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…

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

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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!

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Heavenly golden light was pouring through Canfield Casino

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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…

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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…

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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

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Love Story: Karolina & Dennis

Karolina and Dennis have an easy air about them. Playful and loving, they laugh readily. On a perfect day, we wandered around the Syracuse University campus to document their gorgeous love. I am beyond thrilled I get to capture their wedding next year, this shoot made me all that more excited! These two are beautiful, fun and joyful. I couldn’t ask for a better day…

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The campus never disappoints…

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I love all of their photos but something about these next two make me smile wide…

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Leo the Dog steals the show! (Seriously, doesn’t he look like he’s smiling?!)

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How lucky were we to get the bling shot on a Syracuse orange-colored flower?!

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The owner Of Chuck’s Bar, a Syracuse University student staple, graciously allowed us to come in and shoot…

Syracuse University engagement photographyKaroline and Dennis, thank you for a fabulous afternoon! I am so honored to be able to work with you!


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Nicole & Mike: Deansboro, NY Wedding

First, a disclaimer: I REALLY tried to narrow down these photos. It proved too hard. Nicole and Mike are one of my favorite couples and they got married at one of my favorite venues. My hands are tied at this point, you’ll just have to bear with me through the storytelling because I am so excited to share! Nicole and Mike are the kind of people you just get pumped up for, because they’re so happy and loving, it shines through in every shot you take. Nicole is an exquisite bride, an exceptional person. When she put on her dress I just wanted to shoot her ALL DAY! Her details were stunning (hair piece was off the hook!) And then Mike comes along and he is smiling in every shot, which makes my job the easiest thing ever! Add to that, I could shoot every wedding from here on out at MKJ Farms. There is amazingness spilling out everywhere.

OK, I’ll let the pictures do the talking!

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The bridal portraits are always the highlight of my day and Nicole nailed them. This dress is from my favorite bridal boutique, The Wedding Embassy

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Can we have a moment of silence for these dazzling flowers?

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Nicole and Mike opted to see each other before the wedding. The rain parted for a few minutes so we could have an amazing moment outside by the water!

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A few relaxed and casual couple’s portraits before it was time to get married…

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Their rings were kept safe by this secret service prodigy. No one messed with him!

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This is one of my favorite all time full bridal party portraits because of the gorgeous Mohawk Valley behind them. This shot is pretty much impossible when it is sunny out so I was loving life!

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I get asked all of the time if I prefer sunny or cloudy skies during a wedding day, and my answer is always…both! I’m greedy and seriously want both on the same day. I like the clouds because you can shoot in nearly every direction, but when the sun comes out you get this beautiful accent light, so I was BEYOND when both happened on Nicole and Mike’s day!

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Come ON, you do not get more jaw dropping than this…

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Don’t these luscious flowers and colors pull everything together beautifully?

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Ahhh, the formal dances. You already know they are my favorite and I overshoot them at every wedding. There was so much emotion at this wedding, I can’t even…

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Some deliciousness…

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Just fun party shots because everyone was having an insane time on the dance floor (and on top of the bar) all night! Thanks to DJ Ryan Misencik for his mad skills…

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Nicole and Mike, I loved every single last second of your wedding day. Your kind families, your fun bridal party, and you two incredible humans made my job so enjoyable!

A humble thank you.


And of course, hi-fives to this amazing team!

Ceremony + Reception at MKJ Farm, Jack (the owner) is AMAZING!

Nicole’s stunning headpiece: Thomas Knoell Designs

Dress: Wedding Embassy

Hair + Makeup: Nicki Marie’s Salon

DJ: Performance DJ’s, Ryan Misencik

Photo booth: Premier Photo Booth

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Friday Randoms: Vol. 51

We have a breaking news situation over here on the snack front! Reese’s Pieces has changed its packaging. I repeat, OFFICIALLY NEW PACKAGING!

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It’s vintage, baby!

I don’t often run during wedding season, but when I do, I’m trying to remember to turn on my Charity Miles app so someone somewhere can donate money on my behalf and I barely have to do anything (except remember to turn it on).

I’ve obsessively been on the hunt for good salad dressing. It’s criminal how much dressing I go through. I pretty much hate anything that doesn’t come fresh out of a restaurant. Please enlighten me in the comments section.

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When your dad gives you 743,941 pounds of zucchinis, you make:

Zucchini sticks…


Zucchini “pasta”…


Zucchini parm…


And zucchini smoothies! Hey, they’re good!

By the way, I can’t make stuff this up…


The good news is that I finally found some comfortable shoes for wedding season! My feet have been aching nonstop so I got these babies from Clarks. Old lady shoes = Extra aeration!


This is random even for me but I adore all things packaging and paper products. I finally found cute black boxes that are a perfect fit for thumb drives and/or photos I want to mail to my peeps!


Speaking of paper, even though I have about a million (give or take) cards and envelopes at the ready, I discovered this Oregon company which is quickly becoming my go-to stop for awesome unique stationery!

Meet Oblation papers and press!


Ending this with an I love upstate NY pic…


Here’s to autumn weekending!


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