Jacklyn and Nils are married!

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"All things point to the infinite; and love more than all things else."

Arnold Haultain, Hints for Lovers

When Jacklyn was first falling in love with Nils, she suspected he might be a Latvian prince, so its only fitting that their wedding day turned out like the romantic fairy tale it was destined to be. While Jacklyn and the bridesmaids readied themselves for the big day at the Otesaga, their hair and makeup artfully styled by Stephanie Orsomarso, Nils and the groomsmen toasted to the couple's bright future over whisky. Jacklyn absolutely stunning in her lace ballgown with a sweetheart neckline and a pearl and gem belt, but the most beautiful thing about her was the boundless love for Nils she was wearing on her metaphorical sleeve.

After Jacklyn's father escorted the beautiful bride down the aisle, Jacklyn and Nils exchanged heartfelt and tearful vows. As a symbol of their unity, the pair attached miniature gold locks engraved with their wedding date to a tree of life Nils crafted, as did both sets of parents, making a family heirloom to be enjoyed and treasured for generations.

For their first dance as husband and wife, the couple floated elegantly in each other arms to Nathan Sykes' "Over and Over Again." Breathless laughter and tears of joy were shed as toasts were given by the best man, maid of honor, and Jacklyn's father. The pair danced the night away at the Otesaga Ballroom, surrounded by friends, family, loved ones all alike. It was a beautiful day to celebrate this couple's magnificent love. We couldn't be happier to have been able to document their love story.

Hearts Together Love Forever

CEREMONY & RECEPTION: The Otesaga (Cooperstown, NY)

OFFICIANT: Patricia Bunnelle

CEREMONY ACCOMPANIMENT: Liz Friedel & Matt Oshel on violin and guitar 

RECEPTION DJ: Kenny Morrison

BEAUTY ARTIST: Stephanie Orsomarso

BRIDAL BOUTIQUE: Phia James, gown designed by David Tutera

BRIDESMAID DRESSES: David's Bridal

MENSWEAR: Calvin Klein

CAKE ARTIST: The Otesaga Pastry Chef

FLORIST: Brianna Goodwin of Blooms and Blossoms

LEAD PHOTOGRAPHER: Adam Brockway

ASSISTED BY:  Mark Needham

Congratulations to Lindsey & Bryan!

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I could not have asked for a better couple to kick off my wedding season with this year than Lindsey and Bryan, and it only seems appropriate that they lead off this summer’s blog. As I looked back through the photos, it’s hard not smile at these two. From the bridal prep before the ceremony all the way through the reception its easy to see this is a couple who smiles freely and with genuine happiness. Congratulations to this wonderful couple and their beautiful wedding!

CEREMONY: St. Anthony's and St. Agnes (Utica, NY)

RECEPTION: Daniele's at Valley View (New Hartford, NY)

CAKE ARTIST: Andrea Graves Classy Cakes

ENTERTAINMENT: Ed Camp DJ Bizness

BEAUTY ARTIST: Dakota Schaaf

BRIDAL BOUTIQUE: Alfred Angelo

MENSWEAR: A. Vitullos

LEAD PHOTOGRAPHER: Adam Brockway

ASSISTED BY:  Katie Davis

Wedding Bells for Brittany and Mike!

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What a wonderful day for a wedding with such a wonderful couple! The big day began early in the morning at the gorgeous home of Mike’s aunt and uncle along the Oneida River, where Brittany and the ladies prepped for the big day in a flurry of pink satin, hairspray, and mimosas. The bride looked stunning in her mermaid gown adorned with sparkling gemstones with a full tulle bottom and long veil, while her bridesmaids looked “peachy” in their floor-length, summer-hued dresses.

The ceremony took place at St. Patrick’s Church in Syracuse New York, where Mike first laid eyes on his bride-to-be as she walked down the aisle, which was strewn with white rose petals. Following the ceremony and formal pictures with their families, the new Mr. and Mrs. (along with their bridal party) headed to Franklin Square Park, where I had a great time taking photos near the fountain and on the bridge (quite the photogenic group – a photographer’s dream!).

The reception was held in the Adirondack room at Dibble’s Inn in Vernon, where I had some competition from the guests getting Instax photos taken snapped for a guest book so the newlyweds had a picture of everyone (something I also strive for). Following dinner, Brittany and Mike danced the night away with their friends and family. It was another “picture perfect” day full of love and celebration — cheers to the new Mr. and Mrs!

CEREMONY: St. Patrick’s Church (Syracuse, NY)

RECEPTION:  Dibbles Inn (Vernon, NY)

PHOTOGRAPHY: Adam Brockway

ASSISTED BY:  Nicole Brockway

BLOG BY: Nicole Brockway

The Wedding of Nicole and Mark

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The morning of Nicole and Mark’s wedding was wet and damp but soon the sun came out and turned into a lovely, warm July day in Utica, New York. The girls prepared for the day at Nicole’s family home with hair and make-up, and as I walked around it was hard not to notice the small details everywhere, from the hand written notes to the countdown to the wedding day. The ceremony was a beautiful mass officiated by Rev. Joseph Salerno in the gorgeous St. Anthony’s church. Mark was overflowing with happiness as Nicole walked down the aisle beaming from under her veil. From there they ran around the city for pictures going downtown and to the Utica Train Station. Finally finishing the night at the Raddison Hotel for the reception and dance party craziness that ensued.

Celebrating the Marriage of Jennifer and Kris

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A few weeks ago I took pictures for this really amazing down to earth couple, Jennifer and Kris. The wedding was an epic event held on the Friday before independence day. Their vows were exchanged at the lovely St. Francis De Sales Church in Herkimer from there we had a quick stop at the herkimer fire department so Jennifer could take a photo with her father (A Firefighter) in front of the big truck. After that we headed over to Jennifer’s family home for pictures then went over to one of my favorite reception venues MKJ Farms.

At MKJ farms we took more photos and then Jennifer, Kris their family and friends partied late into the night.  Their was music, dancing, a fog machine. Which made for some literal dancing on a cloud. Later in the night their was fireworks, sparklers, and the Chinese Lanterns and not one but two amazing singers who took over the mic and gave impromptu performances for the crowd. I think the Reception lasted for around 6 hours and if the dance floor was empty at all it’s only because the food was being served or the fireworks were going off. This was a crowd with amazing energy.

Thank you Jennifer and Kris, you were awesome and I think every person that attended your wedding will have fond memories for years to come!