Monthly Archives: November 2010

Rachel and Mike’s Sheldrake Point Vineyards Engagement Session

Sheldrake Point Vineyards is located in Ovid, NY, on the shores of Cayuga Lake. What a lovely backdrop for Rachel and Mike’s engagement session. Here is just a quick peek at some of our favorite portraits.

Fun Fact: Sheldrake Point was voted NY State’s Winery of the year in 2009 and 2010.

What a cute save the date card this would be!

Congratulations on your engagement Rachel and Mike. We look forward to your wedding next year!

Fun Idea Friday: The Kissing Album

 

When my Grandma and Grandpa had been married for 50 years, the whole family got together to celebrate their anniversary. With 7 kids, most of whom had children of their own by then, this was no small gathering! Someone put together a photo album of the couple through the years and it was fascinating to watch them literally grow old together in the album.  

That is when it hit me, why not start thinking now at the beginning of my marriage about what I want my 50th anniversary album to look like? And then I hit upon “The Kissing Album”. Every year for the first few years of marriage my husband and I seemed to have someone take a picture of us kissing each other. So what if we make it a point to kiss each other at least once a year on camera, and then we can end up with at least 50 pictures of us loving each other by the time we hit OUR 50th wedding anniversary.

This is great on multiple levels:

1. It helps me to stay focused on the idea that we will be together for 50 years. With so many relationships ending in divorce, it seems important to be planning on staying together forever, no matter what the future brings. Planning for my album is just one way of reminding myself that I am in this for the long haul.

2. My kids may someday be mortified by all the pictures of Mom and Dad kissing. Why have kids if not to mortify them by all the embarrassing lovey dovey stuff you do?

3. I just love kissing pictures. When we photograph engaged couples, weddings, re-commitment ceremonies, or anniversary celebrations, we always end up taking pictures of the happy couple kissing each other, because that is what two people who love each other do to show affection. Kiss together, bliss forever!

Now, maybe the kissing album is not your cup of tea, but its not too early at the beginning of your marriage to be thinking about what kind of relationship you want your grandkids to see in 50 years. Maybe if more people had a 50 year plan, we would learn to let go of the bad things and revel a little more in the joyful times we have together.



Fara and Jon’s Binghamton, NY Engagement Session

Here’s a little peek of Fara and Jon’s Engagement Session. At Captured Emotions, we love doing engagement portraits in unique settings and with a variety of outfits. Seriously, kudos to Fara on some awesome shoes for her session. We are looking forward to working with them again at their wedding in May 2011.

Isn’t the Binghamton, NY area just gorgeous this time of year?

What did we tell you about shoes. These are awesome!

A toast to the happy couple!

And these boots too. Really if you love shoes this must be the girl to know.

Congratulations Jon and Fara, we are sure it will be a fabulous wedding and wish you a fabulous lifetime together too.

Fun Idea Friday: Making your Wedding Kid Friendly

If a kid friendly wedding is what you want, then here are a few tips for keeping kids, happy, entertained, and feeling important at your wedding and reception. If you have kids, this can be especially important because this is, in a way, their big day too.

So here are a few ideas we came up with, let us know with a comment if you have some of your own!

1. I know we’ve said it before, but DON’T make small children stand up on the platform during the whole ceremony. You are just asking for trouble. Having been a bridesmaid 8 times, I can tell you grown adults get cranky standing up for an hour, but kids are not so good at hiding those emotions.

2. DO include your kids in the big day. If the bride or groom (or both) have kids already, then they are becoming a family. Take Nancy and Michael’s wedding (see our previous blog), where the kids participated in prayer as a family and took part in the ceremony. Its important that they understand this is a new parent, for better or worse, richer or poorer.

3. Have kids fun packs at the reception with quiet but fun activities (crayons and coloring books – or better yet color wonder markers that can’t stain or write on anything but color wonder paper – puzzles, mad-libs, rubiks cube, silly bands, etc). What you include will of course be up to the age of the kids you are inviting, but be creative. Even adults like a good fun pack so if your reception is a long way from your ceremony site, why not give the adults some wedding mad-libs to work on during the ride?

4. Ask your caterer to serve kid friendly meals – and sparkling grape juice during the champagne toast. Who doesn’t like something fun and bubbly? Need to save some cash – get raspberry ginger-ale instead.

5. Be sure you put on the invitations that this is a kid friendly wedding. Some guests may still opt for a babysitter so they can enjoy themselves, but this way your kids might actually have some friends to dance and be silly with during the reception.

6. Consider hiring a babysitter to attend the day. Have her be the go-to person for the kids, make sure they are eating, using the restroom, and having fun. It will probably be her favorite sitting job yet, and you can focus on the task of getting married without concern.

7. Have a bouquet toss/garter toss kid friendly alternative. There is nothing more awkward than having your 7 yr old catch the bouquet and creepy uncle Elmer catching the garter, while everyone shudders at the thought of him putting it on her leg. Instead, have the “kids toss” first with a smaller bouquet – or let your flower girl do the tossing during your big moment. Little boys may not need a garter, but might be interested in “who can catch the rubber band”, but be cautious because that game could be painful for other guests later in the night!

8. Start your day earlier. If your kids are in bed by 8pm normally, then your reception should be winding down close to that time as well – or at least the kids portion of it. So get married at 2 and have your reception at 3. Then you can get the dancing done first and have dinner at 5 or 6. Be considerate of the fact that kids can only be on their best behavior for so long, and that it is way more difficult if they are tired.

9. Have fun and be silly. Maybe you can use strawberry shortcake dolls as cake toppers, have centerpieces made of toys, provide party hats for your guests as your favor, or do other things that make your kids feel like it is a party for them too.

Well, that’s the list. We hope you got some great ideas for kid proofing your wedding and we look forward to hearing some of yours!

Forming a Family: Nancy and Michael’s Wedding

And the two shall become… 6?  In October, Nancy and Michael joined their families together and not only started a new life as husband and wife, but started a new family as well. Here are a few pictures from the wedding, and best wishes from us to them as they start out this journey as man, wife, and family.

They held their reception at the Terra Cotta in Binghamton, NY.

After the couple’s First dance came the mother son dance, and then the Bride danced with her daughter. Finally, the piece de resistance, a special family dance to the cha cha slide!

Congratulations Nancy and Michael. May you have many wonderful years of happiness.

Marissa and Harley’s Binghamton, NY Engagement Portraits

Marissa and Harley are engaged! Here are some pictures from their engagement session. Isn’t Autumn in NY a great time of year for outdoor portraits?

There’s just something about black and white photography that will always be classic.

For this one they got the whole family involved.

We look forward to seeing you again next year at your wedding – Happy Wedding Planning!

Designed for Success: Stacie and Scott’s Owego, NY Wedding

Recently, we photographed Stacie and Scott’s wedding and reception at the Owego Treaway Inn. Just look at the gorgeous flowers and reception design. Every detail of this wedding was exquisite and elegant.

Congratulations Stacie and Scott, for designing a beautiful wedding and a beautiful life together. We wish you a lifetime of happiness.