Weddings

A Classic Second Shooting Gig by Zack Wussow

I photographed Aneil and Katarina as second photographer for Matt Noonan, a friend of a friend.

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The ceremony was lovely, but for me most of the fun was the reception, held at the Ethan Allen Hotel (who knew there was such a thing?).

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The decorations were amazing, and Aneil’s family’s traditional outfits were gorgeous!

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And I can’t forget to mention the candy table… So much fun!

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Congratulations Aneil and Katarina!

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!

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!)

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

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

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

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Congratulations Brian and David!

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!

Throwback: Raucus by Zack Wussow

I've run into Sarah at many weddings since I photographed her and Chris's wedding in 2014 - seriously, I should just put her on the payroll given how many people she's referred to me - and anytime I see her face I know the reception is going to be a fun party. But few can match up to their blowout of a wedding.

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I don't think I've ever had another bride with as much energy and excitement before the ceremony. No worries, no anxiety, just thrilled to be marrying her partner in crime.

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The same energy extended to the wedding party, who could hardly keep a straight face through posed photos.

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And then, of course, the amazing reception. If memory serves, this was also one of the best DJ's I've ever seen, who's contact info I've unfortunately lost.

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Oh, and one last cute detail: ring photos with the pooches. 

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Congratulations, Sarah and Chris, hope to see you two around again!

Pop the Cork by Zack Wussow

Savannah and Andy’s engagement was so much fun and so unique, I knew their wedding was going to be a lot of fun.

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The day began with prep photos, the guys at the couple’s home, and the girls at the Avon Old Farms hotel.

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The Avon Old Farms, by the way, is a great wedding venue in itself and has some awesome spots for posed photos.

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Then we went to the Pavilion at the Tunxis Country Club for the rest of the day. (Incidentally, I’ve been there before, too!) First, the ceremony. There was hardly a dry eye in the house!

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Then, the wedding party and immediate family were driven by (high-speed) golf cart to a special spot for posed photos. Lots of great couples photos, too.

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The reception kicked off with the big events - First dance, parent dances, toasts.

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Then a buffet dinner, and the dance floor was open! DJ Rudy kept the people moving all night.

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Just before I took off, I brought them outside for a final portrait. The lift was his idea.

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Congratulations, Savanndy!

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!