Hoppily Ever After at Ommegang Brewery

About a year and a half ago, I got the sweetest little email from Katie telling me all about her Ommegang Brewery wedding. Katie and Joe are what we call a #CraftCouple- they love craft beer and love exploring different brewery on their adventures together. On a trip with their friends they visited Ommegang Brewery and up on top of the hill Joe got down on one knee and asked Katie the most exciting question ever. She of course said yes and they put the gears in motion to plan their perfect day. Clearly Ommegang was going to be the best venue and everything came full circle to the place where they started! We had such an amazing day – the air was brisk and the fall leaves were just starting to waive hello! Katie was a simply stunning bride who made everyone (her Dad and Joe included) tear up when they saw her. I also love how connected this wedding was! Joe designed out the perfect initiation pack (and amazing table cards), and they were married by a close family friend! We loved being a part of this beautiful day and wish you both a lifetime of happiness!


















































































































































































































Right  at this spot, Joe got down on one knee and asked Katie to be his wife!












































































































































Venue: Ommegang Brewery
Catering:Ommegang Brewery
Photography: YTK Photography + Film by Katherine Wright and Jaclyn Kohler
DJ: Mark LaValley
Hair + MU: Upstate Beauty (Amy + Jessica)
Dress: David’s Bridal
Invitations: Designed by Joe Our Groom!
Flowers: Patrick Langone

Sweet Stablegate Barn + Winery Wedding

Every now and then, we have the pleasure of capturing such special days for people who are close to us. This day was filled with many wonderful, familiar faces as I (Jess) was able to watch and photograph someone who is like a little sister to me tie the knot. It was very emotional!

Kelly + Kris had a beautiful, intimate ceremony on Kinderhook Lake a few weeks ago in her Uncle’s backyard, right on the water. After a very sweet exchanging of vows, the party headed over to Stablegate Barn and Winery to celebrate. This was my first time shooting here and I just loved the charm of the barn, the gorgeous farm land and vineyard.

These two are such a perfect match and so obviously head over heels for each other. At one point during our Bride and Groom portraits, I told them they were gross because they are so mushy with each other. Coming from someone who is constantly surrounded by love and the expression of it, that says a lot. But, being Kelly is family, I had to express that and thank Kris for bringing her such happiness. I can just see just how incredibly elated she is to become husband and wife, and I’m positive everyone present could see and feel it too. Especially after the newlyweds surprised everyone with a choreographed first dance that was phenomenal!

Congratulations Kelly + Kris! We are wishing you a lifetime of happiness and laughter!

 

































Something old + something blue(and bubbly)! It was a really touching moment when Kelly’s mom slipped her Grandmother’s ring on her finger.





























Proud Mama. I love the look on her face.








































































Love this memorial set up on a ladder that belonged to Kelly’s Grandfather.





















They killed their first dance, all that practice really paid off!


































































 












 





 

Photography: Jess Fleurent of YTK Photography + Film

Venue: Stablegate Barn + Winery

Catering: Birch Hill Catering

Florals: Flower Scout

DJ: TNT DJ

Hair + Makeup: Choices Salon

Dress: Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal

Mythical Marriage

“I have waited my whole life to share my adventures with someone… and that wait ended the moment that I met you.”

These were the words that Kyle wrote to Tori just before he saw her for the first time on their (insert all synonym to amazing) wedding day. Adventure, Art, Excitement, Exploring, Travel, Tall Tales  and Dog Tales sum up this couple. Their connection is magnetic and magical. And it all started over a conversation about craft beer. From that moment forward, Tori and Kyle have been inseparable, and so eager to explore the world together. They love to travel to epic places… and IN FACT – they will be making their way down to New Zealand for their honeymoon. They both are big Lord of the Rings fans and we found hobbit size inspiration sprinkled in their wedding mix. Their portrait location was to die for and I felt like I was walking through a scene of Tolkien’s famous books! It was all such mythic magic. Tori – a mega talented artist (check her out Toridoesfineart.com) and bad ass welder looked like a goddess in her stunning custom created Shareen Dress. Talk about a bombshell – Leather straps and kick ass cowboy boots? Yea, I’m in!  Tori thought about every detail and made quite a few of them herself! As did her clever counterpart, Kyle, who built his own photo booth! Both of these guys are super into photography, which is just another reason I feel so lucky and honored to capture their day – Love you guys! – We had a kick ass Troy crew for our vendor line up and it was so epic to collaborate with this team! 

 

























































































































































































































































































































































 





Vendors
Venue: The Hill, Hudson
Catering: B-Rad’s Catering
Ceremony Music: Northland Chamber Ensemble
Reception Music: Jordan Taylor Hill
Photography: YTK Photography + Film, Katherine Wright
Flowers: Flower Scout
 Makeup:  Meghan Kearns
Hair: Steph of Karma Hair Studio
Dress Store: Shareen
Dress Designer: Shareen Mitchell
Shoes: Corral Boots
Photo Booth: Kyle Barolen (Groom)
Invites: Wedding Paper Divas
Programs: Nicole Figueroa (Friend)

Summer in September

When summer decided to show up this year, she waited all the way until the end September to do it. It has been super hot these past few weeks, and a lot of our “fall-ish” couples have been pretty surprised by the climbing temp scale! For this fun Saratoga E-shoot, Sabrina and Jake planned something that was really them, a walk around town to some of their favorite spots and to end at a pub for a few pints. Like so many of our couples, Sabrina and Jake have the best kind of story. You know, where you connect with someone – they become a friendly face but it doesn’t go anywhere until the timing is just right. They started out as friends and then one fateful evening they started chatting, Jake started making Sabrina laugh and he has never stopped since. Saratoga is the place where their relationship developed, so it made perfect since to shoot their engagement photos here! We laughed the ENTIRE time. Jake is so funny and I just love how he makes Sabrina light up! If you didn’t know, Jake has probably made you laugh too… he is the Jake of the Jake and Ashley on Fly 92.3! I just can’t wait for this wedding and had a blast spending the day with you guys! xoxox

















































































Quirky + Candid Kaaterskill Wedding

Jess here! A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of capturing this super fun and offbeat day for Seana + Eli at The Kaaterskill Inn. I always love shooting here and it’s always a blast working with Kate Arel and her team at A Charmed Affair. She planned and coordinated this day perfectly. The weather was unreal for late August, beautiful and not one drop of humidity. Seana + Eli came to the Catskills from NYC for their wedding weekend. Being a creative and quirky couple, they had a bunch of fun twists in store for all of their guests. From a ceremony processional via motorcycle to a pretty intense Rubik’s cube competition, they kept us all on our toes. My favorite was, by far, their first dance- a choreographed tap routine!

I did not have the chance to meet them face to face before the big day, but I instantly felt their love and connection. You can just feel it radiating while they are constantly laughing with each other. It’s safe to say that every one who was a part of this day had an incredible time. Seana looked so stunning in the dress she designed and made with the help of her nephew, which went perfectly with some killer gold Gucci heels. Eli kept me cracking up all day with his amazing sense of humor and animated personality. It was such an enjoyable time and I have had the cheesiest grin on my face while editing their images.

We are wishing you guys a lifetime of happiness and years filled with that contagious laughter you share. Thanks for having me!


















































 













































































 













































    





 

































 













 












The adorable ring bearer blew the Groomsmen out of the water, in less than 3 minutes!
























 

Venue: The Kaaterskill Inn

Photography: Jess Fleurent of YTK Photography + Film

Planning, Design + Coordination: A Charmed Affair

 

Jajja’s Kids – Help us buy a home.

Today – I was able to take a shower, flush a toilet, and drink multiple bottles/glasses of water. In comparison to the global world (and looking at the current status of the communities that were hit with the wrath of the hurricanes) this is a luxury. I have a roof over my head, running water, access to food and health care. This is not the case for most humans in our world.

In Uganda, over 10,000 children are “orphans” and life on the streets – no parents, no caregivers and very few organizations who step in to help. Some children start this life on the streets as young as 4 or 5 years old. Just in perspective – it takes $17 to feed a child in Uganda for a month. Admittedly, I spent that on Coffee this week.

