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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 https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2021/4/spring-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 https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2021/3/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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Wedding Photography Styles https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2021/2/wedding-photography-styles WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STYLES

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.

 

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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. 

 

Style 1:  LIGHT AND AIRY

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.

 

 

Style 2)  DARK AND MOODY

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.”  

 

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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.

 

 

Style 4)  NATURAL 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. 

 

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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 https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2021/3/2021-the-knot-best-of-weddings-award-winner-for-connecticut-wedding-photographers THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDING Hall OF FAME AWARD 

Connecticut Wedding Photography Award

 

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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 https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2021/2/michelle-and-eriks-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 https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2021/1/2020-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 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 https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2021/1/melissa-and-matts-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 https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/12/stephanie-and-matts-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 https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/12/2021-the-knot-best-of-weddings-award-winner-for-connecticut-wedding-photographers 2021 THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDING AWARD 

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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 https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/11/justine-and-tims-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 https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/11/rebecca-and-pauls-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!


 

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Christina and Mike's Bojo Yurt Engagement Shoot-Finnegan's Farm, New Milford, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/11/christina-and-mikes-bojo-yurt-engagement-shoot CHRISTINA AND MIKE'S

BOJO FALL FOLIAGE YURT ENGAGEMENT SHOOT

Finnegan's Farm, West Yurt, New Milford, Connecticut

 

Having your wedding and engagement session out-of-the-box is a popular trend now and Christina and Mike chose this route for the engagement session by having it an and airbnb yurt farm in New Milford at Finnegan's Farm.  They picked the perfect peak foliage week in October when the colors were in full display.  They brought along their dog to take part in the festivities and turned their engagement session into a nice weekend get away!  How cool is that?  Finnegan's Farm is surrounded by a large garden, farm stand, pasture, bridges fences wall and historic barns.  All great backgrounds that blended in nicely with their Boho theme engagement session.  Christina went all out with her Boho dress, jewelry, shoes and her awesome hat.  Mike played the part well and they were a blast to work with.  We had so many laughs and fun during their session traveling the farm's property and ending back at their yurt for some relaxation and smores by the fire.  What a great idea and great job Christina in planning and pulling everything together.  It was a real special engagement session for sure. 




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Lauren & Richard's Engagement Shoot Session Southford Falls State Park, Oxford, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/10/lauren-richards-engagement-shoot-session-southford-falls-state-park-oxford-connecticut LAUREN AND RICHARDS ENGAGEMENT SHOOT SESSION

Southford, Falls State Park, Oxford, Connecticut

 

October is one of the most popular months for engagement sessions due to the fall foliage colors Connecticut and New England are famous for. Having your session in October give you time to make your save the date cards and get them in the mail for next year's wedding as well.   Connecticut abounds with state parks, forests, lakes, orchards and fields perfect for fall foliage engagement sessions.  A place favored by many is Southford Falls State Park in Oxford, Connecticut.  This was the spot Lauren and Richard chose for their engagement session. 

Many people feel uncomfortable having their engagement photos taken by a "professional photographer". I keep this in mind with every session and put my clients at ease so they can have a relaxed and fun engagement session.  Lauren and Richard took their engagement session very seriously and watched numerous "how to " videos on having an engagement sessions in advance to prepare themselves.  So by the time they showed up for their session they were pros and did a great job of feeling comfortable in front of the camera.  We had a great day with warm weather and beautiful colors on many of the trees.  We took advantage of the numerous backgrounds to make for a stunning fall foliage engagement session.  

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Haleigh and Shane's Wedding-Saint Matthew's Catholic Church, Tolland, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/10/haleigh-and-shanes-wedding-saint-matthew-s-catholic-church-tolland-connecticut HALEIGH AND SHANE'S WEDDING MINIMONY

Saint Matthews Catholic Church, Tolland Connecticut

Belding Wildlife Management Area, Vernon Connecticut

Airbnb, Coventry, Connecticut

 

Haleigh and Shane, like many couples in 2020 had not only to downsize their wedding in their guest count from an original 90 down to only their immediate family of 15, they also were not able to have their reception at their planned venue the Hill-Stead Museum and instead rented a luxurious Airbnb in Coventry, Connecticut where they stayed at and had their reception.

