Joshua & Lia | St. Joseph’s Park

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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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