Marriage

Time to Celebrate! by Zack Wussow

Melissa and Sean’s wedding began with prep at a friend’s home and the hotel where they’d be staying that night.

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Their ceremony was held in the beautiful St. Blaise Parish in Waterbury.

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After a stop to visit Melissa’s grandfather, everyone made their way to the Ethan Allen Hotel for the rest of the night. We started with couples photos, and Sean and Melissa made my job easy.

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The reception kicked off with their first dance, which was beautifully choreographed!

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They also hit the usual highlights - cake, speeches, parent dances.

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But you don’t hire Chaos Productions - who brought a DJ, a drummer, and a designated hype man - because you want a quiet reception. They came to party!

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It was an amazing, fun, and loud night! A total blast.

Congratulations, Melissa and Sean!

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!

My New Brother by Zack Wussow

My wife and I recently went up to northern Massachusetts to welcome a new member of the family - my sister in law, Sarah, was getting married to Liam.

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It was, like my and Heather’s wedding, a simple, intimate affair. Everyone got ready together before congregating at a local park for a ceremony in the gazebo, officiated by one of their closest friends.

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They took advantage of the big open space to have their first dance, which they invited everyone to join them on.

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Then we all moved to a local restaurant for a brunch buffet reception. I didn’t take a ton of photos of the meal, but I did make sure to borrow Sarah and Liam for some couple’s photos on the beautiful grounds.

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A beautiful day and a perfect way to welcome Liam into the family. Congratulations you two!

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.

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!

Look Park Wedding by Zack Wussow

Katie and Bryan wanted to have a relaxed, informal, fun wedding, and they got it. The day began with a short stint of hair and makeup in Northampton, but quickly moved to The Garden House at Look Park, where the rest of the day’s festivities would take place.

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Katie and Bryan opted for a first look, which was beautiful, and gave us the chance to take care of formal photos.

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The ceremony was held under an attached tent, with a couple of extra touches I really liked, like a memorial lamp for Bryan’s mom, a sand ceremony, and a glass breaking.

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The cocktail hour was tons of fun and overflowing with amazing food - sliders, crab cakes, and a nacho bar.

Introductions were followed by the first dance, parent dances, and speeches.

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Then lots more amazing food, and it was time to cut the cake.

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That was it for planned ceremonies - the rest of the night was for music, dancing, dessert, and good times with friends and family.

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It was a beautiful day. Congratulations, Katie and Bryan!

Elm City Wedding by Zack Wussow

The plan for Jen and Ryan's wedding called for bouncing back and forth between a bunch of New Haven locations, so it was amazing that we got a day with perfect weather for stretching our legs.

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The day began at Rimage Salon, where Jen and her bridesmaids got their hair and makeup done, while the couple's pup Charlie kept everyone laughing.

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Our next stop was the Omni Hotel, a perennial hot-spot for wedding stays. No joke, I've done three weddings in New Haven proper, and they all got ready in the same suite!

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Before heading to the ceremony, the guys and the girls stopped in the lobby to do some cool group photos. I love the all-black look - very classy.

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The intimate ceremony was held in St. Thomas More Chapel. Not only was it a beautiful service led by Rev. Karl Davis, but this is easily the most photo-friendly church I've worked in. Bright and beautiful!

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It was a short walk from there to the Old Campus Courtyard for some posed photos. Walking through downtown is a good way to get lots of supportive honks and hollers! 

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We also came across a squirrel sneaking off with a chicken tender, in case you thought Yale's campus was totally unlike all other universities.

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One last short walk brought us to the Graduate Club, a beautiful, cozy venue where we would spend the rest of the night.

(Their first date was at a Wendy's, so they did a quick re-enactment!)

(Their first date was at a Wendy's, so they did a quick re-enactment!)

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The live band was great, got everyone out on the dance floor, and they even backed Ryan as he sang a song for his new wife. He did great!

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Before the end of the night, I got them outside for one last portrait, and borrowed their beautiful rings for a photo.

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It was a totally amazing night with an amazing couple. Ryan and Jen looked stunning, and they, their friends, and family were so friendly and gracious!

Congratulations, Jen and Ryan!