Jul 15, 2011 | Weddings

I apologize in advance: this is going to be a bit of a beast of a post.  Thing is, Annie and Ryan’s reception was ridiculously beautiful, and fun, and it was held at quite possibly my favorite venue of all time: Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington, CT.  It was more than worth the long drive – plus, I am not sure I have ever laughed quite so hard during a wedding … good times.  🙂 The decor was simple and natural (and very pretty) – thank you Ashley Conti, assistant extraordinaire, for the third shot below:

Love all the wood – it was the perfect backdrop for the mossy decor.

Fun during cocktail hour:

There was a loose animal theme to the reception. The tables had animal names, including ‘Bees, Bees, Bees!’ (Annie + Ryan have dressed as bees for Halloween we are told, as well as chased by a swarm in Aruba) and ‘The Beaver State’ (aka Oregon, Ryan’s home state). My favorite was the head table: ‘Squid Vs. Whale’ – this was also Ryan’s contribution to the adorable array of animal cake toppers on the table of yummy cakes. Ha!

Some first dance magic – to ‘All I Want is You’ (made famous by the movie Juno) – love!

Then toasts:

And then it was time for some sun-soaked portraits. We all got eaten alive by bugs, but I kept promising Annie and Ryan that it would be worth it. Now that the fifty or so bites all over my neck and legs have stopped itching, I think I can safely say it was:

Getting a cute and non-silly portrait of these two is not the easiest job in the world (Ryan prefers playing vampire to smiling) but I must say I quite like it when it all comes together:

Love the one of Ryan doing the awesome awkward jump above – and love their fun sneaker shoes for the reception (Annie wore her Tom’s shoes all day in fact):

Then it was in and out all night, taking photos of relaxed guests enjoying the moonlight and energetic guests getting down on the dance floor … (oh!  And a quick shout-out here to Doug of Power Posse Productions for keeping the dance floor pumping!)

[I might have had a bit of a crush on grandad, with his amazing bright pink jacket]

Thanks Ryan and Annie for keeping us so well entertained all day. We loved your wedding! And … If you’re a newly engaged couple wanting some kick-ass wedding and engagement photos, view my portfolio here; if you’re more interested in kids and pets, click here; follow me on Facebook here … or contact me here!


  1. Wow awesome shots!! Really stunning stuff Kate and again justified my reason for picking you as one of my top ten Boston wedding photographers. Love that last shot! Regards, Roberto

  2. Thank you Roberto! 🙂


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