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  • WENDY MITCHELL PHOTOGRAPHY | A little about me

    I am a wedding and engagement photographer in the Buffalo NY area. Each year I shoot weddings across WNY and occasionally travel to other areas of upstate NY as well as northwestern PA. As of right now, I do not travel outside the NY/PA area for weddings.

    I graduated from RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) in 2004 with a B.F.A. in Professional Photographic Illustration. My husband and I (married since 2004) live in Alden with our son who is in second grade this year. We enjoy camping, hiking, kayaking, taking lots of self-timer family portraits, and traveling when our budget allows!

    Wendy Mitchell Photography has been open since 2005 and while I used to shoot as many as 50 weddings a year, I currently shoot about 32 weddings each season (I photographed my 300th wedding in September 2013!). It's what I love to do and I'd love to talk to you about your wedding!

David & Caitlin – May 16, 2015 | Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Dave & Caitlin got married and that is awesome.
Bride & Groom running & jumping on Gallagher Pier on a foggy day | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Caitlin got ready at her parents’ house, which is also her dad’s childhood home. I got to take pictures of her in her Biggie T-shirt, and also posing with her ribbon-winning self-portrait from first grade!
Bride getting ready with bridesmaids | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After she got her dress on, she had to give her mom a momentary stern warning not to cry or make her cry. Then everyone got in and did a pre-game 1-2-3!
Bride telling her mom not to cry | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyPre-game cheer for bride & bridesmaids | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Over at the church, Dave & the guys were preparing for the ceremony. Dave’s brother & best man Jackson had the rings.
Best man holding wedding bands | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Dave was all smiles and no nerves in his Syracuse tie!
Groom smiling talking to a guest before the ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom smiling at the altar | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom smiling while kneeling at the altar | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom exiting the church in bubbles | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom smiling at each other outside the church after bubbles | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Although there were a few raindrops right at the end of the ceremony, thankfully the rainclouds passed and we were able to get outside for some photos!! I love how much Dave & Caitlin make each other smile and laugh.
Bride & Groom with wedding party in the background | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom beaming at each other | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroomsman holding peony, rose, and hydrangea bouquet | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

On the way to downtown, we stopped at Gallagher Pier. I had been warned that it was “really foggy, like Golden Gate level foggy” but I thought surely it was an exaggeration. NOPE. You know that GIANT grain silo just to the south of the beach? It was 100% invisible from the pier. Crazy.
Bride & Groom smiling in black & white | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing on Gallagher Pier on a very foggy afternoon | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

It was a full 15 degrees cooler down by the water and the girls did some buttkicks to keep warm!
Bride & bridesmaids running in place to keep warm on a chilly day | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We made one last stop at Niagara Square before heading over to the reception. The trees around the square were perfect!
Wedding Party in Niagara Square | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom posing in Niagara Square | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Their reception was my third in a row in Hotel Lafayette’s Greenhouse Room – love that room!!
Reception details in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography0516_parents

When a bride & groom can have this much fun together, it makes my job so easy. Everyone had an amazing (alcohol-fueled) night and I am so glad I got to be there to get all of these photos!
Bride & Groom being introduced into their reception with bride riding piggyback | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests dancing in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing under the lights in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room's courtyard | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests dancing in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & a guest standing on chairs on the dancefloor at Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Thanks guys, hope you are having a great mini-moon, and I’ll be sending along all the rest of the photos as soon as they’re ready!!!

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Mark & Robbyn – May 17, 2015 | Tonawanda Creek | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Last winter, on Valentine’s Day, I photographed Arthur & Jackie’s wedding. Last month, Arthur called me because his brother Mark (who was his best man) had gotten engaged and was planning a wedding – soon! He said that Mark & Robbyn would be having a very small, 1815-themed wedding on the bank of Tonawanda Creek, at her parents’ house. He said that everyone would be dressing in vintage clothing and that they’d love to have some photography that looked old, to suit the theme of the wedding. I said it wasn’t something that I’d ever tried before, but that I’d do my best!

