Emily & John - Sherwood Inn Wedding

Emily and John's wedding was a wonderful way to close out my wedding season especially since I got to shoot at the beautifully renovated Hannum House at the Sherwood Inn. My favorite moment from their wedding was her dress (yes, the dress is officially a MOMENT) I loved the gauzy pale pink skirt that twirled oh-so-perfectly! Another high point was the Russian wedding dance which gave her so many opportunities to spin in her awesome dress. It was a nice touch that her guests were rewarded with vodka shots and traditional cookies after dancing with the bride but the absolute highlight of the wedding were Emily's vows, I don't often tear-up at weddings but her vows did me in...well done!

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Tom & Brian - Anyela's Vineyard Wedding

Brian and Tom did not have the perfect weather day but they did have the perfect wedding so who cares if the sun never made an appearance! Their sweet ceremony and killer reception were at Anyela's Vineyard in Skaneateles. The best part of the wedding was the tremendous display of love and support this couple was surrounded with, it was a fantastic celebration of love (and the food by Rosalie's was awesome, too)! I am so happy we live in a country that celebrates all types of love and I look forward to documenting so many more same-sex weddings over the years...love ALWAYS wins!

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Molly & Rich - SKY Armory Wedding

Molly and Rich celebrated their wedding day at SKY Armory in downtown Syracuse surrounded by dear friends and family on a beautiful fall day. My favorite moments from their day were both provided by Rich's best man, he gave one of the most moving toasts I have ever had the pleasure to witness and then preformed a highly choreographed dance to Lady Gaga's Applause to celebrate the newlyweds...all best men should strive to be this fabulous!!!! Please enjoy these images, which speak to the couple's loving relationship to each other and their friends and family.

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Elsa & Patrick - Emerson Park Pavilion Wedding

Elsa and Patrick were married at Emerson Park Pavilion in Auburn, NY. My favorite aspect of this wedding was the joining of two cultures, Elsa's family is from Albania and many of their wedding traditions were incorporated into their celebration. The best part was seeing the couple dance in the traditional wedding costumes and get showered with cash. I also loved seeing how much family came from Albania to help celebrate the newlyweds. I wish you both a lifetime of health and happiness!

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Sarah & Michael - Aurora Inn Wedding

Sarah and Michael had a spectacular day at the always spectacular Aurora Inn. I absolutely love shooting weddings here, it's a shame I won't be back until June of next year! Some of my favorite moments from Sarah and Michael's wedding were Michael's reaction during the first look, the lavender toss as they walked down the aisle as a married couple and when Sarah and her father both burst into tears before a word had been spoken when I asked him if he had any advice for his daughter on her wedding day. I wish these two a lifetime of laughter and love...if their marriage is to be anything like their wedding day that shouldn't be a problem!

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Ellie & Donny - Lodge at Welch Allyn Wedding

Ellie and Donny celebrated their marriage at the Lodge at Welch Allyn but not before kicking off the day at Mirbeau Inn and Spa. Ellie spent well over a year designing and even growing many of the flowers for her wedding, she loved the wedding planning process and it certainly showed. A few of my favorite touches were the groom's cow spotted socks (he's a dairy farmer) and the dozens of tiny ladybugs tucked here and there in remembrance of Ellie's mother, I think Ellie should consider wedding planning if she ever gets sick of nursing!

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Cari & Geoffrey - John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant Wedding

Cari & Geoffrey's wedding at the John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant was everything I hoped it would be...I have been dying to shoot at this venue for years and this lovely young couple was a wonderful introduction to the property. My favorite aspect of the wedding was the love and affection that was on full display, Geoffrey was brought to tears during the first look and during the vows, I just love it when people let their emotions come to the surface. It was so nice to see the love these two have for each other and their friends and families, I've never seen so many hugs at a wedding before...love, love, love was in the air.

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Beth - Bridal Portraits - Syracuse, New York

Beth wasn't done wearing her dress after her wedding day so we met to do a bridal session and she invited her niece and nephew along for some happy distractions. Down South, where I grew up, bridals are still a common practice so I was thrilled to bring this tradition north of the Mason Dixon Line. I am officially starting my campaign to make bridal portraits a nationwide tradition...who doesn't want a legitimate reason to wear their wedding dress again!! Bridal sessions are typically done well before the wedding day so it’s a great trial run for your wedding day look. Maybe you will discover the dress needs adjustments, or the lipstick was not your shade, or the loose curls you imagined went flat in in 20 minutes. With a bridal portrait session you will be able to make adjustments BEFORE your wedding day, most brides do a trial run of hair and makeup...put that beauty to good use!

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Nicole & Kevin - Lodge at Welch Allyn Wedding

I have been to a lot of weddings and I typically see the same lovely traditions but Nicole and Kevin did something I had never seen before and it was awesome. Nicole's delightful grandmother was a bridesmaid and I hope this becomes a trend! It was a touching gesture and it was made even more special because we were able to witness the love her grandparents still have decades after their gold anniversary. I wish you lots of love and luck in your new lives together, you should be fine with your role models!!!

