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Reese & Holly – September 3, 2017 | Avanti Mansion Garden | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Holly & Reese are so much fun. Their sense of humor & ease combined with that of their friends made the day fly by! I had a blast.

Reese got ready at a friend’s house. Reese had quite a bit of trouble getting his bowtie on, so one of his groomsmen helped. Then they realized it was on upside down.

I was going to say “One quick picture before drinks” but who are we kidding – there was no “before drinks.” At least not while I was there!

I had never seen so much Bills memorabilia in one place in my life, LOL. The boys were sent Smirnoff Ice as a “gift” by the girls and were told “Snapchat or it didn’t happen.”

Holly got ready at the house she & Reese share. Her flower girl kept everyone entertained by hugging the dog, flipping light switches, and generally being a tiny ball of energy.

Their dog Ryder, who came with them to their engagement session, sneaked into the picture I took of Holly’s dress and although I took another shot after he was called back out of the room, I decided I liked it better with him in it.

Sometimes it’s fun to see the bridesmaids’ reactions if they weren’t in the room as the bride was getting dressed!

It poured. I mean POURED while Holly was in the house getting ready. She just calmly looked out the window. If she was freaking out inside, I didn’t see it. By the time we left to get in the limo the rain had stopped and the sky was clearing and it stayed beautiful the rest of the day!

The limo drove Holly & the girls up to Delaware Park to meet Reese & the guys. Reese & Holly planned to do a “first look” so they could do all of their wedding party pictures before the ceremony. I loved their huge smiles as they saw each other dressed to the nines!

Photogenic as everything. I’m telling you. It was so hard to narrow down the pictures for the blog because I love so many of them!

Once we finished up with the wedding party, everyone piled back into the limo to head down to Avanti Mansion. They got married in the garden venue, and it was lovely, as always.

Reese’s groomsmen got together for a “go team” of sorts before the ceremony got underway.

Holly’s brother walked her down the aisle, and for anyone who thinks that seeing each other and doing pictures before the ceremony “ruins” that moment where the bride comes down the aisle, check out Reese’s reaction (along with a reassuring shoulder squeeze from one of his best men).

There were a lot of toasts. To the new Mr. & Mrs. Rogone!

No worries on whether the best men were going to let the wedding party run out of booze.

I loved the back of Holly’s dress. The veil was gorgeous too, but I loved that she took it off for the reception so everyone could see the lace & buttons.

Reese’s uncle played & sang a song while Reese danced with his mom. I’m a strong believer that the world would be a better place with more harmonica.

The moon peeking out from behind the clouds over the tent was too cool to skip.

Everyone enjoyed the dance floor. A lot. I’m sure the party was still going long after I left!

I’m so glad everyone had such a great time – it was such a fun start to Reese & Holly’s new chapter as Mr. & Mrs.! Congrats!!!!

Officiant: YellowBird Wedding
Videographer: Monarch Productions

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September 12, 2017 - 5:06 pm

Zach Barringer - Wendy did an amazing job!!! It takes a great deal of patience to be able to deal with this crew. Thanks for doing such a great job for Holly and Reese!

Shailesh & Kile – September 1, 2017 | Templeton Landing | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Shailesh & Kile got some beautiful (tad chilly) weather for their wedding day! Her gorgeous orange and blue bouquet and his orange boutonniere against his blue suit were perfection.

They got married in a small ceremony on the side patio at Templeton Landing. Before the wedding, Shailesh’s mom held her new grandbaby (his brother Rohan’s two month old) – she was so excited to hold him that she held him through the entire ceremony!

Kile was in the little “bride’s room” and her niece got some selfies and snapchats before the ceremony!

Her brother James walked her down the aisle.

I loved the way he beamed at her throughout the whole ceremony.

Their shining smiles as they exited their ceremony, and the way Shailesh wrapped Kile in his arms after they turned the corner off the patio… Love.

Rohan drove us down through the marina so we could stop a couple places for pictures with the lighthouse and the water in the background.

This picture was Shailesh’s special request! Kile was a little nervous on the rocks but he assured her everything was totally fine.

