Weddings in Rochester NY

Colgate Divinty School, Rochester NY Wedding: Ryan and Stephanie

Lori and I photographed their Webster Park engagement session a year and a half ago. I remember that fall day so fondly, knowing that Stephanie and Ryan were perfect for each other. From the start, we blended together as though we'd known them for years. Funnily enough, now we have. ;)

No wedding is complete without a few hiccups along the journey. Steph and Ryan definitely had their fair share of hiccups. Thankfully, those hiccups didn't affect the day itself, because in the end, the cutest engaged couple ever became husband and wife.

A winter wedding can mean freezing cold temperatures and snow. But not this one. It was windy, but the temp was well above freezing for their much needed first look. You could visibly see them both relax the moment they saw each other for the first time.

They'd waited for this for so long, nothing could take the smiles off their faces as the day progressed. When time came for them to hit the dance floor, you better believe the whole party brought their A - game, all night long!

From the start, their day was smooth sailing thanks to their awesome planning, and an amazing team of vendors keeping it all together.

Special thanks go out to:
Christina Matiash Makeup, for their flawless looks
Heart to Heart Bridal, for Stephanie's gorgeous bridal gown
Flower City Nuptials, for their heartfelt ceremony
Colgate Divinity School and Special Events Catering, for all of their hard work
Something Delicious Bake Shop, for the yummy cookies and treats
Rich from Encore Events, who crushed it with entertainment all night long

Ryan and Stephanie, your love and positivity are inspiring. We're so grateful to have you in our lives and bring you these moments to cherish forever.

I've been waiting a very long time to write these words to you: Congratulations! All the best for a lifetime of love and laughter together!

~ Erin

Q & A with a Wedding Planner: Rochester NY Weddings

Every day we meet new people. We meet new families to photograph, new couples getting married and new vendors in the wedding and photography industry.

It's just one of the perks of our job. We love working together with everyone we meet to create something wonderful. 

Today we're excited to introduce Denise to you. She's the owner and creative brain behind Muse Coordination + Design here in Rochester, NY. Wedding and event planning are her specialty as she believes that love inspires life and everything we do in it.

She's a self proclaimed coffee addict with a love for the tv show I love Lucy. She has two talented children and believes in serving her community in whatever ways she can.

We're enjoying getting to know her better all the time, and can't wait to work on a few projects with her in the near future.

So we recently had the chance to sit down with her to work on a project of ours, and we also asked her to answer a few questions about herself and about wedding planning. 

Here's what she had to say.

~ Erin

How did you get started?
It’s something I began doing through various jobs, or for friends and family for years. I genuinely enjoyed it, and I thought ‘this is your passion, you should be doing this.' My husband Terrell and my kids have really supported and pushed me to do it, so here I am, "Denise the Muse Lady" as some of my past clients call me. (I kinda like it.)

What is your general philosophy about weddings?
My philosophy in general is that being different is not a bad thing, but a beautiful thing. I find that I have to stress this more with my wedding couples because there are so many people involved in the overall planning process. Ultimately the wedding should be a reflection of the couple.  

What do you love about what you do? 
I love the act of service that comes from working with a couple on their wedding. I am not only there to help them plan, but to be the person they can vent to when things don’t seem like they will work out the way they want, or when a family member is over stepping boundaries (and yes that happens) but most importantly I love see the smile on their faces when they see what their special day looks like all put together. 

Who is your ideal client? 
My ideal client is not afraid to think outside the box. They tend to respect classic over trendy. They’re open and they know that being themselves is the only way to be. 

What is the one question a couple should ask a wedding planner, that they never do? 
That’s a great question, there are so many I could list, but I think a question that they should asked would be “How many hours does it typically take to plan a wedding?”

Here’s why I think that’s important - because although every wedding is different, some are small and some are of a larger scale, it gives you a guide to better understanding what your planner is doing for you. Understanding all of the time, energy and love that your planner puts into making the day you have envisioned your whole life as special as you want it to be, helps you understand not only the cost associated with hiring a planner but the importance of having one in general.

To be honest it takes a planner less time to plan a wedding then it would take a couple to plan their own wedding. But that is because of our experience and the relationships we have with other vendors. So even if you think it’s a superfluous cost a planner can save you time, energy, money and most importantly peace of mind. 

To contact Denise and Muse Event Coordination + Design:
Email: or Call: 585-484-9722