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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.

Steve and Joann: Wintergarden by Monroe's Wedding

Something I know for sure, we honestly work with only the most amazing brides and grooms. Steve and Joann fit that description to a "T". In fact, their bridal party and their entire family was so sweet and loving all day. We are so grateful to have been part of it all.

We met up with them at their venue, The Wintergarden in downtown Rochester as they were getting ready for the day. Even as things started to run late (as they often do at any wedding), they were gracious and kind and wonderful through their nerves.

But as soon as they saw each other during their first look, all those nerves and worries disappeared completely - replaced by joy and tears of happiness. Joann and Steve were so beautiful together. They took those moments and held them tight - and allowed themselves to enjoy every second of their day.

And man, the opportunities for photography nearby and within The Wintergarden are plentiful. Gardens, rooftops, and wall art are all within walking distance of the venue - so much variety and beauty everywhere.

The celebration was so elegant, but yet included so many personal touches - whether in song, or the readings based off their favorite TV shows, or the sweets table that included desserts created by a close friend of the family (who also happens to own her own bakery).

Joann and Steve, it's an honor to know you both. We only wish you lived closer, so we could see more of you! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share in your day and your story. Congratulations!

~ Erin

Vendors for Joann and Steve's Wedding Day
Venue & Catering: The Wintergarden By Monroes
Stationary: Minted
Florist: In Bloom Florist
Stylist: Danielle Petote
Makeup: Holly Rickard
Officiant: Reverend Denise
Bakery: Sweet Memories by Marina Barigelli
Ceremony Musicians: Felice String Quartet
Reception Band: Nik Like (Nik and the Nice Guys)

Cobbs Hill Engagement Session: Danielle and Ryan

Hooray for warm and sunny days! Danielle and Ryan's engagement session got rescheduled TWICE before we finally had the night we wanted. All that rain last month gave us a challenge - but we persevered!

They love a good sunset and being outdoors with their pups Lexi and Gage. Side note, as a puppy, Gage helped Ryan propose to Danielle - so naturally we included him in their engagement session.

It was a busy night at Cobbs Hill Reservoir, as it was one of the first 80 degree evenings of the year, but they didn't seem to mind.

They are a beautiful mix of sweet and silly together. They make each other laugh at the right moments and fit together perfectly. I can't wait to witness and capture their Statler City wedding in Buffalo in just a few months!

Until then, enjoy this little peek at their love.

~ Erin