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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 first 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 30 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!

Jacob & Sarah – Engaged! | Engagement Session | Buffalo Wedding Photography

I’ll be photographing Jacob & Sarah’s wedding next September at RED House in Cassadaga and I can’t wait. These two are so cute together and naturals in front of the camera. I loved the inclusion of Sarah’s horses & dog in the session! Normally I don’t post engagement session photos in chronological order, but for this one, it just made the most sense to me, so here we go.

Engaged couple in front of white fence with wedding date in chalk | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We walked out to where Sarah’s horses were grazing with a can of snacks and this guy clearly thought I was the bearer of treats.
Horse coming close to the camera with engaged couple in the background | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple with three horses | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Sarah wanted me to take a shot that focused on her ring, which I did, but I couldn’t resist taking one like this too!
Girl smiling at her horse in black & white | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyCouple sitting in a grape vineyardEngaged couple laughing together in black & white | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They did an outfit change and we got Sarah’s dog and drove down to the beach where the light was gorgeous and the sky was perfect. So glad they knew about this little spot!
Engaged couple at the beach with chocolate lab | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple at the beach | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple kissing at the beach | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple sitting on rocks at the beach, initials and wedding date written in sand

I’m so glad you guys hired me for your wedding. I’m looking forward to it!!!

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Jesse & Anna – September 13, 2014 | Moon Brook Country Club | Jamestown NY Wedding Photography

Last fall Jesse & Anna came up to Delaware Park’s Rose Garden for their engagement session. This past weekend I drove to Jamestown for their wedding! It was unseasonably chilly, but thankfully the rain cleared off and we got a beautifully sunny afternoon to do pictures outside at Moon Brook Country Club.

Groom kissing bride on the forehead | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I met them at Bemus Point United Methodist Church where they both got dressed – Anna upstairs & Jesse downstairs.
Bemus Point United Methodist Church | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Anna’s 3 year old niece loved “putting makeup on” her mom and Anna (I believe it was eyeshadow, but the cover was closed).
Bride's 3 year old niece putting makeup on the bride | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFlower girl putting makeup on her mom | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When Anna put her dress on, everyone was holding back tears til Anna’s dad came in, then several people (including Anna’s dad) lost it a little.
Bride's mom holding back tears as she sees the bride in her dress | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's dad crying after seeing her for the first time | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I couldn’t resist getting a great close-up of their rings – Jesse’s was so cool, very different than the men’s bands I’m used to seeing!
Bride and Groom's rings together on their invitation | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyPurple boutonniere | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When the ceremony started, Anna’s and Jesse’s moms walked down the aisle together.
Mothers walking together down the aisle | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFlowergirls coming down the aisle | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling as he waits for the bride to come down the aisle | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Seeing Jesse smile at Anna during the ceremony (and hearing his voice break as he said his vows) was extremely sweet.
Groom smiling at bride during ceremony | Wendy Mitchell Photographywedding ceremony in Bemus Point United Methodist Church | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride smiling at groom during ceremony | Wendy Mitchell Photographywedding in Bemus Point United Methodist Church | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom's first kiss at the end of the ceremony | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom coming down the aisle after wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

As Jesse & Anna went pew-to-pew greeting their guests after the ceremony, everyone gathered in the church entry and talked to each other while waiting for family pictures.
Guests smiling after wedding ceremony | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Apparently Anna & Jesse have an addiction to Mountain Dew!
Bride holding a can of Mountain Dew | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We opted not to go anywhere else for pictures because of the chilly breeze (I suggested the shore of Chautauqua Lake, but we all agreed it might be even windier & colder there) so we just went straight over to Moon Brook Country Club. I got a few pictures of the details earlier in the day before I drove to the church so that once I arrived with the wedding party, we could just go straight in to group picture mode!
0913_0921Head table with burlap "falling in love" bunting | Wendy Mitchell PhotographySimple flower centerpieces | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyDetails at the reception including card box, Willow Tree figurine, and cupcake tower | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFramed fingerprint tree guest book | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Like I said, it was chilly!
Bride walking with a fleece jacket on | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding Party at Moon Brook Country Club | Wendy Mitchell Photography

What’s the flower girl holding in that group photo, you ask? She’s happy to show you!
Flower girl holding Cap'n Crunch snack bag | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding Party at Moon Brook Country Club | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom with each groomsman | Wendy Mitchell Photography

It was cold enough no one wanted to make her take her “jacket” off so we just went with it.
Bride with flowergirls | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride with bridesmaids at Moon Brook Country Club | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jesse & Anna were introduced and went straight into their first dance.
Bride & Groom's first dance at Moon Brook Country Club | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom's first dance at Moon Brook Country Club | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jesse’s step-dad gave a nice toast & blessing, after which Anna’s best friend and matron of honor privately presented her with a charm of roller skates. Jesse’s (and now Anna’s) last name is “Evan” – people in Jamestown can figure this one out.
Bride & Groom smiling at each other during the toast | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyMatron of honor holding roller skate charms as a gift to the bride | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After dinner we sneaked out for a few more photos, then it was just dance, dance, dance the rest of the night!
Bride & Groom at Moon Brook Country Club | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom dancing with his mother at Moon Brook Country Club | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride dancing with her mother at Moon Brook Country Club in Jamestown | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests on the dance floor at Moon Brook Country Club | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Congratulations on making it official – everyone was so happy to see you guys become Mr. & Mrs. Evan!

