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after seeing catie and peter two times at other weddings this year alone, it was finally their turn to celebrate their marriage on a beautiful late fall day at the roundhouse in new york’s hudson valley. i first met peter over 3 years ago when photographing a wedding for some of his friends. at the end of the wedding, he was there with his pizza truck (dee-lish!). after photographing his brother’s wedding and a couple of his friend’s weddings, it was finally his turn to be the groom. after so much wedding practice, catie and peter knew how to just roll with it the day of for their roundhouse wedding which made for a fantastic time for all! and what was so awesome for me was having five couples together whose wedding’s i’ve shot including two sets of siblings and a lot of familiar wedding guests who are always a blast to photograph!

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love this moment when catie took some time to herself to write a letter to pete… roundhouse beacon bridal prep in penthouse

joe helps his brother out… roundhouse beacon groom prep

i love this shot because i have a very similar one of pete’s brother joe from a couple years ago… roundhouse beacon groom prep roundhouse beacon groom prep roundhouse beacon groom prep

if you could scratch and sniff the screen, you’d smell some rosemary on these dark and diamond boutonnières… hudson valley wedding flowers

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“you can find me in the tub”… roundhouse beacon bridal prep in penthouse roundhouse beacon bridal prep in penthouse roundhouse beacon bridal prep in penthouse

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catie’s dad sees her in her wedding gown for the first time… roundhouse beacon bridal prep in penthouse roundhouse beacon bridal prep in penthouse

i always laugh when people ask if my brides are real. yes, they are real. very real. i don’t do styled shoots… only real people in real time. make up by denise delrusso and hair by stephanie pontes roundhouse beacon bridal portrait in penthouse roundhouse beacon wedding couple portrait roundhouse beacon wedding couple portrait

simple and classic… roundhouse beacon wedding couple portrait hudson valley wedding couple portrait

i like the way the sun peeked into my lens on this shot… roundhouse beacon wedding couple portrait

that hair, though! hudson valley wedding couple portrait roundhouse beacon wedding couple portrait roundhouse beacon wedding couple portrait roundhouse beacon wedding couple portrait

i love how shades of purple were chosen for a late fall wedding… roundhouse beacon bridal party

little kids usually do one of two things when walking down the aisle: run excitedly down or spend the whole time looking back for someone to save them… hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony

two of my grooms from this year laughing at the altar… hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony

there’s always that moment that the groom takes a deep breath as the bride walks down the aisle. this happens regardless of whether they saw one another ahead of time or not. walking down the aisle is ‘go time’. hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony

catie’s brother acted as officiant… hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony

catie’s sister smiles on… hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony

love all the laughter! roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony

even catie’s nephew is having a good time… hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony

he caught me! hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony

i’ll be honest, i don’t know much about plants. i have trouble keeping anything alive, but i enjoyed the greenery of these centerpieces… hudson valley roundhouse wedding reception

arrive in style… hudson valley roundhouse wedding reception

if a candle was out at your table, i know who did it… roundhouse wedding reception hudson valley roundhouse wedding reception hudson valley roundhouse wedding reception

pete surprised catie partway through their first dance by singing their real wedding song, “ho hey” by the lumineers, while playing along with some friends… hudson valley roundhouse wedding reception roundhouse wedding reception hudson valley roundhouse wedding reception

amidst the excitement of their first dance, catie gives pete a quiet embrace… hudson valley roundhouse wedding reception

i see a lot of my past couples at weddings that i’m shooting.  i’m not one to go around collecting all my couples at a wedding for a photo, but the fact that i had five together was pretty awesome and a new record so i had to get this shot.

thanks to tracy and ryan for initially putting the good word out there for me and so excited for their little one to arrive.  if i’m still shooting weddings by the time he/she gets married, i’ll honor my 2016 pricing for them, hah.  of course i’ll likely be in my 60’s so i can’t promise what shape my ninja skills will be in or that i won’t have moved to some island to retire and drink margaritas all day by then…

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after eating some dinner, i returned to the room to see this! hudson valley new york roundhouse wedding reception hudson valley new york roundhouse wedding reception

chris, a 5-time wedding guest veteran of mine and and tiffany, a 3-time (this year alone!) wedding guest veteran of mind have fun with sticks that light up. (what do you call these things???) hudson valley new york roundhouse wedding reception

people change when you give them a stick that lights up to dance with… hudson valley new york roundhouse wedding reception hudson valley new york roundhouse wedding reception hudson valley new york roundhouse wedding reception hudson valley new york roundhouse wedding reception

don’t worry, he’s ok… hudson valley new york roundhouse wedding reception

if chris is in attendance, it’s mandatory that the groom does a santoro wedding fist bump with him!  hudson valley new york roundhouse wedding reception

as i was about to take this shot, a hand came flying into my frame so i used my ninja skills to move quickly to capture catie and peter kissing at the end of their reception! hudson valley new york roundhouse wedding reception

once again, so honored to have captured so many couples in attendance at catie and peter’s wedding and love seeing so many familiar faces. congrats to catie and peter for a fantastic day. such a pleasure working with them from start to finish. thanks to kelsey davis for assisting me.

