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. 


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.


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


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.


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


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

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!)


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


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


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


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!


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!


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


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


A quick break for story time…


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


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!

A Pumpkin On The Way by Zack Wussow

Brittany and Vinny contacted me to do some fun maternity announcement photos. Since it was October, they got permission from Krell Farm in Farmington to do a quick photo shoot for the announcement.


It was a short session (in part because that morning was hovering around 45 degrees…) but a lot of fun and really cute.


I’m looking forward to seeing them again in the spring - I just know Brittany is going to be a beautiful mom-to-be!


A Bit of Fall by Zack Wussow

I first met Amber and Paul at his sister's wedding just a couple months ago. I was so happy to work with their family again for their cozy, backyard wedding.


We started at the nearby Crescent Lake for a first look and couples photos.


The ceremony followed, with friend's and family gathering at the family home, decorated with lots of fall touches.


It was a wonderful ceremony, with some levity - the JP kept calling Amber "Amanda" instead. Still counts!


After a few hors d'oeuvres, they had their first dance, and a few toasts.


And that was it! For my part, anyway. Simple but a really fun day.


Congratulations, Amber and Paul!

Marissa and Jan by Zack Wussow

(Finally, the third wedding from my very busy weekend in October.)

It's a fact of the wedding business that you are constantly popping into and out of people's lives. One day you sign a contract, months later you're part of the inner circle for one of their most important days of their lives, and then you're back to being strangers. It's weird.

Which is why it's always such a pleasure to work with people who really are good friends of mine.

Some of my clients will recognize Marissa - she has often worked for me as a second shooter at weddings. We met back in our college days, during long nights toiling in the darkroom.

Over the last couple years, she's caught me up whenever we worked together about her and Jan buying a house in the country, and then pouring themselves into fixing it up. (It helps that Jan is a contractor.) I could tell from the way Marissa talks about Jan that he was something special, but I've never had a chance to meet him until their wedding.

It's clear she's made a good choice.

I can't say how happy it makes me to see my friend so clearly in love with a man who so clearly loves her.

Congratulations, Marissa and Jan!