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Adam & Lauren – December 4, 2015 | Mansion on Delaware | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Lauren contacted me about a month ago to ask if I was available for her wedding on Friday December 4th. Normally I don’t take weddings in November & December, but when she explained that it was just going to be the two of them getting married with immediate family in the gorgeous main floor fireplace suite inside the Mansion on Delaware, I immediately agreed!

Bride & Groom smiling at each other | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Adam’s mom & sister helped Lauren make a few last minute adjustments before Lauren went out to see Adam in the other room.
Groom's mom helping the bride with her dress | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Lauren made Adam a pin holding charms with pictures of their fathers and another man (a grandfather? I didn’t ask). Lauren’s brother & his fiancee gave Lauren a locket on a necklace, and inside was a photo of Lauren’s dad.
The bride gave the groom a handmade pin holding charms of their fathers | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyHandmade pin with charms of their fathers, and a locket holding a picture of the bride's father | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We didn’t go outside for long because even though there was no snow, it was quite cold!
Bride & Groom kissing outside Mansion on Delaware | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We went in by the fireplace to warm up (and they got to enjoy their butler service!).
Bride & Groom sitting in front of fireplace | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Lauren’s niece and Adam’s niece made friends right away!
Little girls holding hands | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom with both families | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom showing off keyhole back lace dress | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Once we finished with all the family photos, we gathered in the suite for the ceremony.
Wedding ceremony in front of the fireplace | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's family watching the ceremony | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride laughing during the vows | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling at bride during vows | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom putting bride's ring on her finger | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell Photography

One last photo – Lauren requested, “Let’s do a silly one!”
A silly picture of everyone before they headed out to dinner | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Congratulations, guys! I’m glad Wegmans brings so many people together! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Enjoy your lives together!!!

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John & Liz – Engaged! | Delaware Park | Buffalo Engagement Photography

John & Liz are getting married next August and they wanted to get photos in time to send out holiday save the dates, which meant we had to get the session done quick! Unfortunately we got a pretty chilly day (I think it was about 43 degrees) but fortunately although it was a bit cold, it was beautiful & sunny! We finished up a little quicker than normal because their hands were cold & everyone was starting to get “cherry-nose” but they smiled through the whole thing and we got some beautiful shots! If you’re on their mailing list, look forward to a cool save the date card coming your way in January!
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Alan & Meghan – Engaged! | Buffalo Outer Harbor | Buffalo Engagement Photography

On Halloween morning, I met with Meghan & Alan at the SPoT Coffee in downtown Buffalo. The next day they emailed to tell me they’d be sending in their contract & deposit. 3 days after that we emailed to schedule their engagement session and the following Sunday we met at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor to do their shoot. They met me 11 days ago and here’s their sneak peek already!
Engaged couple smiling at each other | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple at waterfront | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple smiling at each other | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I love how often & how easily they make each other laugh.
Engaged couple making each other laugh | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple at Wilkeson Pointe | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

It was windy and quite chilly, especially out by the water, but they were great sports about it! (I was wearing my winter coat & a scarf, LOL!)
Engaged couple at Buffalo Lighthouse | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple at waterfront | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

It’s not the most dynamic or recognizable skyline, but it’s ours!
Engaged couple in front of Buffalo City Skyline | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple kissing on a pier | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Alan told Meghan that if he agreed to do the slides with her, she had to agree not to make fun of him for loving Kool-Aid.
Engaged couple on slides at Wilkeson Pointe | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple looking at each other in front of sunset sky | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I hadn’t gotten out my ampersand for a long, long time but I think it was perfect for this shot!
Engaged couple kissing in front of the sunset, in silhouette | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Can’t wait for your wedding – I know it will be a lot of fun!!

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Matt & Tina – Engaged! | Buffalo Theatre District & Wilkeson Pointe | Buffalo Engagement Photography

Matt & Tina are getting married in Buffalo at the end of October next year, and we got their engagement session in before the end of October this year! It was a breezy evening but thankfully not as cold as some of the days we’ve had recently!!
Engaged couple sitting on the rocks at Wilkeson Pointe | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple in front of fall ivy | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple on a windy evening | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple in front of painted wall on the side of Shea's | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Loved their pose for this semi-silhouette shot!
Engaged couple kissing in front of wind sculpture at Wilkeson Pointe | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple outside Shea's Performing Arts Center | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Even standing on the concrete in heels, Tina still wasn’t as tall as Matt!
Engaged couple in front of fall ivy | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They had so many that I loved. This is a way bigger than normal sneak peek for me, but it was a great session! Loved that they included their “nerdy t-shirts” (her words!).
Composition of engagement photos of couple at Buffalo Theatre District and Wilkeson Pointe | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Tina made this blanket to bring to the session! Loved it.
Engaged couple sitting on a handmade blanket | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple in front of Buffalo Theatre District sign | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple on the breakwall at Times Beach | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyClose-up of engaged couple as he gives her a kiss | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

It was a beautiful sunset. So glad everything worked out for us!!
Engaged couple on the breakwall at Times Beach | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Congrats, guys! Looking forward to working with you next October!!

