Liz + Jeff Real Wedding | Flamingo Beach at Renaissance Aruba

Liz + Jeff Real Wedding | Flamingo Beach at Renaissance Aruba

We asked Liz and Jeff to answer some questions about their wedding in Aruba!

Initially, Liz and Jeff just hired us for an engagement session out on Block Island. After spending the afternoon with them that day, we talked about their ridiculously fun plan for the wedding in Aruba, and knew we just had to be a part of the adventure. Plus L & J were getting married on our own anniversary, so how do you say no to a spending that time together doing what you love on the beautiful island of Aruba. We had such a great time getting to know all of their friends while hanging out at the pool, the beach, the bar, the booze bus, and the countless dinners!

When was your Wedding?

August 11th

What made you choose your wedding date.

Convenience for friends

Who did your hair and makeup?

Amanda Pepin

What was the weather like, and was it what you hoped for? How did it impact your day?

Hot and sunny! Exactly what you’d expect in Aruba!

Where was the dress purchased and what made the dress stand out as “THE ONE”?

Mariella’s Creation

Where did the guys get their suits/tuxes?

Seccombe’s Men’s Shop, Inc.

Where did you have your Ceremony?

The ceremony took place at Flamingo Beach on the Renaissance Aruba’s privately owned island

We had so much fun at this wedding. My favorite part was that they started the ceremony with everyone taking a shot! You know it’s going to be a great party when that happens!

What do you remember most about the Ceremony?

I remember almost everything about the ceremony. The highlights were:

Surprising our guests with our Justice of the Peace and good friend, Steve Darby. Steve, Jeff, and I had discussed the possibility of Steve performing the ceremony the year before the wedding over drinks, but wanted to keep it a surprise. When it appeared that no one was going to be marrying us that day, Steve stood up for the job, and the looks on people’s faces were priceless! Steve did such a wonderful job pulling in elements that were very “us”, like little jokes, having us write our own vows, and even starting the ceremony off right with a toast. He did the most amazing job and we were wouldn’t have changed a thing.

I also remember thinking Jeff would be the one to break down during the vows, but it was actually I who shed the tears. My MVP/MOH, Carolyn McCutchan, was right there with the handkerchief in hand!

What was the funniest thing that your remember happening?

The looks on people’s faces when Steve stood up to perform the ceremony! One of the groomsmen looked like he was about to tackle him to the floor to “save the wedding”

What made your reception personalized to your own unique vision and expectations?

Our wedding coordinator, Gabriela Garcia, was amazing! She surprised us with the light up “LOVE” sign, because she knew I liked “sparkly” things. We wanted a dance party all night long, so DJ Tino kept everyone moving with a mix of 90-00’s pop and hip hop.

Besides the “getting married” part, what was the most vivid memory of the wedding day? (for both of you)

At one point during the reception, we took a step back to take in the scene that was our reception. All of friends from different groups of friends, were on the dance floor, arms around each other, singing to each other, and having what looked like the time of their lives with people they knew forever. Seeing how much fun people were having and the friendships that were being created because of us was the most vivid and rewarding memory we have

What part of the day do you wish you could do all over again and why?

We agree that the reception was the most fun part of the night. Everyone danced to the throwback playlist we put together and kept the dancedfloor packed the entire night, champagne bottles were sprayed, and everyone acted as though they were all the best of friends who had known each other for years (which wasn’t entirely the case). There was so much love felt at that reception and it’s a feeling I’ll never forget!

What regrets, (if any) do you have about the planning of your wedding and your decisions leading up to the day?

The only regret I have is that the cupcake table wasn’t closer to everyone. Those were AMAZING gourmet cupcakes and I think most people missed out on them. I also regret eating most of the ones that were left after the wedding

What was the most memorable part of your photography experience with Veils and Cufflinks? (From engagement all the way through)

What we love about Jerome and Jen is their “anything goes” mentality. Based on the work we saw in our initial meeting with Jerome, we knew we were in good hands and could trust his suggestions. Whatever we were told to do or wherever we were told to go (no matter how high or how rocky), we knew we had to do it to get the shot Jerome was envisioning. Everyone at the wedding loved having the Braga’s around because they have a great way of fitting into the crowd and making people feel comfortable (and providing a ton of laughs). Booking them was one of the best decisions we made throughout the entire wedding planning process!

What ended up being your favorite photo/moment?

Jumping into the pool in our wedding attire!

Any advice to offer new couples who are planning their own wedding?

