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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!

Jeremy & Jessica – September 27, 2014 | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa | Rochester NY Wedding Photography

Jeremy & Jessica live in New York now, but came back home to Rochester to get married, and I’m glad they did! They chose Fairport’s Woodcliff Hotel & Spa for their wedding and I was very happy to photograph there again! The view for the ceremony site is pretty much unparalleled in this area, and the facilities are wonderful.
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Jeremy gave his groomsmen each a tie, a bottle of bourbon, and a jar of Zweigle’s hot sauce (a Rochester area specialty).
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Jeremy’s cousins took turns filming the entire day with a GoPro.
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Downstairs in the Pittsford Room, Jessica’s sister, Jeremy’s sister, and Jessica’s mom helped her get ready.
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Pinned into Jessica’s dress was a piece of her mom’s wedding gown, inside which were two pennies – one dated 1980 for the year Jessica’s parents got married, and one dated 2014 for Jessica’s wedding.
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Jessica’s toes were her “something blue”!
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We arranged their “first look” in the semi-private garden area behind the pool, with the beautiful pergola-lined walkway.
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Jessica’s bouquet was GORGEOUS. Seriously. Gorgeous.
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Jeremy & Jessica made each other laugh all day and I laughed along with them.
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I also loved Jessica’s hair & hair comb, so I’m definitely guilty of posing her to show it off!
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For the end of September, I was surprised to see so many yellow trees already, but we took advantage (in between cars coming in & out, as this is the main drive to the hotel!).
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As I said, the cliff-side ceremony site is beautiful. Yes, it was a warm afternoon to stand/sit in the sun, but with the ceremony performed by Jeremy’s sister Sarah and his friend Dave, it was also perfect.
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Sarah let her tears out both during & after the ceremony!
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Once everyone was seated for dinner and the toasts were given, we sneaked back out for some cliff-side sunset photos. It wasn’t the most amazing sunset of the summer (that was the next evening, no joke) but it was still beautiful.
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I have to cut the blog post off here because there are already over 40 images – if I decide tomorrow to venture into the dancefloor pictures (which I know are funny!!) I might consider expanding the post, so check back tomorrow night just to see… maybe there will be a few more photos!

Jeremy & Jessica – congratulations! You had a supremely gorgeous wedding and I’m honored you chose me to photograph it for you!!!

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Nathan & Janelle – September 19, 2014 | Pearl Street Grill & Brewery 4th Floor | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Last summer, Nate & Janelle hired me for their Sept. 19th wedding. They were planning to get married in the Webb Building and have their reception at Pearl Street. I didn’t hear from them throughout the winter, then in May I got an email from Janelle saying that they’d decided to go ahead and get married in Las Vegas – that it was what they’d really wanted all along, to elope. They were able to have a bunch of their family members fly out for the wedding and they got to get married about 3 1/2 months sooner that way. However things were still booked back here in Buffalo for Sept. 19 so they held their evening reception as planned on the 4th floor at Pearl Street, and we did their “first look” (Nate still hadn’t seen Janelle’s wedding dress) at Bar Louie, went with the wedding party for pictures in Delaware Park’s Japanese Gardens, and made a quick stop at Canalside too. I’m giving all of this backstory so that no one wonders why there aren’t any pictures of a ceremony – there wasn’t one! It was just party time all day, and believe me, this group knows how to party, as you’ll see. The two main goals of the day were to get pictures of everyone having a great time, and some really awesome portraits of the two of them, which they really didn’t get in Vegas.

Bride and Groom kissing on path in Delaware Park | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I began the afternoon as normal, at Janelle’s parents’ house where she got ready with her bridesmaids.
Bride getting her hair done | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's dress hanging in doorway on personalized hanger | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's rings with her shoes | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride getting makeup done in kitchen | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBridesmaids putting on bride's necklace | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I loved the girls’ reactions to Janelle in her dress. Although she’s been married for a few months now, this was their first time seeing her in her wedding gown!
Bridesmaid helping bride put her dress on | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photographybridesmaids' reactions to the bride in her dress | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Janelle & Nate had their first date at Bar Louie at the Galleria, so the limo dropped him & the guys off there for some drinks while they waited for the girls, so that Nate & Janelle could have a “first look” which they did right next to the table where they’d sat on their date. It helped that the place was almost empty at 3:30ish on a Friday, but Bar Louie was excellently accommodating!
"First Look" at Bar Louie at Walden Galleria | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom having a drink at the bar where they had their first date | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and Groom at Bar Louie | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and bridesmaid taking a selfie | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

