photography by LarJ: Blog http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog en-us (C) photography by LarJ | Stamford, CT larj@photographybylarj.com (photography by LarJ) Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:17:00 GMT Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:17:00 GMT http://www.photographybylarj.com/img/s12/v172/u1039813318-o1005354653-50.jpg photography by LarJ: Blog http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog 80 120 Jennifer & Anthony // Wedding Highlights [Stamford, CT] http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2017/8/flores-wedding-stamford-ct I had to honor of photographing the wedding of two young'ns, Jen & Anthony. They remind me so much of myself & Roody because we all got married at the same age: 20!

Today marks one week since their union, so I wanted to share some wedding highlights with you, as well as their love story :)

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"Anthony and Jennifer will make four years together as a couple on November 18, 2017. This couple met halfway through their High School careers as sweethearts in Stamford High School.

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Jennifer was crushing on Anthony well before, finding him to be extremely handsome, funny, intelligent, and focused. So the couple grew together as friends, becoming close friends before entering a serious relationship.

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Their story begins when Jennifer transferred to Stamford High School from Brian Mcmahon’s Center for Global Studies program. Upon entering her new classes and new environments, she needed help with homework. Jennifer would look through Facebook for every student she could find. She had messaged over a dozen people, but they either weren’t in her English class, didn't start their assignment, or couldn't meet up to work on it.

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Eventually, Jennifer came across Anthony, whose name she vaguely remembered from Elementary School. He turned out to be the only available and willing individual to help her on her homework. They would regularly work together on homework at the local library, and the two had instant chemistry.

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Jennifer & Anthony's WeddingJennifer & Anthony's WeddingCeremony Jennifer would bring food to the library, which led to invites to each other’s houses, dinners and going together for school dances, and other outings. Time would pass by, and the two placed November 18, 2013 as their anniversary of their relationship. Jennifer & Anthony's WeddingJennifer & Anthony's WeddingCeremony

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Fast forward, Jennifer and Anthony did seasons of Marching Band, Winter Percussion, and Track and Field together. They even went to both Junior and Senior Prom together.

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Jen & Anthony, I pray God continues to guide you and that you will continue to be a good example to other young people who look up to you <3

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"Basic Invite" Printing Services http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2017/7/-basic-invite-printing-services As a wedding photographer, photographing things like wedding invitations, save-the-dates, place cards and other printed materials is part of my shot list. It helps when those items look good :) So I want to tell you all about a company called "Basic Invite" that is basically your one-stop-shop for all the printed items you'd need in relation to your wedding day. They also just rolled out their new clear collection, added rose gold foil to their foil collection, and now offer foil place cards! Check out some more info below.

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Basic InviteSave the Date card Almost Unlimited Colors - The color options that Basic Invite provides are almost unlimited, with instant previews online. Once you choose your design, you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it to be, down to the smallest detail -- you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options.

 

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Basic InviteBridal Shower Invitation Free Address Collection Service - When I got married almost 6 years ago, I didn't have this luxury. It was such a pain to get everyone's address!! But Basic Invite has a free address collection service, where you can request your addresses with just three simple steps: share a link, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing. Boom!

 

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Here are some quick links if you need to get your hands on some goodies:

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You can also find them on FacebookPinterestInstagram and Twitter. Happy designing!

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Larianne's Mother's Day Session // Family Portraits at Binney Park http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2017/5/lariannes-mother-s-day-session-family-portraits-at-binney-park I'd like to think that when it comes to special holidays, I'm very easy to please. Take me somewhere. Give me a nice experience. Buy me chocolate covered fruits. Take me out to dinner. Give me a portrait session. Just one of those things would make a very happy person :)

This year for Mother's Day, we did a lot. Roody went all out and I've never felt more special. Not only did he buy me 3 beautiful jewelry pieces that I will cherish forever, but we also got a chance to take some gorgeous photos in the park. We would have done them on Mother's Day, but we went out to dinner with our families and knew the boys wouldn't be able to handle a portrait session afterwards.

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I'm so blessed to be a mother of two. I posted this on social media, but I'll talk about it here as well. I never wanted to be a mother so young. When I got married, the plan was to have children at age 30. Seriously. Then I got pregnant December 2012, lost the baby and my whole world changed. All of  a sudden, I felt something for children. I wanted a baby.

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We started trying in March 2014. I miscarried again in July. I was heartbroken, but determined. Jaden, our rainbow baby, was conceived in November 2014. I became a mother in August 2015.

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Jonathan was a surprise. To be honest, I wasn't ready to have another child 6 months after giving birth. I felt overwhelmed during the entire pregnancy. But when I gave birth in December 2016, that's when Jonathan & I made a connection and now I can't imagine my life without him.

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So this year, I thank God for the blessing of being a mother of two. Who'd have thought that little LarJ would be chasing two children at the age of 26? That's crazy haha.

Roody has been my rock through all of this. I love him so much. He's the best baby daddy a girl could ever ask for.

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Jaden didn't pay too much attention to Jonathan at first, but now he yells, "Babby!" when he sees him, gives him kisses and rubs his hair. They're so sweet together.

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Jonathan laughs every time he sees Jaden, and Jaden often plots to squeeze Jonathan's feet or pull his hair. It can get a little crazy at home haha.

Larianne's Mother's Day SessionLarianne's Mother's Day SessionMay 2017 Family Portraits The most I weighed while pregnant was 175 lbs. I was about 140 when I got pregnant with Jaden. I'm currently 148 lbs and I feel so beautiful.

