Laura and Shane Married | Revolution Hall Troy New York Wedding by Heidi Hanson Photography

I knew as soon as I met Laura and Shane that their day was gonna be hella fun! Troy, New York is just an adorable town and we had so much fun exploring during their pre-ceremony photos. Their venue Browns Brewing Revolution Hall was gorgeous! Previously an old concert hall, it made for the perfect backdrop for their ceremony and reception. The dance floor was packed all night! Here are some of my favorites!

Claire and Michael Married | A Wadsworth Mansion Wedding by Heidi Hanson Photography

Claire and Michael were married on a beautiful November day at the equally beautiful Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, CT. From the dresses, down to the flowers, everything was stunning! We loved their first look and all their amazing dance moves.

The crew who pulled it all together:

Venue: Wadsworth Mansion

Catering: David Alan Hospitality Group

Florist: Green Dahlia

Dress: Everthine

Enjoy some of our faves!

Samantha and Tim Married | Mystic Wedding by Heidi Hanson Photography

Samantha and Tim were married at the historic Pequot Chapel in New London on a gorgeous August day. Samantha had one photo she envisioned during the ceremony, the first kiss with the guests in the background. And I was so glad we were able to make that happen. Their reception was held at the beautiful, rustic Silver Oak in Mystic. It was a fun day for all their family and friends who celebrated.

Tyler and Kristen | Great River Golf Club Wedding by Heidi Hanson Photography

Tyler and Kristen’s day was HOT! But beautiful! We loved working with the two of them and their amazing bridal party. It was so hot that Tyler nearly fainted at the altar, but lucky a groomsman grabbed him a bottle of water and he kneeled down for most of the ceremony. Crisis averted, but it made for some fun photos! Their reception was held at Great River Golf Club in Milford which is stunning!

Here are some of our favorites from their big day. ENJOY!

Dimi and Nick a Seaside Affair by Heidi Hanson Photography

In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours.
In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.”
Maya Angelou

To say that Dimi and Nick were one of my favorite couples is an understatement!  They are fun, funny and perfect for each other.  The way they look at each other, you just can instantly feel the love between them, it gives me goosebumps!   Plus they are so easy to photograph.

Their wedding was so pretty and a ton of fun – here are a few of my favorite images from their big day:

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OMG it’s October | Connecticut Wedding Photographer |Heidi Hanson Photography |

October it one of my favorite month’s of the year, if not my FAVE.  I mean who doesn’t love layers of clothes, sweatshirts, pumpkins, changing leaves, hot cocoa, soccer games, jumping in leaves (okay maybe not the raking to get the leaf pike) but you get my drift.  Just something about the crisp air that makes everything awesome – oh and I was married in October so that’s pretty cool right??  This year we’ll be celebrating 11 years – WTF??  That went fast!!

So it also happens to be one of the busiest months – ALWAYS  not just this year – but ALWYAS.  So I took a quick glimpse of my calendar and kind of laughed and quickly closed it.  But then I opened it again and took a deep breath, paused and smiled.  It’s a good busy, it’s a happy busy!

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So here’s a little peek into my October:

Fun

8 soccer practices

4 baseball practices

8 soccer games

8 baseball games

one Halloween Party

Two days of no-school

2 costume parades at school

2 parties at school

Lunch date with my old co-workers (which had to be scheduled months in advance)

Room Parent for both my kids – so may have impromptu meetings/party planning

Work

Two family photo sessions

Two engagement sessions

Two Weddings to photograph

Four Wedding Consults for 2015

Oh and Trick or Treating!! Stryder is undecided so far – he wants to be something scary but not too scary….Berkeley is going to be Frankie Stein – a girl from Monster High.

The Results are In | Heidi Hanson Photography Specializing in Weddings and Engagements in CT, NYC and Beyond

The results are in – I’m slow and look ridiculous….but at least I’m laughing sort of! Okay so if you follow me you know that a little over a month ago I competed in a Spartan race. The Spartan Sprint up in Tuxedo New York. It was no lie, one of the hardest things I have ever done – like giving birth – but harder and more tiring. It took about 90 minutes to get to the place and then I started seeing these awesome signs finally so I knew I was in the right place.

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I made my way up to registration and got my swag bag, actually it was an envelope, but it had my bib number, timing chip and headband to wear the entire race. Then I made my way to the spot where they take a sharpie and mark your arm, forehead, chest or whatever body part you choose with your bib #…I chose my arm thank you…and yes there is still some remnants of it the 8045 on there! Hoping another day or two it will come off. Now at this point it’s super official, and there’s no turning back now. Of course I never was going to turn back, I was into it for the long haul.spartan10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Next was the bag drop off point, the penalty for getting stuff out of your bag before your race once you checked it was 7 burpees…I promised I was good I didn’t need anything else out of it! These Spartan races take their burpees seriously 🙂

I made my way to the start line and started to get really nervous, but then I just tried to calm myself down and just have fun, get through it and ‘Let it Go’ channeling my inner Disney at this point…….

They call the 10:45 heat and they shove us into the chute but before we get to the starting line we have to all go over this wall (walls, ugh more to come on these later) and this is where I get my first injury, seriously, before the race even started – LOL! I smashed it on the corner of the wall while trying to hoist my leg over it – only me! I was able to shake it off and forget about it once the race started.

Basically we had to run up the ski mountain and do some obstacles then run down the ski mountain and do some obstacles and do that 6 times! Of course we worked our way across several mountains and woods, some were the actual ski slopes, but for the most part they were very off-road, steep and tedious. Now the obstacles ranged from walls – my kryptonite – literally I sucked at the walls, thank god I hooked up with the awesome Chris and Mario – they literally helped my big butt over every wall – to lifting and carrying a 65lb. ball of steel, dragging a rock through the woods, carrying a log through the woods, carrying a sandbag, a military crawl under barbed wire uphill, rope climb through mud, monkey bars, spear throwing and the elusive fire jump! I’m happy to say that I attempted all of the challenges. I did not however, complete all of the changes, and that is okay. I had a lot of help with some of the obstacles, and they actually encouraged that. They said right before we started that we could help each other out. It was really exciting to see the mile markers, what wasn’t exciting was I thought that it was a 5K, or 3.2 miles….but what I realized was that it was about 4.7 miles once I had already started!! Oooops!

The day was really hot and the hills were super dusty which translated to slippery. Then once we went into the mud obstacles, everything became super gooey, sticky and even more slippery. But I have to say once I fell off the monkey bars into the mud pit, it felt awesome, minus it going up my nose and into my ears. It really cooled me off. I did have an awesome time, and the beer after was fabulous, except after a few sips I wanted to puke! And the drive home sucked because it was just me. But now I get to call myself a Spartan and you can laugh at these awesome photos that the Official Spartan Photographers captured of me 😉

 

 

 

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The elusive military barb crawl up the mountain – stretching my back this time – basically it’s a shot of my arm and top of my head…sexy I know 😉

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So this is supposed to be the most epic of all finishes and I’m so exhausted I can’t even jump high enough to go over the fire – and yeah my foot hits one of the logs and I burn my leg…EPIC alright!

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That’s Chris and Marco jumping behind me they looks way better than me…

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And if you look close enough you can see me laughing hysterically because I just bombed the last obstacle!!