Today we are SO excited to share with you our first engagement shoot of 2015, and MAN what an amazing way to kick off the year! We got together with Ariana & Ron this past weekend to hang out, do their shoot around the the Yale campus, and finish up with some hand crafted mixology at the super fun 116 Crown.
From the first second these guys walked in the door, we just adored both of them! They are so cool and laid back, and we instantly had so much in common like our mutual love of crime shows! Not to mention that they have impeccable classic style, like the coat that she wore that belonged to her mom and his Burberry overcoat!
These two got engaged while they were on a trip to Paris, and Ron timed getting down on one knee perfectly with when the Eiffel Tower lit up that night. How amazing is that? So we're already making plans to go back over there with them for an anniversary shoot someday! :) But, I'm getting ahead of myself. Because first we'll have the HUGE honor of documenting their multiple day wedding in New York & Vermont this July. And judging by what we've already heard, it is going to be an INCREDIBLE couple of days! Until then, here are just a few of our favorites from the shoot!
Ari & Ron, you guys are amazing! We LOVED hanging out with you & we can't wait for the BIG day(s)!!
So much love,
Whew, this post is going up so late today, but that's just because I was having the hardest time narrowing down my favorites (definitely a good problem to have!!) And when you see this amazing blue dress and this gorgeous couple, I think you'll understand why!!
Mary & Mike came all the way up from Virginia to hang out with us in CT only a short while after they got engaged. We hung out all around the Yale campus, chased some incredible light, and finished everything off with some pumpkin apple ciders (yes pumpkin!) These two are just the sweetest! Mary is actually a photographer herself & that is always such a huge honor when another photographer asks us to do a shoot for them. Plus we always LOVE it because photographers know how to work the camera! These two! Half the time I felt like I was doing a shoot for Vanity Fair...and just wait until you see the ones with the vent! All time favorites!
I know a lot of you are getting ready to head off to see family for the holiday, so before you leave we just wanted to take the chance to say "Happy Thanksgiving!!" from us to you... and to send you on your way with lots of pretty in the form of Trista & Dave's engagement shoot at the gorgeous home of Edith Wharton, The Mount!!
Trista is actually a wedding planner herself, which made it such a HUGE honor that she chose us to do her wedding considering she already knows so many incredibly talented photographers in her area! And it also means that when it came to the engagement shoot, with Trista's impeccable style, we knew it was going to be amazing!
Let's start first with the incredible venue we got to shoot at all thanks to Trista & Dave's connections there. The Mount is seriously such a DREAM location! Gardens, stone steps, tree lined pathways, incredible archways, not to mention the gorgeous house itself....I could seriously shoot there all the time! (Brides, if you're getting married there...call me! :) Then add in the stunner of a black lace Monique Lhuillier gown that Trista wore and a classic black tie tux for Dave & we were pretty much in heaven!
We had the perfect day for it...a little overcast which turned the whole sky into a soft box & made for those moody black & whites we love so much! And a super sweet couple in love....it doesn't get any better than that! Here are just a few of our favorites from the day!
Gosh, I can't believe Thanksgiving is almost here, but in so many ways I'm SO ready for it! I've been transitioning out of pumpkin flavored drinks and into peppermint flavored ones (the new praline latte at Starbucks is a good middle man for that!) I've been getting all of our Christmas decorations ready....Justin is pretty big on not decorating until the turkey has been eaten & put away, but there's nothing that says I can't have them all waiting on standby! :) It's a covert operation you see & I have stacks of things hidden in closets and under tables just waiting for Thursday! And I have started tip-toeing my way into Christmas movies. None of the good ones, you see. Not your Elf or your Christmas Vacation or your It's a Wonderful Life or your... y'know... Die Hard 2. No we have to save those until it's truly the season. But the B list will work as a warm up. Things like Holiday in Handcuffs. Reese Witherspoon & Vince Vaughn in Four Christmases. Christmas with the Cranks.
And as this week starts, we've been thinking a lot about how very much we have to be thankful for. For those of you following on Instagram, you saw that we just had our last wedding on Friday & then our last shoot of the year yesterday! And boy did we get to go out with a bang! Just wait til you see this blue dress! It has truly been an incredible year. And now we are just so excited to wrap up our last few shoots, get those last few galleries out the door...and settle in for a long winter's nap! :) (I'm secretly 100 years old & napping sounds like a rocking good time to me)
In the mean time, this week on the blog is going to be full of things we are thankful for! We have several shoots of gorgeous couples coming your way (kicking off with the beautiful Stephanie & Eric below!), we will be announcing our six deserving photographer winners who will be joining us for our LIVE taping in December, AND tomorrow will be unveiling the entire line up for our annual Black Friday sale with crazy fun deals, including two brand new workshop dates you won't want to miss! So definitely stay tuned for that!
But for now, let's kick off this week of thanks by me saying just how thankful I am for couples like Stephanie & Eric who come into our lives. These two are the BEST! They are so fun (and funny!), easy going, and just an absolute joy to be around. From the first second they walked in our door until we hugged them goodbye at the end of the night, we just felt like we were hanging out with old friends. We had the best time shooting all around the fall foliage at Yale with them & then we made our way over to Geronimos for some table side guacamole and house margaritas. Where the laughs & the conversation went on for hours. When Justin & I first started looking for our most ideal clients or like we like to call them, our "Clients Turned Friends" years ago....these guys could have been the poster couple for who we were looking for! Kind, funny, witty banter, pop culture references, classic style...and most of all, totally, TOTALLY in love! They are the total package!
Stephanie & Eric, we had the BEST time hanging out with you! And we can't wait to see you again in the Spring!
We are off to shoot our LAST wedding of 2014! Whew! I can't believe how fast this year has gone by & what an amazing year it has been! Just this wedding & one more anniversary shoot to go!
But before we head out, we just wanted to share with you the adorable engagement shoot we did with Laura & George all around Candlewood Lake! Laura went ALL out for their shoot, bringing the cutest props (hello s'mores!) and planning the most adorable outfits! We started out at one of their favorite wineries and had the most gorgeous sweeping views of the Connecticut hills and this amazing red barn. Then we did a quick outfit change to walk among the vines, before heading out to take a boat over to our own private island where we did a fire on the beach! Incredible!
These two are such a sweet couple & I loved watching how they love together! They are planning a gorgeous wedding for next year at a dream of a venue & now I'm even more excited for the big day to get here!!