Julia Zave Lifestyles

Mary Beth + Chris 8.31.13

I first met Chris years ago through his cousin, my dear friend and mentor, Laura. Chris just moved to the area and was working with us at a day long festival near Albany. Fast forward to a few years later and I get an email from Mary Beth (referred by Laura of course) regarding wedding photography for her and Chris’s big day!!! Mary Beth and I met at Panera and instantly bonded over our mutual love of J.Crew and Breaking Bad. I mean, who doesn’t love classic All American style and a chemistry teacher turned meth dealer? Don’t answer that…I will…we do. We love good story telling – be it through fashion, TV or photography! The closer we got to the date the more I squealed with excitement at every thought of shooting a fabulously stylish and incredibly fun J.Crew wedding with these two! Then the day came and below is their beautiful story in photographs. Hopefully, I told it well!
Dear MB + Chris,
I hope you enjoy these photos for years to come. You radiate happiness!
Vendor team
Venue: The Stockade Inn
Dress & Accessories: J.Crew
Hair & Make-Up: Shannon Theresa, Rhino Studio (shannland@gmail.com)
Incredible Chocolate Truffles: Tusch’s Truffles by Bryan (bryan.tusch@gmail.com)
Flowers: Anthology Studio

Steph + Nick 6.29.13

I met Stephanie (Steph to me) back in 2011 during the MOVE Music Festival. I was shooting the event and she was helping Bernie (one of the organizers of the MOVE Music Festival and President of Indian Ledge Music Group) sell tickets. We got to talking about music and everything in between. Shortly, I found out that her and Nick (CEO of Indian Ledge Music Group) were engaged to be married! We exchanged contact info and met up for ice cream a few months later to chat details. It was very important to both Steph and Nick that their wedding and photography were fun, energetic and unique – like them! As I got to know them and learned more about their families, I couldn’t wait to document the special handmade details and unique personalities of everyone who’d be attending. Steph and Nick’s wedding day came quickly! Below are the photographs I captured along with my second photographer Tina. It was a beautiful sunny day, with tears and laughter, sweet surprises, friends, hugs, love and cake. Check it out!

That's Steph holding her wedding invitation.

That’s Steph holding her wedding invitation.

Gorgeous bead detail of Steph's Maggie Sottero dress!

Gorgeous bead detail of Steph’s Maggie Sottero dress!

Steph smiles as she sees her mom.

Steph smiles as she sees her mom.

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Steph’s mom, Ann looks on as bridesmaid and hair stylist, Nadine puts the finishing touches on Stephanie’s up do.

Christine, Steph's sister, maid of honor and make-up artist works her magic as mom, Ann, and one of Steph's oldest friends, Nadine, look on.

Christine, Steph’s sister, maid of honor and make-up artist works her magic as mom, Ann, and one of Steph’s oldest friends, Nadine, look on.

Nick surprises Steph by stopping by to say Hello! They vowed not to see each other the morning of, but no one ever said anything about holding hands :)

Nick surprises Steph by stopping by to say Hello! They vowed not to see each other the morning of, but no one ever said anything about holding hands :)

Steph gets water from bridesmaids - Kim and Erica, while they chat about Nick's surprise visit.

Bridesmaids, Kim and Erica, tell jokes to keep Steph laughing while they gush over Nick’s surprise visit.

Steph gets a pep-talk from bridemaid, Ashley.

Steph gets a pep-talk from bridemaid, Ashley. If you want to know what it was about, ask Steph – lets just say it included talk of puppies and more!

Time to get into the dress!

Time to get into the dress!

Nadine laces up Steph's dress while everyone helps out.

Nadine laces up Steph’s dress while everyone helps out.

Christine (Chrissy), puts on Steph's special necklace.

Christine (Chrissy), puts on Steph’s special necklace.

Kisses to mom.

Kisses to mom.

Steph's dad sees her for the first time as the girls look on.

Steph’s dad sees her for the first time as the girls look on.

More hugs and happy tears!

More hugs and happy tears!

Rewind a little to the best man's parents house, where the guys got dressed...

