Jessica & Rich {Wedding at the Kaaterskill}

There are some people whose good humor can’t be touched.  When it poured the morning of Jessica & Rich’s wedding, they both just continued their getting ready with wit and whimsy.  And it worked out because there are some fabulous nooks and crannies in that gorgeous venue that is the Kaaterskill, which people don’t always get to use since the outside is so stunning.  By the time the guests arrived, there was no more rain to be seen.  Just a whole lot of gorgeous mist parting to reveal a romantic wedding and a stunning night for a truly epic party. HHP JessRichW_0046 Untitled-1 HHP JessRichW_0061HHP getting ready collageHHP JessRichW_0208HHP first look collageHHP prewed collageHHP welcome collageHHP ceremony details collageHHP JessRichW_0595HHP JessRichW_R1-25HHP JessRichW_0730HHP post ceremony collageHHP table food collageHHP JessRichW_0992HHP JessRichW_1265HHP JessRichW_1216HHP outside party collageCeremony and Reception Venue:  The Kaaterskill

Wedding Coordinator & Caterer: Sidney Orlando for New World Catering

DJ/Band: Dave Leonard, JTD Productions

Florist: Elderberry Flowers

Dresses: Saja Wedding

Suits: Brooks Brothers

Hair: Salon 52 Hair Studio

Makeup: Bella Trucco

Photography: Guess who? with Second Shooter: Kathryn Lucia

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Beyond the Selfie {photography class for middle schoolers}

Yesterday wrapped up a four-week workshop series I taught to a handful of middle schoolers through Kitchen Table Arts.  We looked at some of the giants in the history of art, and explored the basics of photography through self-portrait assignments.  The kids made awesome photos, some of which I’m posting here to make a sort of virtual exhibition for them.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA ZnS Photography_0041We’ll be coming back with another series soon!



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Jessica & Rich {hiking engagement shoot on the Hudson}

Engagements come and go, and sometimes they do that so fast!  Before Jessica & Rich knew it, theirs was almost over.  So we stopped the planning for a couple hours and went out on a hike to see the Hudson River and enjoy the changing leaves.  It was the perfect way to get to know their angles and build their confidence in the photography before their wedding, with lots of laughs.  And now, before they know it, they’ll be married!

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P.S.  See all of the engagement photos on their web gallery.

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FreshGrass {on assignment for Chronogram}

I’m working on a story for Chronogram Magazine, which last weekend found me donning the FreshGrass jewelry of a press pass and three-day wristband (plus one to prove my age for that lovely craft beer).  Here’s a sneak peek…

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Patty & James {Wedding in Sleepy Hollow and Rye}

When your first introduction to a couple is on a three-way Skype call where one of them is in Jordan and the other is in Ethiopia, you know that their story is going to be sooooo romantic.  Patty and James’ wedding day offered all the adventure a couple of world-travelers can promise: a literary church ceremony, Route 9 (in the opposite direction of the reception) cordoned off as President Obama drove by, an Italian-style courtyard dinner with bistro lights, and a miraculous recovery from illness by James the day before the wedding!  It was everything…

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Ceremony venue: Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow

Reception venue:  The Marros Estate

Wedding Designer and Florist: Karin Hlywiak, Cinderella4aday

Band for cocktail hour: Chamberlain Brass Quintet

DJ for reception: Don’t Stop the Music

Caterer: Jean Jacques’ Culinary Creations

Groom’s attire: Tuxedo from J. Crew; accessories from Brook’s Brothers

Bride’s: Modern Trousseau (purchased at Hitched Salon)

Jewelry: Headpiece and earrings: BHLDN; Veil: Hitched Salon

Hair: DryBar

Makeup: Once Upon a Bride

Wedding Cake: Lulu Cakes

Photographer: Guess who?  Second shooter: Kathryn Lucia

See more photos from Patty & James’ day on Facebook and at their web galleries!

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Long Island Vacation!

Modern art, ocean beaches, lighthouses, wine tasting, horseshoe crab encounters, fish shacks (dock- and road-side), ferries and boats, small town vignettes, historic features, farm stands, gourmet burgers and shakes, vintage dime-store thrills, sunshine and lots of family time.  This is my Hamptons.

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P.S.  See all the pretty beach pictures on Instagram!

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Jason and Katie’s 10th {Long Island Anniversary Party}

For the past ten years, I have been secretly enjoying someone else’s marriage.  That of my sweet college friends, Jason and Katie.  And the other weekend, we all got to celebrate!

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Here’s to 10s of many more.  <3

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P.S.  See all the photos at their web gallery!

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