August 31st, 2017
This was my first time photographing a military wedding, so I’m probably generalizing, but let me just say that men in uniform know how to have a good time! I was quite literally smiling (and sometimes laughing) as I went through the photos from Cynthia & David’s wedding. I am also struck by how timeless their wedding looks in photographs. Their formal photos in black and white could easily be from the 1940’s! But I digress….
Cynthia and David were married in Shelton, CT on Saturday July 19, 2014. I wasn’t able to meet them ahead of time, because they currently live in Louisiana. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I had a feeling they would be fun. I arrived at Cynthia’s mom’s house in Derby, CT to find David and his groomsmen already dressed in their uniforms and hanging out in the yard. They were very welcoming and gentlemanly, helping me get all my gear in the house. Once inside, I met Cynthia, who immediately told me about a nightmare she had that I didn’t show up the day of the wedding. At this point I knew we were going to get along, considering I STILL have nightmares about my wedding that was 2 years ago! We took a bunch of photos of Cynthia getting ready, and then it was time for the big reveal.
Cynthia and David decided to do a first look so they could take photos together before the ceremony. We made David stand out in the yard facing away from the house so Cynthia could sneak up behind him without him seeing her first. She was nervous but excited for him to see her in her dress for the first time. He was super serious about the whole thing, but as soon as he turned around and got a look at her, a huge smile appeared. Then we proceeded to take a ton of photos. At some point I learned that David and his groomsmen are part of a motorcycle club. They broke out their cuts for a few of the photos, and they even had prospects there to bring them drinks etc. Then Jax Teller showed up. JUST KIDDING, but I did feel like I was in an episode of Sons of Anarchy for a minute there.
After pictures, we headed over to the Russian American Citizens Club in Shelton for the ceremony and reception. The groom and his sidekicks made quite the entrance, and then Cynthia’s cousin performed a beautiful wedding ceremony. Then the bridal party headed straight to the bar for some libations, followed by dinner, dancing, hilarious toasts, “wobbling”, and some seriously delicious cupcakes. Congratulations Cynthia & David!