Catrina & Alan

Catrina & Alan

If you are lucky enough to know these two, you'll understand me when I say how awesome they are and how incredible they are together. I was completely fascinated when we sat in my studio and they began to scratch the surface of their story and how they came to the Eastman School of Music. I am in awe of anyone who plays the piano - I have always been and have passed that same love to my oldest daughter! Hearing the ever changing paths life takes to bring two people together, amazes me. The love these two have for one another shines for all to see and I know it is just the beginning of an amazing life together.

Catrina and Alan each have an incredibly calm and energy about them and the most sincere and genuine personalities that just plain draws you in and makes you excited to be around them. The day I met with them and they told me they wanted me to be their photographer, I felt like I won the lotto. I am over the moon happy I get to be a part of their wedding and get to know them!!! I am counting the days for their wedding! Oh my gosh, yay!!!    

Hugs,

Tressa :) 

Katie + Eddie + Aspen

Katie + Eddie + Aspen

A Sweet Apple Orchard Family & Engagement Session

Apple orchards are the bees knees - for realsies. And so is this gorgeous family!!! Katie & Eddie are beyond sweet and their love for one another is so incredibly joyful. I found myself smiling the entire session behind my camera as I watched these two interact. A life full of laughter is a beautiful thing! 

Katie & Eddie are the sweetest parents and their precious daughter, Aspen is out of this world gorgeous. Her adorable smile steals your heart and I'm sure in no time will be her daddy's biggest cheerleader in his fantasy football league! 

Thanks for spending the morning with me! I'm so excited for your wedding next year and can't wait to see you guys again!!

Hugs,

Tressa 

Melody + Joe

Melody + Joe

A Fall Wedding at the Inn On The Lake

Sometimes things just click.  Fate and a touch of luck bring two souls together and like a puzzle piece, fit so perfectly together. For the many ways you two are different, there are so many you are similar and its a joy to watch. Joe - you are undeniably electric and demand attention with your humor and wit, your kindness and the down-to-earth qualities you possess and Melody your complete sincerity, quiet confidence, strength and beauty leave me in awe.  When we met over coffee for the first time so many months ago I was so anxious to get to know you both - your story and love for each other is magnetic. I'm so blessed to have had the opportunity!

The Inn On The Lake was the perfect location for the unforgettable ceremony and reception you both (but lets be honest mostly Melody ;) ) meticulously planned for your family and friends. Your vows made everyone laugh and cry and I can't explain it any other way than it was the perfect amount of everything. Your whole day. The perfect amount of style, heart, detail, love, awesomeness, humor, romance, sentiment, laughter, fun, joy and the list goes on. Melody you were stunning! You did a fantastic job of creating an unforgettable experience for everyone - including myself and all those working behind the scenes. When I saw my name on that sweet timeline you made for me, it touched my heart. In all of the details you were taking care of, you took the time to do that for me, to make my day easier. Who does that?? I'm a little teary as I write this because it was so darn sweet!! 

Not only did I not stop laughing the entire day (and I mean hard like my face hurt) but my heart was so touched by your story and love for each other. You two have a pretty rad journey ahead and those lucky enough to be in your lives will love every second of it!!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing a piece of your story and lives with me. Your day was beautiful!!

XO - Tressa

THANK YOU to the AMAZING team that helped make Melody & Joe's day beyond awesome!

VENUE, COORDINATOR, CATERING | Elyse &  Inn on the Lake

CEREMONY MUSIC | Felice Quartet

RECEPTION BAND | Radio London

FLORIST | Rachel of In Bloom

CAKE | Cake Baby LLC

DRESS DESIGNER | Gracie by Theia

DRESS STORE | Lovely Bridal

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES | Macy's

GROOM & GROOMSMEN ATTIRE | Men's Warehouse

MAKEUP & HAIR | Jill at Allora Salon & Spa

 

Elana + Richie

Elana + Richie

Pittsford Canal Engagement Session

Oh my goodness these two have the best smiles!! Richie kept Elana laughing most of the time and there were moments where they would look at each other and the connection was electric! Holy smokes! I had so much fun walking along the canal and getting to know this gorgeous couple. 

