John Munno Weddings: Blog https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog en-us (C)2022 John Munno Weddings (John Munno Weddings) Sat, 09 Apr 2022 21:22:00 GMT Sat, 09 Apr 2022 21:22:00 GMT https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/img/s/v-12/u589940293-o294168902-50.jpg John Munno Weddings: Blog https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog 80 120 Alyson and Chris' Wedding-Crystal Room, Naugatuck, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2022/4/alyson-and-chris-wedding-crystal-room-naugatuck-connecticut ALYSON AND CHRIS' WEDDING

Crystal Room, Naugatuck, Connecticut

 

We start the wedding day of Alyson and Chris with Chris getting ready at his best man's apartment in Seymour, Connecticut. After the indoor getting ready photos we went outside for some photos of Chris and his groomsmen.  The weather was forecast to rain in the afternoon so to play it safe, I did some of the portraits outside while the weather was still good in the morning. 

Next we went to Alyson's parent's house for getting ready photos of Alyson and her bridesmaids.
The weather forecast was for rain in the afternoon so while the weather was still holding we went outside for a first look with Alyson and her father followed by photos of Alyson and her mom and dad and then bridesmaids.   
Next it was time for their wedding ceremony.  Alyson and her dad arrived in her dad's classic car. We had a wonderful catholic wedding ceremony followed by a bubble exit. 

We quickly headed off to the portrait location to try to get in some of their photos before the rain came.  We made it just in time as the wind and rain came rushing in towards the end of their portrait session. 
Next we went to the Crystal Room in Naugatuck for their wonderful wedding reception.  Highlights were their introductions, first dance, toasts, parent dances, some outdoor portraits and cigar photos of Chris and his groomsmen followed by lots of fun on the dance floor.  

It was an amazing wedding reception for sure.  There was so much love and feeling of celebration in the air!!  Way to go Alyson and Chris and thanks to your family and friends for all their support.  
 

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Rebecca and Tom's Treehouse Farm Engagement Session https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2022/3/rebecca-and-toms-treehouse-farm-engagement-session REBECCA AND TOM'S TREE HOUSE FARM ENGAGEMENT SHOOT/SESSION

Bluebird Farm, Willington, Connecticut

 

I want engagement sessions to be very personal experience for the couples I work with.  I set up an engagement session  meeting with each couple to find out the style, them and type of engagement session they want and then help find the perfect engagement session location for them be it a beach or coastal session, city or town, forest or in this case a tree house and farm stay engagement session.

During out initial meeting Rebecca and Tom wanted a farm theme engagement session.  A few months later they shared some thoughts for wanting an air b and b stay-over engagement session incorporating the farm idea. I had the perfect location in mind for them at Bluebird Farm in Willington, Connecticut.  Having photographed a wedding there before,  I was familiar with the farm and the wonderful animals  on the farm.  In the recent year they built a tree house air b and b which would make for the perfect location for their session. How cool to have and engagement session on the farm and stay overnight in a tree house. Rebecca and Tom loved the idea.  I reached out to Carmen at Bluebird Farm and her son Joe and helped make the arrangements for the engagement session. 

Carmen was there to greet us when we arrived and brought all the goats, sheep and brought out a baby lamb for Rebecca to hold. 

One of the goats had a thing for Tom and wanted to become good friends. It was hilarious and made for some great smiles, laughs and candid moments.
Bluebird Farm has this really friendly cat that followed us around the farm and posed for some photos. 
There are numerous of outbuildings on the farm making for some great backdrops and scenes for their photos.

A nice field/ pasture the animals use in the summer makes for some expansive photos capturing the beauty of the farm. 

After strolling around the various areas of the farm and taking photos we went to the tree house where I took a few more photos before leaving them alone to enjoy their stay at the tree house.  It was a blast spending the time with Tom and Rebecca and the animals on Bluebird Farm.  They enjoyed their session so much and their stay in the tree house.  What  a nice getaway and way to nurture their relationship and time together.  A special thanks to Carmen and her son Joe at Bluebird Farm for helping make their engagement session dreams come true.   

 

 

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Ally and Anthony's Wedding-Aquaturf Club, Plantsville, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2022/2/ally-and-anthonys-wedding-aquaturf-club-plantsville-connecticut ALLY AND ANTHONY'S WEDDING

Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville, Connecticut

 

Ally and Anthony's wedding extravaganza started off with Anthony and his groomsmen getting ready at the hotel.  Photos included Anthony getting ready and his groomsmen having a toast, portraits of the groomsmen with Anthony and a cigar break. 

Ally's getting ready photos were packed with so many special happenings as you will shortly see.  I will go into them a bit more depth later on but for now I will share some photos of Ally getting ready with the help of her bridesmaid and then a special "first look" with her dad. 

Next Ally did a "first look" with her bridesmaids followed by portraits of Ally with her bridesmaids and photos of Ally and her parents. 

We temporarily had Ally go into the other room and close the door so we could do a "first look" with Anthony and his mom.  

But wait there is more!  We had Anthony go back out in the hall so that Ally could come out and I set up a "first touch" with Ally and Anthony.  A "first touch" is like a "first look" but the couple don't get to see each other, instead they can only touch and talk to each other from each side of the door.  It was a moving sequence of  anticipation, laughs, tears and moments of warm sentiments and prayers for their wedding day and life together.

With all the getting ready photos finished I took some limo photos of Anthony as he left the hotel and headed to the venue.  

We arrived at Aqua Turf and were blessed with a relatively mild mid February day.  I think the temperatures got into the 50s so it made for some great time outside for their portraits. I started off with portraits of Anthony and his groomsmen. 

Ally arrived next in the limo with her bridesmaids so they were the next to photograph.  

