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Farewell, 2013! • Rochester Wedding Photographer

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Now that 2014 is upon us, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite photographs from my 2013 weddings… a huge “Thank You” to all my couples for making it such a fun and successful year! Your move, 2014-ers :)

Ashley & Joey’s Cornell wedding was so very special. Just a few days into the new year and I got to witness their giddy, gleeful love for each other.

Next up was Becca and Mike’s intimate ceremony at Bristol Harbour… it was bitterly cold but these two braved the elements for some gorgeous shots! So much fun hanging out with them!

Laura and Steve’s wedding at Belhurst Castle was beautiful, we were so lucky to catch the flowering trees! I loved their first look!

Stephanie and Matt’s ridiculously fun (most of the wedding party/guests are in musical theater, so the dance floor was insaaaane) was at the Genesee Country Museum. But no dance moves could upstage the canine romance that happened when we were shooting some portraits of Stephanie, Matt, Gizmo and Scamp… it’s so inappropriate, but so, so funny!

Katrina and Matt were one of my earliest bookings ever- over two years in advance, so I had tons of time to anticipate their day! It was everything I hoped it would be, sweet, emotional and fun. Matt watching Katrina come down the aisle is one of my favorites of the year! Look at that tear!!!

Karen and Will are such a fantastic pair… so sweet and genuine, it was so fun to spend the day with them, their wonderful family and friends! Plus we got to hang out at this incredible waterfall for a while!!

I got to travel down to the NJ for Dan and Megan’s ridiculously fun wedding… I love these two and am dead set on making them hang out with me next time I’m down there to visit my brother and sister-in-law. This shot made me laugh so hard… so Megan!!

I think Elizabeth and Mark take the prize for craziest wedding day weather… it was pouring, then sunny, then pouring, then sunny. Just a wild day! Elizabeth had found a barn she loved near the ceremony site and asked the homeowners a week or two before the wedding if we could use their property. The barn was really cool, but my jaw dropped when I saw what was out back… absolutely stunning!!!

Bre and Dan’s wedding was every bit as awesome as I was hoping it would be after hearing all of her plans, I loved the whole look… Bre should be a wedding coordinator!

I loved Jasmine and Grayson’s wedding at Glenora, the wedding totally reflected their personalities and I adored the ceremony set up!

I got to head up to Tughill Vineyards in Lowville, NY (aka one of the prettiest places ever) for Amber and Clif’s fabulous wedding. I just love these two. So fun to photograph. :)

Kelly and Jason’s beautiful wedding at the Sherwood in Skaneateles had so many highlights! I love this image, and it gets a little extra bump because Jason pointed out the spot and that it was the kind of light I love. How awesome is it that he remembered from our engagement shoot? I love my couples!!!

Ah, I can’t get enough of these two! Christi and Ergin are some of the nicest people ever. And this moment during their first look was so special. Ergin just bear hugged Christi (but in a very photogenic way, of course) and exclaimed, “this is a dream come true!” So lovely!!

Man, I have had such great luck during my career… I really do get the sweetest couples ever. Jess and Andrew and their family and friends were the best. What a great day!

Lauren and Chris had another fabulous day at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo. Probably one of my favorite venues of the year, and Lauren and Chris were so sweet and relaxed all day. It was such a pleasure to spend the day with them!

Jill and Zach’s wedding was a beautiful, emotional day. These two are so in love, and on top of it all, Zach’s sister Ryan is serving overseas. Zach’s father used Skpe on an iPad to allow Ryan to watch the ceremony and parts of the reception.

Brittany and Sean didn’t let anything disrupt their fun on their wedding day, I loved their attitudes! Brittany was excited about pictures in downtown Skaneateles, but unfortunately it was pouring rain all day. I told her that I was up for it if she was up for it, but wasn’t going to keep my hopes up… much to my surprise, she said “Let’s do it!” and out into the rain the three of us ran. Totally worth it, I love pictures in the rain and we had so much fun taking them!

Tree and Alexi had slightly better luck with the Skaneateles weather gods! I love Tree’s bubbly, sweet personality and how Alexi’s wit keeps her constantly giggling… they’re so cute together!

Jess and Mike, two of the loveliest hearts. Seriously. The kindest people. And a beautiful fall day in Ithaca :)

While Calvin and Laura’s bridal party lined up for introductions, I saw this gorgeous opportunity for a silhouette at Esperanza Mansion. So beautiful, and I love that you can still see them smiling at each other even though it is a just a silhouette!

Jennie and Greg had such a fun and emotional day! Jennie’s brother performed a tribute during the ceremony to honor family members they had lost and he had a bit of trouble getting through it, so Jennie got up to comfort and encourage him. Love this moment. What a great family!