From there, we drove over to the Japanese Gardens in Delaware Park behind the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. Gorgeous in spring, summer, and fall alike! (Have to confess I went there once in the winter and found the steps to be somewhat of a slippery death trap.)
Bride and Groom in Japanese Gardens in Delaware Park | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The groomsmen had plenty of ideas for photos, some of which are even more “Ummm” than what you see here, so those will have to wait for the private gallery.
Groomsmen rubbing the groom's head | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom and groomsmen taking group selfie Guests on the dance floor at Pearl Street 4th Floor | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBridesmaids holding the groom | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Janelle said it was very important to her to get really good photos of the two of them, something they didn’t get when they were in Vegas. Mission accomplished!
Bride and groom at the bottom of the stone steps in Japanese Gardens in Delaware Park | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroomsmen walking with their hands on each other's butts | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding Party on steps of Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom and Groomsmen all flexing | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and Bridesmaids with their arms around each other | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing outside Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and Groom with wedding party on steps of Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and Groom on the steps of Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We went down to Canalside but by that time the groomsmen were already well past their saturation point with photos, so we got some more of the bridesmaids and called it quits.
Bride and Bridesmaids at Buffalo Canalside | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and Groom outside Pearl Street Grill and Brewery | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The 4th Floor at Pearl Street was all decked out in Nate & Janelle’s colors, with an awesome cupcake display featuring four different flavors of cupcakes decorated with edible sugar playing cards and dice as a nod to their elopement!!
Reception decor at Pearl Street 4th floor | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom entering their reception | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyCupcake display with edible sugar playing cards and dice | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyYoung girls dancing together on the dance floor | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and Groom having their first dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

It took people a couple of drinks to warm up, but starting around 9:00 the dance floor filled up and it was full the rest of the time I was there. Party on, party people!
Guests on the dance floor at Pearl Street 4th Floor | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests on the dance floor at Pearl Street 4th Floor | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests on the dance floor at Pearl Street 4th Floor | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests on the dance floor at Pearl Street 4th Floor | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests on the dance floor at Pearl Street 4th Floor | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Nate & Janelle, thank you for hiring me and I’m glad you went through with your at-home reception because everyone had a blast – now it’s over and you can relax and take an awesome honeymoon and go back to enjoying being Mr. & Mrs.!

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Jacob & Sarah – Engaged! | Engagement Session | Buffalo Wedding Photography

I’ll be photographing Jacob & Sarah’s wedding next September at RED House in Cassadaga and I can’t wait. These two are so cute together and naturals in front of the camera. I loved the inclusion of Sarah’s horses & dog in the session! Normally I don’t post engagement session photos in chronological order, but for this one, it just made the most sense to me, so here we go.

Engaged couple in front of white fence with wedding date in chalk | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We walked out to where Sarah’s horses were grazing with a can of snacks and this guy clearly thought I was the bearer of treats.
Horse coming close to the camera with engaged couple in the background | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple with three horses | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Sarah wanted me to take a shot that focused on her ring, which I did, but I couldn’t resist taking one like this too!
Girl smiling at her horse in black & white | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyCouple sitting in a grape vineyardEngaged couple laughing together in black & white | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They did an outfit change and we got Sarah’s dog and drove down to the beach where the light was gorgeous and the sky was perfect. So glad they knew about this little spot!
Engaged couple at the beach with chocolate lab | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple at the beach | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple kissing at the beach | Buffalo Engagement Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple sitting on rocks at the beach, initials and wedding date written in sand

I’m so glad you guys hired me for your wedding. I’m looking forward to it!!!

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Jesse & Anna – September 13, 2014 | Moon Brook Country Club | Jamestown NY Wedding Photography

Last fall Jesse & Anna came up to Delaware Park’s Rose Garden for their engagement session. This past weekend I drove to Jamestown for their wedding! It was unseasonably chilly, but thankfully the rain cleared off and we got a beautifully sunny afternoon to do pictures outside at Moon Brook Country Club.

Groom kissing bride on the forehead | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I met them at Bemus Point United Methodist Church where they both got dressed – Anna upstairs & Jesse downstairs.
Bemus Point United Methodist Church | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Anna’s 3 year old niece loved “putting makeup on” her mom and Anna (I believe it was eyeshadow, but the cover was closed).
Bride's 3 year old niece putting makeup on the bride | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFlower girl putting makeup on her mom | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When Anna put her dress on, everyone was holding back tears til Anna’s dad came in, then several people (including Anna’s dad) lost it a little.
Bride's mom holding back tears as she sees the bride in her dress | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's dad crying after seeing her for the first time | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I couldn’t resist getting a great close-up of their rings – Jesse’s was so cool, very different than the men’s bands I’m used to seeing!
Bride and Groom's rings together on their invitation | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyPurple boutonniere | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When the ceremony started, Anna’s and Jesse’s moms walked down the aisle together.
Mothers walking together down the aisle | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFlowergirls coming down the aisle | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling as he waits for the bride to come down the aisle | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Seeing Jesse smile at Anna during the ceremony (and hearing his voice break as he said his vows) was extremely sweet.
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As Jesse & Anna went pew-to-pew greeting their guests after the ceremony, everyone gathered in the church entry and talked to each other while waiting for family pictures.
Guests smiling after wedding ceremony | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Apparently Anna & Jesse have an addiction to Mountain Dew!
Bride holding a can of Mountain Dew | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We opted not to go anywhere else for pictures because of the chilly breeze (I suggested the shore of Chautauqua Lake, but we all agreed it might be even windier & colder there) so we just went straight over to Moon Brook Country Club. I got a few pictures of the details earlier in the day before I drove to the church so that once I arrived with the wedding party, we could just go straight in to group picture mode!
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Like I said, it was chilly!
Bride walking with a fleece jacket on | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding Party at Moon Brook Country Club | Wendy Mitchell Photography

What’s the flower girl holding in that group photo, you ask? She’s happy to show you!
Flower girl holding Cap'n Crunch snack bag | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding Party at Moon Brook Country Club | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom with each groomsman | Wendy Mitchell Photography

It was cold enough no one wanted to make her take her “jacket” off so we just went with it.
Bride with flowergirls | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride with bridesmaids at Moon Brook Country Club | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jesse & Anna were introduced and went straight into their first dance.
Bride & Groom's first dance at Moon Brook Country Club | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom's first dance at Moon Brook Country Club | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jesse’s step-dad gave a nice toast & blessing, after which Anna’s best friend and matron of honor privately presented her with a charm of roller skates. Jesse’s (and now Anna’s) last name is “Evan” – people in Jamestown can figure this one out.
Bride & Groom smiling at each other during the toast | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyMatron of honor holding roller skate charms as a gift to the bride | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After dinner we sneaked out for a few more photos, then it was just dance, dance, dance the rest of the night!
Bride & Groom at Moon Brook Country Club | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom dancing with his mother at Moon Brook Country Club | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride dancing with her mother at Moon Brook Country Club in Jamestown | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests on the dance floor at Moon Brook Country Club | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Congratulations on making it official – everyone was so happy to see you guys become Mr. & Mrs. Evan!

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September 21, 2014 - 11:07 pm

Julia - Love the roller skates :-) We’ll be at a wedding at Moonbrook next month so it’s cool to see some pictures from another event there beforehand.

Nick & Cheryl – Engaged! | Tifft Nature Preserve | Buffalo Engagement Photography

Nick & Cheryl braved the wind and dodged the raindrops at their Wednesday evening engagement session. We’d already had to postpone from the previous Tuesday when it flat-out rained, and the forecast looked much better for the following Wednesday (that afternoon, it was claiming 0% chance of rain!!) but it didn’t end up being true. We were able to get the session in though, as I know Cheryl is anxious to send out save-the-date cards for their April wedding!
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Locations: Tifft Nature Preserve
Gallagher Beach & Pier
Cobblestone District

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