These two knew each other way back when and listening to them share stories was so sweet. They both have the most peaceful and loving energy that immediately makes you feel like old friends. I love asking questions during these times to get to know my couples and I was really touched by their desire to get to know me as well. We talked about so many things, some casual and others pretty intimate topics and it was all so natural and genuine. I cannot say enough about these two and I feel a little jealous of their circle of friends, I sure hope they all know what gems they have in these two! :)

Thank you for being so incredible! I cannot wait for your wedding next year!!

Hugs,

Tressa

Megan + Morgan

Megan + Morgan

A Fall Wedidng at Deerfield Country Club | Brockport NY

We talked wedding day details over champagne and cheesecake.  So how could the day be anything but amazing?!!!  Megan looked absolutely stunning and Morgan was laughing so hard with his guys I couldn't stop laughing! And little Parker, stop it. There are no words to describe his cuteness.

It really was a perfect fall day and I was so excited to work at Deerfield Golf & Country Club for the first time. Wow. What a gorgeous venue!! The owner was awesome and did an incredible job designing a beautiful experience for the couples getting married there. They've really thought of everything from the gorgeous bridal suite, beautiful ceremony sites to the guest's experience. The staff was amazing and really went above and beyond!  Well done! I can't wait to go back! 

Megan and Morgan chose to see each other before the wedding, which is such a fun way to enjoy that first moment together! It was beautiful to watch the way Megan lit up when Morgan turned to see her. I'm not going to lie, made me tear up a bit. This moment is one of my favorites, so much emotion and love!! 

What an incredible day filled with life long friends and family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for including me!  I hope you love these images as much as I did photographing them!

THANK YOU to the AMAZING team that helped make Megan + Morgan's day truly amazing!

VENUE, COORDINATOR, CATERING | Ryanne at Deerfield Golf & Country Club 

DJ | Go Sound Systems

FLORIST | Fabulous Flowers

CAKE | Premier Pastry

DRESS DESIGNER | Essense of Australia

DRESS STORE | Katherine Patricia Bridal

SUITS | Mens Warehouse

Vanessa + Joe

Vanessa + Joe

A rose gold and copper fall wedding at Bristol Harbour

When I meet newly engaged couples and I listen to their love stories, I'm always fascinated and in awe of of the circumstances that lead them to that distinct moment that it all began. Vanessa and Joe have an amazing love story and it all began in a kickboxing class. How cool is that?!! And even though they both wanted it to progress naturally, I think they both knew.

Months later I had the opportunity to meet up with them for coffee and got to watch the sweet connection they share and I knew how lucky I was and how amazing their wedding day was going to be. Wow, that was an understatement! 

The drive to Bristol Harbour was a little disheartening, thunderstorms were on the forecast and I drove in and out of rain the whole way. I know how hard Vanessa had planned and all the beautiful details this talented graphic designer had created and I prayed for the weather to clear! Low and behold, I pulled in and it never rained again until well into the reception! The sun even popped out during the ceremony, right as Vanessa walked down the aisle! The whole day was filled with incredibly touching moments between these two and it was overwhelming how much love and excitement they shared! I think I only cried half a dozen times!! 

The copper and rose gold touches throughout the day were just perfect and the gorgeous view that served as the backdrop was a real show stopper! Vanessa and Joe are two of the sweetest and down to earth people you'll ever meet and I am so grateful to have gotten to know them!

XOXOXO

Tressa

THANK YOU to the AMAZING team that helped make Vanessa + Joe's day truly amazing!

VENUE, COORDINATOR, CATERING | Bristol Harbour

CEREMONY BAND | Stringdom

RECEPTION BAND | Soul Injection

FLORIST | Stacy K Floral

CAKE | Sweet Solutions

DRESS DESIGNER | Casablanca

DRESS STORE | Spy Baby Bridal

BRIDESMAID'S DRESSES | David's Bridal

SUITS | Tuxedo Junction

HAIR | Danielle Stone

LIGHTING | Showcase Lighting 

VIDEOGRAPHER | Cullen Studios

An Oswego Ny Wedding Along The Water

An Oswego Ny Wedding Along The Water

Nicole + Kevin | Alexandria's

These two sweet hearts were surrounded by friends and family on their wedding day and lots of them! Stories like Nicole and Kevin's touch my heart in a special way. High School sweet hearts. Soul mates. Forever friends. They have the kind of relationship where there are no gaps that need to be filled in and no life's jokes that only one of them understand. The moment you are around them, you feel all the love they have for each other. What a beautiful thing!  

