Jeff & Caralyn

Jeff & Caralyn

There is something about a rustic wedding that really makes me wish I were at one every weekend. Rustic weddings are filled with textures, natural patterns and other characteristic details like wooden antique wagons, tractors, tall grass, and long dirt roads.

This was a true DIY wedding. The bride and groom spent months cleaning up this old barn that is not typically a wedding venue and is used to store a friend’s antiques and tractors.

When I first went to see this property in early April, the land and barn clearly had some potential and this couple seriously had a vision and worked hard to turn it into the most perfect place for this special day.

So, maybe the lights went out a few times because the circuit panel wasn’t design to handle dozens of lights along with a top notch DJ, but it didn’t stop this couple and their guests from celebrating. Seriously though…not a person was standing still at this wedding from the moment the music got turned up.

They also had a VW bug as a wedding cake. How cool is that?

Many thanks to everyone that made this day so successful and I want to give a very special thanks to an incredible wedding planner, Wendy Lawrence with Fine Affairs. She’s a joy to work with and very accommodating and creative!

Thank you Jeff & Caralyn for having me and I can’t wait to share more photos with you!

Wedding Coordinator: Wendy Lawrence with Fine Affairs
DJ – DJ Truemastr
Flowers – Balet Flowers & Design
Catering – Birch Hill Catering
Bride’s Dress – Something Bleu
Bridesmaids and Groomsmen – JCrew

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Tina & Mitch – National Museum of Dance

TINA + MITCH  : 9.29.2012

I think anyone that knows Tina and Mitch would say that the two of them go together like peanut butter and jelly. All in attendance at their wedding on September 29th, would also agree that the day could not have been any more perfect.  The ceremony took place at Christ the Savior Church.  It included a lot of Orthodox traditions, including Tina and Mitch exchanging their rings at the very beginning of the ceremony and then the best man and maid of honor held wedding crowns over Tina and Mitch for the remainder of the ceremony (yes..a very long time to hold your arm over your head with what appeared to be a 10lb gold crown). Following the ceremony, the newly weds and their wedding party (along with myself!) had a trolly ride from the church to downtown Saratoga.  I kind of wanted to just keep riding around on the trolly because it was a pretty rock’n good time. Lots of drinks and cheer, and this one crazy aunt with a bottle of Dr. McGillicuddy’s! And as soon as that trolly emptied out at the Hall of Springs – Avenue of The Pines, and the bottle of Dr. McGillicuddy’s was finished, it was time for some fun wedding pics. I really have to give a big big big thank you to Tina & Mitch for budgeting close to 2 hours for group photos!!!!!! There are always so many amazing photo opportunities and ideas running through my head, so I was truly in my glory.  We were also incredibly lucky because not more than five minutes after our last group photo, it began to rain. We then moved into the National Museum of Dance for introductions, toasts, appetizers, and some amazing food. Tina and Mitch had coordinated for a mashed potato bar, which was followed by an ice cream sundae bar! I’m hoping Tina and Mitch will be having another party really soon with the same potato bar and desserts 🙂

Once again, thank you so much Tina & Mitch for having me and I give your wedding day 5 stars!

Catie & Wes – Hall of Springs

So this was my last wedding of the year. November 13th – Catie & Wes. Has it really already been a month?  It seemed like only yesterday when I heard the news that I would be the official photographer for the wedding of Catie & Wes at the Hall of Springs. It also only seemed like a few months ago when we completed the Saratoga engagement session and the Boston engagement session. Well first, again, I need to thank Catie’s aunt Pauline Kolach for making this possible and giving me the referral. Now let’s get right down to action here. I absolutely love this couple. Catie is the kindest and sweetest girl eva! Wes is pretty awesome too but a little shy in front of the camera but he was a total sport about two engagement sessions and taking lots of orders from someone half his height all day.   Well all my fingers and toes where crossed for perfect weather and my wish was granted.  There were still many trees with the fall foliage, an amazing blue sky, and pretty warm for a mid November day. So let’s just say, this wedding was nothing but amazing. Entertainment for the evening was the New York Players!!!  For many of the local big shot photogs this is an every other weekend occurrence. Well this is wedding number one for me with the players at it and I am honored and it helped me close out the year with a bang. Thank you so much Catie & Wes. I enjoyed every minute of the day and would do it again in a heartbeat. Now, without further ado, I present to you a small collection of photos from this amazing day – DR

Catie & Wes, Saratoga Springs, NY

What a fantastic couple. I feel like the luckiest photographer eva!

Catie & Wes live out near my favorite city, The Bean Town, which is my old stomping grounds. Well when I got a call from Catie back in August, I was so excited to hear from someone out in MA that’s planning a wedding right here in Saratoga. Not just in Saratoga either, but at the one place that I have dreamed about since moving this way back in 07′. The Hall of Springs.  It’s like hitting the lotto for anyone in the wedding business. As an aspiring wedding photographer (primarily an E-Blog stalker), I was honored to know I was even being considered. Did I mention that the New York Players will be there. This is going to be a party that you just don’t want to miss!!!!

So I have to now share the story of how I met Catie & Wes.

Catie & Wes are a perfect mix of NY and MA. Catie from Upstate NY and Wes from MA. Well there’s this awesome coffee shop (Melville’s Mug) down in Albany that I would drop by every morning. Well that’s how I got to know Catie’s Aunt. Pauline – you truly make the best coffee and I’ll owe you forever from this one! So I left some business cards with Pauline and I became friends with this perfect barista (mainly for the free coffee and morning craic (slang term for laughs in Ireland)).  Well here’s a preview of their Saratoga Spings engagement session and we’re still working on the plans for the Boston session. Enjoy!