Jason and Ali were one of the many couples who had to move their big wedding plans to next year because of ‘big Rona’ – but they decided to still marry with a beautiful backyard ceremony with 20 guests in attendance.
These two are a joy to be around. Ali is so kind and so sweet. She thinks about others around her and cares deeply. I met her in high school so many years ago but we were in different friend groups. It wasn’t until she contacted me to be her photographer a year ago that we reconnected and I’m so happy we did. Knowing her now makes me wish we were friends back then too. She met this great guy named Jason who brings her (and her daughter, Lianna) so much joy. Jason is so chill. He never stops smiling. He makes everyone around him feel so comfortable and at home. After a little while with Jason, you would swear that you’ve known each other for years. They are a great match.
I took their engagement pictures last year, was able to photograph their small wedding this year, and next year, I get to capture their big reception with all their friends and family and I couldn’t be happier!
Congrats, Jason and Ali! You guys are perfect together and I am so happy to be able to give you these photos to remember your wedding day forever.
Zach and Mindy are one of the many couples who have faced so many challenges in planning their dream wedding amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. They decided to hold to their original date and scale down. They traded their big tent reception with dancing, to a small, intimate family dinner. Mindy did her own makeup. There were so many changes for them. But the incredible thing was you could never tell there were any disappointments in the planning process when you were with them. They were so joyful and they just rolled with the punches – even when 15 minutes before their ceremony the skies opened up into a downpour and didn’t stop until evening. They moved their ceremony from in front of the falls to under a tight porch space and smiled through the whole thing. I couldn’t have been more proud of the way they handled the day and how they chose to not let a single thing hold them back from loving every minute.
Right before I left, we ventured down to the falls in the rain to grab a few portraits. And even though we all got really wet, it was totally worth it.
Zach and Mindy, if you guys can go through all you did to get to your wedding day, have a rain storm during your ceremony, and being soaking wet for your portraits, all while smiling and laughing through it… you have what it takes to make it through life together forever. Hold onto that. It was an absolute joy working with you. I wish you all the best!
Chris and Samantha had a gorgeous Fall wedding this Friday and what a way to end my 2019 wedding season! Samantha was absolutely gorgeous. She is a natural beauty to start with, but on top of that, Kelly Kay worked magic on her hair and Tierney Messmer gave her face a glamorous and stunning polished look. Brides, it’s always worth the money to hire top notch professionals.
Everyone was so down to earth and all were so filled with excitement over these two tying the knot. The whole bridal party was fun and full of smiles for Chris and Sam. Their ceremony and reception were held at the beautiful Wintergarden at the Bausch and Lomb building. There was a sweet first look followed by photos in the park before the ceremony began. Right after the ceremony, Chris and Samantha trusted me and let me take them on top of the Court Street parking garage and we found a beautiful setting sun and the city buildings surrounding us – it was perfect.
Right at the end of the reception, I snuck the two newlyweds out to get a few night portraits. One thing I absolutely love is working with people who are playful and willing to get creative with their photos. Chris and Sam were a dream to work with.
Congratulations you two! I wish you the best. Thanks for inviting me along to capture your day and for being so wonderful throughout it all. Enjoy these previews!
- Venue: Wintergarden at Monroe’s
- Flowers: Rockcastle Florist
- Hair Stylist: Kelly Munno, Kelly Kay Hair
- Makeup Artist: Tierney Messmer
- DJ: Spectrum Sounds
- 2nd Photographer: Julie Hong
Braden and Margaret were married just 4 short days ago and it was full of joy and fun. Margaret could not have smiled more throughout the day – she did such a great job taking in the moments and truly enjoying her wedding day. Braden was so laid back and so much fun to work with. He and his guys were so funny and energetic.
These two held their reception at Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester. Margaret loves animals and so it made a fitting backdrop for their wedding reception. We visited the adorable red panda who posed for a photo with them as well as the seals who put on quite a show for the newlyweds.
Margaret is a Buffalo Bills fan and Braden, a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. During the toasts, there were a few Terrible Towels smuggled in and were proudly spun in the air. This made my night, being a Steelers fan myself.
Braden and Margaret, I wish you the best for your marriage. I know that if you continue to walk hand-in-hand and keep the fun and laughter going, you’ll be just fine. Thank you for inviting me along to photograph your big day – Congratulations!
- Wedding: St. Pius X Church
- Bridal Portraits Location: Highland Park
- Reception: Seneca Park Zoo
- Hair Stylist: Samantha Brado, Polished Salon
- Makeup Artist: Santa McKenna, Saint Elizabeth Beauty
- DJ: Kevin O’Connor
- 2nd Photographer: Olya Myers
Josh and Molly wed this past Saturday at the beautiful Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, NY. Josh and Molly are both golf enthusiasts and so the country club made a perfect backdrop for their fall wedding.
Molly claims she is the most awkward person to photograph but I was not only able to prove her wrong during their engagement session, but also on her wedding day – she was a beautiful bride. She did great keeping calm and looked so happy throughout her whole wedding day. Josh has a quiet and easy going demeanor about him that I love. He loves Molly well. I could tell just by the way he interacted with her. The two were wonderful to watch and spend the day with.
Molly especially loves fireworks. When asked what the most anticipated moments of the day were going to be for them, Josh responded with “the first dance and the fireworks.” We walked out onto the 18th green about 9pm and got ready for the show. The fireworks were wonderful, but even more so was watching them take it in. Molly was so giddy, she had a hard time keeping still for the photos. But this is something I totally don’t mind because it’s not about my photos, but about Josh and Molly truly enjoying the moments they have planned for so long. I was able to get some sweet shots of them enjoying the fireworks nonetheless.
Josh and Molly, you both are so sweet. You make people feel welcomed and appreciated. I know you will have a wonderful marriage – you have some great marriage legacy in your families but on top of that, you already love each other well. And having a great foundation in place is key to enjoying life together after the wedding. I hope you enjoy reliving your wedding day all over again through these images. I can’t wait to share the rest of your photos with you. Congratulations! Thank you for having me along to celebrate you both and for trusting me with creating the visual memories of your wedding.
- Venue: Locust Hill Country Club
- Hair Stylist: Danielle Neary
- Makeup Artist: Brianna Silva
- DJ: Lisa Spokony, Showcase Sound
- Florist: Sarah Costello, Pittsford Florist
- Cake: Rochester NY Wedding Cakes
- 2nd Photographer: Chris Maus
Mel and Meaghan tied the knot this past weekend at the beautiful Deerfield Country Club. Meaghan was calm and relaxed as she and her girls got ready. Mel and the guys had such a laid-back, fun energy that made everyone around feel comfortable. They had the absolute perfect wedding day weather too!
There were so many smiles throughout the whole day and everything went to plan – it was a dream. The bridal party was a load of fun (and cooperative – thanks, guys!) and they helped make Mel and Meaghan’s day wonderful. At sunset, we snuck out of the reception to grab some photos of just the two of them. The sky had just started to get that orange glow and we got some fun portraits under the fiery sky.
Mel and Meaghan, you both are wonderful humans. Thank you for inviting me along to celebrate you and for trusting me with your wedding photos. I hope you have a blast honeymooning it up and being husband and wife. Congratulations!
- Venue: Deerfield Country Club
- Hair Stylist: Sarah Judd
- Makeup Artist: Kelsey Welliver
- DJ: David Fluke, Sound Express
- Florist: Lisa Meyer, Kittleberger Florists
- Cake: Rachael B Cupcakes
- 2nd Photographer: Julie Hong