Engagements Weddings

Liza and Christian’s Astoria, New York Engagement Session

You guys, I am 100% done with editing this season’s weddings. Huzzah! Which means that I can finally begin to catch up on blogging. There are so many sessions (and weddings!) left to blog and I can’t wait to show you some of the amazing days we’ve been so lucky to be a part of.

Because these two are fresh on my mind, I thought I’d kick off my upcoming blogging streak (Ok, maybe it won’t be that frequent. After all, there is still much to get done) with Liza and Christian’s engagement session in Astoria, New York City. This particular session is just packed full of all my favorite things: gorgeous light, Brooklyn/Astoria, New York, a cat, foggy New York City skylines (this is totally a thing, btw), the fluffiest cat, rooftop decks and did I mention there is an adorable cat? Yeah, her name is birdie and she’s the cutest.

Liza and Christian wanted to do some photos in their home in Astoria and also wander out in search of some cool graffiti in the area. There are a few streets in Astoria that have walls covered in some really cool graffiti. The best part? New graffiti appears every once in a while in place of old graffiti so next time you go it could look totally different. For example, remember Ka-Ling and Joe’s engagement session in Astoria earlier this year? Some of the walls you’ll see on Liza and Christian’s post are the exact same ones but with different graffiti on it. Pretty rad.

Basically, this post has it all. So I’m just going to stop writing now and let you have a look.

-Christina

Rooftop engagement session in AstoriaCozy engagement session in AstoriaSucculents in a terra cotta pot that Christian is growing to use as decor for their weddingAstoria cool graffitti wall engagement sessionA portrait of beautiful Liza. I loved the way her ivory tunic complemented her skin tones, hair and make upA portrait of beautiful Liza during her engagement session. I loved the way her ivory tunic complemented her skin tones, hair and make upJust a little vignette of Liza and Christian's apartment in Astoria, BrooklynJust a little vignette of Liza and Christian's apartment in Astoria, BrooklynI love that they chose to take a few photos featuring books that they love. It says so much about who they areSome more engagement photos on the rooftop. You can just barely see the New York City skylineSome more engagement photos on the rooftop. You can just barely see the New York City skyline. Foggy days can be so beautiful sometimes.The wood panels and the grey floors made for the best light on an otherwise overcast day.Liza and Christian brought Birdie, their super cute and curious kitty for a few photos as well.Christian posing for the camera for a few photos.Christian posing for the camera for a few photos.Some more cool graffiti that we ran into during Liza and Christian's engagement session in AstoriaLiza and Christian were so fun to work with.There are walls covered in amazing graffiti around Astoria and they change from time to timeWe, of course, could not miss a photo with IvyCouple holding hands during their engagement session in AstoriaLiza, how do you get to have such beautiful hair! Not fairI love this sequence of the two of them against a brick wall and a bright blue door at their engagement session in Astoria, New York CityI love this sequence of the two of them against a brick wall and a bright blue door at their engagement session in Astoria, New York CityI love this sequence of the two of them against a brick wall and a bright blue door at their engagement session in Astoria, New York CitySuch fun with these two.

One Shot – Beth, Edited with Replichrome

I’d be lying if I said that one of my favorite parts of the job is editing thousands of photos from a shoot. It’s truly fun to get to relive the all the amazing wedding days I’ve been a part of through loads of photographs but editing each image individually takes a lot of time, a lot of focus and a lot of discipline. It might not be my favorite part of the job (I’d much rather be interacting with couples from behind the camera and getting to know them and the people and things they love) but it’s been one that has helped me grow and fine tune my shooting skills. You see, when you’re forced to look at your own photos for hours on end on a given day you really start to meticulously point out every mistake you’ve made find ways improve your work.

I’d also be lying if I said I totally hated it. I don’t hate it; far from it! I love seeing a photo transform from a RAW image that comes straight from my camera, to a final, creatively-edited photograph that I’m proud to call my own.

Lately I’ve been having a lot of fun editing with a new set of Film-Emulation presets by Totally Rad actions called Replichrome. They’ve given my digital images the wonderfully rich characteristics of film that I so craved and wished for.

This is an image of Beth, one of our beautiful brides from this season. I had the opportunity to photograph her and Matt days before their wedding in Burlington and this is one of my favorite portraits of her, edited with Replichrome.

