Crispin Hill Wedding Photographer | Kristy + Brandon
At the end of Kristy and Brandon’s first date, they couldn’t wait for another. He immediately asked her out for the next night, too! She said, “yes!” and they’ve been going strong since. Over the next four fun-loving years, their relationship deepened even more. They fell in love with each other’s families and realized that they were definitely on the same path in life with similar goals, passions, and values. They were each other’s best friend. When you find someone, who brings out the best version of yourself, someone who makes you laugh every single day, and someone you find yourself loving unconditionally, you know you’ve found THE One.
The Perfect Moment
For the proposal, Brandon waited for just the right moment as they gazed out in awe atop the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas. Of course, she said, “yes” again! And now here we are, already looking back on photos of their wonderful wedding day.
Their ceremony and reception both took place at Crispin Hill, a premier wedding venue that overlooks Keuka Lake located in the heart of the Finger Lakes. When we arrived, I could see why they chose this location! Nature easily provides the most picturesque backgrounds imaginable. They chose an outside spot with a stunning view of the lake and beautiful wedding arch for their ceremony site. The trees were just starting to change on the hill, creating a vibrant backdrop as they stood on a trail leading from the charming red barn.
Both of them looked so happy and in love. She looked amazing in her lace Hayley Paige gown with an open back! Her gorgeous necklace was a family heirloom that’s been passed down and worn for generations. And Brandon looked so handsome in his grey suit, bowtie, and classic boutonniere.
Guests came from all around (even Florida!) to show their love and support for this sweet couple. The reception was so much fun as everyone showed off their best dance moves!
Very best wishes, Brandon and Kristy!
Dress Designer – Hayley Paige
Shoes – Badgley Mischka
Engagement Ring – Gabriel & Co.
Bridal Shop – Calvet Couture
Bride Wedding Ring – Luxury of Time by Diamonds International
Veil, Earrings – Sara Gabriel
Necklace – a family heirloom
Florist – Foote Florals
Hair + Makeup– The New York Beauty & Barber Salon
Groom Shop – Men’s Warehouse
Groom Ring – Jordan Jack
Timing truly makes the moment. Elizabeth and Adam met their senior year of high school. They were in the same AP Economics class and didn’t even know it (most people aren’t on the lookout for their other half in the middle of a supply and demand lecture). But when they officially met in front of the warmth of a bonfire, a spark ignited. Their first date was to a varsity hockey game at the Lakeshore Arena on Valentine’s Day, and from that point, they never looked back.
A Stunning Pair
A few years later, they were ready to tie the knot. Elizabeth just started out as a vet, so they brought their two adorable rescues to their engagement session last fall! I can’t believe a year has already gone by since then, and it was amazing to finally capture their big day! She looked stunning in her elegant lace dress with a beaded neckline, and he certainly looked sharp in his burgundy bowtie and suit.
As a Rochester wedding photographer, a well-thought design makes my heart sing. I loved all the rich fall colors. Their reception took place at Ventosa Vineyards, located on the shore of Seneca Lake, which looks gorgeous at this time of year. The sun even peeked through the clouds for a subtle sunset. Rachel Pasquarelli from In Bloom Florals matched the wedding colors and fall greenery flawlessly.
When asked why this venue spoke to them, they replied, “The moment we stepped into Ventosa we both knew. Adam wanted to have our reception by the water and I loved the Tuscan elements of the grounds and ballroom. You can’t beat the view of Seneca Lake looking out from the terrace.”
Their reception was a celebration to remember, and the huge smiles on their faces said it all. Even though they are high school sweethearts, Adam still managed to surprise his new bride at their reception with a honeymoon to Hawaii! I’m so excited for them! It was such a pleasure capturing all the little details of Elizabeth and Adam’s big day. They looked so very happy and in love. I wish them the very best in the years ahead!
Ceremony: St Stephens Church
Reception: Ventosa Vineyards
Flowers: In Bloom Florals
Dress: The Bridal Belle
Desserts: Gourmet Goodies
Hair/Makeup: Studio Salon
Jewelry: Cornell’s Jewelers
Men’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Transportation S & S Limo
Wanakah Country Club Wedding | Kristen + Alex
Impeccable style. Lots of love and laughter. This wedding had everything a couple dreams of for their big day.
Alex and Kristen met on a little-known dating website. They instantly connected and kept up with online communication for a while. Finally, they decided to exchange numbers, and he asked her on their first date. Kristen remembers meeting him and immediately thinking, “This guy is going to be my boyfriend…I knew right when I saw that smile of his for the first time.” And now here they are today as newlyweds!
Chilly Weather. Warm Hearts.
Neither one of them wanted their first date to end. Despite the extra chilly winter day, they started with indoor putt-putt (she won of course), then they went out to dinner, and ended the night with a movie. From that day on, they have been together, taking on life’s grandest adventures hand-in-hand.
