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Alex & Astrid – January 28, 2017 | Tonawanda Castle | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Alex & Astrid got married at the Tonawanda Castle on a beautiful, snowy January day. They even braved the cold for a few minutes to get some portraits outside under the falling snowflakes!

It had been three and a half years since my last visit to Tonawanda Castle and it was great to be back! I love how much work they’ve put in to restoring & decorating the inside, and the white & navy color scheme was very elegant!

Astrid & the girls got ready on the third floor and her smile was beaming when she stepped out into the main room with her dress on.

Her mother, sister, and Alex’s sister helped her button her dress (there were buttons on the back and on both sleeves)!

She wore these cute, lacy flats and snowflake earrings to match her snowflake hair pins.

They opted for a “first look” before the ceremony so that we could take advantage of the afternoon light for portraits. It was pretty cold outside but Astrid put on some boots and we went out for four minutes (I checked the timestamps) with a blanket to get some pictures in the fresh snow before coming back inside to join the wedding party. We did NOT make them go outside. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I had to take this one of Alex’s stepmother as she cuddled for warmth inside the sleeves of a sweater!

Alex’s brother in law played his guitar to welcome the guests and for the processional & recessional.

As they held hands during the ceremony, Alex’s thumb never stopped going back and forth over the top of Astrid’s hand. It was very sweet.

Speaking of sweet, watching Astrid’s father watch the first of his children to marry was a nice moment.

When the ceremony was over, they asked the parents of a friend to sign as witnesses to their marriage. I wish I’d heard what was said during this handshake!

Downstairs the dining room was all prepared for guest to enjoy the cocktail hour.

Astrid’s dad gave a toast thanking everyone for coming and giving a little history on the relationship – Alex actually met the family because he was in school with Astrid’s older brother Alexander when they were teenagers!

The dancefloor opened after a delicious meal and a great time was had by all, especially all the little ones!

It was a beautiful ceremony, a fun reception, and I hope it was just what you guys wanted! The drive home was a little iffy (thanks, lake effect snow!) but I made it and was glad to be your photographer!

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January 31, 2017 - 10:56 pm

Palmiro Campagna (Angelo's brother) - This is an excellent album with great photos.

February 1, 2017 - 11:12 am

Perlina Bertolo - Wonderful pictures, Wendy. It was nice getting to know you during dinner. You’ve beautifully captured precious memories for the bride and groom.

Matthew & Christina – October 30, 2016 | Pearl Street Webb Building | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Matt & Tina had a beautiful wedding inside Pearl Street’s Webb Building. The soft lights and sheer curtains paired with some bright flowers and even brighter smiles brought some warmth to what would otherwise have been a chilly and damp fall afternoon!Bride & Groom kissing inside Webb Building | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Tina got ready in one of the lofts upstairs – so convenient and nice light! A friend came and did all the girls’ hair right there on-site.
Bride getting her hair done | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFlower girl getting her hair done | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFlower girl getting her hair done | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's sister helping her get dressed | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

If you notice in the bottom right, they had to keep telling her niece “Nice hands. Gentle hands.” She was excited but didn’t really quite get the importance of not tugging on or walking across Tina’s dress.
Bride's dress, shoes, and details inside Lofts at Webb | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's sister and niece helping with her shoes | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride with flower girls | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I loved all the flowers (by Williams Florist) and especially Matt’s bright boutonniere!
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Matt & Tina had a “first look” so that we could go do pictures before the ceremony. Her gift to him was a Gallifreyan pocket watch (look it up, haha) and I loved the lining of his suit, made by Bureau right here in Buffalo!!
First look at ceremony location inside Webb Building | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom holding Gallifreyan pocket watch | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's suit from Bureau | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We took both families up to Mirror Lake in Forest Lawn. It was a pretty chilly afternoon (temps hovering around 43-45 degrees) and it had rained all morning so we had to be careful about where we went, but thankfully the rain held off when we needed it to and we made it work! Okay, some participants were less cooperative than others.
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She was trying so hard not to smile, poor kid.
Flower girl trying not to smile | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFlower girl leaning out car window | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Word to the wise – soggy, rain-soaked ground + excessive goose poop = ew. But gorgeous!
Bride & Groom in Forest Lawn near stone bridge | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

This pose was at the suggestion of Tina’s sister Pam – thanks Pam!
Bride & Groom kissing on stone bridge in Forest Lawn | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom with maid of honor and best man | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We drove back to the Webb Building where guests had already started to arrive for the ceremony.
Wedding Program | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyRing bearer with vest and bow tie | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom and his brother waiting for the ceremony to start | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's grandfather receiving his boutonniere | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Two of the three flower girls made it down the aisle unassisted. The ring bearer also had to be carried.
Flower girls entering ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyCeremony in front room at Webb Building | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride putting Groom's ring on his finger | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Matt got enthusiastic congratulations from his dad after it was official.
Groom's dad kissing him after the ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When both the bride & groom have fab footwear, you have to make sure to document it.
Bride & Groom's socks & shoes | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom's rings | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom in front room at Webb Building | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom in front of ceremony spot with sheer curtains and strung lights | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I loved their personalized decorations, including Winnie the Pooh, Wall-E and Eve, and a Tardis.
Reception decor at Webb Building including Wall-e, Tardis | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom at sweetheart table in Webb Building | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

It was Tina’s grandma’s birthday, so everyone sang to her after dinner!
Bride & Groom singing happy birthday to her grandma | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Their Wall-E and Eve cake topper was perfect.
Wall-e and Eve cake topper | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom cutting their cake | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom first dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom first dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The dancefloor was a busy place and everyone danced to a pretty wide variety of music!
Guests dancing inside Webb Building | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

She. Was. Thrilled.
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Glad I caught this sweet moment.
Bride's grandma giving her a kiss | Guests dancing inside Webb Building | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Congratulations Matt & Tina – so happy for you guys! Loved everything about your wedding – the decor, your happiness, all of it!
Guests dancing inside Webb Building | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

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Dan & Theresa – Engaged! | Akron Fall Park | Buffalo Engagement Photography

Dan & Theresa are getting married next summer and wanted to get some engagement pictures while the leaves are beautiful! We had a cold day (I think the high temperature was around 47) but we toughed it out and got some really colorful shots! We met at Akron Falls Park which is beautiful during all seasons but really has some great foliage in the autumn.
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Brian & Noelle – Engaged! | Knox Farm State Park | Buffalo Engagement Photography

I met Brian & Noelle this summer at Noelle’s brother’s wedding. Brian popped the question the following week, catching Noelle by surprise! They’re getting married next summer and I’m super bummed I’m not able to shoot their wedding as I was already booked for their date, but Noelle’s family bought them an engagement session with me and I was thrilled to be able to do it! They chose Knox Farm which is always beautiful, but truly spectacular in the autumn.
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Congratulations on your engagement and best of luck with your wedding and many years of happiness to come!

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