Stephanie and Matt's Wedding-Heritage Hotel, Southbury, Connecticut

December 29, 2020  •  Leave a Comment


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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