Liz & Erwin: Rensselaerville, NY Wedding

I had never been to the Carey Institute for Global Good. Tucked amid rolling hills and gorgeous pines, this great venue had everything a photographer could ask for! Add in two kind and beautiful people, and you have a memorable day! During their emotional and romantic wedding, there was so much to document. Liz and Erwin are relaxed and happy, letting me float from room to room snapping up great emotions and moments. A few favorites…

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There were some truly lovely moments with Liz, her new mother in law and her attendants! They totally forgot I was there and I was grateful…

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Liz and Erwin’s first look was gorgeous…

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I love their bride and groom portraits around the property. When Liz and Erwin are together it is like the world fades away. They need no direction, they literally look picture perfect all of the time!

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Their reception was insanely fun!

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Sunset shots for the win!

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Liz and Erwin, you are spectacular in so many ways. It was an honor to capture your breathtaking day!

Ceremony & Reception: Carey Institute for Global Good

Dress: Allure Couture

Officiant: Joy Burke

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Christina & Joe: Utica, NY Wedding

I have repeated it so many times to so many people…there is no better place or time than autumn in central New York. The beautiful array of colors, the crunchy leaves at your feet, the crisp air that just…feels different. I wish to never leave the season! I want to shoot there forever! So it is with great enthusiasm that I highlight a gorgeous fall wedding in my hometown, with two of the most genuine and incredible people you’d ever want to meet.

Christina and Joe, take it away!

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Central New York wedding photography

While the girls were looking fabulous, the boys were getting their handsome on…

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Christina, you are a goddess, a beauty, a dream…

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The ceremony was joyous and emotional…

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…with some incredibly gorgeous light!

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This fabulous bridal party couldn’t be sweeter or more fun…

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Joe gifted Christina pearls as a surprise to wear for the reception, it was such a lovely moment…

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Central New York wedding photography

Central New York wedding photography

Central New York wedding photography

The garter and bouquet toss are always fun…

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The party was epic!

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Christina and Joe (and family and friends) the day was wonderful! Thank you for allowing me to document your gorgeous day!

xo

A thank you to these awesome people and places:

Ceremony: St. Paul’s Church

Reception: Holiday Inn

Florals: Olney’s

Dress: David’s Bridal

DJ: Gary Spears, Music Masters Plus

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Katie & Chris: Callicoon, NY Wedding

It can be difficult for me to summarize two beautiful people and their fantastic wedding day in a few sentences. Maybe that shouldn’t be the point of the blog, maybe it should just be about the photos. But, I feel like I come into these lovely people’s lives, ever so briefly, to document one important moment in their lives…and there needs to be more. So I struggle, because sometimes I fall in love with my couples for so many reasons, it’s almost an injustice to say just a few words.

I sit here and smile about this couple, wondering how to convey to you that Katie is the kind of bride who always has a smile for everyone. She is gentle and gracious and so clearly has a heart of gold. Chris is the kind of groom who will joke with you as if you’re longtime friends. He insisted on a picture with every single vendor during the wedding, because he’s so damn personable. Together, they are genuine. They are melt-your-heart sincere. That’s what I keep coming back to.

And their wedding day? Phenomenal. It was fun, romantic, quirky and personal. So I’ll go on with the photos, knowing that there is so much more in my heart that will carry on forever…

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Villa Roma Wedding

Chris is incredibly dapper and I LOVED photographing these guys!

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Villa Roma Wedding

Villa Roma Wedding

Katie and Chris’ ceremony was intimate and filled with great moments.

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Villa Roma Wedding

The weather cleared up briefly for us to romp around in the fall foliage!

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I just thought the colors they picked out popped and looked gorgeous…

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Villa Roma Wedding

I loved shooting at Villa Roma, I almost didn’t let Katie and Chris go to their own reception…

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Katie and Chris had the most epic choreographed dance. Crowd went wild (so did photographer).

