Love Story: Nikki & Jon

Nikki and Jon are part of an elite club on this blog, they’ve already been featured once before! We did a snowy mini-engagement shoot a few months ago in Saratoga Springs but figured we would also capture the beauty of the area in the summer as well! I’m always overjoyed to photograph my brides and grooms as much as possible before the wedding. The more times you’re in front of my camera before the big day, the better! We stayed in Saratoga for their summer shoot too, documenting their adorable love around the grounds of Yaddo, an artists’ retreat.

The gardens there are so vibrant, it’s a perfect setting…

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The mansion behind Nikki and Jon is where the artists and writers stay. There is also a sundial on the property that states, “Hours fly, Flowers die, New days, New ways, Pass by, Love stays.”

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We also hit Congress Park in downtown Saratoga, a spot where the light always descends through the trees in such a romantic, glowy way…

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Nikki and Jon, I can’t thank you enough. Your enthusiasm is appreciated, adored and reciprocated!

xo

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Michael & Al: Utica Train Station Wedding

Friends, I’ve got to start this blog post with a warning…it was really, REALLY hard to pick my favorites for this one! So, be prepared for a long post! Michael and Al’s wedding was timeless and modern, with a nod to the rich history of their families. The gorgeous Utica train station was the backdrop for this love story, and the character it brought added so much visually. Then there were the pieces Michael chose to wear and the intimate moments dotted throughout the day. It was beyond memorable.

They planned a relaxed day with loved ones and it unfolded perfectly. There were so many beautiful exchanges, so many laughs and tears…it’s the kind of day that sticks with you for a long time. The genuine joy and excitement, combined with the heartfelt connections so apparent between two families, it was humbling…and incredibly beautiful.

A few favorites…

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Such a beautiful First Look outside Hotel Utica…

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A few relaxed wedding party photos at Proctor Park…

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These two…rocking every single photo…

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You guys know candids are my favorite, so when I was outside hunting for moments right before the ceremony, I saw Michael sitting inside the limo bus right before she stepped out to get married. What a beautiful moment. She really did stop and smell the flowers…

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If a train rushes by while you’re grabbing some bride and groom portraits, you go with it!

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Michael and Al did something every single couple should do on their wedding day: Take five minutes and enjoy each other free of everyone (including photographer!)

They sat for a bit on a bench outside and had a private moment…

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Bella’s Event Planning transformed the Utica Train Station!

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All of the formal dances had a fun element to them, reflecting their playful personalities!

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The dancing. OH, THE DANCING! non-stop and totally awesome…the Silver Arrow Band kept it going all night!

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Quick night shot before they were whisked away to celebration number two…the after hours party!

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Michael and Al, you were dream clients to work for and I am humbled I was able to document such a momentous day. Thank you for the honor.

xo

A thanks to these amazing people who made the day fantastic…

Wedding Planner: Bella’s Event Planning

Beauty: Tease and Makeup

Hair: Lizzy Esposito

Dress: Phiajames Wedding

Ceremony: Tompkins Community Chapel at Masonic Home

Reception: Utica Train Station

Videographer: Bear In Motion

Caterer: Trackside Restaurant

Florals: Price Chopper

Entertainment: Silver Arrow Band

Cake: Cafe Canole

Transportation: Birnie Bus

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Love Story: Rebecca and Braden

As it often happens, it was with one e-mail that these two suddenly dropped into my life. With them, came a spectacular light that radiates wherever they go. I don’t know how I get SO lucky working with couples like Rebecca and Braden. Before they even chose me, we grabbed a dinner and chatted about their wedding day and I felt as if I knew them for years. You know those initial meet ups where you talk too much and you laugh too hard? Yeah, that’s me. Awkward level 10. They accepted me anyway! We met again for their engagement session and it was clear their vibe is just “let’s-have-fun-and-we-are-up-for-anything!” My kind of people. So, off we went.

That unabashedly carefree spirit? Well, it’s always present. It doesn’t matter where we wander or how great the scenery is because that inner brightness translates into beautiful and authentic imagery. I really have nothing to do with it. When you bare your silly souls, magic just happens! A few favorites from their gorgeous session in the always scenic Herkimer County…

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This! This last image…you can’t see their faces but you can feel their connection. It’s just this spontaneous moment that unfolded, my favorite picture of the session. It’s so them…Braden being hilarious and lifting Rebecca up, she’s laughing the entire time.