Their wedding started off at Saint Matthews Catholic Church in Tolland Connecticut with portraits of the groom Shane and his family on the church grounds.  The fall colors were starting to turn in very nice and added to beauty of the photos.  


After the ceremony, Haleigh and Shane went to a favorite place of theirs, Belding, Wildlife Management area to a place called the wildflower meadow.  The autumn colors were in peak colors and made for amazing photos.  We spent a nice amount of time taking photos of them in the beautiful fields with autumn foliage.  

Next I went to the Airbnb in Coventry, Connecticut for more family portraits and their reception.  The colors were in peak display at the Airbnb making for such amazing portraits

After their portraits we moved inside as the sun was setting for their intimate reception consisting of a catered dinner, toasts by Haleigh's sister and father, a first dance on the outdoor deck, parent dances and a cake cutting.

Although they had to make major changes in their original wedding plans to adhere to the Covid-19 restrictions, they were still able to have their wedding on their original wedding day surrounded by close friends and family.  It made for a beautiful wedding day celebration.

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Melissa and Jeff's Wedding-Birchwoods At Oak Lane, Woodbridge, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/10/melissa-and-jeffs-wedding-birchwoods-at-oak-lane-woodbridge-connecticut MELISSA AND JEFF'S WEDDING 

Birchwoods at Oak Lane, Woodbridge, Connecticut

 

Melissa and Jeff were on edge as many couples have been in 2020 not knowing if their wedding was going to take place.  Limits were increased come October for outdoor events and the Birchwoods put up a tent in the back of their facility to accommodate their larger groups size so that their wedding could take place without cutting down their guest count substantially which was fantastic news for Melissa and Jeff.

So with all things in place we begin the story of their wedding day with photos of Jeff getting ready in the really cool groom's room at Birchwoods!!  Way to go Jeff.  After the getting ready photos in the groom's room we went outside for portraits of Jeff.  

With Jeff's portraits complete I went to the bridal suite for getting ready photos of Melissa and her bridesmaids.  Melissa read a letter from Jeff as part of her getting ready photos.  This is always a very touching moment and adds so much to the getting ready photos.   

With her getting ready photos complete we went outside for portraits of Melissa and her bridesmaids,  The sunflowers and blue dresses worn by her bridesmaids were such a great combination.
Melissa also did a first look" with her dad that was a very emotional event.  Following that, I took photos of Melissa and her family. 

With the majority of their portraits complete before the ceremony it was time for their lovely outdoor wedding ceremony.  Part of their ceremony included a hand fasting as well as the reading of personal vows. 

With their ceremony completed we continued with portrait combinations we didn't get earlier as well as taking the time for intimate portraits of Melissa and Jeff.   

The sun started to get low in the sky as we moved into the reception part of their wedding.  Their reception included introductions, toasts by the best man and maid of honor as well as Melissa's uncle.  There was lots of great fun and dancing and joyous evening outside under the tent.

Some clients ask if they should include video coverage of their wedding event in addition to photography.  Video can be a great compliment to photos especially by providing sound, aerial views and moving perspectives which helps tell the story.  I included a video of their wedding so can see what the inclusion of video is like. I work with a great team of videographers to fit your budget and needs.  Justin Sevilla is one of them. 

This video was done by Justin  Sevilla of Villa Films  https://www.villafilmsweddings.com/

 

 


 

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Devan and William's Engagement Session-Gouveia Vineyards, Wallingford, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/9/devan-and-williams-engagement-session-gouveia-vineyards-wallingford-connecticut DEVAN AND WILLIAM'S ENGAGEMENT SESSION

Gouveia Vineyards, Wallingford, Connecticut

 

As the summer starts to switch so fall, this is a great time for engagement sessions.  September and October are some of the most popular months for engagement sessions with the cooler weather and of course fall foliage. Finding the perfect place for your engagement session is very important so I meet with clients prior to their shoot to determine the best time and location to fit their personality and style.  Engagement sessions are a great way to get comfortable in front of the camera as well as for us to get to know each other.  My engagements sessions average an hour and their is plenty of time to relax, enjoy, laugh and have a great time away from the pressures of the day and everyday life.  

