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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!

Lonnie & Reine – April 19, 2014 | Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography

For the first time, I braved the center line of a downtown city street – Lonnie & Reine rocked it!
Bride & Groom on city street | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Lonnie & Reine had their whole wedding day celebration at Hotel @ the Lafayette, with their ceremony in the Greenhouse Room’s open air courtyard, and the reception in the beautiful Greenhouse Room. They both got ready in different rooms at the hotel and we only walked across the street into Lafayette Square for pictures. Simple!

Reine & the girls got ready in one of the corner suites.  Lonnie & Reine sent gifts to each other - surprise!  They both got Michael Kors watches!

Reine & the girls got ready in one of the corner suites. Lonnie & Reine sent gifts to each other – surprise! They both got Michael Kors watches!

Selfies for everyone!

Selfies for everyone!

Reine's beautiful little girl took a few minutes out of hiding in the closet to get dressed and sit for a couple pictures.  It's a tough, weird day for little kids!

Reine’s beautiful little girl took a few minutes out of hiding in the closet to get dressed and sit for a couple pictures. It’s a tough, weird day for little kids!

I thought it was cute to do a picture of mommy & daughter's shoes together.

I thought it was cute to do a picture of mommy & daughter’s shoes together.

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I won't pretend I don't love the lights and windows in the Hotel at the Lafayette's open air courtyards!

I won’t pretend I don’t love the lights and windows in the Hotel at the Lafayette’s open air courtyards!

I think I detected a twinkle of a tear in Lonnie's eyes as he saw Reine & her dad come around the corner and down the aisle!

I think I detected a twinkle of a tear in Lonnie’s eyes as he saw Reine & her dad come around the corner and down the aisle!

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Lonnie's uncle performed the wedding ceremony.

Lonnie’s uncle performed the wedding ceremony.

Reine & Lonnie shushed everyone when asked if anyone had any objections!

Reine & Lonnie shushed everyone when asked if anyone knew any just cause why they could not be married.

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Someone shouted that Reine should ride the bicycle.

Someone shouted that Reine should ride the bicycle.

I don't think I'd ever photographed a full wedding party in Lafayette Square before!

I don’t think I’d ever photographed a full wedding party in Lafayette Square before!

Their nephews and Reine's daughter were perfect ringbearers and flowergirl.

Their nephews and Reine’s daughter were perfect ringbearers and flowergirl.

I apologize to Lonnie's sister - I did not mean to crop you out of this one, I just took it in the moment as Reine laughed and you were laughing too and leaning back.

I apologize to Lonnie’s sister – I did not mean to crop you out of this one, I just took it in the moment as Reine laughed and you were laughing too and leaning back.

Lonnie & the guys walked right down the center of Court Street for this great shot - thankfully there is almost no traffic at 6pm on a Saturday in downtown Buffalo!

Lonnie & the guys walked right down the center of Court Street for this great shot – thankfully there is almost no traffic at 6pm on a Saturday in downtown Buffalo!

The light coming down the street with Buffalo City Hall in the background was pretty great!

The light coming down the street with Buffalo City Hall in the background was pretty great!

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The reception was in the Greenhouse Room and the cupcake tower looked delicious!

The reception was in the Greenhouse Room and the cupcake tower looked delicious!

Reine's maid of honor dropped some pretty funny memories in her toast.  I think this is the part where she was telling about Reine & Lonnie's first date.

Reine’s maid of honor dropped some pretty funny memories in her toast. I think this is the part where she was telling about Reine & Lonnie’s first date.

Lonnie was SO HAPPY.  I loved seeing it.

Lonnie was SO HAPPY. I loved seeing it.

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Seeing Lonnie & his newly official daughter sitting in the background watching the father/daughter dance was pretty sweet.

Seeing Lonnie & his newly official daughter sitting in the background watching the father/daughter dance was pretty sweet.

Lonnie & his groomsmen have all been friends for 20 years.  They pulled me aside and requested this photo.  Here's to another 20 years!

Lonnie & his groomsmen have all been friends for 20 years. They pulled me aside and requested this photo. Here’s to another 20 years!

Romantic moment?  Well, mostly!

Romantic moment? Well, mostly!

Everyone had a great time dancing... drinking wine straight out of the bottle... feeding each other cupcakes on the dance floor...

Everyone had a great time dancing… drinking wine straight out of the bottle… feeding each other cupcakes on the dance floor…

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Of course, Reine & Lonnie wanted "the nighttime shot" in the courtyard.  Nailed it!

