These two sweetie pies got married in October at The Briarcliff Manor. They were one of the 45 couples I photographed in October! October is always my busiest month and it’s INSANE how many love birds I meet in a mere 31 days. If you’re looking to get married in October or do photos in October…make sure you book your photographer WAY IN ADVANCE.
Kim and Edwin are the two most adorable people. They have been together since they were practically children and fit each other so well. It was so much fun watching them go through all the stages of the wedding day. Being anxious to see each other, beautifully emotional during the first look, super excited during the ceremony and full of laughs, and then being freaking pumped to be married and living it up during the reception. Kim and Edwin are also perfect examples of what you do if it’s going to rain on your wedding day. If it’s going to rain you first buy umbrellas and then you DO NOT CHECK THE WEATHER. DON’T TALK ABOUT IT. Don’t think about it. Nothing. And you just need to think of it as “Okay, no big deal. It may rain. We have umbrellas. We CAN take photos with umbrellas.” What did it do for them? It stopped for the perfect amount of time for them to take photos. It then started up again so we ran inside for a bit and as soon as it stopped we ran out and banged all the photos out as fast as we could. Look at how beautiful their photos are!
Venue: Patriot Hills Golf Club
Hair: Katie Kelly Hair + Makeup
Katelyn & Randall got married at Senate Garage in Kingston, NY. They had a beautiful fall wedding at the end of September with the perfect weather and of course…the coolest people. These two babes had their first look outside in the gardens and then we jumped into formal portraits so they had plenty of time to party after the ceremony! I hope you enjoy flipping through their beautiful photos as much as I enjoyed taking them! As usual, the vendors are at the bottom!
Venue: Senate Garage
Coordinator: Lauren Pasternak Events
Band : Silver Arrow Band
Videographer: Gilifilms LLC
Things to Consider When Planning Your Wedding:
When to Book Vendors:
Most vendors book up about a year to eighteen months in advance. Do NOT wait to book your dream vendors! With that being said..never be afraid to reach out if your wedding date is less than that because there’s always a chance we may not be booked and we’d love to work with you. You’re great! If you’re interested in someone - reach out! A lot of vendors will have cheaper rates as well if you reach out over a year in advance because their packaging will likely switch over at the start of each year!
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions:
You are spending a LOT of money on your wedding. Don’t be afraid to ask your vendors a million questions. We get you’re spending a lot of money and making a big decision. We’re happy to help you out!
Once you have booked a vendor don’t be afraid to ask them if they have other professionals they work with often that they can recommend. On the opposite side of that…don’t feel like you HAVE to book who they refer. I have clients that come to me fairly frequently that booked a photographer their venue recommended because they were told they were the best and they cancel their contract with them and come to me.
Once You Have Booked Your Vendors:
On the wedding day don’t forget to have your details ready! This way you don’t have to stop getting your hair and makeup done and there’s no stress for you. Details you may want to consider having ready are your dress, shoes, jewelry, perfume, something old, something borrowed, invites, and any other details you want photographed.
Don’t forget a shot list for your family photos!! It will stress you out so much during family photos if you’re stuck trying to think of all the groups of people you want photos with the day of. Send it over to me a few days before and I’ll screenshot it and save it to my phone.
Make sure you send all of your vendors the timeline of the day a few weeks in advance! Each vendor has a preference of when to arrive and almost everyone will help you make a timeline for their portion of the wedding they’re handling.
If you want sunset photos - make sure you plan that into your timeline! Very often your dj will schedule your first dance and what not right around sunset because they don’t know you planned on going outside for sunset and then I have to cut in and it may throw your timeline off a little.
Day of Coordinators:
If you’re worried about sticking to your timeline or having to oversee parts of your wedding day, you should consider hiring a coordinator. They will help you coordinate with all the vendors to make the schedule for the day and help make sure everyone is on the same page.
First Look vs. Traditional:
I personally have no preference on whether my clients have a first look or not but let me tell you about the benefits of a first look. The biggest reason to do a first look is COCKTAIL HOUR. Arguably the best food of the night and what you pay all the money for. Granted your venue will most likely set some aside for you, but that’s not the same. A first look is more intimate. You’re not worried about all the people staring at you - it’s just the two of you. It’s your only alone time. The entire day people will be bombarding you with questions, pictures, you name it. During the first look it’s just you two and your third wheeling photographer(me). Last benefit is you don’t have to deal with going through the cocktail hour trying to find your family and friends because everyone came early.