Photo of bride & groom in 2015 made to look like mid-19th century | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Mark & Robbyn got ready at her parents’ house (just across the road from where the ceremony would take place) and their families arrived dressed for the theme.
Bride & Groom getting ready for 1815 themed wedding | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom & best man getting ready for 1815 themed wedding | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyInvitation to 1815 themed wedding | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom giving last minute looks in the mirror before 1815 themed wedding | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The ceremony took place just across the road, on Robbyn’s parents’ deck, under a tree, overlooking the Tonawanda Creek. It was a beautiful, warm day!
Civil War re-enactor as wedding officiant | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBest man holding the wedding rings at 1815 themed wedding | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyCreekside wedding ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFamily members watching and participating in 1815 themed wedding | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom looking at bride during 1815 themed wedding ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride smiling during 1815 themed wedding | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After the wedding, we did one group photo of everyone who attended, then a few family photos and that was it! They took advantage of my new “Just the facts, ma’am” package – 2 hours, ceremony and portraits. Simple!
Group photo at 2015 wedding with 1815 theme | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom walking hand in hand after 1815 themed wedding | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Congratulations on having a wedding that was all your own – you did a great job with the clothes & the overall feel, and I hope it was just what you wanted!

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May 19, 2015 - 11:00 pm

Robbyn Drake - Wendy, your photos completely captured the spirit of our wedding. We love them! You were so easygoing and fun to work with, the photography was really an enjoyable part of the day. Thank you so much!

May 19, 2015 - 11:21 pm

Christy - Congratulations Robbyn and Mark!
Wendy…”For something you never tried before” You nailed it!
-Best Wishes
Christy

May 20, 2015 - 4:12 am

Mary Sullivan - So very beautiful ! All the best to you !

May 20, 2015 - 8:35 am

Wendy - Thank you Robbyn, you guys were very easy to work with and I’m glad you love the photos!

May 20, 2015 - 5:32 pm

Dave Saj - Congratulations Mark and Robbyn! Welcome to the “other side” of life. Though it only gets better, it also gets shorter fast. It looks like the day was a good old nineteenth-century kind of celebration. You know, coincidentally, it was in about 1815 exactly when Sylvester Pendleton Clarke came to said area to make his money and have his 19 children. The black and white group photo was very thought provoking as I was thinking the above thought just as I scrolled to it. Anyway, God bless and know that you all continue in my prayers. That will remain true for all foreseeable future. The next 200 years, like those that passed between 1815 and 2015, will pass quickly. Enjoy the lot of them that God gives you and be thankful for all the blessings you will share by His grace. All the best.
With Love,
Dave (and Jen) Saj

May 22, 2015 - 9:11 am

Dave Ritchie - Congratulations, Robbyn and Mark! Robbyn, you’re so radiant, and Mark, you’re so dashing! It’s fitting that you look restrained in the sepia-toned pictures, but I’m glad you all show your joy in the color pictures! What a glorious event. Enjoy.
Dave

Jason & Katie – May 9, 2015 | Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography

When I met with Jason & Katie last summer, I could tell by how easily they made each other smile that they would be a joy to photograph.
Bride & Groom in front of Buffalo City Hall | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I started the day at their home in Buffalo, where some “Buffalove” touches made great photos!
Bride's red Manolo Blahnik heels and red bouquet with Elmwood Ave pillow | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's Alfred Angelo dress | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding rings with beer glasses | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They had their ceremony at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Orchard Park and I loved Jason’s reaction as Katie & her dad came through the doorway at the end of the aisle, and Katie’s face as she got closer and closer to the altar.
Groom with his hands over his face as he sees his bride come down the aisle | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride beaming as she comes down the aisle with her dad | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFlower girl blowing bubbles after ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom exiting church through bubbles | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We visited Canalside and got a chance to hop up on Buffalo Pedal Tour’s bike cart!
Bride & Groom on Buffalo Pedal Tour bike cart | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and Groom on bridge at Buffalo Canalside | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding Party on bridge at Buffalo Canalside | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFlower girl touching her dad's face | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We stopped at City Hall before heading to the reception, and just happened to get there as a large group of tourists was being picked up by their bus. I just stood to the side and laughed!
Wedding Party photographed by tourists in front of Buffalo City Hall | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride laughing during posed photos | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing in front of Buffalo City Hall | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Their reception was in one of my favorite rooms, Hotel Lafayette’s Greenhouse Room, and the cake and decorations were beautiful.
White on White wedding cake topped with red roses | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyNumbered Buffalo table numbers | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's dad laughing with bridesmaid | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFlowergirl eating melon while waiting for dinner to start | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Once the dancing started, the floor was packed the entire time I was there, and I think Jason & Katie even extended the party to go later into the night! It seemed like everyone was having a fantastic time. What an amazing way to start off their married lives together!
Groomsmen dancing in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests dancing in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Congratulations and have a wonderful time at Disney – did you get your hands on a selfie stick?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Send me a snapshot of you two at Disney (wearing the ears!) and I’ll include it in the blog post!!

