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Beth + Matt = LOVE | Wedding | Branford House |

That’s right…I’m catching up on my blogging!  Yes, I know.  It’s a terrible thing.  But I had a crazy year, and the blog suffered.  That’s really all there is.  So….I’ve decided to remedy that!  Over the next few weeks I will be cranking out all the beautiful brides and grooms that have crossed my path over this last season.  First up……

 

Beth and Matt were married this summer with an amazing tented reception that followed at The Brandford House in Groton CT!  These two are so stinking cute!!!  Obviously I think all of my couples are cute, but Beth has this infectious laugh and almost always laughs with an open mouth. One of my favorite things!!!!  Their wedding was joyous and grand, just like most of the weddings I shoot, but Beth really killed it with the details, and these two made sure all of the vendors they put together would work to complete their vision of their wedding day.  Attention to detail is key and Beth & Matt truly did a great job in that department!!!

A big thank you to Dorian Patrick for assisting me on this one!

So of course we start out with getting ready and some of the details.  Spending the time with my brides while they are getting ready is one of my favorite parts of the day. You can feel all the emotion and the anticipation building and it can get super intense sometimes!  I love being surrounded by all the excitement and girlieness!!!!

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Some shots from Dorian of what Matt and the guys were up to.

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Matt and Beth exchanged gifts the morning of…..

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I love the shot below that Dorian got of Matt seeing Beth for the first time.

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Of course on a hot July day you want ice cream!!! Matt and Beth arranged for this ice cream truck to treat everyone to a nice soft serve cone of their choice!

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Then we headed over to The Branford House for some formal shots!  I love the pink and blue color combination that Beth picked out!

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Cocktail hour was amazing!  Complete with yard games, homemade wine, an amazing tent (I was obsessed with the flags blowing in the wind all day) and a ton of personalized details Beth had made with photos from their engagement session in Boston!

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Here Dorian got a few awesome shots of the introductions!

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BESt CAKE CUTTING EVER!!!!  I just loved it.  I didn’t see it coming.  And honestly, for a wedding photographer….sometimes being all nice just gets old!  When these guys made their move-at the same time- I can’t even explain how excited I got!!!

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and of course no BTL wedding blog post is complete without some dance shots!

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 Beth + Matt = LOVE | Wedding | Branford House |

Wedding Narragansett RI, The Towers

What an amazing wedding day for Catherine and Jose in Narragansett RI at The Towers!

Words can’t even begin to express my excitement in watching Catherine & Jose’ get married!  From the first time I met Catherine, we hit it off.  Then Dorian and I really got to know them during their engagement session back in December.  From then, Catherine and I have been in touch quite a bit as her and Jose’ neared the end of the planning process for the wedding.

Catherine & Jose’ are both the kind of people we should all strive to be….courteous, thoughtful, open minded, free spirited, respectful, kind, and real.  Their love is the kind of love we should all strive to have; understanding, forgiving, challenging, unwavering and withstanding. Getting to know these two over the last few months has changed my life for the better, and being a part of such a special union has truly been an honor! I love you both dearly and I’m so excited we get to be friends now!!!

K-enough of the mushy mushy….let’s talk about details and how GORGEOUS these two are?  Completely stunning bride meets dapper groom…add in all the crazy visual eye candy, splash in laid back vibes and friends and family ready to party and you have an epic wedding day! Of course as usual I have Dorian Patrick from Dorian Mode Photography on drums! And let’s not for get the amazing talents of Mr. Jim Altieri from Vintage Cinema who covered videography for the day!

 

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And of course Dorian was with the guuys and captured some great moments of what Jose and his groomsmen were up to!

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A nice groom shot by Dorian and a twist on the typical bridal portrait from me!

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Then we headed over to the Ochre Court Mansion for the first look!

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Some detail shots from Dorian!
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I love this shot of Catherine and Jose’ on the trolly and getting ready to head over to the ceremony, but not before a toast and a refreshing drink!

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and then there was the ceremony of course!

