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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 Peterson // A Small Town Fall Wedding at Diamond Mills in Saugerties, NY

Mr + Mrs Peterson // A Small Town Fall Wedding at Diamond Mills in Saugerties, NY

My wish for every single one of my couples is that they have as lush of a wedding day as Alyssa + Kyle had last September.

Lush in so many ways…

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...

Emelyne // A Sweet Fempreneur Session

Emelyne // A Sweet Fempreneur Session

I think Fempreneur sessions are hard to put into words. Technically, it's a little bit of portrait work, a little bit of detail work, a little bit of staging... Personally, it's a lot of opening up, it's a lot of sharing, it's a lot of connecting. 

I'm not going to lie, it can be scary. Connection is scary. Emotion is scary. Opening your world up to THE world is scary, but I have to tell you...

Mr + Mrs Fessenden // A Mohonk Mountain House Wedding in New Paltz, NY

Mr + Mrs Fessenden // A Mohonk Mountain House Wedding in New Paltz, NY

I am forever inspired by the visions and dreams that my couples have for their weddings. Even the simplest of weddings have the most significant of details and meaning...

As You Learn, We All Learn

As You Learn, We All Learn

Okay. Now that you've been all up in my brain with my scaredy-cat feelings and my type-A planning tendencies, I'm sure you'd love to know the ups and downs of working on my recent styled shoot. Below are things that went REALLY WELL, as well as things that I could have done better. As Ben Sassosays, As you improve, we all improve. Community over competition, friends. :)

So, You Want to Plan a Styled Shoot...

So, You Want to Plan a Styled Shoot...

So, now that you've read about how scared I was to do a styled shoot, I'm positive that you want to learn how to create your own! 

Come on, I know you do. Remember: FEEL THE FEAR. You'll be so proud once you're done.

Feel the Fear

Feel the Fear

I wrote styled shoot across the top of the page, and made categories within the list that I knew I could populate - hair, makeup, cake, invitation design, accessories. Within this list, I also had a few categories that I knew I needed to find - venue (v important), gowns, florals. My heart literally started beating hard and fast when I finished my list, I was that excited. But I was also nervous - what if I got my people on board, and couldn't pull together the rest?