The Yantis family is a family located here in Connecticut here for the Navy. I met AnnMarie through a local page for support. I was so excited to hear that she was in need of some family portraits. I asked her to meet me at the Nathan Lester House, which is a beautiful park and museum located in Gales Ferry.
Jennifer and I go way back to when we all lived in Florida. When we moved to Connecticut earlier this year, I was so surprised and excited to hear that she moved here as well to be closer to family. Of course, we had to get together for updated family photos! Her little ones, Claire and David have grown so big and it was awesome being able to see them again after such a long time. We went to Baur Park in Madison and strolled through the leaves that have fallen and enjoyed the beautiful scenery.
Ian first reached out to me about his and Krista's wedding day, which took me by surprise since I normally hear from the bride. It was such a pleasant surprise, as I got to chat a little with both of them before we started planning photography for their big day. At the time they reached out, I was still living in Boston, and they live just south. It was such a nice coincidence, as they were having their wedding just minutes away from where I was moving to.
About a year ago, Chloe reached out to me about her fall wedding taking place here in Connecticut. Her fiance at the time was a member of the Coast Guard and they both lived in sunny California. After some time of getting to know each other, Chloe & Jason were excited to have me capture all the special moments of their wedding day. Their ceremony took place at the beautiful chapel at the Coast Guard Academy and their intimate reception dinner took place at the famous Tony D's in New London.
In honor of Lily's 4th birthday, I wanted to feature her first birthday cake smash today on the blog. I met Lily while living in Maine a few years back. Her parents were stationed and living in the same area as us. Lily's mother reached out to me around the time of her first birthday and asked if I could accommodate a cake smash. I was so excited! There's nothing more fun than seeing a baby dig their hands into a birthday cake for the first time. Lily was no exception!
As some of you may know, back in early August, my family welcomed a new member into our family. Everyone, meet Archer! We are so in love and so thankful that he's apart of our family. Now that we've had some time to cuddle and get to know one another, it's time to get back into the studio. I look forward to getting back to working with you all! Reach out, say hello!
Paige & Alan's wedding day was not only beautiful, but unique. Their ceremony was full of surprises, as well as traditions, orchestrated by Paige's aunt who officiated. Their wedding took place at the beautiful Owenego Inn & Beach Club on a beautiful September afternoon. Their friends and family gathered around for a water front ceremony, and ended the evening at the beach club for dinner, drinks, and great times.
Kim & Nha's wedding was a day full of beautiful ceremonies and traditions celebrated by their closest friends and loved ones. They both spent many, many months carefully planning this day with their families and it turned out absolutely perfect! Their day started off with two traditional Vietnamese tea ceremonies in their homes, followed by a Catholic ceremony at the St. Lawrence O'Toole church, ending with a reception at The Riverview.
Since we moved to Connecticut, I kept hearing about the beautiful sunflower fields that were tucked away in the country side just shy of Norwich. I knew I had to go out there and photograph the flowers in all their glory. Rebekah is a sweet friend of mine who I met when asking for a local sitter. She quickly became a friend of mine, and I knew that she and her daughter would be perfect models for my sunflower experiment. We had a blast strolling through the isles of sunflowers, watching the children ride the tractor and smelling the delicious waffle cones for the local ice cream in the air. The weather was a perfect 70 degrees and it seemed as if the sun was smiling down on us. If you're ever in the area, make sure to stop by Buttonwood Farms in Griswold, CT for a fun family evening.
A few weeks ago, I took a trip to Raleigh, North Carolina to visit a very close friend of mine. As some of you know, I'm expecting our second baby sometime next month and thought it would be a fun treat to get away for a few days before our littlest baby arrives. We decided to go to Downtown Raleigh one day while I was there to explore, as I've never been before. I brought along my camera and snapped a few headshots for Brittany while I was there. I love how bright, vibrant and alive Raleigh is. I am looking forward to coming back and seeing more soon!