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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Congratulations, Amber and Paul!

Backyard Bar-B-Que by Zack Wussow

I met Lauryn and her bridesmaids at her mom's house for hair and makeup.

We moved from there to Ben's grandfather's house, which was the site of all the day's festivities. They opted for a first look, so that we could get posed photos out of the way before all the guests arrived. 

Their ceremony was beautiful - it reminded me a lot of my own! And it was officiated by Ben's grandfather, an amazing touch.

The rest of the day was a relaxed time with friends and family, with amazing food from Taino Smokehouse and awesome funk music. 

Congratulations, Ben and Lauryn!

The View From The Other Side by Zack Wussow

I got married!

It was totally amazing, and about as weird being on the other side of the lens as you'd expect. Though it was great working with one of my second shooters (and a good friend) for our photos.

Heather's dress (which I just barely avoided seeing before the big day) was handmade for her by her friend Myla. I think it came out amazing, and Heather looked amazing (especially with her beautiful hair-do from Ashley Cruz at Eiffel Beauté), but then I may be biased...

We got married at home with a small guest list, a decision that appealed to us a lot but also brought its own problems. Not least of which was the weather - and of course we spent most of the last week with rain in the forecast just to end up with an absolutely perfect, beautiful day.

Our JP, Mary Pugh, was great, and helped us put together a simple, meaningful ceremony tailored to us.

Food was the first thing we settled on - New Haven PIzza Truck. I've shot a couple weddings with these guys and they're great. Appetizers, crazy amount of fresh, brick-oven baked pizza, and gelato and cappuccino for desert. They even made a gluten free pizza just for our one gluten-sensitive guest. And, of course, they let us get a picture with the truck.

We got our cake from Hope at A Little Imagination Cakes. I can't say enough good things about Hope. We met with her without any clear idea what we wanted or needed, and left with a remarkably affordable and totally delicious cake/cupcake combo that fit us perfectly and came out a work of art. The amount of time and detail she put into her work blows my mind. It tasted amazing, too (he typed, while eating leftover cake).

The rest of the day was just spending time with family and friends, laughing and crying over toasts, dancing, and enjoying the day. I won't lie - getting married at home is a lot of work, and we couldn't have done it without help from family and friends in the days leading up. But it was also a real pleasure being in a place that means so much to us, and makes it easy to be flexible on the day. We ended up moving a bunch of our tables and chairs from inside to outside when the weather turned out beautifully, and ended the night with an impromptu bonfire.

Plus we could invite our friends' dogs, which is awesome.

Needless to say, I couldn't be happier. Heather's been my closest friend and partner since we met, and I couldn't imagine my life without her.

Ok. Back to work.