Of course, Reine & Lonnie wanted “the nighttime shot” in the courtyard. Nailed it!

Congratulations! I hope you are having a perfect time on your honeymoon!!!!

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Jason & Laura | Timberlodge at Arrowhead Golf Club | Buffalo Wedding Photography

I love my job. Photographing couples in love is such a great feeling!!!
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Laura & her girls got ready at the new Wyndham Garden in Williamsville and we took advantage of the beautiful lobby for photos without braving the wind and the near-freezing temperatures!
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Jason & the guys got ready at Northgate Christian Community Church. Watching a bunch of guys tie bow ties for the first (or possibly second) time was pretty amusing.
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The pastor said that 30-some years ago, Laura’s parents were the very first couple to get married in the Northgate Church building after it was built!
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Laura had one request for wedding party photos – NOT Glen Falls. Can do! We went to Mill Pond at Clarence Town Park. It was deserted, as you might expect on a 35 degree day, so we got to have the run of the place!
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From there we drove to the Timberlodge Banquet Facility at Arrowhead Golf Club in Akron. Laura’s sister Tiffany (whose wedding to Dave I photographed back in 2011 – check it out, you can see Laura in some of the pictures!) made this GORGEOUS (and delicious) cake!!!!!
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Jason & Laura warned me that they’d want to go back to a walkway at the back of the golf course to have pictures where Jason proposed. “Okay!” I said. I had no idea how far back it was, even on golf carts!! Turns out we went “the long way.” I was very, very cold because I didn’t take my coat, thinking we’d only be out 15 minutes. One of the golf carts got almost-stuck in the mud trying to skirt a flooded spot on the path, and then the battery died and we had to leave it behind! However the walkway was pretty and I’m glad we go to do those pictures.
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When we got back to the building and everyone was seated for dinner, there were a couple of toasts, including Tim’s where he showed a book he wrote & illustrated in kindergarten about his friend Jason – yes, this Jason! It was adorable.
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Tiffany & Dave’s son was the ringbearer and the only small child in attendance. He got a kick out of playing “air saxaphone” along with Saxman Slim, and generally tearing up the dancefloor while everyone was finishing dinner.
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I’ll end with a couple pictures of the first dance, and father/daughter and brother/sister dances because I have to call it quits on this one… it’s long enough already!! Don’t worry, all who are awaiting dancefloor pictures – they’ll be in the gallery and Jason & Laura will have that link in early May!
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Jason & Laura – THANK YOU for entrusting me with your wedding. You were fabulous to work with, it was awesome working with the Shantz family a second time, and I hope you have a perfect honeymoon. I would honestly love to see a few of those pictures when you get back from Costa Rica!!!!

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April 6, 2014 - 8:02 pm

Pat Hammell - What a fantastic job of capturing an incredible day, and how fantastic of you to have the fabulous pictures out so quickly!!

April 6, 2014 - 8:52 pm

Karen Martin - Wendy, you did not disappoint . . . . you did a wonderful job of capturing Tiffany & Dave’s wedding and now have done an incredible job of Jason & Laura’s. It was a beautiful day; with a beautiful couple and now beautiful memories to share.

April 6, 2014 - 10:33 pm

Becky - Wendy, you’re awesome!

April 7, 2014 - 9:28 am

James Stiffler - Wendy, You are a fantastic artist and photographer. The pictures are beautiful, and you can be very proud. I would recommend you in a heartbeat. I love the way you captured all the love in every picture. I had a wonderful time at the wedding and reception and now I have your beautiful pictures to enjoy and remember one of the happiest days of my life. Thank you so much for an excellent job.

Jim Stiffler

April 7, 2014 - 10:16 am

Tiffany Ciurczak - Wendy, your ability to capture the magnitude of a single moment never ceases to amaze me… You and your photos are awesome!!!

Andrew & Corina – April 2, 2014 | Pearl at the Webb | Buffalo Wedding Photography

