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Restaurant Good Luck is easily a Rochester favorite. The food is local, creative, and down right delicious… and then there’s the restaurant itself. Full of character and carefully picked details, it comes alive at night when the lights glow and flicker off the hanging windows and mirrors. During the day, natural light pours in and it’s a perfect place to take pictures. For the very reasons I stated Nicole and Ben arranged to have their engagement photos there… but there is also one important detail : it’s where they had their first date.

They met for dinner and in Nicole’s online profile she stated that she would know within a few seconds if someone was worth pursuing. It made Ben a little nervous, but at the same time once they sat down and she stayed he knew it was a good sign. There are relationships that just make sense and Nicole and Ben have one of them. I loved getting to know them and hear about their wedding plans for next May, discovering our shared love for making soup and dreaming up what we would order next time we ate at Good Luck. To end the day, we took some fall pictures outside with the whole family – and I hope you enjoy all that I captured.

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victor ny engagement photo01 Alex + Cory |  Engagement Session

The story of Alex + Cory started back in college at Hobart and William Smith. Their romance started there and grew in the beautiful town of Geneva by Seneca Lake. A proposal was coming, it was just a matter of when, and in the end it was the most unconventional way. It was an ordinary moment when Cory was actually able to take Alex by surprise and get down on one knee and ask. Sometimes that’s the hardest part – keeping the suprise – and I commend you Cory for doing so!

I met the two of them, and a few of Alex’s family members, on a recent blustery fall day. The leaves were still brightly colored, the temperatures hadn’t fully turned, and we walked around their property documenting their relationship together. I loved having the chance to meet you both and am so looking forward to your October wedding next year. Until then, enjoy these images and stay tuned for more recent work and updates.

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good luck restaurant engagement photo mary dougherty 2 next comes blogging

For the first time in a long time, I’m enjoyed what most people know of as “the weekend.” Even though I have the chance to take days off during the week through the busy season, it’s usually just broken up into time here and there instead. This time we stayed close to home, having friends over for dinner and relaxing with a movie on the couch. It doesn’t sound like much of a feat, but we recently switched our dining room + living rooms so that we could use the living space once Daphne goes to bed… and it’s those simple things that make a big difference at home.

This year has looked different in a lot of ways, and the changes on my blog have largely had to do with not sharing finished work as soon as it’s completed. There are a few reasons for this, the main one being that I found blogging was becoming such a focus it was taking away time from continuing to edit other work. If I’m being honest, a wedding blog post will take around 2 hours and while I want that to be faster, it generally is true. I already know of one program I think I’ll finally invest in to cut down that time, but let me know if you have other suggestions.

It’s easier to keep up with social media than to create a plan to utilize it, and as I continue to grow as a photographer and move my business forward I hope to be intentional with my sharing. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I want you, my clients, to be taken care of. I want to balance finishing + delivering your images in the right way with showing them on this or any space. I think this has been on my mind so much because I feel like I haven’t done a great job of both managing expectations and delivering above and beyond. If I have not yet blogged your wedding (and there are several) I look forward to sharing your day, and if you have any thoughts on seeing your pictures on this space I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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letchworth fall engagement mary dougherty01 Fall Letchworth Engagement Session

I love this time of year. Maybe I just love seasons, because eventually each one works its magic on me and I spend a day reveling in what’s happening outdoors. This was one of those days. I spent it with Meghan and Andrew in Letchworth State Park before they continued on their drive home to Maryland. Visiting Rochester for a reunion and some wedding planning, it was the perfect fall escape. The colors were bright, the air was warm, and despite the fact that it was the busiest day I’ve witnessed at Letchworth, we made it feel like they had it just to themselves.

I first met Meghan a few years ago at Madeline + Tom’s wedding. Can I tell you how happy it makes me to photograph weddings for friends of friends and get together with past brides + grooms? Super happy. Weddings are like a reunion in many ways, and once I’ve photographed one or two weddings of couples in attendance they become even more meaningful to me. So, I’ll see you in Buffalo next fall at the wedding and until then enjoy this gorgeous fall day – both outside and in this post.

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kittansett club wedding mary dougherty001 Kittansett Club Wedding | Mary Dougherty

A Kittansett club wedding was a dream of Molly’s. She grew up spending summers in Marion, surrounded by the sea and spending time with her family. Framed by cedar shake houses and the loveliest view of the Atlantic, Kittansett has a special place in the heart of all who visit. Molly was a planner, and while she could easily plan her wedding she could not have planned her love story. It was at Boston College that this girl from Pittsburgh met and fell in love with a boy from Houston.

It is rare to find a person that compliments you so well, and I know you two have found that in each other. Molly and Chris, I can begin to describe how much I enjoyed getting to know you both over the past year and documenting your wedding day, but that wouldn’t do it justice. I feel so honored to have been entrusted with the purpose of joining you in Massachusetts to capture the moments and emotions of the day. As everyone mentioned at the rehearsal dinner, you two lead by example and set the bar high in everything that you do. You invite others to do the same, and confidently support them in their effort. It may sound strange, but thank you for trusting me and welcoming me in to your lives in the past year. Enjoy looking back at your story through some of my favorite images, and of course I would love for you to share this post or leave a comment to let me know what you think.

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Molly had the loveliest “Mrs” hanger for her wedding dress

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While the girls got ready at Molly’s parents the guys gathered with guests outside the hotel and enjoyed lobster rolls from the Oxcart food truck they brought in.

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One of my favorite ways to document an exit is usually done by my second shooter – from the balcony! I was so lucky to have the talented Heidi Vail Photography join me to document this day.

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The beautiful view of the front of the Kittansett Club

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Every seaside wedding needs a raw bar with the freshest seafood available at cocktail hour!

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The Sperry Tent used at the Kittansett Club was so beautiful! There really aren’t other tents like it and it is the most elegant wedding tent available.

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when the dance party is so good it starts to move outside in addition to in… that’s a good sign

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What better way to end the night than with donuts? Of course, these weren’t just any donuts but Ma’s – a local favorite.

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At the end of the night, the stars were bright and the sun had set leaving a beautiful blue and purple hue in the sky above. To view / share / purchase these images in the online gallery I invite you here and stay in touch by following me on facebook.

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  • October 29, 2014 - 12:53 pm

    julie - holy cow, those b&w shots are gorgeous! (bride ascending stairs and bride/groom headless shot) her veil knocks my socks off–so lovely and flowy! i’m also a huge fan of the tent-against-the-sky photos.

    i hope you got a chance to eat at that wedding…the food looked amazing.