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Being a mother has changed me so much. I feel like I look more mature, and I'm also much more goal-driven. I wake up in the morning, ready to work. I go to bed late at night because of work. Everything I do is for the benefit of my family. I no longer have a lazy bone haha.

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And of course, I had to end the session with some photos of Jaden being happy. Because seeing my children happy makes me happy.

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Jasmine's First Birthday Party // Avalon Norwalk http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2017/3/jasmines-first-birthday-party-avalon-norwalk Julie found me on Google and booked me to photograph her daughter's first birthday party via text message. HAHA! Isn't that so cool?

I walked into the room and immediately noticed all the pink. I felt right at home :)

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There was a face painter, making all the kiddies feel super special. This little girl was convinced she was a butterfly and couldn't stop flapping her balloon wings during the party. Event Photographer Stamford CTJasmine's First Birthday PartyAvalon Norwalk Event Photographer Stamford CTJasmine's First Birthday PartyAvalon Norwalk

The birthday girl, Jasmine, made her entrance and we immediately became best friends. I had to refrain from picking her up and giving her all the hugs and kisses. She's too adorable!

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Jasmine's brother's name is Jayden, the same name as my older son. So we instantly became buddies :)
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Julie and some of the guests insisted that Roody and I try the food. The food was very spicy, but the cauliflower was amazing! I had no idea cauliflower could taste that good. I would have thought it was barbecued chicken haha.
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We stepped outside into the lobby to take some formal family portraits. Look how beautiful they are! Event Photographer Stamford CTJasmine's First Birthday PartyAvalon Norwalk Event Photographer Stamford CTJasmine's First Birthday PartyAvalon Norwalk Event Photographer Stamford CTJasmine's First Birthday PartyAvalon Norwalk Event Photographer Stamford CTJasmine's First Birthday PartyAvalon Norwalk

We went back inside and prepped for the cake cutting/smashing.
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This young lady read a scripture. Event Photographer Stamford CTJasmine's First Birthday PartyAvalon Norwalk

We sang the birthday song then Jayden blew out the candle for his little sister. Event Photographer Stamford CTJasmine's First Birthday PartyAvalon Norwalk Event Photographer Stamford CTJasmine's First Birthday PartyAvalon Norwalk Event Photographer Stamford CTJasmine's First Birthday PartyAvalon Norwalk Event Photographer Stamford CTJasmine's First Birthday PartyAvalon Norwalk Event Photographer Stamford CTJasmine's First Birthday PartyAvalon Norwalk

Julie baked this cake for Jasmine to smash. At first, Jasmine was like, "Umm...what?" Event Photographer Stamford CTJasmine's First Birthday PartyAvalon Norwalk

Then she got a taste of the cake and got excited. Event Photographer Stamford CTJasmine's First Birthday PartyAvalon Norwalk

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This was one of the cutest birthday parties ever. I'm so glad I was able to photograph it for this lovely family :) Event Photographer Stamford CTJasmine's First Birthday PartyAvalon Norwalk Event Photographer Stamford CTJasmine's First Birthday PartyAvalon Norwalk

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Kenisha & Jevaughn // Wedding Highlights [New Haven, CT] http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2016/8/huggins-wedding-highlights-new-haven-ct I have known Kenisha since she was about 7 years old. We've been members of the same church forever. When she asked me to photograph her wedding, I felt greatly honored. And knowing Jevaughn (aka Jay), this wedding was going to be the wedding for the year :D

Kenisha & Jay got married on my son Jaden's first birthday. I guess I'll never forget their anniversary! Although I was sad to leave my son on his birthday, I was excited to be a part of this great event.

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The wedding ceremony took place at Promiseland Church of God in West Haven, CT. It was unlike any wedding ceremony I'd ever seen in person. There was a live band and lots of singing.

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There was also a dance and a spoken word piece.

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After Jay walked into the sanctuary, this young lady joined him on stage and sang as the bridal party entered. Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingCeremony

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Kenisha's brothers took care of the runner in preparation for her grand entrance. Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingCeremony Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingCeremony Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingCeremony

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Instead of the traditional wedding band, Jay will be sporting a watch. Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingCeremony Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingCeremony

Rev. Brown did the prayer for the bride. Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingCeremony

The whole room shifted as Jay's late father did the prayer for the groom. Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingCeremony

And then it was official, they were officially pronounced man and wife!

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Look at the joy on their faces! So sweet. Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingCeremony

After the ceremony, we went to the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Haven to do some quick bridal party portraits. Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingPortraits Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingPortraits Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingPortraits Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingPortraits Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingPortraits The reception took place at LoRicco Tower in New Haven.  Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingReception Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingReception

After the entrances, they went right into the First Dance. Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingReception Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingReception Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingReception I love the way Kenisha held her father during the Father/Daughter dance!

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Then there were some quick toasts from members of the bridal party. Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingReception Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingReception Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingReception Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingReception

The Shoe Game is one of my favorite games to watch being played at a wedding. Sometimes the questions are hilarious, sometimes they're embarrassing. HAHA!

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This is the calmest bouquet toss I've ever seen. No one jumped to catch the thing?! Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingReception Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingReception Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingReception

Jay was quick to remove the garter. Not bad! Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingReception Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingReception Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingReception

Shout out to the guys! They actually wanted to catch the garter :) Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingReception Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingReception

This young man was such a gentleman. He put the garter on in 5 seconds haha. Kenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingKenisha & Jevaughn's WeddingReception

Time to cut the cake!

