John Munno Weddings: Blog en-us (C)2021 John Munno Weddings (John Munno Weddings) Thu, 16 Sep 2021 21:27:00 GMT Thu, 16 Sep 2021 21:27:00 GMT John Munno Weddings: Blog 80 120 Erin and Mike's Wedding-Heritage Hotel, Southbury, Connecticut  


Heritage Hotel, Southbury, Connecticut


Like many of the couples this year my relationship with  Erin and Mike started a few years ago when I met Erin and Mike at a bridal show in the winter of 2019.  I photographed their engagement session in the summer of 2019. Then with Covid happening they had to postpone their wedding for a year.  So it was with great praise and rejoicing that the wedding day they had planned and waited for so long had finally arrived.  

Their wedding was a full day extravaganza at the Heritage Hotel.  Their wedding day included getting ready photos and portraits of Mike and his groomsmen followed by getting ready photos of Erin and her bridesmaids.  After that was a first look with Mike and Erin and portraits of the bridal party and family.  Most of the photos were done before the ceremony which freed them up to enjoy their cocktail hour.  This is nice arrangement for couples that want more photos and a more relaxed and leisurely wedding day.  Having the whole wedding at the Heritage Hotel allowed them to enjoy the day from morning to night even going further into the night with an after party!!  

So lets start of the wedding day with photos of Mike and his groomsmen getting ready in the hotel room and them some photos outside. 

The guys did a great job with their getting ready photos and portraits.  They were a hard act to follow but Erin and her bridesmaids were up for the task.   Erin's getting ready photos included jammie photos on the bed with her bridesmaids, detail photos,  Erin getting ready as well as a first look with her dad with mom watching and a first look with her bridesmaids followed by portraits of her bridesmaids.  Great job Erin and the girls and mom and dad.  

With the Erin and her girls all ready it was time for their first look and portraits.  We started the first look in the wonderful vineyards at the heritage hotel.  This was followed by portraits of the bridesmaids on the golf course and family photos back at the vineyard. 

The celebration continued with a beautiful ceremony in the rock garden courtyard.  Erin and Mike wrote their own vows which made the ceremony more personal and gave more time for me to capture the reactions, guests etc.  Besides the standard ceremony photos they had a special request for a group photo in the courtyard.  Erin emailed me a sample photos prior to her wedding as an example.  I was happy to take her photo request and capture her whole wedding guests included for the photos.  Special thanks to their officiant, Wed by Fred for doing a great job with their ceremony.  Here is a link to his website.

After their ceremony we did a few extended large group portraits in the vineyard area and then it was time for their reception in the timber room.  Their reception included intros with the bridal party doing the limbo plus a first dance, toasts and parent dances.  Their friends were the most fun on a dance floor I had in a long time.   They got very creative even using the groomsmen's ties for doing the limbo and "jumping ties" instead of rope.   It was a long time waiting for their wedding and everybody celebrated and laughed and had fun.  It was a blast!!!  Thank you everybody for such a great reception, celebration and tribute of love.  Great job Vivid Events for the music, lighting and entertainment
Sometimes couples as should I hire a videographer for my wedding?  Video can be a wonderful compliment to photography.  They both capture different elements of the wedding in their unique ways.  Time Costello is an awesome videographer and I always love working with him.  We work together as a great solid team and I can't recommend him enough. 

Here is a video he made for Erin and Mike to give you a good side by side comparison of photography and videography and how they can compliment each other so beautifully.    

Video provided by Tim Costello Fillms


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Sarah and Dan's Wedding-Heritage Hotel, Southbury, Connecticut SARAH AND DANIEL'S WEDDING

Heritage Hotel, Southbury, Connecticut


I do a lot of full coverage photography packages with my clients.  This type of package allows for getting ready photos of both the bride and groom and allows time for a "first look" and time for various locations and or portrait sessions throughout the wedding day rather then trying to squeeze everything into the cocktail hour.  Dan didn't want to have the traditional "getting ready" photos in the hotel room, but instead wanted to do photos outside with the guys all ready.  So instead we used the "getting ready" hour with the groom and groomsmen for portraits all around the venue.  This made for so many great photos of the guys at various locations throughout the venue and freed up the cocktail hour for them to enjoy with their guests and bridal party.  It is a wonderful option for either the groom or bride to spend their "getting ready" time this way on their wedding day. 

With the guys portraits complete, I went inside the hotel to start the "getting ready" photos of Sarah. 

After the "getting ready" photos of Sarah and her bridesmaids we went outside for portraits on the grounds at the Heritage Hotel.  Adding the portraits outside before the ceremony meant I had all the portraits completed before the ceremony so they could enjoy the second half of the cocktail hour. I was able to get a lot of great photos of Sarah and her bridesmaids in a variety of locations.  By staggering the groom and bride photos I was able to keep Sarah and Dan from seeing each other as they wanted to reserve that moment for their ceremony. 

Next came their outdoor ceremony in the Rock Garden at the Heritage Hotel.  They had two priests officiate their ceremony bringing a religious influence.  Sarah and Dan also wrote their own personal vows and read them during the ceremony which was very moving.  This created a nice balance of the religious influence as well as making their ceremony more personal as well.  

We finished up the portraits of Sarah and Dan together and the whole bridal party together.  I also did the family photos at this time. While taking photos of Sarah and Dan a rainbow came out to look over their wedding day.  That was awesome.  Because we did the portraits before the ceremony, everybody could go and enjoy the rest of the cocktail hour.

Their reception took place in the Timber Room.  It has a rustic feel with all the wood and beams and vaulted ceilings making for a beautiful wedding reception. The standard first dance, toasts, parent dances and cake cutting were done as well as a bouquet and garter toss.  It was a fantastic wedding reception.  





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Mark and Meghan's Wedding-Heritage Hotel, Southbury, Connecticut MARK AND MEGHAN'S WEDDING

Saint Joseph's Church, Danbury, Connecticut

Southford Falls State Park, Southbury, Connecticut

Heritage Hotel, Southbury, Connecticut


Every wedding is different in its size, duration and logistics of locations etc.  Some people choose smaller intimate weddings, some choose larger more grand weddings.  Some couples choose to have their wedding at 1 location and some in multiple locations.  Meghan and Mark's wedding was more on the larger size with their wedding taking place over 5 locations.  It included getting ready photos at two different homes, a Catholic church ceremony, portraits at a local state park and then the reception at the venue.  All in all it was about 12 hours of coverage.  For these larger types of weddings I offer a full wedding day coverage photography package that is perfect for this type of wedding.  That way you get all the coverage you need for your full wedding day.  This package also includes a beautiful fine art wedding album, an engagement package and prints.  It is called the " Precious Memories Package"  Check it out.

Mark and Meghan's wedding started off with getting ready photos of Mark and his groomsmen at the bride and groom's house.  Letters were read at this time from each other.  Their was an impromptu "first look" with Mark's mom as well as portraits in the backyard.  

I next traveled to Meghan's parent's house for getting ready photos with Meghan and her bridesmaids.  Her getting ready photos included a letter reading, and "first look" with her father and bridesmaids as well as portraits outside the home.  By staggering the getting ready photos of the groom and bride,  I am able to photograph both of them myself without the need of a second photographer.  This allows for more consistency in their final images and a higher quality as I am able to photograph them both rather than relying on a less experienced second photographer to do some of the work.   

We next went to Saint Joseph's Church in Danbury the church for their beautiful Catholic wedding ceremony.  

The weather through us a bit of a curve ball and a quickly approaching thunderstorm with rain and lighting cut shot some of our portraits at the church but luckily Megan had umbrellas and by the time we got to our second portrait location at Southford Falls State Park,  the rain had let up enough for us to resume the portraits and incorporate the umbrellas into some of the photos.  

