Every time he came in for a kiss all day, even when they had their first kiss at the altar, she reached up and gently touched the back of his head. Maybe it was force of habit, it seems like something she's probably done a thousand times. Something that she might have started doing when they first got together - a way to bring him in just a bit closer, to make each kiss last just a bit longer, to savor every second.
What she couldn't see was that he was doing his own ritual all day long as well. Every time she hugged him, even when they shared their first dance, he would close his eyes, hold her tighter and rest his head on hers. It was probably something he had started doing long ago, when they first got together. Maybe he did it to remind himself just how lucky he was that she was in his arms. It was his way of making each embrace last just that much longer, to take in every second, as if he could never hold her close enough.
At the end of the night they had already gone through all the huge moments of the day - exchanged vows, greeted their guests, danced as husband and wife - they stood in the center of the room surrounded by all the family and friends that loved them both. When the last song was coming to an end, she reached up and kissed him holding the back of his head as usual. Without hesitation, he pulled her in as close as he could, closed his eyes and rested his head on the tops of hers. It was a moment they would remember for the rest of the lives. No doubt they were going to savor each second of it holding one another tight.
MICHELLE & BRIAN
We started the day with Michelle and her girls at the rustic farmhouse where Michelle's mother lives. We loved the white front porch (perfect cover from the drizzling rain that morning) and all the little nooks for pictures. Linda and Lee from Dana Bartone & Co., were just finishing up doing the girl's hair and make-up when we got there and Michelle was absolutely glowing. Excited is too small a word for what she was probably feeling that morning. When Jane from Just for You arrived with the flowers Michelle and her girls were delighted. The bouquets were the perfect compliment to the bridesmaid's light blue dresses - muted shades of white and pink (Michelle had actually gotten the inspiration from a previous wedding we had done).
The rain was clearing up as we headed over to St. Paul's Church in Berlin for the ceremony. On the way we passed a abandoned school and we knew it was the perfect place to get some of our unique fun wedding party shots, and some of Michelle & Brian as well. When we suggested it to them, Michelle & Brian were totally up for it - we think it was definitely worth it.
We then headed over to Elizabeth Park, a perfect compliment to the gritty school shots we had already taken. The rain was coming down just a touch, but Michelle and Brian grabbed an umbrella and one another as we took advantage of the still-in-bloom rose garden. From there it was a short drive over to The Simsbury Inn for the reception. Ron and Christy from Aardvark Audio kept the dance floor crowded all night long - especially at the end of the night when all of the guests got up from their seats and surrounded Michelle & Brian, circling them with all of the love and happiness they were feeling for this couple that were so clearly crazy about each other.
There is something about a farm house that we really like. They are filled with so much character and charm and I can imagine that they are nice and cozy on a cold winter night. We liked the idea of the old texture of the house contrasting with the clean crispness of Michelle's beautiful dress.
Michelle (as many of our clients have also told us) used our blog for inspiration and ideas for her own wedding. This couldn't maks us happier. We put a lot of time into creating posts that really help you get to know our clients and feel connected to them as if you were at there wedding day. When we posted about Katie & Christopher's Wedding, Michelle saw the beautiful bouquet that Jane from Just for You created for Katie. Michelle liked it so much that she wanted Jane to create something similar for her as well.
Kathleen used a rocking chair on the front porch for a shot of her shoes.
When it was time for Michelle to get into her dress, we headed inside where her Mom and all her girls lined up to get her ready.
Michelle looked absolutely beautiful as she took a seat for one of our relaxed bridal portraits.
We really love how the subtle pink flowers complimented the bridesmaid's blue dresses so nicely.
Before heading over to the church for Michelle & Brian's ceremony, we took advantage of the front porch for a photo of Michelle & her girls...
...and then one more bridal.
When the girls arrived at the church, they were so excited as they walked towards the front door.
Michelle's Dad walked her down the aisle. This one is Kathleen's view...
...and this is my view at the same moment.
Their church was really beautiful and filled with both old and modern details and a really long center aisle!
