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Zach & Kristin – May 20, 2016 | Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Zach & Kristin said “I do!” They got ready, married, and held their reception at Hotel Lafayette in downtown Buffalo, in the Greenhouse Room and its courtyard. They had an absolutely gorgeous spring day for it!

Woyshner’s (downstairs in the hotel) did their flowers and they were perfect spring bouquets, full of lilacs!
Woyshner's bouquet with lilacs, roses, and stephanotis | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyPersonalized wooden hanger | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Kristin gave her maid of honor and sisters pretty satin robes for while they were getting ready.
Maid of honor in purple floral robe before wedding | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's earring, garters, rosary, etc. | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's shoes before she puts her dress on | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's sister watching her get dressed | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's mom buttoning her dress | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I was originally planning to do their first look outside on the sidewalk but they decided they wanted to do it at the elevators so we timed it so that (hopefully) we didn’t tie up the elevators for too long, and they were able to step out and see each other!
Bride & Groom first look in elevators in Hotel Lafayette lobby | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kiss after first look in Hotel Lafayette lobby | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We drove over to City Hall and then to Buffalo’s waterfront at Canalside where their dog Beauty met them for a few photos!
Bride & Groom smiling at each other in front of Buffalo City Hall | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom in front of Buffalo City Hall | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom with their dog at Buffalo waterfront | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom with their dog at Buffalo waterfront | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing at Buffalo waterfront | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The ceremony was in the Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room’s open air courtyard. Kristin’s stepmom is a judge and officiated the wedding!
Groom smiling at bride during ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling at bride during ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding ceremony in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room outdoor courtyard | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's parents watching the ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I always love the details that couples bring to the Hotel Lafayette’s Greenhouse Room, combined with the existing space & decoration.
Reception place cards in corks | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyTables in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographySaxman Slim at Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride hugging a guest in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGirls dancing at reception | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom with Best Man and his fiancee | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Zach made sure his love of Penn State was worked in to the wedding in their Nittany Lions cake topper!
Simple white cake with Penn State Nittany Lions cake topper | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyPersonalized candy bags for candy buffet | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's family joking for the camera | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyMaid of honor's toast in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

There were quite a few damp eyes in the room as Kristin danced with her dad, and watching Zach’s mom dance with him made me think of my dance that I’ll have one day with my own son! Then the dancefloor opened and Saxman Slim kept the party going all night!
Bride's happy tears during dance with her dad in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's mom holding onto him as they dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding guests smiling for camera in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests dancing in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom dancing in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests dancing in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

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Zack & Elaine – April 30, 2016 | Bristol Harbour Resort | Canandaigua Wedding Photography

Zack & Elaine are married!
First dance at Bristol Harbour East Room | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I last photographed a wedding at Bristol Harbour Resort in September 2013, and it was great to be back! I arrived at a nearby rented lodge home where Elaine and the girls (and some of the guys) were getting ready. Elaine’s sister in law was doing her hair in one of the upstairs bathrooms.
Bride getting her hair done | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Elaine’s dad got some help with his suit and cufflinks.
Bridesmaid helping bride's dad with his cufflinks | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell Photography

This was a really gorgeous setting for the wedding gown!
Wedding gown hanging in log cabin master bedroom | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyPersonalized metal & leather flask | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Zack’s nephew (son of the girl who was upstairs doing hair) was conked out on the couch.
Groom's nephew sleeping on the couch | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBridesmaids helping bride get ready | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The back of Elaine’s dress was gorgeous!
Maid of honor buttoning bride's lace dress | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Zack’s in the Army Reserves and proudly wore his uniform for his wedding to Elaine.
Groom in uniform before ceremony | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyCeremony site with gorgeous view | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell PhotographySweetheart table with lace & burlap flower girl basket | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom getting his bow tie straightened | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Two of Zack’s nephews and a niece were ring bearers and flower girl for the ceremony. I loved the fox couple wedding topper!
Fox couple wedding cake topper, flower girl and two ring bearers | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's dad walking her down the aisle | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom & best man smiling as bride comes down the aisle | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyCeremony at Bristol Harbour east lawn | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Zack & Elaine’s friend Dan performed the wedding ceremony.
Bride & Groom's friend performing wedding ceremony | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom exchanging rings | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom walking out after ceremony | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom with groomsmen at Bristol Harbour east lawn | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride with bridesmaids smiling | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride smiling & walking as bridesmaids help with her dress | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell Photography

This view. Love it.
Bride & Groom smiling at each other under wooden arbor at Bristol Harbour east lawn | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Zack handmade two matching ring boxes for the ceremony.
Wedding rings inside handmade wooden ring box | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell Photography

His parents are florists and made all of the bouquets & centerpieces for the wedding!
Bouquet made by the groom's parents | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom coming into their reception at Bristol Harbour east room | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Just like the ring boxes, Zack handmade the cupcake stands as well as all of the bases for the centerpieces on the tables!
Cupcakes on handmade wooden stand, made by the groom | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom dancing together | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom smiling at each other as they dance | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride dancing with a friend | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom dancing with his mother | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding guests dancing at Bristol Harbour east room | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom doing dollar dance | Bristol Harbour | Wendy Mitchell Photography

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Colin & Nicole – March 12, 2016 | ARTISANworks | Rochester NY wedding photography

Colin & Nicole got married at ARTISANworks in Rochester NY!
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Colin and his brothers (yes, they are all his brothers!) got ready with their parents at the Hyatt. From the 17th floor room, they had a great view down to the St. Patrick’s Day parade route!
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Nicole & her girls got ready with her sister, mom, and step-mom in the Frank Lloyd Wright dining room at ARTISANworks!
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Nicole’s sister hand-made all of the bouquets & boutonnieres!
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ARTISANworks is a little ways east of downtown so they had guests shuttled over from the hotel on buses.
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When Nicole’s dad saw her, he looked so, so pleased. He was so happy and proud, bringing her down the aisle!
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It’s definitely a pretty unique space so I tried to get as much of that as possible in the ceremony shots!
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For March it was actually quite nice, but it was chilly so I didn’t make everybody stay outside too long – just long enough to grab a couple nice shots in front of the brightly colored building! Then we headed back inside to take some pictures in front of the art featured throughout.
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They came right in to their first dance and all eyes were on them!
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Their wedding day was actually also Colin’s 31st birthday so Nicole surprised him by having the DJ’s play the Ghostbuster theme song and the banquet host brought out a Ghostbusters birthday cake!
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For the rest of the night, guests enjoyed dinner, the art gallery, ice cream sundaes, and dancing!
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Thank you for hiring me and for getting me to ARTISANworks – what a cool venue! Congratulations to you and your parents and I hope you are having a wonderful, warm honeymoon!

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Adam & Lauren – December 4, 2015 | Mansion on Delaware | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Lauren contacted me about a month ago to ask if I was available for her wedding on Friday December 4th. Normally I don’t take weddings in November & December, but when she explained that it was just going to be the two of them getting married with immediate family in the gorgeous main floor fireplace suite inside the Mansion on Delaware, I immediately agreed!

Bride & Groom smiling at each other | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Adam’s mom & sister helped Lauren make a few last minute adjustments before Lauren went out to see Adam in the other room.
Groom's mom helping the bride with her dress | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Lauren made Adam a pin holding charms with pictures of their fathers and another man (a grandfather? I didn’t ask). Lauren’s brother & his fiancee gave Lauren a locket on a necklace, and inside was a photo of Lauren’s dad.
The bride gave the groom a handmade pin holding charms of their fathers | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyHandmade pin with charms of their fathers, and a locket holding a picture of the bride's father | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We didn’t go outside for long because even though there was no snow, it was quite cold!
Bride & Groom kissing outside Mansion on Delaware | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We went in by the fireplace to warm up (and they got to enjoy their butler service!).
Bride & Groom sitting in front of fireplace | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Lauren’s niece and Adam’s niece made friends right away!
Little girls holding hands | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom with both families | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom showing off keyhole back lace dress | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Once we finished with all the family photos, we gathered in the suite for the ceremony.
Wedding ceremony in front of the fireplace | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's family watching the ceremony | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride laughing during the vows | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling at bride during vows | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom putting bride's ring on her finger | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell Photography

One last photo – Lauren requested, “Let’s do a silly one!”
A silly picture of everyone before they headed out to dinner | Mansion on Delaware | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Congratulations, guys! I’m glad Wegmans brings so many people together! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Enjoy your lives together!!!

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John & Liz – Engaged! | Delaware Park | Buffalo Engagement Photography

John & Liz are getting married next August and they wanted to get photos in time to send out holiday save the dates, which meant we had to get the session done quick! Unfortunately we got a pretty chilly day (I think it was about 43 degrees) but fortunately although it was a bit cold, it was beautiful & sunny! We finished up a little quicker than normal because their hands were cold & everyone was starting to get “cherry-nose” but they smiled through the whole thing and we got some beautiful shots! If you’re on their mailing list, look forward to a cool save the date card coming your way in January!
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