Farmington, CT Wedding Venue | Hill-Stead Museum | Sarah & Eli

Sep 5

Sneak Peeks of Sarah & Eli’s Hill-Stead Wedding!

WOW. I am not sure if this day was real or not! Luckily, I have plenty of photographic evidence that Sarah and Eli did in fact start their life as a married couple here at historic Hill-Stead Museum. Read on to see how Sarah and Eli made their wedding day, September 3rd, RAD!

Tidbits: Info About the Hill-Stead Museum

Hill-Stead Museum is a huge estate in the rural-ish hills of Farmington, Connecticut (near Hartford, for all my non-Connecticut peeps) that is open as a park and a dog-friendly tourist location. Hill-Stead property contains a Colonial-Revival-style white house surrounded by fields, stone walls, trails…hello dog walkers and moms with strollers! Oh, and did I say there’s a barn? There’s a barn!

Vendors at Sarah & Eli’s Hill-Stead Wedding!

Hours prior to the ceremony, all of the amazing vendors were doing their thang! Rachel of Accessory to the Bride was busy coordinating the day. A mom of one of the bridesmaids is a floral designer. Barbara Brewer and her ladies of Pots & Posies were setting up these long gorgeous garlands along the banquet tables. A couple of team members and Tiffany the owner of Cover Story Entertainment, were setting up and prepping their colorful musical gig under the tent. Cover Story Entertainment is a group of multi-talented musicians, singers, and DJs based out of Massachusetts. Meanwhile, the crew of Emily’s Catering was busy preparing their area for some great food and drinks.

Sarah the beautiful bride was calm and collected, knowing that everything was coming together. I love this quick moment by the window before the ceremony. This time is called “bride in hiding!” Sarah was hiding in the Pope Board Room.

The boys, on the other hand, were being boys and just having some fun after a drink for Eli’s last bachelor moments. I am horrible at jokes, so I don’t remember what these groomsmen were laughing at (reason #165 why pro wedding videographers are awesome?) or what did I say that was so funny…? Nevertheless, this is one of many great guys’ non-formal photos.

Sarah and Eli’s Outdoor Ceremony on the West Lawn

This…Sarah and Mom catching a quick look at eachother…is one of those surprise images that I didn’t realize I took, until now, because sometimes everything happens so fast! People are marching towards me, the sun is hiding behind clouds and appearing when it wants, and glimpses of people’s expressions of joy are ever moving.

These pics aren't taken with no Canon Rebel or cheapo plastic kit lens, no siree!  These pics aren’t taken with no Canon Rebel or cheapo plastic kit lens, no siree!

After guests enjoyed some appetizers and drinks during cocktail hour at the elegant Sunken Garden, we all headed to the tent where the wedding reception officially began…with Sarah and Eli’s “first dance”.

And we catch a glimpse of those darling Kate Spade shoes on our evening walk.  And we catch a glimpse of those darling Kate Spade shoes on our evening walk.


When two become one, let noone separate.  When two become one, let noone separate.

The party tent at Hill-Stead Museum, rented from Taylor Rentals. Look at that moon! It was such a beautiful cool evening. Not to cold, just perfect. Sarah, Eli, family and friends, I am so thankful to have had this opportunity photograph you all on this unique day, that I wish could re-live over again! I cannot wait to show you all of the other fantastic images throughout the day….soon!

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  1. Sarah Bingham Leino says:

    Thank you so much, Ling! These images are looking incredible and we can’t wait to see the rest. You’ve been incredible and we’re so happy you were there to capture our day!

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