Wintergarden Wedding Photographer | Jenna + Adrian’s Wedding
Contrary to popular belief, true love can be found just about anywhere. It doesn’t always come with a grand or dramatic entrance. Sometimes beauty lies in simplicity, and extraordinary love flourishes amid ordinary circumstances. That’s the case with Adrian and Jenna. They met while attending Nazareth college at a typical weekend party. He told her that he had a crush on her, and they took off on their first date to Denny’s (because let’s face it, pancakes are great for any occasion). Sitting in the booth of an ordinary restaurant, unperceived by those around them, a new relationship blossomed.
Back to Where it All Began
Now, here they are making up for that Denny’s date with a breathtaking wedding. Their ceremony took place at the Nazareth College Chapel, which holds a lot of meaning since they met at the college and that’s where it all began. Their evening reception looked phenomenal at The Wintergarden by Monroe’s, which showcases a dome of glass windows, strands of sparkling string lights glowing in the trees, and a serene bubbling fountain. Paired with gorgeous place settings, tasty treats, music, and dancing, this celebration was anything but ordinary!
Jenna looked like the embodiment of elegance in her flowing lace gown. Adrian was such a handsome gentleman in his tux and black tie. They are such a genuine couple. I loved capturing his sincere smile that spread from ear to ear. When no one was looking, I’d catch them looking at each other with that special gleam in their eyes.
Family is huge for these two. They incorporated Adrian’s twin daughters. They were both the flower girls and they gave the blessing before dinner by themselves—incredibly adorable!
Their son Jackson, dressed in a bow tie just like his dad.
I had so much fun capturing their big day. Jenna and Adrian, I hope it was everything you were hoping for and more—you two deserve it! Wishing you the very best!
Cake: Something Delicious
Donut Favors: Ridge Donut
Hair/ MUA: Bombshell Beauty
Mens’ Attire: Joseph A. Bank
Rings: Neil Lane
Gown: Martina Liana
Officiant: Paul Pakusch
Rochester Wedding Photographer | 6 Reasons to Consider a First Look
If you’re weighing the pros and cons for a first look versus opting out, here are a few of my top reasons to seriously consider it!
Incorporating a first look into your wedding day is a great way to create some quality time with your partner. It lets the two of you regroup together and appreciate this momentous occasion that you both spent so much time planning. Since first looks usually take place in a more secluded area, they are great for romantic moments without the whole world watching. Use this time to focus on each other more than worrying about perfect photos—trust me, the more genuine the moment, the better the photos.
A first look also gives you a designated time to exchange small gifts or read letters to each other—and see the other person’s reaction.
Time to Relax
Wedding days can get pretty crazy. You spend so many months planning, and then it seems to go by in the blink of an eye. It’s easy to get caught up in making sure that all of the little details are taken care of, but this is a good time to set those things aside, let your wedding party take over, and enjoy the moment as soon-to-be husband and wife. You’ll find that a little time with each other will dissolve wedding day stress and anxiety.
Slow Things Down
Why let your guests enjoy those signature cocktails while you rush to get portraits done? Knock out a few of those photos with an intimate first look before the ceremony so you can enjoy that cocktail hour with your guests after you say your “I Do’s!”
If you are having a late fall or winter wedding, the sun sets before most ceremonies even start. Doing a first look before the ceremony will allow for you to have photos taken while there’s still light (and when you look your very best)!
He will look at you the same way as he looks at you coming down the aisle–possibly with even more emotion since you won’t have an entire room of people staring you down. When it’s just the two of you, the moment is so much more intimate. You’re free to laugh, cry, embrace, jump up and down—however you feel in that moment, go for it!
*Don’t forget to keep your hands free for hugs and kisses for your first look. Fumbling around with your phone and purse or bouquet detracts from the romance of the moment. Ask someone near to you to hold your things to allow candids to be captured sans phone.
Rochester, NY Senior Photographer | Natalie’s Senior Session
I almost don’t have the words to write this post—this session was indescribably meaningful to me personally. I first photographed Natalie when she was only a couple weeks old for a newborn session. I had just taken my first steps into fulfilling my dream to be a professional photographer—even before college! As she grew, so did my skills and experience. I have photographed her milestones and family throughout these 18 years! It’s mind-blowing to me that we are already here at her senior photos—I can’t believe she’s about to head off to college! So, to say that this sweet young lady and her family are special to me is a huge understatement.
A Beautiful Mind. A Genuine Heart.
That being said, I’ve gotten to know Natalie pretty well over the years. You know those people who you can tell just by looking at them – before they even say a word – they have warm, genuine hearts? Natalie is one of those people. This young woman is phenomenal. In these portraits, with very minimal posing, you can just see her heart through her smile and sparkling eyes. She’s the girl everyone wants to be friends with—because she’s such a great friend in return. She lights up a room and keeps you laughing. To top it off, she excels in school and competes on the Rush Henrietta swim team (am I sounding like a proud mom? I told you I adore this girl…)
Anyway, to make a long story short (and before I cry all over my keyboard), I present to you Miss Natalie, high school class of 2019! The world is your oyster, sweet friend. Go get ‘em—I know you’ll do wonderful things!
Blue Barn Cidery Wedding | Danielle + Brian
This was a very special wedding. I photographed Brian’s sister Lauren’s wedding a few years ago. Family is everything for these two. Their son played a huge part in their big day, and it’s obvious that they are both so proud of him. To say I was excited to shoot this wedding is an understatement!
