Three Reasons We Love Elopements: Rochester NY Small Weddings

We love weddings. All weddings. It’s not a secret.

Every shape, every size, even small ones. Even ones where there’s just a couple and an officiant. We love being elopement photographers in Rochester just as much as any other wedding.

If you think eloping is right for you, you could be on the right track with your wedding planning. Here’s three reasons why we love photographing these small weddings in the Finger Lakes or close to home here in Rochester.

1) More time for what YOU want: From the very start there’s more time. Before the wedding day there is more time to spend dreaming of the future together rather than wedding planning. There’s more time on your wedding day to spend with each other, loving on each other and relishing in the moment together. Or, if you invited guests, cherishing more than a minute with them.

And - (yes, shameless plus) if you have placed importance in an elopement photographer, you have more time to create beautiful portraits that celebrate your story. Because even though you eloped, you still deserve to remember this moment in photographs years from now.

2) You can focus on what’s important: The most common thing we capture when we’re photographing an elopement is the ceremony itself. To us that means you’re focusing on what’s important to you. In this case, the actual process of becoming a married couple. The words you say and the meaning behind them. You’re focusing on each other’s emotions and what that person means to you. That’s the good stuff right there. We love capturing these moments.

3) It’s perfect, no matter what: When there’s a lot less to plan, there’s a lot less that can “go wrong.” This equates to a lot less work and a more relaxed “you” on your wedding day. We love that relaxed feeling because it really shows in your photographs. And if something does go wrong, just remember that at the end of the day, as long as you got married - everything went perfectly.

So if you’re thinking of eloping, it’s ok. We hope that you’ll still consider hiring a professional photographer to document your day, because your family history is worth it. In the end we applaud whatever decision you choose, whether a large affair or just you and your spouse to be. We love your wedding, because it’s about you.

~ Erin

The Wedding Highlight Reel 2018: Rochester NY Wedding Photographers

What an amazing year 2018 was for our wedding couples. Normally our wedding season begins in the spring, but not last year. In 2018 we actually had our wedding season start in January with a windy 50 degree day for Ryan and Stephanie. So you can imagine how many amazing moments we were able to capture.

The thing you’ll notice most about them, is that they’re full of emotion, love, family and friends and fun. Nothing makes us happier than capturing these real moments for you.

The emotions shared are real - tears of joy, laughter and excitement. The moments are real - they won at the casino, they danced and played air guitar with broomsticks, the flower girl chased the flower petals that blew away. The bridal parties were always fun and supportive.

It was truly an amazing year, filled with wedding couples that we believe we were meant to meet and share their day with. It’s always an honor to be asked to photograph these moments that truly cannot be replaced.

So if you were one of our 2018 couples - thank you for your trust and for being amazing human beings. We’re honored and grateful for you every single day.

~ Lori and Erin

Heirlooms for Everyone: Rochester NY Wedding Albums

We talk a lot about our wedding albums and how we feel that every couple should invest in their first family heirloom. But one of the other things we don’t talk too much about is how we also think that your parents deserve some love too. After all, they raised you and supported you through the whole wedding process.

They deserve to cherish this moment in an heirloom too. Our custom mini albums are the perfect way to say thank you. Amber and Jason felt exactly that when they picked out their set of albums from their Jerris Wadsworth Wedding Barn day a few months ago.

I wish we could have shared in the joy of actually giving these books to their parents this past holiday. But knowing we created something beautiful and timeless for them - and that is the perfect amount of joy for us.

~ Erin

Check out the story inside of the pages of their 8x10 Press Album below:

2018 With Lori & Erin Photography

As our fifth year as Lori & Erin Photography comes to a close, we’re again feeling grateful.

We’re grateful for your trust in us and for your genuine personalities. We’re grateful for your love and your families. Your relationships are what we’re all about. They fill us up and keep us coming back for more.

Without further ado - here’s a glance back at all of the fun we shared with you this year.

We can’t wait to see you again this year!

