Ashley and Paolo's Wedding / Franklin Plaza Ballroom / Albany Wedding Photographer
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Friday, May 16, 2014
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Our first wedding of the 2014 is officialy on the blog! Ashley and Paolo had an amazing day; you are going to love these images!

I first want to share an image from their Engagement Session with us last year. We met up with them in Lake George on a very hot, humid summer day. It was so much fun! We had to postpone their session more than once because of rain, but we finally just decided to go for it rain or shine! Here is one of my favorites from their session.
beautiful engagement photo at sunset on lake george

Let's talk about the wedding! :) Both Ashley and Paolo had a great group of people in their wedding party AND amazing families. It was a fun day, and I felt like we fit right in.

The week prior called for threats of rain for that Saturday, so Ashley and I prepared for it with umbrellas and a couple of back up plans. Thankfully, the rain didn't start really coming down until we were on our way to the Franklin Plaza for the reception. 

Here's a few of the pro's that helped to make this day special:
Hair: Tips In Toga (Jessica Armer)
Makeup: Color Bar Studio
Bridal Gown: Angela's Bridal
Men's Attire: Pat's Men's Shop Formalwear and Tailoring
Floral Arrangements: Central Market Florist
Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
Reception Venue: 
Franklin Plaza Ballroom
Reception Music: Cool Cat Entertainment (Steve and Nick)
Wedding Cake: Villa Italia

We started off our day with Ashely and her girls getting ready at her mother's house. Check out some of the details....
photo of wedding rings on a piano

photo of wedding rings on a piano

unique wedding ring photo

close up photo of calla lily bridal boquet, bridal garter, something blue

wedding dress detail, beautiful bridal pearl earrings

photo of white wedding shoes, photo of something blue

angela's bridal wedding gown

wedding dress details, purple wedding shoes

Ashley got all of her bridesmaids this beautiful gift - loved it! 
By the way, this is Ilma, she is one of Paolo's sweet sisters. They are a great group of people. Ilma will be making another cameo appearance later in the blog... :)
great idea for bridesmaid gift

albany wedding photographer, jessica painter photography

albany wedding photographer, jessica painter photography

albany wedding photographer, jessica painter photography

Time to get ready! Love this shot of Ashley and her mom! 
photo of bride getting ready with her mom

wedding gown details

None of the bridesmaids had seen Ashley's dress yet, so we did a little reveal with them. Love this shot!
fun first look idea with bridesmaids

Gorgeous!
beautiful up close photos of a bride

Not my usual style, but I love how this one came out!
intimate photo of bride before going into church, photo of bride in limousine

Off to the church to tie the knot!
beautiful wedding program design idea

photo of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

unity candle for wedding ceremony

photo of bride walking down aisle with her father

groom seeing bride for the first time

black and white ceremony photo

black and white ceremony photo

photo of bride and groom saying vows

exchanging rings in a church

happy photo of bride and groom in church

Ashley's mother is a music teacher and a very good flutist!
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bride and groom lighting unity candle

bride and groom first kiss

albany wedding photographer, jessica painter photography

Congrats you two!
After some family shots at the church, we headed off to Union College for photos.
bride and groom toasting in limousine

photo of a large bridal party

cute photo of bride with bridesmaids

cute photo of bride showing off her shoes

beautiful photo of a bride and her bridesmaids

photo of handsome groomsmen

Photobomb! Told you Ilma would be back. Love these! :)
funny photo of a bridesmaid photobomb

fun shot of the groomsmen

Goofballs. :)groomsmen being goofy in photos

fun wedding party photo

Gorgeous Ashley!
beautiful photo of a bride

romantic photo of bride and groom

beautiful photo of bride and groom

romantic photo of bride and groom kissing

beautiful spring photo of a bride and groom

romantic photo of a bride and groom in the spring

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photo of bride and groom dancing outside

romantic bride and groom dancing photo

candid bride and groom spring photo

Storm clouds were rolling in!photo of bride and groom with rain clouds

beautiful spring bride and groom photo

bride and groom beneath an umbrella

Just as we left for Franklin Plaza it downpoured! But, Mother Nature was kind to us, and held off for a few quick moments so we could get to the roof for a couple more shots.
facade of The Franklin Plaza

wedding party photo with a great view

bride and groom kissing

We met up with Nick and Steve of Cool Cat for the reception. They were such a blast to work with!
Franklin Plaza looked amazing that night!
photo of The Franklin Plaza Ballroom

photo of The Franklin Plaza Ballroom, wedding cake

beautiful wedding cake, Villa Italia wedding cake

photo of the bridal head table

beautiful bridal toasting glasses

custom menu cards for a wedding reception

unique wedding favor idea

floral bridal reception centerpieces

candle wedding reception centerpieces

Franklin Plaza now has sparklers that go off when the bride and groom are introduced. Love it!
albany wedding photographer, jessica painter photography

albany wedding photographer, jessica painter photography

Cool Cat always does what is called a Party-Starter dance. This crowd was easy - lots of people on the floor!
wedding reception party starter idea

:)funny dancing reception photo

bride and groom first dance photo

romantic bride and groom first dance

black and white first dance photo

bride and groom cake cutting photo

Love Ashley's dance with dad while mom looks on in the background.photo of bride dancing with her father

photo of groom dancing with his mother

The rest of the night was a blast, and I could seriously go on and on with this blog, but I'm just going to share a couple more and then save the rest for Ashley and Paolo to share.
This photo of is Paolo's grandparents. Such awesome people!
grandparents having fun at a wedding reception

This guy has some serious moves.funny reception dance photos

photo of bride and groom dancing at their recpetion

One last shot of Ashley and Paolo. Congrats again guys; thank you so much for trusting us to capture your special day!unique night shot of the bride and groom

Ashley and Paolo will have a full gallery of their images available through the VIP section of our website soon. 

Please feel free to post a comment and leave some love for this couple!

Thanks for visiting our blog! 

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jolene - TOTALLY AWESOME PICTURES WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY THIS WAS FOR THEM.