Elopements in Rochester NY: Michelle and Jarrod

In the presence of only their mothers, Michelle and Jarrod read their handwritten vows and committed their lives to each other. It was beautiful and heartfelt and real.

They met online, and quickly decided they were meant to be together. They enjoy live music and breweries, Jarrod even proposed by putting the ring on a flight at a brewery. They also enjoy spending time with their two dogs as well as their families.

Every time I visit the Edward Harris House B&B it feels like a home away from home. It’s always an honor to witness and capture small Rochester NY Weddings. So capturing them at this beautiful little B&B is always an added bonus. Congratulations Jarrod and Michelle, we wish you a lifetime of good beer and love!

~ Erin

Geneva NY Wedding Photography: Club 86 with Kelley and Paul

Nearly 30 years ago, Kelley’s parents married in the same town, same church and held their reception in the same wedding venue in Geneva NY. When Kelley and I spoke about their wedding, I could feel the sentiment in her voice when she mentioned it.

What an honor.

Kelley and Paul met in high school, and have been on the road to each other since. As a singer / songwriting team they’re working their tails off traveling between Nashville and Pittsburgh chasing their dreams.

It was a beautiful day for their Seneca Lake wedding. Between the heartfelt notes to each other before the ceremony, the sunshine and the lake breeze, and the venue filled with family and friends it was everything it could have been and more.

And at their own reception, Paul and Kelley performed one of their own songs. It was such a touching moment, personalizing their already amazing day to perfection.

Paul and Kelley - Thank you for opening up your hearts and being your amazing selves on your wedding day. It was truly beautiful to witness and be a part of with you. Congratulations!

~ Erin

The Vendor Team:
Wedding Planner: Em + E Events
Hair & Makeup: At Home Beauty, Lee Ann Boersma
Ceremony Venue: St. Francis de Sales Church
Florist: Sincropi Florist
Reception Venue: Club 86, Geneva NY
Cake & Bakery: Simple Sweets Bakery
DJ: DJ Dale
Videographer: Fyvie Films

Rochester NY Engagement Photography: Carol and Jeff, Turning Point Park

Carol and Jeff love to be outdoors, biking, hiking and being together at Ontario Beach Park at sunset. So it seemed like a no brainer to schedule their Rochester engagement session at the beach. But when we got there, we realized quickly that we would not be alone. Us, and the rest of Rochester had flocked to the beach for one of their most popular Concerts by the Shore on this particular summer night.

It was chaos, and we knew right away that this was not the idyllic sunset-y story we wanted to tell. Rather than fight the throngs of beach goers to make their engagement session happen on the beach we all decided to change the story and head down the road to Turning Point Park.

I am so glad that Carol and Jeff are expert level pivoters, and willing to go with the flow, because what we ended up capturing was pure magic at golden hour in Rochester. See what I mean?

Cobblestone Creek Country Club Wedding, Victor NY: Shelly and Dylan

Though they went to high school together, it wasn’t until they worked together that they officially met. Together for six years, and now married for a few weeks Shelly and Dylan say they’re home bodies and old souls, loving on their puppy and each other.

Their late spring wedding was perfection compared to the onslaught of rainy days Rochester NY has seen recently. Between the sunshine, the blue skies and the colors all around us, it was a beautiful day.

After the bridal party was dressed and ready to go, we headed out onto the golf course their sweet little first look, followed by bridal party photographs and finishing up just in time to get their ceremony underway.

They said “I do”, and headed into the cocktail hour and dinner. And then the fun really swung into high gear with a party on the dance floor like no other. Everyone seemed to be out there early, and stayed out there all night long. It was impressive and exactly what they were hoping for!

Congratulations Dylan and Shelly - thank you for letting us be a part of telling this chapter of your history!

~ Erin

Rochester Wedding Venue:
Cobblestone Creek Country Club
Bridal Gown: Bridal Belle
Florist: Arjuna Florist and Design
DJ: Whirlin’ Disc DJs
Wedding Cake: Savoia’s Pastry

Highland Park Spring Engagement Session: Rochester NY

Eric and Holly are the kind of couple that believes in love at first sight.They share a love of board games, sleeping in and library dates. They’re constantly finding ways to show each other how much they love each other - even by getting engaged to each other twice!