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Katie changed into a more traditional Chinese outfit for the reception, a nod to her new hubby’s heritage…

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They were up for night shots! Score!

Katie and Chris, I loved your day. I loved working with you. It was an honor and thrill!

xo

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Sarah & Ben: Syracuse, NY Wedding

I’m just going to come right out and say it: there is nothing better than Sarah’s smile. You can not imagine what joy it is to document a couple who exudes happiness. I must acknowledge though, I am biased. You see, I loved these two from the moment I met them. The first few seconds when I sat at Sarah’s moms house and talked to them about their wedding dreams, I knew this was a family with big plans and even bigger hearts. That their day would be one of genuine emotion and nonstop fun.

First off, we all are alums of the same college, so I knew Sarah and Ben were my kind of peeps! Secondly, their engagement session was beyond gorgeous. Finally, look at them. Can’t you just tell they’re sweet, fun and uplifting people? Sarah and Ben didn’t stop smiling. Their enthusiasm was contagious and I didn’t want the day to end.

A few favorites from their wedding…

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Central New York wedding photography

Central New York wedding photography

Central New York wedding photography

Sarah incorporated her mom’s wedding veil into the base of the bouquet, so I had to grab her mother’s hands for a second and let her show off the fine lace.

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I love Sarah’s bridal portraits. She can be timelessly elegant one second and playful the next…

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Central New York wedding photography

Central New York wedding photography

The autumn light and color was gorgeous at Green Lakes State Park…

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The formal dances get me every time…

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The reception? I can’t even begin to explain…it was so much fun from start to finish! I laughed so hard I was sore the next day!

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And the last dance shot…because I believe this is as important as the first…

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Sarah and Ben, you are a gift! I am so honored I was able to document your love, commitment and unbelievably amazing day!

xoxo

Thank you to these fine vendors which executed the day with class and style:

Hair and makeup: Cliptomania Salon

Florals: Wegman’s

Cupcakes: 83 and Company

DJ: Party Starters Events

Ceremony: DeWitt Community Church

Reception: The Doubletree Inn, DeWitt

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Friday Randoms, Vol. 48

As if it being Friday isn’t enough, I’ve got more good news: unicorns exist!

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(Apparently they like The North Face jackets)

Favorite meals of the week would be an Asian stir fry…

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Lamb chops on pearl couscous with mushrooms and roasted Brussels Sprouts…

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and some sort of baked apple thing underneath pork chops with asparagus…

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I do realize I am not winning any points for the way this food is photographed! I have like 4 seconds before the food gets cold and I’m not about to sacrifice that much for you!

By the way, I hate to be one of those people who bitch and moan about the weather, but spring was here and left us…warmth, where are you?!

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Despite the cold, I’m FINALLY running outside these days. The treadmill is no more! And I got these new sneakie-doos on my side! Brooks, baby!

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Has anyone run the Erie Canal trail in Utica? You need to do this. It’s lovely! I actually downloaded a trail link app and found it. Born and raised in upstate NY and it never occurred to me to run on the trail. (head hits desk)

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I know Easter is long gone but I rationed out my candy like a 9-year-old. This is what my jelly beans looked like out of the bag…(yes, my parents still get me an Easter basket, which is phenom)

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And, this is what it looks like currently. Seriously…white and black jelly beans? I can’t even. Coconut (white) and licorice (black) = Puke.

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Ranked from best to worst:

Red, orange, yellow, pink, green, purple. The purple was an unidentifiable flavor but it was still better than white/black.

Nothing else to say except that when you can’t get your hands on real apple cider, they sell these awesome instant packets that you combine with boiling water and they are the bomb.com!

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Lastly, I am going to be giving a Photography 101 talk in Connecticut! Saturday, May 9th, please come if solely to heckle me. I will be giving a talk and showing you know how you can take your photos to the next level! Prepare to get learned!

Until then!

 

 

 

 

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