Outdoor

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!

Throwback: Picture Perfect by Zack Wussow

I knew after I did Alli and Dan's engagement photos at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens that they were going to be an amazing couple to work with. Laid back, head over heels, and so fun.

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The wedding day started at Alli's mom's house, where the girls (a tight knit group I got to work with again in Chicago) were joking around while Mean Girls played in the background.

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Alli got dressed at the venue, St. Clement's Castle, while Dan put on the finishing touches at his parents' house.

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The ceremony was held outdoors, at a beautiful spot overlooking the river. It was short but deeply personal and touching.

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We did some quick posed photos - St. Clements has an amazing variety of beautiful spots for pictures, but this ivy-covored walkway is probably my favorite.

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The reception was held in the nearby ballroom, a beautiful space, and it was a lovely evening with lots of dancing and wonderful speeches.

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Congratulations, Alli and Dan!

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!

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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!

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

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

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A quick break for story time…

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

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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!

Too Warm For Christmas by Zack Wussow

I met friend and fellow UConn alum Sarah and her daughter Marie at a park (which will remain nameless, as I’m not actually sure we were allowed to be there…) to do some photos for their Christmas card.

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Of course, the weather in Connecticut being what it is, despite picking a day in October, the weather felt more like July: warm and muggy. So it took a little imagination to get into the Christmas spirit.

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None-the-less, the park was a beautiful backdrop for portraits, and Marie seemed to have a lot of fun wading into the lake.

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Probably only one photo will make it to the Christmas card, but I sent the best 50 - you can never have too many pictures of a cute kid.

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All this reminds me, Heather and I have to figure out what we’re doing for our card this year…

Down on the Farm by Zack Wussow

When I spoke with Jaci and Chris about their wedding plans, they didn’t want getting ready photos, and they weren’t too worried about posed photos, but Jaci did have one very specific request: gotta get a photo with her sheep. So I knew it was going to be a fun wedding.

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Some backstory: the wedding was held at The Hickories farm in Ridgefield, which is also where Jaci works. So not only a beautiful setting, but a meaningful one.

The day began with their first look and some couple’s photos among the asparagus.

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Soon it was time for the ceremony, held on a rise with the beautifully wooded valley stretching out below.

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Then guests whiled away the daylight with an extended cocktail hour full of drinks, conversation, and yard games. Plus some pumpkin rearranging.

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Around sunset, we moved into a tent for their first dance, followed by a tasty dinner from Bartaco.

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Speeches, parent dances, and a cake cutting followed, all with a casual, DIY approach.

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The rest of the night was for dancing, and churros!

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Just before they left for their after party, I got the happy couple out for one last photo. How could I not, with a backdrop like this barn!

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Congratulations Jaci and Chris!

Lemon Approved by Zack Wussow

Alicia and Dave’s whole wedding took place at Lighthouse Point Park, a venue I’ve been to many times before. The day started with prep at the park, with the couple’s dog Lemon keeping them company.

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Then it was time for the first look, which would have been on the beach if not for the crazy wind blowing in off the water. No problem - the carousel made a great backdrop too.

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There was time for a couple posed photos before the ceremony.

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Then it was time for the ceremony. Thankfully the wind had come down enough to let the ceremony be held outside.

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The timing worked out perfectly to then do some posed photos with the sunset, which was one of the most stunning I’ve seen from this venue.

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After introductions, it was time for speeches and dinner.

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Then Alicia and Dave shared their first dance.

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The bouquet toss rounded out the formal events.

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The rest of the night was given over to dancing, and it was a blast! The bridesmaids really held down the floor, especially the maid of honor who was amazing.

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It was a really fun night with a great group of people!

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Congratulations, Alicia and Dave!

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!