Holy smokes! I’m just crazy about the blog I’m bout to drop on you peeps! It all started with a rainy and foggy ride out to Cooperstown NY. On our way to the Raymond’s home on the lake I wondered will God be on our side today and give us a break in the weather? Well sure enough we lucked out. When we arrived outside the Raymond’s home it was dreary outside, inside though it was a whole different story. Abi was getting her hair done and was just so happy to see us! I have to throw mad props her way for the smiles and positive energy. I just love that about her. After chatting with their awesome wedding coordinator and dear friend of mine Christine Wheat we decided to switch up the program a little. Not knowing what the weather was going to do we had to play it safe. We had only planned on photographing Abi and the ladies at the home and then having the first look and everything else at the reception location. Instead we stayed at the Raymond home which was great and special since this place was filled with memories to begin with. Then the man himself David Michael Schmidt of Renaissance Floral Design was dropping off the flowers. Once Abi put on that beautiful gown her whole energy shifted to a different level. She was a bride and no rain was going to stomp on that feeling. We were all set to work outside then the rain decided it wanted to make another appearance. Luckily it was quick and this was the last time we thought we’d see the rain on June 11th 2011. After a first look and a whole bunch of photos it was time for a ceremony. It was off to The Fenimore Art Museum just on the other side of Otsego Lake. The ceremony was outside despite the threat of more rain. I was stoked because being a natural light shooter I just love to shoot outdoors but we all know this. With only a 40% chance of rain in the forecast wouldn’t you know the time the string quartet started playing the processional music so did the rain. I’ll just say this and I’m not trying to make light of the whole situation but it was one of the most beautiful ceremonies with the umbrellas and light rain. The fact that Abi and Brad’s friends and family all sat there getting wet and were part of this ceremony is a testimony of their loyalty. It really was pretty. Once they were pronounced man and wife and walked down the aisle the thunder ponded as almost a warning to run for cover. I think it was mother nature applauding for the new couple, but thats me. Anyway it then down poured for the next hour and a half but all were safe and covered. Then the rain let up and I capitalized on it. I knew it was now or never. Abi, Brad and myself were outdoors in a light rain capturing some of my favorite images of the day. What a wedding! Mazzone Catering rocked it with the food too but they always do. But back to Christine Wheat real quick, or as I’m going to call her “the glue”. This girl and her staff of 5 or 6 wedding coordinators took whatever was thrown and them and Chuck Noris kicked it. I was really impressed since this wedding had the unpredictable weather and was at a location we all don’t work every Saturday either. Way to go! It was also shooting along side the CASL Production ladies as well. Thanks to our girl Hayden Yund for helping us out all day and rocking the Elario Photo Booth!! Now onto Abi, Brad, The Raymonds and The Frosts… Thank you all for being so awesome. Thank you for having us there to capture the great memories. We enjoyed spending the day wth you all. Abi & Brad, I hope Belize is treating you well. Congrats!!


Abi and Frosty. Frosty is Brad’s nickname.

The home was full of wonderful details.

Abi.. all smiles getting her beauty on..

Over at the boys cabin…

A little help from Mom..

I love red shoes. So fun.

Some bouquets by Renaissance Floral Design the maid of honors wrapped in American Girl clothing from a doll they used to play with..


So pretty..

Something old in her hair..

The first look.. here comes Frosty..

I love this little series..

So cute..

Brad rocking Abi’s fathers studs and cufflinks from way back in the day. Nice touch..

I love how those dresses would pop off that green backdrop.

I only had a small amount of time to photograph these two before we all had to roll to the ceremony site..

I did capture one of my favorites though..

another one..

The ceremony site by Renaissance Floral Design

I love this shot of Abi and her Father Jerry..

heck I love this whole series and how in this one you can see the rain..

Up went the umbrellas ..

Now I don’t know what exactly was happening here but I’ll give it a shot. Brad must have been approaching Jerry and Abi but Jerry wanted to savor that moment down to the final seconds with his girl before he gave her away. I love this image.

now he’s ready..

Like I said in my write up.. it was a beautiful ceremony..

What I especially love about the image on the left is the parents…

Wiping a tear..

Mr and Mrs…

Some details. Their place card table was awesome!

The room by Renaissance Floral Design who did a great job as always. Loving the colors David..

Caught a little private moment just minutes after their ceremony.

Party time!

Love this one..

This is my #1 favorite from their day.. it was also my facebook teaser but you all who are my friends knew that right?

I love how the wet pavement reflects here.. So sweet!

That good old configuration.. Elario style..

Sometimes the rain can make things very pretty..

OK one more..

Props to Gail Luna and Drew Taylor of Lune Cakes By Design on this awesome cake. Check them out!

I love the before and after shot. Ya think they liked it? Uh, yeah!

After they cut the cake they had their first dance..

so fun!

The Elario Photo Booth was in full swing thanks to Hayden!

Aside from the bride and groom this was my favorite photo booth couple.. I think I might start doing this in each blog post now.. The best couple in the booth, up the stakes a little to make people bring their A Game.

She asked for the camera, I said yes.

After the wedding was over it really wasn’t everyone went back to the Raymond’s home for the after party. Abi and Brad were greeted by the kids and parents..

What are they looking at?

I think you know where this is going…

Fireworks! It was a foggy night which made them pretty interesting.. I liked this one..

What a better shot to end with. I think this sums up how much everyone enjoyed this wedding. Thank you to all and congrats!!!!!!!!!

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  1. gobsmacking photos of an amazing amazing wedding weekend. thanks for giving us dreams we didn’t even know we had.

  2. Greetings from the jungle of Belize! WOW!!!!!!! Frosty and I are OBSESSED with your pictures. They really capture so much personality, fun and love. After secretly stalking your blog the past year, it is so cool to see our wedding up there. I get to relive the amazing day all over again. Can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures. You guys are awesome! Love, Abi

  3. Greetings from the jungle of Belize! WOW!!!!!!! Frosty and I are OBSESSED with your pictures. They really capture so much personality, fun and love. After secretly stalking your blog the past year, it is so cool to see our wedding up there. I get to relive the amazing day all over again. Can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures. You guys are awesome!

  4. Your wedding looked amazing!!! Abi, you are a gorgeous bride and both of you look so happy. I’m SO upset I was not there on such a magical day- love you guys and I hope you have a fabulous honeymoon : )

  5. It was magical. You made this love story come to life. Your pictures truly captured Abi and Brad’s love for each other. I love them both.

  6. CONGRATS ABI AND BRAD!!!!!! Omg I cannot believe that we didn’t figure out that we have the same photographer?!?!?!?!?! The pics are ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! Have so much fun on your honeymoon and get in touch when you guys are back and settled – we’ll do dinner one night!!!!!

  7. Hmmm, thought for sure there would be shot of the drenched florist but I’m glad it did not make the cut. THE JOE’S ROCK, beautiful job, this was not an easy shoot, the weather was really making everyone bring their A GAME… as you can see, Christine Wheat knows how to bring a team together that can handle anything!!. Thanks for the beautiful images of my work JP I look forward to many photos from this event for the new website. Big thanks to Clifton PArk rental too who provided the tent, lighting, and secure room for a potentially iffy situation.

  8. Mickey Mantle & Ted Williams . . were NOT “the Main Act” in Cooperstown NY . .this past Saturday .
    Thank You Abi & Brad . . . “Grand Slam “.

  9. LOVE THE UMBRELLAS!!!!! the black and white of the fellas is awesome…. the bride is stunning… love their photo booth shot, both angles! her shoes, the FLOWERS!!!! absolutely LOVE the color scheme and every shot of the flowers was… just…WOW. beautiful shots, beautiful details, beautiful couple!!! Congrats to the newlyweds!!! 🙂

  10. Awesomeness. Great pictures. Fantastic locations. Great light. Like the processing you do on some of the images.

    I really like the 2 images below “Sometimes the rain can make things very pretty..”

    Can you please share how you black and white processed the image which the brides father is waving his hands towards the groom. Thanks in advance.

  11. Love. This. Wedding.
    Where can I even start. You really make a rainy day look beautiful and easy Big Joe and JP. I think the sunny disposition of the bride and groom helped too (terrible pun, but all you guys know I’m cheesy). So I’ll start with the umbrellas. I love their teaser with the blue umbrella. Such color. Really, the colors really stood out on an overcast, rainy day. Good lighting can be harder to catch on a day like that huh? You guys make it look easy.
    The “something old” details are great – I like the the B&G both had touches of their pasts. Also… the placecards – you’re right, SO cute, and did you notice the two adirondack chairs at the top of each card? Love it! The first look series is great, but I love Abi’s face in the last shot – such heart in that shot. 🙂
    Dad walking down the aisle, soaking up every minute – I love that you nailed exactly what was going on there. Now they can both relive and enjoy that very second over and over. Also, Brad and Abi, your cake faces are adorable. Love it. I feel like your personalities are jumping off the page, and I don’t even know you!
    The after party, the classic car, and fireworks – all just icing on a very beautiful cake indeed. One of my faves this season so far. 🙂

    Big Joe and JP – these are just so filled with love and happiness. Love. it.

