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Jason & Jeanine – July 9, 2016 | St Louis Church | Avanti Mansion | Buffalo Wedding Photography

If you’re going to walk all the way out to the lighthouse, you do it right.
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Jason & Jeanine got married at St Louis RC Church, the oldest Roman Catholic church in Buffalo and the tallest open stonework spire in the United States!
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I think wedding ceremonies are not generally terribly interesting to the smalls.
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I loved Jason’s proud, happy smiles all day!
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The wind did about all it could to take Jeanine’s veil far, far away.
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A Rolls Royce in front of the Avanti Mansion made a perfect shot!
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This cake topper wasn’t on the cake – it was in a bell jar next to the cake. I was confused at first until I saw the sign listing all the weddings that have used it… over 30 weddings dating back to 1914!!
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These happy smiles right before they were announced into their reception!
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After Jeanine danced with her dad, she took the mic for a surprise announcement. Jay & Jeanine are expecting a baby, which everyone knew, but nobody knew that Jeanine had an early ultrasound to find out the baby’s sex! Even she didn’t know boy or girl – she had the tech write it down in a sealed envelope and gave the envelope to a friend, who was instructed to put either a crown or a tiara in a wrapped box for Jason & Jeanine and everyone to find out together.
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I’m sure at least 50% of the guests were crying happy tears at this point, especially Jason’s mom!
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Then the dancefloor opened and it was party, party, party the rest of the night!
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Congratulations on your marriage and your little boy – he is blessed to be entering such a big, loving family!!

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Jordan & Amanda – June 25, 2016 | Beaver Island Clubhouse | Grand Island NY Wedding Photography

Amanda & Jordan are married! Amanda saw one of these at a bridal show and instead of renting it, her stepdad made it for her! Gorgeous.
Bride & Groom posing with giant, handmade LOVE sign | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jordan & the guys got ready at his brother’s house on Grand Island. They all took a shot of Fireball, which was apparently infamous after Jordan’s stag.
Groom & groomsmen toasting with Fireball | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom & Groomsmen getting ready | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroomsmen sitting at patio table | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Amanda & her girls got ready at home, just a few minutes down Grand Island.
Bride's shoes & jewelry | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I loved their personalized buffalo!
Details at the house while bride is getting ready | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride hugging her dad | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's mom & sister helping with her jewelry | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride leaving the house | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jordan waited with balloons for Amanda to approach for their first look. I loved this smile on his face just before he turned around!
Groom waiting with balloons for first look | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom moments after seeing each other for the first look | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

All of their family was ready and waiting for photos, so that we could get everything done before the ceremony. Some family members were more eager than others.
Bride & Groom with niece and nephew, crying | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The beach & boardwalk were packed, but with some creative posing & exposure, we worked around it the best we could!
Bride & Groom on treed walkway at Beaver Island Clubhouse | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom in soft black & white | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photographycolored paper lanterns and lit up giant LOVE sign | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Guests arrived at the front of the building and walked down to the lower lawn for the ceremony. Thankfully it was short and sweet, because the guests were roasting in the bright, clear afternoon sun!!
Sign asking guests to go around for the ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWide shot of ceremony on the lawn at Beaver Island Clubhouse | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling at bride during ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride smiling at groom during ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom's kiss at the end of the ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The dinging room at the clubhouse was beautifully done in blush pink, mint green, and gold. They had “party animals” to tell everyone where to sit for dinner, and to indicate their meal choice!
Reception details for mint green, soft pink, and gold reception at Beaver Island Clubhouse | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGold painted animals as place cards | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

A sweet picture of Amanda with her sister Tara, right before Tara let the bombs fall during her toast/roast! Jordan’s brothers, co-best men, didn’t take it any easier on them! I think I saw some people laughing so hard their eyes were watering.
Bride with her sister | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyMaid of honor pointing to giant rastafarian banana during her toast | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBest men laughing hard as groom covers his face during toasts | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBridesmaids laughing during best men toast | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBest men, groom's brothers, giving toast | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After dinner we sneaked out for just a couple more photos down on the boardwalk, since the light was softer and many of the beachgoers had left for the evening.
Bride & Groom on the boardwalk at Beaver Island State Park just before sunset | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jordan & Amanda surprised his parents by playing their first dance song to celebrate their 40th anniversary! After dancing together for a couple of minutes, they asked their kids to come join them.
Groom's parents celebrating their 40th anniversary with a dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's family dancing together | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The dance floor soon filled and the giant rasta banana even got in on the fun!
Guests dancing at Beaver Island Clubhouse | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests dancing at Beaver Island Clubhouse | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Congratulations on a beautiful wedding!!

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June 28, 2016 - 5:22 pm

Monica shelvay - It was an awesome and amazing day. Congratulations to the happy couple again. Love your cuz

Joshua & Amber – June 24, 2016 | Lucarelli’s Franklin Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Josh & Amber chose the Japanese Garden for their photos, and it was beautiful AND shady – both of which were appreciated by all!

