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Jess Kamens Photography: Rochester, NY Wedding Vendors

ROCHESTER NY WEDDING VENDORS

Supporting local event vendors is extremely important to me.
Research and networking has allowed me to bring together unique and artistic event and wedding venues,
small businesses who are owned by friends, friends of friends, funky, talented musicians and other trustworthy, kind folk.
I hope you will discover alternative suggestions that are new to you!
Feel free to ask me if you have any specific questions!


VIDEOGRAPHER

Tim Mieney / Productions by Tim
www.productionsbytim.com
(more videos by Tim at vimeo.com/productionsbytim)

Tim is an absolutely wonderful Buffalo & Rochester videographer who takes creativity to an entirely new level. He is thoughtful and mindful and above all, thoroughly enjoys his work. Working with him will be a pleasure for everyone!


MUSIC

Mary Lester (Celtic Harp & Song)
celticharpandsong.com

Mary is well-known the upstate New York area for her beautiful sounds and songs. Her playing is calm and will make your ears dance. Her singing is strong and gentle. Mary often performs solor and with other local musicians for weddings and other events. She is truly amazing.

Alyssa Rodriguez (Violin & Fiddle music)
alyssarodriguezmusic.wixsite.com/fiddle

Alyssa is a stunning violin/fiddle player. She has such an amazing array of talents that include, but are not limited to, classical violin, jazz, swing, irish fiddle, ball folk, bluegrass fiddle, European style fiddling, Scandinavian fiddle and more. She is also a suzuki violion to children in the Rochester area. She would be a wonderful addition to your ceremony, cocktail hour and if you enjoy a bit of hoppin music for your reception, do consider!

Arise & Go
ariseandgo.org
facebook.com/AriseandGo

An amazing Celtic trio from Ithaca, NY featuring pipes, fiddles, whistles, and guitar... 3 musicians with strong backgrounds in Irish, Scottish, French Canadian, and Cape Breton music. They offer a wide array of styles and music suitable for a variety of settings, from ceremony to reception.  Each member of Arise & Go is also a professional classical musician, and as such can offer a great deal contrasting genres and styles. Absolutely check them out!

Mike Roddy (Scottish Bagpipes & classical and opera singer)
michaelroddy7@gmail.com

Michael covers a wide range of music as a classically trained singer as well as a bagpiper.  Michael hold degrees in vocal performance, and has sung with Mercury Opera Rochester, Opera Ithaca, Ithaca College Opera, the Mohawk Valley Choral Society, and many more. He also has 20 years of experience as a bagpiper including hundreds of weddings. Michael can offer the traditional Highland bagpipes, as well as quieter versions of the pipes more suitable to close quarters or more intimate settings. He is amazing.

The Genesee Revelers
www.facebook.com/pg/TheRevelersBandRochester

An amazing band that plays a mix of covers as well as originals. Talented folk and so much fun. Catch them locally to see!


DJ

DJ Crewz (Johnathan Crewz)
http://breakthroughdj.com/about-us/dj-crewz/
djcrewz@breakthroughdj.com

I had the privilege recently to shoot a wedding that Johnathan was DJing. It has taken me a long time to find a DJ that I wanted to recommend to my clients. He works so very hard in his preparations, choosing the perfect music to please all generations. He keeps everyone dancing like I have never seen with his smooth transitions, rhythmic scratching and versatile knowledge of music. He is enthusiastic, but in a humble way. It was such a pleasure to work with a DJ who is able to read a crowd, his clients, other vendors, etc. He is helpful and kind. I highly recommend! (please note that while he affiliated with a larger company, this recommendation is for Jonathan only as I have only experienced his work and not that of his company's). 


Hotel accomodation & bridal suites

East Ave Inn & Suites
eastaveinn.com 
585.325.5010  
zelma@eastaveinn.com

Zelma Collazo will work with you and your party to help you plan your (and your friend's and family's) perfect stay. She organizes group rates for out-of-town guests, bridal showers and parties, suites for wedding day preparation and overnight stays. Their suites are beautifully lit and extremely reasonably priced. There are courtyards right off the suites for enjoying the fresh air. They even have a rotating art exhibit displayed throughout the inn. Zelma is knowledgeable on local vendors and venues and very kind, patient and helpful.


TRAVEL AGENTs

Blue Line Family Vacations 
www.bluelinefamilyvacations.com or on Facebook!

Kelly and Sue are so amazingly friendly, kind and patient. They will help you plan your travel needs and keep stress to a minimum for your holiday or honeymoon.

Grand Turizmo Travel
www.grandturizmo.com


event planner

Weddings by Nicole
weddingsbynicole.weebly.com

Fantastic planner who knows the ins and outs of events and wedding planning in Rochester NY.


ASL SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETATION

Reisinger Performance Interpreting
FB: ReisingerPerformanceInterpreting

Terri is an absolutely incredible interpreter. She performs while providing the deaf community with an amazing feel of what is happening. Her music performance interpretation is like no other... she moves and dances and brings music to life. If you are looking for an interpreter for your event, this Rochester native is not only skilled, but really sweet to work with! More videos.


