Syracuse NY Classic Wedding


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Wooooweee!! October has just been crazy with all sorts of meetings, photo shoots, and trips. I blinked and it was November! It looks like there’s no end in sight either, which is GREAT! I apologize for leaving you all blogless last week. As my last post so aptly put it, sometimes life just gets in the way of the things your really want to do! Like tell you all about my amazing experiences and the people I meet along the way.

Speaking of two such people, I want you all to get to know Jamie & Peter! I knew when I shot their You + Me session back in March (you crazy kids you! ;oP) that we were going to have a blast on their wedding day! My gut didn’t steer me wrong, their wedding day was an event for the books! I met Jamie in her hotel room at the Doubletree where she set aside a good chunk of time for bridals, Jamie got to channel her inner Tyra Banks and boy did she work it! We then ventured off to St. Matthews Church in East Syracuse for their heart felt ceremony. My favorite part of the day is where we had 3 hours inbetween the ceremony & reception to…you guessed it…TAKE PICTURES! Hooray!!! So we jaunted around the downtown Syracuse area for awhile and still managed to get back to the Doubletree well before the cocktail hour had started. Jamie & Peter were up for everything! They even helped me fulfill a dream shot that I’ve had in my head for over a year now! It’s one of my favorite shots of the season! Thanks guys!

The cocktail hour started off with one of Jamie’s friends, a professional Broadway singer, serenading the couple & guests with his melodious voice. I got a little carried away myself, it was beautiful! Then Jones Tones rocked the Doubletree late into the night. I had a great time capturing all of Jamie & Peter’s amazing moments. Thank you so much for choosing me! I’m so glad to have clients as amazing as you guys that I can now call you friends! 🙂


How did you meet?
We met at a going-away party for a coworker, and we realized that we had worked together for 2 years and had never met! That night I sent Pete a message on MySpace and gave him my number. He called the next day!
How did your fiance propose?
After going to dinner at the restaurant where we had our first date, Pete took me to Lights on the Lake, and he pulled over at the end and got down on one knee in the snow and popped the big question!
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
We had a looong time to plan (a year and 9 months), so we booked all the major things very early on and then got to relax, which was so nice! I must have dragged Pete to meetings with about 10 different photographers before I found Mabyn and Tim, and it was love at first sight of their work!
What details at your wedding had special significance?
The cake knife/server set was actually used by my parents at their wedding and had been engraved with their names. A close friend of my family had the set engraved on the other side with our names, and now we have a beautiful family heirloom!
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
Walking down the aisle and seeing Pete waiting for me…the love I felt at that moment was overwhelming!
If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
Not a thing!
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
My nephew/ring bearer Luke doing the sprinkler dance when he was introduced! Hysterical!
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
Hands down, our amazing photographers and videographer! Our day will be remembered forever because of them!
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Negril, Jamaica
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Just enjoy every single moment of the process. Even when things get stressful, just remember that no matter what happens or how things turn out, you will have the love of your life standing next to you…it doesn’t get any better than that!

Syracuse NY Classic Wedding

Syracuse NY Classic Wedding

Syracuse NY Classic Wedding

Syracuse NY Classic Wedding

Hair:  Christy Robinson Salon//Makeup Artist: Erica Abdo//Dress Designer & Store Location: Sottero & Midgley: Rebecca’s Bridal Boutique, North Syracuse, NY//Jewelry: Tejani//Veil or Hair accessories: Birdcage Veil: Deeds and Petunia (, Rhinestone Hair Clip: Rebecca’s Bridal Boutique//Shoes: J. Renee//Bridesmaids Dresses:  Bill Levkoff//Grooms Attire: Tuxedo Junction//Ceremony Venue: St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, East Syracuse, NY//Reception Venue: Doubletree Hotel Carrier Circle//Additional photo venue:  Area surrounding Franklin Park//Florist: Julie’s Flowers//Transportation: American Limousine//DJ: Jones Tones//Caterer: Doubletree Hotel Carrier Circle//Cake: Sweet Rebecca’s Cupcakes//Wedding Coordinator: Shari Drace at Doubletree Hotel//Lighting: Jones Tones//Invitations & Stationary: Perfect Beginnings, East Syracuse, NY

Introductions: Sexyback, Justin Timberlake//Father/Daughter: Angel in My Arms, Joe Pizzulo//First Dance:  Never Let Me Go, Luther Vandross

Jamie & Peter’s Love Story


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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