Veils and Cufflinks

Our Story

Veils and Cufflinks was born out of Studio1923, LLC’s vision for a more developed wedding brand.  We have been producing award winning photographic art of the world’s most remarkable couples.  Since 2005.  Jerome and Jennifer Braga have captured over 700 weddings throughout New England and the US.

Experiencing Life as it should be..

Who we are as a family

The warmer months of the year, you can find Jerome & Jennifer living and working the New England wedding scene; from their Connecticut home base. Wedding images from Jerome & Jennifer Braga have been published in Connecticut Bride Magazine, Brides, Southern Weddings, The Knot Magazine, The Knot.com, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style. On Television on the Today Show, NBC30, WTNH8, and published on over a dozen wedding blogs.

Jerome and Jennifer have received countless awards since they began their photographic journey.

  • Wedding album of the year five consecutive years from CTPPA
  • 9 First Place Awards in Wedding Category (CTPPA)
  • 6 Awards of Excellence from WPPI
  • 2 Fearless Photographer Awards.
 
The rest of the year, (winter), you can chase them around the country as they photograph, work, blog, and travel across the United States in their RV. New England events during that time are still possible, as are events throughout the United States. As professional photographers, their talents are sought after by a large portion of the RVing industry through websites such as and their own travel blog Our1Chance.com   

You only have ONE CHANCE with this lifetime…. Make the most of it.

This is us. 

So amazed at these little women standing at our sides. 

They officially can’t stand in front of us in family photos anymore because they would completely block us, lol.
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Merry Christmas!!!

We are so excited to spend the time this year with our family, as we were initially going to be away for the holidays.

Life is what happens when you make other plans.

We hope everyone gets all that they wish this Christmas, and may your day be filled with Peace and Love. 

Can we talk about @chancesbigjourney in this picture please... ❤️
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Is it weird to think of our time together as brand new again, even after all this time? 
Let me explain. 

As you might know, this is our 6th year traveling and although we've done some amazing things as a family, none of it seems relevant to this newest stage of our lives. 
The girls have found their stride as little adults.  Full of ideas, questions, opinions, and sass. 

The locations we've already taken them to, we feel like we need to take them to again.  Again; because they will get entirely new meaning out of each place. 
They will now see EVERYTHING through new 'glasses'. They can now hike more than just 4-5 miles.  They can carry their own backpacks full of supplies. 

I almost think that we are just starting out brand new again and have so many places to see and explore.  It is my greatest pleasure lately strolling around the streets with their hands in mine, and having young adult conversations along the way. 

Am I crazy? or Is this common?
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What does a 42 minute #startrails exposure look like? 

This photo is a culmination of 125 photos each 20 seconds long.  Shot at 16mm at ISO 800 f/4.  The image here is “stacked” as in all the slight trails of the stars are stacked together to create the long spiral trails of the stars. 

Polaris, the center star; was located and aligned before I started shooting using the app @photopills . That gave me the general direction to set up in and begin the timed shoots.  The alignment of Polaris over the center of the truck and trailer was deliberate. 
Pro Tip: Also the white balance was set to Tungsten (Lightbulb) indoor setting.  In Tungsten mode the camera thinks ALL lighting will have an amber glow to it, so it corrects the image by adding ‘blue’ to the color cast.  The goal of the camera is to create a neutral image so by tricking the camera into thinking it will be amber, we end up with a beautiful cobalt sky.  Want to learn more photo tips and techniqes follow my personally @jeromebraga
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"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all," should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. 

When not in uniform, men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute. 

Members of the Armed Forces not in uniform and veterans may render the military salute in the manner provided for persons in uniform.
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Would you jump in? 

This is Cave Point County Park in Sturgeon Bay, WI 

Shayla has put it in her head that she will swim in each of the Great Lakes.  Even though the temps are low 60’s she is determined to try. 

She used the @roadtrippers app on her phone and found this cool park for us to visit.  At this location we are standing people were jumping into the clear pool of water below, and she REALLY wanted to as well.  She never really did anything like that before so we didn’t know how to process that request. 

Jerome said no way; while I was all about it.  He said since we weren’t all jumping in, it wasn’t a great idea to ensure those rocks below weren’t going to be a problem.  Ultimately we decided she should probably not try this cliff jump at this point in her life, but I know this desire won’t go away, and we’ll have to deal with it sooner or later. 

For now we enjoyed the crystal clear beauty of it with a long exposure shot. 

