It’s a cozy day here in Central New York, the snow is lightly falling, and I’m sitting by the fire editing and putting together this beautiful story. I really am THRILLED to share these two with you today!
Hajar and Mike found my work online and she gave me a call looking for wedding portraits, and I could just tell she had such kindness in her voice. And it was so special to have the opportunity to document Hajar and Mike’s story. They met a few years ago in Syracuse, New York, and decided to marry this November! You can just tell in spending any amount of time with these two that they have a lot of fun together, and ask Hajar said, “we’re not serious people.” And I LOVED that!
They haven’t yet been able to share their marriage with their families, as Hajar’s family is international and hasn’t been able to yet travel to the US. So it was even more special to document not only their love, but their commitment to each other, so they will always remember their marriage, and spending this romantic time of year together as husband and wife
When we spoke about locations, Hajar wanted to do some photographs inside and some outside – and totally gave me the creative freedom to work! I was able to find a really sweet spot for indoor photos, The Lodge at Welch Allyn in Skaneateles. It was decorated SO beautifully for Christmas, with trees, poinsettias and lights everywhere. I LOVED the rustic, warm feel of their venue as well as the open windows for lighting. It really was gorgeous, and so was the outside deck and surrounding property! We had so much fun photographing portraits there and it really got these two in the Christmas spirit
Then, if that wasn’t beautiful enough, we went to downtown Skaneateles which was also decorated for Christmas! We took photos by the waterfront, and then immediately saw people dressed as characters from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” walking around in full costume and character. Hajar wanted to take photos with some of the characters, and one of them even let us use her Christmas jingle bell to take an epic ring shot!! We strolled onto the pier with a Christmas tree at the end, and it was the perfect spot to end our afternoon together!
I just LOVED getting to spend time with these two, enjoy their deep love and their fun and bright spirits – it was such an honor to document this time in their lives.
I hope you love Hajar and Mike’s story as I do!
Oh and this was just the beginning! Her smile lights up the whole room!
Love that one on the right!
This fireplace was so cozy
Ahh love love these! These lights and decor were just PERFECT.
I just had to put up this silly one because this is so the essence of them!!
Love these too!
Such gorgeous stone work, loved these!
If you thought it couldn’t get more romantic…just wait…
A favorite! LOVE!
My other favorite! Love this joy so much!
You couldn’t even tell it was cold they were smiling so much!
How gorgeous is this setting?! So romantic!
This RING shot!! Omg love!
The Charles Dickens characters were so cute! That lady in the middle is the one who let us use her bell for the ring photo
LOVE this too! This tree on the pier with them…wow.
The perfect ending to their afternoon!