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Flowers and Rings: Wedding Inspiration in Rochester NY

Let's talk about a few more details. Both the bright and bold and the small and sparkly. Your flowers and rings.

First we'll talk flowers. From what we've seen, there's no wrong way to brighten your wedding with flowers (real or fake). We've seen some amazing work from our local florists and even some very creative DIY from brides themselves. I love how many different ways you can create a bouquet, boutonniere or centerpiece. Some of our favorite floral vendors are shown below, including In Bloom, Rockcastle and Stacy K Floral. Check them out some of our favorites from 2017!

And then there's your rings they're the symbol of commitment, and traditional element that binds you together. The best part about photographing your rings is always trying to incorporate a little piece of you or the day into the image. For example, raindrops on garden flowers on a rainy wedding day, or between the ropes used as boating decor from a wedding day on the Erie Canal. Setting them up somewhere unique, (maybe using an elegant reflection) is a fun part of our job.

Whatever style you choose, whatever colors suit you - the most important factor in all of this is you. Be yourself, choose your style because you love it, not because it's what's the latest craze.

We can't wait to see what you come up with!
~ Erin


Wedding Cakes and Sweets: Rochester NY Wedding Photography

Let them eat cake!

Or cookies, fruit covered tarts, donuts, pie, or s'mores. When it comes to wedding cakes in Rochester NY - there are no rules when it comes to personalizing your wedding day sweets with your sweet.

It's oh, soooo delicious. Personally, I think doing cake / dessert tastings is one of the best parts of wedding planning. Taste ALL the cake!

Obviously we have a sweet tooth or we wouldn't have written a whole blog post devoted to wedding cake ideas. So if you're in planning mode, and need some wedding inspiration - check out some of the fun options we've photographed in the last year.

Now if you'll excuse me, I think it's time for dessert.

~ Erin

Vacation Portraits in the Finger Lakes

Vacation, trip, getaway, adventure... whatever you call it, this family came from three different states to be together. They spent their time exploring the beauty of the Finger Lakes, pausing just long enough for me to capture some portraits outside their AirBNB. We had a cool overcast morning and two adorable littles to work with. 

All I can say is, I love what we do, and I hope you love the result. It was a pleasure working with you and I hope to see you next time you're in town!

Lori's 3 Generations Portrait Session

We used to have a tradition in our family called the Mother's Day wine tour. It is exactly what it sounds like. Both my and my husband's families would come together to tour and sample in the Finger Lakes. I think we were on about 6 years straight maybe?  Well this year both our mom's were traveling on Mother's Day, so that didn't work out. Instead, I came up with two different photo gifts for each of them.

For my mom and grandma, I planned a girls only photo session. We all had significant birthdays this year, and it was something I had been thinking about for a while. I wanted to celebrate the women in my life with a special portrait, and hired my good friend Linda of Hayes Photography to help. She created a variety of images of us in a short period of time. They have that homey feeling and love... What more could you ask for?

For my mother-in-law, I created an interactive book with photos of all her grandchildren. I then sent it to the 3 siblings with kids and they each answered questions about grandma. What is grandma's favorite thing to do? Make dinner, according to two year old Dempsey. 7 year old Audrey would buy her a plane as a gift, and Elise would give a globe. The final product is the perfect blend of adorable and personal.

Coming up with unique gifts can be tricky, but I'm really proud of these ones and know they will both be treasures.  

To my family reading this, I love you! 

To Linda, thank you for making the drive and making the session special! 

To everyone else, I hope I have given you some ideas to use in the future. Just let me know if I can help. 

Cheers! -Lori

Interactive book example with my nieces and nephews writing in for grandma.

Interactive book example with my nieces and nephews writing in for grandma.

Chelsea and Steve: Inn on the Lake, Canandaigua Wedding Photography

This wedding was brought to us by the word "relaxed."  From my very first conversation with Chelsea, I knew that what she wanted was a relaxed and fun, but still beautiful wedding day. She knew the reason for the day wasn't about the tiny details but it was about her and Steve, getting married and having all of the people they love together in one place for one day.

