When I first met with Amy and Joe I instantly liked them. They have that fun spunky kind of love for each other and it’s quite evident that they belong together. They chose the beautiful Dering Harbor Inn on Shelter Island to have their wedding. It was a day filled with love, with their families and closest friends by their sides. One of my favorite moments of the day was when all the children in the wedding party gave them a special gift from them all. An a amzing blanket with all their original artwork on it. It was the sweetest! The celebration was full of great food, friendships and dancing the night away!
Joe tells their love story perfectly: “I met Amy during my visit to Stony Brook for an on-campus interview. I traveled from Illinois where I was in graduate school to Long Island for a job interview at Stony Brook. It was the first time I had been on Long Island. I flew in for 24 hours got a whirlwind tour of the campus and was introduced to Amy. My guide at the time told me that Amy was the person to know because “she gets shit done around here.” When I met her, I thought she was cute, and I think I made a mental note that she was very tall. I also quietly asked myself who the hell wears jean capris and flip-flops to the office…
I left NY very unsure if I was going to get the job or if I was going to take it. I was thrilled about the idea of moving to NY I just wasn’t excited about the idea of Long Island (this remains true to this day.) Either way, I settled back into my life as a graduate student and prepared to defend my thesis and take my comprehensive exams. Then, I got a call that I got the job, and I accepted and planned to move to the east coast.
When I arrived on campus, I was reintroduced to Amy who completed personnel paperwork for me. I remembered her being very nice. However, she had plenty of comments to make about why someone would ever pack their stuff up and relocate across the country. It was very clear when talking to Amy that she always got what she wanted and was not ashamed to let the world know this!
What I liked most about moving to NY was that Stony Brook was in the midst of a significant expansion and there were a bunch of new staff members who were hired around my age, and similarly situated in life. This meant that I always had a group of people to socialize with after work. Amy was among the group of people I hung out with after work. I had a tremendous amount of fun during my first few years at Stony Brook. It was a new environment, and I was meeting new people and enjoying new experiences. This was when I started to get to know Amy…
Looking back I laugh at my first observations of her; I thought for sure that Amy came from a huge family and had many brothers and sisters. Whenever she told a story about her family, it began with her talking about her Niece or how Aunt Amy had to buy someone a gift. Little did I know that she was an only child. She also somehow seemed to go to a wedding every weekend. I remember thinking who the hell knows this many people!
Alright, I think I’ve laid down enough foundation…let’s get to the good stuff! So we fast forward. During this period, I dated several girls, and I think Amy dated several guys as well. I seem to remember meeting one of them (he wasn’t very impressive.)
So at some point, I thought it would be a good idea for Amy and me to hang out. I remember working up the nerve to ask her to do something and she shot me down. I found it interesting because we always spent time in a large group setting. So I knew that she had a thing for me. Why else would she not want to go on a date? I also remember how awkward she acted when I did ask her to go out. It was as if she wanted the ground to open up and swallow her. So every opportunity I had to embarrass her by asking her to go on a date I did it just to be a jerk.
During this time Amy’s mom was very ill. I can’t remember how it happened but at some point, Amy decided that it was ok to hang out with me. So she would come over and watch the Yankees play, and we would sit on separate couches and look at the game then she would leave. As cute as I think Amy is her awkwardness during these baseball dates was simply unbearable! However, she kept coming back, and I kept opening the front door for her.
Amy’s mom took a turn during this time and was placed into a Rehab facility very close to my apartment. Amy would visit her every night after work and then would come over to my apartment, and we would have dinner together, and we would watch baseball and hang out. Things became a little less awkward we began sitting on the same couch together at this point. I could tell it was a difficult time for her. Her mother was very ill. I’m not the emotional type, and I didn’t know how to support her during this period, so I just tried to be a consistent presence for when she wanted to drink beer and watch baseball. If she wanted to sit on another couch and look at the game, she knew that I would always be on the other couch. Now we fast forward, and I can’t keep her away from me!”
