Vignette from my booth @takkhouse 🥰 I basically just brought my living room 🤷🏼♀️ #knottedweddingshowcase was an amazing success!! What a way to kick off the 2019 season 🥂 photo in frame taken while second shooting for @amberbauhoffweddings 💕
Damn @clifton_park_mom_prom you sure know how to throw a party! Your inaugural event was so much more than a fundraiser (though you raised an eye-popping amount for two wonderful local charities, Nick’s Fight and the Orenda Backpack Program). . It was a true celebration of female friendships that are, have been, and will be. It was #girlpower, it was #communityovercompetition, it was #bossbabes drinking all the Pinot they could get their hands on while wearing plastic tiaras 👑 . It was @upbeatdjcaroline playing all the prom hits from a half dozen decades, it was Kim and her team at Van Patten Golf Club gracefully running the show, and it was Yours Truly interrupting every selfie to capture some memories. . @kerensarybakphotography thanks for trusting me to document your perfect party! You should feel proud of all the joy you added to the world yesterday. 😘
On my way to photograph the inaugural @clifton_park_mom_prom! Think I’m about to watch some suburban ladies turn it up to 11... FOR A CAUSE 🥳 #boomerang
I’m hijacking #nationalproposalday to remind you that: 🗣 commitment doesn’t depend on a piece of jewelry 🗣 girls can propose to boys, boys can propose to boys, girls can propose to girls, look - gender has nothing to do with being in love so why are we still talking about this 🗣 plus sized folks have a hard time sourcing jewelry & getting an affordable, off-the-shelf ring in your size is body privilege . . Let’s be clear: I love my ring and will forever cherish the memory of the moment my husband put it on my hand. But I still think it’s important to acknowledge the ways the wedding industry is steeped in patriarchy, elitism and fat hate. It might be uncomfortable, but we can only liberate each other with our eyes open. . . Got a great proposal story? Let me hear it!! I live for people falling in love with each other 🥰 . . Photo of my brother and his amazing WIFE! Love u 2
Working as a solopreneur can get a little lonely sometimes ... I get around it by getting to know the wedding community, near and far! . . While I have yet to meet @thekindbride founder Daniela, her knowledge and upbeat attitude keep me pushing, learning and growing. And this month that friendship led me to connect with Jen at @ciderbellyofficial, whose donuts I’ve enjoyed for years. Turns out she’s even more obsessed with great ingredients than I am! I’ve never met someone who cares so much about treating people’s sweet tooths (...teeth?) right! . . Weddings can be overwhelming, whether you’re a vendor like me or just planning your own. Don’t forget that inspiration and encouragement are sometimes just a matter of introducing yourself. (Feel free to start with me!) . . Check the link in my bio for the full Cider Belly story! Hint: that donut wall might not be all it’s made out to be on Pinterest...
Elie Wiesel said, “There is divine beauty in learning.” How apropos, then, to photograph my divinely beautiful friend among the biographies. (True story... she had a tough time pointing her eyes at the camera with so many interesting lives sitting on the shelves, waiting to be paged through…) . . @thetroylibrary is a place I’ve visited with my camera before. Swipe to see what I’ve learned in two years - I feel pretty good about it! . . Thanks to my friend, muse, and thrift store queen @sana_fb for giving me your Saturday and @mrconn76 for the stunning makeup! Dress from @greatfindsthriftboutique. . . @pursuitofportraits #pursuitofportraits @moodyports #moodyports @portraitgames #portraitgames @friendsinmyfeed #friendsinmyfeed @postthepeople #postthepeople @igpodium_portraits #igpodium_portraits #igpodium @quietthechaos #quietthechaos
Putting my journalism skills to work for good by promoting other local wedding businesses AND helping the #veganbride figure out what to serve for dessert! I interviewed @ciderbellyofficial @ciderbellyweddings for @thekindbride - article out Monday 📅 (don’t worry; I’ll remind you.) Amazing donut 🍩 art by Cider Belly employee Marina Cannone aka @wafflefingers #518weddings #capitalregionwedding
This wasn’t a story I planned to share today, but here goes anyway. . I have depression. I’ve known that for years, but until my 26th birthday I didn’t know what it meant. Shit hit the fan: my amazing grandfather died, car repairs emptied my bank account and I suddenly realized I didn’t want to go to grad school after investing a huge amount of money and energy into getting accepted. I was on the verge of a total collapse when a friend made me go to therapy. See, I’m a mental health advocate and I counsel people on a crisis hotline. And Emilia said, you can’t ask people to do this work if you’re not going to do it. So I did it. . I shouldn’t say I went to therapy like it was the first time, because it wasn’t. But the first two times it took me so long to get an appointment that by the time I was sitting in front of a mental health professional, they said... we can’t help you. You seem fine. . And I did SEEM fine: my grades were fine, or I had a job, and I wasn’t despondent. But I was pouring all my energy into homework, or paying the bills, just getting by. And we are not on this planet to pay bills and get by. We just aren’t. . This time was different. It was harder, first of all, but it HELPED. I did not sit there and talk about my feelings. I had plenty of wonderful people in my life willing to talk about feelings. Not to mention...you can feel ok and still have depression, because it’s an illness, not an emotion, and it sits on your shoulders making you heavy and timid and small ALL THE TIME. . No, we got REAL - about my behavior and my beliefs and my thought patterns. And all of a sudden i was using my mind to heal my mind. Think about that. Using my OWN MIND to heal my own mind. That’s wild. . I’m not going to tell you that to beat depression you need to go to the gym or listen to beautiful music or see new parts of the world or fall in love. I was doing all those things - but it wasn’t helping. . Today I swear to you I feel the universe flow through me every day and it is so. beautiful. If you can’t feel it, please go see a therapist. Make big dangerous changes one tiny step at a time. Ask me how.
It’s not too late to wish @trendsandtolstoy a champagne-soaked EIGHT years of publication! Celina, it’s hard to believe you’ve been blowing everyone else’s outfits - and work ethic - out of the water for so long. If I could buy you a drink tonight I’d toast to our earliest shoots, back when we had more luck than skill (maybe we still do). You helped me fall in love with portraiture and light 💡 and taught me how to pack smart and stylish. (Have you forgiven me yet for all that fleece in Iceland last year?) Happiest of professional “birthdays” to you, my wonderful friend. #trendsandtolstoy #summerdays #happybirthday #blogiversary
I’ve been lucky enough to fall in love with a lot of cities, but Montreal is extra-special. 🥰 #Montreal #cityscape #nightphotography #jetaime
I can’t say anything that doesn’t sound horribly cheesy but I accidentally made him wait in the cold for a long time with these because I was filling up his gas tank 💐 we met 1,436 days ago (he counted) and if we are lucky we’ll get old and laugh about the smallness of that number 📅 and if you feel sad today or you hate this holiday, I love you, and I hope your life fills up with all kinds of platonic and romantic love exactly when you’re ready 💕
Happy Valentine's Day to all of you, but *especially* to the couples whose gorgeous weddings I'll be documenting this year! @dbabyfilarski #happyvalentinesday #valentinesforlife #loveauthentic #weddingplanning #weddingphotography #shesaidyes #hesaidyes #lovestory