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I’m really quite taken by Lucia and Dan. Some of it may be the fact that Lucia reminds me a lot of myself.  She’s soft spoken, sweet, and very creative. And perhaps an inside joke just for Lucia, we’re both tiny! 😉 Dan is vibrant, strong, and caring. He has a very fun energy that was a joy to be around.  The relationship between the two is very charming. Lucia is a baker and Dan is a martial arts instructor.  They met online and what they thought would be a small interaction turned into a story of true love. Aren’t they pretty much the coolest people ever? It gets better.

They were originally planning a wedding at a different location but opted for something much more unique.  They decided to have a ceremony on boat!  We boarded boat Judge Ben Wiles which cruises through the clear waters of Skaneateles Lake in Skaneateles, New York. With beautiful skies and warm weather the two vowed their love to each other. It was one of the most unique atmospheres I have ever experienced for a ceremony and if you know me, I LOVE unique!  Afterwards we took photographs around Skaneateles and headed to yet another unique location for a reception, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse, New York!  

I’ve always loved the food at Dinosaur BBQ and never even knew they had event space! I walked up the stairs to their family making finishing touches to an amazing room. There was tables lined with beautiful flowers, desserts galore, and a rambunctious band, The Side Project.  Lucia made a bride cake and a groom cake that I was blown away by.  Be sure to check the photo of them because my words won’t be able to do them justice, just incredible.  I enjoyed every moment of Lucia and Dan’s wedding and it was an honor to photograph their first day as husband and wife. In the near future I look forward to ordering desserts from Lucia and maybe learning some self defense from Dan!  Congratulations to you both!!

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It was a couple years ago that I met Lindsey and Jamie. I sat down with them and talked to them about love and marriage. Jamie was a bar owner at the time when he interviewed Lindsey for a bartender position. She got the job and then sparks began to fly. They fell in love. The relationship quickly blossomed from dating to marriage proposal and they were so ecstatic to be tying the knot! I then got a message from Jamie explaining that they were pregnant! It was an amazing surprise! I couldn’t be any happier for the both of them. So the wedding plans were delayed awhile longer.

When the wedding date was soon approaching I met with Jamie, Lindsey, AND Jaxen to go over the day. I can’t tell you how beautiful and amazing it is to see a human life come from love. Jamie and Lindsey thrive at being parents and boy has their relationship reached a different level. I can clearly see that they love each other so much and the bond has magnified as parents. And their wedding was nothing short of spectacular!

Everything took place at The Lodge at Welch Allyn in Skaneateles, New York.  They love the Skaneateles area!  It’s where Jamie got Lindsey’s ring and we also shot their engagement session there! And I love every opportunity to make a trip to Skaneateles!  With the help of Bella’s Event Planning, The Lodge was covered in gorgeous blush flowers with hints of leaves kissed by gold glitter by Coriale Flowers.  There were candles everywhere that created a cozy feel. Everything about it was spectacular!  The ceremony was filled with tears as Jamie and Lindsey declared their love.  And a huge party followed with the musical stylings of Jason Hamilton, DJ360.  To top it all off there was a smores bar like I’ve never seen before!  It was an incredible night and a wonderful celebration for Lindsey and Jamie!  Let’s let the photos do the talking!

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I haven’t met Morgan or Matt in person until shortly before their wedding.  They both live in Virginia and planned a Utica, New York wedding from afar with the amazing help of Bella’s Event Planning.  I was very happy to see huge smiling faces that were very excited to get married!  I was also happy to finally hear their stories of how they met, dated, fell in love, and of course, decided to get married. It was a beautiful day to watch these two become husband and wife.

We started our day at family homes with perfect weather.  And I told Morgan this before, after seeing her family’s golden doodle dogs, I’m dedicated to eventually getting one!  Be sure to check out the bow ties that they’re wearing, so cute! After everyone got dressed and beautified we headed to St. Mary of Mount Carmel for their ceremony. I still can’t get over how beautiful her sister’s singing voice is. Then the photos began! We went to downtown Utica for more urban looking backgrounds.  I have to thank the wedding party for being amazing and going along with all of my ideas!  Our second stop was Forest Hills Cemetery which has magnificent stone arches. Such a beauty to observe in our Utica area.

The party began at Valley View Golf Course.  I walked into a Tiffany Blue heaven for their reception space!  And the flowers, as always from Coriale Flowers, was on point.  And to make a perfect day even more perfect, one of my favorite people to work with, Kenny the Promo Guy was DJing and getting everyone to bust a move.  Not to mention Morgan and Matt stunned everyone with a choreographed first dance! I am just so happy for these two and it was a joy being able to document their first day as husband and wife.  Congratulations, Morgan and Matt!

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I have known Belma and Adnan for years now.  I photographed their wedding, anniversary session, and now their first family session. That’s just a down right beautiful thing to have seen these two grow.  And I think that’s such an honor as a wedding photographer to see this growth come from a wedding day.  A family!? There’s something so surreal and magical about it.  Their love has brought a new life into this Earth and she is named, Leila!  I just can’t believe it and Belma and Adnan are wonderful parents.  I can see it in how they interact with Leila and what a happy girl she is.  Thank you Belma and Adnan for your kindness and support for my photography.  I look forward to watching this cutie patootie grow as well as your love for each other!  Here’s our family session which took place at Root Glen at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.

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First meeting Sara and Bill at their engagement session, it was so much fun to see how their personalities unfolded. I had the opportunity to meet their precious dog, Zoey and also discover how they met and fell in love.  And I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again because it’s too much fun to say.  Sara and Bill are both accountants and somehow fell in love amongst the crunching of numbers.  Yeah, gotta love the workplace romance that develops!  After some time, Bill took Sara on a wild hiking adventure to a waterfall near Las Vegas.  Bill proposed and of course, Sara said yes!  And the rest is history.

Sara and Bill SHINE.  And that is no understatement.  They were beaming from their engagement session to our meetings and tenfold on their wedding day.  They had me laughing so much that they even reminded myself to just enjoy life.  And I have to thank them for that because it’s something I often forget to do.  It’s a rare thing when a couple’s happiness gravitates to everyone around them.  Love truly is a powerful thing and Sara and Bill embody that.

The incredible wedding day took place at Traditions at the Links in east Syracuse, NY.  I cannot get enough of this venue from the many places to shoot around the golf course to the kindness and professionalism of the owners.  They took me on a personal golf cart tour and helped me organize photos on the property.  So awesome! The outdoor ceremony made it through what was supposed to be a full day of torrential downpours.  And I could totally be cheesy and say mother nature held out for Sara and Bill’s love because I BELIEVE so!!  Not that the rain was ever a worry for Sara and Bill in the first place.  They couldn’t care one bit because they were so excited to be married (I love that attitude my the way!).  So it was perfection for marriage and photos followed by an upbeat party to celebrate.  DJ Peter Naughton really knows how to get people hopping!  The reception was rocking and I loved watching Sara and Bill dance as husband and wife for the first time.  Congratulations to you both and I hope you’re having a blast in Hawaii!

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