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Our final wedding for the season brought us out to Long Island at the spectacular Bourne Mansion for Allison and Matt’s wedding. I first met Allison and Matt last year for their engagement session in Highland Park. Once they saw their pictures, they asked if I would drive a bit further for their wedding.

We love to travel for weddings, so it was an honor when the couple asked us to document their special day. This was not only a destination wedding for us, but a handful of the guests traveled as well from Oregon, Nevada, Vermont, Michigan, Tennessee, Louisiana, Virginia, Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey and even Australia! Both Matt and Allison agreed that having family and guests from all over the same place was one of the highlights of their day.

Navigating around a new town to various locations was essential, but not a problem. We started at Allison’s sister’s apartment for some getting ready moments with the girls. Lauren’s living room was completely packed with friends and family. The junior bridesmaids were having a great time while the bridesmaids were putting together the steamer for their dresses.

Matt on the other hand, was alone in his room at the hotel getting ready. Nick, his brother, soon joined him to help with some finishing touches to his suit. The other groomsmen were hanging in the hotel lobby trying to figure out their pocket squares and having a beer and some laughs.

After the girls were all dolled up, we made a quick stop at Allison’s parents house for a couple portraits in front of the house. Then it was off to the ceremony.

The ceremony was held at Our Lady of the Snow in Blue Point, NY. It was a smaller church, but managed to accommodate all the guests nicely. The pastor was Father Rob Ketcham who is the chaplain at the high school Allison’s father teaches at.  Allison and Matt both loved getting to know and working with him. He has a gentle, calm demeanor that was really pleasant all throughout the service.

The last stop for the wedding was the reception held at the Bourne Mansion. This place is epic! As soon as we drove up past the front gate, we were in awe of this place. This historical landmark boasts 205 acres of waterfront property and has been hosting weddings for over 125 years. The fountain out front was spectacular and we couldn’t wait to see what was inside..

After the family formals on the mansion’s back lawn, we spent some time with Allison and Matt for sunset formals overlooking the ocean. We had just enough time to get some beautiful moments before it was time to start the party inside the enormous ballroom.

Another highlight of the their day was getting to dance with everyone. For a Sunday night, this crowd did not hold back! There were people of all ages out on the dance floor. Alli and Matt’s first dance was to “It Had To Be You” by Harry Connick Jr. Allison is a dance teacher at Aquinas, so it was no surprise that she has some fancy moves, but when Matt was able to keep up, all the guests couldn’t believe their eyes. Allison kept Matt practicing before the big day, even on the night before! The second slow dance for the couple included a nice surprise as Matt’s cousin Christina sang “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele. She did a beautiful job and Matt and Allison continued on dancing into the night.

We were so fortunate to be able to make the trek out to Long Island and document Allison and Matt’s wedding. And we thank the couple for sharing their day with us. It was a great way to end our wedding season with a bang!

 

Additional Vendors:

Second Photographer: Alan Presutti

Bride’s Dress: Silk Bridal Boutique

Men’s Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse

Flowers: Rambling Rose Florist

DJ, Video, and Photobooth: Absolute Entertainment

Transportation: Mark of Elegance

Cake: The Rolling Pin Bakery

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Adriana and Michael first met at Le Moyne College, so it was the perfect setting for their engagement session. During that photo session, I knew right away that this lively couple was going to make their wedding a day to remember filled with laughter and fun.

On the morning of their wedding at Shadow Lake Golf and Racquet Club, Adriana started her day in one of the rooms at Shadow Lake. While Michael was at the Hampton Inn in Webster, NY with his groomsmen.

Shortly after Adriana was in her dress, we found a nice quiet area off of the golf course for two first looks.

Adriana’s FIRST first look was with her father, Hank. Hank was at a loss for words when he saw his daughter for the first time and couldn’t believe how stunning she looked in her gorgeous wedding dress.

Then it was Michael’s turn to see Adriana. Michael’s face filled with love and excitement as he saw his bride. After a couple hugs and kisses, the couple posed for some family formals before the ceremony.

The time of day was just right for their ceremony with some nice back lighting and a fountain behind them for some added ambience.

