Wedding at The Waveny House Mansion in New Canaan, CT | Andrew & Elina

This sums up the type of couple that Andrew & Elina are perfectly:

“Thank You so much for agreeing to shoot our wedding so last minute and for being so professional and helpful along every step of the way. We know you are constantly working, we understand you are very busy with all of your clients and we understand it takes time to do great work. Thank you for the time you have dedicated to us. We appreciate the personal touch and way you put yourselves into the work and really appreciate the way you interacted and were with us personally. Thank you for being so down to earth, honest & for working with us not just for us. Thank You especially for your patience and professionalism even amongst some tense & awkward moments. We really appreciate the time you took to make sure we got the pictures that will mean the most to us. We really are very grateful that we were able to hire you to do our photography and are extremely grateful for the work you did and are doing. We really love all the work we’ve seen you do, online: on your blogs and websites, and can’t wait to see our images too. Thank you again for all your help and work… wish you all the best with all the work you do!! Thank You Again ~Andrew”

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I mean WOW. I’m just gonna type and sob away over here. Receiving a little note like that is all it takes to rock my consciousness and remind me of the magnitude of our role as photographers on a wedding day. And it is really NOT just about providing jaw dropping images (although we like to do that too), but our presence and energy and attitude has a dramatic impact on one of the biggest days in a families life. We have the ability to contribute a sense of calm and control while emotions are running wild all around us, we can laugh, (shed a few tears too – the first look gets me every time) and reveal our genuine gratitude and happiness.

We are so lucky.
We have an enormous responsibility.
This is no joke.
This is the best job in the world.

Thank you Andrew and Elina for the reminder.

And it wouldn’t be a blog post without a little behind the scenes geekery.

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booyah. And even a little extra geekery: shot at 5:45pm. 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400, 16mm.

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A few favorites from the Waveny House in New Canaan, CT.

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fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

The other really cool thing about Elina and Andrew is that they are performers that travel around the world together. Because of their travel schedule, they had to have pretty spontaneous wedding planning – they did not even meet us “in person” before their wedding date (I don’t think skyping from Singapore exactly counts). We were very fortunate to be available a month prior to their date and we are so happy it worked out. They were fantastic to work with, so happy together and…gave us LOTS of picture time (my fave of course, hee hee).

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Eric, Brenden and I arrived at The Waveny House Mansion in New Cannan to cover Elina getting dressed prior to the first look. The window light in the bridal suite was just scrumptious and Elina is a truly beautiful bride.

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

The details.

Hair & Makeup: Dana Bartone of Dana Bartone & Company | Floral Design: Peterson Florist | Caterer: Marianne Wilson Catering | DJ: Beth Angel of Party Pro DJ | Ceremony & Reception: Waveny House

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fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

Brenden working hard, not much assisting needed while shooting a boutonniere. lol.

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

Elina heading to see her groom for the first time. Love the anticipation of a first look.

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

The photos above were shot natural light, at approximately the same time as this next shot. Both very beautiful, but I’m curious which look you prefer?

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

Andrew and Elina danced together all night, it was like they were the only two in the room. I loved how evident their love for each other was to anyone in their presence. Thank you guys for being so amazing!

Towards the end of the reception nothing could fill our hearts up more besides the opportunity to photograph them together, on their wedding day at Andrew’s sister’s memorial nearby. Super emotional, but such a blessing that we could provide these very special pictures to them and their family.

I’ll say it again.

We are so lucky.
We have an enormous responsibility.
This is no joke.
This is the best job in the world.

Thank you Andrew and Elina for the reminder.


fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer

fashion photography editorial photo shoot by raw photo design ct modern bridal photographer