jonathan edwards winery black and white getting ready first look vineyard new england vineyard wedding weddings in CT black bridesmaids dresses ct weddings jonathan edwards winery aisle walk at sundown wedding ceremony dual ceremony golden hour wedding photographs ceremony details at dusk hunters moon at moonsrise hana floral design soft wedding palette candlelit weddings tented weddings CTLiz and Bill had their stunning wedding day among the vines at Jonathan Edwards Winery in Stonington, CT.  With golden hour at it’s most delicious in October, Liz walked down the aisle with the most brilliant sunflare I’ve seen at a wedding. It was breathtaking!  Their gorgeus wedding design put together by the amazing team of True Event, Hana Floral, and Ryan Designs made for the most warm and inviting tent that held a gorgeous meal from Russell Morin inside.  I couldn’t have been more thrilled to be a part of their wedding journey, from our engagement session eating lobster at Abbott’s, to the most lovely little coffee date, to finally their stunning wedding.  I love these two, and Elizabeth Anne Designs did too, and featured them on their site recently which you can see HERE!

Let’s talk for a minute about the top 3 steps Liz and Bill took to make sure they had the best wedding photos.

1- They hired an (amazing) event planner.  Sarah and Caitlin at True Event know what’s up, and they know how to work with photographers to get the best images for their couples.  We worked so well as a team, and kept each other in the loop about our plans and details throughout the planning process.  They helped me with letting me know when things were set to shoot, with wrangling family members, and with a million more things that kept Liz and Bill so happy!

2- They allowed time for everything! With Liz and Bill doing their getting ready photos at a hotel about 30 minutes from the reception site, we needed to plan accordingly for a staggered arrival so they wouldn’t see each other before the first look.  I arrived earlier in the day to take a peek around the vineyard, and took some iphone pics of where I wanted to do the first look.  When my second shooter Jaime and I arrived at the vineyard (I left 15 minutes before the bride), we brought Bill out to the vines and decided where we would all stand in the small area for the best pics of the first look (also working with their videographer to make sure no one was in anyone’s shot).  We also planned out time to do all their bridal party and family photos before the first bus of guests was to arrive (with help from True Event), and finished all our formals before the Ketubah signing, still allowing time for me to grab detail shots with natural light in the tent.  Because guests weren’t in the tent until after cocktail hour, I was able to use the time after our sunset photos to get into the tent and capture all the candlelit details then as well.  Finally, they made sure to include me in timing out formalities like their Hora dance so we made sure all those events were captured before capping off our photography for the day.

3- They got to know me, and I got to know them.  Besides spending an hour doing the most fun engagement shoot on the docks at a local lobster shack, they made time to meet me for coffee, to have a skype call, and to keep me in the loop about their plans and decor, all the while building a familiarity and comfortability, so they could really relax and enjoy the wedding knowing I was getting all their organic emotional moments.

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Venue: Jonathan Edwards Winery | Floral: Hana Floral Design | Wedding Planning: True Event | Stationery: Jessica Leigh Paperie | Videography: Love Locked Films | Catering: Russell Morin Catering & Events | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Band: Heartbeat Dance Band | Lighting: Ryan Designs | Transportation: Rockstar Limo | Hair Stylist: Posh Salon CT | Makeup Artist: Allison Barbera Beauty | Bridesmaids Dresses: Their Own | Gown: Vivi by Pronovias Atelier | Bridal Salon: L’Fay Bridal | Bride’s Wedding Band & Engagement Ring: Zoland Jewelers | Hair Comb: Avigail Adam | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka Niara | Groom’s Tuxedo: Gentleman’s Playbook | Groom’s Shoes: To Boot New York | Groomsmen Suits: Their Own | Save the Dates: Mospens Studio | Groom’s Wedding Band & Watch – Cartier | Ketubah: | Flower Girl Dress: Olivia Kate Couture | Mother of the Bride Dress: John Paul Ataker | Mother of the Groom Dress: Adrianna Papell | Wood Food & Wine Signs: WoodSign Studio | Wedding Cake Topper: Better Off Wed | Table Numbers: Oaky Designs | Custom Cocktail Napkins: For Your Party | Second Photographer: Jaime Marland