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Kenisha put on her second dress, and she looked amazing!

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This young lady approached us after the ceremony, letting us know that she watches our vlogs on YouTube. It was so cute watching her 5-month-old get down on the dance floor hehe.

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I was so happy to be a part of this special day. May God bless your union, Kenisha & Jevaughn!

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Gemima + John // Wedding Highlights [Bridgeport & Monroe, CT] http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2016/7/gemima-john-wedding-highlights-bridgeport-monroe-ct Do you remember the engagement session I did a few months ago? Well, Gemima (aka Mia) & John finally had the beautiful wedding that we've all been waiting for. I hate to sound biased, but these are some of the best photos I've ever taken. HAHA! My family complains that I say that about every wedding, but I'm allowed :D I want to give a shoutout and special thank you to my lovely second shooter, Dominique, for capturing some of these photos for me. It's always nice to see the wedding through another photographer's lens.

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The ceremony was absolutely beautiful. It took place at North Park Baptist Church on Bridgeport, CT. One of my favorite kinds of ceremonies to photograph is a Christian ceremony, and I'm not saying that because I'm a Christian myself. There's just something so pure and real about the officiant standing before the guests talking to them about the Biblical meaning behind marriage. I love it!

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So after the ceremony, we went to a spacious venue called The Stone Barn at Whitney Farms Golf Course, located in Monroe, CT. During cocktail hour, I photographed the bridal party and immediate family members. Thank God for some shade from the bright sun! Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingPortraits Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingPortraits Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingPortraits Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingPortraits

Then it was time to just get the two lovebirds alone. I can't believe I forgot to mention how absolutely GORGEOUS Mia looked. That dress was perfect for her, and the Cathedral veil was the icing on the cake.

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I'm proud of how on-schedule the portraits were haha. We made it back in time for the bride & groom to grub and hang out before the DJ made the announcements. Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception

Right after they walked in, Mia & John did THE most beautiful first dance I've ever seen in my entire life. I almost cried, but I stopped myself because I had to keep shooting haha. I was whooping and cheering louder than any of the guests. I can't believe how lovely it was! These pictures don't even do it justice. So be sure to check out the video that Roody recorded with Larique below! Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception

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So after the amazing performance, dinner was served and then the dance floor opened up. Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception

They paused the dancing to get some speeches from the maid of honor and best man. Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception

Then it was time to cut that beautiful cake! Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception

The bouquet toss got pretty intense haha. Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception

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And, of course, John put on a performance to take off Mia's garter. I had no idea this guy could dance so well! Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception

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These days, no guys want to catch that garter haha. Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception

The best man was the first to step away, so the rest of the guys forced him to pick it up! Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception

I have no idea what was going on between these two, but it must have been pretty funny! Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception

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If there were a rug on the dance floor, John would have been cutting it haha. Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception Gemima & John's WeddingGemima & John's WeddingReception The end!

I was so honored to be a part of this special day, Mia & John. Thank you so much for having me and my team. I pray that you have a beautiful marriage. God bless you both!

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larj@photographybylarj.com (photography by LarJ) Nikon 105mm 2.8 lens Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 lens Nikon D7100 Nikon D800 bride dancing fun groom wedding http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2016/7/gemima-john-wedding-highlights-bridgeport-monroe-ct Tue, 05 Jul 2016 02:07:18 GMT
Norah-Anne Turns One! [Birthday Cake Smash] // Binney Park, Old Greenwich http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2016/6/norah-anne-turns-one-birthday-cake-smash-binney-park-old-greenwich Today this little princess turned the big O-N-E! Norah-Anne was such a delight to photograph. She and her parents, Myriame & Friday, came dressed in matching Nigerian wear. I nearly died from all the cuteness.

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Then we had an outfit change and put Norah on the little set up that her God-mother, Nellie, set up for her. 1-year-old Norah-Anne1-year-old Norah-AnneBirthday Cake Smash 1-year-old Norah-Anne1-year-old Norah-AnneBirthday Cake Smash

No one wanted that cute outfit to get messed up, so she changed again in preparation for the cake-smashing. Norah kept screaming with delight. She's so adorable!

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It took some effort, but we finally got her to eat that gorgeous cake haha

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Cake smashes are one of my favorite kinds of sessions to do. I can't wait for my Jaden to have his own cake smash in 3 months :)

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Gemima + John | Engagement Session \\ Binney Park, Old Greenwich, CT http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2016/3/gemima-john-engagement-session-binney-park-old-greenwich-ct To me, engagement sessions are a dress rehearsal for my client's wedding portraits. I get to tease them and give them all the "rules." I also "teach" them how to kiss haha. Clients are generally shy because they've most likely never had to kiss and be lovey-dovey in front of someone else's camera. On top of that, they're in the middle of planning the biggest day of their lives--the day they commit themselves to God in front of their friends and family--and so this serves as a break from the stress of said planning.

Well, Gemima & John are a little different. They're already married! They had a private wedding a few months ago and are now in the process of planning a celebration for their friends and family to enjoy. So naturally, I expected them to be over the shyness. But NOPE! They were just as shy haha. Enough of my blabber. Let's get into the photos and juicy details, shall we? :) Here are Gemima's words:

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"After agreeing to get married when we were planning on moving in together, all fairytale dreams about a well planned out and romantic proposal were basically out of the door. But to me following the plan that God had in store for us was much better than a romantic engagement. We did not feel comfortable living together without being married and we made the decision to get married and take things slowly before buying the ring and following the traditional sequence of how everything usually occurs."

