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Gershon Fox Room, Hartford, CT: Candice & Michael's Wedding Story Monday, August 10, 2009



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WEDDINGS

She had done it tons of times for other couples: pull together all the important little details. She was innately aware that all of those touches are more than just fun things for guests to marvel at - they are glimpses into the personality of the couple. The perfect way to really make a wedding "your own" and make all of your guests feel like they are witnessing more than just a ceremony or a party, they are experiencing the merging together of two lives.

So when it came time for her to tie the knot herself, she had thought of every possible detail - nothing had been overlooked. The dress, the shoes, the hair & make-up were all flawless. The ceremony and reception locations were stunning. The decor and details were not only beautiful, they had been carefully planned out and put together with her acute eye for detail. The ceremony itself...the readings, the vows, even the overall message of it all were distinctly "them."

Throughout the day they had sprinkled a particular phrase in several key places - a simple statement, "The Best is Yet to Come." As hard as it may have been to imagine anything better as you looked around the room at everything they had done to really make this wedding absolutely perfect, one look at the two of them and it all became clear.

The way he looked at her with complete adoration in his eyes, the way she fell into his arms so comfortably and naturally - that kind of love grows deeper and stronger with each day. So this celebration was just just a preview of the amazing things they will do together as husband and wife. Just imagine the bash they'll throw for their silver anniversary.

CANDICE & MICHAEL

We started the morning at the hotel where Candice was getting ready, surrounded by her bridesmaids, mother and grandmother. The room was a buzz with excitement as everything started to come together. In the center of it all, Candice was relaxed and comfortable, if she had any nerves at all you couldn't tell. Shortly after the crew from Dana Bartone & Co. had completed her hair and make-up and she had put on her exquisite Modern Trousseau gown. Once she was dressed, one of the groomsmen dropped off her wedding gift from Mike. The moment she started reading the card and all the sweet things he had written to her, she couldn't hold back the tears. She was ready for the ceremony to begin - ready to marry the man of her dreams.

Mike had his first glimpse of Candice on the dramatic staircase of the Old State House, the same location of their ceremony. As soon as he saw her, his eyes lit up and he couldn't keep the smile off his face. That smile pretty much stayed on his face the whole rest of the day, and was permanent during the entire ceremony. Their ceremony was both incredibly romantic and distinctly unique. What we really loved (and were very touched by) was the theme of the ceremony. Candice had loved the story we had written about the two of them when we posted their engagement session so much that she had the Justice of the Peace write the ceremony in a similar vein. Our post was abut how their love was like a "slow burn", how it grew over time and the ceremony was about how love is like a fire - something you have to tend to and it will burn deeper and stronger.

After the ceremony, the guests grabbed purple parasols took the short walk over to the Gershon Fox Room for the reception. No doubt they all marveled at the tons of details which stood out dramatically against the Art Deco setting and quite enjoyed the bottles of Coppola Wine on each table (a nod to the couple's last name.) But what stood out the most throughout the entire night, what you couldn't keep your eyes of off was the gorgeous couple in the center of it all. Their first dance was to Van Morrison's "Someone Like You," with the quite appropriate lyrics at the end of the song - "just lately I have realized, the best is yet to come." Looking at the two of them in the center of the dance floor surrounded by all of their family and friends, you couldn't help but agree with that statement.

Note: Just as a reminder, Kathleen writes the story (above) and Rob does the short narrating under each photo. We hope that both of our perspectives really help you get to know all of our wonderful couples just a little better. Also don't forget to pick your favorites! You can pick as many images as your favorites as you would like, you are not limited to just one. The photos with the most votes are updated in the FAVORITE PHOTOS section at the top of this site. All that being said, we really hope you enjoy Candice & Michael's Wedding!

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Candice was all about the details, which of course made us very happy. When Kathleen and I arrived to her hotel room in the early afternoon we immediately spotted her really fun purple shoes. The hotel room was filled with so many fun colors and textures, we thought that the red and the green of this chair really complimented the purple nicely.

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We love photographing fun and different dress shots. Also in the hotel, Kathleen found this great stairway down the hall from her room that gave us just the fun location we were looking for. Candice's beautiful Modern Trousseau gown had so much detail and was just gorgeous, wait to you see it on her!

