Sarah and Dan were married on a beautiful October day, with a ceremony and reception at the Gallaher Mansion in Norwalk, CT.

I love it when couples choose unique venues like the Gallaher because it speaks to their personality and their desire to have a memorable experience for friends, family, and guests. Both Sarah and Dan are teachers in Philadelphia and have an appreciation for history—what’s more, Dan worked at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology. So it’s no wonder they chose the historic Mansion for their wedding.

The day of the wedding was absolutely beautiful and perfectly matched the gorgeous setting—the Tudor-style architecture was the best backdrop for a quintessential New England fall wedding, and the expansive lawn was perfect for shots of the bride and groom. In fact, one of my favorite images of the day is the black and white image of Sarah and Dan on the terrace at night. The setting and the moment combined to give the whole thing a warm, romantic, nostalgic edge—like something out of The Great Gatsby.

The intimate ceremony was held in a secluded garden, and then we all headed to a lively cocktail hour on the terrace. Then, it was on to the reception, where they had a cupcake tower instead of a traditional wedding cake.

And dancing. Boy, was there dancing! This was the first time I’ve ever seen the mother of the bride dance on top of a table! Sarah’s family and friends totally stole the show on the dance floor. Of course, I should have seen this coming given the fact that the bride’s family are the playful and spirited minds behind the comic strip, Hi & Lois !

Sarah and Dan, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your day. You were a blast to work with. I loved our Philadelphia engagement session, and I loved having the opportunity to capture your wedding at such a unique and historic location. Cheers to you both!