Devan and William chose Gouveia Vineyards as the perfect engagement session location.  We picked a day with great lighting and weather in early September.  Gouveia Vineyards is an awesome location with many acres of mature grape vines, a pond, neighboring farm and fields with stunning views in all directions and great sunsets to the West.  I used a combination of natural light for the beginning of the shoot and some off camera flash for shots later in the day as the sun was setting. Devan wanted her shoot to incorporate a field and we were able to take some shots toward the end of their session at an adjacent farm.  After the shoot, is a great time to visit the bar and outdoor patio for some great wine and watch the setting sun.   It was a great time Devan and William!!

 

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Katelyn and Harry's Wedding-Aria, Prospect, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/9/katelyn-and-harrys-wedding-aria-prospect-connecticut KATELYN AND HARRY'S WEDDING

Aria,  Prospect, Connecticut

 

Katelyn and Harry went through the scenario, question and dilemma and of what to do with their wedding in the face of Covid-19 and state regulations.  With state regulations restricting indoor weddings to 25 and outdoor weddings to 100, they were thinking about moving their wedding to 2021 but as their wedding approached, they decided to keep their original wedding day.  To accommodate their larger guest count there wedding was moved outdoors to in the outdoor grounds of Aria.  The weather was perfect for their late September Wedding.  Their wedding started with Katelyn getting ready in the bridal suite at Aria, followed by their ceremony, reception and portraits. Although their wedding was a little different than planned due to Covid-19 they rolled with the changes, and everything worked out and was a great success.  



 

 

 

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Rachel and Luke's Wedding-Bluebird Farm, Willington, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/9/rachel-and-lukes-wedding-bluebird-farm-willington-connecticut RACHEL AND LUKE'S WEDDING

Bluebird Farm,  Willington, Connecticut

 

Outdoor weddings have been the trend for summer 2020 due to the Covid-19 regulations restricting large gatherings to outdoor events.  A large portion of larger weddings have moved to farms, backyards and tents or outdoors at venues.  Rachel and Luke's wedding was planned to be at a farm wedding way before Covid-19 came to be so it worked out that they could continue with their wedding plans. 

Our wedding day photography begins at Bluebird Farm owned by the warm and friendly hosts Joseph and Carmen Hall.  The property has numerous outbuildings, barn, tree house, pasture and numerous farm animals including pigs, sheep, goats, cows, ducks, chickens dogs.  They can all be seen hanging out and enjoying the days on the farm making for a perfect farm friends wedding. 

Rachel and Luke's wedding started off on a warm early September summer day with getting ready photos of Luke and the guys. 

Next were the getting ready photos of Rachel and her bridesmaids at the barn loft.  The girls were so beautiful in their navy blue dresses and sunflower bouquets.  Great job Rachel and the girls!

With the getting ready photos of Luke and his groomsmen and Rachel and her bridesmaids complete it was time for their "First Look" outside the barn followed by portraits together of Rachel and Luke.   The farm property provided many backgrounds for their portraits including gardens of sunflowers, rustic outbuildings, fences and fields.

The wedding party joined in on the fun with  portraits before the ceremony so Rachel and Luke could enjoy their cocktail hour as much as possible.   

Next was their outdoor ceremony in the late afternoon. The guests started showing up and it was time for a wonderful ceremony.

Family was very important to Rachel and Luke.  We spent the first half of the cocktail taking family photos at the farm.   

As the day moved into the late afternoon the excitement ramped up as the reception began under the big tent and neighboring barn.   

We danced, laughed and celebrated into the night way past the time that the cows came home.  Rachel and Luke did an amazing job of planning and putting together such a joyous and fun wedding celebration. 

