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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 second 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 32 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!

Jake & Colleen – March 21, 2015 | St Thomas Aquinas | Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography

This past weekend I spent a day with Jake & Colleen and their family & friends as they got married in Buffalo, NY!
Bride & Groom in Greenhouse Room Courtyard at Hotel Lafayette | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I met Jake and the guys that morning in Jake’s hotel suite at Hotel Lafayette. They weren’t in any real hurry to get ready since the wedding still wasn’t for a couple hours, so I got photos of them just hanging out together, cracking jokes.
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Just 18 days before the wedding, Jake ruptured his Achilles tendon and had to have emergency surgery. Thankfully he was able to be up & walking, and could wear a less obtrusive brace under his pants for the ceremony & pictures.
Groom's walking boot | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroomsman hanging out in hotel suite with Tim Hortons | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyRingbearers talking to groom before ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jake and the guys enjoyed my use of words like “filigree” and “surreptitious” (that I totally didn’t make up).
Bride and Groom's wedding rings | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyTrying on the groom's wedding ring | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Then I drove to Colleen’s parents’ house in West Seneca where she & the girls were getting their makeup done before they got dressed.
Bride & bridesmaids hanging out in the kitchen | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBridesmaids smiling together before wedding | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I call this “selfies – expectation vs. reality.”
Selfie - expectation vs reality | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's engagement ring | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Colleen’s parents had a calendar in their kitchen with customized dates, and used the picture from Jake & Colleen’s “save the date” to mark March 21st.
Personalized calendar marking the wedding date | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's dress hanging on the mantle of a fireplace | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBridesmaid smiling as she watches the bride put her dress on | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The dress Colleen wore was her grandmother’s – she worked with Ali from Anatomy (http://madebyanatomy.com/) to alter the dress so she could wear it again.
Back of lace wedding dress | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's parents being interviewed for wedding video | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Colleen & Jake’s wedding ceremony was in the beautiful St. Thomas Aquinas in South Buffalo.
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I love whatever look the two best men are giving each other in this moment.
Groom smiling as he takes the bride's hand, as best men make faces at each other | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom laughing during the ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom at altar at St. Thomas Aquinas | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom looking at their rings during ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

This was the hardest I’ve laughed during a Catholic wedding mass in a long time. Maybe ever.
Best men laughing during ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom exiting the church with a bagpiper | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After the church, we made our way downtown to the Cobblestone District and Canalside. It was a chilly, gray afternoon but thankfully the precipitation held off!
Bride & Groom in Cobblestone District | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & bridesmaids at Canalside | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom & Groomsmen in front of Naval Park at Canalside | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Sunflowers were Jake’s grandmother’s favorite flowers.
Sunflower bouquet on wood table | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Colleen’s sister & her fiance Bob reenacted their proposal with an orange Starburst.
Man proposing to his fiancee with a Starburst | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing in Greenhouse Room Courtyard at Hotel Lafayette | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I love receptions in the Greenhouse Room at Hotel Lafayette!
Reception in Greenhouse Room at Hotel Lafayette | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Each groomsman entered the reception with a crutch, and they held them up in a mock salute as Jake & Colleen were introduced as husband and wife.
Bride & Groom entering reception with crutches salute | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom first dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom dancing with his mother | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests dancing | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests dancing | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom dancing | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Thank you, Jake, Colleen, both families, and all the wedding party, for being so much fun & so easy to work with. Congratulations and have a fun honeymoon!

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March 23, 2015 - 10:10 pm

Ann Cline - These pictures are over the top beautiful!! They truly capture the joy of the entire day!!

Jose & Deborah – January 17, 2015 | Fredonia College Lodge | Buffalo Wedding Photography

When Debbie first emailed me in January 2014 and said she had been following my work for several years, I was so flattered. Then she said they were thinking about a January 2015 wedding and I thought maybe she was crazy. January weather is so unpredictable, except for the fact that you know it’s going to be cold! However with an off-season wedding, you get your pick of dates, venues, and vendors, and the snowy backdrop was indeed as gorgeous as she predicted.
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I met her at Facial Expressions in Fredonia where she was finishing up her makeup, and from there we drove over to Edwards Waterhouse Inn for all of the girls to get dressed, and for Debbie & Jose to have their “first look” before we headed out to do the wedding party photos.
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We stopped at Rotunda Grapevine Railroad Farm, which is near where they live. Debbie – you looked amazing with that bright can’t-hold-me-down smile on your face even in the freezing cold!
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Debbie’s girls looked GORGEOUS in their gold dresses but it was hovering around 36 degrees with 20-30mph winds so I tried as hard as I could to go quickly!
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In the winter, the guys have it so much easier. “Can we put our hands in our pockets?” I heard. Also, “It’s really slippery right here. If we fall, do you you take pictures of that too?” Answer, yes, I would have (I’d also have given you a hand up afterwards though).
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We all hopped back in our cars and headed to the church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Dunkirk. The flower girl was not a fan of my camera, but the ring bearer hammed it up after a promise of fruit snacks!
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I had been “warned” ahead of time that Jose had not ever officially asked for Deborah’s hand in marriage from her father – I suppose after 9 years together, it seemed like a given. However Debbie’s dad took the opportunity at the front of the aisle to make sure Jose knew what’s what. I love everything about that photo, from the smiles to the cameras in the background to the “wrap it up, dad” cane coming in from the right.
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I am always glad when the church has open balcony access for a shot from above during the ceremony!
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Afterwards, Jose’s mom gave Debbie a “welcome to the family” hug.
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Because of the cold temperatures & wind, they made the call not to stop anywhere else for pictures, opting to head straight to the College Lodge outside Brocton. Having been up there last summer for their engagement photos I was nervous about the steep, winding driveway, but the keeper of the grounds had it well sanded and everyone got up the hill with no problems. The decorations were gorgeous – I know Debbie did a TON of DIY stuff and it looked amazing! The cake topper was her grandparents’ and many of the touches that were not DIY were vintage.
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Jose & Debbie braved the cold once more for a couple more shots of the two of them, then it was back inside to the roaring fireplaces & open bar for the rest of the night!
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After a family-style meal, all eyes were on them as they shared their long-awaited first dance as husband & wife.
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They hand-made this photo backdrop which turned out really cool!
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Congratulations, I hope you’re having an amazing time on your (warm!) honeymoon, and thank you for letting me be the one to document the results of all your hard work on this beautiful wedding!!!

