I first met Donna at Caffe a la Mode in Warwick during a snow storm, about a year ago. We were unsure that she could make it given the icy roads, but she was determined, and I was glad. As we sat and talked, I was instantly comfortable with her, listening all about her then fiance Brian and their great wedding plans. She already had ideas about what she wanted for their Engagement Session (which turned out to be amazingly unique), and after we were through talking, I knew it would be an honor to be a part of their day. And it was.

Everything was running on time when I arrived, and Donna was at ease as the morning bustled around her. The house slowly filled with her loved ones, and on the other side of town, the same was happening for Brian. 

Donna & Brian Alisa Stilwell PhotographyEven flower girls have to have a quick meal to keep up their energy.

Donna & Brian Wedding Stilwell Photography & FilmsDonna’s sister and Mom helped her dress, and luckily she could watch the transformation as it was taking place.

Hudson Valley Wedding Photography Alisa StilwellI loved the soft creams, pinks, and mauves in Donna’s bouquet. The roughness of the tree bark behind it provided fun contrast to the delicate roses.

Donna & Brian Hudson Valley Wedding Photography Alisa Stilwell PhotographyOne of my favorite times of the day is the individual Bride and Groom portraits. In this case, Donna didn’t mind that I removed all of the artwork from the wall of her childhood bedroom so I could focus on her.

Villa Borghese Wedding Wappingers Falls Hudson Valley Alisa StilwellBrian was smiles all day, and if he were at all nervous, it never showed.

Donna & Brian Villa Borghese Wedding Alisa Stilwell PhotographyAlisa Stilwell Photography Hudson Valley Wedding Villa BorgheseThe extraordinary mural of St. Stephens lets in all the light, and it’s sometimes hard to not be visually distracted by the size of it.

Donna & Brian Alisa Stilwell Wedding PhotographyIt’s hard for these two to hide how thrilled, relieved, and proud they are to be the new Mrs. & Mrs. as they exit the church.

Stilwell Photography & Films Hudson Valley WeddingWe had the beautiful weather and solitude at The Villa Borghese to capture Donna and Brian enjoying themselves as husband and wife before the reception began.

Donna & Brian Alisa Stilwell NY Wedding Photography Donna & Brian Alisa Stilwell Photography-11Villa Borghese Wedding Photography Alisa Stilwell Photography & FilmsSurrounded by smiles and tears of joy, and bathed in a pool of gorgeous light, Donna and Brian enjoyed “Someone Like You” by Van Morrison for their First Dance.

Donna & Brian Alisa Stilwell Photography-13 NY Wedding Photography Alisa StilwellIt’s always hard to see the day end, at least where the reception is concerned. This group was having such an awesome time, I can’t imagine what their after party looked like!

Donna & Brian Alisa Stilwell Photography Hudson Valley Wedding



Villa Borghese Wedding Details | Donna & Brian

Photography: Alisa Stilwell, Alison Daniels
Ceremony: St. Stephens Church, Warwick NY
Officiant: Father Jack
Reception: The Villa Borghese, Wappingers Falls NY
DJ/Entertainment: Elite Rhythm Entertainment
Hair/Makeup Stylist: Allison Clark
Florist: Corwin Florist, Warwick NY