I was back at the beautiful Bristol Harbour Resort again about a month ago for Haley & Matt’s engagement session! It was a Monday night so we basically had the place to ourselves, and it was great to wander all over with these two because there’s so much incredible scenery there! The weather had been a little crazy that day (it was POURING when I left my house in Fairport) so I was relieved that we ended up with such a great night! I had a blast photographing these two and I am THRILLED that they chose me to be their wedding photographer; I can’t wait to have them in front of my camera again on their big day!!! They’re super sweet, laid-back, and love to laugh and have a good time! My favorite images might be the last few, where they popped a few bottles of champagne which sprayed EVERYWHERE and made for some really fun photos that fit their personalities perfectly! Take a look below to see those and more of my favorites from their session! Enjoy!
I had so much fun photographing Jackie + Sam’s wedding day! These two are exactly the type of couple who make me love my job! They’re incredible people with so much love for each other and everyone in their lives, and they planned a beautiful and FUN celebration with so many special little details. Their ceremony was at the Church of the Transfiguration in Pittsford and my favorite part had to be that every time I looked at Jackie and Sam they were looking at each other and beaming! Afterward we made a stop at a family member’s barn nearby before heading on to Ravenwood Golf Club for the rest of the day!
There are always one or two moments on weddings day that bring tears to my eyes, or make me stop in my tracks and fill my heart with love for the clients that I get to serve. After we had finished taking photos out on the golf course with the bridal party, I saw that Jackie was crying. I ran over to her and asked what was wrong, and she said something along the lines of “Everything is just SO AMAZING AND PERFECT and I love everyone SO MUCH.” And then my heart exploded. I just loved how much they were taking it all in and making sure to enjoy every moment of the day, because as any married couple knows, it goes by SO fast!
Another part of the day that totally melted my heart was the speeches given during their reception. They were all the perfect mix of hilarious and heartfelt and the room was full of laughter and happy tears. I believe that the strongest couples bring out the best in each other, and the speeches emphasized that even though Jackie and Sam are each outstanding human beings to begin with, they still manage to make each other even better. They’ve been together for almost a decade, ever since they met at a summer job when Jackie was finishing high school and Sam had started college. They stuck together ever since, through thick and thin; the rest of college, first jobs, new cities, long distance, and now here they are, HUSBAND AND WIFE! So glad I got to photograph this truly special day and hope everyone enjoys this glimpse into how perfect it was!
Hair – Naomi Bagwell from Rocky Greco's
Makeup – Nikki Rodgers
Flowers – Wegmans
Cake – Savoia Pastry Shoppe
DJ – DJ Naps from Breakthrough Entertainment
Wedding Dress – The Wedding Dress
Bridesmaids Dresses – Azazie.com
Suits – Pittsford Tailors
Photobooth – Encore
Stationary - She Studio
Transportation – S&S Limo
Wedding Day Coordinator – Kasey Richardson
I love Jessie & Andrew’s story because their lives intersected many times before they got to know each other, and it seems like the universe just wouldn’t give up until they realized they were a perfect fit! From growing up right around the corner from each other, to their brothers being friends, from attending the same New Year’s Eve party at one point, to Andrew’s mom (who did Jessie’s hair) telling her she should meet her son, it was long overdue when the two of them finally got to meet in more than just another passing encounter. From then on, as they say, the rest is history! They knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, and they’re actually starting a family soon, with their first little one on the way!
Given the way these two are constantly laughing and cracking each other up, the chemistry between them is probably obvious to anyone who meets them. They’re a breath of fresh air to be around; both are fun-loving, laid-back and genuinely kind people with great senses of humor and style. Needless to say, I am beyond thrilled that they chose me to photograph their elopement. They really wanted the day to be simple, and just about them and their love, and that’s exactly what it was.
