Anna & Patrick: Rome, NY Wedding

I would be remiss telling Anna & Pat’s story without starting at the very beginning. The root of this story actually involves another remarkable couple, from five years ago. It wasn’t long after I moved back to the east coast that one of my relatives worked with a potential groom named James. It was pure chance, really, but she told him my name. Once Taylor, James and I were introduced, there was just no turning back. Their love and excitement captivated me. It set in motion the most humbling set of events. The first, was that I met Taylor and James’ kind, generous and loving family at their wedding and it remains one of the highlights of my career. The second, is that it led to meeting more gracious and sincere couples, like Jennifer and Peter, James’ brother. I remember their incredible 2013 wedding like it was yesterday. Now, we arrive at today’s story: Taylor’s sister Anna and her amazing husband Pat. I counted down their wedding from Anna’s first phone call. There is something magical about revisiting families throughout the years, already knowing the key people who make everything tick. I enjoyed every minute of their day. Another unforgettable wedding is in the books, remembering the moments fills my heart with joy.

Some favorites from the day…

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The Beeches wedding photography

Because Anna put lots of cushion in her day, I was thrilled to have the time to capture some fun outside portraits and also the serious, legacy shots indoors…

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Anna and Pat made their ceremony extra special by having her sisters’ sing a rendition of Edward Sharpe’s, “That’s What’s Up.” I’d be flat out lying to say I didn’t tear up while I was documenting their practice version at the house. It’s one of my favorite songs and they were perfect. Nailed every last note…

The Beeches wedding photography

The Beeches wedding photography

The thing about intimate ceremonies is that they are always more emotional…

The Beeches wedding photographyThe Beeches wedding photographyRocking the bubble exit!

The Beeches wedding photography

The Beeches wedding photography

We wandered around the grounds of The Beeches before introductions…

The Beeches wedding photography

I love shooting weddings here because the property offers so many opportunities…

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You know I HAD to give a shout out to Jen and Pete & Taylor and James! And now a little one is in the mix! Without getting too off track, I just want to take a small moment to say thank you to these beautiful people below. I’d be happy just knowing them, so the fact that they trusted me with their weddings leaves me overwhelmed. I don’t forget for one second how people like this allow me to do what I love. It humbles me but also pushes me to do better so I don’t let them down. Thank you doesn’t seem like enough!

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More florals, lace and a consistent blue/green hue made the reception space gorgeous…

The Beeches wedding photography

Emotional parent dances…

The Beeches wedding photography

I did the ring shots and then overheard a guest saying the paper rosettes were handmade from the pages of a Harry Potter book, so, naturally I kept the rings for an absurdly long time and reshot them!

The Beeches wedding photography

Night shots were beyond!

The Beeches wedding photographyAnna & Pat, I wish we could do it all over again. I adore you!


Thanks to these great people who made the day unfold beautifully in front of my camera…

Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church

Reception: The Beeches

Makeup/Hair: Elements of Style Salon

Dress: David’s Bridal

Cake: Kelly Smith, “The Cake Lady”

DJ: Mike Brych

Carol Beasley - Hello Erin! Thank you for this post and your gracious words! We all breathed a sigh of relief when Anna was able to book you as wedding photographer. We couldn’t have asked for a more talented,
caring and thoughtful professional to document this special day. Love shines through you and your work and we were blessed to have you with us.

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Friday Randoms, Vol. 52


Fall foliage is here! I think you know what’s coming next… (roll music for barrage of hastily taken iPhone foliage photos)


The only thing I don’t like about fall is candy corn. It truly is the worst ever. That is officially DOCUMENTED, by the way.

But now, the makers of candy corn, calling my bluff, has outdone themselves with EVEN WORSE tasting treats available at my your local Walgreens…


Seriously, Brachs? This needs to stop.

IMG_2932-polaWHY are you singlehandedly ruining fall?!


Enough! I draw the line when you try to replicate anything involving my beloved coffee.

Do you all remember Arden B, which was basically like today’s Forever 21? (crappily made, cheap clothes ring a bell?) Well, I still have a shirt from them, twenty years later…THAT I STILL WEAR.

I am just as horrified as you.

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If you read this blog, your taste is questionable, so let me steer you into something more worthy.

It’s fall boot time! Here’s what I bought


I have one of those daily art calendars on my desk. It’s the only culture I get and I was struck by the cuteness of this shoe.


My love for Anthropologie shines as bright as ever. I willingly dress like a 9-year-old girl going to Sunday church but I will NOT apologize for that!


Someone forwarded an old article about why the company appeals to people like me (and probably you).

Has anyone checked out this online thrift store? ThredUP is among those annoying websites that make you register with your email before you can go in and look around and since I am fundamentally opposed to doing such a thing, I’m very curious about what’s behind the curtain there. Same goes for you, Zulily. I already have 684,394 e-mails a day from companies that I don’t want to hear from, thanks though.

Anyone try either?


Confession: my obsession with dinnerware has gotten COMPLETELY out of hand. I went to Pier 1 to find a replacement plate for a boring set I broke. But then I fell in love with these…and these…and I bought BOTH.


I don’t even have friends so buying TWO sets of dinnerware to have approximately zero people over is a bit out of hand!


If you need flatware to accompany your plating, you need to head on over to the only USA manufacturer of such products. Liberty Tabletop! And be proud that you are supporting your upstate NY neighbor!


For the R.E.M. fan in your life (cough, cough). REM is doing a special edition line of throwback concert tees.

Just in time for the holidays.

I’m pretty much done with my rants (I should change the name to Random Rants) except it really wouldn’t be a Randoms post without obligatory pictures of food I’ve made, so let’s get on with that already…

White bean-pola

I’ve ventured into appetizers! I toasted an extra pie crust I had lying around and made “chips” with white bean dip.

This is just a random salad on my new plates.


First time making coleslaw!! Can I get a whoop whoop?!


This marked the night I cursed carbs (I went off the wagon the very next night)…


Aaaand for my last announcement, I’d like to put on a special shirt…


THEY REMADE JEM INTO A MOVIE!! Can I get a fist bump from all the 30-something women out there?

Happy Friday!

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Love Story: Taylor & Alec

It was just after sunrise when I drove to Green Lakes State Park early to get a feel for how the fall foliage was looking. The fog was lifting, unveiling the brilliance that is autumn in central New York. When you add two beautiful people, with smiles and love so big it’s piercing, the stage is set for magic.

Taylor and Alec are cute and fun. They are joyful and gorgeous, romantic and hilarious. I fell in love with them amid all that Green Lakes has to offer: rich water, lush forest, stone buildings and trees turning a rich orange.

The faves…and there were many…

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Totally unplanned, I was setting up a shot and they were looking at me like this. Seriously, how fierce are they?!

Fayetteville, NY engagement Photos

There is a formula that applies to my couples 100% of the time…the more they warn me about how they “don’t know what they’re doing” in front of a camera, the more beautiful the shoot comes out. I don’t know why this is. Perhaps it’s because I also don’t know what I’m doing? It crosses each other out to create breathtaking images? Yeah, let’s go with that!

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One last bling shot for good measure…

Fayetteville, NY engagement Photos

Talyor and Alec, I hope you enjoy every moment planning your wedding! Thank you for a perfect fall day in CNY!


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Love Story: Jenn & Andy

It didn’t surprise me one bit when Jenn and Andy picked out the Utica brewery as a place for me to document their love. Not only do they have a personal connection there, but their uniqueness stands out within moments of meeting these two. It’s so fitting they should get one-of-a-kind, cool images! Because, that’s so them! As Jenn told me the story of their love, which included working at the brewery, they smiled throughout and made our time together all that much more enjoyable.

Some relaxed, romantic and fun images that capture their playful personalities…

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The brewery’s charming lighting and rich wood paneling brings a warmth to the photos that is unique and romantic…two of my favorite things!

Utica brewery engagement photography

There are just so many cool nooks in this place!

Utica brewery engagement photography

We changed things up by visiting the Root Glen in Clinton! Even though I photograph there several times a year it always excited me. You don’t get more colorful or beautiful than this…

Utica brewery engagement photography

I melted when I saw this shot, Jenn and Andy are as gorgeous as they are tender with each other…

Utica brewery engagement photography

Aren’t these two the cutest?! Love the bling shots…

Utica brewery engagement photography

Jenn and Andy, you have a brightness about you that is intoxicating. I had so much fun wandering around and know the wedding day will be outstanding!

Thank you for choosing me to document your wonderful love!


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Erika & Justin: Saratoga Springs, NY Wedding

The entire afternoon was magnificent. It was one of those days where everything just fell into place. Perfect weather. Gorgeous details. Lovely bridesmaids. Most of all, a good vibe by every single person who came to celebrate. Erika and Justin are a rare combination. They are hilarious and lively one moment, elegant and affectionate the next. They have inner beauty that shine throughout the photos.

So here we are. An insanely fun day with terrific moments that ranged from hilarious to sentimental.

This wedding? Well, it had it all…

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Erika doesn’t stop smiling, not for one moment. She is every photographer’s dream!!

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We shot Erika and Justin’s first look on a gorgeous summer day. Here’s my angle…

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And the second shooter…

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The church was stunning inside and out!

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Some sunset shots with the bridal party. I just loved the timeless look of black…

Saratoga Springs Wedding

These two planned their couple’s portraits right at sunset. I was beyond…

Saratoga Springs Wedding

Saratoga Springs Wedding

I had to take a few more with Erika, because 1.) Well, LOOK at her, I’m obsessed! and 2.) This gorgeous pocket of light I had to get her in with that full length veil!

Saratoga Springs Wedding

Heavenly golden light was pouring through Canfield Casino

Saratoga Springs Wedding

While I was shooting the reception space before guests entered, Erika and Justin walked in to take a look. They had been solo wonderful, getting photographs with basically no food or drink the entire day, so I was a little timid asking if they wouldn’t mind a few more in this awesome light. Naturally, because they are that gracious, they agreed with smiles on their faces. I am so glad they did. This is one of my favorite shots…

Saratoga Springs Wedding

Introductions and first dance were ridiculously awesome…this kind of thing makes me love shooting weddings, because everyone is different and their personality shines through…

Saratoga Springs Wedding

This venue has an elevated platform, which was PERFECT for getting guest reaction to the bride and groom’s first dance! Yeah, I think they liked it!

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DJ Mike Garrasi with Music Man Entertainment brought down the house for hours…

Saratoga Springs WeddingSaratoga Springs WeddingErika and Justin, I wish your day went on forever. The love that you give to everyone around you and the kindness you show throughout every moment is nothing short of amazing. I couldn’t be more honored to be there.

A special nod to these great people who made the day fantastic!

Hair and Makeup: Make Me Fabulous

Dress: Modern Trousseau

Ceremony: Saint Mary’s, Ballston Spa, NY

Reception: Canfield Casino

Florals: Blooms Wedding and Events

DJ: Mike Garrasi, Music Man Entertainment

Videographer: Gavin Law (See his video of their wedding here, I love him!)

Limo: John Willey, Jr., Today’s Limosine

Erika - Thank you, thank you, thank you, a million times over! We love every single shot! You are amazing!!! <3

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