Giving Your Heart: Free Wedding Photography Coverage (and a little something extra!)

Giving Your Heart: Free Wedding Photography Coverage (and a little something extra!)

We learn so much from the people that raise us.

I learned the most from my Mum - my best friend, confidante, rescuer, best hugger, mommy. One of the biggest lessons she taught me was that when you have nothing material to give, you can still give your heart, and that is one of the biggest and best gifts you could give to anyone…

Mr + Mrs Flegar // A Sunset Winter Wedding at Whitby Castle in Rye, NY

Mr + Mrs Flegar // A Sunset Winter Wedding at Whitby Castle in Rye, NY

One day, when Claudia + Dylan are old and gray, they'll look back at their wedding day and remember how absolutely adorable and sweet and perfect it was. Heck, they do that now, and it hasn't even been a full year since they got married…

Mr + Mrs Cummings // A Warm Winery Wedding at Magnanini Winery's Two Hearts Vineyard in Wallkill, NY

Mr + Mrs Cummings // A Warm Winery Wedding at Magnanini Winery's Two Hearts Vineyard in Wallkill, NY

I sing Abbi's praises everywhere I go - really, I do. I can't help it. Abbi is one of the kindest, dearest, sweetest, most genuine, gorgeous-inside-and-out people I know. When my business was first expanding, she acted as my assistant on wedding days…

Mr + Mrs Wilcox // A Blush and Navy September Wedding at Highlands Country Club in Garrison, NY

Mr + Mrs Wilcox // A Blush and Navy September Wedding at Highlands Country Club in Garrison, NY

I think this might make me some type of grade-A weirdo, but I tear up every time I look through Dan + Nora's wedding gallery. Every. Single. Time. Even though I am self conscious of this fact (haha), I think there is something to be said about their wonderfulness, considering that...

Wedding Day Timeline Guidelines

Wedding Day Timeline Guidelines

The day-of timeline can sometimes be one of the more daunting aspects of planning a wedding day. Most standard wedding photography contracts cover 8 hours, and it can sometimes seem disingenuous to seemingly try to cram months and months of planning into 8 hours of photos. Trust me: it can be done - and is done well, and regularly. :)

Mr + Mrs Ericson // A Rustic Wedding at Alyson's Orchard in Walpole, NH

Mr + Mrs Ericson // A Rustic Wedding at Alyson's Orchard in Walpole, NH

When I lived in Massachusetts, Erin was one of my very favorite coworkers. Her love of The Office, cats, and sweet things solidified our friendship early. She was someone I could always take a trip upstairs to visit, and count on her kind, funny, and welcoming demeanor...

Mr + Mrs Dekker // A Classic Summer Wedding at the Chocksett Colonial Inn in Sterling, MA

Mr + Mrs Dekker // A Classic Summer Wedding at the Chocksett Colonial Inn in Sterling, MA

Wedding days are always so obviously filled with tangible beauty. Gorgeous gowns, perfect hair, tailored suits, luxurious gifts. But what makes them special, unique, and worth every ounce of effort put into planning them...is the intangible beauty; the beauty you can't see, but can feel. The laughter. The tears. The sweet phrases. The hugs, kisses, and awestruck wonder of new beginnings...

Mr + Mrs Gidaly // A Bright Backyard Wedding in New Paltz, NY

Mr + Mrs Gidaly // A Bright Backyard Wedding in New Paltz, NY

I drove into Brooklyn recently, and all I could think about was these two sweet souls' August wedding day. Driving in a snowstorm, and all I could focus on was that I was going to visit Allie + Miles' neighborhood(ish), and how beautiful their wedding day was...

Mr + Mrs Taglieri // A Disney Inspired Wedding in Moonachie, NJ

Mr + Mrs Taglieri // A Disney Inspired Wedding in Moonachie, NJ

Last year, I made a commitment to give away one free wedding package each year to a couple who had lost a parent. My mom passed away before I was married, and not having her on my wedding day with me was heartbreaking. There is so much community in loss. It's an odd community. A bittersweet one. But a community, nonetheless...

30

30

Dear 20-year-old me,

Hey, it's me. Well, you. Well, us together. We are the same.

30 years ago today a 30-year-old woman gave birth to a round baby girl that the nurses said looked like the Gerber baby, and others questioned whether or not you were named after Erika Kane from Days of Our Lives (because that was cool in the '80s). Actually, you were named after your mother's brother, Eric. Your mom was psyched that day; you were a miracle baby, and she had had dreams of you long before you were even born.

I'm Giving Away a Wedding - Again!

I'm Giving Away a Wedding - Again!