We next went to their reception venue at the Heritage Hotel in Southbury, Connecticut.  Being from Southbury, I do a lot of weddings at the Heritage Hotel.  It is a great place to have your wedding.  The staff does a fantastic job of putting together a great wedding day.  The staff are kind and food and amenities are great.  They have a new vineyard at the venue even a cool vintage pick up truck which we used as a back ground for some of the photos.   

With the portraits complete we moved into the Timbers Room at the Heritage Hotel for their reception.  Some of the highlights were introductions, their first dance, toasts, parent dances, cake cutting a bouquet toss and lots of great dancing and fun on the dance floor.  They had a great cupcake bar which was a bit hit and really cute "meant to bee" honey party favors.

What a fabulous wedding day Megan and Mark.  So many beautiful photos were taken capturing the beautiful moments of your wedding day. 



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Tanaeya and Kejohn's Wedding-La Mirage, North Haven, Connecticut TANAEYA AND KEJOHN'S WEDDING

La Mirage, North Haven, Connecticut


Tanaeya and Kejohn brought a wonderful sense of style and fare to their wedding. They emphasized the color red in Kejohn's tux, her bridesmaids dresses and also her flowers.  The groomsmen wore red accents as well.   Tanaeya wore a modern and elegant wedding dress and adorned herself with jewelry.  Tanaeya's mother helped her get ready and this is where we begin their wedding day.  

After the getting ready photos were complete, we went to the beautiful gardens at La Mirage for a first look with Kejohn and Tanaeya followed by pre-ceremony portraits .

With the portraits completed we started their outdoor wedding ceremony. 

After the ceremony we did a few more family photos before going to the cocktail hour and starting the reception.

Their reception included introductions, their first dance, followed by Tanaeya dancing with her mother and Kejohn dancing with his mom.  Both of those dances were very touching.  Toasts followed by the maid of honor and best man, cake cutting, dance photos and some night photos outside to end the evening.  


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Katie and Adam's Engagement Session-Harkness State Park, Waterford, Connecticut KATIE AND ADAM'S ENGAGEMENT SHOOT/SESSION

Harkness State Park

Eoila Mansion

Waterford, Connecticut


Harkness State Park is one of my favorite places for engagement shoot/sessions.  It has such a wide variety of backdrops in one location. The gardens of Harkness are beautiful in the summer with all their colorful flowers in bloom.  The architecture of Eoila Mansion provides a magnificent back drop for photos, and things don't stop there.  The open fields, boardwalk to the beach as well as the beach itself coupled with the beautiful afternoon light make for amazing engagement session.  Katie and Adam had a great engagement sessions with so many amazing photos.  We enjoyed the timelessness of summer on the beach and savored every moment. Their was lots of time for play, fun and a enjoyable engagement session together.  Way to go Katie and Adam for great engagement session.  


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Erin and Jackson's Wedding-Crystal Peak, Winstead, Connecticut ERIN AND JACKSON'S WEDDING

Crystal Peak, Winstead, Connecticut


Erin and Jackson made the trip from Indiana for their wedding day to be back with family and friends for their wedding celebration at Crystal Peak, in Winstead, Connecticut.  Due to Covid, they had a small ceremony back in Indiana the following year and came back for a renewal of vows and their "big wedding day" with family and friends.  Their wedding day started off in Avon with getting ready photos at the hotel. I stagger the groom and bride getting ready photos to be able to photograph both of them as a single photographer which works great, that way their is more consistency in the photography as I am able to photograph them myself. 

Next was the getting ready photos with Erin and her bridesmaids.  Her mom and bridesmaids did a great job of helping out!

After the getting ready photos at the hotel, we went to the venue and started off with a "First Look" with Erin and Jackson followed by some portraits of them together at the venue before the ceremony started.

Next it was time for their outdoor ceremony and renewal of vows.  

After their wonderful wedding ceremony, portraits of the family and bridal party were done, as well as photos of the bride and groom. We next headed inside for the late afternoon and evening for their wedding reception.  Introductions, first dance, toasts, two parent dances as well as indoor and outdoor group photos were taken.  The DJ, Royal Beats provided a photo booth which made for really great fun and entertainment.  Everyone had a great time on the dance floor and it was a wonderful wedding celebration. 


It was a great wedding day celebration Erin and Jackson.  Wishing you the best of health and happiness in your new life together.


Shout out to the vendors:


Venue:  Crystal Peak, Winstead, Connecticut

DJ:  Royal Beats, Stephanie Stardust







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Jennifer and Alex's Wedding-Castle Hill Farm, Newtown, Connecticut JENNIFER AND ALEX'S WEDDING

Castle Hill Farm, Newtown, Connecticut


Jennifer and Alex had to weather the storm of Covid like so many couples who had their wedding in 2021. They had to go through 2020 with the uncertainties of would they be able to have their wedding day.  Part of that weathering involved a venue change to an outdoor venue at Castle Hill Farm in Newtown to increase the chance of being able to have their wedding with the guest count they wanted. As 2020 turned to 2021 and with the lifting of restrictions in May of 2021 their long awaited dream finally came true.  

We started off the wedding day at Alex's parent's house in Newtown.  Alex's groomsmen joined in with portraits in their beautiful backyard that followed. Also his parents and family dog had to get in on the action as well.

Next it was off to Jennifer's parent's house for the bride prep photos with Jennifer and her bridesmaids and family and the family dog too.

Next it was into the limo and off to their church ceremony in Danbury at St. Peter's Catholic Church.  

With the ceremony finished and portraits that followed outside the church it was off to Castle Hill Farm for their rustic farm wedding.  Their wedding started off with portraits during the cocktail hour followed by their reception under the big tent.  Yard games were there to play, and a great time was had by all.  Their reception went into the night under the stars and included smores by the fire.  Thanks Castle Hill Farm for a wonderful wedding reception!!




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Joslyn and John's Engagement Session-Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam, Connecticut JOSLYN AND JOHN'S ENGAGEMENT SHOOT/SESSION

Gillette Castle State Park

East Haddam, Connecticut


When it comes to engagement sessions, Connecticut has it all!  Coastal beaches and parks, inland waterfalls, hills and forests, farms and fields, rustic settings and even Castles!  Such was the location for Joslyn and John's engagement session.  Gillette Castle is a famous Connecticut landmark with stunning views overlooking the Connecticut River.  Within the park are are many beautiful stone features including the castle, steps, bridges and walls.  It is a great place to incorporate these elements into the photo session.  Joslyn and John flew in from out of state for a short visit and to have their engagement session.  Thunderstorms were predicted for the afternoon, so I suggested a last minute start time change to the morning when the weather pattern was more favorable.  The time changed for a morning shoot worked great!  We had a nice mixture of sunlight and slight overcast that made for many beautiful photos.  It was great spending the time with Joslyn and John.  I find it make a big difference to get to know your clients better and they get more comfortable with the photography process which lends itself to better images on the wedding day.  Great job Joslyn and John for a fun session.


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Meghan and Anthony's Wedding-Glastonbury Country Club, Glastonbury, Connecticut MEGHAN AND ANTHONY'S WEDDING

Glastonbury Country Club, Glastonbury, Connecticut


Some weddings are small and some weddings are large.  Some take place in one location, some over 4 or more different locations.  Meghan and Antony's wedding was a large one with 4 different locations a 16 person bridal bridal party and large guest count.  Their friends and family came out in full force to support these two amazing people.  I had the chance to photograph their engagement session at Harkenss State Park where we hit it off and immediately developed a bond. That bond continued through the ups and downs of Covid with many uncertainties.  Finally everything came together, the stars aligned as the saying goes and everything came together for a most amazing wedding celebration.  

