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Megan + Jeff | Genesee Valley Club Wedding

bride and groom outside Genesee Valley Club on Wedding day | Mary Dougherty Photography

This Genesee Valley Club wedding has just the right amount of classic with a modern twist. It centered around a vibrant palette. Custom blue linens were accentuated with a pop of color. Expertly pulled off by Simply Beautiful Events and Arena’s decorating with florals, this Rochester wedding venue shined. Pink peonies, orange dahlias and an array of oranges combined the colors in a beautiful way.

bright wedding bouquet by Arena's with peony and garden rose captured on film by New York photographer Mary Dougherty
bride talks with maid of honor before putting dress on at Genesee Valley club on wedding day | Mary Dougherty

Megan wore a gorgeous Rubin Singer dress found at Saks Fifth Avenue Bridal. Something Bleu created her feather shoes which were a Bunty D’Orsay kitten heel.The whole look came together with a modern set of pearls and a vintage purse.

custom blue linen flatlay with invitation, shoes and purse for wedding at Genesee Valley Club | Mary Dougherty
bride walks down stairs to see dad on wedding day first look at Genesee Valley club | Mary Dougherty

Rochester Venue | Genesee Valley Club Wedding

The space at the Genesee Valley Club made getting ready on a wedding day easy. The girls started their day with hair and make up from Blush Beauty Bar. I came and photographed details and candid moments. Then came time for the dress, and a first look with dad. This staircase was made for that, don’t you agree?

wedding bouquets with peonies and roses and blue dresses with organic natural design by Arenas | Mary Dougherty
Wedding Rings photographed with shoes from Something Bleu | Mary Dougherty
Bridesmaids help bride walk at Genesee Valley club on wedding day with blue dresses and modern design | Mary Dougherty Photography
Bride stands outside church with dad before ceremony and veil blows in the wind | Mary Dougherty

St. Michaels is the gorgeous church where Father Juan Benitez officiated. Here is one of my favorite images, shot as the ceremony began by my amazing second photographer. Moments like these are a huge addition to the day.

marbled blue wedding cake with sugar flowers and custom linen backdrop at Genesee Valley club | Mary Dougherty

The custom linen paired perfectly with the blue marbled cake and sugar flowers. Created in house by the pastry chef at Genesee Valley Club. Each wedding cake is so different a perfectly done!

Bride stands outside holding bouquet and laughs at Genesee Valley Club wedding by Mary Dougherty
outside of Genesee Valley Club in Rochester New York bride straightens bowtie on groom | Mary Dougherty

the story of Megan + Jeff

It’s quite possible that for each relationship, the beginning happens at the exact right moment. The interesting thing is exact right moments aren’t perfect. They are often full of growth and change. Therefore, we find ourselves open to a new relationship in the first place.

Megan and Jeff met in Florida in one of those exact right moments. It started in the tiny beach town of Delray, Florida. Megan noticed Jeff’s amazing laugh first. An awkward facebook chat led to the best first date ever, and the rest is history.

modern bride looks at camera for bridal portrait at Genesee Valley Club on wedding day | Mary Dougherty

Megan shared :

One thing that has been constant over the past five years together is laughter. What I loved most about our wedding was that the day was filled with it. Jeff and I met during a time that we were both rebuilding. The wedding felt like not only a celebration of our love, but a celebration of how far we both have come personally and professionally. We couldn’t have done it without our wonderful family and friends – and most importantly each other. Our wedding was modern, fresh and elegant… but also classic. Bringing an amazing group of vendors together allowed us to nailed our vision. As a result it was the best day of our lives, and we felt nothing but pure gratitude from start to finish.

bride and groom walk with group of friends at Genesee Valley Club in rochester New York | Mary Dougherty
Memorial Art Gallery Linden Trees with Bride and Groom kissing | Mary Dougherty
first look at Genesee Valley club | Mary Dougherty
modern bride and groom portrait with classic elegant style photographed on film by Mary Dougherty
wedding party at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester New York by Mary Dougherty
bride and bridesmaids close up of flowers with blue dresses and bright pink bouquets by Arena's | Mar Dougherty
wedding party at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester New York by Mary Dougherty
wedding party at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester New York with bride and groom kissing by Mary Dougherty
bridesmaids at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester New York by Mary Dougherty
bride and groom walking at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester New York by Mary Dougherty
bride and groom at gate of Genesee Valley Club on wedding day in Rochester New York by Mary Dougherty
groomsmen take mcdonald's break uber eats delivery
bride and groom walk to Genesee Valley club from gate on wedding day | Mary Dougherty
bride and groom at gate of Genesee Valley Club on wedding day in Rochester New York by Mary Dougherty
wedding details vase with oranges and blueberries
warehouse 127 rentals at Genesee Valley Club | Mary Dougherty
cocktail hour on the lawn at Genesee Valley Club with warehouse 127 rentals  | Mary Dougherty
Wedding Reception set up inside dining room at Genesee Valley Club | Mary Dougherty
dancing outside on lawn at Genesee Valley Club hora | Mary Dougherty
dancing outside on lawn at Genesee Valley Club hora | Mary Dougherty
dancing outside on lawn at Genesee Valley Club hora | Mary Dougherty
dancing outside on lawn at Genesee Valley Club hora | Mary Dougherty
dancing outside on lawn at Genesee Valley Club hora | Mary Dougherty
dancing outside on lawn at Genesee Valley Club hora | Mary Dougherty
dancing outside on lawn at Genesee Valley Club hora | Mary Dougherty
dancing outside on lawn at Genesee Valley Club hora | Mary Dougherty

I hope you can tell how much time and energy I pour into documenting a day like this. While many vendors come together, I start well before the wedding and finished long after. As a result I feel so incredibly close to each couple I take care of them like friends. Thank you, Jeff and Megan for inviting me in to your wedding and your lives.

Vendor Team :

Venue : Genesee Valley Club | Planning : Simply Beautiful Events | Florals : Arena’s | Dress : Rubin Singer | Hair + Makeup : Blush Beauty Bar | Ceremony : St. Michael’s | Rentals : Warehouse 127

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