Wow! Where did the summer go? Seems like yesterday that I was at Pleasure Beach scouting out photo locations for Shawn and Ashley’s wedding! Shawn and I have known each other over 15 years, and when I first met Ashley back in 2005 who would have guessed this is where we would be 12 years later?
It was a beautiful night for a small ceremony on the rocks at Pleasure Beach in Waterford, CT on July 20th. The sun was setting with beautiful hues of blue, pink and purple as Shawn and Ashley said their vows with the waves crashing below them. With no witness’ other than the birds and the few stragglers left on the beach that evening, by the end of their ceremony Shawn and Ashley had the beach to themselves to enjoy and take their time for some beautiful photos.
From the subtle details of the shark cuff links, to the beautiful personally made bouquet carried by Ashley, or their wedding vows carefully written on a rolled piece of paper inside a bottle, this wedding showed all the personality and spunk that one would hope to see and so much more. The look of sheer joy on Shawn’s face as Ashley walked around the corner is one that made your own face hurt from smiling.
This wedding had so many more feelings and emotions for me than I can express given how long I have known Shawn, and I can only hope that the love and admiration that I was able to see in both Ashley and Shawn’s eyes that evening, will carry them through many many years to come.
I find a quote I once heard especially appropriate here given the 12 year journey that took Shawn and Ashley to get to where they are today… “A successful marriage takes falling in love many times, always with the same person”.
All my love to you both, thank you for giving me the joy of spending this beautiful night with you! ❤ ❤
What better way to celebrate national pride month than to share this beautiful, fun wedding reception I had the pleasure of photographing on May 20th?! Katelyn and Jenn had a lovely, intimate ceremony at Colt State Park in Rhode Island followed by a reception at the Warren Soccer Club in Warren, Rhode Island. Photographing the reception, I had the pleasure of hearing fun stories, loving speeches and also witness an outpouring of love and support for this newly growing family that warmed my heart!
A beach themed reception was perfect for the beginning of summer on what turned out to be a beautiful day following some very dreary weeks. The subtle touches of seashells and blue were seen throughout the hall, with seashell covered initials for Katelyn and Jenn lit by tiny white lights and beautifully engraved glassware for the bridal party.
It is always the little touches that make a wedding memorable and unique – and this wedding was no different! Katelyn and Jenn displayed a chalkboard sign asking for notes written by the guests to open in a years time. They also displayed a canvas with their names and wedding date on it for guests to leave a little note or sign. Gone are the days of old guest books – a beautiful piece of artwork that can be displayed for years to come is so much more meaningful!
What would any fun wedding be without a little break dancing and a dollar dance?! Every time I turned around, these adorable two boys were breaking down on the dance floor! And, can we take a moment to look at that sass on Katelyn’s face?! Who wouldn’t want to dance with her?
And what about Grandma?! I am not sure who was more fun to watch and photograph, the boys break dancing, or Grandma out dancing everyone! You go Grandma!
It was such a pleasure photographing this reception, and so much fun! Wishing all the love and happiness to Katelyn and Jenn, and to the new family they are building with Kay-Lynn!