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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