Next came their wedding ceremony in the lovely chapel at Aqua Turf Club.

The ceremony was held up quite a bit due to guests arriving late and dusk came upon us very quickly after the ceremony.  By using off camera lighting techniques and taking advantage of the blue hour and night sky I was able to create stunning blue light and night portraits.

With the portraits complete it was time for the reception in the wagon room at Aquaturf.  They started off the evening with introductions of the bridal part, a first dance with Ally and Anthony and toasts by the best man and maid of honor.  

Next came the parent dances.  A mother son dance and father daughter dance. 

DJ Lupo opened up the dance floor with great music, dancing and lots of fun on the dance floor.  

We took a brief break for cake cutting and then more great times on the dance floor.  

What an incredible wedding day extravaganza.  We ended the night with some limo photos as Ally and Antony headed off on their new lives together as husband and wife. 


Venue:  https://aquaturfclub.com/

DJ:  https://www.instagram.com/djlup_o/
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sandra and Damian's Wedding-Hartford City Hall, Pond House Cafe https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2022/1/sandra-and-damians-wedding-hartford-city-hall-pond-house-cafe SANDRA AND DAMIAN'S WEDDING

Hartford City Hall, Hartford, Connecticut

Pond House Cafe, West Hartford, Connecticut

 

We started off the wedding day with getting ready (groom prep) photos at a local hotel.  This is often a good place to  do your getting ready photos as you are not restricted in time as you often are at a venue.  Damian opened a wonderful gift from Sandra as part of the getting ready photos.  Photos of the groomsmen and family members were included as well. 

Next were the getting ready photos (bride prep) of Sandra and her bridesmaids.  Photos included her sister and mother and bridesmaids. Since it was winter and the weather for portraits can be unpredictable I helped them reserve a block of time at Hartford City Hall for their first look and photos of the bridal party and family photos. 

With their portraits finished we went to The Pond House Cafe in West Hartford for their wedding ceremony and reception.
The Pond House Cafe was decorated with all the Christmas  trees and lights and it transformed the venue into a winter wonderland.  DJ Dave, Spin Doctor Entertainment brought a snow machine for their first dance to further enhance the mood and scene. It was a wonderful wedding celebration of joy and love.

Video can be a great compliment to your wedding photos.  I work with a fantastic team of videographers in all different price ranges to make it easy to add a videographer to your wedding day. Special thanks to David Ladin of RI Video Pro for creating this video.   

 

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Video:  Ri Video Pro                      https://www.rivideopro.com/

Venue :  Pond House Cafe              https://pondhousecafe.com/

DJ:  Spin Doctor Entertainment       https://www.spindoctorentertainment.com/

Make Up: Glotique                         https://glotiquect.com/

Venues:  Hartford City Hall
 


 

 

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2021 Wedding and Engagement Highlights Video https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2021/12/2021-wedding-and-engagement-highlights-video 2021 CONNECTICUT WEDDING AND ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO

 

A retrospection of gratitude to all the 2021 couples 

 

Christmas time is a time of reflection, thanks and gratitude. As I reflect on this year 2021 as a wedding photographer I wanted to thank all the clients I had the opportunity to meet, work with and photograph this year. You have given me the greatest gift of all. The gift of Love toward each other. Your love has made the world a better place and I thank you so much for inviting me into your lives. This short video is a tribute to you all. Merry Christmas.

Looking forward to the 2022 weddings, engagement and portrait sessions.

In Light, John Munno
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Sammi and Kelsey's Wedding-The Water's Edge, Westbrook, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2021/12/sammi-and-kelseys-wedding-the-water-s-edge-westbrook-connecticut SAMMI AND KELSEY'S WEDDING

The Water's Edge, Westbrook, Connecticut

 

Every couple is unique and I do my best through the various planning meetings with my clients to get a sense of their wedding photography style and desires for their photos.  Sammi and Kelsey wanted to have their love of fun and playfulness expressed in their photos.  So I did my best incorporate elements of that in the photos on their shoot list.  Their December weddings added some elements of the Christmas Season as well in their photos and luckily the weather wasn't terribly cold so what we could quickly go outside for a first look and portraits before their ceremony.

We start off with Kelsey getting ready (groom prep) photos.  During the groom prep photos I like to add photos of the groom with all his groomsmen and family etc.  But in the interest of keeping the blog post within limits I only shared a few of those photos. 

With the guys finished it was time for the getting ready photos of Sammi and her bridesmaids along with some family photos with her mother and sister.  

After the getting ready photos we went outside for Sammi and Kelsey's first look followed by portraits of them together on the beautiful grounds at the Water's Edge by the sea.  Following, were some photos of the bridal party and family portraits.   
As the sun started to get low in the sky we went inside for their wedding ceremony.  After their wedding ceremony there was a cocktail hour, with some time for family photos and candid portraits and wedding reception detail photos.

Next, the celebration continued with the main part of their reception including the introductions, first dance with Sammi and Kelsey, parent dances, toasts and lots of fun and celebration on the dance floor.  

What an amazing wedding day.  The feeling of love, support and celebration was off the charts.  A special thanks to all the family and friends that helped make their wedding be such an amazing event.

 

Venue:  The Waters Edge                                  https://watersedgeresortandspa.com/
DJ:  John Saville Entertainment                        https://www.johncaddyman.com/
 

 

 

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Rebecca and Paul's Wedding-The Madison Beach Hotel, Madison, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2021/11/rebecca-and-pauls-wedding-the-madison-beach-hotel-madison-connecticut REBECCA AND PAUL'S WEDDING

Christ the King Catholic Church, Old Lyme Connecticut

The Madison Beach Hotel, Madison, Connecticut

 

Rebecca and Paul were wonderful people and we hit it off from the beginning during their engagement session a year before their wedding day.  We got to know each other and worked together to plan their amazing wedding day.  Their wedding day started with getting ready photos of Paul and his groomsmen at an Air B and B in Old Lyme Connecticut.

