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Yay! We recieved the Weddingwire Bride’s Choice award for 2012!

{Hyde Park,NY} – January 23, 2012 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding Marketplace, is excited to announce Bolton-Reuter Photography has been selected to receive the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2012 for Photography!
The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top local wedding vendors from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry. While many industry awards are selected by the organization, Bolton-Reuter Photography was selected based on its stellar reviews from past newlywed clients.
Bolton-Reuter Photography is recognized as part of the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire local vendor community, comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States and Canada. The Bride’s Choice Award recognizes  the best local wedding vendors across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their overall professional achievements throughout the past year.
“WeddingWire is thrilled to honor the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Since the launch of the Bride’s Choice Awards™ program four years ago, thousands of outstanding wedding professionals have been recognized by the bridal community for their supreme service and dedication to the wedding industry. It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Bolton-Reuter Photography for their continued professionalism and commitment to enriching the wedding planning experience for engaged couples.”
We are happy to announce that Bolton-Reuter Photography is one of the very best Photographers within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. Thanks to their positive feedback we were able  to receive the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ for 2012.
For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/bolton-reuter-photography-hyde-park/9c286119fd6782a5.html.
To learn more about the Bride’s Choice Awards™, please visit http://www.WeddingWire.com.


Trashing the dress with a little Urban Exploration

One of the most exciting shoots I have been on this year, and possibly for a few years back as well, was a post-wedding/trash the dress shoot that Jennifer and Michael from Beautiful Memories Wedding Films  http://www.beautifulmemoriesvideony.com  invited me to join in on. I did not have the pleasure of shooting Kristen and Dave’s wedding, but I was more than willing when I heard they wanted to go all the way with it, essentially going where no one, or perhaps few people in a wedding dress, had gone. We researched  for about a week and planned out the day. Morgan’s Florist of Poughkeepsie, NY generously donated a red rose bouquet and we all met up early that morning for a serious adventure. I had become so addicted to urban exploration on the internet, and have always loved creepy abandoned buildings, barns, and churches, that I could hardly contain myself.

First stop? An abandoned warehouse known to many who enjoy a little Hudson Valley urban exploration, but frankly I doubt a bride and groom have ever been there! It was vast, covered in graffitti, and we could probably have spent the entire day there. (Well, that is, if location number TWO wasn’t such a big lure!)

ImageOh, how I wish there was room for more, but this was only stop one on our four stop tour…..Image

Next, the place I had been the most excited about, was ruins of the The Edward Cornish Estate in Cold Spring, otherwise known as North Gate. I had seen some pictures on the internet, courtesy of

http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/. I had read all about  Thom Johnson’s Banner Island book and Rob Yasinsac’s “Hudson Valley Ruins”   book about the treasures that can be found in the Hudson valley and Upstate NY, but I was in for a surprise when we got there (oh, what a hike) and they were THERE! They and some other volunteers were doing some cleanup around the property, which was deliciously overgrown and eerily beautiful. Here’s Thom and Rob , and a picture I took of a real photograph they had with them of Northgate in its day. WOW!ImageImage

And here is it is now, with Dave and the lovely Kristen in two of her THREE (yes, three) wedding gowns. The gown with the poet sleeves was Kristen’s mother’s gown, and I love, love, LOVED it.ImageImage

Tell me that dress doesn’t belong in those surroundings. Jenn, Mike and I were like kids in a candy store. That’s nothing new, when Beautiful Memories Wedding Films and Bolton-Reuter Photography get together, we’re usually a little on the dorky, excited side!Image

We also visited the streets of Beacon, where Kristen and Dave were actually serenaded by a famous Chinese opera singer in a little cafe. Unbelievable, right? Pics of that coming later…

But for now on to those gorgeously rotten trains in Ulster County that photographers love so much. I can’t say enough about the weathered patina that these things possess. Thankfully a picture is worth a thousand words!ImageImage

This was the very last shot I took of the entire day. Filthy, exhausted, and excited to see what images I made on that adventure.  Any brides and grooms up for exploring with me?


Heather and Nick’s Rhinebeck Wedding: Dogs, Dragonflies and Dreams

I’m often asked to do more extensive blog posts, especially when the historic Hudson Valley plays a big part in the festivites. I thought Heather and Nick’s Dragonfly Themed wedding was the perfect one to choose to showcase some of what the hudson Valley offers, so here goes!

Heather and Nick were married on July 1st, 2011 in Historic Rhinebeck.  Heather got ready at the famed Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, which was the perfect place to do their “first look.” Bentley, their Jack Russel, was present for this important moment and he ws glad to see his mom for sure!  Hair by Carol Gruden of A Step A Head Salon in Poughkeepsie, Gorgeous makeup by Karen from LaV Beauty, Flowers by Floral Fantasy in Rhinebeck, Cake by The Pastry Garden in Poughkeepsie, Jack Russell by Dale Mountain’s Russel Refuge of Rhinebeck! (http://russellrefuge.org/)

The ceremony was at the beautiful Dutch Reformed Church in Rhinebeck, and the formals were done at Mills Mansion, both of which are also quite historic locations. Reception was a short walk to the reception at the American Legion of Rhinebeck. Dragonfly decor was present everywhere…from the invitation, to the bouquet, to the flashing lights at the reception. Heather and Nick love their animals, and the tables were all themed after an animal in their lives…especially Bentley….who I’m sure thought HE was the groom!!

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Double Trouble-The Sinclair Twins

This year I waited anxiously for the arrival of little Carter and Keanu, and I was lucky to photograph the family before there arrival and after. Big brother Kyle was great for the maternity shoot and I’m sure has been a big help to his mom and dad, whose wedding I did years ago and I’ve known them forever..

I was so excited I went prop shopping and found this great planter that looks just like a cut log! With much effort, we did get the big boys in there but their healthy size was a bit too much for the planter. Daddy is a loggin’ man and a tree guy, so I thought it was the perfect accessory. All in all though, nothing beats au naturale (naked babies!) , and that’s the shot I like best!

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Andrea and Nick’s Hot Woodstock engagement shoot….

When I was in high school, I used to take a day trip and go shopping in Woodstock. It’s been such a long time since I thought about going there, so I was really happy early this summer when I met Andrea and Nick there for there engagement shoot. This adorable couple is due to be married in 2012 and I’m looking forward to it!! We had such a good time walking the streets of Woodstock and finding neat places to shoot. Nick works for a sign company so of course we had a cool sign to use in a shot, and, of course, there was the car.

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Babies, babies, and more babies!

I don’t know what it was this spring…but there sure were alot of little ones born. If I’m going to keep my promise to continue blogging regularly, then I better keep it short and sweet cuz I’ve got ALOT  of catching up to do!!
Let’s start with baby Caiden. I did his mom and dad’s wedding and I was so happy to hear they were having a baby! He is adorable, like his mom and dad, and we had a ball both before he was born, and after!

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I think a change would do me good…

Two things have come to my attention recently,

  • ONE: I hate blogging. I love the finished product but the process is tedious, and I hate MINUTIA!
  • TWO: I bore easily.
  • THREE: OK, I know I said two things but there is a third. Blogging is crucial to business, and though there are many things I’d rather do, it has to be done!

SO! Welcome me to his new WordPress blog and pray that I actually stick to it!!! I thought perhaps using a different platform would give me a kick in the pants so here goes. Now I’m just learning my way around wordpress, so let’s see if I can figure out how to get this post to appear BEFORE my first actual post….hmmmmmm

I color outside the lines, what can I say!