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I am back!

The Allan Family took a much needed vacation to the other side of the pond to visit family and friends and to attend a wedding. More about our trip later, but for now I did not want to miss the opportunity to blog sweet Grace’s communion, which I shot last month, just before I left for the UK.

Grace and her family are the most down to earth, warm and welcoming family. I have watched Grace grow up since we moved to Tarrytown five years ago. Her dad, like Craig is a volunteer firefighter here in Tarrytown and her mom a former workout buddy at the Y.

I think I was just as excited as they were about this special day. They booked me over a year ago to capture the memories for them. I attended the ceremony at Transfiguration and then accompanied them to Tarrytown House, on the borders of Irvington and Tarrytown. Such a beautiful venue for a wonderful celebration. The Vacca Family made me feel like a guest, insisting that I sat with them during the meal! The food was out of this world.

Grace was in her element, a little princess for the day. She had learned a special grace which she recited before the meal. She did such a great job memorizing it – it was long!

I spent some time with Grace alone in the grounds of the Mansion House and then with her cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and her parents. She was reveling in the attention like a superstar. The photographs reflect her pure joy on this momentous occasion.

I think this is my favorite image of the day. I softened it up a little, giving it a fairytale feel. I enjoyed watching Grace run around, almost floating with excitement. Cute!

I put together a slideshow for the family to enjoy. Mom came over for a preview and was moved to tears. I especially like the snippet of video at the end. She spoke from the heart.

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