 

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Sara and Gerry's Wedding-The Inn at Amarante's Sea Cliff, New Haven, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/8/sara-and-gerrys-wedding-the-inn-at-amarante-s-sea-cliff-new-haven-connecticut SARA AND GERRY'S WEDDING

The Inn at Amarante's Sea Cliff, New Haven, Connecticut

 

Small and intimate is the theme for weddings in 2020 due to Covid 19.  Sara and Gerry had to downsize their wedding substantially to meet Covid Guidelines but were able to keep their wedding venue and change their wedding date.  Their original wedding date was May but due the the "lockdown" they moved it to late August. And thus the scene is set for their beautiful summer wedding by the sea at Amarante's Sea Cliff.  We start off the wedding with getting ready photos at Sara and Gerry's new home in Meriden,  Connecticut
We then went to the Inn at Amarante's s Sea Cliff for their outdoor ceremony, portraits and reception. We were blessed with a nice gentle breeze and pleasant temperatures and sunshine for their outdoor wedding ceremony.
Sara and Gerry blocked off a nice amount of time for their portraits so we could spend time enjoying the grounds at Amarante's Sea Cliff both down by the water and in the flower gardens at the entrance to the Inn.  Sar and Gerry did a great job with their wedding portraits. 

With their portraits finished we went upstairs for their intimate reception with close family and friends.  Included in their reception was their first dance, parent dances, a shoe game, cake cutting and dancing.  It was a wonderful reception surrounded by the company of loved ones.

 

Venue:  In at Amarante's Sea Cliff, New Haven Connecticut  https://amarantes.com/
Justice of the Peace:  Betty Allard    http://bettyallard.com/
DJ: It's All About You DJ http://www.itsallaboutyoudj.com/
 

 


 

 

 

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Charlene and Clifton's Micro Wedding/Minimony-The Vyne Restaurant, Middlebury, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/8/charlene-and CHARLYNE AND CLIFTON'S MICRO WEDDING/MINIMONY

Vyne Restaurant, Middlebury, Connecticut

 

Smaller outdoor weddings are the trend for 2020 due to Covid-19.  Small doesn't have to mean sacrifice and Charlyne and Clifton showed that you can still do it up and make for a classy, stylish and beautiful wedding ceremony and celebration even with the restrictions of Covid-19.  Their wedding started off with a first Look and portraits of the bride and groom before their ceremony.  Portraits were taken of the bridal party and groomsmen and family  before the ceremony.  The Vyne restaurant has a great backyard/patio area with elaborate stone landscaping, walls and fountains making for nice backgrounds for photos.  Their is a back grassy area and landscaped gardens and hill as well for portraits and a beautiful ceremony area. Their wedding started off in the morning so it was nice to do these shots while the temperature was a bit cooler.  By the time the ceremony started it was quite warm but everyone did their best to stay cool.  A string quartet, piano player and vocalist made up of family and friends added a beautiful touch to the wedding ceremony.  Being a blended family they did a beautiful sand ceremony incorporating their children from each side of the family to add their various colors of sand.   It was a beautiful ceremony and great way to celebrate their marriage together.  


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Alexandra and Spencer's Beach Micro Wedding Minimony-Old Saybrook, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/7/alexandra-and-spencers-beach-micro-wedding-minimony-old-saybrook-connecticut ALEXANDRA AND SPENCER'S BEACH MICRO-WEDDING

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Old Saybrook, Connecticut

 

So many couples have been devastated by having to change their wedding plans after spending 1 to 2 years of planning and working to bring everything together. I try to comfort them and let them know that love never dies and all will work out if not now then in the future. Weddings like this where clients had to down size, change locations, and pivot are great testimonies for couples going through this rough time, letting them know that things can work out for your wedding in 2020 and that love is alive and well in 2020. Couples are coming up with great locations and creative ways to still have their wedding in 2020 in a safe, and Covid friendly way.  I am seeing so many things work out and be positive with couples at their new event that I wanted to share a little behind the scene history regarding Alexandra and Spencer's wedding.  