Rewind a little to the best man’s parents house, where the guys got dressed…

Nick's boutonniere is pinned.

Nick’s boutonniere is pinned.

One of the guys eats a quick snack...

One of the guys eats a quick snack…

With some help from Nick.

With some help from Nick.

Groomsmen enjoy and document their gifts from Nick.

Groomsmen enjoy and document their gifts from Nick.

The stache flasks. What on Earth could they be for?

The stache flasks. What on Earth could they be for?



Ceremony time.

Ceremony time at Birch Hill.

Nick sees Steph!

Nick sees Steph!

Steph and her dad walk down the aisle to meet Nick.

Steph and her dad walk down the aisle to meet Nick.

Sweet vows.

Sweet vows.

Ring ceremony.

Ring ceremony.

Nick announces a surprise for Steph!!!

Nick announces a surprise for Steph!!!

A very special composition played during the ring ceremony.

A very special composition played during the ring ceremony.

First kiss.

First kiss.

Married happiness!

Married happiness!

The Mr and Mrs!

The Mr and Mrs!

Time to celebrate - Steph and Nick!

Time to celebrate – Steph and Nick!

Steph's bouquet.

Steph’s bouquet.

The room at Birch Hill.

The room at Birch Hill.

Bride + Groom Trivia!

Bride + Groom Trivia!

Nick and Steph make an entrance!

Nick and Steph make an entrance!

First dance.

First dance.

First smiles.

First smiles.

Bridal party attack, I mean - group hug!

Bridal party attack, I mean – group hug!

Chrissy hugs Steph after her toast.

Chrissy hugs Steph after her toast.

Best Man, TJ, tells stories of adventures with Nick.

Best Man, TJ, tells stories of adventures with Nick.

Nick's dad tells more stories of adventures with Nick; the one about the door and the saw. Ask Nick for details!

Nick’s dad tells more stories of adventures with Nick; the one about the door and the saw. Ask Nick for details!

Steph's dad toasts the new couple!

Steph’s dad toasts the new couple!

Father daughter dance.

Father daughter dance.

The rings.

The rings.

The Mr. The Mrs.

The Mr. The Mrs.





Forehead kisses.

Forehead kisses.

Surprise nose kiss!

Surprise nose kiss!



Sweet love and cake! Can it get any better?

Sweet love and cake! Can it get any better?

Yes! When everyone starts dancing - mom and Steph sing along.

Yes! When everyone starts dancing to endless tunes by Conway Entertainment’s Brian Garreau!

Nick's dad and step-mom get down on the dance floor.

Nick’s dad and step-mom get down on the dance floor.

Steph's parents!

Steph’s parents!

Groosmen dance off!

Groosmen dance off!

Groomsmen just keep dancing.

Groomsmen just keep dancing.

Some more.

Some more.

Nick joins in.

Nick joins in.

Singing and dancing family.

Singing and dancing family.

Singing and dancing friends.

Singing and dancing friends.

Chrissy shows us her moves!

Chrissy shows us her moves!

Air guitar, anyone?

Air guitar, anyone?

Nick sneaks Steph outside for a little break outside...

Nick sneaks Steph outside for a little break outside…

For smores!

For smores!

While Mr. Peacock looks on (Birch Hill has several colorful peacocks who live right on the property!)

While Mr. Peacock looks on (Birch Hill has several colorful peacocks who live right on the property!)

Slow dance.

Slow dance.

Last dance of the evening as the new Mr. and Mrs!

Last dance of the evening as the new Mr. and Mrs!


Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Cosimano – you are two very fun, very special people! I loved the inscription on your cake and hope you always carry that memory for and with each other – “When I saw you I fell in love and you smiled because you knew. – Boito”

Devin + Dave 6.15.13

After a whole week of rain we finally had a sunny day! That day was also the day of Devin and Dave’s beautiful wedding! Before I headed out to meet the girls at their hotel, I read Devin’s Facebook wall post and it couldn’t have been more perfect:

“Who would have thought that the boy who asked to walk me home 13 years ago would turn into the man I’m walking down the aisle to today?! We grew up together now we get to grow old together!”