Consider having an unplugged ceremony. If you don’t your photographers can miss shots and your ceremony will be a sea of cell phones. Photographers have missed so many important moments because someone stepped in the aisle with their cell phone or dslr.
Consider having a vendor table at your reception! Most venues place us in another room or even outside to eat. Not only is it a little cold, but we can’t hear what’s going on in the reception. If I’m in another room it’s possible I’ll miss shots during the wedding! If we have a vendor table we also have a place to put our stuff down instead of plopping it somewhere in everyone’s way.
Pamela and Nick got married at the Brotherhood Winery in July. These two love birds had their first look at The Moodna Viaduct with their beautiful pup, Gretchen. Gretchen was hopping all around them in the grass and it was absolutely hilarious. Following their intimate first look we headed to the Brotherhood Winery for formal portraits. Following the portraits, Pamela and Nick had their ceremony outdoors and had the most beautiful weather. After the ceremony it was time to party!! I hope you enjoyed flipping through! As usual vendors are located at the bottom of the post!
Venue: The Brotherhood Winery
Dress: Tara Lauren
Florals: Flowers by David Anthony
Sam and Sean had the most beautiful wedding at Handsome Hollow in Long Eddy, NY. The forecast for their wedding was rain, but all it did was sprinkle! The details were to die for and the venue was spectacular.
Sam had gotten ready in the house on the property and Sean got ready in the barn with his guys. The bathroom in the house is to DIE for. And so is the living room area! Check it out!
Sam and Sean had their first look on the wrap around porch at the house so we didn't have to drag her dress through the wet grass.
These two had the most beautiful photos during their ceremony with the low hanging clouds from the rain. They also still got married outdoors even though it was sprinkling. They're proof that you can't let a little rain ruin your day!
After the ceremony we took bridal party photos in front of the barn and then went around the property a little bit. Check out those clouds in the woods!
After all the photos were done it was time to PARTYYYYY. During the reception we headed outdoors to get some photos under the lights and in the photo booth...of course! As usual the vendors are at the bottom of the page!
Kelly and Nick had their beautiful wedding at Crabtree Kittle House. These two lovebirds have been together since college and have never left each other's side. Their details were to die for, the florals were extravagant, and the ceremony was beautiful. It's not often that I cry during ceremonies...but I BALLED during these love bird's wedding. As Kelly walked down the aisle I looked over at Nick who was so happy he was crying and I just lost it. So so so sweet.
Kelly got ready in one of the rooms of the Kittle House. Since their dog couldn't attend...Nick made a cardboard cutout of the dog HAHAHAHA. Weak over here, you guys. I was hysterical laughing at it all day.
Kelly and Nick had an absolutely beautiful ceremony under this beautiful floral arch. All the colors accented the girl's dresses so well.
Following the ceremony we ran off to do some bridal portraits around the venue.
After bridal portraits, we took both family and bridal party shots under their beautiful arch.
After all the formal portraits....it was time to PARTY!! As usual all the vendors are at the bottom!
Hair/Makeup: Beauty Icon NYC
Shoes: Kate Spade
Florist: Flora and Fauna, Events & Decor
Venue: Crabtree Kittle House
Kelly and John got married at The Garrison just the day after Jessica & Ronnie (See Previous Post). The snow had all melted for Kelly and John so we were able to explore everything the venue has to offer including their epic sunsets.
The day started with John getting ready at their apartment and then we went to the suite at The Garrison to get Kelly getting ready.
The couple got married at a beautiful church with beautiful natural lighting.
Following the ceremony we headed to The Garrison to take family and bridal party photos along with the bridal portraits. If you know me, I love a goofy bridal party and these guys were hilarious and a bunch of fun.
After the bridal party we headed out and took pictures of Kelly and John.
Then it was....time to PARTY!
Venue: The Garrison
Hair: Kyra Hair
Jessica and Ronnie got married in March at the Garrison! Typically in the last week of march it's starting to get a little warmer but of course not this march. We had snow into April this year! Luckily they still has a small dusting of snow for their photos to make it more romantic.
We started the day with getting ready shots of both Ronnie and Jessica.
Afterwards Jessica had a first look with her dad and there was not one dry eye in the house. Even I was tearing up behind the camera.
Following that was Jessica and Ronnie's first look! They did so good at braving the cold and headed outside for their first look and bridal portraits.
We took their bridal portraits with the snowy Hudson Valley and Hudson River in the background.
We then dragged the bridal party outside for some bridal party photos! The ladies went inside for a shot to warm up and calm their nerves before the ceremony.
Then it was time for the ceremony! Because of the weather their ceremony was indoors in the beautiful glass room of The Garrison.
