anthony messina was an incredible violinist & an italian gentleman & the most wonderful grandfather.


my grandmother & grandfather were married for sixty years….after my grandmother passed away, anthony was set up on a blind date with mae through his church….a couple of years later mae & anthony were married in new mexico…it was such a honor to photograph my grandfather’s wedding and this very sweet and intimate part of my family’s lives….you are never too old to fall in love….


this beautiful wedding was featured in martha stewart weddings several years ago…and will be a feature on junebug very soon…so keep an eye out….junebug will be showing many more images….


my grandfather is no longer with us…these photos will always be near & dear to my heart…
love is limitless…..xoxoxo

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kara corridan is an incredible woman….she is the executive editor of both elegant bride magazine & modern bride magazine….she is also the mother of two beautiful little girls, julia & lila….somehow she manages to balance her demanding work schedule & motherhood….and does so with such grace….kara comes from a large loving family….perhaps its the close bond she has with her four sisters, that keeps her in good spirits…she seems to always have a smile on her face…how lucky her little girls are to have her….it is with great joy, i share these beautiful images of julia, kara’s oldest daughter….as well as beautiful kiss & tell, through the eyes of an amazing & inspirational mother….


kiss & tell….

“Both times I called my mom to tell her that the child I had just given birth to was a girl, she said the same thing: “I’m so glad you have a daughter.” I’m one of four sisters, so I know the bond my girls will have as they get older. And I hope that Julia, now 3 1/2, and Lila, 7 months, will always show me the sweet affection they do now. Julia’s got a seriously independent streak but still loves her “snuggle time.” These days she’s taken to crawling into bed with me, after my husband leaves for work and before my alarm goes off. She tries to lie quietly, but after a few seconds starts stroking my cheek. (She’s got a very delicate touch for a 3-year-old.) Then she leans in for a kiss, and my day begins. “

-kara corridan

love your daughters…love your mothers…love yourself….xoxoxo

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a lovely workshop
would not have been possible without the tenacious efforts of rosemary….she was the lovely little string that held all of our creative ideas together…..her natural attention to detail was a wonderful addition to the planning of our day….a good event planner is so very important….

rosemary made detailed timelines for myself & all of the collaborators….these timelines allowed me to focus on the beauty & creative aspects of the day…her organization was such a blessing….a gift….


as a lovely workshop evolved rosemary was there every step of the way…she was amazing…..



i am so thankful for the tireless efforts rosemary made and realize how vital an event planner is for any event or wedding…there are so many variables…so many unpredictable elements….its wonderful to have someone to focus on the practical necessities….so that i could focus on the attendees & making beautiful images….and so you can focus on getting married & enjoying your beautiful family….


thank you rosemary….xoxo

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family heirlooms are lovely treasures….full of history & meaning….there are some things that are passed down from generation to generation that have indescribable beauty….i love this doll….it belonged to the little girls grandmother….not only will the doll continue to be an important part of her family’s history as she grows up….but now, so will this photograph….life is sweet & beautiful….xoxo

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a feast just wouldn’t be complete without something sweet…..gabrielle from cake coquette
created the most amazing red velvet wedding cake…..the design details on the cake were inspired
by some of the designs that viola had incorporated into the printed materials….& the color was
inspired by kiss the groom…the cake topper was the very crown i used on my wedding cake… 

we also had the most amazing wonderful fantastic chocolates….dennis from coco delice made some
rustic dark chocolate truffles to go along side the red velvet cake….i must confess, i do believe these
were the most delicious luscious truffles i have ever had….they were a perfect compliment to cake….


after a beautiful day of photography & secrets….we all sat down for a final discussion & indulged in
gabrielle’s beautiful red velvet cake….with coffee & smiles…as the rain gently fell from the sky….. 

may you someday soon have the pleasure of red velvet cake & dark chocolate truffles….xoxo

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the chefs at the kenwood inn created an amazing feast for the lovely attendees….


here’s the actual menu created by viola @ chewing the cud….each name was written by
hand at the top by xandra @ xyz ink…and the food, oh the food, was simply deliciouso…

my personal favorites were the whole sea bass & the goat cheese & beet salad


when we approached the table, everyone took turns taking photographs of the incredible decor
& fantastic spread….then i asked the attendees to put down their cameras & enjoy the feast…. 


sharing food is such an important part of weddings & life….boun appetito!

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