Bride & Groom smiling in Delaware Park Japanese Garden | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Josh & the guys got ready at his cousin’s house, only about 6 blocks away from home. Thankfully he had good a/c to keep everyone cool on such a hot day!
Best man helping groom get ready | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom & groomsmen getting dressed | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I drove up to Josh & Amber’s house where her mom and all the bridesmaids were dressed and ready to help Amber with her finishing touches!
Bride and bridesmaids getting ready | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's mom helping button her dress | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride laughing as she puts in her earrings | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyMaid of honor helping bride with her shoes | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Just before the “first look” a touch of nerves hit Amber and she cried for a few seconds. Josh was already stationed outside with the sweetest look of anticipation on his face!!
Bride crying just before the first look | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's look of anticipation as he waits for his bride | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's sapphire and diamond earring | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and groom walking, holding hands | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Down in the Japanese Garden, we stuck to the shade for all the group shots – it was a hot day and the guys were all wearing three piece suits!
Bride laughing at groom's silly face | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and groom kissing in Japanese Garden | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Josh’s two cousins are also his best friends, and might as well be his brothers.
Groom with two cousins, his best men | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding Party in front of City Hall | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom in front of Buffalo City Hall | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

One of the girls gave this to Josh in remembrance of his mother.
Groom holding pin honoring his mother | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom's rings | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The best man, Erik, and his wife Kayla, whose wedding I photographed last June – her due date was THIS DAY!
Best man and his pregnant wife | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I loved seeing how excited Josh looked as Amber’s mom walked her down the aisle!
Groom's face as his bride comes down the aisle | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photographyring bearer, flower girl, and mom walking the bride down the aisle | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom putting bride's ring on her finger | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding on Lucarelli's outdoor patio | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Because Lucarelli’s Franklin Room has an elevated dance floor, Josh & Amber got to do a center-of-attention dip as the entered their reception!
Groom giving bride a dip as they enter the reception | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyPersonalized champagne flutes | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographySilver glitter Mr & Mrs sign on the head table | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographySimple white wedding cake with silver Mr. & Mrs. and blue flowers | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom's first dance in Lucarelli's Franklin Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling at bride during first dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride laughing with her father during their dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The DJ kept everyone going and we sneaked a couple of photo booth props onto the dance floor to ambush Josh. He liked it.
Guests enjoying the dance floor | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests dancing with the bride and groom | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Thank you for hiring me – I was glad to be there! You guys are so sweet and I wish you the best!!

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June 29, 2016 - 5:26 pm

Beth Harriger - We are so happy with the pictures. Wendy made a wonderful suggestion for pictures to be at the Japanese Garden. Thank you for the beautiful memories.

Stephen & Sierra – June 11, 2016 | Private Residence | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography

Last summer, Sierra found my website and emailed me – we had one phone call (they live in Chicago) and we booked the date! I never met Steve or Sierra til I arrived there on Saturday but it doesn’t matter. Gorgeousness abounds!
Bride & Groom kissing on a dock at sunset | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Steve & the groomsmen got ready in the pool house. It was about 90 degrees and even with a ceiling fan, it was sweltering inside. The guys chose to hang out on the lawn instead.
Groom with a beer | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyMr & Mrs dish with wedding bands | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom & Groomsmen getting ready before ceremony | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Sierra & the bridesmaids got ready in the house. I loved this tote bag with their wedding date!
Tote Bag with wedding date circled | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's sister helping her do her makeup | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Bridesmaids getting ready | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride hugging her mom | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Steve’s adorable nephew gave some sweet smiles.
Groom's nephew smiling | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We arranged a “first look” so that Steve & Sierra could do most of their photos before the ceremony.
Bride & Groom first look | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing after first look | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding Party posing next to pool | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Each of the bridesmaids had a chalkboard saying how they met Sierra.
Bride with bridesmaids holding chalkboard saying how they met | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom smiling | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's ring and bouquet | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom posing in front of flower bush | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Very pretty. Love photographing lakeside!
Bride & Groom in front of lake | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When Sierra’s dad walked her down the aisle, he didn’t just give her a kiss – he gave her a big hug.
Groom's dad hugging her hard as he gives her away | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The kids in the movie got some extra encouragement for their participation (and quietness).
Ring bearer and flower girl with lollipops during ceremony | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling at bride during ceremony | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyCeremony with petals in grass aisle | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Sierra’s mom & stepdad own this house and her mom put this gorgeous “Mr. & Mrs.” lit-up sign on the roof!
Bride & Groom in front of giant Mr. & Mrs. sign on the roof | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's ring and watch | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing in front of tree with lights around trunk | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyReception tent details | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom giving groomsman a high five | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride dancing with her stepdad | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom dancing with their parents | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Getting some sunset shots was one of Sierra’s requests, so we went out on the dock – everyone stayed very dry!
Bride & Groom hugging at sunset | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing in front of lit up Mr. & Mrs. sign | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyDancefloor under tent in yard | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The only other “must have” was a re-creation of this photo from Sierra’s grandparents’ wedding from 1952!
Bride & Groom recreating her grandparents' wedding photo | Chautauqua Lake Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Congrats guys – have an awesome time in San Francisco!! Enjoy it all!

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