They had a beautiful navy and orange reception with a really neat handmade card box and a bunting with “Mr. & Mrs. Thadani” across the front of their sweethearts’ table!

Love all these smiles. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

We did manage to sneak out for a couple of sunset pictures right before they opened the dancefloor. The sky colors were so vivid!

Congratulations on tying the knot – it was nice to meet your families and I wish you the best, in CrossFit and in life!

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September 14, 2017 - 12:27 am

K P Desai - Awesome pictures
Shailesh seems over the moon
Gaiety all around

Tad & Dorothy – August 26, 2017 | DoubleTree by Hilton Rochester | Rochester NY Wedding Photography

Almost 18 months ago, Dorothy contacted me telling me that she & Tad had just gotten engaged and were tentatively planning a late summer-early fall 2017 wedding. I told her my calendar was wide open and to let me know asap when they got their date & venues set! They chose the DoubleTree by Hilton on Jefferson Rd in Rochester and the Tinker Nature Park in Pittsford for pictures.

I started in the morning with Dorothy & the girls at HairZoo on Hylan. There were some nerdy jokes about strata and Erik Estrada before we picked up some food at Panera and headed over to the hotel for makeup.

Tad and his best man, Adam, were down the hall getting ready. Tad needed Adam to help him out with his tie, and Adam was happy to do his part.

So that she wouldn’t have to walk through the hotel in her dress, Dorothy got ready in a conference room just outside the ballroom where they got married.

They held their ceremony in the foyer of the hotel’s Grand Ballroom.

Guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the bright, sunny atrium of the hotel while we headed over to Tinker Nature Park with the wedding party.

Since I don’t do too many weddings in Rochester, I’d never heard of Tinker but it was beautiful and I can definitely see why Dorothy chose it!

The garden had a tiny lending library and Dorothy, as a librarian, needed this shot.

When we got back to the hotel, I was able to sneak into the dining room for some quick pictures before the room filled up. Their centerpieces were all children’s books about insects because Tad is an entomologist and Dorothy is a librarian! Their favors were milkweed seeds for people to plant to create habitat for Monarch butterflies! Shortly everyone was ready to be seated for dinner and Tad & Dorothy came in and did their first dance right away.

After everyone enjoyed their meal, Turner Music Productions played a couple of games with everybody before opening the dance floor.

Throughout the course of the reception, Tad found someone’s phone plugged into a charger on a wall outlet and he & Dorothy took some selfies.

The last thing we did was head downtown to Spot Coffee where they met for their first date. Very sweet!

Congratulations and enjoy your lives together – everyone is so happy for you!!!

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August 30, 2017 - 2:21 pm

Maureen Morehouse - This is wonderful. I can’t wait to see the rest of the photos. You really captured the mood of the day.

August 30, 2017 - 8:06 pm

Terry Yankoski - Love the pictures. You did a great job. You’ll have me checking my computer everyday looking for more. Thank You.

August 31, 2017 - 8:54 am

Wendy - Thank you Maureen! It was my pleasure!

August 31, 2017 - 8:55 am

Wendy - Thank you Terry, it was great meeting you!!

August 31, 2017 - 4:11 pm

Debra Cross - Looks like a beautiful day and a lovely wedding for a wonderful couple. Too bad neither of you look happy…

Beautiful AND Delicious Cupcakes

My friend Jena makes these cupcakes and they are every bit as delicious as they are gorgeous!!

Pictured Top Row: (L) Chocolate Cake with Mint Chocolate Chip Buttercream, (C) Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream + Ghirardelli Caramel Square and Caramel drizzle, (R) PB&J – Vanilla Cake with Peanut Butter frosting + Jelly Center
Pictured Center Row: (L) Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Buttercream + toasted Coconut, (C) multiple flavors, (R) Chocolate Cake with Maple Cream Cheese frosting + Chocolate-covered Bacon
Pictured Bottom Row: (L) Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream + Chocolate Chips, (C) Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter frosting, (C) Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Buttercream + Fresh Blackberry, (R) Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Buttercream + Strawberry Buttercream

This is my favorite flavor – Lemon Blueberry Cake with Cream Cheese frosting + Fresh Blueberries. These make me believe in magic.

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