This was the first time I've gotten to meet Jacquelyn and Justin in person and it got me so excited for their wedding next year!! They are so much fun and I had a great time exploring Indian Ladder Farms with them and photographing their engagement photos amidst the apple orchards, pumpkin patch, barns, and some really spectacular light! There was a ton of variety as far as scenery goes here, making it a perfect location for photos! Here are a few of my favorites from their engagement session - enjoy!
Back when Andrea and Josh were both college students and strangers to each other, Andrea and her friend went to visit another friend at Alfred University. They were at a party there when Andrea pointed out the very handsome man across the room who she just had to meet. For her, it was love at first sight. Josh might not remember this first encounter quite as well, (it was Saturday night and he was at a college party – what can you expect!?) but he most definitely fell head over heels in love with Andrea after they got to know each other, and they’ve never looked back.
It feels like forever since Andrea and I first got together for a coffee to talk about her wedding photography, but I remember clicking with her right away and thinking she was just the sweetest girl ever! I’ve been SO excited for her and Josh’s wedding ever since, especially after their engagement session when I got to meet him and get to know them a bit better. They told me all about their venue – the Genesee Country Village & Museum, and I couldn’t wait to check this place out! I hadn’t heard of it before, but I have a feeling that most kids who grew up around here probably went there on a few elementary school field trips. It’s a “living history museum” comprised of a bunch of authentic historical buildings from the 19th century, gardens, etc. and aside from being super interesting and educational, this place is also a wedding photographer’s cloud nine. SO many charming little buildings, old farm houses, barns, white picket fences, cobblestone roads, I could go on and on. I am DYING to shoot a wedding here again or an engagement session (hint hint to future clients haha).
I had so much fun photographing these two and their spectacular wedding day! They planned such a perfect day with so many neat little touches – everything from their invitations to the décor in the barn was breathtaking! Most breathtaking of all however was this couple! They are SO gorgeous, not to mention kind, fun, sweet, and most definitely the lives of the party! They are also troopers doing photos outdoors because let me tell you it was HOT out! Who would’ve thought the warmest wedding I’d shoot this year would be late September? That’s Western NY for you I though! It didn’t stop this from being one of my absolute favorite weddings ever! Congratulations again to Andrea & Josh – hope you love these photos!
Wedding Dress Designer - Essense of Australia
Wedding Dress Shop - Marah's Elegant Bridal
Flowers - Bradley James Designs
DJ - DJ Tommy B
Hair - Jessica Shade
Makeup - Jessica Marie
Videography - LeNovel Photography
Rentals/Barn Decor - Nolan's Party & Tent Rentals
Bridesmaids Dresses - Bill Levkoff
Groom & Groomsmen Suits - Men's Wearhouse
Lindsey & Paul got married on a September afternoon at Normandie Orchards in Perry, NY. “Normandie” is the combined names of Norm and Andie, the sweet couple who refurbished an old dairy barn and turned it into a beautiful wedding venue in the countryside. It’s actually very close to Letchworth State Park, which is where Paul got down on one knee and asked Lindsey to spend forever with him last year! The barn is such a charming space and the surrounding landscape was the perfect place for photographs! Lindsey & Paul are a wedding photographer’s dream – they’re incredibly sweet and gracious, have great style, and are completely adorable! I had so much fun photographing their big day! The whole day felt very laid-back and relaxed which fit perfectly with Lindsey & Paul’s easy-going personalities. Here are some of my favorites from their picture-perfect barn wedding in the countryside – enjoy!
We were a little worried about the weather the day of Vicki & Jake's engagement session, but as you can see it turned out to be an absolutely perfect afternoon here in Rochester! We started off their session at Java's Coffee Shop downtown, because it's where Vicki & Jake had their first date! I love, love, love when couples incorporate meaningful locations into their sessions! We wandered around that area for a little while, before heading over to Highland Park for the rest of the shoot. The light was absolutely perfect out and I love shooting at Highland because there's such a variety of spots to work with. Vicki & Jake looked absolutely fantastic and I am obsessed with Vicki's dress, I'm sure I've said it before but I adore how the color red looks in photographs! These two are wonderful and I am SO excited for their wedding next year! Here are a handful of my favorite images from their shoot - enjoy!