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Stephanie & Jason - Skaneateles Country Club Wedding

Stephanie and Jason had a classic Skaneateles wedding, they were married at St Mary's and then celebrated lakeside at the Skaneateles Country Club. Stephanie and her crew got ready at 34 State Street and it is my new favorite wedding prep location...I highly recommend it for your wedding day or even a little luxurious getaway! I had a chance to get to know Stephanie and her family when I documented her sister's wedding, I am so happy they chose me again since it's always delightful to work with their family! Jason and Stephanie were blissed out enough to remain completely fabulous even though we were battling extreme heat and humidity (thank God Jason had the foresight to pack a fresh shirt to change into before the cocktail hour)! They kept the great energy going all evening with The Mere Mortals, it's such a treat when great vendors and people come together to create a wonderful celebration. Many many thanks to Megan and her crew at MLH Events in creating a seamless experience and to Rachel at In Bloom for proving stunning florals!

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Molly & Eric - Sherwood Inn Wedding

Molly and Eric were married in Skaneateles at the Sherwood Inn. My favorite aspect of their wedding day was how they incorporated Molly's daughter, Claire, into every tradition. Two of my favorite moments were when Claire escorted her mother down the aisle and overhearing her declare that Eric was officially her step-dad. It was a real treat to photograph a wedding and the creation of a new family all in one event! I wish this lovely family a beautiful future!!

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Beth & Tyler - The Genesee Grande Hotel Wedding

Beth and Tyler were married on a steamy and stormy August day which certainly kept us on our toes. Although it may sound odd, I am really pleased that the rain forced us to abandon our initial plan because we found a lovely location near their reception at The Genesee Grande Hotel, sometimes problems become blessings! Life and weddings don't always go as planned but things usually work out in the end...it's important remember to focus on the positives and to savor the wonderful moments which are so plentiful (and fleeting)! I wish Beth and Tyler a marriage filled with more sunny days than stormy but at least they know they can weather the stormy days with beauty and grace!

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Nita & Kai - Inns of Aurora Wedding

I love the way Nita and Kai look at each other, it's the kind of love and affection that really warms your heart to witness. We started at the Rowland House, it doesn't get much better than a first look next to the Greek-folly overlooking the lake. For their ceremony and reception we made our way to the Inns of Aurora. The sunset was spectacular, the ENTIRE wedding made their way to the shore to watch the brilliant colors transform the lake. It was a pleasure to document their intimate Inns of Aurora wedding day, working with a couple that is so clearly in love with each other is a dream! I wish you a marriage as brilliant as your wedding day, thank you for allowing me to document your beautiful day!

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Sara & Anthony - Lodge at Welch Allyn Wedding

Sara and Anthony were married in Skaneateles and then celebrated at Lodge at Welch Allyn. My favorite moment of the day was when Anthony teared up when he saw his bride walk down the aisle. You may think that first looks spoil the drama of the "aisle" moment but Anthony's tears are clear evidence to the opposite. Another thing I loved was the generous amount of time we got to work with Sara prior to the ceremony...I am such a sucker for a veil!! You two make a beautiful couple (inside and out) thank you for including me in your happy day!

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Kate & Alex - Inns of Aurora Wedding

Kate and Alex did not have the perfect wedding...what they had was beautiful despite heartache. Kate was suffering the tremendous loss of her very dear step-father who had suddenly passed just prior to their wedding. The perfect wedding would have had him escorting her down the aisle and she would have danced with him rather than her mother for the parent dances. He would have been present for the clever toasts and loving words shared by her maid of honor and Alex's best man. I have never witnessed such strength and grace in the midst of grief, she was a rock. Alex you are terribly lucky to have found such a kind and resilient person to share your life with, I suspect that she draws from you those qualities I so admired in her on your wedding day. You both are such lovely people and I can only image a wonderful future for you as you grow old together. Thank you for reminding me that although life is sometimes painful, if you can muster the strength to look past the turmoil, there is always beauty around us...as long as you choose to see it. Inns of Aurora you have done it again, a lovely backdrop to a beautiful celebration.

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Sarah & Charlie - Skaneateles Country Club Wedding

Sarah and Charlie are married! I met these two the day of their wedding, by the time I photograph a wedding I have usually met with the couple several times including an engagement session. It's really important to me that my clients are completely comfortable with me and my unconventional techniques before the craziness of their wedding day arrives (plus the couples who book me are awesome and I love getting to know them). The WEEK before their wedding Sarah graduated from medical school AND they closed on a house, phew. Needless to say they just couldn't find the time to fit me in. No worries, these two were easy to photograph...they were so blissed out that they just ignored the camera and enjoyed their celebration at the Skaneateles Country Club. Thank you for completely trusting me to document your wedding day, it was so great to work with your lovely families and CRAZY friends!

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Laura & Nikolas - Lodge at Welch Allyn Wedding

Laura and Nikolas exchanged their vows on a chilly November day at the Lodge at Welch Allyn. They opted for a first look to take advantage of the natural light and I am so glad they did, the sun had set before their ceremony began. If you are curious to see what these two look like in warmer temps have a look at their mid-summer engagement session. Thanks for braving the cold and making the last wedding of the season one to remember! 

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Leah & Matt - Frog Pond Wedding

Leah and Matt were married on a sparkling October day at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Marcellus and then celebrated with nearly 200 guests at one of my favorite wedding spots, Frog Pond Bed and Breakfast in Skaneateles, NY. It had been forecasted to rain all day but instead of rain we were treated to the first snowfall of the season. Despite the very chilly temps, we managed to take advantage of the beautiful grounds the Frog Pond offers, thanks to Leah and Matt (and their hearty wedding party) for being such troopers, all the best to you both!

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