After the ceremony it was time to PARTTTTYYYY! As usual Vendors are at the bottom!
This is my last blog post from New Mexico!! I'm so sad! I really can't thank Andrea and Stephanie enough for allowing me to be a part of such an amazing few days in New Mexico. I got to see a state I had never been to. Meet a bunch of photographers who I now consider to be friends and meet a bunch of hot people that were a pleasure to photograph. It was such a great experience!
If you haven't been to New Mexico you need to go like NOW! It's such a nice place and everyone was so sweet! And....Mexican food. I meaaaaaaan do you need another reason to go? As usual the vendors are below..check them out on Instagram!
Host: Andrea Godfrey Photography | Andrea Godfrey | @andreagodfreyphotography
Host: Stephanie Wood Photography | Stephanie Wood | @stephaniewoodphotography
Venue: Cynthia de Lorenzi | @cdelorenzi
Macrame: Ox & Nag | @ox.and.nag
Calligrapher: Etui & Co. | @etuiandco_
Furniture Rentals/Styling: 3 Sisters El Paso | @threesistersep
Gown Boutique (Savannah’s Gown): Ella Blu | @ellabluep
Long Train Full Lace Gown Designer (Savannah’s Gown): Martina Liana | @martinalianabridal
Model: Savannah Cornejo + Sam (boyfriend) | @nannisee, @svucedup (boyfriend)
Cake: Chantilly | @chantillyep
Makeup: Elyse Simons Beauty | Elyse Simons | @elysesimonsbeauty
Hair Styling: Deshea Exclusive | Heather Deshea Harrison | @desheaexclusive
VW Photo Bus: The Photo Bus El Paso | @thephotobusep
Field Hat: Brixton | Urban Outfitters | @urbanoutfitters
Gold Ear Cuff + Gold Earrings + Gold Floral Hairpieces: Lietofiore | @lietofiore
Geode Ring Box: Naked Gem Studios | @nakedgemstudios
This is the last of the 2017 blog posts!!! I'm officially ALMOST caught up!! These two love birds came to me for their holiday photos and I'm so glad they did! Their outfits were on point, the weather wasn't too horrible and they got such beautiful photos!! I recommend Minnewaska to a lot of my couples! It's a super easy 1 mile walk to the falls and then you drive up to the top of the mountain for the lake photos! You get all the adventure photos without having to risk ruining your hair and makeup with strenuous activity. I hope you enjoy flipping through this session!
Meagan and Brad had their wedding in November at The Garrsion. They were super lucky and had a nice sunny day but were also not so lucky an had a FREEZING day. When I tell you my hands were completely frozen...I'm not kidding. It was hella cold but these two were freaking champs.
We started with detail shots throughout The Garrison. We hung her dress in the bridal suite along with her shoes. Some of their details were very fall-esque such as the skeletons(which I adored byyyy the way).
I started the day by taking getting ready shots of Brad. Hasn't he mastered the GQ look? Both Meagan and Brad were one the most relaxed and calm couples I've ever had.
Following Brad's getting ready shots, I took Meagan's getting ready shots. We started with cute bridesmaids shots on the bed and then Meagan got ready for her first look with Brad!
Meagan and Brad had their first look facing the Hudson River and it was perfect.
Meagan and Brad took their bridal portraits down by the pond at The Garrison and the surrounding areas. Because Meagan and Brad did both the engagement and bridal session we were able to get their photos done super quick!
Following the first look we took some bridal party shots and family shots.
Then it was time for the ceremony! Meagan and Brad had a one of a kind ceremony and a beautiful confetti exit.
Afterwards it was time to PAAARRRTTYYYY!
Matt and Melissa got married on an ominous September day. They were super lucky and the storm held out for them and didn't rain once throughout their day. The two had their reception at The Coveleigh Club and their ceremony at a nearby church.
I started the day with taking pictures of Matt getting ready. Matt got ready with his guys in a room with a pool table and a nice flat screen to watch the game on...what more could some guys need?
Afterwards I headed over to Melissa getting ready with her gals. Melissa had probably the most relaxed getting ready photos I have ever done and then she shared a glass of champagne with her girls before heading out for her first look.
Matt and Melissa had their first look on the windy pier. As if you could get more romantic than that...
We took their bridal pictures on the pier and in front of the beautiful building of The Coveleigh Club. Matt's Father has a vintage station wagon that is actually used in movies frequently so we were able to use that for a few photos!
Following bridal portraits we took some bridal party photos out on the pier.