Love this portrait of Beth on a rainy afternoon at the Burlington Waterfront in Vermont

Nipmoose Barns Wedding in Upstate New York – Melissa & Jim

Groom portrait at Upstate New York WeddingBridal portrait at her upstate New York weddingBeautiful succulent bouttonnieres by Erin Ostreicher DesignsA prayer to be read at the ceremonyJim heads outside, vows in hand in this candid groom portraitHandwritten wood sign for ceremony Beautiful Aspen trees at the ceremony site at the Nipmoose BarnsPhotojournalistic candid photo of getting ready.Melissa puts on her beautiful wedding gown with the help of her best gals at the White Oak houseMelissa puts on her beautiful wedding gown with the help of her best gals at the White Oak houseMelissa puts on the last few finishing touches before heading to the Nipmoose BarnsA sweet mother and son moment in front of one of the barnsHappily ever after wedding wood signBlack and white bridal portrait of MelissaBeautiful Dahlia and Succulent bouquet by Erin Ostreicher DesignsMelissa and Jim's sweet first look at the White Oak houseA few pre-ceremony portraits of Melissa and Jim with their Dog Jackie-OMelissa and her pup Jackie OIt was a beautiful day at the Nipmoose Barns in Upstate New YorkWalking to the hideout barn before the ceremony startsMelissa taking a peek before heading to the ceremonyJim looking a Melissa as she walks towards himMelissa's father giving her awayReading their vows to each otherMelissa and Jim as husband and wife!Bridemaids and bride's bouquetBridesmaid's portraitGroomsmen's portraitMelissa and Jim in front of the dinner barn at the Nipmoose BarnsSweet moment between Melissa and Jim at the Nipmoose Barns in Upstate New YorkGerman barn with white and gold pennant flags and moss initialsSunset portraits at the Nipmoose Barns with Melissa and Jim and their sweet pup Jackie O.Sunset portraits at the Nipmoose Barns overlooking the valley with Melissa and JimSunset portraits at the Nipmoose Barns with Melissa and Jim and their sweet pup Jackie O.Cute little one wearing a pink flower head bandUpstate New York Mountain skylineJim's heritage is Irish so they had irish coffee as part of their dessert menuStunningly fluid table arrangement by Erin Ostreicher DesignsFamily portraitA sweet candid moment between Melissa and Jim before dinnerBlack and white first dance at the Nipmoose Barns in Upstate New YorkStarry night at the Nipmoose Barns

Venue: Historic Barns of Nipmoose in Buskirk, New York | Floral Design and Styling: Erin Ostreicher Designs | Hair: Janet Hernandez | Make-Up Artist: Andrea Wilcox | Live Entertainment: Dreamland Orchestra and Wyld Nightz Band | Catering: Oriole 9 | Rentals: Events Unlimited

Justin & Amanda’s Southern Vermont Engagement Session

During wedding season engagement sessions kind of take a back seat to weddings on the blog but they are truly one of my favorite things to photograph. My reasons for this happen to be very selfish: Simply put, I get to spend about an hour or two with the couple in a beautiful location at the most perfect time of day (sunset) with no time constraints. What’s not to love?

We’ve been to so many amazing locations this year for engagement sessions and we have a few more planned before the year ends! Including another session in Astoria, New York, a session at a cabin in the woods, and lots of fall foliage in beautiful Vermont. Not to worry, I do plan to feature all our sessions but I’m saving them for the winter months when things are a bit slower and I don’t have as much to blog.

For now, though, I felt I just had to blog Justin and Amanda’s session in. As if just the fun of working with them wasn’t enough, they also took us to two of the most beautiful locations we’ve been this year! The first was Justin’s mom’s beautiful residence in Putney, Vermont complete with a hammock, a logging trail and a pond with a floating dock (stay tuned for their wedding photos also at this location) and the second was a private field with amazing light and views.

Stay tuned for their super fun and laid back Vermont country wedding photos!

Justin and Amanda began their sweet engagement session on a hammock in Justin's mom's propertyJustin and Amanda began their sweet engagement session on a hammock in Justin's mom's propertyJustin and Amanda began their sweet engagement session on a hammock in Justin's mom's propertyThe property where we did their engagement session had an amazing treeThe property where we did their engagement session had an amazing treeThe property where we did their engagement session had an amazing treeThe property where we did their engagement session had an amazing treeThe property where we did their engagement session had an amazing treeThe property where we did their engagement session had an amazing treeThe property where we did their engagement session had an amazing treeJustin and Amanda wanted to paddle out to the middle of the pond for some portraitsJustin and Amanda wanted to paddle out to the middle of the pond for some portraitsAmanda's polka dot dress and boots fit perfectly with their Vermont Country engagement sessionI love how intimate this photo feelsThis was one of my favorite shots from Amanda & Justin's sessionAmanda is so beautiful and she looks so happy in this photoAnother one of my favorite photos from Amanda and Justin's engagement sessionI love the reflection of the trees in the water in this shotJustin and Amanda look so happyWe tried to recreate the classic American Gothic portrait but none of us could quite remember exactly how it wasA traditional portrait of Justin and AmandaI loved the beautiful light we had in Putney that eveningJustin and Amanda took us to the governor's field for some shots of them around sunsetI love this silouhette we created in the governor's field

Margaret and Min’s Pretty in Pink Wedding at Sugarbush Resort in Warrent, Vermont

This wedding was a tricky one to blog. Not because of a lack of momentous events, photos or beauty but because I had the hardest time narrowing down my favorites. You see, Margaret and Min had an epic day, and we were lucky enough to be a part of it.