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Candice held a bouquet filled with subtle pink and white roses while her girls carried bouquets filled with much more vibrant colors which really stood out against their black dresses.

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In the midst of photographing all of her details, we captured a couple photos of Candice getting her hair and makeup done by the team from Dana Bartone & Co.. She wasn't even dressed yet and already looked radiant!

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They had a custom wedding ring nesting bowl (Paloma's Nest) made just for their rings.

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I personally love the simplicity of this photo as Candice took a look at herself before heading over to put on her dress.

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Once she was all dressed, one of Mike's groomsmen brought over a card and gift for her to open. As soon as she started reading the card she immediately teared up. The tears changed very quickly to a smile once she opened up the beautiful pearl earrings that Mike had got for her.

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There was this INCREDIBLE red couch in the hotel room that we just had to use for some photos. We absolutely LOVE this bridal of Candice, doesn't she look absolutely stunning!!

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She wore an wonderfully awesome cathedral length mantilla veil which we wanted to show off a little bit here. That red couch with the floor to ceiling window light coming in could not have been a more perfect place to shoot!

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After everyone was ready we all walked down the block to the Old State House where their ceremony was going to be. This was also a good time to show off a couple of the parasols, another great detail that Candice put a lot of thought into. The thing we really LOVE about this picture though is how incredibly happy her mom is, she is the one in the yellow dress that looks more like her sister than her mother :), such a fun time!

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The Old State House is a great old building nestled in between all of the newer more modern buildings right in the center of Hartford.

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Candice and Michael opted to see each other for a "first look" before the ceremony. She came up the stairs...

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...and waited on the landing for her soon-to-be husband to come behind her and gently put his hand on her shoulder. This was really sweet!

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We took a couple of quick photos of Candice and Michael before heading over to meet up with their wedding party.

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On the way down the stairs Kathleen captured some of the detail in her veil.

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One of the things that we absolutely love photographing is wedding parties. Instead of just the standard "girls on one side, guys on the other" we love creating really fun and artistic photos while incorporating the architecture of the surroundings. The Old State House had plenty of fun rooms to explore with Candice and Michael's Wedding Party. This room was, I believe, an old court room or maybe where the state senate met, not really sure, but it was fun!

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We headed over to another room (with a priceless original painting of George Washington) for another wedding party shot. We can't decide which photo of the wedding party we like better, what is your favorite?

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We LOVE using only available light and no flash in our photography. We think it gives a really natural look. In fact we did not use flash or any kind of additional lighting anywhere in their entire wedding until their first dance. In the same room with the painting of George Washington, we captured this photo of Candice. The light coming into the room was gorgeous.

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Once we had taken a bunch of photos of Candice and Michael as well as their wedding party, they headed downstairs to get ready for their ceremony.

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The ceremony room was so amazing and provided such a romantic backdrop. I captured this overview of the room...

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...while Kathleen was capturing some of the ceremony details. Candice made all of the paper products for their wedding by hand!

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Usually at the beginning of a wedding ceremony, I really enjoy being up front waiting for the bride to come down the aisle. Kathleen loves waiting outside where ever the bride is and catching those "before" moments. This may just be my absolute favorite image from the entire day. As Candice came up the stairs she paused for a moment as all of the emotions of the day began to catch up with her. When Kathleen showed me this photo, I immediately began to get a little emotional myself, I think it is just so beautiful and really tells the story of that moment.

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Candice was walked down the aisle with her Dad by her side. The photo on the left is my view and the one on the right is Kathleen's view at the same moment.

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Michael calmly waited for his bride. I personally always love this moment as it brings me back to how I felt standing up in the front waiting for Kathleen to come down the aisle on our wedding day.

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The kiss and handoff is such a sweet moment. If we have a daughter one day, I think this will be the moment that I will probably get very emotional for before it even happens.

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After all of the planning, it was finally their time to get married!

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The way that Candice is looking at Michael in this photo that Kathleen got is so wonderful.

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The purple rose pedals strewn down the aisle, the chandelier, the daylight streaming in... their ceremony location was really great.

