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 We always have our favorite images from the day that we use to put on the blog and facebook page, but it is always fun to see the ones our couples choose to make up their album. I put together the ones Sara and Eric chose in the little video (above) and then have posted them as they were put together in the album below:

 This was the first spread in the album. Don’t you just love these pretty pinks, yellows and greens?

Sara and Eric chose what we call The Wedding Book. It is a beautiful way to preserve your wedding images in a story book type album. This particular album is hand crafted in Italy using fine Italian leathers or silks if you desire. The textured paper gives it a lovely romantic feel for presentation with either images from your wedding as background or a creamy ivory tone throughout. You can see some of the covers from this style here  Their album cover style is shown in the 7-9th photo down from the top. 

Thanks again to Meghan from Katie O events and Chelse our summer assistant. And of course love and hugs to Eric and Sara. Sweetest couple ever! love, Tim and Dana

This Thursday’s guest blogger is Videographer Lance Wheeler. You might have seen Lance at a wedding or covering news for Channel 6. I’ll apologize in advance for his pun:

You can take this to the bank.  A close professional relationship between your photographer and videographer is essential to the success of your wedding day and to the great images and video you expect.  
 The first question I ask a bride is “Who’s your photographer?”  When the response is “my brother-in-laws’ cousin is “into photography” and he’s giving us our pictures as a gift”…..I shutter.   This wedding stuff is complicated, challenging and you deserve a competent, experienced person behind the camera period.  Do your research.  Get the names and numbers of his last 5 brides.  Call them and get the scoop
    Experienced “team” players know the ropes.  They know about the challenges of lousy light, shifting weather conditions, the crazy uncle,  and the uncooperative mother-in-law.   This is a wedding.  You don’t get a second chance to get the shots.
    Besides having great technical skills, most of us get additional training via professional organizations and attend seminars to improve our craft.  Technology moves quickly and experienced photographers and videographers must keep up on technology, trends and tools. 
Your team of photographers and videographers don’t compete against each other, but work together to make your wedding day “the best”.
     We get it.
The Knot  “Best”  2010 and 2011
“Your Wedding DVD in a Week”

Thanks for your contribution to our guest blogger series Lance! It’s always a pleasure working with you. Tim and Dana
For more of this wedding that we shot with Lance go here.  For another click here.
And to see a photo of Lance at the Hall of Springs Wedding Show  

Wedding Photographers in Albany NY The Classic Image Tim and Dana Shaffer

When Michele and Chris contacted us about doing their wedding at the newly renovated Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake, we were excited about photographing at a new venue. We even stopped in a week beforehand to check it out, and the owner, Jim Pettit, graciously gave us an impromptu tour.

We were excited and inspired when we saw the Inn- a huge, beautiful cobblestone manor right on the edge of picturesque Crooked Lake. (pun intended 🙂 )
It was a particularly special venue for Michele, as she is the operations manager for The Old Daley Inn Catering Company! It was certainly a pleasure to work with such a close-knit crowd. Even with so many of the staff enjoying the day as guests, everything ran as smoothly as if they were operating with a full crew.
The wedding was huge but the Inn was unbelievably spacious, and everyone was easily accommodated in the ballroom.
The tables surrounded the dance floor and looked out through the huge windows onto the grounds.
Each room had it’s own character-from the cozy, sleek bar with leather couches and enormous stone fireplace which Michele and Chris enjoy here….

To the ball room with an elegant receding arch and raised dais, a perfect frame for the bridal party.
The beautiful Central New York surroundings were also inspiring.

The ceremony was held on the beautiful grounds surrounding the cobblestone property, overlooking the lake-
– and later, the sunset.

The wedding and reception were filled with carefully planned details, which we captured in this end-of-the-evening shot: the invitation with an “m” and “c” for Michele and Chris, the flowers, a wine stopper wedding favor, their wedding colors, and a champagne glass, with the DJ’s lights in the background.

The wedding’s ambience and luxury was gracefully enhanced through the characteristic artistry of florist On Thai, of Surroundings Floral.
The wedding was not only beautiful and gorgeous… it was also a party! Chris and Michele celebrated with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the veranda, an Italian-inspired dinner, a feast of desserts, late night snacks, a riotous wedding party introduction, and a lot! of dancing.
The wedding was DJ’ed by Cool Cat Entertainment, whose music not only kept everyone moving, but also helped create the atmosphere with a phenomenal light show.
We loved working with Michele and Chris – they were down-to-earth and ready to just enjoy their day…
This is the ring shot that the couple saw at one of our display pieces at a bridal show and it made them laugh out loud. You can see they also have a great sense of humor!
Chris and Michele’s love and affection for each other was evident throughout the day.
Which is, after all, what it’s all about!
This is the last page in their wedding album – one of a series taken at sunset, as they took a minute to sit and enjoy the view and absorb the beauty of their day.
To see more photos of Chris and Michele’s wedding day at the Old Daley Inn, including the ‘getting ready photos’ and a lot more, go to our album on Facebook!
Thank you Chris and Michele for having us be a part of your very special day,
Tim and Dana
And Thanks also to our gracious hosts Jim and Steph Pettit and all their friendly staff.
A shout out to some of Michele and Chris’s vendors not already linked in the blog:

