You might be wondering why it’s March and I’m just posting a best of 2018 post, but it’s never too late right!? 2019 kicked off as busy as ever so admittedly time has gotten away from me a little bit in posting this, but I’m still so excited to share this collection of images with you all! These are not even close to all my favorite shots, it was incredibly hard to narrow it down!
I had planned to cap off 2018 at 25 weddings/elopements, but couldn’t resist taking on a few extra for some really fantastic couples, so I ended up at 29! When I receive a heartfelt inquiry from a couple who would clearly be a perfect fit for me and my photographic style, it’s always worth making it work! What makes a couple a “perfect fit”?! My favorite clients to work with are always some combination of laid-back, kind-hearted, madly in love, and who know how to have a good time! These are the clients who really value photography and absolutely love the look of my artistic, joyful, light-inspired images. These brides have a great sense of style but aren’t worried about getting the bottom of their dresses a little dirty, they did all the planning and thinking through logistics ahead of time (and I am happy to help) so when the big day arrives they’re having the time of their life and not sweating the small stuff! They’re the kind of people I want to be friends with!
I’m so glad this type of couple keeps finding me! When I look back on the year, I feel so incredibly grateful for each and every one of these 29 couples who trusted me to photograph their weddings. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of my clients for being THE BEST – your beauty shines from the inside out!
Most of the weddings I photographed in 2018 were right here in Rochester and the Finger Lakes, and then a little over a third of them were spread out throughout the rest of New York State in Long Island, Albany, Skaneateles, Saratoga, and Buffalo! That’s a pretty perfect ratio for me – being on the road too much when I’m swamped with work can get a little overwhelming, but I absolutely love traveling, seeing new places and photographing weddings at different venues! From a glamorous Gatsby-themed wedding at a historical mansion on the water in Long Island to a low-key elopement at a family farm outside of Buffalo, 2018 definitely brought lots of variety! There’s never a dull moment with all the different types of venues and scenery New York State has to offer, from wineries, ballrooms, barns, rooftops, golf courses, historical estates, to lakeside spots – 2018 was filled with all of the above! I’m starting to sound like a travel advertisement for visiting NY, so I’ll just shut up now and let the photos do the talking! Hope you enjoy!
The above was taken at Bristol Harbour, which you’ll see a lot of in this post as I was lucky enough to photograph four weddings there this year! It’s definitely one of my favorite venues EVER! How incredible is that view!?
This was my first wedding at the Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, but it certainly won’t be the last! So in love with this venue!
One change I made in 2018 was trying to always ask my clients if they’d like to do a backlit night photo like the above image from a Hall of Springs wedding in the spring, IF there’s scenery that would make for a good shot! These always end up being some of my favorite images!
I had to include these flower girls in this post! They were so adorable and absolute hams for the camera!! I usually end up taking WAY too many flower girl candids but how could I resist?!
Erin was one of the HAPPIEST brides ever and I can’t help but mirror her radiant smile every time I see one of these images of her beaming with joy!! Such an incredible wedding!
Being a photographer is ALL about the light, and sometimes the sun is just exactly where you want it to be like for this one between the silos at Twin Silos barn!
SUNSETS from the Strathallan Rooftop = EVERYTHING!
It’s not very often that I get an opportunity to create an image like this, so when there’s fluffy white snow falling after dark during a winter wedding reception I am a very happy camper!! Doesn’t hurt that these two only had to take about two steps out the door to the back deck from their reception at the Lodge at Welch Allyn in Skaneateles for this shot!
The shot above is from Jessie + Andrew’s elopement at Bristol Harbour and it was one of my all time favorite shoots ever! It was just the two of them, their officiant, videographer, and myself, and it was so incredibly intimate and special!
The cake above is quite literally made of cheese, so I obviously had to include it in this post.
Justin’s face when he saw Jacquelyn walking toward him on their wedding day gives me goosebumps! Such an incredible moment!