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I Love US – An Upstate Wedding

Balloon Wedding Collage

It is with great excitement that I am finally able to share this post summing up the past few months which are the culmination of a decade of laughter, tears, dreams, adventures and love. On September 2, Scottie and I were married high above Upstate New York in the tiny wicker basket of a hot air balloon. We sailed though the skies above the Thousand Islands and exchanged vows as the air cooled and the leaves began to change.

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Hot Air Balloon Wedding Over the Thousand Islands from I Love Upstate New York on Vimeo.

Nearly two months later, we celebrated our marriage at the Flower Memorial Library with 30 of our closest friends and family. The library has been special to us since we featured it here, on iloveusny. We would like to thank you all for reading, following and supporting us through this, and our many great adventures here in Upstate New York.

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2012 Beekman Harvest Fest


2012 Harvest Fest in Sharon Springs

A little over an hour east of Utica, sits a small quaint town in the center of New York State that is featured in its very own reality television show. “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” is set in the town of Sharon Springs, New York and follows the lives of two city boys who have moved to the country to reinvent themselves as farmers and entrepreneurs. Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge have created the lifestyle brand Beekman 1802 which they slap on everything from cookbooks to goat’s milk soap. Over the weekend, Scott and I and a couple of great friends traveled down to Sharon Springs to partake in the town’s annual Harvest Fest. The festival featured vendors selling everything from pickles and pumpkins to clothing and jewelry, not to mention celebrity appearances by the Fabulous Beekman Boys themselves. Every inch of the town was dripping with pumpkins, mums and cornstalks, it was truly a visual delight. Highlights of our day included chatting with the locals, seeing the live birds of prey at the bird rescue exhibit and ending the day with a glass of wine at the gorgeous American Hotel. Here are some of our favorite shots from the day, and a clip from the popular show “The Fabulous Beekman Boys”. For a visual treat, check out the Beekman Boys’ website:

The Fabulous Beekman Boys

Josh of the Fabulous Beekman Boys. Whoever is doing their graphic design and marketing is just a genius. We are in love with every last detail.



The American Hotel in Sharon Springs





Black Cat Bakery all decked out for Harvest Fest in Sharon Springs.


Pickles, produce and funky journals for sale at the 2012 Sharon Springs Harvest Fest.


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Bird Rescue at the 2012 Sharon Spring Harvest Fest
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Oswego Harborfest 2012


The moon rises over Harborfest in Oswego, New York.

This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of Oswego’s Harborfest Celebration. We stopped down last night to have an amazing dinner at Vona’s restaurant and take some photos of the festivities. Hit the link to read more about Harborfest and to see a schedule of events for the next couple of days.

Harborfest Carnival

Lights shimmer off of Lake Ontario from a carnival during Harborfest in Oswego, New York.


Carnival rides

Bright Lights

The bright lights of the carnival at Harborfest in Oswego, NY – 2012

Harborfest Swings

Carnival rides



The Oswego Harbor during Harborfest 2012


Smoke Stacks

Oswego Smokes compete for center stage with carnival rides that have been set up for the annual Harborfest celebration.

Oswego Harbor

The dreamy Oswego Harbor, looking all glamourous in the moonlight.

Yacht Club

The Oswego Yacht Club light up in the darkness.



Balloons fly over a vacant carnival during the Syracuse Balloonfest in Jamesville, New York

Over the weekend we had the opportunity to check out Balloonfest in Jamesville. We woke up early (I mean early) on Sunday morning and headed out before the sun was up to try and catch the launch of several hot air balloons in the morning light. We made it just in time to watch the first balloon to get unpacked. For around 45 thrilling minutes, we watched colorful balloon after balloon be rolled out, blown up and sent skyward on a journey over the treetops. Here are some of our favorite shots from that glamourous morning:

Hot air balloons being inflated at the 2012 Syracuse Balloonfest in Jamesville, New York

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In The Sky

Blue Sky

Hot Air Balloons Over The Reservoir

Hot air balloons over the reservoir in Jamesville, New York.

Balloon Panorama

Hot air balloons being inflated at the 2012 Syracuse Balloonfest in Jamesville, New York.





For more information on the Syracuse Balloonfest hit the link:

RoCo 6×6

RoCo 6x6 - 2010

RoCo 6x6 - 2010

Imagine thousands of identically sized canvases filled with anything but identical artwork. That’s exactly what you will get at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s 2012 6×6 art exhibition. 6×6 refers to the size of every piece of art in the show which is open to anyone…anywhere. The show is free to enter up to 10 pieces per artist and all entries are accepted and exhibited. Entries vary from traditional paintings and sketches to stained glass and sculpture and push the boundaries of creativity. Back in 2010 I entered two pieces in the show and then headed to Rochester on opening night with some great old friends from our hometown. I had no clue what I was walking into. We arrived at RoCo and were met with waves of artwork covering every space. I was astonished at the sheer volume of artwork that flooded in from around the world to play a part in the event. Each piece was tacked up on the wall in a perfect grid that made my OCD beam with pride. Our little group must have spent two hours walking around the space just taking in all the different colors, shapes, styles and disciplines represented on every blank space RoCo had to offer. It was incredible and so inspiring to see all of those different pieces that were created to fulfill the same requirements. I found participating in the RoCo 6×6 exhibition extremely rewarding and plan on participating again this year in the 5th 6×6 to date.

RoCo’s 2012 – 6×6 art exhibition runs from June 2 – July 15th, with all entries due postmarked by May 5. For more information on RoCo’s 6×6 you can visit their site here: Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s 6×6 – 2012, or check out their Facebook page for updates on the far off places and famous faces that are sending in entries for the show.

RoCo 6x6 Artwork

Thousands of tiny masterpieces cover the Rochester Contemporary Gallery

6x6 Favorites

These are some of my 6x6 favorites from 2010

6x6 Clocks

6x6 Clocks

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