Theresa wanted an engagement session with a vintage touch – so sure enough I went on a hunt for some cool locations and some fun props – and let’s just say – I found a few gems in Branford, CT :). What suits a vintage shoot better than an old rustic barn in cool blue/grey and white colors (Yup – not red)? I was lucky enough to get permission from a dear friend to shoot at this private property. To mix it up a little, I also took Theresa and Dave to an overgrown path and some pretty fancy train tracks. For props, I got a lacy parasol and picked a handful of wild flowers from my yard. Nothing fancy or crazy – just some fun stuff to add a little color.
When I met Theresa and Dave in the parking lot, I could help but jump and scream when I saw her in her stunning lacy summer dress – uggghhhh – so so pretty. Pared with her unfairly amazing thick dark curls (oh yes – I am totally jealous!! I am not even trying to hide it) and her big brown eyes she looked absolutely DROP DEAD GORGEOUS. No wonder Dave (who by the way is pretty handsome himself) couldn’t keep his eyes of her (or the smile of his face for that matter). Well, who can blame him!?
Are you guys curious yet to see some pictures? Ok – let’s reveal a hand picked selection of this sweet and fun engagement session. Voila. ENJOY!!
And here are the pictures from the train tracks – Theresa – I am still impressed with your balancing act :))
And lastly the overgrown path – don’t you love a naturally framed photo!? I am sure Theresa’s cute boxer is a big fan, too – wink wink.
Many thanks to my husband and the best assistant in the world – Ivan Kapra – for coming along and helping out. And for capturing some gorgeous moments and sweet side angles to make this shoot complete!!
You have a fun idea or theme for an engagement session? Give us a ring! We love working with creative couples who are into taking photos. I promise – an engagement session can be SO MUCH FUN!
Leave a comment if you liked these photos :)
I met Megan and Steu at the Christmas Tree Lighting in Milford last winter – not my typical consultation – but a really great time for sure :) And it was truly nice to meet some of their family members that night as well. This meeting was followed by an engagement session at the vineyards where we not only took gorgeous pictures, but enjoyed some good wine, too, while chit-chatting about live and love. So when I walked into Megan’s hotel room the morning of her wedding, I felt much more like meeting with friends for a fun time than it felt like showing up to work. All her family and friends are really laid back, friendly and fun – a perfect start to a wedding day!
On top of it, Megan and Steu got married on one of those picture perfect summer days in Connecticut. Blue Skies with little pretty white clouds, sunshine with no end paired with a nice breeze from the water. It doesn’t get much better than that. Not to forget about our super happy bride who smiled inside and out and her excited groom Steu. He had wanted nothing more than a wedding by the water (he grew up near the water and wanted this element to be part of their wedding day) and both told me afterwards that this wedding was exactly what they had dreamt of. This made me really happy!
Megan is definitely one of my calmest brides this year – so mellow and laid back – and when Steu is around she literally starts to glow. These two are madly in love with each other – and at the same time they are each others best friends. It is always great to witness couples like this. Once the dancing started, Megan turned into a party and dancing queen – and now it was Steu’s time to be calm and chill – as he enjoyed a cigar or two on the deck with his buddies.
Here is to an amazing couple, a fun wedding and to great friends and families!
Getting ready in the morning at the Ethan Allen Hotel.
Thank you Brooke for capturing really nice pictures of Steu and the guys while they were getting ready. Here is a little excerpt:
Megan then moved into her sunshine-yellow bridal suit to get dressed. And look at that SMILE!! I couldn’t have imagined a happier bride.
These following pictures looked so good in black and white – I am a big fan os Silhouettes and enjoy nothing more than to capture the reaction of the bridal party when the bride reveals herself for the first time.
The ceremony took place under blue skies, dreamlike clouds with boats zipping by in the back – and I know this made Steu (or should I say Tom?? sorry, little insider joke) extra happy.
Clearly, the water had to be in the bridal party shot, too :) Ps: Loved the bouquets – really pretty colors!
And here they are – our bride and groom – SO IN LOVE!
After all formalities were over, it was time to get this party started :) We don’t want to give it all away yet, but here are just a few moments Brooke and I captured.
Still want more? Not a problem. Enjoy this little slideshow:
Please feel free to leave a comment below :) Thank you!