I adored being with Nicole and all her girls when they were getting ready! So fun!! Because when you're surrounded by so many childhood friends, things get real in the best kind of way! 

Nicole and Kevin - I had the best time getting to know you and feel incredibly honored I was able to be involved in this amazing time of your lives. Nicole you took gorgeous to a whole new level and that flash mob during your reception??? I have no words. Can't wait to see you guys again! 

XOXO Tressa

 

THANK YOU to the AMAZING team that helped make Nicole + Kevin's day truly amazing!

VENUE | Alexandria's

VIDEOGRAPHER | Shutter Fox Productions

DJ | DJ Mike Melice Wedding Dj and Event Specialist

FLORIST | The Floral Gardens

CAKE | Chelle's Bake Shop

OFFICIANT | Joann McGregor

DRESS  | NY Bride & Company

BRIDESMAID'S DRESSES | David's Bridal

SUITS | Men's Warehouse

HAIR + MAKEUP | Port City Day Spa

PHOTOGRAPHY | Tressa Marie Photography

Plantation Party House Wedding | Spencerport, NY

Plantation Party House Wedding | Spencerport, NY

Kristin + John | 8.19.16

It has been a complete joy getting to know Kristin and John over this last year. I adore these two and the way they understand and appreciate each other.  The conversations easily flowing from heartfelt to laughing, serious to light hearted.  Their relationship is truly a beautiful mesh of two amazing individuals and I cannot wait to follow along their journey.  I know without a doubt, its going to be an amazing one!

Thank you.  Thank you for choosing me to photograph your wedding and opening your hearts so I could have a glimpse in and be able to tell just the beginning of your story.  Hope you two had the best honeymoon on the beach!!

Lots of Hugs,

Tressa 

THANK YOU to the AMAZING team that helped make Kristin + John's day truly amazing!

VENUE | The Plantation Party House

DJ | Jimmy C's

FLORIST | Rock Castle

CAKE | Get Caked in Village Gate

DRESS | David's Bridal

SUITS | Jos A Banks

MAKEUP | Claire Kenna

HAIR | Brittnay Snyder

 
 

Lake Ontario Engagement Session | Beach Love

Lake Ontario Engagement Session | Beach Love

Jillian & Aaron

I thank the Pokemon craze for the last minute location change that at the time, seemed a bit chaotic, but lead to gorgeous images and a magical sunset. So thank you Pokemon, for making the crowds gather at our original location!  

Goodness where to begin?! These two were master snugglers and pro smoochers and were so sweet to photograph! I loved watching them interact and how sweet their chemistry was, it was absolutely beautiful. And I cannot forget Aaron's son who had the very best smile and I think shared my love for the water! The sweetest little family and you can just feel the love radiating from them! 

I have nothing but LOVE for the beach (having grown up in a beach town, its in my blood) and the sound of the waves are seriously one of my favorite sounds but for goodness sakes it's loud when you're trying to talk! We did have a few laughs but none of it mattered, Jillian and Aaron needed very little guidance and just did what they do best - love each other. 

What an incredible evening and I hope you love the images as much as I did taking them. I am crazy excited for your wedding and can't wait to meet you guys for ice cream soon!!

Love + Ice Cream,

Tressa :)

 

A Surprise Wedding | Letchworth State Park

A Surprise Wedding | Letchworth State Park

Kelsey + Kevin

Kelsey and Kevin were sure about one thing, they knew they found the person they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with. They knew they wanted to get married, but planning a wedding, that was a different story. With family and friends living in different states and the mounting stress of it all, it soon became clear they needed to get creative. And so they did! They hatched a plan to get married at Letchworth State Park, floating a couple hundred feet in the air in a hot air balloon. Although the wind had other plans and they weren't able to go up in the balloon, I have to say, the falls made for a stunning plan b! 

Kelsey and Kevin were married in a private alcove near the middle falls in an intimate ceremony with the beautiful falls as a backdrop. It was beautiful and filled with all the love in the world. I felt like I was eavesdropping as I photographed them! 

Thank you so much for including me on your awesome wedding day! 