I am sharing this video to raise awareness for Jajja’s Kids – Uganda an organization who is progressively working to step in on this epidemic. This grassroots organization was started by my dear friend, Diane Heilbrunn Reiner of Latham NY. After a fateful trip to Uganda, Diane connected with Ronnie “The King of the Street Kids”. She was so inspired by his compassion and dedication to make a difference that she started what is now Jajja’s Kids.

This is an incredible story of hope and how WE ALL can make a difference for our global community. Think about your morning Latte and what that could do for a child who has nothing.

Amanda + Jay’s Franklin Plaza Wedding

We love getting to shoot in our home town! Troy is the best for lots of reasons but when it comes to weddings, we have the most variety for urban and classy shooting spots. Amanda and Jay lined up quite the Troy Crew with the fabulous Franklin Plaza, our girls Julie and Brittany from Beauty with Julie, Flowers by Pesha, and our favs – Non Stop Music and Jenna’s Salon. After Amanda and Jay relocated from NYC they quickly fell in love with Troy (how can you not) which is why it was the perfect hosting city for their wedding.
And can we just talk about their first look???? Before they saw each other – Jay sent over a note… Folded like you did when you used to pass notes in school. At the end of his super sweet letter – he asked Amanda if she would marry him Circle Yes or No. Of course, she circled YES and had one of her ladies take it up to the rooftop right before he got to see Amanda. Amanda looked beyond stunning and glamours in her Mark Zunino gown and we just DIED at Jay’s reaction. These two had such a blast celebrating with friends and family and we could not be happier for them! Thank you guys for having YTK capture your day and we wish you a lifetime of happiness!!!

























































































































































































































































































































































































































 

 





 

Venue: Franklin Plaza
DJ: Non Stop Music
Flowers: Flowers by Pesha
Makeup: Beauty by Julie
Hair: Jenna Salon
Dress: Kleinfeld
Dress Designer: Mark Zunino
Photography: YTK Photography by Katherine Wright + Kimberly Britten
Videography by: YTK Photography + Film: Alex Fagan, Jessica Fleurent and Katherine Wright
Photo Booth: YTK Photography

NYC Engagement with Katie + Rahul


I have been excited about this shoot since we started planning it! Katie and Rahul first fell in love in the city (while playing football) so when figuring out where to do their engagement session we all knew it had to be in the Big Apple. We wanted to run around to some of their favorite spots and create some really classy images. Katie picked out the BEST looks that really gave us that upscale Manhattan feel and I can’t get over how great she looked in that pink skirt! We had a ball bouncing around the city and finished it up with some epic YTK street shots! I love this couple SO much and cannot wait to capture their amazing wedding next year!











































We had to toss the ball around to tip our hat to how the first started talking!





















































Love on First Lake

Jess and I started out on our drive up into the Adirondack mountains. The world smelled like fall and as we got further north a few trees had even started to change color. We  found ourselves at the Fieldstone Lodge and immediately got wrapped up in its history. The Lodge (and cottages) is a historic site that was built in 1900 and holds so much classic charm. This was the perfect playground for our bride who hand-created almost every detail of this wedding. From the lit arbor way, to the place settings, Lea collected and designed all of the elements that made this lake wedding so beautiful. Lea is a girl after my own heart – hardworking and someone who just needs everything to be put in place before she can take a breath. It was also so important for her to have a space that she could be creative in and incorporate that comfortable feel of home. Lea and Andy are such a sweet couple – filled with laughter (and lots of tears on this day). Their first look was so perfect! Being BIG dog people, I just loved that Lea and Andy made a special place for their pups to be part of their day. As Lea described it, they are a part of our little family. The weather was SO on our side with the misty moodiness that made for the BEST portraits and right before the ceremony – the clouds broke open and we got a little bit of sunshine. This was a fantastic day and thank you so much for sharing it with YTK. 





























































































































































































































































































































 

 