From the pre-first-look jitters, through the picturesque ski life ride to the top of  Sugarbush Ski Resort, through the liveliest group of dancers at the reception, to the cute sparkler sendoff, through the bright summer sun, the majestic clouds and the all of the pretty pink details. We were a part of it all and we could not be more thankful.

Margaret and Min right after their sweet first-look at Sugarbush ResortIt was a spectacular day at Sugarbush Resort for Margaret and Min's weddingI loved the backcountry decor of the ballroom at SugarbushMargaret had these custom sparkler gifts for their sendoff at the end of the nightMargaret gets in her beautiful wedding dress with the help of her momMargaret's wedding dress was soft and beautiful with lots of wonderful tulleMargaret chose fun pink shoes to wear on her wedding dayMin's wedding attire was quite fashionable as well.I loved the color of Min's shoes, they complemented his light grey suit very wellMargaret's wedding veil was simple and so beautifulWhen bride's put on their jewelry is such a fun moment for me to photograph. They always look so happy and beautiful in the natural poseWhen bride's put on their jewelry is such a fun moment for me to photograph. They always look so happy and beautiful in the natural poseWe had some time to get creative after Margaret was ready and I was so happy to have created this shotThe clouds at Sugarbush were so amazingMargaret approaches Min who is patiently waiting for their first lookMargaret taps min on the shoulderMin's look on his face when he sees Margaret makes me so happyMore cuteness from Margaret and MinThese were the two most adorable kiddos I've ever had the pleasure to photograph!His groomsmen were also so easy to work withHis groomsmen were also so easy to work withHis groomsmen were also so easy to work withHis groomsmen were also so easy to work withMin was so easy and easy going the whole day. He made us feel super appreciated and thankful to be a part of his dayAll of the guys and gals in this photo are so wonderful!It was a gorgeous day with fantastic views at the top of the ski liftThere were songs and readings and lots of happy tears during Margaret and Min's ceremonyLove Margaret's excitement as they exchange wedding bandsMargaret and Min's parents looking on proud and excited for Margaret and MinMargaret and Min lit a unity candleMargaret and Min make recess as husband and wifeWe had amazing light after the sun hid behind the trees at the top of the ski liftMore great light and more love from Margaret and MinMore great light and more love from Margaret and MinMore great light and more love from Margaret and MinMargaret's wedding dress had a lot of beautiful flowing tulleMargaret's wedding bouquet was by Sally's Flower ShopAnother wedding portrait of Margaret and Min at SugarbushMargaret made this cute Margaret loves pinkMargaret had this lounge area set up for the cocktail hourWarm candle-lit wedding centerpieceThe Bride's signature drink was no less than a pink strawberry mojitoMargaret and Min had a sweet sparkler sendoff at the end of their wedding reception

Wedding Venue & Accomodations: Sugarbush Resort in Warren, VT | Wedding Coordinator: Calli Willette | Hair Artist: Hannah Zeno with Studio 7 | Entertainment: Mike Detch with Top Hat Entertainment | Cake: Cake Day VT | Florals: Sally’s Flower | Rentals: Rentmywedding.com | Make-Up Artist: Veronica Shin | Dress: White Collection Boutique | Reverend: David Cho

p.s. Remember Margaret and Min’s lakeside engagement session in Burlington, Vermont?

Beth & Matt’s Wedding in Burlington, Vermont

Beth and Matt sharing a moment alone during their reception in Burlington, VermontBeth puts on her wedding gown with the help of her motherHer mom also helped her put on this beautiful braceletBeth takes a look at herself in the mirror after she's completely readyMatt gifted his groomsmen cups engraved with their initials and made them mint juleps on his wedding dayMaking the celebratory mint juleps for his groomsmenThe groomsmen share a big cheers to celebrate MattA special poem and a handkerchief that Beth carried with her on her dayBeth's peacock birdcage veil was beautifulBeth was so happy before the ceremony and it showedBeth's bridal portraitThe inside of the Ira Allen Chapel was pretty amazingGuests awaiting the start of the ceremonyBeth and Matt's nieces and nephews made the day so funBeth makes her way into the chapel with her fatherBeth and Matt's wedding ceremony was beautiful and emotionalTheir readings were so meaningful and personalMatt and Beth's cute flower girl looks onHere's the happy bride and groom making their exit from the chapel as their guests blow bubbles at themOne of my favorite portraits of Beth and Matt, it really shows the happiness they felt all dayBeautiful and simple wedding cakeWedding cake close-upBeth and Matt share their sweet first danceWe took a few moments to step out and enjoy the beautiful evening as the sun set over the Burlington sky lineOne of my favorite portraits of BethOne of my favorite portraits of MattSunset over Burlington, Vermont

Alix & Justin’s Wedding at The Mountain Top Inn – One Shot

Here’s one frame from Alix & Justin’s beautiful wedding celebration at The Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden, Vermont. They asked their friends to set off confetti cannons at the end of their ceremony. What a fun moment for us to be a part of!

Justin and Alix had their friends shoot off confetti cannons at the end of their wedding ceremony at the Mountain Top Inn