~ Lori and Erin

Being a Guest at a Wedding: Rochester NY Weddings

A few months ago, an invitation came in the mail. John and I were invited to a wedding, as guests! I filled out that response card as though I wanted to be the first RSVP, because I did. I was going to be there with bells to cheer on one of my oldest friends and his new wife.

I know you are thinking it, so let’s get it out of the way. I knew they had hired a talented photographer, and I trusted the pros to document their day. So, no. I did not bring a camera with me. I barely even took any photos, and most of the ones I did take (with my phone) were blurry.

Don’t get me wrong, I love photographing weddings! There is nothing like documenting a wedding day. From the nervous energy we see at the beginning of the day, to the tears and love during the vows, to the unbridled dancing at the end of the night. It’s a great job, and I feel lucky every time a couple chooses us to be the ones to do it.

Throughout the night, it came up as I chatted with old friends. I have to admit there are pros and cons to being a wedding guest. I thought it would be fun to share a few of those with you!

The view from the cheap seats :)

The view from the cheap seats :)

Being a guest rather than photographer:

Pro: I could clap and participate in the wedding. This may seem silly, but for the first kiss, pronouncement as man and wife, introductions… those are all moments I am normally capturing with a camera. As a guest, my hands were free to clap and cheer, and that felt wonderful!

Con: The view isn’t as good. When I am the photographer, I get to move around to find the best angle. That’s my job in fact. Without looking through a 200mm lens, it was harder to see the bride or grooms faces.

Pro: As a guest, I could eat without feeling self conscious! It’s kinda funny really. As a guest, I wasn’t nearly as hungry, but probably ate 3x as much as I needed to. As a photographer, I am often staring longingly at the hors d'oeuvres, wondering if anyone will judge me for grabbing a carrot. It’s not to say that we don’t eat when I’m working, but we eat much faster. Often, when we have time to be seated for a meal, I feel guilty, as though I should be doing something, rather than eating.

Con: There were a few moments I wished I had a camera in my hand. Watching Mike wipe tears from his eyes as Abby walked down the aisle, I was torn. Part of me was so happy to be there as a witness, and part of me wished I could freeze that moment with my lens.

Perhaps my favorite part of being a guest though, was that I had my husband by my side. Working weddings every weekend, I get to hear lots of amazing love stories, romantic songs and see beautiful venues. They often remind me of my own love story, and make me wish I could dance that slow song with my husband. Well, this time, I did. I could hold his hand during the vows and laugh with him during the toasts.

It was such a wonderful way to end “wedding season.” So thank you Mike and Abby! I am so glad you found each other. Your love is a beacon and an example to others. Thank you for inviting us to bear witness to it on your wedding day.

Love always,

Lori

Blurry Selfies: Left with the hubby, Right with friend Kaitlyn

Blurry Selfies: Left with the hubby, Right with friend Kaitlyn

Bright Heirloom Wedding Album: Patrick and Laura

Sing with me now - “It’s the most wonderful timmmmme of the year!”

As fun as it is, I’m not singing about Christmas. It’s album delivery season!

The weddings are done for the year, which you might think means I to sit back and eat Christmas cookies from here on out.

Nah, not me. I sit back, eat Christmas cookies and design custom wedding albums. Albums like Laura and Patrick's from their gorgeous July wedding in Geneva NY at Ventosa Vineyards.

The bright, blue sky and amazing sunset on their wedding day just shines colorfully in this album. I know they’re excited to have it, to cherish those moments and someday hand them down to their own children.

If you’ve been on the fence about giving yourself the gift of a wedding album, trust us, it’s worth it. It will only increase in value to you as the years pass by.

In their own words:

“Having photos in an album truly brings life to them and does not compare to looking at them online.”

We couldn’t agree more.

~ Erin

Palmyra Wedding Photography: Monica and James

Monica called me in September for their wedding in October. I’m so thankful we had their date available because while I barely knew them, I could tell they were so sweet and so in love.

They were ready for their married lives to begin and I was happy to document it for them. From the moment of their first look to their first dance hours later, they were nothing but eyes full of real love and adoration for each other. It was so inspiring to be part of this day with this amazing family.

Congratulations Monica and James, we wish you a blessed and beautiful future together!

~ Erin

Highland Park, Rochester NY Vow Renewal: Juanita & Ronald

It’s been 30 years of ups, downs and all arounds, but here they are. In the same spot where they said the original wedding vows, 30 years ago. The trees are a little taller, their love a little stronger. Surrounded by their closest friends and family, they shared their love publicly and yet intimately.

I felt honored to be there as a witness to this moment. This renewal, this promise repeated. We often see the start of a marriage, the first few amazing hours of it. It’s lovely to revisit that love over time and see how it matures.

Thanks for letting us bear witness to your journey. Wishing you 30 more!

-Lori

Norvella and Cindi: Anniversary Session at Durand Eastman Beach

They’ve been married now for five years, but this was the first time they’d seen each other in their wedding attire. You see, five years ago they went to City Hall and eloped - no photographer, just them, and officiant and witness. They never really got the chance to have the wedding day they had always wanted.

So for their anniversary, they decided to gift themselves this evening together. They got glammed up and we set up a special “first look” for them at their portrait session.

These two make me smile. A lot. They’re fun and sweet and a little bit sassy together, and I loved every minute of their session as the loved on each other at Durand Eastman Beach. It was a well deserved moment for the two of them, one which I was thrilled to play a role in. Cheers Norvella and Cindi on your anniversary!

~ Erin

Toganenwood Estate Wedding: Daniel and Lyla

Together, Daniel and Lyla created a book themed, fall barn wedding in the Finger Lakes. They included a beautiful mixture of culture and heritage, both traditional and non traditional. They created a wedding that displayed who they were, both individually and as a couple. It couldn’t have been more perfect for you.

Well, I mean it could have been warmer and with less of a threat of rain - but not even love can control the weather forecast. Despite the looming clouds, the day flowed perfectly for them.

Traditional touches filled their unplugged ceremony while more non traditional elements filled the barn during their reception. Thali of India provided a fantastic dinner. Rather than a traditional dance floor, Contra dancing (line dancing) as well as the Horah was a huge success for this group of family and friends.

They did everything their way, and it was a fantastic day to end this year’s wedding season. Congratulations Lyla and Daniel!

~ Erin

The Vendor Team
Venue: Toganenwood Estates, Lyons NY
Wedding Coordinator: MaryAnna Digancci, Stardust Events
Caterer: Thali of India
Reception Band: Wild Root Band
Rentals: Spatola Party Rentals

Halloween Portraits at Wickham Farms: Fairport NY Photographers

For three years in a row now, we’ve descended upon Wickham Farms on the last Sunday of October. And in all three years, it has been raining. I’d say it’s depressing - but after all the rain we’ve had lately, I think we’re getting used to it.

Regardless of the weather we go, and we dress up in our Halloween costumes for fun and photographs. What better way is there really to capture your family’s Daniel Tiger, dragon, or Star Wars costumes than with us? Needless to say, we were thrilled to see so many of our cute faces in their costumes!

We did our best to not let the rain stop of us from playing in the pumpkins or on the tractor. There was even some mini golf and ice cream…yes, ice cream. Because kids don’t care if it’s 36 degrees outside when it come to ice cream.

These are the real life photographs we will remember someday - when your kids no longer want you to dress in costume with them. Because try as hard as we might, they keep growing up.

Thank you to our portrait membership families for a great afternoon!

~ Lori and Erin


Daniel and Laura: Rochester NY Wedding Ceremony

When I arrived to The Baptist Temple in Rochester, NY for Daniel and Laura’s wedding, I didn’t know them one bit. They’d called just days before in need of someone to document their wedding ceremony. I quickly learned that they’re the sweetest, kindest couple with a warm loving family.

They’re also a very musically inclined family. As the ceremony began, members of the family played piano and string instruments, and sang with precision and beauty. As it echoed through the church, I found myself wishing I could record the beautiful music within my still photographs.

I left as they headed off to a brunch reception. It was a short and sweet event, but even the shortest weddings are always filled with beautiful relationships, love and happiness worth capturing. Congratulations Daniel and Laura!

~ Erin