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Jake & Colleen – March 21, 2015 | St Thomas Aquinas | Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography

This past weekend I spent a day with Jake & Colleen and their family & friends as they got married in Buffalo, NY!
Bride & Groom in Greenhouse Room Courtyard at Hotel Lafayette | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I met Jake and the guys that morning in Jake’s hotel suite at Hotel Lafayette. They weren’t in any real hurry to get ready since the wedding still wasn’t for a couple hours, so I got photos of them just hanging out together, cracking jokes.
Groomsmen laughing before wedding | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Just 18 days before the wedding, Jake ruptured his Achilles tendon and had to have emergency surgery. Thankfully he was able to be up & walking, and could wear a less obtrusive brace under his pants for the ceremony & pictures.
Groom's walking boot | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroomsman hanging out in hotel suite with Tim Hortons | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyRingbearers talking to groom before ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jake and the guys enjoyed my use of words like “filigree” and “surreptitious” (that I totally didn’t make up).
Bride and Groom's wedding rings | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyTrying on the groom's wedding ring | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Then I drove to Colleen’s parents’ house in West Seneca where she & the girls were getting their makeup done before they got dressed.
Bride & bridesmaids hanging out in the kitchen | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBridesmaids smiling together before wedding | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I call this “selfies – expectation vs. reality.”
Selfie - expectation vs reality | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's engagement ring | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Colleen’s parents had a calendar in their kitchen with customized dates, and used the picture from Jake & Colleen’s “save the date” to mark March 21st.
Personalized calendar marking the wedding date | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's dress hanging on the mantle of a fireplace | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBridesmaid smiling as she watches the bride put her dress on | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The dress Colleen wore was her grandmother’s – she worked with Ali from Anatomy (http://madebyanatomy.com/) to alter the dress so she could wear it again.
Back of lace wedding dress | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's parents being interviewed for wedding video | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Colleen & Jake’s wedding ceremony was in the beautiful St. Thomas Aquinas in South Buffalo.
Groom with best men before ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom watching as the bride comes down the aisle | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & her dad coming down the aisle | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I love whatever look the two best men are giving each other in this moment.
Groom smiling as he takes the bride's hand, as best men make faces at each other | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom laughing during the ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom at altar at St. Thomas Aquinas | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom looking at their rings during ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

This was the hardest I’ve laughed during a Catholic wedding mass in a long time. Maybe ever.
Best men laughing during ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom exiting the church with a bagpiper | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After the church, we made our way downtown to the Cobblestone District and Canalside. It was a chilly, gray afternoon but thankfully the precipitation held off!
Bride & Groom in Cobblestone District | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & bridesmaids at Canalside | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom & Groomsmen in front of Naval Park at Canalside | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Sunflowers were Jake’s grandmother’s favorite flowers.
Sunflower bouquet on wood table | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Colleen’s sister & her fiance Bob reenacted their proposal with an orange Starburst.
Man proposing to his fiancee with a Starburst | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing in Greenhouse Room Courtyard at Hotel Lafayette | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I love receptions in the Greenhouse Room at Hotel Lafayette!
Reception in Greenhouse Room at Hotel Lafayette | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Each groomsman entered the reception with a crutch, and they held them up in a mock salute as Jake & Colleen were introduced as husband and wife.
Bride & Groom entering reception with crutches salute | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom first dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom dancing with his mother | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests dancing | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests dancing | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom dancing | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Thank you, Jake, Colleen, both families, and all the wedding party, for being so much fun & so easy to work with. Congratulations and have a fun honeymoon!

