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!


Jackie and Drew, “Let’s do Matrimony!” – Cheyney Barrieau Photography

‘Tis the season for engagements! So, why not have an e-session shoot at the top of a ski mountain in a blizzard? Seems normal enough, right?

My sister-in-law, Jackie, and her boyfriend Drew got engaged in December and thats when the fun began! We thought it would be fitting to have their e-session in the place they love the most – Vermont.

 Drew graduated from Champlain College in Burlington and Jackie’s parents have had their house in Londonderry for what seems like forever, so the location had enormous sentimental value to both. The house, or “The Mont House” as I like to call it, became the destination of choice for weekends in the wintertime for skiing, roaring fires, great food, and cozy company! So, how cool would it be to incorporate all things Vermont into their shoot? VERY cool (literally)!

7am arrival at Stratton Mountain was cold – really cold – and snowing. The setting was full of character but not too crowded with vacationers yet. I can’t forget to give a special thanks to Melissa Richmond at Stratton’s wedding office who gave us free reign of the grounds and mountain to get all these amazing shots! We shot all over: near the shops, by the lifts, in the gondolas, at the top of the mountain and at the way bottom of the mountain. We heard shouts of encouragement from onlookers and one skier yelled out “Yay love” – totally appropriate and a great line to sum up the adventures of the day!

Yes, we confused a lot of people, and many stopped to watch my stellar paparazzo skills, but all in all, the snow made for a picture perfect setting! Isn’t it nice to have a photographer in the family?

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