Laurie & Shawn: Cooperstown, NY Wedding

Within moments of meeting Laurie you are struck by her beauty and sweetness. I knew immediately I wanted to document their wedding day, because the girl is just one of a kind. And Shawn? Well, he has this amazing combination of being the funniest person in the room but also has a caring side with this remarkable tenderness with his bride. Their wedding day was as gorgeous as them, with a backdrop that is one of the best in upstate New York. This couple is a dream to work for, and when they descended down the aisle as husband and wife amid lightly falling rose petals, it really did feel like a dream come true.

A few favorites from Laurie and Shawn’s day at The Otesaga…

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The girls looked gorgeous in navy and I LOVE these combo dresses!

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The guys cleaned up nice, looking very GQ…

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This ranks among my top wedding day photos ever…Shawn, I love you for this…

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It was an emotional ceremony and there were so many guests caught up in this couple’s love and commitment to each other…

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Laurie and Shawn had every guest bless their handmade ring holder, it was such a beautiful thing to witness and to photograph…

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It also gave me time to document both sides of the ceremony! Longer ceremonies mean I can get creative and wander! I really wanted to make sure I got both views, since the place is gorgeous from all angles.

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There was such a range of raw emotion during the day, a delight to capture!

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Special thanks to these vendors:

Ceremony & reception: The Otesaga Resort Hotel

Florals: A Rose is a Rose

DJ: Paduano Studios

Dress: Anne Barge

Videographer: Zach Cullen

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Friday Randoms, Vol. 40

 I’ve been off the grid more than usual! Eeeek! I’m a bum! I can’t believe it’s already September! Unbelievable! Let me use more exclamation points in this post!!

Well, I missed the summer somehow. Which means I totally missed any and all Boilermaker posts…


I ran the race, but it probably took longer for me to find my legendary Boilermaker brick than it did to run the thing…


So it’s fall. We have to deal with it so we might as well have some awesome fall boots to welcome the season! Check out Elizabeth Anne, where I recently discovered purse and boots.

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I go through a pair of knee high boots every year. It doesn’t seem to matter what I spend, the salt and grime on the east coast eats through everything! The owner of this company boasts 3 or 4 seasons of intense use. (Lowers eyes) We will see about that.

Anyway, I happened across these at Walgreens, which are new as of a year ago…


I wasn’t in the mood to try these (I know this is hard to believe, black is white, up is down, and the universe is out of whack if I turn down a treat) but they look good. Nestle and Girl Scouts teamed up for various cookies flavored candy bars!

If you aren’t checking this website on a regular basis, you’re doing it wrong! Funny or Die is the best. THE BEST!

How many spaces do you enter after a period when you’re typing? Well, it depends on how old you are. I could swear that teachers made us type two spaces after a period on homework in grade school! Somewhere along the way I dropped the habit though. This has been making the rounds on the Internet and I found it an interesting read.

It occurred to me the other day as I was talking about a news app on my phone that some people still don’t know about this…


Flipboard is great for newsjunkies on the run. Download it for free on your smart phone, I love it!

 That’s all I got for now, I’m off to photograph a wedding in the Adirondacks. Happy weekending!

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Ambria: Senior Pics

Ambria is as sweet as she is beautiful. This gorgeous teen and I wandered around Proctor Park in Utica and then hit up my studio for some fun shots. She is absolutely a shining star and I just couldn’t believe how many awesome shots this girl had! Ridiculous! She is a model in the making…that smile…ohh that smile!

Some favorites…

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I just can’t get over how cute she is! Doesn’t her sweetness just jump out through the screen?!

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Thanks to Ambria’s family who drove in from out of town to get her senior shots done!


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Emily: Senior Pics

It is an absolute treat to photograph fun, personable, and chic high school seniors! Teen portraits are always an absolute blast, particularly if they are as cool and amazing as this gorgeous girl! Emily and I wandered around my property in central New York to get some fashion-forward photos. I just love what she put together!

Here’s a few faves!

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Thanks for a great session Emily!


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Cari & Brandon: Old Forge, NY Wedding

Quite a few things stick out in my mind remembering Cari & Brandon’s beautiful, breezy, and relaxed wedding day in Old Forge: The pops of  honeysuckle hues that looked magnificent amid the rich country decor. The way the entire wedding party floated around greeting guests who trickled in, with smiles on their faces and drinks in their hands. Most importantly, how both the bride and groom didn’t stop smiling the entire day.

In an intimate outdoor setting, you really get to enjoy and experience all of the love pouring out from friends and family, because it’s all just an arm’s length away. I love these types of ceremonies because of the closeness of it all. Documenting all of the important people that made this couple who they are today is truly an honor and one I never take lightly.

A few favorites from their sweet, fun, and gorgeous day…

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This crew was great to hang out with and even easier to photograph…

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The girls looked radiant and we found a pretty little nook at the North Woods Inn

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A bagpiper played while guests eagerly looked down the aisle. There is nothing cuter than an adorable flower girl preparing to kick the event off!

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There was not a dry eye in the space…

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Just love the wedding color palette against the deep green backdrop.

And what did I tell you about this bridal party? Bringing it something fierce!

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Some reception details…everything was executed flawlessly!

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We snuck away for some sunset/night shots… so glad they did these, I love the romantic feel of them!

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What can I say? Two ring shots are always better than one!

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Thank you to two of the nicest, happiest and sweet people I’d ever wish to photograph!


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