Gina and Adam had the quintessential nautical summer wedding. From the groom and groomsmen donned in their tailored linen suits with Ralph Lauren docksiders to the reception held at The Navy Beach Restaurant, every detail aligned perfectly with their nautical-themed wedding.

One of the things I enjoy most about shooting a wedding is the amazing details that reflect each bride and groom’s vision. This couple did not disappoint.

Gina’s beautiful engagement ring couldn’t have sparkled any brighter against her beautiful white calla lily wedding bouquet. Check out the crazy depth of field on this shot created with a 100mm macro lens. Don’t you just love it?!

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The calla lily bouquets were a perfect addition to Gina’s summer wedding.

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One of Gina’s close friends sent her a bouquet of sunflowers. Look how vibrant they are. They just scream sunny summer day!

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Gina wore white flip flops beneath her lovely ballgown. Layers of crinoline gave her dress just the right amount of poof for her non-formal beach wedding to Adam.

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Guests were encouraged to grab a pair of flip flops to make themselves more comfortable for the sunset beach ceremony.

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I loved their fish caketopper and fish cookie favors.  Too cute!

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The Navy Restaurant was chock-full of nautical details.  It was the perfect venue for this laid-back, non-formal couple’s affair. Vintage swimsuits were framed and hung in the hallway.

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Fishing rods were hung on the wall in the lobby adding a seafaring flair to the restaurant’s atmosphere.

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A fun time was had by all. Thanks guys for letting me share in your special day!

Until next time, here’s a kiss and a smile! :)

Today’s brides have so many choices when selecting their wedding bands. While many brides choose to wear their engagement ring with their wedding band as a complete set (as pictured below), others choose to wear a unique eternity band sans engagement ring.

Today’s eternity bands come in all shapes, styles and sizes. Here are a few pieces of eternity band eye candy to drool over.

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I love the various stones and shapes available. Pictured above are rubies, sapphires, diamonds, and semi-precious stones which are round, baguette, oval, and princess-cut in bezel, prong, and channel settings.

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I’ll let you in on a little secret. These beauties are simulated stones. That’s right, cubic zirconias set in sterling silver. Some are rhodium-plated to withstand tarnishing. They look pretty genuine to me. :)

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I was able to get some crazy depth of field on this shot. I love my macro 2.8 lens! :)

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The eternity band on the right has an antique floral motif. When combined with the two ruby channel-set bands it creates a very vintage look.

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Are you a diamond bride or a colored-stone bride? It’s hard to pick isn’t it?

Until next time, here’s a kiss and a smile! :)

I’ve been meaning to post these photos for quite awhile. As winter approaches here in the northeast, I thought it might be fun to post a few cheery shots. My husband and I stumbled upon the most beautiful sunflower field this past summer while driving on the North Fork of Long Island. Wishing you a very sunny Sunday!

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This amazing sunflower will brighten anyone’s day.

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Check out how the sunflowers are facing the sun.

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Don’t you just want to jump into this photo and run through this field?

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Such a pretty view! I could definitely picture a bride and groom posed right in front of this gorgeous sunflower field.

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It’s like the sun is a magnet pulling the sunflowers towards it. I love the contrast of the bright yellow sunflowers against the bold blue sky!

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I feel like this sunflower is waving hello to us.

Wishing you and your families the happiest and brightest of holidays! Looking forward to a wonderful 2016!

Until next time, here’s a kiss and a smile! :)

The north fork of Long Island has some wonderful hidden gems. One of which is the lavender farm located in East Marion, NY called, “Lavender by the Bay“. Owned by Serge and Susan Rozenbaum, a husband and wife team, this local treasure is not to be missed. And, because they’re open most of the year, you can fill your senses with the beautiful scent of lavender to your heart’s content. Visit their website for their hours of operation.

And, it’s a beautiful location for shooting wedding photos. I can just see a photographer shooting formals of a bride and groom there. Contact them directly ahead of time to schedule an appointment or to inquire about fees at (631)-477-1019.

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There’s 17 acres of lavender loveliness.

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You can walk through the lavender fields for an $8 per person entry fee which can be used as a credit towards a purchase in their shop.

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The French Lavender in full bloom.

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The English lavender is just as beautiful.

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Some of the harvested lavender which will be bundled for market.

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Bundles of lavender.

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Lavender seeds for sachets.

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Aromatic lavender sachets can be used to freshen dresser drawers or even under a pillow to help one achieve a tranquil night’s sleep.

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Hang a lavender bundle upside down in a closet to help keep your clothes smelling fresh and clean.

