Spoleta Perri Wedding | 04.28.2018

Yesterday, two of the kindest souls pledged their lives to each other - and it was stunningly beautiful (in more ways than one!). While we could make an entire slideshow dedicated to the decor and details of this wedding - from the flowers to the napkins, the dress, and the place cards designed by Celebrated Events at The Wintergarden by Monroe's - the most gorgeous thing witnessed during this powerhouse couple's wedding was the incredible love that Michael and Jennifer share.

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One of the most special moments as a photographer was getting to capture Mike and Jen's new beginning at the place they first met - City Grill. After a busy morning of getting ready, the ceremony, and family portraits, the whole bridal party went to City Grill and it was a great time of looking ahead while appreciating how everyone got to this moment. Seeing Mike and Jen sit in the very seats they met in was so special. 

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Finally, as the couple and their guests danced the night away, nothing could take away from how much these two are head over heals for their daughter. Their little family could not have been any more bursting with love.

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Lindsey, Jennifer's sister shared that she has always said the one thing she could eat every day was pizza - so marrying the owner of Rochester's best pizza brand - Perri's Pizza -just makes sense :) Congrats to Jennifer & Mike Perri!

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LaVoie Haenisch (Surprise!) Wedding

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It's always an honor to shoot someone's wedding. Even moreso when it's a friend. Add to that the fact that your friend is also in the wedding industry, and you've done dozens of weddings together - and now it's her turn?! Honor doesn't cover being chosen for such an event. It was truly one of the high points of my career as a wedding photographer to be able to shoot such a special occasion for Brittney LaVoie and Coby Haenisch. But in true wedding planner fashion - her own wedding had to be a bit out of the ordinary....  so while most of their guests thought they were attending an engagement party last night - their closest family members joined Brittney and Coby earlier in the day as they exchanged their vows in a private ceremony at St. Joseph's Park. You'll have to stay tuned for the reception photos at the stunning Arbor Loft, but in the meantime please enjoy this Same Day Slideshow that we created just after their ceremony, and played as the surprise-newly-weds entered their "engagement party" reception to share with all their very surprised guests :)

 CONGRATS BRITTNEY & COBY!!!

CONGRATS BRITTNEY & COBY!!!

Real Women of Rochester | Natasha Scrivens

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Natasha Scrivens  | Age: 36  |  Profession: Pharmacist

Q: Tell us about your journey through womanhood

When most teenage girls where worried about if the cute boy would be in their English class or what clothes to wear and how to do their makeup for school, I was faced with an entirely different problem in my early teens.  I remember laying in the back seat of the mini-van while my mom sped down the road to get me to the ER.  The doctor had called her moments earlier, my blood sugar was so high it was unreadable on their machines.  She was told I had to be admitted to the hospital ASAP. As I laid in the back of the car crying, it took too much energy to keep my eyes open - all I wanted to do was sleep.  What did this mean?  What was happening to me?  Was I going to die?  All questions that went through my head. I knew I was sick, I knew I didn't feel well.  While my friends where chasing boys that summer, I was in a hospital room learning how to test my blood sugar, draw up insulin and give myself shots to stay alive.  In many ways being diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic has molded me into the woman I am now.

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I come from a family of immigrants.  I grew up listening to languages that most people do not recognize.  I have two grandmothers (and grandfathers ) who immigrated here as young adults.  Although both came from different countries, both left everything they knew for a better life.  Both women were/are strong willed and determine.  l carry on their determination.  I would not let diabetes hold me back in what I wanted to accomplish.  I've heard so many times I could not succeed in the path I was walking.  I would not listen.  Like my grandparents I knew anything was possible with a little hard work.

Q: What would you say to another woman who may be going through something you've been through?

Hang on, things will get better.

Q: What surprised you most about your photography experience?

I was surprised by how comfortable Natalie made me feel.  I am one that likes to be covered up, so the thought of being in my bra and underwear and having my pictures taken was horrifying. Natalie's personality put me right to rest.  We ended up laughing through the shoot.  