OFFICIANT

Jennifer Costello Wedding Officiant
jcostello6.wixsite.com/wedding-officiant

Jennifer is attentive and cares deeply for her clients. She works extensively with couples to learn their story and help bring it to life through personal touches, guidance and experience. I highly recommend her for as a skilled officiant.

Flower City Nuptuals
flowercitynuptials.wixsite.com


Flowers

Sola Wood Flowers
www.solawoodflowers.com

What an original idea! A recent bride of mine purchased wooden flowers and they were absolutely amazing. The bouquet, bridesmaids' flowers, boutineers and table centerpieces all contained pieces from the amazing Sola. So perfect. Here is just one image (please request additional). Meagan and her company will bring such a special touch to your day... one that can be kept for eternity!

Arena's
http://arenasforlife.com/flowers/

Arena's has always had a wonderful reputation for beautifully arranged, organic, rustic and timeless flowers. I remember when I was younger, I used to wander through their store just enjoying the sights and smells. Well, my recent bride had one of the most beautiful bouquets I have ever seen and of course, it was created at the lovely Arena's. I highly recommend their arrangements!


Hair & makeup

Mekeup by Tierney
www.makeupbytierney.com

A unique, antique, calm, vintage approach to makeup!

Cheri Marie
www.cheri-marie.net

Flawless, timless and individual hair and makeup that will fit any style!


BAR / DRINKS / BEER

The VB Brewery
thevbbrewery.com

This is absolutely amazing. It's a traveling beer wagon that houses four delicious microbrews from Tom and his crew. They are so kind and nice and they deliver and setup the wagon for you at your event! So, for your beer lovers (like me) this is a must have. Tasty brews, convenience and a fabulous brewery right here in Victor, NY. 


PAPER FLOWER DECORAT IONS

Wildly Fae Boutique
https://www.etsy.com/shop/WildlyFaeBoutique and www.facebook.com/pg/wildlyfaeboutique

These are amazing. Megan creates paper flower sculptures, wall hangings, headbands, personalized art, hangers, decorations, jewelry, bouquets, boutineers and much much more. This would be perfect for any event where you might need a splash of color. She is kind and attentive and extremely organized and reliable!


venues

Studio 180
180stpaul.com

Studio 180 is not only a classy place, it's artsy, funky, timeless and modern all thrown into one. John and Deb go above and beyond to make sure all guests are comfortable and well taken care of. They have an amazing setup for dancing, music, lights, bar and food (this is brilliant!). It is such an amazing place for a wedding (not to mention, to shoot at!) and I highly recommend.

Abraham Lincoln Park Waterfront Lodge
www.monroecounty.gov/mcparks/reserve

I just recently shot a wedding here and it was one of the most spectacular lodges I have been to. The view is incredible, the light is amazing, with 3/4 windows lining the entire lake-view side. The balcony spans the entire lodge. There was plenty of room, plenty of parking, the sound was wonderful and the people who run the lodge are kind and helpful. It's the perfect place for a wedding or event!

Genesee Country Village & Museum
www.gcv.org/host-your-event/weddings/

GCV&M is so special and unique and one of my favorite places to visit. Holding a wedding or event there would be timeless and unique! Take a step back and explore what life used to be like in the 1800's... not just explore, but experience. The 600-acre property houses barns, small pubs/breweries, little factories, houses showing farm life and home life, everything you can possibly imagine in one small area just outside of Rochester. The barn that houses the receptions provides the comforts of the 21st century with the added touch of rustic complete with extensive golden lights strung from above. It is airy and just the right size and they offer full-service catering, custom tours, horse-drawn carriages and other services as well. The options for the ceremony are plentiful, including outdoor setups as well as two 170-year-old churches to choose from. Most importantly, from a photographer's standpoint, the image possibilities are ENDLESS with plenty of old buildings, a pergola interwoven with vines, an apple orchard and nooks and crannies all throughout this dramatic setting to document your day with loved ones and the couple. It's an amazing place and those who manage the process there are helpful, kind and love what they do! (blog coming soon!)

Good Luck
restaurantgoodluck.com

Good Luck hosts not only small wedding parties and rehearsal dinners during their open times, but also larger weddings during their closed hours. What I love most about Good Luck, besides the cheery, efficient and super kind special events planner, Meghann (contact her), is how happy the entire staff was. They love where they work. The food is amazing. The decor is timely, authentic and well presented. There are plenty of photo opportunities not only inside (mirrors, amazing ceilings, etc.), but also outside in the amazing cityscape of Village Gate in Rochester, NY. I highly recommend Good Luck for your wedding!

Rochester Brainery
rochesterbrainery.com

Brainery is one of the most amazing places I have shot. The lighting is perfect, due to a huge wall of windows and bright white walls, all of which make photographs authentic and well balanced with color. There is a full greenery of plants lining a wall. Danielle and Liz are so kind and accommodating. There are separate places to get ready, clean and large bathrooms with good lighting and the decor is classy and simple. I can highly recommend.

Kateland Farm Event Barn
www.katelandfarmeventbarn.com