Anya and Ryan said their vows in the middle of a vineyard and in front of family and friends. They stood under a beautiful grape vine arch, made by Anya's father. It was adorned with soft pastel colored flowers with pops of periwinkle. The celebration continued in the barn at Stablegate where toasts were given, first dances were had and and dinner and drinks were enjoyed. The evening ended with dancing with glow sticks into the summer night.
Photography: Bella Luz Imagery
Hair and Makeup:
Caitlin and Zachary were blessed with perfect photo-taking weather on their beautiful wedding day. I don't think that blessing was just by chance, but rather something that they deserved for all of the time that they had to wait in order to have the big celebration they truly wanted. This couple was so fun to watch, they were so excited to be getting married, had one of the best first looks ever, and are so very much in love. They also had a big group of friends and family that were just as excited for them to get married, it was a beautiful day.
Caitlin prepared for the wedding day at a nearby hotel. Her sister, who was her maid of honor, did a great job in making the getting ready part of the day a lot of fun and even brought in balloons for fun photos on the bed. Caitlin's dress was absolutely stunning, the entire bodice and train had a sparkling design all over it. The look was completed with a cathedral length veil.
Caitlin and Zachary had their first look in a beautiful garden. Caitlin first had a first look with all the groomsmen, which just made the anticipation for Zachary even more as he could hear them cheering and clapping for her.
The ceremony was held at the Grandview on a balcony over looking the Hudson river. Caitlin and Zachary read personal vows to each other and sealed their marriage with a kiss!
Bailey and Douglas married one another on a perfect fall day. Family, friends and their two sweet boys celebrated the union and love that these two have for each other. As dreamy as this wedding looks, it was the day that one of my worst nightmares came true, as I was ill and unable to be there to photograph the wedding that I had committed to photograph so many months before. Luckily, I was able to find another great photographer to cover me, and the newlyweds were understanding of the situation. Kelly, the photographer, did an amazing job and I am forever grateful to her. These are all the beautiful images Kelly captured.
Although I was not there, I could tell from the photos what an amazing day it was. I could see the love that Bailey and Douglas have for each other, and could tell that this was such a happy day. Through the photos I was also able to see how important family is to this couple, they danced the night away with their two young ones in their arms. I wish all the best to this lovely little family!
Nicole and Kyle married one another on the edge of Candlewood Lake, the largest lake in all of Connecticut. Nicole's family has a house on the lake, so it seemed like an obvious choice. The reception was held in the clubhouse, where guests danced the night away. Nicole and Kyle's wedding was super fun, I think mostly because this couple attracts adventure and good energy. There were young people hanging on the ceiling all the way to all the grandparents being out on the dance floor, everyone just seemed to be so happy and to be having such a good time.
Kyle and his groomsmen all got ready together in the downstairs area of the clubhouse. His brother was his best man, and Nicole's brothers made up most of the rest of the groomsmen. It was certainly a family affair and I could tell just how important family is to both Nicole and Kyle.
Nicole got ready in her parents house with her mom and bridesmaids. She was such a happy bride and the room lit up every time she smiled, it made photographing her so very easy. Nicole wore a beautiful dress with a scalloped train.
Kyle and Nicole decided to do a first look at the alter before guests arrived to the venue. After this emotional moment we took portraits near the water and out on the dock. It was a beautiful day for a wedding.
Photography and Videography: Bella Luz Imagery
Venue: Candlewood Lake Club House
Wedding Planner: Hudson Valley Ceremonies
Wedding Coordinator: Sandra O'Connell
Florist: Flowers by Whisconier
Hair: Chelsea Palasek
Makeup: Katherine LaMarco & Alyssa Velis
Cake: The Goodie Shoppe new Fairfield
Caterer: Barnwood Grill- Newtown CT
Photobooth: Photo Booth Parties
DJ: Mazzone Brothers Productions
Kiera, Josh and all of their friends and family love so hard! It was so amazing to see the love and support that these two received on their wedding day, and if they are receiving it I know they must be giving it out as well.
I first photographed Kiera and Josh when they were at the wedding of one of their best friends, about three years ago. Kiera was a bridesmaid and Josh was her date. We were so very honored when Kiera reached out to us to document her and Josh's wedding day as well. I had a feeling it would be a high energy and super fun wedding, based on the wedding we did for their friends, and Kiera and Josh did not disappoint!
The day started with Josh getting ready with his groomsmen. Both Kiera and Josh had a large group of close friends in their wedding party. Josh wore a well tailored navy suit, with the wedding date embroidered on the inside pocket. His Dad, Father-in-law and best man all helped him to get ready while his groomsmen kept him laughing.
Kiera and her bridesmaids got ready in a beautiful house on the Farm Road Estate Property. The venue has a few different houses, beautiful green areas and multiple ponds. It was really the perfect place for a wedding.
Kiera looked amazing! She was so happy on her wedding day and basically had a permanent smile on her face, which made photographing her so easy. She wore a fitted lace dress and a long veil. She really looked absolutely beautiful and it shows perfectly in the photos.
The ceremony was held on the edge of one of the natural ponds. Harrison, the friend whose wedding we photographed three years ago, was the officiant. He wrote a beautiful and very personal ceremony specifically for Kiera and Josh. I recall overhearing just how good everyone thought it was afterwards as the guests mingled at cocktail hour.
The friends and family at Kiera and Josh's wedding did not shy away from dancing. I remember laughing to myself, because before the couple entered, the MC was explaining to the bridal party how the couple would invite everyone to join them on the dance floor after their first dance, and he said, make sure you join them! As if the couple would be left there inviting people and no one would join. It was exactly the opposite. Everyone rushed to get onto that dance floor and celebrate with the newlyweds, it was so packed with dancers I was almost unable to get in-between people to take photos. Just one of the ways that everyone showed their love for Kiera and Josh that day!
