Rachel & Steven: 10 Year Anniversary! Lake George, NY

 

Rachel and Steven celebrated 10 years of marriage this past Fall at The Inn at Erlowest!  Rachel has followed my work for several years.  I was so incredibly honored when she asked me to take some portraits of her wonderful family.  Rachel loves DIY and Pinterest and did a great job with all the little details!

The whole family was sick with the stomach flu, but they were troopers and we managed to create some great images of Rachel’s beautiful family.

Rachel, Steven, Theoden, Guinevere, and Rose:  “It was so nice to meet all of you!  I wish you a very joyous holiday season!”

much love,

t

Niki & Chris: 9.22.12 - The Inn At Erlowest

 

Chris first approached me at a concert at our college.  He surprised me by putting his arms around me without saying a word and swayed to the music.  We had never really spoken before but I knew who he was… the boy with the beautiful blue eyes.  How do I best describe this man I love so much?  He is my best friend, the love of my life, and the place I feel most at home. He is so many wonderful things; funny, fair, rational, caring, and is more patient than anyone I know.  With him, I am a better me. 

-Niki

Nicole asked me the other day about my memories of our relationship in its beginnings. As is true with most women, she could recall in vivid detail several occasions that have since slipped my mind. I, on the other hand, recounted a few insignificant memories of our days in college. One thing I was able to tell her, however, was that I knew I would marry her from the moment I met her. At the time, I knew nothing about her other than that she was absolutely beautiful. I have come to find out her beauty is outmatched by her kindness, her loyalty, and the love in her heart...unless she's in a bikini, then her beauty wins. She makes me a better person every day, and I could not imagine my life without her.

-Chris

 

ON FAMILY

 

I am completely and utterly blessed to have my large and traditionally flawed family.  I can’t express enough how much I love my parents (all of them).  They are each overly generous with love and support and I’m forever grateful to have been brought up in such an environment.  My mom is so kind and thoughtful. She is completely selfless when it comes to her kids. She taught me to love.  My dad is one of my best friends.  I can talk to him for hours and hours and I can always count on him to put a smile on my face. He taught me how to laugh.  Bob, my second father, is an amazing person.  Without him I know I wouldn’t be where I am today. He taught me dedication and hard work.  Michelle has introduced me to generosity without expectation. Through my sister I have experienced a bond and a friendship incomparable to any other. My brother and younger sister remind me constantly of how priceless innocence is. Last but certainly not least, I owe any strength that I may have to my grandparents for they have shown me, through example, how to live through it all, the good and the bad, and appreciate every day.

-Niki

I am absolutely grateful to my family for the lessons and experiences that have shaped who I am. I have learned the values of loyalty, dedication, and honesty. I have learned that it is good to work hard AND play hard. I have learned how to boat, how to fly, and how to drive. And I have learned how to love. I have also learned that a family is not defined by blood. I look forward to making our own family and only hope I can offer the love and guidance I have experienced.

-Chris

RECEPTION: THE INN AT ERLOWEST
WEDDING PLANNER: WEDDING PLANNING PLUS
FLORALS & DESIGN: RENAISSANCE FLORAL DESIGN
BAND: NEW YORK PLAYERS

Caitlin & Paul: Engagement on the Family Farm!

 

“All dressed up and nowhere to go.” That’s what was going through my mind just hours before Paul proposed. Growing more anxious by the minute because none of my phone calls were returned, I later found out it was because my finance had taken my parents out to ask for my hand in marriage. At the time my patience could take no more, Paul called telling me he was on his way.  We were soon on our way to a romantic dinner that I will never forget.

Three courses done and dessert on its way, Paul excused himself to a long break for “fresh air”.  He returned and after paying the bill led me off to the adjoining lodge and stopped outside of room 223.  He explained that his break for “fresh air” was actually to put the finishing touches on the room.  The door opened and I saw countless tea lights scattered throughout the room.  Paul led me through the room which was decorated with pictures, postcards, letters and mementos.  He then made me close my eyes and guided me further.  When I opened my eyes I saw him down on one knee…

Our love grew in the fresh air and wide open spaces.  We have spent countless weekends on his family’s farm doing everything from baling hay, working with the cows, taking long afternoon walks, and lying in the field counting the stars until a cool nights dew settled on our blanket.  Down the road from the family farm we have purchased a house and look forward to making it a home together. 

