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Let me tell you about this time I thought my life was over. #dramaqueen
And then about the time I decided to stop being a drama queen.

As you know, my husband and I were supposed to be in Europe for most of the month of April. Well, let’s take this reaaaaaalllyyyy long story and sum it up in one sentence: Chevy Chase’s National Lampoon vacations ain’t got nothin’ on ours!

For those who don’t know, we ended up coming home 10 days earlier than we planned due to a SEVERE bacteria infection that we likely acquired from the food or water. Chris and I both got hit bad, but I got hit way worse. I was sick for a total of about 3 weeks. Three awful, awful weeks. What started out as a high fever and abdominal pain, turned into a real-life nightmare. But, that’s not what this post is about.

I’ve been holding off on blogging about our “Trip, Interrupted” because I really wanted to take time to process everything that happened. I needed to heal – not just physically, but emotionally. This was supposed to be our “trip of a lifetime” before we start thinking about making babies (don’t worry, that’s still a few years away…Dad!!) and settling down into our grown-up lives. As we all know, life doesn’t always go as we plan.


I think I’d have a pretty sizable group of people who would agree with me when I say I’m generally a very positive person. I once scared a sales girl at Sephora with my perkiness. I introduced myself to a stranger and her reply was “Wow, you’re happy.” And I’ve had friends threaten to bottle my energy and sell it on the black market. Don’t ask me how one “bottles energy” but the threat was made! Needless to say, it takes a lot to get me down.

But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t down on this trip. I was in a very very low place. Blame the overnight stay in an Italian hospital (that story will inspire a horror movie for sure!), the antibiotics, the Imodium, the insane amount of acetaminophen…or maybe it was just the result of being a girl in a foreign land having her dreams crushed. I came home a wreck. I didn’t want to talk to anyone or even move a muscle. So I didn’t. I turned to Netflix, Hulu+, and Amazon Prime to sooth my pain. I cried over Sorrento cheese commercials, travel commercials, and even when Chuck went to Paris because he ate croissants with nutella (our morning ritual while in Paris). I didn’t shower for like a week, and I lived in my pajamas. I was pitiful.

After a few successful days of wallowing, I realized my life was, in fact, NOT over and that I needed to get over myself. I was slowly coming back to reality, and while I was still battling some demons, I was able to start thinking big picture again. While one half of me lived in self-pity, the other half of me remembered that there are people in the world who can’t even dream of vacations because they are too busy dreaming of clean water, or safety, or freedom. I know we are all born into different places in this world, so I won’t get into that battle, but thinking big picture allows me to start finding the silver linings…NAY!…the gold linings because everything in Paris & Italy is lined with gold! When bad things happen, I think it’s very important to try to find the good. Sometimes it’s not easy, and sometimes it takes time…but there will always be good again, always.



- We’re alive!

- We have trip insurance!

- We had an amazing time in Paris!

- We were not sick for our photo session with Emm Photography in Paris!

- We WILL go back to Italy someday!

- We were able to see prayers answered, specifically for (1) miraculous, though temporary, healing so I could still honor both photo sessions I had planned in Venice and Florence and (2) a comfortable and uneventful flight back home – I was able to sleep almost the whole time!

- Our illness was diagnosed a little over a week ago, we are taking the right meds, and we were 100% back on our feet in time for our first wedding of the season last weekend!

- We have a roof over our heads, food in our fridge, and fantastic family and friends!

- We still had the vacation of a lifetime (albeit a short version) and I crossed one of my biggest dreams off my bucket list – seeing the Eiffel Tower!

- And lastly…YOU! Yes, you are one of our gold linings! I’m so thankful for all of the concerned messages, posts, comments, emails, and texts we received from our friends. Some of you we’ve known for years, others we just met, and even more of you I haven’t even met in person yet. Of all the things on this list, your love means the most to us. I was falling and you all caught me. During my Netflix-binge days, your sweet notes are what reminded me that there is a world outside of my living room and it’s full of AMAZING people!


Thank you for reading this crazy long novel! Feel free to leave some of your gold linings in the comments section! I’d love to hear what you are grateful for in life right now! Maybe I can steal borrow it for my list! :)

Megan Gielow - Oh my goodness! What a wild ride. I’m glad to hear you are finally feeling better. God is good, and I know that it is a miracle you are able to get back to work so quickly! I’m sure you’ll make your way back to Europe someday soon :) thanks for the reminder to be thankful for all the amazing things we do have.

Jacqueline Ribas Patton - i’m grateful that we both had to pee at the same time at the Zach & Jody talk a few years ago where we met. :)

Mrb Bartley - I am grateful to see you finding a happy place again. I have known you for YEARS (wow where did the time go?!) and I was even blessed to be roommates with you for a couple of those years. I worried when you came home and I knew something was wrong when you seemed to disappear. I am glad that you found your “GOLD” linings.