Q: How do you feel when you look at your favorite photo of yourself from your shoot?

I feel beautiful, strong, and sexy.  I also feel like passing them out to to all my classmates in middle school and high school that used to make fun of me.  

Q: What would you share with a woman who doesn't think she is beautiful enough to be photographed?

You are beautiful!  Everyone is different, our differences make us beautiful. 

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Q: What are your thoughts on beauty?

Beauty can come in many forms.  You don't have to be blonde, blue eyes, and 90 lbs to be beautiful.  Beauty comes from the inside and how you hold yourself.  You can be beautiful in jeans and a sweatshirt or a gorgeous wedding gown.  

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Q: What are your hopes for the next generation of women? What advice would you give to them?

My hopes for the next generation of women is to hold high-power positions. Yes there are a lot of women already in high-power positions, but if you look at the top companies in the US they are mostly run by men.  There is no reason why a women shouldn't be running these companies.  My advice would be pull your shoulders back, chin up and get what you deserve.  You know you are capable of it, attack it! You deserve it.

Q: What would you say to your sixteen year old self?

It's okay to fail, and you are beautiful.  You will find someone one day, that loves you and puts up with all your short comings.  And listen to your parents, hard work when you are young will pay off when you are older.

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Q: What empowering message would you like to share with young women today?

Nothing is easy.  If being successful was easy we would all do it.  Hard work and determination is the only way you will succeed.  Find something you love, make goals and work towards them.  You may fail, it may take you longer to reach them, but the feeling you get when you meet your goals is the most fantastic feeling in the world.

Q: When do you feel / have you felt most beautiful?

On my wedding day.  Or on date nights when I see my husband smile as he introduces me to his friends or co-workers.  

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Q: What do you love about being a woman?

The opportunity it has given me.  I can be the powerful woman at work that has the answers to your questions. I can be the competitive women that makes bets with you and does everything I can do to win.  And I can be the woman that walks into the room who turns heads. Strong, fierce and beautiful.  :)  

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Lenhert-Maxwell Wedding

It's always an honor and a pleasure to photograph my wedding couples - it's what I do. I've structured my entire life around it, and devoted the last ten years of my life to doing so. But to photograph the wedding of someone who is near and dear to you? Someone who actually shoots other people's weddings with you day in and day out? Honor doesn't really cover it. Witnessing Anna Lenhert and Braden Maxwell marry each other was one of the highlights of my professional career. Being able to provide Anna (literally the most self-less person I have EVER met) with the care, support, love and photographs that she bestows upon others every other Saturday of her life was absolutely thrilling. And if you've ever met Anna, you might think "wow, no one could possibly be as nice as Anna" -- and you would be correct. Unless of course, you've met Braden.  These two are truly a match made in heaven, they bring countless smiles to the faces of those around them, and we here at NSP could not be happier to see what life has in store for these two! And also of course to play with their gorgeous images :D XOXO Love you two!!! <3

Arazoza / Fishman Wedding Slideshow

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Sometimes a wedding is so magical and electric that words really can't describe it. From start to finish, Bethany & Lenny's wedding at Oak Hill Country Club was simply indescribable. Almost 300 family and beloved friends travelled from all over the US and the world to attend the union of these two families, cultures and religions. Their wedding party was comprised only of siblings / sibling-in-laws, and their parents were present and proud every step of the way. These two love each other fiercely, and their celebration was infused with as much exuberance and adventure as they exhibit in their daily lives. These two families could not be more loving, supportive, joyful, and frankly hysterically funny, it was an honor and a pleasure to spend the day with them :) 

Shout outs to their incredible vendor team: Britney LaVoie at Black Label Events, Jessica Tran at Oak Hill, Lindsay & Kristin from Rock Paper Scissors, Kittelberger's Floral, friend Renee Paulson for ceremony flowers, and Brad from Jaqueline Daley Videography. 

