Throwback: At The Lake House by Zack Wussow

I met Jess and Matt at the site of their future wedding ceremony - the family lake house, tucked in a scenic corner of eastern Connecticut. 

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Seriously, I was excited when they texted me that they'd be a few minutes late, as it gave me an excuse to take the long way round and take in the fall foliage.

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We also stopped by a neighbor's house, for a different view of the lake.

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Then we drove down the road a ways to Buell's Orchard, who kindly let us wander around and take a few photos on the property.

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And, of course, we had to grab a pumpkin picture, because it was late October.

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Really a perfect day to be out in the New England country!

A Classic Second Shooting Gig by Zack Wussow

I photographed Aneil and Katarina as second photographer for Matt Noonan, a friend of a friend.

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The ceremony was lovely, but for me most of the fun was the reception, held at the Ethan Allen Hotel (who knew there was such a thing?).

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The decorations were amazing, and Aneil’s family’s traditional outfits were gorgeous!

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And I can’t forget to mention the candy table… So much fun!

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Congratulations Aneil and Katarina!

Throwback: Picture Perfect by Zack Wussow

I knew after I did Alli and Dan's engagement photos at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens that they were going to be an amazing couple to work with. Laid back, head over heels, and so fun.

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The wedding day started at Alli's mom's house, where the girls (a tight knit group I got to work with again in Chicago) were joking around while Mean Girls played in the background.

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Alli got dressed at the venue, St. Clement's Castle, while Dan put on the finishing touches at his parents' house.

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The ceremony was held outdoors, at a beautiful spot overlooking the river. It was short but deeply personal and touching.

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We did some quick posed photos - St. Clements has an amazing variety of beautiful spots for pictures, but this ivy-covored walkway is probably my favorite.

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The reception was held in the nearby ballroom, a beautiful space, and it was a lovely evening with lots of dancing and wonderful speeches.

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Congratulations, Alli and Dan!

Ophelia by Zack Wussow

Say hello to Ophelia!

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I’ve previously done Sophy and Jeff’s engagement, wedding, and maternity photos. It’s so exciting to see couples I’ve been working with for years starting a family!

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Ophelia was very cooperative (though she did politely request a lunch break) and so so SO cute.

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Congratulations, Sophy and Jeff!

Progress Report by Zack Wussow

I'm in a somewhat unusual career. 

I know that I've developed and become a better photographer as my experience has grown, but it's hard to... Prove it? Every wedding is different, every venue is different, so it's hard to look at old photos and new photos and know what change is me, and what change is circumstantial.

Which is why I love the events I photograph for UConn every spring. Not only are they often in the same venue year after year, but quite often the same people speak, wearing the same regalia. It's a rare chance to compare apples to apples.

I especially wanted to compare this year because I made a substantial change, switching from ambient light/bounce flash to using a remotely-triggered flash on a stand. It's not a huge change, but I feel like it makes a real difference. 

Just a little something I thought was interesting! Next week more adorable couples, or possibly a baby.

Throwback: Backyard Blowout by Zack Wussow

In retrospect, it's possible that I got a lot of ideas for my own wedding from David and Brian's backyard tent wedding. Certainly the laid-back, intimate atmosphere is just what Heather and I were looking for. (I also just realized this was perhaps the first wedding I worked with Mary Pugh, who was also our Justice of the Peace!)

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I also give a big thumbs up to their vest-and-bowtie look. Though unlike them I wimped out and got pre-tied bowties.

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The ceremony itself was lovely, short and sweet on a perfect fall day.

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The reception, held in a backyard tent, was a ton of fun with great food and lots of good times.

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Congratulations Brian and David!

Baby Makes Five by Zack Wussow

I had a lot of fun doing Sophy and Jeff’s engagement photos at Elizabeth Park, and their wedding was beautiful, so I was so excited when they reached about about doing some maternity photos for their first child!

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We met at a park in Vernon on a chilly (but thankfully not windy) November morning. They brought their adorable little Dachshunds, Hannah and Roxy, who were very cooperative. The trick to getting Roxy to look was to call out Hannah’s name - clearly a bit of sibling rivalry!

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Our timing wasn’t perfect - we missed some of the best foliage - but there were still lots of great settings for pictures.

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Plus, Sophy had brought along some props. You can probably guess that they are expecting a little girl!

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A quick break for story time…

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And then we called it a wrap and went to get warm.

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I can’t wait to meet the little tyke - we’ve got a plan to do some newborn photos when she makes her appearance in January!

Classic Litchfield by Zack Wussow

On Friday I wrapped up editing on my last 2018 wedding. Saturday, I went to Litchfield to do my first one of 2019! Fiona and Brian’s wedding brought in the new year in fine style.

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The day started with prep for the ladies at the Spa at Litchfield Hills and the Litchfield Inn (a wedding venue I’ve shot at before and a beautiful building). Their daughter was cracking us up the whole time.

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Then it was off the St. Anthony of Padua for the ceremony. There was just time beforehand for a few photos of Brian. His suit jacket’s plaid is in honor of Fiona’s Irish family, a great touch!

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The ceremony was great. Its my second wedding with Father Tucker, and he’s wonderful for weddings. Lots of great little moments, and he’s very photographer friendly, which I of course appreciate!

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Then it was just a quick run through the rain (hey- it could have been snow!) to the Sanctum Club next door, a wonderful old building. Perfect atmosphere for Litchfield!

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Speeches and cake cutting were the only major events at Fiona and Brian’s laid-back reception, but the afternoon was full of great food and conversation. A lot of Fiona’s family was in town from all over the world, and you could tell everyone was so excited to be together.

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A wonderful start to the new year!