Irish + Jay // wedding

Just about a year ago, I decided to give away a wedding photography package. The contest was narrowed down to three couples, and it was left to my audience to vote on their favorite couple! It was so much fun(stressful!!!), and when it came down to the final hours, the numbers between the top two couples were soooooo close. Irish and Jay came in a very close second, and I recall thinking, ohhh I wish I could give away both! I emailed Irish after the contest was through and offered my services with a runner-up discount because I just so badly wanted to be a part of their day after hearing their story and seeing the incredible outpouring of love and support from their friends and family throughout the voting process. Thankfully, they accepted my offer and I was the lucky one who got to photograph their wedding day this past October!

Irish and Jay are genuinely beautiful (and hysterically funny) people. They have huge hearts and would do anything for those they love. Their wedding day was so much fun.. it was a super relaxed, a DIY style ceremony and reception at the White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, CT. This property is just beautiful! In the middle of the woods, a long driveway leads up to the site. The house itself is surrounded by fields and a lake, which was the backdrop for the ceremony.

This particular day was very cold for early October, and it rained the entire morning(we actually weren't even sure if the ceremony would be held outdoors), but the rain stopped just in time and we made it work!  And between the good drinks, the heat from the pig roaster, and the mega dance party that broke out after dinner, everyone stayed perfectly warm.

This was definitely one of my favorite weddings to date, with the moody light and beautiful pops of fall colors in the flowers and dresses, but mostly because of how real the love between these two is.. How happy they were to be making this special commitment to one another with their three children present. Their eyes and smiles said it all, and that just isn't something you can fake for the camera.

Thank you Irish and Jay for having me be a part of this day with you.. Such a privilege and I feel so lucky to have crossed paths.. xoxo, Jennifer

venue: the White Memorial Conservation Center | bride's dresses; ceremony: hand-me-down Galina Signature, altered by Danielle Morander (bride's sister), reception: Burlington Coat Factory | flower crown: Danielle Morander | groom: Jos. A. Bank | flowers: Jen Parsons, bridesmaid | rings; bride: Kay Jewelers, groom: Staghead Designs | bride necklace: Design Forum Gallery | groom cufflinks: Etsy | invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | hair: Donald Francoeur of Somers Day Spa | makeup: Lisa Ricco of Somers Day Spa | pigroast: Travis Bauer | catering : Carbone's Market | dj: Ryan Smart