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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!

Jorgen & Deanna – Engaged! | Buffalo Outer Harbor | Buffalo Engagement Photography

Jorgen & Deanna play to win, and they came to crush this. I’m pretty sure narration is not even necessary – session clearly crushed.
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Guys – I am definitely looking forward to your wedding! If your wedding party is half as up-for-anything as you are, you are going to get one heck of a photo gallery out of your big day!:D:D

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Kevin & Julia – August 16, 2014 | Delaware Park Marcy Casino | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Last summer, on August 14th, Kevin filled out my contact form to request information on 8/16/14. I wrote back that I was available, but the very same day, I received an inquiry from another couple interested in the same date! I had to email them both and ask if they were able to meet that night to put down a deposit, and since Kevin & Julia live in the area, they were able to do so, and they booked me for their wedding! A year of planning went by and brought them to this day:
Bride & Groom kissing in front of Albright Knox Art Gallery | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I met Julia at her parents’ home for pictures while she got ready – and pictures with her two cats, Dinky and Mr. Meowser, wearing handmade sting bowties!
Bride's dress and shoes | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride holding her two cats | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyIvory rose and hydrangea bouquet | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photographyflowers and personalized hanger | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Julia wore her grandmother’s ring pinned to the inside of her dress.
Bride & her mother holding bride's grandmother's ring | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Julia’s parents opted to wait until after all the girls left before getting ready so they could just be available to help. They took pictures as the limo drove away.
Bride's parents taking pictures of the limo | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We drove to Kevin’s family’s house for the “first look” and pictures with Kevin’s parents.
Groomsmen helping each other with pocket squares | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom and Groomsmen helping each other get ready | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

This face says, “Wait, what do I do with this?”
Groomsman unsure of how to fold his pocket square | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When it was time for the “first look” I walked Kevin out into the yard and instructed him not to turn around for any reason. The groomsmen were having fun shouting stuff at him.
Groomsmen laughing at the groom as he waits for the first look | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBlack and White of Groom | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's reaction to seeing the bride in her dress | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom looking at the bride in her dress after first look | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's smile during the first look | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photographywhite rose boutonniere | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing under willow tree | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

While I was taking pictures of Julia & the bridesmaids, the guys just couldn’t wait for their turn I guess!
Groom and Groomsmen taking a group selfie | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and bridesmaids with navy blue dresses and pink bouquets | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photographywedding party with navy blue dresses and gray suits | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Groomsman Kenny was ready with his “boombox” (a.k.a. iPhone). It was some song from Kill Bill, haha.
Wedding party walking toward the camera | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The groomsmen were braver than the bridesmaids, and Kevin walked them out into the tall grass for photos. There were some NSFP (not safe for parents) photos out there that I was instructed not to post under any circumstances.
Groomsmen doing Frankenstein's monster pose | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom and Groomsmen laughing | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom and Groomsmen in a field | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Julia was gorgeous with her perfect curls and long train!
Bride posing alone under willow tree | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyCloseup of rose and hydrangea bouquet | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Nothing to see here, just two dudes feeding each other some last minute snacks before getting in the limo.
Groomsmen feeding each other nuts | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWhiteboard on the fridge with wedding date | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

My husband and I love BOMI Jewelers!
Wedding Rings from BOMI Jewelers | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We made the drive to Marcy Casino in Delaware Park, where the decision was made to move the ceremony from the Rose Garden down onto the covered patio. It was unfortunate, as both Kevin & Julia really wanted to be married at the pergola in the Rose Garden, but the rain was coming and going and it was just too much of a gamble to leave the chairs out.
Marcy Casino patio set up for wedding ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFlowergirls talking to each other before ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photographywedding ceremony on patio at Marcy Casino | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom getting ready to put bride's ring on during ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride smiling during ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After the ceremony, everyone transitioned into cocktail hour and the fun (and eating!) began!
Marcy Casino in Delaware Park | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyDinner tables in Marcy Casino in Delaware Park | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBlue ombre wedding cake with white and pink roses | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyCocktail hour at Marcy Casino in Delaware Park | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Rain or no rain, I knew Julia & Kevin really wanted a picture in front of the pergola so we waited for a moment when it was only sprinkling lightly, grabbed someone’s umbrella, and headed up there.
Bride & Groom kissing under umbrella in front of Delaware Park Rose Garden pergola | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I loved the strung lights and the lit stars hanging from the canopy!
First Dance on patio at Marcy Casino | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFirst dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

There as a very competitive bouquet toss – I’m not even sure who won!
Girls getting ready for bouquet toss | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

At 9:30, they invited everyone down to the lakefront for a sparkler tunnel.
Bride & Groom running through sparkler tunnel | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyDancefloor on the patio at Marcy Casino in Delaware Park | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom dancing with guests | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Congrats, I had a really fun time working with you guys, and I hope you have a wonderful honeymoon once you get on your way. Enjoy it!!!

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Stan & Dina – August 10, 2014 | Westwood Country Club | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Last December, I photographed Stan & Dina’s engagement photos in Niagara Falls on a sunny but very cold day. This August, I photographed them on a gorgeous, warm summer day as they said their marriage vows in front of family & friends!
Bride and Groom standing under tree | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I started the day in a hotel room where Stan, his dad, and his groomsmen were getting ready. Stan’s dad was very helpful, making sure his tie was just right, and helping with his jacket.
Groom's dad helping him with his tie | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's dad helping him with his coat | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Stan is great at chess, so one of the groomsmen went to the front desk to borrow a chessboard to get some fun pass-the-time chess shots before I left. The money was a joke about betting on the match.
Groom playing chess before wedding | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom & Groomsman playing chess before wedding

After leaving the hotel, I drove to Dina’s parents’ house in Williamsville where she was already dressed, but I was able to get pictures of her getting her last details in place.
Bride's shoes and jewelry | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's mom helping with her necklace | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's mom and sister helping with her earrings | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's mom and sister helping with her veil | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Dina’s parents’ dining room table may have been the most beautifully polished table I’ve ever seen – perfect for a shot of the rings!
Bride and Groom's wedding rings | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride pinning on her father's boutonniere | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride with flowergirls | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When it was time for Stan to arrive for the first look, Dina’s mom, sister, and the other bridesmaids couldn’t help peeking out the window to watch!
Bride's mom and bridesmaids peeking out window to watch first look | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and Groom having first look before the wedding | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After a few family pictures with Dina’s parents in front of the house, we drove just a few minutes to Glen Falls for pictures with Stan’s parents and the whole wedding party.
Bride and Groom with wedding party | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and Groom at Glen Falls | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and Groom together before ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Everything was so close – we were at Windows on the Green at Westwood Country Club for the ceremony and reception before we knew it!
Windows on the Green at Westwood Country Club | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWindows on the Green at Westwood Country Club ceremony room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I witnessed the signing of the ketubah for the first time ever. Both sides of the family were present for the ceremony.
Bride and Groom with rabbi and families to sign ketubah | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Dina’s nieces clearly adore her!
Bride with flowergirls, her nieces | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Dina’s parents walked her down the aisle to the chuppah where Stan was waiting.
0810_7206b1Groom during Jewish wedding ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyRabbi speaking during the ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyJewish wedding ceremony at Westwood Country Club | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After the ceremony was over, we rode golf carts out onto the course for a few more pictures. Dina wanted something fun, and thankfully the flower girls still had their baskets of unused rose petals!
wedding party jumping and throwing rose petals while bride & groom kiss | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom posing together on golf course | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFlowergirl smiling | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom kissing bride on the tip of her nose | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

For the rest of the night, it was time to eat, drink & be merry! The dining room was gorgeous in purple and white, and the food both looked and tasted amazing.
Dining room at Windows on the Green at Westwood Country Club | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography Purple and white decorations at reception | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Stan & Dina very sweetly had a kids table set out at the reception for all the under-10′s in attendance.
Kids' table at wedding reception | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyPurple and White wedding cake | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photographyfood on tables at wedding at Windows on the Green at Westwood Country Club | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They hired a live-music duo for the reception and they kept the dancefloor filled all night! Right after the first dance and dances with their parents were over, everyone packed in to dance the Hora!
First Dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFirst dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFather & Daughter dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyMother & Son dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyHora | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom lifted on chairs  during the Hora | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We only sneaked off one more time – couldn’t pass up the sunset.
Bride and Groom kissing at sunset | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

THEN it was nothing but party, party, party the rest of the night!
Bride & Groom dancing at Windows on the Green at Westwood Country Club | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests dancing at Windows on the Green at Westwood Country Club | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

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August 18, 2014 - 7:10 pm

Margarita Zeshonski - Gorgeous couple and beautiful pictures!

