Mr + Mrs Lizzo // A Gatsby Inspired Fall Wedding at West Hills Country Club in Middletown, NY

Mr + Mrs Lizzo // A Gatsby Inspired Fall Wedding at West Hills Country Club in Middletown, NY

It’s hard for me to write these blogs. Not because I have no words. But because I have too many. And how does one adequately use words to describe beautiful souls? Sometimes spirits transcend words. That’s how I feel about Lauren + Nick…

Mr + Mrs Grant // An Overcast September Wedding at the Links at Union Vale in LaGrangeville, NY

Mr + Mrs Grant // An Overcast September Wedding at the Links at Union Vale in LaGrangeville, NY

If there is anything I absolutely adore about a wedding (besides, you know, the obvious), it is getting to interact with and become an honorary family member on these beautiful days. I love to watch how excited the parents are, and see how they caress their child’s face right before they walk down the aisle. I love to watch the grandparents, and see how they fret over straightening the groom’s tie or tucking one hardly-seen hair behind the bride’s ear. I love to watch the sisters help the bride into her gown. I love to watch the brothers get slightly inebriated, and toast to the groom in their hotel room suite.

Weddings are about so much. A lot of this “so much” is family.

Mr + Mrs Brechtel // A Meaningful Mountain-View Wedding at Hudson Valley Weddings at the Hill in Hudson, NY

Mr + Mrs Brechtel // A Meaningful Mountain-View Wedding at Hudson Valley Weddings at the Hill in Hudson, NY

When I walked down the aisle at my own wedding, I carried two bouquets - one for myself, and one for my mom. At the head of the aisle, before I joined hands with my husband, I laid my mom’s bouquet on her chair. The chair was empty, but it was reserved for her. I have so many memories of my wedding day, but that still, small moment of resting that bouquet there felt incredibly, peacefully solitary. I was surrounded by so many people, being watched by so many hearts, but that moment felt like an embrace - a private moment between me and my mom. She wasn’t there…but she was. I know she was…

Mr + Mrs Levy // A Destination Wedding at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, FL

Mr + Mrs Levy // A Destination Wedding at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, FL

Many of my fondest college memories begin with the statement, “RA!” (Read that in all of the exuberance that those two letters could ever possibly hold in a greeting.) As a college student, I was a Resident Assistant for a few years, and my perfect little Mary was one of my very favorite residents. I would often come back to my room with notes from her left on the whiteboard on my door - often they would just say, “RA!” Sometimes, they had a little more substance. She echoed this greeting every time I saw her - in the cafeteria, in the hallway, in class… Mary exemplified joy and excitement in every way possible.

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...