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John & Elizabeth – August 13, 2016 | Wanakah Country Club | Buffalo Wedding Photography

As I said on my facebook page, “John & Liz may not have gotten the weather they had hoped and planned for, but they got a beautiful day they’ll remember for a lifetime, surrounded by family and friends who love them so very much!” This photo was taken right after a torrential downpour, but they were still all smiles!
Bride & Groom at Wanakah Country Club | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Liz and her bridesmaids got ready at her parents’ house, which is also the home she grew up in. It was hottttttt and everyone stood near fans as much as possible!
Bride and bridesmaids getting ready at her parents' house | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride with her maid of honor, her sister | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride checking her hair in the glass of the china cabinet | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Nicole, the coordinator, helped Liz by holding a cold compress on the back of her neck.
Wedding coordinator holding a cold compress on the bride's neck to cool her down on a hot, humid day | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I drove probably the shortest drive I’ve ever had between a bride’s home and a church, and arrived at St John Paul II Parish. John & the guys arrived soon after.
Wedding Programs and Rings | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom laughing as his boutonniere is pinned on | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroomsmen together before the ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom and Best Man waiting with the priest for the wedding to start | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

It is a beautiful new church, and (wonderfully) air-conditioned!
Wedding at St John Paul II Parish | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom holding hands during wedding ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom smiling as the priest speaks | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and groom smiling as they get ready to say their vows | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling as the bride says her vows | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding Ceremony at St John Paul II Parish | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom as their guests pray for them | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFirst kiss as husband and wife | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Everyone exited the church in anticipation of John & Liz’s bubble exit. One of their guests took a bunch of photos as well, including one seemingly of me!
Maid of honor and her daughter as they leave the church | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding guest taking my picture | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They couldn’t come out from under the portico because of the rain but their smiles were ear to ear!
Bride & Groom grinning from ear to ear as they exit the church through bubbles | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

In addition to her bridesmaids, Liz had her eight nieces (the baby from her family’s side, the others from John’s family) stand up with her! They were beautiful!
Bride with 8 flower girls and junior attendants | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing at the altar | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After the church, we drove down to John’s parents’ home on the shore of Lake Erie. Thankfully the rain held off for a bit so we could do some pictures outside their house!
Bride & Groom by the shore of Lake Erie | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride with bridesmaids next to a willow tree | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom with groomsmen next to a willow tree | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When we arrived up at Wanakah, I knew we had to hurry to get some pictures in before the rain hit – “Get closer!” I shouted at the groomsmen. They got closer.
Groomsmen getting really close to each other for a posed photo | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding party in front of Wanakah Country Club clubhouse | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Very quickly after that, the sky opened up, and the staff sounded the siren for all golfers to come in off the course. One of the groomsmen tried to open up some of the umbrellas that were purchased for such an occasion, only to find the handle come off in his hand immediately.
Rainstorm during wedding reception | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We retreated inside and made the best of the rainstorm.
Bride with cathedral length veil in front of large window | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing inside Wanakah Country Club | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The downpour passed, and we went outside again – it was beautiful!
Bride & Groom outside Wanakah Country Club | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom walking on the grounds at Wanakah | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

These are Elizabeth’s parents (left) and John’s parents (right).
Bride's parents, Groom's parents | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

This was the last big posed picture of the night!
Bride & Groom with their wedding party outside Wanakah Country Club | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They had a sign welcoming guests that said “Thank you for bee-ing here!” and each guest got a jar of honey.
Reception details inside Wanakah Country Club dining room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After dinner, guests joined John & Liz out under the patio tent for dancing with Nik Lite.
First dance with Nik Lite Bride dancing with her father | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom dancing with his mother | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

John & Liz both grew up in Frontier School district, only about 2.5 miles apart, but met working as lifeguards at Hamburg Beach! A few of their guests made this cartoon cutout for them to have at their wedding reception and it was a hit!
Bride & Groom posing with hand-painted Hamburg Beach sign | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The band did a great job hearing the crowd entertained – it was the first time I’ve ever heard a wedding band play “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World! All of John’s cousins got together for a photo, included here.
Guests dancing at Wanakah Country Club | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I have no idea what was going on in this first photo, but when I broke through the edge of the crowd, Liz was standing on John, who was lying on top of several other people, who were all barrel rolling across the floor! I can never, ever say I’ve seen it all.
Guests dancing at Wanakah Country Club | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

John & Liz, you guys are awesome, everyone loves you, and I can see why. You will be extremely happy in your long, long marriage if you keep going the way you’ve been and stay surrounded by people who will never stop cheering you on! Enjoy your relaxing honeymoon!!!

