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large wedding vs small wedding vs elopement
Deciding on whether to have a large wedding is not solely based on how many people you know and love. It also heavily depends on the type of experience you want to share with your partner throughout the wedding planning process and the wedding day itself.
Captured by Donna Marie
I'm Donna Marie
An inclusive adventurous destination wedding and elopement photographer livin' in upstate New York. I'm here to empower all couples to create an intentional wedding day that focuses on the experience and the feels.
2022 has definitely been one for the books. I was incredibly honored to document many weddings and elopements. SO many amazing love stories. This year has absolutely been world changing with regard to the love stories that I was asked to document. I’ve worked hard in fine-tuning my craft, my art, and how I best […]
Gem + Jethro reached out to me via Instagram just a couple days before the end of November and shared with me that they wanted to elope in NYC mid-December. Immediately, I was like mid-December? That’s just a couple weeks away! My second thought was Is this real? I never get inquiries via Insta. Real […]
Nothing could be cozier than a Christmas themed wedding, right? How about an amazingly styled Christmas wedding where every little detail held significant meaning? Legit, Shawn + Ryan’s wedding was an amazing day that I won’t quickly forget. AND I love that we’ve created an amazing bond as friends and hope to document their love […]
If you’re on the fence about eloping versus having a more traditional wedding, you’ve likely done some Google research on the pros and cons. There are a lot of things to consider should you and your partner decide to elope. (And if you’re not quite sure of the differences between an elopement, small wedding, and […]
Hot Take: Book a portrait session during your vacation. It’s a radical idea, I know. But hear me out: When you trek off on vacation, you’re bound to take a lot of photos of your experience and travels. You have super easy access to relatively decent cameras on your phones, right? But what about pictures […]
The Sackets Harbor Ballroom is a somewhat hidden gem when it comes to historic places to have your intimate wedding or elopement. It’s nestled right in the downtown area of Sackets Harbor with easy access to scenic places such as the Sackets Harbor Battlefield and the Lake Ontario shoreline. No matter the time of year, […]
When I was presented the chance to document S + R’s wedding in the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex England, I couldn’t contain my excitement. Their day was filled to the brim with so many amazing details, locations, and their amazing love story. Their wedding was the perfect ending to my travel abroad this year […]
Y’all thought I was joking when I said I wanted to photograph a chicken wedding, eh? It makes sense when you think about it:I love photographing weddings, and;I love chickens.Therefore, a chicken wedding was inevitable. Now, real talk, this isn’t the kind of content that you usually see from me. But let’s be real, this […]
When V reached out to me inquiring if I had her chosen wedding date available, I had to do a double take. The date she shared with me was only 3 weeks away. She then mentioned that she had booked time at the Taughannock Falls Overlook for their ceremony. I had intentionally not booked anything […]
K + C decided that they wanted to have a quiet and private wedding experience and thus they decided to elope. When they reached out to me, they expressed interest in the Lake Placid area and specifically requested a short mountain hike for their vow reading. I quickly got to work scouring the area for […]