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Ian & Courtney – September 4, 2016 | Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography

During the toasts, it was repeatedly mentioned that Ian & Courtney are and always have been a very sweet, publicly affectionate couple. I believe it 100%.
Bride & Groom kissing at Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room outdoor courtyard | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Courtney & Ian got ready in hotels across Lafayette Square from each other – Courtney in the Hilton Garden Inn, and Ian in the Hotel Lafayette 3rd floor corner suite.
Bride getting makeup done in hotel room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride with false eyelashes | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyDetails of bride getting ready | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's makeup | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Courtney’s maid of honor took some time to re-write her toast for that evening.
Maid of honor writing her toast | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I walked across the square to Hotel Lafayette and met up with Ian & his groomsmen.
Groom tying his tie | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom and groomsmen getting ready in suite at Hotel Lafayette | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom helping groomsman with his tie | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

He wasn’t sure how to fold his pocket square, and I told him there’s no right way, so he found a YouTube video tutorial.
Groom watching youtube video on folding a pocket square | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding bands | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom fixing his tie in the mirror | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

What a good looking group of guys – I set up the chairs and told them to sit/stand however they wanted. I also got a snap of their fun socks – everything from argyle to Batman comics!
Groomsmen in Hotel Lafayette corner suite | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom and groomsmen wearing bright socks | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I walked back over to the Hilton Garden Inn where Courtney was just finishing up her hair and everyone was starting to get dressed.
Bride getting her hair finished | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBrides and bridesmaids in matching robes | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyRing bearers getting dressed | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When the flower girl, her friend’s daughter, saw her in her dress for the first time, her awed face was so cute.
Flower girl seeing the bride in her dress for the first time | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Courtney & the maid of honor (the boys’ mom) insisted that they kiss Courtney for a picture. They cooperated reluctantly LOL.
Ring bearers kissing the bride | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride putting on her shoes | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride with flower girl | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Ian & Courtney got married in the Trinity Episcopal Church on Delaware Ave.
Groom and best man at ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride smiling at groom during ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding ceremony at Trinity Episcopal on Delaware | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom ring exchange | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling at bride during ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom exiting ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When they exited the church, they got a big cheer from their guests, then the flower girl ran up and hugged Courtney.
Groom & Bride outside the church after the ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFlower girl hugging the bride | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Ian & Courtney signed the church’s wedding registry book.
Groom signing the church's wedding registry | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom at altar in Trinity Episcopal, downtown Buffalo | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We took a limo up to Delaware Park’s Rose Garden and took advantage of the nice early evening light.
Bride & Groom in Delaware Park Rose Garden | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride with bridesmaids in Delaware Park Rose Garden | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom in Rose Garden | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom laughing in Delaware Park Rose Garden | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Everyone walked down the hill to the side of Hoyt Lake for a few more photos before heading back to the reception. The picture of Courtney with Erin was a special request by them.
Groom with groomsmen next to Hoyt Lake | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride with Maid of Honor | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom with Albright Knox in the background | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom walking, holding hands near Hoyt Lake | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding Party on steps across from Albright Knox | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They held their reception in Hotel Lafayette’s Greenhouse Room and a cool detail was the custom gobo light on the brick wall behind their head table.
Cake and cupcakes, guest book, and display behind head table | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyCustom gobo on wall behind head table at Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom walking into reception at Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

There were 5 toasts – the maid of honor, best man, two friends, and Ian’s dad all gave toasts to the couple.
Bride & Groom laughing during best man's toast | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom with wedding party during toasts | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride wiping away tears during friend's toast | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When I took them out into the courtyard, they practiced their first dance after I took the photos of them under the lights – for the second night in a row, I got a front row seat to the bride & groom’s private practice!
Bride & Groom practicing their first dance in outdoor courtyard at Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding Party swaying together behind head table during first dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom's first dance in Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding guests at Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride dancing with guests at Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Ian’s groomsman Matt really hammed it up during the garter ceremony. Great job, Matt!
Garter ceremony at Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests dancing at Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Your wedding was beautiful, YOU were beautiful, and I wish you many, many, many years of happiness and as much raspberry vodka as your kids can steal from you! 😉

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Ryan & Stacy – September 3, 2016 | Kloc’s Grove | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Ryan, Stacy, and their dog Tyrian just put families of three on notice – this is how it’s done.Bride & Groom with their dog | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Stacy got dressed at her parents’ house and as soon as I saw her dress & shoes, I knew I was not in for a “same old, same old” wedding! She got her dress at M. A. Carr, right down the road from her parents’ home, and she said she knew it was the one as soon as she saw it!
Bride's black & white wedding dress, red shoes, and dragon garter | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's red heels | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

This little girl is Ryan’s niece, the daughter of his brother Geoff and his wife Katie, whose wedding I photographed two years ago!
Bride & Groom's niece | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They decided to do a “first look” so we could go downtown before the ceremony. She beamed as she waited, he smiled and impatiently ran his hands against each other.
Bride & Groom waiting for the first look | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Stacy’s mom helped the guys with their boutonnieres – they were all hand-folded playing cards, a staple decoration of the wedding. Stacy is allergic to flowers so they decorated in other ways! Her bouquet was folded cards, lights, and the handle of a lightsaber! “We’re total nerds,” Stacy explained.
Bride's mom helping the groom with his boutonniere | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's bouquet made of folded playing cards, lights, and lightsaber handle | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBest Man and Matron of Honor | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyChest style ring box | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We drove to Ellicott Square Building – I hadn’t been there with a wedding party in almost 5 years!! They rented it so we had it completely to ourselves, which was cool.
Wedding Party on stairs in Ellicott Square Building | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom at piano in Ellicott Square Building | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom in closing elevator | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

