Written by Melissa on January 1, 2017

Best of Surprise Photography 2016

Happy 2017!!! Every year I like to take a look back at all my sessions and select my personal favorites to be included in the Best of Surprise Photography 2016.  These images have been selected to win a 16×20 Gallery Wrap Canvas, a gift from me, for getting the most likes on my Facebook page….

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Written by Melissa on October 22, 2014

Jeremy & Rachelle, Intimate Backyard Wedding…

I have a few wedding to blog but being family and all, Jer and Rachelle are getting a bump.  This past summer my family flew to Oregon to stay with family and celebrate the vows of my husband’s younger brother and his fiance.  It was a small, backyard affair with only immediate family and a…

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Written by Melissa on October 11, 2014

Staci & Nicholas, Connecticut Lake Wedding…

I’m so lucky to have clients that truly talented when it comes the the DIY touches to their wedding.  Staci and Nicks “Day of the Dead” inspired wedding had everything from hand-painted center pieces to handmade paper flowers.  The flowers looked better than some real ones that I’ve seen in the past.    The weather looked…

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Written by Melissa on September 19, 2014

Terry and Jenny, Hudson Valley Farm Wedding Photographer….

ALL my bridal couples get albums.  Why, because they are a treasure that will be enjoyed by the couples grandchildren. Yeah, I think that far ahead.  Jenny and Terry’s album just showed up at my studio door.  Check out the full layout below.     


Written by Melissa on February 21, 2014

Sending a Wedding Album Home, Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer

The final step in the wedding process, the album.  I can’t stress enough how important a beautiful and professionally made album is.  These are heirloom products that will be handed down generations.  All my wedding clients have an album included with their collections because I believe in paper and that images aren’t art unless they…

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Written by Melissa on February 21, 2014

Cherylynn and Yaya, Hudson Valley Engagement Photographer

Back in 2012, I photographed Cherylynn’s sister’s wedding.  Now I have the honor of being invited back to photograph her wedding to the fabulous Yaya, who proudly serves our country. We set out for their engagement shoot on what I can only call, a BEYOND freezing day.  When the wind blew, OUCH!   Luckily we were…

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Written by Melissa on January 17, 2014

Shake It Like A Polaroid Picture, Hudson Valley Photographer

Shake it, Shake it, Shake it like a Polaroid picture!!  New blogsite = new giveaway!!!! I’m giving away a polaorid camera because they area awesome.  And since everyone hates Mondays, I’m going to make it a little happier by running this contest from Friday till Monday night. Have fun and share on!!   a Rafflecopter…

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Written by Melissa on January 17, 2014

Peter & Anouchka, Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer

Heading back to summer of 2013 and putting the spotlight on my first and one of my favorite weddings of the season. The wedding too place at The V.I.P Club in New Rochelle.  Music by  The Eturnity Band , kept the party rockin all night long.  Thank you to Peter and Anouchka for a wonderful…

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Written by Melissa on January 15, 2014

ALL NEW BLOGSITE!!!

Welcome to the new and improved Surpirse Photography Blogsite. It has been a LONG time in the making and our rebranding process has finally hit the finish line! I have a backlog of client sessions and weddings to post and share. I thank you for stopping by and please be sure to check back for…

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Written by Melissa on September 19, 2013

Theresa and Matthew Engagement, Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer

  Tomorrow I have the honor of photographing Theresa and Matthew’s Wedding.  Back in July we visited the site of their wedding to do their engagement session.  We had a lot of fun running around and playing in the water.  I do thank them for being great sports about my water vision, too much fun….

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Written by Melissa on August 27, 2013

Woodland Albums Are Here, Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer…

  From the moment I got my hands on this album at WPPI in Vegas this past year, I have been obsessed with getting a sample in the studio.  The pages are printed on a fine art linen paper with a deep grain, then mounted on a thick archival board.  Cover options include a variety…

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Written by Melissa on August 6, 2013

My Baby Brother Is Getting Married….

