Finger Lakes Wedding Photography: Sara and Larry

What I love about Sara and Larry could fill an entire book. They are the kindest, most genuine couple. They’re sweet together and super fun to be around. They’re individuals and also equals.

I only wish they lived closer so we could continue to be around them all the time. They each have a sense of humor that matches ours perfectly. Every time I think of them, I smile a stupidly happy grin.

I haven’t even gotten to their wedding yet, which was perfect in it’s own Sara and Larry way. We’ve spent a lot of time at Ventosa Vineyards this year. Each time we’re there, it gets better and better. No two sunsets on Seneca Lake are the same which is why we love being photographers in the Finger Lakes (and Rochester too for that matter).

From first look to the wine cellar, to the dance floor and sparkler exit - the day was filled with amazing moments for a truly amazing couple. Congratulations Larry and Sara and thank you, for coming into our lives. Enjoy Italy!

~ Erin

Vendor Team:
Hair & Makeup: Isabella Spa, Belhurst Castle
Officiant: Jim Gerling
Venue: Ventosa Vineyards
Florist: Don’s Own Flower Shop
Bakery: Bagels and Cakes
DJ: Paradise Entertainment
Transportation: S & S Limo

Wild Wood Country Club Wedding: James and Sarah

James and Sarah had one goal for their wedding day - they wanted to keep it simple.

When I say that, I don’t mean that it was boring. Rather the opposite, it meant so much more to them because they could focus on what was important - their marriage to each other.

I arrived at Wild Wood Country Club to greet them both just before their ceremony. They had no bridal party to worry about and a small group of the most important people in their lives. There was a casual feeling to the day, as if this was any other moment in time.

They laughed and cried their way through the ceremony together, surrounded by family and friends. We then headed by golf cart for some time alone, both on the course and also near the edge of their own home.

You could tell what was important to them, and they had achieved that goal. Their love is real and true, and it was a pleasure to showcase that for them in photographs.

Congratulations James and Sarah!

~ Erin

Tips for Planning a Spring Wedding in Rochester NY

1) Weather happens. So naturally you’re worried and wondering - what do we do about that? Answer? Go with it. Gather cute umbrellas and galoshes for the bridal party. Get shawls and be prepared. If you haven’t picked a date yet, be aware that it does still snow in April. Technically Spring begins in March, but we don’t start seeing flowering trees until late April and sometimes even not until late May. (We wrote a whole blog post devoted to rain here!)

2) Venue Selection: If you don’t want to play in the rain, have a gorgeous indoor location planned so we won’t need to. Use the church you’re marrying in, or head to somewhere like Village Gate if that’s your style. You can even use your reception location for photographs, like we did here at Arbor Loft.

Choose a venue that allows you to go outside if you want to, but be inside if necessary. There’s so many Rochester NY wedding venues that can accommodate this. Strathallan’s rooftop, Wintergarden’s skylights, Genesee Valley Club. There’s also great wedding venues in the Finger Lakes such as Ventosa Vineyards, Casa Larga Vineyard and The Wadsworth Homestead to name a few.

3) Photo Locations in Rochester NY: So you have a venue, but you want to stop somewhere along the way for pretty spring wedding portraits. We love the spring flowers at the Eastman Quad, Eastman Museum, and obviously Highland Park. Spring is beautiful anywhere, so the options are endless.

4) Color and Style: When it comes to picking attire and flowers - to me, spring always feels like happy and bright colors. Your version of that might differ from mine, but if you’re choosing colors I think of anything that goes well with the colors you find on the trees. Bright combinations with blues an oranges, or pale pinks, white, and purples. Your florist can give you all kinds of great ideas.

5) Maybe your wedding isn’t in the spring, but there’s nothing saying you can’t have a gorgeous spring engagement session. Many of our couples who are having a fall wedding often choose to have a Spring engagement session to showcase their love in more than one season.

Lastly, photographers book up early, so contact us now to get on our calendar for your spring wedding.

Jerris Wadsworth Wedding Barn: Amber & Jason

They are sweet and quiet together, but also seek out adventure. I'm currently pretty jealous of their adventurous honeymoon out west visiting places like Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park.

It was an honor to capture and witness Amber and Jason's emotion filled wedding day. It's been a very long time since I've seen so many happy tears from nearly everyone in attendance. What a blessing to be loved so hard by so many people! It was so special.

Their sweet ceremony at Greece Assembly of God felt so inviting and warm. When they each saw each other at the end of the aisle, there were so many emotions. Naturally, I love, love, love capturing real emotions.

It's their story, and it's full of happy tears. The emotions continued to flow freely at Jerris Wadsworth Wedding Barn in Caledonia. Lori and I could have spent hours upon hours photographing Amber and Jason on these grounds. There are soooooooo many unique places and beautiful spaces to be used.

But alas, they had a party to enjoy, and enjoy they did. The toasts were lovely, dinner delicious and dance floor rocked all night. It was an amazing event for an amazing couple joining their families together.

Congratulations Jason and Amber!
Erin

Vendor Love
Ceremony Venue: Greece Assembly of God
Florist: Pittsford Wegmans
Wedding Dress: Bridal Belle, Morielle
Reception Venue: Jerris Wadsworth Wedding Barn
Caterer: Colby's Catering
DJ: TrueLife Sounds

Wintergarden by Monroe's Wedding: Kate and Zack

When we arrived to the suite at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa in Victor NY, Kate and her bridesmaids were peacefully awaiting our arrival. They all looked flawless and were all ready to get the day underway. They shared a very memorable champagne toast to Kate and off we went.

It was only fitting that they said their vows at the campus where they first met. As the ceremony began at The Hermance Family Chapel at St. John Fisher College, the normally unwavering Zack held back a few tears as Kate walked down the aisle. The beauty of the light and the stained glass windows in the chapel made the wedding ceremony feel magical.

From the bridal party pictures at The Memorial Art Gallery to the fantastic Wintergarden by Monroe's reception the rest of the day flew by. Their happiness was felt and shared by everyone.

This Rochester NY wedding at the Wintergarden was as always beautiful - filled with amazing flower arrangements by Arenas on East Avenue and delectable cake and desserts by Gourmet Goodies. Classic Southern traditions topped the night off as The Swooners played song after song.

Kate and Zack - we couldn't be happier to have captured this moment in your lives.

We wish you a beautiful life of love and laughter always.

~ Erin

Rochester NY Wedding Vendor Love
Hair: Bonsignore Studio & Spa
Makeup: Ashley Zeiner
Wedding Dress: Bustle Boutique, by Essence of Australia
Bridesmaid Attire: Joeval's Formalwear
Groom / Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Ceremony Venue: Hermance Family Chapel at St. John Fisher College
Officiant: Father Kevin Manera
Florist: Arenas Florist
Reception Venue: Wintergarden by Monroe's
Bakery: Gourmet Goodies
Wedding Band: The Swooners

Finger Lakes Winery Wedding: Michelle and Steve

They met seven years ago at the University of Buffalo. Since then, they've been together through all that life has brought their way. They were most looking forward to having everyone together on their wedding day.

And they were also looking forward to finally being married. Mission accomplished.

The mood was calm and happy throughout the house as they prepared for the beautiful day ahead. Michelle's hair and make up were perfect, and it was time to really get the party started. 

An emotion filled first look, and bridal party photographs before their ceremony on the lawn at Ventosa Vineyards kept the day relaxed.

We love when our couples choose to do a first look. All of their nerves are erased, and the time is well spent on photographs that would otherwise keep them from a well deserved cocktail hour.

It was such an honor to witness and capture this whole day. It couldn't have been more beautiful for these two! 

Cheers to Michelle and Steve! 

Thanks to the Vendor Team!
Venue: Ventosa Vineyards
Hair & Makeup: Salon A Go Go
Bridal Gown: Maggie Soterro, from Dress Your Fancy, Greene, NY
Bridesmaids Attire: Azaize
Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A Bank
Florist: In Bloom Floral
Officiant: Justice Peter Liberatore
Ceremony Musician: Rosanna Nunan, Finger Lakes Harpist
DJ: Paradise Entertainment
Bakery: Bagels & Cakes

Corbett's Glen Engagement Session: Christina and Adam

Sweet. Adorable. Snuggly. Loveable.

But enough about their puppy, Larry.

We've been looking forward to this engagement session for a lonnnngg time. I think they have been too. They waited for the summer (it's their favorite time of year) to come and for their goldendoodle puppy to be ready.

But before all that, they waited for each other. Because of the wait, Christina and Adam are a perfect fit together. They're both educators. They're smart, sensitive and funny.

They remember down to the aisle (18a in Wegmans) where they had their first kiss on one of their first dates. We thought it'd be funny to recreate that scene, but Corbett's Glen, where they got engaged, won out.

It was such a fun morning with the three of them. We mostly laughed at Larry and his super cute playfulness. It was hot and humid for an engagement session in Penfield NY, but you'd never know it from looking at their awesome expressions and love.

Congratulations Adam and Christina, we're so happy that you've found each other, and cannot wait to be part of it all with you!

~ Erin

Proposal Photography Rochester NY: John and Nicolette

If you're about to propose to your significant other, take notes. John Luke has that milestone mastered. I mean, wow.

Photographing a proposal was new to me until now. It's been a bucket list session type for me, so when John Luke called and told me his plans I could not wait.

He reserved the space at the Sunken Gardens, and planned an "art show" called Grounded Garden for his fiance to be, Nicolette. He had created seven paintings, which follow along the seven Chakras, and also were significant moments in their relationship. He had music, mimosas, and even a fake brunch reception that made the whole plan believable. I have to admit, playing my role as the "event photographer" was a little scary, but my minimal acting skills were on point that day.

Even as Nicolette commented on the the artwork, she never saw it coming until he got down on one knee. It was soooo beautiful.

Despite the 98 degree weather, it was a beautiful moment to capture for these two. I can't wait to see where their love takes them next as they plan their future together. Congratulations Nicolette and John Luke!

~ Erin

Seneca Lake Wedding Photography: Laura and Patrick

The heatwave that had been lingering lessened for one day, as we met the bridal party getting ready at the stunning Del Lago Hotel & Casino. It was a gorgeous start to another great Finger Lakes wedding day.

The groom and his guys were up for anything, even a quick trip into the Casino, while the bride and her ladies finished getting gorgeous.

And then, off to Ventosa Vineyards we went where it was the most perfect day for Laura and Pat to have all of their loved ones gather together to celebrate with them. It's such a beautiful and rare moment in life to have all of your favorite people in one place at one time.

I have so many memorable moments from their wedding day - from reading and writing their vows, their sweet first look, the cutest flower girl ever, some stellar dance moves and the feeling of love surrounding them.

And that SUNSET though...seriously, sailboats and everything! It was goooorgeous - just like Laura and Pat. Congratulations you two!

~ Erin

Finger Lakes Wedding Photography: Melanie and Chris

I've never met someone quite like Melanie - she's sweet and playful with her own brand of confidence. When she was told they had to use the rain plan on their wedding day, she was downright happy about it.

That's what it's all about - even when she could have been disappointed, she smiled and danced and still felt all the feels on their wedding day. Because at the end of the day, she had exactly what she planned for - she was married to Chris.

But here's the thing... it didn't really rain. Not during their emotional first look at White Springs Manor. Not through their family and bridal party pictures. And it barely sprinkled during their ceremony and reception at Ventosa Vineyards.

Whenever they looked at each other, it was with love - usually followed by laughter.

As Finger Lakes NY wedding photographers, we're so lucky to know and work with the best couples. They roll with the circumstances and always with love and grace. Melanie and Chris are no exception.

As they celebrate their Italian honeymoon, we're happy to share the story of their day with you. Congratulations Melanie and Chris!

~ Erin

Vendor Love
Hair & Makeup: Bombshell Salon
Wedding Dress: Allure / Xenas Bridal
Accommodations: White Springs Manor
Wedding Venue: Ventosa Vineyards
Florist/Decor: In Bloom Florals
Officiant: Judge Frank Geraci
Bakery: Bagels and Cakes
DJ: Paradise Entertainment

Ventosa Vineyards Wedding: Matt and Sarah

Matt proposed to Sarah on a weekend trip to visit her family here in New York. I think she knew it was coming, but wasn't expecting it that particular weekend, in front of the family she loved.

Then, in front of everyone they loved they said their vows and began their marriage. It was the perfect June day for a Finger Lakes wedding.

Getting ready in Sarah's hotel room felt peaceful from the minute we arrived. They laughed, ate and put the final touches on their makeup as if this was any other Saturday.

Their first look was priceless, Matt's reaction couldn't have been more perfect. And he gave her that same look of love as she walked down the aisle as the ceremony began.

They took it all in, every minute they could, with laugher and love felt emotions for all who came to celebrate with them.

And that sunset walk in the vineyards - yes, please!

Matt and Sarah - thank you for allowing us to share this time with you and congratulations again!

~ Erin


The Vendor Team
Hair Stylist: Julie Pagano
Makeup Artist: Bridal Biz, Linda Vaskoski Howard
Wedding Dress: Sophia Tolli
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Wedding Venue: Ventosa Vineyards
Officiant: Peter Sielaff
Entertainment: Nathan Baker, Fingerlakes Entertainment
Florist: In Bloom Florals
Bakery: Felicia's Atomic Brewhouse & Bakery

10 Year Anniversary Session: An Italian Portrait Session

I told him we had to get up at 5:30 am for our session...on our vacation. He winced and said "ok." I know that after 10 years of marriage, there were more words he'd have liked to add to that. But he didn't and I love him for that.

"It feels like our wedding was just yesterday" isn't a true statement for me. It feels as though it was rightfully ten years ago, but not in a bad way. In a lot of ways, we're not the same people we were then.

And we're definitely not a perfect couple. Honestly, I don't know that such a thing exists. We procrastinate. We leave laundry in the basket for weeks. We have our bad habits that drive each other nuts. 

But we also have 10 (plus) years of history. He's my saving grace in times when I just can't. He lets me vent, cry and sometimes yell. He brings me flowers when I've got the flu. He's a terrific daddy to our son. He takes care of us, and loves us in his own quiet, daily ways.

To me, it feels like 10 years of building something, together - a home, a life, a family.

The quiet, practically empty square at Piazza San Marco greeted us, and all at once we knew it was worth it. There were no tourists, no vendors, no crowds - just us, and Siza (our photographer, who was amazing!!) and the beauty that is Venice in the morning.

It was instantly easy to let the romance of this moment wash over me. Was it Venice? Maybe, but more likely it was because of the realization of a dream we had shared for all 10 years of our marriage.

These photographs top any souvenir or bottle of wine we brought home from Italy. They'll live on long after the case of wine will. And they were worth every step of the last ten years.

Here's to the rest of our story,

~ Erin

PS - For you Matt, save this dance for me.