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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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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4 & 5)

Talk about utterly gorgeous!

6 & 7)

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


but then again, so does she!!!

9 & 10)

There were many beautiful moments!




14 & 15)

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


17 & 18)

Erika is soooo sassy! I LOVE it!

19 & 20)




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