Adriana and Michael’s ceremony included a “warming of the rings”. This was a sweet moment for each guest to hold the rings and make a wish, share good luck, give a blessing, and fill the rings with their love, support, and wisdom.

Then, as the couple exchanged the rings with heartfelt vows, Adriana couldn’t hold back the tears as Michael said his vows.

During the dinner hour, the light was just right for some sunset photos, so we whisked Adriana and Michael away for some jaw-dropping images at the 18th hole.

We were able to sneak away again from the reception for a couple of quick nighttime romantic portraits.

After Adriana and her father had their “formal” dance, Hank tossed his suit coat aside for a Hawaiian shirt and joined Adriana for another dance to Jimmy Buffett’s “One Particular Harbor.”

Hank and Michael kept the fun going as they sang “Mannish Boy” by Muddy Waters together.

The “sweet” reception included Gannon’s Isle homemade ice cream bar to give a good boost and sugar rush for some dancing and fun with glow sticks on the dance floor.

I had a blast sharing this special day with Adriana and Michael, and wish them a happy marriage. I hope it’s filled with as much love and fun as you awesome wedding day!

 

DJ: Breakthrough Entertainment – DJ Tim Tones
2nd Photographer: Alan Presutti
Cake: Gruttadauria Bakery
Ice cream: Gannon’s Isle Homemade Ice Cream
Bride dress: Katherine Patricia Bridal
Flowers: Fabulous Flowers
Bride Hair/Make-Up: Hair We Are – Meghan Doyle (hair), Jessica O’ Bryan (make-up)
Transportation: Linq Serv

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Friends and family of Sara and Fabian trekked the globe to reach Becker Farms in Gasport, NY where they joined the couple for their wedding. The festivities started with the rehearsal dinner at Cooke’s Creekview Bed & Breakfast where they also celebrated Fabian’s 30th birthday. That night gave us a chance to meet, talk and snap some casual twilight portraits with the soon to be bride and groom.

The next morning, Sara and her bridesmaids started getting ready at Cooke’s Creekview with Jenny from Salon a Go Go doing an amazing job with hair and makeup. All the bridesmaids were looking beautiful, but did I mention how gorgeous Sara looked in her dress? Right outside the patio of Cooke’s, I captured some lovely portraits with Sara’s parents as well, even though Dad’s coat was just a little too tight to button up!

Fabian and the guys were getting ready at a cozy farmhouse with his parents and mates on the Becker Farms property. My second photographer, Alan Presutti photographed some great details and a captured a couple shots of Fabian’s groomsmen tickling the ivories at the piano.

First looks seem to be very popular lately and Sara and Fabian were on board despite the sprinkles of rain. But the soft drizzle added just the right ambience to create some very dreamy first look photographs. Then the guests started to arrive and we had to hide Sara before the ceremony started.

Immediately following the ceremony, we had a chance for some romantic portraits with Sara and Fabian in the barn across the road from the farm. Soft, moody lighting accentuated the couple beautifully. This time away from the rest of the wedding party gave the bride and groom a chance to breathe and enjoy each other’s company before going back to the party.

The reception took place in an outside patio at Becker Farms on that cool, summer night. Fabian’s best man speech was very memorable where he revealed Fabian’s love for board games and an even greater love for winning them! Their cake also showcased Fabian’s passion with game pieces as details.

The biggest highlight of the night was watching the extremely charismatic mother/son dance to the tune of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”. The dancing continued into the night, as folks were still out on the dance floor when we left the party. Congratulations to you both!

 

Additional Vendors:

Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Cooke’s Creekview Bed & Breakfast

Hair & Makeup: Salon a Go Go

Transportation: Ridge Road Express

DJ: Premier Sound DJs

Florist: Summertime Blooms

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Shawna and Richard’s wedding at the Kirby family farm was quaint, but bursting with love and laughter throughout the entire day. There was a relaxed feeling to the day and this was due mostly to Richard and Shawna’s easy going attitude. From the moment I met them at their engagement session, I could tell that we would get along like old friends. Speaking of old friends, it was my neighbor, Jason Trzeciak, who works with Richard and referred them to me. So a big shout out to Jason, I owe you a beer buddy.

