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Fatime and Thyldan's Engagement Session at Springfield City Hall

Fatime and Thyldan hired me to cover their engagement party next week and decided to add in a quick engagement shoot beforehand. They wanted fresh prints to display at their wedding at the end of the month.

The couple is originally from the Congo and they’ll be having a really fun welcoming party for their traveling guests next week. The event sounds really unique with lots of special traditions that I am so excited to cover.

We took their photos at Springfield City Hall, one of my favorite photo locations in western Massachusetts.

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Engagement photos at Gouveia Vineyards in Wallingford, CT

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Bruno and Brianna are getting married at The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury, Connecticut next year and then celebrating with family and friends at the Aria Banquet hall.

They wanted to have their engagement photos taken at a place that would compliment the European aesthetic of their venues and celebrate Bruno’s strong Portuguese heritage. When they asked if I would mind taking their photos at a Portuguese Winery in Connecticut I jumped at the opportunity.

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We traveled down to the Gouveia Vineyards, a Portuguese winery in Wallingford. The winery is overlooks 140 acres of expansive landscape including 32 acres of vineyard, rolling hills, and is perfectly placed to enjoy a stunning summer sunset.

According to their website, the winery produces 90,000 old world style bottles of wine a year using traditional skills of Portuguese winemaking.

“Our original vines were planted by hand. Every vine is hand pruned and we owe our gratitude to the hundreds of volunteers who help harvest the grapes every year.”

Yes that’s right, you can volunteer at their harvest in September to pick grapes in the vineyard, and even do some grape stomping in the barrels. What’s even cooler about this is that Portuguese Ranchos from around the region come and perform at the vineyard to celebrate the Harvest while you pick and stomp.

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We spent the afternoon exploring the stone house and tasting room, strolling along the dirt roads of the winery, and enjoying the view of the pond. The fields were so hot and sunny, but when the sun began to set, enduring the direct summer heat immediately felt worth it.

Thank you Bruno and Brianna for the wonderful afternoon and for introducing me to this amazing place! I am SO excited for your wedding in the spring!

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If you are planning a wedding, some of my packages include a personalized engagement session like this!

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Custom-made Maple USB and Slide Box Combos

I am so excited to now offer these beautiful, custom-made, maple USB and slide box combos. We all wish we were a little bit better about keeping track of our personal photos (myself included). This is a great way to hold onto your most treasured memories on a natural wood printed keepsake.

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Inside the box is a custom 16GB USB stick that holds all of your high resolution wedding photos as well as a space for 4x6 prints. Your image is printed directly onto the wood surfaces of the USB drive and the memory stick, so the natural grain of the wood will peak through your image.

Most of my wedding packages now include one of these beauties, but if yours doesn’t, you can always add one to your cart after your gallery is delivered or shoot me a message and I can help you get one!

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It’s also a beautiful piece to display in your home and a nice little reminder of your happiest day. You can throw it on a bookshelf or bedside table and be at peace knowing that your photos are accessible and in one place.

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Your Wedding Photography Timeline

Your Wedding Photography Timeline

If you recently got engaged (congrats!) you are probably gearing up to devote your entire life to planning your big day. You’ve probably seen some friends or family go through this, or at least have seen the movie bridesmaids so you probably know that this can turn into a full time job.

As your wedding photographer, I feel that it is super important that after you book me I don’t drop off the face of the planet until a month before your wedding, so there are many points throughout the year or two that we connect to talk details or sort through any questions you may have.

Here is a helpful timeline I share with couples at our initial meeting so they can get a sense of what the time will be like between the moment I am booked to delivery day and beyond.

Forever Faria - Mena and Dan's Ludlow, MA wedding

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Filomena and Dan grew up in the same town but only started dating after moving around the country as single, free spirited people. Eventually, they got together and moved down south to build a life together. Despite their home base being in a place where it’s warmer, they decided to hold their ceremony and reception back home in Ludlow, Massachusetts.

If you grew up in Ludlow, like me, you probably grew up going to really big Portuguese weddings at the Ludlow Portuguese Club. My mom and dad had their reception there, as did myself and my husband. Many of my friends and family also had their receptions there. It’s a great place for the community to host really big, memorable parties.

Mena and Dan wanted to share their love with their family and friends by hosting them at this venue.

Mena and Dan were married at the Congregational First Church of Christ in Springfield, Massachusetts and held their reception at the Ludlow Portuguese Club in Ludlow, Massachusetts. Photos following the ceremony were taken at Springfield City Hall. MGM Springfield hosted the bridal party and also guests traveling from out of town. The reception was catered by the Villa Rose and a special appearance was made by the Hartford Raincho of the Hartford Portuguese Club, a traditional Portuguese music and dance troop. When the dance floor opened, I set up an open air photo booth to photograph friends and family.

The entire day was so fun and I could not have asked for a more beautiful and loving couple to close out a super eventful year.

Congrats Mena and Dan! I wish you a lifetime of love, health and happiness!

To see more images, view the full round up of favorites here!

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Want to see more?

See a round-up of my favorites!

Dress: New York Bride and Groom / Essense of Australia

Suits: New York Bride and Groom

Bridesmaids dresses: Dessy

Hair: Tiffany Duchesne

Make-up: Divine Elegance Beauty Boutique

Cake: Theme Cakes by Jolene

Entertainment: Hartford Raincho

Signage: E+B Creative

Flowers: McClelland’s Florist

Caterer: Villa Rose

Wedding Coordinator: Helena Braz

Second Photographer: Tara Sullivan Photography

Photobooth Photographer: Emma Welford

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Happy with a Chance of Showers | Thom + Cassandra | Ludlow, MA | 8.18.18

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You never know what the weather will be like the day you get married. On Cassandra and Thom’s wedding day the skies decided to open up and join in the celebration! They were married in an outdoor ceremony, performed by the groom’s childhood friend, at the groom’s family home. Getting a little wet did not seem to dampen anyone’s spirit!

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Luckily, Cassandra and Thom are creative, resourceful people and surround themselves with other creative and resourceful people. We had to shift some of the wedding timeline to get the photos that they wanted but we made it work!

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Their wedding and reception was full of beautiful details, laughter and fun! Congratulations!

Click here to view the full gallery of images.

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Vendor Info:

Hair and Make-up by Brush. Salon
Dress by David's Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses by David's Bridal
Flowers by Ivy Lane Floral Designs
Venue: Ludlow Portuguese Club
Band: Milltown Bandits