Photo of a wedding ceremony at the Inn at Longshore in Westport, CT by Jeff Lundstrom Photography

I used to live in New York City. Loved it! Except in the summer time. Ugh! Between the heat, the dripping AC window units, and the Port Authority subway (New yorkers, you know what I mean!), NYC summers are simply unbearable. So, it makes sense when New York couples want to escape the confines of Manhattan and whisk themselves off to the cool, breezy Connecticut coastal shores.

Lisa and Josh are no exception. Both residents of Brooklyn, Lisa and Josh opted for cool and breezy over warm and steamy for their wedding day. They chose the Inn at Longshore in Westport, CT for their seaside nuptials. Hands down, one of my favorite summertime wedding venues in the state (as you may recall from my series on my favorite venues ). You just can’t beat the view of the Long Island Sound from the lawn of the Inn. It’s just perfectly pristine.

Lisa and Josh’s wedding was warm and intimate from start to finish. Lisa got ready with her mom and her bridesmaids just up the road at the Delamar Hotel in Southport, CT.  They sipped their champagne and traded stories as they got their hair and makeup done. Never rushed. Never hurried. Lisa and her bridesmaids just took their time and soaked it all in. I love it when couples plan for extra time. It makes the day that much more enjoyable for everyone involved.

When the Moet was empty and the girls were done their primping, it was off to Lisa and Josh’s first look. I love first look’s. I love the nervous anticipation and the raw emotion. I wish every couple would do a first look. For a candid wedding photographer like myself, a first look creates a perfectly natural and authentic moment to capture. Lisa and Josh’s first look had all those elements (as you can tell by the photos!) and more.

Their outdoor ceremony suited them perfectly. Surrounded by their nearest and dearest friends and family, Lisa and Josh exchanged their vows and said I Do as the sun began to set over the water. You couldn’t have scripted a more romantic ceremony.

The reception was lively and spirited with handshakes and hugs, toasts and tears (of joy that is!). Lisa’s cousins deserve a shout out for some of the best dance moves I’ve ever witnessed in my wedding photography career. Seriously! They were impressive!

Intimate weddings are always special to me. Special because they put the couple’s relationships first and foremost.

Lisa and Josh, congratulations to you both for a beautiful, fun-filled, family-style wedding. I won’t soon forget it.

Photo of the brides dress, shoes, and veilPhoto of the bride getting ready at the Delamar Hotel Southport, CTGetting ready photos of the bride and her bridesmaidsPhoto of the bride and groom during their first lookPhoto of a bride and groom at the Delamar Hotel in Southport, CTGuests mingle with each other prior to the wedding ceremonyThe bride and groom look at each other in anticipation as the bride walks down the aisleThe Inn at Longshore features a dramatic coastal setting for an outdoor wedding ceremonyThe bride and groom recess the aisle after their ceremony at the Inn at LongshoreThe Inn at Longshore has plenty of gorgeous backdrops for bride and groom photosA wedding cake topped with 'Love'The bride and groom mix and mingle with friends and family during their cocktail hour at the Inn at LongshoreSunset over the Long Island Sound as seen from the lawn of the Inn at LongshoreThe bride and groom enjoy their first dance in front of friends and familyThe bride and groom enjoy their first dance in front of friends and familyThe bride and groom greet their guests at their wedding receptionThe bride and groom listen to their weddign toastsThe bride and groom welcome their guests during their wedding reception The bride and groom cut their wedding cakeThe bride, groom, and their guests dance the night away at their wedding receptionThe bride and groom pause for a celebratory toast after their wedding ceremony

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