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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!

Justin & Jaimie – Engaged! | Niagara University | Buffalo Engagement Photography

Justin & Jaimie met at Freshman Orientation at Niagara University, and after all of undergrad and a good deal of graduate school for both of them, they got engaged last fall. They’ll be getting married next October I’ll be there photographing it!

We went back to the NU campus for their engagement session, using a couple places on campus that are special to them, then we finished up by stopping over at Devil’s Hole State Park along the Niagara River gorge.
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Glad we got a pretty autumn day on campus – see you next October!!

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Travis & Kristy – Engaged! | Beaver Meadow Audubon Nature Center | Buffalo Engagement Photography

Next October, almost exactly a year from now, I’ll be photographing Travis & Kristy’s wedding at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens. They originally chose the Gardens for their engagement session, but then changed it to Beaver Meadow Audubon Center in North Java which was gorgeous with all of the fall colors on the trees! The two of them are both very passionate about trees and even brought some with them for their session. Unfortunately we got a very rainy evening (it sprinkled the entire 90 minutes that we were shooting) but they were incredibly good sports about it and I think they’re going to love the variety of locations we were able to get within a short walking distance!
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Geoffrey & Katherine – October 11, 2014 | Ramada Amherst | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Two years ago, Katie emailed me saying she was a “long time admirer of [my] work,” work, and was wondering how far in advance I’m willing to book dates. I said that normally I book dates anywhere between 6-20 months ahead of time. I next heard from her the following April (so still 18 months in advance!) when they had chosen a date and wanted to put down a deposit. They chose 10/11/14 and it was a beautiful day.1011_4484

Geoff & Katie got ready, got married, and had their reception at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center in Amherst. Because they wanted to be able to go off-site for some pictures, they arranged to do a “first look” and see each other so that the wedding party could go to the University at Buffalo North Campus’ Baird Point and Glen Park in Williamsville.
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We arranged for them to see each other on the sidewalk of the hotel, which worked out quite well as everyone else was able to stand and watch but I was still able to get clear shots of the action. Geoff had a special bandana blindfold made with the wedding colors.
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First on the agenda was a picture with their two dogs. They arranged to have a friend meet them at Baird Point, which was beautiful under a bright blue, puffy cloud sky!
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We also drove over to Glen Park to get some pictures there (including the first one at the top of this post).
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Geoff’s ring was really neat – painted titanium.
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When the ceremony started, as each of the groomsmen came forward, and finally Katie & her dad, each of them handed Geoff a ball that he had to figure out how to hang onto.
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The officiant suggested having Geoff’s grandparents (married 60 years!) sign their marriage license as witnesses.
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While everyone else enjoyed the cocktail hour inside the outdoor tent, Geoff & Katherine enjoyed some (mostly) alone time.
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Up in the dining room, the blues & purples looked fabulous on all the tables and the cake, and the paper origami cranes on each and every table was a cool, colorful touch. Each table was a (modified) race bib from a race they’ve run – they randomly met on a bus they were each riding from Buffalo to Philly to run a half-marathon there!
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Geoff’s parents have three sons, so they had these shirts made and wore them during introductions.
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For a minute I wondered if they were actually going to use it to cut the cake! They didn’t.
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In that time between when you’re done eating but the dance floor’s not ready, compare the size of your hand to someone else’s.
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Oops. Still a great dance though – those lessons paid off!
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It had been quite a while since I’d done a wedding with a oczepiny! It was neat to see everyone come together on the dance floor.
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The next day they even went to the Buffalo Bills home game in (a slightly modified version of) their wedding clothes, and were interviewed for an article in the Buffalo News!
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I hope you guys had as much fun as it seemed like you did, and that you’re enjoying your honeymoon with as much running and/or relaxing as you want!!

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October 15, 2014 - 10:58 pm

Betty Tryjankowski - Wendy, I can’t wait to see the rest of the photos! Looking VERY good so far!

October 16, 2014 - 7:17 pm

Maria Lehman - I second that emotion – awesome pix, great narrative and nice touch with the bills shot and the quote form the paper!

Michael & Elizabeth – October 10, 2014 | University of Pittsburgh at Bradford |Old Library Inn Events | Olean NY Wedding Photography

Michael & Elizabeth, who have been together for 8 years now, got married in Bradford!
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They chose the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and the chapel there is so cool! I loved all the windows (and was glad it wasn’t super bright sun that afternoon!).
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Having all the natural light coming in was a huge difference from so many of the churches I’m in. With the views out to the woods behind, it felt very close to nature.
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Their ring bearer (Elizabeth’s nephew) took his job very seriously!
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After the ceremony, we took pictures around the campus, including with the panther statue that is a relatively new addition.
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We drove over to the Marilla Reservoir which has a beautiful covered bridge and walking trails.
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Here are Matt & Amelia, whose wedding I photographed back in 2011! (Amelia is Michael’s sister.)
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They held their reception at Old Library Inn in Olean, complete with chocolate fondue, delicious dinner, cake, AND cake pops!
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Thank you for having me come down for your wedding guys – it is always an honor to be brought back to photograph a second (or third, or fourth) wedding in a family!! Congratulations, and have a beautiful trip!!!

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October 14, 2014 - 10:13 pm

Amelia Krach - Beautiful pictures Wendy!!! Glad you were able to capture Mike & Elizabeth’s special day!

October 15, 2014 - 9:42 pm

Wendy - Thank you Amelia! It was great to see you guys again!

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