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Nick & Cheryl – Engaged! | Tifft Nature Preserve | Buffalo Engagement Photography

Nick & Cheryl braved the wind and dodged the raindrops at their Wednesday evening engagement session. We’d already had to postpone from the previous Tuesday when it flat-out rained, and the forecast looked much better for the following Wednesday (that afternoon, it was claiming 0% chance of rain!!) but it didn’t end up being true. We were able to get the session in though, as I know Cheryl is anxious to send out save-the-date cards for their April wedding!
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Locations: Tifft Nature Preserve
Gallagher Beach & Pier
Cobblestone District

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Morgan & Sara – September 6, 2014 | Lafayette Square | Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Morgan & Sara did it – took over Lafayette Square and got married!
Bride & Groom smiling at each other on city street with Buffalo City Hall in the background

I met Morgan & the guys in the VIP Suite at Hyatt Regency, where almost everyone had pants on. Ignoring this, I focused on close-ups of the wedding bands until everyone else was ready for their close-ups. This group definitely keep me on my toes all day.
Bride & Groom's wedding bandsGroom pinning his boutonniere to his jacketGroomsmen getting ready in Buffalo Hyatt VIP Suite

Morgan & Sara brew beer, and bottled some pale ale as a wedding favor for all their guests!
Home brewed beer as a wedding favorGroomsmen waiting in the hotel suite

Once the guys were ready, we took a shuttle over to Hotel Lafayette where I met Sara & the girls in the 3rd floor corner suite. Sara’s niece was sleeping on the couch – so sweet.
Bride's dress hanging in the window of the 3rd floor corner suite at Hotel Lafayette

I know I shot it shallow enough that you can’t tell, but Sara rocked some Jimmy Choo for her wedding!
Bride's shoes and jewelryBridesmaids holding bouquets from Maureen's WholesaleBride looking in mirror while putting on earringsBride with bridesmaids in 3rd floor corner suite at Hotel Lafayette

I loved the beautiful bouquets from Maureen’s.
Bride's bouquet from Maureen'smodern folded wedding invitation suite

Sara sent everyone else out, and Morgan came in so they could have a “first look” semi-private moment (only semi-private, because I was photographing it along with Phil, the videographer from Bella Star Productions!).
Groom's smile at seeing the bride at the "first look"Bride & Groom smiling at each other after "first look"

We headed down into Lafayette Square for pictures with the wedding party and the families. We had to scratch the plan of heading over to Niagara Square because there was a Tea Party rally being held there. That rally’s organizers actually originally distributed flyers stating that the rally would be held in Lafayette Square at 3pm, to which Sara responded, “Hmmm, check with the city, because I’ve had Lafayette Square reserved since February!” BOOM.
wedding party in Lafayette SquareFlower girl holding pomander bouquetBride & Groom posing with political signBaby smiling Bride & Groom with Buffalo City Hall in the background

Their friend Justin officiated the ceremony. Apparently in this group, friends take turns getting ordained in order to officiate each other’s ceremonies – Morgan officiated for one of his groomsmen, who in turn I believe officiated for another one of the guys.
Officiant holding book with wording for wedding ceremony

The poor flower girl did NOT want to be the center of attention. She made it down the aisle though, holding mommy’s hand!
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It was a very emotional ceremony for Sara’s parents and grandmother – many tears were wiped away.
Bride's parents and grandmother crying during ceremonyGroom smiling during reading of "A Lovely Love Story"

One of Morgan’s friends read Edward Moncton’s “A Lovely Love Story” and it got some big laughs.
Guest reading "A Lovely Love Story" during the wedding ceremony Bride and Groom smiling during vows

I was a little worried about looking distracting while I grabbed this shot, but Sara’s friend Bryan, who organized all the ceremony details, assured me it would be fine, so I ran up there really quick to grab a photo from the monument.
Wedding ceremony in Buffalo's Lafayette Square

After the ceremony, the guests filed quickly up to the open bar at Hotel Lafayette’s Greenhouse Room, which was decorated beautifully. I loved the table runners.
Reception decor in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse RoomFirst dance in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse RoomGroom dancing with his mother in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room

Once the dancefloor opened, it was old-school jams and flying hands. I only got stepped on once though, so I’ll consider that a win!
Guests dancing in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse RoomBride dancing with guests in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse RoomBride dancing with guests in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse RoomBride and Groom dancing with guests in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room

This final picture is titled, “Oh shoot, it’s 10:30 at night and we just realized we never signed the marriage license. Does anyone know how to do this?”
Signing the marriage license

Congratulations Morgan & Sara – you got the good weather you needed, and had a gorgeous Buffalo wedding that everyone thought was awesome. Now have a good honeymoon and take some well-deserved time for just the two of you!

