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
Megan + Kyle | Rochester, NY Wedding
“You will forever be my always.” –Unknown
How does the saying go—“the best relationships start out as friendships?”
…I’m pretty sure that’s how it goes, and I’m sure Megan and Kyle can attest to that saying.
This wonderful couple met in youth group when they were in middle school. Since they went to different schools their friendship grew slowly and continued through high school. It was during Megan’s senior year of college that they finally started dating!
Fast-forward to August 11, 2018—Megan + Kyle’s wedding day held at Webster Arboretum. Their wedding day was bright, whimsical, and reflected the easy-goingness of this wonderful couple. During the ceremony, Megan and Kyle exchanged their vows in front of family and friends underneath an arbor they made. The incredible craftiness paired with their color scheme, outdoor venue, and colorful flowers brought this air of happiness and excitement to the day. I guess the taco bar and ice cream truck could have added to the happiness level too, ha!
Thank you so much, Megan and Kyle, for letting me capture your wedding day. The love you two share is magic. I look forward to seeing where your wedding bucket list takes you in the future!
Venue: Webster Arboretum
Florist: Sunscape Farms
DJ: Encore Events
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero- Heart to Heart Bridal North
Catering: Jim Hall- North Coast Catering
Tent/Rentals: Hank Parker’s Party and Tent Rentals
Ice Cream Truck: Bruster’s Ice Cream
Wedding Planner: Events by Carianne
Laura + Griffin | Shadow Lake Wedding | Rochester, New York
“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” Audrey Hepburn
There is something special about an outdoor wedding ceremony during the summer in Rochester. I’m especially thankful I get to be outside enjoying these days while doing something I enjoy—capturing love from behind my lens.
Laura and Griffin celebrated their love in style! Their ceremony was held outdoors at Shadowlake. The location was stunning. Guests had a view of the couple exchanging their vows with the beautiful water as the backdrop. They were married by Griffin’s sister, which was so meaningful for both of them.
After the ceremony, everyone headed inside for the reception. Once dinner was complete the dance floor filled up quickly! I enjoyed watching everyone young and old show off their incredible dance moves. It was a night filled with love, laughter, and fun dance moves.
I feel so lucky I got to spend my day capturing such a beautiful, outdoor wedding on this perfect summer day. Thank you, Laura and Griffin, for being such a wonderful couple to work with.
Venue: Shadow Lake
Florist: Kittleberger Florist
Cake/ Desserts: Scratch Bakery
DJ: DJ Tommy B
Hair/Make Up: Jaimie Norton for hair, Santa Mckenna for makeup
Wedding Dress: The Wedding Dress boutique in Geneseo, NY
Bridesmaid dresses: Azazie
Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Kari & Adam’s Outdoor Wedding | Rochester, New York
“When we have each other, we have everything.” -Unknown
I met Kari & Adam serendipitously when they met with their videographer who I share a space with. Their initial photographer fell through, but when we met, we clicked, I am thrilled I got the chance to work with this gorgeous couple. The wedding was beautiful, and since Kari & Adam each have kids it truly was the bridging of two families.
Kari and Adam had a beautiful outdoor ceremony followed by a reception held at Abraham Lincoln Waterfront Lodge. As you know, when the bride and groom enter the reception for the first time most couples try to do it in style. Most couples tend to do this by choreographing a cute dance or by using a simple DJ announcement. Kari and Adam had another idea…they entered by boat! It was so unique and truly fit the feel of the wedding perfectly!
Kari and Adam’s wedding was filled with love. Their kids brought such a fun element. It will be a joy looking back on these photos to remember the smiles, dancing, and some of the cute mishaps.
I am so happy that our paths crossed, Kari and Adam. I had such a blast capturing your wedding day. May the years ahead of you be filled with love and happiness.
Reception Venue: The Waterfront Lodge at Abraham Lincoln Park
Videography: Lightworld Studios
Lisa & James Get Hitched | Monroe Golf Club Pittsford, New York Wedding Photography
“Happiness is a moment with you.” –Unknown
I absolutely adore Lisa and James. I am so happy I was the one behind the lens capturing the day they became husband and wife. This beautiful couple tied the knot at St. Paul’s Church in Hilton, New York.
