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!

"Gina's Vase of Sunflowers"

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.

"Gina Crinoline Combo"

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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! :)

Let’s face it. When you first get engaged, your mind is whirling with so many thoughts, ideas, and emotions. After the initial shock, euphoria and absolute wonderment subside and you finally come down from cloud nine, the next thing on your mind is your wedding dress. What kind of gown will it be? What have you always dreamed of since you were 5 years old playing “wedding day” with your Barbie and Ken dolls?

For me, it had to be the quintessential ballgown. There were no ifs, ands, or buts about it and what a ballgown it was! I absolutely fell head over heels for an organza ballgown with a floral-designed skirt by Sweetheart Gowns. The back of the dress, as well as its short sleeves mirrored the floral design on the gown’s skirt. The illusion back which is so prevalent now was a showstopper for me, as well as the fabric-covered buttons. The center of each of the forget-me-not flowers featured gorgeous delicate pearls not only on the sleeves, but also on the illusion back and along the dropwaist of the gown.

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I remember pulling this dress from the bridal salon’s rack. Even in the clear garment bag, I knew it was “the one” before I even tried it on. There was no question, no doubt. It seemed as if this Sweetheart Gown had been personally designed for me. This was my wedding dress and it had to be mine.

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Since I had a destination wedding, my gown had to be shipped from my home to the hotel where we were going to be honeymooning. I had made previous arrangements to have the gown steamed the day of the wedding to eliminate any and all wrinkles. Here is a shot of the kind gentleman that steamed my wedding dress for me.

"Steaming Wedding Dress"

What will your wedding dress look like? Happy hunting! Until next time, here’s a kiss and a smile! :)

Chris and Jeanne Marie’s reception had so many charming details. From the red rose petals spread amongst the place card settings, to their first names lit up in lights on the dance floor, their special day was filled with romantic and festive touches.

Here are a few of my favorite wedding reception details.
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How on earth do they carve the figures so perfectly?

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This type of guestbook is a great memento to have. It’s fun to read through the remarks years later. You feel all the love and joy from that very special day come rushing back. It’s a magical thing!

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The red rose petals add such an elegant touch to this display of place card settings.

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Combining some sunflowers with coral roses created a unique look for the maid-of-honor’s bouquet.

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I loved the gorgeous shade of coral of the bridesmaids’ rose bouquets! They really added a spice of color to the wedding when paired with their blue-green dresses.

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I don’t know about you, but this image reminds me of one of my childhood toys, Hasbro’s LITE-BRITE. Ok, now I’m dating myself. ;)

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I must give credit to my husband for these 2 images. He told me to look up at the ceiling. When I did, I saw the reflection of Chris and Jeanne Marie as they were dancing their first dance as husband and wife in the mirrored ceiling. So cool!

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I rotated the images in LightRoom since the original shots appeared as if they were dancing upside down. Now it looks as if I’m shooting them from up above the actual ceiling tiles. A fun and unusual angle!

We had such a wonderful time at this reception! What a fun party! We wish Chris and Jeanne Marie many happy years of marriage!

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

There’s nothing like a family wedding. Everyone comes together to celebrate and we’re reminded of how important family truly is. Chris and Jeanne Marie’s wedding was absolutely wonderful! The food, the music, the venue — everything was fabulous!

This sweet couple met in high school and have been together for 10 years. They’ve shared many good times and have supported one another through some of the most difficult and challenging times a family can possibly go through. Through it all their love has deepened and strengthened. It was an absolute honor to be there to help them celebrate this important milestone in their lives!

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Our handsome groom excitedly waiting for his bride.

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Here comes the bride!

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The happy couple!

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Chris and Jeanne Marie with their bridal party.

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It’s so heartwarming to see a couple so in love!

We wish them every happiness as they begin their new life together! May their marriage be filled with lots of love, laughter and joy!

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

I had the privilege of second shooting for Wavecrest Studio at the wedding of Katie and Sean. They were married on a beautiful autumn day!

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Nothing says fall like tall, red, maple trees.

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This wedding was full of gorgeous details! I loved the pretty, miniature wedding gown on the end table.

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The teddy bears dressed in wedding day attire were so adorable!

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Loved our groom’s retro, 1930’s-style dress shoes!

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What I loved most about this couple was their pure love for each other. The knowing glances, embraces and gentle gestures of affection were so sweet! I love how they’re looking into each others’ eyes here on the church steps. It’s as if they’re the only two people in the world. They’re lost in that moment. The ultimate for me though, is the little boy on the right looking on.

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Here come the newlyweds. Just married, Katie and Sean.

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What a unique card/gift holder. I love the bling,

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and the monogram!

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Their wedding cake was adorned with vibrant, fuschia roses.

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Their customized cake topper depicted our groom’s avid love of hockey. The clay figurines are so cute.

It was a very memorable and touching wedding! Thank you guys for letting me share in your celebration with you!

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

Today is my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. It’s hard to believe that they’ve been married for 50 years! Their love for each other has truly stood the test of time. In a world where people often take the easy way out, they’ve persevered through good times and bad by putting in the hard work and effort it definitely takes to have a successful and happy marriage. Sure, they’ve had their disagreements and challenging times, but through it all, one thing has remained constant — their undying love and respect for one another.

