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A Full Moon Resort Wedding is an experience that I have had the pleasure of photographing several times. Even better is actually having your own wedding there, which I did! It is such a beautiful place and I am always happy to return and relive my own wedding in a small way by enjoying the magic of Full Moon with other people.

Cheryl and Charlie are a lovely couple that I got to spend the day documenting. Their wedding day ironically had similar unfortunate weather as my own wedding. Not only could I empathize for the changes in plans that had to take place, but I had a good understanding of where to take photos that still honored the beauty of the landscape despite the weather. The rain moved their outdoor creekside ceremony to an indoor location, and luckily for them (and also for me and my wife!), marriages can occur just fine under a tent! Cheryl and Charlie’s ceremony was among the most beautiful I’ve witnessed, complete with touching vows and an engaging officiant (the bride’s brother.) After the ceremony, the weather cleared up enough for us to walk around and take some candid photos in the natural beauty that is the Catskills. Dinner and toasts gave way to lots and lots of dancing, all while my cameras and I unobtrusively snapped the night away.

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It was a perfect afternoon for Amy and Henry’s Mohonk Mountain House engagement session. The couple chose to host their wedding at Mohonk partly due to Amy’s lifelong connection to the hotel. As one of the in-house doctors for many years, Amy’s father would bring the family to stay at the hotel year after year, sharing many special memories there. So as to keep tradition, they decided that Mohonk was the perfect place to be wed and make more special memories! I had a really nice time getting to know Amy and Henry and walking around the grounds together. Their wedding is going to be great!

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If you have spent any time looking at my work, you know that I have a special place in my heart for Mohonk Mountain House. It remains one of the most beautiful and magical places in the Hudson Valley. There are few places one can simultaneously take a step back to a simpler time, yet enjoy all of the amenities of modern times. Given my affection for this location, I was thrilled when Katelyn and Tyler selected me to document their Lake Mohonk wedding. Prior to their wedding, we met up at the hotel for an engagement session where we walked the grounds together, took some photos and got to know each other a bit.

A few short weeks later, I first met up with Katelyn and her bridesmaids, where fun and laid back preparations were already under way. Among all the primping, I met the cutest and most chill baby. The couple opted to have a first look, which we orchestrated against the backdrop of the beautiful stone of the hotel. Wedding party and family photos took place before the outdoor ceremony, which enabled Katelyn and Tyler to enjoy the company of their guests at cocktail hour. The weather was gorgeous for their garden-side ceremony. Speaking of the gardens at Mohonk; they are always so impressive, but I’ve seriously never seen them look as exquisite as they did on this day. After the ceremony Katelyn, Tyler and I meandered in the gardens for photos and even had a surprise visit from a snake! Following cocktails on the parlor porch, the wedding continued at the Sky Lake Conference House, a newer and bit more private event space. Dancing, dinner, toasts, cake (and more dancing!) ensued.

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Mohonk Mountain House is one of the most beautiful and unique places in the world. But don’t take my word for it, countless publications including Conde Naste Traveler and Travel & Leasure Magazine consistently name it as one of the top resorts in the world. It’s so wonderful that it’s virtually in my backyard! I was thrilled when this amazing family contacted me to document their stay there. They were celebrating their parents 40th anniversary and wanted some fun photos showing them enjoying the amazing scenery that Mohonk is so well know for. I had such a great time walking around the grounds with them taking photographs! I’ve been a Mohonk family photographer for a long time now (I don’t just photograph weddings!), and can’t remember such a great time!

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Becca and Ian planned their July wedding in New York’s beautiful Catskill region. For those unfamiliar with the area, the Catskills hold some of the most unspoiled and gorgeous wildlife in the state. Becca and Ian’s Beaver Kill Valley Inn Wedding was no exception to this splendor. The Beaver Kill Valley Inn, located in Lew Beach is situated on 60 acres of land, some of which encompasses world-renowned fly-fishing access. Not only is the Inn a historic treasure, but the stream itself is considered the birthplace of American dry fly-fishing . President Jimmy Carter (an avid fly-fisherman) once lodged in the very same room that Becca and her bridesmaids prepped in!

After a first look outside of the Inn’s wrap-around porch, Becca and Ian and I strolled the lovely gardens and grounds for some photos. The adventurous couple even went off-trail for some deep woods and stream side shots. I’m pretty sure Becca was happy to kick off her shoes on this hot day and cool her feet in the stream!

As with many weddings, we had to keep our eye on the weather. Rain was imminent, but we still were able to get lots of great shots in between some fairly severe storms. Throughout the day and changing weather, the staff at the Beaver Kill Valley Inn was among the finest I’ve ever seen. Although the dinner was planned and set up for outdoors, they had to break it down not once, but twice due to rain. All the while, the staff worked quickly and very efficiently to make sure the flow of the day was not interrupted. After dinner, toasts and a special song performance by one of the bridesmaids, Becca and Ian, along with their friends and family moved the party to the dance floor.

Congratulations Becca and Ian!

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I was super excited for Brittany and Andrei’s wedding even during our initial meeting. We discussed all sorts of details about their Locust Grove Poughkeepsie wedding. They are such fun and genuine people I knew their wedding would be amazing. After getting to know them a bit better during their engagement session I was even more excited!

Their wedding took place at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie NY. It’s one of my favorite places to photograph Hudson Valley weddings because of the immense natural beauty there, the sprawling grounds, and all of its history. Some people may not know that Samuel Morse (whose house is at Locust Grove) was one of the founders of American photography. He learned the daguerreotype process directly from Louis Daguerre in France. He then took what he learned to America and taught the process to acclaimed photographers such as Matthew Brady (whose photographs of the civil war are an amazing document of the time).

I had such a great time documenting Brittany and Andrei’s wedding. It was such an honor (as it always is!) to be around such genuine and fun people in love!

Oh and the amazing flowers bouquets were created by the talented folks at A Night In Bloom. Check them out!

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I really can’t say enough about the benefits of having a photo booth at your wedding reception. Every single time I’ve set one up, family and friends have had a tremendous time with them. Sometimes they take serious or silly pictures but they are always so much fun. I always bring tons and tons of fun props for guests to use. If you’re getting married anytime soon, you should definitely consider having one at your reception! They also are great for parties!

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