Well, first I would like to thank Michelle, Jeff, and all of my couples for their patience and understanding. It seems like it has been forever (only the second time I have missed a month of posting since I started my blog over three years ago), and it is nice to finally be posting again. Unfortunately, the constant wear and tear finally caught up with me and landed me on my back for over a month with bilateral pneumonia. It was the absolute worst, and it took every ounce of energy I had to pull through it. I now totally understand why there have been so many deaths and other serious illnesses related to or caused by pneumonia. A big thank you goes to my wife as well. I don’t know what I would have done with out her. Actually, the timing for me getting sick could not have been better. It started to be a real problem on December 26th, and had me out of commission until a week before the wedding I just shoot on Jan 31st. As a result, there are lots of great photos, from awesome shoots, with fantastic couples, that I am excited about sharing with everyone. Please forgive me for starting off your post with this explanation Michelle and Jeff, but I’m sure everyone has been wondering what happened, and where I have been. Now on to the wedding…
I was looking forward to shooting this wedding for a lot of different reasons. The most obvious being Michelle and Jeff because they were such a pleasure to work with at their engagement session. They are also creative, appreciate creativity, and have a lot of creative friends. Plus, they have been fans of my work for almost three years. What more can a guy ask for? Michelle is also a fabulous writer, and she hand-made all of the soy candles that were given as favors (kind of a side-gig of hers). I also knew that one of the most talented make-up artists in the area was going to join us. The fabulous Kris Kellogg (from Makeup on Demand) did an outstanding job as usual. Add the incredible Ann Crowley, from Bellabrations Event Planning, and you have a sure recipe for success. It was also going to be the first time I shot at Ventosa Vineyards, which is a beautiful winery at the north end of Seneca Lake (not far from where I live). I heard that my friend David sold his restaurant (Pronti’s) in Geneva which was one of my favorite places to eat, and is now in charge at Ventosa’s. I knew we were in for an outstanding meal, and David did not let us down. If good food is important to you then please look into this place. The atmosphere, location, and staff are magnificent, but adding David to the team is sure to add a star to any ranking.
Michelle and Jeff were chauffeured around in a 1960 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud. The car was once owned by George Harrison of the Beatles, and was supplied through Park Place Limos. Jeff, the driver was so friendly, and agreed to pose in a few photos for us. A trolley was also provided by Finger Lakes Winery Tours, and as usual their driver made sure that everyone was happy and safe. Foley Florist in Auburn did an absolutely incredible job on the flowers, and DJ: Skip Clark (also a DJ on Moovin 100.3 in Syracuse) definitely had everyone movin and groovin.
Unfortunately, there was one very big problem. There was a fire in an adjacent room where Michelle was staying the night before the wedding and everyone had to move out of the rooms they had originally booked. In a way it worked out for the best because management gave Michelle use of a large conference room for hair and makeup, and even reimbursed her for one night’s stay. I tip my hat to Michelle because she remained the coolest of cool about everything. When I joked about it with her later she said that she didn’t mind my mentioning it, but asked if I would also mention that they were accommodating.
Thank you Michelle, Jeff, and your families for everything. I wish you much love and happiness on your journey together.