Originally when Alexandra and Spencer started to think of a wedding location, Spencer's family's beach bungalow in Old Saybrook came to mind as it was a place so dear to them. Unfortunately the space is very limited and they could not handle a large gathering of people.  They decided instead to have their wedding on their family farm in East Haddam.  In comes 2020 and Covid-19 and they are not able to have their large gathering on July 4th for their wedding.  They postponed their large wedding to July 4, 2021 next year but wanted to get married this year.  So with their wedding dropped in size they decided to keep their 2020 wedding date and have a micro-wedding/minimony wedding at their beach bungalow in Old Saybrook with their immediate family.  

The weather couldn’t have been more amazing for their micro-wedding.  It was beautiful July 4th summer day.  Spencer and his dad set up a ceremony area made of driftwood and starfish and waited for low tide to have their ceremony on the sandbar.  Before their ceremony, they had a first look on the beach.  Following the first look I spent time taking their portraits then we had their wedding ceremony.  After the ceremony I took more portraits of them on the beach near their home as well as driving down the road to a nearby lighthouse that made for some great shots.    Their photos on the beach with the blue sky, white sands, driftwood and at the local lighthouse came out so awesome.  It was such a magical wedding celebration and I am so glad to be able to capture the moments of this magical day!  Their micro wedding was about 3 hours total shooting.  After their portraits were done, they had food catered and had a backyard barbeque with family and enjoyed the rest of their day and evening.  

They were so happy the way everything turned out as this was where they originally wanted to have their wedding celebration.  Their is a saying "Every cloud has a silver lining".  Alexandra and Spencer's micro-wedding shows us that this is so. And even though their original wedding plans changed they adapted to the circumstances, pivoted and ended up having the wedding that they had always wanted. I hope this story inspires you to continue your wedding plans this year with a micro-wedding or minimony.  I am happy to help you come up with locations and plan for a wonderful intimate celebration to hold you over till your big wedding party in 2021.

 

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Meghan and Anthony's Engagement Shoot-Harkness State Park, Waterford, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/7/meghan-and-anthonys-engagement-shoot-harkness-state-park-waterford-connecticut MEGHAN AND ANTHONY'S ENGAGEMENT SHOOT 

Harkness State Park

Waterford, Connecticut

 

Meghan and Anthony had their first date at Harkness State Park and so when it came time to choose their engagement shoot location, Harkness State Park was the perfect spot.  Meghan and I spoke before the shoot to get a sense of the lighting she wanted and when I saw a break in the weather we set the date for the most awesome lighting.  Meghan and Anthony did a great job on their shoot and felt very comfortable in front of the camera.  We strolled around the beautiful grounds of Harkness State Park, starting at the mansion to take advantage of brighter light and then working our way down to the beach as the sun set.  I took advantage of the many spots along the way looking for great light and backgrounds.  Meghan was into photography so I'm glad I could put together this large collection of photos capturing the many facets, characteristics moods and styles of light. Light can be a very delicate and subtle thing in its expression of color, tones, highlights, shadows etc. Unfortunately many wedding photographers blow out or overexpose their images washing out the natural colors and extinguishing these beautiful elements of light and photography.  This shoot speaks volumes of the beauty that is found in the intricacies of light and well exposed images. It is a symphony of light's many expressions. 

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Alana and Cameron's Micro Wedding-Saint Clements Castle, Portland, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/7/alana-and-camerons-micro-wedding-saint-clements-castle-portland-connecticut ALANA AND CAMERON'S MICROWEDDING / MINIMONY

Saint Clement's Castle, Portland, Connecticut

 

As you know Covid-19 has shaped the look of weddings for 2020 in Connecticut.  Many couples are downsizing their weddings to make them Covid-19 friendly as well as having them outdoors following state guidelines.  Such was the case of Alana that originally had a wedding date set for May 2020 but had to cancel her large reception and opt for a new wedding plan.  Her new plan started out with Sarah getting ready at the Bevin House Bed and Breakfast in East Hampton Connecticut.  The Bevin House is an amazing totally restored historic bed and breakfast that takes you back in time.  After the getting ready shots, her bridal party showed up for some portraits on the Bevin House Grounds. 

