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When I got engaged, one of the first planning things I did was sign up on The Knot to get the ball rolling.  So it feels like such an incredible honor for The Knot to publish 3 of my weddings this month!  Click on the wedding that you’d love to see more photos of and hear from the bride and groom themselves about their wedding!

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I still remember like it was yesterday when André contacted me to slyly organize a “photoshoot” which really ended up being a marriage proposal.  Jordan was completely surprised, in shock, and ever so happy!  If you missed this moment, please do check it out HERE.

I’ve known these two for quite awhile now and they’re both power houses in the community.  They’re people who genuinely care about others and use their strengths to make the world a better place.  Put two together and you get quite the power couple.  Watching them together will indeed give you a tooth ache.  They’re so sweet, clearly in love, and are excited to spend the rest of their lives together.  If you meet them, you’ll see.  They make each other glow!

Jordan and André got married and had a beautiful art deco dessert wedding at The Utica Train Station.  They magically caught a gorgeous warm day in what has seemed like an endless winter these days.  So everything was working for them!  It was a beautiful ceremony with heartfelt vows and a huge celebration with the best of friends and family.  And what’s the perfect exit to a wedding?  Sparklers and an exit vehicle that André is so proud of.  It was decal-ed with their family crest and of course, “just married!” I am ecstatic for Jordan and André and their new marriage together.  Cheers to years of happiness for you both!!!

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I’m so proud to say that I’ve known Jeff for years now.  He’s the type of person that is always optimistic and upbeat.  He’s passionate about his career as a yoga instructor so much as to the first time I met him he started showing me how to properly execute poses!  He loves it, lives it, and breathes it.  He came into my studio to take some headshots and a few posed shots.  Always a pleasure to work with him.  We had some laughs and got some great photos.  Be sure to contact him if you’re ever interested in classes!

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I did a session with Cassandra, Jeremy, and Carter a while back and it’s amazing how much Carter has grown in a year.  What’s even cuter is that he still has that same positive energy and face full of smiles.  He seems like the happiest kid alive and I’m sure he is thanks to Cass and Jeremy being fantastic parents.  Carter is their everything and it shows!  So they stopped by my studio for a few photos and some CAKE!  So happy to see a growing family loving life.  Happy Birthday to you Mr. Carter, you have an amazing life ahead of you!

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Every once and awhile I look down at my left hand and the ring on my finger. I’m astounded that I’m getting married. I don’t know if everyone feels the same way but I’m really intimidated by the concept of forever. Not in the sense that I don’t think my fiancé is amazing and the best person to be a team with, he is.  I’m grateful for him every single day. Within the initial feeling of happiness is also the feeling of fear. I fear failure, I fear the obstacles that will inevitably stand in our way (parenting, finances, careers, in which some aspects I’m sure we’ll eventually disagree), and I fear growing apart from each other.  All things that are the reality of being a living human being … change.

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The moment I realized, “I’m ENGAGED”, I became the happiest person alive.  It’s totally true, some girls dream of this day their entire lives. It is a reason to celebrate because it’s a rebirth of a new life with one another. Some people search their entire lives for their other half.  I found mine. I found the guy that I cannot get enough of.  I trust him with my life and I see his face in my future.  We build strength from each other and flourish with our mutual life goals.  He’s my family, he just is.

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I’m a wedding photographer.  Marital fidelity should be what I know best!  Wrong.  Only until the moment that I got engaged, I feel like I truly understand what it means to be betrothed to another and anticipating the enlightenment of marriage. So I decided to document the days until my wedding date in between this years wedding photography posts.  I want to openly talk about some things that are left out of the fairy tale romance like:

  • Last Names: take it, leave it, hyphenate it, identity crisis!
  • In-Laws: friend or foe?
  • Wedding Planning: who’s this wedding actually for anyways!?
  • So … when’s my grandkids coming?

And just talk about my experience wedding planning as well.  I’d also love to hear from you all too.  So please comment and let’s get discussions going about marriage and weddings.  I find it so fascinating how unique each relationship that I’ve documented is.  And I look forward to photographing my future weddings knowing what it’s like to be a bride.  To happy 2015 weddings and to marrying my love, David on December 19th, 2015!

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