On a more personal not I am also grateful for my BRAYDEN!! He was the greatest accident in my life. He spoiled some things for me, like missing your wedding day (& Kerri’s) but he has brought so much joy to my life that I wouldn’t change anything.

Asher Gardner - Thanks for opening up and sharing about this. I’m sure it was a tough thing to walk through. I”m glad you are healthy now! Great perspective.

Leandra Brown - I love your honesty Cassi! Thank you for sharing :) I’m so glad you are feeling better now!

Kristen Driscoll Alfonso - So glad you are feeling better – your positivity inspires. Love you! <3

Wedding Photographer Paris - Awsome. thanks for opening and sharing this blog.


I AM GOING TO EUROPE!!! Words cannot describe the amount of excitement and happiness in my heart! If you will be in any of these places during these dates, send me a message! I’d love to get together with friends (old & new) while traveling! This page will most likely be rather silent for the next month, but you can follow my instagram for lots of lovely travel photos:

PS: I’m still looking for a couple to photograph in Paris, so share this with anyone you know who might be interested!



I’m so excited to share Randi and Alex’s wedding from last summer! I photographed this wedding with the lovely Lauren Allison, and it was seriously so much fun! Lauren and I photographed Randi’s sister’s wedding together in 2012, and we couldn’t wait to be reunited with the whole family again for this day. Randi is out-of-this-world gorgeous and has amazing taste…but you’ll see all that for yourself! :)

Mom putting on the finishing touches! Don’t they look like SISTERS?!

This moment made me want to put down the camera and grab a glass! BBFs 4L!

I love how anxious Alex was while waiting for Randi…


Gold and mint touches everywhere! It was a dream! The ceremony took place at the Hillside Church in Succasunna, NJ.

This moment of family prayer warms my heart!

Aren’t they like the cutest bridesmaids ever?!

Twinsies at the cocktail hour!

The reception took place at the Lake Mohawk Country Club in Sparta, NJ. It was an incredibly gorgeous venue, made even more so by the couple’s amazing mint & gold decor!

My favorite element was the bird cages filled with gorgeous florals!

The speeches were hilarious!

I love when a moment happens and I don’t even really notice it in it’s entirety until I’m looking back through the photos after the wedding. This moment is so genuine. So real. 

And we danced the night away!! Thanks for the memories kids! :)


Jainé Kershner - simply gorgeous cassi!!

Cassi Claire - Aww thanks Jaine!! You’re the best! :)

Mikkel Paige Mihlrad - Such a gorgeous wedding, Cass! Love how you captured it. The photos of the bridesmaids are my favorite!!

Anonymous - Caribean hall has 2 venues in Brooklyn. We are capable of hosting wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, child’s birthday party, adult’s birthday party, birthday dinner, Sweet 16, wedding reception, bachelor / bachelorette party, class, meeting business presentation, religious functions, corporate meetings, fashion shows, reunions or much more with comfortable seating arrangements for up to 400 guests.


A few weeks ago, I blogged Part One of my experience at the Field Trip. Today I bring you part two!! I’m super excited to share that ALL of the images below were shot on my new-to-me film camera (the Canon 1V). This was the first time I used film since my freshman year of college! Needless to say I was a ball of anxiousness waiting for my film scans from Indie Film Lab!!! When the zip file arrived via email I nearly jumped out of my seat…and then waited for them to download with agony while chanting “must get faster internet, must get faster internet.” Considering this was my first time experimenting with film in years and it was terrible weather, I think I did pretty good! :)

I love these cabins at El Capitan Canyon!

This was our view for our walk through the camp every day!

This is my lovely roomie Karen Kristian! #adorbs

One of my classes was Artistic Vision with Jill Thomas. Jill was SO helpful in giving us practical ways to achieve our own personal artistic vision. She gave us so many helpful tips, but my two favorites were:

(1) Stay true to your vision and don’t get distracted! She gave an example of how she really wanted to have a cohesive home design, and in order to achieve that, she only allows herself to purchase items that match that design. She may think something is super awesome, but she won’t buy it for her home if it doesn’t match her design. The same goes for her artistic vision! She may love a style or photo that another photographer is creating, but she won’t allow that to steer her away from her own true artistic vision. I LOOOVED that tip! It’s so easy to compare ourselves to others and think we should change to be more like them and less like us.

(2) Give your couples actions, not poses, to help you create your vision. Although I feel like I already do this, it was so nice to hear it again! She showed us some of the actions she gives her couples to create fresh images that are truly reflective of the couple and not just a stuffy pose! Amen, sister, amen! 

