Laura + Todd Lippincott Manor Wallkill, New York

Laura and Todd were married on a beautiful Friday afternoon at Lippincott Manor. I knew after meeting them it was going to be a unique and fun party -it sure was! We started the day off at Four Points Sheraton in Newburgh. Laura wore a gorgeous black wedding dress. Yes, I said black! The guys were dressed up with suspenders, which was a good choice for a hot day. After getting ready we then headed straight to Lippincott Manor to take advantage of the beautiful grounds where we did a (blindfolded!) first look and portraits. Friends and family gathered around for the ceremony site as Laura and Todd tied the knot. Dj Bri had everyone out having a great time on the dance floor. 

We took advantage of the sunset and got really great shots! Here are a few of my favorites from the day.

Venue & catering Lippincott Manor; Lauren's hair was done by Katie Kelly,  Make-up by Jessica Holtz from Simply Elegant Beauty, Dj entertainment provided by DJ Bri-Swatek, Flowers by secret garden florist.

 

Lauren + Michael Lippincott Manor Wallkill, New York

The story of Lauren + Michael is a successful online dating story that, after six years of dating, led to a beautiful marriage between two great friends. On opening weekend of the 2018 wedding season, on a sunny afternoon at Lippincott Manor in Wallkill, New York, Lauren + Michael's wedding vows were read aloud before family and friends.

The happy couple shares a passion for video games and their two dogs Luna + Murphy. Lauren's dress was from Davids Bridal; hair and make-up  by Victoria & Michelle from Hair Concierge. Entertainment by Rock Entertainment. -Congratulations Lauren + Michael!

Thank you guys! Here are a few photo's from the day. Enjoy! 

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Christina + Evan Lippincott Manor

Time can be a cruel friend; it plays tricks on the mind as we age and robs us of our memories. That stories the same for everyone and everything - except for the love that Christina + Evan's share between them.

They first met twenty-one years ago while watching fireworks at Algonquin Park, July 11, 1997. Evan was the plus 1 on his best friends date and Christina was there hanging out with her girlfriends. They were seventeen at the time and spent the next eight years together.

Flash forward and the year is 2016. Christina + Evan are no longer together, but they’re also not apart. So while twenty years has gone by since that chance encounter at Algonquin Park, and yes a lot has changed, one thing still remained - their friendship. Each completely committed to friendship, while secretly waiting for the other to become available. Each of them was thinking and waiting for the other, but they never talked about it.

Flash forward again and the year is 2018. Christina + Evan have been engaged for a little under one year, and chosen the country hillsides, mountaintop views and rolling hayfields of upstate New York as the perfect place for a rustic, chic, outdoor wedding. They shopped around and landed squarely in Wallkill, NY, close to where they first met actually, at the beautiful Lippincott Manor which offers discerning couples serenity and solitude.

Their wedding day could't have been more perfect. Christina wore Maggie Sottero from Lady Grey in Beacon, NY; her shoes she jokingly admits she found on Amazon; Venue & catering Lippincott Manor; entertainment by DJ Bri-Swatek. Hair and make-up by Amanda Munro, Flowers by secret garden florist

They both say their favorite foods are deserts and anything sweet. Christina says the best thing Evan likes about her is her honesty & loyalty. The best thing Christina likes about Evan is his heart, because it's always in the right place.

BEST of LUCK to you both in the next twenty years.

Hudson Valley Weddings

I'm excited to share the great news - I'm collaborating with one of my favorite Hudson Valley Djs, Pat Mahan from Digital Musicians Entertainment. He and I created this custom photography/Dj package that will save you hundreds of $$$. 

Bear Mountain State Park Mckenna & Nick

Bear Mountain State Park is a majestic spot for special events, weddings and Mckenna and Nick's engagement shoot. Our first go-around was a total wash out; I mean YEAH it rained the entire day so Mckenna, Nick, Steven and I relaxed at the bar trying all kinds of mixed drinks and talking about the wedding.

Flash-forward a few days later and our second go around was a hit. It was an unusually warm October afternoon at Bear Mountain and we took full advantage of everything mother nature gave us.

We took McKenna & Nick to Perkins Point, Bear Mountain Inn, the train tracks and the dock where we experimented with fire, umbrellas and off camera flash mixed with ambient lights from the Bear Mountain Bridge.

I had a lot of fun with you guys; looking forward to October 2018!

