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It was a beautiful summer day as Lee and Ysabel prepared to take their vows. The day was a perfect balance of classic style with a natural and contemporary ambience. It perfectly reflected the balance that Lee and Ysabel’s relationship held. He was her perfect match being not only ambitious and determined but also having a visionary personality and a loyal heart. She complimented and balanced him, bringing him peace during his hectic medical schedule with her contagious love and energy. During the ceremony and wedding reception it was also evident that they both held family in high respect. The Hydrangeas that decorated the church and reception venue where chosen because Ysabel’s mother used to grow them in her childhood home and the lavender that was used throughout the day was because it was her mother’s favorite flower. Chrysanthemums were also chosen because they are Lee’s mom’s favorite flower and also an auspicious symbol in Chinese culture. It’s very apparent as you look at this beautiful couple that they were destined for each other and the wedding day was a reflection of their thoughtfulness towards others, there classy and relaxed style and intentional family values.

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Ysabel + Lee
Priam Vineyard

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It wasn’t ideal, but they were going to make the most of it. It’s funny how something completely ordinary, like weather, can run the show on the most important day of your life. It had poured all morning. The sky was overcast, gray, hazy, and offered no suggestion that the sun would make an appearance. And yet, some could argue that the dreariness the weather brought was somehow fitting. It was a gentle reminder that they had recently lost a family member so near & dear. He was light and goodness, and missing him was gray. After going back and forth many times, Emily and Dan finally decided to have their ceremony outside. It was still raining, but it seemed to let up for a brief minute into a light mist. She took a deep breath and began her journey towards her beloved husband-to-be. Just then, the sky opened up revealing an incredible ray of light that shone on her back and emphasized the radiance that was her. She smiled as a single tear escaped her eye. There he was, the light and the goodness. Her grandfather had never intended on missing her big day, and he made sure to make his presence known in the most warm and beautiful way.

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Emily + Dan
The Hickories

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There is nothing more beautiful and raw than choosing to honor the legacy of family on the most important day of your life. Danielle and Mike are a perfect example of combining traditions to create & embody an exquisite picture of love, legacy and unity. On her wedding day the classic and timeless bride Danielle donned a red and gold traditional Chinese dress before stepping into her ivory ball gown. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room as her grandmother clasped a series of heirloom necklaces around the collar of her dress. She was an image of her ancestors before her; a representation of elegance and grace. Danielle and Mike’s testament to their roots was a symbol of their honor & love for their legacy. As they became man & wife their loyalty to one another was evident. One chapter of each of their stories may be closed, but as they embark on a new one together, they make two worlds one.

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Danielle + Mike
Wadsworth Mansion

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As Jennifer stepped into her delicate gown made of lace and chiffon and her mother looped the buttons, one by one, a stream of golden light flooded in. Her skin, like precisely painted porcelain, glistened as she shifted her attention to her bridesmaids. It was almost time.

As her doting groom stood at the end of the aisle patiently awaiting her arrival, the sun shone on. Nothing was immune to its touch as it beamed down on an act of great love. 
       
The sun provided the dreamiest of light throughout both ceremony and cocktail hour. And when it was time for it to retire, it did so in sublime fashion. As it set, and prepared to say goodnight, it left a sky of cotton-candy colors. Pinks, purples, oranges and yellows all working together to create the most treasured of skies. The sun’s warmth and light was constant throughout their wedding day, never leaving their side. A bright reminder that the commitment Jennifer and Xavier shared with one another was strong enough to illuminate anything it touched.

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Jennifer + Xavier
Lord Thompson Manor

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It wasn’t how she planned it. The weather was supposed to be bright, sunny & inviting. She was supposed to feel the flood of warmth on her back as she walked down the aisle, see the trees dancing in the summer breeze. This is what she had had in mind. Rain was not included, and it was certainly not on the invite list. And yet, it seemed it would make an appearance anyway. As she made her way down that grassy aisle, not one rain drop fell. The uninvited guest was nowhere to be seen. She smiled, as if to thank the clouds for containing their friend. There was no golden warmth on her back, no dancing trees and no sun. But there were his eyes. As she met his gaze she could see an eternity. She could see the love, the care and the friendship they had built over the years. She could see a collection of moments that brought them to this one. And there, gazes locked, she saw a home. One she would return to over & over again for the rest of their days together.