Next we went to Rebecca's parents house in Old Lyme Connecticut for the bride prep (getting ready) photos of Rebecca and her bridesmaids and parents.  We had some nice tender moments with Rebecca and her sister and parents. 

We next went to Christ the King Catholic Church for their wedding ceremony.  Rebecca is a music voice teacher and their ceremony was blessed with a harp player and numerous songs sung by friends and members of the bridal party.  

After their wedding ceremony we headed to The Madison Beach Hotel for their portraits on the beach and venue grounds.   After their portraits we went inside for the reception.  They hired a fantastic live band which made for a great evening of entertainment.  Rebecca was into theatre and dance and their were many children at their wedding who were dancers and had so much fun.  For the last song one of the guest took the mic and stage and did a grand finale that left all of us speechless it was so amazing. 

It was an incredible wedding day celebration from beginning to end and it was so beautiful to be the in the circle of love and music and beauty created by Rebecca and Paul and their family and friends.  

 

Video can be a great to capture the moments of your wedding day.  I work with a great team of videographers in all different price ranges and package offerings.  This video below was done by David Ladin of RI Video Pro.  https://www.rivideopro.com/
 

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The Second Photographer. What is it? Do you need one? Myths, half-truths, and facts https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2021/11/the-second-photographer-what-is-it-do-you-need-one-myths-half-truths-and-facts  

The Second Photographer

What is it?  Do you need one?  Myths, half-truths, facts and personal experience

An in depth look

 

Deciding on what photographer to hire and sorting through the different photography terminology and packages can be daunting.  This is especially true when it comes to the question of a “second photographer.

Many articles will say you need a “second photographer “on your wedding day.  Often, I hear couples say they were told the needed one.  Many bridal forums say the same.  It wasn’t always like this but is a trend right now in the wedding industry.  All this pushing for a “second photographer” has caused the wedding industry to meet the demand in many but sometimes misleading ways which may not be the best for your wedding day. This has left couples either making assumptions about what a “second photographer” is or scratching their heads as to if they need one or not.  With this in mind, I decided to write this article to shed some light and bring understanding to this most nebulous and misunderstood terms in wedding photography. 

Within the wedding photography industry, there are what are called lead photographers, sometimes called first photographers and then there are “second photographer”. A lead or first photographer by definition with many of the larger photography studios is a well-trained, experienced photographer with the skills, training and equipment to shoot a wedding by themselves. 

By contrast, a “second photographer” by definition is an inexperienced photographer starting off in the industry without the skills and experience to shoot a wedding on their own.  They often have inferior equipment, little or no experience shooting weddings, usually a small amount of training if any and little or no off camera lighting and off camera flash skills. 

So how does the idea of having an inexperienced photographer starting off in the industry with out the skills and experience to shoot a wedding on their own often having inferior equipment and little or no lighting and off camera flash skills—a “second photographer” sound?  Is this something you need or want or can’t live without for your wedding?

Now grant it, the company is not going to tell you this.  They are only going to tell you they offer a “second photographer” in their package.  And you get excited, thinking you are getting a really great deal and so you book with them! Of course, they can give you a great deal on the package because they are not paying their “second photographer” very much for the reasons listed above.  

The other downside when choosing a “second photographer” is you often don’t get to see their work and you don’t know their level of skill/ style and the photos you would be getting from them. You are buying “in the dark” paying for something you know nothing about.

 

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If this is what a “second photographer” is with many of the larger companies.  Let’s take a look at what a “second photographer” is for the smaller companies and studios.

Many of the smaller companies built upon 1 photographer/studio owner may offer a “second photographer” in their package but not only you, but they often don’t know who that “second photographer” will be at the time of your booking.  But of course, they don’t tell you that.  And if you don’t ask you won’t know.   They won’t know until a few months before your wedding or shorter when they put posts out on various notice boards and Facebook groups etc. soliciting a “second photographer” to cover for your wedding day.  Often the studio owner hiring them has never worked with the “second photographer” before.  They know nothing about them, their work ethic, personality and how well they will perform on their wedding day.  There will be little to no training of them in preparation for your wedding day.  The studio owner will hire them based upon some photos the “second photographer” ” sends to them.  But not much more than that. 

Good, well established lead/first photographers are booked up many months to years in advance and are not often searching on “second photographer” sites looking for work.  For them to shoot as a “second photographer” they have to take a huge cut in pay over shooting a wedding under their own brand plus they lose the rights to the images they take as well.  For the lead photographer/studio owner, this is not a desirable thing to do.  So, guess who you get often wanting “second photographer” jobs on these photographer job boards?  Yes, you guessed it!!  Photographers starting off that are not established in the wedding industry. Without the skills experience etc. to shoot on their own etc.  Not that again!! So how is the “second photographer” sounding now?

 

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Not all smaller studios work this way.  Some studios may hire a “second photographer” that is skilled and can work on their own to cover the main parts of your wedding or other parts of the wedding such as getting ready shots etc. Some studios will have “second photographers” that they know and work with on a regular basis.  They can provide examples of their work etc. Some studios will hire “second photographers” that are actually lead/first photographers as well- Husband and wife teams can be an example of this.  But this is more of the minority and once again you have to find out.  These studios will often charge a higher price for their packages with a “second photographer” package because they have to pay them more because of their skill level and experience and to retain them as an employee.

So now that you learned a little bit more about the differences in what a “second photographer”
can be regarding skills, experience etc.  Let’s take a look at the many reasons people say you need a “second photographer”.

 

Myths and half-truths about the “second photographer

 

1)  I have getting ready photos in 2 locations? 

