I love the history behind the location of Kimberly and Matthew’s wedding. The history of Kimberly and Matthew is fantastic, but I’m speaking about the history of the building which housed the old G. Fox & Co Department store in downtown Hartford. Did you know that G. Fox & Co, in the early years; was famous for their home delivery by wheelbarrow?
Today, the old art deco building is mostly noted for it’s elegant events hosted by Marquee Events. Kimberly and Matthew’s stylish affair was no exception to the standard of elegance that this historic building commands. Kim and Matt began the early preparation stages of their day by staying at the Residence Inn only a half a block away from the venue. Most of their guests were able to stay there, walk to the wedding; then after the celebration walk back to their rooms.
Kim’s bouquet was created by Flowers by Danielle with special attention brought to the charm on the stem housing a photo of Kim’s grandfather. Hair and makeup was flawlessly designed by Dana Bartone & Co, with Rena working the brushes.
Since the two of them were getting ready in the same hotel on different floors, it was easy to manage the logistics of photos between the two groups. After they were dressed and ready to go, I stole some time to take the gentlemen outside and capture their portraits well in advance of the actual ceremony.
Shooting the guys and girls separately before hand requires extra timing and planning in the hair and makeup timeline, as well as travel and logistic time. The benefit however, is it saves a portion of time that would otherwise be used up during cocktail hour. It is a great alternative to a first look.
How stunning does Kim look in her Kenneth Winston gown. Once we finished shooting, the girls headed to the Gershon Fox Ballroom to hide, while the guys arrived to greet the wedding guests. Wait for it… Wait for it….. Watch Matt’s reaction to his stunning wife to be.
yeah… that the groom’s expression we all love to see. A little technical tip… since the ceremony site was located smack in front of a huge window, this makes shooting towards the chuppah nearly impossible. You basically have two options… set the camera to capture them in perfect light and that will essentially over expose EVERY SINGLE detail at the chuppah or… well actually you only have that option. So I placed a remote triggered Profoto B1 off to the right with a 4ft silver umbrella, in an effort to light their faces and front to a level of brightness that matched the white of the curtains etc. This photo below is only possible thanks to the off camera umbrella Profoto. Since they were all illuminated, I can not only see the detail in the drapes, but the city outside and the whole wedding party. Pure Joy. Congratulations you two!
Four of these guys is better than ONE. 🙂 Art Deco Styling. You can’t have enough of it. I can’t stress enough the importance of a good band or DJ. Kim and Matt did their homework for sure, and Around Town Band is truly one of the best. Not to put any undue pressure on them to do the same at every wedding, but theirs specifically; the band never stopped playing. Since there were so many members, they would “break” in shifts without affecting the music play and it truly showed. Take a look at all the amazing dance expressions from here forward. After the father/daughter dance, Dad does his rendition of Mack the Knife. I think it is somewhat of a tradition, and the crowd went wild.