Venue: Fieldstone Lodge
Catering: Fort Schuyler Club, Utica NY
DJ: ET Entertainment
Flowers: Grown by bride
Photography: YTK Photography by Katherine Wright + Jessica Fleurent
Hair + Makeup: Over the moon salon, Old Forge NY
Invites: Handmade
Pies: Mary’s White Pine Bakery, Inlet NY
Pig Roast: Mountainside Smokehouse and Grill, Old Forge NY
Custom Wedding Bands & Bridesmaid Jewelry: Grant Dorangrichia, Halfmoon NY

Moody and Romantic Hudson Valley Couples Shoot





Jess here! I recently had the pleasure of working with two amazing souls on this three part photo shoot that we’d been planning for months. Dov + Nicole have roots in Upstate NY, but currently live in Florida. After seeing some photos I had taken in the Spring of my daughters playing in the mud, Dov immediately reached out to me to set something up with a vision she had for a “trash-the-dress” shoot. I am always down to plan something out of the box and we were able to make this happen while they were up here visiting a couple of weeks ago.

These two are such a power couple with amazing chemistry. They have a unique energy that radiates and have transformed their lives to better use their gifts for helping others. Leaving their respective business and legal careers, they are described as high energy healers and mentors, helping others to overcome patterns of addiction, painful relationships and the lacking of joy, abundance and meaning. As their work continues to grow and help change the lives of others, we decided to take advantage of our time together to also do some head-shots. They were so nervous at first, but within seconds, they were working the camera with ease. We all have ties to Columbia County, so I planned a fun evening around some of my favorite places to explore. Warren Street has so many great options and it’s always nice to see how much Hudson develops over time.

 






 
















These ladies were married nearly six years ago on New Years Eve. Being it was the dead of winter, they were unable to achieve the super romantic, golden portraits that a summer sunset allows for. I could tell that that was something they were disappointed about and wanted them to have images they deserved! I knew exactly where I wanted to take them for gorgeous photos, so off to Flower Blossom Farm we went. I have been dying to shoot there forever and the weather could not have been more perfect. The light was just unreal. Although we were there mostly for the trash the dress vision that Dov had, I couldn’t go on without grabbing some bridal portraits in our gorgeous surroundings. It wasn’t something planned or expected, but knowing that they didn’t have the wedding photos they dreamed of, I really wanted to make sure they could leave with that. I couldn’t be happier with how these images turned out, but what they are giving these two really touched my heart. There’s no reason why any couple should go without the photographs they want to capture their love, even if it may be years after they say, “I do.”

 





















 

“Where could we possibly begin… Jessica is pure art, professionalism and excellence. From the moment Jessica arrived we were immediately comfortable. Her trained eye, clear way of direction and incredible artistic inspiration had us moving through a three part shoot with ease and enjoyment. I went from feeling not photogenic to feeling like a model. Jessica’s presence will eliminate the nerves and guess work around your shoot. This shoot went well above and beyond what we had expected. Nicole and I were married nearly six years ago and did not have the summer wedding shots we dreamed of. We contacted Jessica with very little details and simply said, “we need some shots”. We wanted some professional and wedding shots for our collection. We thought it would be cool and maybe we would get a great shot. What we did not expect is a tour through the Hudson Valley to create MAGIC! Jessica took us through the town of Hudson and then to the outstanding Flower Blossom Farm where she brought the magic of our wedding day to life! We floated through rows of magnificent flowers as Jessica fought the perfectly calculated golden lights of sunset. Jessica gave us more than we could have ever asked for and we are so touched to have relived this incurable moment together. The photos are breathtaking, inspired and technically perfect. She listened to my dream and made it better than I could have imagined. We cannot wait to work together again!!! Thank you!”         – Dov
 




























 
Dov had always wanted photos of herself in this stunning Vera Wang gown, playing in the mud on a farm, which was our inspiration for this whole experience.
 




























                                                                                                              
We had such a great time! A huge thank you to Kim of Flower Blossom Farm for your hospitality. It was great to see you in your element! Any couple would be so lucky to roam your field of flowers to select their blooms for the big day. And to Dov + Nicole, thank you for sharing your energy with me and being such awesome sports during our little adventure!




 
 
Credit
 
Photography: Jessica Fleurent of YTK Photography + Film
Dress: Vera Wang