Oh and we need to add in Amy’s story too:
A special thank you to my talented friend Sebastian for being there to second shoot with me:
The talented vendors involved:
Venue: Dering Harbor Inn
Caterer: Christopher Michael Catering
Florist: Flowers by Liz
Cake: Leanne’s Specialty Cakes
Musicians/Band: Atomic Funk Project
Photographing this wedding was near and dear to my heart as Jarett and Carolann are the son and daughter-in-law of one of my closest friends and they really are a sweet couple. They had their ceremony at St. Patrick’s Church in Southold followed by a gorgeous reception at Founders Landing. They had beautiful details made by Jarett’s mother and their families and friends all pitched in to make everything perfect. My favorite moment of the day was when they were cutting the cake, or should I say we thought they were cutting the cake, instead they just kept looking at each other with such love and then they would kiss and then do the same thing again, then finally everyone was like “Are they cutting the cake?” It was adorable! It was a truly magical day in every way!
Here is Carolann’s version of how they met: “We met at a mutual friends house on a snow day or some random day off from school when I was in 9th grade and he was in 10th grade. The next day in school we realized we had lunch together and became quick friends instantly. It wasn’t until the summer before my senior year and his freshman year of college that we started dating and the rest is history”
A special thank you to my good friend Lisa Nicolosi for second shooting with me once again. Here are a few of my favorites to share:
The talented vendors involved:
Florist: Mattituck Florist
Cake: Courtney’s Sweet Tooth
Makeup: Rebecca Neese
Hair: Kerry Conrardy
Photobooth: North Fork Photobooth Co.
I never got to meet Heather and Matt before their wedding day, but I did get to have a nice phone call with them both and that is exactly when I knew we would enjoy working together for sure. They live in Chicago but they chose to have their wedding on the stunning North Fork. These two arrived at Corey Creek Vineyard and the first thing they did was greet me with a hug. Anyone who knows me knows I am a hugger, so this meant more to me than you could possibly know.
It was a beautiful day and they had an intimate ceremony under the trees where they professed their love with their family and friends by their sides. One of my favorite parts of the day was when they let butterflies loose in honor of Heather’s mother. This brought tears to my eyes as one butterfly would not leave Heather’s side; it stayed on her bouquet throughout all the family photos. All I kept thinking was that her mother was right there by her side the entire time. (Sorry I’m getting a little teary again). It was a truly memorable wedding moment for me. They had a cozy cocktail hour right before sunset and got to share their wedding night with the beauty of the Harvest moon. When you look through the images from their day you will see the kind of love they share in each and every one of them.
Here is the story of how they first met, it’s a great one:
In September 2007, Heather was sitting at the private FBO in Tampa, FL waiting for colleagues, as they were heading out on a business trip to Atlanta, Knoxville and Charlotte. She was sitting by herself and working on her computer, expecting the pilot she had met in the past, only to hear a kind, professional voice say ‘Are you waiting for Company X’? Matt had introduced himself as ‘The New Captain’ and reached out his hand. At that moment Heather looked up and was absolutely speechless.
As they began boarding the plane, Matt reached out to help Heather up the stairs, so flustered she lost her shoe down the plane stairs… usually excellent in heels… Matt quickly grabbed her heel and then placed it back on her foot and ‘swept’ Heather’s heart away….To this day, they remember the same pinstripe navy suit and heels she was wearing, Matt in slacks and a blue polo. Our ‘Cinderella Moment’. A year later in October we officially began dating…and the rest is history.
I was so excited to get an email from Lisa a few weeks ago. Why you say? Well I photographed her and Scott’s Wedding 5 years or so ago. She told me they had a beautiful baby girl almost a year ago and wanted to have their first family session. I was over the moon thrilled and we met a couple weeks ago so that I could meet their sweet little girl. What a cutie pie! Her smile lights up the room and she is at that super fun stage trying new things and melting you with her cuteness. Lisa and Scott are absolutely amazing parents and you can just see how much they love being a Mommy and Daddy. Here are a few of my favorites to share: