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Gavin & Meghan – July 14, 2017 | St Joseph Cathedral | Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography

I first met Gavin almost 6 years ago, when I photographed his brother Brian’s wedding to Stephanie (OMG, Abby, you were so tiny!) Two years later, their sister Brittany married Rob and I was there for that too! I met Meghan when she accompanied Gavin to another wedding about 18 months after that, and before long I knew that sooner or later, I’d be doing another Hillery family wedding. When I got the nod to shoot Gavin & Meghan’s engagement photos last summer, it was like getting a call from a favorite cousin – so happy to be chosen for your big day and to keep seeing your family Gavin, and wonderful to meet your family Meghan!!

I arrived to Meghan’s family’s house and spent an hour or so photographing Meghan & the girls in some heavenly, recently-installed central air conditioning. Good call, Farrells! Grandma Shirley and one of the family pups watched as everyone got ready, and when Grandma was dressed, the bridesmaids gathered around her for a photo!

At St Joseph Cathedral on Franklin St in Buffalo, Gavin & the guys were waiting to hand out programs and greet & seat guests.

Gavin was Brian’s best man in 2011, and now Brian stood up with his little brother.

I appreciate it more than you know <3.

I think if you’re lucky enough to get a smile that big from your new father-in-law as he hands you his daughter’s hand in the aisle, you’re doing it right.

The limo took everybody down to Main & Tupper where we shot some photos in front of the Shea’s Buffalo sign – as you’ll see from the reception decor, Gavin & Meghan have Buffalove! We also walked around the corner to the Tupper St bright, geometric mural.

Our other stop was Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park and the Albright Knox Art Gallery. Thanks to it being a Friday afternoon, we had the spot entirely to ourselves except for a couple occasional joggers and skateboarders!

They executed this grand dip kiss flawlessly!

From there, we headed back downtown to Hotel Lafayette. I’m always happy to be back in the Greenhouse Room! As I said earlier, the Buffalo theme ran throughout.

Gavin & his brother-in-law Rob made these cornhole boards with some vinyl cutouts made by Gavin’s aunt. The personal touches were great!

This is Gavin’s sister Brittany holding Brian & Stephanie’s little girl – they also have 2 month old twins!!

Everyone knows I’m in love with catching a picture of the groom absentmindedly fiddling with his new ring.

Shannon’s toasts got some laughs but Brian’s got some laughs and a couple “oh wows” to go along with them, haha.

Gavin & Meghan shared their first dance to “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?” and Gavin even sang a little bit of it to her.

I was “warned” that Meghan’s dad is a ham. Yep.

I have now photographed weddings for three of the four siblings (Abby’s still in high school but I’ll be waiting!!) and I couldn’t be happier!

You guys. You are beautiful people inside & out and I am so happy that you chose me and that I keep getting to see the Hillery family every couple of years. Any time anyone else in the family gets married in the area, of course ask them to consider me! Meghan – your family is lovely as well and I’d like to thank them for helping you guys throw such a wonderful celebration of your lives together, so far and yet to come! <3

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July 19, 2017 - 5:24 pm

Rob Myers - Wendy. I friggin love you.

July 19, 2017 - 6:11 pm

Wendy - Rob, never stop being awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€ <3

Greg & Angela – Engaged! | Buffalo Central Terminal | Canalside | Buffalo Engagement Photography

Greg & Angela are getting married next summer – we originally were going to shoot their engagement photos on their one-year pre-anniversary, but that coincided with the big Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/Strictly Hip concert at Canalside, so we rescheduled for a few days later when we knew the area would be a little less crowded.

We started off shooting for a few minutes outside Buffalo’s historic Central Terminal, as Angela’s family is from East Buffalo and she wanted to include it in their session. “We come here for Dyngus Day,” she said.

We also used Buffalo’s Cobblestone District, Canalside, and River Fest Park.

For a few more pictures from the session, be sure to check out MY FACEBOOK PAGE!

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Nicholas & Laura – June 24, 2017 | Twentieth Century Club | Buffalo Wedding Photography

As soon as I met with Nick & Laura, I could tell what sweet people they are. They’ve been together about 7 years and were very happy to be making themselves official as Mr. & Mrs. at St. Mary’s Parish Chapel in Swormville, celebrating afterward with dinner & dancing at Buffalo’s Twentieth Century Club.
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Laura got ready at home, and I loved the sign on the wall they had recently received as a shower gift!

St. Mary’s was very nearby their home, and guests got to experience the original chapel – 150 years old!

Nick’s brothers were given the wedding rings. Big responsibility!

The flowers were from Maureen’s and I loved the coral roses! A nice pop of bright color against the grey tuxedos and navy blue dresses.

They handed out bubbles to the guests, who gave them a great send-off after the ceremony! Just in time too, as it started raining just minutes after they had their grand exit.

We decided on Delaware Park’s Japanese Gardens, since Nick liked the stone steps and they both wanted water in at least some of the images.

From there we only had a few minutes to go before we reached the Twentieth Century Club, where the dining room was set for a lovely dinner, and a jazz band played accompaniment for a beautiful cocktail hour in the gardens.

The flower girl showed off her fancy nail polish to her great grandpa.

The band welcomed the wedding party into the reception where Nick & Laura cut their cake, then sat for toasts from Laura’s sisters, Nick’s brothers, and a welcome from Laura’s dad.
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Laura & Nick shared their first dance and a couple dances with their parents, then opened the dancefloor to everyone – the band kept the crowd moving to work off all of the cocktails, dinner, 4 kinds of cake, and late night pizza buffet!