The first time was at Colgate Divinity School, nearby Highland Park. And the other time, she proposed to HIM at the Lilac Festival at Highland Park in Rochester NY. So it was clear to us that being among the lilacs (yay for us) was super important to them as we planned their engagement session.

They fully admit that they’re still in puppy love after five years together. Not going to lie, this made our job a piece of cake. Thank you Holly and Eric for such a fun night together!

Vineyard Wedding Venues Series, Finger Lakes NY: Ventosa Vineyards

There’s no way we could do a Finger Lakes Wedding Venue Series justice without including one of our top favorites - Ventosa Vineyards on Seneca Lake. It honestly feels like a second home to us during wedding season. We love it so much.

RJ and the entire Ventosa Vineyards team are amazing, and they treat every single wedding as if it were one of their own. Every person, from guest to wedding vendor gets treated like family.

Their separate spaces for the wedding ceremony overlook Seneca Lake and the vineyards. Their covered patio is perfect for a rainy day or watching the sunset. And La Vista e Bella Ballroom is their grand gorgeous ballroom, elegant yet inviting.

And as photographers, we can honestly say there is a beautiful backdrop in any direction at Ventosa. Bridal parties have access to the entirety of the grounds for gorgeous backdrops as well as candid wedding photography.

We’ve had the pleasure of photographing weddings at Ventosa in nearly every season of the year, and each and every one is spectacular. So if you are hunting for large, all inclusive wedding venues in the Rochester NY area and the Finger Lakes - you definitely want to stop by Ventosa Vineyards.

Ellison Park Rochester NY Engagement Session: Jessica and Keaton

This spring has been a game of dodging rain drops on the daily. It’s caused us more than a few rescheduled portrait and engagement sessions. So when their night came, and it wasn’t raining for just a few hours - we took advantage of it. It was cold (think winter engagement sessions in Rochester type cold), but Jessica and Keaton weren’t going to let that stop them.

They laughed through their shivering and went with every idea we gave them. As the daylight faded into night, we created beauty out of what could have been dreary Friday night. Thank you Jessica and Keaton for the laughs, the fun and trusting us to capture your relationship.

~ Erin

Vineyard Wedding Venues Series, Finger Lakes NY: Knapp Vineyards

Next up in our Vineyard Venue Wedding Series - Knapp Vineyards on Cayuga Lake!

This was the perfect venue for a small, intimate wedding. Everything about it impressed us. The bridesmaids prepped in a nearby cottage (owned by the vineyard). The restaurant lawn created the perfect backdrop for a sunset wedding ceremony. The restaurant was cozy and intimate.

And the food was. to. die. for! SO GOOD! Customized menus with their amazing wines - so worth it!

And then how about having your dance floor with the backdrop of the barrel room behind you? It creates a picture perfect scene for those first dance photos.

And if you’re able to step away from the party and hit up the amazing sunset in the vineyard - do it. You won’t ever regret it.

If you want to see more wedding photography from this Finger Lakes Wedding venue - check out more from Keegan and Mike’s beautiful 2017 wedding!

Venue Highlights: Shadow Lake Weddings, Rochester NY

We’ve been having fun showing off our vineyard venues, so why not show off a local Rochester wedding venue? Our hope is that we can share a little insight to some of the venues we’ve had the pleasure of working at and give a helping hand to any newly engaged couples!

Shadow Lake has two great reception locations for your wedding day - and we’ve had the pleasure of working in both. The Garden Tent holds approximately 175 people and the newly renovated (and gorgeous) Clubhouse can accommodate up to 250 of your favorite people. Either option has a fantastic waterside view.

You can also have your wedding ceremony right on the grounds - whether on the water or facing the lush greens of the course. Either option creates a picturesque backdrop for your ceremony photographs. (Enter us!)

Beyond that, the staff goes above and beyond to create an amazing day for each and every couple. And the food is fantastic! The chef’s in the kitchen create delicious meals using mostly local and home made ingredients. Yes, please!

Highlighting the whole venue for us is the multitude of options for a variety of great photographs. There are floral scenes, the waterfront and perfect locations for brilliant sunsets.

So if you’re checking out wedding venues in Rochester NY, stop on in and visit Ryan and the team for a tour! We hope to see you there!

Vineyard Wedding Venues Series, Finger Lakes NY: Casa Larga Vineyards

Round two of our Vineyard Wedding venues brings us to Casa Larga. Since we’re photographers in Fairport NY, it’s basically our next door neighbor. And any chance we get to photograph a wedding close to home is a win for us!

I love Casa Larga for it’s amazing sunsets in the vineyards and for the variety of amazing location options to create beautiful wedding photographs. The team is wonderful to work with in helping brides and grooms create the reception of their dreams.

Not too long ago they renovated their ballroom space, which also makes it a huge draw for a winery wedding reception in Rochester NY. It’s a large, grand space with great window light on the dance floor. They can easily accommodate up to 250 guests, so if you have a big guest list, this is a great option for you.

Take a peek and gather some insp from some of the fun and beauty we’ve captured as wedding photographers at Casa Larga Vineyards. Are you having a vineyard wedding? Tell us about it in the comments!

~ Erin

Shadow Lake Wedding Photography, Penfield NY: Christina and Adam

Photographing Adam and Christina’s Fairport wedding felt like coming home. In more ways that one. And not just because we were only ever 10 minutes from home at any given moment.

It felt like home because of the people - these two, and their families are practically family to us. Their wedding kicked off our season with not only the best weather imaginable for an early April day in Rochester, but also the best people and awesome vendors.

We felt peace throughout the house when we arrived, even the flower girls were calm and ready for the day ahead. Because we had planned everything together so thoroughly, all there was left to do was enjoy the day.

And they did. The ceremony at Church of the Assumption in Fairport was love filled and emotional. We met up with Larry (their goldendoodle) and a crowd favorite for his close up on the canal in Fairport. There was even enough time for a snack from McDonalds before heading over to Shadow Lake for their reception. (Which if you haven’t seen their renovations and are looking for a Rochester area wedding venue - stop in there for sure.)

It was the perfect wedding to begin another year as wedding photographers in Rochester NY. We had waited for this day with them for so long. To witness it and be part of it meant everything to us and left us feeling inspired for the season ahead.

Congratulations to you Christina and Adam - thank you for enriching our lives with who you are, individually and together.

~ Lori & Erin

Vendor Love
Ceremony Venue: Church of The Assumption, Fairport NY
Floral: Bouquets by Bonnie
Bridal Gown: Your Perfect Day Bridal
Hair Stylist: Pharaohs Hairum
Makeup Artist: Erica Kane
Grooms Attire: Mens Wearhouse
Reception Venue: Shadow Lake Weddings
Entertainment: Stage Productions, Mike Bonanno

Vineyard Wedding Venues Series, Skaneateles NY: Anyela's Vineyard

We’ve worked at so many wedding venues in the Finger Lakes and the Rochester NY area. So many in fact, that we thought it might be helpful to engaged couples to show you a series of some of the vineyard wedding venues we’ve had the pleasure of working at in the area. In the next few weeks we’re going to show you one at a time - so if you’re on the hunt for your perfect Finger Lakes vineyard wedding, follow along!

We’re going to start with Anyela's Vineyard in Skaneatles, NY. It’s a beautiful setting for a wedding. There’s a great gazebo space for a ceremony on a beautiful garden filled lawn. The view is spectacular.

What’s great about Anyela’s is that there’s a separate space for each portion of your wedding. From the ceremony, you head inside to the winery for cocktail hour and then from there, into the beautiful pole tent where the reception will take place. It’s been a bit since we’ve been there, but we remember the meal like it was yesterday.

We love that there is a huge variety of photography options on the grounds of Anyela’s. The flowering beds, the view, the vineyards, and the cellar doors all make for great photo locations. And the sunset scene was to die for. Gorgeous. Enjoy a tiny glimpse of what we loved!

~ Erin