although the rain made us run for it, lia and evan’s ramsey country club wedding was a success! we managed to squeak in a bunch of photos of lia and evan before the rain came and the sun even peeked out to shower them in some beautiful sunflare. i loved lia’s look and her subtle blue theme….

stumbled upon a few cool trees this fall…

i love how grooms will wet their hair in the sink and spend a couple minutes finessing their style while brides spend hours in the chair getting their hair done for the wedding day…

hah!

just messing around with lia’s masquerade mask and shoes…

i think the only other person i know with a sapphire engagement ring is my sister. love lia’s subtle blue theme… ramsey country club wedding bride prep ramsey country club wedding bride prep

blue shoes… ramsey country club wedding bride prep ramsey country club wedding bride prep

lia’s sister watches as lia’s birdcage veil is being positioned… ramsey country club wedding bride prep ramsey country club wedding bride prep

i love this shot. it’s the real stuff. the hustle around lia to get her situated and into her shoes while she grabs a drink of water… ramsey country club wedding bride prep

tea length wedding dress for the win…. ramsey country club wedding bride prep

lia takes a moment to read her letter from evan… notice the blue theme? ramsey country club wedding bride prep

love lia’s look— tea length wedding dress, bird cage veil, blue shoes, blue nail polish and a bright bouquet… ramsey country club wedding bridal portrait ramsey country club wedding couple portrait ramsey country club wedding couple portrait ramsey country club wedding couple portrait ramsey country club wedding couple portrait

glad we got a little sunshine before the rain… ramsey country club wedding couple portrait

cool tree, sun flare and smiles… ramsey country club wedding couple portrait ramsey country club wedding couple portrait

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the cool thing about technology is that is allows people who can’t attend a ceremony to be a part of it… ramsey country club indoor wedding ceremony

evan’s dad has some advice… ramsey country club indoor wedding ceremony

thanks to amanda for telling lia about me :o) ramsey country club indoor wedding ceremony ramsey country club indoor wedding ceremony ramsey country club wedding ceremony ramsey country club wedding ceremony

i love a ceremony with personality… ramsey country club wedding ceremony

kids are so much cooler than adults because they just do their thing and own it… ramsey country club indoor wedding ceremony ramsey country club wedding ceremony

a wave to grandma on the way out of the ceremony… ramsey country club wedding ceremony ramsey country club wedding reception ramsey country club wedding reception ramsey country club wedding reception ramsey country club wedding reception ramsey country club wedding reception

hah! ramsey country club wedding reception ramsey country club wedding reception

love the hora! ramsey country club wedding reception ramsey country club wedding reception ramsey country club wedding reception ramsey country club wedding toasts ramsey country club wedding toasts

is he trying to outdo me? outninja’d! ramsey country club wedding reception ramsey country club wedding reception ramsey country club wedding reception ramsey country club wedding reception ramsey country club wedding reception

bah hahah…. ramsey country club wedding reception

donning her pjs, but she held out for dessert… ramsey country club wedding reception ramsey country club wedding reception ramsey country club wedding reception

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a great day with lia, evan and their friends and family. although the rain made us run for it, it all worked out for a beautiful day with lots of unique touches. thanks to kelsey davis for assisting me.

sarah and john celebrated their wedding at the rock island lake club this fall. after dating since middle school… yes, middle school, they wed in gorgeous weather outside by the lake and had a hoppin’ dancefloor all night long. i love the thought that went into the simplicity of their day.

i’ve never actually put a couple on the swing at rock island before, but something about these two being together since they were in middle school made the swing feel appropriate… rock island lake club wedding rock island lake club bride prep rock island lake club bride prep rock island lake club bride prep

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fun on the swing… rock island lake club prep

while the girls spend hours doing hair and make-up, the guys get to play… rock island lake club prep rock island lake club bride prep

this necklace was sarah’s great-great-grandmothers. it was the first piece of jewelry that her husband gave her and has been worn by sarah’s grandmother, mother and two aunts on their wedding days. really love elements like this at weddings… rock island lake club bride prep rock island lake club bride prep

love how sarah’s hair accessory mimics the necklace design… rock island lake club bride prep

we didn’t see much sun, but the weather was great! rock island lake club wedding portraits

a little fall foliage and the rock island fountain… rock island lake club wedding portraits

love the smiles… rock island lake club wedding portraits rock island lake club wedding portraits rock island lake club wedding portraits rock island lake club bride prep rock island lake club bride prep rock island lake club bride prep rock island lake club wedding portraits

john watches on as sarah walks down the aisle… rock island lake club outdoor wedding ceremony rock island lake club outdoor wedding ceremony rock island lake club outdoor wedding ceremony

