. Most importantly, she knew that this was a man she wanted to get to know better.

When they became a couple, Melissa came to know that Russell was, in fact, very serious - especially when in came to a future with her. On their wedding day, their Rabbi shared the gorgeous words that Russell wrote to Melissa, explaining how he felt about her and the life he pictured that they would share. Russell wrote that his deepest dreams are of growing old with Melissa. That when he looks into the mirror decades into the future and sees a wrinkled face, he will see those lines as a result of good work, of a life well lived, like the hands of a skilled carpenter.  As the Rabbi read the words, Melissa and Russell held hands and stared into each other’s eyes. It’s safe to say that everyone else in the room, reached for their own tissues at that moment. 

There’s no doubt that Melissa and Russell will live that life. That they will, years into the future, still look into each other’s eyes the way they did on their wedding day. Because, from the moment they first got to know each other, they have felt comfortable sharing their dreams and being themselves. And that is the very best recipe for a happy life together.

Bridal Gown: Alice by Augusta Jones  |  Bridesmaids Gowns: Jenny Yoo  |  Veil: Family Heirloom  |  Shoes: Badgley Mischka  |  Bridal Salon: The White Dress by the Shore in Clinton, Connecticut  |  Floral Design: Lord Thompson Manor  |  DJ and Lighting: Correlation Productions  |  Venue: Lord Thompson Manor

Pearl River Hilton: Pearl River, NY: Melissa & Jared's Wedding

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For Melissa and Jared, New Year’s Eve will always be special.  They will celebrate it like most of us, with kisses at midnight, dreams of the promise of new adventures and new beginnings in the coming year. But for them, there will be an added joy, the passing of another year of wedded bliss.  Their New Year’s Eve celebrations will forever remind them of the magical year when 2014 turned into 2015 and they became husband and wife. 

We could try to describe the magic that was Melissa and Jared’s New Year’s wedding, but, in truth, words wouldn’t do it justice.  The moments are what their day was all about.  Melissa being zipped into her gorgeous gown as her mother stood by, beaming with pride.  Jared seeing her for the first time that day, braving the bitter cold and wiping away her tears of joy as their friends and family cheered them on, watching from a window a few feet away.  Their sweet, emotional ceremony, under what is quite possibly the most beautiful chuppah we have ever seen, that came to an end with the stomping of a glass, a kiss and a surprise confetti blast.  As midnight approached and their reception was starting to come to an end, the dance floor flooded with their closest friends and family, and the band built to a fever pitch. As the clock struck midnight Melissa and Jared shared their very first New Year’s kisses as husband and wife.

Venue:  Pearl River Hilton in Pearl River, New York  |  Hair: Hair and Nail Excellence of Bogota, New Jersey  |  Make-up: Karina Morey  |  Wedding Gown: Augusta Jones  |  Bridal Salon:  Kleinfeld Bridal in New York, NY  |  Bride's Shoes:  Christian Louboutin  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: Lord & Taylor  |  Tuxedo: Brooks Brothers  |  Groom's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo  |  Invitations: William Arthur from Papyrus  |  Floral Design:  X-Quisite Events of New Rochelle, New York  |  Band:  The Craig Scott Orchestra of New York, New York

Gramercy Park Hotel: New York, NY: Franco & Stephen's Wedding

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Franco and Stephen met over twenty years ago.  It was at a party in Florida where these two transplants to the Sunshine State bonded for the very first time.  Franco was working for an airline at the time and, for one of their first dates, he surprised Stephen with a lunch date…in New York City.  It was a whirlwind visit to the city, with New York-native Franco acting as tour guide.  It was there where they shared a kiss on the top of the Empire State Building and New York forever became a significant landmark in their relationship.  Eleven years later, they returned to the city to seal their commitment to one another.  They could not yet do so legally, so instead they purchased rings for one another and vowed what they had known in their hearts since that first visit to NYC, that they were meant to be together.

This winter, twenty-two years after that first meeting and eleven years after they bought their first set of rings for each other - Franco and Stephen returned yet again.  This time it was to officially marry in front of their family and friends, in the city that had meant so much to them with the skyline they had explored together twinkling around them as they said the heart-felt vows.  Vows that expressed just how much each one had meant to the other over the two decades they have been together and had everyone in the room in tears, marveling at the dedication these two incredible men have for one another.

New Rochelle, NY: Hillari & Danny's Family Session

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It’s hard to believe that we have known Hillari and Danny for just about five years now.  Hard to believe, because it feels like just yesterday when we were meeting up with them in Newport for their engagement session - where we heard about (and re-enacted) Danny’s incredible proposal (it included a custom model airplane that Danny had built).  We knew then, after spending the afternoon with them that they were just our kind of couple: asy-going, talkative and always dreaming about their next adventure or new way to pursue their passions.  After their wedding in September of 2010, we were hoping that we would get to see them again and were fortunate that they recommended us to two of their good friends, whose weddings we had the pleasure to photograph as well (and get to see Hillari and Danny at the same time).