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Travis & Kristy – October 18, 2015 | Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Last fall, I met Travis & Kristy out at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center (gorgeous, especially in the autumn) for their engagement session. Trees are their passion (Kristy also loves moss as a specialty) and I did my best to honor that in both their engagement and wedding photos!
Bride & Groom kissing as they walk down a path | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They live only a few blocks from the Botanical Gardens so I stopped at their house first to do some photos of Travis & the guys getting ready. Their floral designer David Clark was there to help with boutonnieres and corsages – check out this awesome wire wrapped succulent boutonniere!
Wire wrapped succulent boutonniere | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I also got to meet their cats. They were not particularly interested in what I was doing.
Bride & Groom's cats | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Neither was Travis’s dad – he turned on the Bills/Bengals game, haha.
Groom's dad watching TV | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I didn’t realize ahead of time that Travis was going to be wearing a tunic, sword, and crown!
Groom posing in medieval tunic & crown | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom wearing medieval tunic and carrying sword | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

From there I drove over to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens where Kristy was getting ready in one of the classrooms. She wore a dagger on her lower leg, which they later used to cut the cake!
Bride wearing dagger on her lower leg| Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

As I said, Kristy’s specialty is moss so they had some books staged to be a nice backdrop. She also gave each of the women a bracelet with a tree-inspired charm.
Bride getting ready | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Her manicure was perfect!
Bride's nails painted with green leaves | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's dress with lace leaf applique | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When they opened the door and let her dad see her, his response was perfect.
Bride's dad reacting to seeing her for the first time | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

As I said, they are both very passionate about trees. They decided to have their “first look” INSIDE the weeping beech on the property at the Botanical Gardens. I got Travis in place underneath the branches and called to Kristy.
Bride entering the weeping beach for the first look | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom holding hands before the first look | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

It was seriously 37 degrees. Their smiles as they turned to each other warmed it up in there by at least 30 degrees!
Bride & Groom turning to each other for the first look | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Kristy had David Clark make “Kokedama moss ball bouquets” instead of traditional hand-held flowers. And yes, in addition to the green sash at her waist, she had a layer of green tulle sewn underneath the top lace layer of her skirt. It was a perfect subtle nod.
Bride & Groom posing underneath the branches of a weeping beach | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I told them to take me around to any trees that were special or important to them. “This one!” Kristy said. “It’s a living fossil!”
Bride & Groom posing in front of tree | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Morty the corpse flower is on display inside the center dome and they brought him a bow tie. They said he was the guest of honor. Maybe it’s time I mention that Kristy works at the Botanical Gardens?! Not many people would want to get married at the place where they work, but not everyone works at such a beautiful place, or loves their job this much!
Bride & Groom posing with Morty the corpse flower | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding Party with moss ball pomander bouquets | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Their rings were unique and I had a fun time photographing them in different places. Here they are on a bonsai.
Rings on the moss underneath a bonsai tree | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyMedieval battle of the wedding party | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They had fun with the theme!
Medieval wedding portraits | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride knighting the groom | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBotanical themed wedding bands & engagement ring on the groom's sword | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Everything was so beautiful and green.
Moss card box, hand fasting ribbons | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

If you’re thinking that the ceremony should have started with Travis & the groomsmen walking out to the “Game of Thrones” theme song, don’t worry – it did. The girls walked in to another piece of music from The Lord of the Rings.
Ceremony in the Center Dome | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Michelle from YellowBird Wedding does such a great job officiating! Travis & Kristy chose to do a handfasting before they put on their rings.
YellowBird Weddings performing the hand fasting | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom putting bride's ring on her finger during ceremony | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After the ceremony, I took a couple photos of them holding their “Just Married” sign. When I did a close-up, I told them they didn’t have to smile. I didn’t realize til I was going through the pictures that Kristy had stuck her tongue out!
Bride & Groom holding "Just Married" sign | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Travis’s nephew wanted to get in on the sword-wielding action!
Groom's nephew wearing his uncle's sword | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Kristy’s grandmother made this cake. If it had been in a more accessible, well-lit location, I think it may have beat Sam & Kristen’s LEGO cake for most-photographed!
Hobbit cake made by the bride's grandmother | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

“We’re having a surprise for our first dance,” Travis confided to me earlier in the day. “Can you let me in on the secret?” I asked. I wanted to be ready! “We’re having a battle.” They sure did! Don’t worry, no blood was shed.
Battle before the first dance | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFormal dances | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's ring hand on the back of the bride's dress | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride, Groom, and guests enjoying the dancefloor in the center dome | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

As a thank you for their participation, Kristy’s mom hand-painted different flowers for each of the ladies involved in the wedding.
Bride's mom holding mini painting | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Even though it was below freezing and they had to wipe frost off the seat of the motorcycle, Travis & Kristy stuck with their plan for a motorcycle getaway at the end of the night. Never fear – they did put on helmets before they actually drove the ~4 blocks home!
Bride & Groom silhouette outside lit window | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyMotorcycle getaway | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Congratulations to the two of you, THANK YOU for ending my season with such a happy & fun wedding, and I wish you so much joy in your lives!!!

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October 22, 2015 - 2:56 pm

Suzanne Monroe - Wendy your pictures are awesome. What a beautiful wedding. Kristy looked elegant & Travis so handsome. Jim & I were so thrilled with this totally awesome event. Thank you for putting up the blog. Love it.

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