If you have the ability to do a destination wedding, DO IT. It’s a beautiful vacation with your friends and family for several days, not just one day. In a lot of cases, it’s less expensive than a local wedding, as well. It’s definitely worth the look!

Where did you get your rings?

Bride’s rings are from Adiamor and the groom’s ring is from Michael’s

Photo by Veils and Cufflinks


Sonia and Eric’s Real Wedding Story|Hartford Marriott Downtown

Sonia and Eric’s Real Wedding Story|Hartford Marriott Downtown

Sonia and Eric were such an awesome couple that we asked them to answer a few questions about their wedding so that we could share it!! Here is what they said!!

When was your Wedding?

August 19th

What made you choose your wedding date?

We wanted to have a summer wedding that also coincided with a day of good luck on the Indian calendar.

What was the weather like, and was it what you hoped for? How did it impact your day?

It was a bright and beautiful sunny summer day with the expected August humidity.

Veils and Cufflinks by Studio1923, LLC

Besides the “getting married” part, what was the most vivid memory of the wedding day? (for both of you)

Our first look and first dance together as a married couple.

What was the total guest count? Why did you pick the number of guests you did? Was it hard to get to that number?

We had about 400 guests. We both come from very big families and we wanted all of our loved ones to share our special day with us.

Where did you have your Ceremony?

Grand Ballroom Hartford Downtown Marriott.

What do you remember most about the Ceremony?

The beginning of the ceremony where we put flower garlands around each other symbolizing the start of the ceremony. Walking around the fire as part of a traditional Indian wedding ritual.

What was the most memorable part of your photography experience with Veils and Cufflinks? (From engagement all the way through)

Jerome getting Eric’s crying nephew to look into the camera and smile. We absolutely love those pictures of him. We had a blast taking pictures in City Hall with our wedding party and close family members.

What ended up being your favorite photo/moment?

Standing in the window sill at City Hall.


Where was the Reception held?

Grand Ballroom Hartford Downtown Marriott.

What made your reception personalized to your own unique vision and expectations?

The colors and details were what we always envisioned. For our wedding gifts to our guests we gave out an ohm candle holder, the symbol is special to us.

What part of the day do you wish you could do all over again and why?

The whole thing! Especially the great time we had dancing the night away with family and friends.

What was the funniest thing that your remember happening?

Sonia dancing on a chair with all of her bridesmaids to “Party in the U.S.A” by Miley Cyrus

Any advice to offer new couples who are planning their own wedding?

Enjoy the moments and try not to stress out because it will be one of the greatest times of your life. Wine also helps!

List some of the designers of your attire from wedding day. (dress designer, suits, ties, shoes, etc) We would like to place these next to some details shots of all these.

Who did your hair?

Tonya Valentin from Salon Naomi

Who did your makeup?

Naomi Martinez from Salon Naomi

Who was the florist?

Red and Black Roses, New Britain CT

Who was the videographer?

JF3 Productions

Who was the entertainment?

Rishi Bawa and Rajan Patel from SILK EVENTS

Where was the dress purchased and what made the dress stand out as “THE ONE”?

Sia Sarees in Vadodara, India for the ceremony dress. Shaker’s Sarees for the reception gown.

Where did the guys get their suits/tuxes?

Oscar’s Tux in West Hartford, CT

Where did you get your rings?

Manfred Gerstung

Where did you take your honeymoon? And how did you like it?

We took a Celebrity Cruise out of Rome to Southern Italy and Greece. We then spent a few days on the Amalfi Coast and Capri. It was fantastic. The sights were breathtaking. The food was incredible and we can’t wait to make another trip back that way!


10 Wedding Day Issues, Nobody Ever Tells You About

10 Wedding Day Issues, Nobody Ever Tells You About

I wish I could call all these wedding issues, “quirky little pet peeves of a photographic artist”, but the truth is they are just things nobody ever thinks about except those of us deep in the mix of it all.  Over 615 Weddings later, I’ve compiled a list of things which I can say generally happen at almost EVERY (more…)

Golden Light and Golden Doodle

Golden Light and Golden Doodle

We recently got the chance to create some magic of our own at one of Connecticut’s all-time favorite State Parks, (Eolia Mansion at Harkness Park).  Not only was the light at this sunset shoot magical and “Golden”, but Kate & Chris’ Golden-Doodle was just as perfect as the rest of their engagement session.    

Have you been to Harkness Park?  Do you love it as much as we do?