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Sean & Samantha – August 12, 2016 | Buffalo Botanical Gardens | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Sean & Samantha got married on one of the hottest, muggiest days of 2016 in Buffalo! They did it with smiles and love!!!
Bride & Groom in outdoor garden at Buffalo Botanical Gardens | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Sammy & her girls got ready at a hotel near the airport. Sam shares my love for Harry Potter – I loved her Deathly Hallows details as she got dressed!
Bride getting ready, details | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride getting her veil put in | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Their entire wedding – ceremony and reception – was held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The north dome is under heavy renovation but I couldn’t resist getting an exterior shot of the building!
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Last summer, we photographed their engagement pictures at Niagara Falls on a beastly hot & humid day and we all agreed to wish for a cooler, more temperate day for the wedding. We must not have wished quite hard enough because it was more of the same, but Sean & Sammy provided their guests with fans to use during the (short!) ceremony!
Fans for guests during the ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride entering the ceremony with her dad | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's dad escorting her down the aisle | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyOutdoor ceremony at Buffalo Botanical Gardens | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling at bride during ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride smiling during ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's Deathly Hallows bracelet | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Her mom spotted me taking pictures during the ceremony. ๐Ÿ™‚
Bride's mom spotted me taking photos | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom leaving ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Sean & his sisters did a couple of funny pictures after the standard pose, one of which I can’t post here LOL.
Groom with his sisters | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride smiling | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's light saber cufflinks | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride with her sister, drinking out of flasks | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

It was a hot day for multiple layers of shirts, but it was for a good reason!
Wedding party photo where guys have superhero shirts | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride with bridesmaids, groom with groomsmen | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom showing their rings and Deathly Hallows bracelet | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They did one just like this at their engagement session so of course we had to do one on their wedding day!
Bride & Groom silly pose | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom touching foreheads | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBand playing during dinner at Buffalo Botanical Gardens | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Anybody who knows me knows I was like “EEEEEEEE!!!!!” inside when I saw their cake topper and guest book!!! I made an entry, and advised them to always “pursue that flighty temptress, adventure!”
Harry Potter details at wedding reception | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom's first dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom's first dance inside Buffalo Botanical Gardens | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests dancing in center dome at Buffalo Botanical Gardens | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I hope you enjoyed your beautiful wedding and that you are now enjoying a much cooler honeymoon and getting some nice, well-earned rest & relaxation!!

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August 16, 2016 - 10:32 pm

Jen Fazekas - More amazing pictures! You did my wedding, our friend’s wedding, and now my brother’s wedding and they all had the best pictures that I’ve seen! Thank you so much for being so awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

Jamison & Danielle – August 5, 2016 | Avanti Mansion | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Danielle and her maid of honor each have a tattoo on her foot that says “I hope you dance.” I thought this was a perfect photo for Jamison & Danielle.
Bride spinning in her tea length wedding dress | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Danielle, her mom, and her bridesmaids arrived. I noticed Danielle looked a little less happy than I expected. Turns out she’d spent the morning at the doctor and then filling a prescription for a nebulizer for a respiratory infection – yikes! She was in quite a good mood, considering!!
Bride & Bridesmaids arriving at Avanti Mansion | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyDresses hanging in the bridal suite | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride putting her necklace on | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride getting help with her earrings | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Danielle loves all things Disney and in the ceremony vows, I heard Jamison promise to take her to Disney once a year. She had her bridesmaids put this decal on his car bumper.
Disney Wife, Happy Life | Belle Hanger | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The bouquets were wood, and they were beautiful (and always will be, because they’re wood!) – she got them from EcoFlower.
Custom wood flower bouquet | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride, bridesmaids, and flowergirl | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's "I hope you dance" tattoo | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jamison & his guys were not a terribly serious bunch.
Groom posing with groomsmen | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Thinking back to their engagement session, Jamison’s tie didn’t surprise me at all!
Indiana Pacers tie | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

