Eolia Mansion at Harkness Memorial Park engagement session | Brittany + Dan



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Eolia Mansion at Harkness Memorial Park engagement session

You know the drill. We buy the pins in the check-out line at the grocery store, but probably cause we only feel obligated to after the cashier asks us to. We stick the bumper stickers on our car. Some of us go so far as attending the charity dinners. All for one reason – “support our troops.” For a brief moment we feel patriotic, like we have done something to make a difference. And we remember those men that are fighting for our freedom and thank God for their sacrifice.

Nobody knows what it is like to support a troop like Brittany.

As we lay our heads on pillow every night and fall asleep knowing that we are safe, there is a girl named Brittany who has fallen asleep many nights knowing that the only thing between her and safety is a man named Dan. He is on the front lines in Iraq – fighting for her freedom, and fighting for her heart. She would give anything to have him back home, to have him hold her in his arms but instead she falls asleep. Alone. By herself. Because she knows how important the freedom of this country is. As she falls asleep, she prays that God will bring him back safely, and she trusts that she will be able to make him the happiest man in the world some day by marrying him.

And that is precisely what is going to happen! I met up with Brittany and Dan to do their engagement shoot at Eolia Mansion at Harkness Memorial Park in Waterford, CT. it was a gorgeous spring day, and we shared lots of laughs ad stories.

There is a team of vendors in Connecticut who are coming together to help Brittany and Dan have the wedding of their dreams! Organized by Jessica Robinson, with the help of some very talented people, Brittany and Dan are going to have an AMAZING wedding at Eolia Mansion. I am privileged to be the photographer who was asked to document this special day. Brittany and Dan – you were a pleasure to hang out with and I can’t wait until your wedding!

I love the backdrop and architecture of Eolia mansion! Eolia Mansion at Harkness Meorial park is such a fantastic place to shoot engagement sessions and weddings.

Dan looking all spiffy!

God, I wish I had those legs!

Aren’t they just too cute?

Helloooo gorgeous!

Brittany has some of the most stunning eyes I have ever seen!

I am so in love with this series!


Britt, you are seriously SO stunning!

After we left the mansion area, we headed over to the Eolia gardens to continue their engagement session.


Notice which logo is in focus. Just sayin’….

Next we started closing up Brittany and Dan’s engagement session by steaming things up a bit at the beach at Harkness Memorial park…

Ow ow!

And finally, we ended the engagement session at Harkness with a little fun in the [freezing cold] water!

Brittany and Dan, I absolutely can’t wait for your wedding at Harkness next year!

VIEW Comments +

  1. Beautiful! She is gorgeous. Seriously. Great session.

  2. Mary Marantz says:

    Whaaaaat?! What a STUNNING couple! Love it!

  3. Brittany says:

    When I first saw these photos, I couldn’t believe it was me! They are fabulous and I love all of them! Post more soon please!!!!

  4. Paula Bussola-Weiner says:

    I always knew my daughter was as beautiful as she is smart! These pictures are not only gorgeous but truly capture that special something she and Dan share.

  5. Olga Patsula says:

    Brittany & Dan, your photoshoot was sooo beautiful. I am truly happy that you have found your prince charming. You both look absolutely amazing and I cant wait to see the wedding photos. Love you guys xoxoxoxo. Side note* your photographer does great work!!

  6. Lia Apostolidis says:

    Brittany & Dad, I am in LOVE with your pictures. You should post & send all of them out because you two epitomize LOVE. I am so so happy for both of you & cannot wait for the wedding. Miss you both!

  7. Eric Foley says:

    Great meeting you as well! Love Harkness and love the shots in the water.

  8. Beautiful story, stunning couple, and amazing photography! Congratulations you guys!!! Many blessings <3

  9. Tatum McGlynn says:

    Beautiful pictures Brittany is simply stunning, sorry Dan. You two look very happy to have each other congratulations.

  10. Steve Ducey says:

    Dan you look good, Brittany you look amazing except for that yankees shirt haha. All in all fantastic pictures.

  11. johnna says:

    these are fantastic, alicia! 😉 great work!

  12. Nancy says:

    I thought the pictures were great, some serious,some playful and some amazing. Good Job!!

  13. Joshua Paz says:

    I like the Yankee and Red Sox ones. lol cute.

  14. Rick Weiner says:

    Fantastic pics……love those SOX pics

  15. Paola Lopez says:

    Love the pics they are very natural and beautiful !

  16. Vivian Lopez says:

    Great pictures love the yankees !!

  17. Daniel Lopez says:

    Love the beach ones they are awesome !

  18. Andrew Eckman says:

    Love the Black & White ones… You both look amazing together!!!

  19. sidney chang says:

    these photos are AMAZING!!…as always! 🙂

  20. carol andrews says:

    The pictures are great. Nice job. Picking is going to be hard so many nice shots. We don;t get to see Dan’s face in many of the pictures. I like the one with the tree in the background. But I like so many other too. Your photoshoot was wonderful…..Great Job !! Love You…Hugs!!!

  21. Brittany says:

    Alicia– you never said which one was your favorite!? I know you’re a busy gal, but let me know when you’re going to post the rest of the pics!!!

  22. Heather Boutin says:

    I came across these photos today when I was googling Harkness Park pictures. (My favorite place in CT) I live in TX right now (my husband is in the Navy)… (I grew up in CT) but I’m coming home in July for 2 weeks to visit family. And I always have to stop at Harkness. Your work is amazingggggg.. I don’t know this couple.. but they are so cute .. he heeee… and they looked like they had an amazing time at the photo session… Wow.. amazing work!!! Good luck to Brittany and Dan…. and Dan, thanks for serving our country. (It said you served in Iraq)

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