A shoutout to the bride's sister, pictured below. Kiera's sister might just be Josh and Kiera's biggest fan. I didn't notice it on the wedding day, but going through these photos as I edited them I saw just how much support Kiera's sister showed them. You can scroll back through the photos and see for yourself, she is often in the background of the image cheering as loud as she can and throwing her hands up in the air out of excitement for the love these two have together. I have two sisters and love them dearly, and I think the sisterly bond is such a special one. Kiera and her sister clearly are close and I just wanted to point out what a beautiful thing that is!
Annie and Danny married one another on the edge of a peaceful pond nestled in the woods. Their family and friends gathered around and celebrated with them into the evening. Both Annie and Danny were very easy going and lots of fun to be around. They opted to do a first look at the covered bridge, which worked out beautifully.
Annie got ready with her bridesmaids and mother upstairs at the Ashoken Center. We started just in time to capture the last little bit of her getting ready. She looked stunning.
Danny and his groomsmen were all getting ready in another structure at the center. Danny rocked some sweet tie-dye socks, a gift from his bride.
For the couples first look the entire wedding was there to cheer them on. Annie made her way down the pathway, while the anticipation in Danny grew. It was worth the wait when he finally did get to turn around and see Annie.
The ceremony was held on the edge of the pond, with geese swimming in the background. It was a beautiful ceremony and they literally "tied the knot".
The reception was held indoors in a beautifully lit room. Potted herbs adorned each table.
After dinner and cake the party moved to the dance floor, where the fun never stopped.
This was the fasted hora I have ever witnessed. The band played it, and it was so impressive! The newlyweds did an awesome job keeping up.
The bride's dad arranged for a surprise performance of the bag pipes. The bride and her father danced while Danny (and everyone else) cheered them on.
Photography & Videography: Bella Luz Imagery
Venue: The Ashoken Center
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Jamie and Christopher married one another under an old covered bridge. Their family, friends and sweet little daughter witnessed and celebrated this beautiful moment. The couple chose the Ashoken Center as their wedding venue, a beautiful conservation center where you can stay, play and immerse yourself in nature.
The day started with Jamie getting ready with the ladies who are closest to her. She looked stunning in a long sleeve lace wedding gown. The ceremony was then held on a covered bridge, with the sounds of the waterfall not far off in the distance.
After the ceremony we ventured to the waterfall for some beautiful newlywed photos, while the guests enjoyed an outdoor cocktail hour. Dinner was held in the Ashoken Center's main dining hall. The party continued next door in the ballroom area where the newlyweds shared their first dance.
Venue: The Ashoken Center
Photography and Videography: Bella Luz Imagery
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Kimberly and Michael planned a beautiful wedding using deep fall colors and moody lighting. Like many weddings this year, their plans had to change, but that didn't stop them from marrying one another and utterly enjoying their special day. Family and friends gathered in Congress Park for their ceremony, and afterward enjoyed a seated reception at a nearby hotel.
The day started with Kimberly getting ready with her bridesmaids. She chose a bold lip color and wore a mermaid fitted dress that looked stunning on her. Her naturally curly hair was pinned up and adorned with a bird cage veil.
The groom, Michael, and his groomsmen, also got ready at the same hotel. We ventured into the garden area for a few photos before heading to the park for Michael and Kimberly's first look. The couple picked a beautiful stone staircase as the spot to see each other for the first time on their wedding day.
A dim lit reception was held with moss and candles adorning each table. Kimberly and Michael had their first dance and after that toasts were given to the newlyweds.
Sally and Chris had beautiful sunny weather on their wedding day. Their venue, Lambs Hill, is a compact farm with sweeping views of the Hudson River and the hills beyond. It was a perfect combination of location and weather for a wedding day!
The day started with Sally getting ready. She was sweet as could be and full of smiles. She wore a beautiful ballroom gown, and finished the look off with a sparkling tiara.
Chris and his groomsmen were hanging out in the lower stable area of the venue. We snuck in a few photos of him preparing for the big day as well.
The couple wanted to do a first look so that they could spend more time with their guests during cocktail hour. They were both so excited to see each other. Lambs Hill is a smaller venue, but it has so many beautiful spots for photos, the size actually made it easier to travel between each location which was really great.
The ceremony was held on a grassy area overlooking the river. A beautiful flower adorned arch awaited the couple.
The reception was held inside the rustic barn. The tables were set with flowers and books that are loved by the couples. Sally even made home-made candles for everyone as favors.
At sunset we snuck out for a few more photos and I am so glad we did! There is nothing like the beautiful lighting of sunset for photos, especially with views like these ones.
Daniella and Nate had their dream wedding at Stablegate Barn. They were married among the vineyard grapes vines, and had a dreamy reception inside of the barn. Nate sported a beautiful fitted suit with a double breasted vest, complete with pocket watch. The color of the suit was burgundy and fit right in with them rest of the wedding day colors.
Daniella was getting ready at a water front house near the reception venue. She was with her bridesmaids and mother. She looked stunning in a delicate dress and soft makeup.
Nate and Daniella decided to do a first look with one another before the ceremony. There is a beautiful hilltop lookout at Stablegate which was perfect for the first look and photos afterward.
The ceremony arch was beyond perfect. Daniella's mom created the dried vine base and the florist came in and decorated it. It was so dreamy and perfect for a vineyard wedding.
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