Dancing

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 Work of Art by Zack Wussow

I’ve been friends with Cyndi since she looked like Wednesday Adams in the fifth grade. So needless to say I was very excited to help her celebrate her wedding to Alex.

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The day began at the Ethan Allen Hotel for prep photos.

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Then it was off to the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield for the ceremony and reception - a totally stunning venue and perfect for Cyndi and Alex’s intimate wedding. They both work in museums, and decided on a pop-art theme with so many amazing little touches in the decorations.

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I especially loved the cake from A Little Imagination Cakes, the same baker who made my wedding cake.

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Unfortunately weather forced the ceremony inside, but we could hardly complain - the garden house is a beautiful setting any day.

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Mother nature gave us a nice reprieve for some posed photos outside. The Keeler’s gardens are beautiful, and only got better as the night went on.

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Next came introductions, their first dance, and toasts.

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During dinner I borrowed their rings for a quick photo. Gotta make use of that cake before they cut it!

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To round out the big moments, after dinner Alex and Cyndi cut their cake and danced with their parents. Always a touching moment!

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Then it was time to celebrate, and their friends and family did not disappoint on the dance floor.

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And finally, I snuck them outside to make use of the beautifully lit garden one more time before they headed off to the after party.

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Congratulations Cyndi and Alex! You guys are the best.

Throwback: Raucus by Zack Wussow

I've run into Sarah at many weddings since I photographed her and Chris's wedding in 2014 - seriously, I should just put her on the payroll given how many people she's referred to me - and anytime I see her face I know the reception is going to be a fun party. But few can match up to their blowout of a wedding.

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I don't think I've ever had another bride with as much energy and excitement before the ceremony. No worries, no anxiety, just thrilled to be marrying her partner in crime.

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The same energy extended to the wedding party, who could hardly keep a straight face through posed photos.

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And then, of course, the amazing reception. If memory serves, this was also one of the best DJ's I've ever seen, who's contact info I've unfortunately lost.

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Oh, and one last cute detail: ring photos with the pooches. 

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Congratulations, Sarah and Chris, hope to see you two around again!

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!

By the Lake by Zack Wussow

Jess and Matt's wedding began with them getting ready at the family lake-houses on a beautiful, sunny day. They also had an almost-first-look, holding hands around a corner as they exchanged letters.

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The ceremony was held by the lake, with the bride arriving via the family pontoon boat.

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While many of the guests set off for the reception, we did posed photos. Jess and Matt were great to work with in that they were clearly way too happy to remember there was a camera around.

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Their wedding party was a lot of fun too.

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The reception was held at the Nathan Hall Inn at UConn's Storrs campus. A trip down memory lane for me - I set up a photo-booth for an event there years ago.

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The reception kicked off with their first dance, followed by some speeches and dinner.

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The rest of the night was a blast - with music by DJ Nicki Nell, an amazing Dj I've worked with before. 

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It was a really fun night, and a wonderful wedding!

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Congratulations, Jess and Matt!

An Engagement to Remember by Zack Wussow

When Kashika and Ashish contacted me, they were very clear that it wouldn't be a traditional wedding - it was an engagement party for their American friends and family before going to India for the real wedding. I didn't mind - it was still an amazing day.

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The day began with some hair and make-up, and then photos of the couple.

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After a cocktail hour, they had the most energetic introductions I've ever seen, led in with a live drummer and the whole wedding party backing them up.

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After cutting their cake, the couple and a bunch of their friends put on Bollywood style choreographed dances. 

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Between the music, the moves, and the ladies' beautiful outfits (the guy's looked good too), it was really something else.

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It only got better from there - this was a dancing crowd for sure!

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Before I headed out, we got a few more photos of the couple...

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...and then I wished them well on their trip to India! Congratulations, Kashika, and Ashish!

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!