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The Story an Image Tells…

This image was taken in July of 2013, and I don’t think I will ever forget that sunset.  Every time I blinked, the sun danced with the clouds and the colors of the sky in a different way.  Looking back through my images, quite literally every frame contains different tones and hues, ranging from blues and purples to oranges, yellows and pinks.  More amazing is that my camera time-stamp shows that all of this happened in 8 minutes.

My favorite from those eight minutes is the image shown below.  Erin and Curt walked out on the docks, and as I settled in with my gear and my assistant moved to just the right spot where I needed the light to be placed, this happened.

I can’t say for sure that they were saying a prayer, but that is one of the things that I just love about this image.  It also tells me that they are about to have an incredible life together, as the clouds are clearing while the sun sets in the distance.

Powerful images have the ability to tell a story all of their own, while letting the viewer add to that story based on their own personal experiences that the image brings to their mind.

Bride and groom on a dock in prayer.

A Winter Catskill Wedding at Bethel Woods

When I first met Claire and James, it was on the deck at her parent’s house in the Catskills.  It was immediately obvious to me that the two of them were head over heels for each other from the way they looked at each other anytime I asked a question about them.  I am certain that each knew the answer, but they were giving each other a glance to make sure that the other one knew before either of them responded.  It was incredibly adorable.

When I heard that they were planning a “January Wedding”, I could not wait!

Winter in the Catskills is often unpredictable, but since they were willing to risk potential snow for the dream wedding, I was all in!

Their wedding day started off with a solid five inches of snow falling in the morning, making my drive for the getting ready photos a bit treacherous to say the least.  The snow began falling heavily, but was expected to be brief, so my traveling started with untreated snow covered roads.  The snow kept falling as I parked a good half-mile from her house out of necessity, so my assistant and I trekked it up the hill to get there while the humongous snowflakes continued to fly.

By the time the wedding arrived, the weather was clear.  Unfortunately, the bus inadvertently became stuck at the bottom of the hill leading up to the church.

There is something about the cold air and the beauty of fresh fallen snow that I am a complete sucker for.  The cherry on top was that I know it really made Claire’s wedding day all the more special for the two of them as well at their reception at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

Enjoy the images, and congratulations to the newlyweds!

Details of wedding rings, grandparents and the dress hanging in a bedroom.
Details of a wedding dress and personalized hanger, as well as a bouquet taken outside in the snow.
Bride getting eye makeup applied on her wedding day.
Bridesmaid and Mother-of-the-Bride seeing the bride on her wedding day.
Bride opening the present from her husband-to-be on her wedding day.
Wedding guests walking up a Catskill driveway after their bus became stuck.
Groom looking on as his bride is escorted in by her father.
Details of the wedding rings and wedding ceremony.
Bride crying and the first kiss during a wedding ceremony.
Excited bride and groom exit their wedding as a newly married couple.
Family formal photos on the altar.
Bride and groom posing in front of a barn on a wintry day.
Portrait of bride and groom in front of a red barn on a snowy day.
Photos outside of a red barn on a snowy day.
Bride and groom in the snow at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
Bride and groom during their first dance.
Images of the toast on a wedding day.
Bride and groom cutting the cake on their wedding day.
Dancing images at a wedding reception.
Dancing images at a wedding reception.
A sparkler exit at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts for a winter wedding.

DJ:  DJ Bri Spinning with Style

Reception:  Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Your Hudson Valley Wedding needs the perfect venue.

Finding the perfect Hudson Valley venue for your wedding and reception can be a source of wedding planning stress.  The excitement of becoming engaged can quickly wear off, especially when you start looking at bridal magazines and online blogs that provide lists of what to do and when to do it in the wedding planning process.  Lately, I have been fielding phone calls and emails from brides that do not yet have their wedding date selected because they aren’t sure of the type of wedding venue that fits their style.  With that in mind, I am always happy to offer some venue suggestions.

Each year, I find myself photographing dozens of weddings in a variety of different  venues.  Most years, I find myself in a new venue every week which I find encourages my creativity.  It also provides me with a unique perspective that makes me a valuable resource for newly engaged couples.

As you begin your search for the perfect venue, I recommend reaching out to wedding photographers and explaining what you are looking for in your wedding venue.  In many cases, numerous venues will come to mind that showcase the characteristics you are looking to find.  This can help lower the stress level of finding that perfect venue, while also helping to ensure that you are going to have a perfect wedding that embodies your spirit.  Let’s face it, there are dozens of venues in the Hudson Valley that all have their own style:  Barns, Fields, Tents, Ballrooms, Mansions, Castles, Cabins, Mountains.  They all exist here in the Hudson Valley and Catskills and one will be just right for your wedding day.

Below are some images from a variety of different weddings that I photographed in 2013.  Each venue has their own unique characteristics, their own beauty, and their own group of couples that had their perfect wedding days there.  Regardless of your style, there is a perfect venue out there hoping to make your wedding as perfect as you have imagined.

Bride and groom on a snowy wedding day in front of a red barn.
Tryptic of bride and groom in a country wedding setting.
Bride and groom sitting on a dock on their wedding day.
Bride and groom under an arbor on their wedding day.
Bride and groom on a fall wedding day with bright orange and yellow foliage.
Bride and groom on a road in a forest with the ground littered in fall-colored leaves.
Bride and groom on a dock with a dramatic dark sky with clouds.
Bride and groom seated on a golf course at night with the stars showing.

Bri Swatek - Outstanding advice and images Kevin!
– DJ Bri

Catskill Engagement at Sunset

A lot of what I do as a wedding photographer certainly involves being in the right place at the right time.   Of course, it also means knowing when to capture and image and always being ready!  This engagement session was certainly one of those days where everything lined up just perfectly.  We had just finished taking some photos about 200 yards away on the pond where Nick popped the question.  As I noticed their skin tones changing to more of a subtle pinkish orange, I turned around to see this incredibly orange sky behind me.  Fortunately, we made it to the top of the field just in time to catch a few glimpses of the sun before it disappeared behind the Catskill mountains.

Silhouette of a couple in a field with trees and an orange sky.

Stars of a Catskill Wedding

A Catskill Wedding in December can have unpredictable weather, to say the least.  Christy and Ken, however, could not have asked for better weather.  The sky was a brilliant blue during the day.  There was just enough snow on the ground to add to the wintry spirit of a December wedding in the Hudson Valley.  Sure, the temperature was chilly, but not unbearably cold.  During their reception, we were fortunate enough to be able to sneak outside for a few moments to take advantage of the clear skies before cloudy weather moved in.  The result is this image showing Jupiter, the Little Dipper, and a fortuitous sighting of a shooting star.  This is the type of shot that I really love!  Since opening my photography business in 2001, I have always used the phrase “There is no second chance at once in a lifetime.”  This image certainly embodies that belief, and I am very fortunate to have been in the Catskills on December 28, 2013 enjoying a celebration of a fantastic couple that helped me create it!  Congratulations Christy and Ken!

Bride and Groom on their wedding day, at night with a clear sky full of stars visible.

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