stonington wedding in the spring

This Stonington spring wedding was filled with beautiful buds on the trees, a stop at Jonathan Edwards Winery and a few rain clouds. We were left with a wonderful day and lots of photo-taking time so I’ve decided to show a lot of just the two of them because I couldn’t pick my favorites. Congrats Melissa + Joe on a beautiful spring wedding in Connecticut!

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Love + kudos to: my second shooter, Athena Blude | Hair and makeup: Larissa Lake Makeup Artist | Florals: Blue Butterfly Florist | Dress: Tara Keely by Lazaro |

Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Veue: Lake of Isles | Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss |

Stacy Squires Photography - October 2, 2014 - 7:26 pm

beautiful romantic photos

Betsy wright - June 26, 2014 - 8:33 am

Omg those are beautiful. What a great day it was.

fairfield beach engagement session

This Fairfield county beach engagement session still has me drooling even months later. A warm summer night, sunset by the water and the softest ocean breeze were all a part of our fun afternoon together; oh … and some tree climbing, too. Lucky for me, this gorgeous couple’s wedding is TOMORROW so I don’t have to wait long for more yummy photos! A big congrats + can’t wait to see you tomorrow, Janine + Bennett.

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kick starting + connecticut spring weddings

A massive thank you for the incredible outpouring of kindness that came our way after I shared our big news.  It’s been incredible to FINALLY feel good again after being sick for the last four months and the past two weeks have brought the kick start to my wedding season; and it couldn’t have happened at a better time. To my first two weddings – these beautiful Connecticut spring weddings that were both threatened by rainstorms but managed to avoid the storms (hooray!) – I’m so grateful to have been a part of your days. Two beautiful days, each unique but both filled with lots of laughter, happy families coming together + good friends. Just the kick start my heart needed after a long winter in hibernation. Quick previews for each of my couples on this sunny Monday!

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amy - May 13, 2014 - 12:09 am

XOXOXO!!! love these!!!

I’m back + here’s why I was in hiding

I’ve debated this post for a long time and was pretty sure I’d never write and actually publish it.  And then my gal pal, Amy Champagne, sat with me over a yummy lunch and looked me dead in the face and told me I “had to blog this because my blog is so important to me + my business and it’s just how it should be.” And so here I am, sitting in front of my computer, without a clue as to what to write.

So many of you have read and commented on personal blog posts of mine – times where I spilled my soul about love and marriage and my main man, Jeremy. I’ve never minced words either; our going-on 7 year marriage has been one of so much joy, but it’s not been without struggles and stressful times.  Anyone who pretends marriage is easy is lying. It’s a constant effort that’s worth every.single.minute – especially when you plow through tough times and come out together on the other side.

And so here we are … on the other side of the hardest struggle our marriage has known. We were going to try and have a baby. Needless to say, things didn’t work as we’d hoped. The last year and a half has been a whirlwind of stress, tears and doctors. I promised to keep a brave face but as of last summer, I just couldn’t do it anymore. I felt like it was easier to walk around with a giant sign around my neck that said, “I can’t seem to get pregnant and my heart is just breaking about it.” So if you encountered me in the last few months and asked me how I was, you probably got a bigger earful than you wanted.

What happened once I confessed this news somewhat publicly was an outpouring of support – from family, friends and clients. And it continued intensely over this winter when I completely shut down my business – no bookings, no photo shoots and not a Facebook post to be found.  The real reason I feel so strongly about writing this post is that recently, I’ve had a lot of friends + clients who didn’t know our circumstances ask me why I was so MIA from everything. It seems only fair that my ‘open-book’ attitude about my life continue into this, too.

I’m really proud (and not the least bit embarrassed) to share that this past winter Jeremy and I went through IVF in hopes of making our dreams of having a baby come true. I’m also not embarrassed to admit it was a terrifying experience for me (I’m a giant wuss). Our first day of injections will forever haunt me as I remember the panic in thinking I just couldn’t do it. It was such a mind over matter moment for me and I was sure my mind was going to win!  I’ll never forget the evening in my in-laws basement as I sobbed and stared my sweet husband in the face- our eyes locked and it’s literally a moment that still stands still for me when I think about it. I’ve never felt so helpless + desperate in my entire life. (small side note – to my mother-in-law, our injection angel, who gave me all 41 injections because I just didn’t have the guts to do it. This baby is here because of you.)

