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I was thrilled to have one of my weddings from last September featured on Wedding Wire last week. Not only because  it is super sweet to have your work recognized by the industry leaders, but because I adored working with this adorable couple.

If you’d like to see the full feature, check it out here

These images were shot on film and I love the soft light, and the red truck :)! For more of their wedding you can also check out my own blog post from last year. It was a total DIY wedding in a stunning location!

xx-Kate

I hope you had a great weekend! I wish all weekends could be as beautiful as this one! A weekend full of sunshine, summer-nights, and peonies.

Last week I picked a bajillion peonies just before the heavy rain storm we had. I had peonies in every room. The house smelled so good. And every morning when I woke up there they were, right on my nightstand. Peonies-Kate Uhry photography

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Paperless Post & Kate Uhry photoDo you know about Paperless Post?

I was thrilled when Paperless Post reached out to us and asked if I would like to write a little something about them for my wedding blog. Why? Because I absolutely love their designs, and always encourage my couples to check out Paperless Post for beautiful and easy save the date. What I like most about it, is you can use the save the date as a Paperless Post, as well and match a formal wedding invitation with it. If you prefer the traditional snail mail, you can have your wedding invites  printed and mailed out! Win-win! I am always looking for ways to be kind to the earth, and love that it is ECO-FRIENDLY!

Here are a few samplings of some of my favorite save-the-dates, from Paperless Post.Paperless Post & Kate Uhry photo

I also love the designer wedding invites-so beautiful from
Thank you Paperless Post for asking me to partner with you, and I am so excited for my clients to use your gorgeous save-the-dates & wedding invites! Make sure to check out all these awesome tips on your wedding timeline too!

When working with me, I will make it super easy for you to upload your favorite engagement session image, and am happy to give you some tips and feedback on what image looks best with each design! Im excited for the partnership!

This is an affiliated link,  which means I was given compensation. However, I stand behind the product 100 %, and all words are my  own. 

 

Happy Monday y’all!

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Our Japan trip-Kyoto-Kate Uhry photographyorganic producelined the streets-Kyoto-Kate Uhry Kyoto-Kate Uhry photographyKyoto was the best part of the trip in so many ways. The landscape, the people, the shrines & temples. It is stunning, all around. It is hard to put into the right words. The food, the warmth, the serene air, the sound of monks chanting. Kyoto-Kate Uhry photography We stayed in the Gion District, which I highly recommend if quiet and quaint cobblestone streets, with temples and shrines down every alleyway is your jam. It is also known as the area where the Geisha’s live. And yes, you will see them scurry, down winding cobblestone paths, in full dress, usually in the early morning (from the back on the left). The other women may be in training. Geisha-Gion district-Kyoto| Kate Uhry photographyView of Kyoto_Kate Uhry photographyKyoto| Kate Uhry photographyKyoto-Temple-Kate uhry photoKoi Fish-Kyoto, Kate Uhry photographyKoi in the river moat! This is the roofline of the Chion-in Temple, so amazing, I spent an hour at the top once I climbed the unbelievably steep stairs (more like a ladder).

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Zen garden at hotel-Kyoto-Kate Uhry photoKyoto trip-Kate Uhry photographyThe river that runs through the little town center, surrounds the largest Shrine. There are beautiful arched bridges throughout-I can totally see how Monet was inspired by Japanese gardens and landscapes. That green color is the real deal. I think the light reflects all the lush green trees around it. It’s surreal. Kyoto-Kate Uhry photography This first Shogon’s castle was seriously, one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. It was a really hot day-and it took three hours to walk around it-but I wouldn’t have missed it, despite the tourist scene. Craft museum-Kyoto-Kate Uhry photographyWe spent most every day walking, everyone walks everywhere in Kyoto and Gion, or rides a bike. Other than walking and looking at temples and shrines, and eating, we went to this one arts and craft museum, which was beautiful, but also had some  displays that showed all the traditional crafts in Japan. Kyoto is really arty-so wherever you go there are little galleries, and a lot of museums. That’s my dad in the red baseball cap-we stuck out like a sore thumb, there were not a lot of American, or Western tourists. street scenes -Kyoto-Kate Uhry photography Top of thepphilosphers trail. Very popular durring the cherry tree in bloom. Its a tiny narrow path along the river. street scenes -Kyoto-Kate Uhry photography This day. So amazing. We took a Taxi up to the top of the Philiospher’s Trail. And hiked up to the temple. It was so hot, but they had soft serve green tea ice cream, and tiny cafes just before the opening of the temple, so I cooled off in the shade with the best green tea ice cream I’ve ever had. street scenes -Kyoto-Kate Uhry photography street scenes -Kyoto-Kate Uhry photography To give you an idea of the  everyday architecture…this little gated home was so pristine, and private. These homes were tucked away off tiny small winding roads, barely big enough for a car to pass through. Very pretty, and all had beautiful landscaping. METICULOUS wedding going in every day in Japan, it totally made me feel like an amateur gardener! View of Kyoto_Kate Uhry photographyOur hotel was AMAZING! We staying at the Westin, and it was perfect. Right in the middle of everything we wanted to see, on a quite street, with amazing views of the green hills. They were also really great at giving us little tips about where to eat, and hike around. I loved the temple & shrine that was litterally next door to us. There are llong wide steps that lead up to, you’d never know that it was even there, I sat there many times at the shrine, and quietly listened to the chants from the monks, and the view from the graveyard…stunning, and powerful in so many ways. view from the graveyard-KyotoTradtional Japanese room-Kate uhry photographyThey also had a traditional Japanese style rooms “Kasuien” at the hotel, where you can stay on Takati Matts. It is a 7 level home-steeped over the hill so its lots of different levels. It is surrounded in glass (very mid-century modern) with a zen garden in the middle. We opted for the Western rooms, but I love that you have options if you wanted. I loved the creature comforts of the the Western rooms, which came with a kimono, and signature pajama’s! View from the hotel bar-Westin-Kyoto-Kate Uhry photographyOn our last night we had cocktails at the lounge/bar and watched the sun set…A very swanky pretty room which is art deco (ish) and a bit mid-century. There is a grand piano and these views. The entire bar is glassed in, with a view from every side. I loved the lemon drinks they had, fresh lemon juice, with some rind, and sugar at the bottom. So refreshing! FYI The Queen (living) Elizabeth stayed here and had drinks in this lounge…can you picture that? THe bar at the Westin in Kyoto_Kate Uhry photographySunset view from the bar-Kyoto-Kate Uhry photo

There are over 1, 600 temples and shrines in Kyoto alone. So I would recommend planning a bit ahead, and decide what you want to see. You cant see everything if you are there for a week-even two weeks. However they all begin to blend into one, and the bottom line is, none are disappointing ! No matter what you do, where you eat, and stay, Kyoto is really magical.

I could post a million more pictures of Kyoto, and go on and on, but I will spare you. It is everything and more, that I hoped it would be.

xx

Kate

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  • Aliki - Dear Kate,
    Thank you for sharing this inspiring trip with us. The photos are sumptuous yet delicate – like the houses, gardens, and people. Your brief descriptions are perfect to fill in and guide us on this miraculous tour. I felt I was walking beside you. If you can’t resist sending more, do! I will love it. I hope you don’t mind if I share these with the family.
    Thank you again.
    Love,
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Tokyo-our Japan tripYou have noticed my absence from the web, or if you follow me on instagram through my personal account or my wedding account, you would have seen lots of pictures from Japan in the last ten days. I’m excited to share with you some pictures from the trip! While it was a bit short, it was the most perfect trip, I got to spend time with my father, and we went first class the entire way! (a bit more on that later). For now, enjoy, we spent three days in Tokyo, and four days in Kyoto (which I fell in love with). The view from my hotel room! Endless skyline (and this is coming from a New York City girl). Keio Plaza Hotel. Roses climb the fence of a high school in the middle of downtown Tokyo. And the little flower shops had spectacular peonies! Flower-shop-Tokyo-flower-shop-tokyoDay one-exhausted and excited, we woke up early and walked around the Shibuya district, bustling with people, shops, restaurants and more, it is a very popular district to stay in while in Tokyo. It’s placements is central to a lot of great places. Tokyo-day-oneAfter wandering around a bit, we took a cab to the the Fish Market -the biggest in the world. and had the best sashimi I’ve ever had. While going to market very early in the morning, you can watch them trow fish around and trade and buy, we were in no shape to be getting up at 4am after our 13 hour flight. The neighboorhood serounding Teshkui market is fun to wander about. We stumbled upn an agreat china shop, and I wanted everything-bowls for two bucks, everything blue & white!

