Two years ago, Katie emailed me saying she was a “long time admirer of [my] work,” work, and was wondering how far in advance I’m willing to book dates. I said that normally I book dates anywhere between 6-20 months ahead of time. I next heard from her the following April (so still 18 months in advance!) when they had chosen a date and wanted to put down a deposit. They chose 10/11/14 and it was a beautiful day.
Geoff & Katie got ready, got married, and had their reception at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center in Amherst. Because they wanted to be able to go off-site for some pictures, they arranged to do a “first look” and see each other so that the wedding party could go to the University at Buffalo North Campus’ Baird Point and Glen Park in Williamsville.
We arranged for them to see each other on the sidewalk of the hotel, which worked out quite well as everyone else was able to stand and watch but I was still able to get clear shots of the action. Geoff had a special bandana blindfold made with the wedding colors.
First on the agenda was a picture with their two dogs. They arranged to have a friend meet them at Baird Point, which was beautiful under a bright blue, puffy cloud sky!
We also drove over to Glen Park to get some pictures there (including the first one at the top of this post).
Geoff’s ring was really neat – painted titanium.
When the ceremony started, as each of the groomsmen came forward, and finally Katie & her dad, each of them handed Geoff a ball that he had to figure out how to hang onto.
The officiant suggested having Geoff’s grandparents (married 60 years!) sign their marriage license as witnesses.
While everyone else enjoyed the cocktail hour inside the outdoor tent, Geoff & Katherine enjoyed some (mostly) alone time.
Up in the dining room, the blues & purples looked fabulous on all the tables and the cake, and the paper origami cranes on each and every table was a cool, colorful touch. Each table was a (modified) race bib from a race they’ve run – they randomly met on a bus they were each riding from Buffalo to Philly to run a half-marathon there!
Geoff’s parents have three sons, so they had these shirts made and wore them during introductions.
For a minute I wondered if they were actually going to use it to cut the cake! They didn’t.
In that time between when you’re done eating but the dance floor’s not ready, compare the size of your hand to someone else’s.
Oops. Still a great dance though – those lessons paid off!
It had been quite a while since I’d done a wedding with a oczepiny! It was neat to see everyone come together on the dance floor.
The next day they even went to the Buffalo Bills home game in (a slightly modified version of) their wedding clothes, and were interviewed for an article in the Buffalo News!
I hope you guys had as much fun as it seemed like you did, and that you’re enjoying your honeymoon with as much running and/or relaxing as you want!!