Emily & Pete hosted their friends and families on the historic grounds of The Country Club of Rochester for their August wedding. The well-manicured grounds, blooming flower beds, and lush golf greens made the perfect backdrop for their Summer wedding. Spending the day capturing Emily & Pete’s wedding at The Country Club of Rochester, it was so apparent not only how much love these two have for each other but how much love their families have for them both.
I loved how humble and well-balanced both Emily & Pete were about their wedding. From our first conversation, they had expressed to me that this wedding was about their marriage and their families. This theme of tradition, family, and legacy was very apparent throughout the weekend. During the rehearsal dinner, Pete gave a quick speech recognizing and thanking both sides of the family for their guidance and contributions towards the wedding and towards him and Emily as individuals and as a couple. There was barely a dry eye after that.
My morning started when I met Pete and the guys at his hotel room at the Del Monte Lodge. We were lucky enough to be right next to the canal and have some great morning light for photos! After a few photos of Pete and the guys, I was off to meet Emily and the girls at the Women’s Lounge at The Country Club of Rochester.
What made you choose The Country Club of Rochester as your venue?
“Peter’s mom is a member, so when we were first talking about where we wanted to get married, The Country Club of Rochester came up. The fact that we could have both the ceremony and reception at one space was a plus for us. The convenience of having both parts on the same site made it seem like our day would run that much smoother. We wanted our guests not to have to worry about travel time from the ceremony site to the reception site, on top of having enough parking and bathrooms for everyone.”
Wedding Day Heirlooms
“We have two sets of grandparents that aren’t earthside with us, my mom’s parents and Peter’s mom’s parents, so finding a way to include them was important to us. Peter asked for pictures to be at the ceremony of both sets of our grandparents and had a moment of silence at our rehearsal dinner for them. My mom had a little charm made with her parents’ pictures on them for my flowers and I wore my grandmother’s wedding and engagement rings. Peter’s mom had her mother’s bracelet that two of his cousins had worn for their wedding that I wore; it felt amazing to be included in the tradition. My earrings were a mix of things: a new set that my little sister Hannah and I split, and each wore one, two of my mom’s, and one that I bought new for myself.”
Emily’s Favorite Moment Erom The Wedding Day
“I have so many favorite moments from the wedding; honestly, it’s hard to pick. So the girls and I got ready in the Women’s Lounge, which overlooked the ceremony spot and reception tent. While we were waiting for the guys to get set with their boutonieres and for Peter to be set up for our first look, I caught a glimpse of him walking out. That was the moment I realized, “Holy crap, we are doing this!”. “
The Wedding Dress
Emily had the most stunning dress from Heart to Heart Bridal, she had this to say about the gown: “I used to work at Heart to Heart Bride in Webster; we would take pictures of employees in dresses for the business page’s social media so brides could see what they look like on a wide variety of frames. We had gotten this Lillian West gown in, and it was my size, so I decided to try it on for a social media post. I remember I was in the room by myself; I got it on, turned around, and bam. “We can’t post this one. I really like this… I think It’s my dress!” Of course, I was sending pictures to my mom showing her. It was perfect! Textured all over with a variety of intricate details. And it was so flipping comfortable! Keep in mind this was before Pete, and I had gotten engaged. When he popped the question, we had talked in passing with family about when we would want to get married; we had gotten engaged at the end of January 2021. We knew we wanted a summer wedding, and I knew ship dates were tight, so I order my dress three days later before anyone had seen it. I, of course, had an appointment and tried on other dresses, but everyone knew I had found my dress (I didn’t know that I bought it, though). My reaction when I put my dress on to show everyone was intense. I cried like a baby because I loved it so much. It just felt me, and that’s what I loved most.”
Their First Look
“When Casey walked us down to do the first look, all I could think about was how much I had looked forward to this moment of him seeing me for the first time, and boy was I not disappointed! The look on his face when he saw me was priceless, and I will forever relive that moment.”
The Bride’s Father Walking Her Down the Aisle
“My second favorite was when my dad and I were waiting to walk down the aisle. He was the calming figure I needed; This was a moment I had pictured even before Peter, and I were engaged. I will forever remember the fun times we had with friends dancing and chatting the night away! We set up our day to make sure we would have time for what’s important to us!”
The photos above and below are a few of my favorites from Emily & Pete’s Wedding! The photos above are a few candids I took of Pete’s mom and sister as they watched his first dance with Emily. Their faces say it all!! Similarly, I snapped the photo below and to the right, of Emily’s mom and brother as they watched Emily dance with her dad. It’s sweet moments like this, moments that the bride and groom might not even be aware of that I love to capture for them to look at when they get their portraits back!
Peter’s Favorite Moment From The Wedding
“My favorite part of the wedding was how everything fit perfectly and flowed smoothly!
All the arrangements were placed spaciously, and the tent was a perfect size. Everyone had options to dance, hang on the lawn, sit by the fire pit, or under an umbrella. The bars were never packed, and everyone was able to relax and enjoy each other’s company! I was very pleased with the flow of the whole ceremony and reception. From start to finish, I never felt rushed, and we were able to capture every special moment throughout; thanks to you, Casey!”
Emily’s younger sister and Maid of Honor, Hannah, nailed her toast! She had Emily , and the rest of the guests, laughing and tearing up with her heartfelt speach.
Early in the morning when the girls were getting ready, Emily asked me if she could request a photo opportunity. There were some leftover bottles of champagne from the mimosas in the morning and Emily wanted to pop a bottle with Pete later in the evening. I , of course, said yes!! We handed the two bottles of champagne to the staff at CCR for safekeeping and when the time came for Emily & Pete to sneak away for a few sunset photos they were able to have a little fun & spray champagne!
In lieu of cake, Emily & Pete cut a donut together! I love seeing my couples personalize elements of their wedding day, making their entire wedding feel more like ‘them’ 🙂
Advice For Newlywed Couples
“Oh gosh, so much. I think Pete and I would answer this differently. My advice would be to make sure you are heard and celebrated the way you want to be. You have people that love and support you that you can lean on when things get confusing or you don’t know what decision to make. There aren’t any wrong decisions in planning a wedding, but make sure you include what’s most important to the two of you. “
Photographer: LaFountain Photography
Venue: The Country Club of Rochester
Florist: Arena’s Inc
Band/DJ: Nik Entertainment
Hair: Del Monte- Stephanie Johnson
Makeup Artist: Eva Jewel
Bridal Boutique: Heart to Heart Bride
Bridal Gown Designer: Lillian West
Bridesmaid’s Gowns Designer: Revelry
Groomsmen Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitation Suite: Minted
Donut Wall/Donuts: Donuts Delite