On June 7th, 2014 we photographed the wedding of Andrew and Kylie Holland at The Lodge on Echo Lake. This venue featured a beautiful lodge overlooking Echo Lake, as well as quaint cottages for each of the guests to stay in. The facilities as a whole fostered an Adirondack feel, a signature of Upstate New York that we know and love.

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Andrew & Kylie are definitely “Love Birds,” so I could not resist this photo of the rings.

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The girls were all lively, excited, and beautiful. The homey cottage served as the perfect getting ready location. The girls, having already been styled, all gathered together on the couch to enthusiastically witness the finishing touches be added to Kylie’s make up and hair. The girls were noticeably excited for Kylie, as shown through their bright smiles.

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The bouquets were extremely colorful! Kylie’s classic bouquet featured an assortment of different colors and flowers. The bouquets combined with the green, woodsy setting made for a very vivid scene. Kylie’s big, bright eyes sure did “pop!”

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The Bridesmaids were fun to work with and made some crazy faces for me! I could tell it was going to be a great wedding!
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Jay, Kylie’s Father, told us of a secret plan he had early on. Kylie had never before seen her Father truly dressed up. He thought if he was going to dress up, he might as well go all out! Jay surprised Kylie by showing up in an original, vintage suit. He was all decked out; he wore a top hat and carried a pocket watch. Kylie sure was surprised!
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We met the groom near the beautiful ceremony location, overlooking Echo Lake. Andrew’s big family was full of character, jokes, smiles, support, and excitement.
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Jay tagged along just to remind Andrew to never hurt his little girl!
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Everyone was full of smiles. The genuine expressions captured below sure do justice to just how loving and supportive these families were.
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The bride is about to walk down the isle and you could see the emotion that filled Andrew’s eyes… he is marrying his best friend.

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I just love this photo!

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Kylie and Andrew were blessed with lovely weather, complimenting such a wonderful setting. After the ceremony, the couple’s Corgis, Vixey and Kallie, sprinted to them and the bride and groom greeted them lovingly. They were the perfect add-ons to photos!
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The girls kicked off their shoes for fun-filled photographs at the beach. We truly enjoyed working with such an entertaining bridal party!
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Kylie and Andrew with their babies!

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The grounds of Echo Lake were full of so much variety, making for a lovely assortment of photos of the couple on their special day.
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The reception took place in the lodge itself, overlooking the lake. The colors were beautifully scattered amidst the venue. 
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The father and daughter dance is always a special moment, I love this image of them and Kylie’s eyes are amazing!

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The crowd had a great time. The dance floor filled up more and more as the night went on. Tim Wedeman of Capital Disc Jockeys did a great job keeping the dance floor active.
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We brought the couple out for a few sunset pictures on the lake. The light was a perfect ending to their day. 
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Thank you to Kylie and Andrew for giving us the opportunity to photograph your family, it was truly an honor and we loved every minute of your day. The Curtis and Holland families were smiling the whole day and as you can see from the photos in this Blog the reason why. We wish you both many years of happiness!

Imagine! what we can CREATE for YOU!

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We are very grateful to have been able to work with Mazzone Hospitality in recent weeks. These opportunities to do promotional work for both Prime Bar + Grill in Clifton Park and for 677 Prime in Albany allowed for exhilarating experimentation, as photographing food is something new and different for us. The Prime Bar and Grill “family” is caring, passionate, friendly, and always very welcoming.

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Each dish is artfully created. The different platters used for each individual dish added texture and harmonized tones in each image. The food still manages to “pop” without taking away from the intricate plate on which it’s being served.

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The natural light from the patio of Prime fills the restaurant beautifully. This one restaurant fosters so many different ambiances in one. The atmosphere of Prime changes from night to day, but it is always welcoming and full of excitement.

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Many guests enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the patio at Prime. Being a family friendly atmosphere, children of all ages are welcome. We love this image captured around the time of sunset.

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The variety of ingredients used to make each drink definitely accounted for more variety in the images taken. The small accents, such as the lemon peel draped over the edge of the glass or the lime sitting softly on the rim, made for very vibrant images. The beverages looked good enough to drink, but even better to photograph!

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The different seasonings, dressings, and accents added to each dish make them their own. These small accents add variations in value and overall composition.

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The people are just as fun as the dishes, and the dishes are just as fun as the environment. Between the bar, dining room, and patio, we were able to capture guests in many different lighting situations. We just love the photo below of the baby enjoying a little bread before dinner.

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Working in the kitchen of Prime Bar + Grill was very exciting. This fast-paced, professional environment stocked with talented chefs and delicious food made for a wide variety of interesting photographs of dishes being prepared and perfected. Many of these dishes are exclusive to Prime and have very distinct characteristics; they are delicious works of art. Executive Chef Michael Hinrichs skillfully leads the kitchen with grace. Being able to get creative in an environment full of talented chefs who are too working hands on was a tremendous opportunity that we are very thankful for.

