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Craig & Nicolle – Engaged! | Delaware Park | Buffalo Engagement Photography

Craig & Nicolle are getting married next summer so we met to get them some nice pictures and to just get to know each other a little bit before the wedding!

They were good sports about walking all over so we tried a bunch of different spots!

I love when I tell a couple “Look at each other” and it’s fine for a second or two, but then they start to laugh, because who just stares at each other from a few inches away?!

Shooting right up past sunset when the street lamps start to glow is a nice look.

Glad we dodged the rain, and looking forward to celebrating with you next summer!

 

 

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Bryan & Jenna – October 6, 2017 | Delaware Park Rose Garden | Marcy Casino | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Over the winter, I photographed Bryan & Jenna’s engagement session at Knox Farm State Park. We sent a bunch of emails back and forth trying to pick the perfect day because Jenna really wanted fresh snow. We managed to get a day where we actually got some snow falling as we finished the shoot! It was cold but perfect.  Their wedding was thankfully 100% snow free – a couple raindrops fell just before the ceremony began but all festivities stayed dry and beautiful!

I met Jenna, her bridesmaids, and her mom at Hotel Lafayette where Jen from Salonagogo was getting them wedding-glam. Jenna’s mom kept making everyone laugh – “I’m the MOB, yeah you know me!” she said.

It was important to Bryan & Jenna to get their pictures done before the ceremony so that they could enjoy their cocktail hour with all of their family and friends,  so we arranged a “first look” for them to see each other down along the edge of Hoyt Lake. The wedding party joined us and we got some pictures in a couple different locations in the park before Jenna needed to go inside to keep her dress a surprise for guests.  Jenna’s nephew and niece and Byran’s nephew were the ring bearers and flower girl. Cuties!

The ceremony was very sweet and I loved the look on Bryan’s face as he watched Jenna walk down with her dad.

Down in Marcy Casino, the tables were set and the room looked beautiful. Love that they have this lit sign for behind the sweetheart table!

Bryan’s brother and Jenna’s sister each gave a toast, as well as Jenna’s mom & dad.

Toy Bros kept the dance floor moving and the photo booth was a big hit with guests of all ages! I thought about sneaking in there myself, to get an updated “ussie” of me with my gear, haha! From cowboy hats to a little Magic Mike performance, I’m sure this reception was fun til the end!

Congratulations you two – I hope you loved your wedding and had a great time on your mini-moon in Ellicottville, such a perfect time of year for it! Wishing you both all the best!

 

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Drew & Shea – September 23, 2017 | Foundry Suites | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Drew & Shea are married.  The day was beautiful.  They were beautiful.  They looked so happy and it makes me happy.

Everyone got ready at the Foundry Suites on Elmwood Ave – Shea in one suite and Drew in another down the hall.  Shea told her bridesmaids they could all pick out whatever dress they wanted, so they agreed on a general color range and picked out styles & colors that suited them!  Her adorable nephew was the ring bearer, and her girls got to look at the scrapbook her dad had assembled as a gift for her.  Shea had some fab Manolo Blahnik heels – wait til you see the bottoms!

When Shea arrived back at the hotel from the salon, she was handed a letter that explained Drew had hired a videographer (Phil from Bella Star Productions) as a surprise for her! He also gave her a diamond & emerald ring to go along with her wedding bands.

Drew & the guys were down the hall & around the corner, getting ready and helping each other figure out their ties and vests, and coordinating how far up they were going to roll their shirt sleeves.  Drew opted for shirts/vests only (no jackets) and I loved the look!!

“This feels like senior pictures all over again,” he said.

I walked back over to Shea & the girls where Shea was just getting ready to put her dress on.

Seeing her mom’s face as they hugged – precious.

Everyone calls him Drew, but this Toy Story “ANDY” decal was too cute to resist – Shea ordered it from Etsy.

Shea’s sisters helped her with her veil as her mom & Drew’s mom looked on.

She did a quick FaceTime call with her best friend who had to miss the wedding due to the fact that she was approximately 40 weeks pregnant and had to stay close to home!

She gifted her dad this new pocket watch.

We walked downstairs to hop on the limo but it wasn’t back yet from taking Drew & the guys to the church, so Shea flopped down on this chaise. “We’re going to do the ceremony here,” she said. “I don’t think I’m getting back up.”

On the short drive from the hotel to the church, she said a quick prayer in the limo with her girls.

Once we got to St. Mark’s, I had to scramble to make this shot happen – they had told me they wanted to do a picture where they hold hands around a corner without seeing each other, and have a friend say a prayer over them before their ceremony.  Due to the fact that the limo ran quite late, and the church didn’t have an ideal doorway for this, I was worried I wasn’t going to be able to make it happen, but we found a small bathroom off the foyer and voila!!

All of these emotions.

The priest asked everyone to extend their hands in blessing during a prayer over the couple.

Shea saw the idea on Pinterest that they could give their guests environmentally-friendly dried lavender for them to toss during their exit from the church.  A few of the guests got… uh… really into it.

This is Shea’s Nonni!

For obvious reasons, Shea wanted to stop for a picture in front of Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

After a quick stop on Main St, we headed down to the Cobblestone District.

Some of the groomsmen opted for custom portraits with Drew.  Happy to oblige!

The final stop we made was at River Fest Park.  Nice to see the Buffalo River so busy on such a beautiful day!

We drove back to Foundry Suites for their reception and I sneaked right in to get some pictures in the dining room while everything was still crisp & perfect!

They had their first dance together right before dinner, and I had to laugh at Shea’s shameless grab. 😉

They bought 120-second sparklers and took just their wedding party out into the courtyard for some pictures.  Fun, and way less hectic than trying to coordinate with everybody!

