This past weekend I spent a day with Jake & Colleen and their family & friends as they got married in Buffalo, NY!
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.
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.
Then I drove to Colleen’s parents’ house in West Seneca where she & the girls were getting their makeup done before they got dressed.
I call this “selfies – expectation vs. reality.”
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.
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.
Colleen & Jake’s wedding ceremony was in the beautiful St. Thomas Aquinas in South Buffalo.
I love whatever look the two best men are giving each other in this moment.
This was the hardest I’ve laughed during a Catholic wedding mass in a long time. Maybe ever.
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!
Sunflowers were Jake’s grandmother’s favorite flowers.
Colleen’s sister & her fiance Bob reenacted their proposal with an orange Starburst.
I love receptions in the Greenhouse Room at Hotel Lafayette!
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.
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!