Filitsa & Niko - Philadelphia, PA Engagement Session

Filitsa & Niko

12.16.2017

Philadelphia, PA


 While I am 100% ready for the snow to be gone and the warm weather to return, I am happy that there was snow on the ground for Filitsa and Niko's winter themed engagement session. It was a bit of a challenge scheduling the shoot as we had to work around some treacherous sotrms, but I eventually made my way down to Philadelphia just before Christmas. It was perfectly fitting that these two had their shoot in December, as Niko had proposed to Filitsa on Christmas Eve the year before. After a few shots in a park near their house, we headed down to the city center to take advantage of Christmas decor and of course Christmas lights. I had lots of fun exploring the city that Filitsa and Niko call home and am super excited to share these images with you. I can't wait to work with them again this summer here in Syracuse in what will be much much warmer weather :).


Philadelphia, PA engagement photograph.
Winter engagement session in a park in Philadelphia, PA.
Close up of man and woman during a winter engagement shoot. She wears a fur vest and he has a plaid shirt on.
Engaged couple stands on a snowy bridge in Philadelphia, PA.
Snowy silhouette during an engagement session.
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Close up of engagement ring during winter engagement shoot in Philadelphia, PA.

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Ellen & Rob - Otesaga Resort Hotel Wedding - Cooperstown, NY


Image of the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, NY.

On an warm August Saturday, I arrived at the beautiful Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, NY. It was here that I met up with Ellen and Rob as they prepared for their wedding. The day started out relaxed and joyful. I had fun photographing Ellen's details and incorporating the charm of the historic Otesaga into the images.

Sparkly wedding shoes.
Wedding bridal jewelery.
Up close photograph of wedding rings.
Elegant white dress hangs from tree at the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, NY.
Bride watches her sister get her makeup applied.
Bride laughs while getting her hair done.
Bride's sister looks on during the getting ready phase of the day.
Bride get's her makeup done.

As the ceremony drew closer, both Ellen and Rob took a few moments to read a heartfelt letter from the other person. 

Bride reads letter from groom
Groom shed's a tear while reading a note from his bride.
Moody portrait of groom at the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, NY.
Bride's sister zippers up her wedding gown.

After hair and makeup were finished, Ellen got dressed in one of the gorgeous suites at the Otesaga. She was joined by her mother and sister where they shared a champaign toast.

Bride, sister, and mom share a toast at the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, NY.
Bride smiles before her wedding ceremony

As Ellen looked down onto the lawn where her ceremony took place she couldn't help be nervous as an impeding storm was moving across the lake.

Bride looks out the window on her wedding day.
Bride cries into fathers arms.
Bride and father hug.

Despite the looming rain, the lakeside wedding went off without a hitch. Ellen and Rob were married before their family and friends. Just moments after the ceremony ended the skies opened up and a thunderstorm moved across the grounds!

Calligraphy sign for wedding ceremony 
Flower girl drops her flower petals along the aisle.
Groom waits at the end of the aisle waiting for the bride at the Otesaga Resort.
Bride and her father walk down the aisle on the lawn of the Otesaga Resort.
Bride and groom smile at their speaker during their wedding ceremony.
Bride grins widely during wedding ceremony.
First Kiss
Bride and groom proceed down the aisle after their wedding ceremony.
Bride and groom hug after wedding ceremony.

After a brief but mighty thunderstorm, we took the time to take some portraits. I loved incorporating the ivy that covers the building walls into the images.

Bridal portrait at the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, NY.
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After our portrait session, we headed into the ballroom to kick off the party. The room was decorated with gorgeous floral arrangements by Village Floral

First dance at the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, NY.
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During dinner, Ellen and Rob let me drag them back outside for a few more sunset photos. We headed down to the docks to take advantage of the gorgeous light and lakeside view. I always try to get my couples out for a few photos at this time of day!

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After dinner the Clark Eno Orchestra got everyone up and moving. 

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Ellen and Rob are such a sweet couple and spending the day documenting their day was so much fun. I hope you enjoy looking at the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!


Vendors

Photographer: Calypso Rae Photography

Wedding Venue: The Otesaga Resort, Cooperstown, NY

Bride's Dress: Alexandra Grecco from Alice in Ivory in Chicago, IL

Groom's Suit: Hickey Freeman

Bridesmaid Dress: Amsale

Videographer: T2 Productions

Band, Cocktail Hour and Ceremony Music: Clark Eno Orchestra

Calligrapher: Adirondack Ink

Florist: The Village Floral

Hair: Krista Gagnon

Make Up: Danielle Cozza-Whiteley

Emily & Matt - Ithaca Farmers Market Wedding - Ithaca, NY

Emily & Matt

8.05.17

Ithaca Farmers Market


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Vendors

Photography: Calypso Rae Photography

Venue: Ithaca Farmers Market

Hair: Studio 108

Florist: Plenty of Posies

Caterer: Serendipity

Bride's Dress: BHLDN

Miriam & Shane - Belhurst Castle Wedding - Geneva, NY

Miriam & Shane

7.30.17

Belhurst Castle, Geneva, NY


Lace wedding gown hanging from four poster bed.
Sparkly wedding shoes reflected on glass table.
Black and white image of flower girl putting her shoe on.
Black and white image of bride looking at herself in the mirror.
Portrait of bride looking out the window in the Belhurst Castle Tower.
Groom adujsts jacket cuff.
Father of the groom helps groom straighten jacket collar. 
Groom waits for bride during the first look.
Bride approaches during the first look.
First look between a bride and groom at Belhurst Castle in Geneva, NY.
Bride and groom smile near a stained glass window.

Bridesmaids in coral dresses laugh while standing around the bride.
Groomsmen in navy suits stand around the groom.
Bridal party stands in a line with trees and a lake behind them. They are on the lawn of Belhurst Castle.
Portrait of the groom in a navy suit and coral tie. 
Full length portrait of the bride looking down at her flowers.
Portrait of a bride wearing a white lace wedding gown. She is holding a bouquet of flowers that are white, coral, and light blue.

Black and white image of flower girl yelling on the stairs

Groom walks down aisle with parents.
Bride walks down aisle with Belhurst Castle in the background in Geneva, NY.
Bride smiles as she walks down the aisle with her mother and father.
Bride and Groom get married with a lake in the background in Geneva, NY.
Bride and groom get married surrounded by family, friends, and bridal party.
Bride and groom walk back down the aisle after being married.

Romanatic moment between a groom and the bride.
Bride smiles as groom kisses her cheek.
Groom kisses bride on the shoulder. The sky and lake are blue behind them.
Bride sits on grooms lap. Castle decor surrounds them.

Bride and groom are introduced into the reception
Bride grins as she dances her first dance with groom.
Black and white image of bride and groom during first dance.
First dance at wedding.
Bride dances with father
Bride does a funny dance with her father.
Groom and mother dance.
Groom and mother dance while a circle of friends surround them.

Bride and groom portrait at sunset. Pine trees are in the background.
Bride and groom portrait, glowing light behind them.
Bridal portrait. Bride is surrounded by trees.
Belhurst Castle wedding photo at sunset.
Silhouette of bride and groom agaisnst Geneva Lake.

Guests participate in the Horah.
Horah Dance.
Black and white image of bride and groom getting lifted up on chairs during the Horah.
Band plays at wedding reception.
Groom plays guitar with flower girl during wedding reception.

Vendors

Photography: Calypso Rae Photography

Reception Venue: Belhurst Castle

Wedding Gown: BHLDN

Suit: Brooks Brothers 

Florist: Sandy's Floral Gallery

Hair & Makeup: Isabella Spa