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Engagement photos can be a lot of fun but they can also be cozy and relaxed. Marissa’s knee surgery and giant brace mandated that we take it slow for this winter engagement. Snow had just laid down a very light dusting and it was a gray, cloudy day. So we met at my house, turned on the fire and made some hot chocolate to warm up. Marlena even showcased socks she was knitting for Marissa. Knitting socks somehow always blows my mind- it took me an entire winter to knit one pretty sad looking scarf. So when there are multiple knitting needles involved and pretty patterns being made, I’m pretty much guaranteed to think you’re the craftiest person ever.

Candlelight flickered in the large archway at the Yale quad. Big pompom hats were tucked over ears. Marlena supported Marissa with the limited walking we did- arm wrapped around her waist. Her steps were a bit wobbly and we had to just stand in one place. So I mostly just had them snuggle and enjoy the smell of snow. Don’t you just love the smell of clean snow? I know it sounds weird, but it’s so familiar as soon as you notice it. Close your eyes. Wrap a blanket around your loved one and just listen to the crunch of boots in New Haven, students brushing past.
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Talk about a winter wonderland! Danielle and Ray’s elopement took place on an unusually quiet February day in New Haven. Normally the town is buzzing with Yale students beginning their spring semesters, but the streets were clear for the bride and groom. A dusting of snow coated the ground – quite the change from the three feet New Haven got just a week earlier.

Their family and friends, who were present for the ceremony, cheered on the couple at New Haven City Hall as they prepared to exchange vows. Danielle’s mom was especially thrilled and kept embracing her – too sweet.

Once the ceremony concluded, we headed outside to brave the cold. The couple and their guests strolled through downtown New Haven for a bit, until most of them got cold feet (no pun intended). Danielle and Ray wanted to continue enjoying the beauty of the winter day and stayed out for an hour or so. During couple shots, a gust of wind almost blew away Ray’s scarf and hat, but he kept a brave face. And speaking of outerwear – check out how cute Danielle’s heart gloves are! Very fitting for an elopement near Valentine’s Day. There is something special with each season, and winter weddings are a prime example of that.

After spending quite a bit of time facing the elements, the wedding party headed to Zinc Restaurant for an intimate reception. This wedding captured a couple’s love for their town – and for each other.

The excitement of an elopement lies in its spontaneity, but it is also equally important to be prepared. If you and your partner are considering an elopement, be sure to contact your city hall to find out what you need to bring along in order to get a marriage certificate and on the day of the ceremony itself. That includes your driver’s license! A stress-free elopement is the best kind.

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Autumn in New England is beyond picturesque. If you have the opportunity to be in the area between late September and November, be sure to visit Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Connecticut. I headed there last October with Sarah and Shannon so we could experience the foliage for ourselves and go on a little adventure.

It was the perfect crisp fall day with blue skies and bright leaves abound. The festivities began in the pumpkin patch. Windy conditions made for prime snuggle weather, and Sarah and Shannon wrapped up in a blanket to face the cold. At one point gusts were so strong that the two had to hold onto the blanket for dear life to avoid it blowing away! We later meandered to the rows of apple trees, where things got dangerous (apple fights pack a mean punch!). Luckily, Sarah’s adorable matryoshka doll pin remained intact.

After stocking up on seasonal produce, Sarah and Shannon embraced their inner children and decided some leaf pile appreciation was in order. They threw handfuls in the air with great abandon, and I got to experience my favorite part of this job – capturing the fun of being in love. Things were going swimmingly, and to switch this up, I suggested a few static shots of the two of them lying in the leaves, which might have been a mistake… Someone approached and asked me if the people I was photographing were alive! The girls were good sports about it, though, and the day turned out to be a wonderful kick-off for the fall engagement season.

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