"I Do" At The Zoo by Zack Wussow

Jenny and Joe only had to tell me one thing to convince me I had to do their wedding: it was going to be at Beardsley Zoo. I didn't even know you could get married at the zoo!

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The day started elsewhere, though. Specifically Lucious & Co., where Jenny and her bridesmaids got hair and makeup done. The folks there did an amazing job!

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Next we moved to the zoo, where the guys and the girls were getting dressed in the Hansen Building.

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We went to the rainforest building for the first look. Joe and I were kept company by adorable little monkeys while waiting for the bride to walk in. When she did, though, Joe only had eyes for her.

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Before doing more posed photos, we stopped to say high to the Howler Monkeys, who were really interested in Jenny (or maybe just wanted to eat her bouquet).

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Their ceremony was officiated by Joe's dad, a talented speaker who added an amazing, personal touch and a great sense of humor.

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Afterward, there was time for people to hit up the food truck and explore the zoo, which was empty except for wedding guests. (At the risk of sounding crotchety, a zoo with no kids? Amazing.)

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The reception proper started with a big announcement from the couple - after years of snakes, geckos, and other little pets, this animal loving couple had adopted their first dog just days before the wedding. Geronimo was a little nervous about all the people and excitement, but so so cute!

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After that was the first dance...

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...and then a trip to the carousel.

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The rest of the night was dessert, dancing, and hanging out with friends and family. And one quick late-night portrait session, because I can't let a good set of arches go to waste.

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Congratulations, Jenny, Joe, and Geronimo!

Birchwood Wedding by Zack Wussow

After doing an engagement session with Angela and Jalen, I was so excited to see what they put together for their wedding day, and they did not disappoint!

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My second shooter and I met them at a nearby hotel for prep, but pretty quickly we moved to Birchwood Banquets for first look and posed photos.

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I loved their outfits - very classy and elegant without being stuffy.

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The ceremony was held outside, and their vows were beautiful. Hardly a dry eye anywhere!

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The reception was a blast! Everyone came ready to celebrate the new couple, and the mix of Ethiopian and American dance music kept things interesting all night.

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The night ended with an Ethiopian tradition, where Angela and Jalen went along a line of family elders, giving thanks and receiving blessings. Easily the most emotional exit I've had the chance to photograph.

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Congratulations, Angela and Jalen!

Kilts and Rainbows by Zack Wussow

I met Marina and Katie through my wife and have had the chance to get to know them better in the last couple years. I was so honored when they asked me to be their photographer... especially when they had to reschedule the wedding to accommodate my schedule! (Which is crazy but I'm glad they did.)

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They had a very DIY wedding at Glen Island Park, with the ceremony tucked into a wooded glen under a castle. A fitting setting to Katie's Scottish family and friends, many of whom made the trip from Scotland to be there. (For the record, Katie is not the one in the kilt.)

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The wedding was full of fun little details, most put together by their wonderful friends who arrived in drizzly, gusty weather to set up tents, heat up food, and set up a pride selfie booth.

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Glen Island was a beautiful spot for photos, once I could get the guests to stop hugging Marina and Katie long enough for some pictures!

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Not all serious photos, though. They've got too much of a sense of humor to be serious all the time.

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Instead of cake, they had the biggest most ridiculous donuts I've ever seen (I'm still coming out of the sugar coma) which they smashed in each other's faces, as you do.

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I'm usually not too sappy on this blog, even though I am a big softie when it comes to weddings... But with Marina and Katie, I can't resist a little sentimentality. Even in the little bit I've gotten to know them, it's so clear that they are a perfect match, and each other's best friends. If they approach married life with the same partnership and sense of humor as they approached the wedding, I know they will have a long, happy life together. The overwhelming love and support of their family and friends doesn't hurt, either.

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Congratulations, Marina and Katie!

Orchard Vows by Zack Wussow

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I met up with Morgan and Doug at Hyland Orchard for some afternoon posed photos out among the trees.

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Then we had a little downtime as guests arrived and rode the hayride up the hill to the ceremony location.

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The ceremony was beautiful, with Morgan's uncle officiating. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day, sunny and warm with fluffy clouds and lush trees.

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The reception was great, with amazing music from the Boston Party Machine, great food, a roaring bonfire, and lots of dancing.

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Plus... Hyland Orchard is home to Rapscallion Brewery. I normally don't drink at weddings, but this time I made an exception. The Belgian White was really good! The brewery made for a lovely backdrop too.

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Congratulations, Morgan and Doug!

 

100! by Zack Wussow

This, just as a side note, was my 100th wedding as a photographer. That's a lot!

I met Jen and her bridesmaids at The Publick House for hair and makeup, plus a visit to Dylan and the guys across the property as they suited up.

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We scurried to get outdoor posed photos done as rain threatened. The grounds were lovely and we got everything done pretty quickly so we could all pile back into the air conditioning.

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Luckily, the rain held off not only through photos but through the ceremony as well, which was wonderful.

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The reception was a lot of fun with great speeches, good food, and an amazing song one of their friends wrote about them!

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Congratulations Jen and Dylan!

Wickham Sprint by Zack Wussow

My part in Shana and Chris's wedding was short - just the ceremony and posed photos at Wickham Park's English Garden - but it was a lot of fun!

We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day, with the overcast skies clearing up just in time to add a little sun to the festivities.

It was wonderful, afterwards, to let their guests enjoy the park while we did all the posed photos.

Congrats, Shana and Chris! Hope the rest of your day was just as fun!

Woodwinds Wedding by Zack Wussow

I knew Dom and Amanda's wedding would be a blast - they were so relaxed and friendly in our meetings, I was sure they'd throw a great party. 

The day started at their home, where Amanda and her bridesmaids were getting ready.

From there, we spent the rest of the day at The Woodwinds, a beautiful venue in Branford. 

After a first look and some posed photos, their guests arrived for the ceremony on the back patio.

The rest of the reception was kept pretty simple - speeches, first dance, cake cutting, but more than anything lots and lots of dancing!

The one thing that wasn't simple? The dessert table. Glad I finished up my diet before this wedding.

Congratulations, Dom and Amanda!

An Engagement for a Friend by Zack Wussow

I've known Emily for a while through my wife, so I was thrilled when she asked me to take engagement photos of her and her fiance, Josh.

We went to Wickham Park, a spot I've worked at many times before, but this time we visited a number of spots I hadn't before - the Scottish Garden, Zen Garden, and the Sensory Garden.

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It was muggy but otherwise a beautiful day, and so much fun to work with a friend and to finally meet Josh.

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Congratulations on your engagement, Emily and Josh!