  Ok so he’s not my baby brother, rather my husbands,  but I have known Jeremy long enough that  I consider him my baby brother. A couple months ago he secretly announced his engagement to his girlfriend Rachelle without my in laws in the know.  And becasue they live in California, we have only known…

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Written by Melissa on August 1, 2013

Throwback Thursday, Brandy and Art, Locust Grove Wedding…

  I thought Throwback Thursday would be the best day to finally feature a long overdue wedding on my blog.  Brandy and Art had a lovely fall wedding at Locust Grove in Poughkeepse last October.  The surrounds of the event were just perfect.  From the location, the weather and the foliage, you couldn’t have asked…

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Written by Melissa on February 23, 2013

Colleen and Jon Are Married, Westchester Wedding Photographer…

  When I first got an email from Colleen searching for wedding information, I thought I was done booking weddings for 2012. However there was something about the email that told me to “give this girl a call.”  After chatting with her I was so excited to meet her and her fiance, and luckily we…

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Written by Melissa on February 4, 2013

3,000 Fan Celebration Giveaway!!

  I am so grateful for the love and support we have received on our Facebook Fan Page.  We have reached a milestone of 3,000 fans and want to celebrate by giving something back.  One lucky winner will be drawn at random to win this fabulous 8×10 Organic Bloom frame.  All you have to do…

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Written by Melissa on January 3, 2013

2012 Year In Review, Hudson Valley Photographer…

  Each year I take a look back at all some of my favorite images from each session throughout the year. Take a seat, sit back and enjoy!  (Be sure to switch quality to highest available)    


Written by Melissa on December 3, 2012

BIG BIG NEWS!!!! Hudson Valley Children Photographer,

Some might expect for me to say that I am expecting, but for those who know me know better LOL.  So whats the “BIG NEW?” …..I am opening a studio!  I have been working on this for the past couple months and I can finally let the cat out of the bag.  I have taken…

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Written by Melissa on October 30, 2012

Devon & Mark Are Married, Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer…

  This summer I had the thrill of photographing the wedding of Devon and Mark.  Besides the fact they were a fun and laid back couple, my favorite part of working with them is that they pretty much let me do what ever I wanted, creatively.  Even if that meant a little minor trespassing 🙂…

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Written by Melissa on October 18, 2012

Size Matters, Hudson Valley Photographer…

  When it comes to proofing sessions, my clients find the ability to see their portraits at various sizes, a key to finding the perfect way to display their custom art in their home.  Being that many are use to 4×6 prints, the thought of a 8×10 on their wall seems like a poster, in…

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Written by Melissa on July 9, 2012

Brandy and Art, Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer…

  The back story to my union with this couple:  I grew up in small town Rockville, Connecticut where my mom watched kids from her home.  30 years later, my mom is on Facebook and sees her friend’s son, whom she use to sit for, is now engaged and living in Poughkeepsie.  My mom being…

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Written by Melissa on June 8, 2012

Cristina and Robert, Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer…

  Their engagement shoot was a trip but at the same time one of my favorites of all time, it isn’t too often I get to hang in Central Park.  Now, a year later here we are again and it’s their wedding day.  It really makes you think about how fast time flies.  I have…

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Written by Melissa on February 29, 2012

Kristen and Darren’s E-Shoot, Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer…

  Early last year I shot my first boudoir mini session.  One of my girls was participating as a surprise for her boyfriend, Happy Valentine’s to him!!!  Well, apparently he loved the photos so much, as well as her, he put a ring on it!   So when Kristen emailed me about shooting her wedding, I…

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Written by Melissa on February 12, 2012

Devon and Mark, Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer…

  Taking a look back to last fall, I met up with one of my fabulous couples for an engagement shoot.  It was a wonderful evening on the Hudson with amazing light.  We had some play time with their children, the furry and fluffy ones, and then off to the Walkway.  And lets talk about…

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Written by Melissa on February 2, 2012

Jennifer and Ryan Are Married, Connecticut Wedding Photographer…

  When an old college friend of mine announced on Facebook that she was engaged, I of course sent my “Congratulations!!!” and then followed it up with, “I know a wedding photographer.”  I was only having fun but was beyond thrilled when she said, let’s roll!   From dorm room parties, to watching her put…

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Written by Melissa on September 24, 2011