These two were such a pleasure to work with. They are the sweetest couple! Both the ceremony and reception were held at the Wanakah Country Club in Buffalo. The pristine golf course borders magnificent Lake Erie, so as you can imagine, their wedding had the perfect backdrop—plenty of amazing photo ops. One of the first things I noticed about the ceremony setup was the intricate arbor they would stand under to exchange vows. The lattice and woodwork were exquisite, especially draped with roses, greenery and burgundy blooms. Kristen explained that her dad crafted it, especially for their wedding day!
Their first look was in Delaware Park, which was perfect on such a sunny day! When Alex saw Kristen for the first time in her wedding gown, his face said it all. Their ceremony and reception were filled with happiness and love—I had so much fun capturing all of the amazing details that went into every piece of it. The sweets table by B Sweet Designs was so cute, and everything looked (almost) too pretty to eat.
Thank you so much for letting me capture your big day, Alex and Kristen! It couldn’t have been more perfect. I wish you both the very best!
Ceremony + Reception: Wanakah Country Club
Getting ready: Buffalo Marriott Harborcenter
Florist: Floral Accents
Wedding dress: M.A. Carr Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: M.A. Carr Bridal
Videographer: Ryan Palm Films
Dessert Table: B Sweet Designs
Makeup- Brianna Ronan Beauty
Jewelers: Scanlon’s Jewelers
Men’s Attire: Riverside Men’s Shop
Hair: Melissa Neri & Wendy Schiffman
Thank you to Dani T Photography for second shooting this wedding.
Lindsay + Matthew’s Wedding at Jerris Wadsworth Wedding
- Ceremony + Reception: Jerris Wadsworth Barn
- Florist: Simply Events
- DJ: Turner Music Production
- Cake + Desserts: Colby’s Catering
- Wedding Gown: Scarlett Bridal
- Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
- Men’s Attire: Tuxedo Junction
- Horse & Carriage- Lakeview Carriage Service
Mary Bridget and Dan’s Ravenwood Wedding
- Ceremony: St. Rita’s Church
- Reception: Ravenwood Golf Club
- Florals: Sunscape Farms
- Fioravanti Florist
- Gown: Heart to Heart Bridal
- Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
- DJ: Turner Music Productions
- Cake + Pastries: Savoia Pastry Shop
- Hair + Makeup: Hair – Nicole Frick / Makeup – Crystal Diiulio
Vanessa + Andrew | Syracuse, NY Wedding
“If I know what love is, it is because of you.” –Herman Hesse
Vanessa and Andrew got married on August 25th at The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception. Vanessa was a bride with a vision. Her goal was to create a “sophisticated yet elegant” vibe for her wedding. Let me tell you, she nailed it!
The ceremony was sprinkled with traditional elements. Vanessa walked down the aisle wearing the most beautiful dress and stunning vintage crown. The crown had been passed down to her from her grandmother. Vanessa’s grandmother wore this special piece at her wedding in 1959. I loved hearing the story about this family heirloom being passed down. What an incredible tradition to hold within a family.
After the ceremony, everyone headed to the Marriott Syracuse Downtown for the reception. This venue paired perfectly with their ceremony venue. It fit perfectly with Vanessa’s vision of sophisticated, elegance. Every detail from the venue to the food that was chosen went so well together.
As the night came to an end I was able to grab the bride and groom and take them outside for a few shots. Vanessa twirled in Andrew’s arms as we captured our final shots together. The smiles on their faces were a pleasure to capture. Thank you both for working with me on your special day.
Cheers, Vanessa and Andrew, here is to a lifetime of love and laughter together.
Venue: Marriot Downtown Syracuse
Cake: Cameron’s Bakery
Cookies/ Canoli’s: Gruttadaurias
Gown: Bridal Belle
Videographer: James Kenneth Studios
Carissa + Kyle | Rochester, NY Wedding | Ravenwood Wedding
“Love is old, love is new, love is all, love is you.” –The Beatles
A year ago I met Carissa and Kyle for their engagement session. They were fun, kind, and up for anything! Working with couples that are up for something new is always a fun day behind the lens for me. During the shoot, we incorporated their cute puppy and enjoyed the fall weather. After their engagement session, I was excited to see them again on their wedding day.
When the day finally arrived it became clear how important friends and family are to both of them. With a large wedding party and two families becoming one Carissa and Kyle’s wedding day was overflowing with love and support. I love capturing candid moments of everyone together. The love, the laughs, the tears, and the kisses will be fun to look back on in the future as they celebrate 1, 10, and 50 years together.
Thank you, Carissa and Kyle, for letting me capture this special day. The love that you have for each other and for your close ones was a joy to witness first hand. I wish you nothing but love and happiness as your family grows in the future.
Venue: Ravenwood Golf Club
Cake & Desserts: Scratch Bakeshop
Makeup: Spa Elan at Woodcliff
Hair: Tonya Tillotson
Wedding dress: Justin Alexander/The Wedding Dress and Tux Shop, Geneseo, NY
Bridesmaid Dresses: Allure/Stella’s Bridal Boutique in LeRoy, NY
Favors/Gifts: Scratch Bakeshop