They decided to elope at one of my favorite local venues, Bristol Harbour Resort, which has breathtaking views of Canandaigua Lake and the surrounding scenery, and it’s hard to imagine a better setting for such a special day. They helped each other get ready (and both looked AMAZING) before it was time to head outside to say their I do’s. It was a perfect summer day, not too hot, with a light breeze and a bright blue sky. A violinist played as Andrew stood by the the arch behind Bristol Harbour (which had been decorated beautifully with floral arrangements made by Stacy K. Floral) and Jessie walked toward her soon-to-be husband. Seeing Andrew’s face at this point had to be my favorite moment of the day – his expression says it all! I could ramble on and on about how amazing the rest of the day was, from their heartfelt vows, to their first dance in the grass outside, to the amazing sunset as the day ended, but I’ll let the photos do the talking! Here’s a handful of my favorites!
I went to college at SUNY Geneseo (and LOVED it!) and it really didn’t feel like that big of a school, so I’m constantly surprised by how many people I meet that were there at the same time as me but we never crossed paths! Margaret and John are two examples of this, and funnily enough, they didn’t meet each other while we were all there either! They both moved to the Albany area after college, and that’s where they met and realized how close they must have come to meeting in the years before, especially when they realized they had tons of mutual friends! Obviously they hit it off, and have been together ever since!
These two are such a great couple! They’re smart, fun, easy-going, and an absolute pleasure to photograph! When their wedding day arrived it was a gorgeous summer day in the Finger Lakes. Everything happened at the Inn on the Lake in Canandaigua, which is in a perfect location; close to the downtown and right on the water! Margaret & John said their I do’s surrounded by their friends and family on the back lawn of the hotel overlooking Canandaigua Lake . It was a beautiful ceremony and I loved how Margaret and John’s faces lit up every time they looked at each other! These two are constantly laughing together and making each other smile, which made my job extra enjoyable. I had so much fun photographing their wedding and am very thankful they picked me to do so! These photos tell the story of their big day much better than I could, enjoy!
Hair/Makeup - Icon Hair Design
Florist - In Bloom Florals
Cake - Gourmet Goodies
DJ - Finger Lakes Entertainment
Wedding Dress - Love Story Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses - Bridal Reflections
Stationary - Shine Wedding Invitations
And thank you to Kerri Lynne Photography for second shooting this wedding with me!
I had the HUGE honor of photographing the engagement session of one of my favorite couples in the whole world a few weeks ago; Skylar and Greg! Skylar is the whole package. She’s incredibly beautiful on the inside and outside. She a smart, kind, hilarious, fun, all-around wonderful human being and one of my very best friends. We were all living in Rochester a few years ago when Skylar + Greg’s relationship started off, so I got the behind-the-scenes scoops from Skylar as their story unfolded and a few dates turned quickly into being head-over-heels crazy about each other! After meeting Greg I could tell why they hit it off so effortlessly, he is a complete sweetheart and GEM of a human and they really are perfect for each other!
MUCH TO MY DISMAY, these two moved to Chicago where they now live (although I am so happy for them that they’re loving life there I would selfishly love them to move back to Rochester right this moment and be neighbors for the rest of forever). On the plus side, I now have a great reason to visit Chicago! Earlier this year, they made the trip back to Rochester for a weekend visit, and little did Skylar know, Greg was planning to propose! He popped the question at Schoen Place by the canal (they had their first date there as well!) and how he got her down by the water in the middle of Rochester’s frigid winter really shows how much he knows Skylar, he told her there was a mural/tribute to women’s rights that he wanted to show her! Obviosuly, she said YES!
I am ecstatic to be part of their wedding this winter, and since I won’t be able to be their photographer as I’ll be a bridemaid (YAY!) I’m thrilled that I was able to take these engagement photos for them along the canal where they already had such wonderful memories! Here are a few of my favorite shots of these cuties!! Enjoy!
Terese & Mike are MARRIED!!! They celebrated their wedding day at Deerfield Country Club in Brockport, NY exactly one month ago! These two are some of the most genuinely kind human beings I’ve ever met and I loved capturing every moment of their big day! Terese is extremely sweet and thoughtful, and on the quieter side compared to Mike who is super outgoing and constantly joking around and making everyone around him smile, including Terese! One of my favorite moments of the day was when Terese was getting choked up while reading the heartfelt vows she wrote to Mike, so Mike turned around and put his back to her to lighten the mood and make her laugh, and indeed it cracked her up and she was able to get through the rest of her vows with a smile (and hardly any more tears)!
The mood from the ceremony carried through the rest of the day, full of emotion, with lots of laughter and happy tears! It was such a special occasion and I’m so thankful Terese & Mike picked me to photograph it for them! Here are a handful of my favorite photos from the day!
This wedding was such a special one! Alex & Mike grew up in the Finger Lakes and they’ve been together ever since their junior year of high school! They’ve embarked on all sorts of journeys together since then, including a big move down south, first to South Carolina, and then onto Orlando, FL! They wanted to return to the place where they grew up (AND where Mike proposed!) to tie the knot in the beauty of the Finger Lakes region, and chose Twin Silos Barn as their venue. It’s a really neat rustic barn venue surrounded by greenery and with plenty of outdoor space for lawn games, etc. and back lawn that makes for a perfect ceremony site!
I started off the day at the nearby Reed Homestead where Alex and her bridesmaids got ready, and was blown away by this gorgeous old brick home built in 1803 that has been impeccably designed and decorated! Such a perfect spot for the getting-ready photos! Once Alex was ready and in her GORGEOUS wedding dress (those lace sleeves!!!) I took some photos of her and her bridesmaids and family outside of the homestead before heading over to Twin Silos to meet up with Mike and photograph him with his groomsmen! These two both had the most joyful, carefree vibe and I just loved how happy and relaxed they both seemed, each thrilled to shortly be marrying the love of their life!
They said their I do’s in the summer sunshine and the ceremony was really sweet, but I’d say my favorite part was when Mike dipped Alex (impressively low I might add) for their first kiss as husband and wife! The reception that followed was such a fun party and I loved being able to sneak Alex and Mike outside for a little while to capture the newlyweds at golden hour (my FAVORITE time to photograph couples)! It was most certainly a day to remember and I’m so glad I got to document it for these two! Enjoy a handful of my favorites here!
In the wedding photography world, you constantly hear that the key to running a business that you LOVE is finding and working with your ideal clients. These are the clients who get you so excited to show up and do your job. The clients that fill you with gratitude that this is what you get to do for a living, and make you want to go above and beyond to make sure they are so happy with the final product and experience you give them.
They’re your ideal clients because they love your work, value your vision, and trust in your skills and creativity. They’re people who you instantly click with, and conversation comes easily because you just seem to get each other. Maybe its because of interests or values we share. Maybe they also love and live in Rochester, NY. Or they love to try new restaurants, to travel and explore their own city and the rest of the world as well! Who cherish their relationships with the people they love above all else, and always make spending time with friends and family a top priority. Maybe they also enjoy staying active and spending time outside. They might have a creative side, or at least an appreciation for art and photography. They’re laid back and relaxed, but also punctual and pay attention to the little details like a great color palette!
By no means do clients have to be all of the above for it to be a great fit, but I do think that description could fit Katherine and Andy pretty well and I am SO THANKFUL that such incredible couples like these two find and hire me. As soon as I heard they first met playing kickball in Rochester (which used to be my favorite way to spend Thursday nights!) I could tell we had a lot in common, and the more I got to know them the more excited I became to work with them! I knew their wedding would have some truly lovely details when I got to peak into their beautifully styled home at the beginning of their engagement session last year and saw how much love and thought they put into making it their own. Still, when their wedding arrived I was swooning over everything from Katherine’s dress to their color scheme and the GORGEOUS floral centerpieces which I definitely need to mention that her mom put them together herself!!!!!! I could hardly believe what an incredible job she did, I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever seen more beautiful flower arrangements!
