I always loved everything art, and I wished it would be a part of my life. So, I spent 7th-10th grade trying to figure out what I was any good at. I tried a pottery class, and that was one hot mess. I wore most of what I tried to spin or mold! I tried a jewelry making class and it bored me to death. Beads and jewels on strings and making yarn bracelets just could not hold my interest. So, I moved on. Then, I ventured over to studio art where you got a crash course in drawing, and painting. I thought, this might be it! I mean how hard can that be? Well, apparently that is not where my talent was hidden. My detailed faces looked like blobs with a smile, and I just could never master that color chart or paintbrush so my paintings were that of a toddlers finger painting. I thought I was out of options. Now what?!
Photographing this rustic Adirondack wedding was one of the highlights for this year’s wedding season. Courtney & Sean aren’t Troy natives, but they do love living there! Originally from Arizona, these two love birds have settled in and made wonderful lives for themselves here in the Capital District.
Since both their families do not live in the area, they chose the Ramblewood Inn so that their close family could be there for the entire weekend. The Ramblewood is an old hotel that is now a vacation home run by a local family in the Adirondack mountains. Courtney & Sean’s wedding was a rustic DIY (do it yourself) heavy wedding, which is something I adore. They desired to have all of their family help them in some way. Courtney’s grandmother is a potter, and made the robot cake toppers. One of her bridesmaids made the sign on the highway, and sewed all of the groomsmen’s ties. Her fiancé did the music for them and played the guitar while Sean’s best man sang a song during the ceremony. Courtney’s sister (maid of honor) did the guest book table and made all of the favors. Her whole family, and grandparents from both sides, helped to decorate a little housekeeping cottage and they had the ceremony on the steps of it. The reception was in the old formal dining room, and Sean decorated the whole thing on his own! It was a small dinner that was focused on talking and laughing and enjoying time together. They concluded the wedding with a bonfire, s’mores and acoustic melodies. It was a beautiful day and night!
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The weather started out a bit cold with dark clouds looming over head as I made my way to Riverside Park in Coxsackie, NY to capture Angela and Eric’s wedding day. I prayed quite a bit on the way there and my prayers were answered. No rain fell! Angela and Eric had a Coca Cola themed wedding (because of Eric’s love for the drink) on September 21st, 2013 at a beautiful park. Their reception followed with all of their friends and family at The Quarry Steakhouse up the road. These two have a beautiful story and an even more beautiful bond. Their love is limitless and has seen them through many struggles and triumphs. It was an absolute honor to be the one to forever document this amazing moment in their lives.
Venue: Quarry Steakhouse
In the time I have been alive on this planet (all 23 years, 11 months and 9 days) I have met thousands of beautiful, wonderful, sweet people. People who have helped me, changed me and helped make me the person I am. These people I am always grateful for. But I have also run into some people who just darken the day, and are set out to make you just as miserable as they are. And I won’t sit here and tell you that you just have to “ignore them” or “what they say doesn’t matter.” Because, in reality we all know to well that even the strangest of strangers can hurt us to our core. They can say one thing, and even when it’s not true and we know it, even if it’s something so small and silly, we take it full on to heart. This has happened to me time, and time again. It happens to every single one of us.
Becky & Matthew were married on a warm September afternoon at the Rose Garden in Central Park, Schenectady, NY. After her preparations were complete, Becky thought she was being driven to the ceremony by her step father. Little did she know, that her parents had gotten a horse drawn carriage to take her! Their wedding was small and romantic with only immediate family and friends. A small dinner reception followed at Cornell’s restaurant in Little Italy in Schenectady. Becky and Matt had a true appreciation for portraits so we had a full hour to photograph their love post ceremony and it was beautiful.
On a sunny September afternoon, Alisha & Michael said their I Do’s at the beautiful Blessed Sacrament Church in Albany, NY. They followed with their reception at the Mohawk River Country Club in Rexford, NY. Their bridal party was a ton of fun and made sure the bride and groom were laughing all night. The dance floor was packed up until the very end!
If I can say anything about Caytlyn and Dan on their wedding day, it would be that they were the most calm and collected bride and groom I have ever met. When it rained on their wedding day, they simply adjusted the ceremony and brought it inside, and when things ran a little late they took deep breaths and said it was all okay. Their vows were simply beautiful and filled with personality and inside jokes, and when they both had tears in their eyes I even couldn’t help but wipe away a few. Once the music came on, they planted themselves on the dance floor and partied the night away! They were such a fun couple! Caytlyn and Dan are truly perfect for one another and I am so honored to have been a part of their special day.
Caytlyn and Dan’s wedding was held a the Saratoga National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, NY. They got ready and had the ceremony and reception right at the venue. Caytlyn chose purples and blues and used peacock feathers to decorate her wedding. The whole day was absolutely beautiful!
This past Sunday, I had a Spring session planned with Donovan’s mommy. We were expecting blue skies and a sunny day, but when we awoke that morning all we saw was rain and gray. All of a sudden our bright and sunshiny session looked gloomy, and so we started talking about postponing. But, then the rain slowed down and an idea came to mind….what if we let Donovan play in the rain?! So his mommy grabbed his rain boots, and raincoat and we met at the park for the session!
The day ended up being absolutely perfect. Donovan had never been in the rain to play, or splashed in puddles. And this adorable 14 month old had the time of his life. He ran from puddle to puddle, and hopped up and down creating little and big splashes! He was bright eyed and full of laughter and smiles. The rain was slow but made for perfect raindrop photos. We certainly captured the energetic spirit of little Donovan!
Julie celebrated her Bat Mitzvah with her family and friends at the River Stone Manor in Scotia, NY on a gorgeous Saturday this April. DJ Nick Maddalone of Cool Cat Entertainment put on a fabulous reception for the guests. She lit candles on cupcakes and read beautiful little poems for groups of friends and family members. Her parents, Chris and Janice were very proud of their daughter and it reflected in their eyes as she lit her candles. And her family joined in on the Hora with her! Julie had quite the lively crew for her party time, and they kept me laughing all night long. Congratulations Julie! I hope you had a wonderful time!