Jay Zhang Photography

Emerson Spa and Resort Wedding | Erika and Alex's Wedding

Emerson Spa and Resort Wedding | Erika and Alex's Wedding

Erika and Alex are SO adventurous. Let me just say this to all my upcoming couples, BE ADVENTUROUS, take the little bit of a risk for your photos. I always try to keep my clients safe, dry and clean but sometimes you just gotta trust me a little to get some amazing shots! These two were up for anything, I am so grateful because Kristen and I scouted the site early on and found some great spots for photos. It was raining that day and you know the old adage about rain… its wet, I mean good luck on your wedding day 😅😅😅.

There’s an old saying that rain is lucky on your wedding day because when you tie the knot on your wedding day and it rains, the knot itself is harder to untie. Think about that for a second ;-)

Ready to see some adventures?

DJ: Evan Moore

Venue + Catering: The Emerson Resort and Spa

Hair + Make-up: Lipstick N Lashes

Flowers: Fleurtacious Designs

Officiant: Rev Kristina Hansen

Dresses: Alex - Blue Rayne Bridal | Erika - DeAnna’s

Rings: Doyle & Doyle

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Montreal Engagement Session | Abi and Mathieu

Montreal Engagement Session | Abi and Mathieu

I first got contacted by Mathieu on Wedding Wire looking for a wedding photographer to travel to Spillian, little did he know that I’d be more than willing to travel to Montreal as well! I love this city with its rustic charm and its modern sensibilities. Funny enough, Abi and Mathieu met in Japan, and at this time Mathieu lived in Montreal and Abi lived in New Jersey and their fate was just meant to be! 可愛い (Kawaii) is only breaking the surface of how I should describe him, but most important thing of all, we had so much fun together, and things were so easy for them. I love that they were willing to be silly, to be sultry and especially allowing me to enjoy this Beautiful City of Montreal!

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Saratoga National Historic Park | David and Joe's Engagement | Jay Zhang Photography

Saratoga National Historic Park | David and Joe's Engagement | Jay Zhang Photography

David and Joe are two silly people. Everything about them reminds me that life is way to short to be so serious. They just constantly were laughing and having fun and enjoying themselves and thats exactly what I wanted them to do - to just exist with each other in their space. There was just so much laughing there wasn't enough time to think about negativity and insecurities, only time to think about having fun, being in love, and laughing all the way home. It was a perfect day filled with perfectly real people.

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Washington Park + Capitol Plaza Engagement | Albany NY | Katie + Ryan

Washington Park + Capitol Plaza Engagement | Albany NY | Katie + Ryan

Katie and Ryan are very sweet, they are down to earth and they are so chill. They're both super beauties and I don't think they know it (But sometimes though Katie definitely shows that she KNOWS she's beautiful - aint that right? Cause you are, Flaunt it girl.) They are definitely well prepared and easy going people who just love being together. They love their life, they love their dog, and they love each other. I can't say how much more full they are with love from all over, and its pretty cliche but they got their stuff together, and this wedding is going to be gorgeous! I can't wait for their day (even though I say that for everyone, its true!) They let me be creative and be inspired and I can't wait to give them something inspiring for their day in 2019 :-)

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Century House Wedding | Latham NY | Laurel and Barb

Century House Wedding | Latham NY | Laurel and Barb

These two have been waiting and waiting and WAITING for this day, with complicated situations barring the logistics of the event actually happening, it was FINALLY the day that these two got to tie the knot with each other. It was a beautifully happy day with these two beautiful women who just so badly wanted to be together and with each other. I don't know these two outside of them being together, but from what I've heard, they are the happiest they have ever been since they have been together, and all I wanted to do was document their happiness together. There was just so much love during this day. They were surrounded by family members who they wanted to share their day with, and the love that exuded the room was overwhelmingly heart warming. I'm pretty sure it was the perfect day for them, and i'm sure they'd want to do it again if they could! 

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Colonie Town Park Engagement | Sierra + Chris

Colonie Town Park Engagement | Sierra + Chris

This couple are college sweethearts who have already started their family together with their energetic and super adorable pup named Kona! You could tell they love spending time together, there isn't a doubt in mind when you take a look at these two. Always laughing, always smiling, never taking things too seriously and always trying to solve things together, like how to properly do a spin! They were done for any adventure I asked of them and sure enough, we made some beautiful images for their engagement. Check them out for yourself!

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Hall of Springs Engagement | Chelsea and Joe | Jay Zhang Photography

Hall of Springs Engagement | Chelsea and Joe | Jay Zhang Photography

These two have so much fun. The energy these both share and exchange with each other tells me that they are never short of always laughing. Yes they are romantic, yes they are like any normal couple, but man do they make every moment more fun than the next. I would usually say between all the laughter there are a lot of quiet moments, but really though... between all the soft kisses and the warm embraces and the sitting in silence together, are the belly laughs and the silly faces and the constant back and forth of trying to out comedy the other. I couldn't stop laughing, I want you all to not stop laughing either. My heart is so full.

