Christine and Keith had a beautiful wedding day in Auburn, New York.  Our day began at the Springside Inn right by Owasco Lake. I walked into a room full of girls looking beautiful and ready for the day to begin. And Christine look stunning (as always) even before she put on her wedding dress. But boy when she did, she looked like she came right out of a bridal magazine. From the flowers to the weather, everything was perfection. Before we knew it, it was time to head to the church.

We headed to The Point at Sand Beach which is a small, historical church closeby. You would never know but on the inside, the church has brick walls and a modern atmosphere. I was in love! Christine and Keith said their vows and they were husband and wife! It was a beautiful ceremony surrounded by candlelight and their closest friends and family. The look on Keith’s face when he saw Christine was classic!

We returned to the Springtide Inn to take photos around the property in which the back of the building had so many great places for photos. We had so much fun working with Christine and Keith and can we all agree that they are just SO photogenic? The reception began with a romantic first dance and then speeches that made you both laugh and cry. Dinner and drinks were had and as the sun began to set the music turned up. Christine, Keith, and all their friends and family danced to celebrate their new marriage. It was a beautiful day and I’m so happy for Christine and Keith. Congratulations, newlyweds!!!

Reception Venue & Catering: Springside Inn  

Ceremony Venue: The Point at Sand Beach 

Cake: Patisserie 

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Maria and Justin had a beautiful wedding day followed by a boisterous celebration of their marriage. I learned that Maria had a crush on Justin ever since high school. She would be riding the school bus and see Justin drive by and Maria would always say, “Ohhhh Justin Teel!” Not too long after, Justin messaged Maria on Facebook and within conversation they discovered that they had a lot in common. And you guessed it, sparks of love began to emerge. And now, they’re married!

The recited their vows by a u-shaped pond amongst rolling hills of Summer green. It was perfect and beautiful in every way. A day that called for rainstorms held out for Maria and Justin. It was gorgeous, all day without a rain cloud in sight. We took photos all around this private property which just happened to be a photographer’s gold mine. Then we headed out for celebrating.

Maria and Justin had a gorgeous tent reception on more spacious land. During dinner, we got to sit on hay bails and watch the sun set. I couldn’t get enough of the atmosphere that was beautiful and relaxed. As night arrived the music started and the guests were beyond ready to dance. The dance floor was packed the entire time and Maria and Justin were having the time of their lives. Congratulations to Maria and Justin! I hope you had an incredible time honeymooning in Alaska!

Venues: Private

Catering: Holy Smoke BBQ and Catering LLC

Videography: R.M. Polsee Productions

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Janelle and Kirt met in high school, through a prank phone call! Janelle always thought that Kirt was handsome. He was the Senior quarterback with a huge talent for athletics. So her and her girlfriend thought it would be fun to prank phone call him. Little did they know that that exact moment would spark a love and relationship for a lifetime because Janelle and Kirt have been together ever since! Through college, careers, and then an engagement, their love for each other is vibrant as ever. And it was an honor to witness their wedding day.

Janelle and Kirt spend their wedding day on the property of the gorgeous Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, New York. We had the perfect day, as in we were all worried that rain would occur but it held out for Janelle and Kirt. They had their beautiful ceremony right by Blackbird Bay of the Otsego Lake. Janelle and Kirt said their vows to each other and tears of happiness were shed! Afterwards we took photos around the property and just as everyone convened indoors for cocktail hour, rain began. Talk about PERFECT timing. And in my opinion, there’s nothing more cozy than a cocktail and reception indoors while it’s raining outside.

The reception began with abundant cheering as the wedding party was introduced. Janelle and Kirt shared their first dance and the party began. The drinks were poured and the dance floor began to fill. And yet again the weather cooperated with us as it stopped raining just in time for sunset photography as well as ending a beautiful day with a night of fireworks. It was an honor getting to know Janelle and Kirt on their wedding day and witnessing their first day as husband and wife. I know nothing but amazing things are in store for their future. Congratulations on your marriage, Janelle and Kirt!

Venue & Catering: The Otesaga Resort Hotel

Videography: Dream Day Cinema

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I first met Dorien and Evan via Skype! We had a consultation about their wedding next Spring. Then we finally met in person for their engagement session in downtown Syracuse. It was a pleasant surprise to find out that we all spent some time living in Boston, love dogs, and COFFEE! They taught me how to make cold brew coffee and I now start off every Summer morning with it. Thanks guys! And I just absolutely love their company. We shot around the downtown area with their beautiful pup, Eleanor.

Next stop was Green Lakes State Park which astounds me every time that I visit. The lake has an unusual chemistry of sediments that make the water immensely green. We walked along the lake and then eventually found a spot for a little picnic with champagne! I cannot stress enough how excited I am to be working with Dorien and Evan. I’m so excited for their wedding day and everything that the future holds for them. Congratulations you two and I’ll see you soon!!

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It baffles my mind when some people don’t realize how incredibly beautiful they are and that yes, naturally they photograph SO well. That’s definitely Laura and Bill. The two met through a mutual friend. Laura is a lover of dance and Bill teaches art. I met them for the first time for their engagement session and I was pleasantly welcomed into a beautiful home by Laura, whom shares my understanding of being a short girl! 😉 I loved getting to know them and the intricacies of their relationship. We took a few photos in their home, in downtown Skaneateles, and then to Anyela’s Vineyard where Bill’s brother makes wine. It was an afternoon well spent with people that are both beautiful inside and out. Congratulations Laura and Bill! I can’t wait to photograph your wedding!

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