Love Story: Amanda & John

On a freezing day, Amanda and John found ways to laugh and have fun as the sun set behind Hamilton College. There is so much beauty in snuggling. In wandering around the pines with a blanket of fresh snow. In trying to stay warm by holding each other tight. Their playfulness is contagious and adorable!

These two are having a New Year’s Eve wedding, and I haven’t shot one of those in forever so I know it’s going to be SIIIIIIICK! Can. Not. Wait.

A few favorites from these two lovely humans…

Amanda is soooooo gorgeous…

xo

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Chelsea & Orren: Best View Barn Wedding

I have an absolute obsession with meaningful photos. During every wedding I constantly ask myself…if I took away all of the posed portraits during a wedding, would the gallery be strong enough to stand on its own? Would the essence of the day, the connections, the moments…showcase the very soul of the event, even if we took away all of the pictures where I orchestrated people in good light and flattering poses?

For Chelsea and Orren’s wedding, the answer is an unequivocal YESSSS!

That’s my motivation. That’s why I shoot for 16 hours straight. That’s why I insist on being there first thing in the morning and being the last one to leave. Of course, I will shoot the hell out of portraits and group family and friends together so they look awesome. But, when it’s all over, I want relationships to be captured in an honest way. Smiles and tears that come naturally, not because they were camera aware. This wedding? Oh man, I still get emotional about it. The enduring love and support of this couple’s V.I.P’s was captured in nearly every single photograph. It was inspiring.

A few favorites from Chelsea & Orren’s spectacular day at Best View Barn…

The bride’s dress was handmade by her talented bridesmaid and sister-in-law…every inch was exquisite…

When the entire bridal party ignores me and has the time of their life so I can get great candids?! Score!

A quick break to greet the guys and have some fun with their photos…

I could never pose something as beautiful as this. Never. It’s too perfect!

A First Look with Chelsea’s two brothers…not a dry eye to be seen…

My angle versus second shooter’s angle, adore them both!

DJ Kenny the Promo Guy got the party started and it was phenomenal until the very last dance!

This wedding was made possible by a team of pros, a humble thank you to these fine people…

Beauty: Innovations Salon

Dress: Handmade by the bride’s sister-in-law!

Crown: Bill Healy Designs

Bridesmaid’s dresses: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen: Highland Kilt

Bagpiper: Bob Flynn

Ceremony & Reception: Best View Barn

Catering: Dean’s Concessions

Desserts: Holland Farms

Decor: Exclusively Yours by Wendy

Florals: Kowalski Florist

DJ: Kenny the Promo Guy

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Abby & Wills: Riverside Farm Wedding

We had a number of autumn weddings this year that were just…magic. Abby & Wills Vermont countryside wedding was a highlight. As sunshine looked over the gorgeous mountains on this immaculate property, it made everything more elegant, more special. Documenting a wedding day on this exquisite land alone would have been enough for me, but then you add in two of the most sincere, thoughtful people…Abby and Wills are truly angels among us! They treat everyone with warmth and kindness. They light up a room like no other.

Some favorites from their Vermont wedding at Riverside Farm…

I am a paper goods gal. I love to look at them and feel their texture. This is one of the most gorgeous presentations I’ve ever seen!

How cute is this First Look?

Mixing up the backdrop with a few relaxed portraits in the woods…

These two. Beautiful outside and the most stunning souls as well.

These bouquets, by Emily Herzig Floral, deserve a blog post of their own…

Can we start a trend? I would LOVE to see more grooms and their dads walk down the aisle to kick off the ceremony!

It’s always a warmer, more intimate ceremony when the couple’s close friend is the officiant!

This as a backdrop during formal photos? Come ON!

Individual kerchiefs welcomed guests into the reception…

Inside, more lovely florals and unique paper goods!

Abby is even a pretty crier! Too much beauty for one person…

Abby & Wills, I will think about your wedding and smile for many years to come! You two are spectacular in every way!

Special thank you’s to an amazing team who was on top of everything!

Hair: Marie Turmel with The Milkhouse Hair Studio

Makeup: Vivian Infantino

Dress: Pronovias Barcelona

Ceremony & Reception (+catering): Riverside Farm

Florals: Emily Herzig Floral

Entertainment: The Soul Rebels & 802 DJ

Paper goods: Wilde Paper

Video: Bear in Motion

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Love Story: Lauren & Steve

On a freezing day, two adventurists flew in from Colorado to celebrate their love and life at Ithaca Falls. It was a natural place for them to be photographed, given their love story began here years ago. It’s also fitting because for Lauren and Steve, being in nature, hiking around and enjoying each other’s company is what further solidifies their bond. Joy radiates from them. Lauren and Steve are a blast to work with and were up for anything…anyone who can smile and laugh in single digit temperatures are people I want to hang out with!

The character of Ithaca is perfect, too! From the pretty outdoors to a vibrant downtown, it didn’t take us long to discover lots of color and character!

A few favorites…

Congratulations to two beautiful spirits! Lauren and Steve, your beauty and magic are inspiring!
xo

Catherine Barnes - These photos portray Lauren and Steve perfectly. Can’t wait to celebrate these two in 2019.

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Brittany & Michelle: Wolf Oak Acres Wedding

On the morning of their wedding day, Brittany and Michelle wandered around the expansive property at Wolf Oak Acres. They simply couldn’t decide where to hold their ceremony. Would it be amid the cattails by the pond, or a more private area along the creek, or maybe even inside the barn where natural wood sets the scene for an intimate wedding? It was a good problem to have! They ended up at the base of the pond, where children sat on the grass and guests soaked in the sun.

Imprinted on Brittany and Michelle’s wedding favors was a message we should all pause to take in, “Fall in love with as many things as possible.” It wasn’t hard to do at this wedding. A few favorites from this couple’s casual and carefree day…

Brittany and Michelle’s bridesmaids pulled open the sliding barn doors for the First Look reveal…

Some relaxed wedding portraits before the ceremony…

It’s such a nice nod to the parents when they both get the honor of walking the brides down the aisle!

These two are so genuinely happy to be next to each other…

Deep red accents with baby’s breath and burlap accented the tablescapes…

The dessert bar was out of this world, and their grandmother made these beautiful cakes!

Guests went crazy for their wedding intro!

The moves on this dance floor were A game…

Brittany and Michelle made a little kids’ table with gifts and adorable wedding rings as favors…

Last dance!

Brittany and Michelle, thank you for the great honor of documenting your day one!

xo

Ceremony & Reception: Wolf Oak Acres

Officiant: Tanya Keller

Entertainment: Jones Tones

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