I truly believe that everything about their wedding was perfect. We had a perfect setting, on Canandaigua Lake for not only a relaxing atmosphere, but a beautiful one as well. There was never a rushed moment, as we perfectly planned amount of time for everything. And to top it off, Chelsea and Steve themselves, are perfect together.

They compliment each other perfectly. From the first look to the last dance, their smiles never once faded. They were just so excited to finally be married to each other. They took their time, and soaked in every last moment of the day. Their perfect day.

It was the kind of day that didn't feel like we were working. Rather, we felt like we'd become part of their family, and they'd become part of ours as well. I just love it when that happens.

So I guess maybe, the word of the day should have been "perfect" instead. Steve, Chelsea, thank you for taking us in and making us part of your family on your wedding day. Thank you for being yourselves with us, and for letting us be ourselves with you. We are so grateful for you and your love for each other. Here's to a lifetime of beautiful sunsets together! ~ Erin

These wonderful vendors made this day perfect!
Hair & Makeup: Icon Salon
Venue: Inn on the Lake, Canandaigua NY
Officiant: Reverand Kris Miller
Florist: Stella's Flowers
Ceremony Music: Bagpipes by John Cartus
Reception DJ: Showcase Sounds

Melissa & Brian: Watkins Glen Engagement Session

We traveled down the thruway for a beautiful evening with Melissa and Brian. It was warm, and a little buggy but a fun night! Brian brought Melissa here for their first hike together, so it was the perfect place for their engagement session.

We hiked down into the gorge, walked behind a waterfall and took in the beautiful scenery around us. Brian is a bit of an avid hiker, having climbed some of the peaks of the Adirondack Mountains, so this was probably an easy walk in the park for him.

It was exercise for me, to be sure - but completely and totally worth it. Brian and Melissa, we can't wait for your October Wedding! ~ Erin

Family Portrait Session at Belhurst Castle, Finger Lakes

What a great vacation idea-- escape to the Finger Lakes and have all the family meet there. We worked with this amazing family last year, and were excited that they came back to town again. This time, we met at Belhurst Castle on Seneca Lake, whereas last years session was on Keuka Lake. Same two adorable cousins with another on the way! These girls are full of energy, laughter and love. They enjoyed running around the lawn, reading and playing with their toys. And the sunglasses! Too cute! Without further ado, meet Claire, Jane and family!


kids portraits


maternity with kid

family photos casual family portrait

Until next time, Lori

Keuka Lake : Family Vacation Portraits

Growing up in the Finger Lakes, it was easy to take them for granted. I thought everyone had easy access to beautiful views, waterfalls, and wineries on the lakes. Over the last few years, tourism in the Finger Lakes has grown by leaps and bounds, and so has my appreciation for what we are so lucky to have nearby. I mention this because this summer we had the privilege to work with some families from all over the states that came here on vacation. This family was one of them, and it was so much fun! Three siblings, their kids and their parents were all in one place. The two little girls, Claire and Jane are pretty adorable cousins, and everyone was so easy to work with. They had rented a beautiful house on Keuka Lake and thought it would be a great idea to get some photographs taken while everyone was together.

extended family

cousins in pink

bw girltwo cousins

sibling families

family on rocky beach


Erin and I enjoyed the drive down to the lake and hanging out while the sun set over the water. Ahh, I can still feel that warm sun now. So if you are vacationing here, whether at the ski resort or the lake, give us a call! We'd love to capture your Finger Lakes vacation photos.

Wine to Behold : Charms that Celebrate your Passion for Wine

Wine to Behold : Charms that Celebrate your Passion for Wine

Did you say wine? We're in! We set up shop at Ventosa Vineyards in Geneva for the perfect setting to show off wine jewelry & charms.