Allie & Mike: Utica, NY Wedding

As I thought about how I would do justice to this genuine and lovely couple, certain phrases kept repeating through my head. What you may not realize, is that during a typical wedding day, I overhear conversations. It could be while I’m setting up my lights or rearranging accessories to be photographed, but guests talk freely among each other and I pick up snippets along the way. The most fascinating thing? I kept hearing the same thing. Loved ones repeating how they are perfect for each other, friends expressing how kind these two are, how wonderful they are separately…and now together. Now, this was pretty evident to me from day one, but to see them together on their wedding day, they just have this impenetrable force between them. Their own language. Their own world.

It made me realize how incredibly lucky I was to be there. To know them. To have a small part in their love story.

 I’ll start my highlight reel (and there are a lot, so sit back and relax) with my favorite dress shot, probably ever…

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Utica, NY wedding

The guys and girls compete for coolest walk…

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This bridal party was BEYOND!! So much fun to work with and willing to do anything! They look like celebrities…

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I love shooting around the Hotel Utica, so many great spots!

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Ohh Allie…you are so beautiful inside and out. Doesn’t she look like royalty?

Utica, NY wedding

Utica, NY wedding

I love these next ones because they convey how much fun Allie is and showcase her stunning smile!

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I couldn’t have set up this shot if I tried…all of the girls were done with their photos and I noticed the great Hotel Utica signage, called for them to look back…perfect…just love the shot!

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The first look, where Mike checks out Allie before the ceremony…

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Utica, NY wedding

Utica, NY wedding

The entire bridal party was a complete joy to work with. We found some yellow stools – completely serendipitous – and worked them in. Purple and yellow were the couple’s colors and it all tied in!

Utica, NY wedding

Utica, NY wedding

Utica, NY wedding

I can say without a doubt…the Utica train station has never looked better. Ever. Allie has an eye as good as any designer, and nothing was overlooked…

Utica, NY wedding

Utica, NY wedding

Can I repeat how AMAZING these two are? They set up a lemonade stand to benefit childhood cancer research…

Utica, NY wedding

Utica, NY wedding

Unapologetic shoe shot!

Utica, NY wedding

Utica, NY wedding

Allie and Mike, your beauty is overwhelming to me. I am so honored I was able to document your love, your wedding, and your big moments. Thank you for your complete trust. You two are a dream come true.

xoxo

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Friday Randoms, Vol. 39

 Greetings random readers! A few of you have given me a good ribbing about how I haven’t kept up-to-date on my weekly “Friday Randoms” segment. Many of you seem to be in agreement that the Internet needs more mindless prattle…so, let’s get this started…

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Summer is here, which means I am in the midst of wedding season! This is a major reason why I have been seriously lacking on writing Friday Randoms! Also, there is laziness. Speaking of weddings, below was my first wedding of the season, with an awesome bride…check out this shot from my second shooter…I am a legit photo bomber! (To be fair, this was the bride’s request to get this particular angle, and I love her for it, I’ve wanted to shoot from the officiant’s perspective rather than the audience’s perspective for some time now!) Ninja focus!

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Speaking of weddings, I was in my best friend’s Virginia wedding! I was also her photog! I dropped my ban on selfies for this shot…

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As most of you know, I commute to and from Connecticut to CNY every week. When I’m in Syracuse, two things need to happen:

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1.) A stop by Cafe Kubal

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I will argue with anyone that these are the best beans in the ‘Cuse, by the way. They didn’t have this location when I went to grad school at SU, but I think this would have dramatically benefited my grade point average.

2.) Lunch at Jimmy John’s

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Don’t even ask me why I am obsessed with this place. You couldn’t pay me to eat a sub anywhere else on the planet, but for some reason, I love the subs here. Problem is, Connecticut DOESN’T HAVE A JIMMY JOHNS! In Seattle, there was one a few blocks away from my place! Oh, as long as we’re griping about Connecticut, there will be no talk of getting a “grinder.” They’re subs, people, update your lingo.

Has anyone seen these? You now swipe your OWN credit card at the Burger King drive-thru?

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Yeah, yeah yeah…I I know I am supposed to pretend I don’t eat fast food, blah blah blah. Everyone I speak to is all, “I haven’t eaten fast food in a decade, who even does that?” (Cue to me, raising my hand proudly) I’m not going to act all pretentious about how this food will kill you. When you are on the road as much as I am, you’re not getting freshly wild caught salmon with just picked grilled asparagus, mmm kay? Now that that’s out of the way. Burger King has introduced “real” fruit smoothies (not sure what real means) and I love them. Judge away.

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Have you ever been reading a news article on the Internet, minding your business, and you see a web ad promoting some cute product? Well, let’s say you want to buy said product…a ton of companies make it difficult for me to actually spend money there. Example? I saw these cute little kids pants at Zulily.com and decided some child in my life should get these. BUT, it’s actually impossible to shop here without giving them your e-mail address! Foiled again. I know this shouldn’t be a big deal, but I don’t want ten thousand e-mails of cute kids clothes, and then when I try to unsubscribe, they just keep on coming (Talking to you, Dick’s Sporting Goods, not sure why it’s impossible for you to stop sending me hourly e-mails). So everyone loses. Company doesn’t get sale. Kids don’t get cute pants. I’m not the awesome Aunt who scored the cool clothes.