Lauren & Scott Are Married, New Jersey Wedding Photographer…

  You might remember this beautiful couple from their engagement shoot at the Brooklyn Bridge earlier this year.  Well, only months later they were married in a beautiful, multi-faith ceremony in East Hanover, NJ.  The bride was just stunning, resembling Carrie Underwood, in her Enzoani dress and hot red shoes. This couple did their first…

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Written by Melissa on August 22, 2011

Angus and Jennifer Are Married, Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer…

  Finally, Rudy’s parents are legit!!  For those of you not familiar with Rudy, peek HERE.   There was NO doubt that the day was HOT, nothing went off 100% on the timeline, but I can say, the day was wonderful, the bride was gorgeous and the party was on!!    The wedding itself itself took place…

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Written by Melissa on July 13, 2011

Published, Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer…

I am so excited to announce that Surprise Photography has been featured in the Design Aglow “Creative Posing Guide For Brides,” Inspire Me Cards.  Over a 1,000 photos were entered, 82 were chosen and 2 were mine!   The list of photographers featured in this publication are just amazing artiest and I am grateful and…

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Written by Melissa on June 18, 2011

Jenn and Ryan E-Session, Connecticut Wedding Photographer…

  I am super excited about working with this couple.  Not only because they are so darn cute together but because I went to college with the bride.  I spent 4 years with her at Southern and now I get to be with her as she celebrates such an important day in her life.  For…

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Written by Melissa on June 17, 2011

Mike and Jenn Are Married, Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer…

  I originally met this couple last summer when I was so pregnant, my stomach entered the door about a minute before the rest of my body did.   We shot their engagement session last fall at Lake Minnewaska.   That day was such a blast, all we did was goof off, play in some really…

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Written by Melissa on May 25, 2011

Ultimate Family, Hudson Valley Engagement Photographer…

  Why do I call this couple the “Ultimate Family?”  Well, this is my 3rd time photographing them, and not my last.  A couple years back I was invited by mother of the groom to come to her home for some pictures of her family in front of the fireplace.  It was a cold January…

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Written by Melissa on May 10, 2011

Robert & Cristina E-Session, Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer…

  I recently met up with Robert and Cristina in Central Park for their engagement session.  I have to say, my clients are picking some great spots to do their shoots.  Not that Central Park hasn’t seen its share photoshoots, but for me, it is a new playground.  It was my first time really getting…

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Written by Melissa on May 7, 2011

Featured, Hudson Valley Boudoir Photographer…

  Once again I was honored to be featured on Best Hudson Valley Weddings Ever.  Boudoir, done SP style, is for any woman, of any age, any size, any comfort level. Trust me, your significant other will love you only more for it!  


Written by Melissa on May 5, 2011

Natasha & Matthew, Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer…

  Finally, after 2 years of shooting weddings I finally shot one right here in Poughkeepsie.  Not that I don’t mind the traveling  around, but after working an 13 hour day, a 10 minute drive home is pretty sweet.  With the weather being so on and off, you never knew what kind of weather April…

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Written by Melissa on March 30, 2011

Boudoir, Hudson Valley Boudoir Photographer…

  A couple of years ago, I did a meet up with bunch of photog friends from across the country, at  Kristen Kalps studio  in Philadelphia, PA.  There I got my first peek at Kylene Cleaver working her boudoir magic.  Over the past 2 years I watched her, through the wonderful world of the internet, …

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Written by Melissa on March 22, 2011

Lauren & Scott-Engagement, New York Wedding Photographer…

  I always talk about how much I love my clients, especially when they spread the love and refer me to friends and family.  I can’t thank them enough for it.  Lauren and Scott were one of those fabulous couples referred to me, by some of my favorite clients, to photograph their August wedding.  This…

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Written by Melissa on March 9, 2011

Red Hot, Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer…

  I am so excited to be featured once again on the Best Hudson Valley Weddings Ever website.  I loved this wedding, I loved the bride and groom, I loved the whole day.  Thank you BHVWE! Check out the whole blog post HERE.  