There's something about having a place completely to ourselves that I really love during engagement sessions. Not everyone is completely at ease when they first get in front of the camera, so when you add in a bunch of curious strangers eyeing them, some people take a little longer to feel like themselves. When you find a space like this park on Hemlock Lake, this isn't something we have to worry about! It was so peaceful and calm there, I enjoyed the location almost as much as I enjoyed photographing the beautiful couple in these photos! Courtney & Dan live in Boston, so since they work during the week and my weekend schedule is so crazy, it was a little tricky to find a time that worked for everyone. I'm so thankful that when we did it ended up being an absolutely perfect afternoon in the Finger Lakes. These two were so easy-going and fun to chat with I felt like I could've spent hours more exploring this beautiful scenery and photographing them. Here are a few of my favorite images from their session!
Diana & Ryan met several years ago at Bristol Harbour, attending the wedding of mutual friends. They made quite an impression on each other, and Ryan still remembers first seeing the gorgeous girl in the blue dress and radiant smile! They hit it off immediately, and spent the night talking and laughing together! Two years later, Ryan decided to ask Diana to ask him to be his wife at the place where it all began. He popped the question at Bristol Harbour as they celebrated their anniversary, and obviously it was a big YES.
They got married on a gorgeous September afternoon at Deerfield Gold & Country Club, one of my favorite Rochester wedding venues! I loved so many aspects of their wedding day, but I think my favorite part was when Diana & Ryan shared their first look before the ceremony. It was a beautiful moment, and I loved that we were then able to take the majority of their photos with each other, bridal party and family all before the ceremony began! It was an absolutely fantastic wedding in every way, and I’ll let the photos speak for themselves from here on out – enjoy!
Wedding Dress - Heart to Heart Bridal, Manchester
Bridesmaids Dresses - David's Bridal
Tuxedos - Tuxedo Corner
Cake - Gruttadauria’s Bakery
Videographer - Darren, Jacquelyn Daley Photography
Flowers/Centerpieces - Fiorvanti Florist
Officiant - Keri Klein, Flower City Nuptials
Hair - Teresa’s Salon Mirage
Makeup - Rita Battisti, Bellezza Salon & Spa
Rings - Reeds Jewelers Jenss Décor
I absolutely loved photographing this engagement session at Letchworth State Park! I hadn’t been out there in years, and completely forgot what an incredible spot it is! There are so many beautiful views and types of scenery that make it perfect for this type of session! Now that the leaves are starting to change more, I’m definitely going to make it a priority to visit the park again in a few weeks to check out the foliage!
The scenery was fantastic, but the best part of this session was the two incredible humans I got to photograph! Claire is one of my closest friends in the world. She’s incredibly beautiful inside and out, so thoughtful, caring, and hilarious, and she found a perfect partner in Adam, who is equally kind and always the life of the party! They’re some of my (and my husband’s) favorite people to hang out with! They met each other (and me!) while we were all college students at SUNY Geneseo. They are undoubtedly some of the nicest, most fun, and just the BEST people in the world and I’m so happy I got to capture their engagement session!
Here are some of my favorite images from this shoot!
Last April Allie & Pat went on a trip to Jamaica as boyfriend and girlfriend, and came back as fiancés! While they were there, Pat put together a short video collage of clips and photos of their trip. This wasn’t out of the ordinary for him, so when Allie asked to see the finished product on their last day of the vacation she wasn’t expecting anything besides a compilation of memories. That’s exactly what she saw, until the end of the video started showing various places that Pat had sneakily written “Will You Marry Me?” throughout their stay without Allie noticing. He’d written in the sand, on paper, on his hand, etc, etc. Obviously, she said yes!
I love this proposal story almost as much as I loved photographing their wedding day a few weekends ago. They got married at The Foundry in Buffalo, NY and it was my first time at this venue – I love it! The building has been around for about a century, and was originally a manufacturing plant that’s been refurbished into a completely unique hotel and event space with an elegant and industrial vibe. I absolutely LOVED all the huge windows throughout, and the outdoor courtyard in the center of the space where their ceremony was held was so charming! It’s also just a few minutes away from Delaware Park and the Albright Knox Art Gallery, so we made a quick stop there for photos between the ceremony and reception. Allie and Pat are huge Buffalo Bills fans, (go bills!) so as would only occur to Bills fans, they decide to rent a Bills bus for their transportation typically used for tailgating. If that isn’t perfect enough, the Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor was sitting on the steps of the art gallery when we arrived and was a VERY good sport about everyone freaking out and letting us get a few photos of him with Allie and Pat!
