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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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New York has so many beautifully epic locations that it can be hard to choose where to have your elopement. Here is a list of a few locations in NY that may catch your eye.

Best Places to Elope in New York

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Your own adventure session can be anything you want it to be, whether that be in home, out camping, or doing anything else that you love doing with your partner. You can opt to have an adventure session close to home, or make a weekend trip out of the experience and explore one of many gorgeous places throughout New York.

Adventure Session: Intimate In-Home Session Watertown, NY

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Telling your family that you’re eloping can be stressful—especially if they have ideas of how your wedding should be taking place. There are a number of ways you can deliver the news and still avoid the drama that’s stressing you out. Here are a few of them.

How to Tell Your Family That You’re Eloping

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If you’ve decided on an intimate wedding and you’re not sure where you’d like to have your ceremony and/or reception—I’ve gotchu. In this blog series, I’ll be talking about some of my favorite venues scattered around New York.

Oswego, NY Venue: Curtis Manor

Two terracotta silos found at Curtis Manor venue in Oswego NY

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Adam and his girlfriend, Danielle had been together for roughly 5 years and he wanted to ask her to be his wife, so he reached out wanting to set up a surprise proposal. He had the help of Danielle’s good friend Selin to ensure that the planning of the surprise wasn’t spoiled.

Surprise Proposal: Brewster Inn Cazenovia, NY

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NO ONE LIKES TO BE GHOSTED. Please don’t ghost photographers (or any wedding vendor for that matter). You know, ghosting—where you just leave people on read. It happens way more often than you think.

Please Don’t Ghost Photographers

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When it comes to elopement planning, there aren’t quite as many details to stress over versus a traditional wedding. BUT that doesn’t mean an elopement plans itself—there are still a few things that you will need to figure out before your celebration day.

The Ultimate Elopement Checklist

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You don’t have to go too far in upstate New York to find amazing views, epic adventures, and stunning sunsets to have all the intimate moments (and bombass photos to back it up) for your wedding day. From cliffsides, to forests, to lakeshores, to fields and mountains—it’s all possible here in NY.

Best Places to Elope in the Syracuse Area

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I met up with Katelin + Michael at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. We spent an amazing evening exploring the area with moody skies, a perfect wind, and comfortable temps.

Adventure Session: Great Sand Dunes National Park

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If you’ve decided on an intimate wedding and you’re not sure where you’d like to have your ceremony and/or reception—I’ve gotchu. In this blog series, I’ll be talking about some of my favorite venues scattered around New York.

Watertown, NY Wedding Venue: The Lincoln Loft