Welcome to my blog! I'm thrilled to be able to share with you my favorite images from weddings, engagements, maternity, and more! Grab a cup of coffee and get snuggly cuz this blog will give you all the feels!
Autumn is my most popular time of year for shoots! I do all sorts, weddings, maternity, babies, and especially families. Everyone wants to get those gorgeous fall colors on their Christmas cards. I don’t blame them! Looking back on all of these great autumn shoots, I can’t help but long for warmer weather…I guess it’s a good thing that I’m moving in just two short weeks to North Carolina! Although the only thing that I wont miss about Central NY is the snow, it’s lovely in pictures but not so much when it comes to driving!
The Tuttle family is one of my favies! Jim and Kelly pastor Faith Chapel where I attend. So when their children Erin and Jamen needed senior portrait for their yearbook we opted to do a whole family extravaganza! It’s such a joy to be with this family, they’re so loving and giving of their time and attention. It’s going to be very hard leaving them, they’ve given me so much! Thank you Tuttle fam! I love you oodles!!!
Ok, so you’ll have to forgive me a little bit, I know my blog posts are already ridiculously long, but this one is a TAD bit longer.
Why you ask? Well because one of my absolute favorite, bestest, friends in the whole wide world got marrried! Thats why!! So I have to gush just a little bit more than I usually would over how much I adore this couple! So you’ll just have to put up with my craziness for a little bit longer! haha!
Jordan and I have been friends for almost 6 years now. He’s been a constant strength in my life and I am so blessed to have him as a friend. He’s seen me through thick and thin, and he’s been there when few else have. I will always cherish the dinners, movie nights, conversations, wine tasting, game nights, and everything else that we have shared! I hope I am as lucky as he has been to find his absolute perfect match!
Oh Amanda, how much I love you too! As soon as you came into my life it was magic! We constantly laugh about how similar we are in every way, but I truely believe that God made you just for Jordan! You have also seen me through a lot since I met you, you’ve been wise counsel, you’ve been a smile that warms my heart, and you’ve been a belly laugh like no other. Those moments with pizza & wine, tv shows, and just good conversation will always be close to my heart!
I can’t tell you how grateful I am for the both of you and how absolutely wonderful your wedding day was! Though a hurricane threatened to ruin everything, God held his hand over the weather just for you! There were so many moments that I had to extend the photos to 47! I think you two now hold the record for how many blog photos i’ve put up! So many beautiful moments, I really wish I could share the whole wedding with the world! Thank you so much for asking me to be your photographer, it was an immense honor and blessing! I love you both!
Hair: Marnie Anderson – Creations Salon
Makeup Artist: Donna Cuoco
Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s
Tuxes: Suits owned by the guys
Venue: Syracuse Alliance Church, Syracuse NY and Gillie Lake at Veteran’s Park, Camillus NY
Florist: Flowers provided by The Wescott Florist and arranging by Patricia Manwaring
Transportation: Andrew Colicci – friend of the bride
DJ: Nathan Southwick and Richard Oberst
Caterer: Harbor Brook Catering
Cake: Lacey English
Wedding Planner: Amanda and Jordan Manwaring
First Dance: Everything – Lifehouse
Father/Daughter: Cinderella – Steven Curtis Chapman
Introductions: James Bond Theme
About the day:
Bride & Groom:
What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Our dance. It was as if it was just is and I almost forgot that we had a whole audience watch is move across the dance floor.
What was you favorite detail?
All of the origami at the reception on the tables.
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
You can plan a simple wedding in a short period of time (ours was three months) and still make it beautiful and an event your friends and family will enjoy.
Funniest memory from you wedding day?
How can we answer this? Jordan sweating profusely under the very hot lights and our flower girl being very thorough in her job and dumping the basket of flowers all at the end of the isle. Both of which got huge laughs from all of our attendants (and us).
If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
Amanda: Make sure that all the dress details, like what was worn underneath was a bit more streamline and avoided a wardrobe malfunction!
Jordan: Make sure that the AC is on in the church. It gets hot in those suits.
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
The Dane Emerson House, Ithaca NY
What is your favorite wedding photo and why?
The zombie wedding party photo. Hands down.
Meet one of my besties, Jordan!
Tim was a pirate that day…Yarrrrr
Last single pee….yep his brother recorded it!
Isn’t she lovely? Stevie wrote that song for you!
Nerves or hams before the wedding? I’m not sure which!
Jordan’s Mom is in the background, this shot makes me tear up every time!
It was a bit hot under those lights!
Typical them…I LOVE them!
Amanda is so joyful! Alllllll theeeee time!
My 2 faves from the day!
Can you believe they did the origami for every table themselves?!
They were oblivious to the world during their first dance. So in love!
The guys sang a song for them, it was fabulous! I was laughing the whole time!
The whole reason I became a photographer, is because I love blessing people. I have been given a talent that I am not worthy of. To make people feel beautiful and important brings me joy. So when I’m given an opportunity like this, I can truly see His hand at work.
Chaz-lit (Chazzy) and Jimmy are friends of mine from our church. They moved up here from Florida in May and are an amazing force for God!
They were supposed to have been married about a year ago in Florida. Right before they were to be married, Chazzy’s family hit some very difficult times. Their whole world was flipped upside down. So they decided to hold off on getting married until things worked itself out. Their struggle was great, they faced things that I can’t even bring myself to think about. God was faithful through it all, even through another attempt at getting married. After that, they decided to move from Florida up to NY where Jimmy’s family is. It was apparent right from the start that Chazzy and I were meant to be friends! So when she and Jimmy decided that the 3rd time was the charm, she told me and several other ladies about a week in advance.
We did what any loyal group of girlfriends would do, we threw a bachelorette party! During the evening, Chazzy revealed to us that she no longer fit in her dress so she and Jimmy were going to be married in their PJ’s with just one or 2 witnesses. Our group of about 10 ladies, looked around at each other and collectively agreed that this would not be happening. Chazzy deserved more than her PJ’s!!!!
God continuously surprises me at how he brings people together. At that bachelorette party you had myself, a wedding photographer, a makeup artist, a hair dresser, a musician, and several ladies who were AMAZING party/event planners. We threw together a wedding for Chazzy in 4 days!
They were married on a beautiful afternoon in Faith Chapel’s Prayer Garden. To be the person the capture these amazing memories was such an honor. I still tear up just thinking about the look on Chazzy’s face when she finally walked down the isle, looking as glorious as God intended her to. An intense joy radiated from her when she first laid her eyes on Jimmy. And Jimmy’s delight could not be contained as he watch his wife to be walk towards him.
I don’t think I’ve been privy to a ceremony that has been more meaningful, genuine, or beautiful. Their closest friends surrounded them, prayed for them, sang praises to God with them, and witnessed them seal their vows as husband and wife.
As long as I live, this wedding will be a glowing reminder of why I do what I do. Why it is so enormously important to be a wedding photographer. And I will continuously thank God for the gift he has blessed me with.