Strathallan Hotel

Rochester, NY Wedding - Church of the Assumption and Strathallan Hotel - Adrianna & Mike

Adrianna and Mike are such a neat couple. They possess a great combination of caring about what’s important - their promises to each other, and the friends and family surrounding them - and a wonderfully relaxed attitude about everything else. They took changes to the schedule in stride, trusted me as I directed their portrait session, and didn’t seem stressed about anything throughout the day. They even put up with wildly hot and humid weather. They were so wonderful to work with!

Adrianna got ready - with her totally fun bridesmaids! - at the Strathallan Hotel. I loved to hear that Adrianna’s hair stylist was her aunt who had been doing her hair her whole life - she literally gave Adrianna her first haircut! And now she was doing Adrianna’s wedding hair on her wedding day! Imagine how amazing that must have been for them both!

Mike and his guys got ready at the couple’s place, and then we all headed to the Erie Canal in Fairport for their first look. They were SO SWEET seeing each other for the first time! We got some wedding party and couple’s pictures by the canal, and then we were on to the church.

Church of the Assumption in Fairport, NY is a beautiful location for a wedding because of its wonderful light and the lines of its high arching ceiling. After some pictures inside and out following the ceremony, Adrianna and Mike chose some fantastic locations for our pre-reception pictures.

The Century Club, owned by the Strathallan, is just lovely. The architectural styling, sliding doors, and grand staircase gave us wonderful moments together for pictures. And thankfully they have air conditioning, so we could escape the heat! :-)

We went to the Memorial Art Gallery for some quick pictures, and Adrianna, Mike, and their wedding party were total all-stars through the whole time. We decided to end a bit early to get back inside to cocktail hour at the Strathallan, and they hosted a wonderful party for the rest of the evening.

One neat moment came when Adrianna’s stepfather recognized Mike’s parents, who were celebrating their anniversary that weekend. It turns out that Adrianna’s stepfather was the wedding photographer at Mike’s parents’ wedding decades earlier, and now they were joining their families together in marriage. It was great moment

There’s a ton more I could write about - a cute first look with Adrianna’s dad, a super-cute Asian baby sister, sunset rooftop pictures at the Strathallan - but I’ll let the pictures tell the story from here. Adrianna and Mike, thank you for inviting me to be part of your day!

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