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I still sigh wonderful sighs when I think of this wedding! It was just so beautiful! Grace  is a serious DIY bride! Every detail was hand picked & created by herself & her family! From the home grown flower arrangements to the beautiful cake made my her very talented sister! Everything had such a personal touch! I loved how unique the boutonnieres were and the hand made wooden signs Grace’s father created for them! There was no doubt that this wedding was all Grace & Chad!

The day it’self was perfect! Not too hot and not too cold, with a very slight breeze! The sun was shining, the light was DELICIOUS, and the couple was extremely in love! Really? I couldn’t have asked for better conditions! There ceremony was full of family and friends supporting them and giving beautiful readings. The formals I could have shot forever! I LOVE LOVE LOVE fall light!!! And of course the party was rockin! The Dave Matthews heavy play list was right up my alley. What a fantastic celebration! Thank you Grace & Chad! I LOVED being part of your day!


The Details

Hair: My sister, Willa

Makeup Artist: My sister, Hana

Dress: David’s Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

Tuxes: No tuxes, the guys picked out matching linen pants and white shirts.  All the ties were bought from TieBar

Venue: Chenango Valley State Park

Florist:  My family grew most of the flowers and my mom and bridesmaids and mother in law helped put everything together.

Transportation: Our ceremony and reception were within walking distance, so we didn’t need any.

DJ: Intrastate DJ out of Worcester, NY

Caterer: J & B Custom Catering out of Oneonta, NY

Cake: My sister Hana made our cakes.  One was carrot cake with a cream cheese filling and frosting.  The other was a white cake with raspberry and pastry cream filling and buttercream frosting.  They were delicious

Wedding Planner: We planned everything ourselves with lots of help from friends and family.

Their Songs:

First Dance: Up and Away by Dave Matthews

Father/Daughter: Ripple by Grateful Dead

Mother/Son: The Man You’ve Become by Molly Pasutti

Introductions: Our parents and the bridal party came out to Good Night by Black Eyed Peas and we came out to Say Hey (I Love You) by Michael Franti

About the day:

Bride & Groom:

What was the most memorable moment of your day?

Can we say everything?  The day turned out perfect and we truly wouldn’t have changed anything (unless we could have extended it a couple more days).  Chad picked dancing all night long.  I think for me it was having so many people we loved all in one place at the same time.

What was you favorite detail?

Everything meant so much to us because almost all of it was made by us or our family.  We loved the centerpieces and boutonnieres but I think our favorite was the handmade wooden signs that my dad made for us.

Any advice for future bride & grooms?

Don’t try to do it all yourself and enjoy every minute because it goes by so fast.

Funniest memory from you wedding day?

When I looked over and saw Chad up in the air playing the air guitar.

If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?

Everything was perfect !

What was your favorite wedding purchase?

My dress, it took me three tries but I definitely got it right.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We have a vacation to Vieques planned for February.


I was drooling over the flowers! Can you believe they were DIY bouquets?

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Grace’s Mom was so wonderfully expressive!

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The camera loved this serious little girl! She reminds me of an angel with her silvery blonde hair and her white dress!



taking a moment <3


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My favorite of the day!


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That’s one gooooood lookin’ wedding party!



Delicious formals!

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There were so many details, I can’t believe I narrowed it down to this many!


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Everyone loves Dave!



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Grace & Chad’s Real Love Story : Chenango, NY Wedding Photographer