It’s not every day you come across people who exude elegance and style, while at the same time being extremely fun, warm and welcoming – but that’s Katherine and Andy. Katherine is so dazzling that she literally seems to give off her own light, especially when she’s wearing her radiant smile! Andy is extremely kind and thoughtful, and I loved the little details that he put his heart into for their wedding day, such as the hollow stemmed champagne glasses that he’s spent years collecting which their bridal party used to cheers the champagne Katherine & Andy brought on their limo bus. Side note: this champagne bottle was HUGE!!! You’ll see it in the photos below! Every little moment and detail was so special in itself, from the beaming smiles on Katherine & Andy’s faces after they were pronounced husband and wife, through to the heartfelt speeches, to the spectacular sunset from the Strathallan’s rooftop, to every cheers, smile, laugh, and dance move shared as the night went on. It was most definitely a celebration to be remembered!
Here’s a collection of my favorites from the day, enjoy!!
Ceremony Venue - St. Mary's Church
Reception Venue - The Strathallan Hotel
Hair & Makeup - GLAM by KAB
Wedding Dress - Unveiled
Wedding Dress Alterations - Bespoke Designs by Mary Ellen
Transportation - Fitzgerald Brothers
Rings - The Gem Lab
Flowers - Wegman's and Creations by Geri
Cake - Wegmans
Fudge & Cookies - Fuddy Duddy's
Cocktail Musician - Sean Doohan
DJ - H&H Entertainment
These two make each other completely light up, and there never seems to be a dull moment between them. They’re constantly making each other smile and laugh, and to sum it up; it’s freaking adorable and so refreshing to be around! I had so much fun capturing their chemistry during their engagement session earlier this month! We had a perfect night in Rochester, and we started off surrounded by the greenery at Highland Park before switching up the scenery and heading to the water at Durand Eastman for some photos on the beach at sunset. I could not be more excited to photograph them tie the knot soon!! Love love love my wonderful clients!
I had so much fun getting to know these two and photographing their engagement session a few weeks ago! They are so incredibly sweet and easy to be around, and we had an absolutely perfect spring night in Rochester! We did their session in Mendon Ponds Park, which I love because there's such a variety of scenery to work with. I always recommend doing engagement sessions during the hour or so before sunset because the light on a sunny day is just INCREDIBLE at that time. It's probably my favorite thing to do to just explore a location in this type of light and see how it's falling, and photographing a happy couple in love within it, especially when that couple is as great as Katrice & Chris!! Here's a handful of my favorite images from their session - enjoy!
Sarah & Craig’s families were neighbors when they were kids, so they grew up knowing each other, but it wasn’t until after college that they reconnected and started to see each other in a new light. They went out on a few dates, and the rest is history! Now here they are, husband and wife, and their wedding day couldn’t have been more perfect. From their First Look through to them being almost inseparable on the dance floor, every glance and laugh between these two make it clear that they are crazy about each other! I especially loved hearing the heartfelt vows they wrote each other during the ceremony.
I knew this was going to be an incredible wedding ever since Sarah & Craig first reached out, and I’ve especially been looking forward to it after their engagement session last summer! They are the sweetest couple, they have incredible style, they’re fun to be around, and their wedding venue was GORGEOUS! The Hall of Springs is tucked away in Saratoga State Park so it’s surrounded by beautiful scenery, and the venue itself is a historic, grandiose building with halls of brick archways extending out around it which make a really neat setting for photographs! This elegant venue was a perfect and fit for Sarah + Craig’s timeless, classic style. Every little detail and decoration that they chose was perfection!
I’ve known Sarah (and a few of the bridesmaids) since elementary school, so there were a lot of familiar faces amongst the guests and it was really special to me that she and Craig chose me to capture their special day. I have SO many favorite images that it was really hard to narrow down photographs to share here, but I hope the photos below do a good job of illustrating what a beautiful & joyful day this was. Enjoy!
