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jess & jake, june farms, west sand lake, ny

Jess & Jake, June Farms, West Sand Lake, NY

I always tell people how lucky I am to be in a business that I truly love, and if this blog post isn’t a great example of why it’s so cool to me, then I’m not sure what I could do to convince you. This one, actually, is special for a couple of reasons–first, as always, we have an absolutely amazing bride and groom. But next, we have a brand new wedding venue, too. We’re super proud to be the first to photograph a wedding at June Farms in West Sand Lake. Matt Baumgartner (you may know him from his Wolff’s Biergarten bars and, formerly, Bombers Burrito Bar) had a vision for this property, and I think you’ll agree that what he’s done there is beautiful beyond words. And fun, and classy, and completely unique, and simply eye-popping everywhere you look.

But back to this wedding! Jess & Jake booked me back in January, and  over the course of the past few months, we met and talked on the phone and emailed many times to come up with the perfect plan for their style and this very special location. Every time we went out there, Matt had built something new, it seemed, so as we got closer, we all definitely got more excited for the big day. Our first location, though, was Jess & Jake’s ultra-cool downtown Albany condo–the perfect juxtaposition of their modern style with the warmth of the farm vibe. From there, it was out to June Farms for the 1st Look, and portraits, and their super-fun Wedding Party and families. BUT…wait till you see the ceremony location. I already mentioned that Matt had something new every time we showed up out there, but this one about blew me away. Pretty sure you’ll be impressed, too.

Okay, you get the idea, and I’m sure you want to see photos more than words. So I’ll just say here that we could not have enjoyed working with Jess & Jake more–it was an honor, for sure. They’re fabulous and smart and cool and fun, and we’ve loved getting to know them.

And last, a special shout out here to my partner in all this fun, Lauren Lucente. All those adjectives above fit her, too, and I’m lucky to have her on my team. She’s developed into an amazing photographer in her own right, and I couldn’t be more proud of her.

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gabrielle & mike, the inn at erlowest, lake george, ny

Gabrielle & Mike, the Inn at Erlowest, Lake George, NY

What an incredible time we had with Gabrielle & Mike on their wedding day! All the positive adjectives apply, so forgive me if I seem overly enthusiastic about this one. The Wedding Party, families, and friends were all fun to work with and helped us out where needed, but as always, it all comes down to an amazing bride and groom. Check…got that covered!

From their emotional 1st Look through all the portraits and group photos, we felt like we were working with experienced models–every time we had an idea, Gabrielle would do something that made it even better, and Mike was always right there with his quiet good looks…what an awesome couple they make.

Our wedding days are always best when the whole team of vendors is top notch, and this one was definitely a great example of that. Surroundings Floral Design, Lipstick n Lashes, the Metropolitan Players band, and of course, this amazing venue…the Inn at Erlowest, all contributed to the perfection that was this day.

All our best wishes to Gabrielle & Mike as they begin their married life together.

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vicky & matt, st. mary’s of ballston spa, and the canfield casino, saratoga springs, ny

Vicky & Matt at the Canfield Casino, Saratoga Springs, NY

Wow…what a fun day this was! The groom’s family is Irish, and it was St. Patrick’s Day, so I guess that was to be expected, right? But even beyond that, Vicky & Matt’s wedding was a blast…just a great group of people to spend the day with and capture awesome memories.

We started the day at Union Gables Inn in Saratoga Springs–it’s always fun to shoot the getting-ready in a location with so much vibe. Cool place. Then, the ceremony was at St. Mary’s in Ballston Spa. It had been a while since we shot in this beautiful church, so it was nice to be reminded…and it looks awesome in the photos! Then it was on to the Hall of Springs for Wedding Party photos and some nice portraits of Vicky & Matt. I’ll take this opportunity to give both the bride and groom some big props here–for Vicky, especially, it was just plain too cold to be outside without a coat, but both she and Matt were troupers and hung right in  there until we had all the photos completed. Impressive, guys! 🙂  After leaving the Hall of Springs, we headed to Congress Park and the truly beautiful Canfield Casino. The Casino is my personal favorite of all the awesome Saratoga wedding venues–the warmth and the unique style really do it for me. And it’s so cool being right ion the middle of the park…hard to beat.

The Mazzone Catering crew was amazing, as they always are. Same for DJ Vinny Vin of Non-Stop Music…definitely one of the best around. Credit also goes out to Felthousen’s Florist, Allegria Bridal (@allegriaboston) for Vicky’s smashing dress, to Jenny Yoo (@jennyyoonyc) and BHLDN (@bhldn) for those awesome bridesmaids’ dresses, and Dylan Perrillo (@dylan.perrillo.orchestra) for the really cool, fun Cocktail Hour music.

But as I always say, it’s all about the people, way more than the locations (though that helps, too!), and Vicky & Matt are an awesome couple who put on a simply beautiful wedding. Our best wishes for a lifetime of happiness!

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katie & jeff, lake placid lodge, lake placid, ny

Katie & Jeff, St. Agnes RC Church and Lake Placid Lodge, Lake Placid, NY

After you’ve written intros for a couple of hundred wedding blog posts, it can be a challenge coming up with new things to say and new ways to describe the amazing events we’re so honored to document in photographs. Every wedding and every couple and every venue…so different, yet so fantastic, in so many ways. My first emails and conversations with Katie made me fully aware that this was going to be another great day in my life as a wedding photographer, and that turned out to be so incredibly right on.

My crew (my amazing second photographer Lauren Lucente and our assistant Melissa) and I hadn’t met Katie & Jeff in person, but on walking into the Whiteface Suite at Lake Placid Lodge, I knew that all my hopes for the day would come true. Katie is as warm and fun and smart and all-around wonderful as anybody you’ll meet, and she and Jeff crack each other up continually. A photographer who wants his bride and groom just to listen and do what he or she says will soon discover that Katie & Jeff’s natural interaction with each other gets waaay better results. They’re both amazing to be around, and the bare minimum of direction is all that’s needed. Awesome, if you ask me!

I think you’ll see what I’m talking about in the photos below, and I don’t feel that adding a description of the day will add anything–if you’re still reading this, I’m sure you just want to see how we told Katie & Jeff’s wedding story in photos. Hope you enjoy it! And all our very best to Katie & Jeff–wishing you a lifetime of laughs and happiness.