Love is the greatest adventure two souls will endure.

The adventure lies in¬†opening your heart to another, rather than hiding away safe and sound. After all, falling in love is not for the faint of heart. ¬†It takes courage to entangle your heartstrings with another‚Äôs and wander hand in hand into an unknown future together. ¬†Every adventure carries¬†risk, but daring to love has the utmost risk. Trusting your heart to another in hopes that they will give you theirs in exchange. Unlike a road trip, there is no map to pull out and examine when you get lost, no GPS to put¬†you on the easiest course. ¬†There are twists and turns and you never know where the road will lead next. ¬†But having someone to hold your hand and your heart while on that ride… makes it all worth while. ¬† Carly & Jon, may this be your best Adventure yet.

The day began nestled in Hudson Valley NY at¬†Highlands Country Club. ¬†Carly’s glittering details were waiting for me and I couldn’t wait to dive in!!

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These tulips ending up being the perfect flower for the spring like temperatures we had that day.

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The love, excitement and anticipation in the air always makes this one of my favorite parts of the day!

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Jon bought Carly the shoes she wore on their wedding day ages before they said I Do – he didn’t find out she was wearing them till after the ceremony! ¬† Who wouldn’t love a man with such a great taste in shoes!!

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Meanwhile Рthe groom was getting spiffy!
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I adore getting to “reveal” the bride once she’s all dolled up! ¬†The expressions are priceless!

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Such a classic bride.  Stunning in every way.

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Yes, Jon made a very dapper groom!!

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Best part of a Country Club wedding?  the Golf Cart!  Just Kidding! Рbut it sure did make it a lot easier to navigate the grounds! Highlands Country Club Garrison NY Winter Wedding_0033

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Some minor adjustments were necessary:)

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Who could believe it would be 60 degrees and sunny in February?!?  It was a glorious day to say I Do!

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Such beautiful ladies and an amazing support system!!!  Doubly blessed <3

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One good looking group for sure!

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The ceremony was held in the club’s solarium while the setting sun streamed through the windows.

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Best use of technology at at a wedding to date! ¬†Carly’s Grandfather couldn’t travel for health reasons, so the ceremony was streamed live to his living room. ¬†<3 this!

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You may Kiss the Bride!!

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Last moments of light near the river.  Just love!

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Time to party!

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Even the cake sparkled!!

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When the groom is a racer, of course a vintage rolls shows up to the wedding…

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We had to sneak into an image with these two!  Love them to bits!

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If you know me at all – you know I can’t resist an epic night shot. ¬† This defiantly qualifies!

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Susan and Jason had envisioned a cosy winter session for their engagement photos.  So we set out and planned an early February afternoon and crossed our fingers for a little snow:)

Although we did get some snow about 4 days before their session date, it was immediately followed by record breaking warmth!! ¬†It turned out to be nearly 60 degrees during their session! ¬†As beautiful of a day as it was… it didn’t have the winter feel they had envisioned… but don’t worry I took care of that in post – but you’ll have to¬†make it all the way to the bottom to see what I mean!!

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Well… ¬†You made it!! ¬†I so wanted Susan to have a little bit of winter in her session – since we couldn’t find it in the park – I found it at my desk ūüėČ

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Can’t wait to capture the next chapter in their love story this October!!!

XO,

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What a joyous day this was!  The 2nd day into the New Year we celebrated the union of Kim & Richard and their families at The Riverview in Simsbury, CT.  Surrounded by family and friends from across the globe which always makes the day extra special!

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Gorgeous invite by Wedding Paper Divas!  The gold snowflakes are just stunning!

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 Emily from Teazed Salon did a wonderful job beautifying our Bride!

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This feels so timeless…. Kim chose a classic, beautiful look for her day and it was simply perfection!

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Richard & Kim’s first look is one of my favorites ever! ¬†¬†There were smiles all around!

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His expressions were fantastic!

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We pushed through the chilly weather to capture some romantic moments for these lovebirds!  We love when our couples realize that a few moments of cold are worth a lifetime of memories.

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The sun peeked out for a few minutes and we made sure we captured it!

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I love when they snuggle!

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Finally we brought the whole party outside to join in the fun!

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Loved this group to pieces!  They were fun, supportive and totally ready to celebrate Kim & Richards love!