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We headed next to Saint Clements Castle, one of my favorite venues for a beautiful ceremony overlooking the Connecticut River.  Their wedding included live music by a guitarist and friend who sang such a beautiful song during their ceremony.  Touching vows were exchanged as well during their beautiful wedding ceremony. 

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Sarah and Matthew's Engagement Shoot-Southford Falls State Park, Oxford, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/6/sarah-and-matthews-engagement-shoot-southford-falls-state-park-oxford-connecticut SARAH AND MATTHEW'S ENGAGEMENT SESSION 

Southford Falls State Park

Oxford, Connecticut

 

I always work with my couples to help pick the perfect location for their engagement session.  Every couple is unique and have different preferences to their shoot.  Some want their session to take place on the beach, some in the forest at a state park, some in an urban center etc.  When I spoke with Sarah and Matthew about their engagement session location Sarah mentioned Matthew wanted to do their session at a waterfall.  Fortunately Connecticut has many waterfall locations. I suggested Southford Falls State Park in Oxford, Connecticut. I directed them to my engagement portfolio which has the location names of engagement session locations www.johnmunnoweddings.com/engagements.   Sarah loved the photos of Southford Falls so we chose that as their location. On the day of their engagement session we were blessed with a nice warm summer day during the week at golden hour when the lighting would be just right.  Sarah and Matt were very comfortable during their shoot in front of the camera.  I took them to some interesting parts of the park including the lower gorge.  Sarah and Matthew laughed a lot and had a lot of fun as well as having time for more intimate moments. The falls were running and that made for lots of great shots with the falls as their backdrop.  Great job Sarah and Matthew.  You crushed it!!

 

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Testimonial

Best choice!!!

"We chose John Munno for our wedding in April 2021, and we just had the pleasure of doing our engagement photos with him at Southford falls. It couldn’t have gone better. We did our shoot on a Thursday and he had over 200 beautiful photos back to us by Saturday afternoon. All our friends and family were extremely impressed by the quality and it’s been tough narrowing it down to just a few pictures for the save the dates.

John did a great job finding good lighting and gorgeous scenery for our pictures and we’re excited to see what he can do for us on our wedding day. Besides for the excellent pictures, one of the best things about him is that he’s been like a mini wedding planner. He has multiple recommendations for DJs, florists, and more. He’s also been very helpful planning out the timeline for getting ready and taking photos on our wedding day. Overall, he’s been fun and fantastic to work with. He seems like an awesome, genuine guy and you can tell he puts a lot of thought and care into his work. I would recommend him to anyone."  Sarah L

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(John Munno Weddings) Best Connecticut Engagement Photographers Best Connecticut Engagement Sessions Connecticut Engagement Photographers Southford Falls Engagement Session Southford Falls State Park Engagement Shoot https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/6/sarah-and-matthews-engagement-shoot-southford-falls-state-park-oxford-connecticut Sun, 21 Jun 2020 19:59:56 GMT
Nick and Gina's Engagement Shoot-Sherwood Island State Park https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/6/nick-and-ginas-engagement-shoot-sherwood-island-state-park  

NICK AND GINA'S ENGAGEMENT SESSION 

Sherwood Island State Park

Westport, Connecticut

 

With Covid-19 affecting so many weddings this year, it opens up the door for wonderful engagement sessions to take place this summer.  The small size and outdoor setting is perfect for having your engagement session in a beautiful location.  I customize every engagement shoot to fit the couples personality, style and location.  Gina and Nick wanted a beach theme for their engagement shoot so we choose Sherwood Island State Park in Westport which has long stretches of beautiful beaches, sand, grasses, beach roses, rocks and a nice angle of the sun that makes for beautiful front and back lighting.   Gina brought a red rose for the shoot which helped reflect her gentleness and beauty and added so much to the engagement session.  The late afternoon summer weather made for an awesome engagement session. Way to go Nick and Gina for a great time.