Matt and Melissa had their ceremony at a nearby church in Rye, New York. I absolutely love their photos walking out from the ceremony. You can see the pure joy on their faces which makes my job as a photographer so simple.
Following the ceremony it was time to PARTAY! I must add....at the cocktail hour I had some bomb ass buffalo taquitos and they were fantastic. If you want to know the way to my heart...now you know.
Venue: The Coveleigh Club
Shoes: Monolo Blahnik
Chuck and Christina got married on a beautiful October day at Mohonk Mountain House.
We started with getting ready shots of both Chuck and Christina.
Afterwards we moved to a first look with Christina and her Father and I'm not going to lie...I balled like a baby. As someone who is BFFs with her dad, I frequently cry at father-daughter moments that are as sweet as this.
Following that Christina and Chuck had their first look and then we moved on to explore the grounds of Mohonk. We walked the docks, got in a boat and frolicked around the gardens.
The bridal party shots were taken at the exit to the maze in the gardens of Mohonk Mountain House.
The two had a beautiful outdoor ceremony led by Christina's father which made the ceremony that much more intimate. Their ceremony had a view of the mountains that just could not be beat.
Then it was time to PAAAARRRRTTTYYYY!!
Venue: Mohonk Mountain House
Photographing Maura and Ryan was so much fun! We walked around the city and laughed and joked. We got coffee after..if you know me, that's true love right there. We got to get cute pictures with seasonal Starbucks cups. We got to stalk tourists as they took walking tours through the city guessing which apartment was Monica and Rachel's. We dodged cars as we took cute walking pictures across the street. By the end of their engagement session we were total besties. It was love at first latte! Stay tuned for these love birds' wedding in September 2019!
Alex and Jess got married on a beautiful October day at The Thayer Hotel in West Point, NY. Jess and many of her family members attended the West Point Military Academy so it was a very special place to the two of them. Their wedding story will also be featured on H&H Weddings soon!
Both Jess and Alex got ready in separate rooms with their ladies. Both rooms were full of laughter and love and everyone's emotions were turned up high. From Jess and her girls doing a pyramid, to Alex and her girls doing a champagne toast, both Alex and Jess had the most beautiful moments with their girls.
Jess and Alex saw each other for the first time at the ceremony. During the ceremony everyone was fighting real hard to hold back the tears. Both Alex and Jess were full of smiles and laughter as well. During the ceremony, right after they were pronounced married, Alex got her lipstick all over Jess' face and everyone in the crowd was laughing.
Following the ceremony, we took some portraits with the Saber girls and the bridal party right by the ceremony area.
Afterwards, just the three of us headed all around campus to take pictures in all the same places we took their engagement pictures. We headed to Trophy Point and dodged three other weddings also taking their portraits and then headed over to the reservoir and took some pictures where it was much more quiet.
Following that, it was time to P-A-R-T-Y!!!
Meagan and Brad had their bridal session on a beautiful fall day. We started out shooting at Storm King State Park so we would have the foliage of the Hudson Valley and then headed over to the Moodna Viaduct to get the sunset and some more foliage. A lot of people ask me; " What exactly is a bridal session?" Well, this is it! We get together prior to the wedding (or after) and take pictures in your wedding attire. It's a much more relaxed session than your wedding day and we get to go around to wherever you would like! Don't want anyone to see your dress? You can either buy a different white maxi or I can save the photos and not post them until after the wedding! The florals were done by Christina Smith of Tame Florals and they are a beautiful fall arrangement!
It's fitting that I'm blogging these two love bird's engagement session today because today is their wedding day! The three of us walked the High Line and stopped along the way to grab some beautiful shots. The entire time dodging about a billion tourists. Something that's always hilarious about photographing in New York City is that there is always a million people getting in your shot. They'll either stop and stare at what you're doing while simultaneously getting directly in the shot or they'll purposely walk super slow through the shot. Also EVERYONE stops to say congratulations..it's actually super sweet. Following the High Line, we walked down to the water to get some super awesome sunset shots and some more pictures with the skyline. Today these two beautiful souls get married at Crabtree's Kittle House on CINCO DE MAYO!!!! Let the party begin!
Lilly & Mike had their engagement shoot where their wedding will be held. During their engagement shoot we got to hang out with Lilly's awesome horse. I got to pet a dog and a lot of horses. I meaaannnnnn...can you get any better than that??
Meagan and Brad chose to have their engagement session at Stonecrop Gardens. Stonecrop is one of my favorite locations! You have everything from greenhouses to cool architecture to beautiful gardens. During their engagement session, we were completely surrounded with beautiful butterflies! It truly was a beautiful day!