Ventosa Vineyards Wedding Photography: Lum and Mark

It’s been a long while since one of our couples has decided not to do a first look on their wedding day. So when Lum and Mark told me they preferred not to for their September wedding at Ventosa Vineyards, I was a little surprised, but not overwhelmed.

With years of experience at planning timelines with couples and vendors like Ventosa Vineyards, we knew exactly what the plan would be - and that we were perfectly planning for their golden hour portraits in the vineyards. And as you may have noticed, it all went beautifully.

Their reception was stunning - amazing designs by Bradley James throughout the room, mixed with their family and friends was the most beautiful setting for the party to come. Their specially coordinated first dance was a crowd pleaser, the food and fun spectacular, and the end of the night sparkler exit all made for an amazing wedding day!

Congratulations Mark and Lum - here’s to you!

Meet The Vendor Team
Hair: Rachel RIzzo
Makeup: Christina Monti
Venue: Ventosa Vineyards
Floral and Decor: Bradley James Designs
DJ: Turner Music Productions
Wedding Cake: Holy Cannoli

Artisan Works, Rochester NY Wedding Photographers: Carol and Jeff

Carol and Jeff created a wedding day where fun was the top priority.

We began at Corn Hill Landing for their first look with the city skyline behind them. It was sweet, and fun and included their bridal party towards the end. From there we moved on to Highland Park and the Sunken Gardens in Rochester for bridal party photographs and time together with each other.

After the fun and festivities of photographs, we headed to Artisan Works for their ceremony and reception, which was nothing short of lovely and full of real emotion.

There were a few bumps in the day, as there always are - but we’ve learned that these two are capable of pivoting with style and grace. And in the end, the day was fantastic - because Carol and Jeff, got married.

~ Erin

Carol and Jeff’s Vendor Team
Venue: Artisan Works
Caterer: Madeline’s Catering
DJ: Stage Productions, Mike Bonanno
Wedding Cake: Something Delicious Bake Shop
Florals: Wegmans, Penfield NY
Transportation: Esteem Limo
Wedding Dress: Lovely Bride
Bridesmaids Attire: Katherine Patricia, Fairport NY
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse

Finger Lakes Wedding Photography, Ventosa Vineyards: Christine and John

There are very few things we cannot control on a wedding day. The weather is top on that list. And while it wasn’t a heatwave, or raining - it was incredibly windy on Christine and John’s wedding day. But as all weddings do, the show must go on and so it did.

From the first look to the last dance, John and Christine were all about sharing their love - both for each other, and for everyone that came to celebrate the day with them. Their bridal party was super fun, and their families were the absolute sweetest, handling the windy atmosphere with laughter and grace. It was a beautiful day for the sweetest couple.

Congratulations Christine and John!

~Erin

Lockport Locks Wedding Photography: Jen and Dan

Jen and Dan left no aspect of their wedding untouched by their own hands. Even down to their jewelry - which was made using sand from beaches on their travels, and their wedding bands created by themselves. They included the love of their lives, Scotty the cat. They had planned every detail perfectly.

Except for the one thing they had no control over - the weather. Thankfully the weather cooperated well through their super duper adorable first look, portraits and even for most of the ceremony.

But then as cocktail hour on the canal at Lockside Locks/Erie Canalside began the skies opened up and it rained - hard.

They could have been disappointed. They could have stayed inside and skipped doing portraits on the topside of the boat and stayed relatively dry with their guests. But Jen and Dan threw caution to the wind (as well as their slippery shoes on the boat deck) and played in the rain with umbrellas and ponchos. They embraced and enjoyed every piece of what the day gave them. Nothing was going to dim their happiness.

They were just so stinking, happy to finally be married - and we were just as happy to have been there to capture it. Congratulations Jen and Dan!

~ Erin

Genesee Valley Club, Rochester NY Wedding: Kyra and Alex

I wish I had copies of Kyra and Alex’s wedding vows, because they not only fit them perfectly, but they were real. They referenced clogged drains and real life situations and the every day life that real couples experience. They saw this day as a beautiful moment, but also saw the future before them too.

Together with an amazing team of Rochester wedding vendors they created an amazing Rochester NY Wedding day. We’d like to give a huge thank you to Lisa from Limedrop Events, the staff at The Genesee Valley Club and florals from Wisteria Flowers for helping this day run seamlessly.

And after dinner, Twilight Entertainment kept the dance floor fired up! The energy and happiness was on high all night.

I say it all the time, but it’s always true - we really do work with the most amazing people. Thank you Alex and Kyra for the opportunity to capture this one day in your story together. Congratulations and cheers to you!

~ Erin

Rochester NY Proposal Photography: Jenn and Steph

Jenn called me a few days before in hopes that we were available to capture this momentous occasion in their lives. A scavenger hunt was afoot - and Stephanie had no idea it was about to happen.

Jenn had selected locations based on moments in their relationship for Stephanie to find her next clue, as well as their parents. She had gathered everyone together so that she could propose to Stephanie in the most romantic way possible.

The scavenger hunt ended at the Strathallan in Rochester NY, where Jenn got down on one knee and proposed to Stephanie. It was truly a beautiful thing to witness and share in this time of their lives.

Jenn and Steph, I wish you nothing but the best for a future of adventures together. Congratulations on your engagement!

Ventosa Vineyards Wedding: Jesse and Kristen

From the start, working with Jesse and Kristen has been amazing. They’re the kind of couple that exudes genuine happiness together. It was refreshing to witness and capture their Finger Lakes wedding at Ventosa Vineyards.

Because of all of our work together in advance, everything had been perfectly planned. We felt relaxed and at ease all day which created a great atmosphere for their celebration. Their first look was just one of the highlights of the day for me. Jesse’s reaction to seeing Kristen for the first time was priceless.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking now, but congratulations Kristen and Jesse. Thank you for showing us your real selves and for allowing us to give these moments back to you in our photographs.

~ Erin

The Vendor Team
Hair & Makeup: Studio Salon
Wedding Gown: The Bridal Belle
Venue: Ventosa Vineyards
Floral: Don’s Own Flower Shop
Officiant: Rev Marjorie Smith
Videographer: Luxe Reel
Entertainment: DJ Dale

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

Vendors
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!