Meghan and Anthony's wedding started off at Anthony's Parent's house with the getting ready photos of Anthony followed by groomsmen photos in their backyard.


Next were the "Bride Prep", getting ready photos of Meghan and her bridesmaids at her Parents House. Included in the "Bride Prep" photos were a "first look" with Meghan's father and her bridesmaids.

After the getting ready photos, we went to the Connecticut College Arboretum for a "first look" with Meghan and Anthony followed by portraits of them together as well as bridal party and family portraits/formals. 

We next headed to the Glastonbury Hills Country for their outdoor ceremony and reception.  Readings were given, personal vows exchanged and a sand ceremony were performed by the bride and groom and their family.  
After the ceremony, portraits of the family, bridal party and bride and groom were taken at the beautiful golf course grounds.   

Now came time for their reception.  A great party indeed.  Introductions started off with dancing and fun, followed by their first dance, toasts, parent dances and dancing all night long!!!  Way to go Meghan and Antony and your amazing friends and family.  You know how to celebrate!!


Below is a video of the wedding done by  Randy Escano.  Randy does a great job on his video work and I shoot with him regularly.  Here is his website.


Video can be a great compliment to your photography and this video and blog can give you the chance to see the photography and video aspect of your wedding day.




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Alison and Mike's Engagement Shoot, Session-Wickham Park, Manchester, Connecticut ALISON AND MIKE'S ENGAGEMENT SHOOT/SESSION

Wickham Park

Manchester, Connecticut


Wickham Park is another popular engagement session location. Wickham Park features over 280 acres of land encompassing numerous theme gardens, ponds, fields and one of the most amazing views of the Hartford's skyline. Within the theme gardens are various structures including bridges, sculptures etc.  Alison chose the English Gardens for the majority of their session as well as photos on top at the Cabin and overlooking the Hartford City Skyline.  We had a great time and enjoyed the timeless feeling of summer.  


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Sandra and Damian's Engagement Session-Rose Garden, Elizabeth Park SANDRA AND DAMIAN'S ENGAGEMENT SESSION

Elizabeth Park Rose Garden

West Hartford, Connecticut


Connecticut has so many famous and fabulous places to have your engagement shoot/session.  The Rose Garden at Elizabeth Park is one of those places featuring acres of an extensive trellis system of climbing roses that bloom in June, forming an explosion of colors of pink and white roses making for a photography dream.  Sandra and Damian chose this great spot for their engagement session and we were able to do the shoot when the roses were in full bloom making for so many awesome photos.  They brought their two dogs along to enjoy the gardens and they enjoyed the outing and sights and smells.  Come join us and take in the light, colors, and life of the wonderful spectacle. 

The Helen S Kaman Rose Garden is the center of Elizabeth Park. It is the first municipal rose garden in the United States and the third largest rose garden in the country today. Theodore Wirth began the design of the Rose Garden in September of 1903, and it opened in June, 1904. The Rose Garden began with about 190 varieties of roses; this eventually grew to almost 1,000 by the 1950s. Today there are over 15,000 rose bushes and 800 varieties of old and new roses in the garden. Featured are hybrid tea, climbers, hybrid perpetual, and floribunda, shrub, and pillar roses, among others.  

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Meadow and Mike's Engagement Session-Harkness State Park, Waterford, Connecticut MEADOW AND MIKE'S ENGAGEMENT SESSION

Harkness State Park, Waterford, Connecticut


Harkness State Park is one of my favorite places to do engagement sessions.  The interplay of light that occurs there is magnificent. Also the wide variety of settings and scenes makes for a smorgasbord of photo opportunities and backgrounds.  As you know, photography is so much about light.  Meadow and Mike's engagement session was a great example of the many varied ways of lighting in photography.  Their session took place during the golden hour so we took advantage of that in many of the photos with back and side lighting to create highlights and rim lights around Meadow and Mike. Engagement sessions are all about fun and love and Meadow and Mike brought that with them plus their enthusiasm to make their engagement session over the top!!  We had a wonderful time together strolling through the gardens, and exploring the beautiful architecture at Harkness.  For the later part of their session we went down to the beach and took advantage of the golden hour lighting and subtle colors of sunset.  Fantastic job Meadow and Mike.  I really commend you on your enthusiasm, playfulness and love that all came together for stunning engagement session.  Looking forward to your wedding day so we can do it again. 





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Christina and Mike's Wedding Chatfield Hollow Inn, Killingworth, Connecticut CHRISTINA AND MIKE'S WEDDING

Chatfield Hollow Inn, Killingworth, Connecticut


Christina and Mike's wedding was a very different than many of the conventional weddings. She did extensive planning for 2 years to create her fairytale wedding.  She picked Chatfield Hollow Inn as her venue, picked the most amazing dress, and flowers to match her Boho theme.  The groomsmen and bridesmaids dresses and suits, were both had very unconventional yet so fitting for the theme. The table settings and reception details were so elegant and came together with such beauty.  Everything came together for a "storybook" wedding and with that we start the photo journey with getting ready shots of Mike and his groomsmen.


With the guys all set it is time for Christina's bride prep photos

With Christina and Mike all dressed and ready it was time for their first look. 

After their first look, we spent some nice time in the forest and property taking some great photos.  Christina wanted a Boho theme for her wedding so I found a nice area in the forest with ferns and had her spend time there alone and with Mike for their photos.  It was the perfect spot to create that organic early feeling.

Formals came next with photos of Mike and his mom and family, the bridal party and Christina and her parents. 

At the Inn there is a large ceremony area perfect for a ceremony in the woods.  Joy and love was everywhere.  Christina and Mike read their personal vows which were very touching and had us all in tears.

With the ceremony finished, next came the cocktail hour in a beautiful orchard and reception under the big tent.  It was a joyous celebration in the forest, listening to the sounds of croaking frogs and feeling the warmth of summer in the air.  

What an incredible wedding day.  Christina and Mike you did an amazing job with all your planning and special touches.  Special thanks to all the A Team vendors, that helped make Christina and Mike's wedding dreams come True

Venue:  Chatfield Hollow Inn
Entertainment: Matty Bernier Entertainment
Catering:  David Allen Hospitality Group

Flowers:  Indigo Blooms Flower Farm

Makeup: Allure Traveling Beauty







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Abbie and Mike's Wedding-Aria, Prospect, Connecticut ABBIE AND MIKE'S WEDDING

Aria, Prospect, Connecticut


A wedding at Aria takes one to a timeless place of beauty.  The marble floors, stairs and vaulted ceilings, gardens and grounds with fountains and stunning views in all directions of the surrounding countryside add a sense of elegance and opulence to the wedding day.  Such as the case for the wedding of Abbie and Mike.  This mid-May wedding day graced us with blue skies, sunshine and mild temperatures perfect for their wedding day.

I showed up early to make sure to get lots of detail shots of the reception area and grounds.  The reception ballroom at Aria is so beautiful so it important to take the time to do this before guests arrive.  

The girls ran late on their getting ready shots so I used the time to take photos of the groom and his son and some of the groomsmen. On the wedding day time goes fast and it is important to use the time when you have it. 

The girls were ready just before the ceremony began so I went up to the bridal suite to get some quick shots of the bride and her mom and bridesmaids.  With the ceremony about to start, I went outside to capture the moments of their beautiful ceremony.  It was a very touching and emotional ceremony willed with laughter and tears.  The guys and girls looked so sharp in their navy blue suits and dresses.   

With the ceremony complete we took the time during the cocktail hour for portraits of the family and bridal party outside as well as photos of the bride and groom inside the entrance way and hall at Aria.  

