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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!

Crosby & Jillian’s Rehearsal | Bambino Bar & Kitchen | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Crosby & Jillian live across the state and instead of scheduling an engagement session, they opted to have me come and photograph their rehearsal & dinner the Thursday night before their wedding! It was my first time ever photographing an actual rehearsal, then we followed it up with a dinner at Bambino!


Crosby & Jillian gave each other gifts – she gave him a crystal decanter and rose gold watch, and he gave her a beautiful rose gold ring reminiscent of one he’d given her way back in college! (These sweethearts have been together for 12 years!)

We took the short walk from St. Michael’s to Bambino, across Main St and through the alleyway next to Shea’s.

Crosby’s parents gave toasts – “She’s so excited!” said Mr. Sommers, pointing to his wife. He presented Crosby with his “first home run” baseball, and then with a brand new baseball, saying it was to commemorate the grand slam he had hit with Jillian. This new ball was passed around the rehearsal for everyone to sign!

Mr. Tschamler had a little harder time holding it together and needed a reassuring hug from Jillian to make it through!

The wood fired pizzas, calamari, and salad hit the spot for all the attendees.

Jillian’s mom gave a toast as well, and presented them with the caricature from their first prom together, in a signature mat for guests to sign at the reception.

Thanks for including me in your rehearsal evening – it was nice to see the “behind the scenes” action! The wedding post will be up soon!

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Tim & Tori – Engaged! | Hanford Bay Engagement | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Next September I’ll be photographing Tim & Tori’s wedding, and they were excited to get their engagement pictures done this summer at Hanford Bay, a private beach next to Sunset Bay.

They were totally good sports about sitting in the street, climbing rocks & tree roots, and I’m really excited about their wedding day!

Thanks for inviting me down to Hanford Bay – we got a beautiful evening and now you have some beautiful pictures!

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Dan & Joanna – July 12, 2014 | Holiday Valley Resort | Ellicottville Wedding Photography

Last summer, Dan & Joanna met with me about their wedding at Holiday Valley. As soon as we started talking, I knew I wanted them to hire me as their photographer. They are both so warm & inviting, and I was thrilled that they wanted me to shoot not only their wedding but also their engagement photos. Last fall, we met at Akron Falls Park (with their puppy Bauer!) and got some great shots.

On Saturday, July 12th, I drove to Ellicottville for their gorgeous hilltop wedding & lodge reception and it was basically magical.

One nice thing about getting ready, then having your ceremony and reception all at the same place is that it makes it super simple to take pictures of both the bride & the groom getting ready as well as pictures of the reception decorations before the room is full of guests!

I met Dan & the guys in a suite in the Tamarack Club. They were actually all ready to go (except for boutonnieres) before I got there, so I got to meet everyone and eavesdrop on their conversations and bets on which World Cup game was on and when. “Bet you a hundred bucks,” one of them said.

I loved Dan’s look of shock. “I thought I felt the pin,” he said, as he composed himself and his brother finished pinning his boutonniere.

Once back in the suite, Dan’s brother Joel (far left) gave a nice toast, then I left to go downstairs to take pictures with Joanna & the girls while they got ready.

Each of the girls had different shoes and a different dress. I loved it!

“To stop yourself from crying, you have to squeeze right here,” Joanna’s mom said. “That’s what the girl in the salon told me.”

Here are Joanna & a few of the girls checking themselves out in the mirror before heading outside.

What a beautiful group of girls!!

“Do I look like Rapunzel?” Joanna asked. I think she could definitely pass for some kind of Disney princess!

Everyone rode the Mardi Gras chair lift to the top of the hill for the ceremony. When Joanna & her parents came up right before the start, Joanna had a parasol as her best effort at a surprise entrance! I *loved* Dan’s huge smile when he saw her at the end of the aisle, and the smile between Joanna & her dad right before they walked down.

The ceremony was really nice, with two great readings. There were a few tears in memories of recently departed family members and friends, but it was well balanced with a lot of smiles and a few laughs!

For those of you who have asked lately to make sure that I do family pictures – of course!! Here are Dan & Joanna with both sets of their parents.

Holding hands, getting ready to ride back down the lift as husband and wife!

Bauer made a short appearance for a photo with Dan & Joanna. Since he’s still a puppy, he was far too excitable to be part of the ceremony or reception, but I’m glad he was able to be in a photo from the big day!

Sometimes the light is just perfect. This wasn’t planned in any way, they were just walking from spot to spot. Gorgeous.

Before dinner, during the toasts, Joanna announced that instead of cutting the cake, instead they were having a birthday cake delivered for their niece, who was graciously sharing her 11th birthday with them!

There were toasts by no fewer than 9 people, including both Dan & Joanna, their dads, and all 5 of their siblings. Dan’s brother and sisters each got in a couple good roast-worth jokes! I think both dads stirred up the dust in people’s eyes, if you know what I mean.

Just because there wasn’t a cake doesn’t mean they sent people away dessert-less!

Once dinner was over, it was time to open the dancefloor. Beautiful stuff.

One thing Dan did was hire Cigars by Gregorio to roll for guests during the after-dinner hours. It was a huge hit!

Dan & Joanna rounded out the night with a Toy Bros photo booth (and DJ!) and 10pm spread of pizza and Buffalo chicken bites! I can’t imagine a single person left hungry. It was great.

What an amazing wedding, guys. I hope you enjoyed the entire thing, and that you’re having a supremely relaxing honeymoon. Have fun!!! Can’t wait to design your Forbeyon album with you!

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July 23, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Natalie Solotes - Hello Wendy! These photos are absolutely incredible. Incredible work! My name is Natalie Solotes and I am Joanna Burt’s hair and makeup artist. We have been working together for six months to the perfect wedding day look, from her hair color, extensions to her makeup. And all I can say is your photography is amazing! It’s the best thing seeing my work in your work with these wonderful images. Thank you and please contact me so we could maybe chat more! (704)-770-5880 – Natalie

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