Jacqueline and Aaron were married on September 23 with a ceremony at First Church of Christ and a reception at the Country Club of Farmington.
Jacqueline and Aaron have such a beautiful love story and I was honored to be their wedding photographer. Aaron is the lead singer and guitar player in an acoustic cover band. On a Saturday night, back in January, 2014, Aaron was playing at a local Irish pub. It was Jackie’s last night home from college break, and she went out with some close friends to listen to live music at the same pub. Aaron and Jackie spotted each other from across the room and couldn’t stop staring the entire night. But since Aaron was playing, they didn’t have a chance to speak. Jackie went back to college the next day, but couldn’t get Aaron out of her head.
Armed with only his band name, she did some research to find him again. She discovered he was playing again the following weekend at a different bar, so she took the train from PA back to CT to see him on a whim! Jackie and her closest girlfriend walked into the bar and immediately saw Aaron’s face light up. Aaron didn’t waste any time and came right over to say hi. The two immediately hit it off. To this day, Aaron says he couldn’t believe he let Jackie get away that first night and couldn’t stop thinking about it because he thought he would never see her again. So, needless to say, Aaron is very thankful for Jackie’s “research.” Jackie moved into Aaron’s home in West Hartford that June and the rest is history!
Their wedding day was a stunning fall day in Connecticut, with a perfect, cloudless, autumn sky. I started the wedding preparations with the ladies upstairs in the Farmington Country Club and my second shooter, Sissela Ørnholt, started with the fellas downstairs in the men’s lounge. One of my favorite moments of the day happened early, when Jackie’s mom was trying to tie the bow on the back of her dress. She kept untying it and re-tying it. She kept laughing, saying that it’s usually so easy, but she just couldn’t get it right that day! Jackie and her sister just dissolved into giggles after her mom’s third attempt. It was so cute the way they all interacted together!
After everyone was ready, we headed to the church in Farmington. The First Church of Christ is a simple and elegant church and it is very convenient to the country club. There was a special moment in the church when the pastor said a prayer and the entire wedding party closed their eyes with him. They seemed to be all sending Aaron and Jackie all their love during their ceremony. Rarely do you see the entire wedding party close their eyes during a prayer. I thought it was so sweet to see how much love they had for this wonderful couple.
Once the ceremony concluded, everyone headed back over to the country club. Jackie and Aaron chose the Country Club of Farmington due to the history and charm of the facility, which dates back to the 1700s. Jackie said, “We loved the relaxed atmosphere of the Country Club and the size and diversity of the space.”
The reception was filled with so many moments of love. Jackie and Aaron shared their first dance as husband and wife to “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor. In a lovely gesture of enduring love, Jackie’s parents danced to “Still the One” by The Orleans– which has special significance as they have been married for more than 30 years! I loved how they shared their own dance. Jackie’s mom beamed from ear to ear and I thought it was so special that the couple did something so lovely to honor their parents.
Speaking of Jackie’s mom, she made the wedding cake! It was amazing. I love when family members play special roles in the wedding day.
One of my favorite images of the whole night was the picture of Aaron and Jackie dancing late in the evening. Their backs are facing us, and all you can see is their profiles with the most blissful expressions on their faces. It was such a candid moment of the newlyweds LOVING LIFE!
I asked Aaron and Jackie what they want to remember about their relationship right now:
“We want to remember we’re best friends and we’ll always be there for each other. We never want to lose this feeling of excitement and anticipation of what’s around the corner and always remember that our love will get us through anything life will throw at us.”
Aaron and Jackie, your wedding day was a magnificent celebration and a true reflection of the type of people you are. You are some of the most genuine, down to earth, caring and funny people I know and I am so glad to call you friends.
The Flower District
Wedding cake made by mother of bride
Hair/Makeup done by bride, lashes done by Stacie Amanna @ Transcendent
The Country Club of Farmington
Dave Nastri of K & D Jewelers (Canton, CT)
Aaron: Dressed to the Nines Groomsmen: Dasani Clothiers
Save the dates: Minted Invitations: Vistaprint
Larry Minick, LMproductions
Maxie Murphy @ The Country Club of Farmington (firstname.lastname@example.org, 860 677-1681 x12)
Pastor Joseph Tobin (email@example.com, 860-916-1923)