Connecticut & NYC Gay Wedding Photographer

On my website, I tell people that if they hire me, they get a a photographer for life. And I really mean that. So I was pee-my-pants-excited when Nashama and Andrea called me. Do you remember Nashama and Andrea? I shot their engagement and wedding three years ago, and I’d been following their adventures since. Both women are veterinarians and had been moving around a lot as they worked on completing more specialized training. And I knew in the process they’d had a baby boy. I’d seen pictures on facebook, and he was just so painfully cute, I was sad that they were living so far away.

But then I get this call, and guess what? Andrea, Nashama, and Henry are back in the northeast and wanting some pictures in honor of Henry’s first birthday. Of course, I jumped at the chance. We met up at one of my favorite locations, Lighthouse Point Park, for some fun on the swings and in the sand.

One year old’s are kind of perfect. They’re still babies, so they’re not self-conscious in front of the camera at all. But they’re also totally aware of what’s going on around them, which makes them curious and expressive.

Photographing LGBT families is also perfect for me. First off, it’s such a blessing to get to see families grow as Andrea and Nashama’s has since they time I shot them with their two dogs in Roger Williams Park (the dogs came to Henry’s shoot by the way!). But also, there just aren’t enough images yet of LGBT people creating families, and I view my wedding photography as one drop in the bucket of remedying that. And so was my shoot with Henry.

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How cute is Henry’s crown? Nashama made it for his first birthday party, and it was just too cute not to photograph.

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I think we all should have swimming trunks as cute as Henry’s.

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Emma and Laura will be getting married in Philly this coming summer, but New Haven proved an ideal backdrop for their fun and silly but stylish engagement shoot. These girls dressed perfectly for the two locations we had selected. We started off at Yale where we hit up Old Campus and Beinecke Plaza (also known as the Hewitt Quadrangle) for two very different architectural looks. I love the way the bright colors in Emma’s pants picked up on the tones in the bold, chunky necklace Laura wore. I always tell people to dress like they’re going to the same party, and Emma and Laura perfectly embodied that advice.

We then headed to Lighthouse Point, one of my favorite destinations for weddings and engagements.  Laura and Emma wanted to stay stylish on the beach but also to change into something that fit with the casual vibe of the beach shoot. The key? Bright colors. Emma’s green shorts and playful patterns and Laura’s yellow cardigan and striking red necklace gave us the pop we were looking for as the couple played on the swings, meandered out on the rocks, and climbed up on the lifeguard chair (hoping no one would catch us!).

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Layers are also great for engagement shoots. Emma pulls on the blazer, and bam, a whole new look without having to take the time to get changed.

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Lighthouse Point has everything from the swings to the carousel to the lighthouse itself, but nothing is quite as romantic as simple shots where the water hits the sand looking out over the Long Island Sound.

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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.
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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

Getting Ready: Wadsworth Mansion // Venue: Wadsworth Mansion // Event Coordinator: Anne Robida // Caterer: Aqua Turf Catering // Cake: Modern Pastry // Musician: Rahsaan Langley

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.