Hair & Makeup - Beauty By E, Erica Maloy
Wedding Dress - Angela's Bridal
Videographer - Ryan Gifford
Ceremony Music - Andy Mollica
Reception Band - New York Players
Wedding Planner - Bisou Weddings & Events
Catering & Cake - Mazzone Hospitality
Florist - Samantha Nass
And thank you to my second photographer for this wedding Lauren Lucente for doing a great job!
Ashley & Marc live in California, so we didn’t get the opportunity to meet in person until their wedding day, but I could tell from phone calls and emails that they had a great vibe and I was really excited to be their photographer! When I arrived to photograph the ladies getting ready Ashley greeted me as warmly as if I was an old friend, and I felt so welcomed and thankful to be working surrounded by such sweet people!
They tied the knot on what turned out to be a beautiful Sunday afternoon (despite some early rain showers) overlooking Canandaigua Lake on Bristol Harbour Resort’s back lawn. I’ve written on my blog before about how much I love this view, and it’s hard to imagine a more beautiful setting to promise forever to the love of your life! The ceremony was short and VERY sweet, and Ashley & Marc’s smiles after they were pronounced husband and wife couldn’t have been bigger!
Between the ballroom and the outdoor bar & patio, Ashley and Marc spent the rest of the celebrations mingling with their guests and dancing the night away (and thankfully letting me steal them away for a few times for photos with this spectacular view and sunset)! Ashley & Marc clearly love their friends and family deeply, and it’s obvious that the love goes both ways. There was SO much joy in the air and the speeches given by their siblings and best friends were some of the best that I’ve ever heard; emotional, hilarious at times, and completely heartfelt. If anyone wasn’t sure how special they are, the speeches said it all. I feel very lucky to get to photograph couples as kind, gracious, and in love with these two and I hope you enjoy this little collection of some of my favorite images from their wedding day!
It feels like spring came and went in the blink of an eye this year, (I guess it’s not technically over but it’s 92 degrees out today so I’m calling it summer) so I’m really glad I was able to photograph some sessions while all the flowers were blooming in full force! It’s been such a busy month and I’m so excited to share images of all the sweet couples I got to photograph over the past few weeks!
Katie & Seth were in college at SUNY Geneseo when they met, and as Katie put it in her first email to me, “there hasn’t been a dull moment since!” I’m always so excited to receive inquiries from fellow Geneseo alumni because I know right off the bat that we have that season of our lives in common and it always ends up being a great fit, and I was especially excited to hear from these two because they’re close friends with a bunch of my friends and previous clients whom I absolutely adore! I loved photographing this session for them and can’t wait for their winter wedding next year!
They live in Washington DC so I was thrilled that we were able to fit their engagement session in while they were visiting Rochester, and I’m extra thankful that we ended up with such a gorgeous evening! We debated heading over to Highland Park because it is just insanely gorgeous in the springtime, but Lilac Festival was going on so we opted to avoid the traffic and crowds (which was very wise judging on how packed it was went I went later in the week – totally worth it for the tacos though YUM!). I think we ended up with an even more beautiful setting at the gardens of the George Eastman Museum. I seriously could never get enough of this location! Here are some of my favorite shots from the night!
Ally + Matt met 8 years ago when they were both working as EMTs for RIT Ambulance. They hit it off right away and became close friends. In fact, they were so close that by the time they started officially dating most people were surprised to learn they weren’t already together! It was obvious to everyone that they’re perfect for each other.
They tied the knot on May 4th, 2018 at Deerfield Golf & Country Club. It was a beautiful, WINDY, day in Rochester. When I say windy I don’t mean a gentle breeze, I mean I literally I almost blew over at one point. If anyone could take this ridiculous weather in stride, it’s Ally & Matt. These two are easy-going, a ton fun, and seem to always be laughing together. They have great senses of humor and love Star Wars almost as much as they love each other – their May 4th (May the Fourth Be With You) wedding date was no accident!
