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! 🙂

B.Foto’s – Best of 2017 Weddings

What.  A.   Year.  2017 was filled from top to bottom with the most loving couples, unforgettable moments, stunning venues, gorgeous details, and craziest parties.  Read on to hear about all my favorites from 2017!

  1. Jumping for joy with these getting ready moments

Getting ready favorites include: {above} Megan and her daughter, {below} Mackenzie and her bridesmaids, expressing their excitement for each of their big days by jumping on the bed!  But also, Mackenzie getting a McDonalds delivery the morning of her wedding.  Because YES.

2.  Let’s in-VEST-igate this groom’s style

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Eric‘s style was all his own. He skipped the traditional suit/tux and instead opted for a wool vest and hunter green khakis. All tied together with a pocket watch from his bride-to-be.

3. Saying yes to these bride’s dresses:

Speaking of Eric’s bride-to-be… Marisa knocked it out of the park too with her BHLDN dress!

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Another favorite dress from this year was Mallory’s. From the SLEEVES to the layers in the skirt, I was alllll about it.

4. Unbelie-veil-ble:

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Marlee‘s cathedral veil had me wishing that every bride had one.

5. Love this old, borrowed, AND blue

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Anna wore her grandmother’s wedding dress to her rehearsal and I still can’t get over it.  What a beautiful and special way to honor your loved ones and bring history to your big day.

6. Here comes the bridal portrait:

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This portrait of Emma just gives me some serious feels.  So very soft, yet strong, at the very same time.

7.  [Flower] girls just wanna have fun!

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I wanted to join in and twirl around the room in a princess dress, too.

8. Ring Bear-er:

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Emma and Mike put a spin on the traditional ring bearer- and instead had a ring bear!

9.  Bridesbabes, dressed to the fines:

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I love the skirts with mismatched white tops for Anna‘s bridesmaids.

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This one reminds me of Beyonce’s ‘Bow Down’.  And if you can take your eyes off of Steph‘s train… I love the slate-blue color in the bridesmaid dresses!

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Last but not least, how cute are these twirling bridesmaids!

10.  Best Man’s style

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Navy blue was definitely the color of the year for groomsmen in 2017.  From tuxes…

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to suits, with burgundy accents.

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Some even chose navy blue for their football unis.

11. Father shows best:

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Marlee‘s dad had the best reaction to seeing his daughter all ready to walk down the aisle.

12. First look [what you made me do]

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So I’m not a fan of TSwift’s song, but Brandon‘s reaction to first seeing Steph is literally what dreams are made of.

13.  First look alternative

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Jeff and Mallory didn’t want to actually see one another before their ceremony, so instead they opted for some hand-holding and a talk to calm their nerves.  (Look for more of this wedding being blogged soon!!!)

14.  Love at first sight:

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When Jeff finally did see Mal coming down the aisle…. UGHHH my heart

15.  Cere-MONEY

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Marisa + Eric‘s ceremony still has me crying.  A surprise flash-mob style song took my heart.

16.  Arbor flower power:

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Arbors have become more popular with the rise in outdoor weddings.  And this one takes the cake.

17. The sweetest love:

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I know I’ve said it before, but this shot of Elaina + Steve seriously makes me melt.

18. Wild at heart:

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Jamie + Anna running through the wildflowers, surrounded by towering mountains is why I’m counting down the minutes until I get to go back to Utah.

19.  Over the moon:

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Brian + Kate ft. the moon.  Can there be a full moon for every wedding???  Plz?

20.  So Syracuse:

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After Jennifer + Joe said “I Do” we wandered the streets of Syracuse.

21. Location, location, location:

John Joseph Inn in Ithaca, NY  had everything from a beautiful manor, a lush garden, an apple orchard, farm land and animals, (I could go on and on).  There was so much variety and photo opportunities at this venue- it was a photographer’s dream land.

22. Decor galore:

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Lanterns and flowers dripping from the Sky, and the simple greenery on the table.  Perfection.

23. Introducing:

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Although this isn’t the bride and groom, I thought that their originality deserved a spot on the lineup.

24.  First danc-ing with the stars:

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Loved the emotion in the room during Anna + Jamie‘s first dance- and then the fun song that followed (which I was certain was choreographed).

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It’s magic when moments like this fall together.  Emma + Mike framed by each of their parents during their first dance.

25.  #HashtagGameStrong

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#KissTheCooks for the new Mr. and Mrs. Cook- not only was there a chef hat dance party, but their card box was a cooking pot and Hershey kisses were at the door for guests as they left.

26.  DESSERT:

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Marisa + Eric had an ice cream truck at their wedding as a refreshing night-time snack.

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Courtney + Brett’s Donut Bar was perfect for the late-fall, a warm and sweet treat with ALL the toppings you could ask for.

27. Just DANCE:

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Marisa + Eric‘s wedding came complete with several dance performances on the loft/stage.

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Jamie + Anna‘s wedding was non-stop dancing, and even continued for (more than a few) encore songs.

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So very, VERY thankful to each and every one of my couples that made this year incredible!  I am so happy for you and your love!  I could go on and on about favorite things from each wedding, but I’m all punned out.  SO from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU times a million for your support and friendship and for being you!

