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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 including the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier, 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 just finished second grade. 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 350th wedding in June 2015!). It's what I love to do and I'd love to talk to you about your wedding!

Matthew & Amanda – June 27, 2015 | Pearl Street Grill & Brewery | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Back in February 2014, I got an email from Matt. I photographed his sister Erin’s wedding to Bob back in 2009 and I was thrilled to hear from him! He & Amanda set their date for June 27, 2015 and I was available and we went from there.

I love photographing couples in love!
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Amanda & her girls got ready at their apartment and I loved the scrabble magnets on their fridge!
Save the Date and Lace wedding invitationDetails at bride's house before she gets readyBride's mom and bridesmaid helping her get dressedScrabble magnets wedding themed

They planned to have their ceremony in the outdoor amphitheater at Burchfield Nature & Art Center, but the rain forced them to set up a tent. Then the rain was strong enough that it forced them to abandon the tent and move inside the building to the small art gallery. To Matt & Amanda’s credit, I didn’t hear either one of them utter a single complaint the whole day (they did have a few days notice on the forecast, so I don’t know what might have been said in the days leading up to it) – they were just so happy to be there & marrying each other.

Matt’s grandmother’s Bible held the rings until it was time for the ceremony.
Wedding rings tied with lace and jute to heirloom BibleGroom smiling at bride during ceremonyBride and Groom pouring sand for sand ceremonyBride and Groom holding hands during ceremonyBride smiling during ceremony readingBride & Groom laughing during ceremony

I knew I had to make sure to get at least a couple outdoor shots that showed the rain falling, and they were good enough to humor me – it wasn’t so much the rain, but the wind whipping it around! Thankfully Amanda had the foresight to buy white umbrellas for the wedding party. The limo driver got in on the action as he helped Matt out to the limo!
Bride & Groom kissing in the rain under an umbrellaLimo driving walking groom to the limo with an umbrella

Because there was a few days’ warning on the forecast, Matt was able to call the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens and get a timeslot there for photos. It was wonderful to be able to get inside and not worry about whether it was still raining or not.
Portraits of the groom and the brideWedding party in Palm Dome at Buffalo Botanical GardensBride & Groom inside Buffalo Botanical GardensBride & Groom in Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Before ending up at Pearl Street, we did stop at Canalside for a few photos. It was only sprinkling at this point, but still plenty windy… I think three of the umbrellas turned inside out before we finished up!
ring bearer holding inside out umbrellaWedding Party at Canalside in the rain

They held their reception on the second floor at Pearl Street and I loved the renovations that have been done to that room recently! I also really liked the touches like the library card seating cards, the beautiful hand-made wedding cake by Amanda’s mom, and the chalkboards detailing everything from cupcake flavors to signature drinks.
Pearl Street 2nd floor wedding receptionPersonalized coloring books & crayons for children of wedding guestsBride laughing as she holds her nieceLibrary card wedding place cards, typewriter on guest book table, candy buffet, mini cupcakes from FairycakesHomemade wedding cake next to cupcakes from Fairycakes

Normally I try to pick just one image from a couple’s first dance, but Matt & Amanda just looked so happy and in love the whole time that I couldn’t choose!
Bride & Groom during first dance at Pearl Street 2nd FloorBride & Groom during first dance at Pearl Street 2nd FloorBride & Groom during first dance at Pearl Street 2nd FloorBride dancing with her dad Groom dancing with his mom

I’m not going to lie – it has been a long time since I saw anyone using a disposable camera… I hope the pictures turn out decently well!
Bride & Groom taking a groupie with their nephews and a disposable cameraBride & Groom dancing at Pearl Street 2nd FloorBride & Groom on balcony at Pearl Street 2nd Floor

Congratulations on making each other Mr. & Mrs. after all this time – have an awesome, dry, blue-sky honeymoon and thank you for being so in love that it didn’t matter whether the sun was shining on your wedding or not!!

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Arthur & Jungmin – June 18, 2015 | Buffalo City Hall | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Jungmin emailed me about 3 weeks ago asking if I would be available to photograph a session in downtown Buffalo following a wedding at City Hall with a few family members & friends. I said I was definitely available, and asked if she was sure she didn’t also want pictures of the ceremony itself. She said the room where they do the weddings is so small that she didn’t think I’d be able to get good shots, but she’d talk it over with her fiance. She emailed back and said they wanted to go ahead and try for pictures of the ceremony too, so I agreed to meet them on the 13th floor of City Hall at 10:30am Thursday. I got there and found out they’d been upgraded to a ceremony in the Common Council Chambers – awesome!!
Wedding in Buffalo City Hall Common Council Chamber | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I had seen pictures of the ceiling in the Common Council Chambers, but it was neat to see it in person.
Ceiling of Buffalo City Hall Common Council Chamber | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Arthur’s parents were able to make the trip from England along with three of Arthur’s five siblings and an uncle, and Jungmin’s parents, sister, and some friends rounded out the attendees.
Wedding in Buffalo City Hall Common Council Chamber | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests watching wedding ceremony in Buffalo City Hall Common Council Chamber | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom immediately after the end of the wedding in Buffalo City Hall Common Council Chamber | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing on steps of City Hall | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I’m used to photographing in front of City Hall at 4:30pm on a Saturday when there’s no one around – it was a lot different in the middle of the day on a weekday!!
Bride & Groom in front of Buffalo City Hall, and with all guests in Niagara Square | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jungmin’s mom bought her dress in Korea – it is a modern update to a traditional Korean wedding dress. She admitted they’re normally much more brightly colored, but she wears a monochromatic wardrobe and wanted to go with black & gray. I know all this because part way through our photo session, she was approached by a reporter from The Buffalo News who asked a lot of questions and took photos for the Buffalo News blog!
Bride and Groom's details | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom kissing the bride's head affectionately | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride being interviewed by the Buffalo News | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom sitting on bench in Buffalo's Lafayette Square | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Congratulations to you both on making your marriage official after all these years together. I hope you enjoy your families’ time together here in Western New York, and that your transition to life full-time together in England will go smoothly! Best of luck!

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Zack & Brianna – June 14, 2015 | Glen Park Williamsville | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Zack & Brianna hired me for their tiny wedding in Glen Park (Glen Falls) in Williamsville and I’m so honored they chose me! I photographed Zack’s cousins Emily and Sarah‘s weddings in 2010 and 2014 and I was thrilled to be working with their family again. I did their engagement photos last summer and now that they’ve made it legal here in NY, they’re off to Bora Bora for a beautiful, intimate (just the two of them!) wedding and relaxing vacation.

Bride & Groom at small casual wedding at Glen Falls Park Williamsville | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I loved the way they held each other’s hands during their “first look” and Brianna’s coral details! She & her family did coral, Zack and his family did blue. I met them there for some pictures of the two of them, then their families arrived (5 guests for each of them) and a judge performed a quick, simple ceremony (her dad started walking her down the aisle at 6:00:08, and their first kiss was at 6:03:21!) and we finished up with some family photos and some pictures of them underneath the tree where it all started – the tree where they got married was where they had their first kiss!
Bride approaching groom for first look | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom holding hands after first look | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and groom kissing at Glen Falls Park Williamsville | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom at falls in Glen Park Williamsville | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and Groom in Glen Falls Park Williamsville | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride hugging groom's mom at small wedding | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride holding wedding rings in her hand with coral nails | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and Groom at Glen Falls Park Williamsville | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and Groom with groom's grandma | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom getting married under the tree where they had their first kiss | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom saying their vows in Glen Falls Park Williamsville | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride hugging groom's brother after ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom with all of their guests at tiny wedding | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing under the tree where they had their first kiss, Glen Falls Park Williamsville | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom using bride's hair as mustaches | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I love how much fun you guys have together – I wish you an amazing time in Bora Bora, and a lifetime of whispered Spongebob quotes to make you both smile!

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Erik & Kayla – June 12, 2015 | Avanti Mansion Amore Ballroom | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Two summers ago, I met Erik & Kayla at Scott & Jessica’s wedding, when Kayla was pregnant with their little girl. Now she’s a year and a half old and mommy and daddy just got married!
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Kayla and Erik got married at the Avanti Mansion – their ceremony was in the library and their reception was in the ballroom. Kayla got ready in the bridal room upstairs. The mirrored screen was great for her dress and shoes!
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When Erik & the guys arrived, they did a quick toast in the room next door before we headed out onto the porch for a couple photos before the ceremony. Unfortunately the rain kept us under cover for most of the evening! I was glad they had planned all along to do the ceremony in the library, and weren’t just resigning themselves to it as a last minute plan B.
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Their friend Rob performed the ceremony for them. It involved a little bit of singing, a couple tears, and a mid-ceremony visit from their daughter!
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She’s a big hit with the family, including “Unc” (Erik’s brother).
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Here’s a side-by-side of Scott & Jessica from their wedding, and an updated photo 2 years later – they had a new baby boy of their own about 6 months ago!
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The sun broke through the clouds and graced us with its presence for just a minute! We took advantage as much as we could in that short time.
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I really liked their cake topper, which Kayla said they’d keep on a shelf in their home in the future. I also tried to get a little creative with the table numbers to spell out their wedding date!
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The dancefloor stayed pretty full the whole time I was there, and Kayla went and changed into a minidress so she didn’t have to worry about her gown or train the rest of the night! Everyone seemed to have a great time. Music, friends, open bar… good combination!
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Congratulations on your beautiful little girl and the coming together of your two families on this day – I hope what you said in your video testimony was true… that the day was everything you wanted and imagined it to be!

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Josh & Megan – June 6, 2015 | Chautauqua Suites | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography

When people are in love, beautiful photos happen!
Bride and Groom kissing under a large tree, next to a lake | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The first time I met Megan, I believe I was 16 and she was 12. I’ve known her older brother Nate since 9th grade, but I didn’t start hanging out at his house until the beginning of senior year. I remember Megan being quiet, shy, and sweet. I’m not sure if she’s still quiet and shy, but she’s definitely still sweet! I am thrilled that she asked me to photograph her wedding and engagement photos!

I met Megan and the girls at Forbici Salon in Jamestown so I could get a couple photos of them hanging out and getting their hair done, before heading over to their house to get pictures of Josh & the guys.
Bride getting her hair done while her matrons of honor talk | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride getting her hair done at Forbici Salon in Jamestown | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroomsmen before the ceremony | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Josh opened a card and gift from Megan – a new Citizen watch!
Groom opening a card from the bride before the wedding | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBest man holding the bride's wedding and engagement rings | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When we went to the church, it was Megan’s brother Nate’s job to hook the cans to their grandparents’ vintage Ford Fairlane – each of the three kids has used it as the “getaway” car at their wedding!
Groomsmen tying cans to the back of the vintage getaway car | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

In the basement of the church, Megan opened her letter and gift from Josh – a six pence for her shoe and a beautiful diamond horseshoe necklace!
Bride opening her gift from the groom | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's and Groom's gifts from each other

Megan borrowed her sister Renee’s shoes & veil – see them here from Renee & Milind’s wedding!
Bride's matrons of honor helping her zip her dress, and her borrowed shoes | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride laughing with bridesmaids before ceremony | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and her dad getting ready to come down the aisle | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and Groom at kneelers during ceremony | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and Groom checking out groom's ring during ceremony | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After the ceremony, they did their “getaway” in Grandpa & Grandma Turck’s old Ford Fairline – here’s a picture of them from each wedding (2008, 2011, and now 2015), and a picture of all 6 of them with Grandma Turck. Then of course the one of Megan & Josh larger because it’s their wedding!
Bride and Groom kissing in backseat of Ford Fairlane getaway car | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyThree siblings, three weddings using the same vintage Ford Fairlane as a getaway car | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and Groom kissing next to vintage Ford Fairlane getaway car | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We drove to Chautauqua Institution to do pictures down by the Miller Bell Tower. Unfortunately there was a tent set up on the lawn for someone else’s reception so we didn’t get to use as much of the area as we expected. We did get to use the dock and the lakeside bench though!
Whole wedding party on a dock on Chautauqua Lake | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and Groom smiling at each other by Chautauqua Institution's Miller Bell Tower | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and Groom sitting on bench next to Chautauqua Lake | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Josh’s dad couldn’t resist heckling the groomsmen as they posed with the groom for photos.
Groom's dad making jokes during posed photos | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and bridesmaids doing a fun pose | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom walking with groomsmen | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFlowergirls posing together | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and Groom | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When we got to the reception at Chautauqua Suites, each couple did something special on the way onto the dance floor – one couple brought signs that said they were better looking than the groom!
Groomsmen holding up signs saying they're better looking than the groom | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The dancefloor opened with a beautifully choreographed first dance by Josh & Megan, serenaded by their band, “Party of Nine.”
Groom dipping and kissing the bride after their first dance | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride dancing with her dad, groom dancing with his mom | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Everyone had a great time dancing to the wonderful live music!
Guests dancing at Chautauqua Suites | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests dancing at Chautauqua Suites | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom and Bride dancing with wedding party at Chautauqua Suites | Chautauqua Lake Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

It was a wonderful day, I am thrilled and honored that I got to be there, and I am only sad that now all three of you Turck kids are married! I hope to keep in touch with you, Josh it was great to meet your family & friends, and I hope you have a fantastic honeymoon when the time comes!

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