Webster Arboretum Sunset Engagement Session - Alexandra & Tim

When I first sat down with Alexandra and Tim, I was taken by their sweet and tender care for each other, and I knew I had to photograph their wedding. Their big day is coming up soon, but we squeezed in an engagement session first - and I'm so glad we did!

The Webster Arboretum in Webster, NY was the perfect place for a sunset engagement session. The light filtering through the trees was magical, and it was fun to be there on a Saturday evening because we got to hear a nearby wedding reception party all the way through our session!

Alexandra and Tim, you two look SO GREAT together, and I can't wait for your wedding coming up in a few short weeks!!!

Rochester, NY Wedding - Rochester Museum & Science Center Reception - Susan & Ryan

I first met Susan over a decade ago. We didn't get to hang out a ton in the years in-between, but I got to take pictures for her during an important event years ago, and we stayed in touch ever since.

I was thrilled when I got to sit down and hear her and Ryan's story, and even more happy when they wanted me to photograph their wedding! They have a deep care and respect for each other, and I can see the mutual trust they’ve built out of countless hours of honest and vulnerable conversations. I love how unselfishly they choose and care for each other, and it was so meaningful for me to get to be part of their wedding day.

They got married at their church, Artisan Church, in the heart of Rochester. I was a little nervous about traffic with the Lilac Festival happening that weekend just around the corner, but I think the iffy weather held people off - and it turned out to barely rain at all!

Their reception was at the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Ryan and Susan met while working at Strong Memorial Hospital, and they both have a love for science. Their venues were a perfect blend of their values: the church community they’re committed to, and a celebration of science (with a touch of nerdiness)! :-)

There were a ton of thoughtful details throughout the day. The ones that stood out to me the most were Susan’s celebrations of her mom, who passed away a number of years ago. Susan carried her mom’s wedding picture in a pendant on her bouquet, and she stitched lace from her mother’s wedding gown onto the hem of her own dress.

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Susan also chose handmade jewelry, crafted by a friend of hers, for bridesmaids’ gifts. And Ryan and Susan honored their Scottish heritage with a Celtic handfasting ceremony - and by going to Scotland for their honeymoon!!

Ryan and Susan, I’m so honored that you chose me to help you remember and celebrate your wedding day. Enjoy these few pictures for now, and you’ll have your album soon to enjoy for a lifetime!

 

These vendors were featured in Ryan & Susan's wedding

Ceremony venue: Artisan Church

First look & wedding party picture venue: Cobb's Hill Park

Reception venue: Rochester Museum & Science Center

Hair: Tammy Burnett

Makeup: Miriam Douglass

DJ: Showcase Sound

Catering: Peerless Events

Cupcakes! Get Caked

 

Colgate Divinity School Wedding - Rochester, NY

When I first met Adrienne and Alex, I couldn't believe how much they liked each other. That might sound funny coming from a wedding photographer, but I'm serious! So many of us - myself included - can get comfortable in our relationships, but these two have just adored each other all through our journey working together. Their affection is contagious, and so many of us on their wedding day felt happier just being around them.

It would be enough if they just loved each other selflessly - and adorably, to quote their pastor. But their story is deeper than that.

You see, Alex is deaf, and Adrienne isn't. But Adrienne doesn't come from a background of signing to communicate. Instead, they met, realized their mutual interest, and Adrienne started teaching herself sign language so she could communicate with Alex. I mean, what a story, right!? Can someone please write a book about these two?

Their wedding day was a beautiful display of two families coming together - Adrienne's parents cheering her on, Alex's kids standing with him, and long-time friends rejoicing fondly for both of them.

Not to mention some last minute drama - the flight scheduled to start their honeymoon was canceled on the wedding day! Thankfully, Adrienne's friend and travel agent got to the wedding early, set up shop in the getting-ready room, and had them on completely different tickets before the reception started. Whew!

Adrienne and Alex, you're both sincere, loving, and steady people. I'm so honored to be part of your wedding story!

 

 

George Eastman House Wedding & Strathallan Hotel Reception - Rochester, NY

I've known my sister-in-law, Dawn, for over a decade. During that time she's gained influence in her career, worked hard, and made many great life decisions. All the while, my wife and I have wondered, "What kind of guy can keep up with Dawn? Who will she choose?"

Well, when she brought her "friend" to our lakeside family gathering two summers ago, we knew something was up. No one brings some random guy to a family picnic, and we wanted to get to know him! We were super impressed right away with how great David was with the kids in our family - and we have a lot of them! They laughed and squealed as we all played in the pool together, and we left thinking this David guy is alright.

The last two years have been a blur: Dawn changed jobs, many people in our family moved to new homes, and David got some incredible new opportunities at work. And through it all, Dawn and David were a constant in our family.

Last summer we heard from Dawn when she was on a vacation in France - David surprised her at the Eiffel Tower and proposed!! We couldn't believe it - and yet, we could, because it's Dawn & David!

As they started planning their wedding, I knew I wanted to photograph it, but I wanted to give them space to make the best decision for them. I was so honored when Dawn said she most wanted to work with me!

Their wedding featured a morning ceremony at the George Eastman House and a brunch reception at the Strathallan Hotel. The George Eastman House was majestic and lovely. The gardens were the perfect location for family pictures under an overcast sky, and the ceremony was set beautifully in the West Garden. The Strathallan Hotel was sophisticated and elegant as always, and the brunch they lavished on the guests was the best I've ever seen.

Dawn and David, thank you so, so much for choosing me to celebrate your day with you! I loved being part of your wedding story, and I hope you will cherish your images for years to come!

 

Ceremony: George Eastman House

Reception: Strathallan Hotel

Band: The Swooners

Hair & Makeup: The Strathallan Spa

Floral Arrangements: Kittlebergers

Dress: Silk Bridal Boutique

Second Photographer: Darci Jo Photography

Alex & Nikki - Upstate NY Fall Wedding - Mendon, NY Reception

Here's a sneak peak at Alex and Nikki's beautiful wedding from last weekend! I've had the pleasure of knowing and working with Nikki for years, and it was tons of fun being part of their big day. Nikki has a fun and mischievous side, and it was on display when their wedding party set off confetti cannon during their first kiss!

Alex and Nikki's story is powerful because Alex has been deployed in the US Army for most of the last year. They got engaged knowing he was going away for nine months to Europe, but that wasn't going to stop them! They planned most of their wedding an ocean apart, and he just got into town a week before their wedding day. They sacrificed a great deal in their relationship so far, and they have my immense respect for serving our country and loving each other so well.

Ceremony: Living Waters Church - LeRoy, NY
Reception: Mendon Gold Club - Mendon, NY
DJ: Josiah Ball
Hair: Personal Preference Salon, Kate Meir - LeRoy, NY
Makeup: Jessica Grout 
Florist: Blush Floral & Wedding Design - Newark, NY
Cake: The Cake Place - Avon, NY