Oh yeah, and then Jill gave us all ONE minute with a couple to put into action what we just learned…with the whole class watching…all eyes and ears on me…but no pressure! Thanks to the incredible Ben Christensen and his lovely bride for modeling for us!! They were AMAZING! :)

Cuteness overload! Love her!

There needs to be a word for “foot selfie.” I wanted to be clever and call it a “footsie”…but, yeah. Anyway, this is before my shoes were totally destroyed! 

It finally stopped raining and we were able to go for a bike ride to the beach! Hooray!!

My friend Sidney learning to ride a bike…go Sidney, go!

I love making new friends at the beach! Amanda, thank you for all your awesome film tips and for wearing such bright colors! :)

I totally stalker-snapped this photo of the Encarnacions walking on the beach! They looked so cute!

Thank you Aaron of Best Day Ever for letting me take your photo! You were posed so perfectly! :)

Love this one of Braedon Flynn!

Footsie! First time touching the Pacific Ocean! And then there’s the lovely Heather Jowett being super stylish!

Jenna Lee could not have been dressed any more perfect! I love her western-chic outfit! Girl, you are gorgeous!

The lovely Bethany Michaela, my other roomie for the weekend and fellow Brooklyn-ite!

And I’ll end with these gorgeous sunset images of Ellie and Spencer!! California, you were great!

Monika Eisenbart - Those are awesome. Love the film look. I hope I can make it next year.

Leandra Brown - Cassi! These pictures are gorgeous! I love the sunset images and also the two images of Jenna Lee on the rocks! Ahh love it!

Cassi Claire - Awww thanks so much Leandra!! :)


Oh, Kaitlin and Rory…where do I even start with these two?! This adorable couple has invited me in to some of their most meaningful moments in their lives, and words cannot express how much joy it brings me! Last February, I photographed their “official” city hall marriage and then a few weeks later photographed their BIG wedding day. It rained on their wedding day last year, which was actually really cool because it led to some super chic & fun photos with umbrellas and a NY public library. But sadly, the rain really limited our outdoor portrait time. Kaitlin and Rory chose to get all dolled up again, just after their first anniversary, and get the wedding portraits they dreamed of! We could not have asked for a more beautiful day in Washington Square Park!! :)

I want Kaitlin’s hair sooooooooooooo bad!!!

This little archway is my favorite new hidden gem of NYC!

Hooray for sunshine, finally!

Sometimes wind can be a friend! :)

So R+K, same time next year?! ;)

Allie Confalone - Ahhhh ❤️❤️❤️❤️these!


In a way, I can’t believe that is ONLY two years old! It is amazing how much the young founder, Kellee Khalil, has impacted the wedding industry with this site. It was so much fun photographing this adorable party and getting to meet so many new friends! I worked alongside the fabulous Sharon of SBbeauty (who provided a “lip bar” for the evening) and the amazing One Girl Cookies (who put together a delicious treat table)!


As to be expected, the Loverly office is ADORABLE! It reminded me of that time I visited the Etsy office! It’s basically like seeing the internet in real life! :)

Loverly’s guests were greeted with a fun little pin – pink if you are taken and gold if you are single and ready to mingle!

How cute are these brownies?! 

Guests were able to take home fun Polaroids thanks to Loverly’s adorable photo booth idea! 

They even had a table for making your own Valentine’s Day card!! So cute!

Naturally, the bartenders (awesome Loverly interns) were dressed as a bride & groom! :)

Sharon, thank you for helping me find the best color lipstick I’ve ever owned!!

Loved meeting the amazingly talented Durga (pictured bottom right) – founder and designer of durga-kali reversible bridesmaids dresses!   

And of course, if there is a photobooth you KNOW I’m going to get a picture! Thanks for the super fun Polaroid Loverly!! Happy Birthday, and here’s to many more! :)


Check out Loverly’s post about this party here!

Tina - This party not only looks so girly and pretty but SO FUN! And those heart shaped brownies look so yummy. I hope you enjoyed one to-go! :)

DUMBO ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS, ONE GIRL COOKIES, MINT | Cassi Claire - […] had the pleasure of working with One Girl Cookies at Loverly’s birthday party last year, so it was fun to stop by the DUMBO store front! Pamela and Ryan enjoyed a cozy coffee […]


From our very first trans-Atlantic Skype date, I knew I would absolutely adore Nikki and Michael! They chose to do sort of a “reverse honeymoon.” They spent a week adventuring around NYC and, on their last day, they celebrated with an intimate ceremony in Central Park with two of their close friends. They returned the UK as newlyweds! It was an honor and joy to be a part of their incredibly unique wedding day! :)

I was so excited to find out I was working with the famous Rev. Annie Lawrence! She is absolutely sweet as pie and truly made us all feel this couple’s love…we laughed, we cried, we were moved!

