Gosh, where do I even start with this one? Well, for starters this wedding was OFF THE HOOK! Seriously thats how Amanda and Shane roll. They get the best of the best, put us all in one room, on one day and say do your thang. I remember when I met with Shane, Amanda and her sister “the photo buff” Alexandra I was told the wedding would be BIG. Yeah yeah ok what’s 350 at the Hall of Springs? Thats nothing new. No no no. BIG as in off the heezy for sheezy. Amanda and Shane brought in the big guns on this one… Was it off the chain? Uh yeah! Sit back and grab some popcorn cause its on like Donkey Kong!

Our 12 hour day began at 11am at the Lecce home in Niskayuna where the Beyonce was pumping and the hair spay was flowing. My homegirl and wedding coordinator Christine Wheat was in the house again making sure everything was just perfect and on time! It’s a major sigh of relief to me when I hear that my couple is working with Christine, she’s like the egg in Amanda and Shane’s wedding batter that holds all us clowns together. Haha. I know, I’m crazy. Also at the Lecce home was not only Alayne Curtis from Make Me Fabulous on hair but Tina Barbato from Flawless by Tina on makeup. So yes, it was a Fabulously Flawless or Flawlessly Fabulous duo, whichever you prefer. Then pulls up David Michael Schmidt  Renaissance Floral Design or as I like to call him “King David” in his new delivery van. Why am I talking about it? Not because it was a Mercedes (I’m a BMW guy) but because this nut personalized it with their wedding logo and date. You’ll see in the pictures. Then Amanda got dressed and the day proceeded as usual. We took some pics at this gorgeous home while videographer Al Woodard and I laughed at this bee that would not stop bugging Amanda’s sister. Too funny! Did I mention Amanda was stunning?

Now we’re off to St Luke’s in Schenectady, the church was decorated beautifully too. I thought this church was just so photogenic. It was however a little tough to work i because the priest has some super duper strict rules, probably the most strict rules ever! My guess is some rookie goof photographer(s) in the past gave us professionals who know what we’re doing a bad name. It happens. I guess the reason I mention this because I think we managed to get great images even though we on a tight leash. I would love to shoot there again because its really a stunning church. Oh! How awesome that ceremony started EXACTLY on time? I looked at Christine Wheat when Amanda and her dad walked down the aisle and said “How do you do that?” She just winked, love her.

Now onto the Hall of Springs. Again, where do I begin? Well for starters every wedding has a designer whether its a florist, caterer or whatever. The man was David Michael Schmidt and his team from Renaissance Floral Design. They SMOKED this one. The florals, linens, candles, etc were all wonderful. Clifton Park Rental with their lighting took this room to a new level. I’ve seen it washed in color before and it’s awesome but I’ve never seen the pinspot lit tables at the Hall of Springs. I’m glad to start seeing this trend at weddings now because its off the chain and you all should do it 😉 Mike Frodey is simply a lighting genious, keep up the good work Mike! Now I’d be crazy if I didn’t give mad love to Angelo Mazzone, Kevin Sykes, Mark Delos, Mary Ann and the Mazzone Catering team. The food kept coming! It was a non-stop food fest! Seriously, just when you thought you had some of Debbie Coyes cake and life was good what do they do? They bring Amanda and Shane’s favorite pastry shop TO the Hall of Springs! Word, they brought Civitello’s Spumoni & Italian Pastry Shop to the Hall of Springs. Not just a tray of their food, no no no. The mad man Mark Delos constructed the facade of this place complete with the signs and all. When you went inside, the counters, booths and tables were there too. Along with the “sorry no checks accepted” sign! Too cool! This one takes the cake for most original dessert room I’ve ever seen. Gosh there was so much stuff going on people still managed to keep the dance floor packed all night. Well, thats what happens when the New York Players are in the house! Also thanks to Hayden Yund for holding down the gold Elario Photo Booth too! This was a hot one folks. So many great people came together to make Amanda and Shane’s wedding day so special. I just wonder how the Lecce’s will top it for their next two beautiful and single daughters? Oh and their son’s 😉

If you’re still reading this blog pat yourself on the back because you’ve made it this far and you’re not even looking at the images yet. With that being said, this is where I say thank you. Thank you Amanda, Shane, the Lecce’s the Mahars and everyone for having us. This was a special one to have been part of and I can’t begin to show my gratitude to you all. Your wedding really was a blast! I love you both like a fat kid loves some Debbie Coye cake. Keep rocking!! Congrats!!

