PERSONAL: Pep Talk Tuesday | Santa Barbara, CA | Alexis June Weddings | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer

I’ve had the privilege of traveling to a few AMAZING places this year. Santa Barbara being one of them and I can’t help thinking about the moment I took this image and how I was feeling. But, not about how the sand felt between my toes or the fresh ocean breeze blowing in my face, but how I REALLY felt.

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I moved to NYC not even two years ago and it has been one wild and crazy ride. I still have those ‘OMG I LIVE IN NEW YORK FREAKING CITY’ moments. Yes, STILL. I don’t know if those will ever stop or end, but I do know that although things get to be overwhelming or discouraging – I am in charge of my own destiny. I am the only one responsible for my life and loves I am far from perfect. Sometimes it’s not pretty, but it is what it is. You live and learn and move forward.

Okay now I’m rambling…

I was talking to one of friends about staying inspired and working on more personal projects. I’ve recently started to shoot film again which I’m incredibly passionate about. There’s just something about connecting with the person in front of the camera without the added distraction. I’ll post on that later, but the point of Pep Talk Tuesday is to share a little inspiration. A little something, something I stumbled upon today that I just HAD TO SHARE!

If you know or have seen my posts on Instagram or Facebook you know I’m a quote lover. During the day when I’m at home editing I listen to random things on YouTube – I came across this one from Lara Jade. She’s amazing, right? Here a few points from her talk, all very true, all great things to remember and something we can not forget, not even for one day.

- LIVE WITH GRATITUDE
- SELF WORTH
- LOOK DEEPER
- LET GO OF FEAR
- DON’T COMPETE
- BE OPEN TO COLLABORATION

It’s not even four minutes long – go, listen, watch and be INSPIRED.
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MARRIED: Kaitlin + Bryan | Long Beach Island Wedding, New Jersey

I’m sitting here editing the final images for Kaitlin + Bryan’s Long Beach Island Wedding and can’t get over all of the details. Kaitlin thought of absolutely everything and their wedding day was perfection! Here are a few sneak peeks from their special day – from her dress to the bouquets and even the cake – she seriously thought of everything and you don’t want to miss it!
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ENGAGEMENT: Matt + Liz | Snowy Central Park Engagement Session, NYC

I had so much fun shooting Matt + Liz’s engagement session – it was two hours of non-stop laughing, snow ball fights and hiking around Central Park. They are so in love, so relaxed and it was a perfect day to just be outside and enjoy the park. Liz’s laugh is infectious and I can still hear it through these images. Matt is a gentle giant and the way he looks at Liz is beautiful.

Today is their wedding day. It’s a small intimate affair in the Hudson Valley filled with lots of personal touches and I couldn’t be more excited to capture their love story!
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It was the perfect snowy Central Park engagement session!! Seriously loves!! :) 2014-03-30_0032.jpg

Who doesn’t love a good snow ball fight? It was perfect!
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This girl!! Her laugh, her smile. Ahhhhh I love my job!
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And Matt – he’s looking at Liz in the image on the right. Do you see how he’s looking at her? Swooning!
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COUPLE’S SESSION: Eric + Jessica | Fall Session in Central Park

This was the perfect fall session in Central Park. I seriously can’t get over the colors! :) I first met Jessica, the editor of The Budget Savvy Bride, at a Martha Stewart event in March 2012 – she’s was living in Nashville and I was living in Salt Lake City. Little did we know that by the end of that year we’d both be living in New York City. Thank you Jessica and Eric for letting me capture your love story!
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PERSONAL: Finding Cold Spring | Published in Hearth Magazine

I believe everyone has a story and it should be told. I haven’t shared this on my blog yet because the experience was so personal and I just couldn’t put it into words. Here is the article I wrote along with a few images that were published in Hearth Magazine, Volume 1:

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“I fell in love with Cold Spring, New York the moment I drove into this small quaint town on the Hudson River. The tree-lined main street is sprinkled with red and white flags and contains the most amazing antique shops I’ve ever seen. They have anything and everything you could ever think you want and more. It would take days to go through the trinkets and treasures, but the best part of this town is not what you’ll find but the people that you’ll meet.

It was a beautiful April day and the morning started off like any other Saturday road trip. I thought I’d start at the bottom of main street and work my way up to see what I could find, after all you have to pace yourself, right?

I was walking by one of the shops and I saw this man out straightening the artwork he had displayed in front of his store and something told me ‘you need to go in and talk to him’. Little did I know, I was about to hear a beautiful story of a man who loved his wife and the antiques she collected.

Paul De Rienzo is one of those people that you hope you meet in life. He’s a great storyteller with a gentle spirit and has an infectious smile. I could have listened to him for hours.”

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“… He has been the owner of Nelsonville Antiques for more than 20 years.

He told me of how he married his wife Gizella in 1955 and moved to Yonkers, NY, of how they had three children in two years and about his travels around the world as a nuclear engineer. As he pointed to everything from jewelry to furniture and the artwork on the wall, he told the story.

‘She was the collector,’ Paul said. ‘This is all her, Gizella was a lover of pretty things, of unique pieces that told a story.’
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“She would often accompany him on trips. On a trip to Egypt, instead of going back to the hotel after a long day of work, he went to find his wife at one of the shops. He knew should would be there; she always was. He found her with a pieces of silver laid out across the counter talking prices with the shop owner.

‘She was asking the owner, can you do any better? That is a sign of a good collector,’ Paul said…”
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“They eventually opened Nelsonville Antiques, their very own shop where Gizella would sell her treasures. This was just one of the memories he shared about his wife that day, Gizella passed away in 2009, but he still continues to drive to Cold Spring to work in the shop that they built together and to share the pieces she collected.

