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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 Farrell // An Elegant Spring Wedding in Tarrytown, NY

Mr + Mrs Farrell // An Elegant Spring Wedding in Tarrytown, NY

I teared up when Lori + George's wedding was over. For real. Happy tears, but also sad tears. Because it was over. Two years of planning. Two years of texting back and forth. Two years of dreaming about this incredible day. I kind of feel like one of my limbs has been cut off without being able to say "xyz number of days left - eeee!" to Lori. It feels a little weird. You see, I have been with these two souls for 24 whole months; they booked me for their fabulous wedding day in 2015, and it has been my absolute joy to walk with them along this path. 

When Lori + George's officiant was offering a small message during their marriage ceremony, he mentioned that these two loves scored the highest anyone could score on a compatibility test during their marriage counseling. Truth be told, it wasn't that surprising. ;) Lori is to George what the sun is to the moon; brightness that is continually reflected between two beings. Their hearts are intertwined in some of the most beautiful of ways...

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...

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 Karnow // A Homestyle Anniversary Celebration

Mr + Mrs Karnow // A Homestyle Anniversary Celebration

I firmly believe that people drop into your life for beautiful reasons. I feel this for Diana. I met her at Dana + Tyler's wedding in May, and had the joy of seeing her again in Jamie + Nick's wedding in September, and, I don't know, I think this locked in our friendship...

Mr + Mrs Bower // A Rustic Ridge View Farm Wedding in Kerhonksen, NY

Mr + Mrs Bower // A Rustic Ridge View Farm Wedding in Kerhonksen, NY

It's funny how certain memories stick. I remember very vividly meeting Jamie + Nick for the first time. They dreamt of their gorgeous farm wedding with me. They told me about the incredible venue, their thoughts for their colors and bridesmaid dresses, their desire to have a day that just encompassed all that they are together, and celebrated it in the best of ways...

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...

Mr + Mrs Longhi // A DIY-Infused Wedding in New Windsor, NY

Mr + Mrs Longhi // A DIY-Infused Wedding in New Windsor, NY

Chelsea and Ernie are an important part of my little tribe. Their relationship has been one of my favorites to come alongside. Chelsea is the soft to Ernie's loud, the sweetness to his boisterousness. They are genuine through and through, and are some of the most kind-hearted people I have ever met...

Mr + Mrs Fortini // A Rustic Chic Country Club Wedding in Garrison, NY

Mr + Mrs Fortini // A Rustic Chic Country Club Wedding in Garrison, NY

All I do is gush about my clients. I know this. I'm ok with this. I'm pretty sure my clients are ok with it, too. :)

I first met Dan and Sevim in a little coffee shop that had the most delicious iced coffee...

Jaime // A Garden Lifegiving Session in Hyde Park, NY

Jaime // A Garden Lifegiving Session in Hyde Park, NY

Pregnancy is such an amazing thing to me. Women walk around pregnant every day, but it never ceases to amaze me that there is an actual human being growing inside of a dear woman's body. Miraculous, and all sorts of beautiful. 

Mr + Mrs Belluzzi // A Rustic Country Club Wedding in Westchester, NY

Mr + Mrs Belluzzi // A Rustic Country Club Wedding in Westchester, NY

I think I must call everyone "dear" and "sweet." But seriously - Michael and Emily truly are some of the most dear people I have ever met. They are genuine in everything they do and take care of - their work, their families, their friends, their love. Even on her own wedding day, Emily scooped me up and made me feel welcomed and appreciated, all while scurrying around, gathering last-minute items, and hold a glass of champagne.

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?

Jett

Some of you may have heard me gush, gush, gushing about this sweet boy. He is my little nephew, and obviously the cutest baby in the world. It's hard to remember a world without him here; he brings so much light and laughter and joy to our family. I really never knew how big my heart could swell until this tiny nugget was born.

These images are from October, right around his first birthday. He has changed so much now already, but I still love looking back on these pictures and giggling at how adorable he is. :)