I know a lot of you are getting ready to head off to see family for the holiday, so before you leave we just wanted to take the chance to say "Happy Thanksgiving!!" from us to you... and to send you on your way with lots of pretty in the form of Trista & Dave's engagement shoot at the gorgeous home of Edith Wharton, The Mount!!
Trista is actually a wedding planner herself, which made it such a HUGE honor that she chose us to do her wedding considering she already knows so many incredibly talented photographers in her area! And it also means that when it came to the engagement shoot, with Trista's impeccable style, we knew it was going to be amazing!
Let's start first with the incredible venue we got to shoot at all thanks to Trista & Dave's connections there. The Mount is seriously such a DREAM location! Gardens, stone steps, tree lined pathways, incredible archways, not to mention the gorgeous house itself....I could seriously shoot there all the time! (Brides, if you're getting married there...call me! :) Then add in the stunner of a black lace Monique Lhuillier gown that Trista wore and a classic black tie tux for Dave & we were pretty much in heaven!
We had the perfect day for it...a little overcast which turned the whole sky into a soft box & made for those moody black & whites we love so much! And a super sweet couple in love....it doesn't get any better than that! Here are just a few of our favorites from the day!
Gosh, I can't believe Thanksgiving is almost here, but in so many ways I'm SO ready for it! I've been transitioning out of pumpkin flavored drinks and into peppermint flavored ones (the new praline latte at Starbucks is a good middle man for that!) I've been getting all of our Christmas decorations ready....Justin is pretty big on not decorating until the turkey has been eaten & put away, but there's nothing that says I can't have them all waiting on standby! :) It's a covert operation you see & I have stacks of things hidden in closets and under tables just waiting for Thursday! And I have started tip-toeing my way into Christmas movies. None of the good ones, you see. Not your Elf or your Christmas Vacation or your It's a Wonderful Life or your... y'know... Die Hard 2. No we have to save those until it's truly the season. But the B list will work as a warm up. Things like Holiday in Handcuffs. Reese Witherspoon & Vince Vaughn in Four Christmases. Christmas with the Cranks.
And as this week starts, we've been thinking a lot about how very much we have to be thankful for. For those of you following on Instagram, you saw that we just had our last wedding on Friday & then our last shoot of the year yesterday! And boy did we get to go out with a bang! Just wait til you see this blue dress! It has truly been an incredible year. And now we are just so excited to wrap up our last few shoots, get those last few galleries out the door...and settle in for a long winter's nap! :) (I'm secretly 100 years old & napping sounds like a rocking good time to me)
In the mean time, this week on the blog is going to be full of things we are thankful for! We have several shoots of gorgeous couples coming your way (kicking off with the beautiful Stephanie & Eric below!), we will be announcing our six deserving photographer winners who will be joining us for our LIVE taping in December, AND tomorrow will be unveiling the entire line up for our annual Black Friday sale with crazy fun deals, including two brand new workshop dates you won't want to miss! So definitely stay tuned for that!
But for now, let's kick off this week of thanks by me saying just how thankful I am for couples like Stephanie & Eric who come into our lives. These two are the BEST! They are so fun (and funny!), easy going, and just an absolute joy to be around. From the first second they walked in our door until we hugged them goodbye at the end of the night, we just felt like we were hanging out with old friends. We had the best time shooting all around the fall foliage at Yale with them & then we made our way over to Geronimos for some table side guacamole and house margaritas. Where the laughs & the conversation went on for hours. When Justin & I first started looking for our most ideal clients or like we like to call them, our "Clients Turned Friends" years ago....these guys could have been the poster couple for who we were looking for! Kind, funny, witty banter, pop culture references, classic style...and most of all, totally, TOTALLY in love! They are the total package!
Stephanie & Eric, we had the BEST time hanging out with you! And we can't wait to see you again in the Spring!
We are off to shoot our LAST wedding of 2014! Whew! I can't believe how fast this year has gone by & what an amazing year it has been! Just this wedding & one more anniversary shoot to go!
But before we head out, we just wanted to share with you the adorable engagement shoot we did with Laura & George all around Candlewood Lake! Laura went ALL out for their shoot, bringing the cutest props (hello s'mores!) and planning the most adorable outfits! We started out at one of their favorite wineries and had the most gorgeous sweeping views of the Connecticut hills and this amazing red barn. Then we did a quick outfit change to walk among the vines, before heading out to take a boat over to our own private island where we did a fire on the beach! Incredible!
These two are such a sweet couple & I loved watching how they love together! They are planning a gorgeous wedding for next year at a dream of a venue & now I'm even more excited for the big day to get here!!
Today we are so excited to share Jenn & Jon's NYC engagement shoot! These two met on the very first day of law school at NYU, when on a small group scavenger hunt they realized that they were the only two people who had ever lived in New York before. And since this was the amazing city where they first fell in love, we decided that there was no better place to do their shoot!
Justin & I have shot in NYC about a million times before, but we have actually never been to the Washington Square part of the City. So it was so cool to walk around with these guys & see NYU for the first time, meander through the arch at Washington Square, hang out by the fountain, and end over drinks at one of their favorite local places! It was an amazing day and these guys are an amazing couple! They are so easy going and kind and so much fun to be around....they are the kind of people who instantly put you at ease & make you feel like you've been friends with them forever. We are seriously the luckiest people on the planet to have couples like them!
Jenn & Jon, we can't thank you enough for such an incredible day! And we can't wait to see you for the really BIG day next year! Here are just a few of our faves from the day!
We got to hang out with this amazing couple, Sophie & Zach, when we were out in Chicago earlier this month and we had the BEST time with them! Not only are they so great together with this natural ease between them that made shooting them a DREAM, but they are also just a ton of fun too! After our shoot all around the planetarium and natural history museum, we hung out with them over fried pickles and wine and talked about everything from amazing movies to good books to them introducing us to the incredibleness that is Postmodern Jukebox (google them, trust me you won't regret it!) Sophie & Zach are just the kind of couple you want to be friends with and hang out with on the weekend! And that's our favorite kind of couple to have! So now we are even more excited than ever for their BIG day next year! Until then, here are just a few favorites of our time with them. Enjoy!