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Mercedes + Steve
Barns at Wesleyan Hills

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Soul mates. Kindred spirits. One-in-the-same. These two clearly represented the definition of all three. Their energy resonated at the same level and it was evident on this day above all others that they were destined to be together. To dance through life hand in hand hopelessly bound to one another. They are lovers, but beyond that, they are best friends. To watch the aspects of these two relationships meshed into one flawless entity is truly incredible. The way she gazed into his eyes as she listened to her groom vow forever. The way he wiped a single tear from her moistened cheek as she spoke hers. Among the quiet row of friends and family they were captivated by only one another. In sync, in tune and undeniably in love. The mutual understanding and connectedness between Daniela and Brandon was felt by everyone in the room. They exuded pure joy & their guests could not help but to join in their happiness. Toasts were given, echoing their unrequited love. Photos were taken, capturing every moment of their celebration. Marriage was the only thing that could make these two closer and everyone rejoiced in the coming together of the two soul mates.

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Daniela + Brandon
Saybrook Point Inn

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The scent of Summer filled the air and everything the sun touched offered a soft romantic glow. A single poised butterfly fluttered about the willow trees that covered the grounds of The Barns at Wesleyan hills, lingering a little longer around the dainty arrangements of peonies and roses. Birds sang their happy song, a melody that celebrated the events to come. The scene was nothing short of magical. Something that had come alive straight from the pages of a storybook illustration. As Chelsea stepped into her gown and her sister clasped her necklace, they both shared an understanding smile. There she stood, the real life princess in the midst of her long-awaited wedding day. Justin straightened his tie, stood tall and prepared for the moments that lay ahead. This prince was more than just charming… He was kind, honest, loyal and loving. He far outweighed any fairytale character she had every read about.

There they both stood. He had been the answer to her prayers, the fulfillment of her dreams and she was better than everything he ever could have imagine. Today was a day fit for royalty. The beginning of their very own happily ever after.

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Chelsea + Justin
Barns at Wesleyan Hills

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With a fearless smile, Chelsea faced the backs of the crowd. Her eyes twinkled as though, standing here at the back of of the church, she held some precious secret. Something only two hearts in this entire room could know. Fluid notes filled the air and every head turned to gaze at her. Instantly warmth rose to her cheeks as her feet brought her slowly down the isle, almost on their own. She could feel every care in the world shed from her with every step, like the delicate petals that preceded her, to be replaced with a feeling she could only describe as “glowing”. Ray, at the moment, was having trouble breathing properly. Every step she took closer was a shock to his soul. He had never seen anything more beautiful in all his life and it wasn’t because she was flawless. But because she was his. From this day forward…in happiness and in discord…through the storms of life to the rainbows…from every whispered “I love you” to every tear… They’re hands joined, hearts so full they could burst, and what was meant to be was sealed with a chaste and loving kiss. The room around them erupted with cheers, flashing lights, and more petals. But all they could see were the visions in each others’ eyes of facing this new life together.

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Chelsea + Ray
VIP Country Club

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Hannah stood in front of the mirror and pressed her perfectly pink lips together one last time as her mother buttoned one last button on her dress. The day felt surreal. Like she was dancing through some sort of dream. From the laughter of her bridesmaids to the extra-tight, my-baby-girl-is-grown-up hug her mother gave her. The heels she slipped her feet into might as well have been enchanted. Sunlight filtered in through the windows like rays of magic. It was all too perfect to be true. She found she was tempted to pinched herself to make sure it was real. But she knew better. It was most certainly real, all the hard work put into this day proved it. Her feet practically glided over the grass as they carried her down the path towards her beloved Bryan. She laced her fingers with his and smiled at him with her whole heart, promising forever to him and sealing it with a loving kiss. Their wedding day was everything they could have ever dreamed of – filled with love and laughter, sunshine and bright Autumn colors – but, most of all, what made their day everything they dreamed of was being surrounded by the ones that they held nearest and dearest.

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Hannah + Bryan
Hillstead Museum

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