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September 9, 2014 - 5:28 pm

Jacquelyn Streck - Your photos were just beautiful and truly captured all that I experienced at this very beautiful and unique wedding.

Jason & Jacquelyn – September 5, 2014 | Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vineyards | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Bride & Groom in vineyard | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Last fall, I drove all the way to Scranton, PA to photograph Jason & Jackie’s engagement pictures. It was a gorgeous fall afternoon and the park where we met was beautiful! This past Friday, on another beautiful day, I met both Jason & Jackie at the Embassy Suites in downtown Buffalo to take pictures of each of them getting ready and then their first look before we left for Becker Farms.
Best man helping groom with his tie | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography
I liked the comments from the groomsmen (including Jason’s brothers) as he got ready. “He looks alright!” (with a tone of surprise)
Groomsmen watching groom get ready | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I, along with Shaun & Kyla from Shutter Dream Studio, watched and shot while Jason opened his card and gift from Jackie.
Groom reading his card from the bride | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroomsmen smiling as they get dressed | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography
Details of groomsmen getting ready before wedding | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography
Ring bearer putting on his special wedding day socks | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Once the guys were pretty much ready, we headed up to Jackie’s room where she & her mom and the bridesmaids were getting ready.
Wedding invitation, save the date, and rehearsal dinner invitation | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's dress hanging in the window on a custom hanger | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jason gave her a very sweet card, which she read aloud. It was very sweet.
Bride reading her card from the groom | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride wiping away a tear as she opens her gift from the groom | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyCustom cork monogram and bride's shoes | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's card from the groom | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride getting her makeup done | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

This was about the most detailed wire hanger I’ve seen, with the attention to detail in the letters. It was beautiful!
Custom two-line personalized hanger | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jackie completed an Ironman triathlon last year, after which Jason proposed. Having running shoes as part of her wedding day made perfect sense!
Bride's Betsey Johnson heels and Disney Nike running shoes | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride hugging her mom | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride seeing her makeup | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride having her dress laced up by her sister | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride having her veil & shoes put on | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's card for her mom, a custom embroidered handkerchief | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

With the beautiful, curving, open staircase in the Embassy Suites lobby as the setting, we prepared for Jason & Jackie’s “first look” and it was so sweet to see them having this moment together!
Bride anxiously awaiting the first look | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom's first look on the stairs at Buffalo Embassy Suites | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After the first look, while Jason was still wiping away tears, I heard his grandpa say to him, “This is your wedding! This is a day to smile!”
Groom's grandfather telling the groom to smile | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We made a quick stop at Delaware Park to shoot in front of the art gallery and Hoyt Lake before continuing to Becker Farms.
Wedding party on the steps of the Albright Knox Art Gallery | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing at the edge of Hoyt Lake | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom on the steps at Hoyt Lake | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

At Becker Farms, everything was all set for the ceremony on the edge of the vineyard, including the sand for their unity sand ceremony.
His, Hers, and Ours sand for sand ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling at bride during outdoor ceremony at Becker Farms | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyOutdoor ceremony at the edge of the Vineyard at Becker Farms | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom wiping away a tear during the vows at Becker Farms | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing in the vineyard at Becker Farms | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Under the pavilion, the tables were beautifully decorated with purple and burlap, including custom printed mason jar mugs, paper lanterns strung from the rafters, and a perfectly made bent-wire cake topper in the shape of a bicycle built for two.
Custom printed mason jar mugs | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWhite and Purple paper lanterns as decorations | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyThree tier cake decorated with burlap and topped with a custom wire bicycle built for two | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Shaun & Kyla did some of their own footage while I did the details on the dining tables, then it was time for introductions, cake, dinner, and first dance!
Bride & Groom being taped by videographers at Becker Farms | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom cake smash | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom and Bride first dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They did a Harlem Shake style bridal party dance and admitted afterward that the song was way longer than they intended. It got a good laugh though.
Harlem Shake wedding party dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographySilhouettes and shadows on the dancefloor | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride spinning the flower girl on the dancefloor | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroup Selfie on the dancefloor | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Starting around 9pm the rain moved in, destroying their chances for a s’mores-roasting bonfire, but there was a short reprieve in the rain long enough to get the sparkler exit Jackie wanted (although you can still see the raindrops falling in the photos!).
Bride & Groom sparkler exit | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

If you don’t count the rain at the end of the night, it was an absolutely beautiful day and I know everyone who was there was so thrilled to be a part of it. Congrats, and have an awesome time in Fiji – I’m jealous!!!!

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