North Fork Vineyard Wedding

Tara and Jake 090614_0859I love it when, no matter how many times I look at the photos, I smile every time!  How could I not with such an overwhelmingly happy couple as Tara and Jake!?  Their day was simply giddy and chock-full of moments rich with emotion, humor, and love.  Anyone fortunate enough to have Tara and Jake in their life will agree, these are two of the most genuine and kind souls to walk earth, and wow, what a pair!  After sharing their first look on the lawn of Cliffside Resort, we head over to Duck Walk Vineyard, stopping along the way to take some bridal party and family portraits.  The guys had fun reenacting “Field of Dreams, ” while the ladies showed off all of their fancy accessories and super exciting mandarin orange dresses!  Before the start of the ceremony, Tara and her father shared a long hug, a moment which will remain beautifully frozen in time.  The sky warmed and turned to a subtle orange creamsicle hue just as Tara was “veiled”… exhaled…and walked down the aisle.

Compliments to Ashley O’Neil Events and Sugar Magnolia Flowers

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Happy 1st Birthday!

Leo090714_036Post-birthday cake bath time!!  And this wasn’t just any old bath time as you’ll see…they plopped him right in with the corn soaking in a galvanized tub…so cute!  There’s nothing more joyful than a child excitedly exploring the world, on wobbly legs and with incessant curiosity, and spreading love to all those around him.  Here’s a little highlight “reel” from a very smiley first birthday celebration with The Nappa’s.  enjoy!

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Founders Landing Beach Wedding

Aileen & Chris082214_1038It was such a blessing to be present at Aileen and Chris’ beautiful wedding.  There were so many candy moments, like the elegant gesture as Aileen looked over her shoulder while getting into her dress, and when the father of the bride adoringly kissed his daughter’s hand, and Aileen watching her groom dance with his mother.  One of my favorite moments was Aileen and Chris’ first dance, and the way that she melted into him once their friends and family joined in and surrounded them, crowding the dance floor and enveloping them in a sea of love (her expression is the essence of the beauty in candid).  And then there was all the gorgeous moments among the guests as love filled the air and the many children brought pure joy. The spirit of loved ones passed was ever present as Chris wore a tie clip with his father’s initial close to his heart, and Aileen carried stargazer lilies and was hugged by her custom made veil which included pieces of her mother’s wedding dress.  I loved the father of the bride’s toast, as he explained that researchers have found that people experiencing true love have virtually the same brain activity occurring as somebody who is “crazy”…hence the truth to crazy in love.  Please enjoy a selection of images from Aileen and Chris’ wedding day!

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Wyoming Wed – An Elopement

April & Steve080714_205Get ready for possibly my favorite wedding to date…okay, I’m biased, it’s my sister, April and her man, Steve!  I had the absolute pleasure and honor of capturing their private exchange of vows in the pasture of McFadden Ranch. Now, for as long as I can remember April has had this friend from Wyoming, talking on the phone literally just about every day (for 15 years!).  They really only met a handful of times before April took a leap of faith and moved out west to “give it a try.”  Well surprise surprise, it became clear pretty quickly that they were always meant to be (a fact that Steve has confidently known all along).  Not so keen on planning a big wedding, the happy couple decided to get a photographer ;) and keep things super simple.  I brought with me our Mom’s pearls, which were Grandma’s, and a cameo broach that our mom wore on her wedding day.  For flowers, we picked daisies and zinnias that morning from April’s beautiful gardens, and chose sage because “it is the smell of horseback riding out west” where wild sagebrush covers the hills.  She wanted the peaceful morning light just as the sun peeked over the red clay mountains, and so we hopped in the pickup, loaded up the dogs, and got down to the ranch for 7am to meet the pastor and the owner of the ranch/witness (and I doubled as photographer/other witness).  By the way, it’s really hard to shoot with tears in my eyes!  After a short and sweet ceremony, we galavanted around the ranch before heading back to their house, where Steve happily carried his bride across the threshold…he’s a bit of an old school romantic!

After some coffee, and my sleepy daughter and husband peeled their eyelids back, we packed up and hit the road for Sunlight Basin.  On our way we saw some wild horses just off the road (it couldn’t be April’s wedding day without some wild horses!).  And then we set up in bear country, so yes, her gun is loaded.  After some pics, and covered with burrs, April was ready to put on her Wranglers and kick back alongside the creek.  Everything was perfect! Please enjoy a small selection of images from April and Steve’s big day and click on their names under Links in right hand column to view a slideshow.

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North Fork Family Portrait

082614_051082614_054Another super fun family session!  In the comfort of their backyard, and with the music cranked up, the kids (and parents) had a blast playing around the yard, hanging near the pool, and climbing their tree.  I absolutely adore the diptych above, their expressions and all of the simple loving gestures.   And the one below…how sweet?!   082614_042082614_043082614_023082614_039082614_015082614_017082614_020082614_061082614_062082614_088082614_079082614_080082614_075082614_087082614_098082614_067082614_068082614_064 - Version 2082614_070082614_110 - Version 2082614_078082614_083082614_101082614_099082614_102082614_123082614_126082614_125 (1)082614_114082614_124082614_131082614_142082614_140082614_158082614_160082614_159

Family Portrait at Salt Air Farm

The Pollina Family082014_047This is the family that, when before you have kids you see their pictures and say “I want that someday.”  Their love is truly reflected in their beautiful happy children.  And I just had to start this post with little ham Alexa and her weeping willow wig because it’s just awesome. Mom, Nicole, has always loved Salt Air Farm in New Suffolk…what’s not to love really?!  It’s definitely one of the most beautiful locations on the North Fork, with its billowing hydrangeas, magical weeping willows, wild flowers and historic barns.  The Pollina’s also happen to be great friends which I think really comes through in their pics.  We had so much fun frolicking around the farm!  And baby Max, well, he just melts me every time with that smile!!  Here is just a small selection of the many great pics we got on a beautiful August afternoon.  enjoy!

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Borrowed and Blue Wedding Feature!

I am excited to share the news that Katie and Zach’s Quogue Field Club Wedding was selected for feature on Borrowed & Blue Real Weddings!  Click here to see in full.

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