We moved inside for their ceremony in Ballroom B.  It was a fantastic time as the day turned to night.   With darkness upon us we went outside for some really cool night photos!  

Back inside the party really began with music, dancing and a smoke machine!!

It was a fantastic wedding day.  Special thanks to Abbie and Mike and Aria for making it such a special day. 


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Rebecca and Patrick's Wedding-Crystal Peak, Winstead, Connecticut REBECCA AND PATRICK'S WEDDING

Manor House Inn, Norfolk, Connecticut

Crystal Peak, Winstead, Connecticut


The 2021 wedding season was slow to kick off due the Covid situation but kick off it did in May and 2021 is turning out to be a very good year!!  Rebecca and Patrick started off their wedding at the Manor House Inn in Norfolk, Connecticut.  This is a historic inn that takes one back in time to the rich splendor of Connecticut's History.  We stared off the wedding day with the guys getting ready and portraits at the Inn.

Next I took photos of Rebecca and Patrick's first look at the Inn.  It was filled with great anticipation and beautiful moments.  Wonderful job Rebecca and Patrick. 

Next I took photos of Rebecca and her bridesmaid's at the Inn before heading off to Crystal Peak for their ceremony and reception.

We took a short drive to Crystal Peak for their wedding ceremony and reception.  We had a lovely ceremony outside in the gardens at Crystal Peak.  Rebecca and Patrick read their own personal vows during the ceremony.  It was a very moving ceremony and Rebecca's vows were some of the best I had every heard.  Emotions were high as the tissues came out. 

With the ceremony complete we took some time during the cocktail hour for portraits of Patrick and Rebecca and their family on the lovely grounds at Crystal Peak.

We went inside for the wedding reception which included a first dance by Rebecca and Patrick, toasts, a mother son dance and a dance with Rebecca and her mother and sister.  The night was filled with lots of dancing and great celebration love and friendship. Thanks Rebecca and Patrick for a wonderful wedding celebration!



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Getting Ready Photos-What they can be and why you may want to include them Getting Ready Photos


What they can be and why you may want to include them

in your wedding photography coverage


When helping my clients with their timelines and helping them determine the hours of coverage for their wedding day I will ask if they want “Getting Ready Photos".  Often I hear a hesitation on their end, followed by a not so pleasant response of “no we don’t want “getting ready” photos. 

Unfortunately, the term "Getting Ready Photos" often gets misconstrued by couples and have gotten a bad rap.  This has only been reinforced by the many wedding planning sites, articles and blogs etc. Brides get visions of themselves in curlers, robes and slippers with make-up being put on all over their face.  “No, I don’t want photos of me looking like that.” they say.  But "Getting Ready Photos" don’t have to be anything like that as you will see below. 

Getting ready or as I like to call them "Bride Prep"/ "Groom Prep" photos provide photographic opportunities not available during any other part of your wedding.  Firstly, you are surrounded by the most intimate and closest of family and friends and separate from the hubbub of the crowds of the rest of your wedding.  This provides for a very different feel than most of your wedding providing for priceless moments and emotions shared with the ones you love the most. "Getting ready photos" can be arranged to include a wide array of photographic moments including, letter reading by the bride and groom, gift giving and exchanging,  first look with dad or mom or bridesmaids, a first touch, portraits of the bride and groom looking their best, portraits of the family, portraits of the bride and groom with their bridesmaids and groomsmen etc.   Wow all that during "getting ready photos". Have I peaked your interest?  I hope so.

Portraits of the Bride and Groom

Let’s start with what should be the obvious.  Portraits of the bride and groom respectively.  Not in robes, or curlers, or slippers but with make up complete and make up artists out of the room. With you looking your best,  in a beautiful wedding dress, or sharp tux before the wind, sun and heat have a chance to intervene.   Getting ready photos also start off telling the story of your wedding day.  They provide a good starting point and transition to the other parts of your wedding day.  
A great location for your getting ready photos can add so much to your photos and make for a totally different feel and look to your wedding photos. Connecticut has many historic inns, bed and breakfasts and wedding venues that make your wedding photos really stand out.  They can also be a great place to stay the night and make a mini honeymoon out of it.


Torringford Bed and Breakfast-Torrington, Connecticut



It is said that location is everything.  Though not 100 % true there is something to be said for this as location can really make your getting ready photos be that much more amazing.  Getting ready photos are usually done at a hotel, private residence, bridal suite, bed and breakfast or inn.  I recommend having them done in a nice space.  Believe me I have done them in less than desirable places such as locker rooms, attics I could not seen stand in, basements with flourescent lighting and outdoor shower/restrooms.  Please check out your getting ready location first to make sure there is enough room for photos, good natural light with a window and nice wall coverings and furniture, drapes etc.   


A beautiful and telling moment. A moment of reflection upon Hope's wedding ceremony and day ahead.

Shady Lawn Farm-Goshen, Connecticut


Bevin House Bed and Breakfast-East Hampton, Connecticut



Goodwin Hotel, Hartford, Connecticut


Bridal portraits of Kristen just before the wedding ceremony begins at the Madison Beach Hotel in Madison Connecticut

Madison Beach Hotel-Madison, Connecticut


Groom Jeremy all ready for his wedding day. Way to go rock star!

Farmington Country Club-Farmington, Connecticut

Birchwoods at Oak Lane-Woodbridge, Connecticut


Bluebird Farm-Willington, Connecticut


Farmington Country Club-Farmington, Connecticut


Private Residence-New Milford, Connecticut


The Waterview-Monroe Connecticut

Bride and Groom getting ready with Parents and maid of honor, best man and siblings 

Getting ready or "Bride/Groom" prep photos provide the opportunity for the exchange of emotions between the bride and her mother.  But can include a groom and his dad or mom a sibling and of course, the maid and honor and best man, all of whom take that role of helping the bride/groom get ready for their wedding day.


 Bride and mom Goodwin Hotel, Hartford, Connecticut


Dad helping his son Patrick get ready for his big wedding day!!

Groom and son, Private Residence, Torrington, Connecticut


Bride and daughter-Private Residence-New Milford, Connecticut


Bride, mother and sister-Bride's sisters house- Wolcott, Connecticut


Bride and her mom getting ready


Bride and maid of honor helping get ready-Madison Beach Hotel-Madison, Connecticut


Birchwoods at Oak Lane-Woodbridge, Connecticut



First Look with Father, Mother and Bridesmaids

Getting ready photos are the perfect time to include a "first look" with the father, mother, and bridal party. This can be done inside or outside.  This can lead to such tender moments between parent's and their children.  Below is a sequence of first look photos of Lauren and her father.  The photos share the feelings of that deep connection between a father and his daughter 





First Look and interactions bride and her father


Precious moment bride and her mother


Getting Ready Testimonial!!!

“I'm so happy that we decided to do some getting ready photos! I remember being on the fence about them These photos with my Mom and Dad are priceless to me. Thank you again, they came out so beautiful! And to think we had all met for the first time that day due to distance! You are certainly one of the best!”  Lauren P



First Look bride and her father-Birchwoods at Oak Lane-Woodbridge, Connecticut

First Look with bride's  grandfather-grandparent's house, Wolcott, Connecticut


First Look bride with bridesmaids-Heritage Hotel, Southbury, Connecticut


First look with bride and bridesmaid-Hilton Garden Inn, Wallingford/Meriden, Connecticut

Gift Exchange and Letter Reading

There can be no better way to prime the pump of love and start off the wedding day with exchanging gifts and reading letters that the bride and groom write to each other.  The tears start flowing and the feeling of love is tangible in the room.



