After rescheduling their engagement session THREE times due to poor weather, I couldn’t believe that the forecast called for rain on Teagan & Zack’s wedding day! That morning as I packed up my car, double-checked my trunk full of clear umbrellas (which I bring with me to every wedding because well, you never know!) and set out to the Historic German House, I hoped for the best. Well, we lucked out!! While it did rain on their wedding day, it only rained in the morning with skies clearing up for their ceremony, and then again during their reception with the skies clearing up again in time for sunset photos!
Aside from being incredibly lucky with the weather, Teagan & Zack were surrounded by so much love on their wedding day! I loved watching as guests filled into St. Joseph’s Park for the ceremony and embraced Zack with hugs and laughter. During the ceremony, as Teagan & Zack read their handwritten vows to one another, St. Joseph’s filled with happy tears and laughter for these soon-to-be newlyweds.
What Made You Choose The Historic German House As Your Venue And St. Joseph’s Park As Your Ceremony Space?
“We knew we wanted to get married in downtown Rochester, but couldn’t give up the idea of having an outdoor ceremony. Everyone thought for SURE we would get married in the woods or on top of a mountain, but we knew how hard that would be for our guests who were coming from all over the country. So, downtown Rochester seemed like the perfect fit!
Once we saw St. Joseph’s with its open-air church, grey cobblestone, trees, and twinkling lights all surrounded by the city we knew we had found our spot. It gave the organic, natural feeling of an outdoor space in the middle of the city! There truly is no venue like St. Joseph’s. A historic open-air church in the middle of downtown?! Also, your payment for the venue comes with a membership to the Landmark Society of Western New York!
We loooooved the location of the German House! But above all else, we loved the colors and atmosphere that comes with the history of the space. The staff there were so incredible and we felt like we were in good hands from our initial meeting. Both of our spaces were so unique and so us.”
The Wedding Dress
“I chose my dress because it matched the organic and natural feel of St. Joseph’s AND the romantic fun feel of the German House. But, I knew I wouldn’t feel like myself if I was in a big dress all night. So, my choice of a fun elopement style wedding dress + veil for the reception was THE perfect choice for me. It made me feel like myself.”
Zack’s Favorite Wedding Day Moment
“The ceremony. It was so nice to see everyone we love together in one place. I got to watch as all our loved ones filtered in one by one, some having never met but were connected by their love for us. Our vows were so special and intimate that I just felt so lucky to share that moment. Also despite everyone’s fear of rain with an outdoor wedding . . . we had good weather!!”
Teagan’s Favorite Wedding Day Moment
“Because we worked out a timeline beforehand with our photographer and because we stuck to our photography schedule so well (kudos to Casey!) we were able to spend some time during cocktail hour alone just the two of us in the private suite at the German House. We were able to drink our custom cocktails and soak in the love and joy of the day. Also, without a doubt the sunset photos!! Getting to switch into my reception dress and pop a bottle of champagne together really kicked off the night!”
The Champagne Toast
During cocktail hour, I noticed the staff at the Historic German House was pouring glasses of champagne for the toasts. I pulled the wedding coordinator, Amanda, aside and asked her for an extra bottle for the bride and groom. I had recently photographed Emily & Pete’s wedding where they popped a bottle of champagne during their sunset photos. Emily & Pete had so much fun popping champagne at their wedding that I thought it would be a nice treat to surprise Teagan & Zack with that extra bottle during their sunset photos and give them the option to pop it themselves. Knowing now, that it was one of Teagan’s favorite moments from the day I am so glad I asked for that bottle!!
Any Other Details You’d Like to Share?
“The sunset photos were such an amazing way for us to kick off the celebration part of the night. It got us both in the mood to party after a day where we were all deep in our feelings. We got to be alone and light-hearted and fun (hence the piggyback picture!) and it gave us a chance to both be in the moment together.”
Wedding party/ family walking down the aisle: All My Days – Alexi Murdoch
Bride walking down the aisle: Built for This – Ben Sollee
First Dance: Just Like Heaven – Kat Edmonson (The Cure cover)
Advice For Newly Engaged Couples Planning Their Weddings?
“Try to be in the moment as much as possible. Take a deep breath, crack a few jokes, and enjoy the ride. It really is such an awesome time in y’all’s lives.”
Photographer: LaFountain Photography
Bridal Suite: The Historic German House
Ceremony Location: St. Joseph’s Park
Reception Venue: The Historic German House
Bridal Gown Shop: Heart To Heart Bridal
Bridal Gown Designer: Stella York
Bridal Reception Dress; Reformation
DJ: Encore Events
Florist: Fern Floral
Bridesmaids Dresses: Birdy Grey