THE BARNS AT WESLEYAN HILLS WEDDING: CHRIS + MEG

Say it with me: Miracles do happen! What started out as resignation to a day full of gloomy rain, turned into joy and happiness as the clouds parted and gave Chris and Meg full sun while the forecast called for torrential downpours!

The day began in the absolutely charming Connecticut River Valley Inn, where Meg and Chris each got ready in the company of their family. Later, the Barns at Wesleyan Hills gave us the perfect background of green grass and willow trees to highlight their rustic, natural wedding! Slate blue and muted greenery along with white accent flowers could be found everywhere from the invitations, their attire, the ceremony arch, and the barn itself! 

Guests enjoyed lawn games, specialty cocktails, and even a Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream bar! Chris and Meg just radiate a faithful love. I don't know if it's their 10 years together or their genuine joy, but when you look at them you just know they'll love each other forever! πŸ’• 

Chris, describe Meg in 5 words:

"Excited, Reliable, Caring, Brilliant, Ambitious"

Is this not the sweetest First Look?!?!

Meg, describe Chris in 5 words:

"Goofy, Humble, Caring, Dedicated, Amazing"

I know I'm biased, but red-headed flower girls are THE CUTEST!!! 

I think this is my new favorite photo!!! 

A sunset photo is a wedding day essential!! 

Farm tables were decorated with garlands of greenery and white blooms, and birch tree ladders were hanging high, adorned with small mason jars of white flowers.

What are you most excited about for your wedding day?

"Walking into the reception and getting to see the space filled with all of our close friends and family!"

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Wedding Venue: The Barns at Wesleyan Hills β€’ Prep Venue: Connecticut River Valley Inn β€’ Florist: Bride & Blossom β€’ Photography: Cassi Claire β€’ Hair & Makeup: Salon La Rae β€’ The Dress: Reem Acra β€’ The Shoes: Badgley Mischka β€’ Men's Attire: J. Crew β€’ Invitations: Minted β€’ Favors: Milk Bar Bakery β€’ Music: Powerstation Events β€’ Cake: Ben & Jerry's β€’ Film Scans: The FIND Lab β€’ And a very special thank you to my AMAZING team Chris and Julie!

Cassi Claire is a New Jersey, New York, & Destination wedding photographer
that specializes in vineyard, estate, and waterfront weddings!

SHOREHAVEN GOLF CLUB WEDDING: NED + MEGAN

Where do I even start?! I have so many favorite memories from this day...the moment Meg's bouquet arrived and it brought people to tears (go Flowers by Justine!), those moments outside the "church with the blue doors," Meg's sister Kelly's HILARIOUS toast, and of course - ending the night with a limbo battle on the dance floor! We're still on an emotional high! 

Meg & Ned chose a GORGEOUS color palette filled with blush, gold, white, navy, and gray. The bridesmaids all looked incredible in their floor-length blush Joanna August gowns. The reception space was brought to life with flower garlands on the fireplaces, a mix of high & low floral arrangements on the tables, a variety of candles to add a touch of romance, and the perfect gold accents. Every single detail was perfect and dreamy!!! Meg and Ned, your beauty and kindness RADIATES! You've surrounded yourselves with the most amazing people and it was incredible to watch them shower you with the love you so deserve! <3

The most hilarious champagne pop! The cork flew over the balcony and landed on someone's table! 

Ned, describe Meg in 5 words:

"Compassionate, Perfect, Goofy, Beautiful, Stylish"

What are you most excited about for your wedding day?

"The First Look!!!" - both of them

Sometimes it's the tiniest moments that are most beautiful!

How did you meet?

"We met in the 5th grade!!! Ned was this cute little chubby boy with frosted tips (he claims it was Sun In). We had a week-long stint as boyfriend and girlfriend and designated "Hero" by Enrique Iglesias as our song. Needless to say we didn't last at 11 years old but stayed friends throughout middle school and high school." - Meg

Meg, describe Ned in 5 words:

"Patient, Kind, Handsome, Creative, Funny, Hard-working"

Even with a First Look, this is still the most emotional moment of the day! <3

The Shorehaven Golf Club in Norwalk, CT is the perfect place for a wedding! Just beautiful!

The sweetest first dance!

Guys, I did the LIMBO!! Chris *claims* I went too fast for him to be able to focus the camera in time, so he's fired lol. But he did capture the aftermath and it makes my heart SOOO happy! <3

Congratulations Meg and Ned! We couldn't be happier for you two!!! 

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Ceremony: Greenfield Hill Congregational Church β€’ Reception: Shorehaven Golf Club β€’ Florist: Flowers by Justine β€’ Photography: Cassi Claire β€’ Beauty: Larissa Lake and Co. β€’ The Dress: Romona Keveza β€’ The Shoes: Badgley Mischka β€’ Maids Attire: Joanna August β€’ The Suits: Indochino β€’ Invitations: Simply Paper Co. β€’ Music: Local Motion Entertainment β€’ Video: Kristen Kiraly Films β€’ Cake: Wildflour Confections 

Cassi Claire is a New Jersey, Connecticut, New York & Destination wedding photographer
that specializes in vineyard, estate, and waterfront weddings!

