Grateful | New York City Elopement Photographer

As this post goes live, I will hopefully be donning my apron, perhaps with a glass of wine, and be in my happy place in the kitchen making my 7th annual Thanksgiving feast. By this time around I’ve gotten the hang of things enough that I can focus more on the thankful part of things rather then stressing on the stuffing being done at the same time as the turkey as the mashed potatoes. Or so I tell myself beforehand.

In doing so I wanted to craft a post here just to say thanks to all of you. I have sat behind a lot of desks and worked a lot of jobs that certifiably crushed my spirit. It took a long time to get to this place, this place where I LOVE what I do. When I walk home after the end of a wedding with a full heart and can’t help but smile because I can’t believe I get to do this? It’s pretty freaking fantastic. And it’s because of all you.

I am so very grateful to all of my amazing clients. I am so full of thanks that I get to have a career that I love working with people from all over the globe. That I get to make art for a living that makes a difference in some small way. That this work has introduced me to a group of other fabulous women photographers who I now call friends. For the family and friends that have supported this dream of mine turning into a thriving business, I am so thankful. For all of it, my heart is full of gratitude.

At the end of this year I will have worked with over 70 couples and families, which boggles my mind. To each and every one of you, thank you. Thank you for your enthusiasm and general awesomeness. Your support has meant the world to me. I wish you and yours a very Happy Happy Thanksgiving!!


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Ross & Jeremy | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer | Day Block Event Center

You probably remember these two super handsome grooms from their engagement shoot at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. While that session was awesome, their wedding was even more dapper! Suspenders, bowties, and matching summer suits? My second shooter and I were seriously giddy with how ridiculously cute these two guys were.

I had such a fun time with them and their wedding party on a glorious summer day back in Minnesota. We wandered all across the Stone Arch Bridge and the Mill City Ruins and I had a field day with photos. Then off to the Day Block Event Center for their ceremony and reception, a new brewery and event venue in downtown Minneapolis filled with natural light and exposed brick. Awesome.

Ross and Jeremy, I can’t thank you enough for having me and for inviting me to be a part of your celebration. May you have many years of happiness full of loads of travel adventures!


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Travel Tuesday: Riomaggiore, Italy | Travel Photographer | Destination Wedding Photographer

Travel Tuesday for 11.25.14: Riomaggiore, Italy

Traveled: May 2003 with Kate and April 2014 with Alex

Italy. One of my most favorite places, if just for the wine and the food. Throw in some stunning cliffs, blue seas, hillside vineyards and some fresh lemon trees and I’m smitten. Riomaggiore is the first village of five in Cinque Terre, a handful of colorful fishing villages built into the cliffs along the northern coast of Italy. My first visit waaaaay back, you were able to hike from village to village and really soak in the scenery. This past venture, I was excited to show Alex one of my favorite treks, only to find the trail is now closed due to frequent rock falls. While we hiked the first bit, the rest was train only. Even I have to admit that while completely over touristed, the second time around especially, this place is seriously beautiful. Go now, before it’s too late! And if you do, make sure to taste the bruschetta in the little restaurant above the trail in Riomaggiore, the best I have ever had in my life.

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Yudis & Yocheved | Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center | Connecticut Wedding Photographer

This wedding. One of my absolute favorites of the year. So much laughter, community, singing and dancing, and love. Weddings like these are why my job is the absolute best. This was a celebration of two people filled with so much joy it might make your heart burst. Yudis and Yocheved were adamant that they didn’t really want many photos of just them. My job was simply to document the day as it unfolded and capture the little moments.

They started with each giving a tish, and then were danced in by their friends and loved ones to meet each other for the first time in a week. The expressions were some of the best I’ve seen. :-) After a beautiful ceremony on the lake at the Isabella Freedman Center, there was a spectacular dance party. Can I just say how much I love a good hora and a schtick? Amazing.

Thank you so much to Yudis and Yocheved for having me. I wish you both the very best! Congratulations!!

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Amanda & Corey: Sneak Peek! | Brooklyn Wedding Photographer | Prospect Park Picnic House

Amanda and Corey had a perfect crisp fall day  yesterday at Prospect Park’s Picnic House. These two make a fantastic pair and had such a fun wedding filled with family, friends and an awesome dance party! Also, isn’t Amanda’s gown just gorgeous?? Lots more to come! Have a fantastic honeymoon in Costa Rica!! :-)

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Matt & Gail | NYC Elopement Photographer | Carl Schurz Park

This was such a wonderful elopement! Carl Schurz Park is one of my favorite places in the city. A little gem of beautiful green space hidden away way on the Upper East Side. This isn’t a park for tourists, it’s a local spot that’s generally always quiet and calm. It also happens to be two blocks from my new apartment… so when Matt and Gail said that was where they’d like to have their ceremony, I was thrilled! Three cheers for couples willing to explore a bit off the beaten path!

They had a lovely ceremony under gorgeous blue summer skies, performed by Christopher Frost Shelley of Illuminating Ceremonies. After wandering around Carl Schurz and the Upper East Side, we hopped in a limo for some fantastic sunset photos at Gantry Park in Queens and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Skyline wedding photos can’t be beat!

Congratulations to Matt and Gail! Best wishes to you both!
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Peter & Luis | Same Sex Wedding In New York City | Eleven Madison Park

Peter and Luis found me via the Capturing Love Guide for their wedding earlier this summer, and I’m so glad they did! As a bonafide foodie I was over the moon excited about getting to be a part of a celebration at Eleven Madison Park. This place has been on my NY restaurant bucket list for quite awhile, so getting to shoot there was pretty fantastic.

These two grooms were so laid back and fun! I met them at their suite at the London Hotel while they got ready, and then we headed down to Madison Square Park for some portraits and of course they played a game of ping pong, because why not? After portraits, they were married in an intimate ceremony surrounded by their closest family and friends who were then treated to an amazing dinner. What a wonderful evening!

Congratulations and best wishes to you both! Thank you so much for having me!
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Travel Tuesday SnapShot: Santa Marta, Colombia | Destination Wedding Photographer

Travel Tuesday for 11.11.14: Santa Marta, Colombia
Traveled: February 2014 with Lindsay

Another quick snapshot travel week! Santa Marta was a jumping off point for us for exploring into the mountains and then off to the beach at Tayrona. However, we did manage to enjoy a beautiful sunset evening on the waterfront followed by some excellent Mexican food! Hurrah for guacamole! :-)

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Gustavo & Isabela | Brooklyn Elopement Photographer | Sunrise on the Brooklyn Bridge

Gustavo and Isabela are two grad students from Brazil who decided to elope to New York City! Although they didn’t end up having their ceremony in the US, we still met up for portraits in Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO, and then headed all the way up to Fort Tryon Park as well.

I had a wonderful time with these two, they were so much fun. I was also SO glad they were willing to meet me at sunrise. If you can handle the am wake-up call, dawn light and having no crowds on a place like the Brooklyn Bridge is TOTALLY worth it!

Thank you both so much for having me! Best wishes and congratulations!
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