Andrea and Phil’s beautiful wedding at the Genesee Valley Club was a great way to wrap up the season! I was under the weather, but we had so many pretty spots to work with in the club that it helped keep me distracted from my sore throat! :)

Congratulations to everyone and thank you once again for making it a fantastic year!!!! <3

Jennie & Greg • Finger Lakes Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Back to Skaneateles for the last time in 2013! I can’t believe the season is almost over! Jennie and Greg had a very lucky day for their wedding… the rain was looming during pictures at the lake but didn’t actually start until we were safely inside the church for the ceremony. Danielle Fleckenstein did a beautiful job coordinating things!

I’m actually going to start out this blog post with the MVP because he was working his magic all day long! Jennie did a first look with her parents before she saw Greg, her dad’s reaction was so hilarious!

Jennie and Greg’s first look was just as sweet. Just pure, genuine happiness.

We took pictures around Mirbeau for a while, I’ll never get sick of this place!

Jennie and Greg are adorable!

Then we headed to Skaneateles Country Club for some more pictures. It looked so beautiful there with the storm clouds and wind!

Absolutely love this one!

The bridal party joined us for some fun in the warm breeze. Ha ha.

The ceremony was at St. Patrick’s Mission Church in Tully, cool little spot!

Jennie’s brother got up to perform a tribute song to family members they had lost and had a bit of trouble getting through it. Loved this sweet moment.


We headed back to SCC for the reception… now this is a first dance!

The party was sooo fun, this group was ready to take the floor immediately!

Someone started playing spin the bottle in the dance cirlce… they’d spin the bottle and whoever was chosen would be the next to get in the middle and dance. Jennie’s dad picked it up and to speed things along used it like a divining rod to select the next dancer, lol.

Thanks so much for having me Jennie and Greg, I had a great time!!

Laura & Calvin • Finger Lakes Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Calvin and Laura came to me via one of my 2010 couples, Whitney and Bill. They booked quite a while ago, but we didn’t get to meet until earlier this summer… we met for dinner at a very tasty Mexican place (yay!) in Canandaigua and talked about our dogs for the first hour (double yay!) so I knew pretty quickly that we were a good fit!

We had a beautiful day in the finger lakes for this double-doctor wedding! Seriously, with the smartness. AND the adorableness!

Laura’s dress was just perfect for her.

When Laura was all ready, I told her she looked totally old-Hollywood glam and she and her girls were like “That’s exactly what we were going for!” Nailed it, ladies!

The ceremony was at Norton Chapel in Keuka Park. I love Calvin’s smile!

So happy!

We had a very special guest at the ceremony… Calvin and Laura’s adorable pup, Pia! Look at that face, she’s such a sweet girl!

During the toasts, Laura’s maid of honor said that Laura wears her heart on her sleeve. She definitely does, and it is utterly charming. Usually during the sign of peace, the bride and groom will greet the first row or two of guests and then return to the altar. Laura just kept going and going, and crying and crying. The whole church was giggling and sniffling along with her… it was so sweet!

Getting back to the altar was totally worth it. :)

Dr & Dr!!

Bridal party fun at Esperanza Mansion

I’m so funny! Ha ha.

Esperanza’s view is so pretty!

I grabbed this shot quickly as the bridal party was lining up for introductions… I think it is one of my favorites from Esperanza!

This diamond and I almost eloped.

Laura and Calvin had a really cute first dance planned!

So. Cute. !!!!!

So fun to see Whitney and Bill again!

Nathan from Finger Lakes Entertainment was rocking the party!

Calvin was having the best time on the dance floor… he was definitely the MVP, no question!


Congratulations Calvin and Laura, I had a great time with you guys and your families and friends… and especially Pia! :D

Jess & Mike • Finger Lakes Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

I am always so excited for my weddings- especially the ones that have been a long time in the making- and sad when they’re over! Jess and Mike’s wedding has been on my radar for over a year now, and I have been waiting semi-patiently for the day to come! We got to meet twice before the wedding and I was struck by how sweet and thoughtful these two are. (For example, our final meeting was at the beginning of September and I mentioned that I was doing a triathlon the next weekend… sure enough, I get a good luck email from Jess the morning of the tri! How thoughtful is that?!) They’re just perfect for each other!

When I arrived at Jess’s parents’ house, Jess seemed so calm amongst all the hustle and bustle. I love this moment!

The girls were troopers, gingerly walking across the wet grass for some shots at the house. I love their colors combined with the just-barely-changing foliage… so lush!

My good friend, Tressa, came to shoot with me and captured this awesome shot of Mike reading a journal Jess had written for him. As soon as I saw it I was like “THIS MUST BE BLACK AND WHITE!” I love the dramatic light in some of the rooms at Fontainebleau.

