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I'm Donna Marie + I'm here to guide and empower couples just like you in saying "yes" to an intentional and authentic New York wedding experience. Your wedding day should reflect who you are—not your parents, your great aunt, or anyone else. Ever. 

You are in control of your wedding day, and your options are endless. Do everything that you want, and nothing that you don't. You won't regret it.

Let me share my knowledge, experience, and craft with you.

Welcome to the blog

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Erica reached out to me wanting to book an engagement session as she and her now fiancé, Chad, were finally going to have some time together. She planned on visiting northern New York to spend quality time with her partner over the holidays, see the new home they purchased together, and begin planning her move […]

Adventure Session: Erica + Chad Engagement

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Hannah + Ginger celebrated their union at Windmill Acres in Watertown, NY surrounded by their closest friends and family.

Windmill Acres Wedding: Hannah + Ginger

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When Amanda + Jackie decided to elope, they took back their wedding day. They called the shots on how and where they wanted to read vows to one another, who would be there, and what adventures they would embark on together.

Northern NY Elopement: Amanda + Jackie

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Are you getting the most value out of your wedding photos? If you’re keeping them hidden away on your phone, or on a USB drive, the answer is: no, you’re not.

Why You Should Absolutely Print Your Wedding Portraits

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What matters most is that your engagement photo outfits feel representative of you and your partner Don’t be afraid to express your personal style. Remember that the more confident you feel, the better your photos will turn out.

What to Wear to Your Engagement Session

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When I say you take back control of your wedding day, I really mean it—you’re free to make any decision you’d like, including wearing an “unconventional” dress or wedding attire. You’re not bound to white, ivory, or champagne if you’d love to have some color on your day.

9 Non-Traditional Wedding Dresses

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Here’s the truth of the matter: the people you choose to invite to witness your vow exchange and be present in the moment in which you dedicate your lives to one another—it’s a privilege for them to be there—it’s not a right.

Don’t Let Family Bully You When It Comes To Your Wedding

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Deciding on whether to have a large wedding is not solely based on how many people you know and love. It also depends on the type of experience you want to share with your partner throughout the wedding planning process and the wedding day itself.

Large Wedding vs. Intimate Wedding vs. Elopement

Newly Eloped Couple sitting together for wedding portraits.

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The ocean breathes salty and the sun kisses your skin—Shannon + Bryan opted to adventure around Cape Cod during the fall season for their elopement.

Cape Cod National Seashore Elopement

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It’s easy to get caught up in the throes of wedding planning, but one thing you shouldn’t forget is the food! Here are a few ideas for what to have for dinner to make it a little easier for your day.

10+ Dinner Ideas for Elopements and Intimate Weddings