Landon + Angie {Engaged} | Hudson Valley, NY Wedding Photographer

Happy Monday!!!! How about an engagement session to start the week!

Landon and Angie wanted a beautiful fall engagement session. They chose a location hidden in the Hudson Valley. Seriously — it was a beautiful little nook hidden in a park. We walked through the most gorgeous leaves to a hidden creek. Angie also made sure to bring hot cocoa and mugs to enjoy during the session. 🙂

I am soo looking forward to their wedding this year at Locust Grove!!

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Landon + Angie {Engaged} | Hudson Valley, NY Wedding Photographer

A Letter to Judah

A LETTER TO JUDAH                                                                                                 MARCH 25, 2017

Judah Bug. As we approach your second birthday, I can’t help but just think back on these two years. As you and I both know (well maybe only me), that first year was a tough one. But I thank you so much for teaching me some things that I didn’t know about myself.

You are currently sitting on my lap with a book and watching cars. You have to be where we are and I lOVE it! In the same token, this means that we are surrounded by your toys all the time. The living room should might as well be your play room although you have a big room to play in.

And speaking of the living room, your favorite thing to do nowadays is run back and forth. Literally, you are always running!! Another thing you like to do is play fetch with the puppy. You know – we got you the puppy but as it turns out she would most rather be with daddy! Figures. Your relationship with her though has gotten so much better thankfully! Gone are the days where she thinks you are chew toy. Now if she could only learn that she’s a lot larger than you and that a simple jump will knock you down. Lol

Your diet has significantly gotten better from year one. Your favorite is still fruit but we’ve added more breakfast foods, pizza, baked ziti, rice and beans, and meatloaf to the favorite’s list. Your current favorite book is an animal book and a words book. I’m not too sure what your favorite toy is because you play with a variety of things but if I have to guess it would be matchbox cars. You are still obsessed with bath time which I’m grateful about.

“Sesame Street” has moved up above “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” when it comes to your list of favorite tv shows. You also live the “Mickey Mouse Roadster Racers,” “Curious George,” and “Ready, Jet, Go!”

As far as words go, you have finally begun to say a couple within these past few weeks. I pray that the words keep coming along!

I think the thing you love most of all is music! It’s the thing that calms you down and makes you happy. I hope this means you’ll be a musician of some sort.

You have just been a blessing to my life and I can’t believe that you will be two a month from today. The time does go fast so slow down!

Love,
Mami
xoxo

A Letter to Judah

Things I didn’t know about house buying! | Confessions of a Newlywed

Good morning friends! It’s time for another installment of our newest blog series, “Confessions of a Newlywed!” Now it’s not too late to catch up on the blog series before this one, entitled “Confessions of a Future Bride”. It was where we documented EVERY part of my assistant’s wedding planning process. We thought since we are in the wedding business, why not offer ideas for our newest brides! Now that Rachel is married and we got a lot of great feedback from that series, we decided to continue with it. Not as a future bride but as a newlywed! 🙂

If you would like to get started on the Future Bride series, click here and scroll to the bottom where I’ve mapped out past posts for ya!

Today, we are piggy backing off of last weeks post where Rachel caught us up on what it’s been like to be married for 9 months.

“If you caught up with the blog last week, you would have seen that the only exciting thing Arthur and I have done since getting married is buy a house! We have had OUR house for about seven weeks. And I am still obsessed with it 🙂
So one thing buying a house has taught me is patience. And more patience. And even more patience. Now I know some people who it has taken even longer than Arthur and I to close on their house, but geez it is just not fair to have to wait that long when you have found the house and you are ready to move in!
Erica asked me to write about a few things that I did not know prior to buying a house or some things that had surprised me. First, I didn’t realize that the bank takes the lower of the couple’s credit scores. I guess I thought they would take an average of the two? I’m not sure what I thought lol, but I did not realize that. Also, you will need to provide bank statements after bank statements after bank statements. It feels like a million. Another thing.. It is really hard to decide when to lock in on an interest rate.. Like really hard.. Once you lock in, the rate is only good for a certain number of days.. So if you lock in right away, then your closing takes too long (like mine did due to our super slow seller) you could end up having a higher rate. It’s a total guessing game and I made my dad make the decisions for me 🙂 Lastly, I was told that at the closing I would need to sign a million papers and my hand would feel like it was about to fall off.. But it didn’t, we didn’t have to sign much and we walked out WITH THE KEYS TO OUR HOUSE in a little over a half hour 🙂 !!!!
One piece of advice from this new home owner.. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. I think I had a gazillion of them. Lucky for me, my dad is in the banking business so he was able to answer a bunch of my questions. And we had a great realtor, Arthur’s Aunt Suzanne Bongiorno of Century 21 in Montgomery (Shameless plug for the great Aunt Sue 🙂  ). And we had an awesome attorney who I felt fully explained every detail and every piece of paper we were signing. 
So continue to keep checking in with the blog and at some point we will take a look inside my new home!!! :)”

~ Mrs. Bongiorno

 

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Things I didn’t know about house buying! | Confessions of a Newlywed

Jadner + Adrienne {Wedding} | Hudson Valley, NY Wedding Photographer

From the moment we met, I knew that Jadner and Adrienne would be a blast to work for! And once you see their photos you will be able to feel the love that these two have for each other. They chose a beautiful country setting for their wedding day! The Tuthill House in Gardiner, NY offers a rustic but refined place to get married! The ladies got ready at an onsite beautiful home, while the guys got ready in another building right above their beautiful restaurant.

