Albany, NY Wedding

It all began when Joseph sent a virtual rose to Diana on March 15, 2009…

A few months ago, I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Diana and Joseph at Panera to chat through their wedding day. Upon meeting them, I knew I absolutely wanted to capture their wedding day. Diana and Joseph are two of the kindest people I have ever met, and their love for each other shines through everything they do.

Joseph is from New Mexico, so after they connected online, Diana bravely made the trip down to meet him and his family. It was practically love at first sight. Joseph eventually moved from New Mexico to New York to be with Diana, but had no desire to get married. He always said he would never marry.

Fast forward to 2023, and after enduring some health struggles, Joseph decided he did in fact want to get married. He asked Diana to be his wife on Christmas, and soon after they started planning their dream wedding day. Since March 15, 2024 was a Friday, they decided that their 15 year anniversary of when they met would be the perfect time to get married.

Another quality I admire about Diana and Joseph is their love for and value of family. Since none of Joseph’s family was able to travel to NY for the wedding, photos were very important to them. Additionally, Diana’s mother has recently had some health struggles, and Diana did not think she would be able to attend the wedding. But thankfully, she was able to be at the wedding, and boy did she look good!

Joseph has faithfully worked at the James T. Foley Courthouse the past several years, so they decided to have a courthouse ceremony, followed by a small reception with their close friends and family at the Renaissance Albany Hotel. I will let the photos speak for themselves, but it was the perfect day of love, friends, and family.

Diana and Joseph, thank you for entrusting me to capture your wedding day! I hope you cherish these photos for years to come, and look forward to capturing more photos for your family in the future!


Photography: Liz Diewald Photography
Hair & Makeup: Ink and Ivy House of Beauty
Flowers: The Enchanted Florist
Cake: Blue Rose Bakery
Ceremony: James T. Foley Courthouse
Reception: Renaissance Albany Hotel
Day of Coordinator: Chenoa Wyman

  1. Diana and Joseph Spier says:

    Dear Liz,
    Your blog and photos were right on the money, and then some! We couldn’t have said it better ourselves or captured our wedding day with such special photos as you did! Every photo is a memory of our wedding day that we will cherish forever, thanks to you and your amazing talents behind the camera! Joseph and I were very comfortable with you from the moment we met you at Panera, and you were with us every step of the way, providing advice and encouragement when I felt overwhelmed. We couldn’t have hired a better or more thoughtful photographer, and we are so happy that Chenoa from the Albany Renaissance Hotel recommended you! Everyone who attended the wedding commented to us how nice you were, but we knew that when we met you! Thank you for making our wedding day the best it could have ever been by creating such beautiful memories for us. If you are looking for a photographer who understands the kind of pictures you are looking for, exceeds your expectations, and provides a stress-free and fun experience with a smile, then Liz Diewald Photography is for you!
    Diana and Joseph Spier

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