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Jess and George first met at SUNY Potsdam in their sophomore year six years ago. One of the first things George had become enchanted with when meeting Jess was her warm personality and her great smile. Indeed, Jess’ caring personality and beaming smile was evident throughout the day.

We arrived to cover the bridal prep which was taking place at Jess’ parent’s home. The ladies already had makeup done perfectly by Color Make-Up Studio. The first few photos were of the bride’s shoes and wedding dress.

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We also had coverage of the groom prep which was occurring simultaneously at a nearby hotel. George was getting ready at that location along with his two younger brothers Luke and Henry. The handsome trio was ready fairly quickly.

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Meanwhile at the bridal prep, it was a buzzing beehive of fun. We got to meet the bride’s family and we immediately saw what a tight-knit bunch this was. There was an abundance of laughter and love everywhere and the entire family had a great sense of humor. You’ll see that famous smile of Jess’ that George instantly fell in love with.  You will also see a bridesmaid team made up of Jess’ two sisters and her sister in law to be Becky. These ladies were a force to be reckoned with.

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After the dress was on and Jess was ready, we captured this emotional loving and tender moment between Jess and her mother, Maria.

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The ceremony took place at the Church of Saint Aedan in Pearl River which we were familiar with after Kristin and Vinny’s wedding a few years ago.  It’s always great to return to an awesome location like this!

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During the exchange of rings, George had a big surprise for Jess. This couple created their own rings and George had unexpectedly crafted an extra ring with a beautiful diamond for unsuspecting Jess.

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Here is the shocked expression from Jess as George gave her this surprise diamond ring.

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After the ceremony was completed, we took formal photos outside the church and then at Nyack Memorial Park.

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Check out the reflection of Jess’ father Chris in the limousine window!


For a fun pose, we asked the bridesmaids to take a look at the bride’s ring and to provide a reaction of amazement. I think these ladies (especially Becky on the left), took that instruction to a whole new level. You can really see just how close these four are.

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After we photographed the couple, we headed to Nyack Seaport for the reception. We started off with details of the room, including a display showing off the tools used to forge the rings.

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The reception was filled with memorable moments including an amazing first dance, touching speeches, and lots of dancing with music provided by Superior Sounds.

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Before we wrap up this blog post, we do want to extend heartfelt congratulations to Jess and George on their beautiful wedding. A final shout-out and thanks must be made to Becky of the bridesmaid team who worked diligently throughout the day to make sure everything was going to be perfect for her new sister.

Your photographers,

- Stellar Year Photography

Allison and Mark met through a mutual friend on a ski weekend just over three years ago – but their official dating anniversary falls in the middle of spring, which Mark thought was the perfect opportunity to ask her the big question!  He planned his proposal for just a few days before their third anniversary to try and catch Allison by surprise.  Mark’s planning was meticulous – he came to us with the day, time, and location – and we scouted Central Park for him to confirm that everything would work just as he hoped.  We arrived in advance to make sure we were in position and to try and claim some ground for ourselves amidst all the tourists, vendors, and park staff!

Mark had chosen the south end of the Central Park Mall.  This is a gorgeous location, especially in spring with flowers blooming and the park bustling!

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Mark led Allison through the park under the guise of meeting their friends for a picnic on the lawn.  As he passed our location, we saw him start beaming with joy.  He stopped exactly where we’d asked him to and as soon as he stopped and started speaking to her Allison began to realize what was happening.  Her reaction was spectacular! kaw_prop_03 kaw_prop_04

As Mark knelt down and asked Allison for her hand, tourists in the area stopped to watch, take pictures, and applaud.  The newly engaged couple was met from cheers from all over! kaw_prop_05 kaw_prop_08

Look at the love between these two!  The moment could not have been more perfect! kaw_prop_07 kaw_prop_06

After Allison said, “Yes” and the ring was on her finger, Mark pointed out where we had been hiding.

We gave Mark and Allison a few minutes alone, and then they called Allison’s mom to tell her the good news.  She’d known it was coming and had even pushed Allison to get a manicure, which Allison claims had been a bit of a hint as to what Mark had planned.  Look at the joy on their faces. kaw_prop_10 kaw_prop_11

We put together a slideshow of the big moment, fusing our images with a few short video clips.  Check it out below, and listen for all the tourists cheering!

Allison and Mark: we could not be happier for you and we’re honored to have been the ones to document this amazing moment in your lives!  Congratulations!!! kaw_prop_12


Our first engagement session of 2015 brings you Elizabeth and Kevin!  They came to us through Elizabeth’s brother, Michael, whose engagement session we did last year.  Elizabeth and Kevin met online in 2014 and bonded over their love of How I Met Your Mother and skiing (they went away to Blue Mountain together in their first month of dating) .

When we sat down with Elizabeth and Kevin to discuss their wedding for the first time, they mentioned that their ideal engagement shoot would be on a snowy day. Jokingly (we think), Elizabeth asked if we could be “on-call” so that any day it snowed, she could call us to head out and have our session. We ended up scheduling for this past Sunday and, lo and behold, mother nature gave us exactly what we wanted! {Snow seems to be a theme with this family – remember her brother’s proposal?)  We met the happy couple near Bethesda Fountain in Central Park and started the day under cover with this awesome set.
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We knew we had to take advantage of the falling snow, so we all ventured outside in the cold (and did our best not to fall).  This yellow umbrella, in homage to How I Met Your Mother, was a great prop for the conditions and for adding a splash of color to the day!

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After the fountain, we went up to the mall.  The snow had scared away all but the bravest tourists, which gave us the opportunity for incredible images like this – how often do you get an empty background during a Central Park engagement?! liz_kev_eng_10 liz_kev_eng_11

Our last spot was the Bow Bridge, consistently a favorite of ours.  In these conditions, it looked even more beautiful than ever. liz_kev_eng_12 liz_kev_eng_13

Elizabeth and Kevin weren’t the only ones with an umbrella!  We always travel with additional lighting and double the props means double the fun!


Thank you so much, Elizabeth and Kevin, for an awesome day together.  We’re so glad you got the snow you wanted and it was a pleasure to meander the cold, slippery park with you two!  Here’s a fun little slideshow we put together of our favorite shots from the day!

We can’t wait for this wedding – it’s going to be an absolute blast!

- Stellar Year Photography