I’m not sure whats been going on with your weather, but we’ve had a pretty mild winter in my parts. So mild that weddings like this gorgeous New York affair have me watching out the window for Spring’s arrival, and the freshness that I can only hope is anything like this sweet soiree. Leo Timoshuk was the man behind the camera and he was able to capture a beautiful wedding for a very deserving couple. And we love him a little (okay a lot) for sharing it with us. Sharing ALL of it with us. Happy Leap Year LBBers!

It was an instant connection and feeling that I only saw portrayed in movies. Whenever we were together, I felt like our relationship was a chick-flick that had come to life. My heart felt as if it smiled every time I saw or talked to him, and his kisses would make me feel dizzy. Although I had moved to Florida from Central New York, 1,358 miles couldn’t keep Jeff and me apart. We spent months traveling back and forth to be with each other (and hundreds of dollars!), until I made the commitment to relocate back home to live with him and to begin our life together. Less than a year later, we were engaged and planning the wedding of our dreams!

A few months before our wedding, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and an auto-immune disease. Two surgeries and a radiation treatment later, my body was left feeling weak and sick,but my heart still felt strong and appreciative for the man that was with me throughout all of this, keeping me positive the whole time. At one point we had considered eloping and canceling the traditional wedding, but we knew we would regret that decision. I am very happy to say that on a perfect Saturday afternoon in August, surrounded by loving friends and family, we became Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Chitambar in a ceremony that combined our love of the outdoors with the beauty and simplicity of the country.

Thousands of miles, and a life threatening disease couldn’t keep us apart. The love that we share for one another gets stronger every day and the happiness radiates through our facial expressions. These photographs captured every detail from our dream wedding day, and on a day that is over before you know it, this is priceless. We will always have those to cherish, and to help remind us of the love that overcame the wedding that almost wasn’t.

Wedding Photography: Leo Timoshuk Photography / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Celebrations Banquet Facility / Wedding Design: DIY by Bride & Groom / Floral Design: Ithaca Flower Shop / Wedding Dress: Impression Bridal / Groom’s Suit & Shoes: Men’s Wearhouse / Cuff Links: Family Heirloom / Rings: Kay Jewelers and Perry Winkles Fine Jewelry / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo / Make-up: By Sister Nikki Midolo / Day-of Coordinator: John and Laurie at Celebrations  / Catering: Celebrations Banquet Facility

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