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Candice's parent's watch on in the top one and Candice let's out a smile as their Justice of the Peace announces that they are officially married!

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Their first kiss as husband and wife!!

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They were nothing but smiles as they walked up the aisle after their ceremony.

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Michael was the perfect gentleman all day constantly holding Candice's dress.

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How cool is this metal stairway?!!!!

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We took a bunch of photos on these stairs because they were just that cool. The photo on the left is Kathleen's and the one on the right is my view from a moment later.

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Candice and Michael enjoyed the beautiful weather as they walked up the street to the Gershon Fox Room for the reception.

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As if we hadn't already lost our minds with how many wonderful details their were during the day so far, we certainly did when we saw their room all setup. The purple linens tied in so nicely with the creme and brown chairs and the incredible Art Deco design of the room. And of course at each table was a couple of bottles of Coppola Wine.

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Their chocolate and rasberry cake with chocolate buttercream frosting was made by Modern Pastry in Hartford. Let me tell you this cake smelled absolutely delicious every time we walked by it!!

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Candice and Michael took a couple more photos with us before all of their guests made their way to the room.

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A couple more details. They had a huge chocolate table with just about everything imaginable. If we weren't watching what we ate, I probably would have gone crazy at that table.

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Since we got such amazing feedback for the mini collage of textures that we photographed at Liz & Jayson's Wedding (which Candice also planned) we decided to put together a mini collage of some of the textures and colors that made up the spaces in the Gershon Fox Room. When looking back at your wedding day, you want to remember how it felt and we think sometimes little things like this bring back the feel of the day, plus it looks pretty cool! :)

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After dinner, the finally cut that delicious cake.

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I love this photo that Kathleen got. Cake knife still in hand, Candice and Michael enjoy a "sweet" kiss!

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After she cut the cake Candice turned around and gave her mom a big hug.

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Candice danced with her dad...

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...and Michael danced with his Mom.

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The dance floor was packed all night long and Candice certainly did not have any shortage of dance moves.

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Our friend and fellow photographer Robin Dini enjoyed the wedding as a guest. Robin, we told you we would get you up here!! :)

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The last dance of the night was "New York, New York" by the one and only Frank Sinatra. Of course when that song comes on, you just have to do a kick line!

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Everyone blew bubbles as Candice and Michael walked out of their reception on to the city streets of Hartford.

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We thought it would be fun to share just a couple of the many photos that Sue captured at our photo booth.

Candice and Michael, your day was utterly amazing and we feel so lucky to have captured it for you. We hope you had a wonderful time on your honeymoon and can't wait to catch up with you soon. Maybe lunch at Archie Moore's!! ~Rob & Kathleen~













Washington, DC: Elizabeth & Ben's Destination Engagement Session Saturday, August 8, 2009



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ENGAGEMENTS

If she had been five minutes later on the day of that first date, her life would be very different today. If he had been stuck at a red light or delayed at work, he may have never had the chance to get to know her. They had made plans to meet at the National Portrait Gallery in DC. He arrived and was standing by an entrance with a watchful eye waiting to see her walk in. Little did he know that she was already there, waiting at another entrance - glancing at her watch and wondering if she should just go and make other plans.

Thankfully fate seemed to prevail and they did in fact find each other that day. That first date went on for hours as they talked and got to know one other. They had quite a bit in common - both had traveled to DC for school, her for college, him for grad school. Both were hours away from family - hers in Connecticut, his in Florida. And they both love to laugh - they always seem to be cracking one another up. One date turned into many and pretty soon they were inseparable. It was clear to both them and all of their friends that it was just a matter of time until they got engaged.

That was part of the reason that it was important to him to catch her off guard with his proposal. She may have had an inkling that it was coming but he wanted her to be surprised when the moment arrived. When he suggested that they got to the suishi place they love for dinner, she thought nothing of it. They had been to there countless times, so much so that the staff there considered them regulars. It was a place she knew so well that she was instantly comfortable and had no idea what was coming. When they brought out their entrees she looked down and saw that they had made the most beautiful presentation of the sushi she had ever seen. She was so surprised by it she didn't even see what was resting in the center of the plate at first. But then it caught her eye, something even more beautiful sparkling under the light. As soon as she saw it she looked up at him and he asked her to spend her life with him.

