Hanh and Michael's Wedding-Hartford City Hall, Maneeleys, South Windsor, Connecticut

March 06, 2020  •  Leave a Comment


The Goodwin Hotel, Hartford Connecticut

Hartford City Hall, Hartford Connecticut

Maneeleys, South Windsor, Connecticut, 


A warm February day greeted us for Hanh and Michael's Vietnamese Wedding.  We had made all the plans in advance to be inside for this winter wedding including portraits at Hartford City Hall.  Instead we were blessed with spring like weather that made for a wonderful wedding day. Their wedding included a Vietnamese tea ceremony and a 2 hour portrait session at Hartford City Hall. All in all their wedding covered 5 locations and was over 14 hours in length.  Their wedding started out with getting ready photos of Hanh and her bridesmaids followed by getting ready photos Michael and his groomsmen at the Goodwin Hotel in Hartford, Connecticut.


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With the gifts ready, the groomsmen process toward the house of Hanh's parents for the tea ceremony which starts with the gifts being given to the bridesmaids. 

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Nguyen 419.jpgNguyen 419.jpg Nguyen 438.jpgNguyen 438.jpg With the tea ceremony complete I head to Hartford City Hall for portraits of the groom and groomsmen as we wait for the arrival of Hanh for a first look, portraits of the bride and groom and bridal party.

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It was an epic wedding day for sure. Michael and Hanh and their bridal party were the life of the party.  It was great to be part of their special day surrounded by the company of their large extended family and friends.    



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