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Can I just say how much I LOVE my clients! Amanda and Andrew are no exception! We had so much fun when we meet up in CT and took the train to the city together. Amanda and Andrew are college sweethearts. They totally cracked me up when we actually talked about how they met. You know there is “his side” and “her side” of the story. My side is that they are so in love and that is all that matters!
We started off our session in Grand Central Station.
We continued our session in Central Park.
My favorite of the day!
I am so excited to shoot your wedding Amanda and Andrew. I look forward to seeing you both!
When he knocked on her door; their lives changed forever. Richard had a new job nearby and was looking for a rental. The unit above Andrea’s was vacant. Dressed in black chaps & motorcycle wearing sunglasses and helmet in hand; Richard knocked on Andrea’s door to ask about the unit above. Many questions later the he asked for her hand in marriage.
We revisited so many pieces of that first encounter. Be sure to check out the slideshow after a few of my favorites.
Rachel and Ryan met at a party during the college years. Not having seen each other in seven years they found each other again when Ryan walked into Rachel’s current workplace. They have been inseparable ever since.
With the crazy weather and all the rain in CT; Rachel and Ryan’s session was rescheduled a few times. We finally were able to meet up at the beautiful Gouveia Vineyards in Wallingford, CT and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day.
Rachel’s ring is stunning! I love the texture of the wood in the shot.
Yes, I love shoes!
Thanks Rachel and Ryan! I can’t wait for the wedding! Enjoy your slideshow!
You better believe I was SUPER excited to shoot this engagement session. It was so awesome to get an email from Vanessa asking if I would come out to CA to shoot her wedding. How could I say no? A trip home, 4th of July weekend, surrounded by family. I have known Vanessa well, all my life; she is my cousin.
Vanessa and Gabriel LOVE ice cream shoppes. What better way to start out an engagement session with two ice cream lovers (Make that three) than Superior Dairy Ice Cream in Downtown Hanford.
What was left of the S.O.S. Yes, what was left. That is one HUGE homemade sundae!!!
There was this really cool boutique called Rouge downtown. We noticed the lip couch and took full advantage of it. (Check out the slideshow at the end of the post to see many more shots).
Can’t wait for the wedding! See all of you guys soon!
Kaitlyn and Alan knew eachother in high school. They reunited through friends while they were in college. Kaitlyn would hang out with her girlfriends and Alan with his guy friends. They would all get together and wanting to keep friendships alive they made a pact that no one would date within their group. That didn’t happen. Kaitlyn and Alan are getting married!
I met up Kaitlyn and Alan at the Yale Campus in New Haven, CT for their engagement sessions.
Check out a few of my favorites and the slideshow at the end of the post.
I’m sure everyone has a moment or a brief period in their lifetime that they remember being overcome by that giddy, restless and overwhelming feeling of puppy love. When so privileged as to be infatuated with someone that the world brightens around you at the mere memory of their tentative first words and shy smiles. Perhaps not everyone becomes as excitable as I did in the days following our chance encounter at the local Home Depot, with the idea of wiping the unintentional smile off my face laughable and the long hours at work somehow shortened by the anticipation of Jason’s first phone call, but I can’t imagine this kind of feeling being anything but splendid and I truly hope that each of you are able to envision it as vividly as I do.
I needed to build a dog house for Scampi. With the help of my father, I found that what I lacked were a couple pints of weatherproof paint (color later decided upon as a forest green that was in actuality much too bright to blend in with the deep woods of Ashford) and most of a roof’s number of charcoal shingles. Thus, late-morning on a Sunday in July, I found myself wandering the tall aisles of the Home Depot in Windham, CT, swinging a can of paint and a can of white outdoor primer from one arm and wondering how I was going to hoist the awkward package of shingles onto my shoulder without making a fool of myself.