{Katie + James} Wedding at Mills Mansion Staatsburgh, Ny

Katie and James were married at Mills Mansion on a beautiful, rainy day, but lucky for them it cleared up just in time for the outdoor ceremony to start. The energy from James and Katie made the experience pleasant from beginning to end. I couldn't get over how gorgeous Katie looked, all dolled up- the girls at La Tua Bella Beauty Bar did a fantastic job. James looked great in his suit, and he really rocked his Converse with style! They shared a “first touch” as they read private vows to each other before the ceremony with family and friends. Katie changed from her formal gown into a shorter, fun and sassy dress designed by Galina for the reception, and she looked equally as good in both! We had an awesome photo opportunity inside Rose and Dale's photo booth where the bride & groom's personalities shined. Rose & Dale Photo Co. is a mobile photobooth and lounge housed in a vintage 1963 Airstream Overlander that has been completely renovated from the inside out. What a great idea! There were so many great memorable moments throughout the day I couldn't just pick a few!

Thank you Katie and James!

{ Katie & James } Engagement Photos, Bear Mountain State Park

Archways made of stone, long walks around the lake and mountain top views of NYC at sunset were just a few of the focal points for Katie & Jame's engagement shoot at Bear Mountain State Park.

Working with these two love birds was enjoyable. Bear Mountain is always a great place to photograph. I have so many favorites, but here are just a few…I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

I look forward to working with you guys this September. Can't wait!

{ Amanda + Connor } Wedding at the Thayer Hotel at West Point

What an amazing, fun filled wedding at the Thayer Hotel at West Point with the Guillet and the Mulhere's where friends and family gathered to witness Amanda & Connor tie the knot on a beautiful, sunny afternoon in May. 

The Thayer hotel is a venue I've photographed many times before, but never had the chance to write about. This is my very first Thayer Hotel blog!

Having known each other for almost their whole lives - Amanda & Connor are real life love story, for sure. Amanda and Connor's sister Shelah became best friends in preschool when their mothers decided to get the families together, and everyone became close friends. Unfortunately they didn't see each other continuously growing up, but they always managed to stay in touch. Their families were best friends. They traveled together, laughed together and grew together.

The love and emotion between Amanda & Connor was contagious, spilling late into the evening before finally finishing at the Zulu Time Rooftop Bar & Lounge for drinks - photographer in tow!

    • hair stylist and make-up artist: Kristi @ the Painted Lady (706) 718-2437
    • dj: Pat @ Digital Musicians Entertainment (845) 661-6816
    • cinemtography: Enchanted Media Group
    • reception/catering:Thayer Hotel (845) 446-4731
    • wedding photography: Kathleen Gemma Photography (845) 522-2630

    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Wedding in Dominican Republic

    The day before departing for the Dominican Republic I went to B&H for small, compact camera. I wanted something light, but I didn't need 4K video, but I did want superior looking still photographs, full manual capabilities, a fast, fixed, wide aperture lens and the freedom to do whatever I wanted. I looked at several different brands, including Nikon, Olympus Pen and Fugi - finally deciding that Fugi was perfect for what I wanted to do.

    Landing miles away from home at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in the Dominican Republic with no gear, nothing except my new Fugifilm X70 - was amazing. I didn't have any extra camera equipment, no speed lights, no camera bags, no contracts, no schedules and no worries.

    I was there for my best friend Nicole's wedding, as a bridesmaid.  We stayed at the Hard Rock Casio for a week. The whole bridal party and I hung out by the pool sipping pina`coladas, enjoyed white sandy beaches, beautiful weather and each others company. What I would give to back there right now! Here's a few shots from the week.

     

    {Stephanie & Matt} Surprise Soho Wedding in NYC

    Stephanie & Matt's Non Traditional NYC Soho Wedding Party

    First meeting Stephanie and Matt, I thought what an adorable couple. Stephanie and Matt planned a small engagement party in Soho, NYC. This led to a surprise wedding ceremony for fifty of their closest friends and family members - a total surprise to everyone in attendance, only we were in on it. When it came time to announce the truth, guests cheered and mom's cried with joy - a totally amazing moment! Well done Stephanie & Matt.

    Here are a few shots from the day. -Enjoy!

    Mel and David Westtown brew works Warwick, NY

    Mel and David Westtown brew works Warwick, NY

    Not wanting to be a "traditional" bride and groom , my cousin David and his beautiful wife Mel decided to have a small intimate wedding at Westtown Brew Works located in Warwick, NY on 9.30.16.  Mel and her mom took on the task of hand-making all their decor which gave their barn wedding a beautiful rustic feel. On the way to the venue, we stopped at Brady Farm where we did their first look. Even though it was a misty rainy day, Mel and David were all about walking around and taking their pictures.  We managed to capture some beautiful portraits.  