I often hear this reason repeated why couples need a “second photographer”. They have getting ready photos of the bride in one location and getting ready photos of the groom in the other. Although a “second photographer” can help in a situation like this there are other ways to get around it which I use all the time to photograph them both myself.  I simply stagger the getting ready times.  I often start off with photos of the groom and groomsmen getting ready and when finished, I photograph the bride and bridesmaids.  The groom and groomsmen usually have to go to the ceremony earlier anyway and by me shooting both getting ready photos, I know the quality of photos and work that I am able to provide for my clients.  A much higher quality and consistency than if I had used a second photographer.

 

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2) I will get more photos because I have two photographers?  

The lead or first photographer generally provides the majority of your photos of your wedding day. That will depend on the photographer and studio but it could be as high as 80% to 90% of the photos you receive from your wedding day come from the lead/first photographer.  So you are getting all excited and insisting on having a “second photographer” who is only providing as little as 10% of your images!! 

A studio often will have a set number of photos in their collection as part of their package. Most studios deliver only 300 to 500 images per wedding to their clients.  I deliver on average 1,000 photos per wedding to my clients. Your wedding moments are too important to me to throw away.  Plus I offer a full collection in black and white in addition to the color.  So you are looking at receiving 2000 photos of your wedding. So as you can see, two photographers delivering 300 photos to you is much less than, in my case, one photographer delivering 1000 plus images to you. 

Having more photographers doesn’t translate into more photos.

 

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3) I will have more angles captured because I have two photographers? 


This is one of the most often heard argument from photographers that offer a second photographer as to why you should get one.  As you dig deeper into it you will find it to be more of a half truth and in many cases not true at all as I will explain.  Most of the photography packages I offer my clients are full coverage packages.  I am capturing the moments of their wedding from beginning of the day to the end of the their reception.  One of the most common things I hear from DJs and the venue coordinators is their amazement that I stayed to the end of the couples reception.  They inform me that most photographers never stay to the end and leave the wedding reception right after their cake is cut.  Because I often stay to the end of the reception,  and often start with getting ready photos, a first look etc., I am able to capture so many more angles, and parts of the wedding that many other studios with second photographers can't because they physically are not there for a large part of your wedding.

One of the comments I hear the most from clients is their amazement that I was able to capture every moment of their wedding day from beginning to end.  Because I have to pay less people, I can keep my costs down and because of that I can be there for you to cover more of your wedding day. 

 

 

4) I have a large guest count at my ceremony?

Another reason people say they need a “second photographer” is they have a large guest count. My shooting doesn’t change much if there are 50 people at a wedding or 200. Getting ready shots will be the same as there are no large number of guests there.  During the ceremony the main focus is on the bride, groom bridal party and parents’ reactions.  Guests' reactions are included but the guest count doesn’t change the shooting.  The greatest limiting factor regarding photos is the duration of your ceremony.  A short and sweet ceremony can be as short as 5 minutes.  10 photographers can only do so much in 5 minutes.  By adding personal vows, readings, a sand ceremony you will turn that 5-minute ceremony into a 20 minute ceremony providing for more opportunities for photos. 

 

 

 4) I have a large guest count at my reception?

Another reason I hear the need for a “second photographer” is a large reception guest count.  Like the ceremony, the main focus is always groom, bride, parents and bridal party.   Guest are important to me and I always included and I try to capture photos of every guest at the reception.  This can be done through candid photos or table shots etc.  Receptions take up a lot of time, often 4 to 6 hours. There is plenty of time to take many candid photos of guests all through the reception including dance photos. Because I stay to the end of the reception with most of my couples, I have more time to capture more photos of your guests.  I can easily deliver over 500 photos of just the reception to my clients. 

 

 

5)  I have a large wedding party?

Another reason often mentioned for needing a “second photographer” is a large bridal party.   I am skilled at working with large bridal parties and have photographed 30-person bridal parties.  Once again having a “second photographer” doesn’t aid in the process much.  At that point of the wedding the “second photographer” would be shooting other things such as cocktail hour, reception details and not photographing the wedding party anyway. 

 

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4) More is better? 

The more photographers/videographers/tripods/gear you have at your wedding the more it can starts to distract and become the center of attention at your wedding. The trend in the industry is to have more of all of this and I don't think it is a good trend.  I have done weddings with 3 videographers and second photographers and assistants with tripods, gear, people everywhere.  It was more like a TV studio set than a wedding.  There is more of a chance to have these pieces of equipment and people end up in your photos.  Also having all this production going on at your wedding becomes the center of attention. It can take away from you being the center of the attention and become a distraction for you and your guests. There is something to be said for traveling light and being unobtrusive as a photographer or videographer on your wedding day. 

One of the comments I hear most from my clients in their reviews is I was out of the way, and unobtrusive. They were amazed they didn't see me for many parts of their wedding yet I captured every moment!!  

 

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Benefits of a Second Photographer

 

With all that being said about how a “second photographer” may not be needed and a experienced first/lead photographer can capture all that you need for photos on your wedding day. What are the benefits of a “second photographer” and when are they helpful? 

1) Capture reception detail shots

A “second photographer” can be handy to have at times no doubt about it.  One way they can be helpful is to shoot reception detail shots during the cocktail hour while the lead/first photographer is shooting portraits of the bride/groom, wedding party and family.

Once again, I have many ways for workarounds as a single photographer to get the reception detail shots.  One way is to go to the reception early before the wedding starts.  Another workaround I do when laying out the couple’s wedding timeline is to take their portraits of the bride and groom and wedding party before the ceremony and often combine them with a first look.  Not only does this provide for more photos for the couple by not limiting their portrait time to the cocktail hour, it frees up the couple up to enjoy the cocktail hour and gives me the time to shoot the reception detail photos and cocktail hour photos.

