Archive for September, 2010

Erica and Sean • Finger Lakes Wedding Photography

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Erica and Sean… where to begin! Erica is friends with my brother and sister-in-law and got in touch last summer about her wedding… her excitement about marrying Sean was palpable, and I couldn’t wait to see all her awesome ideas come to fruition on the wedding day! We finally got to meet in person for a planning session at Simply Crepes… which lasted almost four hours! Ah, my job is so hard! Erica, her mom and my friend and coordinator extraordinaire, Cyd, talked business for about 20 minutes and spent the rest of the afternoon eating amazing crepes and talking about fun wedding stuff and silly stories. Good times! I finally got to meet Sean when I was down in Jersey visiting Matt and Kerri this summer. We had a delicious Mexican fiesta and Sean arrived with some incredible IPA’s which pretty much made us instant best friends. Sean knows everything about beer, I don’t know all that much but I love hops! So with all that to go on, I knew it’d be a great day! I showed up to the salon and Erica was having her makeup done. I’m a flincher, so I totally understand why Erica had to take the reigns for some of the eyelining!

What a pretty profile this girl has!

I love first sights!

Obviously have to include this one… Erica of course had some major shoes (did anyone watch that tv show about Posh and Becks coming to the US? If so, did you not looove how she called everything “mayyjahhh”? I’m so sad that didn’t turn in to a thing. It was awesome. Anyway…) When I sat them down for some portraits, I noticed Sean’s awesome socks, so I had to get a shot of both!

Bridal party awesomeness. I love the different shades of purple!

Right after we finished up the portraits, Erica told Sean she wanted to get a sneak peak of the tent. Erica had a special surprise waiting for him…

Oh my deliciousness! Sean was totally shocked, it was cute.

And to the ceremony… Erica was so cute coming down the aisle with her mom!

The ceremony was short and sweet… just the vows. :)

The tent looked utterly fabulous. I loved the colors and all of Erica’s details!

Damn they are cute together!

So happy…

Party time! I have to start things off with this picture, I just can’t wait anymore! This is Sean’s dad, he is super awesome. Cyd, Becky and I spent pretty much the whole evening discussing said awesomeness:

He owned the dance floor!

Yes, I did take pictures of other people at the party, ha ha!

I love dance-offs!

Matt and Kerri cuteness!

Saturday happened to be Matt’s birthday, and Erica turned to Kerri and I for ideas on how to celebrate. Matt didn’t want anything taking attention away from Erica and Sean on their big day so he was not very cooperative and Kerri and I feared reprisal if we got involved. So Erica kept it low key and just grabbed the DJ’s mic to say “Happy Birthday” during the dancing. Here is a magical .gif where we can see Matt go from not having a clue what was going on, to the realization dawning, to begrudgingly accepting birthday wishes from everyone. Muuahahahahaha!

Portrait time!

There were lots of jokes about how much I made them kiss during the portraits, but I didn’t even do this one! So cute.


And, finally, a sparkler exit!

What a spectacular wedding… I had so much fun photographing you guys and your family and friends! Erica, thanks for making me dance, even though Thriller was cut off right before the dance part, I think Paula and I repped pretty well ;) Sean, thanks for the Unearthly! I hope you’re having the best time in Vegas!!!

Katy and Chris • Skaneateles Wedding Photography

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Another lovely day! I can’t believe how fast it went from 90+ degrees (fast=1 day) to 60s… it’s kind of crazy, but has been giving us some pretty skies. Lots of intense clouds, which is always nice! Katy and Chris are a super sweet couple who live in Boston so we didn’t get to meet until the wedding day. Everyone was getting ready at the Arbor House in Skaneateles and it was a great atmosphere when I arrived. It was a bit chaotic in the front house where the guys were getting ready, and it was all giggles and smiles in the back house where the ladies were. Kate Spade was kind enough to make an appearance! ;)

The ceremony was at St. Mary’s of the Lake in Skaneateles…

Some seriously dramatic light on the altar!

The heavy backlight made it a bit challenging to shoot straight on, but I think this looks so pretty and ethereal!