ELIZABETH & BEN

Since Liz & Ben live in DC, we hadn't actually met them before this Wednesday. Liz paid us one of the biggest compliments when she told us that she felt like she already knew us just by reading our blog (which she says she does regularly, something we also loved to hear - thank you Liz!). We had been looking forward to this session ever since we scheduled it months ago because we couldn't wait to get to know Liz & Ben better and hear all about their story, which is almost as cute as the two of them are together. They were such great tour guides showing us around the many landmarks of DC and giving us some insight about what it's really like to live and work around there. With every place we travel, we really like to get a feel for what daily life is like in different states, cities, countries - it's so fascinating how different things can be just a few hundred miles apart.

We started their session at the FDR Memorial where they spent the second half of their first date. It's a very unique memorial because you actually walk through it, almost like a museum but outdoors. It has a beautiful view of several other landmarks and there are a couple waterfalls in the memorial that make for great backdrops in photos. From there we walked over to the Jefferson Memorial to take advantage of it's distinct architecture. Once the sun started to go down we finished up the session at the area over by the Reflecting Pool and the Washington and Lincoln Monuments. It was so great to be able to photograph such a classic DC area in a bit of a different way as the monuments started to light up. One of the many things we love about our job is getting to spend time with sweet couples in such amazing places.

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After a really nice drive down to DC we met up with Liz & Ben for the start of their engagement session at the FDR Memorial. Kathleen and I have never been to the this particular memorial before but were so glad they suggested it. It has many great photo locations and is right along the water. The day was incredibly beautiful so we had a nice and relaxed shoot. Liz kicked off her shoes to sit with Ben and look out on the water for this one.

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One thing we love to do on engagement shoots is to really bring out the emotion and personalities of our couples in a fun and relaxed way. We realized almost immediately how sweet and relaxed both Liz and Ben are when they simply look at each other. It is as if nothing else matters in the world. This is one of Kathleen's shots, we really love Liz's smile here!

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We took a while to explore the memorial and walk along the water and just enjoying the fact that their were blue skies instead of the rain and thunderstorms that was originally predicted.

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I have always wanted to go to the Jefferson memorial and when we saw it across the water we just had to take a couple of shots. This is another one of Kathleen's photos. The way that the trees framed out this shot and the almost silhouette of Liz and Ben really adds to the mood.

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Throughout the FDR Monument there were many waterfalls, we stopped in front of a couple of them. Once again as soon as Liz & Ben looked at each other they both smiled.

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The texture of the water as they paused for a quick kiss was so nice!

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After spending some time at the FDR Monument we walked over to the Jefferson Memorial. The sky was even more blue by this point and any chance of rain seemed to have moved elsewhere.

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The steps leading up to the monument was a great place to sit for this shot.

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Liz told us that she is a one of our most loyal blog readers (which of course we love!). On of the things that she said she loved the most is when we show a shot that I took and the shot that Kathleen captured at the same moment. So Liz, this one is just for you. The photo on the left is my view and the one on the right is Kathleen's at the same moment.

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We went into the monument where we had a little more control over the light (it was very bright outside). We really love this shot of Ben as his soon-to-be wife looks at him, with (of course) a smile on her face. :)

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We also really love Liz's smile as Ben turned around to go and give her a hug.

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They were so sweet together as you can clearly see in these!

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The way that they embraced each other was perfect.

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We had them take a seat for a nice and relaxed portrait because after all these are just as important as the artistic ones! :)

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All of the lines and detail throughout was great.

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It was so cool to walk around inside the monument, the columns are so huge and in some ways it is quite an overwhelming space.

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When we photograph anything or anyone, we want to make sure that our photos show where they are. It is really important to us to really capture the surroundings, the architecture and landscape of the location. We wanted to make sure we really captured the feel of DC and the feel of these magnificent monuments. As Liz & Ben gave each other a quick kiss, I immediately noticed how wonderful those enormous pillars were and just had to incorporate them.