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"After knowing each other for over ten years and getting serious about four years ago, there was nothing that made me doubt that we had made the right decision. So after my husband got a new job and started a new career, we started talking about the ring. We were also in the process of planning our wedding so money was pretty tight. On Friday before Valentine's Day, my husband spent four hours at the mall trying to find the perfect ring. To his dismay, (and later mine) he did not purchase the ring that day."

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"About two weeks later, we went to the place where he had found the perfect ring for me and I got to see what he was going to purchase. It was beautiful! I was so happy. We purchased my engagement ring and wedding band and purchased his wedding band on the same day. Then, we had to wait two and a half weeks for resizing. That was a lifetime to me because I had waited so patiently for my ring. My ring finally came in but he was away for work and he told me to wait."

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"On Friday, March 18, 2016 in our dining room with my sister filming, my husband got down on one knee and proposed to me by asking, 'Will you stay married to me?' Then, he put the ring on my finger and I felt like a million bucks. The look in his eyes and his genuine smile made everything special to me. It wasn't exactly what I pictured an engagement would look like but it was perfect for the both of us. Now we are both sporting our rings and planning our wedding for this summer."

Gemima & John's Engagement SessionGemima & John's Engagement SessionBinney Park, Old Greenwich, CT No lie, I almost started crying when I finished reading the story after she e-mailed it to me. I'm telling you, I hear THE cutest love stories ever <3‚Äč

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larj@photographybylarj.com (photography by LarJ) Binney Park Old Greenwich CT Nikon 105mm 2.8 lens Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens Nikon D800 couple engagement session love marriage photo shoot portrait wedding http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2016/3/gemima-john-engagement-session-binney-park-old-greenwich-ct Mon, 28 Mar 2016 18:10:49 GMT
Felicia + Ernso | Engagement Session \\ Beardsley Park, Bridgeport, CT http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2016/2/augustin-engagement-session-beardsley-park-bridgeport-ct Felicia found me on Wedding Wire. Unbeknownst to her, she and another bride were battling for the same date. Felicia & Ernso happened to meet with me and Roody and book us first, and I'm happy they did!

We arranged to do their engagement session this past weekend at Beardsley Park in Bridgeport, CT. I was nervous because, well, it's February! But the sun was shining brightly and it felt like a lovely Spring afternoon. I asked Felicia for her and Ernso's love story. Here are her words:

"Our story began 8 years ago at a place called Continuum Health Partners. We were both working there in the same department. Ernso was the new guy not really speaking much.  So, my friend and I used to bug him to get him to talk and hang with everyone. Eventually he opened up and started hanging with a group of us."

Felicia & Ernso's Engagement SessionFelicia & Ernso's Engagement SessionBeardsley Park, Bridgeport, CT "Over time, Ernso and I would just talk and joke around. He wasn’t really looking for anyone at the time. I was looking to find a new relationship but was not thinking it would be with him. Somehow we grew on each other and began dating."

Felicia & Ernso's Engagement SessionFelicia & Ernso's Engagement SessionBeardsley Park, Bridgeport, CT "The dating went on for about 2 years and within this time I was introduced to his kids. They were cute little kiddies. He also met a number of my family members within this time as well as I with his."

Felicia & Ernso's Engagement SessionFelicia & Ernso's Engagement SessionBeardsley Park, Bridgeport, CT "Fast forward to the present time. Ernso and I decided to make things official by actually saying we were a couple instead of saying we are friends. As time rolled on we decided to make a move to Connecticut and build a life there together in July of 2012. 2 years and 7 months later on Feb 14, 2015 Ernso totally surprised me with his proposal.  I was absolutely clueless to what he was doing although there were all these clues around me."

Felicia & Ernso's Engagement SessionFelicia & Ernso's Engagement SessionBeardsley Park, Bridgeport, CT "So here we are ready to commit under God and before our family and friends that we vow to live together happily ever after."

Felicia & Ernso's Engagement SessionFelicia & Ernso's Engagement SessionBeardsley Park, Bridgeport, CT How sweet! I can't wait to photograph their wedding in October :)

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larj@photographybylarj.com (photography by LarJ) Beardsley Park Bridgeport CT Nikon 105mm 2.8 lens Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens Nikon D800 couple engagement session love photo shoot portrait wedding http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2016/2/augustin-engagement-session-beardsley-park-bridgeport-ct Wed, 24 Feb 2016 01:36:07 GMT
Jean + Rob = Married // Zeug Wedding Highlights [Alger House, New York] http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2016/1/jean-rob-married-zeug-wedding-highlights-alger-house-new-york Yesterday evening Roody and I had the opportunity to shoot our first wedding of the year! We were hit by Snow Storm Jonas on Saturday, but Roody dug the car out of the driveway and we managed to make it to Alger House in New York right on time :)

Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingPre Ceremony Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingPre Ceremony. Wedding Bouquet. Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingPre Ceremony. Ring Shot. I was quite surprised at how relaxed Jean was. So cool, calm and collected. It was nice to see, and she looked absolutely beautiful!

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Jean's mother walked her down the aisle.

Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingCeremony Then they dove right into the personalized vows.
Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingCeremony Rob's words were surprisingly beautiful :D Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingCeremony Jean is from New York and Rob is from Connecticut, so they mixed the sands from their own beaches together as a symbol. Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingCeremony Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingCeremony The ring placement. Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingCeremony Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingCeremony Officially husband and wife! Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingCeremony Before heading outside, we captured some family photos.

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Of course Rob had to get a eat-Jean's-head photo :) Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingPortraits I had never photographed anyone in the snow before, so I was honestly a little nervous about this. I'm from a tropical island called Jamaica. The snow and I are NOT friends haha. But I was so busy taking the photos that I didn't even feel cold. Thank God!

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Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingPre Ceremony Introducing, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Zeug :) Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingReception Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingReception Do you know what my favorite part of shooting a wedding is? The part where I get to eat wedding food. No lie, that salad was THE best salad I've ever eaten in my whole life. And anyone who knows me knows that I don't like vegetables haha. Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingReception

This first dance photo takes my breath away. It is my absolute favorite from the entire wedding. The way Jean is looking at Rob is everything <3 Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingReception Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingReception Time to boogie! Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingReception Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingReception Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingReception One of the things I'll never forget about JROTC is the Melbourne Shuffle. We did that dance to EVERYTHING! Of course, Shane & Justin broke out with the shuffle. It was hilarious :D Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingReception Jean & Rob's WeddingJean & Rob's WeddingReception

Guess which song this is!

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larj@photographybylarj.com (photography by LarJ) Alger House New York Nikon 105mm 2.8 lens Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens Nikon 50mm f/1.4 Lens Nikon D800 cake couple marriage ring wedding http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2016/1/jean-rob-married-zeug-wedding-highlights-alger-house-new-york Tue, 26 Jan 2016 03:32:02 GMT
Jaden August's Christmas Mini Session // 3 Months Old http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2015/12/jaden-august-christmas-mini-session-3-months-old Is this the first time I'm blogging about my son?? That's crazy. Anyway, I've been waiting all month to post these photos. By now you should know that I no longer have a studio in my home, so I had to turn the living room into a studio for this session. I'm so glad it worked out!

Since this was the first time I photographed Jaden "professionally" I was super nervous and terribly excited. I was almost certain that he would give me this face the entire time.

Jaden August's Christmas Mini SessionJaden August's Christmas Mini Session3 months old But then the smiles started coming out, and I was so happy!

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The rest of the photo shoot was perfect. Jaden August's Christmas Mini SessionJaden August's Christmas Mini Session3 months old I honestly could not have asked for a more perfect son/model haha.

Jaden August's Christmas Mini SessionJaden August's Christmas Mini Session3 months old Look at those eyes!

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Oh my gosh, I'm so in lurrrrve <3 Jaden August's Christmas Mini SessionJaden August's Christmas Mini Session3 months old Jaden August's Christmas Mini SessionJaden August's Christmas Mini Session3 months old And then he decided he'd had enough haha. Jaden August's Christmas Mini SessionJaden August's Christmas Mini Session3 months old I'm so proud of my little Poopy Butt! Cant wait to do his 6-month Easter Session!

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larj@photographybylarj.com (photography by LarJ) 3 months old Christmas Nikon 50mm 1.4 lens Nikon D800 Santa Claus baby child photographer home studio newborn photo shoot portrait http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2015/12/jaden-august-christmas-mini-session-3-months-old Fri, 25 Dec 2015 15:45:18 GMT
Jean + Rob | Engagement Session \\ Binney Park, Old Greenwich, CT http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2015/12/jean-rob-engagement-session-binney-park-old-greenwich-ct I know Rob by his last name, Zeug. We did JROTC together in high school. When I saw his engagement announcement on Facebook, it was a wonderful surprise! Then he reached out to me asking me to be his wedding photographer and I was even MORE surprised. Pleasantly surprised, of course. The wedding is happening soon, so we had to get the engagement session in quickly!

We met up at Binney Park in Old Greenwich at 7:00 in the morning because we're crazy people. Well, that and the fact that Jean & Rob are busy people! I asked Rob to tell me the proposal story, and these are his words:

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"From the moment I had met Jean, I knew there was something she had that nobody else did. Every moment with her gave me another piece of the puzzle to happiness. And one day it just clicked. I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with this woman."

Jean & Rob's Engagement SessionJean & Rob's Engagement SessionBinney Park, Old Greenwich, CT "She had gone to a recruiter for the US Coast Guard and had told me how excited she was for everything and how she wants to be able to travel across the country together. Myself being ex-military understood the only real way this would happen would be if we were married. And then I had brought it up to her and we talked about it until late in the night."

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"I didn't need to think about it any longer than it took to talk about life in the military and traveling anywhere with her. Right before we were ready to fall asleep I rolled over and looked her dead in the eye and asked her to marry me. No ring in hand. Just her in my arms and the most honest and serious thing I've ever asked anybody in my life. She said yes with a small tear in the corner in her eye and I knew she had felt the same as me since we first met."

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"The next day I surprised her by taking her to the mall and we had walked into a beautiful jewelry store and I jokingly said "Pick whatever you want" (Which she then proceeded to smack me in the side because at times I may be too much for her) and we spent the rest of that day picking out our rings."

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"One month later. We're just over 30 days from saying "I do" and starting the next chapter in our lives."

