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Society Room: Hartford, CT: Allison & Jason's Wedding Story Monday, March 1, 2010



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WEDDINGS

Some people spend their entire lives looking for that one person. The person that would understand you, laugh at your jokes and appreciate all those little quirks that make you "you." It's a tall order. The lucky ones find that person. The REALLY lucky ones, well they find that person early on in life and start an adventure together that they know will last a lifetime.

Ally and Jason are two of the really lucky ones. They met while they were in college and even though they were young at the time, they were wise enough to realize that what they had found in one another was something really special. From the moment you see them together, you know there is no doubt that they are supposed to be a couple. They just fit together. Not only do they make each other smile, they also make each other stronger.

The morning of their wedding both Ally & Jason had a fair bit of nerves (like most people do) and opted for a "first look" before the ceremony. Ally had been getting ready in the bridal suite of the Society Room and when we told her that the time had arrived for her to go see Jason, she breathed a sigh of relief. It was much the same for him. From the moment that Jason heard Ally's heels approaching as she came up to meet him, he relaxed. When she put her hand on his shoulder, Jason turned, smiled, and took her hand so he could spin her around to admire her dress. Ally laughed while she twirled around and showed it off a bit. In less than a minute, all the nerves had dissolved. Any stress they had been feeling melted away while they spent a few minutes of the afternoon together.

They separated again right before the ceremony. This time only a few nerves came back and those too quickly went away the moment Ally's hand was placed into Jason's and they were staring into each other's eyes once more. Neither of them particularly liked being the center of attention but loved one another so much they put that aside to declare their love in front of their family and friends. That public declaration no doubt gave hope to those in attendance that had yet to find their own special person. Hope that one day they too will be one of the lucky ones. Just like Ally & Jason.

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We started the morning right at the Society Room of Hartford The ballroom looked even more stunning than usual because Ally & Jason had brought in an extensive lighting set-up done by the lighting specialists and DJ team at Audio Media Solutions. The lighting was used throughout the whole day from the ceremony straight through to the reception, changing at different points to reflect the mood of the particular event or moment. After saying hello to Mike & Erin from AMS we stopped to chat for a few minutes to the amazing Elisabeth Zemetis from Blush Floral Design who was putting together a gorgeous tree-branch display complete with twinkle lights for the ceremony back drop.

As all of the hustle and bustle was taking place in the main ballroom getting it ready for the ceremony & reception, we headed back to the bridal suite to meet up with Ally & her girls. They had just returned from a morning of beauty, with hair done at Headline Hair Designers right in Hartford, and make-up by Janice Raccio from Naomi's Salon. Like pretty much everything in the Society Room, the bridal suite is an elegant space with tons of beautiful lights and some dramatic windows that were couldn't wait to incorporate into some shots. Once Ally had been helped into her Vera Wang Bridal Gown by her mother and bridesmaids, we were ready to take full advantage of that window taking shot photos of her right in front of it. The feel of the room mixed with her flowers, dress and gold accessories gave a romantic and vintage feel - so of course we grabbed a few shots in film as well to complete the look.

The ceremony took place on the dance floor of the ballroom, with white stars splashed across the room and the twinkle light branches glowing behind Ally & Jason as they said their vows. They party vibe picked up right away with the dance floor filling up from the moment the reception kicked off. Ally & Jason spent nearly the entire night on the floor surrounded by their friends and singing their hearts out to all of the favorite songs. When the last song played, Ally wrapped her arms Jason's neck and they held each other tight right in the center of the dance floor. The night was over, but their adventure together was just beginning.

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We have been to the Society Room once before Allison & Jason's Wedding, actually we were there just one week prior. Even though we had photographed at the Society Room before, this was our first time in the bridal suite. We arrived a few minutes before Ally & her girls got back from their hair and makeup appointments. Luckily Elisabeth from Blush Floral Design had already brought her flowers.