Shea’s dad adores her so.  This is clear.  Drew’s mom hung onto him pretty tightly during their dance too.

They brought light-up glasses, blinking foam wands, and a “now it’s time to party” attitude – the dancefloor was such a blast at this wedding!!

Here are a couple pictures from when I first met Drew & Shea at Bill & Holly’s wedding in Sept 2013!  I’m so glad they kept me in mind & hired me, and it was great to see Bill & Holly again too (below)! Drew’s hair is shorter now, and mine is longer, haha!

It was my honor to be there with you guys.  You guys are a blast and all of your friends & family were so nice, and I love how you guys look at each other.  I hope these pictures help you remember the joy of this day forever and ever, and bring you the same smiles in 30, 40, 50 years that they bring today.

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Joe & Lindsey – September 15, 2017 | Spring Lake Winery | Lockport NY Wedding Photography

Joe & Lindsey’s wedding at Spring Lake Winery in Lockport was perfect, as far as I could tell.  Gorgeous weather, delicious food, and spending the day surrounded by family & friends.

Lindsey got ready with her bridesmaids at her childhood home in West Seneca.  I loved the sign on the front door! I’d never seen that before.  Her dad tried really hard to just stay out of the way of all of the curling irons and fake eyelashes and clouds of hairspray.  When the flower girl (Lindsey’s niece) arrived, everyone gathered around to coo at her.  She was pretty adorable!

Lindsey wanted to get a picture of her niece trying on her shoes, and we… kinda got it.  Super cute either way.

Lindsey gave everyone (including her mom!) coordinating silk robes so we grabbed a shot before everybody changed into their dresses.

Her matron of honor, Tisha, was soooooo happy for her and wanted everything to be perfect.  A couple of the girls joked that this was pretty much Tisha’s wedding too.

Joe got ready at his parents’ home in Clarence and one of his groomsmen laughed as he buttoned his slim-fit vest – “Is that a kids’ size?”

Joe’s best men were his two sons, age 9 and 11.  I had them hold the wedding bands for this photo.  “Are these REAL diamonds?” asked the younger boy. “Yep,” I said. “WOW,” he responded.

They had custom wine bottles engraved for their families, and gave frames to hold a photo from the wedding once they’re ready.

We drove up to Spring Lake Winery just east of Lockport.  It’s set down in well off the main road so you’d never know it was back there if it weren’t for the big new sign they just installed this year!

Joe & Lindsey planned for a “first look” so they could see each other and do all of their photos before the wedding.  Of course I loved their smiles as they saw each other, but I also loved Lindsey’s thumbs up in response to his suit!

Gorgeous.  Setting, lighting, couple, everything.

Joe’s sons were the perfect best men for their dad!

One of Lindsey’s special requests was a photo underneath this sign along the main road (Route 31).  I had to stand across the road to get the shot, so thankfully it wasn’t that busy with vehicles at the moment!

When your niece isn’t feeling picture time quite as much as you are.

She isn’t walking yet but can stand with some hand holding, so we grabbed this shot really quick!

Their officiant was the father of one of Joe’s groomsmen and childhood friends.

The boys pulled the flower girl down the aisle in a decked out wagon since she isn’t walking on her own yet.  The wagon said “Here comes the bride!” on the back.

Since Joe had already seen Lindsey for a couple of hours that afternoon, I didn’t expect him to get emotional as she came down the aisle but he did!

The late afternoon sun shining through the trees and falling on them as they said their vows was beautiful.

I’m not sure if his ring was a bit snug to get on or what but they had a good laugh!

All of the guests headed up to the pavilion where Joe & Lindsey held a receiving line on the way into the indoor/outdoor cocktail hour.

The matron of honor and each of the best men gave a very sweet toast.

When the dancefloor opened, I knew the drill – stay out of the way and watch the fun!

The boys (and their cousin) requested “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” and danced THE ENTIRE SONG ENTHUSIASTICALLY to cheers from the guests.

You guys had such an amazing day and I hope it was all you wanted – thank you for choosing me to document it for you! I wish you guys all the best!!!

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Steven & Victoria – September 9, 2017 | Samuel’s Grande Manor | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Steven & Victoria are married! They brought their A-game to Glen Falls Park in Williamsville!

Victoria & Steven bought a house right across the street from her parents, so she had the luxury of getting ready at home while Steve & his groomsmen were able to get ready just a few seconds away.

Best man Brad kept the rings close to his… er, heart?

Victoria’s matron of honor wore a special jeweled belt that echoed the one on Victoria’s gown.

When she was finishing up getting dressed, she had to get on the phone to try to locate her dad, whom she wanted to come over to see her before she got in the limo to go to the church!  She called her brother, who offered to pick her up a sandwich at the sub shop he was just leaving.

When she & the girls arrived, Steven & the guys were already inside, and she wanted to come in a side door right next to the room where Steven had been sequestered, so Steve & his best man stood facing the corner while another groomsmen “blocked the doorway” so she could sneak past!

Steve’s mom’s face looking up at her son as Victoria & her dad appeared at the back of the aisle was pretty sweet.

Steven & Victoria chose Glen Falls Park in Williamsville for photos, which was convenient since it was pretty much on the way between their church on Niagara Falls Boulevard and their reception at Samuel’s on Main St in Clarence.

I made sure, for the record, that it was NOT MY IDEA for anyone to climb the tree!  Everyone got down unharmed and without ripping anything, as far as I know!

Their favors were a bottle of Mayer Bros apple cider and a cider donut!  YUMMMMM.

Congratulations on a fun, relaxed wedding and a great start to this new part of your lives! I hope you loved your “glamping” trip – let me know how it was if you get a chance!!

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