There is something about a black and white photo inside a church that really gets me. It is almost like you can feel what it was like for Michelle and Brian to be sitting their at that moment.
The lighting on the alter was so beautiful and really provided such a wonderful backdrop for their wedding ceremony.
When it was time for them to take their vows Michelle & Brian's wedding party joined them up front. At our wedding we had our wedding party up with us as we recited our vows to each other and it was a such nice feeling.
Kathleen captured this sweet photo of Brian looking at Michelle as she recited her vows to him.
Although we love showing all kinds of photos, we love putting up a bunch of ceremony shots because ater all it is the most important part of a wedding day, the part you certainly can't do without.
How sweet is their first kiss. The way that Michelle gently grabs Brian's face and smiles right before they kiss is simply priceless. These two are my views...
...and this is Kathleen's view from the center aisle.
Again their church was really beautiful with a lot of great architectural details so we just had to include this one! :)
As we were driving to the church before Michelle and Brian's ceremony Kathleen and I noticed this old abandoned school right down the street. It was such a cool place and we really wanted to bring Michelle and Brian along with their wedding party there. We had been planning to go to Elizabeth Park in Hartford after the ceremony for these shots but we saw that it could very well rain any second so we suggested that we start by going to the abandoned school to at least get some outside photos in case it did start to rain. And if it held of we could also still go to the park. We were so excited that Michelle and Brian trusted us because these are seriously some of our favorite wedding party shots. The whole group really brought their best Vogue / GQ looks and look completely incredible!!
I really love the simple and relaxed feel of this shot.
We headed back to the front stairs of the school where we captured these shots of Michelle and Brian.
Michelle's hair really looked gorgeous and timeless so we just had to show it off in this photo.
These images were definetely a team effort. I captured the two on the left and Kathleen captured the image on the right at the same moment.
How totally fun is this!! This is another one of our favorites, we love the whimsical feel. This wedding party totally rocks!!
When the guys and I saw this cross walk we all had the same idea.
The rain did indeed hold off enough for us to still spend a few moments at Elizabeth Park. It was really nice because there was not a lot of people there so we could explore the gardens without anyone getting in our way.
The best part was that there were still plenty of roses bloom.
One of our favorite places in Elizabeth Park is the large gazebo in the center of the rose gardens...
...and the steps right outside.
I love the sweet emotion in this shot that Kathleen captured.
The rain did start to come down but that did not at all bring Michelle or Brian down. They simply got under the umbrella and continued to smile and laugh with each other.
This bright pink rose seemed to almost be begging to have a photograph taken of it!
Right before heading out, we got the wedding party setup for one more shot. Right as we were about to take the photo, our umbrella (which was sitting open off to the side) blew into the frame. I thought it was kind of fun, so I took the photo.
When we arrived to the Simsbury Inn for Kathleen and I captured their details...
...and some of the textures that so uniquely makes up the country feel of the Simsbury Inn.
Michelle & Brian did not stop smiling once during their first dance...
...or cake cutting! :)
Michelle danced with her Dad and Brian danced with his Mom.
One of the things they loved about the Simsbury Inn was the stars throughout so we thought it would be fun to photograph their rings on one of the star patterns.
What a great and crazy (in a good way) dancing crowd!
This was a moment right during their last dance that evening. Just as she always does, Michelle grabbed Brian's face right before giving him a kiss. :)
Michelle & Brian - We had so much fun with you both. Thank you so much for trusing us with your wedding party shots and for such a great day. We hope you had an amazing time on your honeymoon! ~Rob & Kathleen~
He had it planned down to the minute - this was probably the most important question he'd ever ask her, it had to be perfect. An early morning wake up call started the day. Sleepy but intrigued, she agreed to get out of bed even though it was barely dawn. When she saw his face, even lack of sleep couldn't keep the smile off her face. There he was with a bouquet of flowers and that grin that always made her melt. He promised they could stop for coffee before they headed to their destination.
