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!!
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!
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!
Chelsea and Justin are the first subjects I chose to feature on my prom. I’ve known Chelsea for a good deal of her life and I was so happy she asked me to take her and Justin’s prom pictures! Chelsea, a fellow horse lover and photography enthusiast, was gorgeous in her peacock gown and handmade peacock hairpiece. I happened upon this great dilapidated barn that was the perfect contrast to their polished, unusual look. I got lucky, nobody enforced those POSTED signs!
Kudos to the limo driver, who happened to park in front of that old barn, causing me to notice it in the first place. I loved the way that black shiny car and that fancy-schmancy couple looked in front of it. I hope they had half as much fun at the prom as I did photographing them before they hopped into their chariot and waved goodbye!