Derek + Christine’s Branford House Wedding in Groton, CT

When clients come to see me at my apartment in Hartford for their initial consultation meeting, I often know within minutes if they are “my” clients. Derek and Christine were no exception. I think we carried on for about 45 minutes about everything under the sun, except weddings. We laughed and joked, and we connected. And it’s times like that where I sit back and really realize how blessed I am to do what I do. Derek and Christine are the exact type of people I want to surround myself with each and every day because they are just that incredible. When we finally got around to talking about their wedding Christine made some jokes about how she is kinda the “un-bride”, and isn’t really into planning a ton of details. Now, many of you know that as a photographer, I love incredible details at a wedding. But weddings aren’t about incredible details…even though they are fun to photograph. Derek and Christine’s wedding at the Branford House was everything a wedding should be. Beauty in it’s truest, purest form. Life and love coming together in flawless harmony. Surrounded by so much love from their friends and family, it was a public declaration of a decision that had been made in both their hearts long, long ago. So long ago, actually, that they were high school sweethearts. With a love that has already stood the test of time, their wedding was a beautiful and incredible celebration of two lives officially becoming one.

Derek and Christine, thank you so very much for trusting us to document this incredibly special day. You two are incredible…and so much fun to be around!!

We started out the day by taking photos of Christine's details inside the bridal suite at the Branford House.We started out the day by taking photos of Christine’s details inside the bridal suite at the Branford House.Wedding at the Branford House in GrotonChristine absolutely beautiful mother helped her get dressed. I love when brides have a such special relationship with their mom that they don’t need any others to help or stand by them except the woman they love and respect the most.Branford House wedding photos Groton CT Branford House wedding photos Groton CT Branford House wedding photos Groton CT Oh, Christine, you are stunning!CT wedding photographersCT wedding photographersThe light in the bridal suite at the Branford House was absolutely beautiful on that lovely September day and gracefully let us do our thing of taking stunning photos.The light in the bridal suite at the Branford House was absolutely beautiful on that lovely September day and gracefully let us do our thing of taking stunning photos.CT wedding photographers CT wedding photographers One of my favorite wedding photos of all time on the right. Three generations of beautiful women getting ready for the most important day of Christine’s life.CT wedding photographers Christine’s dad was such a character and had everyone smiling and laughing all day and into the night. Shortly before he walked his daughter down the aisle, he made sure to keep her laughing to relieve any nerves she may have had.CT wedding photographers CT wedding photographers Something that was so incredibly special for me to witness: Christine’s dad helped Derek get ready. I think it such an awesome thing when the father of the bride really accepts his new son in law into the family. You can see in these next few photos that Derek was a part of the family long before this day and that Christine’s dad loves him like a son.Once again, I was having a bit of a love affair with the light at the Branford House. And we haven't even come to the portraits yet where the light on the lawns of the Branford House was AMAZING!Once again, I was having a bit of a love affair with the light at the Branford House. And we haven’t even come to the portraits yet where the light on the lawns of the Branford House was AMAZING!CT wedding photographersCT wedding photographersDerek was looking pretty sharp in his custom suit.One of the things I love about have a wedding at the branford House is that there are a lot of options for where to have your wedding ceremony. It is possible to have it on the gorgeous stone deck of the Branford House, as Derek and Christine did, or also to have it on the lawn near the house or closer to the water. No matter which option is chosen, the view for all the guests at is guaranteed to be a stunning one!One of the things I love about having a wedding at the Branford House is that there are a lot of options for where to have your wedding ceremony. It is possible to have it on the gorgeous stone deck of the Branford House, as Derek and Christine did, or also to have it on the lawn near the house or closer to the water. No matter which option is chosen, the view for all the guests at is guaranteed to be a stunning one! Wedding at the Branford House in Groton I absolutely love the architecture at the Branford House weddings!I absolutely love the architecture at the Branford House!Wedding at the Branford House in Groton Wedding at the Branford House in Groton Wedding at the Branford House in Groton  Branford House wedding photos Groton CT  Branford House wedding photos Groton CT One of the many things that made Derek and Christine unique and special as a couple is that 4.5 months before their wedding they had a baby girl, Sophia. Sophia made a short appearance during their wedding ceremony at the Branford House as they did a blessing over her and her life. It was a very sweet and special moment for their adorable little family.One of the many things that made Derek and Christine unique and special as a couple is that 4.5 months before their wedding they had a baby girl, Sophia. Sophia made a short appearance during their wedding ceremony as they did a blessing over her and her life. It was a very sweet and special moment for their adorable little family. I seriously love all the stone at the branford House. So pretty and timeless!I seriously love all the