Peace!
JP

** UPDATE: peep the hotness in motion on my boy Al Woodards blog.

We all remember their engagement session right?

The gown and shoes..

Some bling and a monarch pin.

After you get made “fabulous”

you get made “flawless”

I had to. You’re looking at the best of the best on right and left folks. Love these gals..

Oh yes he did.. David Michael Schmidt, you’re a nut!

Time to get dressed!

Amanda’s mom Christine was loving this!!

and father Lou as well enjoying seeing his first girl in white..

I love this shot of the parents..

Amanda and her purrdy sisters..

I love a small bridal party. I love that their colors are all different yet all work to well together.

They even had their own custom bouquets.

Come on! She’s not even trying..

As Amanda would say she’s “channeling her inner Beyonce”

I love this one..

Mr Shane… looking good my man!

The fellas..

An on time bride arrives at the church ready to tie the knot.

Deep breaths..

What a beautiful church!

Mr & Mrs..

If you’ve walked down the aisle you know this feeling..

Something I said?

I love it..

Props to Hayden for upstaging me with the forehead kiss..

The front of the hall had some fun color so we “spun” through.. .

And then they got into an Elario Configuration…

A do love this one too.

So romantic..

Another fav..

The cocktail hour..

Place cards by Paper Dolls of Saratoga.

The Hall of Springs ballroom by Renaissance Floral Design

Their head table was quite a vision..

They wanted to reveal the room to Amanda and Shane so instead of them walking into it I suggested they close their eyes and be brought to the dance floor. Then on the count of 3 open their eyes.. Her face says it all..

Then we put people in the room and party..

The first dance complete with bubble blowers..

Amanda’s siblings deliver a great toast..

Now, I was happy with images I captured of them earlier but after toasts I looked outside and saw this light. Needless to say I’m beyond happy with their photos. Thats what we do, we chase the light..

Theres so much butter light in this picture my heart hurts..

favorite image of the day alert!!

You must laugh like this on your wedding day..

Oh my facebook teaser.. I love it too.

Another Debbie Coye masterpiece.. a resemblance to her gown?

I love Amanda’s endless expressions.

Lou Lecce made the announcement “Civitello’s is now open!”

The New York Players know how to pack a dance floor.. Love the chick rocking air guitar in the front.. lol.

and if the pastries weren’t enough earlier this awaited you outside..

More images of the impressive lighting from Clifton Park Rental.

and we’ll get into the Elario Photo Booth..

Where Angelo Mazzone can’t help but jump for joy 😉

How about the back drop? Word, not even released yet from drop it MODERN.. stay tuned for this and more in the early winter.

She’s a blog stalker… nice meeting you!

I love gooooooold! (austin powers 3 goldmember voice)

The Lecce’s

Congrats to you both!!!!!!!!!

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  1. wow! the place you had your reception is gorgeous and so is your dress! congrats!

  2. Grandma T LOVES the pics as does the whole Tricozzi clan!!! Much love to Shane and Amanda!! Awesome work on the photography and the whole event!! Outstanding- one to be remembered!!

  3. If you are Italian and lived in Schenectady you know ALL about Civitellos! The BEST Lemon Ice ever…. I absolutley adore the idea for their dessert hour! Amazing! Beautiful colors, flowers, lighting…. and you have to love all the FOOD! A true italian wedding – – so much food, you need to be rolled back to your car at the end of the night! 🙂 Congrats!

  4. BTW can anyone tell me where that fabulous pregnant gal got the black glittery dress? Love it!!! Way to work the bump!

  5. Amanda you & your bridesmaids looked absolutely stunning on your big day! From your amazing pictures it looks as if your wedding was a fabulous event! Congratulations again from everyone here at Angela’s Bridal!