With Starbucks in hand they pulled into the park, where yet another bouquet of flowers was waiting for her. A walking trail had flowers lining each side leading the way to an open field. Her heart beat a little faster as soon as she saw what was waiting for them. There was a blanket covered in flower petals and candles and a book she recognized on top. It was a photo album that she had given him as a gift - filled with pictures of the two of them together, a book she had planned on filling more over time. He handed it to her and she flipped through it. At the end of the book there were two new pictures. One was of an engagement ring and another with a sign that read "Will you marry me?" She looked down from the book and there he was on one knee holding the ring. She could barely get the words out - of course she said yes!
Five months later she woke up early for yet another undoubtedly perfect day - one that had also been planned down to the minute. A day that they had planned together. This day she was holding another bouquet and flowers lined each side of the aisle, leading the way to him. Her heart beat a little faster as soon as she thought about what was waiting for her at the end of the aisle. When she was his face, she couldn't keep the smile off her face. There he was standing at the end of the altar with that same grin that made her heart soar. He promised to be hers forever and she did the same.
JAMIE & JASON
We started the day with Jamie and her girls, grabbing shots of her dress (which included lace from her mother's wedding dress) and her shoes (simple but classic flip flops). Her soon-to-be sister-in-law did Jamie's make up in a beautifully lit porch on the back of the house - we were of course loving the lighting for pictures. When Jamie was dressed and ready to go, she headed over to the New Milford Congregational Church in with her dad in his red Corvette.
Jamie and Jason love all things nature and the incorporated that into their whole day. The church, a classic New England white church on a hill, was decked out with more flowers in their green and brown color scheme. Their reception was held at Wood Acres Farm in Terryville - a rustic barn-inspired setting that was cozy and perfect even in the rain that fell most of the day. Jamie & Jason were total troopers, heading out in the rain with us for a bit - especially to get some shots by the vintage cadillac they had taken over to the reception. The reception was loaded with dancing with the Clark ENO Orchestra rocking out all night (the best Jackson 5 we've ever heard a band do, it was incredible). We were delighted to see two familiar faces - Casey & Ryan from Oragano Photo - who had actually referred us to Jamie & Jason via Jamie's maid of honor (and also fellow photographer) Rachel Henderson. It's always flattering to be reffered by another photographer, but even more touching to be referred by multiple photographers.
Jamie & Jason, thank you so much for choosing us to capture your day. We're hoping the photos below will make great additions to that photo album!
Both Jamie & Jason are really into nature and one of their wedding colors was green so it could not have been more fitting that we found this green couch to photograph Jamie's wedding shoes on.
We showed off Jamie's beautiful Waters gown by hanging it in the closed in porch that she was getting her hair and make-up done on.
Her bouquet was simple and elegant.
The back porch was filled with such gorgeous light and space...
...which we completely took advantage of as Jamie was getting the last minute touches to her make-up done by her future sister-in-law.
When it was time Jamie and her girls headed to an upstairs bedroom to get in her in her dress. This moment was filled with so much joy and anticipation.
Jamie's Maid of Honor Rachel (who is also a fantastic fellow photographer) helped Jamie with her veil.
After Jamie and all her girls were ready we headed to the church where Kathleen captured this great detail photo showing of the handmade bracelets (that Jamie herself made for her girls) as well as the bright green dresses and flowers.
There were a few moments before the ceremony so the girls decided to have a seat.
Jamie arrived to the ceremony with her Dad in his bright red Corvette which really poped against the gray afternoon sky. Although raining Jamie was so excited to get married as she was escorted up the front stairs of the church.
Kathleen captured this shot of one of the flower girls watching Jamie come into the church...
...and then this photo of one of the ring bearers getting his tie adjusted before walking down the aisle.
Their ceremony took place at New Milford Congregational Church which is a classic New England church with white pews and deep red carpeting which acted as the perfect backdrop for the light colored flowers that lined the pews.
Jamie was walked down the aisle by her Dad...
...as her soon-to-be husband Jason waited patiently in the front.
The moments right at the beginning of a wedding ceremony are so intense for me. We remember how excited and emotional we were during this part of our ceremony and those feelings always come back as we experience those moments with our couples.
Jamie's Dad gave her a huge hug right before handing off her hand in marriage.