 

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2) Capture more angles

True a “second photographer” can capture another angle or perspective for fast moving parts of the wedding such as the wedding ceremony, first dances and parent dances during the reception. This is probably the best reason to use one. But since the "second photographer" often adds a very small amount of the photos to your collection is is it worth it to have the majority of your wedding photos suffer or be less than if you have a less capable lead/first photographer shooting your images as part of that package? 

As mentioned above, having 2 photographers for a part of your wedding coverage often comes at a sacrifice of not having any photographer for other large parts of your wedding day as many second photographer packages don't include full coverage on your wedding day.  So gaining some angles at one part of your wedding can lead to no angles at all for other parts of your wedding.  

I have work arounds as a single lead photographer. I shoot with 2 cameras on a harness with different lenses.  So not only do I have an instant back up camera but also by having different lenses I can provide very different angles and perspectives from wide angle to close up zooms and can switch cameras instantly providing an amazing collection of photos as if there were 3 photographers shooting.  Clients are consistently amazed by the number of photos they receive and I have been given the nick name of “photo ninja” for my ability to move and cover wedding ceremonies and receptions.

 

Bride and groom first dance at the Heritage Hotel Wedding Reception in Southbury, ConnecticutBride and groom first dance at the Heritage Hotel Wedding Reception in Southbury, Connecticut

 

3) Have an extra hand and helper

Yes, a “second photographer” ” can jump in and help where needed and even be an assistant at times, but is it something that is needed and a must have and is it worth the extra money you have to pay to get one?  I personally don’t think so.  I shoot over 30 weddings a year without the need for a “second photographer”.  I do my best work when working alone as I can dedicate 100 percent of my focus and attention on you and getting the shots I need rather than having to be distracted by working with another photographer or assistant on your wedding day.  I even had clients comment on how they could enjoy their wedding more with me as a single photographer rather than having the distraction of 2 or multiple photographers.

 

Making your decision

 

So hopefully at this point you learned more about what a “second photographer” is and isn’t and the pros vs. cons of having one.  If money is no object or you have a very high budget for your wedding photography needs having a “second photographer” that is a lead/first photographer can be a great thing to have but if you have a budget to work with and staying within that budget forces you to go with a company that uses a less experienced “second photographer” and a lead/first photographer that is not as experienced as well then your photos and your wedding photography experience may suffer as a result  If on the other hand you go with a very skilled single lead/photographer such as myself whose work you like and studio provides great services.  you would probably get much more out of it for your money as well as have a better wedding photography experience.

The advantages of hiring me as your wedding photographer over a large studio or adding a “second photographer” is you know who your photographer is.  There are no mysteries, unknowns or surprises.  You have seen my images on my website and portfolio.  They were all shot by me,  not by an employee that left years ago.  You can read the seventy plus 5 star reviews praising my services and work.  I have received numerous prestigious awards for my reviews and client approval. When you choose to hire me, you are hiring an extensively trained photographer with over a decade of experience, skilled in how to create beautiful images in the challenging lighting conditions common to weddings.

My clients are blown away with the number of photos they receive (close to 2,000 ) on average per wedding, beautifully edited photos with two collections, one in color and another in black  and white plus all the varied angles and perspectives I can provide with my method of shooting with two cameras and varied lenses.  Shooting this way helps me keep my costs lower and at the same time provide beautiful work for my clients which many photographers charge 2x to 3x for the same quality of work. 

You are also getting many other benefits that my studio provides such as a fast 2 week turn around editing time on your photos. No cut off date on your online gallery.  Free wedding planning assistance to help lay out your wedding day timeline, shoot list, and wedding needs.  Free vendor referrals from some of the best vendors in the industry.  You also get to work with a caring photographer that will make sure every step of your wedding day goes smooth and easy.  This individualized care and attention comes through in all your photos.

Visit my website page “The John Munno Wedding Experience" Working with John to find out more about the services I provide and the pros of working with me. 

If you decide to go with a “second photographer” make sure to find out who they will be.  Make sure to see examples of their work.  Find out how long they have been shooting weddings and their experience level.  Ask to meet them so you can find out what their personality is like and if you feel comfortable working with them. I wrote an article called "How to choose your wedding photographer."  Many of the same questions could be asked of a “second photographer”. 

Feel free to contact me with you questions and concerns and I will be happy to address them. 

I will leave you with a lengthy testimonial from the mother of a bride regarding her amazement of my ability to capture the moments of her daughter’s wedding as a solo photographer. 

 

In Light

John Munno

 

 

 

Client Testimonial 

 

Captured our wedding perfectly!

We used John for our engagement session and our wedding and we really couldn't be any happier that we chose him to be our photographer! He was very easy to talk to, answered any questions that we had, and provided us with so many beautiful photos from both the engagement session and the wedding, all for a very reasonable price! He went above and beyond, even staying later to capture more photos. I will admit I was a little worried at first only using one photographer, but let me tell you he exceeded expectations! He went above and beyond to give us everything we wanted, he was everywhere and was never in the way. We had so many people come up to us and compliment how awesome he was. The best thing was that he even gave us multiple sneak peaks the day after our wedding! The turn around time was outstanding, throughout our two week honeymoon we got to see a bunch of sneak peaks from him. He had all of our photos finished and ready for us to view and download by the time we got home! Trust me you won't regret using John as your photographer, he was amazing to work with and beautifully captured our wedding day!  Devan W

 

 

 

This lengthy testimonial is very appropriate as it sums up the advantages of working with me as well as my ability to capture the moments of your wedding day.

