Today is the big day for Lauren and Adam! They are getting married at Pat’s Barn at Rensselaer Technology Park. I can’t wait to document their wedding. I’m also looking forward to working with Lipstick N Lashes Beauty Bar and Boutique, Fleurtacious Designs and Grand Central Station.
I love it when I get a message in my inbox alerting me to a new five-star client review. It means so much to me when my clients take the time to share positive words about their JFP experience.
Today, I received a review from Megan and Josh, who got married at Pat’s Barn at Rensselaer Technology Park on August 9, 2014. Yay! Here’s what the newlyweds had to say:
“I don’t even know where to begin to describe how incredibly happy we are with Jeff! First of all he is such an awesome person and Josh and I knew we had made the right choice within the first five minutes of our engagement shoot. We chose to have our dogs in our engagement session and he was so patient with them and really allowed us to incorporate them as much as we wanted! After our engagement shoot we had a year until our actual wedding and Jeff kept in touch the entire time making sure if we had any ideas or special pictures we wanted he knew about it! Next came the wedding day and Jeff met first the girls and then the boys at the hotel rooms we were getting ready in. He captured some amazing candids which described our wedding day perfectly. During the ceremony I didn’t notice him one bit and yet he got so many amazing pictures. We chose to not do a first look so we had a short amount of time to do the formal pictures and Jeff was so incredibly amazing to make sure we got every single picture we wanted and still had time to get to our cocktail hour. After the wedding was over we went on a two week honeymoon and on our way home we got an email from Jeff saying our pictures were ready! I couldn’t believe it and the next day we went to his house and spent a few hours just looking through every picture with him and it was such an awesome way to replay the whole day! From the bottom of our heart thank you so much Jeff for capturing our wedding day so perfectly!”
Thank you so much, guys! I really appreciate your words, and I’m thrilled that we connected so well! Can’t wait to make more photos of you two down the road. xoxo
To see JFP’s WeddingWire reviews, go here.
Megan and Josh became Mr. and Mrs. Brown (hence the “BROWN’ in this photo) on August 9th, 2014. Congrats, guys! With with Pat’s Barn at Rensselaer Technology Park, Intuition Events by Michelle Dischiavo, Grand Central Station, Flowers By Pesha, Strut. Spalontique, Jean Paul Spa and Salons, Something Bleu Bridal and JFP associate Alan.
Megan got ready at the Hilton Garden Inn (Troy, New York). I love this photo of the bride and her mom as the dress goes on:
And the back of the dress was gorgeous!
Megan got Josh a weed whacker as wedding day gift (he was super excited about it) and she posed with it before it was delivered:
Josh and the guys also got ready the Hilton Garden Inn. Since most of the the guys played football together in high school (at LaSalle Insitute), there was a football floating around:
And there was a groomsman with a wicked hangover from the night before:
Josh and his brother Kyle laughed together all day:
Since, as I mentioned, most of the guys played football together at LaSalle, we stopped by the high school’s football field on our way to Pat’s Barn for the ceremony:
And then it was time for Megan and Josh to get married!:
I love that you can see a tear on Megan’s cheek in this next image:
We jumped right into portrait work after the ceremony:
I’m crazy about this next photo:
Finally, it was time to party!:
Here’s Megan and her sister being silly with their dad:
Thank you, Megan and Josh, for sharing your wedding day with me. I wish you a lifetime of happiness together!:
My 2012 New Year’s Eve wedding featured one of the best First Looks I’ve ever photographed. It may or may not have included a snowball … OK, it did.
And Amanda has one of the best arms I’ve seen. Watch out, Eric!
