Katie & Lindsey: Teugaga Country Club Wedding

Katie & Lindsey. Their names will be forever shown like a marquee in bright lights, burned into my memory. Their day had it ALL. Ok, I’m getting ahead of myself already.

Let’s get this out of the way first: the wedding day was gorgeous. This couple’s design aesthetic is as timeless and modern as they come, so of course I adored all of the well thought out details and decorations. BUT, this is not what makes a wedding day enduring. The documentarian in me really thrives on genuine moments and authentic exchanges. Capturing the connections uniting two families together, forever altering the course of history and generations to follow. It is in the laughter and the tears, the looks people give each other without saying a word and the emotions that unfold. This wedding? It. Had. It. All. And I knew, I just KNEW upon my first meeting with Katie, that she was extraordinary!

Some highlights? We started with the new space in downtown Utica that the girls got ready in. Then, we took a mini tour to get in all of the downtown landmarks. Then, we crashed in on a music video that was being recorded, topped it off with a perfect sunset! (And, so much in between!)

I leave you with many, many favorites…

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Lindsey’s letter to Katie had everyone in the room welling up with tears…

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Katie is striking. I remember after we did their engagement shoot I kept thinking: she is parked at beautiful for the rest of her life…

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Their First Look outside a vintage elevator was so sweet…

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A music video was happening right outside the famous Utica mural, so they invited the wedding V.I.P.’s in for a quick dance party…

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Could you tell I was obsessed with Katie? She has enough bridal portraits of her to fill an album, ha ha!

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Handsome groom Lindsey in gray and white also brought the style! His groomsmen had light pink accents…

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Every element of the entire day complimented each other in color and theme. These two thought of everything!

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An outdoor cigar bar for guests! Pretty Little Vintage knocked the decor out of the park, it was all so beautiful…

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Real and gorgeous moments…

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Teugaga Country Club wedding photography

True story: I shot the cake. Then sunset light started shimmering through the windows and I saw a whole new angle bathed in golden sun. So, I reshot the whole thing. (The mind of a madwoman) I like them both, though!

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I never put the camera down during a wedding. Ever. EVER. It is in my lap even when I eat dinner. In between moments on the dance floor the bride’s brother came running through and smeared pie on Katie’s face. It was a split-second, but, got it!

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Cigar bar was a hit with everyone!

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Quick trip outside for some easy sunset shots…

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Katie and Lindsey, can we do this every single weekend? Thank you for your trust, kindness and generosity. Looking through these photos again made my tear up. You are an incredible couple destined for amazing things and I am honored I got a small part in the beginning chapter!

xo

Thank you to this wonderful hard working team, which made everything more enjoyable…

Getting ready and First Look location: 171 Genesee

Beauty: McKenzie Elizabeth Salon

Ceremony & Reception: Teugaga Country Club

Decor (cigar bar, gift table, etc…): Pretty Little Vintage

Florals: The Clinton Florist

Cake: Nicole Davis Denison

Entertainment: Chris Hollister with Hollister Entertainment

Wedding Planner: Kate LaFerriere with Wedding Planning Plus

Transportation: Big D’s Limos

Videography: Gardenhouse Films

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Love Story: Sarah & Luke

I knew Sarah was beautiful before I even met her. Her warmth and fun spirit took ahold of me right through our e-mails! In person, Sarah and Luke are a delight. Engagement shoots are the best when everyone involved is just willing to go for it. Embrace the silly, have fun, don’t get too caught up how you look and let the pics fall where they may! These two are so much fun together and they were up for anything! (It’s not easy to dance in front of strangers, readers!) I think their relaxed personalities and joy just being around each other is palpable.

A few faves from our wanderings at Huyck Preserve

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OMG this sunset light!

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Y’all know by now I love up close and personal cuddle photos…

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Ok so full disclosure…I am COMPLETELY geographically challenged. It is BAD. Soooo I asked Sarah and Luke if they wouldn’t mind driving around to find this field I thought I saw. I wanted to back-track but had no idea really where it was, I didn’t even remember which direction I came in from (I follow my savior GPS). They followed me around until I found it and I am so grateful for couples with this much grace and spontaneity. We discovered it and it was GUH-LOOOORIOUS!!!!

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Sarah and Luke, your love is so beautiful. Thank you for choosing me to document it!

Special thanks to Sarah’s gorgeous makeup by Splash Spa Rivers Casino!

xo

Laura eannace - So absolutely beautiful! You caught everything about them so well!

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Love Story: Laura & Mike

I could write a book about these two. It is truly rare to find lifelong friends when you’re already established and “pretend-adulting” your way through life. I met Laura and Mike just a few years ago, really not that much time when you consider the majority of enduring friendships are from the school years. But during that short time, through road trips, road races and too many meals to count, they’ve become my best friends.

They’re not only people I enjoy being with, but people I look up to. People who hold themselves in a manner that I hope to emulate, gifting everyone their genuine kindness and generosity. (Not to mention their brilliance and humor) You never want to assume your best friends will ask you to shoot their wedding, there are so many amazing photographers out there. Secretly, though? I was rooting for it, because I know I can document their love in a more authentic way than anyone else.

Here’s a few favorites from a session with two people whom I love like family and admire like no other…

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xo

toni - You captured their genuine beauty inside and out. I also think they are the greatest couple ever. Can’t wait to celebrate their happiness and love.

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Victoria: New Hartford, NY

I had the opportunity to photograph an incredible, gracious and personable young woman recently! Victoria is as kind and funny as she is gorgeous, plus she was absolutely up for anything! Our travels took us all over…a golf course, some abandoned buildings, an old canal trail…I’m really trying to push myself into coming up with new locations for each and every portrait session. Luckily, Victoria was “all-in” and totally rocked this shoot!

A few favorites from our wander…

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Thanks for an awesome day! Much success in your senior year!

xo

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Love Story: Kate & Gary

Readers! Friends! Believers of all things love and commitment! This is my one-thousandth blog post! (Confetti cannon explodes) I’m so excited to showcase Kate and Gary for this very special blog post, because these two (like the blog but WAY more so), are enduring, fun and celebratory.

Random nugget: they met in med school and amid their intense studies somehow also found time to fall in love and be an incredible pair. (Meantime, I parked and walked away from my rental car today while leaving the keys inside and the engine running…we all have varying levels of effective multi-tasking.)

With genuine smiles and playful personalities, Kate and Gary made my first trip to Bear Mountain absolutely magical. A few faves…

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Hudson Valley engagement photography

Hudson Valley engagement photography

There were thousands of people that day at Bear Mountain, but we found some great little nooks…

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Second shooter Peter working the shots like a BOSS…

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Hudson Valley engagement photography

Hudson Valley engagement photography

Hudson Valley engagement photography

Hudson Valley engagement photography

Hudson Valley engagement photography

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