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Old Daly Inn at Crooked Lake House Wedding | Tamara + Luisa | Jay Zhang Photography

Old Daly Inn at Crooked Lake House Wedding | Tamara + Luisa | Jay Zhang Photography

What a beautiful day. I couldn't say enough about how important family is to both Tamara and Luisa. Family means everything, and to these two, they both mean everything to each other. Their details were beautiful, their setting was beautiful, their ceremony was beautiful, THEY. WERE. BEAUTIFUL. I'll cut to the chase, Lots of crying, lots of laughing, and lots of loving.

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Yaddo Engagement | Rachael + Craig | Jay Zhang Photography

Yaddo Engagement | Rachael + Craig | Jay Zhang Photography

Rachael and Craig are a one of a kind couple and they LOVE to laugh and it definitely shines through. Besides being gorgeous, they are super silly and love to just have fun. We walked around Yaddo on a day where no one else was around, lucky us, because we could make this session MAGICAL. I think their shenanigans and their beauty will just speak for itself.

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Renaissance Hotel Albany | Kirsten and Asher's Wedding | Jay Zhang Photography

Renaissance Hotel Albany | Kirsten and Asher's Wedding | Jay Zhang Photography

This couple is kicking off 2018 wedding season with a BANG. Incredibly easy going, fun loving, always silly couples are the best. They just wanted to be with each other, be near each other, see their friends, see their family, share moments together, and most importantly, make each other laugh SO HARD ALL DAY. I can't explains the amount of laughing that occurred all day (also the amount of crying) but there was happiness to be had by all. Can you blame them when the day went beautifully?

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John Boyd Thatcher Park | Tamara and Luisa's Engagement | Jay Zhang Photography

John Boyd Thatcher Park | Tamara and Luisa's Engagement | Jay Zhang Photography

Tamara and Luisa are such a fun couple. They love to be silly, they love spending time with each other, and they LOVE to LAUGH. Our engagement session was filled with so much laughing, and loving and cuddling. There was even a bit of adventurousness, and some derpy climbing with attempts to not slip into the thawing river, but maybe I'll let them explain that one ;-). On to the cute photos!

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2017 Weddings | A Look Back | Jay Zhang Photography

2017 Weddings | A Look Back | Jay Zhang Photography

This past year has been the biggest year yet! Every year it gets better and better, and the thing that never changes is that my Clients are awesome and THE BEST. I've had the pleasure of traveling to so many different locations and meeting so many new and wonderful people and families. Here's a brief overview of all the weddings this year, I can't wait for what 2018 Brings

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Revolution Hall Troy NY | Karla + Brian's Wedding

Revolution Hall Troy NY | Karla + Brian's Wedding

I have to say that I cried a lot for their wedding, mainly because these two sweet, emotionally strong and kind-hearted people who work in bettering others and being considerate to others were having THEIR day taken care of and I felt very honored to have been a part of it. They could only be championed by the love that their family and friends and those who's lives they have affected showed them that day. I cried a little as they both held back tears when they saw each other at their first look, I cried a little as they said their vows and held hands on the alter, I cried a little as they did their first dance, and I cried a little when it was all over. It was a wonderful way to end my Wedding Season.

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Altamont Manor | Alisha and Carl's Wedding

Altamont Manor | Alisha and Carl's Wedding

Alisha and Carl found me and knew that I was going to be the perfect match for their day. Little did I know, that they were the perfect match for me! These two were ready for their day, dressing to the nines and excited to see each other for the first time. There were tears, there were laughs, and there was lots of love.

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Oakwood Cemetary Chapel | Kim and Rick's Wedding

Oakwood Cemetary Chapel | Kim and Rick's Wedding

Kim first found me at a Bridal News Wedding Show, she was diving deep into the wedding planning and like most people planning their wedding, it was the first time and there was a lot of information to take in. When Kim and Rick met me out for a quick chat, I fell in love with the idea of their wedding day. It was going to be super small and intimate, It was going to encompass elements that they adored, and it was going to be a wedding geared towards their personalities. There were so many little things that tells you their story, can you name all the little details that they worked so hard to put together? There is just so many to name!

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Ampersand Bay Resort | Ryan and Matt's Engagement

Ampersand Bay Resort | Ryan and Matt's Engagement

Ryan and Matt found me online, but I knew that talking to them made me realize that they needed to be my clients because they are both silly and ready to party, but indulge in the quiet romantic moments when they get the chance. Of course they were a bit shy at first, and it was a bit chilly out by the water, but as soon as they began being silly and laughing and embracing to stay warm, I couldn't get them to stop smiling, not that I wanted to anyway :-). They just get better and better as the day went on, and my favorite moments from this session are ALL of the in-between moments. I can't WAIT for their day!

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The Old Barn - Redrick Farms Wedding | Grace and Tim

The Old Barn - Redrick Farms Wedding | Grace and Tim

Grace and Tim are two of the most amazing people I know. Granted, I didn't REALLY know them before our initial consultation meeting but since that day, I've only been dreaming of their wedding day. I've also been WAITING to capture these two the way I see them - In love, non-judgemental, tenacious loyalty, and willingness to make each other happy. Also, now that my job here is done, I can't wait to visit them in Philly!! <3 See you two soon Loviess!

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