The church was really beautiful and a cozy place as the rain gently fell outside.
We really enjoyed the pop of color that the bridesmaid's dresses provided.
Both of our views as Jamie and Jason exchanged their rings.
As part of their ceremony Jason washed Jamie's feet to show that he will always take care of her.
Here is my view of their first kiss as husband and wife!...
...and Kathleen's view at the same moment.
Once they were introduced officially as husband and wife they turned to each other in pure excitement.
After the ceremony the rain actually held off for a few minutes which was just long enough for us take a few photos in front of the church.
Although very simple these two images are among a couple of favorites of Jamie and Jason.
They had a vintage Cadillac pick them up as their ride to their reception.
This was such an exhiliarting moment. Everyone in attendance threw flower pedals at them as they walked out of the church. The one on the left is my shot and the one on the right is Kathleen's show at about the same moment. The funny thing is that I am actually in Kathleen's photo but am covered with so many flowers that I blend right in. So much fun!! :)
Before heading to their reception, I took this photo of Jamie & Jason in the backseat of the car. This is also one of my personal favorites from their day.
Of course we couldn't resist taking a few details of the car! :)
When we arrived at Wood Acres Farm we had a couple more minutes with the car. This one is my view...
...and this is Kathleen's view just a moment later. I really love the reflection in the window.
Isn't the way that Jamie smiles at Jason simply wonderful?! Kathleen captured this shot...
...right before I captured this one of them walking to a dryer place.
The wedding party joined us on the front porch of the building for one of our relaxed wedding party shots...
...and then really let loose as Jamie and Jason enjoyed a kiss!
Right before going into their reception we just had to grab this bridal of Jamie, she was filled with so much happiness and nothing could keep her smile away.
I know we say it all the time but we really think that details are such an important part of a wedding day. It is the little things that help bring back the memories and feelings of the day.
For some reason I really loved the wall lamps that lined one of the walls of the room, it gave such a nice feel.
Their wedding cake was decorated with yellow flowers which also lined the stage in the front of the room.
A couple more details! :)
As they were throughout their entire day, Jamie and Jason were so incredibly into each other during their first dance.
The Clark ENO Orchestra provided the musical entertainment throughout the night and were absolutely phenomenal. We would absolutely recommend them if you are looking for a great wedding band!
While walking around their reception I noticed a little bit of important paperwork being filled out at one of the tables! :)
Both the best man and the maid of honor gave toasts to a very happy Jamie and Jason.
Cake cutting and the search for the garter!
We love their faces as Jamie tossed the flowers and Jason tossed the garter.
One of their family members got up with the band and sang a perfect rendition of "Sweet Caroline" to a room full of Red Sox fans.
We grabbed a couple of shots of our friend Casey from Oragano Photo tearing up the dance floor.
Their was not a dull moment all night long and we really loved capturing all of the fun!
Jamie & Jason, thank you again for having us at your wedding. We really enjoyed capturing your moments. Congratulations! ~Rob & Kathleen~
Today Kristin & Mark are getting married! The usual crew - Rob & I along with Sue - will be heading to Naugatuck (Rob's hometown) to start off the day with their ceremony at St. Francis Church. It's always fun to return to the place where Rob grew up, but it's even better when we get to spend that time with an amazing couple like Kristin & Mark.
We had a great time with them back in June when we explored Boston together for their engagement session. These two are about as cute a couple as they come - sweet, easy going and fun to be around. They'll definitely be keeping the party going tonight during their reception at the Waterview in Monroe (where we're looking forward to working with one of our favorite event managers, Vinnie, who keeps everything running like clockwork).
Check back soon to see some pictures from Kristin & Mark's day. In the meantime here's one of our favorites from their engagement session in Boston.
They meet at work. He was the manager that made her laugh. She was the cute girl that caught his eye. They quickly became friends though all the while he knew he wanted something more, he just had to find the right time to make his move. With an extra ticket to a show in hand, he took the chance and asked her to join him. She was hesitant at first (not sure if she could get off from work that night) but there was something in the back of her mind that told her that she should go. Maybe it was fate or maybe she had been hoping it would be something more too...she said yes. Either way, it was that one phone call - that one evening that changed their lives forever. And they couldn't wait to see what would happen next.
