Christie & Mike – The Falkirk Central Valley, New York
There are so many aspects of my career that I am grateful for. If I had to choose just “one” it would be the people I have and continue to meet along the way. The couples and families I am able to photograph and getting to know them as more than just a “client”. The vendors and other business owners, and to be inspired by them through collaborating. Christie, I met her for a session last year and her personality just fills the room. She is hysterical, sweet and kind all rolled into one awesome person.
Christie began our bridal shoot day at Denise’s Masterpieces in Pearl River, New York. Denise is the hands down the most talented, genuine makeup artist around. She has a magic to master both a soft, subtle look or a bold, daring one too.. as her tagline suggests, “turning natural beauties into works of art”.
While Christie’s pampering began, I met with Crystal Flynn of There’s Always Room for Dessert, another talented Rockland County, NY vendor. Crystal created stunning vanilla flavored, lavender colored, lace donuts. The donuts were then topped with an edible organic flower from Pearl River Florist in Pearl River, NY. Until technology is developed to allow me to share the taste of these in this blog post, you’ll just have to order from Crystal herself to experience them!
Next, Christie took a seat in Color with Style by Beth Icaobellis’ chair. Beth carefully placed each hair on her head creating a wonderful hairstyle to accompany the flower crown that would soon be displayed on Christie’s head. Beth was able to perfectly display the few strands of hair which still display some blue and purple colored hair that without Beth, would have been hiding for these bridal portraits. Ready to step into portraits, Christie was joined by her best accessories of the day.. a custom floral headpieces and bouquet by Forever Brooch Bouquets. Michelle creates gorgeous, life long lasting floral pieces by re-using fabrics, jewels and anything that holds a special meaning to you.
As we arrived to Falkirk Estate in Central Valley, New York, we witness Mike finishing his look with custom leather cufflinks from Arrowhead Leatherwork. Her cufflinks can be customized with a mix of initials, monograms and other elements. Crystal slipped into her light, spring tulle gown in Falkirk Estate’s gorgeous purple bridal suite conveniently located close to the reception area. This room provides for such a gorgeous “getting ready” location!
Photography: Stefanie Murphy Media
The Couple: Christie & Mike Gonzalves
Makeup: Denise’s Masterpieces
Hair: Color with Style
Floral: Forever Brooch Bouquets
Donuts: There’s Always Room For Dessert
Cufflinks: Arrowhead Leatherwork
Ring Box: The Mrs. Box
Invitations: Max Canner