Justin and Mary’s Wedding (hang on folks…it’s a long one!!)

October 15, 2007

My dear friends Justin and Mary got hitched yesterday in a beautiful church in Noank, CT – a reception followed at the Branford House. This wedding was planned with such tender loving care – every single detail was thought about and coordinated and it showed – everything about the day was elegant, beautiful, and FUN.

This wedding was especially funny because there were three professionals actually working at the wedding and then of course all of Justin and Mary’s friends with similarly absurdly sized cameras. Needless to say I’m pretty sure every angle was covered πŸ™‚

Sorry for the long posting but if your colors are brown and blue you’re in luck – Mary and Justin thought of everything!


This was the second photo of the day and I snapped it as Mary was waiting in the car for the ceremony to begin. She just looked so stunning and so very very bridelike – I love the light.

A happy groom waits for his bride.

The dress was Reem Acra and humongous. Mary wasn’t even sure that both she and her Dad would fit down the aisle at the same time but they made it work.

I have always loved using steel buckets as an aisle decoration. They also had a white runner and a beautiful sprinkling of hydrangea petals.

Despite my best attempts during the ceremony to sit with Jeff politely and not take any photos I ended up in the balcony. Oops….how did that happen??? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


I love their expressions in this one

In a classic unexpected moment Mary was so excited to be Mrs. Marantz that she….forgot her bouquet. It was perfect.

We all waited outside and tossed petals their way

I grabbed this as Justin’s mentor took a shot of them

Off to the future we go!

All of their wedding stationary featured an apple tree (they got engaged under one). When I saw this sign and this beautiful old tree I thought it was the perfect tie in!

The Branford House was once a private home….wow.

Their cake made me want to re-think our decision to serve pies. The frames were actually made of Marzipan. A picture from their engagement session is on top. The rest are of family weddings (parents, then grandparents) – it was stunning.

Of course the theme of photography flowed through the whole wedding. One of the few details I didn’t capture were the groomsmen’s cufflinks….tiny cameras – but of course!

These are actually pencil sharpeners – who knew?! The saying on the card is “Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be” – echoed on their invitation and ceremony program.

Steaming cider was served from mason jars at the beginning of the reception.

The groom’s cake was an old fashioned camera – it took me awhile to realize it was a cake πŸ™‚ Note the candy corns in the background – Justin’s favorite!

During the reception and cocktail hour a fiddler played music from Mary’s home state of West Virginia.

The tables were named after famous photographers.

One of the many takeaways was apple butter.

The colors carried through to the menu – linked to the flowers by the sprig.

I grabbed this quick one of Justin during formals and then skedaddled!

First dance to Van Morrison’s “These are the Days” – love the movement

The flower girl checks out the cake

And now for a taste my dear!

At the end of the night just as people were starting to leave the photographers started rolling in after their respective weddings finished up. It was such a great way to end the evening and we and the bridal party danced until we dropped at midnight. This is a photo of the CT photographers (Justin’s Grandmother now has semi-official status!!)

We love you guys and hope you have a fabulous mini moon in VT!!


PS – Lest you think someone stole it I have the sign from under the tree in my trunk – I didn’t want anyone to forget it!

Orchard Cove Photography

OF COURSE you were welcome – I loved that you jumped in! It was great to meet you!

These were fabulous!! Even though I horned in on one where I didn’t belong!! These photos brought back all the fun I had.

GREAT SHOTS AMANDA!!! You really captured the essense of Justin & Mary’s fab wedding! I was feeling naked without my camera when Paul & I arrived for the rockin’ reception, but we really thought it might be overkill to have too, too many cameras pop-a-rot-cee-ing (I just made that up)our dear friends! Paul & I couldn’t make it to the actual wedding (which we were really bummed about), but you really captured some stellar images that make it feel like we were there! Sweet!

Yeah Amanda!! Great shots, I’m so psyched you were throught the whole thing… someone else to believe just how perfect the day, the details and Justin and Mary were! Way to shoot it up girl!

Grazier Photography

These are fantastic Amanda! It was great to finally meet you and so many other CT photographers. Thanks for sharing:)

~Matt Grazier

WOW WOW!! You go girl!! Amazing images. Thanks for sharing all of these.

thanks Amanda– I feel like I was there now!!!…and ps – Depino is totally correct!

WOW! Forget about all the big names shooting this wedding. Amanda Harris was in the house!!!! LOVE THEM!!!!

Robin Dini Photography

right on Amanda! Amazing! I’ve been stalking the blogs to see photos and saw DJ’s slideshow last night. These are fantastic because you knew they were all about the details and you captured them! That’s amazing!

Amanda Harris!!!!!!! These are FABULOUS!!!! Thank you so muhc for posting these, I was jonesing for a fix! You ROCK sister, awesome shots!

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