Nearly four years later there they were, preparing for another evening. A hallway was all the separated them all morning while she slipped into the dress and he adjusted his tie. Once she was completely ready - the buttons hooked, the flowers placed into her hair, her perfume applied - she was giddy with excitement. He adjusted his tie, buttoned his jacket and smoothed out his hair one more time - he was ready and somehow he had that same look of giddy excitement on his face too. Maybe it was a coincidence, or maybe they both just happened to be thinking the same thing as everything come together that morning. Either way, they both knew that it was this one evening that would change their lives forever. And they couldn't wait for it to begin.
ERIKA & JAMES
We spent the morning with Erika & James at the Hilton Garden Inn in Shelton. When we arrived, Linda from Dana Bartone had already styled Erika's hair into a romantic and relaxed up-do (which she adorned with fuchsia flowers to match the rest of her color scheme) and Noami Martinez was working on Erika's make up. She looked beautiful even before she even put on her strapless Enzoani gown but when the moment came for her to put on her dress her bridesmaids gushed over how gorgeous she looked.
Rob and I then headed over to the Waterview where Erika & James's ceremony and reception would take place. We had been there just the day before, but we were really excited to be able to flex our creativity. With each and every wedding we photograph, we bring a blend of creativity and consistency - the solid portraits you expect along with artistic shots that you may have never even thought of. That's why we didn't even think anything of having two two weddings back to back in the same place - because we knew they would be completely different. Every couple brings their own style to their wedding and we love being able to capture that into the photography as well.
It was definitely a fun evening – Erika really wanted a conga line and the whole room were up out of their seats for it – with the DJs from After Hours DJ keeping the dance floor packed while Rich and Kate from Star Quality Video joined us in capturing the fun.
Erika & James are a romantic fun-loving couple and that really shines through in their pictures.
Kathleen & I love being inspired by the places in which we shoot and love letting that inspiration guide us while photographing the important details of the day, such as the wedding dress. While we were walking up to Erika's hotel room we noticed these great lights in the hall that we thought we be a perfect place to hang her dress, so we did just that. We really like how the light shines down and illuminates it.
Her flowers by Just for You and shoes were simple and beautiful the perfect compliment for the bright pink details (as you will soon see) that were throughout the day.
Erika's sister helped her button up her dress.
Erika looked absolutely beautiful and we just had to show off her great eye lashes in this photo.
There is something so exciting (to me anyways) about a photo in a mirror so when I saw Erika head to the bathroom to put on her earrings, of course I had to follow! :)
Here is the first of the pink touches that you will see throughout her day. She had beautiful small pink flowers put into her elegant up-do.
Isn't the look on her face absolutely priceless as she puts on her perfume?!
We borrowed Erika's pink handbag which worked so perfectly as a background for hers and James' rings.
James and the guys were getting ready just across the hall so Kathleen ran over to their room and got a couple portraits of James once he was all dressed.
He took a seat and told Kathleen that this was his "pro pthlete" pose, we really love it!
Once dressed Erika and the girls (and obviously us) headed over to the Waterview where both their ceremony and reception where to be held. We of course were at the Waterview the day before. We think this is a great way for us to work with our creative side. Every time we go to a place that we have been to before, we treat it as a brand new place. It was really fun to photograph in the same place in a completely different way, while still maintaing our consistency.
We headed out back by the water for a couple bridal portraits of Erika.
We really loved the subtle detail in her dress along with her off-white roses.
So many of our brides actually ask us for a photo just like this one, it is such a nice way to mix in a relaxed angle with a classic and timeless feel. We also think that Erika looks absolutely radiant!
The girls quickly joined in for some photos.
The way that the bright pink bride's maid's dresses brightend up the whole day was really wonderful.
Erika and James even carried the pink through to the ceremony with rose pedals down the aisles and floral details on the chairs.