Nick & Laura – you guys are so sweet and I loved the memories and well-wishes your siblings shared for you during their toasts. I wish you both so much happiness in the years ahead!

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James & Kara – June 17, 2017 | Ginny Lee at Wagner Vineyards | Finger Lakes Wedding Photography

James & Kara had a beautiful (hot) day in the Finger Lakes for their wedding on the lawn at Wagner Vineyards.

They got ready at the Lakefront Ramada Inn in Geneva, about half an hour away from the winery. James & the guys were already ready to go when I arrived, so I went to meet Kara & the girls while they got dressed & finished up some details.

On my way out to meet James for the “first look” on the pier, I saw this bumper sticker.

James waited patiently, staring out over the lake, as Kara made the long walk over from the hotel.

The lakefront park in Geneva outside the Ramada Inn had some neat spots for a couple photos before everyone made their way to the limo.

I loved that they had to stop and pet this sweet puppy on the way.

A few winding roads later, we were at Wagner Vineyards about 75 minutes before the ceremony so that we could do photos before guests began to arrive.

There were some Bieber, Seal, and possibly boyband references here.

The fabric around Kara’s bouquet was from her mother’s baptism dress, which was also worn by Kara & her younger sister.

I’m not sure what this ritual was, but it’s clear that James & Kara’s dad had done this… handshake (?) before.

They had an unplugged wedding, and handed out ribbon streamers to all their guests.

After the ceremony was over, James & Kara were taken to the cellar of the winery for pictures with the wine barrels.

They absolutely loved their naked cake, and I can vouch that it was delicious.

Kara made this for their guest book – it was lovely and very nicely done!

Once dinner was done and the sun had sunk a bit, I took the wedding party back outside once more for a couple more pictures.

The bridesmaid on Kara’s immediate left in this photo is Lindsay, whose wedding I photographed in 2013, and this photo is a callback to a photo I took at Lindsay’s sister Michelle’s wedding in 2010!
bride & groom kissing at sunset in finger lakes

Here’s the photo I took of James & Kara on the dancefloor at Dave & Lindsay’s wedding, of course having no idea that 4 years later I’d be shooting their wedding!

Around 10pm, Kara & James invited their guests out onto the patio for a fireworks display – a lovely way for me to wrap up my evening with them.

James & Kara – your wedding was so cool & relaxed, and I hope you continue to approach your lives with the same attitude… adventure and teamwork! Congrats!!

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June 21, 2017 - 4:21 pm

Lindsay Kilijanski - Absolutely perfect Wendy!!! These pictures are amazing!!!

June 22, 2017 - 10:39 pm

Joanne - Such a gorgeous wedding dress. The most beautiful I have ever seen. You look so much like your mother. Congratulations

June 23, 2017 - 6:48 pm

Tracey Buntich - Beautiful pictures Wendy… As always so Good to see You

Nathan & Monica – June 10, 2017 | Avanti Mansion Amore Ballroom | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Monica & Nate had an absolutely gorgeous June day for their beautiful wedding at Avanti Mansion’s Amore Ballroom.

Monica & Nate both got ready inside Buffalo’s Embassy Suites, Monica on the 6th floor, Nate on the 3rd. After Monica’s hair & makeup were done, she got dressed and had her dad come in for a “first look” before she headed downstairs to see Nate.

Monica’s dad held it in okay, but you can see the tears making his eyes sparkle.

Down in Nathan’s parents’ suite, all the guys were getting ready.

Nate & his friends wanted a “Flying V” picture in the hotel hallway – I did my best!

We arranged for them to do their “first look” on the landing of the big open staircase in the lobby of the Embassy Suites. The wedding party & their families waited downstairs while Nate & Monica took a few minutes to see each other for the first time as bride & groom! Loved Monica’s huge smile and the crinkle around his eyes as he smiled at her!

As they walked out to the limo, I grabbed this photo of Nate walking with his father-in-law-to-be.

Nate & Monica had a friend bring their dog, Boomer, for a few photos.

What a handsome boy.

The sun was hot & bright so we used the shade of the wraparound patio at Avanti Mansion’s Amore Ballroom for a bunch of the photos.

They had 9 bridesmaids and 8 groomsmen, and also a ring bearer who unfortunately did not really want to be in this photo!

Monica & her girls retreated to the upstairs bridal suite as the guests started to arrive.

A friend played harp as people began to take their seats, and as accompaniment for the processional.

Even though Nate had already seen Monica at the hotel, and for an hour’s worth of pictures, he still got choked up as her dad walked her down the aisle.

His face as he took her hands… <3 <3 <3

If anyone’s curious about the camera, their officiant (a friend of theirs) agreed to take a photo of them as they kissed, from his perspective, showing their guests seated in the background.

These smiles. I can’t get enough.

Nate had Monica’s initials engraved inside his ring.

Guests heard toasts from the best man, the maid of honor, Nathan’s parents, Monica’s dad, and then Nate & Monica themselves. I love getting pictures of the groom fiddling with his new ring!

After the two of them shared their first dance together, the floor opened and guests joined in! I didn’t see anything too wild & crazy while I was there, but the bar was open for at least another hour after I left, so maybe they were just saving the good stuff for after the professional lenses were put away.

You guys have such a beautiful way of looking at each other, NEVER stop laughing together, and always remind everyone around you that teamwork makes the dream work!

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