October 2013

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we had such a great time with michaela & rob at the beautiful congress hall in cape may…the weather was gorgeous and michaela had put so much time and energy into all of her amazing details which i LOVED!  her bridal party was so animated and provided so many photo opportunities that it was hard to keep up!  bonnie & chris from petal beach outdid themselves with the flowers and the gorgeous pergola they constructed from old reclaimed doors which provided the perfect arbor for the couple to be married under…michaela is the sweetest person and i was so happy to spend her special day with her…special thanks to chelsea tomae for assisting me that day and getting so many great photographs…

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it was another beautiful evening with a sweet couple and some fantastic vendors!  i loved, loved, loved lauren’s  watters gown which was just perfect for her…i have never seen avenue look prettier with all of the beautiful details provided by paige from gilded lily events, wallflowers florist art paper scissors…amy marie did her usual fantastic job of making lauren look naturally beautiful and my favorite dj, nick cavaleri from imagine entertainment…and thank you so much julia wagner for your stunning artistry and company…what a treat it has been working with you this year and i will miss you when you move on to bigger adventures next month in ashville north carolina…additional credits:  the bungalow hotel, long branch  accessories:  foolish ginger, asbury park calligraphy: mary kate moon

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  1. Erica Vermilyea’s avatar

    Hello! I just wanted to thank you for tagging me in this beautiful blog. I’m currently in the process of creating a new website and in it I am having a section called “real brides.” I was hoping to use one of the pics above…the black and white one of the bride and groom..I believe it’s the 18th one down. Obviously you would get the photo credits for it. Please let me know if you’re interested. I would really appreciate it, it showcases my hairpiece very nicely 🙂
    Thank you, and feel free to call me at my shop,
    Erica
    Foolish Ginger
    732-455-8068

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so i have photographed many family members and friends over the last 19 years and have been able to i thought skillfully navigate getting the images that i know are expected of me while also celebrating as a guest…it’s a tricky balancing act for sure…perhaps this is why i thought it would be a piece of cake to not only photograph my dear friend rene’s  wedding but to also participate in it by standing up for her as her maid of honor…this feat was not for the faint of heart…i literally jumped into my dress 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony as i had been taking photographs all morning…enough about me…i could not have been more thrilled and honored to stand up for my friend  of almost 30 years while she formally joined her life to her love of 9 years, mark…it has been joyful to watch their relationship evolve & grow the way it has and to see the beautiful way that rene & mark & his children, morgan & georgia, have come together as a family…it is always so special to me when i see two people making a commitment to one another of love and life together but it is especially gratifying when you have seen the progression from the start and the couple exchanging their vows mean so much to you…rene & mark chose the beautiful location of charlottesville, virginia  for their outdoor rustic ceremony and they could not have chosen a more lovely venue than pippin hill farms & vineyards…the flowers and arch provided by amy and corey from blue ridge flowers were so pretty as was the bride in her jim hjelm lace gown and made even prettier with the help of the amazing and super sweet, daphne d’earth latham, who not only made everyone’s hair look great but added her makeup expertise as well as helping out wherever needed…i would not have been able to pull this off without bob livingstone who graciously photographed the ceremony for me as well as much of the wedding day before and after the ceremony…not only did he provide them with memorable images as he has over the years for countless couples but he allowed me to be able to be there for my friend, so i thank him… additional credits: bake love bakery llc coordinator: meg at pippin hill and in new jersey, chelsea tomae, invitations & all other stationery:  trish fearon from thinking paper

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buddy…

buddy copy2 copyI fell in love with you the moment I saw you at 5 weeks old…
I knew we were meant to be…
In almost 12 years there has never been a moment when we didn’t love each other…
No matter what the circumstance there was never a time when you did not greet me with your kisses…
You were always happy to see me and always let me know it…
You were my companion & protector…
You kept me warm on cold nights…
You could always make me laugh and knew just what comedic action to take to put a smile on my face when I was feeling blue…
I never felt alone because I always had you to come home to at the end of the day…
Till the end you were still looking out for me and wouldn’t go until you knew I would be okay…
I will miss you for the rest of my days my friend…
Thank you for all of the wonderful things, the love and the joy you
brought to my life…
I will never forget you…
My heart is broken but i know one day I will see you again…
rip buddy…xoxoxoxo