lisa & jerome: franklin plaza

What can be said about this one? Well for starters Lisa & Jerome were one of the most easy going couples on the planet. I don’t think there was a single second of pressure throughout the whole day. As I mentioned back in October of 2008 when I posted their engagement session Lisa & Jerome are huge Dave Matthews Band fans along with a crazy obsession with the New York Yankees. Needless to say I knew we’d all be a match made in heaven. So yes Saturday was a 12 hour job for us but when your working with a couple like Lisa & Jerome time really does fly. What a fun day!

With all the rain this season who’d a thought we would end up with a beautiful day like this? It only was pouring buckets less than 24 hours before our 11am start time. We started at Lisa’s parents home down in Valatie. It was a bright and warm morning and no clouds were to be found. We then ventured down the road to meet up with Jerome and the guys at the church. On our way there Big Joe and I saw something we both liked, a big huge open field. BOOM! It was a must the we stop here after the ceremony. Lisa & Jerome were game plus we had some time built in since their cocktail hour didn’t start until 5:30pm. So we did some fun photos in this field for all of 10 minutes. Videographer Al Woodard was on the scene and the footage he was getting in this field was absolutely bananas. So then it was back to our originally scheduled program which was off to Troy for some shots at Russell Sage Campus for a couple more ops. By that time it was 4:45pm and they a little less than an hour to kill before their cocktail hour technically started. That didn’t matter because the boys at Franklin Plaza are always ready and the were with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in hand. So now its time to party and the man DJ Andy Pratt was on the scene with Ants Marching bumping while the bridal party entered the ball room. That wasn’t the only DMB tune that evening either, be sure to check out their rings! As always another fun wedding which I thank Lisa & Jerome for making us part of it. Congrats to you both and I hope that surprise Hawaii honeymoon is treating you well.

Enjoy, Leave love,
JP

Its photos like this that remind me why I got into photography.

This one too.

The beautiful bride Lisa.

The ladies.

The men.

Lisa must have took notes… I love when the bride treats her husband to be with a phatty time piece. Jerome rocking a sweet Tag.

A little behind the scenes of the above shot. Looks like our watches were in sync.

If you follow my twitter you might have noticed I tweeted around 1:15 on Saturday about how cool their rings were. Seriously these are the coolest. To have a lyric from their first dance song on each ring is easily the most unique thing I’ve ever seen when it comes to wedding rings. That song btw is Dave Matthews Band – You & Me its a beautiful love song.

I love this little series of Lisa’s father Guy.

This photo if not any photo from this post is one I want you to look at. I see anticipation, love, joy, admiration & excitement. This is easily my favorite from the day. Please feel free to post any other things you see when you look at it. Could be fun.

I think the bridal party thought I was nuts when I was like, ok go out into this field. Brooklyn and Manhattan people can be funny.

This one reminds me of old slide film.

I can’t get enough of the random fields.

This is my favorite shot of the newlywed couple.

I think every bride should be picked up and spun around on their wedding day.

Back to Troy… or back to school in Lisa’s case.

Remember this?

The difference of color in August vs October is wild. August is so fresh and green and October to vivid and warm.

Another side by side. Most weddings you don’t get to go back to your engagement session locations but did this all on purpose.

Fact: Its been 20 months since we’ve worked at Franklin Plaza. This was a place we were at 4-7 times a season! The wedding biz is interesting. Sometimes you can work with a vendor 10 times and never see them again for years.

While I was shooting details they had to step in and ruin my shot 😉

So here we are back in the alley….

Just a little fact about the alley. Once upon a time 13 years ago Big Joe had a vision. A vision that he’d get a bride & groom to step into this filthy, gritty alley in Troy. They said he was daring, maybe even crazy, but June of 1996 Big Joe took threw it out there and boom! Big Joe had always been a pioneer locally when it came to our type of photography. A first at many things. Who’d a thought 13 years later this crazy idea would be a must have for most Franklin Plaza brides? Isn’t that awesome? Personally I think its cool as hell. We’re always trying to be trend setters around here and I hate to sound cocky or self serving but remember where ya saw it first. The Franklin Plaza Alley Shot Est 1996 by Joe M Elario. Oh make sure you ask Pop’s about the Casino window shot if you want a laugh. We’ll get to that another time. 😉

I had to dig deep and brush off the dust but here is the first attempt at the alley shot. June of 1996.

I’m in love with my composition on this one.

A fun one.

A DJ Andy Pratt original. This is a staple that Andy does. The crowd always love’s it.

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