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Happy Black Friday everyone! I hope your Thanksgiving was full of the blessings of family & friends. I was so thankful to spend quality time with those I love. During wedding season my time is very limited, so it was wonderful to have my parents, all of my brothers, their families, and my aunt and uncle together once more! I soaked it all in and ate a gut busting amount of turkey and stuffing! YUM! Although I’d have to say my favorite part of this years food was my brother, Ben’s, pickled beans! Every year I ask for pickles for Christmas, this year, it’s pickles AND beans! Sooooo delicious!

As for Black Friday, I’m spending it hunkered down behind my computer. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some shopping! But, I am not a fan of hoards of people in small places, standing in line for hours on end, just to get 30% off a sweater or a toy car. I’ll either wait until this Friday is over and then venture out, make my own gifts, or buy stuff online. I don’t like to stress buy, it just ends in me spending more money then I actually should. Holiday debt? No thanks!

Anywhooooo, let’s get to the GOOD STUFF! Like Eileen & Mike’s wonderful wedding day!!!

I met Eileen & Mike through Mike’s sister Jenny. She so sweetly recommended me to her brother and once we met, BAM! There was no other choice, I couldn’t let anyone else photograph their wedding, they were just too wonderful! And luckily, they thought the same of me!

I met Eileen at her parents home that day, where there were several little munchkins running around the house playing and laughing. You could tell that Eileen loved it, her face was all a glow! Or maybe that was because she was thinking about marrying the man of her dreams, Mike! I like to think it was the latter of the two! We went to the church where we met up with more little munchkins and got ready for the service. 9 beautiful children ushered Eileen down the isle that day with beautiful chiming bells! It was a beautiful ceremony, where Mike even made the preist laugh out loud! That is typical Mike, always making sure you have a smile on your face! I couldn’t stop laughing any time he was around! We had a blast with formals at Skaneateles Lake and then ventured to the Marietta house to a rockin’ party! It was such a beautiful fall day, and I was so privileged to be part of it! Thank you so much Eileen and Mike!


The Details

Hair: Laurie Merola

Makeup Artist: Me

Dress: Davids Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: Davids Bridal

Tuxes: Tuxedo Junction

Venue: Marietta House

Florist: Kate Hewitt Swete-  Kates Garden Gate

Transportation: S & S

DJ: Jack Jones  — Jones Tones

Caterer: Marietta House

Cake: Mimi’s

Their Songs:

First Dance: Harvest Moon-  Neil Young

Father/Daughter: Father Daughter- Paul Simon

Mother/Son: What a Wonderful World

Introductions: It’s a Beautiful Day – U2

About the day:

Bride & Groom:

What was the most memorable moment of your day?

Having a blast, dancing with each other on the dance floor!

What was your favorite detail?

We can’t decide…LOVED the table settings, with the candles, fall leaves, pumpkin escort cards and the favors.

Any advice for future bride & grooms?

Enjoy every minute of your wedding because it goes by so fast.

Funniest memory from your wedding day?

When Mike made the priest laugh during his homily

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

Not one thing, everything was perfect! The best day ever.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?

The photographer of course!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Planning to go to St. Lucia in February

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Eileen’s smile is so beautiful! See what I mean about the “glow”?!

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So precious!


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It’s almost time Dad!


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These smiles were permanently attached that day!




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My favorite of the day!





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Eileen & Mike’s Real Love Story : Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer


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Vivacious, talented, charismatic, and magnetic, those are the adjectives that best describe Erika & Justin! Their love for one another is so apparent in everything they do, and when you put them together their joy bubbles over for everyone to see!

Erika knows what she wants, she set the scene in her parents home for a beautiful getting ready venue! I love my brides when they think in “picture!” Haha!

They were married at St. John’s church in Liverpool, where their ceremony was melodious in both the priest’s message and the beautiful song that Justin serenaded Erika with. The emotion in the room was so thick, you could cut it with a knife! It was even hard for me to keep from crying! Note, do not make your photographers cry! They can’t see to take pictures when they do that! hahaha! Their joy was complete and then onto the formals in Franklin Square, in which Erika and Justin let us go over time because it was just THAT MUCH FUN!

Once we moved on from the formals, it was time to PARTY! When I walked into Justin’s Grill, it took my breath away! Every detail was stunning, they even added in pink up lighting to go with Erika’s gorgeous theme! There was SO MUCH to take pictures of! I couldn’t stop clicking away! The night was jam packed full of moments both beautiful and crazy! The party is not one I will soon forget! Thank you so much Erika and Justin! Tim and I had an amazing time getting to know you through this whole process! I am so glad we have become friends and I can’t wait to come over and sing show tunes until 2am in the morning! I haven’t forgotten! 😉 You are both amazing!

Ok lets get onto the good stuff!

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite photograph at the end of the story!

The Details:

Hair: Lisa @ Volpe Salon & Day Spa  Cicero, NY

Makeup Artist: Kim @ Volpe Salon & Day Spa

Dress: NY Bride

Bridesmaids Dresses: Girls chose their own black cocktail dresses!

Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

Venue: Justin’s Grill East Syracuse, NY

Florist: Backyard Garden Fayetteville, NY

Transportation: S & S Limo

DJ: Jack Jones

Cake: Pascale Bakehouse

Wedding Planner: Heather McArthur (provided by Justin’s Grill)

Other: Bridal Bouquet Preservation: Ann’s Sunny Day

Their Songs:

First Dance: I’m A Believer by Smash Mouth

Father/Daughter: I Loved Her First by Heartland

Mother/Son: A Mother’s Song by T Carter Music

Introductions: Bridal Party: James Taylor’s cover of “Some Days You Gotta Dance”

Bride & Groom: Rockin’ Robin

About the day:

Bride & Groom:

What was the most memorable moment of your day?

Having the limo driver (Craig from S & S!) block off the road so we could take some really cool photos. He was GREAT and would highly recommend him!

What was you favorite detail?

Uplighting—really pulled the room together and added a touch of romance.

Any advice for future bride & grooms?

Go with the flow—some things you can’t control (the weather!) but you have to make the best of the day!

For the brides: Have your hair trial, make up trial, and dress fitting all on the same day—really gives you a preview of the big day!

Funniest memory from your wedding day?

At the church, when Justin poured sand from our sand ceremony all over the table and floor : )

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

Nothing : )

What was your favorite wedding purchase?

$200 worth of umbrellas—saved us from the rain and made the pictures look AWESOME!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We did a mini-moon to Mirbeau Spa and Glenora Winery—relaxing & romantic, it was perfect!

What is your favorite wedding photo and why?

Just one?!? The bridal party and us in the street with the umbrellas.

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Talk about utterly gorgeous!

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Justin was so excited to see Erika! What an amazing smile he has!


but then again, so does she!!!

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There were many beautiful moments!




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Just look at that sexy bridal party! Yeah umbrella’s!!!


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Erika is soooo sassy! I LOVE it!

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Erika & Justin choreographed their first dance using the WHOLE bridal party! It was phenomenal!



Secretly…ok not so secretly…the father/daughter dance is my FAVORITE part of the wedding day!


Such love! I’m such a sap!



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What a ROCKIN’ party!







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Erika & Justin’s Real Love Story : Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer