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Brian & Missy – August 1, 2015 | RED House Cassadaga | Western NY Wedding Photography

This past weekend I had the honor of sharing a day with Missy & Brian. They love each other. A lot. And everyone who knows them loves them too.
Bride & Groom smiling in small garden | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They had their entire wedding day at RED House in Cassadaga, NY. I met them there at 2pm and was there til 10pm. Here’s just a taste of what happened during those hours.
Bride & Groom's yellow gold wedding rings on their wedding program | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's dress hanging in doorway at RED House Cassadaga | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride getting ready with her mom & friends | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Although I’d never met Missy or Brian or anyone else there until that day, I’ve known Missy’s mom for 15 years. She was one of my professors (Principles of Biology) at Jamestown Community College and I love her. Seeing the joy on her face this day made me teary repeatedly.
Bride's mom smiling at her | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's gorgeous wildflower bouquet | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Brian & his dad & friends got ready in the room across the hall. I could say there was a bunch of fussing over pocket squares, boutonnieres, etc. but really there was just a lot of laughter & hugging!
Groom getting ready with his dad & friends | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Their dog Baylee was their ringbearer and he had his own special bow tie.
Bride & Groom's dog's bow tie & leash | Wendy Mitchell Photography

This is Brian’s twin sister’s little boy and he was precious!
Groom's nephew in his bowtie onesie & driving cap | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom's dog looking dapper in a bow tie | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom laughing as he's stuck holding his brother in law's coat | Wendy Mitchell Photography

There were gorgeous flowers everywhere but this little mushroom growing up through the mulch caught my eye.
Mushroom growing in mulch | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyHandmade chuppah, made by the bride's father | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I love “the handoff” as the groom takes the bride from her dad. Her dad, by the way, made that beautiful chuppah with the help of a friend.
"The handoff" as the groom shakes the bride's father's hand | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The light breeze that afternoon put a kink in their plans to do a unity candle. They laughed it off good-naturedly!
Laughing when the candle lighting ceremony didn't go as planned | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom's parents doing readings during outdoor wedding ceremony | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I loved how Brian clasped Missy’s hand in his as their parents read for them.
Groom holding bride's hand in his during outdoor wedding ceremony | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride smiling at groom during the vows | Wendy Mitchell Photography

That moment when you can’t get her ring on and she’s giving you no help!
Groom laughing when he can't get the bride's ring on | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom coming down the aisle | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom with their dog Baylee | Wendy Mitchell Photography

“Any time we’re kissing, Missy’s happy,” Brian said.
Bride & Groom kissing in hazy afternoon light | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Because they had many guests attending with their children, they made sure to have lawn games & activities available for all ages.
Guests enjoying the cocktail hour with lawn games & activities | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyLittle girl blowing bubbles while waiting for the ceremony to begin | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyLittle girls' hands playing the piano | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The reception decor was beautiful. I’m sure it was a collaborative effort, but Nichole & Jamie from “It’s Your Day” wedding planning were awesome!
RED House Cassadaga barn reception decor | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEntrance to downstairs of RED House barn reception | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyUpstairs of barn at RED House Cassadaga, strung with lights | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom cheering his success in marriage during toasts | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom's friend toasting them | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The dances were beautiful. The picture of Missy’s mom watching Missy dance with her dad while hugging Brian’s mom & stepdad gets me every time!
Bride & Groom's first dance | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom laughing during first dance | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride dancing with her father in RED House Cassadaga barn | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's mom embracing groom's mom & stepfather during parent dances | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's mom hugging him during their dance | Wendy Mitchell Photography

“Can we do one more photo?” I asked. Such a pretty venue.
Bride & Groom kissing in front of RED House Cassadaga barn | Wendy Mitchell Photography

She had to change out of her Badgley Mischka wedges. I loved the dirt on her hem from being outside & in and out of the loft all day… this is real stuff!
Bride's Badgley Mischka wedges & dirty dress hem | Wendy Mitchell Photography

In case of rain, and in case it was a super hot day (thankfully neither happened!), they rented a tent and set it up on the lawn for dancing later in the evening. Everyone had a blast!
Outdoor tent dancefloor | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom horah | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom horah | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom dancing together at their reception | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I had such a wonderful time – your love radiated and it made me so happy the whole afternoon & night. You don’t even need my wishes for happiness, but I’ll give them anyway. May many years of love, hugs, kisses, and joy be yours til the end of your days. Congratulations!

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Dan & Libby – Engaged! | SUNY Geneseo | Buffalo Engagement Photography

A couple weeks ago Libby emailed me to ask if I’d be available to photograph their engagement photos on the campus at SUNY Geneseo. They’re getting married in Rhode Island, and they’ve hired a different photographer for that, but I was happy to do some local pictures for them at their old campus! They brought their sweet dog Leo to be in some of the photos with them too, and he was a sweet boy, although a bit too furry to see the cute boy tie collar they had on him!
Engaged couple with their dog at SUNY Geneseo campus | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple laughing in sunny parking lot | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I was not familiar with the campus at all, but Dan & Libby had some “must-do” spots and we found some other neat places too!
Engaged couple at SUNY Geneseo | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When we popped up to Main St to get a few final photos, Libby humored me and posed with this graffiti-style diamond painted on the side of a jewelry shop!
Girl holding up her diamond engagement ring to diamond graffiti on brick building | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple at SUNY Geneseo | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple kissing at SUNY Geneseo | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple at SUNY Geneseo | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple laughing in front of wooden door and ivy at SUNY Geneseo | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple with their dog at SUNY Geneseo | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Sunset photos were a must – we timed the session specially, and thankfully we got an evening with some nice color!
Engaged couple kissing at sunset, silhouette | Wendy Mitchell Photography

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Nicolas & Melissa – July 24, 2015 | Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vineyards | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Nico & Melissa!
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Last Friday I got to visit Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vineyards’ new cabin area, Press Vineyard Retreat. Each cabin is a tiny, self-contained modern hotel room!
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Nico & Melissa chose to do a first look so they could do some wedding party & family photos before we headed over to the main part of the farm for the ceremony. I love how completely happy they looked during these moments!
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It’s a vineyard. I pretty much had to take a photo of their rings on the grapes.
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Melissa’s brother provided the ceremony music, and their adorable little dog Louie was the ring bearer!
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Cutest family photo I’ve done in a while.:)
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The reception was decorated with hand-tied sprigs of lavender. One of the bridesmaids used it as an accessory!
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They encouraged guests to write them advice to stick in wine bottles that they’d open on the corresponding anniversaries.
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Melissa’s dad gave a toast that honored Nico’s dad, who passed away last year.
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Even on such a hot night, everyone had a great time on the dancefloor. Congratulations on making it official for a second time, and I wish you the very best!

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Ian & Samantha – July 18, 2015 | Porter Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Samantha contacted me last summer and told me that she & Ian got married 2 years ago with just their immediate families present, but were going to be having a celebration on their 2 year anniversary in Buffalo so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew it was going to be a vow renewal instead of an actual wedding, but I wasn’t sure if it they would go through the formalities or if it would be more like a party. I didn’t know if she’d go for a full wedding dress and all that – she did! She said she bought this dress and wore it to their courthouse wedding, that it’s been in storage at the bridal salon for 2 years, and she got it out & wore it again – and it looked beautiful!
Bride & Groom sitting on stone steps in Delaware Park Japanese Gardens | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I met Sam & the girls at her hotel suite where they helped her get ready.
Bride getting dressed in hotel room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I jokingly asked how many hands could get in there doing these buttons at the same time. Her grandma & aunt watched, peeking around the edges of the doorway.
Several bridesmaids buttoning the back of the bride's dress | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's grandma & aunt watching the bride get dressed | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride putting in earrings | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

She made her brooch bouquet both so she could have something she could keep forever, and because she is allergic to a lot of flowers. Moose is her favorite animal so she made sure to have a big one on there!
Brooch bouquet n front of background of purple paint swatches | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Down in the lobby, Ian & the guys were waiting patiently for Samantha to finish getting ready and come down for their “first look.” They pinned these handmade boutonnieres while they waited.
Groom getting boutonniere pinned | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyHandmade non-floral boutonniere | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

For simplicity’s sake, we just staged the first look on the sidewalk outside the hotel so that everyone could ride together to Delaware Park.
Bride coming down the sidewalk for the first look | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom waiting for the first look | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's reaction when he turns around and sees the bride | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBeaded belt on wedding dress | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We drove to the Japanese Gardens at Delaware Park – always a beautiful park of the park!
Bride & Groom's shoes and socks | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom laughing together | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom smiling together | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

From there we went to the Porter Avenue Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. Sam & the girls hid in the bathroom while guests arrived and Ian got last minute details hammered out.
Wedding rings & engagement ring in Kay Jewelers box | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I looked up at the ceiling and got a little artsy fartsy for a minute.
Black & White shot of the ceiling of Karpeles with lights strung below | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I loved the bright purple base but also the addition of bright colors for the guest sign-in book. They also had personalized “Share A Coke” bottles on their sweetheart table.
Guests signing in with colorful inkpad, personalized Share a Coke bottles | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They had Sam’s brother officiate the ceremony – less stress since it was a renewal and no legalities involved!
Wedding ceremony at Porter Ave Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding ceremony at Porter Ave Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Ian’s nephew drove the rings forward on a little R/C car.
Groom's nephew waiting to drive the wedding rings forward with a remote control car | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's nephew driving the wedding rings in a remote control car | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

For their vows, Ian read Samantha Mr. Darcy’s “In vain I have struggled” proposal from Pride and Prejudice. She laughed and cried. It made me glad that I finally read (and then watched) it last winter.
Groom reading the Mr. Darcy speech from Pride and Prejudice | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride reacting to the groom's vow of love | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride smiling at groom during ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After the ceremony, there was a short cocktail hour, a few toasts, then everyone tucked in to Kentucky Greg’s BBQ (and some Moe’s tofu burritos for the vegetarians). I loved hearing the story of how Sam & Ian met while playing Halo online, realized they were both from Erie, PA, and arranged to meet up at Millcreek Mall. Sam was a senior in high school and Ian was a freshman in college. Sam’s mother drove her to the mall and together they peeked at Ian from behind a display, judged that he looked like a decent guy, and Samantha went and hung out with him – a few months later they started dating, and then about 4 1/2 years later, they got married!
Young boy waiting for dinner to start | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyMaid of honor giving a toast | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyToasts and dinner at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's socks and shoes | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyDinner at Porter Ave Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride dancing with her grandpa | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyPaula's Donuts instead of wedding cake | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They chose to have Paula’s Donuts instead of wedding cake. I love the face of indecision!
Boy trying to decide which donut to choose | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's parents dancing together | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

During Ian & Sam’s first dance, I love how the rest of the room just kind of fell away as they looked at each other.
Couple's first dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride dancing with her father in a wheelchair | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's sister taking video of dancing | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Even on the hot July evening, the dancefloor still got a lot of use!
Dancefloor at Porter Ave Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Sam stepped outside to cool down and her friend jokingly rolled icy drink cups up & down her arms.
Bride's friend cooling her down with some icy drink cups | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

It was a beautiful sunset, but unfortunately from the Karpeles Museum, there is no good view of the horizon. I asked them if they’d want to drive down to the waterfront, and the three of us hopped in the car real quick and drove down to the end of Porter Ave to get a couple of shots in front of the bright, beautiful sky!
Bride & Groom outside Porter Ave Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, and at the river at sunset | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Congratulations on two years of marriage under your belts, and here are my wishes for many, many more! Thanks, guys!!

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July 22, 2015 - 10:42 am

Christy - Thank you for such beautiful pictures of Ian & Samantha’s special day!

July 22, 2015 - 3:58 pm

Aunt Jody - Wow , what a surprise to see these wonderful pictures :). I wasnt able to attend their very joyful day but I am just thrilled to be able to see what I missed . Cheers to you both and thanks for the pictures Wendy !

July 22, 2015 - 11:14 pm

Nancy (Erie neighbor) - I agree Aunt Jody! I wasn’t able to attend either, but this album showed everything we missed. I loved the way you narrated the photos, the day, the feelings. Excellent job! Thanks for sharing!

July 23, 2015 - 8:35 am

Rene - Your images are top notch. Thank you for being there.

Matthew & Alex – July 11, 2015 | Timberlodge at Arrowhead Golf Club | Buffalo Wedding Photography

“Do a dip pose!” one of the bridesmaids shouted. “You want to do a dip one?” I asked. They sure did. So perfect.
Bride and Groom kissing on wooden walkway at Timberlodge at Arrowhead | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

In December 2013, Alex emailed me after seeing the photos I took at her friend Jill’s wedding in August of that year. After a couple months of figuring out the best date for their wedding, they settled on July 11, 2015 at Timberlodge Banquet Facility at Arrowhead Golf Club in Akron. It’s a gorgeous setting for people wanting an all-in-one ceremony & reception location!

Alex & her bridesmaids got ready along with her mom & grandma at her mom’s house in East Amherst. The light in the house was gorgeous! I loved that we were able to hang the dresses from the loft railing.
Bride's details at her mother's house | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride with bridesmaids before getting ready | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's jewelry and shoes | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Her bouquet was SO BEAUTIFUL. I took a lot of pictures of it, haha.
Bride's bouquet with roses, sunflowers, hydrangea, and greenery, wrapped in leftover lace from a bridesmaid's dress | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride getting dressed | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyThe three rings on burlap | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After all the girls were dressed, I drove to Timberlodge to meet Matt & the groomsmen for some photos of them before Alex’s arrival – Matt & Alex did not want to accidentally see each other before the ceremony so we had to plan to get all of Matt’s photos done before Alex got there.
Timberlodge at Arrowhead wedding reception details | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's dad sitting in the dining room before the ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom and groomsmen wearing gray tuxedos and sunglasses | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Never assume that guys know how to pin a boutonniere. Don’t worry, I fixed it after we had a laugh.
Groom laughing at the groomsmen's attempt to pin boutonnieres | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBoutonniere pinned incorrectly | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Matt & the guys went inside to hide and Alex & the girls did their pictures outside next to the pond.
Bride with bridesmaids at Timberlodge pond | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride with bridesmaids with keyhole back dresses, and gorgeous bouquet | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Matt & Alex (I’m guessing mostly Alex) handmade this custom aisle runner for their ceremony with the timeline of their relationship.
Timberlodge at Arrowhead ceremony site with custom hand made aisle runner | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride smiling at groom during outdoor wedding ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling at bride during outdoor wedding ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When the pastor asked, “Who presents this woman to be married to this man?” Alex’s brother Jason, who walked her down the aisle, stepped forward and said, “Alex presents herself. And I approve.” Then he shook Matt’s hand.
Groom shaking the bride's brother's hand as part of the ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyOutdoor patio wedding ceremony at Timberlodge at Arrowhead | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After the ceremony was over, we took golf carts out to the back of the course to the wooden walkway through the woods. Holy mosquitos! Everyone had a good time though, no one crashed a golf cart (that I saw) and only a few liquids of various kinds were spilled.
Wedding Party in golf carts and taking photos at Timberlodge at Arrowhead | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom smiling at each other on wooden boardwalk at Timberlodge at Arrowhead | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and Groom with wedding party in the background at Timberlodge at Arrowhead | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom walking together on wooden walkway at Timberlodge at Arrowhead | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The dining room at Timberlodge is so beautiful for couples looking for something refined-rustic. I like it when couples bring in their colors to make it their own.
Dining room set for navy and yellow wedding reception at Timberlodge at Arrowhead | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyStag and doe dressed as groom and bride cake topper | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyToasts before dinner at Timberlodge | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom laughing during Best Man's toast | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

With such beautiful weather, the dance floor was outside on the patio and I loved how much Matt & Alex laughed through their first dance, Brad Paisley’s “Then.”
Bride & Groom laughing during first dance on outdoor patio at Timberlodge at Arrowhead | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom dancing on outdoor patio at Timberlodge at Arrowhead | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Alex rocked that keyhole back.
Bride & Groom dancing on outdoor patio at Timberlodge at Arrowhead | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom dancing on outdoor patio at Timberlodge at Arrowhead | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Matt got some big smiles out of his mom during their turn on the dancefloor too.
Groom's mom laughing as she dances with her son at Timberlodge at Arrowhead | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding guests dancing on outdoor patio at Timberlodge at Arrowhead | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom outside Timberlodge at Arrowhead | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

If you haven’t seen “the shoe game” it goes like this – the bride & groom sit back to back, each holding one of each person’s shoes. The DJ asks questions where the answer is either the bride or the groom (sometimes it’s fact, sometimes it’s opinion) and the bride & groom each hold up a shoe representing which person the question is about. Sometimes the difference in their answers is funny! I don’t remember which question made Matt stand up to emphasize his answer, but he was really sure about it.
Bride & Groom playing "the shoe game" | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I ended the night with a shot of the two of them out on the lawn… it was a gorgeous end to a pretty perfect day!
Bride & Groom at the end of the night outside Timberlodge Banquet Facility | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Congratulations, thank you so much for hiring me, and best of luck with your new house & all that’s coming your way!

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