Would you have let your 10yr old jump in? (She is a great swimmer, but not great at jumping)

@togo_rv
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The girls couldn’t be happier to be  parked right next to their friends this week. 
Within minutes, outfits were chosen and routines/shows were well in production. 
Now the big challenge is lining up our real schedules with their ‘schedules’.
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We’ve tried to get a sunset kayak photo for the last couple of years. 
There was either a weak sunset, or high winds, heavy current, wrong location, or something we couldn’t control.
 
Well tonight, we took the chance and although the current was a little strong, Leighton found the trick to stick the paddle into the ocean floor and use it as an anchor. 
That stability gave Jerome the confidence to launch and catch the drone, so we were able to get this shot. 🙂 

The catch was still a little challenging but worth it in the end. 

Have you ever launched and caught a drone on a boat / kayak? 

#visitflorida #floridakeyslife #floridakeys #discoverflorida
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Sundays are definitely a time to reflect and be grateful.
One of our daily meal time conversations are saying what we were most grateful for that day. 
Sometimes it is being grateful for safe travel, other times grateful for us as parents and our unique talents, and so much more. 

Tonight the girls were grateful for having their own bathroom in the RV.  Hey, they don't all have to be epic.
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Dixon Illinois..."A place to come home to" 
Do you know it?

It is the boyhood home of Ronald Reagan. 

We weren't allotted enough time to take the tour of his house but needed to at least walk the grounds and take a photo there. 

Did you know he was a lifeguard for 7 years and saved 77 lives there? 

(Camera was our iPhone suction cupped to the driver's window of the truck.  Photo release was 3-second delay timer triggered by Jerome's Apple watch)
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"Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans." 

We had plans.  They were well thought out and meticulously orchestrated for the forseable future.  They were to be epic.

Then, whoa what a curveball.  We didn't see this one coming AT ALL.  So without hesistation, we pivoted and went where we were needed most.  Back to our home state of CT and back to my family (Jen's), to see how we can be the strength that is needed. 

This nomadic life has given us the flexibilty to be where it mattered most; a couple of times already.  If for no other reason than that, we are profoundly grateful for the flexibility we have in this lifestyle choice.

We have been 'back posting' about our journey through Michigan, (about 2 months behind actually) and have much more to share about our time there, but we are going to need to fast forward to present time and post real time for the foreseeable future.  There is just too much going on right here, right now. 

What is going on exactly? 

Through the holidays we will be 'all hands on deck helping my Mom, and the family cope with her surprising Stage 4 Lung Cancer diagnosis.  This incredible force in our lives has dropped to her knees and we are all going to be right here to help her stand tall. 

It is times like this that we are blessed to be able to put on the brakes, adapt, pivot and drive onward whenever needed. 

Have you had the opportunity to do this in your life? 

You only get One Chance. 
This is Our 1 Chance.  And this is the reason we live this way.
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Come on... how bad can it be?  It's only 3.8 miles out and back. 

Well, let me tell you.  That was a struggle. 
I guess we should have known that hiking in the sand would be a workout, but perhaps it was the incline and decline of the dunes that made it seem like an endless journey. 

Water bottles ran almost dry, faces got sandblasted, shoes got filled with sand (Many times), blisters were formed, but the sense of accomplishment... That is the reason.  Standing 400 feet above beautiful Lake Michigan at the edge makes it pretty amazing. 

Jerome carried the pro camera with him on the whole hike but was reluctant to take it out for any photos because the sand was constantly blowing from the winds of Lake Michigan. 

For this hike.. definitely visit the nps.gov site and read all the warnings.  Especially the part if you get stuck out there, the fee for the coast guard to rescue you will be a minimum of $3500.
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This is 50!!!! Happy Birthday to Jerome!!!! The guy that can fix anything, do everything all while driving us all over the country!  We love you so much!!
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Rollin into Autumn! 

All streets should look this good. 

This year we are embracing the change in temperature/season and not running from it as we have in the past. It’s been a few years since we’ve hung out in the foliage. 
We are planning to embrace it this year as we have most of our lives, then when it switches from chilly to cold we’ll head south. 

Are you fans of Autumn or does it just remind you Winter is coming and Summer is over?
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I saw photos online of this Natural Bridge and thought it was be a cool spot to check out!  There wasn’t a ton of information so we suited up for a long adventurous hike and it turns out it was only .25 long 🤣

This natural bridge is 60 ft high and 148 ft wide! It is the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies. 

Bottom line was, a great experience because it was a uniquely beautiful but not at all the adventure we thought we were going to have. 

