A Break

It’s been exactly three months since I stopped blogging daily. I needed a total break to thoughtfully analyze whether I should continue this blog in its current form. It’s been chugging along for almost ten years! Woah! Now, I love blogging weddings because it gives me a chance to tell other people’s love stories, showcase my clients’ unique perspective and celebrate human connection. I’m obsessed with what I do and want to tell you all about the people I meet and their cool love stories! But, can I be brutally honest? There’s a nagging feeling that I’m complicit in supporting the wedding industry’s materialism. I never want couples to think they need expensive “stuff.” I don’t want them to compare weddings or be pressured to outdo their friends. I loathe that part.

I also wondered if blogging was dead and if I was just adding to the perpetual noise. Does anyone really care what an out-of-touch, rapidly aging Hippie thinks? (Random tangent: did you know that term comes from “Happy Individual Person Pursuing Individual Enlightenment?” Or, some say it’s, “Helper In Promoting Peaceful Individual Existence” Either way it suits me.) After thinking on it for a few months, here’s what I came up with. I DO want to highlight weddings and photo shoots, but in a different way. I don’t want to add to the, “Ohhh look how pretty this expensive pretty object is” racket. That shit makes me cringe. I do not want to advocate buying $400 shoes. My goal is razor sharp: I want to tell honest love stories exclusively through real moments.

I used to reluctantly blog centerpieces, signage and place cards, even though it didn’t feel quite right. Why do we do things just because other people do the same? I need to work on this! (Add it to the mountain of other faults I carry) Now, let me be totally clear, I will still shoot the hell out of these things for my couple’s private galleries.

I will style their details like a boss because they’re part of their unique story and they put time and energy into them.

But will they show up on this blog or my website? Not anymore.

I’ll be the first to admit I’m embarrassed to be part of an industry that values buying new “stuff.” I just want to be over here in my little corner of the Internet covering Moments. Family. Relationships. Connection. As a result, you won’t find that kind of aesthetic inspiration here anymore. There is a ton of that elsewhere. I’m stripping everything down and focusing on human experience.

That’s the only “stuff” that fuels me.

I’m also going to get a hell of a lot more honest on this page. I think there’s an authenticity lacking in blogging, the wedding industry, life in general. From here on out, it’ll be more like a journal, things will go off the rails with other topics: running/baking/philosophy/reading/society/thoughts on photography or life. If you’re into that, awesome. If you’re not, that’s cool too. I’ll just be sitting here in a mismatched outfit I bought twenty years ago, searching for my tribe.

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Lisa Sharp - Perfect! Moments matter and people matter. People over things!

Michelle Stevenson - I love this post, and I look forward to reading more “off the rails” posts in the future!

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Published: Riverside Farm Wedding

I’m thrilled to tell you that Abby and Wills’ Riverside Farm wedding has been published in Vermont Bride’s Lookbook! These two are as sweet as can be and I’m so happy other couples can see how a beautiful space can be transformed into their own personal taste! (See full blog post here)

The day was executed fabulously by these fine folks, phenomenal talent right here!

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: Andrea & Lars

Within a few moments of meeting them, Andrea and Lars gave us a peak into how their love flows. It is rich with jokes, belly laughs, and the type of sincerity you only see from two people who are fiercely devoted to one another. They are relaxed, humble, easy to be around. Andrea and Lars march to their own beat, a quality that made me fall for them immediately. I only spent a morning with them, yet I already love their love. That’s how spectacular they are.

A few favorites from our time in Boston…

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Published: Turning Stone Wedding

If you’re new to this blog, I talk a lot about how important moments are during a wedding. I’m a strong believer that things don’t make the wedding, people do, so it’s rare for me to showcase decorations and style elements on this blog. But, I can’t state this enough: we DO still shoot the heck out of all of these items for the couple’s personal gallery! They reflect our couples’ vision for the day!

When nationally known publications recognize their exquisite style, it makes me beam with pride. Brides across the country look to these places for inspiration and there is no more couple who deserves praise than Brittany and Alex. Their taste is impeccable and their attention to detail is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. In the months leading up to a wedding, I get a firsthand look at how hard my couples work to ensure their day goes perfectly. It is so much more than throwing a celebration. They want their guests to be comfortable, stress free and well fed (and hydrated, ha ha). It amazes me at how selfless they are with their loved ones and I’m thrilled when they get nationally recognized!

I’m so excited that Modern Weddings has featured them! You can see that feature here.

And, a few more of my own favorites below:

SO filled with love and gratitude for everyone’s talent!

Beauty: Courtney Baker

Makeup: Danielle Cozza Whiteley

Florals: Coriale Flowers

Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal (Madison James)

Rings: Lennon’s Jewelers

Ceremony: Our Lady of Lourdes

Reception: Turning Stone Casino

Event Planner: Meghan Schilt

Bride and Groom’s Transportation: Chenango County Coach

Wedding Party Transportation: Rocco G’s Limousine

Video: Gavin Law

Entertainment: DJ Robert Michaels

Draping/Rentals: Exclusively Yours by Wendy Bateman Cherpak

Linens: BBJ Linen

Furniture Rentals: AFR

Tabletop Rentals: Party Rental, LTD

 

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