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Personal | Mason Jars: Not Just For Jam (or Weddings!)

Alright, alright – I’ll admit it. Like with most fads and popular things, I was skeptical of mason jars. Perhaps even avoidant. In my neck of the woods, mason jars scream HIPSTER. I can’t be ruining my street cred by drinking out of these things or adorning my apartment with them, ya heard?

(I know, I’m so silly – I claim to be super rational, but sometimes my logic is beyond absurd. Case in point, right here.)

However, sometimes I actually DO give in to the trend when it makes sense to. But always on my own time (i.e. well after the fact). Last weekend, when I was visiting my sister in Boston, we were making glogg and I went into her cabinet to fetch some spices and – lo and behold – they were stored in cute little mason jars, labeled in chalk on a little strip she painted with blackboard paint. And at that moment, I said to HELL with my street cred. I knew that as soon as I returned home, I had a new project on my hands.

First of all, how amazing is the idea of chalkboard paint?! I would paint my whole wall with it if I could (in fact, I probably WILL someday, when I’m living somewhere more permanent). And second, you don’t even KNOW the annoyance I’ve experienced over my extensive spice collection. We have SO MANY bottles of spices, but nowhere to put them so they just sit in a cluster taking over half of our countertop. All of the bottles are different, and many won’t fit in spice racks. The walls around the counter are tiled, so installing a shelf isn’t even an option. Simply put, it’s a big tacky mess:

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Gross, right? ENTER THE MASON JAR PROJECT. Thanks to google, I had a pretty good idea of how to go about doing this. Last week, I scrambled to get a few materials before the weekend:

– a dozen 4 oz mason jars (@ Fishs Eddy)
– blackboard spray paint (@ Home Depot)
– painter’s tape (@ a local dollar store)
– chalk (@ Duane Reade)

I went a little spray-crazy and it looked like this:

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And here’s what our counter looks like now!:

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I didn’t have enough mason jars to house all of our spices, so there may be a Part 2 soon to come. Still, this is such an improvement from before, right?

And you might be wondering – what place does this cute little arts & crafts project have on a professional wedding photography blog? Easy – MASON JARS AT WEDDINGS!! Mason jars have become super prevalent as wedding decor. How awesome would it be to do a similar project for place settings at your wedding? Just buy a bunch of 12 oz jars, paint a strip (or some other shape) with chalkboard paint, and write each guest’s name on a jar. A quick search on pinterest (another trend I’m avoiding, by the way) yields countless possibilities. DO IT!!

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(grabbed this from Pinterest, linked from Style Me Pretty)

Brooklyn Wedding Phtography | Dumbo Loft | Emily & George

Well hello! I’m back to blogging, and I’ve got so many great shoots to share! Starting with Emily & George’s wedding from earlier this summer.

First, I need to say this: Emily was THE MOST organized, calm bride I’ve ever worked with. I was in awe of her wedding day demeanor.

Second: they had a Greek Orthodox ceremony, which had a lot of interesting little nuances to it. The church they married in (Sts. Constantine and Helen Church) was absolutely gorgeous!

Third: Emily had *2* bouquets – they were made of felt, by an Eastern European seller on Etsy. LOVE!

Here are some favorites from the day:

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Wedding Photography | City Hall Elopement | Sneak Peek: Sarah & Mitch

These guys came all the way from Australia to get married in New York City, and they’re spending the next MONTH traveling around the US. Now THAT’s my kind of wedding celebration :)

More to come!

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Brooklyn Engagement Photography | Emily & George

Emily and George are so great. I mean, with all the love they have for their cat, how can they not be? (Sidenote: I actually got to meet the famous Theo before our shoot. He’s a cutie!)

We wandered around Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo and were gifted with some AMAZING light to work with. They were even down to hop onto a loading dock for a few shots (e.g. the last one posted below). So much fun! Here are a few of my favorite shots:

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Travel Photography | Summer 2012 Adventures

Summer in NYC is quite possibly one of my favorite things ever. Yes, ever. It’s by far my favorite time of year. Unlike a lot of people, I LOVE the heat. I will rock tank tops and flip flops well into the fall, never wanting to accept that summer is over.

BUT – I can attest to the fact that NYC can be grossly humid in the summer. Thus, it’s normal for there to be a lull in my wedding season around this time of year. I’d imagine that getting married while having to contend with such extreme weather is not exactly ideal. WAY too much sweat happening, I think!

But it’s cool – while the weddings slow down a bit, I get more time to enjoy my precious NYC summer. I found myself at the beach more than ever before – not just THE beach, but multiple beaches, all over the place. Oh, and there were a few camping trips, and some rock climbing, and boating going on, too.

More specifically, I found myself in Fire Island of NY, Cape Cod in MA, the Outer Banks of NC, and the White Mountains of NH. And when I wasn’t traveling, I was frolicking around NYC, camera in tow of course :)

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