Cory and Kim chose to get married this past Friday at Bristol Harbour for the views and also because Kim is a born and raised Finger Lakes girl. The forecast was calling for storms and they were right. Not only was it 90 degrees outside (gross) but an hour before the outdoor ceremony was to begin, the clouds let loose. 10 minutes before the ceremony, it stopped. So staff quickly dried the chairs and the guests were seated. It drizzled just a bit, but then cleared up with just enough time for them to be married outside. At Bristol Harbour, there is an incredible view of Canandaigua Lake. As their ceremony was taking place, the storms were moving in and down the lake. There was thunder and bolts of lightning in the distance which made for a pretty incredible ceremony. As you can see from the images, there were storms all around in the distance, but that didn’t stop Cory and Kim from smiling and enjoying the moment.
Kim looked incredible. She was magazine ready. Kierstyn from Diamond Expressions Studios did a fantastic job with the girls – they looked amazing. During the pre-ceremony photos it was SO HOT that sweat was running down temples. And yet, you can see from the beginning to end, the hair and makeup withstood the rain and searing temps. It was super impressive.
Cory had such an easy-going attitude all day. He seemed to take in all the weather shenanigans and groom responsibilities and just roll with it. He walked through the day next to his bride with a calm and lighthearted attitude. I loved that.
The best moment for me as the photographer was to discover that after all the storms, the sunset emerged and we got an incredible rainbow during the reception. So of course, I took full advantage of that gorgeous light and backdrop. What a gift!
Cory and Kim, thank you for inviting me along to capture your wedding day – it was absolutely beautiful. You two are amazing and a perfect fit for one another. Go, adventure on, and keep the fire alive in your relationship. I know your families have set a pretty great legacy before you to follow and have no doubt your story is gonna be a great one.
- Venue: Bristol Harbour
- Hair/Makeup: Kierstyn, Diamond Expressions Studio (Makeup assisted by Mackenzie Dangler and hair assisted by Tracy Catlin)
- Band: PopStyle Band (7 piece)
- Florist: Kittelberger
- Cake: Bristol Harbour
- Dress: Lily’s, Saratoga Springs, NY
- 2nd Photographer: Olya Myers
The last time I saw Aaron and Jen it was about 15 degrees outside and we wandered around Nazareth campus taking their engagement photos. Fast forward to this past weekend and they couldn’t have had a more beautiful day for their wedding. It was dreamy and perfect. Two became one on the front lawn of White Springs Manor in Geneva NY overlooking Seneca lake surrounded by 30 guests. It was small, intimate, and wonderful. Aaron looks at Jen like she is his treasure. And it’s no wonder because she is stunning inside and out. She has the kind of smile that makes you smile and it matches her calm, sweet spirit. Aaron is the kind of guy everyone likes – down to earth, comfortable with who he is, looks you in the eye and shows he cares… these two are a perfect match.
After dinner, we walked outside on the beautiful grounds of Belhurst Castle. As we took photos, the sunset kept getting better and better. We headed down to the dock and found the most romantic golden hour light followed by a painted sky sunset that all photographers dream of.
Aaron and Jen, you two are perfect together. I am so honored to have been invited to capture these images for you of your wedding day. I know you have a fun and wonderful marriage ahead of you. I seriously wish you all the best and many more magical sunsets together in your future.
- Ceremony: White Springs Manor, Geneva NY
- Reception: Belhurst Castle, Geneva NY
- Hair/Makeup: Leah Hadden
- Horse Drawn Carriage: Hemlock Hidden Hames
- Florist: For the Love of Flowers, Janelle Ross
- Cake: Wegmans
- Favors: MyfairGuestBook (Etsy)
John and Shawn Marie tied the knot Friday afternoon at Becker Farms and it was so sweet. There was so much joy throughout the day as they were surrounded by people who so obviously loved the two of them. Just one look through these pictures and you’ll have no doubt. Not only that, but the two of them share a sincere and pure love for one another. Their vows made all the guests (and maybe even me – I’ll never tell) tear up.
Shawn Marie’s mother suddenly passed away last December and it has been crushing for the family. I never met her, but by getting to know those who loved her, I could tell without a doubt that she was one incredible woman. She was extremely close to Shawn Marie. They did a wonderful job honoring her life and keeping her close throughout the day. From the picture that was carried around, to the bouquet with a piece of her mom’s wedding dress wrapped around it, to the multiple times I not only heard stories about her but also caught Shawn Marie looking upward… she was truly there.