Written by Melissa on January 10, 2011

Surprise Photography, Best of 2010

Digging through my three different hard drives, I 1) can’t believe how fast this year went by and 2) feel so luck to have had such a wonderful year. Each year seems to get bigger and better, I hope this never ends. I am so lucky to have had such a wonderful group of clients…

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Written by Melissa on January 2, 2011

Katrina And Luis, Westchester Wedding Photographer…

From the moment I met Katrina in my studio, we just clicked.  She is a lovely woman with an awesome personality.  When I met Luis for the first time, we joked about his love for the Yankees and my dislike for them.  In a dinner meeting before the wedding, we chatted like old friends and…

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Written by Melissa on October 26, 2010

Maureen and Kierran’s Wedding, Milford, Connecticut…

I went to school in New Haven, and still consider it one of my homes.  Although I no longer do what I went to school for, I wouldn’t trade my years there for nothing.  While in school I earned my keep by working for Outback Steakhouse in Orange.  I met some of the best people…

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Written by Melissa on October 23, 2010

Amber and Graham’s Wedding, 10-10-10…

It should be wrong to have as much fun as I had shooting this wedding, and get paid for it.  I worked with a very talented second shooter, DJ, and my favorite videographer crew.  It was like a mini reunion for me walking in the front door of the bridal location, since I have photographed…

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Written by Melissa on October 15, 2010

More Cow Bell…

Amber and Graham are married!!!  More photos, and lots of cow bell, to come…


Written by Melissa on October 15, 2010

Jennifer and Mike, E-Session…

From the moment Jenn and I talked on the phone to discuss her upcoming wedding, we hit it right off.  We were joking, laughing, and chatting like old friends. So of course I was thrilled when they booked me for their 2011 wedding.  Engagement sessions are great in the sense that you both get to…

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Written by Melissa on October 4, 2010

For The Holidays, Ornament Cards…

New this holiday season, ornament cards.  For those who like something a little bit different and are trying to upstage their holiday card from the year before. These cards are 5×5 round and are printed on a fine art linen paper.  Holiday sessions are fully booked, but these cards will be available as announcements, save…

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Written by Melissa on September 27, 2010

Katrina and Luis, E-Shoot…

Whenever I go out to shoot, or am planning an up coming shoot, I love looking for fresh new grounds. I always have my eye out, scouting for future reference.  I do repeat shoots at fun locations, but once a spot becomes overused, I get bored and tend to avoid it like the plague.  Last…

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Written by Melissa on July 23, 2010

Photo Feature…

A couple weeks back I photographed a wedding at The Club House at Patriot Hills.  A couple weeks after posting a sneak peek on my blog, one of their representatives gave me a ring and asked if they could use a couple of my photos on their new site.  Uh, YEAH!!!!   Just checked out their…

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Written by Melissa on July 16, 2010

Trash The Dress, Part 2…

Two brides+two looks= a lot of photos.  I had to split up the blog post due to the huge amount of photos I took, and the fact that I had some much fun going through them all.   My 2nd bride was so sweet and just a blast to work with.  She actually came in…

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Written by Melissa on July 14, 2010

Trash The Dress, Part 1…

So this was the big weekend in which we “Trashed The Dress.”  I can’t tell you how much fun this was.  Things moved so smoothly and some of the things that happened while shooting, only made the day even better.  I worked with a GREAT GREAT team this weekend and I can’t thank them enough…

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Written by Melissa on July 6, 2010

Margaret & Scott, The Clubhouse at Patriot Hills Golf Club…

I am a little behind on posting this blog post from this fantastic wedding I shot last Saturday.  After I downloaded all the cards, holy photos!!!  It took me some time to weed through them all pick some of my favorites and I am not sure I included them all. I originally met Margaret and…

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Written by Melissa on June 27, 2010

Margaret And Scott Are Married…

Congratulations to Margaret and Scott.  Thank you for inviting me to be apart of your special day.  Full blog post to come!