She ordered this case from Etsy and it was an adorable prop for the ring bearer, who did an awesome job!
Ring Bearer with "ring security" case and sunglasses | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyUnplugged Ceremony sign, champagne with strawberries | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom & Groomsmen walking to ceremony | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyRing bearer with Ring Security  case | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The officiant announced that Danielle wished for everyone to face forward as she approached the top of the aisle, so that Jamison could be the first one to see her as she entered with her dad. This was his smile as she stepped out at the top of the stairs.
Groom's smile as he sees the bride enter the aisle | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's father bringing her down the aisle | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographySunken Garden ceremony site | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Their sunken garden ceremony site is beautiful.
Avanti Mansion sunken garden ceremony | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom saying their vows | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyAvanti Mansion sunken garden ceremony | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After the ceremony we did the requisite family pictures and normally I don’t blog those, but I couldn’t pass up this one of Jamison with his sister and Danielle! They decided to kiss him but they didn’t know he made that face while they did it!
Bride and groom's sister kissing the groom on the cheeks | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jamison’s ring was unique, and Danielle’s ring was as beautiful as ever with a coordinating band.
Bride & Groom posing outside Avanti Mansion | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding Party in front of Avanti Mansion | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

As I said earlier, not a super formal group.
Wedding party funny photos | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyRing bearer with Ring Security case | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After we finished up some pictures down in the ceremony garden, the wedding party formed this tunnel (they called it an Eiffel Tower) for Jamison & Danielle!
Bride & Groom coming through their wedding party tunnel | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom smiling at each other | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When I took these photos, I didn’t even notice the Mickey ears on the cake topper but it doesn’t surprise me at all!
Cake and cupcakes with Disney topper | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyAvanti Mansion hors d'ouvres tray | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

“Why are they wearing wind pants?” I asked. “Do you remember the Thong Song?” a bridesmaid asked.
Wedding Party introductions in the tent | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom Mickey Mouse hats | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom's first dance | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom at their sweetheart table | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

“I have to wear this in the airport tomorrow,” Jamison said. He sounded really thrilled, LOL.
Bride & Groom wearing their Mickey & Minnie wedding hats | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

This Cinderella lost both of her shoes. Cute heels are generally not particularly comfy.
Bride's discarded blue heels | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The tent had portable air conditioning so the dancing gravitated in that direction.
Dancing around the air conditioner | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom dancing with their guests | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom dancing with guests | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom dancing with their guests | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jamison & Danielle wrapped up their reception with a glow stick exit!
Bride & Groom glow stick exit | Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Your wedding was super fun – I’m sure everyone agrees! Yes, it was hot, but we all were so happy to be there for you on your big day that everyone was okay with sweating off a pound or two. ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations and I hope you are having a fabulous honeymoon!

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August 12, 2016 - 10:32 am

Claudio - Great job of capturing some of the highlights of Jamison & Danielle’s wedding. The smiles say it all and we had an excellent day!

Michael & Kelsey – July 30, 2016 | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, Fairport | Rochester NY Wedding Photography

Mike & Kelsey are married!
Bride & Groom sunset silhouette | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I’m always glad to be at Woodcliff! It’s a beautiful venue! Kelsey & her 8 bridesmaids got ready in the Bristol Suite – they all learned together how to “Wobble Baby.”
Bride & bridesmaids practicing the wobble | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I meant to ask Kelsey about the significance of the designs of their wedding bands but I forgot – Michael’s seemed Celtic and Kelsey’s had colored gems that flanked her diamond engagement ring.
Unique wedding bands | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They had custom sunglasses made for the wedding party (white fronts for the girls, black fronts for the guys), and Kelsey gave her bridesmaids matching earrings & necklaces. Mike gave the guys flasks & watches (not pictured). Kelsey wore her mom’s dress & veil, altered to remove the sleeves to make the look a little more current.
Custom sunglasses & bride's details | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's mom helping her with her veil | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Mike & the guys headed outside into the hot afternoon sun, where they all hugged Mike for a photo. “He hates it!” they happily proclaimed.
Groom and groomsmen before the ceremony | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroomsmen hugging the groom | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

A string quartet played as the guests were seated and the ceremony began.
Violin player before ceremony | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding programs | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom & Groomsmen approaching for ceremony | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFlower girl sprinkling rose petals in the aisle | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling at bride during the ceremony | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyLarge wedding party during ceremony at cliffside patio | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

