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.
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Laura & Erik Tie the Knot at the Wintergarden by Monroe’s Wedding
To love, laughter, and happily ever after…
The day of Laura & Erik’s wedding was an exceptional day for a spring wedding in Rochester,New York! Everything came together with such an elegant touch and was beautifully brought together by the color scheme, the flowers, her Jimmy Choo shoes, and the wonderful choice of venues. Since they are both working out of state all of the planning was done from afar. It just goes to show that with an eye for detail and a vision in mind you can create a beautiful wedding.
This beautiful couple looked absolutely smitten when they first laid eyes on each other. Surrounded by friends and family at St. Rita’s Church they said, “I do.” Throughout the day Laura & Erik shared smiles and laughter. The warmth and love they have for each other radiated throughout the ceremony and carried over into the reception.
Walking into Laura & Erik’s reception at The Wintergarden by Monroe’s was breathtaking. The light and airy feel of the wedding transferred over into the reception hall beautifully. During cocktail hour there was a harpist playing upstairs stationed above the dance floor. This only added to the whimsical feel of the entire day.
After dinner, the party really got started when Steve Turner turned up the music and everyone hit the dance floor. The beautiful bride also threw on the headphones and spun some tracks for her friends and family! Smiles, twirls, and downright amazing dance moves filled the night.
Here is to the new Mr. and Mrs. Bolzner ! May your lives be filled with endless laughs and new adventures together.
Second Photographer: Mandra Jean Photography
Limo: S&S Limo
Happy Birthday Mason Joseph
“May your day be touched with a bit of Irish Luck, brightened by a song in your heart, and warmed with smiles by the people you love” –Irish Toast
The luck of the Irish was surely at play on St. Patrick’s Day for one incredible family. On March 17th Maggie & Joe welcomed their son, Mason Joseph, to the world at 4:35AM. Mason was actually planned to be delivered just a few days later, but clearly he was meant to join his family on St. Patrick’s Day. This little charm weighed in at 7lbs, 14oz and stretched 20.5” long.
This little miracle stole everyone’s heart from the moment he entered the world. The doctors and nurses were absolutely taken by his alertness and personality. The moment that mom held Mason in her arms was one I will always remember. Seeing Maggie’s joyful smile and Mason snuggling in his mother’s warm embrace just touched my heart. Now, you have to understand, I’ve known this couple for quite a while—I have photographed their engagement, wedding, maternity, and now the birth of their son and each of these milestones have been joyous days. However, photographing their first moments with Mason was by far the most heart-warming. The look on Joe’s face while holding Mason for the first time was one filled with unconditional love. As dad was cradling Mason in his arms, Mason looked up at him with this look of curiosity and contentment as he wrapped his little hand around dad’s finger. My heart was filled with pure joy while capturing their first bonding moment from behind my lens.
I’m still captivated by Mason’s sweet tenderness as I look back on the photos I have taken. Thank you for letting me be part of your special day Maggie & Joe. Best wishes to you on this wonderful family journey.
When I met Amy & Jack for their engagement session last Spring I knew they would have an amazing Winter wedding!! They are one of the nicest couples I have ever worked with.
Their ceremony was at Sacred Heart Cathedral downtown. With just about all seats full, it was such a sweet ceremony. You could see the love and admiration from both of them. After the ceremony we went onto the County Clerk building for some indoor photos, before heading over to the Liberty Pole. It was snowy and slushy but in the end, it was definitely worth it! Their reception was held at Midvale Country Club in Penfield. After dinner, Amy and Jack were surrounded by friends and family singing a traditional Polish song.
Form the details of her dress to the reception, everything was perfect.