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We love to give couples relaxed direction in order to really get their personalities and emotion to shine. For this photo, we wanted to show part of the ceiling just because it is really cool. We told Liz & Ben to hold hands but to leave a little space between them because I was coming in! There in the middle of the monument with tons of people around, I laid on my back right between them to capture Liz giving Ben a kiss on the cheek. As she did that he let out a huge smile. There is always at least one person that thinks we are crazy or stares at us while we are taking a shot like this, but we think it is totally worth it! :)

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This is one of our favorite photos from their session. Liz & Ben had a seat underneath the beginning of the Declaration of Independence that of course Jefferson wrote.

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After we spent a while inside we headed back out to the stairs we we captured a couple individual portraits of Liz. Doesn't she look amazing?! I also really like the hint of Ben in the background.

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We were all getting kind of hungry so we went to go find a restaruant for some dinner. As we were parking the car, we realized that we were near The National Portrait Galley which just so happened to be the place that Liz & Ben went on their first date. Before we grabbed some food we went in to take a couple of shots. There were these wonderful stairways that we totally loved. We had a hard time deciding if we we liked the stairway photos in color or black and white better. So we included one of each. This one is my view in color...

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...and this is Kathleen's view in a moody black and white. Which one do you like better?

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On the top of the stairs there was this huge open space where we were allowed to photograph. How incredible is this floor?!

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We loved the detail in this floor so much that we found a balcony where we could photograph Liz & Ben from above. Again (no surprise) Liz's smile was amazing as she looked at Ben.

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We totally love stairways and this building was filled with so many! This is my view...

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...and this is Kathleen's view from just a second later.

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We took advantage of some amazing window light coming in for this shot. Among our favorite things, window light is definitely up their!!

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The detail in the walls and the building was simply incredible. They certainly do not build buildings like this anymore.

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Before heading back down (and to dinner) Liz & Ben stopped for one more kiss by this really cool lamp in the stairwell.

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After dinner and when the sun started to set, we all went to the reflecting pool and the Lincoln Monument.

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As in many buildings and monuments in DC, there were more HUGE pillars. Kathleen and I have actually photographed an engagement session at the Lincoln monument once before. Anytime we go to the same location more than once we always challenge ourselves to photograph it completely different and fresh. This time we actually walked around to the side and back of the monument for these images.

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We really like the simplicity of this relaxed portrait.

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As the sun set, the lights of the city came on. We almost lost our minds when we saw the beautiful reflection of the Washington Monument in the Reflecting Pool. This is also another one of our favorites from their session and the perfect way to wrap up a really fun day!

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Liz & Ben, thank you so much for having us down to DC for your session. We had such a fun time with you both and can't wait for your wedding day. It is going to be here before you know it! Thank you also for the amazing hotel you got us, it was such a fun place to stay! ~Rob & Kathleen~













Today is Ashley & Mick's Wedding Day!! Saturday, August 8, 2009


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WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Today Rob and I will be up in Hartford at the Bushnell for Ashley & Mick's wedding. We've been looking forward to their wedding since we photographed their engagement session in June up in Boston. After the way they smiled at each other that day, we've been excited to see how they'll be gazing at each other at their wedding.

Check back soon for photos from their day. In the meantime here is a photo from their engagement session that we photographed this past spring at a Castle Island in South Boston. Go Sox! (I'm not even a baseball fan, just feel like you have to say that after you say the word Boston. I promise I'll do the same for all the Yankee fans next time we're in NYC.)

Happy Saturday everyone!

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New Jersey Backyard Wedding: Maren & Michael's Wedding Story Sunday, August 2, 2009



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WEDDINGS

It wasn't his high school reunion, but he was there anyway. When a bunch of his friends had mentioned that they were going, he decided to go along for a fun night out. Little did he know that night would change his life forever. Even today they can both still clearly point out the exact spot at the bar where they started talking that night. (I like to think that sometimes, even if you're not entirely sure why you're doing it at the time, you mentally freeze a moment in your mind to make sure you'll remember it later because you know something big is about to happen.)

