Melissa & Joe at Saratoga National Golf Course

This was another wedding we had been looking forward to for a very long time.  Melissa & Joe booked us it seems like forever ago and we had so much fun with them at their engagement session that we just knew their wedding would be crazy awesome.  And we were right!  They have been together since high school and when you are near them their happiness and excitement is infectious.  First, Melissa let her girls all pick out their own purple cocktail dresses and the result was absolute perfection.  Each girl had a shade and style that reflected them and everyone all together looked AMAZING.  I seriously loved it and loved her bravery and faith in her girls.  So Yay Melissa.  You rock.  And for Melissa herself…WOW she looked unbelievable.  Her dress was gorgeous and she went with some killer blue shoes for her something blue.  Again…loved it. Her make-up was flawless thanks to the talent of none other than one of our favorite make-up artists Tina Barbato from Flawless by Tina and hair was perfectly done by Bree and Stacey from Kylie & Co. The guys were so fun and we would expect no less as Joe is such a nice guy, of course his family and friends are too!  We also have to give a shout-out to Greg the groomsman for being in three weddings we photographed in the past few months.  He is a professional at this point so if any of you brides and grooms out there are short a groomsman give him a call : )  Melissa & Joe had a bit of a baseball theme because Joe plays professional baseball for the Baltimore Orioles… which meant personalized custom bats for the groomsman.  How cool is that?  And a super cool baseball groom’s cake done by Melissa at our favorite cake shop Make Me A Cake…Next Door.  After the ceremony in Troy we headed out to Saratoga National to get the party started.  Its always fun to get to drive the golf carts around too so while the cocktail hour got started we cruised around the course and had some fun.  The love between these two is so complete and so real that we have no doubt this day was just the first day of forever.

I LOVE getting ready shots.  Its that part of the day that is so filled with excitement and anticipation and yet its also a sort of calm moment.

This is the shot that every girl dreams of.  The moment these two saw each other was so emotional.  This is why i LOVE weddings!

I think this is my favorite of the day.  Pat suggested Joe dip Melissa and he just picked her right up and pretended to throw her over the bridge…but not before a kiss.  I love the shoes, the kiss, the light, the bridge, the wind.  LOVE it!

How cool is this groom’s cake?

My Scottish Adventure

When you get an e-mail that starts with “what would you think about photographing my wedding in Scotland at a castle on Loch Ness?” you have a lot of thoughts running through your mind all at the same time…who will watch your kids? when will you leave? how can you block that much time off right in the middle of wedding season? but most of all you hear a chorus of “my bags are packed. my bags are packed. my bags are seriously packed.” And they were. Simple as that. Even better I brought my husband along for a 10 day adventure through the Scottish countryside.  And for any of you out there who are already married and have children you can probably imagine the absolute amazingness of being alone with your husband for 10 whole days.  It was a perfect trip from start to finish.

Victoria Street in Edinburgh which was right across from our first and last hotel in the Grassmarket area.

We flew into Edinburgh but the wedding was in Inverness so we rented a car and drove along the coast through some pretty beautiful and out of the way small towns on our way to the Highlands.

This is the view from the ruins of Castle McDuff which sits on a random road in the middle of nowhere just waiting to be explored and climbed over.  Although we drew the line at the dungeon…with no one around I wasn’t taking any chances : )

The remnants of St. Andrew’s Cathedral

St. Andrews Castle

Someone’s garden in St. Andrews.  I so wish it was mine.

And then we left the coast for the place I had most wanted to see: The Highlands.  Anyone that knows me has some idea how obsessed I am with the Highlands due in large part to my absolute favorite book which takes place there.  It was very surreal to see a place I had envisioned so many times for so many years.  It exceeded every expectation I had.  It was magical and breath-taking and yet I took the fewest pictures there.  I just wanted to feel it and remember it.  But these two images sort of get it.  The old stone crofts, the sweeping rugged hills, the green and the lushness and yet the emptiness.  It was unforgettable.

Three days after we landed in Scotland we arrived in Inverness.

