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!

 

 

 

Oh Boy!

It’s a BOY for Susan and Kevin!

What happens when you’re having a boy? You “Keep Calm” have a shower! My dear friend Brooke and I threw a fab bash during a snow storm, no less, for our other dear friend Susan last weekend. 6 inches of snow could not stop our star power planning and stellar decorating abilities for this glorious celebration – we’re super women. Brooke found the most adorable and festive decor from Etsy.com and I scoured Pinterest for awesome foodie ideas galore! It all came together with mimosa’s, good laughs and all sorts of great baby swag. No party is complete without retro paper mustaches and cupcakes from A Little Something Bakery – and they, too, had to have their own mustaches for kicks! It was ALL in the details!

 

 

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