Last weekend I had the luxury of second shooting with my boy, Steve Depino, MD. at a super awesome wedding at one of my favorite places to shoot... the Branford House in Groton! It's always interesting to me to show up and shoot a wedding when I don't know the clients.. but these two made it so easy to feel like I had been right there from the beginning!
Here are a bunch of my favorites from the day... thanks Steve for making me do all the work... I mean second shoot with you! :)
Gotta give my girls Talia and Lindsey a shout from Sixpence for Your Shoe! They got it all right!!
bling, bling, bling, BLING! oh, and more BLING! This guy Ben got his new wife SO MANY incredible and beautiful pieces of jewelry....tell me she doesn't look excited
Virginia, aka the world's cutest flower girl, tries to get a peek of the jewels
groomsmen taking a breather before the festivities on the vast lawn of the Branford House
This little guy was adorable- but his parents were also hilarious to watch throughout the day- at one point they were singing to him on the dance floor much to his obvious dismay...it was so cute!
It was so windy and crazy Steve and I divided and conquered to spare poor Jackie the chilly temps- he shot the guys and I shot the girls
Mr. Depino, preaching it up
Miss Elizabeth and Miss Lois. I am normally pretty low key when I do candids and don't really have them look at me.. but. Seriously. They both said 'cheese' when I was shooting. Adorable!
Rings perched within the many many nooks that the Branford House has to offer
Miss Virginia came down the stairs with the biggest tears in her big brown eyes so I decided to make her feel extra special and have her very own shoot! It can be hard work being a little person on such a big day...
Check out her special smile....!
peonies, peonies, peonies!! One of my most favorite flowers! I am always secretly hoping that someone has the cahones to just get a bouquet of all peonies and I am not sure why I have not seen it yet, but here we GO! So super pretty. I could not stop shooting the flowers
Now you either love or hate that teal rug in the Branford House. I LOVE IT.
And decided to work it in as many shots as I could get Steve to allow... ;) Not to mention that ridiculous ceiling. UH!!! Yes, please. Um. And the natural light that's just wrapped all over them? HELLO!
more, more, more
I hopped up on the ledge of the back porch area and shot them from above- I was careful I know it's not level and I also knew that Steve had no desire to catch me as I fell! I actually gave them specific instructions to catch my camera first, me second!
I love shooting from above
The flowers were ridiculously beautiful
Ben and I just clicked- here he was mugging for me and I was cracking up- right before he walked down the aisle, normally a somber moment!
My girl, Miss Virginia, giving me her bestest smile
Beautiful buckets of flowers lined the aisle (shot at ISO 4000 / 50mm / 2.2 1/800 sec)
A friend of theirs sang 'Ribbon in the Sky' by Stevie Wonder, it was beautiful and Jackie got very emotional. (ISO 4000 / 130mm / 2.8 / 1/320 sec)
Tender hand holding right before their first dance
They had chairs that said 'perfect & 'pair' I was ALL over that (ISO 1250 / 50mm / 1.4 / 1/160 sec)
Captain's Log Stardate 5.31.08- here we GO! Ben's Dad gave a toast....and at the end of it he said something to the effect of ' as a parent you are a parent and not a friend. But tonight I say to my son,'Congratulations, friend.' My heart just aches even writing that! It was so incredibly heartfelt and real and yes, you guessed it- I was crying my eyes out!! (ISO 2500 / 70mm / 2.8 / 1/60 sec)
During the Mother Son dance his Mom broke down and just cuddled in... it was so emotional and sweet... Look at Ben's face! Look at how much taller than her he is! UH!!! I can't imagine my little Jack towering over me...(ok shush I am sure someone is saying that'll be next year) (ISO 1600 / 85 mm / 1.4 / 1/60 sec)
Towards the end of the Mother / Son dance Ben's Mom invited Jackie to join them (she was not doing a dance) It was a really nice moment and I loved seeing both of their hands on Ben's back
We got quite a lightning storm that night so Steve and I thought it would be a fantastic idea to stand outside in the storm and try to get a shot of the lightning... because I have reflexes like a cat, and about a brain about the same size! How stupid are we?? And no, I did not get any lightning in any shot!
This guy is PSYCHED that he caught the garter (ISO 6400 / 35mm / 2.8 / 1/60 sec)
And I was pumped to get this shot, it's hilarious! (ISO 6400 / 35mm / 2.8 / 1/40 sec)
I grew about 12 feet in order to reach the disco ball... ;)
This is what Canon users look like holding their flashes!!! OH SNAP!
*all shots posted here are lit with available light