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Danielle + Melson ● Long Island Wedding Photographer

May 5, 2012

They were the ones who got away, at first. Every photographer has this happen to them – you meet a couple, and completely hit it off, and then…they don’t book you. There are so many reasons why this can happen, and you have to learn pretty quickly to toughen up, because these are things that cannot and should not be taken personally. I was so sad to have lost this particular couple but I knew that in the end it had come down to price.

Except, as I’d find out months later, it wasn’t the end. About five months after our initial consult, I got a voicemail from Danielle. “Hi Laura, I’m not sure if you remember me, but we met back in March and I was wondering if you are still free on our date?” And of course I did remember her, and I was so excited to hear from her (more excited than I even let on, LOL)!!

Long, long story short, Danielle and Melson had initially booked with another photographer, and then upon realizing it wasn’t the right fit for them, reached back out to me. And so, here we are. We did their engagement shoot in the fall (and I decided then to save the mushiness for now) and two weeks ago, they were married at the Mediterranean Manor in Patchogue on Long Island.

Danielle and Melson opted to do a “first look,” which helped make the day flow very smoothly, and was so sweet to witness! The first look, as well as formals and portraits, was done at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River.

Second shooting with me that day was the fabulous Amanda Saldarelli, who was an absolute freaking champion. What other second shooter would give the bride her own shoes so that she could walk on the soft ground and not worry about her heels? Seriously. Amazing.

Danielle and Melson, thank you so much for coming back. I’m proud to call you both friends, and I know not only that we will see each other again very soon, but that you’ll be back on my blog soon too! :)

Groom getting ready
Groom and groomsman
Groom getting ready

Bridesmaid and flower girl dresses
Personalized bridesmaid dress hangers

White House Wedding Invitation Reply, President Obama Wedding Invitation Reply
Silhouette of bride
Bride getting ready
Bridal Portrait
Bayard Cutting Arboretum First Look
Wedding Couple First Look
Bridal Portraits at Bayard Cutting Arboretum
Wedding Portraits at Bayard Cutting Arboretum
Bayard Cutting Arboretum Wedding
Bayard Cutting Arboretum Bride and Groom
Bayard Cutting Arboretum Wedding Photos
Bayard Cutting Arboretum Photography
Mediterranean Manor Wedding Photos
Mediterranean Manor Wedding
Mediterranean Manor Ceremony
Mediterranean Manor Wedding Ceremony
Mediterranean Manor Photos
Mediterranean Manor Bride and Groom
Mediterranean Manor Marriage
Cherry Blossom Wedding Place Cards
Cherry Blossom Themed Wedding
Mediterranean Manor Wedding Cake
Mediterranean Manor Reception Entrance
Bride with Tattoos
First Dance at Mediterranean Manor
Mediterranean Manor Cake Cutting
Mediterranean Manor Photobooth
Mediterranean Manor Wedding
Children at Wedding
Bride with Tattoo
Wedding Photobooth
Mediterranean Manor Wedding


5 Responses

  1. Amanda says:

    I’m totally blown away. Gorgeous images and so much love – I can’t stop looking at these!!

  2. Gina says:

    These are awesome!! You and Amanda are the awesomest!! And Danielle looks beautiful! Congratulations!!

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  4. Teresa says:

    Beautiful, Laura!!
    You did an amazing job!

  5. Wonderful use of Photographic skills on this wedding, looks like a wonderful day for the happy couple

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