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Celebration Wedding Chapel in Kingston NY

Celebration Wedding Chapel in Kingston NY

Michelle and Dan’s wedding at the Celebration Wedding Chapel in Kingston NY was awesome. It was a perfect day for a perfect couple.

From the moment I met them I could tell how deeply in love they are. We did an engagement shoot in the fall so I got the know them before the wedding. They’re both amazing individuals in their own right, but together they’re unstoppable. I can’t quantify how much they do for the world, but lets just say that they leave it a little bit better than before.

Their first look was in front of the Chapel and Dan was in awe seeing Michelle for the first time in her dress. We did some portraits in Cornell Park across the street from the chapel and then moved back into the Chapel because of gusty winds for the rest of the family photos.

A recording of Michelle singing the Beatles “I want to hold your hand” played before they walked down the aisle. Dan and Michelle both made grand entrances to the ceremony which was officiated by a friend. Their vows were heartfelt and true and in the end they were married.

The reception was a blast with catering by Savona’s Trattoria and sound from Dave Leonard from JTD Productions. Everyone danced the night away and celebrated a wonderful couple in the aptly named Celebration Chapel.
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Hudson Valley Wine Photographer – Clinton Vineyards

Hudson Valley Wine Photographer – Clinton Vineyards

I was very lucky this year to have worked with Clinton Vineyards on the launch of their new website. As a Hudson Valley wine photographer I was introduced to Clinton Vineyards while I was still the staff photographer at the CIA. I visited as part of a Hudson Valley agri-tourism group and was blown away by the experience. More recently I have been working with Public Impact, the firm representing Clinton Vineyards as the gem it is.

About Clinton Vineyards

With a bucolic setting seemingly miles from anything it is easily accessible from Rhinebeck NY and the Taconic State Parkway. Clinton Vineyards grows exclusively Seyval Blanc grapes and produce their own Seyval Blanc white wine and some spectacular méthode champenoise sparkling wines (basically champagne, but not from France) in addition to some wonderful dessert wines made from local raspberries, blackberries, currants and more. Proprietor Phyllis Feder is an amazing woman and can often be found gracing the tasting room.

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Most recently I photographed their Victory White wine which garnered national attention as being an enthusiastic nod to Hillary Clinton for her Presidential bid and the news was picked up by the likes of CNN, ABC and Mashable. Stop by or take the trip for a wonderful experience.

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Ginny & Remya – Hudson Valley Gay Weddings

Ginny & Remya – Hudson Valley Gay Weddings

Ginny and Remya live in Pennsylvania but decided to get married at Mohonk Mountain House. Remya’s grandfather worked there a long time ago so she was familiar with the historic hotel. They also chose to get married in New York because Pennsylvania does not recognize same-sex marriage. Mohonk is a great place for Hudson Valley gay weddings.

They’ve known each other since college but only recently reconnected. Since they were having a Hudson Valley destination wedding I didn’t get a chance to meet with them when they booked me. Fortunately I had an opportunity to meet them a few days before the wedding for coffee and we all clicked. I could see right away that they were both great people and a great couple.

Mohonk Wedding in the Garden – Hudson Valley Gay Weddings

There were passing showers that delayed the wedding, but then the sun came out and shined on everyone. Theirs was a small intimate ceremony in the garden officiated by a friend. They were led to the Mohonk garden by The Saints of Swing playing ragtime music in a grand parade which was lots of fun for everyone. I was only there for the ceremony and the cocktail reception, but I had a great time and I could plainly see the love that they have for one another and also the love from their friends. Overall it was a great day and I wish them all the happiness in the world.

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New Paltz Wedding of Kate & Jereme

Reformed Church of New Paltz Wedding and Magnanini Winery Wedding Reception

Kate and Jereme’s New Paltz wedding was a picture perfect day in Ulster County. They were married in the Reformed Church of New Paltz on Huguenot Street. The Church is light and airy so I had a great time shooting in there. Historic Huguenot Street is a wonderful location for a wedding. There were many photographic options for portraits following the ceremony so we just walked around the historic buildings. I think the photos have a timeless feel to them because of the setting.

The reception was at Magnanini Farm Winery in the Hamlet of Wallkill. I had never been there before but I was blown away by the scenery and atmosphere. It feels like an Italian Villa, right in the middle of the Hudson Valley. It’s a very authentic Italian winery and the dinner was served family style and was excellent. It’s so Italian in fact that they make their own Grappa! I didn’t try it, but it’s on my list to return for a tasting one day. Below are a few of my favorite photos from the day. Take a look and let me know what you think.



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Chris & William’s same sex wedding at The Emerson


Chris and William’s same sex wedding at The Emerson Resort and Spa in Mount Tremper was awesome.

Chris and William’s same sex wedding at The Emerson Resort and Spa in Mount Tremper was awesome. The ceremony was in the great room. It was filled with both laughter and tears and was a heartfelt testimonial . William sung a song he wrote for Christopher while he played the piano.  There was not a dry eye in the room. Everyone was touched by their love for one another. For the reception their vision was to have a low key cocktail party style reception followed by dancing and the Emerson did a great job with every detail. The jazz music by Alexis Cole was excellent and definitely set a tone for the evening. Below are a few or my favorite images.

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Hudson Valley Food Photographer – Clinton Vineyards

I had the pleasure to recently shoot some editorial and product photography for Clinton Vineyards in Clinton Corners NY for their new website. It’s a fantastic vineyard in Dutchess County and they’re known for their sparkling wines, their Seyval Blanc, and their dessert wines. Here’s a few photos I took in my studio of their wines, but check out their site at clintonvineyards.com to see and learn more about this Hudson Valley winery and make sure to visit them on your next trip to the area. As a Hudson Valley Food Photographer I love to experience all the bounty that the Hudson Valley has to offer.

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