Amanda and Eric got married at Pat’s Barn in Troy, N.Y. I started the day with Eric, as he got ready, at the Holiday Inn Express in Rensselaer:
And then I headed to Pat’s Barn to hang with the ladies as they got ready for the ceremony. I love love love when I’m able to document goofiness!:
Here’s Amanda (the bride-to-be) getting the final touches done on her makeup:
I love this photo of Amanda’s mom Sylvia slipping a necklace onto Amanda:
Amanda and Eric opted to a First Look, seeing each other before the ceremony (this allowed them to make most of their portraits while there was still a touch of daylight, and it also allowed them to enjoy their cocktail hour with their guests). As Amanda prepared to greet Eric, she also packed a snowball:
(Photo above and below by my assistant, Alan. I love that you can see bridesmaids watching in the second floor window.)
It was then portrait time! (Flowers by Ambiance Florals & Events):
It was chilly out, but the couple didn’t let that stop them. They simply huddled for warmth when they needed to:
Here’s a look at the entire bridal party:
And here are ring bearer Brogan and junior bridesmaid Sailor trying to keep the couple from kissing:
Finally, it was time for Amanda and Eric to get married (thank you to wedding planner Krystal of Kris Royal Weddings for her help throughout the day):
(Photo above by my assistant, Alan.)
We made the family photos right after the ceremony:
And then everyone prepared to party. Doesn’t Pat’s Barn look awesome? (catering by Nicole’s Catering):
And I am completely digging this first dance photo:
The following picture makes me laugh. Doesn’t it look like this little lady is ordering an adult beverage?
Amanda and Eric did a joint parent dance (Conway Entertainment provided the music all evening:
We also made a photo of the newlyweds with everyone who was at the wedding:
I often steal my couples for a few minutes late in the evening, to make a few low-light portraits. I’m so glad I did this with Amanda and Eric:
And, before we knew it, it was midnight! Congratulations, Amanda and Eric! I wish you a lifetime of happiness together!
Congratulations to Amanda and Eric, who were married on New Year’s Eve at Pat’s Barn! Thanks so much for sharing the day with me, guys. I wish you a lifetime of celebration together!
Check it out! Our work is featured on the Well Wed blog today: … Kelly and Ryan’s gorgeous wedding took place at Pat’s Barn (East Greenbush, New York) and was catered by Nicole’s. Yay!
Kelly and Ryan were married on October 22nd, and I placed the order for the wedding album today. We should have it in hand within 10 days! Yay! I design the albums in the studio (each page in the slideshow here is a two-page spread) and I try to get my albums to clients in a very timely fashion. I love telling the story of their big day in book format. So much fun!
Kelly and Ryan’s wedding (October 22, 2011) had some of the sweetest details I’ve ever seen. For example, this was near where the ceremony was performed:
Here are a couple of Kelly’s “getting ready” shots:
While the pre-wedding mood was somewhat serious (Kelly was, after all, preparing to take one of the biggest steps of her life!), Kelly still hammed it up with her friends:
Kelly and Ryan opted to do a “First Look” (a “First Look” is when a couple sees each other before the ceremony). So, the JFP team coordinated a meeting at an East Greenbush (New York) location that would give us a nice view of Albany.
Doing the “First Look” also allowed us to make many of our portraits before the ceremony (while we still had some daylight):
I love love love the two photos below. It’s so nice once in a while to step back and look at the larger scene rather than focusing in close, especially when the sky looks like it does in these images:
Here’s Kelly’s mom moments before the ceremony. I think you can feel her excitement:
Kelly and Ryan got married at Pat’s Barn, which is a beautiful, rustic location. It’s intimate and scenic and, like any location, it looks even better when the sun is shining. As you can probably tell in some of the the pictures above, we had a cloudy day for the wedding. Until Kelly and Ryan got to the altar, that is. The sun literally came out for their ceremony:
There were a few laughs during the ceremony:
Finally, it was time for the official first kiss!:
We then headed into Pat’s Barn. Here’s how guests found their seats (the family has some printing press history):
Pat’s Barn features lots of exposed beams and two floors. It’s such a cool place:
Kelly and Ryan did “the running man” as they were introduced:
And then they got serious for their first dance (“Better Together” by Jack Johnson):
Here are a few more details (the ring shot was done on top of a piece of paper guests used to make fingerprints, which they then applied to a canvas board for Kelly and Ryan to keep):
OK, the formalities were finally out of the way. Time to party!