Jean & Rob's Engagement SessionJean & Rob's Engagement SessionBinney Park, Old Greenwich, CT Isn't that one of the cutest little stories you've ever read in your whole life? The story and the pictures are making me get the feels, man! HAHA. Soooooo next up: WEDDING! Can't wait :)

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larj@photographybylarj.com (photography by LarJ) Binney Park Old Greenwich CT Nikon 105mm 2.8 lens Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens Nikon D800 couple engagement session love photo shoot portrait portraits wedding http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2015/12/jean-rob-engagement-session-binney-park-old-greenwich-ct Sun, 20 Dec 2015 01:01:50 GMT
Dorissaint Family Portrait Session [Highlights] // Waveny House, New Canaan http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2015/11/dorissaint-family-portrait-session-waveny-house-new-canaan This highlight post is going to be a bit larger than the usual. Why? Well, Roody & I went to Waveny House in New Canaan, CT this afternoon to photograph a family of 11+! That's why :D Roody basically grew up with this amazing family, and I felt so honored when Tamar reached out to me to do a family portrait session.

Apparently, growing up with 10 siblings is really fun! Every time we're around the Dorissaints, somebody is cracking a joke. It never stops!

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Stephanie gave birth to Janelle just 4 days after I gave birth to Jaden. Petersen is her God-father.

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Poppa D. & his sons then Momma D. & her daughters!

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See what I mean about the jokes and laughing? Dorissaint Family Portrait SessionDorissaint Family Portrait SessionWaveny House, New Canaan Brothers <3 Dorissaint Family Portrait SessionDorissaint Family Portrait SessionWaveny House, New Canaan And finally, the lovely couple who started it all! Dorissaint Family Portrait SessionDorissaint Family Portrait SessionWaveny House, New Canaan

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larj@photographybylarj.com (photography by LarJ) New Canaan CT Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens Nikon D800 Waveny House autumn fall family portraits http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2015/11/dorissaint-family-portrait-session-waveny-house-new-canaan Tue, 01 Dec 2015 00:49:47 GMT
Patrice + Michael | Engagement Session \\ Glen Island Park, New Rochelle, NY http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2015/11/patrice-michael-engagement-session-glen-island-park-new-rochelle-ny One year from today, on November 20, 2016, these two love birds will wed! Patrice and Michael chose to do their engagement session at the beautiful Glen Island Park in New Rochelle, New York. The weather was nice and the sunlight was perfect. In the words of the bride, here is how the groom proposed:

"On the night of December 22, 2014 Micheal invited me up to his house. I found this strange because we had plans to go out, but he said, 'Come up for a minute.' He bought a bottle of wine he said he wanted me to try. I walked into the house, which usually had people in it, but no one was around. Mike put on the song Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheehan and asked me to dance with him. The words to the song were perfect, as he says to me."

Patrice & Michael's Engagement SessionPatrice & Michael's Engagement SessionGlen Island Park, New Rochelle "As we danced, he reached into his pocket and pulled out a little brown box. He opened the box and out of nervousness or happiness--or maybe a combination--HE DROPPED THE RING! It was so cute as he told me, 'Don't look!' I looked, anyway. As he went to pick up the ring, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was perfect."

Patrice & Michael's Engagement SessionPatrice & Michael's Engagement SessionGlen Island Park, New Rochelle "I was in such shock I didn't even say yes--I just reached down to kiss him. Knowing he would not know, I asked him what hand it was suppose to go on. After he shrugged, I pointed to the hand and the right finger. He put the ring on as he stood up and asked me if that was a yes. I nodded as I said yes."

Patrice & Michael's Engagement SessionPatrice & Michael's Engagement SessionGlen Island Park, New Rochelle "He walked me over to where he was recording the whole thing! He had been communicating with my mom for weeks--had asked for her permission and she even helped with choosing the ring. He had sent her pictures of rings but eventually picked a nice-sized, round solitary. My sister and my cousin, one of my bridesmaids and my maid-of-honor now, were present in the house when Mike asked for my mother's blessing in person, and my grandpa."

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"The whole act was great and a surprise. I knew it was coming, but thought at the earliest it would be Christmas. He did it 3 days before Christmas because he wanted it to be just us when it happened, as we had plans for the next few days with our families. I appreciated that it was just us. It was absolutely perfect and couldn't have asked for more. His sister came running out of her room after all was done. It was a great nite and it is just the beginning. God continues to bless me."

Isn't that the cutest little story?? I look forward to shooting their wedding next fall! <3

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larj@photographybylarj.com (photography by LarJ) Glen Island Park New Rochelle New York Nikon 105mm 2.8 lens Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens Nikon D80 couple engagement session marriage photo shoot portrait photographer wedding http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2015/11/patrice-michael-engagement-session-glen-island-park-new-rochelle-ny Fri, 20 Nov 2015 23:58:19 GMT
Yamelhey + Andre | Engagement Session \\ Main Street Park, Brooklyn, NY http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2015/10/yamelhey-andre-engagement-session-main-street-park-brooklyn-ny I'm back! I gave birth to my handsome son, Jaden, on August 27. So he's now 6 weeks old. It's time to get back to work! My first clients since giving birth are Yamelhey & Andre.