As he talked to her that night he couldn't believe that there was a girl this perfect for him and he hadn't met her before. A girl who played soccer (she was practically a pro in college), was laid back and easy to talk to, who laughed at his corny jokes and ALSO happened to be stunningly beautiful? Where had she been all his life?

Well that's the funny part...she had been pretty much always right nearby. As kids, they grew up just ten minutes away from one another. They probably shopped in the same supermarket, went to the same movie theaters, played in the same parks. When they got a bit older, she was in the very same high school as a lot of his friends. There is a good chance they might have been at the same party or dance at one time or another back then. The real kicker is that they actually attended the same college - at the same time. You would have thought they may have met each other over the course of eating in the same cafeteria, studying in the same library or maybe even sitting in the same classrooms.

Sure, they could have met in any of those occasions, but it wouldn't have been the right time. That night at the high school reunion was the right time. It was the moment that they had been just missing up up until this point, driving past one another on the road or passing each other in the hallway of a dorm. Which is probably why they both remember that moment so vividly because even though it was the very first time they talked to one another, it seemed like it was a meeting that was a long time coming.

The first time he met her family, her mother brought out a picture from her childhood to show to him. When he looked at the photo, the last thing he expected was to see was his own face staring back at him in a group class photo from preschool. He had met her before, when they were both four years old. Maybe way back then those two four year olds had noticed something about each other across the blocks and toys in that preschool classroom. Something so strong that even though almost twenty-five years went back, they both recognized it when they saw it again - when they met for the "first time."

MAREN & MICHAEL

It's safe to say that I have never seen Michael happier than he was last weekend, which is really saying something...I've known Michael my whole life - he's my brother. As soon as we met Maren, Rob and I could see that they were both crazy about each other and it was just a matter of time before they got married. It had always been Maren's dream to have her wedding in the backyard of her parent's house and it's safe to say that after all of the hard work and planning - the reality was better than anything she could have dreamed of.

Maren & Michael exchanged vows they had written themselves in a big white tent surrounded by all of their closest family and friends. Shortly after, the party got started with Michael front and center on the dance floor most of the night bringing his crazy energy and wacky dance moves. Whenever Maren would join him his energy level would get even higher and his smile was even bigger. And she would just look over at him and laugh and smile too.

The best part of having the wedding in her parent's yard? Every time they are sitting there in the future, they'll be able to look over and point out the exact spot they became husband and wife. Something they'll get to do every time they go and visit family.

Since I was part of the wedding party, Rob and Sue photographed the day. Hope you enjoy looking through the pictures of the day as much as we enjoyed being there.

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I arrived to Maren's Parent's house (the house she grew up in) long before the ceremony. The girls were still getting their hair done at the salon, but I wanted to get to the house to get started on the details. I immediately grabbed Maren's dress and hung it in one of her parent's trees in the front yard. The sun coming through was absolutely perfect.

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Since it was a backyard wedding, Maren had bought flip-flops for any guest that wanted a a pair, and of course she had a white pair just for her.

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The flowers in the front of the house were just one of the perfectly manicured landscape details that guests were welcomed with.

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There were white lanterns and tooling throughout the yard and right up until about a half hour before the ceremony Maren's Dad was working on finishing touches to the yard. It was totally worth it because everything came out beautifully!

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Their absolutely delicious lemon wedding cake was made by a friend of Maren's family who just so happened to be a wonderful baker.

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As soon as Maren and the girls got back from the hair salon, they all got their make-up done.

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Michael sent over a gorgeous pair of diamond earrings to Maren before the ceremony and as you can see here she is clearly very happy! :)

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Right before she got her dress on, I caught this photo of Maren finishing up with a couple of last minute details.

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This was truly one of my favorite moments of the morning. Maren came down the stairs where here Dad saw her for the first time in her wedding gown. His reaction was absolutely priceless!

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We headed over to Holmdel Park where we met up with the guys and photographed a "first meeting" of Michael and Maren. I love the hint of Maren in the background as Michael waits for her. I really liked this moment. It was especially special for me to be able to photograph my brother-in-law as and almost sister!

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As she touched his shoulder and he turned around, he was in complete awe of how beautiful she looked. He immediately grabbed her and gave her a big kiss.