stone at the branford House. So pretty and timeless!Brandford house wedding | branford house wedding groton ct | branford house wedding photography | branford house wedding photos | ct wedding photographers | Wedding at the branford house in groton | Connecticut estate wedding  |  New england wedding photographers  |  CT oceanfront wedding  |  Connecticut mansion wedding So I know I keep talking about the gorgeous light at the Branford House but, seriously, it was like the heavens just poured out their love on Derek and Christine (or me???) on their wedding day because the light was sooooo pretty!So I know I keep talking about the gorgeous light at the Branford House but, seriously, it was like the heavens just poured out their love on Derek and Christine (or me???) on their wedding day because the light was sooooo pretty!Brandford house wedding | branford house wedding groton ct | branford house wedding photography | branford house wedding photos | ct wedding photographers | Wedding at the branford house in groton | Connecticut estate wedding  |  New england wedding photographers  |  CT oceanfront wedding  |  Connecticut mansion weddingOne of my absolute favorite things about shooting a wedding at the Branford House in Groton CT is that not only is the mansions itself absolutely stunning, but the view of Long Island sound is equally as stunning. It has all the charm of an old-school New England stone mansion but also the beauty of nature surrounding it. Brandford house wedding | branford house wedding groton ct | branford house wedding photography | branford house wedding photos | ct wedding photographers | Wedding at the branford house in groton | Connecticut estate wedding  |  New england wedding photographers  |  CT oceanfront wedding  |  Connecticut mansion weddingOne of my absolute favorite things about shooting a wedding at the Branford House is that not only is the mansion itself absolutely stunning, but the view of Long Island sound is equally as stunning. It has all the charm of an old-school New England stone mansion but also the beauty of nature surrounding it.  Branford House wedding photos Groton CT So pretty! Branford House wedding photos Groton CT The light hitting this archway at the Branford House was absolutely stunning! The light hitting this archway at the Branford House was absolutely stunning!  Brandford house wedding | branford house wedding groton ct | branford house wedding photography | branford house wedding photos | ct wedding photographers | Wedding at the branford house in groton | Connecticut estate wedding  |  New england wedding photographers  |  CT oceanfront wedding  |  Connecticut mansion wedding Branford House wedding photos Groton CT  Branford House wedding photos Groton CT  Branford House wedding photos Groton CT This little nook at the Branford House mansion reminded me of Italy with it's stone architecture and the greenery.This little nook at the Branford House mansion reminded me of Italy with it’s stone architecture and the greenery.  Branford House wedding photos Groton CT  Branford House wedding photos Groton CT Brandford house wedding | branford house wedding groton ct | branford house wedding photography | branford house wedding photos | ct wedding photographers | Wedding at the branford house in groton | Connecticut estate wedding  |  New england wedding photographers  |  CT oceanfront wedding  |  Connecticut mansion wedding Branford House wedding photos Groton CT One of my all-time favorite portraits! Derek and Christine were able to enjoy a few moments alone sitting on the stone bench in front of the Branford House while looking at the water of the Long Island sound.One of my all-time favorite portraits! Derek and Christine were able to enjoy a few moments alone sitting on the stone bench in front of the Branford House while looking at the water of the Long Island sound. Branford House wedding photos Groton CT Brandford house wedding | branford house wedding groton ct | branford house wedding photography | branford house wedding photos | ct wedding photographers | Wedding at the branford house in groton | Connecticut estate wedding  |  New england wedding photographers  |  CT oceanfront wedding  |  Connecticut mansion wedding Branford House wedding photos Groton CT Brandford house wedding | branford house wedding groton ct | branford house wedding photography | branford house wedding photos | ct wedding photographers | Wedding at the branford house in groton | Connecticut estate wedding  |  New england wedding photographers  |  CT oceanfront wedding  |  Connecticut mansion wedding Not only is the outside of the Branford House really incredible but the inside of the mansion has all these cool nooks and crannies.Not only is the outside of the Branford House really incredible but the inside of the mansion has all these cool nooks and crannies.Culinary Concerts did a fabulous job with the food, including a spectacular presentation!Culinary Concerts did a fabulous job with the food, including a spectacular presentation!Fisher Florist was on hand to provide Derek and Christine with simple, elegant flowers.These super tasty cupcakes were provided by J Cakes and they were oh so yummy!These super tasty cupcakes were provided by J Cakes and they were oh so yummy!Love all the dark wood inside the Branford House!Love all the dark wood inside the Branford House!The Mark Greel band did a phenomenal job at keeping all the guests dancing all evening long! If you are looking for an outstanding band for your wedding, you need to hire these guys!The Mark Greel Band did a phenomenal job at keeping all the guests dancing all evening long! If you are looking for an outstanding band for your wedding, you need to hire these guys!Wedding at the Branford House in Groton Wedding at the Branford House in Groton CT wedding photographersCT wedding photographersWant a surefire way to impress your guests? Hire a barista to make custom coffee’s and cappuccinos all night long! CT wedding photographers

