Marissa + Colin’s Wedding at Hawk’s Landing | Connecticut Wedding Photographer

But darling, just kiss me slow, your heart is all I own

Marissa and Colin were wed in a beautiful ceremony on June 23, 2018, at the Hawks Landing Country Club in Southington, Connecticut. Surrounded by the smiling faces and full hearts of their loved ones, who traveled from the corners of the globe, Marissa and Colin entered into a new life together.

Even though thunderstorms were in the forecast, the skies only opened for a light sprinkle during the ceremony -perfect timing for a little bit of good luck since everyone knows that a wet knot is harder to untie. The sweet couples soft but powerful love radiated throughout the entire event and was contagious, leaving everything draped in a veil of love. People gathered on the dance floor “flossing”, and collected around the smores bar for a sweet treat, all coming together to celebrate Marissa and Colin’s next adventure.

The bride and groom ended the night thanking their parents for the incredible examples of lasting love they’ve set, a path Marissa and Colin plan to follow as they walk into a new life as one. It was a perfect end to a perfect night.

Congratulations, Mr. + Mrs. O’Dell!

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venue + catering | Hawks Landing Country Club of Southington, CT
bridal gown & flats | Birnbaum & Bullock at Steven Birnbaum Bridal, NYC + Jellypop
photographer | Rhymes With Sky Photography
dj | After Hours DJ Entertainment of East Windsor, CT
accessories | His: Watch by Fossil
accessories | Hers: Bridal sash from Simply Wedding Design on Etsy + Bridal headband by Ammei
coordinator| Jamie Pannone
hair | Adrianna of Transcendent Makeup
makeup | Stacie of Transcendent Makeup
cake | Mangiafico’s of Plainville, CT + topper by Charmerry
transportation |  K&A Transportation of Newington + Nimbus Private Shuttle of Shelton
ceremony | John Franckling
rings | Zales + Kay
florals | The Flower Girl
invitations | Glamour by artist Kristen Smith on Minted
blog writer | Alyssa Tinnirella

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Darling, just hold my hand
Be my girl, I’ll be your man
I see my future in your eyes
-Ed Sheeran | Perfect

Jaimie + Mike at WoodWinds | Connecticut Wedding Photographer

Jaimie and Mike were joined in marriage on June 8th 2018 during a beautiful service at Holy Cross Church, surrounded by an amazing group of family and friends. This amazing couple met at Mike’s gym, Performance Combat MMA, when Jaimie signed up for a class. Everyone thought she’d never return after the intense first training day- but not only did she return, by all accounts she has had a huge influence on the gym and stole Mike’s heart. They compliment one another in every way. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Hannon!

venue + catering | WoodWinds
bridal gown |David’s Bridal
photographer | Rhymes With Sky Photography
dj | Dave Salonia from PowerstationEvents
bridesmaids dresses | David’s Bridal
groom + groomsmen attire | Modern Formals
ceremony | Father Darek of Holy Cross Church
hair | Michelle Molnar
makeup | Jamie of Beauty Bar
cake + cupcakes | Joe Wisniowski
transportation | Ferrazzi Limousines
rings | Lux Bond and Green
florals | Red & Black Roses of New Britain
invitations | Invitations by Dawn

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Christin + Tim at The Pavillion at Tunxis Country Club | Connecticut Wedding Photographer

Christin and Tim were joined in marriage on May 18th 2018 under a gorgeous blue sky at the Pavillion at Tunxin Cuontry Club in Farmington, surrounded by an amazing group of family and friends. Christin and Tim are madly in love ( as is clear by these images), but the one thing that stands out most is how perfect a match they are. They compliment one another in every way.  It was a day of promise, romance and conga lines (Thanks Tim!). Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Bradle!

venue + catering | Tunxis Country Club
bridal gown |Ruby Bridal Boutique + Lillian West
coordinator|Arianna Smith
photographer | Rhymes With Sky Photography
dj | Music Mania Disc Jockeys
bridesmaids dresses | Von Vonni
heels | Badgley Mischka
groom + groomsmen attire | Modern Formals
ceremony | Dave Cruikshank
hair | Becki Cole of B C Hair Trends
makeup | Makeup by Destinee Renee
cake + cupcakes | Sammi D Cupcakery
transportation | M&J Bus Company
lodging | Homewood Suites, Farmington
rings | Zales + Michaels Jewlers
florals | Designs by Dottie’s Daughters
stationary | Mixbook
photo booth | Be The Star Photo booth
videographer | Drew Adames of D1Photos

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Benjamin’s Bar Mitzvah | Connecticut Event Photographer

Benjamin’s Cinco De Mayo Bar Mitzvah was phenomenal! It was day full of joy and celebration, with a wonderful group of family and friends. Incorporating Benjamin’s favorites (orange + baseball) with the date falling on Cinco de Mayo might sound tough to pull off- but everything came together flawlessly thanks to the creativity of the family. DJ Bob Adamowicz keep the party going until the last moment with games, trivia and of course fabulous music. It was a day to remember!