Bride opening her gift for her getting ready shots at St. Clements Castle in Portland Connecticut

Bride reading letter-Saint Clements Castle, Portland, Connecticut

Groom Patrick getting ready, reading a letter from his wife to be Katelyn before their wedding ceremony

Groom reading letter-Parent's House, Torrington, Connnecticut


Bride reading groom's letter-Birchwoods at Oak Lane, Woodbridge, Connecticut


Groom reading  letter-Heritage Hotel, Southbury, Connecticut


Bride opening gift from her mom-Heritage Hotel, Southbury, Connecticut


Groom opens his gift from his bride with a smile-Private Residence-Woodbury, Connecticut



Bride reading letter from the groom-Hilton Garden Inn, Wallingford/Meriden, Connecticut


Bride opens up photo book gift of her and her fiance given by her bridesmaids



Portraits of the bride and groom with parents, siblings and wedding party

With the bridesmaids and groomsmen being present during the "getting ready photos" it is a great time to include them in the pictures either as a group or individually.  These are often the best and closest friends and this is great time to memorialize their friendship and love.  Also parents and siblings are often present at this time and is a great time to have professional photos taken of them. These photos can be either portrait or candid. 

Bride and her bridesmaids-Private Residence, Wolcott, Connecticut


Groom and groomsmen-Goodwind Hotel, Hartford, Connecticut


Bride and bridesmaids-Bluebird Farm, Willington, Connecticut


Bride and bridesmaids-Birchwoods at Oak Lane, Woodbridge, Connecticut


Bride and bridesmaid-Madison Beach Hotel, Madison, Connecticut


Groom and groomsmen at the groom room-Madison Beach Hotel, Madison, Connecticut


Bride and her mom sharing a candid moment-Private residence, Wolcott, Connecticut


Detail Photos 

"Getting ready photos" can often include many of the details that you have worked so hard to plan and purchase for your wedding day.  Many of them may have sentimental value or can be a family heirloom etc.  Detail photos can include but not be limited to: your wedding dress, veil, jewelry, rings, shoes, invitations and flowers.  This is a good time to photograph these items before the speed of the wedding picks up.  Then it is a lot harder to photograph them as the day goes on.  

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Wedding Bouquet, invitation and shoesWedding Bouquet, invitation and shoes

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Wedding dress hanging and shoes at Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, Connecticut


First Look and transition to portraits of the bride and groom and bridal party

Doing a "first look" after the getting ready photos is a great way for the bride and groom to have some intimate time together as well as transition into portraits of the bride and groom.  Doing this also gets your formal photos out of the way and frees up the cocktail hour  and later part of your wedding to enjoy and have lots of fun.  It can make for a wonderful relaxed flow to your wedding day as well as increase the time for your photos to provide more variety and settings.  I recommend about 30 minutes to 1 hour for getting ready photos and bride/groom portraits.  As mentioned, bridal party and family photos can be added onto this if you want all your portraits done before the ceremony for a more hands off and fun loving wedding experience.  I generally add 15 to 30 minutes each for the bridal party and family and stagger the times so people can show up without waiting.


First look photos at the Vyne Restaurant in Middlebury, ConnecticutFirst look photos at the Vyne Restaurant in Middlebury, Connecticut

First Look-Vyne Restaurant, Middlebury, Connecticut


First Look bride and groom at the Heritage Hotel Wedding in Southbury, ConnecticutFirst Look bride and groom at the Heritage Hotel Wedding in Southbury, Connecticut

First Look-Heritage Hotel, Southbury, Connecticut


First Look-Heritage Hotel, Southbury, Connecticut


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Bride and groom portraits before the ceremony-Crystal Peak, Winstead, Connecticut


Outdoor portraits before the ceremony

Having portraits of the bridal party done before the ceremony can be a great way to free up your cocktail hour so you can enjoy it rather than having your photos taken at that time. It makes for a more relaxed and stress free wedding day with time to enjoy and have fun.  It allows for more artistic photos and it can also add a different location or variety to your wedding photos. I often will start off the wedding day with getting ready photos of the groom leading into portraits of the groom and groomsmen followed by getting ready photos of the bride followed by portraits of the bride and bridesmaids.  I add about 30 minutes for each of the wedding party for outdoor portraits following their getting ready photos.  

Bridesmaids portraits- Shady Lawn Farm, Goshen, Connecticut


Ryan and his groomsmen ready ready for the wedding ceremony at St. Clements Castle in Portland Connecticut

Groom and groomsmen-Saint Clements Castle, Portland, Connecticut


Groom and groomsmen-Aria, Portland, Connecticut


Rustic Bridesmaids bridal party Wood Acre Farms, Terryville CTRustic Bridesmaids bridal party Wood Acre Farms, Terryville CT

Bride and bridesmaids-Wood Acres Farm-Terryville, Connecticut


Timing of your getting ready photos

My standard "getting ready photos" bride prep photos is 1.5 hours for brides and 1 hour for grooms.  This time begins as mentioned after the make up is complete and the make up artists have left.  The time includes detail photos of the dress hanging, invitations, flowers, shoes, rings etc. as well as photos of the bride finishing up her dress, putting on jewelry, followed by portraits of the bride, family and bridesmaids.  From there time can be expanded to include robe shots (20 minutes) first look (20 minutes) Bridal party photos outside (30 minutes) first look and portraits of the bride and groom (1 hour).  Make up photos can also be added with additional time.


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As you can see, getting ready photos can be a wonderful addition to your wedding day photos and wedding day.  So many special things can be added to capture this very intimate part of your wedding day.  Many couples don't know of the many possibilities that exist and the photos I can provide for this part of their wedding day.  Weddings should not be put into a box. Wedding planning assistance is included in all my packages where I will sit down with the couples I work with and plan out their wedding day to make it be special to their needs, personality and style.  I love building a wedding day from scratch to create out of the box timelines that make for relaxed, stress free, fun and creative wedding day flow with photos that eco who you both are as a couple.  I look forward to helping plan and capture the magic moments of your wedding day. 


In Light,

John Munno


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Sara and Gerry's cherry Blossom Maternity Session-Wooster Square, New Haven, Connecticut SARA AND GERRY'S CHERRY BLOSSOM MATERNITY SESSION

Wooster Park, New Haven, Connecticut


I was blessed to be Sara and Gerry's wedding photographer in 2020.  They were so great to work with and I was able to capture beautiful photos of their wedding day at Amarantee's Sea Cliff.  Well a lot has happened since then.  Sara and Gerry bought a house and they have a little girl on the way.  I was delighted when Sara reached out to me this winter asking if I would do a maternity photo session with her.  I said yes and we started working together to plan out here session.  I really like to choose special spots for each client and I brought up the idea of a spring cherry blossom session.  Sara loved the idea and we picked a date when the cherry blossoms would be in full bloom. We chose Wooster Square in New Haven as it's the most well know place in Connecticut to capture this beautiful event.  The weather and cherry blossoms cooperated as we were only 3 days past "peak bloom".  The timing was perfect because there were more petals on the ground which added to the magic of the event.   Because of the nature of them being in the shade beneath the canopy of the trees, I decided to enhance the lighting with some off camera fill light to balance their skin with the exterior light of the trees and background.  It made for a more natural and balanced look. My skill in various lighting and photo techniques allows me to bring out the best in your photos from every situation.

We had a wonderful relaxed time in the park enjoying the stillness and warmth of spring and all the colors and life blossoming all around us.  Great job Sara and Gerry on your session and congratulations on your new baby girl soon to be.

Having your photos taken doesn't have to stop after your wedding.  It is just the beginning of your lives together and the life that you both will bring into the world.  Feel free to contact me for maternity session, family photo sessions and more.  As always great rates, beautiful images and a good time are always yours.