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January 20, 2015 - 6:20 pm

Nora Ramirez - Lovely pictures of a lovely wedding!

January 21, 2015 - 7:28 am

Deborah Ferrer - We’ve killed our phone batteries on our honeymoon because we just can’t stop looking at these incredible images. You captured moments we didn’t even know were happening and made the moments we were aware of oh so much better than we remembered. Jose and I can’t thank you enough!

January 21, 2015 - 7:36 am

Roberta Mastrelli - What wonderful pictures of that perfect day. You both look so happy and looked like you enjoyed your day so much. Love, Aunt Roberta

California Trip 2014 โ€“ Big Sur Day 2 & Santa Cruz | Wendy Wednesday

Our final two days in California, we finished our drive up out of Big Sur, starting the morning in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and visiting the “Sun Portal” at Pfeiffer Beach.
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I kept pulling over again and again and again for pictures of the views. I couldn’t stop staring! It was so wonderful. Bixby Bridge was neat too.
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We stayed overnight in Carmel and Nate loved the pool. It was WAY too cold for any sane person to want to swim, but he thought it was neato. We actually paid to do the 17 Mile Drive but after just having been to Yosemite and up the Pacific Coast Highway, it was a huge letdown.
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Our last stop was in Santa Cruz, where I actually got to meet one of my fellow photographer friends – Melissa of Silver Tide Photography! We stopped by Natural Bridges and it was pretty. We checked out Santa Cruz a little bit, but headed back to our Airbnb rental to relax for our last night in California before our drive to the San Jose airport the next morning.
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The trip was amazing. I relied heavily on TripAdvisor, RoadTrippers, Yelp, and personal recommendations. I hope to go back again to these locations – someday!

***Want to see the previous posts from the trip? There are 8 posts in all! Click here – Posts tagged “Wendy Wednesday”***

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Ben & Alex – Engaged! | Letchworth State Park | Rochester NY Wedding Photography

Ben & Alex are friends with Eric & Kayla – in fact it was Alex’s truck that was used for a few photos at their wedding! Ben & Alex are getting married next year at Genesee Country Village and we scheduled their engagement session to take advantage of the end of this beautiful autumn we’ve had, with pictures at Letchworth State Park.
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Thanks for being good sports with all of my pose suggestions, and sorry for all the kissing! Haha, I know you loved it. See you next year!

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Joseph & Nadine – October 25, 2014 | Kloc’s Grove | Buffalo Wedding Photography

My final wedding of the 2014 season was Joe & Nadine in Orchard Park!
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Nadine got ready with two of her bridesmaids, lifelong friends from Orchard Park schools and marching band, at her parents’ house in Colden. Her parents proudly told me & showed me the work they’d done on the house recently, both in general and in preparation for the wedding day – it looked wonderful!
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Nadine wore her grandmother’s wedding rings on her right hand, seen here next to their own wedding bands.
two sets of wedding rings, current and family heirloomsimple wedding invitation and reply cardBride applying lip gloss while her mother looks on

Nadine sat at the dressing table in her parents’ bedroom to finish getting ready.
Bride's mom putting on her veilBride's hands holding her bouquet

The ceremony was at Nativity of Our Lord in Orchard Park, their home parish.
Nativity of Our Lord RC Church, Orchard Park NYGroom's parents pinning boutonniereGroom's ivory rose boutonniere with black bow tie1025_programBride & her father coming down the aisle at Nativity of Our Lord

I loved the reflection in the shiny floor!
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After the church, we all braved the wind at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora. If it hadn’t been for the wind, it really wouldn’t have been that cold, but the wind didn’t let up at all so we sought a more sheltered area.
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The wind definitely wanted to make Nadine’s veil a big part of the action.
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Joe & Nadine love the winding road & fenceline in this part of the park.
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Our last pit stop was the Knox Rd soccer fields – Joe and all his groomsmen play soccer and it was a “must” to incorporate in their wedding day! Like I told them, I’ve been doing this 10 years and I can still never say I’ve seen it all!
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Finally we arrived at Kloc’s Grove in West Seneca, where everyone was cozying up to the fireplace and enjoying the bar!
Bride & Groom at Kloc's GroveChocolate wedding favor with tag attachedreception decor at Kloc'sSister Peggy offering blessing at dinnerinside of wedding cake, served with vanilla ice cream

Seeing Joe’s smile as he danced with his mom made me hope that the mother-son dance is still a tradition when my son gets married!
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I hope you both are having a very fun, relaxing, and WARM time on your honeymoon! I’ll be in touch when your gallery is getting wrapped up!

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