28 08/14
18:41

Leah and Mike – Turning Stone Resort Casino

Have you ever been inspired by a relationship?  Leah and Mike inspired me on their wedding day.  They love each other so immensely that it’s hard not to watch them interact with each other.  That kind of love inspires me.  Also the fact that they’ve gone strong during many times of having to be apart.  Leah and Mike met at Syracuse University.  And I just love the story of how Mike asked Leah to a Snoop Dog concert.  Which is funny but really it was the perfect date for the both of them.  And the rest is history.

Leah and Mike got married at Hendrick’s Chapel right on Syracuse University’s campus in Syracuse, New York.  We took photos around the chapel being that it is filled with history and gorgeous architecture.  We then headed to Thornden Park to take a few photographs in its beautiful rose garden.  Eager for the celebration, we went to Turning Stone Resort Casino for a grand reception in the Cypress Room.  Between the both heartfelt and hilarious speeches, doing the wave, and wild dancing, I’d say it was a successful celebration.  And Leah and Mike were beaming the entire time.  I am so very happy for you both.  Congratulations, Leah and Mike on your new journey together as husband and wife!

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27 08/14
18:32

Skydiving and Gratitude: The post I’ve been wanting to post.

I’ve been meaning to write a personal post for a very long time but of course life has been very busy this time of year with all of the beautiful weddings and amazing brides and grooms I’ve been working with.  But I really wanted to write a post about life in general and how much I’ve realized and learned in the past year.

A few friends and I decided to make a trip to go skydiving the other day which really reiterates my life these days.  And by that I mean a great appreciation for life.  And many of you may know my photography work and know my life in the exterior.  But like all of us, we have a story.  This is mine.

 

My parents came to America in the early 70’s searching for the American Dream.  And hoping for that opportunity for a good life.  I remember the struggle of growing up poor, racism in our neighborhood, and my mother working all day and all night to become an American pediatrician.  We had no help, nothing but hope and an admirable work ethic.

So now, being all grown up and after a few years of working extremely hard, I’m finally able to afford to do things for the first time.  Like visiting outside of the country.  Which my boyfriend and I are visiting Greece at the end of the wedding season.  When I received my passport in the mail I screamed because I’ve always wanted one.  I got a tattoo because I was always curious what it felt like and I always wanted a band around my arm the signifies loyalty to your true self.  I didn’t even flinch by the way!  I went spelunking with my boyfriend for his birthday because well, why not?  The movie ‘The Descent’ wasn’t that bad.  I gathered a group of amazing friends and jumped off of a plane, I mean, seriously, why not?

My point here is that for awhile I forgot how to enjoy life because let’s be honest, maybe I wasn’t able to.  Or couldn’t afford to do certain things.  Or I was so focused on getting somewhere with a career.  But I worked pretty damn hard to get to the point where I am now.  Instead of being stuck in a funnel focus now I’m able to focus on what’s really important.  And what’s really important to me is am I being a good daughter, sister, friend, girlfriend, self-less member of my community?  Accept the fact that life is about risks and mistakes, just learn from them and move forward.  And I’ve certainly taken risks and made many mistakes.  You can’t please everyone, you just CAN’T.  I accept that I will always have to worry about my mother’s health and sometimes my own.  I can appreciate the short amount of good times that I was able to spend with my father.  Let go of the small stuff and don’t let too much get you down.  Don’t waste time being sad.  Life is too short, just BE HAPPY.  Love genuinely and don’t feel awkward saying it too much.  Real love is raw, about communication, working hard through things together, and really appreciating what’s around you.

I read an article the other day and an excerpt from it really struck me: “Are you healthy, do you have a warm roof over your head and food in your belly, do you have friends? If the answer is yes, you’re doing better than two thirds of the worlds population, the attitude of gratitude.”  Can we all agree that we’ve been there?  Worrying too much about something too little?  Take the time today to think about what you’re grateful for.

I’m grateful for my mother who I realize I’m becoming more and more like everyday.  My brother who is the epitome of balanced strength and a great sense of humor.  My friends that accept and support me for exactly who I am and have shown me to loosen up a little.  Okay, let’s be real … A LOT.  My boyfriend, David, for showing me how to love, to not be afraid to give it your all, and trust people.  My clients who believe in me and root for me.  And that even though I’ve had a roller coaster of a life, I can still smile because let’s be honest, it’s the feature you all notice first. :)

The skydiving adventure:

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One of my best friends, Gavin who is also a spectacular wedding videographer being a great friend and feeding David who is an extremely talented artist some pie.  That’s what friends are for.

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Learning the knowledge for the jump from the plane.

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My good friends Tom and Lexi that are also photographers at tomstudios.com.

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The plane that we took up 13,500 feet!

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Lexi’s sexy face.

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Tom’s sexy face.

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The moment of truth. Or the moment of regret? Nah, JUMP!

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The glorious descent to the ground.

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Laurie, Gavin, David, and I after our skydiving experience!

Photos collectively taken by all of us and my skydiving photographer/videographer.

 

27 08/14
15:00

Stephanie & Tanner – The Yahnundasis in New Hartford, New York

Once I stepped in Stephanie’s family home I was welcomed with huge smiles and laughter.  Stephanie began to show me something almost like a personalized treasure chest that Tanner made, covered with photos of them and goodies on the inside.  Then she proceeded to show me a Taco Bell sauce wrapper.  At first I was like, okay, I like Taco Bell too, haha!  But then I realized that it said “Will you marry me?” right on it.  And apparently early in their relationship they went to Taco Bell, got the wrapper and held on to it for years as an inside joke.  But no joke, they fell in love and got married.  These two are sweet as pie and were just stunning on their wedding day!

Stephanie and Tanner got married at St. Paul’s Church in Whitesboro, New York.  We then headed over to Baggs Square to take photos by the historical buildings that perfectly grasp Utica’s beauty.  After a fun time with photos we headed to The Yahnundasis where we took a golf cart and rode around until cocktail hour.  They had an incredible celebration with chinese lanterns to end the night.  So very happy for Stephanie and Tanner, congratulations to you both!

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27 08/14
14:17

Serene + Nick Engaged!

Serene and Nick are just adorable together.  Funny story, they met and started dating.  Nick being a couple years younger was unable to go the bar every time that Serene asked him to meet her out.  So for awhile there he tried to play it off hoping the age difference wouldn’t change her mind about him.  But of course, Serene fell in love with Nick and age was nothing but a number!  Serene, Nick, and I took photos around my neighborhood, Baggs Square and then ended the session at Root Glen at Hamilton College.  An amazing day for photots and love!  I am so very happy for these two and of course, very excited for their wedding!  Congratulation to Serene and Nick on their engagement!

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21 08/14
01:37

Theresa & Shaun – Wellington House in Fayetteville, New York

Theresa is an art teacher and Shaun works in environmental conservation.  They both love the outdoors and love to have a good time.  Shaun is often found fishing and Theresa loves being a photographer as well!  On their wedding day they were both so happy to be married.  They’ve been planning and waiting for the day for a long time.  So seeing Shaun watch Theresa walk down that isle looking stunning was a tear jerker.

The two had a gorgeous outdoor ceremony in the back yard of the Wellington House in Fayetteville, New York.  The venue is stunning and also filled with history.  From parlors to gardens, I fell in love!  Then we took photos around the venue including rowing a row boat in the pond which is perfectly appropriate for Theresa and Shaun!  Afterwards, we all headed t0 the Craftsman Inn for the celebration and everyone had a wild time.

I am so very happy for Theresa and Shaun!  Here’s a big congratulations to such a stunning couple! :)

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