Welcome to the Navy! by Zack Wussow

Emily and Trevor were a dream to work with - photogenic, friendly, and willing to be a little goofy. 


The whole day was spent at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, beginning with hair and makeup with Emily, her bridesmaids, and the mothers. Emily's look was stunning - simple and elegant.


Once she was ready, it was out to the beach where Trevor was waiting in his Navy service dress whites. He was all jokes until he got to see his future wife!


Before the ceremony, we took a bunch of posed photos-- mostly serious ones, but my favorites are more silly.


The ceremony was held on the beach, in front of an arbor decorated by Emily's mom. The day could not have been more perfect; a relief after a recent string of rainy weddings I've done.


Before they could enter the cocktail hour, it was time for a navy tradition - the sword arch.


The reception kicked off with their first dance and speeches from their parents.


Just before dinner, I pulled Emily and Trevor outside to take advantage of the sunset. The timing and the backdrop were perfect!


After dinner, it was time to cut the cake - easy enough when you're using a saber bigger than the cake itself.


Then it was time to get out on the dance floor. The band, Those Guys, did an amazing job getting everyone moving. Oh, and the navy men switched their formal uniforms for some pretty interesting hawaiian shirts.


Which brought us to the end of the night and the sparkler exit. Things got a little discombobulated, but it all worked out in the end!


Congratulations, Emily and Trevor!

Palm Trees in Connecticut by Zack Wussow

When I posted a quick instagram photo from Kristen and James's wedding, a bunch of my friends thought I'd flown down south for a destination wedding!


Actually, it was just at the lovely Anthony's Ocean View in New Haven, a perfect spot for this beachy, fun wedding.


The weather was perfect as they said their vows next to the water, and there was tons of amazing food and drinks during cocktail hour and dinner.


There were speeches from friends, parent dances, and lots of great music to keep people out on the dance floor all night.


Congratulations, Kristen and James!


Seaside in October by Zack Wussow

(I'm in Minnesota this week, so here's a closer look at one of my weddings from my very busy weekend back in October.)

Stephanie and Brendan told me that their biggest priority at their wedding was to have fun. Mission accomplished.

After some prep in a local hotel, we moved to Lighthouse Point Park for everything else. It's a beautiful location, and we got loads of photos with the lighthouse and the ocean providing scenic backdrops.

Thankfully, the rain held out just long enough for us to get through the ceremony. Don Gentile was the Justice of the Peace. My favorite part was his use of pieces of Justice Anthony Kennedy's gay marriage majority decision in the ceremony. I wont be surprised if I see Justice Kennedy's touching remarks showing up at many weddings going forward.

Marriage is sacred to those who live by their religions and offers unique fulfillment to those who find meaning in the secular realm. Its dynamic allows two people to find a life that could not be found alone, for a marriage becomes greater than just the two persons. Rising from the most basic human needs, marriage is essential to our most profound hopes and aspirations.

From there, we moved inside and out of the weather for some toasts, a delicious BBQ buffet dinner, carousel rides... 

...and dancing.

Lots and lots of dancing! It was a blast, and a great start to a very busy weekend for me.