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Holmdel Park is really beautiful and had a lot of great photo opportunities. I loved this dirt road and the clouds above added some nice color.

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I moved in a little closer for this nice black and white shot.

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There were these corn fields right in the park. Since Kathleen was in the wedding party, it was just Sue and I photographing Michael & Maren's Wedding. I immediately looked at Sue and we brought Maren and Michael into the fields.

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This may be one of my favorite images from the entire day. I love the feeling between Maren and Mike and the textures of the corn plants!!

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We took advantage of this barn also at the park for a relaxed bridal party shot...

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...and then this fun one.

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There was this great pond where I took a couple bridals of Maren...

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...while Michael looked on with a huge smile on his face and my other brother-in-law Billy captured the shot with his iPhone.

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We took a walk down that awesome dirt road...

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...where at the end was a great aboretum that provided some shelter from the hot sun and also a place for a nice portrait.

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Seriously the grounds of the park were awesome and we could have spent all day there but of course we had a wedding ceremony to get to! :)

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Before we headed out Michael and Maren paused for another kiss...

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...and Sue captured this great photo of Michael with his groomsmen.

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After spending a while at the park, we headed back to ther house to captured details inside the tent before their guests arrive.

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Their place settings and center peices were filled with a lot of color, perfect for a late July wedding.

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There were plenty of different types of beers chilling as guests arrived and certainly no shortage of Guiness!

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As guests arrived, a family friend of Michael, Kathleen and her other brothers (Tom & Bill) played the bagpipes. The cool thing was that he also played bagpipes for our wedding almost 2 years ago.

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Maren's Dad walked her down the aisle...

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...as Michael waited up front. I know I say it often but I always love this moment.

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Maren's Dad gave Michael a big hug he handed his daughther's hand over for marriage.

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They way they looked at eachother as their wedding ceremony began was so sweet.

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Michael could not keep his eyes off Maren, and who could blame him!

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Maren's older sister Kerry and twin sister Michelle watched on as Maren and Michael exchange rings.

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Sue captured Maren's parents watching on during the ceremony.

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Their first kiss!!

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Officially married!! How perfect is their reactions. :)

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Michael had a pair of custom Converse sneakers made just for the occasion.

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Doesn't Maren look amazing in this shot?!

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As a wedding gift Maren's siblings brought them new bikes so of course we had to take them out for a few photos.

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Right before heading in, Michael came behind Maren and gave he a kiss. This was such a great moment.

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They did an incredible job dancing their first dance song to "I Believe in You and Me" by the Four Tops. They also had really wonderful dance teachers which really showed in their fancy footwork! I absolutely love the way Maren is looking at Mike in the bottom right one and how her dress is flowing so beautifully in the top right one.

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Maren's two sisters and Kathleen made toasts as well as...

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...Michael's two brothers and Maren's brother. I thought it was so nice of Michael and Maren to incorporate all of their sibilings into their wedding party it was such a great part of the day.

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They obviously agreed!!

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A couple of fun cake-cutting shots. Our favorite by far is the bottom right one! :)

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Maren danced with her dad...

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...and Michael danced with his mom (my mother-in-law) :)

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There were so many really fun reception moments, but here are just a few. Thank you Sue for capturing all of these!!

Maren & Michael - Your day was really something wonderful. We feel very lucky to have shared it with you. We hope you had a great time in Jamacia and can't wait to come down to the beach and hang out soon! Congratulations Maren & Mikey! We love you and couldn’t be happier for you. ~Kathleen & Rob~













Today is Candice & Michael's Wedding Day!! Saturday, August 1, 2009


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WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Today the wedding planner has officially become the bride. This morning Rob and I (and Sue) are on our way up to Hartford to photograph the wedding of Candice from Jubilee Events and her fiance Michael. No doubt this will be one gorgeous event between all of the amazing details Candice has been putting together for quite some time now and the art deco feel of the Gershon Fox room - of course it doesn't hurt that the couple also happens to be easy on the eyes as well (see below).

Check back soon for some shots from Candice & Mike's amazing day. In the meantime, here's a shot from their engagement session back in June that we photographed at the Mayflower Inn in Washington. Have a great Saturday!!

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