-Caitlin

Enchanted Wedding Magazine Shoot at the Historic Barns of Nipmoose

 

ENCHANTED WEDDING MAGAZINE: ENCHANTED WEDDING
BEHIND THE SCENES FILM: NUVUE CINEMA
BRIDAL GOWNS: LILY OF SARATOGA
FLORAL DESIGN: DEHN'S FLOWERS
CUSTOM COOKIE BAR: THE CHOCOLATE SPOON
OUR LOVLEY MODELS!: KATIE, KRYSTINA AND BECKY
LOCATION: HISTORIC BARNS OF NIPMOOSE
BRIDAL GOWNS: SOMETHING BLEU BRIDAL
HAIR: HAIR CREATIONS
MAKE UP: POLINA SPECIAL EVENTS MAKE UP
LUNCH: THE HUNGRY SPOT

Carissa & Scott: 9.8.12

 

There are so many reasons why I fell in love with Scott when I first met him 5 years ago…his sense of humor, caring nature, and thoughtfulness are just a few of things that stood out to me right away. Those qualities are still true about Scott today, and my favorite thing about him is the way him and I fit together. He makes all the bad things not so bad and all the good things even better. Scott is my rock and I am thankful everyday that I met him. I feel so lucky to call him my husband. 

 

 

-Carissa

Carissa is truly my better half the only person in this world that makes me whole. She is full of so much life and love that it inspires me to try and be a better person everyday. She is smart and beautiful and I am so thankful that she has chosen to spend the rest of her life with me as my partner.

-Scott

ON FAMILY

My family has been a source of unconditional love, support, and lots of fun throughout my life. I am thankful to all that they’ve taught me and done for me. I know that I never could have become the person I am today if it wasn’t for their love and support. And a big thanks to my dad, who taught me that each day is better with laughter and goofiness. As an only child, not only was I close with my parents, but also my friends. On our wedding day we were so lucky to be surrounded with our close friends and family. Both Scott and I know how important it is to have a loving community of friends and family to share life with; and we look forward to continuing all the warmth, fun, and love that we had growing up into our own home.

Family is the foundation on which we grow as people. I believe your family is what molds you into the person you are.  There is nothing more important then bringing a child into this world and surrounding them with love and nourishment. Honesty, trust, and togetherness is what makes a family strong.

-Carissa

Family is the foundation on which we grow as people. I believe your family is what molds you into the person you are.  There is nothing more important then bringing a child into this world and surrounding them with love and nourishment. Honesty, trust, and togetherness is what makes a family strong.

-Scott

Eli & Zack: 9.2.12 - Cobleskill, NY

 

Early on in our relationship, I had to take Zack to the hospital for a dental emergency.  I told him that I was going to tell the nurse that I was his “girlfriend,” even though we had yet to define the terms of our situation, “because it will just be a lot easier.”  The truth was, I was completely head over heels in love with him and I thought this would be a sneaky stealth move on the road to our eventual marriage.  He got the hint.  Zack is: my best friend, the funniest person in the universe (sorry Louis CK), shy and thoughtful, a million kinds of fun, a very kind human being, a brilliant writer, the best shoulder to cry on, an excellent out-loud reader, exceedingly attractive, and a surprisingly amazing dancer.  I am constantly in awe of his talent and heart.  Until Zack, I had never met someone who would think about a situation (either in life or within himself) that he didn’t like and actually be willing to take steps to change it.  He makes me a stronger, better person every day and I honestly can’t imagine my life without him.

