Friday Randoms, Vol. 68

I have so much to tell I’m going to forgo my usual pithy intro paragraph (false) and get right to it:


I suspected for a very long time I was an Italian-Irish-English mutt, now says I’m even more of a mongrel than previously thought! It was super fun learning the results and now I’m on the website every night digging for long lost relatives (i.e. looking for millionaires). This is my new favorite hobby and I’ll keep you posted if I make any cool discoveries. I highly recommend you try it!

Y’all know that my social life is non-existent during wedding season. The 7 day work week doesn’t really allow room for adventure but I did manage to sneak away one morning and check out Prospect Mountain.

Prospect Mountain

So I’m hiking up and see these stone walls, turns out one time the mountain housed the longest cable railroad in the world at one point. Pretty awesome. I need to get out more!

I have been saying for YEARS that I get bit more by mosquitos than anyone else I know. True story, I woke up this morning and had TWO on my arm. Yes, TWO. They manage to crawl through the screen to get this top quality blood. I saw this mosquito article recently and finally my theory was confirmed!

Hi C Orange

Quick downer: I think I just had my final Hi-C Orange from McDonalds. Not pleased. I’ve been to three states in the last two weeks asking for it and all they have is Fanta. Freikin’ FANTA. No one told me we’re living in 2007 again. No, I do NOT “Wanta Fanta” I WANT A HI-C ORANGE.

Speaking of too much sugar…


Whenever I see a cupcake shop I immediately try it. (“See” a cupcake shop = go on Yelp when I’m in a new place and look for one nearby). Readers, I have OFFICIALLY had the best cupcake I have EVER had from this cupcake shop. Now, there are a couple of “famous” cupcake places in Connecticut and they’ve been on Cupcake Wars, blah blah blahhh…tv shows do not make a fine cupcake. I am telling you, this is the BEST OF THE BEST!

I eat something for dinner all of the time that I call “grab random shit from the fridge and put it in a casserole dish.” It’s the easiest dinner ever…

Easy meal

I throw frozen corn, canned black beans, chopped raw onions and peppers, quinoa and shredded bagged cheese in the oven and bake. Then I put avocado and sour cream on it. It is awesome! I have zero time to make anything and I just keep them in the fridge all week and pull them out when I need them. They have saved me from dark times (going to McDonald’s for dinner and a Hi-C Orange Fanta).

I bought nice pens this week and the universe just feels right again. Fun fact: I know pens as much as I know camera equipment, and I have a new favorite!

Pen wall

I cannot…canNOT write with lousy pens!

That’s all I got for now, I’ll try to spare you another heavy All-Caps post in the future.

Fade to black, this insanity will be dormant until at least another week.

Be well and stay kind my friends!


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Bella’s Event Planning: Headshots

Every now and then on a wedding day I walk into the reception space and am blown away. Rooms that look like the cover of a magazine: chair coverings with perfect bows, place cards not a millimeter out of place, lavish centerpieces which transform the space. The team responsible for this kind of work nearly every single time? Bella’s Event Planning. A group of hard working people who listen to their clients and execute their vision flawlessly. And let me tell you, even when we are behind the scenes, they are smiling the whole damn time. I don’t know how they do it, but they do. They are ambitious, fun, passionate individuals.

Recently Alana took over the company, to continue the legacy and terrific reputation that Danielle started. To see the kind of work Bella’s has perfected, check out this Utica Train Station wedding or this Radisson Hotel wedding (one of my favorite all-time events).

I was honored to take some updated headshots of the team recently at the 171 Genesee space in downtown Utica…

Bellas Event Planning 1

Alana is the most adorable person ever…she is as beautiful as she is sweet and kind!

Bellas Event Planning 2

Some fun personality shots of the A++ Team!

Bellas Event Planning 4

Bellas Event Planning 3

Bellas Event Planning 5If you’re a bride who has no idea where to begin, start by calling Alana!

Thanks to the wonderful team at Bella’s Event Planning for having some fun with this!


Cake by Cafe CaNole.

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