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Check out the details here!  Catherine & Jose’ had their flowers done by Careth Leining of Stem’s Floral Design, catering was brought to you by Blackstone Caterers and of course they choose an amazing venue in The Towers. This is a grouping of detail shots from Dorian and I both.

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Also love this large room shot that Dorian got before the guests began to arrive…

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a first for me…..a bride with not one but two designer gowns!!!  Gotta love this girl!  She surprised Jose’ with a wardrobe change right before their first dance and kicked of the reception in style!!!

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I love these two shots below that Dorian got of Catherine and Jose’s first dance!

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Some details of the cigar roller from Dorian!

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At the end of the evening Catherine and Jose’ released wish lanterns with their bridal party!  What an awesome way to end the evening!

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Catherine and Jose’, thank you both from the very bottom of my heart!  Dorian and I both loved taking these pictures and being such a big part of your wedding day!

 


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Melissa + Hunter = LOVE | Wedding | Middletown, CT

A Beyond The Lens Photography wedding brought to you by none other than Dorian Patrick as lead photographer…….

 

Introducing for the first time on the blog… Mr. & Mrs. Tweed! Melissa and Hunter were married on a glorious June afternoon at The Barns at Wesleyan Hills in Middletown, CT. These two could not have picked a more amazing day to start the next stage of their lives together. 70′s, sunny and surrounded by friends and family that traveled from near and far.

A big thank you goes out to Janet Taub for second shooting with me and bringin’ the fun!

I won’t bore you with more blah-d-blah as I know you’re really here to see the photos. So enjoy!

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Alexia + Dennis = LOVE {Married} Middletown, CT

Alexia & Dennis were married at The Barns at Wesleyan Hills in Middletown, CT.  What an amazing day they had!  Gorgeous weather, awesome friends and family, and they both looked breath taking!

My side kick for the day was Dorian Patrick.  Per the norm we brought lots of fun and laughter to Alexia & Dennis’ wedding day.  From the getting ready to the last dance we really had a ball and truly enjoyed being such a huge part of the day.  Without further adue here are the highlights!

Of course we start with the getting ready part of the day.  This is one of my favorite parts of the day for a few reasons.  First off there is always a lot of emotion going on.  Anticipation, excitement, happiness and sometimes; high octane stress-which just motivates me more!  I also love this part of the day because it’s usually when I begin to get my creative juices flowing and get a vibe for how my images are going to tell the bride and grooms story!

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Of course we have Dorian to thank for the shots of the guys getting ready!  What an awesome group of guys these were too!  I mean there were like nine million groomsmen, BUT they were all really good sports throughout the whole day!

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I love the shot below that Dorian got of the Barns.  Yeah, nothing to awesome cause it’s just a venue, but still tells the story right?

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An of course the first look is where things really get exciting.  Alexia & Dennis knew fairly early on that they wanted to do a first look.  So Dorian and I found a good spot and let things unfold….

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE this shot that Dorian got.  Probably one of my favorites of the whole day.  Alexia has this infections smile.  She smiles and all of a sudden you realize you are grinning from ear to ear and I thought this shot really captured that!

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As the years go by, I realize there is always one moment of every wedding day that I crown as my favorite moment.  It’s not always the same time because everyone is different, but at some point on every wedding day I do one of two things:  Bawl like a baby, or feel a tingle travel all the way up my spine.  For me this was that moment.  What a proud moment for Alexia’s dad!  And again you can tell from her smile that she is so excited to walk down this path!  I love this moment!

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Below are some of the details from the evening.

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and of course the first dance-which Alexia & Dennis performed without fail!!!

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I have to say that this wedding will also go down as one of my favorites because the DJ was OFF THE HOOK!  I mean crazy!  The first sone he played was a mix of Toto’s “Africa” and BIG’s “I love it when you call me Big Poppa”.  INSANE!  His name is Eric Visa and he should be the DJ at your next event.  PERIOD!

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Clearly this was an amazing party and again, I can’t stress how much Dorian and I enjoyed being a part of it!  Thank you Alexia, Dennis, and all of your family and friends for making us feel so welcome and allowing us the privilege of telling your love story!


 Alexia + Dennis = LOVE {Married} Middletown, CT