Samantha and Michael are truly a match made in heaven. It’s too hard to even imagine these two before they met each other. Since the very first moment that I met them, I knew they had the kind of love that their great grandchildren will be talking about. They have the kind of love that you read in novels. They met 11 years ago when Samm’s matron of honor invited some guy friends to join them at a Goo Goo Dolls & Counting Crows concert. They met and the stars aligned. Mike had no way of writing down Samantha’s number so she challenged him to remember it. The next day she received a text, “I remembered.” I love that story!!!

Samantha and Michael adore the Saratoga Springs area and knew that they would be having a wedding there. And I must say, they had the coziest wedding with such timeless beauty. They were married at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Where they blew me away with their vows. I could relate so much to the rawness of their words. It was an honor to witness them.

The entire day was filled with beautiful natural light turned into candle light as the sun set. All of Samantha and Michael’s guests cozied into the Hall of Springs for o’dourves and cocktails. The venue looked incredible with stunning flowers, decor, and lighting. I loved capturing Samm and Mike’s reaction to seeing it for the first time. The reception started out with a bang as everyone was introduced. And celebrating Samantha and Michael was an easy thing to do. Everyone danced their hearts out, enjoyed delicious food, and celebrated their marriage into the night! It was a day of perfection for Samantha and Michael and I couldn’t be any happier for them, congratulations!

Planning & Coordination: Christine A. Wheat – Special Events Firm, LLC   //   Hair & Makeup: Make Me Fabulous   //   Ceremony Venue: National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame   //   Reception Venue: The Hall of Springs   //   Stationary: Jenny C Design   //   Florist: Renaissance Floral Design   //   Entertainment: The New York Players   //   Videography: LaRose Media   //   Wedding Apparel: Angela’s Bridal   //   Catering: Mazzone Hospitality

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Melissa and Amed’s wedding was incredible in so many ways. First of all, they are both amazing people. They love life and enjoying it with their close friends and family. Their wedding was a long time coming and I could see that they were ready to be married and celebrate being so. The tears that came to their eyes and even their families eyes proved how powerful their love is. These are the moments that I live for, the ones that move you. This is why I do my job.

Melissa and Amed got married at Our Lady of Lourdes in Utica, New York. They had a beautiful ceremony with joyful tears, laughs, and a whole lot of unforgettable sentiment. Then we headed to Sherrill Brook Park in New Hartford for some photo opportunities with beautiful Fall foliage. Not to mention, we all enjoyed some good old Utica tomato pie! After the photos we went to the reception at the Radisson Hotel in Utica where the ballroom looked amazing! Melissa and Amed were speechless by the sight of it!

Saying that the reception was wild is kind of an understatement as everyone was dancing their hearts out. The floor was so packed I had to sneak under people’s arms to get to the action. And it was well worth it because I captured so many awesome moments. Melissa and Amed enjoyed every single moment of their wedding day and I am so happy for them. They deserve all the best and their future together will be fruitful and abundant with joy. Congratulations to Melissa and Amed!!!

Hair: Cassie Barretta   //   Makeup: Doll Face Artistry by Ann Erny   //   Church Venue: Our Lady of Lourdes    //   Portrait Location: Sherrill Brook Park    //   Reception Venue & Catering: The Radisson Hotel Utica

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Ahhhh this sweet couple! Amy and Joe were such a breath of fresh air. They are easy going and their bond is so endearing to watch. They currently live in the city but came to Syracuse to run a half marathon. So we decided to meet up and do a little engagement session at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville, New York. It was awesome getting to know them. They love the outdoors, camping, and making breakfast together. We had a few laughs about how much Joe loves his Jeep and even ended up taking some photos with it. Coincidentally, they became some of my favorite photos. I’m so happy for all the wonderful events ahead of them. Congratulations on your engagement, Amy and Joe! Wedding is next!

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Kim and Steve, could you be anymore amazing!? I’m so excited for these two, their engagement, and the incredible wedding that they’re planning together. Kim and I had our consultation over the phone and we both instantly connected. When we met, I knew she totally understood my love photography and meeting Steve was the cherry on top! They are both so sweet and excited to tie the knot. So here’s our engagement session at Onondaga Park where we had tons of fun taking photos and getting to know each other better. <3 you guys! Congratulations to, Kim and Steve!!!

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Melissa and Kevin! These two I just so adore!! I went to the Westchester area to meet Melissa and Kevin for the first time. We’ve been in touch over the phone and I knew through that communication that we’d be hanging like homies right away. Next thing I know, their front door opens to Melissa’s huge smile and two rambunctious pups. Exactly what I imagined! They are down to Earth, have a fantastic sense of humor, and are getting married in less than 2 weeks now! Yup, they are my very last wedding of the season and I can’t think of better people to close it out with!

Melissa and Kevin took me to a friend’s property in Yorktown Heights for their engagement photos. It was a Fall wonderland as their area actually had Fall leaves unlike central New York. With Melissa and Kevin’s sweetness and the beauty all around, the engagement session was smooth sailing and a great intro to their wedding photos to come. See you both soon and congratulation on your engagement, Melissa and Kevin!

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