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Winter weddings can be tricky, especially in New England. Crisp air suggests that squalls of snow could be underway at any moment, and on the day of Nicole and Mark’s wedding, it did. In fact, I was driving while multiple feet of snow fell on the ground. Despite the treacherous conditions, most of the vendors (myself included) were able to make it to the wedding and celebrate together. But there was a lot of phone calls and last minute changes. That snow had us all down to the wire.

So on went the red gloves. Out came the heavy black coat for him. And man, a black tie groom looks smashing in the snow. That contrast just makes every photo pop. A wedding in Danbury was what they had planned, but it looks like we hopped over to a ski lodge! All the guests warmed their hands over the fire and made a fist pump when the Rabbi arrived. He had been picked up by the bride’s brother who drove a massive SUV to get him to the wedding. The couple had a traditional Jewish ceremony, with a tisch and a badeken, and ended the evening with some lovely photos against the sparkling snow.

Venue: The Fox Hill Inn // Florist: Flowers by Danielle // Caterer: The Fox Hill Inn // DJ/Band: Julie Jakolat //  Hair: Naomi’s Studio & Salon
Dress Designer: Sottero & Midgley // Suit Shop: JoS. A. Bank // Veil: Bridal Star on etsy
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From blooming daffodils to boats on the lake, Central Park in spring is packed with people and things to look at. Samantha and Suzanne chose to elope in this springtime lovely chaos and we had plenty of well wishes from the hundreds of tourists.
The mellow duo lay down on the grassy hill next to Bow Bridge and watched the clouds pass by early in the day. They later exchanged vows on the bridge, and while there weren’t any official guests, plenty of tourists looked on in awe. Weird and just New York. Once the ceremony was over, the two wandered down a secluded path to share some quiet moments as a couple. The park’s versatility of both open and intimate spaces adds a lot of appeal as a wedding venue, and Samantha and Suzanne really took advantage of all it had to offer.

We then headed over to Bethesda Terrace for some more couple shots, where they informed me that Samantha was expecting her second child! They were legally married now and though many many people forget just how many protections marriage has to offer, it wasn’t lost on these two. I showed them my marriage certificate that I carry around in my wallet in case I need to prove I’m married to Natalie. That certificate holds so much promise for their family. And this Central Park spring elopement was just the jumping off point.

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Dear anyone who wants to get married somewhere with giant iron doors, rolling grass fields, and what kind of look like Roman ruins surrounded by picturesque gardens: a Crane Estate wedding is for you. And anyone really. Like, I can’t imagine someone walking into the gardens and being like, “Naaaah, I saw something better.” Somehow this castle is plopped down among so much New England charm, I stopped to get ice cream at a teeny tiny homemade shop just down the road. I have seen many wedding venues and love where I got married….but woah, Crane Estate is just incomparable. I always show up a bit early to survey a new place and see where the light is. I quickly established we would need an entire weekend of just shooting to play with all the places I wanted to shoot.

With Kathleen and Liz, the magic of Crane Estate was brought to life. The two fun-loving ladies spent time before the ceremony rehearsing their first dance, a choreographed hip-hop routine to a song by none other than Justin Bieber. At another point, they persuaded me to get on my hands and knees to photograph some passing turkeys – quite an adventurous duo, and I was happy to be a part of the merriment.

The day itself was tinged with yellow, from Kathleen’s suspenders to the sunflower centerpieces to the lemon place cards. A color scheme like this is ideal for a summer wedding. As Kathleen and Liz, officially married, walked down the aisle amid a sea of bubbles, I realized that weddings aren’t just about storybook venues; they are about celebrating with the people you love. And, of course, starting Bieber dance parties.

Venue: Crane Estate // Florist: Diane Foote & Cathy Cross // Caterer: Fireside Catering // DJ/Band: Jim Horgos
Cupcakes: Georgetown Cupcakes // Hair: Solari Spa // Makeup: Making Faces // Dress Shop: Lord and Taylor // Suit Shop: J. Crew Ludlow

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