Diana + Chris: A spring backyard wedding

The Darling Tarlings are married! Diana and Chris, hashtagged #darlingtarling by their friends and family, were married at Diana’s family home on the coast of Connecticut this spring. With a dashing groom from England and a lovely native New England bride, these two created a wedding to remember for their guests from both sides of the Atlantic.


The shores of Southport, CT welcomed our couple and their guests, and this festive view of the harbor added to the lovely blue and orange classic decor of their tented reception.


Vibrant pinks and oranges appeared all around the property to celebrate the day.

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Diana’s “something old” was this antique prayer book from her side of the family.

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Meanwhile, Chris and his gents dressed at the Southport Delamar, complete with Arsenal socks and Tring beer, hand carried from the UK by Chris’ mum and dad. annasawinphotography_wedding_fairfield_southport_backyard_peonies_011

The impeccable care and coordination by Rosinne Chlala of Fairfield County’s Festivities Events was evident everywhere.

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Diana and Chris were married at Southport’s Trinity Episcopal Church, and attended by an adorable set of ring bearers, as well as their wedding party. The service was conducted by a dear family friend.

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After the ceremony, we took a few moments for portraits at the beach. (Not pictured, the awestruck five-year-old beach comber who was captivated by our bride and groom.)annasawinphotography_wedding_fairfield_southport_backyard_peonies_019 annasawinphotography_wedding_fairfield_southport_backyard_peonies_020 annasawinphotography_wedding_fairfield_southport_backyard_peonies_021 annasawinphotography_wedding_fairfield_southport_backyard_peonies_022

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Not only did the rain hold off for this backyard wedding celebration, the sun even peeked out for a few moments at just the right time!annasawinphotography_wedding_fairfield_southport_backyard_peonies_030 annasawinphotography_wedding_fairfield_southport_backyard_peonies_031 annasawinphotography_wedding_fairfield_southport_backyard_peonies_032 annasawinphotography_wedding_fairfield_southport_backyard_peonies_033 As the music wound down, the guests gathered outside (the rain held off!) to bid Diana and Chris farewell with dozens of sparklers.

Happy love, Diana and Chris! And many thanks to my associate, Dorian Patrick, for many of the lovely images you see here.

The skinny

Photography: Anna Sawin and Dorian Patrick for Anna Sawin Photography, Stonington, CT

Coordinator: Festivities, Norwalk, CT

Caterer: Festivities, Norwalk, CT

Floral Designer: New Canaan Florist, New Canaan, CT

Band: ETA Music, Westport, CT

Tent: Northeast Tent Productions, Stamford, CT

Cake: Sweet Cakes, Fairfield, CT (

Make-up: Kendall Bennewitz

Hair: Blow Dry, Southport CT

Dress: Ellie’s Bridal, Alexandria, VA

Invitations: Circa EightyThree

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Anna Sawin

Anna Sawin is a Connecticut-based portrait, wedding, and editorial photographer. She lives in the shoreline town of Stonington with her family and has discovered the perfect cupcake. Just ask, she is willing to share her secret.


  1. Annie Urquhart on June 7, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Absolutely beautiful photos to capture such a special, memorable day! Congratulations again Diana & Chris!

    • Judy on June 7, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      Obvious love was in the air! xoxo

  2. Kathryn Schledwitz on June 7, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Love the pics and recap! Beautiful bride and wedding!!

  3. Jacqueline Wunschel on June 8, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Dear Diana and Chris – This is the most beautiful wedding Ive ever seen and I am 92 years young. It couldnt happen to a greater couple. You two are made for each other and I wish you a lifetime of happiness. I know your parents are pleased with it all. Love both of you Diana and Chris, Grandmom


  4. Judy on June 8, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Obvious love was in the air!!

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Anna Sawin is a Connecticut-based portrait, wedding, and editorial photographer. She lives in the shoreline town of Stonington with her family and has discovered the perfect cupcake. Just ask, she is willing to share her secret.