It's always been such lovely thing to live so close to my family. Close being a relative term, but close enough for me. The Mohawk Valley has always been a coming together point for my rather large family on my mothers side. And thats because my ten uncles and aunts all grew up in this area. Now they are scattered all over the United States but always make trips back to their original home. On this particular occasion, my cousins Arthur & Shannon came down from NYC and my Uncle, Donny from Mississippi. We spent the weekend together eating fish fry's, checking out art festivals and barbecuing it up. It was relaxing, fun and just what I needed. In our small amount of time, we managed to get some family sessions done not only for my visiting cousins, but my sister Brittie, Kyle and my sort of brand new nephew Jackman. There is a cuteness overload here; so warning advised.
I have never seen more people dance in all the weddings I have shot. Nick & Lisa decided going against getting the traditional DJ and hired a live band to play for most of the night. I don't even know how to describe what genre they were, but they had the entire crowd on their feet! These two were such a fun bunch and we had the best time shooting their wedding. It was a little untraditional but thats what we loved about it! No seating charts, open dinner, art deco decor and the live band, I could keep going. At some points, I honestly felt like I could have been in The Great Gatsby (I think thats what they were going for, so job well done!) But enough gabbing, here's the pictures!
Britt contacted me this month because a friend of hers recommended me for a session. (Thanks Heather & Carl!) Now, we might have done this a little backwards. Britt & Seaver had a small ceremony this winter but opted out of having a photographer. They regretted this decision and came to me hoping we could recreate their magical day. Spoiler alert, we did! Britt was such a firecracker and I can tell Seaver keeps her grounded. They work so well together and I'm so happy to share these wonderful images with the rest of you.
It's crazy how time flies. One minute you're playing dress up and crying because you can't go to the first day of school with your sister, the next you're graduating from college and now here we are; I'm planning my move to California and my sister has bought a house and is starting a family. I'm still in a state of disbelief that we aren't arguing over who stole whose clothing (okay, we might still be fighting about that). I've watched my sister grow and accomplish so many things, and now she's having a child. I'm going to be an aunt, which is slightly terrifying but also really exciting. I couldn't ask for a better family and I couldn't ask for a better sister.
Brian & Jackie are one of the sweetest couples I have met in quite some time. From the moment they did their first look, I could tell how in love they were and especially how easily they could make each other laugh. These two did away with most of the traditional parts of a wedding and stuck to the basics to ensure that the most fun was had. The reception got wild and I had an absolute blast being a part of their day. Best of luck to you both!