Ballroom

A Capital Day by Zack Wussow

Sara and Abhishek somehow managed to plan their wedding while planning and executing a second wedding in India! I’m having anxiety just thinking about that.

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Their entire US wedding was held at the Marriott Hotel in Hartford, a surprisingly wonderful venue with access to some of the awesome elevated walkways downtown. The day began with prep for the guys and girls in neighboring rooms.

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My second shooter, Jeff, also got some awesome, artsy photos with the guys in the top-floor pool.

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The ceremony was held in part of the Capital Ballroom. Sara and Abhi wrote their own vows, and they were so sweet!

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While the guests were in the lobby bar for cocktails, the wedding party and I used some of those elevated walkways for some really fun posed photos. As always, my favorite were the couples photos.

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And some pictures of the beautiful bride, of course.

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The reception was a ton of fun. It started with the usually dances and speeches.

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The DJ set up some fun games and Abhi’s cousins especially kept the dance floor hopping all night.

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Finally it was time for the night to end, with a great sparkler exit.

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Congratulations, Sara and Abhi!

Let it Pour by Zack Wussow

The only bad thing about Britt and Tom’s wedding was the rain - torrential, flooding rain. But you know what? Who cares.

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The day started with hair and make-up for the girls, who were in such a good mood when I arrived I knew it would be a fun night right away.

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The rest of the day was at Farmington Gardens, starting with the ceremony in their greenhouse. Technically it’s the “back-up location” but it’s simply stunning.

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After a fun cocktail hour, it was time for introductions and their first dance.

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Then lovely speeches from the Maid of Honor and Best Man.

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Britt and Tom had a lot of fun with their cake cutting, and then kicked off the dancing - the high point of which was some amazing Irish step dancing from their cousins. So cool!

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Lots more spirited dancing took us late into the night. What an amazingly fun wedding to kick off my spring season!

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Congratulations, Britt and Tom!

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!

Beating the Rain by Zack Wussow

I woke up the morning of Megan and Chris's wedding to pouring rain. It wasn't the worst case scenario - the ceremony and reception were already inside, but it was going to put the kibosh on their first look, posed photos, and sparkler exit. It put a real damper on the prep, but then something amazing happened - against all weather forecasts, the rain stopped, and just... never started again.

We reverted the plan back to a first look at Hubbard Park, a beautiful setting for a really touching moment.

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The rest of the day was held at the Aqua Turf Club, a sprawling, beautiful, busy venue. The ceremony was held in the gorgeous (and thankfully air conditioned) Chapel in the Pines.

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After a few posed photos in a shady spot, Megan surprised Chris by changing into a second wedding dress before their introduction and beautifully choreographed first dance - dry-ice fog included!

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The reception was a blast, with wonderful little moments interspersed in the energetic dancing.

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Around 9:30, before too many guests made their exit, they held a "sparkler send-off" (though the party was nowhere near over), and it was one of the most photogenic I've ever seen.

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While I had them outside, we took a couple night shots around the grounds.

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Then they headed back inside to enjoy the rest of their night, and after a few final photos, I headed home.

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One funny behind-the-scenes detail - we realized I had previously worked with the officiant, Mary Coburn, and the DJ, Geoff from Local Motion, before. Not the biggest surprise there. What was amazing is that we all had worked the same wedding, years ago, and now ended up together again on this totally unrelated wedding. What a coincidence!

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Congratulations, Megan and Chris!

Watching the Weather by Zack Wussow

It's pretty unfair, because there were a hundred amazing details at Shannon and Kevin's wedding, but the one that is going to stick with me is watching the up-to-the-minute weather radar. All through the prep...

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...and through the first look and group photos...

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...we were all huddling around our phones, watching the clouds sweep over Avon and crossing our fingers. In the end, it worked out! The weather cleared just enough at the right time that they could get married in the open air.

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From there, the rest of the night was a blast. Four wonderful speeches, a touching first dance, and lots of great food and music to last the night.

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It was a really amazing night!

I suppose there was one other detail that really sticks out. All night a cheery little gnome kept popping up. I never did get the full story behind that...

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Congratulations, Shannon and Kevin!

Evergreen in Simsbury by Zack Wussow

(This wedding took place November 2017.)

I was so excited to work with Laura and James again after their engagement shoot last fall

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The entire day took place at Simsbury Inn, a venue I worked at earlier this year and really loved. It looks great with Christmas decorations too!

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After prep, they had their first look in the glass-walled greenhouse next to the ballroom.

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The ceremony was indoors, a beautiful service officiated by Laura's dad.

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After a fun cocktail hour set to the Beatles, it was time for their first dance.

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The rest of the night was a blast, with an enthusiastic DJ and a crowd more than willing to dance!

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Congratulations Laura and James!