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 I’ve saved the best Random for last.

If you ever, ever think to yourself…”Hey, I’m pretty damn creative!” After you check out this website, you will retract that thought. DeMilked features cool people doing cool stuff. Some of it is TRULY bizarre! But, that’s a good thing.

Back to work! Happy weekending!

 

 

 

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Noel & Jim: Brant Lake, NY Wedding

During their engagement session, Noel and Jim had articulated a unique vision for their wedding day that completely ramped up my excitement. Similar to their engagement photos, they wanted their wedding photos to reflect a completely candid approach. Being a documentarian, this made my heart sing. They wanted simplicity and style. They wanted everyone to have the time of their lives, while having the day’s events unfold in a relaxing manner. Every now and then I get a bride and groom who just want to enjoy the day without intrusion. This means almost no formal photos, no must have shots, a flexible timeline, plus everything and everyone in one place. I was free to roam wherever, to pick up great moments along the way. I hope I did them justice.

Almost on cue, the threat of rain subsided. Noel and Jim were married underneath a canopy of pine trees with close friends and relatives lovingly looking on. There was a remarkable calm to the day, in which people wandered freely around the property and connected with old friends. Whether mingling on the porch or having a cocktail by the water, no one was ever more than a 60 second walk from where the wedding action was.

A few favorites from this beautiful Adirondack wedding…

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Because the entire wedding party was getting ready at the same location, I was able to hang out with both sides and get some casual shots before the ceremony!

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Every spot at Jimbo’s Club at Brant Lake is gorgeous. And the bride and groom? Please, just look at them!

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The simple, timeless elegance of the day matched this beautiful couple’s demeanor perfectly…

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I don’t normally blog dancing shots, but a few brides have told me recently that the fun party shots were among their favorite. I love getting guests in their element, but I never think to showcase them on the blog! I normally get hundreds of dancing shots that never see the light of day, so here’s a little sampling of the awesomeness that was their wedding reception!

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Noel and Jim agreed to be pulled for sunset shots along the lake…lovely…

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As twilight settles in, I usually have a chance to go outside round out the couple’s photo coverage…the colors were amazing on this night…

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Noel and Jim, you are exquisite. Thank you for allowing me to capture your love in a documentary way. It was an absolute honor to work with you both and see the magic unfold through my lens.

xoxo

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Megan & Dan: Crooked Lake House Wedding

Delightful. It’s really all there is to say. The word epitomizes the day and the couple perfectly. Sometimes you just fall in love with a bride and groom along the way. I love how they interact, how Dan looks at her, how I found myself smiling ear to ear as much as any guest. Sometimes there aren’t enough words to show how deep my appreciation goes for clients like Megan and Dan. Scroll right to the photos if you’d like, but allow me to embellish.

Megan and Dan are beautiful from the inside and out. They are gracious and kind. They take care of people. Their inner circle is equally lovable and personable. I shot Megan’s sister’s wedding way back when and I just can’t express how much I love this family. They are real, hilarious, fun…they make you seem special just for being there. The day was everything that a wedding should be. Nonstop love and laughs…crazy dancing…surprises…awesome music…great weather… and truly beautiful people!

It was difficult to narrow my favorites down…

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Megan and Dan opted for a First Look and the genuine emotion that unfolds during these moments is spectacular…

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A few quick portraits around the property before wedding time!

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I always insist on a few moments with the bride. 100 percent of the time they tell me they feel ridiculous getting their photo taken alone. Humble and modest, Megan would rather spend her day making sure everyone else is being taken care of. She was game after some nudging and I want the world to see how stunning she is from every angle!!

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Dan seeing her through the window…I could melt…

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Crooked Lake Wedding

A bit of history behind this shot…when Megan said she wanted to get this angle of the first kiss instead of the traditional photographer-from-the-aisle shot, I could have married her myself! I have ALWAYS wanted to do this shot but not a lot of officiants will allow it. HUGE thanks to their AMAZING officiant, Alexis DePersia-Norelli, who couldn’t have been more gracious. She truly caters every ceremony to the couple. I love how it came out!

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Yes, they are nonstop fun!

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Reception details!

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Loved this crew for dancing shots!

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Megan is pretty much the coolest bride ever, but I will say this, she AMAZED the room when she surprised Dan with the RPI mascot on his birthday!

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Dessert!

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Crooked Lake Wedding

Megan and Dan, endless thank yous. Your day was perfect, as are you two.

xoxo

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Love Story: Alexandra & Salvatore

 It was a gorgeous sunset in New Haven, Connecticut, filled with all sorts of characters, but the world seemed to fade away when I documented these two lovelies. As genuine and sweet as they come, Alex and Sal floated around downtown looking gorgeous at every step. A few favorites…

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These two are so lovable! Sal is affectionate, which I absolutely love in a groom-to-be.

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This shot of Alex makes me smile. She is absolutely stunning…

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Alex and Sal mentioned they love doorways, a few seconds later we stumbled upon this gated entrance to Yale. Downtown New Haven is filled with great little nooks…

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Alex and Sal, I am so glad you found me! Looking forward to working with you!

xoxo

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