Will and Marisa were married this past Saturday at the always gorgeous Woodcliff Hotel in Victor NY. They, like all other couples planning weddings this year, had to change their plans up. But their wedding day was absolutely beautiful nonetheless. I had the great pleasure of shooting Will’s brother’s wedding two years ago. (See it here) I love it when I get to work with the same families again – it feels familiar and I love that I get to tell different chapters of their stories through photography.
Their small outdoor ceremony was so sweet and was followed by a very small family dinner. I get to join them again next year for their big reception to celebrate with all their family and friends. Marisa and her girls all wore matching Friends tanks and we even found a fountain to get some cute pics in front of. She was clam and lovely the whole day. Will and his guys were a blast. They were easy to work with, fun, and laid back.
Right after the ceremony started, one rouge cloud sprinkled rain on everyone for about a minute. But everyone laughed a bit and carried on because it was clear how happy everyone was for them.
I wish you two all the love and happiness in your marriage together! You have quite the story to tell about how you chose to say “I do” during a crazy pandemic. And even though it looked different then expected, you walked through it together with smiles on your faces because love is worth it despite all the bumps in the road, all the plan changes, and everything that gets thrown your way. Congratulations!
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!
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
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
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!