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An inspirational bridal shoot

A while back, Erin Infantino of Simply Gorgeous by Erin and I began talking about doing some shoots just for inspiration and for fun. We’ve been collaborating together on glamour and boudoir sessions for almost 3 years now, but during that time we never took time to shoot for US. I really wanted to start bringing my glamour style into bridal portraits, and I was looking to do some test runs of how it would all come together with wedding dresses + hair pieces. Right around the same time, Chelsea from Everthine (where I got MY wedding dress!) wanted to do some shooting with their dresses and headpieces, so it was the perfect storm of events and we all had a very clear idea of what we wanted – clean and classic portraits that were simple and stunning, without all of the to-do of a full styled shoot. So last week we got together to play….and play we did. We had the loveliest models, a handful of breathtaking dresses, and the most exquisite headpieces you’ve ever seen. Below are some of my favorite shots from the shoot.

 

Photographer: Alicia Ann Photographers

Beauty: Simply Gorgeous by Erin

Style: Chelsea from Everthine Bridal Boutique

Dresses: Sarah Seven + Romantique by Claire Pettibone 

Headpieces: Mignonne Handmade

Models: TBW Models

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Erin + Brett’s Redding Country Club Wedding

 

The snow fell quietly and slowly as the finishing touches were put on her hair and makeup.  To most people, a slow snowfall is little more than a pretty view out the window, but for Erin and Brett I think it signified something a bit deeper. They will be the first to tell you that much in their life is done quickly and in a rush. After 2 days of knowing each other Brett showed up at Erin’s door a 2 a.m. and told her that they should start dating because he was going to marry her. When Brett moved to Georgia the following year for hockey, Erin went to visit him and 2 days later he decided to move back home. When they went to look for their first apartment just to get ideas of what was out there, they picked the first one and signed a lease that night. Another morning they decided to go look at kittens for fun, and ended up adopting one that day. And lastly, when we got engaged they were shocked to find out 10 weeks later that they got pregnant the night of their engagement. While things in their life may come across as fast, the moments they share in between are as though time stops. As that snow fell slowly outside their windows, you could tell that they were soaking it all in. Nobody was in a rush that day, but there was peace and calmness….amidst all the obvious excitement. And my only hope for you, Erin and Brett, is that as these new stages of life unfold that you are able to stop and soak in every second of it.:)
Photographer: Alicia Ann Photographers
Makeup artist: Beauty at your door, Donna Puma
Dress Boutique: Julie Allen Bridal
Bridesmaids dresses: Badgley Mischka
Florist: Rita’s Floral Touch
DJ: James Daniel Entertainment
Caterer/Venue: Redding Country Club
Cake: Angela Mia

 

 

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The Anniversaries: Jocelyn + Harrison

 

I love shootings weddings and engagements. So much so that long ago I decided to specialize in them and not shoot anything else. As many of you know, last year I created a brand of glamour portraits to add my business, because I also have had a huge heart for women, and I now happily say that I specialize in photographing weddings and women. But I realized earlier this year, after celebrating my first anniversary, that my wedding brand was missing one huge area. The celebration of marriage. Not the celebration of getting married, which is definitely fun and exciting and beautiful, but the celebration of the beautiful thing that marriage is and can be. It’s more than two lives becoming one, but it’s about documenting how they are staying one. The rates of divorce in America are staggering with around 50% of couples divorcing before their 5th anniversary. Because marriage is not nearly the walk in the park and beauty and grace that a wedding day is. It’s so much deeper, so much more raw, so much more real. It takes a lot of hard work, and work that doesn’t come naturally for almost all people. And for that reason, I decided to launch Alicia Ann Anniversaries. While the details are still in the works of exactly what these sessions will entail, what I know is that I want to document couples that want to celebrate being married – whether they are blissfully married or really working through a very difficult time and want to reconnect with each other over a photo session.

Jocelyn and Harrison were the perfect couple to photograph as one of my first few Anniversary Sessions. I’ve known Jocelyn from the time she was 2 years old, I photographed their engagement and wedding, and I’ve watched their marriage grown and develop into something that is amazing and beautiful. They are an incredible example of what it means to love, honor and serve your spouse unconditionally. They don’t seek perfection in each other, but know that through their differences they have found their perfect match in one another. And three years after getting married, it is obvious that they are even more in love now than they were back when they were dating or newlyweds. Joc and Har love getting out of town and going into the city for dinner or to stay overnight, so we decided that the Big Apple was the perfect place for their Anniversary Session. We started on the stairs of the New York Public Library, a location I’ve wanted to shoot at for years, and it didn’t disappoint. After leaving the NYPL, we made our way to lower Manhattan to shoot on the Brooklyn Bridge right as the sun was setting and although it was about 30 degrees below zero and crazy windy, they were total champs and rocked those 10 minutes of chilly shooting.

 

 

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  • Wynona - December 15, 2014 - 1:06 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! :)

  • Steve - December 26, 2014 - 8:34 am

    Gorgeous & a pleasant memory of Jocelyn and Harrison.
    It is been those moments they never forget because of all these pictures and inspire many.

    Please keep doing good work.

House to Home: Welcome to our new home!!

You guys, I can’t even express to you how excited I am about today’s blog post. I feel like I’ve been holding a million secrets with our decision to stay in CT, looking at homes, and ultimately purchasing this one. And even though we are nose deep in cardboard boxes, I wanted to spend a few minutes giving you a tour of the inside of our home. If I had my way, I would invite you all over right now to sip hot chocolate in front of the fire, to give you an in person tour….and obviously to have you help unpack and paint.;)But alas, since we live in a world where I am hundreds of miles away from many of you, a virtual tour will have to do.

