Month: March 2012

deborah + john

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Last month, we had the absolute honor of being a part of Deborah and John’s gorgeous Winter wedding in Ellicottville, NY! It was Valentine’s Day weekend – the perfect time of year for a romantic, snowy wedding! Ellicottville is always quaint and romantic, but based on this year’s lack of a real Winter, we had our doubts about whether or not the snow would make an appearance. Sure enough, though, Deborah and John lucked out with a beautiful blanket of white, fluffy snow! We were so excited!! :)

I started out the day with Deborah at her family’s Winter residence in Ellicottville. I had such a great time documenting this part of the day! Everyone was super relaxed, and Deborah was so excited to be marrying her best friend!

Love those red shoes!!
Ben started out the day with John and his best man at The Sugar Pine Lodge Bed and Breakfast.  He grabbed a few getting ready shots, before they all headed over to the church!  The snowboarder cuff links were awesome!!
The ceremony was at St. John’s Episcopal Church right in Ellicottville.  It was one of the cutest churches I’ve ever seen – very old, very beautiful, and very cozy.  I loved it!!
Deborah and John were kind enough to share their Top Five Favorite Wedding Day Memories with our readers, and I’m very happy that they did!  Here are Deb’s Top Five:

1.  “Managing to keep it together as my dad walked me down the aisle to my future husband.”
2.  “Feeling like we were in a snow globe when seeing all the fluffy snow falling outside the windows of the church.”
3.  “The moment when the sun peaked through the window on us as we were pronounced husband and wife.”
4.  “Running through the snow in my Uggs while people threw lavender seeds at us.”
5.  “Sharing a wonderful weekend with our closest and dearest friends and family.”

And, here are John’s Top Five Favorite Wedding Day Memories!!

1.  “Peeking out into the church while the mothers lit the unity candles before the ceremony.”
2.  “Seeing my beautiful wife coming down the aisle.”
3.  “Feeling like a king sitting down during the wedding ceremony.”
4.  “The girls reading the poem.”
5.  “When the priest wrapped our hands in his sash to join us.”

After they walked back up the aisle, they headed right up to the choir loft where two young family members rang the church bells in their honor!!
I loved that they had their guests throw lavender!  What an awesome idea!  It’s totally biodegradable, safe for animals to eat, and it smells heavenly.  :)
We walked around town a little bit to grab a few snowy portraits.  There are so many adorable little spots around Ellicottville!
I love this one so much!!
Oh, yes…I love this one, too!!!!
Actually, they’re all adorable, because Deb and John are just an adorable couple!!  In addition to sharing their Top Five Favorite Wedding Day Memories, they were also kind enough to share this piece of advice with any of our readers who are still working their way through the wedding planning process:  “When planning the wedding, don’t let anyone else decide for you what is important.”  That is really great advice!  :)

Deborah and John – thank you so much for choosing us to capture these beautiful memories for you! It was such an amazing day, and we feel so honored to have been a part of it!! We wish you both all the happiness in the world! Much love, J + B :)

  • Kathleen SAYS...

    So pretty! I love the photo of the boys ringing the bell for them and the huge smilies on their faces and that one in front of the church doors with the garland is awesome! The picture of the person taking a photo is pretty cool too :).

  • Stacy SAYS...

    These are great!!! Winter weddings, no it’s the snow that looks amazingly romantic! Love the bell ringer and cuff link shots!

laurie + pete

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Laurie and Pete are getting married at the end of March, and we are so excited to be a part of their day!! :)

I have known Laurie my entire life. She is a beautiful person – kind, loving, thoughtful, bubbly, fun – the list of adjectives I could use to describe just how lovely she is could go on and on! Before their e-session, I had only met Pete once or twice, so I was very excited to come to Utica (which, if you don’t know by now, is my beloved hometown) to spend this time with them, and get to know them as a couple. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Pete is just as wonderful as Laurie, and that they are absolutely a perfect match! I’m so truly happy that two such fabulous people have found their way to each other, and cannot wait to celebrate with them in just a few short weeks!

Although it was sunny and beautiful for our shoot in Utica, it was still very cold, so we had to use indoor locations for the majority of our time together.  Luckily, we had this awesome city loft to use for our first location!!  Laurie’s parents (my aunt and uncle) recently finished rehabbing an old building in downtown Utica, and it looks amazing!  You can check out their Facebook page, The Bleecker Street Project, to see some of the before photos – you won’t believe your eyes!!  They are actively involved in the revitalization of downtown Utica, and it really has come a long, long way.  Every time I visit, there is something new, and it’s getting better all the time!

An engagement photo session in Utica, NY just would not be complete without a trip to the train station!  It’s one of Utica’s most stunning architectural displays, and certainly one of my favorite spots.  :)  We did a few shots outside before heading into the station, but it was definitely chilly!!  How cute are these two?!
We decided to head back out into the cold for a few shots on the platform and by the vintage trains, and I’m so very glad we did!  The blue sky was so lovely!

Laurie and Pete – thank you so much for allowing me to capture these beautiful memories for you! It was wonderful to have the opportunity to spend this time with you! Getting to know you guys as a couple made me SO excited for us to be a part of your wedding day!!! Can’t wait!! Much love, J + B :)