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fish-market-Tokyo day 3china shop-tokyoI wanted to buy the whole basket-but not enough room in the suitcase! How pretty is the blue!

Tokyo-three days-Kate UhryIn the middle of the city-in the busiest district is this amazing garden-much like central park, it sits in the middle of it all. So lush, and green, and everything is perfectly trimmed and manicured. So nice to find some calm on the eyes. I loved the trees in Japan…very differnt than in the US. Botanical-gardens| Tokyobotanical garden-tokyo| Kate uhry bridge-botanical gardens-tokyo |Kate UhryJapan-Tokyo-day 2Our Japan trip-TokyoThis gorgeous temple and shrine was right in the middle of the city, and you’d never know! It was so peaceful. I could post more, but I’ll spare you. Next up, will post pictures from four days in Kyoto.

xx,

Kate

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  • Aliki - Kate,I couldn’t wait till tomorrow to open these. Every photo exquisite and your messages led them on. I will look deeper and further tomorrow but thank you for supplying my dreams for tonight.So inspiring for you.
    Love and sweet dreams,
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Friday early eveing, we made our way to the pier in Tribeca, after the rain stoped.  Just a few friends and family, and myself. It was simple and sweet and full of so much love. Below, read the remarks their officiant wrote. Truly the most beautiful words!

“There is a point somewhere between the conceits of youth and the concessions of old age when, if we have been both lucky and patient, we make ourselves ready for a commitment of faith to the more durable things that this world offers. Our labors, our loves, our willingness to take risks for the sake of ourselves and others, merge with a maturity that is neither self-absorbed nor stodgy in its assuredness, and together these forces unite into a life that strains to be authentic. When this happens, when we are willing to settle down but not to settle, to find comfort without making ourselves idle, to give back to the world not out of obligation but generosity, there is no better thing than to find another who is eager to do likewise. Paul and Tom, the two of you have made no assumptions about what life requires. You do not see these years as a time simply to repeat what’s been done before but to continue to explore, eyes open, to the innumerable possibilities that each day brings. There is no better gift you can give one another than this: openness, wonder, courage even now to allow the new to come over you, and be enriched by it. I believe this is why your relationship is so durable; because you remain open. Because you can build something of substance and still allow for spontaneity. A sense of purpose, and a sense of humor. Enjoyment of fine things. Appreciation of culture. Affection for friends. Love for Louise. For one another. This is a good time to be starting something new. A good season for it. A good city for it. And if so much as one wisp of the goodwill that is here this evening and is meant for the two of you should make its way out the door and blow warm over the rest of this town, this anxious nation, this world, it will be the better for it, and that much closer to healing. And so the two of you are harbingers of good things. The optimism of marriage. The work, as the poet said, for which all other work is but preparation. I have no doubt that you are prepared for this, that the optimism is well founded, and that it is a mere prelude to a life that will surely be well lived.Reading from “Attics of My Life” by The Grateful DeadI have spent my lifeSeeking all that’s still unsung.Bent my ear to hear the tuneAnd closed my eyes to see.When there were no strings to playYou played to me.In the book of love’s own dreamWhere all the print is bloodWhere all the pages are my daysAnd all my lights grow old.When I had no wings to flyYou flew to me.In the secret space of dreamsWhere I dreaming lay amazedWhen the secrets all are toldAnd the petals all unfold.When there was no dream of mine You dreamed of me.”

Yes, I weep each time I read it.

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