    Thank you guys for having me be a big part of your special day! :)

     

    Daniela and Teo's Wedding, FEAST at the Round Hill

        Daniela and Teo's wedding celebration took place on July 23, 2016 at FEAST at Round Hill, located in the heart of the lower Hudson Valley in Washingtonville, NY.  I adore this couple!!  Everything about the day was perfect; from the weather, to the ceremony, to the music, and the wonderful staff at FEAST.  DJ service was provided by MSV, who always seems to know how the keep the party going!                          

    Daniela looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress. Her makeup was flawless, done by  the amazing Amanda Munro Hair & Makeup.  Danielle and Teo are fun, funny, vibrant and easy going. You can easily see how much they value their friends and family.  I captured so many great moments, I couldn't just pick a few. Here are some teasers of the day.  Enjoy! 

    Thank you Jim for assisting me for the day, and THANK YOU Daniela and Teo for allowing me to document this special day for you!! 

    Noelle and Matt

    Congratulations to Noelle and Matt on their engagement! I met Noelle at a wedding I recently photographed where she was one of the georgous bridesmaids.  Noelle contacted me the very next day complimenting me on what a great job I did and asked if I was available to photograph her and her fiance Matt's engagement.  Of course I said yes! Here are a couple teasers of our lovely evening in the beautiful fields of New Paltz, NY.  Thank you Noelle and Matt for making it such a fun experience! 

    Also, a big thank you to the Haugland's. 

    I was asked by John Ulrich, of the Teamsters Local 812 union,  to photographer their shop steward convention.  The event took place in Atlantic City, at Caesars Palace from October 4th to the 7th.  I was pretty excited to get my first independant job that required me to Travel. Getting away for three days was a mini vacation for me.  It was a blast!  I met some great, easy going fun people and captured some unforgettable moments.  Here are a few photos of the three day event. Thank you John, and Local 812 for having me! 

     

    Alice and Rodney got married at Anthony's Pier 9 in New Windsor, NY.  The weather called for rain, but thankfully it turned out to be another beautiful day. Before arriving to the venue we stopped at Downing Park where Jim, (my minion for the day), and I took beautiful photos of the couple. Here are just a few teaser's.  -Enjoy!

    Thanks Alice and Rodney for letting me be a part of your special day! and Jim Ferrara for being my little (minion)/ assistant. :)

    Make up done by Simply Elegant Beauty, Jessica Holz.  Music entertainment by DJ Bo Hanan.  

    On July 18, 2015, I got to work with JFPhotography assisting with Natalie photographing Dana and Jeff on their wedding day. I had a blast photographing theses two and working with Natalie (as usual). Here are some shots I captured throughout the day.  -Enjoy!

    On July 25, 2015 I Photographed Amber and Kyle on their wedding day! Another great couple to work with as well as Digital Musicians Entertainment.  -Here is a sneak peek, Enjoy! 

    On Friday, June 26, 2015, I photographed Katie and Trevor's wedding at the Dutchess Manor located in the Hudson Valley.  I got to see some familiar faces and work with the wonderful staff who provided great service.  It was a beautiful day considering the forecast called for rain.  I got to capture beautiful photos of the couple as the sun was setting over the Hudson River.   Here are a few teasers.   Enjoy!  (scroll down to read more..

    Earlier that morning, I arrived at Katie's house assuming I was going to enter into a house of complete chaos as I usually do.  Nope! This was the total opposite.  Katie was the most organized Bride EVER; her hair and makeup were done along with her 6 bridesmaids.  I thought, WOW this is great!  Every photographers dream -- "I have the time to get creative" (which I absolutely love)!  Katie enthusiastically said to me, "lets do some sexy Boudoir shots for my hubby!"  I was all for it.  With that being said, we got some great boudoir photos, (Trevor's eyes only).  It's something I've never got to do with a bride before!  I would highly recommend it to my future clients.  Katie's great organization skills and her trust in me, allowed the time to do so.  Thanks Katie! 

    I knew instantly these two were head over heals for each other from the smile on Katie's face stretching ear to ear.  Her face lit up so bright, as she walked down the isle.  She literally glowed.  There is no doubt they have a strong chemistry.  You could feel the connection between them and it made me smile just from watching.  Katie and Trevor together looked like royalty. 

    This crowed was definitely fun and full of energy with the help from Desrty DJ Entertainment located in the Hudson Valley.  

      Thank you Katie and Trevor for letting me be a part of your special day! 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Here's a sneak peak of Daniela and Teo's Engagement. They were Such a fun couple to work with!  I had a blast  photographing theses two this past Sunday. I can't wait for the wedding day!