August 18, 2014 - 8:05 pm

Alina Ashman - Beautiful pictures! Brought tears to my eyes

August 18, 2014 - 8:09 pm

Wendy - Thank you Rita and Alina! :D

Cory & Nicole – Engaged! | Delaware Park Engagement Photography | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Tonight, 8.14.14, I photographed Nicole & Cory’s engagement photos. Next year, 8.14.15, I’ll photograph their wedding! I’m sure we’re all hoping for a day that tops 60 degrees!:)
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Nicole’s ring is gorgeous – good job Cory!!
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They were good sports about the chilly temperatures and the rain that brought a slightly premature end to our session.
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August 15, 2014 - 8:41 am

Leanne Pawlak - These are beautiful, Wendy!! Love, love, love!!

August 15, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Wendy - Thank you Leanne! So nice to hear from you!! :D

Peter & Carrie – August 2, 2014 | Hotel Lafayette Courtyard Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography

What happens when you have a lot of nieces and nephews? Your wedding party gets a whole lot bigger!!
Bride & Groom with 7 nieces and nephews | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I first met Carrie at her sister Amanda’s wedding back in 2005. I can’t link to the blog post because I didn’t start blogging til 2009 – back in 2005 it was still my first year shooting weddings full-time and I was shooting 35mm film! She and her husband now have two beautiful children who are in the above photo. It was great to see the family again although it was sad to do it without Carrie’s mom, who passed away last August. Carrie’s dad had a wonderfully teary reaction to seeing her in her dress for the first time – dads don’t always cry, but I like it when they do!
Bride's dad crying after seeing his daughter in her wedding dress | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

It was a VERY full suite at Hotel Lafayette! Thankfully all the kids were very well-behaved.
Nieces and nephews in bridal suite getting ready before the wedding | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

“Hang on, I’m just checking my stocks.”
Two year old playing on iPod | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We set up a first look in the Courtyard Room’s courtyard – here’s Pete’s reaction to Carrie in her dress! All the kids were “watching” from the 3rd floor suite!
Groom's reaction during "first look" | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyKids watching "first look" from upstairs window | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFlower girls with matching initial bracelets | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's sister with her son | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We got on the road for pictures, visiting Canalside, First Niagara Center, Tifft Nature Preserve, and Buffalo Harbor State Park.
Bride and Groom at Buffalo Canalside in front of USS Little Rock | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom and groomsmen in front of Buffalo Fire Dept truck at First Niagara Center | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyKids throwing rocks into lake at Tifft | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Pete & Carrie honored their parents’ own long-lasting marriages by bringing along their framed wedding-day photos.
Bride and Groom holding wedding photos of their parents | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom on wooden fishing pier at Tifft | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding Party on carousel at Buffalo Harbor | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After finishing all of their wedding party and family photos, we drove to D’Youville (Carrie’s alma mater) for the ceremony in the campus chapel.
Beautiful fresh bridal bouquet | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyTwo different ring bearer pillows | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom's wedding rings | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngraved sand ceremony vases | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & her father coming down the aisle | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The reverend demonstrated the “U” and “S” of marriage with a paper clip, and how a paper clip is stronger when the “U”s are together.
Reverend demonstrating marriage with a paper clip | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding ceremony in chapel at D'Youville College | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom putting bride's ring on her finger | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

One last posed photo of everyone together on the steps of the Koessler Administration Building, then on to the party for the rest of the night!
Exterior of D'Youville College | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding Party on steps of D'Youville College | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I liked the colors of the peacock feathers in the reception!
Courtyard Room at Hotel Lafayette | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

As a surprise for Pete & Carrie, Pete’s parents hired Doug Allen (“The Sabres Anthem Guy”) to sing at the cocktail hour!
0802_sabresBride & Groom with Doug Allen, Sabres anthem singer | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyKids in wedding party posing together | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom in Hotel Lafayette courtyard with strung lights | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride laughing as guest dances to Cotton-Eye Joe | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride dancing with her brother | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests dancing in Hotel Lafayette Courtyard Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and her dad dancing to "Who Let the Dogs Out?" | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Pete & Carrie, I hope you are having a great honeymoon and that someone got Amanda’s toast on video because that was a great couple of minutes with a lot of laughs. Enjoy, and I’ll be in touch when your pictures are ready!

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