See for yourself :)

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An incredible day, with family, old friends and new – Devin + Dave’s wedding was definitely one of my favorites so far this season! Congratulations to two great people who are truly meant to be together! ♥ J
A list of vendors who participated in this wedding is coming soon.

Amy + Justin 5.25.13

Everything about Justin and Amy is pretty extraordinary. Justin is a fireman at the Albany fire department (his dream job – Ladder 4, Albany) and Amy is currently in school to become a nurse. Along with them, is Mikey – the cutest kid with blue eyes you’ll ever meet. He’s going to be a heartbreaker! Together they’re JustAmy. All the details of their wedding were thought out, sentimental and meaningful in a way that doesn’t really need an explanation. Their beautiful story is below.


Hair & Make-Up: Micaela of Strut Spalontique and Zen Hair Studio
Venue: The Gazebo Room at Holiday Inn Express, Latham
Flowers: Rizzo’s House of Flowers
Cake: Jay and Rachel Rourke
Band: The Schmooze Band
DJ: Vinny Vin of Nonstopmusic
Videography: Jim Chiefari of Simply Beautiful Wedding Videography
Photo Magnets: FotoMagic
Transportation: Today’s Limousine

Click your heels three times and you will have your wish! Hints of red to symbolize love and passion were in everything from Amy’s shoes to her beautiful rose bouquet. Around the bouquet we wrapped around a very special necklace with Amy’s mom’s fingerprint, as a reminder that she will always be here.


The wedding dress of soon to be Mrs. Gershon!


Amy hugs Mikey before he goes off to get dressed.


Mikey’s uncles, Lee and Eddie, help him get dressed for church.


Amy glances in the mirror before heading into the next room to into her wedding dress.


Amy’s godmother looks on as the bridesmaids begin to help Amy to get into her dress.




Sarah, Amy’s maid of honor, helps tie the wedding dress corset.


The corset ribbons were a little long, so Sarah cut them and roasted them a little to prevent fraying. Planning ahead is always good!



Sarah puts on Amy’s something blue, a gift from her.


A little perfume is a girl’s other best friend!


Sarah helps pin a pendant with a picture of Amy’s sister and mom to the back of her dress. Amy’s dad, Dennis, hugs her after he sees her for the first time in her wedding dress. 


Usually, it’s the father daughter moment that gets me at weddings. This time, it was Amy and her mom. <3


Justin’s jacket is ready!


Justin’s best man helps him with the tie.


Justin reads a little note from Amy – the one about his surprise gift from her!


Justin walks outside and sees the vintage firetruck Amy arranged to pick up the guys at the house! Perfect!


Everyone is ready at church.


Justin waits to see Amy walk down the aisle with her dad.


First he sees Mikey with a warning sign – that Amy is coming!

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St. Francis of Assisi is also where Amy’s parents got married years ago.

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Meet the new Mr. & Mrs! And let the party BEGIN!

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Congratulations to you JustAmy! You are as sweet as all the cupcakes and chocolate covered strawberries combined! I wish you years of happy goofiness and laughter!



Sylvianne + John 5.4.13

Sylvianne and John’s wedding was so much fun! I’ve known Sylvianne since high school and we even went to SUNY Albany at the same time for a while. Years later, while shooting a concert at SPAC, I literally ran into Sylvianne and we reconnected on Facebook. Since then, John has had to witness many a “You’re the cutest!” chats and posts. See the thing is that Sylvianne is so beautiful, she could be a model. This was a frequent discussion back in high school and things haven’t changed in that department since! Last spring, we did an engagement session on a rainy Albany morning (what else is new?!) and had so much fun. Weeks leading up to the wedding Sylvianne and I texted details and plans. Naturally, when the day finally arrived I was dying to capture every moment. I had an incredible time creating memories for Sylvianne and John, so much so that I’m going to forego my usual captions and let this story tell itself. Congratulations Sylvianne and John! You are amazing, and the cutest!