  6. JP..I’m speechless & breathless. You are as artist. Thank you for taking the beautiful essence that my daughter and son-in-law have and expressing it in print.
    Thank you for taking the amazing vision and hard work of David Michael Schmidt (Renaissance Floral) and capturing it as real as life. David Schmidt and Mike Frodey (CP Rentals) brought The Hall of Springs to a new level. The room never looked so good and you captured it as if we were still standing there…unbelievable!!
    Thank you for caring enough about your work to put every bit of heart and soul into this day and bringing to the outside all the beauty and love that my family has on the inside.
    As time passes, memories fade and anniversaries go by..these two are left with YOUR artistry as their minds eye back to one of the greatest days of their lives. Thank you for giving them perfection to relive the awesomeness that was their wedding day!! xo Majjie

    Special thanks to Joe Sr as well!

  7. I can’t wait for Mikey lecce to put on a ring on me to get in on this lecce wedding action…. Dying for these pictures. So gorgeous Amanda!!! And again, Shane is such a fox.

  8. What can I say! To begin, Amanda and Shane, I was honored to have participated in your special day! These pictures truly exemplify the amazing night that each and every guest experienced! Every aspect of this occasion was beautiful and I am glad JP was able to capture everyones pure joy! I cannot wait to see the rest!

  9. JP/Big Joe.
    two words….
    I. Die.
    LOVE IT more than words can say. I’m soooo happy/impressed/floored/excited about these. I can’t stop looking at them…So glad you guys got to hang out with us on the 24th night of Septembaaa. You did an amazing job, as usual. The sunset picture, the black and white against the tree, the entrance into the hall, the shot of Amanda and Shane coming out of the church, of Amanda and my dad. Ugh. I love them all.
    And even though I’ve had my 15 minutes of fame on the blog, I’ll be an E blog stalker forever! Great job and I can’t wait till you shoot mine! I’ll fly you out to CA 😉
    AWESOME job – keep ’em comin! ya’ll rock.

  10. Fantastic wedding…great pictures…beautiful couple…Louie the food guy is the best!..and the Louie/Amanda pic at the back of the church is a classic!

  11. . . . a Amanda & Shane . . a huge “WIN” in Saratoga , Thank You for going with : Elario Photography Inc. JP’s image of you two exiting the church – says it all !

  12. So I had to look at this blog three times before I was ready to comment!! There is just so much, I think I’m speechless!! I want to just say ditto what Mona said! 🙂 Seriously, this blog post is awesome! Amanda and Shane are just so adorable too!! Love the different color dress idea!! I wish I wouldv’e done that – so cute! And that reddish light just takes my breath away, I can’t stop looking at them! Jp, your favorite image is MY favorite image too!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this blog post!! Jp, Big Joe – amazing doesn’t do you guys justice!! Truly the best in the industry!!

  13. Wow!!!! BLING BLING! I love the gold DIM background (JP I laughed reading your Austin Powers reference). Awesome 🙂 Shiny 🙂
    So back to the main event. Where do you even start? The HOS basically was a chameleon all night. You had the cocktail tent, you’ve got the photobooth, the dance floor and lighting, and the pastry shop 🙂 That’s what I call a FULL wedding EXPERIENCE. Such attention to every detail.

    And of course you had all the pros out (well, not EVERY single one of you, because there are so many of you awesome pros out there!). But let’s just say that at every turn you have amazing professionals pulling things together. Everything looks amazing, INCLUDING you two.
    Amanda – you look so beautiful!! I love when brides have their hair partially down 🙂 My favorite. You look so happy, so beautiful!!! Just gorgeous!!! Alayne and Tina had an easy time here 🙂
    I love that the girls have different dresses!!! Different dresses and colors. Who says bridesmaids dresses HAVE to be the same color. So great, but they go so well together.

