Eyes up, heart open
Smith Farm gardens in East Haddam, Connecticut is one of the most beautiful spaces for a wedding or event I have seen in a long time. That’s saying something considering our Nutmeg State is host to some truly charming venues! The grounds are meticulously manicured, and the white farm house on the property has been lovingly restored with every detail thought of and attended to.
Earlier in the spring I partnered up with Alyssa of Alyssa Jean Signature Events, based in West Hartford, on a styled shoot. Alyssa is new to Connecticut and wanted to show some fresh Read More
Get ready to peep one of the dreamiest venues that I have ever seen: The Chatfield Hollow Inn, located in the windy roads of Killingworth CT. Not to be confused with Chatfield Hollow State Park, which is about 10 minutes away, this little gem of a spot is its own jam. From the very second you pull up the long, tree lined driveway complete with stone walls, groves of ferns and clusters of delicate birch trees you know exactly why!
I discovered that this was a bed and breakfast and that they only host an exclusive number of weddings Read More
Creative collaborations with industry friends is one of my favorite favorite things to do. I can’t stress that enough! We are given a blank slate, essentially, and then a design direction, and then the green light flashes and we all retreat into our collective creative corners and return to the ring with our vision and just let it all fly! At the same time, we are open to trusting our partners and tweaking things even more once we arrive and the light changes or something doesn’t work or even better something works way better than we thought and then Read More
Welcome back for the second installment of this mountain luxury styled shoot at Lonesome Valley Resort in Cashiers, North Carolina! So I mentioned in my previous blog post about the first location we worked in at the little stream and waterfall (you can read that post HERE) that there was a boat house, and indeed there was! The first thing I saw when scouting the resort for new and different locations to work in was this swim platform. It called my name long and low and it echoed across the valley and I had no choice but to heed Read More
Three times a year I attend and photograph at the esteemed Engage Luxury Wedding and Business Summits, held at luxury resorts all over the world! The last one I attended was at The Kimpton Seafire Resort on Grand Cayman, and it was simply amazing! The time before it was on Cayman at The Ritz Carlton and it was there that I had the opportunity to meet Sarah Jennings from Lonesome Valley in Cashiers North Carolina. She raved about her mountain property and encouraged us to come visit. So, being the doer that I am, I set the wheels in Read More
Last June I took a trip down to my very favorite Caribbean Island- and I have been to sooooo many of them –Acqua Blue, St. John! One of my very favorite things about St. John is how unspoiled it is, lots of twisty, windy roads, and I love the quirky stickers people put up on all of the stop signs everywhere! I have been lucky enough to have gone down there quite a bit, thanks to my good friend who feels way more like family, Mary. I met Mary at the Engage Luxury Wedding Business Summit a while back Read More
Another fun day in the books here with my dream team of creative partners for a double-whammy for Bliss Celebrations Magazine (what a gorgeous publication, if you haven’t laid eyes or hands on it yet, you should give it a gander! FILLED with beautiful real weddings and events and styled shoots for inspiration) We also did this particular styled-shoot with our handsome man models and real life couple David + Anthony for the second book in our White Dress Series called The White Dress: Destinations due out soon that I co-authored with Beth Chapman from The White Dress by Read More
Part two of my fun day in the sun with the talented team of Whim Events, Beth Chapman, DD Nickel, Catie Bane, and the Hive Events and Hartford Prints teams plus our Jimmmaaaaay of Vintage Cinema was a non-wedding themed day of lawn games, specialty cocktails, a dinner in the grass as the sun set and all of the laughs! I loved watching the fashion transformations that my bestie Beth Chapman of Beth Chapman Styling worked up as we all gathered around the fire for some s’mores and snuggling! That dress!! with the floral detailing was so super Read More
Way back when I got a chance to play with some fellow creative partners for a styled shoot with a twist- we did a 50’s theme that was inspired by the absolute coolest bars I have ever seen- the Hive Events Airstream trailer! If you have not seen this beauty, I cannot insist enough how much you need to see it! It’s a top shelf bar set inside the most dope Airstream trailer- all fixed up inside like I have never seen before! What a perfect addition to a wedding, especially if there is an outside element. So we Read More
One of my favorite creative outlets I get as a photographer is doing styled shoots with my creative partners. One of my favorites is Bliss Celebrations Magazine. I have known Amy Blau, the publisher since she started the magazine, and had the absolute honor of having my work on three of their six covers. They are so loyal to me and supportive and this translates to them giving me freedom to show up at a styled shoot for their magazine with nothing but a smile on! Well, trust me, I am still rocking my nerdy fanny pack camera bag, Read More
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