Back in February 2014, I got an email from Matt. I photographed his sister Erin’s wedding to Bob back in 2009 and I was thrilled to hear from him! He & Amanda set their date for June 27, 2015 and I was available and we went from there.
I love photographing couples in love!
Amanda & her girls got ready at their apartment and I loved the scrabble magnets on their fridge!
They planned to have their ceremony in the outdoor amphitheater at Burchfield Nature & Art Center, but the rain forced them to set up a tent. Then the rain was strong enough that it forced them to abandon the tent and move inside the building to the small art gallery. To Matt & Amanda’s credit, I didn’t hear either one of them utter a single complaint the whole day (they did have a few days notice on the forecast, so I don’t know what might have been said in the days leading up to it) – they were just so happy to be there & marrying each other.
Matt’s grandmother’s Bible held the rings until it was time for the ceremony.
I knew I had to make sure to get at least a couple outdoor shots that showed the rain falling, and they were good enough to humor me – it wasn’t so much the rain, but the wind whipping it around! Thankfully Amanda had the foresight to buy white umbrellas for the wedding party. The limo driver got in on the action as he helped Matt out to the limo!
Because there was a few days’ warning on the forecast, Matt was able to call the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens and get a timeslot there for photos. It was wonderful to be able to get inside and not worry about whether it was still raining or not.
Before ending up at Pearl Street, we did stop at Canalside for a few photos. It was only sprinkling at this point, but still plenty windy… I think three of the umbrellas turned inside out before we finished up!
They held their reception on the second floor at Pearl Street and I loved the renovations that have been done to that room recently! I also really liked the touches like the library card seating cards, the beautiful hand-made wedding cake by Amanda’s mom, and the chalkboards detailing everything from cupcake flavors to signature drinks.
Normally I try to pick just one image from a couple’s first dance, but Matt & Amanda just looked so happy and in love the whole time that I couldn’t choose!
I’m not going to lie – it has been a long time since I saw anyone using a disposable camera… I hope the pictures turn out decently well!
Congratulations on making each other Mr. & Mrs. after all this time – have an awesome, dry, blue-sky honeymoon and thank you for being so in love that it didn’t matter whether the sun was shining on your wedding or not!!