Soooo – I was just about to go to bed and get some sleep when Mia facebooked me that they just arrived back in NY from their honeymoon in Thailand and are dying to see pictures. And because these two are the sweetest ladies you will ever meet, I decided to stay up just a little longer to finish this blog post :)
These pictures are absolutely delicious – I am in LOVE with the coral and cream color scheme of the wedding, the lush gardens of Elizabeth Park and the sweet little details that these two artistic people put together. I wish I could post an image of their invite – but that will have to wait until I actually get my hands on one (wink wink wink – Mia – please make sure to send me the invite :)). So please everyone enjoy this amazing and gaga-gorgeous wedding that Ivan and I photographed together.
Let me start with some pretty and unique jewelry and other dress details.
And here they are – Mia, Maura and the bridesmaids getting ready :)
And more details. I love that handkerchief with the print.
Two beautiful brides = Two beautiful dresses!
Arriving at the Elizabeth Park
Here come the brides :))
What a bridal party – LOVE!
Mia and Maura
The Pond House – ready for a great celebration
First dance as wife and wife
Congrats Mia and Maura – may you travel the world together and enjoy many more adventures like Thailand in the years to come. Please enjoy the little slideshow:
Ps: Feel free to leave a comment below.
When Caitlin and Justin came to us for their consultation, my dog Zazu fell in love with Justin – who at that point was slightly afraid of dogs – but he was brave and tried to ignore her at first. Zazu on the other hand was determined to become best friends with Justin – and wouldn’t leave his side. By the end of our consultation, Justin was petting her with a big smile on his face.
Weeks later we photographed Caitlin and Justin’s Engagement session in SoNo and had a wonderful time together. It was so much fun working with these two and we all laughed a lot – and yes – we talked about Zazu and dogs again. All of you who are friends with these two know that shortly after that Caitlin and Justin adopted their new best friend Colby from the rescue organization I work with :) I was so thrilled for them and couldn’t get enough of their little facebook updates about their puppy dog.
Needless to say our entire team at Photography and More was looking forward to the big wedding day. When we arrived at the hotel it was down pouring – but we all were in such good spirits that it really didn’t matter. Brooke did an amazing job with the guys and captured some special moments with Justin and his lovely parents – as well as some great shots of the groomsmen. I had a great time with the ladies – and yes, their were some tears of joy and an excited mom and dad :)
I like this watch shot a lot that Brooke got – time and date – what more do you need to know?
Ok – STOP: How cool are these bath robes!!?? Every girl had one – I have never seen this before and thought it was such a sweet idea!
Thanks again Brooke for these photos of Justin:
Caitlin just kept smiling and smiling and smiling…. ugh – I LOVE happy brides!!
And these are the reactions of Caitlin’s mom and bridesmaids when they saw her in her dress for the first time. This is such an overwhelming and special moment and I love capturing it!
The church and priest which Justin and Caitlin had chosen had stricter rules than what we usually encounter and so we were not allowed to be in the isle or walk around or use lighting. These limitations certainly made it a little more challenging for us, but did not keep us from capturing great moments for our bride and groom. I am happy to share some of these moments below:
During the ceremony, the rain had stopped and the sun started peeking thru the clouds. This was perfect timing! I had scouted out an old house with a field for an extra photo stop on the way to the Waterview. Caitlin was a dream bride when it came to being spontaneous and she had no hesitations to jump out of the car and walk into the field with Justin. Thanks a million for being so easy going Caitlin!!
We continued to the Waterview for the remaining formals of the bridal party. The guys insisted on the football line up photo. So groomsmen – this one is for you!
And then the reception started.
Caitlin and Justin: here is a little surprise for you. Enjoy your slide show!!
Thanks to Ivan for the video snippets :)) A video teaser will follow soon.
What a fun wedding – Congrats again Caitlin and Justin!!
Before my husband Ivan and I got married four years ago I had never heard of a morning coat. “You will be wearing a morning what??” was my clueless answer when he told me he intended to wear a morning coat during our ceremony and would then switch into a tux with bow tie a la James Bond for the reception. I just decided to wait and see – I knew he would look amazing no matter what.
But when I walked down the isle and saw him – all my expectations were far exceeded – there he was – all handsome and fancy looking in his chic and elegant yet fun morning coat. WOW. I truly fell in love with something from Great Britain – who would have ever known (just kidding). But really – there is something to be said about a man in a great outfit!!
In case you are as clueless as I was back then, here is a little definition and history about the morning coat (www.blacktieguide.com and Wikipedia). PS: Guys – you might want to read this before going shopping for your wedding outfit!!:
The morning coat (or cutaway in American English) is a man’s coat worn during the daytime. While formal day coats are usually black (just like a tuxedo) they are typically the only occurrence of ebony in morning dress (the traditional term for formal day wear). Their somberness is offset by non-matching gray trousers – which are themselves enlivened with striped or checked patterns – and by the addition of tastefully colored ties, waistcoats and even shirts. The end result is an ensemble immensely more suitable for daylight and delightfully more open to personalization than a tuxedo is, yet at the same time significantly more formal than a regular suit. The tuxedo and tailcoat on the other hand take their black color from their after-dark surroundings and in this context they imbue their wearer with elegance, power and even an air of mystery. When worn in broad daylight, however, black suits look dull and lifeless.
