Confession time. We get stupidly, unnecessarily excited when we meet with couples who are having their venues at locations we're never been to before, and we get even more stupidly unnecessarily excited when it's a place that we know we will probably only photograph once in our careers.
Haycock Point was the perfect choice for the two of these lovebirds to get married. Aly grew up in Branford and Doug in Ohio, but they both spent so much time hanging out by the water that it seemed only right to share their vows right on the water as well.
A huge white tent was set up where the reception would be held, facing Long Island Sound and several multi million dollar homes built on isolated rocks. We were approached by one of Aly's neighbors growing up who offered to take us on his boat for a photograph of the tent. We obviously jumped at the opportunity and told Aly and Doug to wait by the rock wall. As we get into the water, suddenly we realize the entire wedding has come to the rock wall and lined up for one of the most unforgettable photographs we will ever take - on a boat, shooting across the water back onto land. Apologies for the shakiness, but you know, boat -
Make sure to check the unshaky photo below.
Lastly, one more video to end the blog. We weren't there to film their wedding, but we know a special moment when we see one. We wanted to capture this amazing end to the amazing day so they could cherish it forever. We're certainly glad we did, and we tell all our future clients A) why videography is so important and B) why we love staying until the end. Watch for yourself and you'll understand why. Thank you a million times to Aly and Doug for an unforgettable day, one we will never, ever forget.
Vendors (with commentary by Aly and Doug)
Photography: Errr duh you guys were fantastic. And Esteban and Marc are metro-tastic.
Wedding Dress: Lastrina Girls Bridal - tailored personal service from the owner (Krista) who is there to help you find the gown of your dreams/lifetime and treats each individual customer like family. www.lastrinagirls.com
Flowers: Wild Orchid in Downtown Middletown - made the most beautiful bouquets and floral design within my budget and completed the whole day with the fresh and delightful floral accents. www.wildorchidflorals.com
Cake: Alyssa's Cakery in Wallingford - amazing mini cupcakes with a central cake for the Bride and Groom. Flavors galore and great prices! www.alyssascakery.com
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress (Now UnionStation.com) rentals for girls - a great way to save!
Groomsmen Attire: Men's Warehouse in Waterford Crystal Mall.
Catering: Catering By Christine. Cannot praise Pete Biondi and his staff enough. Everything was incredibly well done, from the tasting (we had two), the fun take on appetizers, wonderfully plated food and helping to set up the whole wedding decor before hand! (table centerpeices, gift table and perfectly executed bar situation) Aly and I highly recommend them for anyone looking to have a flawless wedding day, and at a great price! www.CateringbyChristine.com
Makeup and Hair: Vivid Salon in Madison, where Debbie, Nicole, Angela, and Leslie all rocked the Bridesmaid and Bridal hair and makeup. We looked like we came straight out of a magazine! Each updo was amazingly customized for each girl and everybody looked absolutely stunning. They even had a massage chair/massage therapist there to help pamper us all that day. www.vividsalonmadison.com
Venue: Private park at the Haycock Point Association in Branford, CT.
In Their Own Words
From the moment we saw Esteban and Marc's photos, we knew their divine talents would be the perfect way to capture the memories from our wedding day. Their work speaks for itself, because as the saying goes, "a picture is worth a thousand words". The guys were professional and cordial with us and all of our guests, and they ultimately become friends rather than vendors! They have an amazing sense of getting to the heart of a person's smile and eliciting beauty in every photograph.
We received our engagement session and wedding photos in such a timely manner - there was never a delay in seeing their beautiful end-product. Most importantly, Marc and Esteban have provided Us with our favorite wedding gift: beautifully captured moments that will always remind us of the day we pledged our love to each other in front of the people we hold dear.