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This was no ordinary day. The hours spent planning for it and dreaming up every details exceeded the preparation for perhaps any other day in Chelsea and Adam’s lives. Vintage handkerchiefs and carefully selected bridesmaids dresses – each in a different style and color – were surrounded by custom wedding bags and thoughtful letters from the bride. This Chautauqua wedding at Plumbush Bed + Breakfast began with the girls right at the house which they conveniently had access to all of for the weekend. The barn and tent had been decorated beautifully and were within a stones throw of each other. A giant game of Jenga awaited guests in the lawn as well as corn hole, custom drinks, and a family history through wedding photos. It was beautiful.

When the time was right Adam waited outside and Chelsea walked out the front door to meet him. They begin their wedding day – together – in those quiet moments, which were few and far between for the rest of the day. She was radiant and he was beaming and within the hour they pledged their love at the very church parents and grandparents had wed. In fact, they chose the date in part because it was the anniversary Adam’s grandparents also shared.

Adam and Chelsea, you two know how to throw a party, and make it look effortless. Thanks for being willing collaborators and allowing me to document your wedding day. Enjoy these favorites and open the post to see a more complete look at this day.

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Invitations : Minted | Favors + Gifts : The Wedding Chicks | Dress : bought at Brides against Breast Cancer |  Veil : Veils by Roxanne | Equipment Rentals : Jamestown Awning | Linens : It’s Your Day | Caterer : Rowdy Rooster | Cake : Fifth Avenue Cake Works

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I love paper goods and my brides do too. Hand written letters, deeply imprinted or just kissed letterpress, the most amazing collection of vintage stamps on your envelopes – I’ve seen it and I love styling wedding invitations to document them.

It all starts with that envelope, the one that contains the details of your day and invites them to join in. Everyone does this differently which is partly why I love seeing what people come up with. The other reason is… I just love paper. Call me crazy – “crazy!” I heard one of you shout – but the days I spent touching paper samples and deciding what to print on while I was a graphic designer have never left me. That’s really all I did back then… sit at my desk and sip iced coffee while deciding what beautiful things to use… I’m kidding! Most days as a designer (and a lot as a photographer) are locked behind your computer until you find ways to work outside of that box.

I guess this is one of those ways. Sure it has to be edited and blogged and posted and shared, but until I find someone to do that for me the escape to the tangible world is enough to keep me coming back.

Oh, and in case you’re looking for inspiration a few of my favorite invitations have recently come from : Bella Figura  |   Nota Bene  |  Minted – which is the one you see above!

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Skaneateles, New York held a lot of memories for Meghan, as a place her family would come to on special occasions and to mark certain events. Today it would be the place that she and Jeremy wed. With the lake out their front door at the Sherwood Inn a cool breeze drifted through an otherwise hot summer day. Meghan readied with her bridesmaids in monogramed fluffy robes and braided pearl necklaces, having their makeup perfected before they slipped into their dresses. She wore her grandmothers shoes, and a cascading bouquet filled with succulents and peonies accented her bridal look. Jeremy wore a classic tuxedo and met her at the front of the church as she walked with her father down the aisle. It was an elegant affair for a couple who continued to celebrate in style and honeymooned in France.

Take a look at some of my favorite images from this Sherwood Inn Skaneateles wedding and open the post to see a complete look at the day. Enjoy!

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For just over an hour I got to know Ana. We talked about school, her plans for college, and the difference between an Ophthalmologist and an Optometrist (one is an MD who is in school for 8 additional years, the other is an OD with 4 years of school). She plans to be the former, and follow in her dad’s footsteps. For now, she is finishing up high school, entering her senior year and applying to colleges. I love this time of life. Everything changes and everything is a possibility. For all the plans and hopes she shared I have no doubt that she will accomplish them.  I can’t wait to see where the future takes Ana and loved getting the chance to photograph her in my nearby backyard : Letchworth State Park.letchworth senior portrait02 875x617 Letchworth State Park | Senior Portraitsletchworth senior portrait03 Letchworth State Park | Senior Portraitsletchworth senior portrait04 875x617 Letchworth State Park | Senior Portraitsletchworth senior portrait05 875x875 Letchworth State Park | Senior Portraitsletchworth senior portrait06 875x617 Letchworth State Park | Senior Portraitsletchworth senior portrait07 Letchworth State Park | Senior Portraitsletchworth senior portrait08 875x617 Letchworth State Park | Senior Portraitsletchworth senior portrait09 875x617 Letchworth State Park | Senior Portraitsletchworth senior portrait10 Letchworth State Park | Senior Portraitsletchworth senior portrait11 875x617 Letchworth State Park | Senior Portraits

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This dollhouse was 20+ years in the making. On Sunday Matt and I finished it just in time for Daphne to play with. My parents gave me this dollhouse for Christmas back in elementary school. The bought it in the summer during our trip to Rhode Island where there are – or at least were – quaint little shops that sold wooden dollhouse kits.

It was a great gift to receive, until I didn’t finish it and it weighed on my conscious as it collected dust in the basement. My dad and I worked methodically on it for a few weeks and only had a few steps left before it neared completion, but we just didn’t make it. Perhaps I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, or I got too old during the process and started to care less about being able to play with it, or I was too obsessive about the paint color and the trim and couldn’t make a decision… or maybe I was just tired of sitting in the basement working on it. Our basement was unfinished and my sister used to make me walk down there with her because it was so scary. Either way, I both loved being able to work on the project with my dad and hated that I didn’t finish it.

This Sunday I did finish it.

We chose to completely repaint the outside (my artistic eye was apparently off in elementary school) and did not install all of the gingerbread trim that went with the house, but it’s done. Isn’t it strange how the door is off center? You didn’t notice did you. I guess that’s my “attention to detail” shining through. Now it can sit in Daphne’s room and look like the adorable toy it should be – until it is covered in crayon and we have to repaint it all over again.

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  • July 22, 2014 - 2:19 am

    Kara Manore Potts - I think I have the same one sitting in my parents attic! I don’t know if I have the patience to finish it but perhaps I can guilt him into doing it for Lydia!

  • July 22, 2014 - 3:48 am

    Melody Martin - NO WAY! I am just about to start a dollhouse almost exactly like that for Noelle. Eric’s mom got it for his sister when she was one…so it’s almost 30 years old. It was never assembled, so his mom gave it to me to fix up for Noelle.