I only spent three hours with Steven and Naomi on Saturday documenting their wedding, but it was more than enough time to see just how in love with one another they are. There was excitement and anticipation all over their faces and yet they were full of peace and there was a strong calmness at the same time.
Steven and Naomi chose to wed at Lamplighter Ministries in Mt. Morris, NY. The 1853 gothic-style church was beautiful – rows of bookshelves lined the walls of the sanctuary holding hundreds of books. Their music was beautifully played by a 5 piece brass band. At one moment during the ceremony, the bride and groom worshipped while singing an old hymn and I snuck right in front to grab what turned out to be my favorite photo of the day. Such a picture of what this couple holds most dear – their faith in God. It was truly an honor to be in that space with them as they made their vows to one another.
Steven and Naomi, thank you for inviting me along to celebrate with you and for the honor of documenting this sacred event in your life. May your marriage be blessed and be full of joy as you walk through life together as one.
Chris and Franziska were married this Saturday at the beautiful Twin Silos in Livonia, NY. Everything went wonderfully and the weather was perfect. It was cloudy all day (great for pictures) but then right when the sun began to set, the clouds cleared giving us a beautiful golden light.
Fran looked amazing. Every detail was thought out and she was cool and calm the whole day. You could tell by listening to the toasts that these two were perfect for each other. Their friends and family joyfully celebrated with them and there were smiles all around.
There were fresh cheese curds for guest favors – brought all the way from Wisconsin the day before. There was no shortage of yard games and people having relaxed fun during the reception. But one of my favorite things was getting to take pictures of Chris and Fran with the old Mercedes that Fran’s parents brought her home from the hospital in when she was born. They had decked it out with beautiful flowers and you could tell that this car was so special to the bride. What a cool thing to be able to have the same car at two incredible life moments – birth and wedding. It was really sweet.
Congratulations to you, Chris and Franziska! I hope your wedding was everything you hoped for. I hope you two cherish each other and grow more in love as the years go by. Thank you for having me document your wonderful day.
Eric and Meredith’s wedding was a little extra special for me – there’s a sweet back story that I’d like to share.
Meredith’s father Bill, is a retired Rochester firefighter. In the 80’s, my family lived a few houses down from Engine 12 which was the station where Bill worked. One October evening in 1984, my Mom was in labor at home. She didn’t quite make it out the door before it was clear to my parents that there would be no hospital birth as had been planned. My Dad called my grandparents who lived a city block away and told my grandfather to come quick. On the way, my grandfather ran into the fire station and grabbed two firefighters to come with him. FF Bill Evert and Lt. Bernie Spillman came to the rescue and helped deliver a 7lb 7oz baby girl in a small home on Wisconsin St. in the city. That baby was me.
When I was in jr. high, I wanted to find the firefighters who had come to my mom’s and my aid. So I did some looking and found Bill. We reconnected and and have stayed connected since. Unfortunately, Spillman died saving others in a fire two years after I was born. I never got the chance to meet him or thank him.
So fast forward to this past Saturday. I had the great honor of photographing Meredith and Eric’s wedding. (And my husband officiated their ceremony!) Meredith looked incredible. She is so kind and has such a sweet personality. Eric likewise, is very easy to get along with and so friendly. They were both happy and carefree the entire day. My favorite weddings include brides and grooms who know how to enjoy the moments and not stress. And both Eric and Meredith did this well. The couple married at the Plantation Party House in Spencerport underneath the beautiful fall colors surrounded by their most favorite people. It was perfect.
Congrats to you both – I had so much fun capturing your day, Eric and Meredith! I wish you the absolute best. Thanks for having me be a part of it.
The last picture is of Bill and me at the reception.
Second shooter: Iggy McDonald
Location: Plantation Party House
Flowers: Rockcastle Florist
DJ: Jam N Stam DJ Service
Cake: Gruttadaurias Bakery
Wedding Dress: Heart to Heart
What a wedding this was! Everything was gorgeous! Craig and Britni did an outstanding job pulling all the details together. Britni looked like a model – just stunning. And to go along with her beauty was an incredibly sweet and warm personality. She truly enjoyed her day stress free and joyfully. It was awesome to watch.
Craig was the same – just totally in love with Britni and excited to take on the day with her by his side. This couple could not have been a more fun couple to work with. And the bridal party might have been in the top 5 of my favorites to work with so far. Everyone was so easy to work with and fun to photograph. Some parties have too much alcohol by the time the photos are taken and can be a bit crazy to work with but this group of good looking people were happy, laid back, cooperative, and amazing to work with.
Ok… so I could probably go on all day about the gorgeous settings they chose for the wedding – the amazing red brick church, the Memorial Art Gallery (always a beautiful spot for wedding formals), the Marriott in Greece (goodness, they did an amazing job renovating that hotel! It’s beautiful! Way to go, Marriott!) – it all just came together.
Congrats to you both – I am so happy for you and absolutely loved spending the day celebrating the two of you!
Special thanks to my always amazing 2nd shooter, Olya Myers.
Adin and Katrina got married just 3 days ago on the shore of Lake Ontario. It was a beautiful ceremony and the weather was absolutely perfect. This wedding was like a breath of fresh air for me. There was no rush. No crazy. Just Adin, Katrina, and 50 of their favorite people to celebrate with them. The day was simple and fun. It was relaxed. Everyone just enjoyed being there and soaked in every moment. I love these kind of weddings.
Adin and Katrina were so sweet together. It’s plain to see that they love each other deeply.
I have known Brian and Steph for quite a few years. We attend the same church in Pittsford, NY. They have such a sweet and unique story to their relationship. One that seemed very unlikely. And yet, on Sunday morning they met at the altar and said “I do” to one another.
Steph wrote, “Our last decades have been filled with twists and turns, hills and valleys, and the constant awareness that we have a God who holds all things together despite our mindset. We both have been granted the long road of loss, heartache, and struggle… Little did we know all of those tears were being processed by an all knowing God who knew we needed time and healing that only He could bring. He wanted us looking to Him first before placing our weight on anyone or anything else… Fast forward 10 and 20 years. This is when we found the gift of each other that neither of us saw coming. We weren’t looking, but we were open to God. And that’s all God needed to give us a heart for each other.”
In the hour and a half I spent with them on Sunday, they stopped to pray 3 times. Prayers were said for one another, for their guests, for those who would be in the park. They prayed with tears of joy and thankfulness. It was beautiful and I was so honored to document part of their day.
Congratulations, Brian and Steph. I am so happy for you both and I celebrate you two wholeheartedly.