Lavender has many uses. Be sure to choose your favorite. Until next time, here’s a kiss and a smile.  :)

There’s something magical about antique engagement rings. Their unique beauty cannot be surpassed. Each ring is a custom work of art. They just don’t make engagement rings like this anymore, although some of today’s reproductions do come close.

The Art Deco Jewelry Period: From 1920 – 1935
The Art Deco jewelry period produced brilliant pieces with an emphasis on bold, bright colors and elaborate designs. Many Art Deco rings featured emeralds, sapphires and rubies as the gems of choice. Synthetic gemstones were popular and were often used instead of the more expensive natural gems. These rings are known for their ornate filigree designs. They’re like little masterpieces.

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This stunning diamond and sapphire engagement ring is from the 1920’s Art Deco period. It’s made of 18K white gold with a beautiful filigree design. Notice the lovely scroll work at the top of the ring and that the filigree design along the sides extends all the way around the ring, onto its shank.

This antique ring features an Old Mine Cut center diamond which is a square with rounded corners, (most of the diamond is above and below the girdle in the height and depth). The old mine cut diamond doesn’t have as many facets as the new brilliant cut diamonds of today, but is still very lovely!

The Edwardian Jewelry Period: From 1901 – 1920
During the Edwardian jewelry period, jewelers used platinum, 18K white gold and diamonds to create intricate, lace-like and delicate filigree designs. Light and airy patterns became the staple of Edwardian jewelry featuring beautiful, elegant and timeless pieces made with superb craftsmanship.

This 18K white gold ring is from 1910, in the Edwardian period. It features 3 small diamonds and a beautiful filigree design. It’s a real stunner and could have been worn as an engagement ring or as a cocktail ring.

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This Edwardian-style cocktail ring resembles those so prevalent in the 1920’s. This reproduction piece is made of 14K white gold and features an ornate filigree design with a lovely center diamond.

The Retro Jewelry Period: From 1935 – 1950
Retro jewelry featured bigger, bolder and brighter pieces characterized by chunky styles. Jewelry was created on a larger scale and showcased the bright colored stones of amethysts, citrines, aquamarines, synthetic rubies and sapphires. Gold became popular with many designers creating rings comprised of combinations of 14K rose, yellow and green gold. (Amazing how rose gold is back in style again 75 years later.) Bold cocktail rings with large colorful gemstones in oversized rectangular cuts, big gold bracelets and charms bracelets were worn during this time period.

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This ornate wedding band is mostly comprised of 14K rose gold. There are ruby floral inlays, as well as diamonds set in 14K white gold, marquis-shaped petite plates. The band is at least 8mm in width, perhaps a bit larger. Not for the faint of heart or for those that desire a more dainty band. I for one would wear this ring in a heartbeat!

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This 1920’s platinum wedding band features an orange blossom floral design that encircles the entire ring. This floral motif was very popular during the Edwardian jewelry time period and is definitely quite a favorite of mine!

The choices are endless, but whatever you do, please purchase your ring from an authorized antique jewelry dealer. You don’t want to think you’re buying a true antique ring only to find out that it’s an imposter. To avoid any disappointment, be sure that you and your fiancee do your research before making your purchase. These rings can be very expensive so you want to ensure that you’re getting exactly what you paid for and what you expected.

No matter what ring you select, be sure it’s exactly what you want. You’ll be wearing this ring daily for the rest of your life. Be sure that you are in love with your wedding band as much as you are with your future husband. Until next time, here’s a kiss and a smile! :)

I love Autumn in New York! It’s a beautiful time of year. The crisp fall air, the vibrant colors of the leaves changing on the trees — gorgeous shades of orange, yellow, green and red. There’s apple picking, pumpkin picking, and Halloween — what’s not to love?!

Here is some autumn eye candy from a recent shoot that my husband and I did. Enjoy!

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Couldn’t you just see a bridal party taking their portraits here?

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We have the whole spectrum — orange, yellow, red and green.

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I love the colors of these maple leaves!

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The trunk on this tree exudes strength and power. I love how the branches take off in different directions.

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Peace and tranquility.

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There’s something mysterious about these trees.

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Don’t you just want to jump into the photo on the left and wander down its path? In the shot on the right, I was experimenting with depth of field. By shooting for the leaves in the center of the frame to be in focus, while setting the leaves in the foreground and fence in the background to be out of focus, I was able to create a dream-like effect.

Until next time, here’s a kiss and a smile! :)

When it comes to elegant and classic-themed weddings, lavender can easily be incorporated into your wedding day’s vision. The most common meaning of the Lavender flower is love and devotion — two words that are at the heart of every wedding. Why not use Lavender sachets as wedding favors or lavender itself can be used as a bridal bouquet.