My first wedding of the true 2014 wedding season – and it was on a Wednesday! Andrew & Corina wanted to make sure their wedding was what they wanted, and I think it went just about perfectly!
Bride & Groom at Buffalo Canalside Harbor Wharf | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I met Corina up in her suite in the Hyatt, where she got ready with Andrew’s mom & sister.
Bride smiling as she gets ready for her wedding | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride having her makeup done | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyDresses and shoes with jewelry | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride getting ready with her mother in law and sister in law | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride having her shoes put on | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride putting in her earrings | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Andrew & Corina are avid fans of Doctor Who and Andrew hollowed out this replica of River Song’s journal to carry their wedding rings to the ceremony.
TARDIS journal cut out to create secret compartment for wedding rings | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Andrew’s mom took me down to his room and I got to see this tiny TARDIS that Andrew MADE from a wooden craft box – he even got it to light up inside and on the top and everything. It’s how he proposed to Corina. If you can’t read it, the inside says, “All of time + space, Everywhere + anywhere, Every star that ever was, Will you be my companion?” It makes a ton more sense if you know the show, but you definitely get the gist.
Handmade TARDIS used as engagement ring box for proposal, and cosmic Chuck Taylors | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's mom pinning his boutonniere | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Andrew had this AMAZING “Tenth Doctor” sonic screwdriver boutonniere and a great custom cosmic bow tie as well.
Groom wearing handmade Tenth Doctor sonic screwdriver boutonniere with custom starscape bow tie | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

To make things easier to just transition from the ceremony into the cocktail hour smoothly, Andrew & Corina decided to do a “first look” and get all of their pictures done ahead of time. Andrew’s uncle (who was doing videography) set this up so they saw each other on the semi-private mezzanine of the Hyatt Regency.
Bride & Groom first look inside Hyatt Regency Buffalo | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride adjusting groom's bow tie | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photographybride & groom holding hands after first look | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography
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Andrew’s sister made this awesome brooch bouquet! And there were lots and lots of selfies going on.
Bride holding handmade brooch bouquet | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographySelfie | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and sister in law selfie | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We quickly went down to Canalside because although it was a beautiful day without a cloud in the sky, it was still quite cold, and Corina’s dress was not exactly helping her keep warm!
Bride & Groom walking down to Buffalo Canalside | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom at Buffalo Canalside at Harbor Wharf and Naval ParkBride & Groom showing off their shoes | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The ceremony was very personal, beginning not with a traditional piece of music or by a welcoming statement by the officiant, but a voiceover of Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about the universe. I wiped a tear or two.
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Bride & Groom saying their vows at Pearl at the Webb with YellowBird Weddings | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom giving Bride her wedding ring | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFirst Kiss at Pearl at the Webb with YellowBird Weddings | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Candy buffet is always a win. And I love the theme with the signature cocktails. “Ooh,” I said to a couple of the guests, “can you do that toast again? I love the way the light was coming through the glasses.” “I support the arts!” they said as they clinked and drank again!
Pearl at the Web place card table and candy buffet | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding Signature Cocktails - Tenth Doctor and Eleventh Doctor Sonic Screwdriver | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We sneaked away for a few more family pictures and I love this one of Andrew with his dad, uncle, and grandfather – don’t worry if you shrink a bit in your golden years, grandpa, your boys will lift you up!
Groom with his father, grandfather, and uncle | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyCloseup of bouquet charm and wedding rings | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They definitely kept the “TARDIS blue” theme going in the decorations and the cake topper was different than any I’d ever seen. It looked awesome. They also made a “wedding achievements” list that included activities like “Take a selfie with the groom’s father,” “Build something with the Lego candy,” and “Start a dance off”
Blue and Gold wedding decorations, cosmic cake and DIY photo booth | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyCloseup of cosmic cake topper | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

There were three toasts, short & sweet. I loved the quotes shared by Andrew’s father.
Toasts at Pearl at the Webb | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

There was only one formal dance while I was there – the first dance for the bride & groom.
First Dance at Pearl at the Webb | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I loved this picture of Andrew’s grandparents watching them as they shared their first dance together.
First dance as groom's grandparents watch | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Andrew & Corina wanted to make sure there was fun for everyone at their reception so they rented televisions and game consoles from Oogie Games for everyone to play throughout the night!
Games for all | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Corina, I’m sorry, I had to – your “concentration tongue” is ADORABLE. And look, you beat him!! I love it.
Bride & Groom playing Mario Kart | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography
Bride beat Groom at Mario Kart | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I had a wonderful time – THANK YOU for hiring me and I hope your wedding was exactly what you wanted. Have a great mini-moon – enjoy yourselves!!!!!

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April 4, 2014 - 10:30 am

Edna - Congradulations Cornina & Andrew,

Beautiful pictures! I am glad your day went well.

Love, Edna & Phil

April 4, 2014 - 11:01 am

Renee - Well done, Wendy. What a beautiful bride, gorgeous dress — she reminds me of Lady Edith from Downton Abbey.

April 4, 2014 - 6:17 pm

Julie - Amazing photography!

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