Kathleen and Aaron | Strathallan Wedding | Rochester, NY

George Eastman House wedding photos | Rochester, NY Wedding Photographer | Megan Rei Photography

I cannot get over how perfect Kathleen and Aaron’s wedding was. Happiness was just radiating out of these two the entire day! Their ceremony was at the gorgeous Chapel Hill and their reception was just down the street at The Strathallan. They celebrated with an amazing group of family and friends who totally know how to crush it on the dance floor (scroll to the bottom for the dancing pictures)!

Kathleen and I have known each other since high school, and I’m so glad we re-connected for her wedding. It worked out perfectly that we now live in the DC area - where we did their engagement session this fall - and were able to head back to our hometown in Rochester for the wedding. We were both runners back in the day (not so much anymore haha), and I loved getting to spend time with some of our old teammates who I haven’t seen in years!

Wedding dress at The Strathallan | Rochester, NY
Bridal shoes | The Strathallan wedding photography
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I’m a little bit biased, but photographing red hair is the best :)

Bride getting ready for her wedding day at The Strathallan Rochester Hotel & Spa | Rochester, NY
Bridal hair by April Sunshine | Megan Rei Photography | Rochester Wedding Photographer

I loved these hair pieces that Kathleen chose. They were such a perfect accent!

Bridal hair by April Sunshine | Megan Rei Photography | Rochester Wedding Hairstylist
Bridesmaids getting ready | Rochester, NY Documentary Wedding Photographer

The bridesmaids were hard at work steaming the veil and all the dresses!

Brides steaming the veil | The Strathallan Rochester Hotel
Putting on the wedding dress | Candid wedding photographer | Megan Rei Photography
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Engagement ring | Rochester, New York Wedding Photography | Nails by My Manicure

So fierce!

Bride looking in the mirror while getting ready for the wedding day | Documentary Rochester Wedding Photography
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Groom and groomsmen posing for the wedding guests in the lobby of the Strathallan | Rochester, NY Documentary Wedding Photographer | Megan Rei Photography

A rainy morning/early afternoon cleared up just in time to head over from the Strathallan to their ceremony. I had all my umbrellas ready just in case, but thankfully we didn't need them!

In the bridal suite at Chapel Hill | Rochester, NY Wedding
Documentary Wedding Photography | Chapel Hill Wedding in Rochester, New York | Megan Rei Photography | Makeup by Jessica Marie | Hair by April Sunshine
Bride and mother of the bride getting ready in the bridal suite | Chapel Hill on  Prince Street, Rochester, NY

This bridal suite area at Chapel Hill was a great spot to get some last minute getting ready photos.

Bride and bridesmaids getting ready at Chapel Hill | Rochester, NY Candid Wedding Photography

Chapel Hill is such a beautiful place to get married! It looks like a church that belongs in Europe instead of Western New York.

Wedding ceremony view at Chapel Hill | Rochester, New York Wedding Venue | Megan Rei Photography
Groom watching his bride come down the aisle | Photojournalistic Wedding Photography in Rochester, NY
Bride and her father walking down the aisle | Chapel Hill Wedding Venue in Rochester
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So the unity candle part of the ceremony didn't quite go as planned. That darn candle would not light! Luckily Aaron was resourceful - he picked up a nearby (already lit) votive and just placed it on top. Problem solved!

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Wedding guests watching the ceremony at Chapel Hill | Candid Wedding Photographer | Megan Rei Photography
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Best Wedding Venues in Rochester, NY | Chapel Hill on Prince Street | Church Wedding Photography

Kathleen and Aaron decided to do their formal portraits at the nearby George Eastman House, and it's got to be one of my favorite locations I've ever photographed! These gardens and arches are the perfect backdrop for wedding photos.

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These faces are the best!

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I love this color combo with the navy and fuchsia for the bridesmaids.