Yamelhey & Andre's Engagement SessionYamelhey & Andre's Engagement SessionMain Street Park, Brooklyn These two lovebirds are getting married in 11 months! Yamelhey & Andre's Engagement SessionYamelhey & Andre's Engagement SessionMain Street Park, Brooklyn Yamelhey is a long-time friend of Roody's, and they actually attended OUR wedding :)
Yamelhey & Andre's Engagement SessionYamelhey & Andre's Engagement SessionMain Street Park, Brooklyn How did Yamelhey & Andre meet? Well, that's a funny story: they actually met on a website called "tag." They started out as friends and then Yamelhey asked Andre out! 5 years later here they are, planning a wedding. Haha what a cute story :) Yamelhey & Andre's Engagement SessionYamelhey & Andre's Engagement SessionMain Street Park, Brooklyn I'm so excited about this wedding, friends! The chemistry between these two is beautiful. Also, they're another Haitian/Jamaican couple like Roody & me! So I automatically love them :)

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larj@photographybylarj.com (photography by LarJ) DUMBO Main Street Park Brooklyn NY Nikon 105mm 2.8 lens Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens Nikon D800 couple engagement session love photo shoot portrait portraits wedding http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2015/10/yamelhey-andre-engagement-session-main-street-park-brooklyn-ny Sun, 11 Oct 2015 03:34:11 GMT
Lisa & Corey's 2nd Wedding Anniversary! // Couples' Portrait Session at Fort Stamford Park http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2015/8/brooks-2nd-wedding-anniversary-couples-portrait-session-fort-stamford-park-ct Lisa & Corey have been wanting to do this portrait session for a while! I'm so happy that we finally got a chance to do it. They're two of Roody and my best friends and we love hanging out with them and their adorable 1-year-old, Noah. Today they celebrate 2 years of marriage and we couldn't be more excited about these photos! Lisa looks absolutely beautiful in that wedding dress, and Corey looks so handsome in his tux :)

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This was the first time I ever saw them kiss hehe. I'm such a kid. But aren't they super cute?!?! Lisa & Corey's Anniversary Portrait SessionLisa & Corey's Anniversary Portrait SessionFort Stamford Park Ahhh I love this set!

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And this, of course, is my ABSOLUTE favorite. I can FEEL the love oozing out of this photo <3
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larj@photographybylarj.com (photography by LarJ) Fort Stamford Park Stamford CT Nikon 105mm 2.8 lens Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens Nikon D800 bride couples session groom photo shoot portrait http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2015/8/brooks-2nd-wedding-anniversary-couples-portrait-session-fort-stamford-park-ct Wed, 05 Aug 2015 02:19:32 GMT
Baby Noah's One-Year Cake Smash! // Fort Stamford Park, Stamford, CT http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2015/7/baby-noahs-one-year-cake-smash-fort-stamford-park-stamford-ct This is my God-son, friends!! I love him so much. He's the cutest little boy EVER! And I can't believe he turned one year old last weekend. That's crazy! I remember photographing his newborn session and how tiny & perfect he was <3

Here are some of my favorite photos from his session!

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That smile gets me every time <3
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larj@photographybylarj.com (photography by LarJ) For Stamford Park Stamford CT Nikon 105mm 2.8 lens Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens Nikon D800 birthday cake smash child photographer photo shoot portrait portrait session toddler http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2015/7/baby-noahs-one-year-cake-smash-fort-stamford-park-stamford-ct Sun, 19 Jul 2015 02:09:28 GMT
Murielle + Franck = Married | Jean-Francois Wedding Highlights http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2015/7/murielle-franck-married-jean-francois-wedding-highlights Murielle booked me in August last year. I remember how nervous I was during our consultation haha. She had heard about me through her sister, and I wanted to make sure I made a good impression. I hauled all my sample albums in a suitcase and combed my hair nicely to walk in the hot sun to our meeting spot. I felt like a little girl lol. But she seemed impressed with my work and booked our whole team to do both photography and videography.

A few months later, I became pregnant. I was nervous! Would I be able to shoot this wedding 8 months pregnant?? I considered hiring another photographer to shoot for me, but I really wanted to shoot this wedding myself. And I did! Special thanks to my second shooter, Dominique, for taking my camera from me when I got a terrible foot cramp and had to sit out for 10 minutes. Thanks to my sister, Larique, for rubbing my feet as hard as she could so that I could move my toes again. And a HUUUUGE thanks to my husband, Roody, for not being angry with me for taking a job on our 4th wedding anniversary haha. I have a great team, and I thank God for amazing support.

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Anyway, enough about me. Here's a summary of Murielle & Franck's gorgeous wedding.

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The ceremony took place at Saint Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport, CT. Such a beautiful church! Murielle & Franck's WeddingMurielle & Franck's WeddingWedding Ceremony Murielle & Franck's WeddingMurielle & Franck's WeddingWedding Ceremony Murielle & Franck's WeddingMurielle & Franck's WeddingWedding Ceremony

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The wedding reception took place at Aria Wedding & Banquet Facility in Prospect, CT. When we pulled up to the venue, my jaw dropped. I wasn't expecting such beauty! I was even more shocked when we got into the actual hall. Absolutely gorgeous.

We only had a short time to get through formals, but I think we did a good job! :) Murielle & Franck's WeddingMurielle & Franck's WeddingPre Reception Portraits Murielle & Franck's WeddingMurielle & Franck's WeddingPre Reception Portraits Ahhh I love this! Murielle & Franck's WeddingMurielle & Franck's WeddingPre Reception Portraits Of course, I had to recreate their famous engagement photo. See the original here. Murielle & Franck's WeddingMurielle & Franck's WeddingPre Reception Portraits

Oh, the joy that washes over me when I get photos like this--beautiful setting, lovely colors... Perfect. Murielle & Franck's WeddingMurielle & Franck's WeddingWedding Reception Murielle & Franck's WeddingMurielle & Franck's WeddingWedding Reception Do you see this cake set up??

