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Kara & Andrew’s Senate Garage wedding in Uptown Kingston, NY took place on a beautiful early spring day. It’s not everyday (or ever before for that matter) that I’ve had the pleasure of photographing a wedding that is walking distance from my house. While I didn’t actually walk to the wedding because I bring a bunch of equipment, I was elated to work in this (very local) dramatic industrial venue with a really great couple.

Schwartz’s Inn, a unique local inn with a very small (and misleading!) facade was the site of Kara’s wedding prep. After spending some time there, I caught up with Andrew down the street. The early spring weather cooperated for a first look on the grounds of Kingston’s historic Senate House. Kara & Andrew walked around Uptown with me for a bit, and we created some cool photos with a stunning O+ mural in the background. The Senate Garage in of all its versatility provided both an intimate indoor ceremony space and an elegant and beautiful reception space. Speaking of beautiful, Kara’s colorful and gorgeous bouquet, created by The Green Cottage, is among the loveliest I’ve ever seen. With DJ Dave Leonard of JTD Productions setting the scene with a variety of great music, Kara & Andrew celebrated the night away with their friends and family. It was a fine night indeed!

The Catskills are an amazing place to do just about anything – live, vacation, eat, swim, hike, ski, drink, get married…to name a few.

The Deer Mountain Inn was the perfect spot to meet up with Kristy and Sean for their winter engagement session. This beautiful and intimate inn located in Tannersville, NY has all the charm of a cozy historic lodge both inside and out. Despite the cold temperature, we trekked the property, getting photos in the snow and gorgeous forest setting. Kristy and Sean came prepared with boots and blankets and we were able to spend some great time together making photos. Both outdoor enthusiasts and skiers, it was a fitting place to get together. Even more fitting is their summer wedding location just down the road at Hunter Mountain!


Reid Castle Wedding

Courtney and Frank’s Reid Castle wedding took place on a beautiful late fall afternoon. Reid Castle is an event space located on the campus of Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. The castle is amazing inside, complete with beautiful dark wood walls, spacious high-ceilinged rooms and elegant details everywhere. Courtney is a talented makeup and hair stylist and often works with brides at weddings. I find it’s a real compliment to be hired by someone else who works in the wedding industry!

I spent some time with the ladies as they prepped down the hall from the guys. Before heading to the ceremony at the adjoining O’Byrne Chapel, I was able to utilize the late afternoon light and get some photos outside on the castle grounds. As they wished not to see each other before the ceremony, I coordinated separate time outdoors with Courtney and her bridesmaids and then later, Frank with the guys. The black tie reception was held in an elegant ballroom with lots of room for dancing. The twinkling lights, music and happy guests provided the perfect atmosphere for a fun and memorable night. Congratulations Courtney and Frank!

Flowers: Floral Designs by Melissa
Cake: DiMare Pastry Shop
Church Organist: Mark Cherry
DJ: Gian Carlo
Videographer: Matt Scripter

Jess, Jon, and I met in a waterfront park in Newburgh on a warm summer day. It was great chatting with them, walking around, getting to know them a bit better all while creating some beautiful photographs. After walking around the park for a bit we decided to head to a nearby historical site for some more fun. I always love spending some quality time with my clients and that held especially true for these two lovely humans.

Feast at Round Hill Wedding

Elyse and Jaime are some of my favorite people. They have a real spark and their enthusiasm is contagious! I was not at all surprised how fun, high-energy and personalized their Feast at Round Hill wedding was. The overall theme and structure of their wedding was modeled after a stage production. Elyse and Jaime met during college while both involved with theater. On their wedding day, the biggest “production” of their lives so far, they were all smiles. From the handmade stage on which they got married, to the “playbill” wedding program featuring bios of all of the people involved, Elyse and Jaime really made their wedding their own. The weather on this October day was simply beautiful and we were able to get really great shots of their outdoor ceremony and all throughout the intricately landscaped grounds of Feast. Not every client has the time and/or interest to sneak away during their wedding day to spend some extra time taking photos with me, which is totally understandable. Elyse and Jaime, however did decide to take advantage of some gorgeous late afternoon light, which by my count is some of the best light there is! Once they returned to their already in progress reception, the dancing went off the charts high energy! I would expect nothing less from the couple who grooved down the aisle to James Brown’s “I Feel Good” as their ceremony recessional song!

Here is what Jaime and Elyse had to say about my service via their review on The Knot:

I don’t have enough nice things to say about Peter and his assistant/gear goddess/parent wrangler (and wife) Peggy. From our first Skype session with Peter we were struck with how kind he was. Personally, I worry about how I look in pictures. It is very easy for me to lookawkward, and I didn’t want that to happen for our wedding pictures. For this reason, it was very important for us to do an engagement shoot with Peter. This was the greatest idea in the universe. We met up with Peter and Peggy in their home turf in Kingston, NY. We sat down and chatted a bit about logistics and got to know each other a bit. These folks are fun! We walked around the lovely town of Kingston, got some pictures taken and really connected with the two fine folks that were going to be in charge with recording the happiest day of our lives. Everything went very smoothly and we got some amazing shots around Kingston. We knew, even before the wedding, that we had made the right choice in photographer. And the wedding day? Peter and Peggy were rockstars! As the groom, I’ve got an easier go prior to the ceremony, so I saw Peter a little less in the morning. I knew that he was around, taking shots of the bride and ladies getting ready. The day was magical and Peter captured it beautifully. Him and Peg were great. Peg was great at getting our folks lined up for the family shots and Peter was amazing at identifying where to shoot and how to get us all looking super glamorous. The ceremony looked absolutely magical and he caught a great moment in our recessional that has been the go-to image that I send to folks that want pictures of the wedding. We also had planned to do some sunset portraits while folks were eating their dinner. This provided some private time for us and some amazing pictures with dramatic lighting. It was so great to have these shots. Peter and Peggy stayed longer than we expected them to and kept shooting till the bitter end. They seemed to be having as much fun as the rest of our guests and were so sweet the entire day. Peter and Peg are rockstars and I will be forever thankful of how awesome they were. Lastly, two days into our honeymoon we received an email telling us that the pictures were ready to view. This was certainly unexpected, but very welcome. We spent a long time looking through the pictures and re-living the day that had only happened mere days ago. The pictures look FANTASTIC! I’m so happy that we ended up picking Peter as our photographer. We couldn’t be any happier with our pictures. Thank you, Peter (and Peggy). You guys rock!

Makeup Artist: Meredith Hayman
Bride’s Dress: Kenneth Pool / Glamour Closet NYC
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: The Dessy Group
Flowers: Done by Friend
Videography: Birdhouse Weddings
Cake Artist: The Pastry Garden
DJ: A Perfect Blend Entertainment

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