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2014 is just around the corner. Where did this year go? I was reminiscing with my friend Kate, of the Lovewell Post, the other day about our past season and all that’s come with it. At the beginning of every year she comes up with a word that describes what that year will be. 2013’s word was definitely CHANGE! With moving to North Carolina, there was so much upheaval that my floor didn’t feel very steady. But the one thing that never wavered, was the quality of my clients. Each and every one was completely fantastic and unique! I had so much fun putting this blog post together, there are so many good memories associated with each wedding. From the cute little flower girls at Chris & Bethany’s day, to the groomsmen who knew all the words to “A Munchkin Welcome” from the Wizard of Oz from Erin & Ben’s day, and the hilarious wedding party that had an epic battle with golf carts at Tirzah & PJ’s wedding!
Every year around this time, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. I’m grateful that so many people find value and worth in my work. I am grateful for friends and family that have and continue to support me in this journey, and especially I am incredibly grateful that I get to create for a living. In my opinion, there is no better job in the world. This is my huge heart felt THANK YOU to everyone who made 2013 great! 2014 is bound to be full of more wonderful clients, friends, and adventures, I can hardly wait to see them all unfold! For now though, I am continent to put on my nostalgic cap and reminisce over the great wedding moments of 2013! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
As promised here’s part 2 of Jen & Eric’s special day! I can’t get over how many details and precious moments there were! Jen and Eric really made it a point to show their guests how much they adored them! Everything from the gift bags they provided when you came to the hotel to the gorgeous lunch on the water all the way to the decidant dessert bar at their reception! There was non stop laughter, joy, and especially FOOD! Wow, I could do a blog on just all of the different food items and detail of that day! Kate Brown from Lovewell Celebration Design really out did herself! 🙂
Jen and Eric’s wedding day really encompassed the idea of a Love Story! They made it their own by not conforming to “what a wedding is suppose to be.” They took risks but they kept the most important thing their main focus. Their loved ones. Everyone they invited felt pampered and special, even me, and I’m just their photog! 😉 Jen and Eric are the most kind hearted and genuine people you’ll ever meet and everything on their day reflected that! I really can’t thank you enough Jen and Eric! It was an extreme honor and privilege to be part of your day and capture it for you to cherish for many years to come!
How did your fiance propose: Eric completely had me surprised on this one. We were living in Connecticut at the time in 2010. When Eric and I got back together we use to hang out at Green Lakes State Park a lot. One week in late August we decided to go home to see our family, go to the NYS Fair and the next day have a family picnic at Green Lakes. Eric loaded the truck up in the morning and picked me up from work so we could get on the road for NY.
After we arrived in NY, the next day we went to The NY State fair and had a great time with some friends. Since my sister lives in Jamesville we stayed with her that night after a long day at the fair. I was not feeling great the next morning when we had to meet the family for our picnic. We decided it was a good idea to go eat a greasy breakfast at Rusty’s and then head to Green Lakes. I remember thinking it was funny when I looked into my sisters fridge and she didn’t have any chicken marinating for the picnic:) Long story short…there was no picnic, Eric and I got to Green Lakes and he said, “Lets walk around the lake until people get here to,stretch our legs and maybe if will help me feel better. I just wanted to plop my butt on the beach towel and read a magazine but I took a walk anyways. Glad I did because as we were almost around the lake we went off onto a limestone reef area on the lake. And that is when he started talking “craziness” like he was talking to my dad the other day and then I realized he was going to propose. I let out a huge scream of joy! It must have gotten everyone’s attention because people stopped and clapped. One person even yelled, “you better of said yes!” It was just perfect and wonderful. To top the day of surprises off, Eric gathered all our closest family and friends(some from Massachusetts and hours away) to surprise me at a local restaurant in Herkimer for our Engagement party! It was an incredible day and everyone was in on it except me!!
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): We originally wanted our weddings in Cooperstown but we couldn’t find a venue that gave us that Adirondack feel, so after much searching by Kate and ourselves we found The Whiteface Lodge. The process was tough at times but so glad I had Kate she made it virtually stress free.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? When my mom started to cry when she saw me in my gown and walking down to my groom!
Funniest memory from your wedding day? Those flower girls waddling down the aisle like a flock of little ducklings and that darn photo booth!!!
If you had to do it all over again would you change anything? I would make it last longer and take more of it in!
Any advice for future bride & grooms? Embrace the moment!
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? Her up beat, laid back and fun personality. She takes her job seriously but also truly enjoys when she is behind the camera and it shows when you work with her.
Hair: Lauren Elech from Mu Salon(she is also my BFF in California)//Makeup Artist: Riki Osborne (air-brush and false stacked lashes)//Dress Designer & Store Location: Priscilla of Boston Melissa James Fayetteville, NY//Jewelry: Justine M. Couture cuff braclet, diamond tennis Braclet my Gram Phillips gave me, rose gold “LOVE” necklace from applelatte on Etsy, earrings from Nordstroms//Veil or Hair accessories: veil from Melissa James and headband from GlamorousBijoux on Etsy//Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender//Bridesmaids Dresses: Vera Wang for Davids Bridal//Grooms Attire: Brooks Brother suit, Salvatore Ferrigamo Tie, Allen Edwards wing tip shoes//Ceremony Venue: The Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid (Courtyard)//Reception Venue: The Whiteface Lodge Terrace and Whispering Pines room//Additional photo venue: The Boathouse and Canoe Club at WFL and the veranda of the Kanoe Club at WFL(rehearsal dinner)//Florist: Jolene Kowalski//DJ: Capital Disc Jockeys//Caterer: The Whiteface Lodge//Cake: Cake Placid//Event Designer: Kate Lemos-Brown of Lovewell Design//Wedding Coordinator: Kate Lemos-Brown of Lovewell Design//Lighting: Kate and my DJ//Invitations & Stationary: Flywheel Press San Mateo, CA and Kate for all the rehearsal/reception paper//Other: Linens from La Tavola, rentals from Hank Parker and The Deserted Attic, Ceremony Music my Tom Volchek