XOXO

Tressa :)

 
 

A Garden Maternity Session | Rochester, NY

A Garden Maternity Session | Rochester, NY

Lauren + Dan

Oh how I LOVE expecting moms!! It is truly a magical time and I am in awe of what a woman's body is capable of! The glow is real my friends! :) 

The first time I met Lauren and Dan I was photographing her brother's wedding a few years ago. I was so excited to have the opportunity to photograph them on this grand adventure! I feel so honored and overjoyed when clients become friends and they refer their loved ones to me. Words can't quite describe it, so I give hugs - lots of hugs! 

It was a hot and muggy evening but it was just perfect! I had so much fun getting to know these two as we walked the beautiful grounds of The Eastman House and I loved their chemistry - it was so sweet and romantic! Coincidentally it was the same location they had their wedding photos taken at! It really is a beautiful location and has a soft romantic feel I just love, and that paired perfectly with these two! 

As I was finishing up this post before heading out to an elopement I got word from Lauren she was in the hospital! Little Jax was sure in a hurry to greet the world and I'm SO glad we got this maternity session in just days before he made his big arrival - a couple weeks early!!! I cannot wait to meet this sweet little guy! 

Hugs,

Tressa :)

 
 

A Birthday In The Park | Rochester, NY

A Birthday In The Park | Rochester, NY

Reynolds Family | Alex Is 1!

Way to go mom and dad, you made it!! You survived the first year! Hehe! Oh I do remember how crazy slow and fast that first year went. It was a test of will but filled your heart in ways you never knew were possible. 

I was there when you said "I do" and have loved watching you on this grand adventure of parenting! You guys are naturals and Alex is the luckiest little boy to have you!! :) The roles of marriage and parenting look pretty amazing on you. Your faces light up when you are all together and your little guy's smile...forget about it!! ;)

How fun was it that Alex's cake came from the same bakery as Lauren and Andrew's wedding cake?! That was the best! A huge Thank You to all the very talented people at Premier Pastry for the adorable cake! Alex was pretty shy leaving it almost untouched but I have a feeling it was enjoyed to the fullest! 

I love getting to see you guys and can't wait another opportunity! I hope you enjoy these photos!

All My Love,

Tressa :)

If action is your thing, here is a slideshow! :)

 
 

Lake Ontario and Private Residence Engagement Session

Lake Ontario and Private Residence Engagement Session

Amy + Matt | Hilton, NY

Let's forget for a moment that Amy selected two of my all time favorite locations, the beach and an apple orchard and let me start by saying how much I adored this perfect-for-each-other-sweet-as-can-be gorgeous couple! I mean when you roll up to meet a couple for the first time and you have to get out in a torrential flash flood and you're greeted by the bride's dad holding an umbrella for you and you meet the stunning bride-to-be who's put McGyver to shame crafting a hair and makeup saving hat from a Wegmans bag, you know it's going to lead to a magical night! Y'all, Amy and Matt brought their A-Game! :) I have to give some serious props to Amy for styling a gorgeous beach ensemble for both her and Matt and then switching for a rad fall walk in the orchard look. Their fur baby, Otis almost stole the show! Otis was the most well behaved, gentle pup but Amy and Matt's sweet love was the show stopper! 

Amy and Matt - I adored your down to earth spirit. Behind that calmness are two souls who are working hard to make their dreams come true with more accomplishments than I can list. Watching Matt's face light up when Amy is near was the most fun and after getting to know Amy - I can begin to understand why. You guys are incredible and I'm so lucky to be able to get to know you and I'm beyond excited for your wedding next year! 

I hope you enjoy these faves from your session!

Hugs,

Tressa 

Highland Park Engagement Session | Rochester, NY

Highland Park Engagement Session | Rochester, NY

Ruth + Joe | A Walk In The Park

When we were planning the style of their session, I asked what kinds of things they enjoyed doing together. That sparked so many ideas, but in the end, simplicity won out. These two are both experienced runners and enjoy a fit lifestyle and walking in the park is one of their favorites. 

These two compliments each other beautifully and watching them interact and balance other out so perfectly was a joy to witness. I know nothing but amazing things are in store for them and I feel lucky to get to witness a small glimpse of it!

I have enjoyed every minute of getting to know these two and I'm so excited for their spring wedding at Colgate Divinity next year!!

