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When I was a little girl I loved fairy tales. The dresses, the adventure, but most of all the prince whom the pricess always married in the end! As I grew up my perception of fairy tales became jaded. “My knight in shining armor turned out to be a loser dressed in tin foil” ~ unknown. That quote can be loosly applied to my relationships. The older I got, the less in love I was with fairy tales. Don’t get me wrong, I am still in love with love! Why else would I do what I do? I am in love with genuine, unconditional, and profound love…the fairies, as far as I was concerned, could keep to themselves.

That was of course until I heard Emily & KJ’s story! It has restored my faith that true fairy tales exist!

I’ve known Emily for several years now, I’ve seen her through some bogus relationships and she’s seen me through some of my own. We’ve laughed, danced, and commiserated together. Then, after a lot of deliberation (and a not so great break up) Emily decided to move to Binghamton for art school.

While she was there, she was connected with a BASIC group which in turn connected her with the United with Christ Church in Johnson City. During her time at the church she befriended many people who kept telling her about this guy, KJ. Unfortunately he was in the military and wouldn’t be on leave until February. Emily, had plans to go to Italy in January with a one way ticket. So she wrote it off and continued with her plans. Little did Emily know, that prior to her even arriving at church, the pastors & leadership were in continuous prayer for KJ’s wife and when she arrived everyone instantly knew that she was it! To everyone’s surprise, KJ came home on leave in October. It’s then that he met Emily and both of their lives instantly changed. Less than a year later they’re happier than either of them can imagine as husband and wife!

Their wedding day reflected their personal fairy tale, complete with wedding favors describing the whole thing. Though traffic and storm clouds threatened to foil their day, it went off with out a hitch. The sun cam out for group formals & we partied the night away! I was compltely blessed and honored to be the one capturing it all. I am so thrilled for Em & KJ! Let their story be a reminder to us all that fairy tales really do exist!


How did you meet?
We both attended a BASIC Bible fellowship meeting, and were invited by a mutual friend to go to dinner afterward. I had just left ballroom practice and was disgustingly sweaty, and he appeared out of nowhere, surprising everyone here on a two week leave from Afghanistan. When we met everything clicked. The day before he left to go back to Afghanistan he asked me on a date that would be postponed for 4 months.
How did your fiance propose?
For two months straight the weather didn’t do anything but rain. He wanted to take me on a picnic, but the rain would cause a problem; so, he prayed that God would part the clouds and He did! We had a huge assortment of sandwiches, fruit, cheese, crackers and of course wine. After we ate we were laying down and he slipped off a ring he gave me for Christmas that needed to be serviced. He asked about that needed to be fixed, and left it on his finger. He then slipped a ring on my finger (I thought it was my ring) but when he moved I saw something shine that I knew wasn’t normal. By the time I figured out that it was a different ring he was on one knee and asked me to marry him! 🙂
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
The date, we actually picked around the wonderful Mabyn Ludke’s schedule because we wanted to get married sooner rather than later (why wait!). The colors I didn’t officially pick until we found the Bridesmaid dresses. The venue was because the place was beautiful and the price was right. We both LOVE wine, so we knew we wanted a wine themed wedding. I made everything for the tables and place card holders and thus needed a lot of corks; so inevitably, we drank a lot of wine in the three months of planning! 😉
What details at your wedding had special significance?
Vino Vino Vino and more Vino! The majority of the wine bottles on the tables were consumed by us!
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
Well, I can think of a number of events: Like the torrential downpour before the wedding; My mom giving me a 150 year old five generation heirloom ring for my borrowed, blue and old; The hotel for the wedding night canceling at the last minute making the groom barely on time; Him getting stuck in traffic on the parkway; My dad giving me a twirl at the end of the aisle; Forgetting to put out the communion for the ceremony so we did an impromptu silent vow exchange/ prayer over each other while the special song played; My dad giving a blessing over us and slightly roasting KJ’s phone call to set up a time to ask for my hand; We had Mabyn, the best man and his wife along with KJ’s older brother in the limo with us.. It was an EPIC time!!; The toasts by my Dad, KJ’s Dad, my sister’s- the maid and matron, as well as the Best Man; KJ’s dad singing an Irish styled song after his toast; My dance with my Dad was pretty amazing; Our first dance was incredible- it was us. I could go on and on.. 🙂
If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
I really don’t think we would change a thing.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
How can we pick? Just go back to the previous list!
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My dress! It was perfect from the second it was zipped up the first time!
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
On a cruise in the western Caribbean. It was beautiful all the way around!
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Just roll with the punches.. Things are going to happen, just go with it and be flexible; if you concentrate on the little things you’ll get stressed out. Oh, and HIRE MABYN!!!!


