Love Story: Taylor & Alec

It was just after sunrise when I drove to Green Lakes State Park early to get a feel for how the fall foliage was looking. The fog was lifting, unveiling the brilliance that is autumn in central New York. When you add two beautiful people, with smiles and love so big it’s piercing, the stage is set for magic.

Taylor and Alec are cute and fun. They are joyful and gorgeous, romantic and hilarious. I fell in love with them amid all that Green Lakes has to offer: rich water, lush forest, stone buildings and trees turning a rich orange.

The faves…and there were many…

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Totally unplanned, I was setting up a shot and they were looking at me like this. Seriously, how fierce are they?!

Fayetteville, NY engagement Photos

There is a formula that applies to my couples 100% of the time…the more they warn me about how they “don’t know what they’re doing” in front of a camera, the more beautiful the shoot comes out. I don’t know why this is. Perhaps it’s because I also don’t know what I’m doing? It crosses each other out to create breathtaking images? Yeah, let’s go with that!

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One last bling shot for good measure…

Fayetteville, NY engagement Photos

Talyor and Alec, I hope you enjoy every moment planning your wedding! Thank you for a perfect fall day in CNY!

xo

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Love Story: Jenn & Andy

It didn’t surprise me one bit when Jenn and Andy picked out the Utica brewery as a place for me to document their love. Not only do they have a personal connection there, but their uniqueness stands out within moments of meeting these two. It’s so fitting they should get one-of-a-kind, cool images! Because, that’s so them! As Jenn told me the story of their love, which included working at the brewery, they smiled throughout and made our time together all that much more enjoyable.

Some relaxed, romantic and fun images that capture their playful personalities…

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The brewery’s charming lighting and rich wood paneling brings a warmth to the photos that is unique and romantic…two of my favorite things!

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There are just so many cool nooks in this place!

Utica brewery engagement photography

We changed things up by visiting the Root Glen in Clinton! Even though I photograph there several times a year it always excited me. You don’t get more colorful or beautiful than this…

Utica brewery engagement photography

I melted when I saw this shot, Jenn and Andy are as gorgeous as they are tender with each other…

Utica brewery engagement photography

Aren’t these two the cutest?! Love the bling shots…

Utica brewery engagement photography

Jenn and Andy, you have a brightness about you that is intoxicating. I had so much fun wandering around and know the wedding day will be outstanding!

Thank you for choosing me to document your wonderful love!

xo

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Erika & Justin: Saratoga Springs, NY Wedding

The entire afternoon was magnificent. It was one of those days where everything just fell into place. Perfect weather. Gorgeous details. Lovely bridesmaids. Most of all, a good vibe by every single person who came to celebrate. Erika and Justin are a rare combination. They are hilarious and lively one moment, elegant and affectionate the next. They have inner beauty that shine throughout the photos.

So here we are. An insanely fun day with terrific moments that ranged from hilarious to sentimental.

This wedding? Well, it had it all…

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Erika doesn’t stop smiling, not for one moment. She is every photographer’s dream!!

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We shot Erika and Justin’s first look on a gorgeous summer day. Here’s my angle…

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And the second shooter…

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The church was stunning inside and out!

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Some sunset shots with the bridal party. I just loved the timeless look of black…

Saratoga Springs Wedding

These two planned their couple’s portraits right at sunset. I was beyond…

Saratoga Springs Wedding

Saratoga Springs Wedding

I had to take a few more with Erika, because 1.) Well, LOOK at her, I’m obsessed! and 2.) This gorgeous pocket of light I had to get her in with that full length veil!

Saratoga Springs Wedding

Heavenly golden light was pouring through Canfield Casino

Saratoga Springs Wedding

While I was shooting the reception space before guests entered, Erika and Justin walked in to take a look. They had been solo wonderful, getting photographs with basically no food or drink the entire day, so I was a little timid asking if they wouldn’t mind a few more in this awesome light. Naturally, because they are that gracious, they agreed with smiles on their faces. I am so glad they did. This is one of my favorite shots…

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Introductions and first dance were ridiculously awesome…this kind of thing makes me love shooting weddings, because everyone is different and their personality shines through…

Saratoga Springs Wedding

This venue has an elevated platform, which was PERFECT for getting guest reaction to the bride and groom’s first dance! Yeah, I think they liked it!

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DJ Mike Garrasi with Music Man Entertainment brought down the house for hours…

Saratoga Springs WeddingSaratoga Springs WeddingErika and Justin, I wish your day went on forever. The love that you give to everyone around you and the kindness you show throughout every moment is nothing short of amazing. I couldn’t be more honored to be there.

