rochester wedding photography

Venue Highlights: Shadow Lake Weddings, Rochester NY

We’ve been having fun showing off our vineyard venues, so why not show off a local Rochester wedding venue? Our hope is that we can share a little insight to some of the venues we’ve had the pleasure of working at and give a helping hand to any newly engaged couples!

Shadow Lake has two great reception locations for your wedding day - and we’ve had the pleasure of working in both. The Garden Tent holds approximately 175 people and the newly renovated (and gorgeous) Clubhouse can accommodate up to 250 of your favorite people. Either option has a fantastic waterside view.

You can also have your wedding ceremony right on the grounds - whether on the water or facing the lush greens of the course. Either option creates a picturesque backdrop for your ceremony photographs. (Enter us!)

Beyond that, the staff goes above and beyond to create an amazing day for each and every couple. And the food is fantastic! The chef’s in the kitchen create delicious meals using mostly local and home made ingredients. Yes, please!

Highlighting the whole venue for us is the multitude of options for a variety of great photographs. There are floral scenes, the waterfront and perfect locations for brilliant sunsets.

So if you’re checking out wedding venues in Rochester NY, stop on in and visit Ryan and the team for a tour! We hope to see you there!

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

Rochester Indie Weddings Bridal Show

We work closely with other vendors on a regular basis. Every wedding we photograph requires a team of people, each doing their part to create something spectacular.

In a way, a Bridal Show is not really that different. There are event designers, caterers, bakeries, dress designers, florists, hair and makeup stylists and models. And then there's us as well - the photographers.

We had the unique opportunity to work with models and vendors alike at The Historic German House in Rochester for the most recent Rochester Indie Weddings Bridal Show. Everyone created something special to display.

It's rare for us to work with professional models instead of actual brides, so it was definitely a fun learning experience!

Here's a few of our favorites from the afternoon. To see a full lineup of the amazing vendors at the show - go check out the Rochester Indie Weddings blog post, which features all of our images from the event!

~ Erin

Wedding Details: Dresses and Shoes

There's a wedding dress for every body. I wish I had known that when I got married ten years ago.

I get that so much more now that I'm out there all year long photographing other wedding dresses. And I love the variety of styles we see every year - from simple beauty to intricate detail. 

Shoes too - gone are the days of the classic white wedding heels. In it's place wedding shoes are a way to express your individuality. Whether colorful, flats, beaded, laced or even a silver converse sneaker. I love how our brides let their feet represent. 

Taking photographs of your dress at the beginning of the day is a natural scene setter in your wedding album. It sets the tone and begins the story of the day. Our goal as always, is to infuse your you and your setting into these detail images wherever possible.

Because a wedding dress on the hanger is lovely, but on you it becomes real. Your dress comes to life the minute you put it on, because you shine it it.

Enjoy some dress and shoe love, we hope it gives you some wedding inspiration.

~ Erin