Princess & the Prom

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful event hosted by Princess & the Prom, which is a non-profit organization that provides beautiful gowns to girls from all over Connecticut.  Each year, they gather over 2,000 donated dresses and make dreams come true for 600+ girls.  It really is a very special cause, and watching the girls as they nervously stepped out of their little dressing rooms to see themselves in the mirror was so sweet…. but even better was the sheer joy that washed over each of them when they finally found “THE dress”.

If you’re interested in donating, or learning more about this wonderful cause, please visit their website:



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Chanmaly + Stephen | UCONN Engagement Photos

These two.  Can we just pause for a second and say “yowsas?!?”.  I swear… almost all my engaged couples tell me how un-photogenic they are, and give warnings ahead of time… and then we get to the session, and – BOOM.  They’re amazing, and ridiculously gorgeous.  Chanmaly and Stephen were awesome – we had such a great afternoon exploring the UConn campus and making some gorgeously fun pictures.  Enjoy! - Proud of you .

Our little story | Personal

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted anything personal here…. life took some unexpected twists and turns over the course of the last few years, and though some times were harder than others, they eventually landed me exactly where I needed to be.  I met and (almost instantly) fell in love with the most amazing man – my best friend, my other half, my anchor.  I wasn’t looking for love, and frankly I don’t think he really was either, but clearly the universe had other plans.  Our love came unannounced right around the time when we had both given up on asking for love to come.

I think that’s part of its miracle.  We were meant to find each other, in some ways seemingly to heal each other and draw out the the best versions of one another.  I could write a dictionary of all the words I have tried to use to describe how it feels to have finally, finally found him.  He has loved me through dark times, through my insecurites, my fears and flaws.  His love somehow allowed me to sing again – in the car, in the shower, around the house – something I didn’t even realize I had stopped doing for so long… and it’s possible that I may appreciate that gift far more than he does, but it truly is a gift and one that I’m so grateful for.  He loves my boys, and they love him right back.  Life is good.

We had been talking for awhile about someday going away just the two of us and getting married on a beach somewhere warm, but life, jobs, kids, etc… make that far easier said than done.  So on a random weeknight at home, we had the crazy idea to elope on a Wednesday and get married on New Years Eve.  We only told our immediate family and closest friends, and everyone was so supportive and excited for us.  The boys were thrilled to be a part of it, and my parents were there to share the ceremony with us.  It was perfect.

Once we started to put the plans into motion, I knew I wanted to wear a special dress, but couldn’t find anything I truly loved.  Then one day I remembered that I had my mother’s wedding dress in a box in the basement, and I had a vision in my head of transforming it into something totally different.  So with her blessing, I spent a few weeks taking it apart and altering it on the fly, just sort of adjusting as I went along.  I was doing this all in secret while he was at work, with many many texts and calls to my mama for advice and feedback, but I really loved how it turned out – and that the dress holds such sentimental importance.

I want to extend a huge thank you to my dear friend Christa from Dolce Photography for sharing in the story of our sweet ceremony.  To my friend Angela, for making my hair pretty on her day off.  To my parents, for all your love and support.  To my boys, for all the laughter and love you bring to our lives.  To J – my husband – for everything.  I am so lucky to have you in my life, and I will never ever take that for granted.

These last two are among my favorites, because they’re so real…. oh, there we are up top taking lovey dovey pictures when suddenly from below two little boys start shouting and laughing.  The last one?  That is SO my child.  Always the goof, not a huge fan of pictures or being overly sentimental. SO so him.

Thanks for sharing our little story!

julie - congratulations love, what a special and beautiful day! xo

Alyssa - Congratulations Crista! What beautiful pictures. So happy for you!

Kate Mullarkey Melendez - Crista,
I am so happy for you! You look stunning, and your blended family is now complete! SLainte!

Meghan - Beautiful!!!! So happy for you <3

Amanda Diercksmeier - Love your story! Best wishes- plz visit us the next time you’re in Phoenix! Beautiful photos (beautiful people!)

Val McCormick - Congratulations!!! Thank you so much for sharing. Christa did a wonderful job capturing it all. So happy for you and your boys!!! -Val xoxoxo

Barb Miller - Just wonderful to read this and to feel that you are so happy, Crista !! All our love !! xoxoxox

Kim Schmidt - What a beautiful beautiful story to share with the world. I am so thrilled that you found the one and everyone around you has been supportive! Love the images too.

Fran - Love this story and the pictures.

Robin Dini - Crista, I am so incredibly happy for you. This love story is so incredibly beautiful. The dress looks incredible!! Beautiful couple. Congratulations to you both!

Nikki - Aaaaaaaaaand I’m crying – again… love you momma!!! :-)

Christa - love you, soul sista. xo

Yomarie Soler-Velez - I love it.. Congratulations again and I am so glad to have been a part of it all… That last pictures, the faces on the boys priceless….

Brittany - Soooo very happy for you, you truly deserve it.

Elizabeth Park Fall Portraits | CT Family Photographer

I always look forward to fall mini sessions – they are a chance for me to catch up with some of my favorite families and meet others for the first time.  I’m always so happy to go through the pictures after and see how sweet the littles are, and how we are able to capture so many great moments in a short span of time.  Here’s a preview of the mini sessions from Elizabeth Park a few weeks ago.  As always, I try to leave out the ones that I think will be the biggest winners or the stars of the holiday card.


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