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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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Amanda and Mike are awesome.  They’re so fun and spirited and I loved getting to know them better at their engagement session. So these two met at a bar.  Amanda noticed Mike dancing to a Miley Cyrus song and she just knew, he was different!  Sparks flew and after 5 years of dating Mike planned an amazing proposal.  He coordinated all of their friends and family into the new house that they bought and surprised her with a proposal, ring, and everyone in the house!  How cool is that?

The two took me to Root Glen at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York to stroll around and even get some photos with their pup!  Then we met at the Utica train station for a great styled shoot.  They totally nailed it!  So very happy for these two to be tying the knot.  So excited for the wedding!!!  Congratulations to Amanda and Mike!!!

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Lauren and Everett give me a toothache!  They are the kind of sweet that are made for story books.  Everett was always a shy kind of guy, especially around Lauren.  But when they finally got introduced they immediately fell in love.  And it truly is a joy watching them together because I can clearly see that forever love.  I can easily picture them in old age still laughing and playing and adoring each other.

Lauren and Everett invited me to their new home that they purchased in Cassville, New York for a little fire, roasting of marshmallows, and a stroll around their pond.  I’m pretty pumped to witness these two get married.  The countdown begins.  Congratulations to Lauren and Everett!!

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So a couple weeks ago Andre approached me with an elaborate plan to propose to Jordan.  I was so impressed with his idea and could not wait to be a part of the huge surprise.  So this blog is also kind of an apologetic response to all the awesome couples that answered a fake ad that I put up on Facebook.  Per Andre’s request I put up a fake free couple’s session ad for “promo” sake.  But in reality it was to trick Jordan into doing it so that she wouldn’t think it was weird to have a bunch of cameras around.  She eventually agreed, we planned the session at Hamilton College, and Andre proposed on a beautiful bridge on the trail at Root Glen!  Good job, Andre!!  Congratulations to you both and THANK YOU so much for involving me in such a magical moment.  Now to wedding planning!!!;)

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