 

"John is an amazing artist with an uncanny ability to perpetuate an air of calmness and serenity in what could potentially be a frantic day. I didn’t know how to finish lacing up the back of my daughter’s wedding gown. John did! He jumped right in a knew exactly how to tie off and hide the sashes.
I had no plan B for a picture taking location in the event of rain or soggy fields. John did! Knowing that the weather was predicted to be poor, John scouted out the neighborhood days before the wedding and found a perfect alternative. Not only did he find the best setting for the photos, but he asked for permission to use the property in advance so that it was all carefree the day of.
I was worried that not having a videographer would mean not being able to “relive” the wedding. That is absolutely not the case. John captured beautiful candid moments throughout the entire day and night; from the teardrops streaming down the father of the bride’s cheeks as he walked her down the aisle, to the crazy antics of a slightly inebriated dance floor crowd attempting their best live rendition of Meatloaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” John caught it all. He caught it all, but he never got in the way! He was constantly on the move getting so many different angles and perspectives. This was great not only for us because of the many fabulous pictures taken, but for the guests as well. John’s mobility never left anyone with a blocked view. There was never any bulky photo equipment parked in front of anyone’s table or causing any unsightly ceremonial visuals. So even our guests’ personal cell phone pictures have unobstructed views of the events. I wish I could write a better review, because John deserves the greatest praise for his artistry and kindheartedness. John was so much more than a photographer at my daughter’s wedding. He was a caring friend and now, as everyone who attended that wedding agrees, John is a member of the family."  Frances H

John respects his clients! Caring, comprehensive, courteous, creative...

John Munno has my sincerest and highest recommendation!
Yes, John is worth every dollar of his very reasonable rates.
Yes, John’s expertise will have him providing you with answers to questions you didn’t even know you had (before, during, and after the wedding.)
Yes, John is a dynamo getting those pictures back to you edited and exceptionally quick. Ours came back in less than two weeks, and it’s prime wedding season!
Yes, the photos were beyond our expectations. Everything from timing, to lighting, to composition, to originality, to the expressiveness of the moment was met with perfection of detail.
For those reasons alone, John would be the only photographer I would recommend, but John was exceptional in so many more ways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Andea and Chris' Engagement Session-Dzen Tree Farm, South Windsor, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2021/11/andea-and-chris-engagement-session-dzen-tree-farm-south-windsor-connecticut ANDREA AND CHRIS' CHRISTMAS TREE FARM  ENGAGEMENT SHOOT/SESSION

Dzen Christmas Tree Farm

South, Windsor, Connecticut

 

With the arrival of November, the Fall foliage season comes to a close and we transition to the Holiday engagement season.  A popular Holiday theme engagement session is to have your engagement session at a Christmas tree farm.  Connecticut has a number of Christmas tree farms.  You can check with the owners regarding permission, permits, fees etc. before going.  Also check hours of operation, rules and regulations before going.  Andrea and Chris had some family connections with the owner of Dzen Christmas Tree Farm which helps so we worked out all the arrangements before going.

Andrea did a lot of planning for her engagement session.  She brought quite a few props including various Christmas tree lights and mistletoe for her session.  She also sent me some photo samples of Christmas tree engagement sessions to provide some examples for the session.  These are always appreciated as it is my desire to help bring my clients vision for their photos to fruition.

The Dzen Christmas Tree Farm had some Reindeer on the property which was a lot of fun and helped add to the holiday theme.  They also had a beautiful gazebo, pond and bridge that made for some really great photos.  

A special thanks to Andrea and Chris for ringing in the holiday season.  It was a lot of fun working with you and capturing the festive moments of your engagement session. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. 
 

 

 

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Chris and Ashley's Wedding-Testas Banquet Facility, Southington, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2021/10/chris-and-ashleys-wedding-testas-banquet-facility-southington-connecticut  

CHRIS AND ASHLEY'S WEDDING

Hubbard Park, Meriden, Connecticut

Testas Banquet Facility, Southington, Connecticut

 

 

We started off the wedding day with getting ready (bride prep) photos at Ashley's mother's house.  Details photos of her dress and shoes were followed with photos of her mom helping her get dressed.  Then came photos of Ashley followed by photos of Ashley with her bridesmaids.  Bride prep photos give a great opportunity for intimate time with the bride's loved ones and can make for such moving and beautiful photos.  
With the getting ready (bride prep) photos finished, we headed to Hubbard Park for a first look with Chris and Ashley followed by portraits of the bride and groom, wedding party and family portraits.  This being an October wedding, it would be dark by the time the cocktail hour happened so we moved all the portraits up before the ceremony and did them all at the park.  Starting in October and even more so after daylight savings time changes, the days become very short and many weddings are scheduled to have portraits done during the cocktail hour in the dark.  So I work with all my couples to revise their timeline to make for portraits during the daylight hours whenever possible. 

Chris and Ashley had their wedding ceremony and reception at Testas Banquet Facility in Southington, Connecticut. They had a beautiful wedding ceremony with a reading and sand ceremony.  They read personal vows which was very touching as well. 
Testas does a beautiful job with their up lighting and decorations.  The tables looked great and the reception venue was all beautifully lit and ready for a beautiful celebration.  Their wedding reception started off with introductions, a first dance with the bride and groom followed by two parent dances and toasts.  The hosts at Testas were fantastic.  Chis and Ashley's wedding had a sweet/candy bar, followed by cake cutting and lots of amazing dancing.  Chris' family came all the way from Texas for the reception and brought so much fun and love.  It was an incredible wedding reception filled with fun, and laughter and love.  

 

 

Sometimes couples ask 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.  Justin Sevilla of Villa Entertainment 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 Chris and Ashley's Wedding to give you a good side by side comparison of photography and videography and how they can compliment each other so beautifully.  

