What a day! Another Rockin’ Wedding!

Michelle and Tom said ‘I do’ today!  What  a wonderful day!

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A Day For Love! Congratulations Chris and Ugene!

Today Chris and Eugene tied the knot at a sweet and intimate ceremony at Hillside Community Church!  Congratulations you too!  More to come!

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Society Room Wedding! What An Experience!

This weekend I had the privilege of shooting or LaViera Photography again!  I’m blessed to cover all of their Connecticut and Massachusetts weddings.  Fantastic little company to work for.  My wedding this weekend took place at the Society Room in Hartford.  Can we say… GORGEOUS!  Can we also say… CHALLENGING?  This wedding stretched my skills further than they’ve been stretched in a long time.  I am grateful for that.

This place used to be a bank.  Not like the banks they make today but the banks they may back in the day with ornate and beautiful… EVERYTHING!  The vault is still there and it is the perfect little nook for some absolutely out of this world photos.  Here is just ONE that I captured!

A First! A wedding in the SNOW!

I can now say YES! I’ve shot a wedding in the snow.  Ok so the ceremony was indoors.  BUT WE WENT OUTSIDE!  I can’t wait to share more.

Mark and Danielle… Married!

What can be said about this absolutely fabulous wedding? I am very blessed to be able to photograph weddings as a Lead Photographer with LaViera Photography! It was a gorgeous day in a gorgeous castle like setting at Bill Miller’s Castle in Branford Connecticut. I absolutely loved the rustic feel of our surroundings. I also particularly enjoyed Mark and Danielle. What a fun loving couple they are! It was an absolute blast capturing their wedding day story. Enjoy!

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Thank you tremendously for letting me share in your special day.

Joanna & Corey… Married! Cascade, Hamden CT

July was a busy month! I have another wedding to share! The beautiful ceremony of Joanna and Corey!  I teamed up with LaViera Photography once again for this event! Joanna was gorgeous! Corey was dapper! And the wedding party was a load of laughs.  I hope you enjoy the photos!

Joanna’s style is very sweet, elegant and sophisticated.  I loved the details of her dress.  Her shoes were simple and sweet.  Being the practical gal that she is she confessed she had worn them to another event a few months back! What a smart girl!

Joanna was a dream to photograph.  She seemed relaxed and at ease with my camera.  The light was delicious!  I simply documented who she was and what she was doing at that very moment!  Gorgeous!

The ceremony was divine! A traditional Catholic experience in a beautiful contemporary church.  It seemed to suit them well!

The reception was probably the best part of the whole day.  I always say a couple makes or breaks the party! The more into it they are! The more out and about they are! The more the couple parties the more everyone else does too!  Joanna and Corey know how to party! Thank you guys for having me be a part of your special day!  Congratulations!

 

 

 

Matt & Christin / Bloomfield, CT Wedding

Another wedding! Yes! This season has rocked! Matt and Christin’s day will be one of the best yet!  I teamed up with Lisa Cour of Dayspring Photography for this fabulous day!  The weather was fantastic!  The couple was phenomenal.  The day was just picture perfect.

I began my day with the guys! I was set with the task of photographing them as they dressed and prepared for the day to come.  They chose to dress in the multipurpose room of the church.  Smart move.  It was pretty hot!  The less they needed to be outside in the tuxes the happier everyone was going to be.

Of course the ceremony was gorgeous! The pastor has known this couple for quite a while.  He added his own personal touches to the ceremony which just made everyone smile.

Photographing the couple’s portraits was a breeze.  These two are just so head-over-heals for each other that all I had to do was simply stand back and let them love on one another.  The photos are a true reflection of how much they adore one another.

My goodness, wasn’t Christin just GORGEOUS!  Matt really scored!

Matt has a whole troop of nieces! He has a few nephews as well.  These girls did such a fabulous job as flower girls.  They were just so darn cute!

Matt and Christin.  Thank you so much for such a fabulous day! Congratulations on your new marriage!

Words That Took My Breath Away! Connecticut Wedding Photographer

It was an early Monday evening.  I was feeling a little bit melancholy.  I usually do for a week or two after I shoot a wedding.  Nothing extreme but a little bit like… “Now what?”  The adrenalin of the big day followed by the rush to edit enough photos to create my blog post and slide-show leaves me feeling a bit raw and exposed.  I’m not exactly sure why.  I guess it is just part of the emotional journey as I pour myself into every single event I do.  I also sleep very little as I work late into the night, night after night, making each photo my own personal master piece.  When I am tired I get a bit emotional.

My husband found me sitting on my bed, iPhone in hand, sobbing and shaking.  Yes I know it sounds totally dramatic.  And yes I guess it was.  It had been four days since I had posted the images to the blog and since the bride and groom had yet to return from their honeymoon I was still on pins and needles waiting to hear what they thought of their photos.  So when this email came through, the flood gates just sort of opened up!  All of the emotion I put into a wedding just came flooding to the surface.  My husband took one look at me and totally turned white.  He thought something terrible had happened.  I couldn’t even breath let alone speak so I just handed over my phone so he could read for himself.  I reprint it here with permission from the author.

Crystal,
My daughter Julie sent me the link to your website and I saw the slide show for Jen and Jeremy’s wedding. The pictures are fantastic. I also saw the story that you wrote with the pictures to go with it. I was so touched by that it made me cry. I never even knew you were there taking pictures which is very important to me. You did a beautiful job and I can’t wait for Jen and Jeremy to see them. As Jen’s mother I can’t thank you enough for capturing that day so perfectly. We will always remember the day through your eyes and they are really very special eyes. I can’t thank you enough for helping to make Jen’s dreams about her pictures come true. She was so comfortable with you as were the rest of us. Thanks for taking the time to take her picture with her grandparents especially. That will mean a great deal to them as well.
Again, Vinnie and I want to thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for your work and care in what you do. You really added a great deal of care and sentiment to that day for us and we are eternally grateful for that. It was a pleasure meeting you and your husband.
 

Those words made it all worth it!  They came from Ellen Motolo, mother of the bride!  Thank you Ellen!  So very much! A couple of days later I got another message about this wedding.  I’ll share that one with permission too.

I just loved all the pictures you took of Jen and Jeremy on their wedding day.
Having known Jen-Jen for so many years it was so exciting to see her special day played out so perfectly.
The couple looked so happy and relaxed.
Thank you for my special memories……..Cindy Scotton
 

And the icing on the cake came from my bride Jen herself.  She left this on my Facebook Profile page!

Crystal, thank u so much for the pictures and the kind words! You are amazing! Having you as our photographer was honestly the easiest decision we had to make!
 

I had to share these with my readers!  I appreciate the kind words so much!  The tears I shed when I read those words were total tears of happiness, joy, and relief. In the days since I received these messages I have made it a goal of mind to be more encouraging to others, even random strangers.  Doesn’t encouragement just feel so good?  I like to pass it around.

Thank you again Jen and Jeremy for allowing me to capture your day!  Here is a new photo I don’t think anyone has seen just yet.

Enjoy and have a splendid day!

Feel free to peak back and Jennifer and Jeremy’s wedding by clicking here.

 

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