Kathleen always loves the moment when the bride is walked down the aisle. I love her view from the back of Erika's father (who both Kathleen and I used to work with at our alma mater) bringing her into the ceremony. There is something so great about the anticipation in this photo.
While Kathleen was capturing the previous photo, I caught this photo of James and the guys waiting for the ceremony to begin...
...and this one of Erika and here dad almost down the aisle!
I personally think that the hand off is one of the most emotional times of the ceremony, it is such a sweet moment!
The romantic feel of the grounds of the Waterview is so nice especially during a ceremony.
The flower girl was really cute and Kathleen loved capturing her throughout the day. This is her watching on during the cermeony.
Isn't it amazing that the photo that this guest was taking with his cell phone was probably on Facebook before Erika and James even enjoyed their first kiss. What a cool world that we live in!
A few moments during their ceremony!
I just really love the feel of this photo.
The way that Erika looked (and smiled) at James as they exchanged rings was so nice.
Erika & James' first kiss as husband and wife!
James made it a point to shake a couple of hands as they came down the but also made it and even more important point to not let go of Erika's hand.
There was some slight cloud cover as they walked out of the ceremony but the kind of cloud cover that we get excited for, the kind that brings nice even lighting! :)
Erika and James' are so completely into each other, they are so great to be around! This was Kathleen's shot right before...
we captured this fun moment!
Of course we took some relaxed classics...
...while walking around the grounds and enjoying the beautiful day.
Their wedding party was all about laughing and having fun so we took this photo where we had given them a little direction...
...followed by this photo where we let them loose!! :)
There bright pink details were carried through to their cake...
...as well as just about everywhere from their table linens and centerpieces to their custom napkins at the bar.
Erika & James held each other incredibly close as they danced their first dance together...
...as their wedding party watched from behind.
This may just be one of my absolute favorite images from their day. Kathleen got this photo of the flower girl watching Erika & James dance their first dance. There is so much emotion, I totally love it!
Kathleen also captured their dip as they finished their dance.
James' brother gave a toast right before dinner.
Once dinner was complete it was time for cake cutting...
...and for Erica to toss her bouquet to a very excited group.
James made time for one dance with the flower girl who is also his niece.
He also danced with his mom.
This crowd was certainly a dancing crowd and the party did not once stop. It was such a great time.
Erika & James, thank you so much for having us capture your day, we had a really fun time with you both. Hope to talk to you guys soon! ~Rob & Kathleen~
She put on the robe she had gotten just for that day - it was soft, silky and said it all - with "Bride" written in crystals on the back. Her girls arrived and it wasn't long before they were doing what they did best, making each one another laugh. She was off to one side of the room having her make up done, relaxed and ready to go. When the moment came for her to put on her dress her girls gathered around her, eager to help tie up the back of her dress. The last lace was tied and she was finally able to grab a glimpse of herself in the mirror. She she could not believe her eyes - she was every bit the bride she had imagined she would be.
He walked toward the ceremony location with a cool confidence in each step - not only because he knew he looked good in his tux, but because he was on top of the world. His guys walked out in front of him doing what they always do when they are together, laughing and giving one another a hard time. He took his place in front, relaxed and ready to go. The moment came for her to walk down the aisle, he looked up - eager to see her. When she walked through the garden and he saw her, he could not believe his eyes - she was every bit as beautiful as he knew she would be.
Their life as husband and wife was ready to begin.
HEATHER & JEFF
Rob & I started the morning at the Courtyard Marriott in Shelton, where Heather and her bridesmaids were getting ready (while Meagan was with Jeff & the guys). At the Marriott, the door was slightly ajar and laughter could be heard as soon as the elevator doors opened. The room was buzzing with excitement while Heather and her bridesmaids were getting ready. Catie & Amy from Dana Bartone & CO were getting the ladies all dolled up with hair and make up while we took a few minutes to grabbed some shots of Heather's Maggie Sottero gown and beautiful bouquets. We were quite happy to find brightly colored decor in the Marriott to incorporate into the shots (couldn't resist the polka dot couch).
