Kelsey and Jimmy | Central MA Backyard Wedding

Kelsey and Jimmy were married in the backyard of her family’s home overlooking the lake she grew up swimming in.  They even own a home together on the lake now, so it was the perfect location.  In typical New England weather, it rained on and off through their whole wedding, but that didn’t stop anyone from having fun and enjoying themselves.  The ceremony was done by Kelsey’s brother; it was so special to see a sibling perform a wedding ceremony.  Ruby, Kelsey and Jimmy’s puppy, joined us for their first look and the reception.  I absolutely loved the laid back atmosphere of this wedding and the all of the sentimental touches throughout the day!

Caterer: BT’s Smokehouse

Flowers: Tolland Florist

Dress: David’s Bridal

Hair: Metamorphosis

Cake: Francesco’s  

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Gaston and Rachel | Backyard Intimate Wedding

The morning of Rachel and Gaston’s wedding I woke up to torrential downpours, followed by flood and tornado warnings.  I was worried about their backyard ceremony, and trying to come up with a rain plan.  I gathered together all of my umbrellas, a trash bag for my camera, and rain boots.  But, the most miraculous thing happened, the rain cleared and the sun came out.  Good ‘ol New England weather, the day completely turned around.  The sun shined during their vows and first kiss!

I loved being a part of this intimate wedding, there is just something so sweet about being surrounded by your close family as you exchange vows.  Rachel and Gaston’s daugher, Leksi, made the cutest flower girl.  I also loved being able to spend so much time photographing the two of them taking photos!

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Sarah and Frank | Old Lyme CT Engament

Sarah and Frank chose to do their engagement session in Old Lyme, CT.  Ironically, they had both grown up spending their summers in the same town at family beach houses only a few streets from one another.  So this was naturally the perfect spot for their engagement session!  Sarah followed all of the tips in my engagement session guide, and looked stunning!  They brought their little fur baby, Ollie, who was sporting a mohawk and puppy model stare.  Sarah’s aunt is the famous Rebecca from Forget me Not Florist and she created this beautiful floral crown for their session.  With all this love and sweetness, I know their wedding next summer will be amazing!

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5 Signs You’re Relying Too Much on Pinterest to Plan Your Wedding

Okay, before you think that I’m anti-Pinterest, I definitely am not. I love it, I use it all the time, and I can’t imagine planning a wedding without this tool. With that being said, there is a line that you can cross in the planning process and that line is called “way too much Pinterest.”

I’ve been to a lot of weddings, and trust me, they’ll all incredible feats of hard work and vision, and I’m not one to knock anyone’s style. It’s just not who I am. However, it can be so easy to lose who you are and end up with a wedding that’s more of a culmination of other people’s dreams rather than your own.

So couples… please, use Pinterest. Just don’t overuse it. Here are five signs you might be relying a little too much on Pinterest to plan your wedding:

Sign #1 – You’ve Lost Your Personality

Like I said before, it can be so easy to get stuck in an “oh, that’s cute!” loop and before you know it, you’re drowning in a bunch of adorable wedding decor ideas, but nothing that really represents who you are as a couple. Are you really the blush-and-sage-shabby-chic type? Or did you just get swept up in the gorgeous photos from other people’s weddings? If you’re starting to feel like you’re losing your personality in all the wedding planning and projects, it’s time to put Pinterest on pause so you can come back later with a more clear head.

Sign #2 – Your Friends Don’t Want to Craft With You Anymore

Okay, the first craft night was really fun. You had wine, laughed a lot, and made Pinterest crafts for your wedding. The second night, not everyone showed up and it was a little less fun. The third night? Well, it’s just you and the hot glue gun. If your friends are over the Pinterest projects, it’s probably time to call it a day. There *is* such thing as too much DIY.

Sign #3 – You’re Confusing Your Vendors

I’ll be the first to say, Pinterest is an amazing tool for sharing your vision with your wedding vendors. I love when my clients have a board dedicated to wedding photography they love. However, if you are pinning too much, it could quickly go from helpful to confusing. I love a dozen or so examples of shots that you love… but not 200. Your florist, coordinator, and hair stylist probably feel the same way. It can just be too much to sort through and it can be difficult to nail down what you actually want for your wedding.

Sign #4 – Your Budget is Getting Stretched

There’s a real danger in loving too many wedding ideas: it can get expensive! It’s very easy to fall into the trap of thinking, “it’s my special day and I want to make sure it’s absolutely perfect, so I need everything that I’ve pinned in order to have my dream wedding.” It’s a slippery slope because no matter how much you spend, there’s still going to be more to entice you. Having a budget is crucial because it gives you a boundary to work within. Too much inspiration can make it tempting to stretch that boundary. Trust me, you’ll regret it later.

Sign #5 – You Get Overwhelmed into Inaction

Too many pins. Too many ideas. Too much to think about. I think almost everyone who is about to be married feels overwhelmed at times, especially when you’re in the midst of all the decision making. Because of this, some people completely shut down. They get burned out and need a break, but sometimes that break lasts too long and they start to miss deadlines. That’s no good. It’s best to just take things slowly and take breaks when you first start to feel a bit overwhelmed. Even taking the weekend to just do non-wedding stuff can help immensely and make you feel like you again.

Just remember: as long as you stay true to your heart and the love you share with your significant other, you’re going to have an amazing wedding day. Planning and doing DIY projects can be a blast, but the moment it starts to not feel fun anymore, it’s totally okay (and necessary) to take a step back!

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Justin and Heather | Haley Mansion Mystic Wedding

Heather and Justin are so full of life and laughter.  I had the best time photographing their engagement session last month, and I could not wait for their wedding!  They opted to do a first look, which we all know that I LOVE!  Justin’s reaction to her was adorable, he was speechless for a minute!  She also did an informal first look with her dad, which moved lots of us to tears 🙂  Because they did a first look, we got to do all of the photos beforehand and they were able to hang with their guests during cocktail hour.  The grounds of the mansion were gorgeous, and we had a blast exploring and taking pictures along the way…with perfectly timed champagne breaks!

Their ceremony was overlooking the bay, and was so heartfelt.  I loved the pastor’s message about how surreptitiously Heather and Justin had reconnected and fell in love.  The reception was a blast, and I loved watching the guests play the flipflop game…a take on hot potato.  We snuck out to take a few more pictures overlooking the ocean, and I couldn’t love them more!  I also wanted to mention Heather and Justin’s matching semi colon tattoos.  I love the idea and the meaning behind it.   “A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended, but chose not to. The sentence is your life and the author is you.”

Venue: Haley Mansion, The Inn at Mystic

Gown: David’s Bridal

Hair and Makeup: KiSSandMaKeUp

Florals: Verdant

DJ: Peterson Productions

Cupcakes: Blue Heron

 

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