Tower Ridge Country Club Wedding : Amanda + Michael

creative wedding portrait

Amanda + Michael were high school sweethearts who were together for ten years when, one Christmas, he asked her to marry him. Their wedding day came soon after and was filled with originality, love, and great moments.

The day began with Amanda and her bridesmaids getting ready on site at the Tower Ridge Country Club in Simsbury, CT. Michael and his groomsmen arrived shortly before the ceremony and took their positions on the outdoor stage. Their dog Putin, a french bulldog, acted as ringbearer and also had a GoPro attached to his collar so they would have a unique perspective of the day’s events.

The ceremony concluded with a butterfly release by both Amanda + Michael and their guests, who had envelopes to open which contained butterflies of their own.

After family formals we went inside the country club for their first dance and toasts. After the cake cutting we took Amanda + Michael for a few portraits on the grounds, and then off site down the road to the Pinchot Sycamore, the oldest tree in Connecticut. We posed them in front of the epic tree and they then agreed to hike up their dress and pants and wade into the adjacent stream for a few different kind of portraits.

We made our way back to the venue where nearly everyone danced through the very end of the night.

Amanda + Michael had additional help on their day from…
Ceremony + Reception Location : Tower Ridge Country Club
DJ + Photobooth : Pryme Tyme Entertainment
Hair + Makeup : Kennedy & Co.
Florist : Events by Amy
Cake : Susan Stone & Co.
Amanda’s Dress : Mariella Creations
Michael’s Tuxedo : Samuel Ltd.
Second Photographer : Christopher David
Lighting Assistant : Kat Kattler

Here are some photos from the day…

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Salem Cross Inn Wedding : Alice + Joules

Salem Cross Inn Wedding

Being musical and versed in the ways of Japanese anime and heavy metal, Alice + Joules had some unique touches on their wedding day at the Salem Cross Inn. From the studded leather wristbands that wrapped around the candleholders on the tables to the combat boots Alice wore, which were her favorites from high school, theirs was a day to remember.

The day began with Alice getting ready upstairs in the venue, working on her vows and playing Pokemon Go. After putting her dress and boots on, her parents walked her down the aisle where Joules saw her for the first time that day. After the ceremony we took some time for family portraits and made our way back inside.

Alice’s father and Joules’ mother each made toasts, then Alice sang while Joules played guitar in lieu of a first dance. During dinner two of their friends addressed the long table with toasts of their own, then Alice + Joules cut two cakes, one of which nearly fell over while being cut.

Alice + Joules had additional help on their day from…
Ceremony + Reception Location : Salem Cross Inn 
Florist : Barry’s Flower Shop
Alice’s Dress : David’s Bridal
Lighting Assistant : Kat Kattler

Here are some photos from the day…

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UMass Amherst Wedding : Catherine + Tim

bride and groom wedding portrait with trees

Catherine + Tim’s wedding in a not-too-well-know-spot on the UMass Amherst campus was embellished by beautiful scenery, loving family and friends, and weather that was almost too perfect.

Their day began at home where they both got ready, after which we walked through a sunny field with tall grasses, stopping for the occasional portrait. The path we took connected to another at the back of the venue where Catherine + Tim joined their waiting guests and their ceremony commenced.

We then spent a little time taking family portraits and segued into the tent where Catherine + Tim had their first dance, after which both sets of parents toasted them.

Then, instead of a cake to cut they had a croquembouche. Catherine wielded a long sword while Tim stood a respectful distance behind, and lopped off the top of the tower of cream filled pastries.

Soon after the sun began to set so we took a short walk to a large tree on the edge of the main field that had a swing hanging from one of it’s branches for one final portrait before the dancing really got under way.

Catherine + Tim had additional help on their day from…
Ceremony + Reception Location : The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies 
DJ + Uplighting : Hard at Play
Musicians : Amherst String Ensemble
Florist : Atkins Farm
Catherine’s Dress : J. Crew
Tim’s Suit : Bonobos
Caterer : UMass Catering
Croquembouche : Tart Baking Company
Honey Favors : Warm Colors Apiary
Alfajor Favors : Chilean Sweets
Lighting Assistant : Kat Kattler

Here are some photos from the day…

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Misty Meadows Farm Wedding : Megan + Chad

Misty Mountain Farm sunset wedding portrait

Megan + Chad started dating after high school though have known each other since the second grade. Being the easy going and non-traditional couple they described themselves as being, Chad proposed while Megan sat on the couch one evening after work. That easy going way of being with each other held true on their wedding day at Misty Meadows Farm as well.

We began their day with a first look amongst the trees in the venue’s apple orchard, which was also where we took the family photos immediately afterward. Guests began arriving and filed past a barn where horses poked their heads out to see, one presumes, what all the people were doing outside their house. A short path led to a field lined with more apple trees where the ceremony was held.

There were some beautiful details in and around the tent where the reception was held. Wooden signs with hand painted directions told guests where each part of the day was held, and understated but beautiful flower arrangements lined the long tables where guests sat. The catering company set up their own nearby tents and cooked amazing food for everyone while some gathered around the firepit and smoked cigars. S’mores made their debut later in the evening as the fire lit up that part of the field once the sun set.

In what was a first for me, the bride’s mother surprised the couple by having an ice cream truck drive into the field, which Megan + Chad climbed into and served their guests from the menu on the side of the truck.

Megan + Chad had additional help on their day from…
Ceremony + Reception Location : Misty Meadows Farm 
Megan’s Makeup : Christy & Co.
Megan’s Hair : DAB Studio
DJ : Marx Entertainment
Florist : Durocher Florist
Megan’s Dress : J. Crew
Chad’s Suit : Jackson & Connor
Caterer : B&M Clambake Co.
Tent : Michael’s Party Rentals
Second Photographer : Christopher David
Lighting Assistant : Ian Pouliot

Here are some photos from the day…

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Lord Jeffery Inn, Amherst Wedding : Vanessa + Maceo

Amherst Wedding

Lord Jeffery Inn wedding portrait

Vanessa + Maceo had an elegant wedding ceremony and reception at the Lord Jeffery Inn in Amherst. Both the outdoor ceremony site and ballroom where the reception was held were filled to overflowing with flowers, and numerous candles adorned the ballroom as well.

Vanessa had her makeup done on site before her private first look with Maceo, after which we photographed their families prior to the ceremony itself. The weather couldn’t have been better for their ceremony outside the venue that included two heartfelt readings and a musical interlude before the exchanging of rings. Newly married, they recessed while guests threw flower petals into the air from handmade paper cones made especially for the occasion.

The cocktail hour area was decorated with framed photos of their respective family’s different generations, some from those family member’s own weddings. We then made our way into the ballroom where Vanessa + Maceo were introduced to their cheering guests and had Maceo’s daughter Elena join them for the second half of their first dance. Guests were then invited to join them which filled the dance floor early in the evening and lasted through the end of the night.

Vanessa + Maceo had additional help on their day from…
Ceremony + Reception Location : Lord Jeffery Inn 
Hair + Makeup : Crystal Vazquez and Company
DJ + Uplighting : Marx Entertainment
Florist : Durocher Florist
Vanessa’s Dress : RK Bridal, New York
Vanessa’s Jewelry :  7th Avenue Jewelers, Brooklyn
Cake : Greggory’s Pastry Shop
Videographer : NST Pictures
Assistant Photographers : Lesley Arak + Kat Kattler
Lighting Assistant : Kat Kattler

Here are some photos from the day…

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