Colby + Kevin's Rush NY Wedding, August 2015 | Rochester NY Wedding Photographer

After an awesome engagement shoot in Vitale Park where they got engaged, I knew their wedding would be equally as fun. Their intimate ceremony and reception both were at a park lodge near Mendon Ponds park in Rush NY, and boy was this wedding a joy to photograph. The anticipation right before the ceremony was palpable as Kevin (and most of the bridesmaids) had to grab a tissue... which even got me choked up!

After the ladies got ready at the Double Tree hotel in Henrietta, we headed to the lodge for the beautiful ceremony where they read custom-written vows to each other. After some photos in Mendon Ponds park (at one point setting up a strobe with umbrella for a group shot in the middle of the road), we headed back to the reception for delicious food, games and an ice cream truck. All in all, it was a fun day with awesome people, and these photos reflect that.

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The height of the drama for the day.. a bracelet clasp that took a while to figure out how to work ;)

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Love the look of black and white film

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Every guest got as a favor a live pine tree sapling to plant

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The lodge, built in the 1800's

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Colby's father admiring his daughter

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These two are clearly in love with each other

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Some gag gifts from Colby's sister and Maid of Honor, Mackenzie

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Couples are so happy to have a printed photo handed to them. I am happy to take these polaroid instant photos so they can have something tangible and non-digital to remember the day by.

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Who wants some sundaes?

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A friendly family game of cornhole

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Mackenzie imitating the iPhone emoji

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It was a privilege to witness this emotional ceremony and document the day. Thank you Colby and Kevin!

-- Andrew

Hayley + Phil's Bristol Harbor Wedding, August 2015 | Rochester NY Wedding Photographer

Beautiful weather, beautiful people, an awesome vendor team and a good time make for an easy day photographing Hayley and Phil. It was charming to see these two posting love notes back and forth on facebook in the months leading up to this day. I knew it would be the sweet, loving celebration that it was.

It had been a while since I'd had the privilege to be wedding photographer at Bristol Harbor Resort in Canandaigua, near Rochester NY, and I was glad to be back. The weather was perfect and beautiful all day, the outdoor ceremony gorgeous and the reception comfortably cool. Hayley and Phil both got ready right at the resort, where I captured some great moments during the preparations. These photos will appreciate in value for Hayley, Phil, their friends, family and children (Lord willing) over time, as they will help everyone remember what the day was like. 

We also had ample time for creative portraits, which meant I could do some cool stuff with the couple. And my clients have been ecstatic about the instant film polaroids I've been able to give them... which goes to show the value of physical prints in today's digital photography age. I recommend every couple invest in a wedding album for this very reason.

Enjoy my favorites from this day, as I enjoyed photographing Hayley and Phil.

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A few words about my visual "style" and approach to wedding photography.. I recognize photos like the one below aren't super clean uncluttered background and closeups of pretty things, or the most exciting moment, but that it IS several things. Photos like the one below have great value. It's the entire bridal party in one candid moment. It is Alexis (Hayley's sister) playing with her baby boy, while Chelsea has her hair done and Hayley has her makeup done. It is a record of the room where they stayed, and of all the "stuff" from the day.

When I look at old photos from my past, after the initial quick look at the people, their expressions, and dated clothing styles, I look at the other details. This helps me remember when and where the photo was taken, and helps me recall the full story. And I take these kinds of photos and present them, perhaps even at the expense of showing my most likable work and booking tons of clients, in order to give an authentic representation of the unique experience that was this wedding. 

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Beautiful weather for a wedding at Bristol Harbor, with the great view of Canandaigua Lake, part of the finger lakes.

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Moments before bride came out and the groom sees her for the first time that day...

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Sand ceremony

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Winner of the bouquet toss. There was no pressure on her boyfriend to catch the garter ;)

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.. good thing he did ;)

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Here's another instant film polaroid I photographed for my wedding clients. It's great being able to offer this uniue wedding photography service to the Finger Lakes area.

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Phil's sister Chelsea brought a selfie stick, and made great fun of it for everyone in her photos.

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Dancin' with no care in the world. High five!

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During the reception, we snuck out for some sunset portraits. Any time the weather cooperates and the event timeline allows it, I love to have the couple out to incorporate a bit of the nature and surroundings in their portraits.

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.. of course we have some fun with it too ;)

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Their wedding day may have drawn to a close, but the real adventure is just beginning.  May God bless you both, and you honor Him with your commitment to each other.

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Thank you for the opportunity to document your special day, Hayley and Phil. It was my pleasure.

-- Andrew

Laura + Mitchell's Sodus Bay Wedding, July 2015 | Rochester NY Wedding Photographer

Laura and Mitchell were more than high school sweethearts, they were childhood sweethearts, having met in the 1st grade. Through high school, Mitchell's service in the Navy and Laura's attending school to be a marine biologist, they stuck together and had a intimate ceremony on the shores of Lake Ontario in Sodus Bay, where they grew up. I met Mitchell through the Civil Air Patrol at a summer encampment.

The day started with a touching, private vow-reading (and first look) to each other in front of immediate family at Laura's childhood home. The public ceremony and reception were at Dockers (the location of their high school senior prom), with a side trip to Chimney Bluffs State Park for some scenic photos. A good time and some good food was had by all. plus I got to see some old friends, which is always the icing on the cake.

 

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A little wind wouldn't stop them ;)

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Grandma was determined to make it to the wedding.. in her words, "even if they had to roll me in an ambulance, I was going to be here!" It was a treasure to see how much joy it brought her.

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After the ceremony, we went down to Chimney Bluffs and the lake shore to do some portraits

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A scan of the beautiful portrait taken with instant / polaroid film. Laura and Mitchell were stoked when they got the print :)

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Cake cutting!

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Their love really showed through during the first dance.. you could see how much they simply enjoyed each others' company.

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Laura danced with her brother for the father-daughter dance, as their father had passed away years ago. It was touching to see.

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Fist bump to end the night!

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Thank you for the honor of documenting your wedding day.

 

-- Andrew