Cait + Marshall || A Philadelphia Waterfront Engagement

While walking to meet up with Cait + Marshall in Philadelphia, I passed by the cutest little alleyway. I knew that it had to be our first stop!
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There is something so intimate + inviting about teeny alleyways in the city. They’re like a little hug among all the typically large and bustled city streets. Historical and quaint, they’re just begging you to wander down their path. And so we did!
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Next, we headed towards the waterfront and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Cait had told me she was obsessed with the bridge and we definitely needed photos by it! + I am so glad that we did!!!
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Side note- do you think it a coincidence that Cait’s favorite bridge shares a name with her dog who she is also obsessed with? I so badly wanted Franklin to come to the city for their engagement shoot… but I just found out he will be at the wedding this weekend!!! 🐶❤️ #puppylove

We got a little distracted by nearby flowering trees for their color + beauty…

but eventually found ourselves looking out at the bridge again. Do you blame us?

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Marisa + Eric || A day at the NYS Fair!

I think we all know what tomorrow is– the start of the New York State Fair!  As a New Yorker, this means two things.  1) The end of summer, and 2) let’s go people watching + sweat our booties off while forgetting what personal space feels like + eat the most obnoxious new fried food concoction + drink wine slushies
I know that probably doesn’t sound that fun.  But I swear, for some strange reason, it really is.

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Last year, as newlyweds, Marisa + Eric showed me what a day at the fair looks like for them.  They are probably the biggest fair lovers that I know, so I would trust their fair expertise and do all of these things!  I’ll also throw in a few of my personal favs!

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Stop #1::  Milk Bar
I don’t even like milk but I always make a stop at the milk bar, first and foremost.  Maybe because I remember doing it as a kid?  They have both chocolate and white milk.  And it’ll be the freshest you’ve ever tasted.

 

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While in the Dairy Building, check out the butter sculpture!  I can’t imagine carving 800 of butter for 80+ hours.  That alone deserves recognition!  But the art and intricacy of each sculpture really is amazing- all 360 degrees!

Stop #2::  FOOD
The buildings and walk ways are packed with all the foods you can think of.  For Marisa + Eric, they chose a blooming onion.  Personally, I always go for the Gianelli’s/Dinosaur BBQ tent.  No matter what you choose, you (almost) can’t go wrong.  If you’re feeling adventurous you can try something thing like alligator meat, or whatever new bacon-topped/deep-fried items they have this year.  Here is a list of favorite foods from last year’s fair.  And a list of new foods you’ll find at this year’s fair (including a deep fried hot-dog chocolate topped creation)

 

Stop #3::  Exhibits
No matter who you are, there is sure to be an exhibit that interests you.  From visiting animals of all kinds, to live art displays…

 

or concerts, parades, NYS Troopers repelling off of a building, experiencing cultures with in the different villages, etc.  Just wandering about while you eat, you’re certain to find a thing or two that catches your eye.

We took a break outside of the Horticulture building for a photo opp and some cuteness

 

 

 

Stop #4::  Wine Slushies
As I mentioned before, these are very important.  They’re sweet and refreshing on a hot summer day, and I feel like they’re on every corner!  Not to mention, I credit the alcohol for allowing me to feel better about the crowd of one hundred thousand some-odd people.  TBH this is probably earlier on my list of stops, but we’ll go with it for photo purposes.  So grab those slushies and let’s head down the Midway!

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Stop #5::  Games and Rides
Yay!  One of my favorite parts about the fair- when else do you have an amusement park in your back yard?  Hop on your favorite rides,  play a game for a pet goldfish (RIP Ginny)…

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My favorite ride to end the night is always at the top of the ferris wheel, with all the fair lights lit up- it looks so beautiful!

 

Stop #6::  PIZZE FRITTE
My final stop is always always the Villa for a Pizze Fritte.  The music is always bumping and the frittes are always SO GOOD!

 

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What are your favorite things about the fair?  Anything I missed?  Comment below!
And if you want to see Marisa + Eric’s wedding blog- click here! 🙂

Hannah + Bryce || An Adventurous Utah Couples Session

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Utah is always a favorite place of mine.  And this time was certainly no different!  I met up with Hannah + Bryce, and they had just gotten their new pup Winston! (Yes, he is named after Winston Bishop in New Girl 😍)

To start off, we stopped into Hannah + Bryce’s local favorite Mexican Restaurant for TACOS 😋

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I loved the little touches and the big fun between Bryce + Hannah.  AND the occasional photobomb from the cutest pup, of course!

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I’m so glad to have met Hannah (almost exactly one year ago!) and have this opportunity to photograph her sweet little fam!  Thank you for making my time in Utah so special and hilarious.  Taco ‘bout a good time 🤣  Can’t wait until we do it again!Adventurous Mountain Utah Couple

Carrie + Danny || An In-Home, City, and Nighttime Chicago Engagement Session

What do you get when you combine A LOT of laughs, a bean, Cardi B, and twinkly lights?  This amazing shoot in Chicago with my friends- that’s what!  Okurrrr

But really… Carrie and Danny are one of my favorite couples EVER!  They moved away from Syracuse last year to take on the Chi town life together.  I knew it would be so special to capture what this engaged time looks like for them- them in their new home, just being them.  We started off with some apartment snuggles, before heading out to a few of their favorite sights, and ended on their rooftop with the city lights twinkling all around us.

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Their goofiness is THE best and their hearts are so so good.  They’re the type of people you want to hang out with all day, every day.

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I’m obsessed with these nighttime shots!

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I feel too lucky to call these cuties my friends and am SO happy for them and the life they’ve created in Chicago.  I cannot wait to come back and visit!  Love you guys!

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Kristin + John || Adventurous Waterfall Engagement Session

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When Kristin and John came in to meet with me, we immediately had so much in common (it was almost freaky).  We were instantly bonding over home decor, laughing at pictures of each other’s cats, and sharing stories of our travels.  When I mentioned that Mark and I had it on our bucket list to visit all of the U.S. National Parks, Kristin and John said that they were trying to visit all the waterfalls in NY!  How cool!  So we decided… what better place for them to take engagement photos than a waterfall in NY!?  But not before stopping at their house to get some photos with their cat, Baxter!

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If you know me at all, you know that this was an epic day for me.  Cats, photography, a little adventure, good company, AND on the way home we stopped for ice cream!  Can’t wait for their wedding day next Spring!

XO
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