The day of Lisa and James’ wedding was an absolutely perfect summer day. We were able to take advantage of the wonderful sunshine and capture many formal photos outdoors. This wedding boasted a large wedding party. While taking their photos it was beautiful to see how much love this group of people had for one another.
Friends and family kicked off the reception at the Monroe Country Club in Pittsford while we were taking formal pictures. After we finished, we headed to the Country Club as well and took a few more shots. The style of the reception venue and the beautiful bridesmaid’s dresses went so elegantly together.
Once dinner was over and the music got a little louder the dance floor was the place to be! Dance moves and smiles filled the floor. After working up an appetite the cake was cut. It was a stunning cake, and I learned that the Premier Pastry was the baker, which is where I got my cake from when I got married! It was a little trip down memory lane for me.
As I was photographing this beautiful ceremony and reception I could feel every ounce of love that this group of people had for one another. I am forever grateful to have been a part of this family’s wedding day.
Congratulations Lisa and James! May the years before you be filled with joy as you build your new lives together.
Vendors / Venues:
Videography: Paper Moon Productions
Ceremony: St Paul’s Church
Reception: Monroe Golf Club
Cake: Premier Pastry
Pastries: Gruttadauria (Italian cookies), and Maries (cannolis)
DJ: Encore Events
Wedding Dress: M.A. Carr (store) and Madison James (designer)
Bridesmaid Dresses: Rent The Runway (Badgley Mischka)
Grooms Attire: Valentin’s
Hair & MakeUp: Angelina Palermo (makeup) and Jessica Preish and Shannon O’Connor
Mirror Calligraphy- Kari Swenson
Second Photographer: Mandra Jean Photography
Beth & Jerry Tie The Knot | Hermance Family Chapel, Wintergarden by Monroe’s Wedding, Rochester, New York Wedding Photography
“I love you for all that you are, all that you have been, and all you’re yet to be.” -Unknown
Beth and Jerry brought their closest friends and family together, to the beautiful Hermance Family Chapel at St. John Fisher Chapel, to witness them tie the knot. It just so happens that Jerry is the architect of this very chapel. It was beautiful to see these two start their marriage at a location that is so meaningful.
After the wedding, everyone gathered at The Wintergarden by Monroe’s for the reception. Beth completely fell in love with this space. She described it as a beautiful indoor venue that feels like you are outdoors with its large windows, greenery, and the glass ceiling. As time passes you are able to watch the night sky take over through the glass ceiling. This completely transforms the mood of the venue from bright and airy to dark and romantic. It is truly magical.
Throughout the night guests enjoyed dancing to the band The Swooners. Guests also got to indulge in some delicious cake that Beth so cleverly used to display table numbers. As the night came to a close, guests didn’t leave empty-handed.
Last fall when I had a session with Beth and Jerry they included their two lovely dogs. The love they have for their dogs was brought to their wedding when guests could take a few treats home for their own fur babies too.
I had such a fun time photographing this wedding. Beth and Jerry are a beautiful couple inside and out. I wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness.
Congratulations Beth & Jerry!
Ceremony: Hermance Family Chapel at St. John Fisher
Reception: The Wintergarden by Monroe’s
Flowers: Wegmans (Pittsford)
Cake: Scratch Bakeshop
Band: The Swooners
Hair/MakeUp: Scott Miller Salon
Wedding Dress: Gown: Heart to Heart
Gown Customization: Thimble Tailor
Veil: Lovely Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Group
Rings: Mark Patterson for Cornell’s Jewelers
Men’s Attire: Their own
Rebecca and Marc were so giddy on their wedding. The giggles in between photos were priceless. Rebecca and Marc fell in love with their reception venue as soon as they laid eyes on it. Their beautiful dinner was under the sunset of Canandaigua Lake. Followed by a dance floor packed by their guests enjoying every moment.
Congratulations Rebecca & Marc!
Reception Venue: New York Kitchen
Florist: Hopper Hills Floral & Gifts
Hair & Makeup: Nicole Magnera (hair), Jessica Driggs (makeup)
Wedding dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal
Shoes: Kate Spade Keds
Jewelry/Rings: Kay’s Jewelers
Men’s attire: Mens’wearhouse