They met in high school, and according to friends, were crazy for one another from the very beginning. Although they took a short break at one point in their relationship, it seems as if they always knew this day would come. There might not be anything quite as romantic as young love, and it gets me every time.. My grandparents dated for most of their youth, before marrying just after high school – and after nearly 60 years, are still very much in love. I know this isn’t true for all relationships, unfortunately, but for Aly and Mike, I am certain they too will celebrate their 60th anniversary one day. And as Mike’s good friend said during his speech, it’s all about being best friends in the end. As I near my own 2nd wedding anniversary, I know this all too well.
Their wedding was on Earth Day, and they had an all vegetarian reception (yay!), held at the Hillside Manor in Kingston, NY. Their favors to guests were little tree saplings, so perfect for honoring Earth Day (see below). The intense storm that came through that weekend didn’t even slightly bother either of them. I overheard someone telling them that it had rained on his wedding day years ago, and he is still happily married. Love it. But I have a feeling Aly and Mike weren’t worried about the weather being any indication of their future together 🙂
I am nowhere near the point of being able to deliver years of wisdom to my couples, newly married, but I do know that there is something to be said for making a commitment to your best friend, and jumping into the unknown together, with so many adventures and changes yet to come. I am so grateful that I was able to capture Aly and Mike at the end of their seven years together, and the beginning of their new journey as husband and wife. May you two always be each other’s high school sweethearts, through rain or shine.
As always, thank you Amanda-lee for your amazing coverage!!
Well, this will definitely begin a new season of engagements, weddings, babies, and lots more happiness through photos. I am so glad to be working with this couple, as they are not only both vegan (and have the cutest vegan toddler!), but they are simply so much in love. Their silliness and youthful personalities transcend in front of the camera, and I can only imagine how amazing their wedding day will be. We ventured around their neighborhood in Jersey City for some fun urban shots and reckless train track posing, then picked up their son because how could I not take photos of him?! Engagement sessions are about two people in love, celebrating their new life together – but when those two people share the beauty of being parents, it means so much to include the child in their session. I am so glad Declan was up for some fun shots!
Note: The photo with the chalkboards involved underwent some experimental Photoshop-ing by moi. I didn’t love the look of the chalkboards, so if you’re wondering why they appear a bit unnatural, it is on purpose 🙂 oh, and Go Vegan!
I am proud to announce that Kiley Mullen Photography has been rated by local brides and voted The Knot Best of Weddings 2012 Pick! Thank you all so much for your amazing support. I truly have the best clients in the world!
Well I can’t believe it, but my internship is quickly coming to an end. I can’t believe I’ve been here for three weeks already, time has just flown by!! I have come to truly love and respect this place, and all the staff, and especially my fellow intern housemates. I feel so fortunate to live with four wonderful women who make me laugh and remind me why I’m here. Of course, we’re all here for the animals and to support such a great organization.. But I’ve realized that being around those who share your values and passion to make a change is nearly as important for the cause. We feed off of each other, getting angry about animal rights issues, sharing our thoughts and hopes and wishes. We sit around together pretty much every night talking, watching How I Met Your Mother dvds and laughing while we simultaneously each do our own thing on our Macs.. We cook and bake, and have shared some really nice meals together at the dinner table. I am so grateful, and it will be so difficult to leave. But I will leave with four really amazing new friends. Well, many more actually, if you count the animals and staff 🙂
Last weekend I took some videos on my Mark II, for the FIRST TIME EVER. I wouldn’t have wanted my first videos to be of anything else.. They are all pretty short and shaky, but I did put together a little video/stills slideshow about Farm Sanctuary, and hopefully I can share it soon. But I will share a few snowy scenes of the farm, which is pretty much how each day has been looking here. A beautiful blanket of fresh white snow nearly every morning.. And when the sun is out, it’s brighter than ever, and the air feels so crisp and refreshing.
I want to post a few more photos really quickly before I go to bed. Being an intern here has put me into a great routine, including a much earlier bedtime! Enjoying every day here, and I can’t wait to spend more quality time with the animals when I’m not in the office. I definitely have my little helpers in the office though, three cats who love to hang out. I have included the names I can remember from my visit last weekend on the farm, I’m so sorry to those adorable ones whose names I haven’t remembered yet. By the way, Holly & Tinsel – two young calves who are truly the cutest little babies ever. You will be seeing more photos of them, I assure you!!
Visited many of the farm animals today.. The weather was beautiful, just perfect and unseasonably warm. I took many photos, so I’ll just post a few for now, and some more later.
If you’re interested in learning more about the animals who reside here at the Watkins Glen shelter, visit http://www.farmsancutary.org. There are around 500 animals at this shelter, and although I probably won’t be able to learn all of their names before I leave, it is honestly the best feeling in the world to interact with them one-on-one. Cows, pigs, sheep, turkeys, chickens, ducks, and goats are all very intelligent and compassionate beings. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for everyone to see and feel and touch and hear these living creatures; because this is your food. And the way they are raised to become your food is anything but humane, no matter what the industry pays big dollars to make you believe otherwise. If you think these animals are beautiful, consider the possibility of leaving them off your plate at your next meal. I promise, it will be one of the best decisions you will ever make.
In compassion …
So today was my third work day as an intern in the administration department at Farm Sanctuary. So far, things have been great – I love the staff here. It’s truly a dream to be working among such an admirable team of dedicated people, with hundreds of rescued animals living peacefully right outside.. We have some really great cat co-workers in the office. As you’ll see below, the calico kitty, Hermighty, loves to hang out at my desk. She came up and sat on my lap while I was filing yesterday (but stood up right as I asked my boss to take a photo of us.) The weather was still pretty cold up until today, when the temperatures rose to the high 40’s, low 50’s. All of the snow here melted and it literally felt like Spring! Quite a change from the snow flurries yesterday! We have an intern lunch every Wednesday, and our coordinator Becky made the most delicious meal this week. I am definitely looking forward to our next meeting.
Living in the Vegan House on the farm has been a lot of fun so far, and my housemates are truly some of the nicest people.. I am really looking forward to going out this weekend and spending time with the animals, and taking some more photos! I don’t have any sunlight after getting off work at 5, and the farm closes down for the night at 5:30, so I have to use my weekends for some snuggling, photo sessions, and lots of lovey dovey time with all the babies here. Fortunately the weather for this weekend looks great as well!!
A few snapshots for now.. promise to post some more from this weekend after my adventures.