Make a photo a day. That’s the challenge I gave myself this spring. Such fun. Here are some of my recent faves…
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I am a Pinterest-party-planning wannabe.
No one in my family is born in the summer. Until my second daughter, Sabine, came along! Her birthday is the one chance I have all year of throwing a lovely garden party. And lucky for me, she is a happy collaborator when it comes to planning something particularly girlie and sweet. This year, Sabine and I trolled Pinterest looking for fun party ideas. Mermaids? Strawberry shortcake? Blueberry shortcake? Eventually, she settled upon a fairy theme. Very appropriate, don’t you think, for a 5th birthday party?
And Pinterest is a treasure trove of fairy party ideas! Unfortunately, many of them didn’t work for us in real life. Our fairy dust came out black instead of pink. I needed a net to ward bugs off the snack table. And our toadstool cupcakes, while wildly delicious, needed some explanation. But, in the end, I think we put together a beautiful party… on Pinterest. And in real life, we had a great time with friends who cared more about celebrating with us than about how red our icing turned out. All the big sisters did a beautiful job with the face painting. The boys made a super-fun train track. And Sabine and I spent wonderful hours licking that icing bowl together as we prepared for the big day! If you’re like me, you might want to call my party-planning-, party-designing- savvy friends at Hudson Valley Ceremonies, Cinderella4ADay, Floral Fantasies by Sara and A Night in Bloom, for whom I have *even more* renewed respect!
Good things come to those who wait. In this case, we waited about three years to do a True Romance shoot with Sara and David. (A True Romance shoot is often right after the wedding, where the couple gets all dressed up again for more portraits in their wedding finery. Also called, a Trash the Dress shoot.) But Sara’s dress was this amazing creation, handmade by her talented mama. So we thought about using a different dress. But eventually, the shoot started to coincide with their tenth (dating) anniversary, and an anniversary shoot it was. And it was soooo good!
Session Location: Sara’s family’s gravel yard and Leonard Park
What do you get when you mix the Hudson Valley’s newest barn wedding venue and a couple with a flair for modernist-vintage styling (plus, a crew of guests who know how to party)? Quite possibly, a perfect day. Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Church
Party Venue/Coordinator: Kerri Corrgian for Owl’s Hoot Barn
Caterer: Brandon Snooks @ Wandering Dago
DJ/Band: Michael Wilcox for JTD Productions
Florist: Erin @ the Rosery
Suits: The Black Tux
Hair/Makeup: Makeup by Jenny
Videographer: Matt Kelsey for MK Super 8
Two of my favorite wedding couples have since doubled their sweet families. (Which is a silly pun, I know, because the two brides are twin sisters. Forgive me!) First, Adrienne and Dave were married in Stone Ridge (pre-blog) in 2009. And then I got to photograph Sara and Peter’s wedding in DUMBO (first wedding on the blog!) in 2010. We met back in Brooklyn last weekend, and I got to meet all these adorable little people they have since made.
P.S. for all you nursing mamas out there: Don’t miss Adrienne’s gorgeous, handmade bags. As you can see from the last photo, you will never be embarrassed to lug your breastpump around again!
We have made the jump (hee hee) to custom drives for delivering final wedding images. With a key chain and our pretty little logo on each side, aren’t they cute?
We can’t wait for our first recipients, Erin and Dan, to get their hands on it and view all their gorgeous wedding photos.
Thanks so, so much to Ashley for inspiring us to make the switch!
Even the drizzly weather was inspired by Colette and Dave‘s sunny, calm dispositions, and decided to try its hand at being as beautiful.
Venue/Caterer: The Catamount Restaurant at The Emerson Resort & Spa
DJ/Band: Lou Paris, A Perfect Blend Entertainment
Florist: Julie Hirsh at The Flower Nest
Cupcakes: Bride’s Cousin, Kristen Caprotti
Table Number Centerpieces: Bride’s Brother, Jesse Caprotti
Suits: The Men’s Wearhouse
Rings: Zimmer Brothers
Hair: Beautiful Images
Photographer: Guess who? Second shooter: Brandon Sawhill-Aja