I’m so thankful these two chose me to capture this incredible celebration for them! From their emotional First Look all the way through to an epic dance party at the end of the night, this day was so full of love and joy that I’ve got a huge smile on my face looking through these images and re-living it. Here are some of my favorites – enjoy!
Hair & Makeup - Bombshell Beauty
Flowers - Arjuna Florist & Design
Cake - Designed Elegance Pastry Shoppe
Transportation - Excel Limousine Service
DJ - Sound Express Entertainment Group
Videography - Kidd Media Productions
Wedding Dress - Rebecca Ingram
Wedding Dress Shop - Heart to Heart Bridal
Officiant - Reverend Cathleen Brauen
Thank you to Kerri Lynn Photography for doing a fabulous job second shooting this wedding with me!
What a spectacular day this was! I was prepared for non-stop rain so when we ended up with only a few minutes of it I was especially grateful! Not only did the rain hold off, we also had some really spectacular daytime light and skies! So thankful when the weather works out in our favor! Remember that future brides – a stormy forecast can mean magic skies! We started and ended the day at Bristol Harbour Resort, which is one of my favorite venues in the Finger Lakes, or really anywhere for that matter! You just can’t beat the views of Canandaiga Lake; I'm so thankful we were able to get outside and take advantage of them!
There were so many sweet moments that really stuck out to me as I captured this day. I loved the way everyone’s eyes filled with tears as Katie’s bridesmaids first saw her in her wedding dress, you could tell these girlfriends had really become more like family! As emotional as that moment was, it was nothing compared to Katie & Steve’s first look. The love between them as they looked at the person they were about to marry is hard to put into words – thank god for photographs!
After Katie & Steve’s first look we all headed to St. Mary’s Church which is a beautiful cathedral in Canandaigua. They said their I do’s surrounded by family and friends, and then exited the church as husband and wife, with huge smiles on their faces to a fun ribbon waving exit! I love how the photos from that part of the day turned out! Then we made one more stop before heading back to Bristol Harbour at Kershaw Park, where we had some spectacular views of the lake! I was in heaven; I could photograph people in love at beautiful locations every day!! The rest of their celebrations were just as wonderful and I’m so thankful they picked me to capture everything for them! Here are some of my favorite photographs – enjoy!
And thank you to Kerri Lynne Photography for second shooting this day with me!
I always have a hard time writing these blog post introductions because I can never quite find the right words to sum up a day that’s so incredibly special. Lauren & Mike’s was no exception – I loved every second of photographing their wedding day from the moment Lauren greeted me at the front door of her parent’s home with the biggest smile on her face! I didn’t get to meet these two in person beforehand due to being in different cities, but I got such great vibes from them each time we spoke on the phone and I knew it was going to be a good fit. Despite having a great feeling about this day beforehand, it was even better than I imagined! Lauren & Mike are one of the nicest couples I’ve ever had the pleasure to photograph; they’re easy-going, fun, and radiated joy and love the entire day!
My second photographer hung out with Mike and his groomsmen at the Desmond Hotel in Albany while I photographed Lauren & the girls getting ready at her family home. It was a beautiful house with big windows and natural light – everything I hope for when I step into a getting-ready location! Despite the weather the week leading up to Lauren & Mike’s day being TERRIBLE, they somehow ended up with a beautiful sunny day with blue skies! It was pretty chilly, but that’s still some of the best weather you can hope for in early April in central New York!
Their ceremony was at All Saint's on the Hudson Church in Mechanicville and it was a gorgeous church both inside and out. The priest gave a very special and personal ceremony and I loved capturing all of the smiles between Lauren & Mike while they became husband and wife! Afterward we captured a few photos at the church before making our way to the Desmond Hotel for the rest of the evening! We got there just in time to capture a few sunset photos of the two of them before the party got started! After a very impressive choreographed first dance and some truly great speeches (the father of the bride even had me crying!!) the dance floor was packed all night long. It was an epic party to finish an epic day, and I’m so thankful I got to photograph everything for Lauren & Mike! Here’s a collection of my favorite images from the day – enjoy!