In case you’re wondering, this is the face a groom makes when they realize there is a large, flying bug inside the bride’s veil.
Groom reacting to bug in bride's veil | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWide shot of ceremony site at Woodcliff | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I appreciated the planning of the highly synchronized leg-crossing of the groomsmen during the ceremony.
Groomsmen with their legs crossed during ceremony | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBridesmaids holding bright bouquets | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom facing their guests during ceremony | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Normally I shy away from heavy retouching of images, but I removed the small tent covering the musicians in this shot because I felt it distracted from the gorgeous view!
Long shot of clifftop ceremony at Woodcliff | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing as they exit the ceremony | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom smiling | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The groomsmen were all very, very comfortable with Mike and each other.
Groom with groomsman | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom with his brother as groomsman pretends to be ready to knock them out with a chair | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

This was not a formal, traditional wedding party.
Bride & bridesmaids with sunglasses | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom laughing | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Their brightly colored cake made me smile!
Reception details in Woodcliff ballroom, including blue, orange, and yellow cake | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The DJ asked the wedding guests to cheer as the wedding party was introduced – these kids went for it with gusto! The bridesmaids & groomsmen teamed up for some pretty memorable entrances!
Kids cheering as the wedding party is introduced | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding party introductions | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Mike & Kelsey shared a first dance together, then she danced with her dad and he with his mom before they sat for dinner.
Bride & Groom's first dance, featuring custom gobo light | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & groom dancing with their parents | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyMaid and matron of honor and best man giving toasts | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Unfortunately the sky did not give us a vivid sunset that evening but we still walked down to the clifftop to get some shots.
Bride & Groom kissing before sunset | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When the dancefloor opened, the DJ and the guests delivered a fantastically photographable evening – thank you for your lack of inhibition, everyone!
Guests on the dancefloor at Woodcliff | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests using the photo booth | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography Guests on the dancefloor with the bride & groom at Woodcliff | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests on the dancefloor at Woodcliff | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Mike & Kelsey – your officiant was right. You are surrounded by an amazing support base of people who love you and want the best for you. You are very lucky and I wish you the best!

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Brian & Amy – July 23, 2016 | Belhurst Castle, Geneva, Seneca Lake | Finger Lakes Wedding Photography

I know I’ve been doing more than usual dipping kisses lately, but they want it, I swear! How could you not, with a backdrop like this?!
Bride & Groom dip kiss in front of White Springs Manor | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Brian & Amy live here in the Buffalo area, but they decided to get married at Belhurst Castle (Geneva, NY at the top end of Seneca Lake) – first of all, it’s a castle, right on the waterfront. Second of all, they got engaged near there, and the area is special to them. It’s a beautiful setting!
Bride & Groom's wedding bands on top of a photo of Belhurst Castle | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I quickly found out what a bunch of hams the guys are. They got dressed quickly and I took some pictures before heading over to the Vinifera Inn to Amy & the girls.
Groomsmen getting ready in Dwyer House on Belhurst Castle grounds | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroomsmen posing for funny photo | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling at his brothers | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Amy & her bridesmaids got ready in a beautiful corner suite of the Vinifera Inn at Belhurst Castle, a more recent addition to the original castle building. The maid of honor (seated on the bed with Amy) is a past bride of mine – I photographed her wedding to Jacob two years ago!
Bridesmaids in matching robes with bride | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Brian gave her a beautiful new necklace (pictured) but she chose to wear a strand of pearls (also pictured) that had belonged to her grandmother. A friend spiffed up some flip flops for the occasion as well!
Bride's dress, bridesmaid dresses, shoes, jewelry | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