Hair: My beautiful sister and Matron of Honor- Katrina Smith//Makeup Artist: The wonderful Christy Haller (bridesmaid)//Dress Designer & Store Location: Oleg Cassini at David’s Bridal, East Syracuse//Jewelry: Joette’s in Armory Square//Veil or Hair accessories: Ceremony- Made by yours truly; Reception- David’s Bridal//Shoes: DSW//Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal//Grooms Attire: Tuxedo Junction//Ceremony Venue://United With Christ Church, Johnson City (Binghamton)//Reception Venue: Summit Tea Room; New Milford, PA//Additional photo venue: Otsiningo Park//Florist: Lori Bredesen (lady from church)//Transportation: A1 Limo Service//DJ: Jeannette Luther//Caterer: Summit Tea Room//Cake: no cake- Chocolate fountain//Event Designer: Myself and my girls//Wedding Coordinator: Margie Scarinzi//Invitations & Stationary: Michael’s Arts and Crafts Store//Other: Girls hair pieces: made by yours truly; Jewelry- everywhere! (JCP, Claires, Macys, Mandee)

Special Ceremony Music: Walking down the aisle: Instrumental of “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot;
Special Song: Original by Amy Albin, and Margie Scarinzi “I Do”;
Exit ceremony song: “Beautiful Day” U2
Introductions: “Everyday” Dave Matthews Band
Father/Daughter: “Walk with You” Edwin McCain
Mother/Son: “Take Her by the Hand” Heather Constantine
First Dance: “At Last” Etta James

Emily & KJ’s Love Story


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When I think of Danielle & Dan I think of peace. Not in the hippy let’s go to Woodstock or rally against the “man” sense of the word, but in the all is calm and right with the world sense of the word. The minute I sat down with them to talk about shooting their wedding, I could tell that they didin’t let much ruffle their feathers. Their You + Me session was a lovely afternoon spent chatting and playing with their cute little dog & their wedding mood was just was peaceful but with an added level of joy.

I walked into the always gorgeous Belhurst Castle to find a serene Danielle who was literally glowing with pre-bridal bliss! Their day was simple with some whimsical touches like Danielle’s dress, flowers, and the amazing candy bar at the reception! With a quick ceremony & an emphasis on pictures & party the day went by so quickly! My friend Stacy Claire Peffley came along to help capture the moment & we sure had an amaaaaaaaaaaaazing time! While editing their pictures I just could stop marveling at how sweet and in love Danielle & Dan are. Thank you so much you two for letting Stacy & I capture your beautiful day!


How did you meet?
Dan’s friend and one of my friend’s met online and decided to meet in person at Rosie’s Bar on Tipp Hill. Both Dan and I decided to go with our friends when they met, and that’s how we met eachother. That was over 4 years ago, and we have been together ever since!
How did your fiance propose?
We got home last July from a friend’s wedding and were sitting in our kitchen eating leftover pizza. It was perfect 🙂
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
We decided to get married in the summer because of my job, but didn’t really care on the date. We also knew we wanted to have the ceremony and reception in the same place. When we went to Belhurst Castle, we knew that would be the perfect place and picked one of the last available dates. We weren’t very picky with anything and didn’t stick to traditions. We just really wanted everyone to have fun!!!
What details at your wedding had special significance?
We really wanted to include everyone in the fun, so we had songs dedicated to certain people. We also had a lot of UConn fans, so the groomscake was UConn themed and the candy bar had UConn and SU candy bars.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
The ceremony…Dan was so nervous he kept mixing up the words to his vows. It was really cute!!
If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
Nope, I think everything turned out perfectly
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Getting the cake all over Dan’s face. He didn’t expect it at all! Also, the best man’s speech was really funny.
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My dress, my shoes, Mabyn 🙂
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We leave for Jamaica on the 15th – we had to wait because I worked summer school. We can’t wait!!
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Enjoy the day and have fun, it goes by so quick!!

