Amie & Chris - Fayetteville, NY - Engagement Session

I met up with Amie and Chris is Fayetteville, NY for their engagement session. Amie had a wonderful idea, to relive their first date during our session. I always love it when couples choose locations or themes that are meaningful to them for their photos! We started at the now sadly closed Grover's table, took a quick pit stop at their favorite local dive bar, The Hornets Nest, and finished with a walk through the Canal Park just as the sun began to set. It was such a fun session and these two were so natural in front of the camera. I can't wait to meet up with them again in just a few months for their wedding day!  Enjoy the photos :).

 Man and woman stand outside of a restaurant. The woman has a black dress on and the man is in a blue suit. 
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Amanda & Eric - Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Wedding - Syracuse, NY

It may have been one of the hottest days on record in Syracuse, but you wouldn’t know it when looking at Amanda and Eric and on their wedding day! They started the day out with a sweet first look and some family portraits. Then a quick walk across the street, and we arrived at the ceremony site, Upper Onondaga Park. Underneath the willows (and in the shade) Amanda and Eric said their vows while surrounded by their family and friends. We snuck in a few portraits at the park and then everyone headed over to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que to eat finger licking food and dance the night away. It was a perfect summer wedding and I’m so grateful Amanda and Eric chose me to document it for them. Enjoy the photos :).


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Vendors

Photography - Calypso Rae Photography

Ceremony Site - Upper Onondaga Park

Reception Venue & Catering - Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Suit - Indochino

Gown - BHLDN

Rings - Michael Whelan Design

Filitsa & Niko - Marriott Syracuse Downtown Wedding - Syracuse, NY

The last time I saw Niko and Filitsa we had just had a giant snowstorm and temperatures were well below freezing. Fast forward to their wedding day just a week and a half ago and we were met with one of the hottest days on record! Despite the crazy heat, these two remained cool and calm amidst the wedding day frenzy and I had so much fun spending the day with them. It was a perfect wedding to kick off my 2018 season with. Two amazing people were surrounded by so much love from their family and friends and I am so happy I was there to capture it all. After a beautiful mass at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church led by Niko’s father, the newlyweds headed over to the Grand Ballroom at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown to dance the night away. And I mean these guys could really really dance!! Enjoy the photos below :)


The day started at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, where the girls were pampered in the bridal rotunda and the guys hung out watching the soccer match.

 White Maggie Sottero wedding gown hanging from a bed. Image by Calypso Rae Photography
 White Maggie Sottero Wedding Gown.
 Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands. Photo by Syracuse wedding photographer Calypso Rae Photography.
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 Groom getting ready at the Marriott in Syracuse, NY.
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We headed over to Franklin square for a touching first look and some bridal party photos. Then we hopped into the Limo bus and made our way over to St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church for the wedding ceremony.

 First look with bride and groom in Franklin Square Syracuse, NY. Photo by Calypso Rae Photography
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The ceremony was extra special as it was presided over by Niko’s father.

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We made a quick stop at the Thorndon Park Rose Garden to take advantage of the roses in full bloom.

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Then it was off to the ballroom to party the night away!

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Meher & Danial - Marriott Syracuse Downtown - Syracuse, NY

Last month I headed over to the Marriott Syracuse Downtown to photograph this gorgeous wedding reception. Meher and Danial were married in Pakistan, but of course they wanted to celebrate their marriage with their friends and family here in Syracuse as well. The reception was absolutely stunning. The already grand ballroom was made even more magnificent by cherry blossom centerpieces thanks to Elegant Affairs Inc. It was my first time shooting at this venue since it opened and I'm excited that I'll be back a few times this season. 

I had the chance to do a few portraits with Meher and Danial right in the ballroom and I took advantage of the natural light let in by the enormous windows. After portraits it was time for them to mingle with their guests, enjoy a victory by Michigan in the march madness playoffs, and then celebrate the night away. Enjoy the photos :).

 A wide shot of the grand ballroom at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. The room is golden and ornate with large floor to ceiling windows and hanging crystal chandeliers. The tables are decorated with Cherry Blossoms. The image was produced by Calypso Rae Photography.
 Tablescape at a wedding reception in Syracuse, NY. The table is labled as table 8 and has cherry blossoms as the centerpiece.
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 Cherry blossom centerpieces line ballroom tables in the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Ballroom. Photo taken by Syracuse Wedding Photographer, Calypso Rae Photography.
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 The sweetheart table for the bride and groom is lined with a sparkly gold cloth and a floral arrangement. The table sits on a stage with an arch of cherry blossoms above it. Large floor to ceiling windows are behind the table. On either side of the sweetheart table are two smaller tables with flowers on them. The sweetheart table is in the Marriott Syracuse Downtown ballroom and was photographed by Syracuse wedding photographer Calypso Rae.
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 A white and gold wedding cake is adorned with pink and orange flowers. A mirror is behind the cake causing a reflection of the cake to be seen as well as the tables in the room.

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Vendors

Photography - Calypso Rae Photography

Venue - Marriott Downtown Syracuse

Event Design and Decor - Elegant Affairs Inc.

Christine & Miguel - Sixty State Place Wedding - Albany, NY

Well here we are, my last wedding to share from 2017! What an amazing season. It was my first one back after having my daughter, and I have to admit I was a little nervous about balancing these new mom responsibilities with a busy wedding season. But, it turns out I had nothing to worry about. Every client was so kind and every wedding was so much fun to capture, that I had no trouble getting back into my creative wedding photography groove.

And now it's time to share this amazing wedding with you guys. You may remember Christine and Miguel from their Brooklyn engagement session. These two are a super chic, fashion forward couple, and I knew from their engagement shoot that their wedding was going to be spectacular. Even though they live in NYC, they decided to have their wedding upstate in Albany, NY at Sixty State Place. These two had a perfect day getting married in front of their family and friends, a stunning portrait session around our State's capital and then they partied the night away. Enjoy the photos :)


Christine and her girls spent the morning getting ready in the bridal suite at Sixty State Place.

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Meanwhile, Miguel and his groomsmen were just next door, prepping for the big day.

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The two shared a first look in front of the State's Capitol building and then we wandered around taking portraits before their ceremony.

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After a touching ceremony, these two, along with their guests, partied well into the night!

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Vendors

Photography - Calypso Rae Photography

Venue: Sixty State Place

DJ: DJ Dave Ali

Hair & Makeup: James Milligan

Gown: Tony Ward

Suit: Tom James

Florist: Blooms for Rooms