-Eli

 

I’ve tried many times to put into words my love for Eli.  I always come up short and I’m sure I always will but I will keep trying forever and ever and here goes my latest attempt. When Eli and I are home alone together we are laughing almost always.  That’s exactly what I’ve always wanted, someone who makes every boring average uneventful day into something fun.  She is unstoppable in that regard.  She’s hilarious and goofy and doesn’t accept not having a good time, she simply won’t allow it.  I end up the beneficiary of this approach to life every single day.  I also love every other single thing about her.  She’s brilliant and beautiful, she inspires me, intimidates, challenges and supports me.  She’s my biggest fan and I’m hers.  But when I think about why I love her I keep coming back to the thought that I just love my life with her in it.  I love my life.  She makes me happy and I LOVE being happy.  I don’t know what more I could ask for.

 

-Zack

ON FAMILY

The first photograph that Zack ever took of me was during a moment when I was holding our boss’s baby, Jake.  I remember looking up at him and seeing his face in that moment – even though we hadn’t even been on a date yet, I could tell that he was thinking future thoughts.  I know he’s going to be a great father, and I will be a kooky mother who does a lot of prop comedy.  One time when I was dancing like a robot, Zack looked at me fondly and said, “You are the future mother of embarrassed children” and then he married me.  Zack and I both come from large, loud, boisterous families who know how to have a good time.  As you can imagine, it made for a pretty fun wedding.  We are both so lucky to have such wonderful parents and siblings, not to mention aunts, uncles, and cousins who have taught us how important it is to love each other well.  We have examples of wonderful marriages all around us, and the support of the best families around.  Our wedding was the perfect blend of those families, who came together for the week of the wedding to build bars, plant flowers, learn songs, and party.  I’m excited to be a Whedon and I’m so happy Zack is a Clark.

-Eli

Family is hugely important to me.  I was raised in a wonderful, warm, tight-knit family where I was taught to value those connections.  That has extended throughout my life into how I value my circle of friends and now into how that circle has expanded with my friends starting families of their own.  Eli feels the same way and this is a big part of why we had the wedding we did which is to say a very very big one.  The idea of all these disparate people that I love and all these people that Eli loves coming together in one place was something I’d always wanted to happen.  I wanted EVERYONE there.  It was better than I ever could have imagined.  Seeing people connect and interact was amazing.  Beyond that though it felt like something we all created together because in many ways we very literally did.  We had people building bars and planting flowers and painting signs, all working together to pull off this incredible event and a lot of the time these were people who had never met before that week.  To finally, after all these years take every thread of my life and weave them all together was remarkable and the result was something I’ll never forget.

-Zack

CEREMONY & RECEPTION: FAMILY'S FARRM
WEDDING PLANNER: CHRISTINE WHEAT
WEDDING FILM: SARATOGA WEDDING VIDEO
FLORALS & DESIGN: RENAISSANCE FLORAL DESIGN
CATERING: MANSION CATERING

Engagement: Gina & Mike with their Dogs, Luna & Molson! Yaddo Gardens

 

In July of 2010, Michael and I went to Paris and Amsterdam, we were going to all the museums in Amsterdam and decided to stop into the Coster Diamond museum.  Mike asked me to come upstairs and very unexpectedly said that he knew he wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and wanted to make our trip to Amsterdam special.  He turned to the display case and said “pick one-pick a loose diamond to have a ring made.” 

For a year he worked with my Aunt and her best friend (a ring designer) to create my ring.  

On Monday night (almost a year later) we were unpacking boxes from the move and he started talking about how life is short and we could spend the entire summer setting up the house and the business but that would mean that we didn’t make time to enjoy us and creating something new together.  He said, "why don’t we go out tonight and celebrate our 8-year anniversary (of the day we met the 21st). I will take you to the best restaurant in the entire area."

It was one of the best dinners I have ever had.  I started to cry and told him that I was thrilled about our next adventure (the business) and that I loved him and was happy that we were in a good place.  He got on his knee and said "I think so too."  I started laughing and told him to get up. Mike jokes around all the time getting on his knee in a fake proposal since we have lived together so many years.  It is the running joke that we aren’t married yet.  But this time, he pulled out the ring he designed and said “it is time.”   The restaurant had a stool ready for him to kneel on and everything.

