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!
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!
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!!!).
Kristi and Bill are a really sweet and down to earth couple, who love spending time outdoors together, checking out Rochester’s food and drink spots, and enjoying everything else this city has to offer! They wanted their engagement photos to really reflect something unique to Rochester, so when they brought up their idea to do their session with some of Rochester’s street art I was so excited about the idea! Rochester has some really incredible murals, largely thanks to the Wall Therapy project, and most of the artists whose work is in these photos can be seen on the project’s website! I really loved photographing these two and this shoot got me even more excited for their wedding next summer – I can’t wait!
Danielle moved to the Adirondack town of Old Forge to start a new job, and not long after she arrived she met Travis. They hit it off right away and have basically been inseparable ever since! I don’t think it’s surprising to anyone that knows Travis and Danielle that they felt an immediate connection to each other – their chemistry is obvious to anyone around them! They can barely go 5 seconds without cracking each other up about one thing or another, and it was honestly straight up FUN to be around them.
Everything took place at one of my favorite venues; the Inn on Broadway, which is right in downtown Rochester. I’ve photographed a bunch of wedding receptions here, but this was the first time I’d seen a ceremony here and wasn’t surprised how beautiful the ballroom looked all set up for it! I just love all of the huge windows and natural light the room has. Danielle and Travis each broke into huge smiles the second they saw each other and those smiles did not leave their faces the rest of the day!
After the ceremony we took a few photos in and around the Inn, and popped across the street for a few as well. We finished up on the Inn’s rooftop (which I’m slightly obsessed with) just in time for the party! I loved learning more about these two during the speeches given, and wasn’t surprised to hear how much they have in common, from their love of talking science, to Syracuse sports watching, to Netflix binging, to their love of their families, these two are meant to be! (..I’m pretty sure sasquatch debating was also mentioned?!) So glad I got to capture this amazing day for this wonderful couple!
Here are some of my favorites – enjoy!
Stephanie + Brett are such a sweet, easy-going couple and it was an absolute pleasure to take these photos for them! When I was driving over to Mendon Ponds Park to meet them for their engagement session, I got a little nervous about the amount of fog there was – I could barely see the road! As I drove through the park I went from nervous to excited as I saw how unique and beautiful all the scenery looked cloaked in fog, and I couldn’t wait to get started! We wandered around the park a bit, chatting about their wedding plans and stopping here and there for photos as we went, and as I got to know them better I got even more excited about this couple’s big day – I know it’s going to be fantastic and I can’t wait! We finished up the session in Rochester’s High Falls district, where I was hoping some of the brightly colored architecture could give this grey day some pop! I love how these photos turned out and I’m excited to share a few of my favorites below – enjoy!
I’ve really lucked out this year so far when it comes to weather (knock on wood!!)! I don’t remember rain interfering too much with a single wedding or engagement session this season, which is super rare for Rochester! The only time I looked at the weather forecast before an engagement shoot and it was TERRIBLE, was this session. Typically, I’d have rescheduled, but Katie and Ryan live out of town and were just here for a quick visit, so there wasn’t a possibility of moving the shoot. This really wasn’t a huge deal at all, I was actually kind of excited to do something different and shoot engagement photos indoors (although natural light outside is definitely my favorite)! It turns out that wasn’t necessary. It cleared up right before we were due to start, then the rain held out for the entire session and started back up again right as we were finishing up! We ended up completely forgetting about the rain plan we had come up with and strolling around the University of Rochester’s campus (which is gorgeous!) for the majority of their shoot, before heading to East Ave downtown for a change of scenery.
My favorite part of this session was definitely getting to know Katie and Ryan. They were constantly cracking each other up, and they’re just so much fun to be around that I can’t even begin to imagine what a good time their wedding will be! I don’t think I’ll ever get over all the amazing clients I get to work with – so extremely thankful for all of them!
Here are a handful of my favorites from Katie + Ryan’s engagement session – enjoy!
The day Adam proposed to Mackenzie, she had no idea when she left for work that morning that she’d be engaged by the time she got home! It was a normal day for her as a physician’s assistant, until she walked into an exam room expecting to see a patient, and instead there Adam was! I love this story so much especially because it reminds me of how my fiancé proposed. He created a fake email account and sent me an inquiry pretending to be a future bride, reaching out about wedding photography, and we set up a meeting. I went to a coffee shop to chat with “her” when instead, he showed up, ring in his pocket. I had no idea what was going on until he got down on one knee! These men are so tricky!
Mackenzie and Adam are such an adorable and sweet couple and I’m so happy to be working with them! We started off their engagement session in downtown Rochester near the Little Theatre, and finished up at Highland Park. It was a beautiful night with perfect weather! I cannot wait until they say their I do’s next summer!
