Chelsea & Dan’s Buffalo-Inspired Wedding |Becker Farms| Rochester, New York Photographer
“You will forever be my always” –Unknown
I’ve been anxiously awaiting this wedding since I photographed their engagement session last Summer! The day finally arrived and the wedding was just as much fun to shoot as the engagement photos!
Chelsea and Dan had a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Becker Farms. The ceremony seamlessly incorporated things from the city they love—Buffalo, NY. This included some awesome sunglasses and can koozies that the guests got to take home. While spending time with Chelsea I learned that she was a Baton Twirling Champion! Too everyone’s surprise (including Dan’s!) Chelsea and her girls put on a surprise performance for the wedding guests! It was amazing! I’ve never seen anything like it and I was captivated!
Along with the incredible baton routine there were also… doughnuts! I get to photograph people in love as my job and ogle over…consume…new and delicious deserts every weekend. How lucky am I?! Ha! I was expecting this wedding to be fun, energetic, and to be surrounded by lovely people—it was all that plus some! I am honored that I got to be a part of Chelsea and Dan’s special day and wish them a sweet married life together. If it is as sweet and delicious as those doughnuts were, then it is sure to be spectacular. 😉
Amber & Steven’s Wedding at Ravenwood Golf Course | Rochester, New York
“May your life together be full of love and your love be full of life.” -Unknown
I met this gorgeous couple last fall for their engagement photo session. Both Amber and Steven are teachers and the kindest people you will ever meet. Their wedding was held at St. Bridget’s, a gorgeous church in Bloomfield, NY. The ceremony was intimate and romantic with many smiles shared between the two of them.
After the beautiful ceremony the reception kicked off at the Ravenwood Golf Course. One of my favorite parts of the reception was watching Amber and Steven during the cake cutting ceremony. It was so cute watching Steven be so gentle and make sure he didn’t get too much cake on Amber’s face. What a gentleman!
Of course after all the food and photos the dance party began! I love capturing dance moves [or attempts thereof ;)], and this wedding group certainly had moves. They had Michael Jackson moves that could rival the legend himself! The night was filled with love, laughter, good music, and yummy treats. What more could you ask for? I enjoyed capturing every moment of this wedding and want to wish Amber and Steven a lifetime of love standing by each other’s side.
Hair and Makeup: Bombshell Beauty
Getting Ready Hotel: Woodcliff Hotel & Spa
Ceremony: St. Bridget’s
Reception: Ravenwood Golf Course
Flowers: Wisteria Flowers
Cupcakes: Donna Marie’s Gluten Free Bakery
Dress: Silk Bridal
Steven & Rae Anne’s Belhurst Castle Wedding | Fingerlakes
“and I fell for you, like raindrops.” – Pavana
My June ended with a magical wedding ceremony at Belhurst Castle. Rae Anne & Steven’s wedding day started out with a bit of good luck rain in the morning. The luck continued as it cleared just in time for their outdoor ceremony.
I started out by capturing a few photos of the groomsmen getting ready. We wandered outside to snap a few pics when all of a sudden they realized they had locked themselves out. Oops! With a sturdy chair, open window and helpful boost the guys MacGyver’ed their way back inside. When a day starts off with that much excitement you know it’s going to be a good day!
As the day continued I enjoyed capturing all of the smiles and laughter shared by the couple, family and friends. I especially adored the beautiful details that Rae Ann had so meticulously planned throughout the year. It proved to create such an elegant wedding. Everything from Rae Anne’s dress and flowers to the dessert table was stunning.
I loved working with Rae Anne & Steven from the moment we met during their engagement session. I am so thankful that I got to be a part of capturing their special day so that they can treasure these memories forever. Congratulations Rae Anne & Steven—wishing you nothing but sunshine and kisses in the rain as you grow old together.
Make up: Eva Jewel
DJ: Sound Express
Flowers: Stacy K Floral
Desserts: Cake Baby
Invitations: Louelle Design Studio
Ceremony & reception: Belhurst Castle
JACOB’S BAR MITZVAH | ROCHESTER, NY
A couple weeks ago I was able to celebrate Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah from behind my lens. It was such an honor to capture images of a sacred event and also enjoy the celebration this tradition holds.
Jacob’s ceremony was held at Temple Beth El where he recited his readings with great confidence. The following day the celebration began at the Double Tree. The celebration was put together with such incredible detail. Every decoration, from the table cards to the guitar case as a cardholder, had a purpose and jived well with Jacob’s favorite hobby: music.