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Fritz, the MC :) Murielle & Franck's WeddingMurielle & Franck's WeddingWedding Reception Their entrance was beautiful! Love those staircases. Murielle & Franck's WeddingMurielle & Franck's WeddingWedding Reception Murielle & Franck's WeddingMurielle & Franck's WeddingWedding Reception Shout out to Dominique for capturing these beautiful photos with my favorite lens, the 105 <3

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The dance was beautiful! Murielle & Franck are really good at dancing konpa.

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This gentleman sang while the whole bridal party danced.

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Shortly after the blessing of the food, these ladies surprised the bride & groom with an African dance. Murielle & Franck's WeddingMurielle & Franck's WeddingWedding Reception And then there were toasts! Murielle & Franck's WeddingMurielle & Franck's WeddingWedding Reception

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Murielle & Franck's WeddingMurielle & Franck's WeddingWedding Reception Line dances are the best! I love when the bride joins in :) Murielle & Franck's WeddingMurielle & Franck's WeddingWedding Reception Murielle & Franck's WeddingMurielle & Franck's WeddingWedding Reception Again, Dominique captured these amazing shots. I love her :) Murielle & Franck's WeddingMurielle & Franck's WeddingWedding Reception Murielle & Franck's WeddingMurielle & Franck's WeddingWedding Reception Murielle had requested this photo at the beginning of the reception. I'm glad we got a chance to do it!

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Murielle & Franck's WeddingMurielle & Franck's WeddingWedding Reception Dancing time! "Now watch me whip..."

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And that's it! View individual photos by clicking here.

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larj@photographybylarj.com (photography by LarJ) Aria Wedding and Banquet Facility Prosper CT Catholic church Jean-Francois Wedding Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 lens Nikon D7100 Nikon D800 Saint Augustine Cathedral Bridgeport CT couple dancing fun wedding http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2015/7/murielle-franck-married-jean-francois-wedding-highlights Sat, 11 Jul 2015 03:43:04 GMT
Diana's Maternity Session // Fort Stamford Park - Sneak Peek http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2015/7/diana-maternity-portrait-session-fort-stamford-park-sneak-peek Hey there! It's been a while, huh? I'm still here, still pregnant haha.

Guess who else is pregnant? Diana! And she's having a little boy, who's due to arrive in TWO WEEKS! o.O

She and her daughter Ariana did a maternity session together and it was absolutely adorable. Here's a sneak peek!

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Super cute!! Can't wait to show off the rest of photos :)

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larj@photographybylarj.com (photography by LarJ) 38 weeks pregnant Fort Stamford Park Stamford CT Nikon 105mm 2.8 lens Nikon D800 baby bump maternity photographer photo shoot portrait pregnancy http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2015/7/diana-maternity-portrait-session-fort-stamford-park-sneak-peek Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:32:13 GMT
Momma LarJ - 30 Weeks Pregnant! // Maternity Portrait Session http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2015/6/momma-larj-30-weeks-pregnant-maternity-portrait-session I'm so excited about this blog post. I can't believe I'm 30 weeks pregnant today! Baby Tide has been squirming around like crazy in there. And of course every time I try to capture him moving on video, he stops. What a cheeky minx!

Today was my 3rd-to-last day of work as a Newborn Photographer at the two hospitals. It's so bitter sweet, you know? I love the babies and their smells, their cute little cries, how annoyed they get with me when I try to take their little arms out of their onesies... I'm going to miss them! But you know what? I have my own newborn coming within the next 10 weeks who I get to keep forever! <3

Enough chatter. Let's look at the photos!

Waiting for Baby TideWaiting for Baby TideLarianne's Maternity Session - 30 weeks I had never taken photos in this part of Waveny Park before. I don't know why I always overlooked the scenery of the Waveny House. It's nice :)

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One thing I learned from having my photos taken by Pebbles & Polka Dots Photography a couple weekends ago was that leg-up thing. Haha. It really adds to the subject's shape! Waiting for Baby TideWaiting for Baby TideLarianne's Maternity Session - 30 weeks Oh, how I love playing with my belly button <3 I remember how excited I got when it first emerged a few months ago. It was an amazing new discovery. I'm going to miss it when it goes back to its hiding place! Waiting for Baby TideWaiting for Baby TideLarianne's Maternity Session - 30 weeks Waiting for Baby TideWaiting for Baby TideLarianne's Maternity Session - 30 weeks I don't know if you're able to tell, but I don't retouch any of my maternity photos. You have no idea how nervous that makes me for the upcoming weeks! My "pregnancy nose" is REALLY starting to show, and I look more tired with every passing week. But I want to make sure Roody captures me just as I am!

Oh, and I can't leave out this ridiculous clip of me singing and dancing:

See you next week!

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larj@photographybylarj.com (photography by LarJ) 30 weeks pregnant Momma LarJ Nikon 105mm 2.8 lens Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens Nikon 50mm 1.4 lens Nikon D800 Waveny Park New Canaan CT baby bump maternity photographer photo shoot portrait pregnancy http://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2015/6/momma-larj-30-weeks-pregnant-maternity-portrait-session Thu, 11 Jun 2015 01:09:10 GMT