While she was getting ready, she received a special delivery of flowers from her father-in-law-to-be!
Bride received flowers from her new father in law | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride smiling as her bridesmaids help with her dress | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Amy’s parents’ smiles when they came through the doorway were pretty sweet.
Bride's dad smiling as he sees her in her dress | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We arranged a quiet spot on the lawn for Brian & Amy to do their “first look” and Brian waited patiently… for quite a long time! At least I picked shade, right Brian?!
Groom waiting on the castle grounds as he waits for the bride to come out for the first look | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The pictures as they laugh as they get set to see each other, followed by his face as he turns and sees her, then their smiles of relief afterwards is one of my favorite series in a long time.
Bride & Groom laughing together as they wait to see each other | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's reaction as he turns and sees the bride in her dress | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride laughing as the groom smiles at her | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They said a prayer together before we moved on to other photos.
Bride & Groom praying together after their first look | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom smiling | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Brian’s dad was my shadow.
Groom's dad with his camera | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding party in front of Belhurst Castle | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The wind really wanted Amy’s veil to travel to a distant land. Or at least maybe a nearby tree.
Bride & Groom kissing in front of Belhurst Castle | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing in vineyard at White Springs Manor | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing in vineyard at White Springs Manor | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding and engagement rings on a bunch of grapes | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling at the bride | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I couldn’t choose color or black & white so I put it on facebook for a vote – after 25 votes it was pretty evenly split, so here are both!
Bride & Groom smiling | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The flower girl and ring bearer were inside a window, watching everyone get ready for the ceremony. I wish I’d gotten there a second sooner, when the boy was smashing his face against the inside of the glass!
Flower girl and ring bearer waiting inside for the ceremony to begin | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They didn’t make it down the aisle on their own, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do!
Ring bearer and flower girl walking down the aisle
Bride's father hugging her and shaking the groom's hand | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling at bride during ceremony | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When Amy chose a cathedral length veil, she did not take into account the lakeside breezes on the Belhurst Castle lawn. At one point in the ceremony it got away from her and had to be tamed!
Bride & Groom laughing as her cathedral length veil flaps uncontrollably in the wind | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom raising their hands in triumph at the end of their ceremony | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

These two sang for the ceremony also – beautiful!
Singers at the cocktail hour | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

By the time we finished with family photos, everyone had to hoof it down the hill to the dock for a couple photos but everyone was a good sport about it – especially groomsman Jeremy who I sent back to get his car to drive Brian & Amy back up the hill, so he ran & got his car but by the time he got back to the top of the hill, Brian & Amy had just decided to walk back anyway. Sorry Jeremy!
Wedding party on the dock at Belhurst Castle | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom on the dock at Belhurst Castle | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom in black & white | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The ballroom was all decked out with chair covers & bows, uplighting, the whole 9 yards!
Tables decorated in the Meritage Ballroom at Belhurst Castle | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWhite on White wedding cake | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Once Brian & Amy came in, the party was on and I saw so many smiles all throughout the night – the dancefloor was packed and it seemed like everyone was having a great time!! Another past couple of mine was in attendance – David & Jessica, whose wedding I also photographed two years ago! Bridesmaid Jess (seen in above wedding party photos) has also been a bridesmaid of mine before! So awesome to see everyone again!
Bride & Groom's entrance into the reception | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom's choreographed first dance | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom dancing with his mother | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyDancefloor full at Belhurst Castle Meritage Ballroom | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom dancing together with guests at Belhurst Castle Meritage Ballroom | Belhurst Castle Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

You two are made for each other, and I wish you a lifetime of happiness. Congratulations on your marriage!

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July 28, 2016 - 1:09 am

Reverend Lynn Scarpine - *sigh* Amy and Brian, these are lovely…just like the two of you. Amy is one of my “kids” from church; I was her Youth Minister and am blessed to know her since she was a newborn. Thank you for inviting us to be a part of your special day!!

July 28, 2016 - 7:03 am

Chandra Gangloff - Wendy, not only are these gorgeous pictures, with many great moments captured, but thank you for the story line as well. You were great to work with!

July 28, 2016 - 1:42 pm

Diane gangloff - These picture are priceless what an amazing job you did. Thank you for capturing this perfect couple. If and When get married I may look you up for my wedding.

August 2, 2016 - 6:51 pm

Amy Gangloff - Wendy was an absolute joy to work with and truly made Brian and I feel comfortable instantly. ๐Ÿ™‚ With the nerves of the day, Wendy instantly brought a calming presence while still capturing truly amazing photos! Brian and I could not be more thrilled with the photos and feel so thankful that Wendy captured our big day! Thank you for everything!

August 2, 2016 - 7:08 pm

Wendy - Thank you Amy, and everyone! The wedding was so beautiful, and Brian & Amy and the whole wedding party were a pleasure – so easy to work with!

August 26, 2016 - 9:46 am

Jaclyn Rossi - Wendy – Amazing work for Amy and Brian’s big day! You captured the day perfectly and made Amy so relaxed. You are a true natural! Also, props to learning so many names! That was a big bridal party. Well done! You can be sure I would refer you to other bridal parties in the future.

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