These two helped me kick off the 2019 season and it honestly couldn’t have proved to be a better day, especially with the crappy weather WNY has been giving us lately. Akron Acres is one of my favorite venues to photograph at due to how many lovely nooks and crannies they have on their property. Plus, the obviously stunning new barn they built! The real treat was that Kristen & Adam graciously served their guests Fat Bob’s BBQ for dinner which I could not have been more excited about. I’m still thinking about that Brisket. We ended the night with some dancing and a Smores Bar. Thank you again so much for having me on your special day!
What a wonderful way to wind down the end of my wedding season! Not only did these girls have me cracking up all morning while they got ready but we weathered the storm together. Literally! Although it rained during their ceremony, the trees canopied above us while loved ones huddled close under umbrellas as Steve & Victoria read their vows. To keep warm, friends and family danced, and they danced hard! With an array of amazing desserts to choose from such as fluffer-nutter cupcakes or apple cider and fresh donuts, everyone was full and happy. A huge congratulations is in order for these two! Thank you for trusting my vision.
Like most wedding days, they are hectic filled with people running about finishing last touches. Suzanne and her friends rented out an adorable, charming house in Rochester for her to get ready in. Her friends were down to earth, happy to help and make sure smiles were abundant in the room. We soon headed over to Highland Park for our long awaited first look where Matt paced in anticipation of seeing his bride and by the look on his face, it was more than he could have imagined. Their ceremony took place in downtown Rochester at the Arbor Loft. Industrial, tall ceilings and the most delicatly, beautifully hung floral arbor for their ceremony was the attention grabber. While it was short, their ceremony was filled with lovely poems and a surprise guest that couldn’t help but want to be the star of the show. From then on, it was party time and soon everyone was on the dance floor with a donut in one hand and a drink in another. Thank you again so much to Matt & Suz for trusting me on their big day!
I have been in contact with Dana for more than a year before her wedding, talking details, timelines, color themes, everything. This woman was so excited to be marrying Alex that any mention of something wedding related sprung tears to her eyes. As I handed Dana her flowers the morning of, she had to look away as to not have her mascara bleed. Our day was filled with laughter, mostly Dana’s which is infectious! Everything went smoothly as these two exchanged vows by a beautiful babbling creek to follow many toasts, laughter, many, and I mean MANY “Icings” and of course, dancing. The genuine smiles plastered on Alex & Dana’s faces all day were proof enough that this was one of the happiest days of their lives. Thank you so much for entrusting me on your wedding day!
For so long I have loved this area of Western New York where charming meets spiritual. It’s almost as if stepping back in time when you visit the Chautauqua Institute. With fascinating colorfully painted houses squeezed size by side, this campus doesn’t allow cars so you can freely roam the tight cobblestone roads in this quaint community. The ceremony however took place at Lilydale and if you’re not familiar with Lilydale, let me give you a bit of its backstory. It started as early as 1879 as a meeting place for spiritualists and free thinkers. With a year round population of about 275 people including psychics, mediums, etc it has a staggering yearly visits of about 20,000. Sara & Jack couldn’t have chosen a more interesting place to become one. Our day was brisk one beside the lake but we explored its nooks and crannies. The ceremony was certainly one that could not be forgotten. Told with depth and genuine love that each Sara and Jack outpoured for each other as they held one another’s hands in the magical woods of Lilydale. The night eased into many speeches from friends and family talking about the happy couple and mostly their strength’s together. They ended their night the only way a good wedding should; with tons of dancing and laughter. I can’t thank these two enough for allowing me to marvel in their love story and capture it. Congrats, you two!
These two had the most beautiful and down to earth wedding I've been to in quite some time. Jill first contacted me over a year ago to set up an engagement session nestled in the woods where Evan first proposed. We had fun crossing over streams over fallen down tree limbs and reminiscing on how her now husband so romantically popped the question. Fast forward to the big day these two have been waiting for, yet again within the company of the forest and nature. An open air building so quaintly decorated with wild flowers and sentiments of their love, the night was filled with good beer, many laughs and just pure fun. I had such an amazing time witnessing Jill and Evan commit to one another although they had made that decision long ago. It was beautiful to see them share this day with their closest friends and family. Long time wishes of happiness and love to the newly married couple!
Lauren & Wouter had family come for their celebration far and wide to this beautiful estate tucked away in the woods of Arcade, NY. Surrounded by friends and family, these two vowed to spend the rest of their lives together dedicated to a life full of fun, travel and adventure. This venue was magnificently gorgeous but what had the bride most excited was the baby goats! With a barn just large enough to hold all of their loved ones, they danced the night away arm in arm. A huge congrats is due to the new couple on their next big chapter in life together!
I met Jeff + Michelle just a little over two years ago when they contacted me to shoot their wedding. We bonded over our shared love of travel and similar trips to the coast of Oregon, gushing over its rocky seashore and lush forests. If I connect with anyone, it's people who revel in searching the unknown parts of the world. Together, they have explored the globe while being madly in love and just like rock solid couples do, they compromised with their wedding day. Michelle wanting that country, nature feel we took photos at Knox Farms in East Aurora and satiated Jeff's urban draw to the city with their reception being downtown. We had the best of both worlds and I am so happy I got to witness these two join together as one on their big day.
Richelle and I are both from a small town nestled into the hills of Central NY called Frankfort. We've essentially known each other our entire lives. Justin is the cousin of one of my best friends from here in Buffalo, so when I say world's colliding happens often; I'm really not kidding!
I couldn't have created a more perfect couple. Richelle and Justin offer a ton to learn about being in love and maintaining a healthy relationship. They support one another in their endeavors, they always include each other and most importantly, they make sure to laugh together. I can truly tell how much love there is between them when they look at one another and it is magical. Their wedding was one of a kind due to their love of Halloween. There was skeletons, vampire teeth, even Jason made an appearance! So many surprises happened during this reception. Richelle & Justin choreographed an 8 minute long dance that was dramatic and fun. Richelle herself surprised Justin with a song she wrote herself and then performed live in front of all their family and friends. They really sent me out with a bang for the end of my 2017 season. I can't thank you both enough for having me on your special day. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Acker!
About a year and a half ago, I photographed Kelly's twin sisters' wedding at the Sonnenburg Gardens in Canandaigua. Now it's her & Jake's turn. Space so graciously offered up their location to us to shoot in and I am so pleased that they did. The light in this place was fantastic! I absolutely loved the true Buffalo Industrial vibe we got to play around with here. Did I mention there were pinball machines downstairs? Because there are and we definitely got to play them. I'm so looking forward to getting to work with these two again on October 13th, 2018!