Casa Mia Manor Wedding- Rockland County Wedding Photographer

There’s a lot of talk at weddings where “two become one,” and “a new family is born.” Sometimes, though, the wedding just formalizes what everyone there already knows to be true. Two became one long ago. The deep love, the every day love, the for better or worse love, the wedding vow love? Lia and Joe have been living that commitment to each other for a while now. In fact, their bond is so deep and strong, it’s personified in the heart and soul of their sweet daughter Eliana. Two, as it turns out, have already become three.

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The wedding day was truly the icing on the cake. (I’ll get to the cake- the yummy, yummy cake- in a minute.) It was a day to stand up, and say, “You. I choose you. You are the one I honor with my love.”

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I will NEVER get tired of seeing the look on the excited groom’s face when he sees his bride in her wedding dress. This will never get old.

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After a few minutes, Lia and Joe’s family came out to the gazebo and we took some group photos.

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My favorites, though, were with Eliana!

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Such a cutie patootie!

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We got through all the posed photos, and then it was time to go down the aisle!

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The ceremony was personal and loving, with a few sincere prayers and the exchange of rings.

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The newlyweds kissed, and then Joe swept Lia into a romantic dip. (Lia, you lucky girl.)

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They walked down the aisle with their sweet Eliana, and it was time to get the party started.

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Well, first, the paperwork got signed, and THEN the celebration started (with shots!)

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What struck me during the first dance was the way Lia and Joe held each other close with their new wedding rings on their hands. She rested her hand on his chest…

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…and he placed his hand on her waist.

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Joe had tears of happiness in his eyes as he danced with both of his best girls.

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Then, Eliana decided it was time for some twirling.

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I knew it was going to be an amazing party when a conga line started in the first dance set.

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I loved this moment with Lia flashing her bling. On our wedding day, when your ring feels so new and just a little foreign on your hand, you just want to look at it and smile.

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Flossing…

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and selfies!

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Joe cracked up as his best man Alantz gave his toast, and then Lia’s sister offered her heartfelt best wishes.

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So many cute kids at this wedding!

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I love Lia’s smile here. This is the way you smile when your favorite person in the world has walked up behind you.

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Okay, I promised I would talk about the cake. It was to die for, and best of all, it was a gift from a dear friend. (I had a piece of the red velvet layer. It makes me want to make a special trip to the Cakery in Fishkill. It was the kind of red velvet you happily drive an hour for, is all I’m saying.)

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The rest of the reception passed in the blink of an eye.

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You KNOW it’s an amazing party when guests fall asleep on the table!

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Congratulations, Lia, Joe and Eliana! Thank you for letting me be with you on your best day ever!

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