{love.local} Welcome Cullen Studios

Cullen StudioThis featured member probably comes as no surprise if you’ve been following loveGIVESwell for a while now– Zach’s awesome video of our couple was featured at the start of our journey! Although today, I’d like to formally welcome Zach, of Cullen Studio, and all his talent, to the team! The best way to show Zach off is through his work. His wedding films are artistic, modern, meaningful, emotional, and beautiful– truly embracing each couple and their story. I tried to pick ones that embraced different styles of weddings, so you’d get a sense of the spectrum of his work. This guy. Hire him.

So Zach, what is Cullen Studios all about?

I want to make films that get better with age, that are more meaningful each time they’re watched. I want my couples to return to them over and over for a reminder of what kind of love they have and have promised to each other. The words that family and friends say to you on your wedding day can also mean something new to you years down the line, and having them preserved is to me, invaluable.

A Formal Affair

How do you fit into the CNY wedding world?

I’m based out of Syracuse, NY where I was born and raised, but I love to shoot all over this beautiful state. I love that weddings take me places and introduce me to people that I never would have seen or met. Weddings make me feel more connected to and appreciative of the beauty all around us in CNY!

What’s your definition of success?

Success to me is the freedom to make something that matters and to make the most of my time on this earth.

Backyard Beauty

What made you fall in love with what you do?

Film has always touched my heart in a special way, and I love to take the every day moments of life and turn them into something cinematic and beautiful. As a filmmaker, it’s a creative challenge like no other to catch something that only happens once and tell a story without a script. I fell in love with filming weddings when I started working with some very talented cinematographers and saw what was possible. Also, I’ve always been a bit of a hopeless romantic… I think growing up with only sisters had something to do with that.

How do you love well?

I love well by trying to see others as God sees them, and appreciating just how small we all are yet connected to this thing so much bigger than us called Life.

Naturally Modern

Why be a part of a gifted wedding?

I’m so thankful to be able to do what I do at a high level right here at home that I really wanted to be a part of something that brings together the best the City has to offer. I’m excited to see what the other talented vendors bring to the table! {He went on to say such nice things about lovewell, but I thought I’d stop him there!}

Artistically Elegant

In crafting this post, I watched every video he’s posted on Vimeo and couldn’t stop! I don’t expect you to watch all of these, but should you, don’t feel guilty, I’m addicted, too! Thanks for being awesome, Zach. We can’t wait to see what Becky & Craig’s Wedding looks like through your eyes!



{love.local} Welcome Alice G. Patterson Photography


I know I’m easily excitable, so I guess that means I am bursting at the seams to introduce to you Alice G. Patterson Photography –and practically a whole week’s worth of amazing photography and video for our loveGIVESwell team!! Alice, from day one, has always been an amazing support for Lovewell, and that’s because it’s at the heart of who she is: she loves love, loves women in business, she loves furry friends and photography. You’ve seen her grace the pages of The Lovewell Post so many times and always in beautiful and different ways! Her contribution to loveGIVESwell is a little different than the rest of the gang, her contribution is 100% for the wedding pros! I can’t tell you just how yet, but when we decided to do something generous, we want it to be ALL that way, that means everyone involve gets loved too. And she’s helping us do just that! I’m here to show you that side of Alice G. Patterson Photography, and just how wonderful she is!

{Above: Alice & her vegan banana bread Photographed by Justin & Mary Marantz [the whole post is dynamite!] Below: Moe & Travis of their blog Better Together chronicling their love & military life, their wedding by Alice featured on Style Me Pretty}

Alice G Patterson Photography

So, what’s Alice G. Patterson Photography all about?

My passion is for people who love what they do. I create portraits and publicity photographs for women in business creating images that evoke a natural and positive image that engages viewers. The people I work with define success for themselves. They are highly intelligent, accomplished women, who are extremely stylish, as well as being animal lovers.


{Alice photographed portraits and product photography for Annie Taylor Design. Annie was also recently featured on The Lovewell Post!}

What made you fall in love with what you do?

My photography brings me as much joy as it does my clients. I love to meet new people, learn what they are passionate about, and help them feel beautiful and HAPPY in front of the camera. So many people dread being in front of the camera, but even my most camera shy clients tell me that they actually have fun during the session, which leads to a greater end result with the photographs.


{News Channel 9′s Carrie Lazarus & her husband Dave Birchenough from the May edition of Today’s CNY Woman Magazine}

What’s your definition of success?

For my business, success means having happy clients that will support me with referrals and repeat business. On a deeper level, after 25 years of running my own business, my definition of success has become all about balance. I give so much of my time and energy to my clients and business, but I also know that I have to nurture myself, and make time for family and friends.


{Also for Today’s CNY Woman Magazine are Kathleen Zapata (left) and Geraldean Lartier of Pride + Joy in Skaneateles}

How do you love well?

Let me count the ways! I truly love my clients. Being trusted with the important task of creating beautiful images that feel authentic is a great gift. I also love animals; one of the big ways I love well is by choosing a vegan lifestyle (16 months and counting). In the end, it comes back to loving myself… sounds funny to say out loud, but that old saying you can’t love others unless you love yourself has a lot of value in it. So I’m making healthy choices for myself with diet and exercise that help me feel like the best version of myself. Last but certainly not least, I donate my services to a charitable organization NILMDTS.com for bereaving parents.


{Publicity portraits for Carolynn Giordano of Two Brunettes Design Co.}

Why get involved with a gifted wedding?

I’m in this for Katie Lemos Brown! Kate has been a great colleague over the years, and we have collaborated on many projects together. I am looking forward to meeting and photographing all of the wonderful local business owners and professionals that are contributing to this incredible event.

7-Charity-Buchika-of-Elan-Interiors-Photographed-By-Alice-G-Patterson{Interior and publicity portraits for Charity Swanson Buchika of Elan Interior Design of Syracuse.}

So beautiful Alice! Thank you for sharing your talents with us and your endless support of of local love. Also thank you for the content above, between paper design, interior design, shops and more resources, our readers get a chance to see even more of the awesomeness that is Central New York. {Business ladies, are you taking notes?!}

Have a Happy Monday friends!




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