Perfectly unposed.

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Rebecca & Braden, you know much I am counting down the days until the wedding, judging from the amount of texts I have sent you! You have a beautiful relationship and I’m so honored I get to document it!

xo

Marcia Goodale - Beautiful shots!
You captured all there is to say about Braden and Becky! ❤️
Two very special people.

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Friday Randoms, Vol. 67

Well it’s here. Summer, that is. Now is as good of a time as ever to talk about the horror that is bathing suit season. It’s bad enough that getting a bathing suit over my hips is a workout in and of itself, but finding one that’s acceptable looking is equally challenging. Then there are the insane prices. Who has $100 to spend on a bathing suit? How are they the cost of a winter coat? My (female) friends, I could go on and on. But Cupshe is a brand that seems to have both cool styles AND reasonable prices. Bonus! They have a ten dollar sale right now!

My life has changed for the better since I discovered NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts.

Speaking of music, this is my favorite “new” band (new to me) – The Wind and the Wave

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I just want to publicly state that candy apples are disgusting but caramel apples are amazing.

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I wondered the other day if anyone is still on AOL Instant Messenger. Please go on just to give me a laugh. My screen name is Radiocov, let’s bust into some chat rooms and party like it’s 1998!

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…that time I photographed the cat with mood lighting because I was bored.

No, seriously, I photograph him ALL THE TIME in various lighting set ups!

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This is random…

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…that time I photographed Lou Diamond Phillips! (VERY nice person)

Anyway, the Boilermaker is this weekend and to say I’m significantly undertrained would be a gross understatement. I’m showing up after not running for months. If someone wants to bring a wheel barrel to the finish line, I won’t be ashamed to climb in. (Here’s a shot of me the last time I was in shape. Hint: Ace of Base was playing heavy rotation on your radio)

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That’s all I got! I know it’s not much! Happy weekending just the same!

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Caroline & Matt: Glen Echo Park Wedding

I have so much to say about this wedding day I almost don’t know where to begin! (I said…almost!) Caroline and Matt have an incredible history and a unique aesthetic. When a photographer is told the wedding will be at an amusement park, you can bet the heart flutters! Given their strong connection to family, I knew there would be some amazing moments. The kind of day when you have to hold your breath, get close and just click-click-click as it all unfolds. Luckily, because I knew a lot of the people at the wedding, it was easy for everyone to just ignore me while I captured their love in a documentary style. It was heaven. I can’t thank them enough.

A few favorites from their wedding day at Glen Echo Park in Maryland

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At a busy park in the middle of the day, we found this great private area to do their First Look…

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A few relaxed portraits with the gang…

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Some tender moments just before the ceremony was about to begin…

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Out of all of the moments of the day (and there were so many laughs and tears and everything in between) I found this next photo really touching. Matt reached out his hand to tenderly help his girl up the altar…

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A coin toss to see who gets to say their vows first, naturally!

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Party time!

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Pictures on the carousel are a must!

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I’ve noticed a new trend, where the bride and groom take the microphone and thank their guests. I think it’s a great touch, plus a nice way to get everyone together so I can photograph the crowd! (Yes, it’s obviously all about me!)

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I love everything about this photo: the insane happiness, Caroline’s adorable bare feet…

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The prettiest specialty drinks I’ve photographed yet!

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Night shots for the win! These make me so VERY happy! I know couples can be tired and done with photos after the last dance, but night shots are just the BEST!!

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Special thanks to these hard working people who brought the wedding to life!

Beauty: Barbara Hill, Bridal Artistry

Wedding Planner: Rebecca, Blue Canary Events

Ceremony and Reception: Glen Echo Park

Officiant: Rabbi Bruce Aft

Entertainment: The Dapper DJ’s

Florals: Jennifer Henel, Atelier Floral Design

Transportation: Lauren Nock, RMA Limo

Caterer, cake: Rouge Fine Catering

Dress: Christina Wu

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