Brittany + Chris – Westmoor Park Engagement Session {Cheyney Barrieau Photography}

What’s better than an engagement session in a heat wave?! NOTHING! Well, maybe air conditioning and cool drink! Brittany, Chris, and I  braved the intense heat and humidity and frolicked among the gorgeousness of Westmoor Park in West Hartford during a perfect sunset. I met Brittany just over a year ago at Blo – West Hartford where she reigns as the resident “Blo Boss” effortlessly styling hair like a true master! Her and fiancé Chris, a Police Officer, were high school sweethearts in Rocky Hill, CT where they grew up. Doesn’t get much cuter than that!

During our shoot, we were followed by one of the two resident cats of the farm – a precocious white fur ball who REALLY loves the camera!

 

An Apple a Day… – Lyman Orchards – Cheyney Barrieau Photography

There is NOTHING like Fall in New England. The foliage, the smell of apple cider and donuts, the pumpkin pies and, oh yes, the Mums!

We took a trip to Lyman Orchards last week and the weather couldn’t have been better. The sun was shining and even the grass sparkled. Lulu and Max had a ball exploring the hills and running around in circles. We smashed a few apples and swung from the tree limbs, too. Enjoy some giggles and perfect scenery!

 

“Wine is a Food Group” – A Connecticut Wine Tour Extravaganza

For those of you who saw the 80’s flick Real Genius, you’ll recall the famous Val Kilmer line: “I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, “I drank what?…” WINE – You drank WINE, buddy. And so did we – a lot of it!

What would be a better way to celebrate Jackie’s bachelorette than to be chauffeured around to a bunch of amazing wineries in Litchfeild County with a gaggle of hilarious hot chicks? I can’t tell ya, sister, because we had a BLAST!

Cheese, chocolate, cupcakes, champagne, and a huge party limo were all we needed to hit up some of the most amazing wineries New England has to offer! Connecticut Valley Wineries was out first stop, followed by Sunset Meadows and Miranda Vineyards. We finished off the day at Haight-Brown Wineries where we ran into several people we had seen throughout the day who had the same idea as we all did and even had a limo competition with Gabby’s bachelorette party. Um, we won that one for sure – photo proof to follow! We finished up the night with some amazing food at Max Burger in West Hartford Center.

HUGE shout out to Maura who drove all the way here from Albany with the stomach flu, but was too sick to make it into the limo once she arrived. Major brownie points for making the turbulant trek to CT!

We really lucked out with amazing weather and we all couldn’t have been happier to celebrate with great friends! Hey, I even made it into a few pictures, too!

 

 

 

A Cold Winter’s Day at The Lace Factory – Cheyney Barrieau Photography

Outdoors in December is fun – except when its FAH-reeezing. Needless to say, this shoot went really quick! With owner Andrea’s lovely permission I rallied the troops, I mean, models and headed down to The Lace Factory in Deep River, CT. This place is FABULOUS. Carrie Roseman introduced me to this little gem during a bridal shoot (I was one of the models that day) and I immediately became obsessed! It is an off-beat, non-traditional wedding/event venue right on the river with gads of character and amazing places to shoot just steps from the front door. I HAD to shoot here. Tanner and Amanda were awesome to withstand the cold and really amazing wardrobe changes brought by the one and only Katrina Thrall. She styles all my model shoots and nails every single one – keep an eye on her, folks. Here’s a little taste of Lace!

I can’t wait to come back in the summer!