To those that will read this and went through struggles far greater and more painful than ours, I promise you that I know how lucky we are in the scheme of things. Our journey will IVF was short lived + successful. So many friends and fellow IVFers I’ve encountered have worked longer and harder for a happy ending and I don’t take our ‘easy’ situation lightly. I pray for your hearts at night. The pain of wanting to be a mother and worrying you may never be is a pain you cannot explain to someone who hasn’t been through it. But it’s like that with all things in life – you can’t begin to understand something truly that you haven’t been through yourself. I’ve found this experience has helped remind me that EVERYONE is going through something and compassion is a really important part of life; a lesson I needed to learn and remember.

And so the hallway I walked down daily and it’s wallpaper I ran my hands over as I walked it. The 48 steps it took me to get there and the carpet I’d scuff my boots along on each step. Pitbull’s Timber song always played, too, and the hallway never smelled like anything – not even a hint. The good and the bad of this entire ordeal – I don’t ever want to forget a minute of it.  My angels – Lynn, Casey, Amanda, Jody, Christine, April and Lena – you are the reason Jeremy + I celebrate today. The times you wiped my tears, held my hands, promised me that it was going to get easier, made sure to have butterfly needles ready for the 1043054 blood draws, put my IV needle in (Lynn – I swear, I couldn’t have made it without you that day), cheered me on as we headed into procedures, greeted me with a giant smile each time I arrived, called to check in on me, saved me on meltdown day (Casey – I still feel bad about that morning!), the day we watched the embryos transfer and my heart just died with love  … my keyboard is soaked in my tears as I type all the incredible things you all did for us. And on the best day ever – when I came in and we jumped up and down together celebrating; I was so afraid to dream a happy ending that it was a million times better than I could have ever expected. And to Dr. Doyle and Ed – thank you for making us our baby, a baby that’s been wrapped in so much hope and love before it even came to be.

So today we celebrate – out loud – for the first time really … and it doesn’t even seem believable that we could be lucky enough to have all this.  The other good news – business is back to usual as our baby arrives in the late fall – well after my season ends and with enough time to wrap everything up and rest a bit. I’m taking a full season of weddings, maternity and family/kids sessions, wrapping up in mid-September. (make sure to contact me if you want to secure something!) There are so many people I’d love to call out and thank for the calls, emails, text messages, food offers, prayer groups we were added to … just so many I’d worry about leaving someone out. Just know our hearts are so thankful for the love + support and I personally know we couldn’t have gotten through it without you all.

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(I was crazy and iphone documented EVERYTHING – I’ve been kind and removed the TMI photos! haha.)

 

 

Brooke Menoni - May 24, 2014 - 3:46 pm

There aren’t enough words to tell you how full my heart is for you….both having you as a friend through our journey and also knowing that you are going to be a mom–a really good one. Motherhood is the best gift this life has to offer and I look forward to sharing the journey with you. xoxo

Robin Dini - May 11, 2014 - 7:35 pm

You are incredible and I am so happy to know you. You are going to be the most incredibly patient parents! :)

Val McCormick - May 9, 2014 - 6:37 pm

Congratulations!!! What wonderful, wonderful news. I remember that very same struggle. Life and science is amazing! You and Jeremy will make amazing parents!

Laura - May 1, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Brooke, I could not be happier for you and your hubby! You’re going to be amazing parents. Congratulations!

A new Mrs .... Aka Elena - April 30, 2014 - 9:02 pm

From multiple phone chats & one day of working with you in person, it is so easy to see that you are a genuinely special, self-less, kind, sincere, honest, passionate soul who is absolutely beautiful inside & out. Your tears & determination have brought you this awesome miracle Brooke!!! you deserve each & every happiness & blessing that is yet to come. Just thrilled for you & your hubby….the happy thoughts & prayers will continue….
Smiles & hugs,
“Tiny”

Antonette - April 30, 2014 - 8:19 pm

That is such wonderful news!!! Congratulations!!! ??????