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sarah’s dad tears up during the ceremony… rock island lake club outdoor wedding ceremony

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cutie pie! rock island lake club outdoor wedding ceremony

jason takes the moms for a spin on the golf cart! rock island lake club outdoor wedding ceremony rock island lake club outdoor wedding reception

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sarah dances with her grandfather… rock island lake club outdoor wedding reception

sarah and john cheer in the background as her parents dance together… rock island lake club outdoor wedding reception rock island lake club outdoor wedding reception

responsible parenting…. rock island lake club outdoor wedding reception

…is stopping to check the baby monitor while on the dancefloor. rock island lake club outdoor wedding reception

if i had to photograph table shots, they would look like this! rock island lake club outdoor wedding reception rock island lake club outdoor wedding reception rock island lake club outdoor wedding reception rock island lake club outdoor wedding reception

i love when grandmas get out on the dancefloor! rock island lake club outdoor wedding reception rock island lake club outdoor wedding reception rock island lake club outdoor wedding reception rock island lake club outdoor wedding reception rock island lake club outdoor wedding reception

such a chill day with sarah and john. so neat to work with a couple who go back so far and such a great crowd on the dancefloor! thanks to brian leong for assisting me.

xenia and aaron’s molly pitcher inn wedding at the new jersey shore was a long time coming. we originally met when i was still pregnant with my daughter who is now a walking, talking big personality.  xenia has faithfully followed me on social media awaiting her turn and now it’s finally here!

lovers of the beach, i photographed their engagement session at the new jersey shore as well.  unfortunately, the seagulls i hired for that shoot went on strike so they weren’t available for xen and aaron’s wedding day.

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my three sons… molly pitcher inn groom prep

xen got aaron cute guitar cufflinks since he is obsessed with guitars… molly pitcher inn groom prep molly pitcher inn groom prep molly pitcher inn groom prep molly pitcher inn groom prep molly pitcher inn groom prep molly pitcher inn groom prep

love the bold hues xenia and aaron chose for their fall wedding… molly pitcher inn bride prep molly pitcher inn groom prep molly pitcher inn bride prep molly pitcher inn bride prep molly pitcher inn bride prep molly pitcher inn bride prep

xen reads her card from aaron as the ladies watch on… molly pitcher inn bride prep

xen’s mom looking on as she prepares to get into her gown… molly pitcher inn bride prep molly pitcher inn bride prep

gorgeous! molly pitcher inn new jersey wedding bridal portrait

aaron’s all smiles just before their first look… molly pitcher inn new jersey wedding first look molly pitcher inn wedding

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sometimes i have visions about what kind of wedding dress my brides will wear. i have even dreamt about their wedding dresses ahead of time.  xen’s dress is exactly what i pictured. perfect! molly pitcher inn new jersey wedding couple portraits molly pitcher inn new jersey wedding couple portraits

i guess there was one seagull that was not a part of the union… molly pitcher inn new jersey wedding couple portraits molly pitcher inn new jersey wedding couple portraits molly pitcher inn new jersey wedding couple portraits molly pitcher inn new jersey wedding couple portraits molly pitcher inn new jersey wedding couple portraits molly pitcher inn new jersey wedding couple portraits

the rain held out! molly pitcher inn new jersey wedding couple portraits molly pitcher inn new jersey wedding portraits

i’ve shot a lot of different kinds of wedding ceremonies, but i’d never shot a russian orthodox wedding. xen and aaron’s took place at the beautiful st. alexander nevsky cathedral in howell, new jersey… russian orthodox new jersey wedding ceremony russian orthodox new jersey wedding ceremony russian orthodox new jersey wedding ceremony

everyone stands during the ceremony… russian orthodox new jersey wedding ceremony

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love this exchange during their ceremony… russian orthodox new jersey wedding ceremony

the ceremony requires a bit of endurance by the bride and groom who stand and hold candles while crowns are held above their heads throughout most of the ceremony…

beautiful church… russian orthodox new jersey wedding ceremony russian orthodox new jersey wedding ceremony

party time! molly pitcher inn wedding reception

love the intensity of this moment between aaron and his mom… molly pitcher inn wedding reception

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aaron’s reaction to the guitar groom’s cake xen got him… molly pitcher inn wedding reception molly pitcher inn wedding reception molly pitcher inn wedding reception

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family dancing! molly pitcher inn wedding reception

dj xen.. newest dj for sce event group molly pitcher inn wedding reception molly pitcher inn wedding reception molly pitcher inn wedding reception molly pitcher inn wedding reception

it was a ‘lie on your back on the dancefloor’ kind of wedding weekend… molly pitcher inn wedding reception molly pitcher inn wedding reception molly pitcher inn wedding reception

i don’t even know what is going on here! molly pitcher inn wedding reception molly pitcher inn wedding reception molly pitcher inn wedding reception

such a great time with xenia and aaron… the rain held out for a beautiful wedding by the shore. so much happiness for these two! thanks to brian leong for assisting me.