  12. These are amazing photos. Abi, you look so beautiful. I love all the colors – the dresses and flowers are so beautiful. xx gaki

  13. I can honestly say based on this blog post and all the beautiful photos, I no longer worry about rain ruining anyone’s parade! These are the most gorgeous photos, and everyone looks like they are having such a wonderful time. So lovely!

  14. Everything looks great!!! I love the pictures!! Abi and Frosty look so happy. Wish them all the best. It is a pity we could not go. Love

  15. WOW, these photos are incredible!!! Abi you look absolutely beautiful!!! I love reliving the night through these photos. Can’t wait to see more!!!!!

  16. Holy cow! I love everything about this wedding – the dress (and I bet Abi’s dry cleaner will have to clean it three times too 🙂 But I’m sure she agrees that it’s SO WORTH IT!) , the location, the tent, the shoes, the car, the expressions and, especially, the rain. Amazing, amazing job. PS: Can we invent a post wedding excuse to hire the Elarios?

  17. I love every single photograph! wow – being there and feeling the magic of the day and seeing it all captured with such honesty makes me so happy for the new mr. and mrs. frost! All the planning and attention to detail will never be forgotten thanks to you joe + joe! Elarios, you ROCK!

  18. Beautiful wedding and fantastic pictures!!!! Abi and Frosty look great and soooo happy!!Sad we could not make it!!

  19. Wow! I don’t cry (hey, I’m a guy). I’m crying now. The wedding was spectacular and the photography was equally spectacular. You raised “professional photography” to a whole new level. You caught Brad and Abi’s facial expressions perfectly – it is so them! Absolutely awesome and cannot be duplicated. – Thanks for putting such a beautiful event into something we’ll cherish forever. – FOG

  20. Joe and JP The photos are absolutely beautiful ! It was like being there all over agiain. You did great work aand we loved having you around Thank you.

  21. incredible images! oh my goodness abi are those little polka dots on your dress? adorable! jp i love your storytelling…us blog stalkers love the details about the old barrett in her hair, cuff links and stuff like that! my favorite is the one below the fb teaser…dancing in the rain!! as a bride who had a rainy wedding day as well, i’m sure abi and brad would agree that if it’s gonna rain on your wedding day…you better have the elarios there, they make it allllll good! 🙂

  22. Your photographs are works of art……..nobody does it like you! The shot of Abi and Brad with the big blue umbrella is the all time BEST wedding photo!

  23. Ok this was so beautiful it made me cry, awesome congratulations to Abi and Brad, without a doubt one of my favorite Elario’s productions (except Lauren’s of course) The details the colors , the look on their faces after trying the cake, priceless, wish I could see all the photo’s .

  24. I suppose I can be excused if, as the FOB, I admit that your blog photos brought as many tears to my eyes as the event itself. Thank you all. (And, by the way, your speculation about my gesture before handing over Ab to Frosty was totally correct. I just wanted to make that last moment last.)
    JP, Joe and Hayden — and everyone else who made this so wonderful — thank you.

  25. Simply amazing! I love everything about this wedding! A great reminder of how great Cooperstown is! 🙂 Best Wishes Abi and Brad!

  26. Love this!! Abi and Brad are so adorable! There are so many great moments captured in this blog — I love both Abi and her father’s faces when he’s walking her down the aisle, her father’s face right before he gave her away, the parents on either side of them while they were getting married, … the list goes on and on!! Big Joe and Jp, somehow you always find a way to amaze me with your talent! Congrats to Abi and Brad!! 🙂

  27. Beautiful wedding (and photos, of course)! I loved all the personal touches incorporated throughout the whole day. Congratulations Abi & Brad!

  28. These are AWESOME! How did you capture everything….I don’t know how you guys do it…but I was so excited to have the best shooting that day! Love working with you both.