Brandon and Fallon picked the perfect Connecticut venue for their elegant late-summer wedding. The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate in Middletown, CT features a Beaux Arts building and luxuriant grounds. It’s a great venue for a mid-sized to large wedding: while Brandon and Fallon had only 125 guests, the venue can easily accommodate 200 seated guests.
When Fallon and her bridesmaids arrived at the Mansion, they were whisked away to a getting-ready area that was, simply put, stunning. The vintage wallpaper provided a gorgeous backdrop as Fallon and her friends shared a toast. The wallpaper was so awesome, I wish I could have spent the whole day in that room. It’s totally something I would pin on pinterest. The area was also beautiful for photographs of Fallon’s mother affixing her veil. You all know how much I adore veils and photographing veils, so I was thrilled when Fallon chose to wear one. The best part was that there was a slight breeze on the wedding day that allowed for the veil to move in subtle ways. Once she was totally ready to go, Fallon snuck over to the balcony where she spied on the guests arriving. It was such a blast to be mischievous with the bride before the serious part of the day began.
Brandon and Fallon exchanged vows in the summer light on the lawn and then headed in for a night of dancing and merriment. One of the things I loved about the venue was how one was able to have dancing both inside and outside on the terrace. And after the couple’s fierce entrance, friends and family certainly took advantage of the copious space: everyone was on the dance floor.
September in Middletown, CT // Weather: Warm and Summery // Favorite light time for shots: 6:52 pm//
Getting Ready: 2:00 // Dress on: 3:10 // Bridal Shots: 4:15 // Ceremony Start: 5:30 // Group Shots: 6:20 // Couple Shots: 6:45 //
Reception Started: 7:20 // First Dance: 7:25
Venue Love: Wadsworth Mansion lets you entertain the night away both indoors and outdoors.
Fun thing to think about: When picking a venue, look closely at their getting ready location. It makes things a lot easier and can make for some really great pictures.
Lesson learned: People always disappear after a wedding ceremony before the group shots. Doing the shots before is always the best bet.
Best thing ever: Brandon and Fallon made sure their outdoor ceremony time was optimal for pictures. Light is everything.