Sarah & Luke: MKJ Farm Wedding

If I could blog every single photo from Sarah and Luke’s wedding, I would! From the beautiful moments with the ladies getting ready in the morning, to the incredible chemistry between Sarah and Luke, and the dancing/party shots that will go down in history…it was a wonderful day! But…I like to focus on the couple, the uniting of families, the commitment of two lives. I’ll try to reign myself in with the selected pics!

First, Sarah. Sarah…beacon of light, warmth and kindness. If angels came in human form they would be you. Your smile lights up a space like no other. And Luke, who didn’t stop grinning the entire day, well he was a joy to work for. Together, they are everything that is right with this world, inspiring everyone around them.

Honestly, their wedding would have been perfect no matter what, because they make everything incredible. But, as it turned out, they did have an awesome weather day, along with hundreds of fun family and friends supporting them! The wedding was spectacular, and I’ll try to do it justice with these photos…

Sarah and Luke’s chemistry and ease are so apparent. To wander around the gorgeous property at MKJ Farm was magical!

When the bride and groom have a cool handshake after their First Dance? Ohhhhh hell YES! Nailed it!

The dancing alone was insanity…this group can MOVE!

My heart beats louder for last dance shots!

Sarah and Luke, this is not the end, you will never be able to get rid of me, I love you that much!

Also, an aside…weddings take a lot of ideas and energy from skilled people. A humble thank you to this fine group, it was a pleasure to work alongside you and document such wonderful talent!

xo

Dress: David Tutera

Bride’s veil: Mon Cheri: The Berger Collection

Florals: Coriale Flowers

Hair: Lizzy Esposito

Makeup: Alyssa Aiello

Ceremony + Reception: MKJ Farm

Caterer: Patrick O’Connor

Decor: Exclusively Yours by Wendy

DJ: Jason Hamilton, 360 Entertainment

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Love Story: Kassandra & Patrick

It’s pretty special when I get to photograph high school sweethearts! Kassandra and Patrick took us around to unique spots in Cooperstown that I’ve never been to. We wandered to the back of parking lots, trails and tucked away spots. Even though it’s winter, the light was so good! These two are fun, relaxed, and up for anything, so there were quite a few favorites…

We also hit Glimmerglass State Park for good measure and had the place to ourselves!

Kassandra and Patrick, your love is relaxed and beautiful, thank you for choosing me!

July can’t come soon enough!

xo

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Brittany & Alex: Turning Stone Casino Wedding

Every single time I document a wedding at Turning Stone Casino, it’s magical. I’ve actually shot quite a bit at The Lodge (here and here) but not inside the casino ballrooms, so I was pretty excited!

In a word? This wedding was unforgettable. First off, Brittany and Alex are nothing short of royalty. Clearly (as you can see) they are stunningly beautiful and regal, but they are also the nicest people you could ever meet. They have a rare mix of warmth, fun, humility…I could go on and on. Everyone wants to be in their orbit, you just love them immediately. Throughout the entire day, you got a sense of strong family, real connection and close personal friendships. It was a delightful afternoon in every way. A few favorites…

Over at the guy’s side they were looking smokin’…

Brittany looks like a real life princess, she is striking…

One of my all time favorite Dad First Looks…

There were no dry eyes when this beauty walked down the aisle…

When there is a second shooter, I get close-up shots and Peter gets the balcony shot…I love both perspectives!

One of my favorite parts of the day was a stop at the bar Brittany and Alex met. Anytime you make something personal, it elevates the pictures! We did some relaxed shots at the bar…photo shots and alcohol shots!

The ballroom looked lovely…

I knew dinner was going to be several rounds so I may have taken the rings for an obscene amount of time to get some variety…

People who take dessert seriously? My kind of peeps!

Last dance shot, always among my favorites of the day!

Brittany and Alex, the joy you bring into a room and the brightness you spread to everyone is nothing short of spectacular. I am beyond humbled and grateful to be a small part of your exquisite day one of forever!

xo

There were a lot of great folks who made this day spectacular, a humble thank you 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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Friday Randoms, Vol. 70

You guys. The 2017 wedding season is over. It’s hard to believe, but everything has been edited, packaged up, delivered. To say that we were honored to be by your side documenting one of the biggest days of your life is a huge understatement. We laughed. We cried. We sweated and hustled and captured nearly a hundred thousand photos during the last 7 months. Thank you for allowing us to be by your side the whole time. For laughing at our stupid jokes and being gracious about my combat boots (hey, they’re COMFORTABLE!) Each time I woke up excited and nervous and positively giddy about shooting everything! We loved every last second!

I’ll mostly be belly up to the counter at Lizzy’s cupcakery if anyone needs me over the next few months! (Seriously, though, they’re that good!)

Little known fun fact: after I shoot a wedding for 15 hours straight, the only thing I want is a giant vanilla milkshake from Stewart’s. (Pay the 50 cents extra for a thick one, you cheapo!) #worthit

Wedding season means I  have zero time to erase my grays get my hair done. Finally got a couple hours and this talented girl gave me an updated look! No more blonde!

I have a Sunday brunch/weekday lunch spot for you. The Local Farm to Table restaurant in Utica is awesome, I’m on a one woman crusade to get people to go there. I don’t think a ton of people know about them, check it out!

Fireplace, converted library, books everywhere, nice people, awesome food, just go!

If this old boy doesn’t get it together soon I’m going to put diapers on him and take photos for the entire world to see. (Old age is a bitch)

A few years ago I didn’t understand the point of Instagram, but, now I love it! Here are some favorite accounts I follow: minimalist fashion, bad ass women, nonstop comedy, and body positivity.

That’s all for now, if you hear Glenn Campbell or Dolly Parton when you’re wandering around downtown Clinton, look up and wave, I’m all moved in!

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

 

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Love Story: Melissa & Tim

I’ve said this about ten thousand times in real life and on the blog…but may I just repeat…we have had some GREAT weather and some AMAZING sunsets this autumn! Then I get a couple like Melissa and Tim, who are totally up for anything and having fun while doing it! Life made! We started off shooting over at Papermill Island, but there was about 4 million (more or less, I didn’t count them all 😉 ) birds there and I asked them if they wouldn’t mind driving around a little to find some more good light. I like every single frame we took, both in Baldwinsville and this crazy awesome field we found after!

Anyone who shows up to the engagement session gets photographed…even geese!

Melissa & Tim, thank you for your joy and infectious smiles! (If we have half this sunset at the wedding I’ll be a happy camper!)
xo

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