My mom died before I was even engaged, which was truly heartbreaking to me. Her biggest dream was to see her daughters get married. Growing up, we talked a lot about weddings. We talked about gowns and rings and how she prayed for us to marry the perfect person.

We talked. I miss that.

The anniversary of Mum's death is July 16. 6 years. So, sometimes, July sucks. But this year, July is going to be awesome. Why?

Because I'm giving away a wedding.

Yes. For real. This is not a joke.

I'm giving away a wedding package for the upcoming 2018 season. 

Mr + Mrs Salyer // An Intimate Park Wedding at Clermont State Historic Site in Germantown, NY

Mr + Mrs Salyer // An Intimate Park Wedding at Clermont State Historic Site in Germantown, NY

Shana + Rob are what I refer to as the realest of the real. I remember meeting them at our initial consultation, and thinking, Wow - these people feel like old friends; I could talk to them for days. Seriously. They are confident, but kind. They were excited, but down-to-earth. Their wedding day was gorgeous, and oh so them...

Mr + Mrs Berthiaume // An Elopement in Grafton, Vermont

Mr + Mrs Berthiaume // An Elopement in Grafton, Vermont

What do you get when you mix Qalo wedding bands, a previously-loved gown, blooming cherry trees, a quiet town with no cell phone service, and heart-bursting love? Christina + TJ, of course. ;)

If I could bottle up the feeling of calm excitement and sweet confidence that was in the air on May 21, 2017, I would spray it every day, like the best smelling perfume.

Jaime // A Lifegiving Session at Stonykill Farm in Beacon, NY

Jaime // A Lifegiving Session at Stonykill Farm in Beacon, NY

I seem to be surrounded by pregnant mamas lately. I won't lie - I'm not mad about it. :) I think pregnancy is one of the most beautiful, remarkable, and miraculous things that a woman can go through. Jaime's pregnancy is even more special because she's my sister-in-love, so her cute little belly is holding my new nephew. T minus 2 weeks, y'all...

March 2017: Green Emojis, LLCs, and Library Cards

March 2017: Green Emojis, LLCs, and Library Cards

Oh, March. It seems to always be the month that ushers in Spring while still remaining cold and wet. March 2017 was no different. We started the month with gorgeous, warm weather and ended with a blizzard. Whyyyyyy.

Nevertheless, March was a fab month this year...

Mr + Mrs Ludlow // A Forest Green and Copper Inspired Fall Wedding in Middletown, NY

Mr + Mrs Ludlow // A Forest Green and Copper Inspired Fall Wedding in Middletown, NY

Alex + Kevin are the type of people you always want to be around. They are magnetic with their wit and cheerfulness, and draw others to them easily with their compassion and kindness. They love to encourage others, and it's evident in every part of every interaction with them. They are givers, and they exude a special type of goodwill that you can't quite put your finger on, but you know you want it in your life...

Alexa + Joe // A Heart-Healing Engagement Session in Paramus, NJ

Alexa + Joe // A Heart-Healing Engagement Session in Paramus, NJ

I have taken my time to write about this session. It's been in my heart for awhile. Stirring and churning and waiting. It had to wait. For reasons I'm not really sure of. But here it is and here we are, and my heart is all sorts of wide open right at this very moment...

Julia + Bart // A University Engagement Session in Lowell, MA

Julia + Bart // A University Engagement Session in Lowell, MA

There's a little piece of me that can never full leave Massachusetts. I was born there, raised there, educated there. There's something about a bustling adorable state on the edge of the water that calls to me - especially in the fall, when the leaves have turned and the people begin to bundle...

And the 2017 word for the year is...

And the 2017 word for the year is...

I spent the beginning of my 2016 in a haze. It was a rough start. I had a few things whirling around in my life that weren't the best, and I lived in fear of the notifications on my phone. Pretty pathetic, huh?

I spent the beginning of my 2016 in a haze. It was a rough start. I had a few things whirling around in my life that weren't the best, and I lived in fear of the notifications on my phone. Pretty pathetic, huh?

At the time, I had seen individuals posting on social media about the words they wanted to live by for the upcoming new year. Beautiful words. Words that made my heart stir...

At the time, I had seen individuals posting on social media about the words they wanted to live by for the upcoming new year. Beautiful words. Words that made my heart stir...

The Top Eight Things I Learned in Business in 2016

The Top Eight Things I Learned in Business in 2016

If you follow my Instagram, you were able to count down my top 31 favorite moments of 2016. Some had to do with my business, some had to do with my personal life - almost all of them had to do with connection.

Connection is so much. In life. And in business. I'm a firm believer that genuine connection with others should be a priority in business. 2016 has taught me this well...