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Allison's shoes were a classic gold shoe which you will soon see is the perfect compliment to her gorgeous Vera Wang Gown.

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Ally's dress was incredibly beautiful. Kathleen captured this shot of her girls helping her with some last minute touches...

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...as I captured this one a minute or so later.

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{FILM} Once Allison was ready, Kathleen and I couldn't wait to start taking some bridal shots. We started by capturing this shot of Allison with medium format film. Such a classic and timeless image. It is one of my personal favorites from the day. There is just something about film that is so special...

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The window and furnishings in the bridal suite provided some really perfect backgrounds to show off how great Allison looked and how wonderful is her smile?!

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How perfect is the lighting and this space? Kathleen and I were beyond excited photographing Ally here.

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The simple designs through her dress combined with the subtle colors of her bouquet made for such an elegant look.

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Stunning!

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Right before heading out to see Jason for their first look Ally took one more look in the mirror - after all she wanted to make sure she looked perfect for her soon-to-be husband.

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Jason was more than excited to see Allison for the first time on their wedding day. We photographed their first look in front of the the old bank vault which always makes for a fun and unique location.

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Jason could not stop smiling as he gave Ally his first kiss of the day.

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Even though it was really cold (under 20 degrees) Ally & Jason were all about coming outside with us. The front doors of the Society Room are, well, really awesome. This is my shot...

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...and this is Kathleen's at about the same moment.

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We spent some time taking photos as Ally & Jason walked up the cobblestone street...

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...followed by a couple simple and relaxed portraits.

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Before heading in we just had to get a couple more photos by the doors. I love how they look in black and white.

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{FILM} We also grabbed one more medium format film shot. Allison was certainly a trooper, she was in a strapless dress and didn't once complain about the cold. So great!

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Once back inside Kathleen grabbed this photo...

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...as I caught this one. The chandeliers and lighting throughout the Society Room are really fun and we love incorporating them into as many photos as possible.

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Right before their ceremony we got the whole wedding party together, back in the bridal suite.

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These are the moments that really make up a wedding day. Kathleen waited upstairs with Allison & her Dad (as he wiped away a tear) right before walking into the ceremony.

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I love these two moments!

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Both Allison's Father and Step Father walked her down the aisle.

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Jason was so relaxed and content as he looked into his bride's eyes.

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There was so much happiness and smiles as they exchanged their vows and their rings.

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This was our first time photographing a ceremony at the Society Room. We really like the space and it made for a unique and intimate ceremony location.

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Their first kiss as husband and wife!

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Ahhh, we really do have the best job in the world. We get to spend our days with people on their happiest days. :)

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The staff at the Society Room are really amazing, they transformed the room from a beautiful and intimate ceremony location to a grand reception spot in no time at all. The lighting professionals from Audio Media Solutions did an outstanding job lighting the room as well. I know we say it all the time but we highly recommend using uplighting especially in large venues. It really transforms the room and adds so much to the mood.

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A couple bird's eye views of the table setups.

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{FILM} By now you all know our obsession with lighting and chandeliers, I captured this shot with film.

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Details! :)

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We really loved how the lighting from Audio Media Solutions illuminated the tables...

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...and their cake.

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{FILM} This is a shot of the cake Allison & Jason used for their cake cutting. I captured this shot with film at 1/15th of a sec at 2.8 hand held.

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As their favors they had hot chocolate for each of their guests. So perfect for such a cold day.

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We LOVED their first dance...

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...I mean look how happy and into each other they are.

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Kathleen captured this shot...

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...as I captured this one at about the same moment. I love the moody lighting.

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Ally danced with both her Dad and Step Dad and Jason danced with his Mom.

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How great is this cake cutting moment?!

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They were really nice to each other as they fed each other a bite of cake.

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{FILM} We just had to share one more film shot above the room from above.

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Ally & Jason - thank you so much for inviting us to be a part of your day. We hope you had an amazing time in Cancun!! ~Rob & Kathleen~












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