Ben & Melanie // Highland Castle Proposal Bolton Landing NY

After 12 years of being a wedding photographer, I have never photographed a proposal. So after initially listening to a voicemail on my phone from Ben, about his plan to propose to his girlfriend at Highland Castle overlooking Lake George I was 100% excited and 100% terrified. After speaking to him on the phone and learning of the incredible plan already set in motion, I knew we had something special. The key would be to get Melanie to the Castle on a Thursday afternoon and have her not suspect anything strange. We also didn't hide the fact that I was there, instead I set up a few strobes in the great room and I would be there to “shoot some new images for the castle’s website”.

All the planning helped it go off even better than I could’ve dreamt up!!! I still get giddy reliving this incredible moment. What made it even more special was Ben had his family and Melanie’s parents on site to share in the celebration.

Happy New Year!!!

The Zeng Family

I first met Wei & Bena five years ago when photographing their wedding in Albany. They had the MOST memorable and unique wedding I have ever been privilege to photograph. It was a 16 hour marathon that included tea ceremonies, the best wedding meal I have ever eaten ( a homemade buffet of authentic Chinese food) lots of laughs, and a rocking reception. When I received a message from Bena a few months ago about photographing them and their plus one, son Nolan, I was ecstatic to see them again and reconnect. We had a great time playing in the park and working on getting Nolan to sit still just long enough for me to fire off a few frames before he got up and bolted. As I packed up my gear and said my goodbyes I was struck how amazing it was to come full circle with the Zeng’s and get to be a part of their expanding new family. First two photos are two of my favorites from their beautiful wedding!