Bryn & Justin
Married at Greek Peak
I feel like people meet in so many different ways and then end up getting married. Bryn & Justin fell in love by swiping right on their phones, and now they truly make an awesome couple. Not only do they get along extremely well, but all of their friends do too! Throughout the whole day, it was difficult to tell who was on the groom's "side" or the bride's "side". I really enjoy wedding days like that! This couple really showed me what it meant to be family.
I suppose that I should mention the day itself, instead of just how awesome Bryn & Justin are? Mr. & Mrs. Albro picked out Greek Peak for their wedding festivities, and both got ready in the beautiful resort and grounds. While the guys gradually woke up, the girls got an early start in the spa for their hair & makeup. Finally, we got the guys all together and kicked it off by icing the best man - ha! (There was a considerable amount of that throughout the day) ... We moved it to the United Presbyterian Church in Cortland for a toasty warm ceremony. Don't worry, there were plenty of Disney tunes performed throughout the service!
Bryn & Justin made their grand entrance to their reception at the foot of Greek Peak, and made the most of EVERY moment of the evening. Their friends & family really know how to help celebrate the right way. As much as everyone partied, they still had enough energy to do a bonfire to end the night up at the hotel. Congratulations to Bryn & Justin - I have no doubt that you are going to have an amazing marriage!
What a perfect afternoon we caught to shoot Holly & Chris' engagement photos at Green Lakes in Fayetteville this past May! It seemed that everyone was finally outside and enjoying the nice weather, but we had plenty of our own space to walk around and create some beautiful images. Audrey made plenty of appearances in photos throughout our session, and she definitely warmed up to having her photo taken by the end! Holly & Chris' wedding day this September is fast approaching, and we can't wait to be part of their big day!
AnnMarie & Billy
Engaged at the Utica Train Station
Since I had moved out of the Utica area shortly after high school, I do not get to shoot at the train station downtown very often. As many of you may know, the transportation center in Syracuse isn't exactly picturesque, so when AnnMarie and Billy asked me to shoot at the Utica Train Station, I was excited!! I met up with them on a quiet day for travelers, so it was a perfect day for us! We had a great time walking around the area for a few hours, with so few people around that we wondered if they were even open.... I loved that a small group of guys were skateboarding on the side of the building, so we got a few shots with them in it before they were threatened to be arrested for trespassing, haha! Every couple is a bit nervous about their session before we start shooting - it is to be expected. However, I can say with absolute certainty that AnnMarie and Billy loosened up much faster than any other couple that I have every worked with (sorry everyone!).... There are plenty of other photos from their session that I am sure you'll appreciate. While they might not have hit the blog post, you can get ahold of them to partake in the hilarity. Enjoy!
Jillian & Theodore
Married at the Otesaga Hotel
Jillian and Theodore said their vows this February at the amazing Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown. The best part about getting married during the winter in Cooperstown is being the ONLY people in the entire hotel. Jill & Ted were able to make use of each and every space in the hotel for their beautiful wedding day.
The day started with all of the girls getting ready in one of the board rooms on the first floor. Jill's hand made dress was hanging in the center of the room for the entire morning. Amazingly enough, her mother handmade the entire thing! The skirt was made from portions of Jill's mother's wedding dress, and the lace was from her Grandmother's! At the same time, Ted and the guys were upstairs, likely sleeping still! (I heard they had a late evening the night before!)... Once everyone was all ready to go, Jill and the girls walked down the aisle in the ballroom for a ceremony. Each of the wedding party members were active participants as they had the opportunity to share a reading with Jill & Ted's guests.
After they were pronounced man & wife, everyone moved to the main lobby, which served as a beautiful location for a few cocktails before dinner. Finally, everyone moved to their final location for the night, the grand ballroom on the other end of the resort. Jill & Ted's guests enjoyed a delicious plated dinner to fuel up for an evening of toasts and dancing.
As we all know, winter in upstate New York can be a bit unpredictable. However, I can not express my pleasure about how perfect the weather was for us on Jill & Ted's wedding day. The roads were clear and dry for everyone traveling in to Cooperstown. But later in the evening, the most perfect snow began to fall. This was fine with their guests, because for the most part they only had to go up a flight or two of stairs!
Jillian & Theodore's Vendors:
Hair: Kara Mower (Groom's Cousin!)
Dress: Pam Hallak, (hand made by the Bride's Mother!)
Bridesmaid's Dresses: DaVinci Bridal
Flowers: Village Florals, New Hartford NY
Tuxes: Men's Warehouse
Officient:Mark Blask, Mayor of Little Falls, NY
Cake: The Otesaga Resort Hotel, Cooperstown, NY
Venue: The Otesaga Resort Hotel, Cooperstown, NY
Heidi & Nick
Here we go - Heidi & Nick's engagement session! I am not quite sure if I have ever worked with a couple that has had so much fun during their engagement session. There wasn't really a serious moment during the entire afternoon that we spent together. In reality, this is who Heidi and Nick are as a couple. They get along so well, and are always goofing off. You really can't take anything in life too seriously - most people take their entire lives to figure that out, but Heidi & Nick have gotten that part out of the way early, and are on their way to an amazing marriage!