I’m obsessed with the back of Nikki’s dress and her tattoo!

Seriously, stop it Nikki! You are TOO stinkin’ gorgeous!

Nikki and Michael have a tradition of getting a jumping photo everywhere they go…I’ll say this is likely going down in the history books as one of the most epic! Congratulations again to the beautiful couple!! :)


This past weekend I had an incredible opportunity to attend the first annual Field Trip for photographers! What is Field Trip, you ask? According to the website…

“It’s a field trip. Remember those? When you thought you were just having fun, but also got tricked into learning a heap of important things? A field trip is not just experiential nor solely educational. It is not even a combination of these two. Rather, it is a translation of one into the other – a pathway between the passion of your experience and the honing of your craft. A field trip is a fun day out of the classroom, yet still filled with engaging instruction. This field trip will be no different.”

The Field Trip was held at El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara, CA. New York has had an insane amount of snow this year, so I was crazy excited to pack dresses and skirts and ballet flats! I refused to pack my boots on principal…even when I heard that Cali was going to get rain. Psh, what’s a little rain compared to all this snow? As it turns out, a “little rain” was actually a monsoon – they got about a year’s worth of rain in one weekend! YUCK!!

Weather aside, it was easily one of the best weekends I’ve had in a while! I was covered in mud, my hair frizzed to the sky, and our cabin was a mile away from everything…yet…it was life-changing. I learned tips for shooting creatively, tips for editing, tips for posing, and more. Most importantly, I left rejuvenated. I left wishing that my first wedding of the season could be tomorrow so I could ROCK THE HECK OUT OF IT! I feel confident, energized, and smart.

The rain prevented me from taking a lot of photos, but the sun did come out for a few minutes and you bet your cute little butt that I photographed every second of that Cali sunshine! Oh, and this is only “part one” because part two will be coming after I get my film developed. That’s right…MY FILM! EEEE! Although, it was my first time shooting film in years, so there’s a chance that nothing will come out right and “part two” will never come. You’ve been warned! :)

I flew into LA and met up with my good friend Amy! We rented a ZipCar and drove up the Pacific Coast Highway on a little road-trip adventure to Santa Barbara. Thankfully the rain let up just enough for us to make a pit-stop for this beautiful portrait!

That’s our super cute cabin on the left. Notice on the right that everyone is wearing boots and rain gear? Apparently I missed the memo!

Something I styled together during Anna Naphtali‘s Art of Styling class! Brides, your details are about to get a whole lot cuter! :)

Rain obviously can’t keep photographers away from the beach!

There it is! The magical sunset! I couldn’t believe my eyes! Thanks to Megan for sharing her adorable friends Ellie and Spencer with me. It would have been so sad to watch that sun set without a couple in front of my camera! 

And of course, the day we leave the sun comes out. It was GLORIOUS! That swoon-worthy California light everyone is always blabbering on about? I get it now. I really get it. 

We added the lovely Cameron to our car for the ride adventure home, and we found the perfect pit stop! Irresistible lighting + gorgeous friends = magic!

Those are all the pro-photos I took, but I feel like I would be leaving out so much if I don’t include some of my instagrams! Yes yes yes, even pros use their phones (especially in crappy weather!). So here’s a little melody of phone photos and Smilebooth photos!

So long Cali…I’ll miss you!

Kristen Driscoll Alfonso - So much fun! Thanks for sharing <3

Mikkel - Smilebooth = red heads!! :-) Thanks for the post so quickly…whew. Little less jealous I couldn’t go because I can live vicariously through you. But only slightly.
:-/ looking forward to the next Field Trip post!

Cassi Claire - Wish you could have been there Mikkel!! We missed you!! :)

Michelle Lange - Ah, Cassi, I LOVE these. This trip looks like it was the trip of a lifetime. Wishing you a year full of inspiration and more gorgeous work!

Caroline Frost Shea - Looks like a blast- definitely want to go next year!

Summer Berriel - Love your photos! It was nice to meet you <3

PHOTO FIELD TRIP 2014, SANTA BARBARA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | Cassi Claire - […] few weeks ago, I blogged Part One of my experience at the Field Trip. Today I bring you part two!! I’m super excited to share […]

Anonymous - Caribean hall has 2 venues in Brooklyn. We are capable of hosting wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, child’s birthday party, adult’s birthday party, birthday dinner, Sweet 16, wedding reception, bachelor / bachelorette party, class, meeting business presentation, religious functions, corporate meetings, fashion shows, reunions or much more with comfortable seating arrangements for up to 400 guests.

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