Hugs,

Tressa :)

Heather + Brett

Heather + Brett

A Classic, Intimate Wedding | Pittsford, NY

It never gets old hearing how couples meet, each story is unique and filled with magic and the perfect circumstances. Heather and Brett's, is one such story! Brett and his family are from Canada, these two were not headed on similar paths to meet, but Heather wanted to go away for college - and chose Canada! Fate took its course and if you've met either of them, you really couldn't have picked anyone more suited to each other for more reasons than you can count. 

I drove out to Heather's parents home which sits on the most beautiful piece of land, on a hill overlooking New York's lush countryside. Serenity and peace surround you from the moment you step out. I cannot emphasize how sweet and caring this family is, and the legacy of love and marriage they have passed on to Heather and Brett is truly remarkable.  Heather was stunning, poised and timeless - as we all knew she would be. She was so calm but the joy definitely boiled over when mom put the veil on! What an incredible moment and I'm so happy I was there to capture it! 

Everyone from both of these families and the team that put this event together was incredible. It was an honor working alongside this talented group and capturing Heather + Brett's first day of a lifelong adventure! I'm so lucky to have gotten to know you both, thank you from the bottom of my heart for inviting me to share your special day with you!

Venue | The Del Monte Renaissance Hotel & Spa

Bride & Bridesmaids Dresses | Alfred Angelo Bridal

Groom & Groomsmen Attire | Moores

Flowers | Floral Expressions by Jenni

Cake | Premier Pastry

Hair | Shear Ego

 

 

 
 

Ice Rink and Fairport Engagement Session | Melody + Joseph

Ice Rink and Fairport Engagement Session | Melody + Joseph

Melody and Joseph met in college at their local radio station - Joseph a host of a couple of shows and Melody pushing herself out of her comfort zone to meet people. Although at first glance these two may seem like opposites, I think they are two peas in a pod! They both share the same witty sarcastic sense of humor (that had us in stitches the entire night) and the most genuine, down to earth souls. They are definitely the yin to each other's yang and so sweetly take care of each other. 

The evening started with some custom jerseys and a little time on the ice - celebrating one of the hobbies they enjoy, hockey.  I was totally motivated to go out and try something new as they shared the story of how they found the sport. Shooting on the ice in cutesy shoes was in hindsight not my most brilliant plan but hey, my cautious waddling was worth the laughs! We ended the shoot in the quaint village of Fairport walking along the canal and enjoying the beautiful flowering trees. Afterwards, we celebrated with some ice cream and told stories until Melody froze her toosh off! 

I can't believe how lucky I am to get to be a part of your wedding, thank you for being so awesome! I can't wait for October! 

Hugs,

Tressa               

 
 

George Eastman House | Garden Engagement Session

George Eastman House | Garden Engagement Session

Starting off a morning strolling through a garden with a couple in love sounds fantastical, but sometimes this is my reality. This was such a day! I've lived in Rochester over 8 years and this was the first time I had ever visited the gardens at the Eastman Museum gardens and I will never let that happen again! I'm a romantic so this weathered stone and ivy filled garden spoke to my heart and to be perfectly honest I didn't leave after the session! If only I could figure out a way to make my backyard look like that! We had perfect timing with a beautiful flowering tree matching Elisabeth's skirt and beautiful soft cloud filtered lighting that just seemed to enhance the peaceful ambiance of the day. Looking forward to the next time I get to stroll these grounds!

Hugs,

Tressa  

5 Tips To Planning A Wedding Day {So You Can Enjoy It}

5 Tips To Planning A Wedding Day {So You Can Enjoy It}

1. Hire professionals you trust and are confident in. Start with this thought...when I look back on a thirty-second clip of my wedding day, how would I describe it? Your answer will tell you what's most important to you. Once you've found the venue and vendors that you think can make that dream a reality, its time to reach out to them. I urge you to notice the details in the way they make you feel and communicate with you. The experience they give you from the start will let you know what you can expect from them through the entire process. Even if you are a super laid back bride and want the same type of personality in your vendors and venue - they should still be organized and professional and make you feel like they've got everything under control. I'm a pretty quiet gal and I can be the queen of a :) and a few extra !!'s in my emails but I can plan a wedding day timeline like a ninja and round up groomsmen and grandparents like a (very sweet) boss. :) Another tip is to meet the exact individuals that will be working with you on your day to see if you get those happy feelings because these folks will become your dream team. At the end of it all, don't be surprised if you've formed some friendships!! :)