These two are so much fun, laid back, hilarious, and make each other laugh constantly! They’re also both such nice people and it was a ton of fun to photograph them and their loved ones! Here are a few of my favorite images from their big day, enjoy!
There is SO much that goes into a wedding day, and it’s always hard for me to sum up all the incredible people I get to meet, the thoughtful details, the stunning scenery, and the overwhelming emotions into a paragraph or two. I can never quite find the right words to do it justice, but I guess that’s why I’m a photographer and not a writer! Mackenzie & Adam’s wedding was one of my all-time favorites for so many reasons, and I’m just going to let myself pour them out onto the page. I love the bold, bright colors of the flowers, the classic elegance of Mackenzie’s dress, the huge smile that never left her face. The way every pair of eyes I looked into were shining with emotion, often holding back tears. How the sunlight danced through the stained glass windows of the chapel and the look on Adam’s face when he first saw Mackenzie walking down the aisle. The way they radiated pure joy right after they were pronounced husband and wife. The picturesque landscape of Casa Larga Winery and the spectacular sky as the sun set behind the vineyard. The tears that streamed down Mackenzie’s father’s face as he danced with his little girl. I could go on and on, but basically, this was an incredible day and I am honored that I got to turn all these precious moments into photographs that Mackenzie & Adam will hopefully treasure forever. Here are some of my favorite images – enjoy!
Ashley & Matt's wedding isn't until next winter, but I'm already counting down the days until I get to photograph these two again! They met in high school and started dating over seven years ago, and have been inseparable ever since!
I checked the forecast the week of their engagement session, and again the morning of, and was excited that the weather was supposed to be perfect! I got in my car that afternoon to head into the city to meet them, and was obviously surprised that when I was en route it started POURING. Like, really. It was a complete torrential downpour. I never leave my house without six giant white umbrellas in my trunk for photos in the rain, so I knew we'd be okay no matter what, but obviously getting drenched is not really ideal for an engagement session. Luckily, this surprise rain storm left as quickly as it came, and we were able to do the whole session outside as planned (and dry for that matter). We started off at the George Eastman House gardens, took a few photos in downtown Rochester, then headed to Durand Eastman Beach for a total change of scenery! It was a really fun shoot and I LOVE all of these locations and this couple!! Here are some of my favorite images from the session!
When Stephanie was a college student at SUNY Geneseo she worked at a dance studio nearby. During her sophomore year one of the dance student’s moms told Stephanie that she had a son that Stephanie just had to meet! Spoiler alert: that mom is now Stephanie’s mother-in-law. Stephanie and James met, started chatting through texts and Facebook, went out on a few dates, and it wasn’t long before they knew it was meant to be.
Four years later, after a dinner out to celebrate their anniversary, James surprised Stephanie with a scavenger hunt in their apartment. Ultimately, this hunt lead Stephanie to the last page of a scrapbook she’d been putting together of her and James’ time together. The last page was a bucket list of adventures Stephanie & James hope to go on together, and James had written in “get married” at the bottom, and tucked the ring into the page. As she saw this he got down on one knee to ask her to be his wife!
Stephanie and James are one of the most genuinely kind and sweet couples that I’ve ever had the pleasure to photograph. One of the members of the bridal party (Stephanie’s “Man of Honor” in fact) gave a speech and mentioned that he had a memorable conversation with Stephanie & James about “choosing happiness” in life, and it seemed so obvious to me that that’s how Stephanie & James live their lives! They seem so full of positivity and optimism that it’s contagious, and spending their wedding day photographing them was really special. Here are some of my favorite shots from their big day at Glendoveer’s!
Kelly and Zach met when they were both sophomores at SUNY Oswego and their Greek organizations led them to be at the same party. (Who would've known that both of these organizations would be VERY well represented on the dance floor at their wedding almost seven years later!?) They got to talking, exchanged numbers, and by winter time they had decided to make it official! From then on, they were pretty much inseparable, seizing every opportunity to spend time with each other. They graduated college together, pursued their careers together, and on the way back to visit their college friends together for an Alumni weekend, Zach made sure they would continue the rest of their lives, together. They took a detour to the Chimney Bluffs, a favorite spot from college, and Zach got down on one knee and asked Kelly to marry him. Clearly, the answer was a yes!