Hair: Kathleen of Beautiful Images Hair Salon
Make-Up: Samantha Armentano (scarmentano@gmail.com)
Venue: 11 North Pearl
Flowers: Karen Corlew of The Arrangement Shoppe
Cake: Mazzone Hospitality
Music & Entertainment: Jeffrey Scott Entertainment
Transportation: Marty’s Transportation (martycab@midtel.net)







































































Erin + Mike DAY 1

Erin and Mike’s wedding one was of the most unique celebrations I’ve had the honor of documenting so far! The two day affair started on Washing Park’s Bridge in Albany and continued the following day as a festive party at Normanside Country Club in Delmar. Below is day 1 of the amazing celebration and fun time had by all.

The springy invitation and Erin’s bouquet. Light and perfect!
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A two day celebration calls for two dresses!
Two dressesThis embroidered handkerchief was given to Erin by her aunt and came straight from Ireland. It was sewn into Erin’s dress for good luck.
Love the subtle wave detail of Erin’s wedding ceremony dress!
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The fun green shoes, the antique stunning ring and borrowed earrings completed the outfit!
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Awesome Vanessa did Erin’s make up lightening fast!

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My super speedy assistant, Veronica, grabbed this shot as everyone gathered on the bridge.
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The energetic and super creative, Erin Harkes did two songs especially requested by Mike, and as a surprise for Erin. So cool!
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Then there were vows with happy tears.
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And the kiss!
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Mike and Erin’s adorable Boston Terrier – Finn, was fascinated by all the activity so they picked her up for a family photos :)
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Everyone, but the happy couple headed over to dinner at Mingle (on Delaware Ave) while we took a quick stroll through Washington Park for some portraits. So much fun!
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One of my favorite shots from the afternoon. A Marilyn Monroesque moment.
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And the rings!
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Erin + Mike DAY 2

From Washington Park on April 5th, we went onto party at the Normanside Country Club on April 6th! And party we did!

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But first, everyone had to get ready! Vanessa (of Elegant Esthetics) arrived with all the party colors in hand and got to work!
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Once make up was done, the girls helped Erin into her dress.
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Since Finn, Erin and Mike’s adorable Boston Terrier made an appearance on Day 1, it was only fair that their cuddly cat – Ted Kennedy (no, not that Ted) did too! He watched over everyone (especially Erin) to make sure that all preparations went smoothly.
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Earlier that morning, Mike received a sweet, sweet shirt from Erin!
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While the girls got ready, Mike and Uncle Joe traveled to OTB to place some last minute bets.
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Here they are with their game faces on!
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Now, that didn’t last long…so home to get ready for the party they went!
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Here’s Mike – GQ ready!
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One last look at Erin as she snuck in a little Yoga while Sarah’s (Maid of Honor) sister set Erin’s hair.
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Before we knew it, it was time to party with all the guests at Normanside!
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The delicious cake from Dolce & Biscotti (I vouch for it’s amazingness!).
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After the cocktail there was a sweet slide show.
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And then there were speeches that made Erin, Mike, friends and family – laugh and cry.
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Followed by a first dance!
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And the father-daughter dance!
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DJ Playground got the party going!
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Then, it was time for cake!
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And more dancing, dancing, dancing!
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Thank you Erin and Mike for allowing me to document your tremendous and awesome celebration. I wish you both, Finn and Ted Kennedy many, many, many years of happiness, laughter and love. Love is limitless.
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Erin of Erin Marzilli Make Up Artist, and I have been planning this shoot since the summer. When Erin first texted me a photo of Dali from her October wedding, I knew she’d be perfect! The awesome news kept coming when Erin texted me again and asked if I’d be interested in working with a vintage accessory designer on the shoot as well! The answer was, of course, a million times, yes! And Tara of Tiane Novati joined the shoot team!

When I got to Erin’s where we were getting ready, Tara had laid out the accessory options and they were stunning, just like our bride! After Erin finished Dali’s make up, we picked out the hair accessories we liked best. It would’ve been incredible to shoot them all, but there we just so many beautiful options from The Covenant Collection we could fit in one day. (Opportunity for next shoot? I think so!)

Once the pieces were picked out and Dali dawned on her wedding dress we wrapped her up in scarves and blankets to keep her warm on the way to Yaddo Gardens. After all, it was less than 30 degrees out! As you will see in the images below, Dali was a trooper all through the make up, accessory and location changes!

