summer + jeff I syracuse wedding photography

Summer and Jeff tied the knot!

This was a very cool wedding being that the ceremony was at OCC's new Gordon Stuart Center with a small intimate reception immediately following at the Lemon Grass in Armory Square.  This is a first for OCC to host a wedding, and it is truly an incredible and unique venue.  After the ceremony, there was a champagne cocktail hour with the sounds of  an electric harp playing in the background.  He even played a song from Metallica!  Gotta love that!

The Lemon Grass was completely transformed into this forest of roses with incredible details by Whistlestop Florist.  It truly took my breath away,

Thank you Summer & Jeff.  I had a great time.  I always do with your family!

lexi + stephen I the century club, syracuse ny

Lexi and Stephen were married in a very cool and intimate January wedding surrounded by their families, close friends, and Armory the dog at The Century Club. The entire first floor of this beautiful club was dedicated to the wedding where incredible hors d'oeuvres and fabulous drinks were served to the guests during cocktail hour, and a tapas style menu for dinner after the ceremony. Delicacies such as, kobe beef with shrimp and rosemary cornish hens with shiitake mushrooms were samples of the menu.  Dessert was all sorts of little delights.  The entire first floor was covered in flowers and candles from Whistlestop Florist giving this a very warm and cozy feel to the whole occasion.

A special thanks to Michelle, the Club's event coordinator, for being so patient with me and Erica as we had her move so many things around in order for us to shoot the large family portraits in the library and also moving everything in the blue room so we could get some shots of Lexi & Stephen.  Again, thank you!

Lexi & Stephen.  You are truly the best.  What a great way to start the 2010 season!

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kelli + mike I skaneateles, ny wedding photographer

Finally, the last wedding post of the 2009 season!

Kelli and Mike were married on October 17th at St. Mary's of the Lake with the reception following at The Lodge.  It was a beautiful fall day and we lucked out with the light even though it was a little chilly at times.  I met the guys first at the Packwood House for a few photos and then headed to Hobbit Hollow where the Kelli and her girls were to grab photos of her getting ready before the wedding.  Then it was off to the ceremony and reception!

Thank you Kelli and Mike.  It was a beautiful day and wedding!

Hobbit Hollow

jeanne + steven I syracuse, ny wedding photographer

Jeanne and Steven exchanged vows on November 21, 2009 in the absolutely stunning Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception here in Syracuse. The reception followed immediately afterward in Skaneateles at The Lodge.   The ceremony was beautiful and we were able to get some great shots up close without being intrusive. Always a treat!  After some shots outside the Cathedral and a few inside, we headed to The Lodge where Jeanne and Steven's guests were served a fabulous dinner and later danced their hearts out to the awesome sound of Brass Taxi.

Thank you Jeanne and Steven for a beautiful day and fun evening!  You were awesome!

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meghan + andy I syracuse wedding photographer

Well, I'm back and I have decided to start with my most recent wedding and work backwards!

Meghan and Andy exchanged vows on December 19th in a small intimate ceremony with their families and friends surrounding them.  I was glad to have Erica with me to capture every possible moment.  As you will see in the photos Andy is a proud Marine who has served our country in Iraq and just returned from a tour in Afghanistan.  To be honest I don't think I can find the right words to express how lucky I was to capture their wedding.  So, I will write what Meghan and Andy wrote on the little cards that were on each table next to little blue candles.

"When you light this candle, please think of the Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen fighting for our freedom, their families and loved ones who are patiently waiting on the home front, and those who have paid the ultimate price for freedom.  We will forever carry these heroes in our hearts, may this light shine on for them."

Thank you Meghan and Andy for letting me and Erica slip into your world that night to capture cherished moments that will last you both a lifetime.

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meghan's vows

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andy's little brother giving him the rings

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abby + peyton l Fayetteville, NY Wedding

Finally catching up and very excited to post a few from Abby and Peyton's September 19th wedding at the Dewitt Community Church with the reception following at the Onondaga Country Club. It was a deja vu for me since I photographed Abby's sister Carrie's wedding just a few years ago.  I adore this family and was so happy to be back!

Thank you Abby and Peyton.  I loved your playfulness!

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Abby reading a letter from Peyton

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Flowers.....

Well, it's been a little crazy in my life between weddings, portraits and my daughter's high school graduation this past weekend that I haven't really been able to post anything.  And since I have not had the chance to edit any of the sessions I have shot the past week or finish a wedding from June I thought I might do a quick one about flowers and the florists I have worked with over the years.  Come Wednesday when everything calms down and family has flown away, I can get back to the grind and really focus. Anyhoo, I have had the opportunity to photograph some of the most fabulous florists in the Syracuse area the past 4 years starting with Folls Flower Farm.  When I shot my very first solo wedding back in 2005 I just fell in love with the bride's flowers.  They were simple and so easy going.  Everywhere I turned I smiled at the little bouquets and table pieces.  After the wedding I designed a very neat mini portfolio featuring the flowers from that first wedding and went up to Folls Flower Farm to meet the owner and introduce myself.  I was floored at what I saw.  It is an actual flower farm with rows of flowers for brides to come look at and see what is in bloom at the time of their wedding.  I met Thea and all I can say is that she is a flowerchild.  She's laid back, loves her flowers and loves what she does.

Here is a sample of her work from a couple of weddings I shot with her flowers.

Wedding on Skaneateles Lake

Wedding in Skaneateles with bright beautiful colors

The simplicity of Thea

The next florist I love working with is Whistlestop in Manlius.  Okay, Nan's designs and arrangements are just stunning and over the top.  The detail in their flowers is unbelievable and I am always in awe when I see them.  Again, I introduced myself to Nan and Kim after I shot an incredible wedding back in 2006 where they were the florist.  Everytime I turned around there was something floral and beautiful.  Sweet is what I always say when I see Nan and her crew show up at the wedding because there is just so much to capture and there is always a surprise at every corner.  I can go nuts with their flowers.