The name morning coat derives from morning nineteenth century horseback riding exercise for gentlemen. It was regarded as a casual form of half dress. Gradually it became acceptable as an alternative to the frock coat for formal day wear or full dress.
Fast forward four years – to a gorgeous early summer afternoon when I met Beth and Mark for the first time. I knew their wedding would be stunning (they had hired my friend and event planner Stacie Shea who designs and organizes absolutely stunning wedding. Check out her website for more info!). But when Mark told me he was going to wear a morning coat I squeaked and got instantly even more exciting for their wedding. Next thing I found out is that he is into race car driving and knows a friend of mine who races for the DTM in Europe. Needless to say – we felt instantly connected. And Beth – what can I say: She is as sweet as they come. Lovely, easy going and a lot of fun to be around.
Their wedding at the Wainwright house in Rye, New York was an absolute dream and I am more than thrilled to share their day with you.
The fantastic vendors of this wedding are:
Event Planning: Stacie Shea Events
Floral: Dirt Floral
Hair/Make-up: Jennie Fresa
Venue: Wainwright House
Cake: Cornerstone Catering
Vintage Car: Charlie Hand
Band Church: C3 Worship Band
Band Reception: Clark Eno Band
Video: Boston Entertainment
Photography: Photography and More by Stefanie Kapra.
Photography Team for Beth and Mark’s Wedding: Stefanie, Athena (2nd shooter) and Ivan (Assistance, Photo Booth). Thanks you Athena and Ivan for capturing many gorgeous images!
Say hello to elegant wedding details – all in soft cream tones, beiges and pastel pinks.
The venue: The Wainwright House is situated on the waterfront in Rye, New York – it is a gorgeous and peaceful place – absolutely ideal for a fairytale wedding!
Beth, the bridesmaids and Mark’s two girls getting ready.
Beth wrote a little note to Mark and sent him personalized cufflinks.
Beth’s wedding dress was absolutely stunning – with a touch of lace.
I loved all the little beautiful details that were spread out all over the house.
It was a very special moment for Beth and Mark’s older daughter when she helped Beth to put the necklace on.
Dirt Floral did an amazing job with the decor for the day as well as with the bridal bouquet and boutonniere.
We had to pull in a parking lot near the church to wait for the bus with all the guests from the hotel. It had gotten delayed in heavy traffic. So we decided to utilize the extra time for bridal party photos with the girls.
In the meantime, Mark and his groomsmen were waiting at church.
What a nice old Mercedes Benz Oldtimer Mark and Beth had rented for their wedding. I truly appreciate a nice classic car. Just look at these lines – so pretty and smooth.
The ceremony was short, sweet and filled with a lot of nice life music. Great atmosphere!
The girls were a little overwhelmed at first – very understandable.
Welcome to the gorgeous reception of Beth and Mark :)
The decor was simple yet soooo beautiful. I am obsessed with cream and pastel colors for weddings – it is so happy and friendly yet very elegant! And our couple – happy as clams!
After photos and cocktail hour it was time for dinner and some speeches. Mark gave a speech to his wife beth which was the sweetest thing I have ever seen. Nicely done Mark. He topped it by singing her a love song later in the night. What a true english gentleman!
Lastly, the cake was cut and the part started.
Beth and Mark – wishing you a life full of romance and happiness – may your fairytale never end!
Haven’t had enough yet? Then enjoy our little slideshow of the day.
There is something to be said about the flare of a small beach town. I guess, this is why I love Milford so much – it’s such a happy and joyful place – especially in the summer! Beach towns have so much to offer – besides the beach. Especially from a photography prospective… Don’t believe me? Well, let me prove you wrong with this gorgeous and colorful engagement session of Gina and Dave that Brooke and I shot last week. While editing these images I couldn’t stop smiling – they made me so happy. There is nothing better than capturing people who are in love and adore each other – and also know how to make each other laugh. Thank you Gina and Dave for being so wonderful to work with!
What would a beach town be without boats? LOVE the colors in these photos.
There is a little hidden space that is truly amazing for photos… I liked these in black and white :)
Want to include your dog into an engagement session? Well – here is a great way to do so. How fun is this little prop?!
