Sickenberger Lane

When visionaries combine with artists, greatness happens. The owner of Sickenberger Lane has run a fun entertainment/bar venue for over a decade. Not one to rest on previous successes, Michelle had a new vision to enhance the bar into a unique and vibrant art space for CNY’ers.

She put out a call to artists all over the area to create WHATEVER THEY WANTED — with absolutely no restrictions — on walls throughout the inside and outside of the venue.

Enter Angela (with BB Designs), a fierce talent who has the instinct and drive to create unique community partnerships and spaces…

Angela brought in artists from all over the community to create something special for Sickenberger Lane (referred to as Sicken@624). During a community wide art event, everyone put a piece of their heart on the walls for the public to enjoy. (They also let me do a totally documentary session of the day!)

The artists were gracious enough to let me make some intimate portraits of them in front of their masterpieces…

You need to check this place out. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen. The grand re-opening of the bar is Friday, May 10th. (Think dancers, music, specialty cocktails and more) It is spectacular!

I’ll be there, you better be too! Check out the space here: (Sickenberger Lane on Varick Street Utica, NY)

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Becky & Nick: Graystone Wine Cellar Wedding

I met Becky in 7th grade. Surrounded by large wooden work tables, we sat next to each other, cracking jokes about everything 12-year-old’s find hilarious. Though we never listened to instructions, our antics did build the foundation for a lifelong friendship. While I knew her wedding day would be amazing, the most beautiful thing about documenting friends’ weddings is the unprecedented access you get with VIP’s. I like to get in close for incredible moments and there was no shortage of ’em!

Becky & Nick’s day also had truly personalized elements. Friends and family put together bouquets and handmade decor. They even handled hair and makeup! Everyone was relaxed and joyful inside while the kids played outside. Further proof that “stuff” doesn’t make a wedding, people do. A few favorites from their Columbus, Ohio wedding at the Graystone Wine Cellar:

Ceremony & Reception: Graystone Wine Cellar

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Laura & Mike: Round Barn Farm Wedding

There are truly no words for these two amazing humans. They are the most loving and thoughtful people I know, plus they’ve been my closest friends for many years. Documenting their wedding was a nerve-racking honor — and — a highlight of my life. Besides my teary breakdown during the First Look, I held up pretty well! The day kicked off with a sunrise jog through the trails, continued with a blur of laughter and fun, great food, love, friendship, and, ended with a campfire. Naturally, since it’s Vermont, we had a mountain hike too!

One of the most perfect days I’ve ever experienced. You can check out their full slideshow here.

A few faves from the Inn at Round Barn Farm in Vermont…

Beauty: Lush Salon

Ceremony & Reception: The Inn at Round Barn Farm

Wedding dress: Julie Allen Bridals

Groom’s suit: Stackpole Moore Tryon

Cake: Sweet Simone’s & MIX Cupcakerie and Kitchen

DJ: Peak Entertainment

Florals: A Schoolhouse Garden

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Nicole & David: Better Farm Wedding

I could write you a novel about this wedding day. There is nothing Nicole and David can’t do, as evidenced by how much preparation and attention to detail went into their perfect wedding. Nearly every single element (arch, tables, chairs, decor) was hand built or personally sourced in the year leading up to the event. They were surrounded by cool, unique items that all have a story. The couple’s friends even built their archway, which included the bride’s great-grandmother’s lace wedding bed cover on top of it.

But, a wedding isn’t about items, it’s about people, and, Nicole and David’s tribe features some of the best people we’ve ever met. It was the guests who enthusiastically played instruments after the First Kiss and the recessional. It was the wedding party who danced joyously as they entered the space. It was the couple’s handwritten vows that brought tears to everyone’s eyes. And, the farm itself has been in the family for decades, providing a personalized touch as a backdrop in all of the photos.

I love these two. I love their fierce love. I love their loyalty and enthusiasm and unique, easy going style. I want to re-live their day over and over again. Hard to pick out a few favorites, since every moment we were there was so incredibly joyful…

(See their full slideshow here.)

I am so thankful to be able to witness such an incredible show of love and support from Nicole and David and their amazing family and friends. I will never forget this sensational day!

Ceremony & Reception: Better Farm

Caterer: Andy Wehrle

Wedding planner: Ashley Pastorius

VW photo booth: Snapshots Photo Bus and Booths

Makeup: Tim Alan

Wedding dress: Spell and the Gypsy

Groom’s outfit: Asos

Bridesmaids dresses: AtomAttire on Etsy

Flowers: Regina Castor

Reception Band: Silver Arrow Band

Ceremony band: Suitcase Junket + friends

Cake: Chrissy Beanz

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Lizzy & Dan: 171 Genesee Wedding

There is something special about smaller, intimate wedding venues. They always make for the most emotional and compelling photographs. It’s as if being close to one another amplifies the specialness of the event. 171 Genesee provides a beautiful backdrop, with exposed vintage brick and pretty hanging lights.

Lizzy and Dan love their tribe fiercely. It was apparent in the tears, the belly laughs and the dancing throughout the day, way before the music ever started for the reception. They are two of the most lovable people themselves, I was delighted to capture their relaxed yet timeless elegance in a rich setting. A few favorites…

Lizzy and Web, you are sensational. Beautiful doesn’t even begin to describe your day. It was one of the most emotionally moving and fun events we’ve ever covered. Thank you will never be enough.

Some of my favorite people made this wedding possible:

Beauty: Espo and Co Salon and Tease and Makeup

Florals: Jordan Marcel

Dress: Donna Marie’s Bridal Shoppe

Groomsmen attire: A. Vitullo

Ceremony & Reception: 171 Genesee

Caterer: A Moveable Feast

Entertainment: Joseph Puleo with Soundsonic D.J. Service

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