venue + catering | The North House
mother’s dress |Eliza J Dress
the boys + mens suits | Men’s Warehouse
clery + temple | Cantor Ness, Rabbi Rosen and Rabbi Sowalsky of Beth El Temple
photographer | Rhymes With Sky Photography
dj | Bob Adamowicz at Entertainment Unlimited
custom yarmulkes | Yarmulka.com
coordinator | Jacquil of The North House 
tallis + bag | made in Jerusalem, hand sewed bag made lovingly by mom
hair | Martha and Christina at Gallery Salon
makeup | Amy Jambard at Gallery Salon
mariachi band | Son de mi Tierra
transportation | Specialty Transportation
videographer |Mitch Surette
custom signs/table displays | Kimberly and Amy Oved
favors |custom cards, Amy and Kimberly
photobooth | Moto Photo
sign-in board | Rhymes With Sky Photography
invitaions—Larry Lew, The Greeting Shoppe
logo designer | Kimberly design (Am
y Oved)
florals | Amy Oved, Events by Amy
programs + decor | Michelle + Eric
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Morgan + Scott’s Wedding at Farmington Gardens | Connecticut Wedding Photographer

Morgan and Scott were partnered for life in a beautiful Irish hand-fasting ceremony on April 27th 2018 at Farmington Gardens. There are a lot of things that make this couple amazing, and it is clear that they are truly loved by their family and friends. Morgan and Scott made donations to the Alzheimer’s Association and the the Muscular Dystrophy Association in lieu of favors, to honor very special family members.  From the dinosaur cake topper, to the bride’s wedding dress in shades of green,  it was a day to remember. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. McNamee!

venue + catering | Farmington Gardens
bridal gown |Julie Allen Bridal + Maggie Sottero 
rosary | Dominican Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in summit NJ by Sister Joesph Maria
photographer | Rhymes With Sky Photography
dj | Just a Song
bridesmaids dresses | Bella Bridesmaid of West Hartford 
groom + groomsmen attire | Oscar’s tux of Bristol
ceremony | Kathryn Eber
hair | Lisa of Your Bridal Suite 
makeup | Brielle of Your Bridal Suite 
venue coordinator | Courtney Canas
transportation | Gateway Limo
lodging | Homewood Suites, Farmington
rings | Libero Jewler + Zales
favors | donation made to Alzheimer’s Association and the MDA 
plantable invitations | Botanical Paperworks
topper | Top of the Cake on Etsy
florals | Wallingford Flower Shoppe

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Should I Have An Unplugged Wedding Ceremony?

All eyes on the beautiful couple.

Hello, friend! Nice to meet you! You might be reading this because:

a. You (a couple) are considering an unplugged ceremony.

b. You (a photographer) are trying to find out how to talk to your clients about the pros and cons of unplugged ceremonies.

c. You (a guest) have been directed here by a couple to explain why you can not use your phone/camera/iPad during their vows.

First things first: What is an unplugged wedding?

Having an unplugged wedding means that during your ceremony, from beginning to end, you are kindly requesting that your guests enjoy the moment in real time. It means that no cell phones or other devices are flashing, beeping, or being held out into the aisle. It means you are so happy that your guests are here to celebrate your wedding, and you would love for them to put technology aside for this incredible event and just be in the moment.

Considerations for going unplugged

From a couple’s standpoint: This is one of the most important life events that you will have, and certainly one of the most carefully planned and anticipated. Phones and other devices can be a barrier, both physical and emotional, to your loved ones being truly present. Technology is wonderful, but it can also have a way of intruding into quiet moments with beeps and flashes. Those raised devices can block the view of your other guests. Do you need 15 guests to livestream the event (perhaps one designated and discrete friend in the front row is enough, if it is absolutely needed)? Do you want guests standing in the aisle between you and your beloved?

From a photographer’s standpoint: Let me first say that I, Leigha Chhay, do not have a preference. This is your day, and it should be exactly as you want it to be. That being said, I want to be clear that your choice of unplugged or free-for-all can (and probably will) impact your photos.

a. Moments are fleeting, and if an arm with a cell phone shoots out into the shot and blocks a face, no amount of Photoshop can get the moment back. I will not post images to embarrass any guests (or anger couple who recognize the “in the way” person), but I can assure you that cell phones, guests who are part-time/aspiring shutterbugs, as well as folks with full blown iPads, have popped up in front of some very quick, but deeply emotional moments. Most often I can move to get the shot… but occasionally, the moment has passed. Did the guest get the shot? Maybe, maybe not. In any case, couples invest a good portion of their wedding budget toward photography and it is important to consider what may or may not be lost due to a well-intentioned Snapchat or Insta post.

b. beep.flash.click. The sounds and light from tech during a quiet ceremony are undeniable. I can clearly remember a wedding during which sweet family member had a beautiful camera that just so happened to beep loudly. The guest did not seem to mind, or didn’t know how to turn off the beep, and took many *beep* pictures *beep* during*beep* the*beep* ceremony…*beep*.

c. Cool case, Bro! Pink, red, neon green- cell phones up in the air or in the aisle will be in your images.

So… should I, or shouldn’t I?

If none of these considerations is a concern to you, then by all means have a device free-for-all. Go nuts! Party with your iPad! Snapchat that kiss! GeoTag those I do’s!

If something in these considerations struck a nerve, then unplugged might be something to consider.

Do what is right for you and your fiance. Your family and friends will love and support you, either way. These moments are once in a lifetime. Go for what you want, like this little lady who made the bouquet *hers*. 

 

 

Rhymes with Sky Photography is located in Middletown, Connecticut. From weddings, to engagements to birth stories,
I capture your moments in a timeless and candid style. Family, newborn and senior sessions are available in studio and on-location.
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