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Husband and Wife: Will & Jess
the essex resort

In early September, I was lucky enough to shoot at the beautiful The Essex. It was a great sunny day with all of the usual anticipation, but it was extra special for Will and Jessica since Will had just taken a new job and the couple was going to be moving to California a week after the wedding. It was not only a chance for them to celebrate with family but to see all the special people in their lives before they headed to the other side of the country!

As I always love to do, I started my day capturing the preparation details of the ladies. Jess’s dress was full of vintage charm.

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Jess’s “something borrowed” was a beautiful cameo ring lent to her by her mother.

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Ready to go with 20 minutes to spare! That has to be a new record for brides that I’ve worked with!

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Jason followed the guys, pre-ceremony. I don’t want to embarrass Will but he was a nervous wreck!

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Blessed with sunny weather, the ceremony was held outside in the gardens. The ceremony programs were printed on fans…what a fabulous idea!

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Will and best man waiting behind the scenes…

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Jess coming down the aisle…

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One from the ceremony. It was such a gorgeous day.

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The newlyweds!

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The grounds around the Resort are so lush and beautiful…tons of great spots to take the couple.

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The cocktail hour was also outside complete with a crepe station.

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A few details from the reception.

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Will and Jess’s first dance was a little unusual and Will definitely put on a performance!

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I love this group shot of Will and Jess with their friends…very Godfather-ish.

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Jess and her girls.

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A parting shot from outside the reception. Congratulations to Will and Jess and I hope that you are settling in nicely in California!!

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Stina, these are lovely! I love how the couple faced their ceremony toward the arch instead of the gazebo. That bike path in the middle of the ceremony has always bugged me! Anyway, back to the pretty wedding…loved the bride’s dress and all of the yummy details. The fans were a great idea! Awesome job!

Beautiful images Stina — you have a mastery over depth of field and captured some absolutely wonderful expressions! Bravo!

Yes! So much better, I’m not a big gazebo fan myself either. That was my first time shooting a ceremony there and it was fabulous!

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