March 18, 2020





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Gillette Castle Wedding |East Haddam, CT

Justin and Rachel

bride and groom kissing on gillette castle bridge

Thanks to a little thing called COVID-19 I have heard numerous stories of couples who sadly have to reschedule their weddings or worse canceling. Some couples have scaled down the guest count (some voluntarily some not). When seeing all of these posts I couldn’t help but think of Justin and Rachel’s intimate Gillette Castle wedding.

groom waiting for his bride at his gillette castle wedding
groom's reaction at gillette castle
Bride walking down the aisle at gillette castle
couple's first kiss as bride and groom at Gillette castle
couple walking with bridal party at Gillette Castle
couple and their bridal party on the balcony at Gillette Castle
bride with her  bridal party at gillette castle
bride with her  bridal party at gillette castle
fun groomsmen photo at gillette castle
fun groomsmen photo at gillette castle
bride and groom portrait at Gillette castle
groom portrait at gillette castle
bride and groom portrait at Gillette castle
bride and groom portrait at Gillette castle
bride and groom portrait at Gillette castle with smoke bomb

Gillette Castle Wedding

I will never forget this day. First, because it was really cold and second it was the very last wedding I did in 2019. I was referred to Rachel by my friend Jessica. They were having a small wedding and every other wedding photographer had fallen through. But since they were just looking for only a couple of hours and it did fit into my schedule it worked out.

Justin and Rachel had a sweet ceremony right before sunset right next to the castle. As you can see in the photo above Justin’s reaction to Rachel walking down the aisle was like it didn’t matter how cold it was. The ceremony was sweet but to the point, which was perfect for a time when the sun was setting with each passing minute.

Following the ceremony. we quickly took the family portraits and swiftly moved into bridal portraits. I don’t want to rush groups but with a short timeline, I wanted them to get the most out of their money. We did the bridal party portraits on the porch of Gillette Castle. Since it was the middle of November there was a lot of space to take pictures like the one above of Justin being thrown into the air by his groomsmen.

As everyone warmed up at the reception site we used the rest of the time to take as many couples portraits as we could. Like I said it was so cold but looking at these two newlyweds you would have never guessed.

Til Next Time


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