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Wedding: Braden + Margaret

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

Wedding: Mel + Meaghan

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

Wedding: Sean + Lauren

Sean and Lauren invited me to photograph their small, intimate wedding at Letchworth State Park. I was only there for the first look through the speeches, but it was so apparent that their love for one another was authentic. Their friends and family cried throughout the vows that they sweetly wrote themselves. Sean looks at Lauren like she is the most beautiful treasure he has seen and Lauren’s gaze at Sean as she walked down the aisle was so sweet. These two could not have been more joyful and excited to marry one another and it showed.
Sean and Lauren, I wish you the best and I know you will treasure and love one another for a lifetime. Congratulations!

 

Wedding: Cory + Kim

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

Wedding: Aaron + Jen

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)

Wedding: John + Shawn Marie

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