We then headed over to the Waterview in Monroe for Heather & Jeff's ceremony and reception. The ceremony took place on the grounds of the venue with a bright blue sky above, flowers everywhere and tons of smiles from Heather and Jeff. The reception kicked off shortly after - DJ Keith Alan kept the dance floor packed and the party in full swing. Of course Heather & Jeff's excitement kept the energy high and the mood happy all night long. No doubt it was exactly the kind of night they had always imagined it be.
When we photograph details such as flowers and shoes, we LOVE looking for fun backgrounds with either colors, textures, or both to make for a really interesting photo. Hotels usually have some kind of vibrant colors like the couch and the chair in Heather's room that let us do just that.
Heather's beautiful Maggie Sottero dress was hanging on one of the doors in the hotel room when we arrived.
Kathleen grabbed another shot of the flowers on the red couch to show off the bride's maid's bouquets as well.
Heather was absolutely glowing as she got her make-up done.
One of our favorite moments during a wedding day is when everyone is getting ready. There is so much excitement and energy in the room and usually a million things going on at once. As we were taking some getting ready candids I decided to take a wide shot of the whole room to try to capture all that was going on. As you can also see Kathleen and I photograph from different angles, she is in the back of the room currently between shots in this photo.
We were absolutely loving the window light that was coming in...
...which created the perfect opportunity to create this SWEET silhouette.
Heather and her girls had a toast before going into the other room to get dressed.
We took the opportunity to use the red couch once again as a background to show off Heather's incredible engagement ring.
Once the bride's maids were all dressed they help tie Heather into her dress. This is one of my personal favorite shots as everyone was getting ready.
It was really nice how much time we had during pre-ceremony with Heather and her bridal party. It makes everything so relaxed and fun and allows us to get a lot of great shots like these. The one on the left is mine and the one is Kathleen's at the same moment.
Heather's hair looked absolutely perfect!
A few more moments that we captured as Heather was getting into her dress.
Heather & Jeff's ceremony took place on the grounds of The Waterview in Monroe and they certainly had a perfect weather day for it.
When we arrived at the Waterview Kathleen and I spent some time grabbing a couple bridals of Heather...
...along with a few shots of her and her girls.
At the beginning of their ceremony Kathleen captured the guys as they walked in...
...and then Heather being escorted down to the ceremony location by her father. I really love the simplicity of this moment!
The perfect blue sky, the water behind and the fact that there was not an empty seat to be found made for such a beautiful ceremony.
Heather was filled with such happiness as she recited her vows...
...and so was Jeff!
Heather and Jeff had a wine ceremony (which we never seen before) but thought was a nice addition to their ceremony.
Officially husband and wife!!
As you all know we LOVE having fun with wedding parties and love creating fun and relaxed wedding party photos instead of just lining everyone up. This group was especially fun because they were totally up for anything including sitting and laying on the ground!
Heather really brought out her inner model...
...and so did the rest of the wedding party! We had such a fun time with them!
Of course we took some time with just Heater and Jeff.
We absolutely love the look they have in their eyes as they look at each other...
...and how Heather completely lights up as Jeff kisses her.
The grounds and gardens at the Waterview are a great place for photos especially right around sunset.
Before heading in for their reception, Heather and Jeff stopped for one more kiss...
...and a classic formal.
We really love lighting and the Waterview has plenty of cool fixtures and chandeliers. All part of the details!! :)
Their wedding cake...
...and a couple details of the room before the guests made their way in.
We really liked Heather and Jeff's personalized wine cork table card holders.
Right before they were to be introduced, I caught this photo.
Their first dance was really sweet. This one is Kathleen's view...
...and this is mine a moment later.
Jeff was the perfect gentleman during their cake cutting.
Also during cake cutting I looked around and realized that we had quite a bit of competition :)...
...but that didn't stop Kathleen from getting her shot! :)
Heather danced with her dad who did not stop smiling once...
...and Jeff danced with his mom.
Heather & Jeff, we had such a fun time with you both, you really had a great wedding day. We hope you had a wonderful time on your honeymoon and look forward to seeing you guys again soon! ~Rob & Kathleen~