Category Archives: Personal

Join me in Nashville for Inspired 2015 Presented by Amber Housley.

EEEeekkkkkkk I’m so honored and excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at Inspired 2015!!! I have the opportunity to talk about something that is really close to my heart – Passion, Beliefs and Ignoring the Naysayers. Here’s a little snippet:

“I want you to know it’s okay to follow your heart and stick to your beliefs. I want you to stop judging yourself and know that it’s okay to be scared. I want you to know that success looks different for every person. I want you to be confident in your decisions and ignore the naysayers. I want you to know that YOU ARE ENOUGH.”Alexis June Weddings You Are Enough.jpg

Join me for this session and we’ll touch on each of those points plus talk about investing in your dreams, setting goals and pursing your passions. If you are a heart driven designer, maker, shop owner, blogger, photographer and artist you do not want to miss the goodness going on at beautiful Evins Mill!

REGISTER NOW AND RECEIVE $200 OFF BY USING THE CODE: ALEXISJUNE

I would LOVE to see you there!!!
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TRAVEL: Vermont or Bust | Alexis June Weddings | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer

I’m on the road again – this time to Vermont to photograph Emily and Brendan’s wedding. It’s going to be a beautiful backyard affair set in the Northeast Kingdom, next to a brook and full of love. If you want to see the gorgeousness, I’ll be posting a few sneak peeks on Facebook and Instagram. You’re not going to want to miss this one! And because you can’t have a post without a picture – here’s a look (post coming soon) into our travels to Maine a couple of weeks ago. Happy Friday loves – let’s make it a good one!
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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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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:

PERSONAL: Finding Cold Spring | Published in Hearth Magazine

“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.