KATIE + JORDAN // AN INTIMATE WEDDING SNEAK

Katie and Jordan were married this past weekend in a beautiful garden ceremony with 23 of their nearest and dearest friends and family in attendance. It was such a honor to witness such an intimate moment in their lives as they laughed and cried their way through their “I dos” and I can’t wait to share more. Here are a few of my favorite frames from the day, with many more to come soon <3

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STEPHANIE + JORDAN // AN INNS OF AURORA WEDDING SNEAK

Neither the wind nor the rain were able to put a damper on this Sunday’s beautiful lakeside wedding where Stephanie and Jordan became husband and wife. So happy I was able to share this beautifully blustery day with them and their family and friends <3 Many more lovely photos to come soon, but until then, a few favorites caught in between raindrops.

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CAITLIN + ALEX // AN OTESAGA WEDDING SNEAK

I had the tremendous joy of beginning my weekend with Caitlin and Alex as they said their I do’s surrounded by their loved ones in Cooperstown, NY. From the lovely chapel service, a wonderful group of friend by their sides, and many a tearful toast throughout the evening, each moment was more beautiful than the last. The newly-minted Mr. and Mrs. are headed to Italy this week for their honeymoon, and I’m so excited to share just a brief glimpse into their wedding day <3

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Nova Scotia is for Lovers // Honeymoon Scrapbook

When Jesse and I were first dating, we had three lovely weeks together before he left the country for field research. Then, all at once we were doing the “getting to know you” dance across 5,000 miles of distance, and in our awesomely nerdy way, mostly via spreadsheets. These weren’t any old run of the mill spreadsheets though. What started off as an innocuous list of “dates we could go on” and “things to do” when he returned quickly spiraled into a color coded, annotated and very well researched Excel document that we passed back and forth over the next several weeks.

One line item in particular was a bucket list trip of sorts we had both day dreamed about, and so the final entry in our “Road trips/traveling miscellanea” column was “Maine Coast”–and thus, looking back at this list four years (and hundreds of dates, a sunset proposal and a wedding under a tree that hosted one of our first picnics!) later, the idea for our honeymoon was born. We toyed with the idea of just camping in Acadia for a week or so, but after Jesse found a beautiful little hide away in Queensport Nova Scotia, our destination shifted and 10 months after saying I do, we packed up the pups, the banjo and several cameras and headed north.

I love that we were able to press pause for two weeks and do absolutely nothing but sleep in, eat lobster*, play at the beach with the dogs and watch the sun set next to camp fires–I wouldn’t change a thing!

Here are some of my favorite photos from our time away–fair warning, it’s mostly just puppies, beaches, me cooking vegetarian baked beans with my fingers, more puppies, more beaches and some pretty sunsets with an occasional dash of lobster ;)

Hope you’re all having a beautiful end to your summer, and here’s to many more camp fires, cook outs and sunsets with the ones we love <3

 



*I have been die. hard. vegetarian for the past two years, and for 99% of the time, I’ve had #noregrets. One thing I have missed is how much fun it is to enjoy local food while traveling! I had never really tried lobster before (except for once at a beach cook out and my only memory of the experience was: ew. squishy.), and definitely never considered myself a big seafood person, but after a lot of thought, I decided to take a pescatarian break while honeymooning and go ahead and try all of the seafood dishes we came across on our road trip.

Purists might see it as vegetarian heresy, but I learned something this summer that had escaped me before: lobster is SO DELICIOUS. 

In short, I absolutely loved my little flexitarian interlude, but I’ll probably resume my vegetarian ways now that I’m once again landlocked. Lobster season is just a few months aways though, and there’s always time for another road trip, amirite?

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LAURA + SCOTT // A LAKESIDE SUMMER WEDDING AT THE FONTAINEBLEAU INN

I feel like I met Laura and Scott a lifetime ago, but in reality it was just last fall when we got together for their engagement session in Brooklyn. Fast forward a few months and we were reunited as they said their I do’s under a chuppah with their loved ones looking on.

Everything about their wedding day–from Scott’s face when he saw his bride coming down the aisle to Laura running down hill barefoot to catch the last of the light as the sun dipped below the horizon–was perfect. A beautiful reminder to cherish those we love, to hold them close, and live every day like it’s our happily ever after.

I’m so glad I got to share these sweet moments with them–here are a few of my favorite captures from their wedding day!

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MEGAN + BING // MARRIED AT THE LODGE OF WELCH ALLYN

Megan and I met in a previous “wedding life” when she was a bridesmaid (!) and I was the photographer for the day. And that made it extra special to receive her email several months afterward asking if I might be able to photograph her wedding too! I always love seeing the way my wedding family grows as siblings, friends and loved ones of past couples come back years later with their own weddings to plan–it’s absolutely one of my favorite parts of what I do.