 

This house is, honestly, just a house. Just a building with some walls. Just a structure on a piece of land. It means nothing in light of eternity but, for me, it represents so much of God’s faithfulness here on earth. I know. I just got wayyyy deep  after talking about sipping hot chocolate two seconds ago. But I feel like this has to be said. Because Adam and I are not people who live in excess. We are not about status or money.  We try to live as simply as possible and to spend our time, money, and efforts on the things that matter. For me, though, one of those ways has always been through hospitality. I’ve taken a lot of “gifts” tests throughout my life, because I’m kinda addicted to quizzes of those sorts…and on any of the ones that “hospitality” was an option, that was always my top “gift”.  So when looking for a house, regardless of the size, one of my top priorities was a home set up to have people over. I envisioned myself cooking and baking while chatting with friends,  dinners around a beautiful farmhouse table, and heartfelt and life giving conversations in the living room. Preferably around a fireplace. When we walked into this house the first time, my heart soared. It was perfectly designed for our needs. A bit (ok, a LOT) bigger than we were looking for, but there was a purpose for every room, so it didn’t feel like excess. I could ramble on and on about every detail about this house, but I think I’ll save the details for future posts as we go room by room and make it our own. So….

 

Welcome to our house. That I am very soon going to turn into a home.  (disclaimer: I realized how bad I am at real estate photography while editing these. I’ll try to be better when I take the “after” shots)

 

This is the view from the road, and the picture you saw last week…so moving on…;)

This is the view from the back corner of our property. The original home was built in 1930 and offers all the charm that an old home has – natural wood floors, a brick chimney, crown moulding, and little unique features throughout. The previous owners built an addition on 6 years ago (pictured here) and when they did so, they updated a lot of the old vitals in original home. Adam and I love the character of old homes but all the ones we looked at needed a TON of expensive work (windows, furnace, etc). With this house we got all the old charm but with very little of the updating that we would’ve had to do to any of the other homes we looked at.

This place, though. My absolute favorite room in the house. Anyone who knows me well knows that there are few things I enjoy in life as much as cooking and baking. And this kitchen is a dream for anyone who loves doing those things.  It even has a wine cooler in the island!

Another view of the stove, as well as a shot of our pantry. We were so happy the previous owners left these racks, because we love them!

This is the “great room”, or what will be our living room and it is attached to the kitchen, so it all flows openly. The doorway to the right is our dining room…

This was the first room to get painted.;)We love the built-ins in this room and have some fun plans for updating this room to make it more our style.

This is our beautiful laundry room. It will also double as a “command center” and be my office + contain all of our printers and geeky stuff.

This is the room I will use as my Alicia Ann Couture studio. And all the photographers said AMEN to that light, right??? The backdrops will be set up on the wall opposite those three windows

Another view of the studio, as well as a glimpse into the client meeting area directly to the left.

This is the room where I will hold all client meetings, as well as the makeovers for the Alicia Ann Couture brand. It was the living room int he old section of the house, before the previous owners built the addition on. We intend on adding french doors to the dining room to make my studio and work area a bit more private from the rest of our living area.

These are the bathrooms, obviously.:)The left one is downstairs, right off the studio room, and the right one is the upstairs bathroom. There is also a little half bath that is totally decked out in pink and black tiles, 1970’s style, but I didn’t take a picture of that.

This is the foyer and entryway that clients will enter the house through. It’s separate from our entrance, which is fantastic.

Upstairs bedroom #1 that we intend to rent out. But not before removing those curtains.

The is part one of our bedroom and will be turned into a walk-in closet/sitting area. Eventually we may make a full master suite together with the bedroom immediately to the left, but that won’t be for a while.

Our bedroom

Another view of our bedroom:)

This is actually my favorite bedroom in the house but, unfortunately, our bed doesn’t fit in there because of how all the doors are placed. Otherwise we would’ve totally used this room as the master. Why is it my favorite bedroom? Because of this….

One of the doors pictured in the bedroom opens up to this walk up attic that I totally fell in love with when we first saw the house. It is currently not insulated so we definitely will need to do that at some point but I have dreams of turning this into a craft room or movie loft, complete with bean bags and a projector.

So, that’s our new house. Already in the 5 days we’ve been here we’ve drastically changed 3 of the rooms. We didn’t have much of a window because I have a shoot in the studio today and client meetings + shoots this weekend….so we got right to work as soon as we moved in:)

  • Katelyn James - November 26, 2014 - 8:51 am

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s so gorgeous!!!!!!

  • Tiffany Farley - November 26, 2014 - 9:34 am

    So so beautiful! Can’t wait to see it in person!!!

  • Catherine Cella - November 26, 2014 - 9:55 am

    Absolutely beautiful! Everything for a dream home and studio. Wishing you both many years of happiness together as you fill your walls and home with love. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving! Would love to take a tour some day.

  • Amanda - November 26, 2014 - 10:04 am

    Congratulations Alicia! The house is beautiful. I can’t wait to see the transformation to your home! It is sure to be perfect. Enjoy :)

  • Kris Rae - November 26, 2014 - 1:16 pm

    Very Cool Alicia! Can’t wait to see it furnished. So glad you’re going to call Middletown home!

  • Steve - December 26, 2014 - 8:20 am

    Amazing Pictures …
    Thanking you for sharing these wonderful pictures.

Meet Grace + Joe

Beauty exists all around us. But there is something to be said about a woman who so effortlessly captures it’s very essence simply through the way she lives. It’s abundant. That is what he thought about this woman. She changed the atmosphere of the room simply with her smile. The breath rushes from his lungs at the sight of her. When you find that woman, you have the unique privilege of experiencing life with her. He knew that he, somehow, had found her and wanted to spend the rest of his life learning how to breath again.

  • Steve - December 26, 2014 - 8:24 am

    It is beautiful…..
    the moment they share make everyone desired to be one of them.