Enjoy the photos!
I’m so excited to share my favorites from Rachel and Rich’s wedding earlier this month! These two are such a fantastic couple, and it was a huge honor for me to photograph their wedding day. They said their I do’s at Rochester’s Jonathan Child House and their reception was at the Rochester Airport Marriot. Instead of me telling you a little about them, I’m going to let their own words to that – here’s their love story from each person’s perspective written before they tied the knot:
I like to say I met Rich "just in the nick of time" as our paths first crossed a mere 6 weeks before Rich graduated from Geneseo. Rich and I first connected at SUNY Geneseo's annual Relay for Life event, but we truly didn't strike up our first meaningful conversation until a week later when we bumped into one another at one of our favorite Geneseo watering holes (R.I.P Vital Spot). After enjoying a night out on the town in Geneseo, Rich and I bumped into each other once again as we both were walking out of the world's greatest bar (R.I.P. Inn Between). We shared a stroll back to our respective dorm/apartment, but our conversation lingered and we ended up standing right in front of Geneseo's legendary "Seuss Tree" for another 15 minutes just chatting. It was then that I asked Rich if he had a date for his fraternity's formal date party taking place later that weekend. When Rich responded no, i (boldly) let him know that "I was available." Rich took my bait and invited me as his date to the party. Just two days later I attended the Sig Nu "White Rose Formal" as Rich's date and was hooked. It didn't take long for me to realize what a kind, funny, loyal and (obviously)handsome guy Rich was - and I knew we had something special. A few weeks later we exchanged our first "I Love You's" and we have spent the past 8 years falling more in love with each other! While we have been living with one another and our amazing cat George for the past two years, before then our relationship had primarily been long distance. Lucky for us, the distance did indeed make our hearts grow fonder and I couldn't be more excited to officially become Rich's wife and spend the rest of our lives together.
"She's too cute for you," was the voice I heard in my head after meeting Rachel for the first time at Relay for Life in Geneseo. She full of smiles and laughter, and is always so well put together. And then there's me--the grungy hippie frat boy in a Phish hoodie and backwards Sabres hat. It took a bit of courage to muster up the ability to say, "Hi, Rachel!" in The Vital (RIP) as she walked past me one night. I was so excited that this cute and funny girl was talking to me and was caught off guard when she said she was available to go with me to my fraternity's formal. Couldn't believe she'd want to go. With me! I even called her the next day just to make sure she was serious. The formal was a blast. This sweet and pretty girl seemed to be enjoying herself (particularly trash talking me as we played darts), and after our first date, I didn't hesitate to ask to see her again. We exchanged "I love you's" early in our relationship because we were and still are inseparable. Rach and Rich. Rich and Rach. We attended the same colleges (Geneseo and Syracuse), had the same majors (Communication and Public Relations), drove the same car (white Hyundai Accent hatchbacks made in the late 90's). It was destiny in the flesh. Perfect for each other. Graduate school and New York City couldn't keep us from being with one another, and I can't help but hold a wide grin whenever I think about our journey together. Eight years will soon transform into a lifetime together in marriage that I get to spend with my best friend and love of my life. I can't wait to be Rachel's husband, for her to be my wife, and for George to be our hairy, whiskered son.
Ahhh! If anyone else is silently crying after reading those sweet words – you’re not alone! Thank you Rachel and Rich for being SO WONDERFUL. Can't wait to see what the future holds for you two, I know it will be spectacular!
This Cobbs Hill/downtown Rochester engagement session was a lot of fun, mainly because Lisa and Evan are such a great couple! Cannot wait for their wedding later this year, but in the meantime here are some favorites from their engagement shoot!
What started as a friendship between Jessica and Nick turned into love, and eventually they made the decision to spend the rest of their lives together. I really like these two, and I’m so happy that I get to capture these special moments for them! We started off in Fairport where they live, and walked around the canal which is such a beautiful spot. Then it was time for a change of outfits and scenery, and we headed toward the city to Corn Hill Landing to capture some images of Jessica and Nick with the Rochester skyline. These two are wonderful and I know their wedding next summer will be spectacular – I can’t wait!
Carli and Matt's engagement session was one of my favorites! They were a pleasure to work with, it was a beautiful fall afternoon, and the light was wonderful! I especially loved the location where we started the session, one of the parks along the Genesee River that I had no idea existed until Carli suggested it for their engagement photos, and it was a really unique and beautiful spot. Our next stop was downtown Rochester, an area I know and love, as do Carli and Matt! These two really are fantastic and I'm so excited for their wedding next summer!