A special nod to these great people who made the day fantastic!

Hair and Makeup: Make Me Fabulous

Dress: Modern Trousseau

Ceremony: Saint Mary’s, Ballston Spa, NY

Reception: Canfield Casino

Florals: Blooms Wedding and Events

DJ: Mike Garrasi, Music Man Entertainment

Videographer: Gavin Law (See his video of their wedding here, I love him!)

Limo: John Willey, Jr., Today’s Limosine

Erika - Thank you, thank you, thank you, a million times over! We love every single shot! You are amazing!!! <3

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Love Story: Karolina & Dennis

Karolina and Dennis have an easy air about them. Playful and loving, they laugh readily. On a perfect day, we wandered around the Syracuse University campus to document their gorgeous love. I am beyond thrilled I get to capture their wedding next year, this shoot made me all that more excited! These two are beautiful, fun and joyful. I couldn’t ask for a better day…

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The campus never disappoints…

Syracuse University engagement photography

I love all of their photos but something about these next two make me smile wide…

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Leo the Dog steals the show! (Seriously, doesn’t he look like he’s smiling?!)

Syracuse University engagement photography

How lucky were we to get the bling shot on a Syracuse orange-colored flower?!

Syracuse University engagement photography

The owner Of Chuck’s Bar, a Syracuse University student staple, graciously allowed us to come in and shoot…

Syracuse University engagement photographyKaroline and Dennis, thank you for a fabulous afternoon! I am so honored to be able to work with you!

xo

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Nicole & Mike: Deansboro, NY Wedding

First, a disclaimer: I REALLY tried to narrow down these photos. It proved too hard. Nicole and Mike are one of my favorite couples and they got married at one of my favorite venues. My hands are tied at this point, you’ll just have to bear with me through the storytelling because I am so excited to share! Nicole and Mike are the kind of people you just get pumped up for, because they’re so happy and loving, it shines through in every shot you take. Nicole is an exquisite bride, an exceptional person. When she put on her dress I just wanted to shoot her ALL DAY! Her details were stunning (hair piece was off the hook!) And then Mike comes along and he is smiling in every shot, which makes my job the easiest thing ever! Add to that, I could shoot every wedding from here on out at MKJ Farms. There is amazingness spilling out everywhere.

OK, I’ll let the pictures do the talking!

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The bridal portraits are always the highlight of my day and Nicole nailed them. This dress is from my favorite bridal boutique, The Wedding Embassy

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Can we have a moment of silence for these dazzling flowers?

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Nicole and Mike opted to see each other before the wedding. The rain parted for a few minutes so we could have an amazing moment outside by the water!

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A few relaxed and casual couple’s portraits before it was time to get married…

MKJ Farms wedding photography

Their rings were kept safe by this secret service prodigy. No one messed with him!

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This is one of my favorite all time full bridal party portraits because of the gorgeous Mohawk Valley behind them. This shot is pretty much impossible when it is sunny out so I was loving life!

MKJ Farms wedding photography

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I get asked all of the time if I prefer sunny or cloudy skies during a wedding day, and my answer is always…both! I’m greedy and seriously want both on the same day. I like the clouds because you can shoot in nearly every direction, but when the sun comes out you get this beautiful accent light, so I was BEYOND when both happened on Nicole and Mike’s day!

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Come ON, you do not get more jaw dropping than this…

MKJ Farms wedding photography

Don’t these luscious flowers and colors pull everything together beautifully?

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Ahhh, the formal dances. You already know they are my favorite and I overshoot them at every wedding. There was so much emotion at this wedding, I can’t even…

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Some deliciousness…

MKJ Farms wedding photography

Just fun party shots because everyone was having an insane time on the dance floor (and on top of the bar) all night! Thanks to DJ Ryan Misencik for his mad skills…

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Nicole and Mike, I loved every single last second of your wedding day. Your kind families, your fun bridal party, and you two incredible humans made my job so enjoyable!

A humble thank you.

xo

And of course, hi-fives to this amazing team!

Ceremony + Reception at MKJ Farm, Jack (the owner) is AMAZING!

Nicole’s stunning headpiece: Thomas Knoell Designs

Dress: Wedding Embassy

Hair + Makeup: Nicki Marie’s Salon

DJ: Performance DJ’s, Ryan Misencik

Photo booth: Premier Photo Booth

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