Bridesmaids in front of the arches at the George Eastman Gardens | Upstate New York Wedding Photography
Wedding bouquets from Wegmans | Wedding Details | Megan Rei Photography
Bridal party at George Eastman Museum | Documentary Rochester Wedding Photographer | Megan Rei Photography
  Groomsmen socks | Best groomsmen gifts | Rochester, NY Wedding
Groom and groomsmen goofing around after the wedding | George Eastman Wedding Photos
Sweet photo of groom and his mom | Documentary Wedding Photographer in Rochester, NY | Megan Rei Photography

I can't get over how cute these two are together. The way they look at each other is everything.

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Groom giving bride a kiss at George Eastman Museum | Best Places for Wedding Photos in Rochester, NY | Megan Rei Photography
  Groom giving bride a kiss at George Eastman Museum | Best Places for Wedding Photos in Rochester, NY | Megan Rei Photography
Bride and groom with George Eastman Mansion backdrop | Rochester Wedding Photography
Bride and groom walking through the George Eastman Gardens | Best Rochester Wedding Photography | Megan Rei Photography
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Pretty sure these guys could have second careers as models.

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George Eastman House Photos | Best Wedding Photographers in Rochester, NY | Megan Rei Photography
Bridal Portrait in the George Eastman Gardens | Beautiful Wedding Photography Locations in Rochester, New York | Dress from Ellie's Bridal Boutique in Alexandria, VA
Wedding balloons at the sweetheart table | The Strathallan Wedding Photos | Megan Rei Photography
Wedding cakes by Scratch Bakeshop in Rochester, NY | Strathallan Weddings
Scratch Bakeshop Wedding Cake | The Strathallan | Rochester, NY Wedding Photographer
Bride and groom reception entrance at The Strathallan
Bride and Groom First Dance | Strathallan Wedding Photography
First dance as husband and wife | Candid Rochester Wedding Photographer
Wedding toast from Maid of Honor | The Strathallan, Rochester, NY | Documentary Wedding Photograper | Megan Rei Photography
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Laughter during wedding toasts | Photojournalism style of wedding photography | Best Wedding Photographers in Rochester, NY
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Oh man, the tears were flowing during the maid of honor toast. It was so sweet!

Tears during a sentimental wedding toast | Best Rochester, NY Documentary Photographers | The Strathallan

I'm gonna go ahead and say that the best wedding planning decision Kathleen made was to buy all of these balloons. Cute decor that can double as photo props are always a good idea.

Mr. and Mrs. wedding balloons at the Strathallan | Best Rochester Wedding Venues | Megan Rei Photography
Rochester, NY skyline view from The Strathallan | Best Wedding Venues in Rochester | Megan Rei Photography
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Wedding cake by Scratch Bakeshop | Best wedding cakes in Rochester, NY | Photojournalistic Wedding Photography
Bride and groom cutting their wedding cake | Scratch Bakeshop Wedding Cake | Rochester, NY Wedding Cakes
Wedding reception photos at The Strathallan | Rochester, NY Wedding Photography
Wedding reception photos at The Strathallan | Rochester, NY Wedding Photography

Here's that awesome dance floor I mentioned. Everyone was having a blast!

Dancefloor at The Strathallan in Rochester, NY | Music by DJ Ara at Breakthrough Entertainment
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Dancefloor at The Strathallan in Rochester, NY | Music by DJ Ara at Breakthrough Entertainment
Best wedding DJ in Rochester, NY | Breakthrough Entertainment at The Strathallan
  The Strathallan Wedding Reception Venue | Best Wedding Locations in Rochester, NY | Candid Wedding Photography

Kathleen and Aaron, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day. And big thanks to all the wonderful vendors!

 

Venue: The Strathallan

Church: Chapel Hill

Photographer: Megan Rei Photography

Second Photographer: Diana Kapatos

Makeup: Jessica Marie

Hair: April Sunshine

Nails: My Manicure

Officiant: Reverend Kris Miller

Flowers: Wegmans

DJ: BreakThrough Entertainment

Dessert: Scratch Bakeshop

Transportation: SS Limo

Dress: Ellie's Bridal Boutique