Written by Melissa on June 25, 2010

Time To Vote, Trash The Dress…

Time to vote for who’s dress we are going to “Trash.”  The winner will win an artistic photoshoot with Surprise Photography,  make-up and hair done by the LaV Beauty team and Sarah Schappach of  Bella Luci Salon and accessories by Tracy Williams of my SIS designs.  Polls are open until June 30th.  Please only vote…

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Written by Melissa on March 26, 2010

Feature On Best Hudson Valley Weddings Ever…

Last summer I finally started shooting weddings.  I did a small handful of beautiful events from the Bronx, all the way  up  to Boston.   This past week, one of my summer weddings was featured on Best Hudson Valley Weddings Ever!  I was thrilled they picked one of my weddings to feature on my blog.  I…

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Written by Melissa on March 11, 2010

What’s In The Box?…

For one of my brides, it is the ultimate keepsake, her wedding album.  Fresh off the presses, this beautiful album arrived on my door step this afternoon.  All my wedding albums are done flush mount style, meaning no loss in the crease.  There are a plethora of album cover options to choose from, including leather…

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Written by Melissa on January 14, 2010

New E-Album…

Introducing a great new line of engagement albums available though Surprise Photography.  These flush mount albums pages are are printed on  Art Watercolor paper and adhered to heavy black cardstock.  This allows each spread to lay flat with a thick and rigid look and feel. Pages are printed as full spreads and not cut so…

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Written by Melissa on January 6, 2010

Mike and Priscilla’s Wedding- Boston, MA

When I was asked to shoot a wedding up in Boston on New Year’s Day, there was no twisting my arm.  I am a New Englander at heart and Fenway Park is one of my favorite places in the world, about 3 steps below Maui 😉   Mike is my husbands fraternity brother and we have…

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Written by Melissa on January 3, 2010

Happy New Year…

There’s nothing like starting off the New Year with a wedding.  Congratulations to Mike and Priscilla who were married at Foster’s Pavilion in the Boston Harbor. More pictures to come….


Written by Melissa on November 22, 2009

Margaret & Scott-Engaged…

I was a lucky gal to spend the afternoon with a  super sweet, young couple in love.  I swear I could see little hearts in the specks of their eyes.  We were originally set to shoot at the Poughkeepsie Train station main entrance, but big orange barriers and construction put a stop to that.  Lucky…

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Written by Melissa on October 5, 2009

Kevin and Ling, Mohonk Moutain House…

You have to love a wedding, especially when it is a wedding of a dear friend.? The combination of Mohonk Mountain House, 70 degree weather, as well as a beautiful bride, only helped make the day even more wonderful.? Sunday was a very special day for my friend Kevin and his new lovely bride Ling….

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Written by Melissa on September 8, 2009

Erin and Jacob’s Wedding-Oakham, Ma

Those who attending the wedding of Erin and Jacob, were apart of? a true treat.? This is one of the most fun and organic weddings I have ever been apart of.? And I can honestly say, of all the weddings I have been to in my life, I have never seen a bride who glowed?…

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Written by Melissa on September 7, 2009

So In Love…

For Erin and Jacob:? Your wedding was just spectacular and? I was truly honored to be apart of it.? You got a sneak peek at the wedding, but you have to wait another day for a couple more ;)? In the mean time, enjoy one another!


Written by Melissa on August 31, 2009

Jen and Tim, Hastings-On-Hudson…

This has to be one of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen.? I am not just saying that because she is a friend of mine, but she just glows happiness and gorgeousness.??? I first met Jen when we worked together? several years ago, when I was an exercise physiologist.? I believe I had…

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Written by Melissa on August 30, 2009

Jen and Tim, A Teaser…

I had a fantastic time shooting this wedding down in Hastings-On-Hudson today.? Jen is not only one of my favorite blog stalkers, but a former co-worker.? I was very honored to be apart of? their special day.? I have WAY too many photos to shift through, so here is a teaser to last them until…

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Written by Melissa on August 23, 2009

Kelly and Derek’s Wedding, Brooklyn…

It was a beautiful, but hot, day in the city yesterday.?? I was thrilled for Kelly and Derek that the weather held out since the weather reports for the weekend were not looking all that great.? The rain and thunderstorms stayed to the north while it was dry but humid in the city.? I met…

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Written by Melissa on August 23, 2009

Just One…

I had the trill of shooting a wedding in Brooklyn yesterday.? I have some many great photos to filter though, but for now I wanted to share a sweet one of this ultra stylish bride and her new hubby.? More later 😉