XOXO
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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
Bridget

Marlee + Scott || A Sky Armory Wedding, Syracuse, NY

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The big day was here and neither Scott, nor Marlee, were the least bit nervous.  I guess that’s expected when you’ve already been together for over ten years!  From the halls of Liverpool High School where they had met… to now on this beautiful summer day in Downtown Syracuse, where they would officially become husband and wife!

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Marlee did a first look with her Dad…

 

and then headed outside to do a first look with Scott!  This was Marlee’s favorite part of the day- and for good reason!

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Instead of doing the traditional, ‘guys with the groom’ and ‘girls with the bride’, Scott and Marlee switched it up a bit and each chose 4 people to stand beside them on their big day.  I love when brides and grooms choose to deviate from the norm and do something unique to them!

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I think Marlee’s bouquet might be my favorite ever!  I love the cascade style!

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Now we were off to their ceremony and reception at Sky Armory!

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The newlyweds headed upstairs to their cocktail hour and reception.  Marlee and the Sky Armory team did such an AMAZING job decorating the room- I was blown away!

 

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The rest of the night was spent celebrating the couple and their love, dancing beneath the twinkle lights ❤

 

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Scott and Marlee were so sweet, so fun, and so in love!  We are so glad we were chosen to be your wedding photographers and spend your day with you!

XOXO
Bridget and Mark

Photography: Bridget and Mark of B.Fotographic
Video: Bill Walter of Ajax Media
Hair:  Shelby Taylor
Make-Up: Mikayla Hawkinson of Makeup By Mik
Dress: Justin Alexander
Bouquets: The Floral Gardens
Rings: Jared / Skaneateles Jewelry
Ceremony / Reception Venue and Decor : Sky Armory
DJ: Steve Turner

Kate + Logan || A Fountainebleau Inn Wedding, Alpine NY

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Kate and Logan first met in Ithaca, so it only made sense that they would return here to begin their happily ever after.  The wedding weekend began with hikes, golfing, lunch dates and drinks with friends and family in the town they love.  Then a rehearsal dinner, followed by a welcome reception to greet all of their guests to their wonderful wedding weekend.

Suddenly the big day was here!  If you’re in Ithaca, you obviously start your morning with Collegetown Bagels.  Then I headed to the venue to photograph some details.

The Fontainebleau Inn is elegant, and charming.  Nestled away in the Finger Lakes, the beautiful house sits on a hill overlooking Cayuta Lake and is trimmed with vibrant flowers and trees to really make the white house glow.

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Kate’s dress, from Emma and Grace Bridal Studio back home in Denver, was pieced together after Kate happened upon the skirt and then found a lace top with a plunging v-cut back.  I am in love with the way the skirt moved in the wind!

My favorite room in the house was the study.  Bookcases, a fireplace, leather chairs.  It was quite masculine, but had character and style that drew me in.  I could’ve spent the whole day in there!

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I met up with the girls at Miel Beauty Bar where they were getting hair and makeup done.

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The guys were hard at work too, playing in the lake behind the Fontainebleau Inn.

Now came the time for everyone to get dressed and ready!  The guys were on one end of the house, and the girls were on the other.

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Kate and Logan had decided to do a first look before the ceremony so we snuck out front for some photos before the guests arrived.

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The way they look at each other gives me chills!  These are two of my favorite photos, so genuine, authentic, and full of emotion!

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They had each gotten cards for their soon-to-be-spouse so we took a few moments for them to open them together.  Not just one card each, or even three…  I think there were over ten cards total!

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The house was such a darling backdrop for these photos!

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Before hiding away for the guests to arrive, I asked if we could do a few photos in my favorite room!  Yes!

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Guests headed out the back door and down the hill to the ceremony location.

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They sat beneath a gigantic tree with the lake water glistening before them and waited for Kate to walk down the aisle with her father.

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The ceremony was officiated by Logan’s Aunt Amy, with readings from Kate’s forever friend, Stina.

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The newlyweds were introduced and shared their first dance!

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It was time to head inside the dining room for the reception.  Kate has such a classy and elegant style, from the moment she first mentioned her wedding I knew it was going to be stunning…  and she certainly did not disappoint!  Everything was done with such intention and attention to detail.

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After dinner, we headed back down to the water for some photos on the dock.

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A spontaneous firework show across the lake provided the perfect photo opp!

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Every wedding is special and beautiful in its own way, and I always have favorite moments.  I think what stood out most to me was the way that Kate and Logan interacted with one another, and loved one another.  I could see it during their engagement photos and again on their wedding day- they are completely enamored with one another.  It is a one-of-a-kind love story that will last forever.

It truly is a gift to be chosen to capture these precious moments and I hope you feel all the emotions that I experience while looking through these photos!  Congratulations Kate and Logan!

XOXO
Bridget and Mark

 

Photography: Bridget and Mark of B. Fotographic
Hair and MakeUp: Miel Beauty Bar
Dress and Veil: Emma and Grace Bridal
Flowers: Plenty of Posies
Venue: The Fountainebleau Inn
DJ: Jimmie Malone of Exceptional Receptions