Alexlee House Wedding :: Fall Celebration in Greenfield, Ma :: Sneak Peek :: Charmaine and Stephen

Sunday was a perfect Fall day. It was crisp but not cold. The sun was shining and leaves floated down from the tree tops. It was one of those perfect New England days and a gorgeous setting for a wedding. But what made the day truly magical was Charmaine and Stephen. It was their energy and love. It was hearing their story told at their ceremony and watching their friends and family listening, seeing their smiles, their laughter and their tears. It was the emotion in their vows. It was their connection, with each other and with those around them. It was the celebration and the dancing.

And these two love to dance! Dancing is actually what really brought them together. They almost connected online actually, a funny piece of their story that was mentioned at their ceremony and in speeches, but that hadn’t panned out. But out at a gathering, Charmaine saw Stephen dancing and teaching a friend the steps. Her mom was even with her and commented on Stephen’s moves. And she was intrigued. How many guys have those moves? And he was so patient in teaching! That was the start of their love story. They connected after that evening and they took it slow at first. Eventually though they were introducing their pets and moving in together. And Saturday they were married!

I feel honored to have been there to photograph these two on their wedding day. They are two incredibly genuine, sweet, and beautiful people. It makes me smile just writing about them here! Congratulations Charmaine and Stephen!

Wedding Ceremony and Reception at Alexlee House in Greenfield, MA
Wedding Photography by Michelle Girard
Floral Arrangements by Durocher Florist
Ceremony Music by Golden Scroll Soloists
Officiated by Kezia Bacon
Reception DJed by Chay Laviolette
Catering by Smithsonian Catering
Hair styled by Crystal Vazquez & Co.
Makeup by Liz Washer Makeup
Wedding Gown by Oleg Cassini from David's Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses from David's Bridal
Shoes by Adrianna Papell
Groom and Groomsmen Attire from Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding Rings from Kay Jewelers
Cake by Mary Rawls
Videography by Embark Wedding Films

Valley View Farm Rustic Western Mass Wedding :: Haydenville, MA :: Sneak Peek :: Hallie and Drew

Saturday was a crisp Fall day at Valley View Farm. I drove up to see the horses in the pasture grazing on the grass, a green vintage truck parked outside, fire pits at the ready, and people inside the post and beam barn hustling to get all of the details in place. Everything looked like it was coming together for an incredible celebration for Hallie and Drew and this was all just the start!

As the day went on it was clear that this wedding was all about family. It was about these two families coming together for Hallie and Drew and it was about Hallie and Drew starting their own family.. being each others person in that ‘official sort of way’. Family made this wedding. Very literally actually.. as they were married by Hallie’s father’s cousin as another cousin played the music during the ceremony. Big Green Truck Pizza, Hallie’s father’s company, made delicious and unique pizzas for their reception. If you haven’t had mashed potato and bacon on pizza, you really need to! Both Hallie and Drew wore family heirlooms. The reception included numerous heartfelt toasts from both families, as well as some truly original traditions. There was a telephone skit that included shoes volunteered from another guest as the ‘telephones’ and a funny and highly creative song set to the music of ‘Hallelujah” and song by a whole group piled around the microphone. On top of all of that, there was so much love. Hugs, tears, smiles, dancing, and cheers. It was a really unforgettable day. It was exactly the kind of day these two deserved. And even when I left, I got the feeling that there was still so much fun left to be had!

Wedding Ceremony and Reception at Valley View Farm in Haydenville, MA
Photography by Michelle Girard
Floral Arrangements and Coordination by Tanya Costigan Events
Stationary by Minted
Catering by Big Green Truck Pizza and Hillside Catering
Hair and Makeup by Beauty Mark Salon
Wedding Gown by Carolina Herrera from L'Elite
Bridal Shoes by Angela Nuran
Bridal hair piece and Earrings by Camilla Christine Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses from Azazie
Engagement Ring from Del Prisco

Saybrook Point Inn and Spa Wedding in Old Saybrook, CT :: Christ the King Church Ceremony :: Kelly and Michael :: Sneak Peek

A classically beautiful bride, a dapper groom, a veil blowing in the wind, views of the ocean from New England docks in Old Saybrook, and that just-married-the-person-I-love-most excitement. Are you swooning yet? Because that’s just the start of how I’d describe Kelly and Michael’s wedding day.

It all started with their ceremony at Christ the King Church, a place that means so much to Kelly, and Michael’s look of awe as his bride walked down the aisle toward him that day. You could feel the love just in the way he reached for her hand as they faced toward the altar together. There they got to hear readings by those close to them, they exchanged rings, they stated their intentions, and they sealed it all with a kiss. After they walked back down the aisle together, hand in hand, they were so ready to celebrate.. everyone was! The evening continued with portraits by the water, a first dance complete with twirls and a dip, touching toasts, some happy tears, big laughs, a sing along blessing, and dancing.. lots of dancing! See some of it for yourself in their wedding day sneak peek below!

Wedding Ceremony and Reception at Saybrook Point Inn and Spa Wedding in Old Saybrook, CT
Wedding Photography by Michelle Girard
Officiated by Reverend Richard Fitzgerald
Floral Arrangements by Carla Steele at Elements
Dress from Lovely Bride by WToo
Bridesmaids Dresses by Joanna August
Groom and groomsmen attire by Suit Supply
Dessert by Pastry Fusions
Music by Silver Arrow Band
Hair by Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

Saybrook Point Inn and Spa Wedding in Old Saybrook, CT :: Jennifer and David :: Sneak Peek

Jennifer and David incorporated so much of themselves and of their relationship into their wedding day. It was that perfect mix of fun and thoughtful, energetic and intimate. They embraced some tradition, like the beautiful golden bracelet that Jennifer wore for good luck (her mom even wore a matching one!), while mixing in some really unique personal touches, like their tables being marked by centerpieces with large game board pieces (those are going to make for such cute decor later too!) and mini marriage themed games given out as favors. Their wedding was truly a celebration. There was so much love and laughter throughout the day. There was also so much dancing! These two have moves on the dance floor. Especially notable was their choreographed first dance with dips, spins, and even some swing! And as the evening progressed I noticed that every time I turned around, these two were either dancing or laughing or hugging their friends and family. It was such a lively and beautiful day. You could not help but be smiling with them!

Wedding Ceremony and Reception at Saybrook Point Inn and Spa Wedding in Old Saybrook, CT
Wedding Photography by Michelle Girard
Wedding Planning by Sarah Parlos of One Fine Day
Videography by Shutter and Sound
Floral Arrangements by One Fine Day
Stationery by Lady Slipper Events
Wedding Cake by Kims Cottage Confections
Ceremony Music by Golden Scroll Soloists
DJed by Party Pro DJ
Hair and Makeup by Simply Gorgeous by Erin
Wedding Gown by BHLDN and shoes by Mischka Badgley
Groom's Suit by Charles Tyrwhitt
Wedding Favors: Love Letter and Marriage Material from Card Haus
Beers from Two Roads Brewing
Centerpieces by Daniel Land