Pop the Cork by Zack Wussow

Savannah and Andy’s engagement was so much fun and so unique, I knew their wedding was going to be a lot of fun.

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The day began with prep photos, the guys at the couple’s home, and the girls at the Avon Old Farms hotel.

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The Avon Old Farms, by the way, is a great wedding venue in itself and has some awesome spots for posed photos.

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Then we went to the Pavilion at the Tunxis Country Club for the rest of the day. (Incidentally, I’ve been there before, too!) First, the ceremony. There was hardly a dry eye in the house!

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Then, the wedding party and immediate family were driven by (high-speed) golf cart to a special spot for posed photos. Lots of great couples photos, too.

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The reception kicked off with the big events - First dance, parent dances, toasts.

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Then a buffet dinner, and the dance floor was open! DJ Rudy kept the people moving all night.

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Just before I took off, I brought them outside for a final portrait. The lift was his idea.

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Congratulations, Savanndy!

Down on the Farm by Zack Wussow

When I spoke with Jaci and Chris about their wedding plans, they didn’t want getting ready photos, and they weren’t too worried about posed photos, but Jaci did have one very specific request: gotta get a photo with her sheep. So I knew it was going to be a fun wedding.

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Some backstory: the wedding was held at The Hickories farm in Ridgefield, which is also where Jaci works. So not only a beautiful setting, but a meaningful one.

The day began with their first look and some couple’s photos among the asparagus.

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Soon it was time for the ceremony, held on a rise with the beautifully wooded valley stretching out below.

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Then guests whiled away the daylight with an extended cocktail hour full of drinks, conversation, and yard games. Plus some pumpkin rearranging.

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Around sunset, we moved into a tent for their first dance, followed by a tasty dinner from Bartaco.

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Speeches, parent dances, and a cake cutting followed, all with a casual, DIY approach.

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The rest of the night was for dancing, and churros!

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Just before they left for their after party, I got the happy couple out for one last photo. How could I not, with a backdrop like this barn!

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Congratulations Jaci and Chris!

Lemon Approved by Zack Wussow

Alicia and Dave’s whole wedding took place at Lighthouse Point Park, a venue I’ve been to many times before. The day started with prep at the park, with the couple’s dog Lemon keeping them company.

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Then it was time for the first look, which would have been on the beach if not for the crazy wind blowing in off the water. No problem - the carousel made a great backdrop too.

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There was time for a couple posed photos before the ceremony.

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Then it was time for the ceremony. Thankfully the wind had come down enough to let the ceremony be held outside.

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The timing worked out perfectly to then do some posed photos with the sunset, which was one of the most stunning I’ve seen from this venue.

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After introductions, it was time for speeches and dinner.

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Then Alicia and Dave shared their first dance.

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The bouquet toss rounded out the formal events.

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The rest of the night was given over to dancing, and it was a blast! The bridesmaids really held down the floor, especially the maid of honor who was amazing.

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It was a really fun night with a great group of people!

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Congratulations, Alicia and Dave!

Lovely in Lavender by Zack Wussow

I’ve previously worked with Maria and Shawn twice - for their engagement and then their wedding. So I was very excited when, right around their first anniversary, they contacted me about doing newborn photos of their beautiful baby girl, Emily!

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We decided on using the nursery in their new house (it’s been a busy year!), a lovely room in shades of lavender and bunny.

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Emily was a bit fussy at first, but with a little patience and creativity we found ways to get her settled. (Or perhaps she just wore herself out…)

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Either way, she was really cute…

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...right down to her little toes!

All In The Family by Zack Wussow

Jennifer and Gary came to me through her cousin, Faith. I was really looking forward to their wedding because they had a lot of unique touches that I knew would be really fun.

The day began with prep photos, a process made much more fun with the inclusion of two adorable flower girls.

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Next, we met up at the church in East Lyme for a first look. The actual moment was just for the couple, but my favorite photos came in the recreation for an audience.

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We also did some great posed photos that involved just the smallest bit of trespassing. Don’t tell!

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 Pictured: My second shooter Jeff Hamm encouraging unlawful behavior.

Pictured: My second shooter Jeff Hamm encouraging unlawful behavior.

The ceremony in the church was lovely - it’s a beautiful, centuries old building.

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Then it was time to head over to Great Neck Country Club for the reception. It’s a lovely smaller venue and the staff were great. Things got started with introductions and the first dance.

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Speeches and a blessing followed.

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After dinner, in lieu of traditional parent dances, Jen and Gary danced with their children. Gary and Morgan’s dance was touching, and Jen and Noah’s choreographed dance was hilarious. (Hopefully it will be on Youtube soon and I can share it.)

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The flower girls got in on the action too, performing to Shake It Off.

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After a bit of dancing, it was time to cut the cake. Gary was mostly a gentleman.

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The rest of the night was for dancing, cigars, and silliness.

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Plus we went out for some late night couple portraits, which produced some of the dumbest “behind the scenes” shots I’ve ever had.

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 I’m holding a little flashlight so Jeff’s camera can focus…

I’m holding a little flashlight so Jeff’s camera can focus…

All in all an amazingly fun night. Congratulations, Jennifer and Gary!

Look Park Wedding by Zack Wussow

Katie and Bryan wanted to have a relaxed, informal, fun wedding, and they got it. The day began with a short stint of hair and makeup in Northampton, but quickly moved to The Garden House at Look Park, where the rest of the day’s festivities would take place.

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Katie and Bryan opted for a first look, which was beautiful, and gave us the chance to take care of formal photos.

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The ceremony was held under an attached tent, with a couple of extra touches I really liked, like a memorial lamp for Bryan’s mom, a sand ceremony, and a glass breaking.

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The cocktail hour was tons of fun and overflowing with amazing food - sliders, crab cakes, and a nacho bar.

Introductions were followed by the first dance, parent dances, and speeches.

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Then lots more amazing food, and it was time to cut the cake.

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That was it for planned ceremonies - the rest of the night was for music, dancing, dessert, and good times with friends and family.

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It was a beautiful day. Congratulations, Katie and Bryan!

Throwback: Flexability by Zack Wussow

(I’m on the road a lot this month, so here’s another throwback post, to an amazing series of shoots that produced one of my favorite - and only - diptychs of my career.)

Early on, I was looking for some fun and different ways to use my studio set-up, and my friend Amanda suggested doing some photos of her yoga practice.

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She ran through a variety of positions as I used a couple of different lighting setups.

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It was a ton of fun. And an extra cool detail - when I did her maternity photos the following year, we made sure she hit a few of the same poses so we could get side by side comparisons.

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Pretty awesome! We got other excellent maternity photos as well. (Though I probably like the ones we did for her second child better...)

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Two really fun shoots!