Jul 13, 2011 | Weddings

Last weekend, I drove down to Connecticut for a beautiful and very fun wedding at the awesome Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington, CT.  It’s the coolest venue I’ve ever photographed … The main building is a World War II-era airport hangar (the property was used briefly as a community airport before the US entered the war) and its stark lines form a perfect contrast with the soft, lush greens of the vines below.  I was pretty excited to be photographing there!  Anyway, on Saturday morning, I met up with Annie and the girls at the cute Steamboat Inne in Mystic, CT.  They were well into hair and makeup when I arrived – Keri-Anne Shea and her partner were speeding through the ladies (how I love a stylist who runs ahead of schedule!).  Love this quiet silhouette of Annie having her hair done:

Annie bought her bridesmaids purses from Etsy – I love that each one is slightly different:

Some fun getting ready moments – everyone was SO relaxed. Also, they were watching the Tour de France when I arrived – Annie’s an avid cyclist but it was still cool to see the girls watching pro sports while getting ready for a wedding.

Annie’s beautiful dress was from The White Dress by the Shore, a store that she highly recommends for its small but impeccable selection:

Annie’s sister Sarah’s baby boy paid us a little visit – he was a cutie-pie, and there was a lot of cooing going on in that room. 🙂

Once the girls were ready, we headed into Stonington for the first look. There’s a hilarious sequence that I’ll be posting to my facebook page next week, but I wanted to share the more emotional shots here:

After tears and giggles came champagne and giggles:

The guys looked great in their suits in various shades of gray:

And I loved the ladies’ navy J. Crew bridesmaid dresses:

Ryan and Annie allowed me lots of time for pictures (thank you!!) and we got some great stuff around the cute-as-a-button town of Stonington:

The shot above might be one of my favorites of the day … and I have to give a quick shout-out here to Newtown Florist who did a beautiful job with the fresh green and white bouquets and boutonnieres:

Mid-afternoon and time to head over to Saltwater Farm. Love this place …

Ryan was on an emotional roller coaster during the early moments of the ceremony …

We had some crazy tough light to work with (direct sunlight with not a cloud in the sky) so I’m pretty happy with how these turned out:

I can’t wait to bring you Part Two later this week – these kids sure know how to party! – and sundown brought the most perfect soft light for some sweet couples portraits … so stay tuned! And if you haven’t already, head over and like my Facebook page for sneak peeks and other fun extras.


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