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March 23, 2015 - 10:10 pm

Ann Cline - These pictures are over the top beautiful!! They truly capture the joy of the entire day!!

Jose & Deborah – January 17, 2015 | Fredonia College Lodge | Buffalo Wedding Photography

When Debbie first emailed me in January 2014 and said she had been following my work for several years, I was so flattered. Then she said they were thinking about a January 2015 wedding and I thought maybe she was crazy. January weather is so unpredictable, except for the fact that you know it’s going to be cold! However with an off-season wedding, you get your pick of dates, venues, and vendors, and the snowy backdrop was indeed as gorgeous as she predicted.
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I met her at Facial Expressions in Fredonia where she was finishing up her makeup, and from there we drove over to Edwards Waterhouse Inn for all of the girls to get dressed, and for Debbie & Jose to have their “first look” before we headed out to do the wedding party photos.
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We stopped at Rotunda Grapevine Railroad Farm, which is near where they live. Debbie – you looked amazing with that bright can’t-hold-me-down smile on your face even in the freezing cold!
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Debbie’s girls looked GORGEOUS in their gold dresses but it was hovering around 36 degrees with 20-30mph winds so I tried as hard as I could to go quickly!
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In the winter, the guys have it so much easier. “Can we put our hands in our pockets?” I heard. Also, “It’s really slippery right here. If we fall, do you you take pictures of that too?” Answer, yes, I would have (I’d also have given you a hand up afterwards though).
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We all hopped back in our cars and headed to the church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Dunkirk. The flower girl was not a fan of my camera, but the ring bearer hammed it up after a promise of fruit snacks!
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I had been “warned” ahead of time that Jose had not ever officially asked for Deborah’s hand in marriage from her father – I suppose after 9 years together, it seemed like a given. However Debbie’s dad took the opportunity at the front of the aisle to make sure Jose knew what’s what. I love everything about that photo, from the smiles to the cameras in the background to the “wrap it up, dad” cane coming in from the right.
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I am always glad when the church has open balcony access for a shot from above during the ceremony!
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Afterwards, Jose’s mom gave Debbie a “welcome to the family” hug.
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Because of the cold temperatures & wind, they made the call not to stop anywhere else for pictures, opting to head straight to the College Lodge outside Brocton. Having been up there last summer for their engagement photos I was nervous about the steep, winding driveway, but the keeper of the grounds had it well sanded and everyone got up the hill with no problems. The decorations were gorgeous – I know Debbie did a TON of DIY stuff and it looked amazing! The cake topper was her grandparents’ and many of the touches that were not DIY were vintage.
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Jose & Debbie braved the cold once more for a couple more shots of the two of them, then it was back inside to the roaring fireplaces & open bar for the rest of the night!
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After a family-style meal, all eyes were on them as they shared their long-awaited first dance as husband & wife.
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They hand-made this photo backdrop which turned out really cool!
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Congratulations, I hope you’re having an amazing time on your (warm!) honeymoon, and thank you for letting me be the one to document the results of all your hard work on this beautiful wedding!!!

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January 20, 2015 - 6:20 pm

Nora Ramirez - Lovely pictures of a lovely wedding!

January 21, 2015 - 7:28 am

Deborah Ferrer - We’ve killed our phone batteries on our honeymoon because we just can’t stop looking at these incredible images. You captured moments we didn’t even know were happening and made the moments we were aware of oh so much better than we remembered. Jose and I can’t thank you enough!

January 21, 2015 - 7:36 am

Roberta Mastrelli - What wonderful pictures of that perfect day. You both look so happy and looked like you enjoyed your day so much. Love, Aunt Roberta

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