To see more of Villa Entertainment's work visit his website  Villa Entertainment

 

 

 

 

 

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Michelle and Erik's Wedding-Tunxis Country Club, Farmington Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2021/10/michelle-and-eriks-wedding-tunxis-country-club-farmington-connecticut MICHELLE AND ERIK'S WEDDING

Tunxis Country Club, Farmington, Connecticut

 

 

Michelle and Erik's wedding took on a nature inspired theme and Tunxis Country Club was the perfect match for their wedding in the pine trees that surround the venue.   Their wedding took place in October so you will notice the autumn inspired colors in the flowers and bridesmaid's dresses.  Their wedding reception took on many autumn inspired decor including a pie bar and decorations as you will see.  So let's start off the wedding day with getting ready photos of Erik and his groomsmen getting ready at a nearby Farmington, Hotel  Their cinnamon colored ties complimented the bridesmaids cinnamon colored dresses as you will see later.  

I went next to the bridal suite at the Tunix Country Club for getting ready photos of Michelle and her bridesmaids.  Michelle's champagne colored dress and lace texture fit in so perfect for her wedding theme.  Her mom and sister were there to help with the getting ready photos.  
After their getting ready photos,  I photographed their first look.  The fall colors were just starting to come out and added beautiful touches of colors to many of their photos.  After their first look I did portraits of Michelle and Erik followed by bridal party and family photos.  We were able to have all these completed before the ceremony which provided a nice relaxed morning with lots of photos.

Next came their wedding ceremony in the pavilion at Tunxis.  The venue staff opened the sides of the pavilion so that half the ceremony was outside and the other half indoors.  This made for a warmer ceremony experience for the guests at the same time taking advantage of the beautiful ceremony setting in the forest which the bride groom and wedding party could be under.  

We took a little time at the beginning of the cocktail hour to get a few more photos of the bride, groom and bridal party in the pine trees.  Michelle's bridesmaid's looked so great with cinnamon dresses and white stoles.  The flowers were incredible by the Harwington Florist.  Simply incredible!!  

Next came their wonderful reception in the pavilion.  It started off their first dance followed by toasts then dinner and dancing.  They had a wonderful pie bar with every type of imaginable pie.  Following that was a parent dance with Michelle and her dad followed by a shoe game and lots of great time on the dance floor.  We took a little time to do outdoor night photos which was fun too. 

 


 

 

It was a fantastic wedding day.  I wanted to thank Michelle for her smile, laughs and love which made the day so special.  Thanks to Erik for being supportive all day.  To a wonderful wedding party and family and special thanks to the vendors below for an outstanding job.

 

Adding a videographer to your wedding day can be a great addition and capture the many beautiful moments of your wedding day in a different way than photography.  They make a great compliment to each other.  I work with a large number of different videographers to provide you with a wide array of packages, prices and services.  Feel free to contact me for more information.

 

One of the videographers I recommend is David Ladin of RI Video Pro,  https://www.rivideopro.com/
Above is a highlight video he created for Michelle and Erik's wedding.  


 

List of the other vendors that made for this fantastic wedding 

 

Venue: Tunxis Country Club

https://www.tunxisgolf.com/


Florist:  The Harwinton Florist  

https://www.harwintonflorist.com/


Make Up:  PG Beauty Bar

https://www.pgbeautybar.com/

 

Videographer

https://www.rivideopro.com/

 

 

 

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Ashley and Mike's Wedding, Emerald Room of the Irish Garden, Wickham Park, Manchester, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2021/10/ashley-and-mikes-wedding-wickham-park-manchester-connecticut ASHLEY AND MIKE'S WEDDING

Emerald Room of the Irish Garden

Wickham Park, Manchester, Connecticut
 

 

Ashley and Mike made this wedding their own!! They had a very clear vision for a more laid back, earthy inspired feel to their wedding.  Hence the choosing of their venue The Emerald Room at the Irish Gardens in Wickham Park.  This was a very special place to them.  I did their engagement session here a year prior so I had the time to familiarize myself with the great photo opportunities in the various gardens.  Through our various planning meetings, I learned of their vision for their wedding day and helped them secure the best vendors that would reflect their wedding day vision.

Their wedding day was based off a 6 hour timeline starting with a first look and portraits of the bride and groom followed by portraits of the wedding party.  A large amount of the portraits were done before the ceremony.  That way they could enjoy the cocktail hour after a short time of doing family portraits.  We were blessed with a beautiful October 1st day for their wedding with the most beautiful wedding to enjoy the relaxed, laid back feel of their wedding day.   

With the first look and portraits of the bride and groom finished it was time for the wedding party portraits.  Ashley's bridesmaids were dressed in their nature colors of green and their beautiful flower hoops making for a natural feel.  Mike's groomsmen likewise were in the nature theme with suspenders and earthy tones. 

With the portraits all finished everyone headed back to the ceremony area for a wonderful outdoor ceremony in the Irish gardens.  Their friend officiated their ceremony making for a real close and laid back feeling. 

After their wedding ceremony, Ashley Mike did a circle through the Chinese Gardens for some portraits on the bridge which was the same place I did their engagement session a year prior.  After that, they entered through the moon gate where they were greeted by their guests family and wedding party.

It was time for some family photos in gardens followed by a wonderful outdoor cocktail hour with food prepared by David Alan Hospitality Group.  They are a fantastic caterer and do an amazing job at every event.  I highly recommend them. Next came party time in the Emerald Room for their wedding reception!!  Their reception started off with an introduction of the bride and groom and first dance.  Followed by toasts, a wonderful dinner buffet, dancing, cake cutting and even some night photos.  It was a fun packed evening of food, dancing and music.  Special thanks to Scott Olson of Sho Pro DJ Services for the music and entertainment.