Another fun shot she did with the guys.

I love Mike’s expression as Jess came down the aisle at Sage Chapel!

That look! <3

This is just one of those perfect first kisses that I hope for as a photographer! I’m all “blah blah romance, the important part is that I can see both of their faces!” ha ha :) It really is a sweet moment though, I love how he’s holding her! Total movie kiss.

We took the bridal party outside for some shots around the Cornell Campus. My favorite…

And of course can’t leave out the clock tower!

Jess and Mike are a dream to photograph. They’re so easy together, and of course easy on the eyes as well! I sound creepy and will stop now. (But I’m totally right.)

We also got some beautiful stuff down by the water at Fontainebleau Inn.

Before the party got started, one of the groomsmen stepped in to try and assist with bustling. I love dudes. I’m tempted to MVP him!

The Inn looked absolutely beautiful and Jess and Mike’s special touches were the icing on the cake.

Kirk from CNY Select DJs did a fantastic job and he’s super nice… highly recommended! Jess and Mike wanted to skip most of the oldies and stick with a lot of house music and remixes and he followed their directions to a T and had the floor rocking all night.


I pretty much had no choice for MVP at this wedding… it had to be Jess and Mike! I felt like I saw them on the dance floor all night, but I also saw them mingling with people constantly. They may have cloned themselves. I’m not sure. But whatever happened, they really enjoyed the heck out of their party!!

Congratulations you two, it was truly a pleasure!!!

Tree & Alexi • Skaneateles Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Hooray for Tree and Alexi!! We had an absolutely beautiful day and Tree and Alexi were having the best time! Tree has a really genuine, fun sweetness about her and Alexi is hilarious so they are pretty much always laughing. I met up with the girls at Tree’s parents’ house. I just love her dress so much!

Theresa wanted some pictures with her cat, Kitty… I think Kitty was a little nervous with all the excitement of the morning so he was a bit camera shy but we got some cute shots. I love when pets are incorporated into the day somehow!

I don’t think this smile left Theresa’s face all day!

Or Alexi’s!

The happy couple!

We headed to my favorite spot in Skaneateles for portraits!

Couldn’t be any cuter, could they?

Tree is such a beauty, look at those cheekbones for crying out loud!

We headed to The Lodge for the reception.

Brian from Visa Versa crushed it with the lighting and music!

I had some bridesmaid input on the MVP this week… one of them said it almost looked like our MVP couple were hired to be at the wedding because of their awesome dance floor presence! Work it MVPs!

Ha ha ha ha Alexi gives good face.

Congratulations Tree and Alexi, you guys are so fun, I had a great time spending the day with you and your families and friends!!

Brittany & Sean • Skaneateles Wedding Photographer

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Hooray for Brittany and Sean! Brittany and Sean are my second couple in a row to have met in a recreational adult sports league! I also have some friends who have met their significant others that way… I feel like I’m starting to hear this almost as much as I hear that people met online! Take note, singletons. ;)
Brittany has been such a treat to plan the wedding with, she’s so sweet and laid back!

Give me these shoes.

The ceremony was at St. Mary’s of the Lake in Skaneateles. Beautiful church!

Brittany and Sean were both so serenely happy throughout the whole ceremony.

Mr. & Mrs.

The rain started during the ceremony. It did not let up all day, but that didn’t stop Brittany and Sean! I love it when my couples are really focused on what matters (each other!) and just go with the flow. Brittany still wanted to stop by the park in downtown Skaneateles, which I thought was totally awesome. I love rain in pictures!

Embracing the day!

After a few quick shots we headed to Skaneateles Country Club to finish up portraits. We lucked out with their huge portico… I don’t think the giant bridal party would’ve fit anywhere indoors! :D

Love this! Brittany is seriously awesome.

Sean clearly just strolled out of the pages of GQ.

The reception was a great party, with Ormond Entertainment keeping the floor packed all night! Brittany and Sean’s first dance was all sweetness.

Loved this sweet moment between Sean and his mom.

I’ve never seen a mother of the bride do the knee thrashing dance, this was awesome!!!!

MVP was based on a single picture tonight. Brittany’s dad made this face while being pulled into a dance circle by one of Sean’s relatives and I can’t stop laughing at it! Best ever!!!

I love it when grooms spend a lot of time on the dance floor… Sean was rocking it!

A little bit softer now!

Congratulations Brittany and Sean, you guys were a pleasure to photograph! I’m so glad you didn’t let the rain get you down, we still made a lot of beautiful pictures and had a good time to boot! :D Hope you had a fabulous weekend!