Severino-Brown Same Day Slidehsow

Andrea & Chris truly had the fairytale wedding day they have been hoping and dreaming of. Chalet of Canandaigua and Country Club of Canandaigua provided the most picturesque settings you could ever dream of on a perfect summers day. These two truly are best friends, and could not be happier to be starting their lives together as Mr. & Mrs. Brown :) Please enjoy this slideshow that we produced and displayed at their reception!

Klein-Cohen Same Day Slideshow

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Such an honor to photograph these two.... And especially to treat this incredible bride to the same care, love and attention she showers her own clients with on their wedding day! Shout out to Jess (the other main member of this marriage lol) - the three of you are an unstoppable team. And the biggest shout out goes to Chris for letting me and Alyssa parade him around Buffalo in 20 degree weather for these incredible photos ;) Love to you and your families - you guys are the best!!! XOXOXO -Natalie + team!

Nelson-Brown Wedding - Same Day Slideshow

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Sasha & Antoine are two of the most generous, lovely, kind-hearted and compassionate people I've ever met. The two are both in the medical field - always helping others. It was no surprise that their family and friend's rose to the occasion to help, love and celebrate these two all day! 40 of Sasha's family members came from as far as Ghana and Barbados - Antoine had family in from Texas and all over the country. The Strathallan Hotel in Rochester NY was the gathering spot for the entire world to honor this relationship -- oh -- and to have a raging party to boot ;) Enjoy this slideshow that we made and displayed at their reception :)

Aimee Hildebrand & Rich Cranston: Same Day Slideshow

These two. If you've ever met them - you know how much they radiate love, joy and exuberance for each other, their families, and their friends. Their wedding was nothing short of spectacular! More to come, but please enjoy this same day slideshow that we produced and played at their reception at the Strathallan :)

Kung-Kogler Wedding - Same Day Slideshow

What a PERFECT day these two had at Belhurst Castle in Geneva this weekend... not only did we have a beautifully warm and sunny October day- but they couldn't be found without a smile on their faces and a loving gaze between the two of them. Scott & Nancy are truly the perfect match for each other - respectful and kind, sincere and a bit reserved, but most of all - head over heels for the other!! Enjoy this slideshow of their wedding - made and display at their reception!

Siciliano-Esposito Wedding - Same Day Slideshow

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Erica and Steve had the wedding day people dream and plan for. Erica “the planner” had every moment calculated down to the last detail, but no one could have predictedall the perfect spontaneous moments and spectacular weather that occurred on October 15th, 2016. I’m so happy and honored that I got to be a witness to this day. I have no doubt that #sterica will only grow stronger with each passing year. I can’t wait to watch what happens next.  - Whitney

Cala-Guadagnino Same Day Slideshow #twopeasinaguad

If a movie were two be made about high school romance (ok, another movie!), it should star these two. Not only did these two become best friends and eventually start dating in high school [read our #mancrushmonday story about Nick for THAT story!], but their roots go back even further than that! Their dads were best friends at the same high school (Bishop Kearney) - and there are several other crazy connections I won't even begin to describe (dad's welcome toast did it best!). The love and consideration they exhibit for each other is truly remarkable - and it was evident in every moment of their wedding. Enjoy the same day slideshow below that we made and displayed at their wedding reception at Casa Larga

Helfrich-DiMartino Wedding

Thank you to Whitney from Ivory House Photography for doing such an amazing job shooting this wedding with Natalie Sinisgalli Photography!

Now, a few words from Whitney:

The best man said is perfectly, “John and Nicole are the oldest young couple I know.” John and Nicole’s mutual respect, admiration and love for each other comes through in even the smallest of gestures. Thank you to the amazing couple and their families for hosting such a beautiful and thoughtful wedding. It was an absolutely honor to be a part of a day that I know will go down in history. Cheers to the happy couple. I can’t wait to see what adventures await you.