Wedding Day!

Quite possible the coolest wedding venue ever.

Handfasting Ceremony

Just as the rain began the entire group drank whisky from a two handled cup called a Quaich which the couple then finishes off.  I think that tradition should really catch on in the States.

oh I love castles. I love castles.  I love castles.

Our parting view of Urquhart Castle.  And one of my favorite images from the whole trip.

The ceremony was followed by a very intimate dinner and lots of toasting!

and the next morning we were back on the road again headed to the Isle of Skye aka the most beautiful place on Earth.

Highland calfs.  So cute and furry we just had to stop by in the pouring rain to say hello.

And in true tourist fashion had to have our picture taken.  Again in the pouring rain.

Eileen Doonan Castle.  Kinda love this one too.

Heather in the foreground and Skye in the background.

The Viewfield House.  Quite possibly the best place to spend a few nights.  Our own little castle complete with an endless supply of Scotch, a very creepy trail to town and some resident Scottish royalty.

Portree, Isle of Skye

Another image from Portree.

And a hike to find the fabled Fairy Pools.

I love this one.  Check out how teeny tiny the hikers are on top.  The Fairy Pools may have been hard to find but they were massive and breath taking.

and back to Edinburgh for a few days.

Our absolute favorite pub.  Couldn’t get enough of this place.

The view of Edinburgh Castle from the window of a restaurant we ate one of our last meals at.  And the perfect image to end with.

Along the Creek: A Style Shoot

We are so lucky to get to work with so many amazing professionals every week and we always talk about how fun it would be to get together for a style shoot without any of the wedding day pressure.  Many of our favorites are awesome women who also own their own businesses and are such talented artists.  So we all met up at a beautiful creek side private home on a very rainy and overcast afternoon to talk wedding and play in the water.  The incredibly talented videographer Cheryl Lighthouse from CASL Productions was on hand to document the shoot and has graciously shared her video with us.  Some of our other favorite ladies who made their way into the woods are: Hair Stylist Jenah from Kylie & Company , Make-up Artist Tina from Flawless by Tina, Dress Designer Aimee from Style for Grace, Cake Designer Melissa from Make Me A Cake…Next Door and Lauren from The Flower Girl.  We also came across the most amazing custom stationary company, uluckygirl, which is also women owned YAY!  and I can not recommend them highly enough.  You will see some of their amazing products below and in the video.  Their work is just beautiful and so unique.  I especially love the ISpy cards.  So thank you to all the super talented women who participated.  It really was so much fun to be surrounded by so much talent and hope to see you all again soon…when its not raining ; )

Along the Creek: A Style Shoot from Cheryl Lighthall on Vimeo.

We went with an orange and robin’s egg blue color scheme and lots of vintage finds.  We also carried a bit of a bird theme throughout.

I am in love with these ISpy cards by uluckygirl!

Love these colors together and I love books.  They are such an underused source of inspiration and decor.

How perfect is this cake from Make Me A Cake…Next Door?  I love it and cupcakes too.

You all know I LOVE tattoos.  Although I would never ever have the commitment my girl Erica displays I admire her courage!

and then a quick change into a custom ostrich feather creation…


Jax is definitely going to be a heartbreaker.  His is so sweet and those eyes just draw you right in.  After seeing his Mom it is no surprise where he got them.  It was our first session with this little guy and I am so excited to see him again some time soon!  We had the perfect morning wandering around and playing games.  I love the shot near the bottom where he is looking up.  Pat devised a very exciting game involving throwing acorns and he loved it- so did she!  We are so lucky to be able to spend time playing with so many awesome little people : )

Sweet Caroline

Its seems like in the midst of the wedding madness we have been neglecting the baby blogs so…here is one cutie we could not get enough of.  Look at the eyes on this beautiful little lady and she is so full of personality.  Her parents brought lots of cute clothes which we love!  It always a good idea to bring at least one change of clothes or this time of year you can just layer and de-layer as the session goes on.  It gives you a lot more options in the end.  We had so much fun with Caroline and her parents!