Check out Danielle’s amazing dress from Spybaby & flowers by  Stacy K Floral! They’re amazing and just the right touch of girly meets artsy! Whimsical is the perfect word!

The flower girls were so cute playing “hide from the photographer.” I’d pop out from behind a corner and start shooting, then they’d scream, giggle and run away!

Danielle tried so hard not to cry, but it was pointless! Beautiful tears of joy poured down her face as she walked down the isle to Dan!

We ran a little short in time in between the ceremony & reception. So Danielle & Dan opted to sneak out in the middle of their reception for some GORGEOUS couple’s shots. Totally worth it in my opinion!

The reception was so fun! There were tons of fun moments, I wish I could put more in here but the blog would be MILES long!

Hair: Lisa Derr (Family Friend but also works at Design Gallery in Cortland, NY)//Makeup Artist: Lisa Derr//Dress Designer & Store Location: Allure Bridal – Spybaby Boutique//Jewelry: My necklace and bracelet were my great-grandma’s//Veil or Hair accessories: I had a hair clip that I picked up at Ulta//Shoes: Steve Madden//Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal//Grooms Attire: Men’s Warehouse//Ceremony Venue: Belhurst Castle, Geneva//Reception Venue: Belhurst Castle, Geneva//Florist: Stacy K Floral Rochester, NY//DJ: Phil Connery from Cortland, NY//Caterer: Belhurst Castle//Cake: Cupcakes & Smiles in Camillus, NY//Wedding Coordinator: Carmen & Stephanie at Belhurst Castle//Invitations & Stationary: Kathy from Creative Assistant//Other: Dan’s mom did the entire Candy Bar!!!

Special Ceremony Music:
IntroductionsJagged Edge – Let’s Get Married
Father/Daughter: Heartland – I Loved Her First / Danced w/ my stepdad to Rascal Flatts – My Wish
Mother/Son: Reba – I’ll be
First Dance: Kenny Chesney – You Save Me

Danielle & Dan’s Love Story


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When choosing a wedding photographer there are a few things you should do. A) check out their work, look at multiple samples & photographs, and make sure their style fits your taste. B) Meet with that photographer and see if your personalities match. Your photographer is someone who is going to follow you around (at least I will) ALL DAY! So you want to make sure that you like the person documenting your day. C) Once you choose a photographer, keep in contact with them during your planning process, even if it’s just to say hello (Especially if it’s me!) It will help build that relationship and when your wedding day rolls around you’ll have a friend documenting your day, rather than a random person that you’ve hired.

Kate & Brian followed all of those steps to the letter! So when their wedding day came, not only was I super excited to shoot the wedding, but it was as if i’d been part of their family for ages! Kate’s Mom greeted me with a big hug and doted on me until Kate got there. She decorated the home beautifully, spent hours cleaning, just so I could capture her everything to it’s full potential! Then came the gorgeous Kate who also gave me a giant hug and chatted with me like we were old friends. The house was full of this joyous energy and delectable light that I just couldn’t get enough of!

The ceremony took place at the Holy Cross Church where I was greeted by the sweetest Priest I have ever met! The ceremony was overflowing with love and emotion and colors! Oh the colors! We then ventured out to White Springs Manor, owned by Belhurst Castle, to do the formals. Again, I couldn’t have asked for better colors! The wine dresses contrasting the yellow vineyards & gray skies! It was like I was in a painting! Then off to the Belhurst for an amazing party! The whole day was such a fantastic celebration of Kate & Brian! Thank you so much Kate & Brian for not only having a spectacular wedding, but making me feel like I was part of it all! You are truely wonderful!


The Details

Hair: Leslie Mueller – Industry Salon, Armory Square

Makeup Artist: Vicki Roper – Bobbi Brown, Carousel Mall

Dress: Tara Keely – Spy Baby Boutique, Armory Square

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff – Spy Baby Boutique, Armory Square

Tuxes: Tuxedo Junction – Shoppingtown Mall, DeWitt

Venue: Ceremony: Holy Cross Church, Reception: Belhurst Castle

Florist: Westcott Florist

Transportation: S&S Limousine

DJ: William Milham – Black Tie Entertainment

Caterer: Belhurst Castle

Cake: Linda Trout – Creative Confections, Seneca Falls

Wedding Planner: I didn’t need one, thanks to the help of my amazing mother!

