Donna Marie


Love stories told by Donna Marie

Need some inspiration, or help getting started with your own planning journey? 

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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.







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 […]

November 12, 2022

Eloping May Not Be for You

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 […]

November 9, 2022

Why You Should Book A Portrait Session on Vacation

Engagement sessions capture an important moment in a couple’s love story. It also allows you the chance to practice being in front of the camera. Most importantly, it gives you the opportunity to start really building your relationship with the photographer who will be with you on your wedding day. If you’re trying to figure […]

August 24, 2022

Best Places in Watertown for Your Engagement Session

Sometimes the best moments in life are the simple ones. The moments that happen naturally between you and your partner. While it’s great having photos on your walls of you and your partner dressed up super nice while in a super scenic location, sometimes capturing the real and the organic is just as beautiful. The […]

June 7, 2022

Why an In-Home Session is a MUST

When you start your wedding or elopement planning process, choosing your wedding photographer should be one of the first things you start researching. This is for several reasons: a.) wedding photographers can be booked out anywhere from 6 months to 2 years ahead; b.) booking your photographer early gives you time to get to know […]

March 31, 2022

How to Choose a Wedding Photographer in 2022

I will always encourage couples to have a First Look. You deserve the privacy to be present with one another to enjoy the day fully.

February 24, 2022

First Look: How To Pro Tips

Deciding to elopement or have a smaller wedding means your venue choices become nearly limitless. Here are a few Airbnb ideas for some inspo!

February 23, 2022

Northern NY Airbnb Inspiration

(At least, what it’s like working with ME as your photographer.)

February 19, 2022

What it’s like working with a photographer

(that don’t involve going to a bar.) Just because I’m a wedding photographer doesn’t mean I don’t help my couples think up amazing experiences for enjoyment. So that got me thinking… I could absolutely help couples explore truly fun Watertown, NY date night ideas! I’m always full of ideas that I want to share with […]

February 4, 2022

10 Watertown, NY Date Night Ideas

This is your chance to express your love, dedication, dreams, promises, and reiterate the life plans you share with your partner. You get to tell your half of your love story to your partner here, and it can leave you feeling vulnerable to do so.

January 31, 2022

How to Write Your Own Vows