We are getting married in 9.14.13 at The Inn at Erlowest.    We decided on Erlowest because it is was so intimate and we want a gathering that feels like a family reunion.  We are renting the full property -inn, villas and townhouses so that we can fulfill that vision of a family reunion atmosphere.

-Gina

Ashley & John

 

The moment I met John I knew that he was a step above the rest and I truly felt that he would one day be my husband.  From his work ethic to his passion in life, these characteristics shine brighter each and every day.  I know that he will be an amazing father to our children some day and he has already been an even greater husband, partner, and best friend.  To quote our best man's speech: "Best friends are very special people in your life. They are the first people you think about when you make plans. They are the first people you go to when you need someone to talk to. You will phone them up just to talk about nothing, or the most important things in your life. In most cases they would take a bullet for you, cause it would be too painful to watch you get hurt." -Urban Dictionary.  My husband is my best friend, and I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with him. 

-Ashley

 

I knew Ashley and I were going to be married the day we first kissed. Now, it wasn’t the kiss that sealed it – though it was great – but rather it was my realization that I had found my best friend in the whole world. Ashley and I started our relationship absolutely loving to laugh and smile with each other. I was   completely blown away by how happy she was to be around me, and how badly I wanted to be with her –I had never felt like that before. And over the four years leading up to our wedding day through today, nothing has changed. Sometimes I’m amazed at how ridiculous our humor can be, but then again, I’m not. We are not just man and wife, we’re two best friends who feel comfortable to say and do anything in front of one another, and we just absolutely love to see the other person happy. I fell in love with Ashley because I knew she was my best friend, and I’ll be in love with her for the rest of my life.

-John

ON FAMILY

Family is the most important thing in the world to me.  My parents have turned into my best friends as I have grown up, and I am so thankful for parents like that.  They always encouraged me to work hard in life and to be a loving, caring person.  I feel that I was so blessed to have both a hard working and comical upbringing because it has taught me how to "work hard and play hard" (to quote my dad's speech).  John has been a perfect addition to our family.  He shows nothing but respect and love towards my family and I can't wait for their relationship to grow even stronger over the years.   

-Ashley

Ashley and I have both come from fantastic families and our appreciation and love for them is beyond profound. It’s amazing to see how truly lucky we are to have parents who love each other and who want nothing but the best for their children. Growing up, I saw my parents as two people who loved to be around each other and I can still remember times when they laughed themselves to tears (while I had no idea what was so funny). I see the same thing in Ashley’s parents, two people who love to be around each other and have fun with life. We are equally grateful to our siblings who have also helped develop our love of family. Our upbringings have no doubt influenced how Ashley and I envision the future we want to build, and we can’t thank our families enough.

-John

RECEPTION : SARATOGA NATIONAL
FLORALS: FLOWERS BY PESHA
DJ: JEFFREY SCOTT ENTERTAINMENT
HAIR AND MAKE UP: LIPSTICK AND LASHES

Kathleen & Arun: 7.21.12 - Lake George Boat

 

One of the deepest experiences in life is to live one's life intertwined with the life of another person, growing and changing and exploring the world as a team. Arun is one of the most deeply honest, compassionate and understanding people I have met. Marrying someone from another culture allowed me to shed all of the preconceived assumptions I had about how a husband should act and enter into a partnership where I would be forced to be honest with myself and with the other person. I adore my husband's passion for rock climbing and his dedication and love for his family and friends.

-Kathleen

ON FAMILY

Members of my family were my first and most important teachers. I learned self-reliance, citizenship, how to tell a joke and the importance of saving from my father. I learned about style from my grandmother. I saw courage and determination in my mother's struggle with cancer. I learned that the human body can withstand great punishment and repair itself from watching my brother fall out of trees and off of horses, which has emboldened me in pursuing my love of long distance running. I also learned what it is to grieve from experiencing the deaths of my parents, which has given me great compassion for the suffering of others. Reuniting with my mother's side of my family and having them present at my wedding was a special gift. Their love for me has helped me to more fully honor the memory of my mother and understand her role in my life.