Gorgeous blond hair, bright blue eyes, incredible white gown, and ruby red heels—Danielle looked beyond stunning! Danielle loves anything vintage, so she wore her mother-in-law’s wedding dress! It couldn’t have been more perfect on her. Plus, the flower girls wore adorable vintage lace dresses to match!
Her First Steps Towards a Beautiful Future
Brian looked so happy and proud when he saw the doors open and Danielle take her first step toward him down the aisle. He looked so enamored by her, and she looked equally smitten with Brian in his suit and tie.
Their reception at the Blue Barn Cidery was phenomenal! Can you believe he built the cake stand himself?! They looked like they were floating on air as the swirled around the dance floor for their first dance, looking into each other’s eyes so in love. Nothing could have distracted them from that moment. They were finally husband and wife! I couldn’t have been happier for such a wonderful couple.
They really were the sweetest, most gracious couple as they kept thanking me for photographing their wedding day. But trust me, the pleasure and honor was truly all mine. Congratulations, Brian and Danielle. I wish you many years of happiness!!
Venue: Blue Barn Cidery
Cake: Goodness Cakes
Cupcakes: Goodness Cakes
Pastries: Savoia’s Bakery
DJ: Music Mix
Hair: Amanda Campbell
Makeup: Kait Lynn at She Salon
Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s attire: Tuxedo Junction
Florist: Green Gables Florist
Caterer: Forest Hill Catering
Favors: We made our own favors (it was a family effort)
Shoes: Amazon – believe it or not
Rochester Bat Mitzvah Photographer | Carly’s Big Day
The beautiful Bat Mitzvah celebration had it all! I photographed her brother Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah last year, so I knew Carly’s would be just as amazing. Carly is the sweetest young lady, and I had a blast getting to know her and celebrating this special milestone with her as I documented the phenomenal details of the day.
A Special Day for a Special Young Lady
I was blown away by this momentous event! The theme was Club Carly, decked out in purple, silver, rhinestones, and disco balls. I took her photos over the summer, and they hung life-size over the lounge area of Club Carly. The Bar Mitzvah Boys provided amazing, never-ending entertainment. Friends and family danced and played games atop an LED dance floor, which mesmerized everyone from age five to fifty! After dinner, the kids sampled flavored cotton candy to keep their energy flowing. At the end of the night, the kids received donuts and personalized sweatpants for party favors.
Among the glitz and glam of the party, the thing that stuck out to me the most was the love that filled the room. I loved watching how close Carly’s family is. Her brother and sister truly enjoyed celebrating this moment in their sister’s life. Carly’s friends looked genuinely happy for her and had so much fun just hanging out with her. The kids had fun just being kids, dancing around in their socks like no one was watching. I really enjoyed capturing the genuine happiness on everyone’s faces. Carly is clearly one special girl and well-deserving of this exceptional celebration!
Videographer- Deb Standing Videography (love working with her)
DJ/Photobooth/LED dance floor – Bar Mitzvah Boys Entertainment (they’re amazing)
Event Planner/Decor – Noy Cohen Events (phenomenal)
Venue – DoubleTree by Hilton
Lounge Seating – Hank Parker Rentals and McCarthy Tents & Events
Carly’s Party Dress – Outrageous Boutique (Plainview, NY)
Desserts – Pam’s Cakes and Sweets
Party Favor Sweatpants – Eagle Eye Promotions
Cotton Candy – Sugary Delights
End of night Donuts – Boxcar
Rochester Wedding Photographer | Cara + Emre
I have had the immense pleasure of seeing this couple blossom from excitedly engaged to blissfully married. Having photographed their engagement session last fall and now their wedding as their wedding photographer, I feel as though I have had a unique position in witnessing their growth. Two hearts more deserving of love would be hard to find.
The Beginning of a Beautiful Story
Cara and Emre have such a fun love story. Right around this time in 2012 (the night before Thanksgiving to be exact), they attended a night out with Cara’s brother Dylan, who just so happened to be friends with Emre. Seeing as they were the only two “un-coupled” people in the group, a helpful friend (Dylan’s wife) quickly decided that Cara and Emre were officially dating for the night. Little did she know, she had just set them on the path that would ultimately lead to an altar.
While on a trip to California, Emre got down on one knee and popped the big question. After a little shock and a resounding, “yes!!” from Cara, the rest is, as they say, history! They were married at the Lakeshore Country Club that features an old-school bar that they instantly fell in love with. Seeing as their wedding was speakeasy/1920’s themed, it was the perfect fit. Cara made all the bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres and centerpieces herself! What a talented and beautiful bride she is!
I had so much fun getting to work with Cara and Emre once again and have nothing but the best wishes for a happy life together! Congrats you two!!
Reception: Lakeshore Country Club
Bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces Made by the Bride
Wedding dress: Stella’s Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Bridal Belle
Bride’s shoes: Modcloth
Desserts: Sinful Sweets
Hair + makeup: Danielle Yargeau/Jessica Driggs
Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Engagement and wedding ring (Bride) – Zales
Earrings – Etsy, Necklace – designed by Mom
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!
Social Media Marketing Partner – Wedding Swag
Venue + Catering – Crispin Hill
Dress Designer – Hayley Paige
Shoes – Badgley Mischka
Florist – Foote Florals
Videographer – Kidd Media
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
Hair + Makeup– The New York Beauty & Barber Salon
Grooms Shop – Men’s Warehouse
Grooms Ring – Jordan Jack
Grooms Suit Designer + Shoes – Joseph Abbouhd
Gifts – Wedding Swag
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