When their wedding day arrived these two completely melted my heart. It felt like every glance/smile/embrace they shared was the new cutest thing I'd ever seen. Most couples feel a bit uncomfortable in front of the camera (understandably!) so it helps to give them direction, but not these two! They only had eyes for each other and barely seemed to know I was there, and I rarely wanted to say anything and interrupt whatever adorable way they were looking at each other in the moment! They were constantly making each other laugh and it's obvious that they have SUCH a good time together, and it made my job even more fun than usual!
Everything took place at Shadow Lake which is a beautiful golf course and event venue located in Penfield and it's one of my favorite Rochester wedding locations! It was a perfect day in every way, so I'll let the photos tell the story of it! Enjoy!
I actually wasn't planning to take a wedding the day of Lauren & Ben's - my wedding season was pretty full and I wanted to keep some weekends free, but once I got Lauren's email I just had to meet her. She was so sweet and enthusiastic about her wedding plans, is a Geneseo alumni AND met her now husband at what was once Prepp's on Park Ave. Basically, I thought she sounded awesome so we set up a coffee date, and as soon as I met her and Ben in person I just HAD to photograph their wedding! They were so easy to talk to and fun to be around, I knew their wedding would be an incredible day (and I was so right!).
When the big day arrived the weather in Rochester couldn't have been better! Their ceremony and reception took place at La Luna in High Falls. I'd never shot at La Luna before but easily fell in love with the space (as would anyone who's a fan of industrial style interior design!), and the High Falls area is one of my favorite spots in Rochester! With all of it's exposed brick, huge windows, and large patio with a picturesque view of the river and falls, La Luna was ideal for photos! Their ceremony was right on the patio with that view as the backdrop and it was perfect. These two clearly have a ton of fun together so it wasn't a surprise that they kept making each other laugh throughout the ceremony, and spoke beautiful personal vows that were the perfect mix of funny and heartfelt. I felt the exact same way about the speeches that were given a little later at their reception; each had the guests going back and forth between laughter and tears, and made it clear that we were in the presence of a truly special couple. I'm so honored I got to be the one to capture this spectacular day for Lauren & Ben - thank you both for choosing me to do so, all the best to you both (and Lacey!!!).
Lindsey & Chase are MARRIED! These two tied the knot earlier this month on the beautiful back lawn of Belhurst Castle, overlooking Seneca Lake. This venue is a gem of the Finger Lakes and I absolutely love photographing weddings here! With the castle’s beautiful architecture and the lake scenery surrounding it, it doesn’t get much better! Lindsey and Chase really embraced the character of the Finger Lakes with all of it’s vineyards and wineries by including some wine-related touches in their big day which you’ll see in the photos below! Their style is classic and elegant, which was obvious from Lindsey’s GORGEOUS Bagdley Mischka wedding gown and her bridesmaid’s champagne dresses. I loved these paired with the lanterns that Lindsey had her bridesmaids hold as an alternative to bouquets - such a creative idea!
These unique touches fit perfectly with Lindsey & Chase’s personalities, they are big fans of artistic shots that are a little out of the box, and didn't want to do any photos down at the docks which is usually where Belhurst Castle couples opt to take the majority of their photos. Instead, it was really fun to take advantage of the castle’s architecture and surrounding grounds for their photos! I always love to watch the way couples interact and the dynamic between them, and it seemed that Lindsey and Chase balanced each other out perfectly. Chase is very carefree and laid-back, while Lindsey seems to be the more organized one of the pair, who is attentive to details and the little things which I think contributes to her EXTREME thoughtfulness! In fact, months ago she noticed on my Instagram that I have a collection of antique blue glass vases, so gave a few to me as a thank you at the end of the night. When I opened the gift when I got home I was completely blown away by what a sweet, personal gift it was that I teared up! After the speeches from Lindsey & Chase’s family and friends that spoke so highly of how kind and considerate these two are, I shouldn’t have been surprised! They are a fun-loving, genuine, adventurous pair who love to travel, spend time outdoors and with their loved ones. How do I keep getting so lucky with these incredible clients?!? Lindsey and Chase - thank you for giving me the honor of capturing this beautiful celebration for you - I hope you love the photos!
Wedding Dress Designer - Badgley Mischka;
Wedding Dress Boutique - Mariolka's Bridal in Boynton Beach, FL
Hair/Makeup - Isabella Salon & Spa at The Belhurst Castle
DJ - H & H Event Entertainment
Florist - Garden of Life Floral