Here are a few from Whistlestop.

A wedding in Skaneateles

Flowers everywhere at the Skaneateles Country Club.  Amazing.

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Next on my little tour is Fleur de Lis here in Skaneateles.  Sandy just has colors nailed and her flowers are just so rich looking.  Like little jewels with amazing colors and textures.  I am always amazed at what she has put in the bouquets because they look so cool.  I love Sandy's fall bouquets and they always seem to match the bride perfectly.  Just take a look.  They are beautiful and all you want to do is just touch them!

A little October wedding

A September wedding with stunning colors

A florist I have just recently become acquainted with is Nino from Backyard Garden.  Sweet, sweet flowers.  From a very simple March wedding with tulips and peonies to an amazing blast of colors for a May wedding. The flowers from the March wedding looked like candy and were just lovely.  As we all know, March in Central New York is pretty dreary and gray.  Nino made the day come alive with these beautiful flowers.  Made you forget the gray of the March landscape.

A March wedding with simple tulips

The reception at The Lodge

A May Wedding with a burst of color

Just LOVE the gerber daisy in the bowl.  So crisp and clean.

So, these are some of the florists I have worked with and love to photograph.  I am looking forward to working with them again this wedding season and hope to discover more great artists this year and the years to come.  Thank you all for creating such beautiful works of art for us photographers who love capturing these beautiful gems!

Albums, Albums!

The wedding season has officially started again for me with already two great weddings captured so far.  With that in mind I thought I would post some images of the albums I offer my couples.  The coffee table book style from Asukabook is a very sleek and contemporary way to tell the story of the wedding day.   I love the quality and the beautiful paper it is printed with.  Each book comes with a hardcover slip to protect the book itself.  The other album I offer is the Iris Book from Cypress Albums.  This stunning album is a flush-mounted album offering a modern design and elegance.  This book can come alone or with a beautiful presentation box. I love these albums and the companies that make them.  Take a peek and enjoy!

Asukabook 10x10 Album with Slipcover Case

Book Cover With Image

Inside layout

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Iris Book Presentation Box

Iris Book in Sage Green with Presentation Box

Iris Book with Cover Image

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Featured Wedding!

Exciting news!  I had a wedding from last summer featured in Wellwed’s Spring/Summer 2009 issue!  Beth and Danny’s wedding was at Skaneateles Country Club this past Labor Day weekend.  It was a gorgeous day and I had an absolute blast from beginning to end.   The details were amazing and the flowers and floral arrangements from Whistlestop Florist were breathtaking.  This was a dream wedding!  Thank you Beth and Danny for letting me capture your amazing wedding! ty-vanepps

Can we do it again next year?

Voila! My Blog

Finally, I have a blog!  I have so many things to share with you, but first I need to thank a few people who are very important to me.  I would also like to point out right away that this will be the only post I ever do that is this long! First, I would like to thank all of my great couples from this past wedding season.  I really enjoyed being a part of your wedding day and capturing every moment for you to keep and cherish for the rest of your lives.  I smile as I look back at the photographs and realize how incredibly fortunate I am that all of you came into my life.  It is because of you and all my other fabulous clients that I always look forward to a new day behind the lens.  I love what I do and you make it happen.   So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!

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Second, l would like to give a shout out to my awesome friend and fabulous photographer Andrea Casey. I met Andrea by coming across her website one day while looking for another photojournalistic style wedding photographer for a couple from California getting married on a date I was already booked.  I forwarded her link to them saying that I didn’t know her, but that her site was beautiful and she seemed cool from what I saw and read on her blog.  The next day I received a nice email from her thanking me for the referral and that she too was already booked but had sent them to other photographers that might be available.  From that moment on we have become great friends and talk to each other pretty much on a daily basis.  It is so nice to finally have someone to talk and bounce ideas off of, but most of all to learn things from.  We share our ideas and thoughts and I really feel I have grown as a photographer since she has become my friend and colleague.   She is always there for me and has been a big force behind getting this blog up and going.  So, it is to Andrea I dedicate my blog.  You’re the best Andrea!

Next is Eva Talley. Wow, where do I begin?  Eva is the best graphic designer!  I had been looking for someone to design a logo for me and Andrea gave me Eva’s name.  After a couple of conversations with Eva, she designed exactly what I was looking for.  It is sooo me.  Needless to say, I had to have everything about my company match my new logo so Eva took everything I had and gave my company a look I absolutely love.  It was exactly what I was looking for and more than I could have ever imagined.  I am always in awe of what she has designed for me and always laugh when I add to the “shopping list” as Eva and I put it.  Eva, thank you for all the beautiful things you have created for me and thank you for making me look so good!

Last and most important, I would like to thank my two beautiful children, Kinsey and Keefe.  They have been so patient and tolerant of my crazy schedule and at times my moods in those crazy times.  They were there when I started this venture in our little apartment with my work desk in the living room with the constant glow of the monitor late at night.  They were little and never complained when mommy had to work late or when they had to go in their room and play quietly while I met  with clients at the apartment.   I remember always apologizing to them only to hear their little voices saying it was okay.  I love you both more than you know.  You are my world and I love that I can share all of this with you.   Then there is Schyler, the man I love and cherish.  He is always there for me, helping me, encouraging me, and telling me over and over again that everything will be okay when I think the sky is falling.   I love you more than words can express. Life is grand!