    There’s so much so let me try to finish up quick (too late!):
    The expressions are great – Amanda seeing the room for the first time is definitely what everyone feels when you first look around and go “wow… this is OUR wedding day!” So cute.
    And you guys seem just connected at the hip all night.
    OH! Love the cake/dress 😉 Definitely picked right up on that match!
    Overall, just awesomeness all around!!! Congratulations guys 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Big Joe and JP – way to do awesome work as always – even if you have to jump thru hoops sometimes or bend “rules” 😉

    ps – butter. light. Yum.

  14. Ok Amanda, You were even more gorgeous than I remember! But let’s mention that your entire family.. Dad included… were so much fun, so awesome, so easy to please, maybe because the entire family is Gorgeous! The hair OMG, one of my faves of the year! Remember the higher the hair the closer to God! I am working on David from Renassainceto have another party at his house with Wee Mee invites so I get to see you again soon!!! Christine you are amazing as always and JP, Joe and Hayden. I love it when you guys arrive. It always signifies that the party is about to begin!!!

  15. i am loving alayne’s work on this bride, WOW…LOVE the hair. the photo of Amanda’s expression on the dance floor is priceless, so great, JP! gorgeous bouquets for the bridesmaids too, just wow, all the details were stunning and the bride and groom look so in love!

  16. Wow. Talk about breath taking. These pictures are absolutely amazing! Awesome job capturing the night, JP. I’m so anxious to see the rest of the photo booth/wedding pics! My favorite pic would have to be (besides “The Lecce’s” in the photo booth, obvi) the laughing in the sunset! Amanda looks stunning and the way Shane looks at her says a thousand words! Thank you for these amazing pics JP! You did a fabulous job!!!!!!!!

  17. Another OVER THE TOP wedding perfectly done!! Working with the top event professionals in the area says it all – what a team. WOW – the pictures are amazing. JP, you make CPRC lighting look great – gotta love the pin spots. And…the picture of the tent with the reflection in the pool – love it. Congratulations Amanda and Shane. Thanks for including CPRC in your plans.

  18. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!! Such a couple and families, we at Mazzone Hospitality are honored to be a part of your event!! Absolutley, breathtaking.. and to think Amanda said she wasn’t a blog type of girl- you rocked it!

  19. WWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWW!!!!!!! I die! (a little sumpthin sumthin I picked up from Amanda!) That pretty much says it all! I am just in awe. The day was such an honor to be a part of and I wish you both a lifetime of more unforgettable memories! XO xo XO

  20. I don’t think I have ever commented on one of your blogs yet I look at them constantly. These pictures are legit out of control. Amazing!

  21. Where do I start. The bride, groom, MOB and I laughed through all of our planning meetings. I was honored to coordinate for a bride that ‘plans’ for a living. The A team “brought it” and the day ran like clock work. It was a beautiful collaboration of professionals. I have too many fav’ images to list…b/w against the tree, them laughing in the butter light, her face at the end of the ceremony, etc… I just don’t know how you guys always seem to capture the best moments of a wedding day. LOVE LOVE LOVE

  22. Holy crap, this was awesome. And if my boss happens to walk by while I’m restalking these, I won’t even bother minimizing the screen and pretending to work. Love, love, love this wedding!

  23. WOW. I dont even know where to start…thank you JP and Joe for beautifully capturing the most important day of our lives. From the start, we knew that photos would be our most prized possession from our wedding day and there wasn’t a doubt about who we wanted to shoot it. I think we booked you before we booked the church! There are so many great images, its impossible to choose our favorite. You guys ROCK! Thank you for making me look almost as good at Beyonce 🙂 I’m also SO happy we went with the photobooth – JP had to do a LOT of convincing, but, it was totally worth it. What great keepsakes! There is no way to thank you and all the other amazingly talented vendors who consistantly bring their A-game to each and every event. We are so appreciative of your time, talents and endless creativity. We love you all and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for treating us like family!

  24. WELL DONE BOYS!!!! It was a big day, big design, big production and I Can’t thank the whole team who helped bring it together, I can not wait to see the proofs! Love Al’s color coordination. thanks for grabbing the new mobile design rooms maiden voyage. Thanks for the props too, glad you like… for more back story on how we got the design on for A&S check out our blog…
    thanks for bringing your A-Game JP and Big Joe

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