Noreen - April 30, 2014 - 6:47 pm

Yay! I am so happy for you! You are already an amazing Mom and it’s just the beginning!

Huge supporter of Brooke - April 30, 2014 - 4:54 pm

Congrats to you and Jeremy!! This is such happy news!! I’m so glad you posted about this. Too often the “struggle” to get pregnant is one that is endured behind closed doors. For those that have been through a similar struggle of their own on any level, it’s nice to get a reminder that everything works out the way it’s supposed to, when it is supposed to ?? Thank you for sharing.

Nikki Gough - April 30, 2014 - 4:45 pm

Brooke! I am so excited for you and your hubs! I have to admit, although I don’t know you very well, I saw the signs of struggle. My mother does IVF, and I hear lots of stories, and can see when a couple is going through it. I’m so happy for you, you are going to be such a great, loving mom. Best wishes to you from both Chris and I :)

Thomas Pytel - April 30, 2014 - 3:13 pm

Congrats guys!!! We are so happy for you.

Joy - April 30, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Brooke – I wish I was there for you. If there was ever a couple that should have a baby it is you and Jeremy. I wish you all the best. Love you.

Chelsea Pyrch and Rob Messer - April 30, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Rob and I are so excited and happy you for two! Celebrate every day!! Brooke your strength will pass along right to your beautiful baby! xoxo

Bethann Greenberg - April 30, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Love you Brooke and J!

Kristen - April 30, 2014 - 1:16 pm

My heart is *still* bursting with happiness for you! Bright blessings to you and J. Can’t wait to hear more updates! xx

Michelle DiNanno - April 30, 2014 - 1:15 pm

I had no idea of your struggle to become a mommy???? My heart is filled with so much happiness for you and your family Brooke!!! Congratulations!! Xo

Lindsay - April 30, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Sooooo excited for you Brooke!! Congrats! We couldn’t be happier for you :)

Anna Sawin - April 30, 2014 - 12:40 pm

So so exciting! Hooray for you two and hooray for babies!

Alyssa - April 30, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Brooke, I am so happy and excited that you are FINALLY going to be a mommy!!!! I can remember hearing the want and need in your voice when telling me of your troubles. I felt so much for you and I told John that I just knew it would soon happen for you. There are certain people that are meant to be a parent and you know without a doubt that the new life being brought into this world is going to be the luckiest baby/ child/teenager/ young adult ever. I can’t wait to see you document the months to come and the years of joy you will share with your child. Congratulations and much love to you and Jeremy, as well as the rest of your family!

Liza - April 30, 2014 - 12:05 pm

Yay!! So happy for you and your family! Great post! Can’t wait to meet baby s! xoxo

Carrie Wilcox - April 30, 2014 - 11:53 am

AMAZING NEWS! I know what a long road it’s been. Congrats!!

Amelia lopopolo - April 30, 2014 - 11:53 am

God bless you Brooke and all love and luck to you and jeremy!

Karen - April 30, 2014 - 11:44 am

Congratulations! Thank you for sharing such a personal story. My best friend shares your struggle and I hope hers has a happy ending as well. Best wishes for a healthy pregnancy and easy delivery! Looking forward to reading all about this incredible time for you!

Nicole Taylor - April 30, 2014 - 11:20 am

I am BEYOND excited for you and Jeremy. Sometimes it’s necessary to take a step back and focus on YOU. CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes on this beautiful journey! XOXO

Amy - April 30, 2014 - 11:14 am

This is such a great day. Congrats publicly on the most exciting part of your life to date! LOVE YOU!

fairfield county winter maternity session

A quick tease of last week’s winter maternity session in Fairfield County. We did a mix-up of indoor and outdoor shooting (inspired by one of my most favorite maternity shoots of all time – Lauren + Nate) and I can’t wait to share the entire spread. Maternity sessions became a huge passion for me last year and as we head into 2014, I hope to have them be a special focus of my business this year. There’s something about an expectant momma that inspires my soul and brings me lots and lots of joy!

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