He does this for her, his love.

What started off as a typical Saturday day trip ended up being anything but ordinary. You never know whom you will meet and the stories you’ll hear when you let yourself.”
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When I think of Paul and his love story I can’t help buy well up with tears. Even to this day, almost a year later, I’m still moved. You never know who you’re going to meet. You never know how it can change someone. Life is about living and loving.
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Paul De Rienzo is the owner of Nelsonville Antiques and has been a part of the community since 1990 when he and his wife Gizella opened the store. Nelsonville Antiques is located at 81 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY 10516.

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: L’Oasis Floral Design | NYC

One of my favorite New York City Wedding Vendors to work with is Laurence from L’Oasis Floral Design. She is amazing to work with and oh so talented. I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate on several occasions and the pieces she creates are simply jaw dropping. The flowers look almost edible they’re so delicious! I’m not even kidding! :) I photographed these stunning arrangements as part of the L’Oasis Exclusive Line. Couples you must work with her – you will not be disappointed!
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You can see more gorgeous work here.

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ANNIVERSARY SHOOT: Jeff + Nancy | Meatpacking District + High Line

What an honor and a privilege to be able to capture Jeff and Nancy’s love story. These two met at Stanford and were married two years ago in San Francisco, but they call and consider NYC home. I can’t think of a better way to spend your anniversary and connect again as a couple!

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Photography: Brandi Schaffran-Webb of ALEXIS JUNE WEDDINGS // Dress: RANIA HATOUM // 
Hair: STYLES ON B // Makeup: NICOLE SIEVERS MAKEUP ARTISTRY // Floral: L’OASIS FLORAL DESIGN // Venue: Meatpacking District + High Line NYC

As seen on: Le Magnifique

{Personal} A month ago… and some good stuff.

A month ago my feet were in the snow in Norway and later today they will be in the sand in California. It’s so crazy how time flies and things change. The last three weeks I’ve been playing catch up and prepping for my two week trip to Santa Barbara, Salt Lake City and Austin.

I’m a lot nervous and a little scared, but more than anything I feel completely blessed. First up is United – it’s a photography conference all about connecting and growing together while serving others. How amazing is that loves – seriously! SERVING OTHERS!! It’s what I base my business off of and what I try to do every day. While I’ve been to conferences before, I’ve never been to one filled with 300+ photographers. Can you say OVERWHELMING… Ahhhh! I’m trying not to freak myself out, but this group is some of the best in the industry. Say a little prayer for me that I’m not hiding out in my hotel room the entire time.

After United I head to Salt Lake City for a few days for meetings and photo shoots with some of my favorite peeps. I haven’t been there in well over a year so I’m not expecting much sleep. Well, I don’t think I’ll sleep for two weeks, but you know. It is what it is and I’m doing what I love! There’s going to be so much gorgeous-ness going on – I can’t wait!!

Then I head to Austin for some more meetings and a shoot for Hearth Magazine. Maybe, I’ll sleep in Austin, just maybe. :) It’s going to be a whirlwind trip filled with lots of craziness, but it will be so worth it. Thank goodness for modern technology – I’ll get to talk and see to my babes every day.

There are also some great partnerships and features coming up in the next month that I can’t wait to share with you! And I promise more on Norway and my trip out West. For now I leave you with another peek into one of the most magical things I’ve ever seen – The Northern Lights. xo

{Personal} Dreaming of Norway – Oslo, Bergen and Tromsø

I love to travel and can’t get enough of it. When I was in the military I moved so many times I can’t even count – from Texas to Maryland back to Texas to Guam and then Germany and finally Utah. It was an amazing ride, but since then I haven’t traveled as much as I would like.

Well that’s all about to change – today I leave for NORWAY!!!!! I’m jumping up and down crazy excited, screaming from the rooftops! Ya’ll it’s one week in a magical winter wonderland aka a REAL snow globe. It’s a dream come true and even better yet I get to photograph Marte + Eirik’s engagement session in beautiful Bergen!

I like to call this image – ‘The light at the end of the tunnel’, taken in Cold Spring, NY // December 2013

If you want to follow along my Scandinavian journey be sure to check out my Instagram feed – @AlexisJuneWed. And here’s to traveling a lot MORE this year – so far Santa Barbara in February, Austin and Salt Lake City in March and Las Vegas in September. Who’s with me? And if you’re not located in NYC, but looking for a wedding photographer – I have my passport and will most certainly travel! Italy, Ireland or Bali anyone?

Spring Bridal Inspiration / Brooklyn Botanic Gardens – Crown Heights, Brooklyn / New York City + Destination Wedding Photographer

These images take me back to sunnier skies and cherry blossoms. Spring in New York City is magical and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an amazing backdrop for a bridal inspiration shoot. Simple details, a gorgeous dress and beautiful light – this is all you need lovies, this is all you need!

How do you envision your bridal bouquet? Would you go with something as simple as a single protea?

I hope these images warm you up a bit and have you thinking about beauty that is just around the corner.
 

Venue: Brooklyn Botanical Gardens // Hair & Makeup: Sabrina Gilbert //
Dress: Sarah Jassir for Angelique Bridal // Flowers: Karma Flowers // Hair Accessories: Hushed Commotion
Model: Rachel M. // Styling: Ashley Espinal of Dulce Dreams Events

This shoot was featured on Wedding Chicks and you can see more of it here.