It was amazing. I turned out of the lamp aisle where I had been wasting time, too embarrassed to ask for help with the parcel one row down from where I was pretending to be interested in a horrendous ceiling hanging that gave off a rather garish yellow glow, and saw a familiar figure silhouetted in the sunshine pouring in through the automatic sliding doorway of the store. Was I ever glad to see him! From his fiendishly handsome grin (that didn’t disappear from the moment he recognized me) to his generously formed biceps that so easily placed my shingles into the cart, I could not have been more excited to find myself in a situation where I had an excuse to rekindle our easy camaraderie.
Five days and a Scampi/Tia dog walk later, I was sold.Conversations of hours upon hours flew by like minutes, the more I learned, the more I fell in love with not only his charm and his good looks, but his noble way of treating the world and the beautiful way in which he lives each day.Now, years later, I find myself endlessly moved by the same incredible man, one who I have been both challenged and inspired by as our lives now continue on together, one who has miraculously turned out to be my best friend and the love of my life.
Here’s to you and I, Jason, and to all those who have made us who we are.For the beautiful history we now have together and for all the dog walks yet to come.
Isn’t her hair amazing! Brianna scheduled her hair and make-up trial on the day of the engagement session. Something I highly recommend my clients to do. Make-up by Janice and Hair by Tonya both of Naomi Martinez Salon.
I love the play by play here. Watch Jason’s expressions, lol.
Yes, I did a happy dance! The light was just beautiful! I am always chasing light
Enjoy your slide show Brianna and Jason! Congratulations!
Amanda and Arman are such an awesome couple! I love listening to Arman talk and hear the phrases he uses since he is from Scotland. They are full of personality and so inlove! I returned to Lyman Orchards yet again for another FANTABULOUS engagement session! I love the challenge of trying to make the same location look different; after all every relationship is unique and their images should be too. Be sure to check out how much fun Amanda and Arman had during their engagement session in the slideshow below.
I spotted some light peeking through the trees and had them move over to this location! So glad I did just check out the backlight!
WE LOVED this old gate! We had to work it into their session!
Working the corn maze! If you haven’t been to Lyman Orchards check out their schedule and visit. You’ll be glad you did!
Come On……..Those apples in the backround and her red dress! AWESOME!
Yep, I was definitely doing the Val Happy Dance!
Check out the many faces of Arman!
Can’t wait for Saturday! Amanda and Arman are getting married!!! WoooHoooo! Don’t forget to click on the play button below! Enjoy!
Still behind with blogging and trying to everyone’s post up. Here is Mala and Will’s Engagement Session we shot at Lyman Orchards. It was a beautiful day. I am totally loving the first set of shots. Check them out Don’t forget to check out their entire shoot in the slideshow below. Come back soon to see their beautiful wedding day.
Mala is a huge Twilight fan so we had to get a fitting ring shot.
They have known each other since the 6th grade! A graduation party of a mutual friend proved that everything happens for a reason! Meet Kelley and Derrik.
We had a great time hanging out at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, CT. Such a beautiful place. Seriously I could shoot there all day long! Check out some of my favorites of the day and don’t forget to hit the play button and enjoy the slide show at the end of the post!
Just a side note: Who else thinks of the Cheers episode when Woody wrote that song for his love and played it on the piano when they hear the name Kelley?
They had the same group of friends for years but in May 2008 that all changed. Jennifer and Jason both attended a BBQ where they started to talk. Eventually they began e-mailing each other, calling each other and dating. The rest is history.
Jennifer and Jason were so much fun to shoot at Lyman Orchards. Since Jennifer is a huge fan of Sunflowers we started off there!
(Side note: Doesn’t beautiful Jennifer remind you of Alexis Bledel?)
When we first walked in I almost immediately noticed this sunflower that resembled a heart. I thought it was perfect for Jennifer’s ring. There were a gazillion bees buzzing around and I’m surprise I didn’t pass out from the many times I panicked.
Stunning, stunning, stunning!
I love shooting hands; they are so personal and really tell a story.
This random cat totally showed up during the shoot. So what does Val do? Go with it
I had so much fun. I am really looking forward to the wedding. Be sure to check out the slide show where Jason shows his cool Frisbee Golf trick, lol.