We started off the day with photos of the couple each getting ready. My second photographer, Alan Presutti, worked with the guys at a cottage near Lake Ontario. He captured some nice details, including a viewfinder given to Richard as a wedding present by Shawna, which had some personalized photos for Richard to enjoy. I was off with the girls at Adam and Kelly Kirby’s house, which had some amazing natural light. The girls were looking spectacular with their hair and makeup done by Nikki from Gallery Salon. It was an emotional time for Shawna with a lot of laughter and tears of joy, which is understandable with all her best girls and mother there to support her. Next, we arrived at the Kirby family farm for the ceremony and reception.

Before the ceremony, Shawna had a sweet moment with her father at their first look. They both drove up to the ceremony in a rusty old truck with the Kirby Farms logo emblazoned on it. The ceremony site was in an open field, surrounded by trees and the guests were seated on hay bails. After they both read their vows and sealed the ceremony with a kiss, we had just enough time to get some formals in before a torrential downpour! Just as we stepped under the tent back by the house, the rain came down. But after Shawna and Richard’s first dance, the skies broke with a rainbow stretching across the farm which created a beautiful portrait of the couple for some extra good luck.

Everyone had a great time that day with the help of the awesome vendors. Duke’s Donuts rocked my world with a melt in your mouth pastry. Ugly Duck Coffee was also on hand to provide the perfect after dinner pick me up. The officiant, Patrick, was taken by surprise, when Richard brought out a birthday cake for him.

The rest of the night was filled with dancing and some fantastic sunset photos. Such a pleasure spending the day with you Shawna and Richard, congratulations to you both!

 

Additional vendors:

Hair and Makeup: Nikki – Gallery Salon

DJ: Breakthrough Entertainment

Flowers: Flower Fields Forever

Catering: Three Brothers Catering

Cake: Rochester NY Wedding Cakes

Tent Rental: Nolan’s Rental

Wedding Planner: Stephanie Van Epps

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Joshua and Lia’s wedding at St. Joseph’s Park was definitely the most unique wedding I have photographed in a while. Every wedding is unique in its own way, but this one had some stellar details, particularly the bride’s dress, the groom’s suit and especially the custom rings! Joshua and Lia were so easy going and made the day seem like hanging out with friends rather than work.

We started everything right off with bride and groom formals at the Sunken Gardens at Highland Park. Formals before the ceremony can be a great way to get comfortable in front of the camera plus it leaves time later for the couple to stay with their guests and party. Joshua and Lia had a relaxed session and then headed over to St. Joseph’s Park for the ceremony.

The rain managed to hold off for Joshua and Lia’s ceremony, which is quite a surprise given the amount of rain this summer. It was my first time photographing a wedding at St. Joseph’s Park and I instantly fell in love with this venue. The openness and gorgeous stonework make this “church” worth preserving by the Landmark Society. I highly suggest anyone who wants an outdoor wedding in the city of Rochester to check this place out.

Another one of the more unique things Joshua and Lia did was to walk the processional together! I loved this aspect of the pre-ceremony. The ceremony itself was short, but stacked with more details. The handwritten vows by both bride and groom were heartfelt and beautifully written. The unity ceremony with glass was a nice touch, using a different medium than the usual pouring of sand. Something I have not seen before. After sealing the ceremony with a kiss, we were off to the reception.

The reception took place at Good Luck restaurant. Joshua, Lia and their guests were tucked into a cozy room with some nice window light. Luckily we arrived just before it started pouring, but unfortunate for some of the latecomers who got a bit drenched! Even though this was a half day wedding for me, there were so many nice touches and we had an amazing time. Congratulations to you both!

Additional Vendors:

Florist: Fioravanti Florist

Cake: Sinful Sweets

Violinist: Olga Lal – Felice String Quartet

Officiant: Amber Dawn Celebrations

Rings: Winged Lion

Glass Unity containers: Fiamma D’Amore Glass Wedding Ceremony

Ceremony Venue Management: Bella and Co.

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