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Testimonial

Great photographer!!

"We hired John as our wedding photographer for our wedding next summer. A couple of weeks ago we did our engagement shoot with him. He did an excellent job and got our pictures (over 200 for a one hour session) to us in a week, which is incredibly fast. Looking forward to continue working with him!" Gina D

 

 

 

 

 

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Jennifer and Rob's Engagement Session-Topsmead State Forest, Litchfield, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/6/jennifer-and-robs-engagement-session-topsmead-state-forest-litchfield-connecticut  

JENNIFER AND ROB'S ENGAGEMENT SESSION 

Topsmead State Forest

Litchfield, Connecticut

 

With Covid-19 affecting so many weddings this year, it opens up the door for wonderful engagement sessions to take place this summer.  The small size and outdoor setting is perfect for having your engagement session in a beautiful location.  I am happy to work with you to pick the perfect engagement session location.  Jennifer and Rob chose Topsmead State Forest as the spot for their engagement session.  The long days of summer are great to bring out the colors of green grass and flowers in the gardens that are a part of the Topsmead homestead.  Jennifer and Rob had a great time with lots of laughs and fun while enjoying a nice intimate time together. 

 

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Nyab and Conor's intimate micro wedding ceremony elopement, New Milford, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/5/nyab-and-conors-intimate-micro-wedding NYAB AND CONOR'S  WEDDING

Private residence, New Milford, Connecticut

 

"Good things come in small packages"

"Micro Weddings" downsizing your weddings in 2020 due to the Coronavirus

 

I wanted to continue the wedding theme of "good things come in small packages", micro weddings downsizing in 2020. Many couples have had to or are in the process of downsizing their wedding reception or changing the wedding plans to honor their wedding date to follow state guidelines to remain covid compliant by having a smaller sized intimate wedding/elopement ceremony to be attended by immediate family. 

Couples going through this uncertain time aren't sure what their wedding would look like in this new form or how to go about planning it.  I thought I would share some smaller sized intimate weddings to give couples some ideas.  Don't get me wrong, I really love photographing large gala weddings and shoot many of them in a year.  They have their place, and their merits, however intimate weddings can be overlooked and have their merits as well. The intimacy that smaller size weddings allow is really very special.  The only people in attendance are usually the immediate family members.  The small group size allows for more intimacy and people to share and be themselves.  The pace is often slower at these types of weddings, without all the distractions that can accompany larger weddings.  Their is less anxiety about everything being perfect with fewer people, places and things to throw into the mix.  Instead, everyone can focus more on just "being" and "sharing" and let their guards down to be more of themselves.  This creates a more relaxed and laid back feel to your wedding which honestly can be a really nice thing.  

Nyab and Conor's  wedding elopement/ceremony took place at their private residence.  Their parents and siblings were in attendance.  The total guest count was 6 with the bride and groom 8 and with the addition of me as the photographer and their officiant we were 10 in total.  2.5 hours of coverage consisted of getting ready photos, photos of the bride and groom and inside family photos, ceremony photos and detail shots followed by a cake and champagne celebration followed by outdoor portraits of the family and bride and groom.   I provided over 500 color photos and another 500 in black and white.  All curated and beautifully edited to capture the candid moments of laughs, tears and joy celebrating their love for each other on their wedding day in the company of their parents and siblings. 