-Kathleen

WEDDING PLANNER: CHRISTINE WHEAT EVENTS

CEREMONY & RECEPTION: LAKE GEORGE STEAMBOAT COMPANY

George's Pre-Wedding Day Boat Trip - Watch Hill, RI

 

The last weekend in August I traveled to Watch Hill, RI to document Katherine and George’s wedding weekend!  The day before the wedding, George, his groomsmen, and both Dad’s went a boat trip.    

Georgetold me they were going to jump off the top of the boat, something they do all the time. I knew the best vantage point to shoot this was from the water, not the boat.  So in I went, fully clothed with my gear.   Thank you Tom for keeping me afloat and steady while I shot!  It was totally worth it and such a fun experience!

A big thanks to my close friend and colleague, David, from Renaissance Floral Design for introducing me to Katherine and George!

Stay tuned for Katherine and George’s engagement shoot, rehearsal dinner, and of course their wedding!

much love,

t

 

Gillian & Mike: 7.25.23 - Hall of Springs

 

Mike is my best friend in the entire world. He's is the first person with whom I want to share a laugh, tell a story or just talk. He loves me for me, ridiculousness and all. The greatest feeling is knowing I get to spend every day of the rest of my life with him. I am soooo lucky to have him in my life. 

 

-Gillian

It sounds like a cliché but Gillian is my best friend. I have been happy every day we have been together and can't wait to spend the rest of my life with her. I love her because she is a loving and caring person even though she says she doesn't have feelings. It was exciting to get married and I am so happy to be a family.

-Mike

ON FAMILY

I am my parent’s child. I am so much like both of them, although I deny it in public. I have my mom's style and views mixed with my dad's humor and sarcasm.  While I don't always take their advice I always ask for it and look to them for approval on everything. My parents wholeheartedly love Mike. So much so they willingly admit he is their favorite child. (I have two siblings as well) They love and support us 100% and it has helped us grow and improve as a couple. I look to my parents as role models for Mike's and my future together.

-Gillian

Gillian and I are both very close with our families and were so excited to have so many loving family members at our wedding. I t meant a lotto meto have my Uncle Genaro come all the way from Mexico to be there. Family is important because it helps shape who we are. Not only was my Mom standing right outside the chuppah but my brothers and sister were all in the wedding party. I can't wait to start my own family one day with Gillian.

-Mike

MIchael & John: Highland Castle - Lake George, NY

 

Michael & John (Dora & Parker too):  “I love you very much and wish you a lifetime of wedded bliss!”

much love,

t.

Kaitlin & Bill: 7.7.12 - The State Room

 

I think everyone has their own visions of the perfect wedding, and when I saw Bill at the end of the aisle I realized it didn't matter where, when, or how we were going to be together - as long as we had each other - it was perfect. Bill has an incredible heart and each day he finds ways to make me smile and laugh. I'm so looking forward to handling the twists and turns that life has in store for us, with Bill right beside me.

-Kaitlin

When I saw Kaitlin walking down the aisle I couldn’t look away. I saw the most beautiful woman in the world, my soon to be wife and my best friend. It was almost surreal, to be in that moment and know that you are about to pledge your life and love to someone who is so special. Our entire wedding day is a blur, but what is my most vivid memory is being at the altar and feeling as if we were the only two people in the world.

-Bill

ON FAMILY

My family has been my cheering section, friends, and role models throughout my life and especially as we start this new chapter together. It was important for Bill and I to find ways to incorporate our families' traditions into our wedding day. I think our only regret was not bringing some of YiaYia's cookies on our honeymoon!  I'm thrilled to be joining such a fun and loving family and will never forget the feeling of having all of the people we loved so much together in one room.

-Kaitlin

I know that I could never have become the man that Kaitlin fell in love without the love, support and guidance of my family. I’ll never forget celebrating with them the entire weekend. The best time for me was the night before at our rehearsal dinner. Just being able to relax and share the excitement of the next day meant so much. Getting to spend that time with them and our closest friends was very emotional and touching.

-Bill

RECEPTION: THE STATE ROOM

DJ: GREG FRASIER ENTERTAINMENT