As I mentioned last week, we will be featuring guest bloggers from other wedding resources to help you as you plan your day. Today we welcome our first guest blogger John Pemrick Lewis from Advantage Transportation Group:
A wedding is a ceremony that celebrates the beginning of a marriage and is considered one of the most important events in life, as well as a perfect opportunity to perform a traditional ceremony and celebrate with friends and family.  Costs to creating the perfect wedding may vary and cruising around town in wedding limousines, replete with “just married” signs, champagne and confetti awaits you on your very special day.

Luxury, comfort and style on your wedding day.
Most couples would agree that arriving at your wedding ceremony in luxury and comfort is tops on the agenda.  Arriving there in an appropriately-colored and stylish limousine should do the trick, as most limousines offered for hire are meticulously maintained with a complimentary bar and friendly chauffeurs.

The most simple and basic wedding limousine service will include the limousine, driver and beverages.  When it comes to the driver, make sure that the rental company provides a uniformed (tuxedo) driver for the wedding. 

Checking on the limo’s appearance also matters.  Couples should ensure that the service includes important extras such as “Just Married” signs, red royal wedding carpet, interior decoration, champagne stands, or any other special considerations you may require. Keep in min that the service provider may impose additional charge as extra customizations.

Royal red carpet for the bride!

Couples are advised to reserve their choice limousines well in advance.  Unless one is familiar with the limousine company and their vehicles, take the time to check on the available options and physically inspect the vehicle.  Confirm the dress code for the chauffeur, since you would prefer a fully trained professional chauffeur.

Limousines are generally rated as 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 20 passenger-types, so be sure to ask for the year and make of the limousine.  Also, consider the size of your party and the gowns when hiring your limousine.  While rental costs vary considerably, most companies have a three hour minimum, and some suggest a gratuity of up to 20% for the chauffeur for providing exemplary service!
Advantage Transportation Group

Thanks for being our first guest blogger John!  Tim and Dana

Wedding Photographers in Saratoga Springs NY-The Classic Image-Tim and Dana Shaffer

Dave and Omayra had a beautiful day for their wedding in Saratoga Springs last October. When this delightful couple came to meet with us we talked about all the things that were important to them about their relationship and their wedding and how they would like to to see it captured in their wedding photographs. Their love for each other was obvious at first meeting and as we talked it became evident that they also shared a great love of family and that God was a big part of their lives. David was a dad to an adorable little boy and girl and Omayra had a beautiful sweet daughter.  They were a lot of fun and so full of enthusiasm and energy that we were really excited to be able to spend this very special day with them.

 One more thing Omayra mentioned was her love of bright beautiful colors which she planned to incorporate into all of her wedding details.

Love this little man! What tuxedo company wouldn’t want him for a model!

Omayra got this amazing dress from Yvonne’s bridal .

A last minute tete-a-tete for mom and her little mini bride.

That moment of anticipation as his bride walks down the aisle

 This is exactly what we are looking for in the groom’s face as he watches his bride come up the aisle. Can’t you just feel the emotions here? Wow!

Omayra’s dad was unable to make the wedding, so to observe that fact and to give a gesture of acknowledgement as to how much she missed him and his importance in her day, she stopped to a put a flower in a chair reserved for him.

A braid signifying the combination of the two families and God. From the three strands  one rope, much stronger than any of the three combined.

The children helped with the braiding to signify their contribution in the making of the new family.

Dave’s first thought was to thank the children for their help in making the ceremony so beautiful.

The braided rope.

The new family.

Omayra and Dave

Bold, beautiful, vibrant and colorful.

Tim and I both have different ring shot preferences. I love the clasped hands with the dress as the backdrop for the rings.

One of our favorite images from the day.

Tim’s classic ring shot with the flowers as a backdrop.  So pretty!

I love this image of the new family on their way to their receptions. Wonderful example of photojournalism.

This fabulous cake was made by Omayra’s maid of honor. And even though it looks as if it were too perfect to eat, it was every bit as delicious as it looks.

A few detail shots from the reception.

So many perfect details.

The favors were so awesome. Chocolate covered cakes. Each with a story and a meaning.

The best part of this wedding was the awesome dancing. Omayra even had a special cocktail dress made for the first dance.

Dave is an athlete, but his sport is running. Omayra is a dancer and her Salsa dancing is phenonemal.

Dave  took lessons so that he and Omayra could pull off some of the fantastic wedding dancing.

How was that for a first dance!

For those of you who want more of this warm color palette and fabulous dancing, watch the video.
Congratulations Omayra and Dave! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us.
Tim and Dana