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Chris and Ashley's Engagement Session-Southford Falls Park, Southbury, Connecticut CHRIS AND ASHLEY'S ENGAGEMENT SESSION

Southford Falls State Park, Southbury, Connecticut


April is here and spring is the air.  The flowers are blooming, leaves are starting to bud and engagement photography season begins.  It is a great time to get out, shake off the winter doldrums and enjoy the warming weather, songbirds and fresh air.  Life and Love is in the air all around.  Such was the case with Chris and Ashley's engagement session at Southford Falls State Park, in Southbury, Connecticut.  The weather was good, the air was calm and having an engagement during the week after work allowed us to have the whole park to ourselves.  Chris and Ashley were so much fun to work with.  We laughed and had a great time. They did a fantastic job. Way to go Chris and Ashley.

Having an engagement session before your wedding day is a great way to get comfortable in front of the camera and working with your photographer.  I can't recommend it enough.  The pace is relaxed and enjoyable.  It is a great way to spend time together and leave your cares behind.  Follow it up with a dinner out together and make it and Engagement Day!!  What a way to celebrate.  


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Artistic Nature Portrait Session in the Woods-White Memorial Park, Lithfield, Connecticut ARTISTIC NATURE PORTRAIT SESSION IN THE WOODS

White Memorial Park, Litchfield, Connecticut


Many of you know me from my wedding and engagement shoot photography. You may not know I do other forms of photography such as corporate events, business photography, individual portraits, family portraits, senior portraits etc. The same skill, attention to detail, and imagery is applied to the different genres of photography I do. Feel free to contact me for your special photography needs. This is a individual nature portrait session I did last week with Sarah at White Memorial Park in Litchfield, Connecticut. Sarah did a great job bringing that natural feel to the shoot. 


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Finding the right photographer for you

When shopping for a wedding photographer one question that comes up with couples is "What is your photography style?". In doing your research and articles you will come across many articles talking about the different styles of photographers.  Terms like candid, or photojournalistic, documentary, modern etc. are thrown all over the place as terms used to describe styles of photography. Things can get a bit confusing and what do all these terms mean? I thought I would try to make some sense of these terms in this article on Photography Styles In Wedding Photography. 

In wedding photography there is no standardization among photographers and studios.  Some photographers went to photography school and spent many years studying, training and taking courses.  Some photographers picked up a camera, put out a shingle and start shooting representing themselves as a wedding photographer.  Photographers may have been influenced by a type of photography they did before they started shooting weddings or influenced by a photography teacher/mentor etc.   All photographers are not alike!! Every photographer is different in the way not only they shoot but even more so, the editing methods and processing of their images they use to create a style that can be very unique to that photographer. There are no right styles or wrong styles.  The right style is the one that is right for you and that you prefer and want for your wedding day.  A picture is worth 1,000 words.  Focus more on the photos of the photographer rather than  the words used to describe their style.


Rustic tent backyard wedding, Oxford, Connecticut.  Pick up truck and reception detail shots.Rustic tent backyard wedding, Oxford, Connecticut. Pick up truck and reception detail shots.


Shooting and Editing Styles


There are many photography shooting/editing styles and sub styles out there.  I thought I would simplify them by grouping them into 4 major styles. 



The first style I wanted to explore I call the “Light and Airy”, “Dreamy and Creamy” style.  This style is probably the most common in wedding photography today and it is often copied and mimicked by wedding photographers. This style tends to exposure images on the bright side, almost and sometimes to the point of over exposing them.  Colors are very desaturated and lose their original color taking on a more pastel look.  There is very low contrast to the images between shadows and highlights.  Skies are often blown out and rendered not blue but white.  Grass and foliage tend not to be green but very washed out and colors in general are rendered not as they are in their natural state but to a lighter desaturated pastel palette hence the name “Light and Airy, Dreamy, Creamy”.  Visually, the differentiation regarding the scenery and locale from one wedding to another become quite diminished as the natural colors and characteristics of the scene are lost It can become difficult to differentiate one location from another as they all “look the same” be it an image of a wedding at the Eifel tower in France, or the Arizona desert.  Some people like the style, others don’t.  You will see this style dominating the wedding photography market currently however there are a lot of other styles out there used by some of the greatest wedding photographers alive today.




The next style out there is what I call the "Dark and Moody, High Contract, Dramatic style."  It is the polar opposite of the previous style.  Images are more on the underexposed side. Images are exposed for the highlights and the other parts of the image can be rendered in shadow or darker and sometimes even black.  The image tends to have a high amount of contract between highlights and shadows and colors offering a more dramatic look.  There can be a strong interplay between the shadows and highlights of the image as well.  Colors tend to me richer and more saturated than the first type.  The dominant tone of the image is on the darker side hence the name “Dark and Moody, High Contrast and dramatic style.”  


Halloween Theme bride getting ready wedding shots at Goodwind Hotel, In Hartford, ConnecticutHalloween Theme bride getting ready wedding shots at Goodwind Hotel, In Hartford, Connecticut


Style 3)  BOHO

The next style I call the “Boho Soho, Hippie Chickie style.”  Regarding exposure it tends to fit between the first two styles often leaning a little on the darker side.  This style uses the addition of what are called “filters” or presets in the editing process that shifts the colors to a more earthen, brown color.   White parts of the image are overlaid with this brownish tone so colors are not rendered as they truly are in their natural state.  There is also an increase in contrast in the midtones which can render the image a bit more on the darker side.  Often this style is used to give the image more earthy scenes hence the name “Boho Soho, Hippie Chickie style.




The last style doesn’t really have a formal name. It can be called a “natural style”. I refer it to the middle path or the path of the buddha.  I call it such as it doesn’t go to either extreme of the styles above.  It falls in the middle of the first two styles in that exposure is balanced and rendered more in the middle between light and dark.  It is the style that most closely fits my style of photography shooting and editing.   Colors of the scenery and locations are rendered in their true and natural state without altering the colors or applying filters.   Blue skies are rendered blue, grass is rendered green and whites are rendered white. This style makes each wedding be unique from the next allowing each venue to represent its true characteristics and beauty.  Colors tend to be rich and the images have an overall clean look to them with details being preserved.  The colors of receptions are rich and brought out to represent their true characteristics and beauty, hence the name “Natural Style”


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Photography moment capturing method or style


The next question that should come up in wedding photography regarding is what style of shooter is the wedding photographer?  What method of capturing the moments on your wedding day and interacting with you and your guests will your photographer use.  This can often get mixed up with the shooting and editing styles and there can be some overlap and the terms can be used interchangeably so it can get rather confusing.  You will hear terms like “candid photographer” or “documentary photographer”, “photojournalistic photographer”, “posed”, “modern”, etc.  Many of these terms are used and thrown around without people really taking the time to find out what they mean. 

It is rare that a photographer will use only one type of method or style of capturing the moments of your wedding day!  This is very important to understand and is never address in any articles I have come across.  Different parts of your wedding will call for different methods of capturing the moments of your wedding day so in some senses these terms to differentiate one another can become meaningless.  Let me explain.  A wedding day is made up of numerous distinct parts.  It often starts off with getting ready photos, will have a ceremony followed by a time for portraits often but not limited to the cocktail hour followed by a lengthy reception.  Taking the ceremony part of the wedding for example. The ceremony is a fast moving part of your wedding that is happening in the moment!!  I don’t care what kind of photographer you call yourself, the photographer is capturing and documenting what is happening.  They are using a documentary, candid or photo journalistic style.  A photographer is not going to stop the procession in the middle of the ceremony and say “let me pose you”.  Another example that is very clear would be reception photos.  A photographer is not going to get in the middle of the dance floor and say “let me pose you” and stop your first dance etc.  Another example would be the taking of bride/groom or family portraits.  Most photographers regardless of their styles are not going to just photograph you where the family is or where the couple is.  They will guide you and say, lets go here where the lighting is good, or let’s go here for a great photo with the lake in the background etc. After all that is what you are paying them for and looking for their advice and suggestions.   Getting ready photos may combine some aspects of documentary, editorial, candid style and some may be more guided, directed and or posed.