The night consisted of speeches, games, treats, and amazing dance moves. The ambiance was fun and lively and all the attendees never left the dance floor. One of the highlights for me was watching as Jacob and his family members were hoisted into the air during the Hora.
I had a blast capturing these images. I look forward to hearing of Jacob’s successes in the future.
Mazel tov Jacob!
Second Photographer: Dani T Photography
DJ: Bar Mitzvah Boys
Ceremony: Temple Beth El
Reception Venue: Double Tree
Brenna & Michael’s Fairytale Wedding | Rochester, NY
Once upon a time…
Most little girls fantasize about their fairytale wedding. A couple weeks ago Brenna & Michael actually combined a favorite childhood fairytale with the theme of their big day. Their romantic Alice and Wonderland wedding was filled with clocks, doorknobs, and incredibly decorated themed cakes by Gourmet Goodies.
The day began with me shooting the girls getting ready. Magic filled the air when Brenna’s mom brought over a gift that she’d been holding on to since Brenna was a teenager. The gift was from Brenna’s grandmother who had passed away. Inside was a beautiful bracelet that Brenna quickly had her mother clasp around her wrist. From there the day just kept getting better.
After the ceremony Brenna & Michael walked out of St. Monica’s to a sea of bubbles which made for the perfect photo op! The smile on their faces and the magical kiss that was shared between them was perfection. The reception held at RIT Inn and Conference Center, kicked off with the couple sharing their first dance as husband and wife followed by the guests bringing out their best dance moves! I, on the other hand, stayed behind my camera and kept an eye on the cakes 😉 I mean, seriously, look at how incredible those cakes are!
Magic filled the air the entire night as DJ Sound Express filled the venue with music and the guests covered the dance floor. I had a blast capturing this fairytale evening and wish the new Mr. & Mrs. Bonis a happily ever after.
Getting Ready: RIT Inn & Conference Center
Ceremony: St Monica’s
Reception: RIT Inn & Conference Center
Pastries: Gourmet Goodies
DJ: Sound Express
Great Gatsby! Christina and Mitchell Got Hitched!
“There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
On May 6 we went back in time to the roarin’ twenties! Christina and Mitchell put together a glamorous Gatsby themed wedding and I still can’t get over the dresses–absolutely stunning. The best part was they went with the theme perfectly! The vintage beaded detail on the bride’s dress was timeless and elegant. While the bridesmaids dazzled in black dresses with geometric patterns (a popular trend from the twenties) of gold beading/sequins which were to die for!
Throughout the day I enjoyed capturing photos of Christina and Mitchell smiling and laughing with each other. There is no doubt that these two were made for one another. Once we were finished capturing formal photos we headed to the Hilton Garden Inn for the reception. During dinner, laughter continually filled the room as speeches were made, then DJ Joe Q got the party started and everyone hit the dance floor.
In the words of Jay Gatsby, “a little party never killed nobody,” and even though our abs might be a little sore from all the laughter that was shared on Christina and Mitchell’s wedding day I’d be ready to relive it in a heartbeat. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Ragsdale! May you continue to make each other laugh and smile on the daily.
Day of Coordinator: Pauleenanne Designs
Getting Ready: Hilton Garden Inn
Ceremony: Greek Orthodox Church, Rochester, NY
Reception: Hilton Garden Inn at College Town
Pastries: Savoia Pastry Shop
Flowers: Fabulous Flowers
Dress: David’s Bridal
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Emi & Dan’s Intimate Rochester City Hall Elopement
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” –Eden Ahbez
Not many things top the feeling of getting to photograph a couple that looks at each other the way Emi & Dan do. I love when pictures capture the love in the couple’s eyes. Emi & Dan opted out of the traditional wedding and decided to elope. They kept things simple and intimate and it turned out beautifully! Emi looked stunning in her floral blush dress. The highlight of my day was photographing her getting twirled by her new husband.
After the ceremony at City Hall we snapped a few pictures, then the couple walked across the street to grab a snack at the hotdog stand. Who needs spaghetti noodles when you can share a Hotdog?!
The night didn’t end there for Emi & Dan. Later that night they planned to announce they were married to family and friends at Dan’s 30th birthday party! It was quite the day of celebrations for both of them.
Wishing you nothing but happiness Emi & Dan. Cheers to your new life together!