Have you ever been underwhelmed, yet pleasantly surprised?
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Be afraid. 
Where there are smokebombs there is surely trouble. 
Loving this killer shot Jerome got yesterday of this crew.  Special thanks to @the.runaway.parents for sourcing the smokebombs and for meeting us at the RV park for an unforgettable 4th of July. 
💣 💣
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Not all campgrounds are quite like this one.  It is not a state park, it is not a private park, it is not BLM land , nor is it a National Park, and it is beautiful. 

This park is actually run by the city.  It is a city park in Jacksonville and quickly won over our hearts.  A short walk to the beach in one direction, easy long strolls with  @chancesbigjourney in another direction , A fully stocked country store, multiple playgrounds, mountain bike trails, and hookups! 

Have you been to Hanna Park?
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This place is one of the most familiar parks we’ve been to. 

We first made it here back in 2015, and made quite the adventure for ourselves in Florida.  First time at Disney, First time in Florida with the girls, First restaurant meal for Shayla (At Disney), and so much more. 

Although the park has changed quite a bit since then, it still feels like “home” to us.  Now more than ever with all the friends we see time and again here.  If we haven’t met you yet please reach out and say HI!  Thank you @thousandtrails for the endless memories.
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Making the world a brighter place for the past 11 years! And apparently 11 is the new 18 😂😂
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Eternally chasing sunsets.  Are you with us? 

We do make it a point to always seek out a great opportunity to capture a sunset when possible. 

There is always a perpetual debate about sunsets vs sunrises and I think we have it figured out. 

Sunsets are for families/couples and life's discussions.  It is our chance to teach the girls about life's gifts, reflect on the day, appreciate and give them the skills to do the same in the future. 
Sunrises are our personal opportunities to seek peace, press reset and be appreciative for our families, and life. 

Sunrises are for me/the individual, Sunsets are for all of us. 

What do you think?  Do you agree or disagree?
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One of the hardest parts of RV living is 'alone time'. No, it's not what you are initially thinking about... lol. 
You see, we like to schedule a once-a-week business meeting where we discuss and plan the business paths and the business of us. 

Why is it so hard to find this time? Well, the girls ALWAYS have an interrupting question, a problem that needs to be sorted, drama to be corrected and now we even have a dog that seems to NEED attention when we are deep in conversation. (have you seen @chancesbigjourney 's singing talents?) 
It is all expected though, we live in 420 sqr feet. 

How do we actually find time to get away? Well, sometimes a gorgeous sunset alone has to suffice, but most of the time, we have to leave the girls in competent care and head out to the local pub and pull up a seat at the bar. With the iPad in hand, we discuss our victories, losses, and prospects. In business first then if time allows, we talk about our life. We usually leave with a hitlist of todos and want-todos. 

It is a rewarding reset to do this and get us both on the same page with SOOO many things. 

What do you do that is similar to this? 

#quiteplace #clearmind #smallbusinessrevolution #businessmeetings #workforyourself #entreprenuership #growyourbusiness #businessgoals
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It will happen.  Eventually. -Law of RV Physics. 

We always count our blessings, but at the same time we take some unnecessary chances. 
We've always been proud to say that we never had a blowout in over 70,000 towing miles. 

We should have known as we talked about getting new tires put on after this pull; but the RV had other plans.  She tells US, when she's ready for new skins.  Ooops.

Damage was minimal to the sheet metal and tolerable to look at.  Not sure if we will have it fixed or not. 

Are we switching brands of tires.  No.  These guys have proven themselves, it was honestly our mistake not getting them replaced earlier.  The problem with G-Rated tires is that they ALWAYS look fine because the tread is so deep and so solid looking.  We just knew these rear axle tires were the oldest and had over 40,000 miles on them. 

Few minutes of roadside tire swap, and we were on our way to the next available town that could get us new Sampson Tires. 

Do you push your luck or are you super proactive?
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The Portuguese Man o’ War… Did you know they are not actually jellyfish? 

We’ve seen so many this year but always afraid to get too close for a great photo. (Until this one)

They are siphonophore, which is actually a colony  of specialized animals called zooids that work together as one. 

Their float (The sail type above water part) can be up to 6 inches tall. 

Their tentacles can grow as long as 165 feet! ! ! (Yeah you read that right) 

Few species eat the Portuguese man o’ war, but some predators that specialize on stinging, gelatinous invertebrates (e.g., loggerhead sea turtles and ocean sunfish) are known to feed on this and other siphonophores.