John and Shawn Marie, you both are wonderful people. I so much enjoyed documenting your wedding day and I’m so honored that you invited me to this special, sacred event in your life. I know you both will make it – You share a forever kind of love. Keep the important things the most important and celebrate all the good things that come your way. I know you have and will continue to cling to one another in the hardships as well. I wish you all the best from the depths of my heart.
- 2nd Photographer: David Barone-Vu
- Venue: Becker Farms
- Makeup: Maria Cardena
- Hair: Brendan Hudson
- Videographer: Jeremiah Gryczka, Mountain House Media
- Florist: Carol Logan, Flourish
- DJ: Tim Heimbuerger, H&H
- Dessert: Becker Farms Bakery
The last wedding of my 2018 season was Tim and Jenna’s this past Saturday. The fall colors were out in full bloom and stunning but unfortunately it rained literally every minute of their day. But Tim and Jenna made the most of it and didn’t let the rain get to them at all. They still held their outdoor ceremony (under a covered patio) at the beautiful Deerfield Country Club.
Their friends and family were so care-free as well as they celebrated Tim and Jenna all day. It was one big party as you can tell by the dancing photos. They were such a great group.
Jenna was stunning in her lacy dress and Tim’s face as he looked at his bride all day just made my heart melt. You can see how much he cherishes her. Girls, get a guy who looks at you the way Tim looks at Jenna. Seriously.
We had some (freezing cold) fun to close out the night getting some shots in the rain. I figured, why not celebrate it with some creative photos since they’ll always remember just how much it rained on their wedding day. It’s good luck I hear.
Tim and Jenna – way to close out my wedding season with a bang. You guys were so fun to work with and I loved celebrating with you. I wish you the best. Keep treating life as an opportunity to smile, laugh, and cling to each other through all it has to bring. Congrats!
- Venue: Deerfield Country Club
- Makeup: Caitlin Ann
- Second Photographer: Julie Hong
- Florist: Blanchard Florist
- DJ: Erik Volk, Premier Sound
- Cake: Scratch Bakeshop
I had been looking forward to Mike and Rachel’s wedding for what seemed like forever. When I first met them, they told me about their love for Rochester and their desire to celebrate it along with their love story at their wedding. I was so excited because I love our city as well.
Rachel and Mike are so great. I am crazy lucky to work with such incredible people like them. They wore giant smiles on their faces all day and were so easy going. They make my job so fun. They chose to do a first look downtown between Java’s and Eastman School of Music then had the bridal party meet us at the Freddie-Sue Bridge for some pictures.
They had their ceremony at Genesee Valley Park fittingly because they met through Rochester’s kickball league. After that, they held their reception on the second floor of Village Gate.
Mike and Rachel – you were amazing to work with. You were both so joyful and sweet. It was so easy to see that you both adore the other and truly enjoy being with each other. You have a kindness shared between you that I know will carry you on the hard days. It was such an honor to celebrate your story.
- Ceremony: The Roundhouse Pavilion – Genesee Valley Park
- Reception: The Village Gate Square – Second Floor Atrium
- Hair and Makeup: Karen Bardo, Shear Ego
- Second Photographer: Justine Olson
- Florist: Anne Dougherty , Fabulous Flowers
- DJ: Kyle Orton, Encore Events
- Cake: Savoia’s Pastry Shoppe
It was just one week ago today that Kevin and Rebekah said “I do” at Belhurst Castle on a gorgeous fall day. Rebekah’s parents have been friends of mine for many years and so when she asked me to photograph her wedding I was so excited. Her father spent so much time helping me get into photography and taught me so much in my early days as a photographer – I am so thankful for him.
Rebekah is sweet and lovely. She made a stunning bride both inside and out. She was happy and carefree all day. One of my favorite moments of the day was when she walked down the aisle toward her groom. He had tears welling up the moment he saw her and it was the same for her. I love when couples can’t hold in their emotions like that because it lets all of us see and feel a piece of the love they share.
As a photographer, I get to be there for all the moments of the day. I especially love the small ones that most don’t even get to experience. As I was walking them outside near the end of the night to take a portrait of them in front of the lit castle, Kevin quietly turns to his bride and says, “look – that’s OUR wedding reception happening over there”, pointing to the room full of dancing guests. I just love those sweet moments watching and listening to my couples take in the wonder of their wedding. It makes what I do so enjoyable.
Congratulations, Kevin and Rebekah. I loved celebrating with you and I wish you joy upon joy in your marriage. I know you both have so much love and support from your family and friends to help you through and cheer for you. Enjoy the dance of life together.
- Venue: Belhurst Castle and Winery
- Hair and Makeup: Diamond Expressions – Kierstyn Brown
- Second Photographer: Julie Hong
- DJ: Q Music Productions
- Cake: Simple Sweets Bakery