... a castle by the sea

Almost 18 months of planning went into this insanely beautiful wedding - and I got to be there every step of the way - as photographer, coordinator, florist, and friend. Kayla and I worked hand in hand, along with Tim's frequent input, to put together their perfect small wedding at the Branford House in Groton, CT. Simple elegant florals that only highlighted the buildings beautiful architecture, as veritable feast, and an intimate get together that focused on who the couple was instead of just following tradition.

The wedding started with a cocktail hour - so that the bride and groom could mingle with their guests as they arrived, rather than just ushering them straight to their seats. With small bites and drinks flowing, the guests were able to congratulate Kayla and Tim, and go into the wedding ceremony content and just full enough that dinner didn't seem too far away.

45 minutes into the cocktail hour, the couple slipped away to get ready together. Tim helped Kayla into her wedding gown, and she straightened his tie - in some of the sweetest pre-wedding moments I've ever witnessed. You can see every moment of this couples years together in the comfort they share in each others presence. When they were done with their wardrobe change, the fairytale heroine and her prince charming looked as enchanting as you could imagine a storybook wedding to be.

After a moving ceremony, surrounded by only one hundred of their closest guests, the couple was able to spend their reception doing a small number of family photos, getting some beautiful images of their wedding party, and then dancing and socializing for a few hours, before slipping away to cuddle for some seriously romantic images.

I am so so honored that myself and my teammate, Seran, got to be such a big part of this day. Every single minute of planning and photographing was so worth it to be able to deliver this stunning final gallery today.