  1. Rachel Girouard

    November 15th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    LOVE!!!!

  2. Kristen Langan

    November 16th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    All of the pictures were absolutely amazing. I loved them all!

  3. Christine Porto

    November 16th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Alicia, thank you soooo much for an incredible job! You are really wonderful at honing your craft. Pictures look great and love the write up 😉

  4. Christine Bacon

    November 16th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    OOOOOOPS!! I meant Christine Bacon… still getting used to it… 🙂

  5. Derek Bacon

    November 16th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Wow!! I couldnt have asked for a more spectacular day, and everyone looks great. Thank you for capturing such a divine backdrop, with so many beautiful shots of so many beautiful people.

  6. George Jr

    November 17th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Nice pictures.

  7. George Jr

    November 17th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    That baby is too damn cute!

  8. Joanne Porto

    November 17th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    What a wonderful day it was. To my daughter, Christine: You are beautiful, inside and out. To my son-in-law, Derek: Welcome to our family. You’ve actually been a part of it for many, many years. To my little girlfriend, Sophia: I love you, my sweet little grandchild. We’ve been waiting for you all of our lives.

  9. dominica baharian

    November 18th, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Beautiful…Beautiful…Beautiful!…love to you…Auntie Doe

  10. dominica baharian

    November 18th, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Amazing photos!

  11. Mary Marantz

    November 18th, 2011 at 6:58 am

    BEAUTIFUL!!! The hands/bracelet shot & the one of them lifting their glasses are jaw-droppers!!

    xoxo
    M

  12. Megan

    November 18th, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures! Then again, they are a gorgeous couple!

  13. Megan Porto

    November 18th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Beautiful Pictures!! You both look great (and Sophia too!)… <3

  14. Fran Zichichi

    November 20th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Beautiful wedding, Beautiful couple, Beautiful family!

  15. Adriane Abbagnaro

    November 21st, 2011 at 8:50 am

    The photos are absolutely beautiful!! Love you Guys!!

  16. Matt Vincent

    November 21st, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Very Nice Pictures!

  17. Carla Boucher

    November 21st, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I like the black & white (instead of color) photographs. Both you and Derek look so peaceful & content. I especially love the picture of you both and Sophia smiling straight into the camera.
    Excellent photography!

  18. Auntie Karen

    November 27th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I have a lump in my throat looking at these pictures. I can feel the love between Christine, Derek, and Sophia. And, it’s a wonderful feeling. Love you. Auntie K.

  19. paul ragonesi

    February 7th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Looking to hire a photographer to shoot my wedding 9/2/12

  20. Shannon king

    April 23rd, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Looking to plan a wedding for oct 2013 and would like information on your venue. Email me at shann79@sbcglobal.net
    Or call 860-428-4643

  21. elaine irvin

    April 23rd, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I just got engaged YEAY! Can you please send me information with your packages.
    what do you supply
    Do we have to get cattering

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