Connecticut, Wedding, Weekend

The Weekend Rewind: Engagement Pictures

I’ll be honest, we’ve still made zero progress with wedding planning.  Whenever we’re asked any questions PK and I will answer, “Oh, ya know, it’s gonna be in 2018.”  We keep saying 2018 as if it isn’t looming closer everyday.  All we’ve really discussed and agreed upon at this time is the wedding will be somewhere in Connecticut and it will involve beer.  That’s enough for now in my opinion.

The one thing I was excited to plan and schedule was our engagement pictures because it would just be the two of us and a photographer.  Obviously our first thought was having the photos taken in Mystic, but that would have been too easy and I’m pretty sure our family is getting sick of us talking about how much we love it there.  I did look into several locations before realizing it might be time to revisit a childhood favorite.  My uncles live in East Haddam and I have always been in love with this little town and it’s historic Victorian-era buildings. The Goodspeed Opera House stands overlooking the majestic Connecticut River and the Essex Steam Train can be heard in the distance.  Most importantly located here, Gillette Castle.

Since we’d be taking our pictures at a “castle” I wanted to incorporate Game of Thrones or Harry Potter somewhere in there.  I had props all picked out, but we ended up not using any of them.  Our photographer was so incredible and had us take so many pictures in different locations all over the park grounds that there was no need for props whatsoever.  Speaking of Game of Thrones, there was actually another couple there taking their engagement photos and they were dressed up as Game of Thrones characters!  A wedding party that was also there was smart enough to ask them for pictures.  I was so in awe of our surrounding and this couples dedication that I couldn’t even think to ask them.  Oh, and our photographer?  Jennifer Cardinal.  She’s amazing and was so much fun to work with.  I follow her on Instagram and she was at the top of my list when we started inquiring around.  Jennifer even quick edited and sent us a picture that night while PK and I were at dinner not even two hours later.

We decided to celebrate afterwards at Eli Cannon’s since we had to drive through Middletown to get back to my place.  The building are straight out of the 50’s which added to the holiday ambiance, downtown was picturesque with lit-up snow flakes on every light pole and a decked out gazebo and tree in the little town square.  If Eli’s was closer we would be there all the time.  The last two times we’ve gone it’s been down pouring or freezing cold.  I’m really looking forward to the day it’s finally nice enough to enjoy a drink outside and walk through the neighborhoods.

Hope you all had a great weekend, enjoy some sneak peaks of our weekend adventure!


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  • Reply Jordan

    So adorable!!! I’ve loved seeing your engagement photos on Instagram! xo

    December 12, 2016 at 6:05 pm
    • Reply Kate Maccio

      Thank you! I loved seeing your apartment tour, serious holiday decorating envy!

      December 13, 2016 at 10:20 pm

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