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Ceremony Time!

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The moment before the walk down the aisle is different for every bride. ¬†I adore how Kim’s¬†excited smile!

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Richard was beaming with Love waiting for his Bride!

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Tears of joy & love – the very best kind!

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You may kiss the bride!

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Each table was adorned with photos from Kim & Richard’s love story so far. ¬†Paired with the perfect winter favor¬†– hot coco in a jar!

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This is my top 5 favorite cake topper! ¬† I am a Cinderella junkie (even made Steve and Cody dine in Cinderella’s Castle on our last trip to Disney) ¬†So while photographing this beautiful cake¬†I could hear the tune ¬†“So, this is Love….” playing in my head!

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Since our couple opted for a First Look they were able to join Cocktail Hour and enjoy drinks and fun times with their guests! ¬†It was a great time to greet everyone and they didn’t have to spend¬†the evening visiting tables!

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Mr & Mrs Bray!

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Richard lead Kim through a fabulous choreographed dance that wowed their guests!

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In true CCP fashion we snuck outside with our couple for a few night portraits.  Love the winter decor set up at The Riverview!

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Congratulations Kim & Richard!  It was a joy and an honor to capture this day for you and your families!  We wish you a lifetime of wedded bliss!

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Thanks to all the vendors who made this day so perfect!
Venue & Cake: The Riverview
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Hair & Makeup: Teazd Salon
Bridal Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Mariella Creations
DJ: Rob Alberti’s Event Services
Florals: Joan LaRovera
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Typically when we’re preparing to photograph a December wedding I’m making plans to do a lot of the images inside. ¬†Although I tell All of my brides that they are going outside no matter the weather -( honestly – I even love when it rains -see below for more evidence) we try to limit a bride’s exposure to the inclement elements (let’s face it – the groom is always dressed for it!). ¬†Well, we knew all of our¬†best laid plans for¬†indoor images were going right out my open windows as we¬†drove to the hotel in 70 degree weather that day – and we couldn’t have been more excited for Kerri & Justin to get the images they dreamed of, without getting frosty!

Kerri’s winter white palate complimented by rich Navy was just perfection for this gorgeous day!

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Kerri’s wedding day look created by the talented¬†Crystal¬†Razor!

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Diane Gaudette Florals did a beautiful job capturing the winter feel with these bouquets

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The Navy was the perfect pop and brought out the color of the river perfectly!

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Time for the First Look!  Seeing each other before the ceremony not only allowed Kerri & Justin to have outdoor photos with natural light, but they were also able to enjoy their Entire cocktail hour with their guests!!

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I adore the way the look at each other!

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This group was outstanding to work with!

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Fun and beautiful!  Makes our job so easy!

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A few sprinkles peppered our portrait time… can you see them?

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Never will I let a little rain go to waste! ¬†Thank goodness Steve doesn’t mind getting wet behind the bride and groom!!

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Once the rain stopped we came back out for a few more gorgeous portraits on the grounds of The Waterview .

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I always get the feeling that my clients are meant for each other. ¬†But these two have evidence to support that! ¬†Their parents have matching wedding photos in the same pose from their wedding day! ¬†Well… of course we had to keep with tradition and re-enact it!¬† 1The Waterview Monroe CT wedding photographer - web_0002

A¬†few more quiet moments before the I Dos…. Swoon.

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I hated to do it – but I had to let these two go inside and get hitched!

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It was such a perfect day I couldn’t resist sneaking them outside for just one more!

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Congratulations Kerri & Justin!  Steve and I were truly honored to be a part of your first day as Mr & Mrs!

XO,

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  • Laura Bryan

    So beautiful every picture is so special great memories ‚̧ԳŹ.ReplyCancel

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Jen & Rob were married at the beautiful Chamard Vineyard on a brisk fall afternoon.  The couple shared their first day as husband and wife with their closest friends and family.  It was wonderful to all the smiles and love despite the whipping wind and scattered snowflakes that peppered the day.  Congratulations newlyweds!!

The day began at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa with the ladies getting ready and the first look.

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We ducked into the Cask Room to warm up before the ceremony began.
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Beautiful setting! ¬†(I’m in this one – can you find me??)
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It was a beautiful day!  Steve and I were so happy to capture it for them to remember forever!

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