LaMonica-Pluta Same Day Slideshow

Anyone lucky enough to be present at Ashley & Andrew's picturesque wedding at Linehan Nazareth Chapel and Oak Hill Country Club this weekend knows just how in love (and loved!) these two are. Enjoy this Same Day Slideshow below that we produced and displayed at their reception!

Man Crush Monday | Alex Peterson

Keisha & Alex are one of those couples that might as well have cartoon hearts for eyes when they're looking at each other. In all my years photographing couples I have literally never seen a man so attentive or dedicated to keeping his woman happy and comfortable. They take care of each other, it's a beautiful thing. When I asked Keisha to write a little something about Alex, she jumped at opportunity to shine the spotlight on her man.

I knew I wanted to marry Alex during a really tough time in my life. I was at the lowest point in my relationship with someone very close to me, and he dropped everything he was doing at 11pm at night in the middle of his college studies at RIT to come and get me, and just be there for me.

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One of my favorite memories from our wedding day is how we sung the lyrics to each other from our wedding song during our first dance. Alex is super shy, but he sung those lyrics like no one else was in the room. Also the fact that he was so proud to have married me, I'm sure a lot of men and women are happy on their wedding day, but that man was PROUD! 

 VENUE: IRONDEQUOIT COUNTRY CLUB ROCHESTER, NY.

VENUE: IRONDEQUOIT COUNTRY CLUB ROCHESTER, NY.

When I was leaving to go do a Disney internship, I really didn't want to leave Alex, I knew I was going to miss him so much. I burst out crying in the car when we were driving home together the night before I had to leave. He pulled over on the side of the road in the middle of traffic, held my face and kissed each individual tear as they fell, reassuring me that everything would be okay. And there were a lot of tears, so just picture that!

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Alex is my Man Crush because he makes it a point everyday multiple times a day to tell me I'm beautiful, he puts my happiness before his own everyday, and always makes sure that I'm taken care of whether I ask for it or not. No matter how many times I tell him he's a great provider, he always wants to do more; he sets the bar so high I can't even see it! He loves me for who I am, including ALL of my flaws, and we always encourage and accept each others honesty and truths without judgement. I know no matter what that at the end of day, even if he is upset with me, I can call on him and he will open up his arms and take me in anytime, day or night. I love how hard working he is, I love that my smile can melt him to pieces, and I love his persistence and passion. He is a one-of-kind, once-in-a-lifetime type of man, and I know I am a lucky girl! - Mrs. Keisha Peterson.

Man Crush Monday | Bobby Pritchard

Today's Man Crush Monday is brought to you by Kristy Pritchard:)

"Bobby is one of a kind, he is my prince charming, my rock and my best friend. It is so hard to put eight years of friendship and love into words (especially because Bobby has a way with words more than I - But here it goes...).   Bobby and I met freshman year of college, outside of our advisers office. It was nothing out of the ordinary, but I remember going back to my dorm room to tell my friends that I met this really "weird" kid because I didn't know how else to describe it. Little did I know that chance meeting would be the start of something special and they all knew long before I did that he was the one.

Bobby can talk to anyone, make them laugh and feel special within minutes of meeting them.  His humorous personality is one of my favorite traits. Our wedding day was the best day of my life and it was all because of him. There are so many wonderful memories, but one of my favorites was our first look before the wedding.  Being able to have that special moment with no one watching meant the world. It's a moment that I will never forget. I also remember walking down the aisle to him, feeling overwhelmed with so many happy feelings, seeing all of our loved ones in one place and knowing that he was at the end waiting for me.  We were so wrapped up in emotions that when I reached him, we both leaned in to kiss and then realized it wasn't time yet. The day couldn't have been more perfect and filled with love! 

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Right now we are still enjoying being young and are getting the travel bug out of our system before we start our family.  We just got back from Ireland and are now planning a trip to Greece! I honestly believe that I am one of the luckiest people in the world; the adventures that we have had and the adventures that are yet to come wouldn't be the same without Bobby by my side! I will always be thankful that I am the one he chose to spend forever with." 

-Mrs. Kristy Pritchard