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One of my favorite west coast wedding photographers, Elizabeth Messina, carried a beautiful bouquet of lavender adorned with vintage velvet ribbon on her special day.

"Elizabeth Messina's bridal bouquet"

Photo Credit: Thayer Allyson Gowdy

When most people hear the word “lavender”, they immediately conjure up visions of fields in Provence, France or Surrey, England. Well, hold onto your hats. Lavender farms are popping up here in the United States. This wonderful and multi-faceted herb isn’t grown only in England and France any longer. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that there was a lavender farm practically in my own backyard. In the town of East Marion, on the north fork of Long Island in New York, there’s a 17 acre lavender farm called, “Lavender By the Bay“.

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Owners Serge and Susan Rozenbaum started growing lavender in their yard for their visitors and houseguests. When they had too much lavender left over, they left bundles on the side of the road in front of their home. When folks started leaving money in a tin can, voila, the idea for starting a lavender farm of their very own was born.

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The farm is open 7 days a week 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. from May through September, (they close the fields at 4:30 p.m.). The Farm is open Friday – Sunday 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. during the months of October & November. It’s a labor of love for this husband and wife team.

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Rebecca and Gary Rosenberg, owners of Sonoma Lavender, a lavender farm in Santa Rosa, California share a similar passion for lavender with their east coast counterparts. This west coast team wrote a book entitled,”Lavender Fields of America” featuring lavender farms across the U.S. from New York to California, Texas, Oregon and even Hawaii. Enjoy your favorite beverage as you curl up with this beautiful coffee table book. It’s sure to inspire you and definitely brighten your day.

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Until next time, here’s a kiss and a smile! :)

Purchasing your bridal bouquet can be quite expensive. Why not make one yourself? There are many local options available for the bride that’s willing to take a risk. Allow yourself to be open to the possibilities. Here are a few ideas:

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These bouquets of fuschia and pink roses were available in a local Wholefoods market. A $12.00 -$15.00 purchase has the beginnings of a lovely wedding bouquet.

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I just love the texture of these roses!

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These beautiful rose bouquets were available in a local Fairway Market. One of these bouquets or even a combination of the three could create a bouquet masterpiece.

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For your “something blue”, why not consider these gorgeous blue hydrangeas? Combined with the pink variety, you’ll have yourself a stunning colorful bouquet! Perfect for the spring or summer bride on a budget.

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This bouquet of sunflowers screams happiness! You can’t help but smile. What better choice for a summer DIY bride?

Whichever flowers you choose to select for your bridal bouquet, be sure to make them your own. Customize your bouquet with a colorful ribbon, vintage brooch or even a strand of pearls. The possibilities are endless and it can be done within the strictest of budgets.

Until next time, here’s a kiss and a smile! :)

After a long, arduous winter, I for one am welcoming spring with open arms! Nothing says spring more to me than beautiful tulips. This year’s annual tulip festival was chock full of amazing tulips donned in every color of the rainbow.

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I just love the peach and pink tulips!

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If you look closely, you’ll see some mauve tulips hiding in the background.

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Check out the yellow tulip with the red stripes. What a cool hybrid!

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Tulips come in all different colors, but they are only in season in the springtime in the United States. However, if you have the budget, you can select tulips no matter what time of year you’re planning your wedding. In the Netherlands, where they’re available all year round, you can have your pick of whatever color your heart desires.

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A monochromatic bouquet of pink tulips really makes a statement.

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Is it live or is it Memorex? This pink silk tulip bouquet almost looks real, doesn’t it?

No matter what flowers you choose for your bridal bouquet, be sure to pick those that have special meaning to you and your fiancee. Also, keep in mind the style of your gown, your wedding’s color scheme, as well as floral scents when making your selection.

Until next time, here’s a kiss and a smile! :)

Every bride needs a little bling and what better way to add that special sparkle to your wedding day ensemble than to carry a beautiful clutch or purse.

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This beaded beauty not only holds all of your wedding day necessities, but it can play double-duty as your “something blue”.

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For the traditionalist, a white beaded purse may be just what the doctor ordered.

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This purse has a lovely vintage feel to it and is guaranteed to meet the approval of the most discerning bride.

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For that touch of femininity, you can’t go wrong with a pink rosette clutch.

No matter what type of purse or clutch you decide to carry, make sure it reflects your own personal style. It’s all about the look and feel you want to convey on your wedding day. It’s your day. Make it your own.

Until next time, here’s a kiss and a smile. :)