The air is getting cooler, the trees are changing colors, autumn decorations cover porches and entryways, and there’s an 85% chance you started your day with a pumpkin spice latte—fall has arrived! With an unusually hot September here in Rochester (no complaints!) Teraisa & Dave’s was the first that really felt like a fall wedding to me. The ceremony was at the Webster Arboretum, which is an absolutely beautiful spot for outdoor weddings. Teraisa and Dave beamed at each other throughout the ceremony, exchanged rings, heartfelt vows, and their first kiss as Mr. & Mrs.!
Afterward, their reception was at the Rochester Hotel Radisson Riverside downtown, which is another place I love to shoot at. They do a fantastic job there—the ballroom always looks spectacular, and this was no exception! I had a great time photographing Teraisa and Dave and all of their guests as they celebrated the newlyweds!
Teraisa and Dave, thank you for having me play a part in your perfect wedding day! I wish you a lifetime of love and laughter, and many more trips to Disney World!
When you’re in the wedding business you hear a lot of ceremonies, speeches, toasts, love stories, etc. but somehow, it never gets old. Every couple is so unique that the same old phrase applied to their love takes on new meaning. I photograph all different types of wedding ceremonies, including catholic masses like Clare and Drew’s, and a pretty common reading is the Corinthians 13:4-8. Seriously, I have heard this A LOT. But there’s a reason for that - I don’t know if there are any other words that paint such a poignant picture of the type of love we should all strive for. For those of you who haven’t been at quite as many ceremonies as I have, here is one version of it: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”
Beautiful right!? It was as moving as ever when it was read during Clare & Drew’s ceremony at the Holy Trinity Church, in Webster, NY. Clare and Drew exchanged their vows, rings, and first kiss in this church surrounded by family and friends happy to see them become husband and wife!
Their story began back in college, when they first met as students at SUNY Geneseo (the best college in the world)! You might remember them from their coffee shop engagement session that was on my blog earlier this year, in which I raved about Clare’s adorable outfits. I wasn’t surprised to see that she had chosen the most beautiful dress, bridesmaids dresses, shoes, jewelry – EVERYTHING, for her wedding. The hair and makeup done by Brio Salon in Pittsford was clearly another great choice judging from how stunning all the girls looked. Clare and Drew really do have impeccable taste. They chose the Inn on Broadway for their wedding reception – which is an elegant venue in downtown Rochester. You really can’t beat this place – the staff, food, and décor were all so great. The stunning cake made by Erindipity’s was a talking point of the evening, I heard at least 10 people wondering if the gorgeous flowers could possibly be edible – the answer was yes. Cake art at it’s finest! Another thing that stuck out to me at this wedding was how nice everyone was! Clare & Drew’s families and friends were all having a wonderful time celebrating the newlyweds – it was a lot of fun to photograph this event!
Clare and Drew – I’m going to try not to make this creepy but it's going to be hard.. I LOVE YOU GUYS. It has been wonderful getting to know you over these past several months and I feel lucky to have been able to capture your engagement and wedding photography. All the happiness in the world to you both!
Enjoy the photos!
Lisa and Mike became husband & wife last Friday, and there was clearly not a doubt in their minds or hearts that they were each saying their I do’s to the right person. They're a great couple – both of them are kind, fun, and obviously care deeply about their families and friends. Speaking of family, they have started one of their own – they have an adorable little boy named Anthony, who made an excellent ring bearer as he rode down the aisle in a wagon with a sign “Daddy, here comes mommy!”
Lisa and her bridesmaids got ready for the big day at the Strathallan, a favorite hotel in downtown Rochester. It’s a great spot, and the girl’s room on the top floor had some beautiful views of the city. After taking lots of bridal party and family photos there, everyone made their way to Mario’s in Pittsford for the wedding ceremony and reception.
The ceremony was short and sweet, beginning with Mike absolutely beaming as he first saw Lisa walking down the aisle. I’ve seen lots of neat ways that brides and grooms incorporate something symbolic and unique into their wedding ceremony, and Lisa and Mike were the first I’ve photographed to do a wine and chocolate ceremony. You might be thinking what I was thinking – why doesn’t everyone make wine and chocolate part of their wedding ceremony!? It was meant to symbolize how love will be both bitter and sweet, with triumphs and tragedies, and how the newlyweds will stick together through it all. After that and some beautifully heartfelt vows, it was time for cocktail hour, then the reception. It was a really special event, and Lisa and Mike made sure to honor their loved ones – both present and passed away. There weren’t many dry eyes in the room as Lisa shared a dance with her grandmother. There were also some hilarious speeches, and lot’s of excellent moves on the dance floor after dinner was finished.
Lisa and Mike, I hope you’re enjoying newlywed life and still basking in the joy of your wonderful wedding celebration! Thank you so much for letting me play a role in your big day. All the happiness in the world to you both, and Anthony!
Enjoy the photos!