I am so grateful that couples as incredible as Vicki and Jake give me the honor of photographing such an important day in their lives! They tied the knot in November on one of the last fall weather days we had here in Rochester, and the whole day was a beautiful celebration of love. Family and friends traveled from near and far (even from Australia!) to join in the festivities, and the importance of family to Vicki & Jake was a really special part of this day, it’s clear they have a great community supporting them as they enter this new chapter of their lives!
Their ceremony was at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation on East Ave, which is gorgeous inside! Jake’s face as he first saw Vicki walking down the aisle toward him was priceless. Some grooms get a bit nervous and distracted by the crowd staring at them during this part of the day, but Jake only had eyes for Vicki. After these two shared their first kiss and were pronounced husband and wife, the exited the church positively glowing with joy, and the guests gathered outside to throw rice on the newlyweds as they left the church!
Before heading to their reception at the Hyatt Regency Rochester, we stopped at the George Eastman Museum where Vicki + Jake had reserved the West Garden for photos of them and their bridal party. If you follow my blog you know I’m obsessed with this location, and I was thrilled to see how bright and vibrant the colors of the foliage were – I hadn’t been sure what to expect in mid-November! The photos from this location are probably my favorites from the day!
The Greek dancing at the reception was another one of my favorite parts, there was just such a sense of love, family, connection and FUN! Happy tears fell, dollar bills were constantly flying through the air, and I’m pretty sure every single guest was on the dance floor at one point! It was an unforgettable celebration and I’m so thankful I got to document it for Vicki & Jake! Here are some of my favorite images – enjoy!