Katie & Kris: Harts Hill Wedding

He met her at an ice cream stand. Kris noticed Katie’s breathtaking beauty immediately — her gorgeous red hair and contagious smile — but was shy to approach. The thing is, it’s hard not to notice Kris. He’s tall, handsome, with an equally mesmerizing smile that disarms you instantly. (And, those dimples…come on!) Ice cream stands bring love and happiness, so this was a perfect beginning. Over time, Kris became a regular at Katie’s ice cream shop. The rest, as they say, is history.

These two really wanted a fresh blanket of snow as a backdrop for wedding pictures, how wonderful that a couple of days before, more magic happened! We got some beautiful snow, and the temperatures stayed warm! A perfect day with wonderful people.

A few favorites…

Everyone was talking about this dress! The lace details on the sleeves and back were stunning…

Note the ice cream cones on her ring! How cool is that?!

So much happiness in one day! Thanks to Katie & Kris who make everything better just by being in the room. You are angels to work for and I appreciate your kindness, patience and warmth!

Everything went as smooth as could be, thanks to these lovely people…

 

Beauty: Niki Marie’s Salon

Bride’s dress: NY Bride

Veil: Maggie Sottero

Bridesmaid’s dresses: Donna Marie’s Bridal Shoppe

Groomsmen suits: A. Vitullo

Florals & Decor: Flowers by Suzanne

Ceremony: St. Joseph’s Church

Reception: Harts Hill Inn

Cake: Holland Farms

DJ: Alan Mayne

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Headshots: Marissa

I had the honor and pleasure of working with two phenomenal women on this shoot! Alyssa Aiello put her talented makeup skills to work on the gorgeous Marissa for our headshot session!

I HIGHLY recommend and prefer working with expert makeup artists for all of my headshot sessions, check out Alyssa’s work here! Marissa looked flawless and beautiful!

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Love Story: Kathleen & Matt

On a blustery winter day in Skaneateles, we managed to sneak in a few photos and a lot of laughs. Kathleen and Matt braved the freezing temperatures to wander around one of my favorite areas in CNY – Skaneateles! Everything looks lovelier with a fresh coat of snow and a beautiful couple…

Congratulations Kathleen & Matt! The wedding will be here before you know it!

xo

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The Best Day Ever

Every now and then I run into someone I haven’t seen in awhile. They inform me they read this blog. This is horrifying enough, but then they feel compelled to share their opinions on it. The unsolicited comments make my face red, my mind anxious and my body filled with dread. (Even if it’s mostly positive.)

On a growing number of occasions, people have implied that every wedding just CANNOT be as wonderful as my writing implies. I understand where this mindset comes from. At the end of the day, some people just see me as a salesman. I don’t mind the salesman part, what I mind is the implication of insincere writing. So, in the interest of total transparency and authenticity, I’ll try to shine a light on my thoughts.

I rarely talk about my nearly twenty years in the news business, even though I loved every single day of it and never once called in sick. I was a reporter, a writer, a photographer and videographer. It has shaped my life, my outlook and my attitude in more ways than I will ever be able to explain, but there is one monumental trait that forever shifted after covering thousands of news events.

Perspective.

I learned that we are all struggling. Every single day, on so many levels. Pain is everywhere. I learned it’s completely up to us how we handle our life and our perspective.

In 2007, while one of California’s worst wildfires was consuming hundreds of houses in Tahoe, I was spending days breathing in smoke and nights sleeping in the news vehicle, getting doused with fire retardant overhead as I gathered stories. In 2012, we had one of the worst school shootings in our nation’s history. I was taking photos on scene within an hour of the initial 911 call. I covered funeral after funeral of those helpless children, dealing with an entire town who wanted us, the media, out of sight. I’ve been at oil spills. Murder scenes. I’ve covered rapes. Horrific accidents on the highway where bodies are strewn around like dolls and you feel the acute cruelty of careless actions. It is impossible to be this close to tragedy and not be affected.

Perspective.

I’ve been chased, screamed at, threatened by civilians and police. Heard stories of people losing every thing they have and wondering how life will go on. Perspective.

So, you see…when I blog a wedding and talk about how fantastic the day was? There is not an insincere bone in my body.

Perspective will do that to you.

Every day is a gift and I never lose sight of that. After years of seeing so much, I bask in the unabashed happiness of a wedding day. For 15 hours straight I document people having the time of their lives. It is the best feeling I experience, when the world melts away for a day.

Sure, there are moments during a wedding that I might have found dramatic twenty years ago, but, I gotta tell you, it doesn’t even phase me now. Not even a blip on my radar. From minute one when I show up on a wedding day, it’s pretty damn awesome every minute that follows. I’m so grateful for this gift of perspective and even more grateful for being able to do this as a career. It blows my mind.

So, when people rib me a little about how every wedding I blog seems to be described as the “best day ever,” (their words not mine) I can honestly say…

It IS.

 

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Debi - Wonderful article Erin Keep the joy!

toni - I can’t believe your my daughter. What did I do to deserve you. Your truly a sincere and compassionate person. Thank you for being you.

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