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(John Munno Weddings) Changing your wedding plans 2020 Connecticut Elopement Photographers Connecticut Elopements 2020 Connecticut Micro Wedding Photographers Connecticut Micro Weddings 2020 Connecticut Wedding Photographers Corona virus compliant wedding Covid-19 compliant wedding Downsized weddings 2020 https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/5/nyab-and-conors-intimate-micro-wedding Tue, 19 May 2020 17:18:42 GMT
Marilyn and Benjamin's Wedding-Vyne Restaurant, Middlebury, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/5/marilyn-and-benjamins-wedding-vyne-restaurant-middlebury-connecticut  

MARILYN AND BENJAMIN'S  WEDDING

Vyne Restaurant, Middlebury Connecticut

 

"Good things come in small packages"

"Micro Weddings" downsizing your weddings in 2020 due to the Coronavirus

 

It is May, 2020 and with the Covid-19 situation affecting the wedding industry greatly many clients with wedding scheduled in the spring or early summer of 2020 are searching for ways to keep their wedding date and at the same time comply with state reopening guidelines for group size limitations. Some couples are taking the route of having a smaller wedding ceremony elopement with a limited number of family and friends on their original wedding date and moving their larger wedding to a time later in 2020 or 2021. 

Marilyn and Benjamin's wedding is a perfect example for the current situation so I thought I'd post it to give couples a feel for what a "micro" or downsized smaller wedding, wedding ceremony, elopement would look like. Their wedding was small by many wedding standards.  It was made up of a first look, portraits of the bride and groom, wedding ceremony attended by a small group of family followed by family portraits.  Their wedding was 2.5 hours in length. They received over  500 photos in color and a dual collection in black and white with 1000 photos in total.  Although their wedding was only 2.5 hours long,  from their photos you can see  a lot happened in that time and I was able to document their wedding day and its many joyful and beautiful moments which can be looked back on for years and remembered through their photos, prints and album.   From their expressions and photos you can see their was no shorting of Love and Magic shared by all. 

To help couples navigate through this difficult time, I put together a Coronavirus elopement/downsized wedding package below.  If you have had to change/cancel or postpone your wedding feel free to contact me to see if this package is a good fit for you.  This special is for a limited time only. 

 

2020 Coronavirus Wedding Ceremony Elopement Package Special

With the uncertainties of larger weddings in the early spring months of 2020, many couples have had to postpone or downsize their 2020 weddings.  Some couples are choosing to have an elopement ceremony in 2020 and moving their larger wedding to 2021.

To accommodate those couples looking for a smaller wedding/elopement format for 2020,  I put together a wedding ceremony/ elopement package including the following:  *Photography coverage of your elopement ceremony  *Family portraits of those in attendance  *Portraits of the bride and groom

Includes up to 2.5 hours coverage of your event, high resolution edited photos with printing rights delivered via digital download.   A dual collection of color and black and white photos. Online gallery of your photos with no cut off date.

$400 plus tax

 

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Erin and Mike's Engagement Session-Kettletown State Park, Southbury, Connecticut https://www.johnmunnoweddings.com/blog/2020/4/erin-and-mikes-engagement-session-kettletown-state-park-southbury-connecticut ERIN AND MIKE'S 

FOREST ENGAGEMENT SHOOT SESSION

Kettletown State Park

Southbury, Connecticut

 

Engagement sessions are such a beautiful thing. They are a great way for me as the photographer to get to know the couples I work with before their wedding day.  In a relaxed and intimate environment we have the chance to get comfortable with each other and being in front of the camera which for some people can be intimidating. 

Starting my career as a landscape and nature photographer and travelling extensively throughout Connecticut provided me with a knowledge and familiarity
with Connecticut's many beautiful state parks and scenic areas.  Plus, free engagement session planning is included in all my sessions.  I discuss with my couples the style and type of engagement session they want and offer suggestions and guidance on suitable locations.  Erin and Mike wanted a more wooded feel for their engagement session so shared photos from a few locations and they decided on this one, Kettletown State Park. I chose a time in the late afternoon during the "golden hour" when the lighting was perfect.  I really love spending this relaxed time with my couples where they can be in the moment and enjoy their time together.  Because this together time is so important, I allocate an hour for all my engagement shoots and include varied terrain, backgrounds and areas within a local to provide a diverse collection of photos.  I provide over 50 edited high resolution photos per session with printing rights as well as an online gallery.  Let's take a journey with Erin and Mike on their engagement session.

 

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