And so Megan and I were reunited, and over emails, phone calls and timeline chats we pulled together a timeline for their day that would allow for lots of dancing, plenty of opportunities for capturing the beautiful light in the lodge they were married at, and to boot (!) a dress change for a traditional Chinese gown her mother in law had brought all the way from China.

I’m so thrilled I was able to share the day with Megan, Bing and their sweet families–it was a beautiful wedding from beginning to end. Here are a few favorites, and a fireworks show to close!

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New Beginnings

I’ve always loved fall—the beautiful leaves, the rainy days, fires in the fireplace, and lots of coffee to warm up chilly mornings. I also love fall because for all of childhood it meant new beginnings—fresh notebooks, new classes, exploration and discovery. It seems only fitting that just days from now Jesse and I will be saying our “I do’s” as the colors change and the days turn cool. With the wedding so close, and all of the last minute details being tidied up for our walk down the aisle, we’ve also started a new semester of our graduate programs, and we’ve had plenty to keep us busy as we plan! I’ve been meaning to share some thoughts about my experience on the other side of the camera over the course of our engagement—so to hear how a wedding photographer tackles the wedding planning (after photographing 119 weddings!), read on :)

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Remembering the why: With an ever-expanding guest list, and a never-ending to-do list, I’ve found that the thing that keeps me the most grounded is remembering why we’re having a wedding in the first place.

For us, it’s not about the dress or the shoes or the color palate—it’s about sharing our love with family and friends and planning to spend the rest of our lives together. With that in mind, everything else seems less important—we’re not having matching bridesmaid dresses (I told my girlfriends and sisters what colors we were decorating with and told them to wear what made them feel beautiful!), we’re growing rosemary and arranging our own flowers, and rather than focusing on formality and traditions we don’t connect with, we’re making the day our own with an emphasis on spending meaningful time with the ones we love!

Ultimately, our wedding day is less for us and more for our loved ones, and so we’re trying to include them in the planning—asking opinions and advice, letting parents and siblings help, and truly celebrating together. It’s made the process much more fun than shouldering things alone.

Our ceremony: Going along with “remembering the why”, the ceremony for us is truly one of the parts of our wedding day we’re most excited for. We’ve spent so much time thinking about readings and our vows—what we want to promise each other and how we want to involve our family and friends. For us, marriage isn’t just about us making a commitment to each other—we believe in the importance of family and community and have invited people from our lives that we feel have truly supported and loved us as individuals throughout the years, and who will now love us and support us through our marriage too. We picked readings that we feel reflect how we view marriage and our commitment to each other (…keeping them secret now, but I’ll be sure to share later!), and we’re writing our own vows. *cue the waterworks and happy tears* ;)

Prioritizing memory making: It probably goes without saying but photography was so important to us as we thought about planning. We traveled down to North Carolina last summer for engagement photos, and are so excited to incorporate image-making into our wedding day! At the same time, we’re determined not to get caught up in the photo process, and have hired our friend Megan to share the day with us. Trusting her completely to capture the day as it unfolds, we know we’ll be able to leave the documenting to her and we’ll be free to make our own memories with our family and friends! We’re also planning to stick to what a close family friend referred to as “the buddy system” so we can share as much of the day together as we can—and our wedding day memories don’t end up being of us on opposite ends of the reception all night long!


“Us time”: As graduate students, and with a jam packed travel and works schedule these past few months, Jesse and I have been so careful to carve out time for each other—from hours on a road trip searching for ceremony readings, long hikes in the woods where we talked about vows, a romantic weekend away to reconnect, and a handful of date nights without any wedding talk at all so we can just enjoy being together without a list of unfinished tasks—and it’s amazing how those few hours help to center us as we prepare for our wedding day! It would be so easy to get swept up in the business of every day life with our ridiculous schedules, and just look at the wedding planning as a list of items to check off—but instead we’ve approached it as an adventure and an experience we want to share! We’re both pretty chatty, and work through most things by “talking it out” and so it’s fun for us to hash and rehash options for the wedding. Knowing too that we’ve taken so much time beforehand to really consider options leading up to the day and making sure we’re being intentional about our decisions has left us confident that we’re planning a day that will make both us and our families happy!

In the end, however our final plans come together, we know that the day will be full of memories we’ll cherish in the years to come–from good food, lots of love, and most of all, family and friends there to share our joy with us! Rain or shine, whatever obstacles we may encounter, I’m so excited for all of the adventures that lie ahead, and the wonderful man I’ll be able to share them with. Just 12 more days to go!

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JENNY + BRETT // MARRIED AT THE LODGE

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Jenny and Brett were married in Syracuse this spring and celebrated with their family and friends at the most beautiful reception at the Lodge at Welch Allyn! These are just a few of my favorite images from the day–complete with rain storms, cloudy skies, and many happy memories.

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