They are named after their resemblance to 18th century Portuguese warships. 

Have you seen one in person? 

#portuguesemanowar #portuguesemanofwar #jellyfish
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Thank you everyone for your prayers and encouragement last week for Shayla! It is so strange to see her eating cashews after we have feared them for the last 11 years! 

Shayla tested negative to all the tree nuts except Cashews and Hazelnuts which is why we did the cashews under the watch of the allergist. She is free to eat walnuts, pecans, pistachios and pine nuts, well once we get the courage to give them to her 🤣 In August we will head back to the allergist to try hazelnuts. 

How does it help us? It helps us by opening up more opportunities to foods that are labeled processed in a facility that handles tree nuts that we have always had to avoid; items like certain flour brands.

Let me know if you have any questions about food allergies! We are always happy to share!
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I'm so confused about this water! 
SOOO clear and SOOO pretty.  This is a lake? 

When was the last time you were genuinely surprised? (By anything)
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Have you ever stayed at Fiesta Key? It’s an Encore park and we get access to it with our @thousandtrails membership! The park is in the upper keys. Over the weekend we spent some time in Islamorada and went to the shops and checked out the breweries! Definitely a different experience than the lower keys but equally amazing!
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Did you know that the Florida Keys is a designated Dark Sky location?  I mean you do have to wander away from the population to the fringes of the islands, but the night sky is quite beautiful. 

I think the darkest location of the keys is Bahia Honda State Park, but even at our campground, where this is a significant amount of light pollution the galaxy core was visible at 4 am this morning.

Have you gotten up early to see the stars lately? 

#astrophotography #astrophotos #darksky #stars #milkyway #milkywayphotography #galaxycore
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Sometimes you have to let the kids pick the poses and speak their minds.

Just sit back and let them pick it.  They will tell you what they have been noticing, what they like and what they are learning in pop culture.

So much of their posing comes from actual work that Jerome has created and shown them, but some of it comes from their shows, their music etc. 
If you watch carefully… they will show you.
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Lighthouses on a lake. 
Who knew? 

The Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse is on the southeast shore. Though Grand Island is a designated National Recreation Area (NRA) and is now much more accessible to the public, the lighthouse itself remains on private property. 

Got this shot from the ferry tour of Pictured Rocks
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First stop of our year… a perfectly situated roadside parking lot of a fantastic Harvest Host here in PA.

Today we drove a respectable 5.5 hours to get far enough away from 20 degree CT and the snow storm that is hitting the eastern coast. (Although it still 25 degrees tonight)

We initially had a route picked that was taking us directly into over 4.5 hours of snow traffic, so as all seasoned RVers do, we recalculated and adjusted our route.  An extra hour or so west before heading south, and we miss the whole storm. 😉 this is a marathon not a sprint. 

As for the photo… it’s a #prism
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When the girls want to express themselves and take the camera, we have to let them do it.  Perhaps they've watched Daddy edit too many engagement photos over the years, but their coaching skills are on point. 

Ok, look at me. 
Don't smile. 
Now, Smile. 
Now, look at each other. 
Touch Noses. 
Ok, Kiss.

Shayla took this one with our Leica (her fave camera) and even managed to nail her rule of thirds! 

Shot in River District in Savannah
#kidswithleicas
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It is not often Jerome gets to take out his filter kit, tripod, etc to capture some epic landscapes.  While at Jekyll Island, we knew there would become waves to capture against the backdrop of these dead driftwood trees, so the plan was always to bust it out and get a couple dozen of these shots. 

So technically, this is an 8-second long exposure shot at ISO 50 with a 30MM lens at F22.  In order to get that long of an exposure, a 10 stop ND filter was put on the front of the lens. 
More specifically this is shot with a Nikon Z6, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 VRII lens and the ND filter is a LEE SW150 10 Stop 100mm x 100mm
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Cheers to friends. 
Old friends, new friends, friends we’ve yet to meet, friends we agree with, friends we have nothing in common with, friends that surprise us and friends that make us laugh uncontrollably.

Here’s to making a life filled with ‘living’ and doing it with humans that agree with the same.

This week’s friends include  @hinson.co @the_nomadi_kidds and @ourooaklife

#towingadventure @visitflorida
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Best friends making lifelong memories. 
Sometimes, they break from their disagreements to do something so cute we take note, and appreciate. 
(See what we mean (from a couple days ago) about camping in the tall trees!)

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We Can’t Wait To MEET YOU!