Bridal party! I love the cool red of the dresses… it’s so pretty.

The reception was at the Skaneateles Country Club which has a great waterfront view. Things ran so smoothly thanks to coordinator Danielle Fleckenstein!

Love it, love it, love it.

Fun party :)

We did portraits by the lake near the church and at the country club… it was a perfect fall day with bright blue skies and puffy clouds, and saving photo time for sunset worked out really nicely… lots of pretty blues and purples and soft light.

Thank you for having me Katy and Chris, I am extremely jealous that you’re in Hawaii right now!!! :) Have an amazing time!

Lauren and Henrick • Rochester Wedding Photography

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Oh, where to start?! Lauren booked me while she was in Germany with Henrick, so we didn’t get to meet at first. I knew it was going to be a great day, but was even more excited when I finally met them in person and saw how ridiculously in love they are. We talked about the wedding for a while, and their plans leading up to it- Henrick’s mom and sister were flying in from Denmark and they would take a trip down to Graceland. Lauren told me that Henrick is a huge Elvis fan, and it would be his sixth trip to the King’s home… “Seventh, actually…” muttered Henrick with a smile in his eyes as Lauren laughed and grabbed his hand. That’s the kind of fun, giddy relationship they have, and it is totally contagious. I felt like I’d known them forever as the conversation ranged from Elvis to civil rights to world wars (while we were supposed to be talking about the wedding!)

On the wedding day, I met Lauren and Henrick at the Inn on Broadway for their first sight. It was so very sweet… tears, laughter, kisses and a little dancing.

Henrick had queued up their song, “Someone Like You” right before Lauren came down, which I thought was a great touch. Music makes everything better.

Ok, let’s start with a little back story before we get into the portraits. Henrick is from Denmark and has traveled all over the world. He landed in Rochester as the captain of the fast ferry. Lauren owns Rochester’s best coffee shop (three years in a row!) Sips, which is just down the street. The first time Henrick walked into Sips he said (and I quote) “my eyes had heart attacks.” Which… really… I don’t have words for how much I love that. It took a lot of lattes (no I’m not going to make that pun you guys) for Henrick to finally win Lauren over, but clearly he did and they have been on cloud nine ever since. Given their history, we decided to head to the ferry terminal for some pictures. It was a perfect combination of bright overcast skies and those fat dark blue clouds (which I did not do anything to the color on them… it’s just how they were) in the background. I could’ve stayed there all day!

Here’s Henrick the Strongman (Literally. He has done the Strongman Competition) hamming it up while lifting his dainty wife… they’re so damn cute together.

In front of the ferry terminal looking like a still from a classic film!

Then we headed to Sips for a few shots.



We headed back to the Inn to meet up with the bridal party. So sharp.

Look closely at everyone’s expressions. :D A gust of wind came out of nowhere and a few of the girls had “Marilyn Monroe” moments and then everyone started cracking up… he he.

The ceremony was so emotional and heartfelt. Lauren learned to speak Danish so when they did their vows, Henrick did them in English and Lauren in Danish. It was such a sweet gesture.

These two moments right after the first kiss are my favorites!

Incredible details!

Cocktails and speeches were down in the wine cellar. I don’t usually include pictures from the speeches, but I just love how they are with each other!

Party time!

After I got some nice dancing shots, I busted out the second flash for some backlight. I love the extra dimension it adds.

As I mentioned, Henrick is a huge Elvis fan, so they passed out trays of big sunglasses with sideburns for a bitchin’ Elvis medley.

At one point, I saw this sad, lonely little sideburn that had fallen off someone’s glasses just sitting by itself in the corner of the dance floor. I laughed for a good minute. It was such a pathetic sight. I’m glad it found a new home as a soul patch, ha ha!

I don’t know what it is, but I like it.


I didn’t get the story behind this, but there was some kind of epic battle of Lauren and her Dad vs. Lauren’s Mom and Henrick to the tune “We Are the Champions.”

No agreements were made on who won.

Everything about this is cute.

Thanks so much for having me Lauren and Henrick! It was truly a pleasure :)