RYLAND INN WEDDING: RYAN + MELISSA

Gosh I just adore these two!!! Their love story is so similar to mine & Chris's so we've felt a very special connection with them from the beginning. They found each other young, love & respect each other deeply, and just can't get enough time together! It's the perfect recipe for a long and happy marriage! <3 Melissa and Ryan wanted a very classic, but beautiful and romantic wedding. Their blush & neutral color palette was the perfect match for the Ryland Inn's white and stone inspired design. Twisted Willow Flowers created delicate and timeless floral arrangements to help bring the couple's vision to life. Every little moment was perfect!  

"I am going to marry this girl.
We were BEST friends before we ever started dating.
She has the best work ethic, is so kind-hearted and always
looks out for the people she loves." - Ryan

The Ryland Inn recently built a new bridal cottage...I would rent it for this bathtub alone!

Ryan started tearing up before he even turned around to see his bride...my heart can't take it!!! 

"Charismatic, goofy, cuddly..." words they used to describe each other!

Yup, definitely goofy!! We kept each other laughing ALL DAY!!! 

#BROMANCE

Moment you are most looking forward to:

"When I am standing up at the altar with our best friends and family, the second Melissa turns the corner with her father. I have played this over in my head and the real thing will only surpass it." - Ryan

Moment you are most looking forward to:

"When Ryan and I walk down the aisle after the ceremony and we have those few seconds alone as husband and wife. I think it will be the FINALLY moment." - Melissa

Ryan embraced his Irish heritage and kicked off the reception with a surprise professional bag pipe performance!

Dress change mid-reception? YES PLEASE!

Thank you so much for giving us the honor of photographing your day Ryan & Melissa! WE ADORE YOU! <3

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Venue: The Ryland Inn β€’ Florist: Twisted Willow Flowers β€’ Photography: Cassi Claire β€’ Hair & Makeup: Nancy Caroline Beauty β€’ The Dress: Anne Barge β€’ The Shoes: Kate Spade β€’ Bridesmaids: Lulus β€’ Suits: Men's Wearhouse & Calvin Klein β€’ Invitations & Table Numbers: Little Black Dress Paperie β€’ Music: Almost Easy Entertainment LLC β€’ Cake: Palermo's Bakery β€’ Film Scans: The FIND Lab

Cassi Claire is a New Jersey & Destination wedding photographer
that specializes in vineyard, estate, and waterfront weddings!

RYLAND INN WEDDING: MATT + NIDIA

Matt and Nidia's wedding day at The Ryland Inn was INCREDIBLE! When I meet a bride who loves the little details as much as I do, I'm basically in heaven. Each item Nidia chose for her day was both thoughtful and beautiful!  Being from St. Vincent originally (a tiny island in the Caribbean), Nidia had steel drums playing during the ceremony and cocktail hour. One of their signature cocktails was inspired by their first trip abroad to Costa Rica. Even her glittery Jimmy Choo shoes held special meaning as she bought a matching pair for her sweet sister! The care that Nidia and Matt put into every choice was so evident. The care they put into each other was so evident! I can't gush enough about these sweet souls! Thank you Nidia & Matt for making Chris & I feel like family! <3

Can every engaged couple please buy these vow books from Blush Paper Co?

I finally understand stamp collecting!

Brb, crying cuz my lashes will never look this good...

The floor to ceiling windows at the Ryland give the prettiest light!

Cocktail hour had me craving that Island life!!

Nidia's cousin surprised everyone with the most incredible cultural dance routine!!

Congrats Matt & Nidia!! Thank you so much for all your kindness and we wish you a million years of joy!

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Venue: The Ryland Inn β€’ Florist: Twisted Willow Flowers β€’ Photography: Cassi Claire β€’ Hair: Beyoutifulbride β€’ Makeup: Makeup By JaySaunz β€’ The Dress: Maggie Sottero β€’ The Shoes: Jimmy Choo β€’ Maids Fashion: Hayley Paige β€’ Men's Fashion: The Black Tux β€’ Invitations: Hudson Paperie β€’ Vow Books: Blush Paper Co β€’ Calligraphy: Alane G. Gianetti β€’ Music: Posh DJs & Feelin’ Irie β€’ Cake: La Bonbonniere β€’ Film Scans: The FIND Lab

Cassi Claire is a New Jersey & Destination wedding photographer
that specializes in vineyard, estate, and waterfront weddings!

POSITANO ITALY ANNIVERSARY SESSION: STEVE + STACY

I think I have a new love...his name is Positano. He's romantic, charming, plays hard to get (to), and makes you feel BEAUTIFUL!!! Aside from the hundreds of stairs climbed on a daily basis, this might be heaven on earth! It was such an honor to capture Stacy and Steve's 10 year anniversary photos in Positano, a picturesque cliff-side town on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. We actually ran into Stacy and Steve on the beach the night before their session. We talked for almost 3 hours straight like we've known each other forever! Instant friends, miles away from home. We shared stories of our faith, our business struggles, childhood, marriage, and more. Talking to Stacy is much like talking to your diary! It's this couple's sweet love, genuine hearts, and open kindness that made our trip so memorable. Sure the views were INCREDIBLE, but the conversation and fellowship was the real magic!! <3

The majority of these images were taken on film...look how the water comes to life and almost twinkles!

I can't get enough of these blue tones!!

The terrain coming from Sorrento to Positano was so reminiscent of Scotland!

Stacy, you are so beautiful!!! 

This golden glowy sunset on film brings me right back to this moment! Steve and Stacy, thank you so much for giving us the honor of photographing you! Wishing you 100 more years of joy! 

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Cassi Claire is an Italy & Destination wedding photographer
that specializes in vineyard, estate, and waterfront weddings!