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Photographing in the kitchen at such a busy time of day was exhilarating. There is always something going on. For every one thing we photographed in front of us, there were three things going on behind us.

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Photographing each dish from start to finish showed just how much work goes into creating the perfect meal. So many different ingredients were added at different times and in different locations. The small finishing touches added at the last minute proved to make each dish much more colorful, as seen below.

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The delicious oysters of 677 Prime in Albany make for the perfect meal to share… and for the perfect image.

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The soft, white surface on the inside of each oyster shell illuminated the oyster itself, making for a very slick image. The silver metallic dish and bowls caught the light perfectly, as did the lemon juice drops below.

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We were also able to photograph Saso Yasu0, Prime’s Chef de Cuisine. Each sushi roll was a work of art in itself; the richness of each ingredient made for beautiful, vivid visuals.

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Making sushi is most definitely a process. As more ingredients were added to each sushi roll, they became more varied and aesthetically pleasing.

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The roe, or small fish eggs added on the top of the sushi roll pictured below added a lot of texture to the roll. The placement of the rolls on the table was interestingly geometric.

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I would like to thank the Angelo’s Prime Bar + Grill models, especially the very cute baby model and restaurant guests that helped with the photo-shoot. Also thankful to  Mazzone Hospitality for the opportunity to create something different that was exciting to photograph. A special thank you goes out to Meghan Connor, our intern for the summer, on doing a great job that day and making it a fun experience during the photo-shoot. No matter what the subject is we hope you keep us in mind when looking for a photography team… Imagine! what we can CREATE for YOU!

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A great start to the New Year was having the opportunity to photograph the wedding of Annie & Will Macaluso at Franklin Plaza in Troy, NY. It was a “little cold” on this particular wedding day, with temperatures in the single digits! At one point, when we were photographing at Annie’s house in the morning, the temperature gauge read -9 below but this did not stop Annie & Will from enjoying every aspect of their wedding day! Their ceremony and reception was held at the elegant Franklin Plaza Ballroom, which sparkled brightly from the decorations and up-lighting that filled the rooms. The stage was set perfectly for a gorgeous wedding and we were excited to be photographing our first wedding of the New Year!

Annie looked absolutely beautiful when the Imagine! Team showed up to start capturing her day. Makeup by Kyle was just finishing as we arrived and as always they did a fabulous job on everyone. The flower girl was so cute and I could tell it was going to be a challenge not taking a million photos of her! If you’re going to have a winter wedding make sure you have a warm beautiful coat like Annie did, she looked so stunning in it and at one point it was keeping her from turning into a snowman!

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This expression on Annie’s face is priceless, so was so excited to be getting married!

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We interrupt this moment with a call from Will, could Annie’s smile get any bigger?;)Gotta love that flower girl!

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Deep in thought has Annie gets ready… she must be thinking about the first look!

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Annie is so beautiful and I love that sparkle in her eyes! Hang on Will, you knees will buckle for sure when you see her!

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Annie looks so warm here in her white coat… it’s a good thing you can’t see all of her goosebumps!

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Looking good Will! A couple of adjustments before the first look with Annie.

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We were joking about Will beating everyone in chess, so we had him play his alter ego.:)

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The “First Looks” can be very emotional and I really love this image of Annie seeing Will for the first time on their wedding day!

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Out to face the weather and capture a few outside images. I think Will should have had a White coat too!:)

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I don’t know what the Ring Bearer and Flower Girl were really doing here but it was priceless!!

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Here we are all chill-en in front of Franklin Plaza… literally;)

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I think the Ring Bearer wanted to go back outside!

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Annie sneaks Wanda this smile as she prepares to walk down the isle.

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Speechless… absolutely speechless!

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Annie and her Mom with huge smiles on as they see Will.

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As always the room at Franklin Plaza was elegant and the guests were all blown away when they came into the room by its beauty.

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Just a little twirl on the dance floor during Annie & Will’s first dance together.

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Their family and friends danced the entire night and everyone had a fantastic time together!

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I just love that we have the opportunity to capture moments like theses for our couples!

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I love the quiet moment that Annie & Will are having in front of the fireplace with the beautiful Christmas Tree glowing in the background.

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Will decided to play a little tune on the piano for Annie… it’s like she is falling in love with him all over again!:)

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Annie & Will’s wedding was just featured in HERLIFE MAGAZINE’S April Issue, feel free to view it online at: http://www.herlifenewyork.com/

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Winter weddings are beautiful and will definitely stand out among the rest. Yes it’s cold and sometimes very cold but that should not stop your wedding story from being told. What better way to enjoy that time of year than celebrating a wedding with your family and friends! From a fresh fallen snow scene, to making a Bride & Groom kiss in the cold, you never know what can be created during this special time of year! We personally love winter weddings and have a great time photographing our couples in the snow and cold. If your contemplating a winter wedding, we would love the opportunity to discuss your wedding plans with you and encourage you to contact us to setup a free consultation. Imagine! what we can CREATE for YOU!

 

 

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