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So, as you can see there is no “one style fits all” when it comes to the methods a photographer will use when capturing your wedding day moments.  There can be more variances by photographers to capture certain segments like capturing portraits of the bride and groom and bridal party during the portrait session.  That variance for example would be capturing a moment of the bride and groom walking and holding hands vs. directing them (posing) to be in a certain area and directing them to get close together hold hands, look in a certain direction etc.  In some senses these terms become a bit meaningless as there are no “one style fits all” photographer and a photographer will use these many methods throughout your wedding day.

Looking at a photographer’s website portfolio, Instagram feed, and other social media channels will give you a sense of their shooting methods and photography and editing styles.  Make sure to enlarge the images on a computer monitor vs. viewing on your phone so you can better see the details, sharpness, clarity etc.  Make sure the photographs you see were taken by your photographer vs. another team member/associate.  This can be problematic with the larger studios as you don’t know whose photos are whose.  To get even more clarity ask to see a full wedding or more from the photographer so you can see how they capture the moments of each part of your wedding day vs. posting a few hero images. 


Sand Ceremony with bride and groom at Anthony's Ocean View Wedding New Haven, ConnecticutSand Ceremony with bride and groom at Anthony's Ocean View Wedding New Haven, ConnecticutCurtis and Kat's sand ceremony on the beach at Anthony's Ocean View in New Haven, Connecticut


Helping to understand my client’s vision of their wedding day photos is very important.  I take the time before their wedding day through numerous consultations to understand it and find out how they want their wedding moments captured through the various parts of their wedding day.  I invite them to create pin boards and send them to me so I can get a sense of what they are drawn to from other photographers’ photos.  This way I can best recreate their vision and bring it to manifestation in their wedding day photos.  I also create a shoot list with every couple that I take with me on their wedding day so I have a list of what they wanted captured for each moment of their wedding day.  I can tailor my methods to meet each couples preferences and needs.


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In general, I try to provide different styles and methods of capturing the moments on a wedding day as I feel they all have their strong points.  By providing a variety of methods of styles I can better tell the story of your wedding day and capture the many magic moments and providing a variety of angles, perspectives, and styles. 

I hope this helps you understand these terms and concepts and I am always happy to set up a consultation to learn more about your wedding photography needs and explain about my services, products and methods of wedding photography. 


Wedding reception dance photos, Glastonbury, Hills Country Club, Glastonbury, ConnecticutWedding reception dance photos, Glastonbury, Hills Country Club, Glastonbury, Connecticut


Bride and her mom on the dance floor for the wedding reception at Wood Acres Farm in Terryville Connecticut



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The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame Award Winner for Connecticut Wedding Photographers THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDING Hall OF FAME AWARD 

Connecticut Wedding Photography Award




Wow!! Something good to come out of 2020. This year marks a great achievement for my wedding photography business!! I was inducted into the Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame for having received the prestigious Best of Knot Weddings 4 years in a row! It is a really great honor and achievement which has been a labor of love, dedication and service to the couples I have worked with and to the art of wedding photography. I wanted to thank all the couples over the last 4 years for taking the time to leave their reviews and to make this happen. It has been an honor to work with you and serve you and be part of your lives.


John Munno Weddings has been inducted into The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame from The Knot, a leading wedding planning and registry brand and app. Exceptional wedding professionals who have earned four or more of The Knot Best of Weddings awards are inducted into the prestigious The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame.

Despite COVID-19 interrupting many 2020 weddings and social events, wedding professionals around the nation continued to support to-be-weds throughout their wedding planning journeys. From adjusting future schedules to make way for postponed weddings, to helping couples host socially distanced weddings following state and local guidelines and restrictions with an increased focus on health and safety, wedding pros—and the industry as a whole—rallied together in 2020, ultimately helping couples continue to celebrate life and love. The Knot 2021 Best of Weddings recognition honors the vendors who went above and beyond to help to-be-weds navigate the global pandemic.

In its fifteenth annual year, The Knot continues its long-standing tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2021, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews across various vendor categories—including venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more—to find the highest rated vendors of the year. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that engaged couples should consider booking for their own unique weddings.

This year, The Knot Best of Weddings winners represent the top five percent of local wedding vendors listed on The Knot. There were 1,422 new inductees into The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame for 2021, out of hundreds of thousands of local vendors featured on The Knot.



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Michelle and Erik's Snow Engagement Session-Southford Falls Park, Southbury, Connecticut WINTER SNOW ENGAGEMENT SESSION

Southford Falls State Park, Southbury, Connecticut


There is a saying, "When life give you lemons, make lemonade." I have a similar saying when it comes to engagement shoots.  When life give you snow, have a snow engagement shoot. I do a lot of shooting through the popular seasons of spring, summer and fall and we all know their beauty.  But when it comes to photos, winter is such an under looked time of the year for photography-both weddings and engagement sessions.  The browns of November and December allow couples to stand out against the background making for such stunning portraits.  Likewise the snows of winter also allow the subjects to stand out against a neutral background of white as well as bringing the magical aspect of winter's snow upon the landscape. 

This winter quite a few couples requested snow engagements session.  I wait for a forecast of snow and then on short notice we head out when the weather conditions are the best for snow photos.  Such was the case for Michelle and Erik's engagement session at Southford Falls State Park.  The forecast was for a small amount of snow, with mild temperatures so we would be comfortable and low layer of clouds to keep the sun from melting the snow off the trees.  

When being outdoors in the snow and winter it is best to wear warm clothing including waterproof boots, jacket, gloves and a hat.  You want to be comfortable and warm during your engagement session.  

Michelle and Erik did a great job on their session and were so much fun to work with.  We had a great time and they received so many studding photos of their engagement session.  Below are some of their highlights.




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2020 Connecticut Weddings and Engagement Highlights in the Covid-19 era 2020 CONNECTICUT WEDDING AND ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS

2020 a year of trials challenges and triumphs in the covid-19 era


I like to put together a wedding highlight video each year to reflect on the year past and all the amazing couples I had the chance to work with and photograph. Due to Covid-19, this year was particularly challenging for all couples and vendors in the wedding industry. This video is a special one, being a tribute to all the couples that were able to have their wedding through the fear, unknown, changes, obstacles, challenges and restrictions. They had to go through many sacrifices in the process, changing venue dates and locations, scaling down guest counts and going ahead without the company of family and friends at times. This video is a historical story of 2020 in the wedding industry and a tribute to all the couples, vendors and venues that were a part of it.



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2021 Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Award Winner  

2021 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards


John Munno Weddings Named Winner in 2021

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards

Southbury, January 15, 2021. -- John Munno Weddings was announced as a winner of the 2021 WeddingWire.  Couples’ Choice Awards®, an accolade representing the top wedding professionals across the board in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism reviewed by couples on WeddingWire, a leader in the $200 billion global wedding planning industry.

In 2020, the rise and spread of COVID-19 unfortunately impacted the wedding industry and the hundreds of thousands of small businesses who bring weddings to life every day. However, wedding vendors worldwide continued to guide their couples through wedding planning and the challenges of the global pandemic. In celebration of local wedding vendors nationwide and overseas, the 2021 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® recognizes the wedding professionals who excelled in supporting to-be-weds despite unprecedented challenges resulting from COVID-19. 