Enjoy this small glimpse into their wedding day!

Check out this spread!!!!!

How many can say that they’ve had their PHOTOGRAPHER start a soul train line??!!! Yup! I did it and I got sooo many great shots!!!

Thank you so much Jadner and Adrienne for entrusting Rachel and myself to capture these life lasting memories!!!!

If you’re getting married, I’d love to take you out for some coffee and learn more about your big day!!!!

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Jadner + Adrienne {Wedding} | Hudson Valley, NY Wedding Photographer

Women, Wine & Words | Join our book club!

Part of my New Year’s Resolution was to get back into reading. After having my son, Judah, I didn’t have much time to sit down and read like I wanted to. I was busy trying to figure out motherhood, but I’m excited to get back to it! Now, my sister-in-law Rachel loves to read! She constantly has a book in her hands. One evening, I texted her that I really wanted to have a book club with the many friends and clients that we’ve made since starting my business. I know I always say this but I really do have the best clients! So I thought to myself, “why don’t we connect via my blog here and Facebook?” Instead of having EVERYONE at either of our houses once a month, we could connect via Facebook LIVE!

And so “Women, Wine & Words” was born! I would love for you to join! Our first “meeting” will be Saturday, April 15th. So you have from now until then to read the book of the month!!!

We plan to discuss the book, topics, and end with a giveaway! You read that right! Every month at the end of our Facebook LIVE chat, you will have the option to win something. Anything from a gift card to a free session with us!!! Who doesn’t like to win free stuff?!

So what’s the book of the month? Rachel and I immediately fell in love with this synopsis:

“Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable. Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows. Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.”

 

Oooohhhhh!!! Doesn’t that sound interesting??! We’ve decided that the book of the month will be, “Behind Closed Doors” by B.A. Paris.

We are totally open to your suggestions of books too! This isn’t just OUR book club! Comment below if you would love to join as well as any books you’d be interested in reading!!!!! Here are just a few that Rachel and I would love to read:

  • “A Separation” by Katie Kitamura
  • “The Orphans Tale” by Pam Jenoff
  • “Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins (it comes out in May)
  • “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty
  • “The Widow” by Fiona Barton
  • “What Alice Forgot” by Liane Moriarty

Looking forward to getting to know some new people as well as chatting about books over wine with friends!!! xoxox

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Women, Wine & Words | Join our book club!

Juan Carlo + Shiela {Engaged} | New York Engagement Photographer

April cannot come soon enough! I am totally looking forward to photographing this beautiful couple’s wedding. When we did their engagement session last summer, we woke up at the crack of dawn to avoid the New York City crowd as well as to take advantage of that morning light! NYC is such a beautiful backdrop for any session!

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Juan Carlo + Shiela {Engaged} | New York Engagement Photographer

We Haven’t Killed Each Other Yet! | Confessions Of A Newlywed

Remember how Rachel and I started a blog series entitled, “Confessions Of A Future Bride,” where we documented her whole wedding planning process?! If you missed all of those post check this one out and scroll all the way to the bottom to see them all listed!

Well I figured, lets keep this thing going! We got sooooo many positive reviews and feedback from it that we thought it would be cool to continue and document the life of a newlywed!

Let’s read the first post!

“Confessions of a Newlywed | Post 1 | We Haven’t Killed Each Other Yet!!!

 

Well, here we are again… Arthur and I are going on nine months of being married! Can you believe it?! How on Earth did nine months go by?! We celebrated my first birthday as a married couple, our first Thanksgiving as a married couple, our first Christmas as a married couple, our first New Years as a married couple, and our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple. And let me tell you something… It feels exactly the same as when we were dating… Or engaged 🙂 
So let’s see, what have we been up to since the last time we spoke in June.. Not much, we are pretty boring people 🙂 The big news (and I guess only news) is that we bought a house!! AHH! Finally! As much as I love my In-laws and appreciate them letting us live in their basement apartment.. I am very happy for us to have our own place!! We closed on our house at the end of January, so we are still putting things on the walls and several rooms are still filled with boxes. Butttttt, we have done quite a bit of work on the house. And let me tell you, I am absolutely in loveeeee with our house.
I don’t think there is much else to share! Keep up with the blog as we get it kick started with more weddings and a few more posts about married life :)”

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We Haven’t Killed Each Other Yet! | Confessions Of A Newlywed