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Rochester Engagements: Highland Park Conservatory

Guest blog post presented by Ilana from Sugar and Type, a design studio with a serious passion for paper!

Hello Buffalo! I’m so excited to be a member of Buffalo Indie Weddings, rep’ping your sister city, Rochester! I started my business after getting my Bachelors of Fine Art from RIT, and it’s been an incredible journey. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing clients, and it’s been so fun to share my own journey planning my own wedding!


It’s really hard to pick just a couple spots that are meaningful to you as a couple when you’re prepping for your engagement photos. I thought long and hard about what outfits I’d wear (I feel like I brought my whole closet), and where we’d take the photos. We ended up with just one location that had a variety of spots we loved, and it worked out great. I absolutely LOVE how this couple picked such a unique and beautiful location and the pictures are stunning! If you haven’t headed over to the conservatory, be sure to check it out – it’s mind blowing! Thank you so much to Lori and Erin for sharing these with us!

I love that this couple chose a spot that has a lot of options – there are tons of rooms here with lots of different colors and styles. My advice for your engagement photos is pretty simple.

  1. Always make sure you LOVE your vendors, work with a photographer you feel totally confident in and comfortable with, you’ll spend a lot of time with them, and they’ll really help you break out of your camera shy shell.

  2. Don’t feel super awkward. Your photographer knows what they’re doing, and if they tell you to move your hand or shift your weight, DO IT! Trust them and listen.

  3. Bring a huge variety of outfits. Bring something dressy, bring something laid back, and consider the terrain (heels on a huge muddy heel might not be the best idea – but if that’s the look you’re going for – bring a second set incase!) Don’t “match” but find things that look nice together with your partner! Be sure to check out your photographers portfolio and what they’ve done that you love so you can show them!

  4. Pick a location that means something to you, and if you can, pick a few locations that are nearby so you have a variety. If you’re totally lost, ask your photographer, and tell them what type of look you’re going for! Do you want something in your house? Outdoors? Playful? Embrace that! Be sure to check out your photographers portfolio and what they’ve done that you love so you can show them!

Thank you again to Lori and Erin for sharing these beautiful pictures with us!

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