Connecticut Intimate Backyard Wedding

10/31/2016

This house. This bride. My best friend. These wedding images are so meaningful to my heart that it’s impossible to explain into words. This Connecticut intimate backyard wedding will forever have my heart. Let me explain…

I grew up in this house. I spent 4 years of my life throughout high school letting myself in through the front door to find my best friend, Katie, in her bedroom. It was my second home where I formed an unbreakable bond with my two best friends during those fragile teenage years. Our friendship would continue to strengthen over the next 15+ years.

It was the three of us, always. The Triplets is what they called us. Katie, Leah and I would sleep in Katie’s cast iron full sized bed, head to foot, foot to head. Me in the middle every time. We laughed the hardest when we were together. We slept under duvet blankets on her trampoline in the middle of her backyard looking up at the stars waking up with gigantic mosquito bites. If you’re lucky, this kind of friendship only comes along once in a lifetime. We are the luckiest.

So when Katie + Marcio asked me to photograph their wedding to take place in her backyard where we slept under the stars, I knew I had to. Knowing Katie’s artistic and brilliant being matched by Marcio’s sentimental and gentle soul, it was the artist in me that couldn’t resist the beauty that I knew was in store for me. But ultimately, it was the moments in this colonial home built in 1687 covered in art that would inspire me to create my best work. I wouldn’t be able to anticipate the beautiful moments that would take place, like Marcio’s mom making her famous Bolivian cheese bread recipe or when Katie’s childhood au pairs surprised her all the way from Norway. I should have but didn’t anticipate that Marcio’s reaction to seeing Katie for the first time would be the most beautiful moment I’ve ever photographed.

Here lies a story of the day Marcio and Katie made their love forever.

 

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The photo above is the moment I put down my camera and gave my two best friends a giant hug full of so much love. <3 A huge thank you to Allison Sullivan, my second shooter for 25+ weddings now, for the photo above, which I’ll cherish forever. She took over coverage of the reception so I could fully enjoy Katie’s wedding. That is…until the end when I grabbed my camera to capture Katie + Marcio’s last dance of the night because it was just too darn beautiful not to.

Dress Boutique | Everthine

Dress  | Rebecca Schoneveld

Hair | Upstyle

Makeup | Luke Steingruby

Florals | Pentimento Florals

Food Truck | Mercado Foods

DJ | Michael Simonetta

 

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  • Barrie andrews

    Ashley, these photos are over the top stunning–the mirrors, the hand gestures, the changes of focus that guide a conversation, the light–all do justice to your mission to capture the artistic sensibilities and emotional depth of your dearest friends. 31 years ago when I married in Miles’ and jorie’s backyard, the photographer left the rolls of undeveloped film with a note saying they had all ACCIDENTALLY been shot at 1000 asa–but took the check for the gig, anyhow. the hartford current ran an article (we were the feature) for things that go wrong in weddings…and I am happily divorced. Miles and jorie hosted a picture perfect wedding, and you captured it most admirably. may your career prosper and may this wedding be the last for Katie and Marcio.

  • chrIstiE

    love your photos! your love for yoUr friends is definitely captured in the pictures. when i need a photographer i will be seeing if youre available 🙂

  • Nimit

    Beautiful ashley. So happy for katie!!