At most of the weddings I document, I like to make a couple portraits as the evening winds down. This gives my couples a few moments of quiet together, so they can reflect on their day and all the people that have gathered to celebrate with them:
Kelly and Ryan exited to a waiting limo at about 10 p.m., heading off to the next step of their life together. Of course, they had to pass through about 100 sparklers first!:
Congrats, Kelly and Ryan! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness! Thanks so much for having JFP be a part of your big day. And thanks, as well, to the other vendors we had the pleasure of working with, including Nicole’s Catering and Diamond Entertainment Disc Jockey Service.
Jaime and Alan were married in a beautiful ceremony at St. Jude’s Church (Wynantskill, N.Y.) on October 1, 2010. This couple has made me laugh since the day I met them. (However, I recently found out that they had a code word when they came to my studio for our initial consultation. You know, in case they didn’t like me! One of them was going to say “Bananas,” or whatever the word was, and they’d know it was time for a quick exit! Fortunately, they didn’t need to use the code word and I got to share their wedding day.) Yay!
Jaime has a lot of, um, personality. Seriously, she is a pisser and I had a blast photographing her. She needed almost no instruction or posing — she was just herself and the camera loved her.
This portrait was made in the bedroom where Jaime got ready. (Dress by The Bridal Gallery by Yvonne.) I knew the blue of the curtain would rock, and I think the picture has an old-school, classic feel to it (it makes me think of the Hollywood starlets of the 1930s):
This is Leo, a 16-year-old pup (anyone who knows me knows that dogs are supremely important to me and, if there’s a dog of any age around at a wedding, I will make getting of picture of the pooch a priority):
I did Jaime and Alan’s engagement shoot at a farm where Jaime rides horses and, on the way to Jaimie’s parents house on her wedding day, I passed a barn that had horse heads painted on to it. It was about five minutes from the house. I turned to my assistant (Krystal Chromczak) and said, “We have to make a portrait of Jaime here!”
Fortunately, Jaime agreed and we stopped en route to the church. The picture below is easily one of my favorites in my portfolio, in part because it tells a story. (Sidenote: Jaime posted this picture on Facebook and one of her friends wrote that, if she didn’t already have a wedding photographer booked, this picture would have prompted her to hire me. Needless to say, that made me feel good.)
Here are a couple ceremony pictures (who can pass up a crying bride?):
After the ceremony, we did some portraits in the quickly fading late fall light:
We were then off to “Pat’s Barn” (Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy, N.Y.) for the reception. The music was provided by Lenny Thomas of Thomas Entertainment, and Jaime and Alan’s first dance was a beautiful, choreographed affair.
Things, of course, got crazy quickly, though, as they often do at parties!
The glasses Jaime’s wearing make the above picture for me! I call this an “Oh my!” photo. Whenever I’m showing Jaime and Alan’s wedding slideshow to prospective clients, this picture draws an “Oh my!” from them, along with a chuckle. Often, they add, “We’ll have one of those at our wedding, too.” Jaime has pointed out that, while she loves the shirtless man in the picture, he is indeed Alan’s uncle. I think this picture captures exactly how much fun this wedding reception was.
However, let’s get back to prettier pictures for a moment (this was during the bridesmaid’s toast):
Here’s a portrait of the wedding rings (rings by Fabuluster on Etsy):
Finally, as the reception was winding down, Krystal and I borrowed Jaime and Alan for five minutes to make a few more portraits at Pat’s Barn. I shot from outside the building while Krystal lit the couple from outside. For the most part, I just photographed them enjoying a few quiet moments together. They later said these were some of the favorite moments during the wedding day, because it was just the two of them:
Thanks for sharing your day with me, guys. Here’s to a lifetime of happiness!