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…

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!

Elm City Wedding by Zack Wussow

The plan for Jen and Ryan's wedding called for bouncing back and forth between a bunch of New Haven locations, so it was amazing that we got a day with perfect weather for stretching our legs.

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The day began at Rimage Salon, where Jen and her bridesmaids got their hair and makeup done, while the couple's pup Charlie kept everyone laughing.

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Our next stop was the Omni Hotel, a perennial hot-spot for wedding stays. No joke, I've done three weddings in New Haven proper, and they all got ready in the same suite!

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Before heading to the ceremony, the guys and the girls stopped in the lobby to do some cool group photos. I love the all-black look - very classy.

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The intimate ceremony was held in St. Thomas More Chapel. Not only was it a beautiful service led by Rev. Karl Davis, but this is easily the most photo-friendly church I've worked in. Bright and beautiful!

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It was a short walk from there to the Old Campus Courtyard for some posed photos. Walking through downtown is a good way to get lots of supportive honks and hollers! 

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We also came across a squirrel sneaking off with a chicken tender, in case you thought Yale's campus was totally unlike all other universities.

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One last short walk brought us to the Graduate Club, a beautiful, cozy venue where we would spend the rest of the night.

 (Their first date was at a Wendy's, so they did a quick re-enactment!)

(Their first date was at a Wendy's, so they did a quick re-enactment!)

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The live band was great, got everyone out on the dance floor, and they even backed Ryan as he sang a song for his new wife. He did great!

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Before the end of the night, I got them outside for one last portrait, and borrowed their beautiful rings for a photo.

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It was a totally amazing night with an amazing couple. Ryan and Jen looked stunning, and they, their friends, and family were so friendly and gracious!

Congratulations, Jen and Ryan!

Welcome to the Navy! by Zack Wussow

Emily and Trevor were a dream to work with - photogenic, friendly, and willing to be a little goofy. 

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The whole day was spent at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, beginning with hair and makeup with Emily, her bridesmaids, and the mothers. Emily's look was stunning - simple and elegant.

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Once she was ready, it was out to the beach where Trevor was waiting in his Navy service dress whites. He was all jokes until he got to see his future wife!

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Before the ceremony, we took a bunch of posed photos-- mostly serious ones, but my favorites are more silly.

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The ceremony was held on the beach, in front of an arbor decorated by Emily's mom. The day could not have been more perfect; a relief after a recent string of rainy weddings I've done.

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Before they could enter the cocktail hour, it was time for a navy tradition - the sword arch.

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The reception kicked off with their first dance and speeches from their parents.

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Just before dinner, I pulled Emily and Trevor outside to take advantage of the sunset. The timing and the backdrop were perfect!

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After dinner, it was time to cut the cake - easy enough when you're using a saber bigger than the cake itself.

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Then it was time to get out on the dance floor. The band, Those Guys, did an amazing job getting everyone moving. Oh, and the navy men switched their formal uniforms for some pretty interesting hawaiian shirts.

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Which brought us to the end of the night and the sparkler exit. Things got a little discombobulated, but it all worked out in the end!

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Congratulations, Emily and Trevor!