Dali at Yaddo Gardens in Saratoga

I wish I could find another synonym for ‘stunning’ because the only word that pops into my head when I look at these images is that Dali looks – effortlessly stunning!

Dali At The Gates

I’ve seen many photo versions of the gates at Yaddo Gardens. I wanted these images to look elegant and yet infused with personality. This shot was taken between poses and encapsulates Dali’s fun and playful personality.

Dali On Marble BenchAfter the gates we moved onto the marble bench on the other side of the gardens. Following a make up change and a classic netting and feather accessory Dali took a seat and looked aristocratic without even trying!

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One more glance

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Dali In The Garden


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Dali at the marble wall surrounded by different shades of white marble, fabric and snow.

Dali In The Woods

This was one of my favorite locations of the day. At the end of the shoot, I asked Dali to stand in the shade of the woods near the Yaddo Gardens. Just enough shade and ray’s of afternoon sun in the background gave the sharp contrast of the white and brown softness and depth I love!

Thank you Dali, Tara and Erin for a fantastic shoot!

H+J 1.19.13

I’ve known Heather and Jason ever since we all did crew together back in college. After we graduated, they moved to Japan and then to New York to start their life together. Then last January, soon after they got engaged, Jason called me to talk about the wedding!!! Seems just like yesterday that Jason and Heather began dating! Their beautiful day was planned to take place close to where Heather grew up, at The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown. When I got to the hotel, Heather’s mom told me that she dreamed of having her wedding there ever since she was a little girl. So beautiful!


Heather getting ready, looking beautiful from the very start!

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Jason + his dad looking all GQ right before the ceremony.


Jason sees Heather for the very first time as she walks down the aisle with her dad.

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Heather’s mom tearing up a little during the ceremony.


Meet the new Mr. & Mrs. DeNivo!


Heather hugs her mom and Jason hugs his dad after the ceremony.


Everyone had a ticket to the game!

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First dance as husband and wife!


Heather and her dad. Jason and his mom.


Heather hugs her Dad. Love it!

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Parents of the bride and groom!



Friends checking out silly pics!







JZ0_4714One of my favorite portraits from the evening! Jason + Heather, thank you for allowing me to document your beautiful, special day!




Spending time with families during portrait sessions is one of my favorite past times. I love running around with the kids, chatting with the parents and just enjoying the day with camera in hand. Below are some of my favorite moments from family photos in 2012. What a year!

The Malinowski'sThe Malinowski’s braved the cold the day after Christmas and looked great doing it!

The Twins

Christopher and Matthew are as ready for their close up as they’ll ever be. Love how expressive they are!

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Adorable Ceci went for a walk.

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Ceci loves running through the sprinkler. Who doesn’t?!

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Tickle time!

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Little Carson is one happy little boy. He clasps his little hands and smiles whenever he’s excited. Adorable!


Carson loves cowboy hats. What a handsome little man!

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Carson duck gazing by the Congress Park pond.

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Little Red Riding Hood.


Ceci smiles!

The Shinebargers

The Shinebarger’s were a very special family. This was their very first family portrait since little Kristin has gone into remission. They are my smiling heroes.

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Little girls love pretty bows! Grace laughing with her dad, Doug.

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Where is daddy? There he is! Grace is so excited she’s jumping up and down!


I love how simple and classic both of these photos are. Grace with her teddy and Grace dancing on her father’s shoes. Love.


Hayley, Tosha, Robyn, and Callie are – The Girls!

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Emily, Ben and Juliana playing in the grass.


Georgie being greeted by a doggie at The Crossings.

The Nammours

Georgie, Naim and Janette – the most stylish family I know.


Memphis and Austin playing airplanes at the park. Memphis is a strong little boy and a survivor of pediatric cancer. He wanted to take a photo with the word blocks as a reminder that he is a survivor. <3




Who could ever say “No” to that smiling face? I know the answer! No one!


The Shultzes have a beautiful wooded property. We went for a walk!


A magic forest lies ahead.