Their Songs:

First Dance: “It Had to Be You” – Frank Sinatra

Father/Daughter: “My Girl” – Temptations

Mother/Son: “A Song for Mama” – Boyz II Men

Attendants: “Rock Your Body” – Black Eyed Peas

Bride & Groom: “Forever” – Chris Brown

About the day:

Bride & Groom:

What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Kate – The most memorable part for me was standing at the end of the aisle with my father, waiting to go into the church. It was so exciting to have the doors open, the Bridal Chorus start playing, and to see Brian for the first time that day.

Brian – The most memorable moment for me was seeing Kate smiling in her wedding dress as the church doors opened!

What was you favorite detail?
Our little attendant, Lindsey Goudy, carrying the “Here Comes the Bride” banner during the wedding ceremony. The banner was kept as a surprise for everyone, including Brian, and Lindsey was so excited to announce that the bride was coming!

Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Make sure to enjoy your big day! Take 10 minutes with your husband/wife and make sure to take in everything – the centerpieces, flowers, cake, your guests dancing and chatting. Realize as you look around that all the people there have come because they love and support you. They are all celebrating the love that you two have and believe in your future together. It’s the most amazing, indescribable feeling.

Also, make sure to eat!

Funniest memory from you wedding day?
The surprise performance to “Teach Me How to Dougie” by Brian’s three friends – Justin Moses, Ben West, and Ben Beardslee. Being Halloween weekend, they dressed up in costumes and took over the dance floor! The guests all joined in and learned “The Dougie” from them.

If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
Not a thing – it was perfect!

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
The wedding photos. We are looking forward to displaying them around our house and using them to remember such a special day in our lives.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We are planning to take a romantic getaway next year.

What is your favorite wedding photo and why?
We enjoyed doing the “GQ” shots with our attendants on the steps at White Springs Manor. It was so much fun to spend some time laughing and celebrating with just our closest friends.

Kate & her mom were ridiculously cute! They decorated their whole home for Kate’s special day! I wasn’t even in the house before I started snapping away!

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Brian’s wedding gift to Kate. Just what she wanted!


Oh sweet sweet light! How I love thee!




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Tears of joy!


One of my fave shots of the day!


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I’m pretty sure Kate should be a model! She’s got it!

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Enter Brian to the gorgeous setting and create beautiful moments! I turned to goo right here!

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Everyone is just SO in love!




One of my fave cake shots from there year! Needless to say, Kate wasn’t very happy!


We had some SERIOUS dancers!

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The best surprise of the night! Brian, you have some great friends!



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Kate & Brian’s Real Love Story : Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer


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Each wedding has it’s own unique feel. Some examples are serene, energetic, and emotional. Sally and Troy’s wedding day happened to be a perfect blend of all three. The getting ready process was so peaceful and beautiful as Sally put on her makeup, her bridesmaids watched football, and her Mother looked on with sweet joyful tears. Sally & Troy opted for a “First Look” session before the ceremony and it set the tone for the rest of the day. The beautiful emotion & the fun banter back and forth, It felt like they had known each other forever! The rest of the day was filled with joy & jokes with a good helping of sweet moments! I was in my element that day, everywhere I turned there were wonderful things to photograph! From the intricate details of the tables, the amazing expressions of the guests as they danced, to Sally & Troy’s parents who couldn’t have been any happier for their children! I wish I could go back and shoot it again and again! Thank you Sally & Troy for an amazing day!


The Details

Dress: The Vineyard Collection

Venue: Traditions at the Glen

DJ: Black Tie Entertainment

Caterer: Traditions at the Glenn

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Sally, you have the most amazing eyelashes! Look at how long they are! No mascara or anything at this point!



Sometimes it takes a crew to get a bride dressed! Sally’s bridesmaids were terrific!

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One of my favorites from the day! I love the contrast of emotion, Sally’s Mom was SOOOOO sweet!



Don’t you just sigh when you see this? I do!


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I LOVE this first kiss, the way she’s holding his hands! *melt*

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still in love with those eyelashes, oh and my gorgeous bride!

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Mom & Dad had to look away during the first dance they were so overwhelmed with joy!






Another one of my favorites of the day! Joy Joy JOY!


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Black Tie Entertainment brought some props, it made for some great pictures!



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Sally & Troy’s Real Love Story : Binghamton, NY Wedding Photographer