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Ashley and Jay’s Cooperstown NY was every bit as wonderful as you can imagine it would be in a village who’s tag line is “America’s most perfect village“.  A sunny  September day with a few puffy clouds, not too warm but still nice enough to enjoy the tent reception at Ommegang brewery once the sun went down.

We took a few photos at the Otesaga on which is situated right on Otesego Lake before we headed a few miles out of the village to the Ommegang Brewery site. Our friends at Mohican Flowers did the flowers and decorations for this event. Don’t you just love the different shades of burnt orange and peach together?

Wedding Reception Ommegang Brewery

Cooperstown even pulled out all the stops for this wedding even giving us that amazing sunset looking through the main gate. Thanks for having us photograph your wedding Ashley and Jay. Wishing you much love and happiness in the future. Cheers!

This past summer we finally had a chance to attend the Saranac Brewery Hop Harvest held in Upstate New York. It was a great experience to be able to assist with the harvesting of the hops that Saranac uses to make some of their craft beers. Our reward for volunteering was some great food and some awesome beer.
055hops-2016-12We weren’t the only ones working or having a good time. Whether you are working or drinking out doors in the sun it’s good to have a brim on your hat to keep the sun out of your eyes.
031hops-2016-11The beer tent was set up along the edge of the cornfield. Wrobel Farms is well known in the area for their delicious sweet corn, but you have to know enough to tell the difference between that and the field corn which grows right along side of it, or you might be disappointed.

019hops-2016-5No disappointment here though. I am an IPA fan and Saranac Legacy IPA is one of my favorites,  I’ll admit I got in line more than once.

030hops-2016-10Here is our host Jim and his friend Joe. Joe is there to help most days, not just for harvest. Gardening and cooking are a couple of his passions and if you get a chance to try his homemade artisan breads, don’t pass it up.

028hops-2016-9A nice close up of Wrobel Farms heirloom hops. Take a few in your hand and crush them so you can smell the delightful scent. New York State farmers have been growing hops to make beer since the 1800s. We had hops growing in our yard in when I was child and my mom used to make pillows to use as a sachet; sewing dried hops inside.
015hops-2016-4And did I mention that hops and their bines make great decorations for hats? (Yes, they are bines, not vines!)

013hops-2016-3Welcome to the farm!

027hops-2016-8The large poles are spaced 50 feet apart then strung with wire .  Then coconut hull twine is hung down from the horizontal wire for the bine to crawl up .

024hops-2016-7This is the whole group of Hop Harvest attendees. If you look closely you can see our hosts, Jim and Susan along with the Saranac crew including a couple of representatives of the Matt family themselves!  To attend you need to register ahead of time through Saranac’s website, agree to participate in the harvest and of course be over 21.

003hops-2016-1After experiencing how hops were picked a hundred years ago, it’s great to sit down and have a beer on a hot day. I loved this woman’s protective apron. Perfect color for harvest.

021hops-2016-6All those hops have been had stripped from the bines by the volunteers and are on their way to the brewery to be made into “Hoptoberfest” (an Octoberfest German style beer) and a fresh hop IPA
011hops-2016-2I think Jim needs to update his farm Tshirt to one that includes a few hops. Seriously though, thanks for having us. We had a great time and hope to make it again for the 2017 Harvest!

Tim and Dana

PS Can’t get enough of hops, craft brew and breweries? Check out some of other posts. Good times!


Congratulations! You’re engaged!

Whether you decided together or one of you asked and the other said yes, you’ll want to share that with your friends and family and shout it to the world. One nice way to do that is to meet with a photographer and have a few photos taken. Tell us your story and together we can make some beautiful images to use for announcements, save the dates or sharing on social media. While we are doing that we can also all get to know each other a little better and we can show you how amazing you look in our photos.

When the wedding day is here, you can be more comfortable in front of the camera knowing that you are going to look awesome.

This weeks featured couple is Eliza and Mike.

E session

We set up our on location engagement sessions utilizing a spot that has special meaning to you or reflects your style.

We are also always happy to suggest places that we think will work best for you.

Here is an example of an on location session that incorporated some special places to the couple as well as a spot that we had in mind because we love the way it looks in Autumn. That great big tree is pretty awesome. It stands way out in the middle of field on some farm land and we drive by and often stop to take a photo of it just because it’s beautiful in every season. It is also on lot near Eliza’s house where she grew up so when we mentioned that in our consultation, she was looking forward to see what we could create using the tree as a focal point in their photos. We got some really cute photos and the perfect one for the cover of their sign in album.

That really sweet fence is part of farm that belongs to a mutual friend, so we got permission to use that and it was perfect! The leading lines that bring you right to our couple and the great light helped us create a classic engagement portrait in a beautiful country setting.

The more relaxed image with Eliza leaning on Michael’s knee really reflects their fun genuine personalities. And if they look a little more at home in that photo, it’s because they were.

We look forward to working with these two at their October wedding this year.

We were so pleased to be able to photograph the commitment ceremony of Caitlin and Todd in Utica NY. They came in to our studio earlier this summer for an engagement session and as we listened to their plans for their special day we knew we would be sure to get a sweet romantic image with the train and tracks to help illustrate their love story.

Train Lovers

The Train Station in Utica was a perfect spot for these two. Todd is a train aficionado and the train was their transportation as they visited each other during the beginnings of their courtship.

Father Daughter Processional

Lots of cell phones capturing this great moment of Caitlin walking up the aisle with her dad. Everyone wants to bring home their own special memory.

Utica Train Station

The ceremony and reception were held in this great little restaurant  which is part of Union Train Station in Utica. The Track Side Restaurant has it’s own entrance on the west side. I will definitely have to come back someday when I’m not working for lunch or dinner. And maybe a drink at their awesome bar.

Cape Cod decor

A great way to add in their love of the Cape with the shells and starfish for decor.

pastel cupcakes

Wedding cupcakes

 Faithful followers of our blog know of my obsession with wedding cakes. Add to that now my obsession with wedding cupcakes with this amazing cake tower from Butter Creams Bakery. Not just beautiful. Delicious! (I had that pretty yellow one with the lemon slice on the second shelf)