Believe it or not – these pictures were taken by the beach :) Another one of my favorite shooting spots.
I think a great closeup of an intimate moment is a must have for every engagement session. This one gave me goose bumps!
Yes – there is a rustic old boardwalk, too :)
One more sweet close up to wrap up this shoot.
Like these photos? Contact us for your engagement session today :)
When I woke up this morning I promised myself not to go to bed without posting at least ONE photo on my blog. It is so easy these days to get distracted and caught up in all the to does (and yes – there is a whole list of those). Sometimes I wish I had an accountant, book keeper, editor, secretary, cook, gardner, house keeper…. so that I could take gorgeous photos all day, write sweet little blog posts, take my hubby for a romantic dinner and cuddle with my doggies all night long. Instead, I have been finding myself in front of the computer for long nights lately – while my husband and the pups are happily snoring all around me :)). SO – I decided it was time to at least share one of the many happy, sweet and love-filled moments I have been allowed to capture this week. Because these moments are the reason why I L.O.V.E. my job – even if it includes all the above mentioned jobs plus long nights in front of my computer – lol.
This picture was taken at last Thursday’s engagement session of Gina and Dave – just before the storm rolled in. A full blog post will follow in the next days.
A few weeks ago I got invites to help out a friend and fellow photographer Anthony (DeCarlo Photo) with the wedding of Jessica and Eric at the Barns at Wesleyan. This gorgeous rustic location is set on gorgeous grounds and makes a perfect venue for a DYI or rustic/vintage wedding. I am excited to share some beautiful wedding details as well as some special moments of the day with you.
The ceremony site was set up by the lake in front of the big willow trees. The florist had decorated an old wooden pull card with flowers which I thought was a really nice touch.
There is something to be said about classical life music at a wedding – LOVE it!
The lemonade was a blessing on a rather hot July day. Soooo refreshing.
The light and setting for the ceremony were simply amazing – glistening and soft. It was a true pleasure capturing these sweet and special moments for Jessica and Eric. By the way – how adorable is her dress!!
I liked this candit shoe shot that I got – it’s so different from our more typical shoe shots – thanks Jessica for wearing a short dress!!
Bridal Bouquet with Peonies
More rustic details to come…. these are some quick shots from the cocktail hour setup.
I have never seen these old register cards for place cards at a wedding – nice idea!
And this suitcase was the bomb. No really. I took at least 30 photos of it from every possible angle – this wasn’t just a sweet idea but it was done to perfection. Plus some of the old photos really made me laugh. Best way ever to display old photographs!!
Pretty cake with more peonies (and they smelled delicious, too!!)
The decor at the barns are always sweet, rustic, simple but with the little something special! Plus the lights add nice atmosphere to it all.
I am finishing this post with a few dancing shots of Jessica and Eric. Congrats to both of you – keep smiling and dancing!!!
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I have been asked about larger size photo prints a lot recently and have therefore decided to run a one time special on my large photo prints – 16″x20″ and larger.
Please email me for your 20% off voucher. This special offer is valid from 7/20 to 7/24 only. Orders have to be placed by midnight of July 24th.
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So go thru your images and pick your favorite – it’s time to get it up on the wall :)
Take a gorgeous bride like Rachel and a happy and handsome groom like Mike, add a beautiful location like the Candlewood Inn and some pretty DIY details and this is what you get :). I am very likely obsessed with that pier and the creme colors – oh, and with Rachel’s dress and with her details… Well, can you tell Brooke and I had SO MUCH FUN capturing their day!?
Rachel and Mike – wishing you only the BEST for your life together. I am so honored I was invited to be a part of your special day!
How pretty are these mossy letters – such a nice way to welcome the guests :)
I always enjoy some good candids – so I decided to post these instead of the formal wedding party shot this time :)
Rachels dress and shoes were do die for – so fun!
The sky turn bright white for a little while – so I tried to get some shots with Rachel and Mike just with that white background. I thought these looked kind of cool and different.
These pictures made my heart sing – the sun makes the water sparkle like a million diamonds – so pretty!
Rachel surprised Mike with pink socks that matched her shoes :)) So Rachel – here is YOUR shoe shot :))
I had to inclue an image of the handmade ring pillow :) I do appreciate sweet DIY wedding details a LOT!
Yup – some more pictures by the lake as the sun set :)
More ga-ga-gorgeous details – with horse shoes ;)
With the first dance the party officially started
The later the night – the better the dancing :)
Rachel had asked us to capture a silhouette shot of her and Mike at night – well, Rachel, this one is for you!
Also check out Boston Entertainments Video Preview of the day: