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Arbor Loft Wedding Photography, in Steph and Paul's Eyes

When we put together a blog post from an awesome Rochester NY Wedding, we tend to use the photos that speak to us the most. They’re the ones we felt pulled to share and also tell a great story about a couples’ wedding day.

But we also love to find out which of your wedding photographs you love too. Sometimes they’re the same as our choices, sometimes they’re not. Steph and Paul shared a few of their favorites from their Downtown Rochester NY Arbor Loft Wedding with us, and why they loved them.

It was a rainy day, so we had to make use of every inch of space The Arbor Loft had available, as well as every ounce of creativity we had. If you’re wondering how we did it, you can do a lot with a simple window and hallway when you need to.

So here’s what they shared with me, and why they’re their favorites - from angles and composition, to showing true personalities all the way to capturing the most authentic and memorable moments.

“We loved the location and the series was a perfect representation representation of Paul's personality.”

“We loved the location and the series was a perfect representation representation of Paul's personality.”

“During our ceremony, when it was time for Paul to repeat his vows he had a moment of uncontrollable nervous laughter which in turn triggered Steph to laugh. It was an absolutely real moment that we found to be endearing and raw. It was so spontaneously unexpected and we both just ran with it. We'll never forget it and it will always be one of my favorite memories from that day.”

“During our ceremony, when it was time for Paul to repeat his vows he had a moment of uncontrollable nervous laughter which in turn triggered Steph to laugh. It was an absolutely real moment that we found to be endearing and raw. It was so spontaneously unexpected and we both just ran with it. We'll never forget it and it will always be one of my favorite memories from that day.”

“I really loved everything about this photo - the angle with the wall, the white fluffy rug and blue couch, the city building in the background, and the texture of the wall - I just found everything about it to be beautiful and interesting.”

“I really loved everything about this photo - the angle with the wall, the white fluffy rug and blue couch, the city building in the background, and the texture of the wall - I just found everything about it to be beautiful and interesting.”

Thank you Steph and Paul for sharing your thoughts with us and allowing us to share them with the world.

Are you one of our past couples? Would you like to share your favorites with us? Just get in touch - we’d love to hear in your words what your favorites were!

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

2017 Wedding Review: Finger Lakes NY Wedding Photographers

When your wedding season begins with a couple stopping for pizza and ends with a dozen adoptable dogs at a cocktail hour - you know you're doing something right.

Simply put, 2017 was an amazing year of weddings.

Here's just a few reasons why:

1) They were unique: Our first wedding of the season, and we're stopping for pizza. Cristin and Michaela also threw the most amazing reception at the Rochester Museum and Science center, including an epic bridal party dance off throw down.

2) Vineyards: Whether it was a sunset ceremony at Knapp Vineyards, or quiet time together at Casa Larga, Ventosa Vineyards or even Becker Farms. The grapes were a gorgeous, prominent part of many of our wedding images this year.

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3 Sunsets: Because oh golden hour magic, how we love thee so.

4) Relaxed elegance: Our couples added so many fun, relaxed touches to their elegant wedding days and portraits. Like s'mores, campfires and hanging out with very friendly horses at The Wadsworth Homestead in Geneseo.

5) Cocktail hour on a boat? Why yes, please! Amanda and Vince's Lockport Locks boat cruise was one of the most unique ways to host cocktail hour that we've ever experienced.

6) New Venues: We were so lucky to capture weddings at some new places this year. The Wintergarden by Monroe's, Becker Farms, Shadow Lake, Statler City and so many more. From Rochester to the Finger Lakes to Buffalo - it felt like we were always experiencing somewhere new!

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7) Puppies! Matt and Ellen killed it with hosting Rescued Treasures Pet Adoptions during their cocktail hour at the Port of Rochester. Because who wouldn't want to play with puppies at a wedding?!

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8) Playfulness: We loved that our couples were up for fun. You might think being silly can seem out of place at a wedding - but what better way is there to enjoy the day?

9) Realness: Above all the rest, what an honor to see real emotions, true friends, love and so much joy from our couples and their families. Soooo many genuine reactions in wedding day photographs. It reminds me of how much trust is put in us on such a beautifully important day. I mean, really when a groom cries, my heart melts.

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Thanks for stopping by and checking out our favorite moments of 2017. Did yours make our list? Share yours with us in the comments if it didn't!

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)

Daphnee + Richard: Chapel Hill, Hyatt Regency Wedding Photography, Rochester NY

Daphnee was ready to get the ceremony started when we arrived. In fact, she was so ready, that she started cleaning (in her bridal gown) in the brides' room at Chapel Hill, in downtown Rochester. She had to do something to calm her nerves before the ceremony. But when she saw Richard at the end of the aisle, her nervous smiles became real smiles. Their wedding was an intimate affair, yet classically beautiful and elegant. Purple details decorated the Hyatt Regency where guests mingled while we visited rooftops and the Rundell Library for more photographs of the newly married couple.

From long distance, these two planned a great wedding!  If you've never been, the food at the Hyatt is to die for! And the guys from Sound Express kept the party going all night, with a variety of great music in the beautiful atmosphere of the grand foyer room. It was definitely a fun wedding - we're so glad we got to be a part of it all!

Chapel Hill Rochester NY Wedding

Chapel Hill Rochester NY Wedding

Chapel Hill Rochester NY Wedding, Bride

Chapel Hill Rochester NY Wedding, Bride

Chapel Hill Rochester NY Wedding, Groom

Chapel Hill Rochester NY Wedding, Groom

Chapel Hill Rochester NY Wedding

Chapel Hill Rochester NY Wedding

Chapel Hill Rochester NY Wedding

Chapel Hill Rochester NY Wedding

Chapel Hill Rochester NY Wedding

Chapel Hill Rochester NY Wedding

Chapel Hill Rochester NY Wedding, Bride and Groom

Chapel Hill Rochester NY Wedding, Bride and Groom

Chapel Hill Rochester NY Wedding

Chapel Hill Rochester NY Wedding

Chapel Hill Rochester NY Wedding, Wedding guests

Chapel Hill Rochester NY Wedding, Wedding guests

Chapel Hill Rochester NY Wedding, Bride and groom

Chapel Hill Rochester NY Wedding, Bride and groom

Rochester NY Wedding Photographs, City skyline

Rochester NY Wedding Photographs, City skyline

Rochester NY Wedding Photographs, Hyatt Regency Wedding

Rochester NY Wedding Photographs, Hyatt Regency Wedding

Rochester NY Wedding Photographs, Hyatt Regency Wedding

Rochester NY Wedding Photographs, Hyatt Regency Wedding

Rochester NY Wedding Photographs, Hyatt Regency Wedding

Rochester NY Wedding Photographs, Hyatt Regency Wedding

Rochester NY Wedding Photographs, Hyatt Regency Wedding

Rochester NY Wedding Photographs, Hyatt Regency Wedding

Rochester NY Wedding Photographs, Hyatt Regency Wedding

Rochester NY Wedding Photographs, Hyatt Regency Wedding

Rochester NY Wedding Photographs, Hyatt Regency Wedding

Rochester NY Wedding Photographs, Hyatt Regency Wedding

Rochester NY Wedding Photographs, Hyatt Regency Wedding

Rochester NY Wedding Photographs, Hyatt Regency Wedding

Congratulations Richard and Daphnee, we wish you a lifetime of love and happiness together. Today's Vendors: The flowers: Sassafras Flowers The ceremony: Chapel Hill The reception: Hyatt Regency The entertainment: Sound Express Entertainment The Baker: Goodness Cakes Bakery The Videography: K.D.W Entertainment