To determine these distinguished wedding professionals, WeddingWire analyzed reviews across more than 20 service categories—from venues and caterers to florists and photographers—to find the most- and highest-rated vendors of the year. The winners exhibit superior professionalism, responsiveness, service and quality when interacting with the millions of couples who turn to WeddingWire to help with their wedding planning process each month.

Wedding professionals who win WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Awards® are members of WeddingPro, the leading B2B wedding brand. As the largest marketplace and community for wedding professionals, WeddingPro connects businesses with more than 13 million unique monthly visitors who are planning weddings on WeddingWire and The Knot, as well as with hundreds of thousands of pros in the industry. Through its online marketplaces, educational programs and community-building events, WeddingPro is dedicated to helping wedding professionals build relationships with couples and pros that grow their businesses.

John Munno Weddings is honored to be one of the top vendors in Southbury on WeddingWire.




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Melissa and Matt's Wedding-Sandy Hook and Waterbury, Connecticut MICHELLE AND MATT'S WEDDING

Sandy Hook and Waterbury, Connecticut


Winter weddings though not as common as summer weddings have a special charm of their own especially when snow is on the ground.  It provides for unique photos that present the magical winter wonderland feeling that we know well.  Such was the case for Michelle and Matt's wedding.  A snowstorm right before their wedding left a few inches of snow on the ground that made for beautiful wedding portraits and a magical wedding day.  

Their wedding started off in Sandy Hook, home of the groom, where I took the groom getting ready photos and portraits in downtown Sandy Hook with Matt and his brother the best man.

Melissa had her getting ready photos at her sisters house in Wolcott Connecticut.  Melissa's bridesmaids were by her side to support her and cheer her on.  They were great. We also included a first look with her dad and bridesmaids into the getting ready photos that made for some great candid moments.

We took a brief stop in the party van to take a photos of Melissa and her bridesmaids in the park before heading to the venue for her wedding ceremony.  Spoiler Alert!!  Where did it say to bring your boots!!  Some of the girls didn't get the memo. Next, we went to their venue in Waterbury for their indoor wedding ceremony.

After the ceremony and during the cocktail hour, Melissa and Matt and I slipped away to a local park to take portraits of the bride and groom in the snow.  Their photos came out so great!!  They had a timeless Norman Rockwell feel to them.  Melissa looked so great in here white stole.  I called here the snow queen.  Matt looked so dapper in double breasted suit and wool cap.

We headed back to the their reception for a warm and fun filled evening of dances, dinner, toasts, celebration and crazy dance moves.  What a wonderful celebration of an awesome couple. 



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Stephanie and Matt's Wedding-Heritage Hotel, Southbury, Connecticut STEPHANIE AND MATT'S WEDDING

Heritage Hotel, Southbury, Connecticut


Weddings are special any time of the year.  With many couples having to postpone their spring or early summer weddings, late fall and winter became another option.  Winter weddings are gaining popularity.  Beside the obvious advantage of discounted rates and availability winter weddings bring a sense of the Christmas Sprit and holiday cheer that goes along with weddings.  Ceremonies are typically held indoors and portraits may be done indoors or outdoors depending on the weather.  Matt and Stephanie had to cancel their original wedding date due to Covid and like many couples had to struggle to we postpone again to next year or move ahead with another wedding date in 2020.  After going back and forth they opted to get married in 2020 and were able to put together an incredible wedding day celebration with friends and family through it all.

Their wedding started off with getting ready photos of Matt at one of his groomsmen's house!  All the guys were there and made for great time.  Matt opened up a gift from Stephanie and read a card to start the day as well as some pre-wedding drinks! 

Our wedding day continued at the Heritage Hotel, in Southbury for getting ready photos of Stephanie and her bridesmaids.  The girls started things off with some Mimosas!  Stephanie opened a card and gift from Matt.  We also did a first look with Stephanie and her bridesmaids which was a lot of fun. 

After their getting ready shots, Stephanie and Matt wanted to do a "first look" out in the courtyard garden.  With the change in their wedding date to colder weather,  Stephanie had to make a change in her wedding dress to longs sleeves which worked out great as well as hand warming pockets!!  Their first look was filled with much emotion, anticipation and warm feelings.  Way to go Matt and Stephanie!

Things were a bit on the nippy side so I had to move pretty quick.  We went out onto the golf course for some portraits of Matt and Stephanie as Matt is an avid golfer. Than we returned to the vineyard behind the Heritage Hotel for portraits of the bridal party. 

I did the family portraits inside and then next came their indoor ceremony in the Timber Room.  Guests were all seated and socially distant but could watch the whole ceremony.

With guests still seated and socially distanced they moved right into their first dance with falling snow thanks to DJ Dave, The Spin Doctor.  Next parent dances and toasts took place followed by a sit down dinner.

To comply with state Covid-19 guidelines, the final part of the reception with dancing was scaled down to a very small guest count and different location.  Mainly present were the wedding party, family and select friends. 


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2021 The Knot Best of Weddings Award Winner for Connecticut Wedding Photographers 2021 THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDING AWARD 

Connecticut Wedding Photographers




Feeling very grateful to have been awarded the prestigious Best of Knot Weddings Award for the 4th year in a row.

2020 has been a difficult year for the the wedding industry and to receive this award trough this difficult year has been a great honor. I wanted to thank every couple that took the time to leave their review which helped make this award possible. I am so grateful for choosing me to capture the memories of this most important time in your life.

It has been an honor to get to know you, your families and friends and spend the time together. I also commend all the couples that chose love in this time of fear and uncertainty. You have been a beacon of hope for the world.


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Justine and Tim's Wedding-Crystal Peak, Winstead, Connecticut JUSTINE AND TIM'S WEDDING MINIMONY

Crystal Peak,  Winstead, Connecticut


With Covid-19 throwing a wrench in many couples wedding plans, some couples are opting for a smaller wedding or minimony to stay within state regulations on gatherings.  Justine and Tim did this, opting for a 3 hour wedding minimony to include a first look, portraits with each other family photos and ceremony all to be done outdoors.  With the shorter daylight in November, I  arranged their wedding timeline to include the first look and portraits before the ceremony to take advantage of the available daylight.  We really lucked out with a very mild mid November day that allowed for us to be quite comfortable outside for their wedding day.  Justine sent me lots of pins from here pinterest board to give me  sense of the photos she wanted to capture for her wedding day.  The up front planning and work we did together helped make for a seamless and smooth wedding day with so many great photos of their special day.  The grounds at Crystal Peaks  with their browns and post Autumn hues made for beautiful photos that complimented their Autumn theme wedding.


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Rebecca and Paul's Engaegment Session-Historic Newtown, Connecticut REBECCA AND PAUL'S ENGAGEMENT SESSION

Historic Newtown, Connecticut


Couples choose engagement locations for many reasons.  For some it was the place where the proposal happened. For others it is a place they often spend time or visit.  For other's it could be a sentimental place.  Such was the case for Rebecca who grew up in the historic town of Newtown Connecticut. Rebecca and Paul's engagement session started off in Ram Pasture on a bridge that she sang songs about as a child in school. We had a warm late October day to enjoy the last of autumn colors.  After spending some time at Ram pasture we traveled to historic downtown Newtown with a stop at the local general store and town hall where Rebecca watched movies as a child.  We strolled through the many historic homes some of which were owned by family and friends when she was a child.  We finished their shoot in near bye Sandy Hook which has had a renovation and revival including the Foundry restaurant and vintage dress shop.  Rebecca and Paul were such a joy to work with. And made for a the engagement shoot so much fun.  I can't wait for their wedding day!