Karyn + Peter: A summer wedding at Saltwater Farm Vineyard


Karyn and Peter have been a couple for nearly nine years, so their wedding day this summer was a long awaited source of joy for both sides of their family. The two met in college, when she was a sophomore and he was a junior at UCONN, which inspired their wedding hashtag, #MeetTheHuskieZs.

“I love his thoughtfulness, kindness, and selflessness, among many other things,” says Karyn about her groom, while Peter says, “I love Karyn’s drive and determination.”

Nine years together hasn’t always been in the same place, though. Peter has been away for nearly two years of training for the Air Force in Alabama, Texas and Arkansas while Karyn has been living and working in Connecticut. “We’ve been looking forward to this day for a very long time and are extremely excited to be with each other and share our love with our family and friends,” she says of their Stonington wedding.


Karyn and her bridal attendants: her sisters, high school friends and college friends.SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_003 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_004 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_005 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_006 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_007

Bridal beauty enhanced by the Red Door Salon and Spa.SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_008

The tiniest guest resting before the big event, Karyn’s newborn niece.SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_009

Peter and his gentlemen getting ready.SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_010 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_011

Karyn created beautiful, handmade touches for their wedding day.SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_012 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_013 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_014 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_015 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_016 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_017

The ring bearers traveled down the aisle on four wheels, while Karyn and her dad followed on foot.SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_018 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_019 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_020 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_021 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_022 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_023 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_024 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_025 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_026 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_027

Karyn, a social worker and a former UCONN soccer player, has been coaching girls soccer for the last five years.  Some of her recent athletes joined them for the ceremony!  SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_028

The bride with UCONN soccer teammates.SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_029 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_030 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_031 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_032 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_033 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_034 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_035

After dinner, we went outside for some photos of the couple in the soft light of early evening. It had been an exceptionally hot summer day, and we all watched with amazement as a thunderstorm traveled north of Saltwater Farm Vineyard, turning the sky amazing shades of purple and pink.SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_036 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_037 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_038 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_039 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_040 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_041 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_042 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_043

Thank you to my always wonderful associate, Nicki, for some of the great images you see here.SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_044 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_045 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_046 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_047 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_048 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_049 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_050 SaltwaterFarmVineyard_Wedding_Stonington_AnnaSawinPhoto_summer_051

Karyn + Peter, photographing your wedding was simply wonderful, and we were so happy to be part of it. Happy love!



The Skinny

Photography: Anna Sawin and Nicki Pardo for Anna Sawin Photography, Stonington, CT

Ceremony and Reception: Saltwater Farm Vineyard, Stonington, CT

Planner/Coordinator: Daly Sanford (Daly Planning) Stonington, CT

Caterer: Gourmet Galley, North Stonington, CT

Hair and Makeup: Red Door Salon & Spa

Videographer: Chris Rakoczy

DJ & Bistro Lighting:  Power Posse Productions, Mystic, CT

Floral Design: Mamaroneck Flowers, Mamaroneck, NY

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. Marianne Huzar on September 14, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    I would love to have some of your photos for my book, thank you for the shout out. It was a great pleasure working on this wedding. Hope we work together soon.
    Mamaroneck Flowers

  2. Jenny n on September 14, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Couldn’t possibly be more gorgeous, what a beautiful article and stunning pictures. How do we go back to this day?!

  3. Mike OBrien on September 14, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Great wedding and great memories! Such a special day for two special people

  4. Kate scharf on September 15, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Exquisite photos of a gorgeous celebration. Each photo captures such beauty and fun! Thanks for bringing me back to such a spectacular weekend!

  5. Branden Bergeron on September 19, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Awesome wedding, we had such a great time!

  6. Ashley Bergeron on September 19, 2016 at 10:44 am

    This is just absolutely gorgeous! The story, the pictures, the couple!! So glad we got to be a part of their day

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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.