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!

Newport Engagement by Zack Wussow

I met Amanda and James at the Newport Cliff Walk for their engagement photos. It’s a favorite spot of theirs that they’ve visited often.

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In a bit of perfect luck, the very first spot I had them pose for a photo was the exact spot he proposed to her!

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The day was chilly but otherwise beautiful, and the Cliff Walk is full of great spots for pictures.

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Just before sunset, we made our way over to Beavertail State Park. It’s a perfect spot for evening photos, with the rocky coastline looking west into the sunset.

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So perfect, in fact, that almost everyone there had a photographer with them, whether they were doing engagements or family photos.

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The day rounded out with a stunning sunset. Beautiful!

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Can’t wait to photograph Amanda and James’s wedding next year. It’ll be great!

A Pumpkin On The Way by Zack Wussow

Brittany and Vinny contacted me to do some fun maternity announcement photos. Since it was October, they got permission from Krell Farm in Farmington to do a quick photo shoot for the announcement.

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It was a short session (in part because that morning was hovering around 45 degrees…) but a lot of fun and really cute.

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I’m looking forward to seeing them again in the spring - I just know Brittany is going to be a beautiful mom-to-be!

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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…

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!