Ashley and Mike made this wedding their own!!  Their wedding reflected so much their personalities and style.  They went a very different route in their planning of their wedding day and it all came together so beautifully.  "Perfect" is a word that we kept using to describe their day.  I encourage couples to make their weddings their own rather than fitting into a box or cooking cutter approach.  Part of the numerous wedding planning sessions I offer with my clients helps me to understand their vision and help them bring it to fruition by guiding them and creating their timeline, helping them secure the best vendors and making it all come together in a "Perfect" way.  

 

 

Venue:   Emerald Room of the Irish Garden at Wickham Park  http://wickhampark.org/wedding-photo/

Caterer: David Alan Hospitality Group  https://www.dahospitalitygroup.com

DJ:  Sho Pro Entertainment, Scott Olson  https://shoproductions.com/
 


  

 


 


 

 

 

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Sarah and Matt's Wedding, Drake Flower Bridge and The Riverview, Simsbury, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2021/10/sarah-and-matts-wedding-drake-flower-bridge-and-the-riverview-simsbury-connecticut SARAH AND MATT'S WEDDING

Saint Patrick-Saint Anthony Catholic Church Hartford, Connecticut

Drake Hill Flower Bride, Simsbury, Connecticut

The Riverview, Simsbury, Connecticut

 

Sarah and Matt's wedding was an extravaganza with full day coverage including getting ready photos of Sarah at her parent's house, a full catholic church ceremony at Saint Patrick-Saint Anthony Church in Hartford and three portrait locations including the church courtyard, the Drake Hill Flower Bridge in Simsbury followed by portraits and reception at The Riverview in Simsbury, Connecticut.  Quite a bit of planning and collaboration went into their wedding to make all the parts come together and come together they did in a effortless dance of beauty and love taking us from one location to the next though out the day and into the night.  Their wedding day started off with Sarah getting ready, followed by portraits of her bridesmaid and flower girls and ring bearers, her parents and a "first look" with her father.  After the photos were done indoors we went in the backyard for more portraits. 

With the getting ready photos and portraits completed we next went to Saint Francis / Saint Anthony Church in Hartford for their Catholic wedding ceremony. 

The church had a beautiful courtyard outside so we spent a nice amount of time doing the family formals/portraits and then some alone time with the bride and groom for some more portraits. 

Sarah and Matt did something a little different for the next part of their wedding day.  They wanted to have a little alone time together on their wedding day so they went to the Drake Hill Flower Bridge with me for some time alone with portraits.  Often trying to fit all the portraits in the limited 45 minutes of a cocktail hour limits the locations, amount and variety of portraits.  The way Sarah and Matt arranged their timeline, they had three different portrait locations; the church, flower bridge and venue so they had a wonderful variety and great amount of photos in their final collection.  The Drake Flower Bridge made for such beautiful wedding portraits with the leaves starting to change colors.

We went next to the Riverview in Simsbury for their wedding reception.  The venue allowed us on property early so we had time before the cocktail hour for more portraits.  Because we started the portraits at the venue early we were done before the cocktail hour and everybody could attend the cocktail hour which made for a more relaxed and enjoyable wedding day!  

Since everyone was at the cocktail hour, I could use the time to get plenty of reception detail photos which is a nice benefit of laying out the wedding timeline this way.  

There wedding reception started with some crazy fun introductions, first dance and toasts.  

After that we had a group photo and father daughter dance and mother son dance.

With the bulk of the formal dances done, it was open dance floor time.  At one point I took Sarah and Matt outside for some cool night photos which is always a treat.

It was an incredible wedding day extravaganza!!  All in all their wedding covered 4 different locations over a span of 12 1/2 hours.  We had so much time to enjoy the day and take in every moment!

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Devan and Bill's Wedding-Maneleeys, South Windsor, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2021/10/devan-and-bills-wedding-maneleeys-south-windsor-connecticut DEVAN ND BILL'S WEDDING

Maneleeys, Windsor, Connecticut

 

If a rustic venue with an elegant feel is to your liking than look no further than the Lodge and  Maneleeys in South Windsor.  The large rustic venue has all the comforts of a very elegant wedding venue not only in the reception hall but also on the grounds as well.  This was the setting for Devan and Bill's wedding.  Their wedding started with getting ready photos of Devan and first look with Devan and her father.

Their wedding continued moving things outside for a first look with Devan and Bill followed by portraits of each other.

After their portraits, the bridal party and family join us for their wedding portraits.  This way we had all the portraits finished before the cocktail hour freeing that time up for Bill and Devan and their family and bridal party to enjoy the cocktail hour

With the portraits completed, it was time for their outdoor wedding ceremony. Devan and Bill exchanged personal vows which made the ceremony most touching.  

The staff of Maneleeys did an amazing job of decorating the reception hall and making so filled with rustic charm, warmth and love. 

Their reception began with introductions, first dance of Devan and Bill, followed by toasts and parent dances and an evening of dancing, music, love and laughs.  

For a special treat Devan and Bill did a sparkler exit for their reception as well as night photos outside by the fire pit. It was wedding day filled with beauty and rustic elegance.  Thanks Devan and Bill for making such a magical wedding day.  



 


 

 


 

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Erin and Mike's Wedding-Heritage Hotel, Southbury, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2021/9/erin-and-mikes-wedding-heritage-hotel-southbury-connecticut  

ERIN AND MIKE'S WEDDING

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.      https://www.bewedbyfred.com/

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 https://www.yourvividevent.com/
Sometimes couples ask 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       https://www.timcostellofilms.com/
 

 

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Sarah and Dan's Wedding-Heritage Hotel, Southbury, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2021/9/sarah-and-dans-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 https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2021/8/mark-and-meghans-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 https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2021/8/tanaeya-and-kejohns-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 .