We were thrilled for them when they welcomed their first son and had been dying to meet him in person (he’s got the cutest big brown eyes) so we were delighted when Hillari asked us to photograph them as a family when their newest adorable little boy arrived recently. We met them in their home in New Rochelle, a home that they have been remodeling and truly making their own.  And spending the afternoon with them was just like it was five years ago - we had so much fun getting to talk with Hillari and Danny and could have easily spent hours just hanging out.  As we drove home that afternoon, Rob and I talked about just how lucky we are to photograph adorable families like theirs and to have couples who truly turn into friends.

Battery Gardens: New York, NY: Nickie & Jamie's Wedding

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It was bitter cold on the day that Nickie and Jamie got married. But you wouldn’t know it from looking at the two of them, braving the wind whipping down the streets of the financial district, seeing each other for the first time.  It could have been 20 below and, in those moments, they wouldn’t have felt it.  In those moments (and truthfully, most of the day) the only thing they were focused on was one another.  All of us (the two of us, their bridal party) were warmed just by seeing the two of them.  Their joy was contagious and there is something about witnessing two people that are so deliriously happy that truly does make everything else (including chilly temperatures) seem inconsequential.

And as the day went on, when we were all in the warm rooms of Battery Gardens with the view of the Statute of Liberty in the distance, it was clear the Nickie and Jamie’s wedding day would be exactly as you would expect it to be: sweet, romantic and so much fun.  Just like the two of them. From their tear-inducing personal vows to the epic dance offs during the reception, there wasn’t a minute of Nickie & Jamie’s wedding day that wasn’t memorable.  And we were thrilled to be there to capture it all.

Venue: Battery Gardens in New York, NY  |  Dress: Enzoani  |  Shoes: Caparros  |  Make-up: Theresa Lupo  |  Officiant: Rev. Annie Lawrence  |  Band: 747 Orchestra  

Lake of Isles: Stonington, CT: Rosa & Irv's Wedding

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It wasn’t long after Rosa first set eyes on Irv that she told her friends that she was claiming him as hers.  Irv didn’t know that, of course. He was the new student in their small Catholic high school in rural Connecticut and was busy learning everyone’s names and making new friends. But there was one particularly beautiful face that he did notice right away as well.  So when that energetic, gorgeous girl asked him for a ride home after school one day, he happily obliged.  Rosa was so distracted by simply being in a car with the guy she had a huge crush on, that she actually got them lost on the way back to her house.  Irv was confused, but when he looked over at Rosa he couldn’t help but smile.  They laughed and, in that afternoon, they both saw the potential for something more.  

After high school, they went their separate ways for college but did keep in touch.  Once college was over, they both could see that this was the perfect time for them.  They were ready to start their careers, pursue their passions, and there was nothing else they wanted more than to be by each other’s side through it all.  Besides being a ridiculously good-looking couple, they are also a perfect match for one another.  They balance each other out, push one another to be better and just plain make each other deliriously happy.  When Irv proposed on the beach in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, Rosa didn’t hesitate for a second when she gave her answer.  Of course she would marry him.  Now she has a ring on her finger that lets the whole world know what she had known so many years before: he was meant to be hers.  And he couldn’t be happier.

Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier  |  Bridal Salon: Plumed Serpent Bridal in Westport, Connecticut  |  Shoes: Jimmy Choo  |  Bridesmaids Gowns: Amsale  |  Hair: Jenna Poitras of Naomi Studio & Salon  |  Make-up: Naomi Martinez of Naomi Salon & Studio  |  Ceremony Location: St. Mary Star of the Sea in New London, Connecticut |  Reception Venue: Lake of Isles in North Stonington, Connecticut  |  Flowers: Blush Floral Design in Madison, Connecticut  |  Band: ETA Band of Westport, Connecticut

Roslyn Royalton: Roslyn Heights, NY: Stephanie & Christopher's Wedding

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If there was ever a couple who could brighten a room with their smiles alone, it would be Stephanie and Christopher.  When I tell you that these two are completely enamored with one another, I’m probably not even painting a full picture of just how adorable they are together.  They are the type of couple that you met and can see just how perfectly they suit one another, how gentle they are with one another, how much they truly enjoy each other’s company.  All of which, of course, makes it even more enjoyable to be around them, and makes them a joy to photograph.

From the moment we arrived on their wedding day, we knew their day was going to be wonderful.  It was as clear as the giant smile that was on Stephanie’s face, even as she was having her make-up applied.  It was obvious in how laid-back and relaxed Chris was, a man who was completely confident that he was making the very best decision of his life.  From their romantic ceremony to their sweet first dance, every moment of Stephanie and Christopher’s day was filled with joy, laughter and so much love.

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