Congratulations Mom and Dad on this major milestone! We’re all so happy for you!

Their official “Thank You” photograph.

Walking down the aisle.

Leaving St. Patrick’s R.C. Church.

“Just Married!”

Entering their reception at The Inn at New Hyde Park.

Sharing their first meal together as husband and wife.

“Cutting a rug” at their wedding reception at The Inn at New Hyde Park.

Garter time.

Mom and Dad cutting their wedding cake.

Wedding portraits at their reception at The Inn at New Hyde Park.

Leaving the reception to begin their new life together.

So as I raise my virtual champagne glass, I say, “Here’s to you Mom and Dad. Congratulations on 50 wonderful years of marriage! Happy Anniversary! We love you dearly!”

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

Nancy and Jorge’s wedding will definitely go down as one of my all-time favorites! Take one adorable couple so in love, add their gracious and hospitable families, wonderful food, a unique location, fun-filled Portuguese dances, and you’ve got yourself one spectacular wedding fete!

I invite you to stroll through the images. Take your time, linger if you want to. I just can’t get enough of this wedding and I’m willing to bet, neither will you!

It started out gray with steady rain showers on Nancy and Jorge’s wedding day, but this love-smitten couple never let the weather dampen their spirits for a single second. Their love shined through those big ominous rain clouds and happily the sun made a pleasant surprise appearance later in the day.

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Jorge’s carefree and positive attitude said it all. His enthusiasm wasn’t about to let any inclement weather rain on his parade.

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They look so regal posed against this elegant white Rolls Royce.

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Nancy wore one of my all-time favorite pairs of silk bridal shoes — Valentine by Grazia Shoes. I simply adore the sparkling rhinestone accoutrements above the cute peep-toe opening of the shoes!

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The rain subsided just enough for us to grab a few portraits out by the pool.

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We had just enough of a window before the reception to take a drive to the beach to do a few photojournalistic shots.

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So romantic!

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The cake featured filigree and sugar calla lilies throughout the tiers to match Nancy’s wedding gown and bridal bouquet.

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Kudos to the lighting crew that set up the neon signs that rotated Nancy and Jorge’s names. It really added to the ambiance of the event!

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So in love! Congrats guys. We wish you much love and happiness!

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

Stephanie and Craig’s wedding featured so many beautiful details! I thought that I would share a few of them with you. For your viewing pleasure.

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Stephanie gave her mother this lovely white calla lily bouquet to carry as she walked down the aisle.

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Her bridesmaids each carried these beautiful purple, pink and green bouquets.

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Stephanie’s gorgeous bridal bouquet consisted of white and dark pink calla lilies, as well as orchids.

Blue Wedding Cake

I loved their modern, blue and white, polka-dotted wedding cake! I especially loved all of the details surrounding the cake including the blue, frosted votive candleholders, the pink rose petals, and of course the crystal cake topper! As far as I’m concerned, there can’t be enough bling.

Their dessert bar featured a chocolate fondue. Check out these condiments for dipping.

"rice krispy treats and strawberries"Who doesn’t love rice krispy treats? They’re a childhood favorite! Chocolate and fresh strawberries, a perfect combination.

Wish I could have partaken, but alas, I was working.

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

I recently second shot a wedding for Wavecrest Studio. Stephanie & Craig are such a sweet couple and you could see just by being around them how truly in love they are with one another. We all had a wonderful day together and even though it started to drizzle at the park, the soft, overcast lighting made for some fantastic photographs! Thank you both for letting me share in your special day!

Here are some highlights from their beautiful wedding day.

Stephanie Combo

Stephanie wore a rouching, mermaid-cut gown with a sweetheart neckline. It was a very contemporary wedding dress that flattered her slim figure. The back of the gown featured a symmetrical line of fabric-covered buttons. A rhinestone sash was sewn into the dress’s bodice to give it that extra wow factor. Her veil included a touch of Swarovski crystals which completed her ensemble.

"Stephanie & Craig at Park"

We all piled into their “party bus” which was like a nightclub on wheels and made our way to the park. We were able to capture some gorgeous, romantic images in between raindrops. It was definitely worth the trip!

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

Here are a few favorites from my wedding portfolio.

Brenda and Jim’s Wedding:

Brenda and Jim had a very understated, but classic wedding. Their ceremony was one of the most touching I’ve ever had the privilege of witnessing! When the bride surprised her groom with a song near the end of their Catholic mass, there wasn’t a dry eye in the church.

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Marisa and John’s Wedding:

From the archive for the archivists, a timeless, elegant wedding with a historical twist. Marisa and John wed in a very small chapel located on the grounds of a historical cemetery. It was standing room only for their intimate service. I was positioned in the first pew with a bird’s-eye view of their ceremony. When the bride and groom had their recessional, beautiful sunlight filled the chapel and I was able to capture it on film.

"Marisa and John's Wedding"

"Marisa and John about to kiss"

I’ll be adding more images so stay tuned and check back soon! Until next time, here’s a kiss and a smile!