My second wedding at the beautiful Arbor Loft in Rochester NY was such a special, fun experience! Brooke and Brandon are both swing dancers - he proposed to her at a swing dancing convention - so their reception featured a swing band and lots of great (and borderline dangerous!) swing dancing. It was such a unique night for me!
But, I’m getting ahead of myself! Brooke and her gals got ready in the most beautiful renovated old school building, near the Memorial Art Gallery, which can be rented out like an AirBnb and features the pull-down chalkboards along one wall of the room, a neat lofted bed, super high ceilings, and lots of charm! I had fun hanging the dresses and styling the detail shots in that space.
Brandon and his guys got ready in the apartment that he and Brooke share. It was a beautiful day outside, so my sister Olivia took them out front and had lots of fun making the groomsmen toss Brandon up in the air. Who says your wedding photos have to be all serious? I like a mixture of both!
Brooke and Brandon’s ceremony took place at Artisan Church in Rochester, and was a wonderful and personal experience. They’re regular attendees of the church’s services and knew the pastor and his wife very well! I love that many of the couples whose weddings I’ve photographed in Rochester share a similar experience with their churches/pastors. It’s definitely a place that values that type of relationship with their worship community.
After the ceremony, we headed to the Sunken Gardens in Highland Park to take their bridal party and portrait photos. I love using the castle there as a backdrop - architectural settings are my jam, if you couldn’t tell!
We then traveled to the Arbor Loft, where the bridal party headed to the cocktail hour and Olivia and I took Brooke and Brandon around the neighborhood for some more portraits of the two of them. These are some of my favorite Rochester photographs! I really love when a couple is open to just taking a walk and seeing what we stumble upon. I imagine it can be hard for them to trust that vision, but I’m so glad when they do.
As I began this post, their reception was just so much fun. I loved seeing different movements, hearing familiar songs being sung by the amazing Swooners, a local swing style band and last but not least, their donuts from Scratch Bakeshop. The decor of their reception was simple but really beautiful - something that many Arbor Loft weddings have in common because the space speaks for itself!
After a while, Brooke changed into a second outfit that she could “swing” much easier in, and then danced the night away. I think the two of them hardly left the dance floor all night, and they inspired all of their guests to try swing dancing too! It was sort of silly watching some of the guests try their versions out, but I loved the energy in the room with everyone trying something new together.
Thank you, Brooke and Brandon, for having me photograph this special day for you guys! It was such a blast.
The vendors who made this day possible included:
Ceremony Venue // Artisan Church
Reception Venue // Arbor Loft Downtown
Catering // Peerless Events
Dessert // Scratch Bakeshop
Planner / Coordination // Jiosia Designs
Hair + Makeup // Beautiful Moments of Western New York
Brides Dress // Lovely Bride, Victor
Bridesmaids Dresses // David's Bridal
Menswear // Black Lapel, Best Fit Menswear
Floral Design // Jiosia Designs
Rentals // McCarthy Rentals, Jiosia Designs
DJ / Entertainment // The Swooners