From there the limo drove us up to Shea’s, where Ryan had a special request for a photo out in front of the marquee. The “Now Showing” sign was up by coincidence – we just had to time it right, to take the photos while it was displaying!
Wedding Party walking on Main St sidewalk | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding Party outside Shea's | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom outside Shea's | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride with groomsmen | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom with bridesmaids | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom's shoes on Shea's Buffalo sign | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We headed back to Kloc’s to get ready for the ceremony. The socks say “Father of the Bride” if you can’t read them.
Details before wedding ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding ceremony altar at Kloc's Grove | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGolden Retriever wearing a bow tie | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Everything was red, black, and white – playing cards, books, and magic wands.
Kloc's Grove Pavilion reception details | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Note the detail on Ryan’s ring.
Close up of wedding bands on top of wooden chest | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyDog licking baby's hands | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom waiting for ceremony to begin | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom with his dog, the ring bearer | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride with her father at the start of the ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

One of the officiants (the man on the right) is the same one who performed Stacy’s parents’ wedding ceremony more than 30 years ago!
Ceremony at Kloc's pavilion | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom during ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom at Kloc's Grove | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Guests enjoyed the cocktail hour, including watching a light show projected onto their faux cake! Ryan’s dad was holding a wine glass that said “I $urvived my son’s wedding.” Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Lehman – all three sons are married now!
Cocktail hour details at Kloc's Grove pavilion | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's and Groom's dad making silly faces | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I applaud their commitment to their theme! Numerous people commented on how fitting the decorations were.
Kloc's Grove Pavilion reception with red, black, and white details | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyMatron of honor's toast | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBest Man's toast | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I made them get up from their dinner to come take this shot. I hope they like it!!
Bride & Groom kissing at Kloc's pavilion at night | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

While we were outside for the above photo, they practiced the moves for their first dance a little bit.
Bride & Groom dancing outside reception | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Stacy danced with her dad, Ryan danced with his mom, then Ryan & Stacy danced together to “Earth Angel” – Ryan loves “Back to the Future.”
Formal dances at Kloc's Grove | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They pulled off all the spins and dips to applause from their guests!
Bride & Groom dancing in Kloc's pavilion | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests on the dance floor at Kloc's Grove Pavilion | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests dancing in Kloc's Grove Pavilion | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

It was a very fun wedding – I love it when people really make their wedding their own, with embellishments that fully reflect their personalities. The details are a joy to photograph, and the happiness was visible. Congratulations on finally tying the knot, Ryan & Stacy. “To love a person is to see all of their magic, and to remind them of it when they have forgotten.” – Unknown

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September 7, 2016 - 9:32 pm

Maria Lehman - Wendy you did a fabulous job. These are awesome!!

Daniel & Molly – August 27, 2016 | Spring Garden Association | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Dan & Molly got married at Spring Garden in East Aurora (some say it’s Marilla) and it was super beautiful.
Bride & Groom at Spring Garden Association | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Dan & his groomsmen got ready at Roycroft Inn in East Aurora but they were already fully dressed when I arrived so we did some photos on the lawn of the inn. Groomsmen pinning boutonnieres on each other is always a good photo.
Groomsmen pinning on boutonnieres | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom with groomsman | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyRose and baby

Dan & his brother called their dad over for a photo even though he wasn’t ready for the wedding yet.
Groom and his brother with their dad | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroomsmen photo bombing each other | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom laughing | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroomsmen on the porch at Roycroft Inn | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I left there and drove out to Strykersville to Molly’s parents’ house – her childhood home. I *loved* her bridesmaids’ choices of dresses, and hers was pretty enough on the hanger but once she put it on… stunning.
BrideMaid of honor doing bride

Her sister’s dog was so scared of my cameras, poor thing.
Girls getting ready at brideBride talking to her sister | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride putting on mascara | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride putting on earrings | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

One of her sisters bought her these beautiful earrings.
Bride looking at her earrings in the mirror | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBridemaids helping each other with their dresses | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBridesmaids helping bride get dressed | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBridesmaids helping bride get dressed | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

This is the field behind their house – “We basically grew up back here,” Molly said.
Bride with bridesmaids in front of the field behind her childhood home | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Up at the Spring Garden Association, everyone was waiting in anticipation of Molly’s arrival. The ring bearer was so cute in his vest and bow tie!
Ring bearer wearing vest and bow tie | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Dan’s sister performed the ceremony – here she holds the reading cards while she waits.
Wedding officiant, groomBag piper playing before the ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Dan’s little spitfire nieces were the flower girls.
Flower girls, groomSelfies before the ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling before the ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Molly’s dad cried as he walked her down the aisle. He has three daughters, and this was his third time walking down, this time with his youngest.
BrideCeremony at East Aurora Spring Garden Association | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Dan & Molly’s moms gave this sweet, impromptu hug after they lit the unity candle.
BrideBride & Groom holding hands during ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Molly’s grandpa gave her a big hug after the ceremony. A little too big – “Did he just crush my hair?” she asked afterwards.
BrideGroom giving the bride a kiss on the forehead | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Sure, I made them do the sweet kissing pictures, but this seemed more their speed. This is Molly with Dan & all his siblings.
Bride jumping with the groom and his siblings | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBrideBride & groomCocktail hour at Spring Garden Association | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I’m not exactly sure what she was doing here, but she looked very pleased with herself.
Flower girl shredding paper towels and putting them in water | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFlower girl blowing bubbles | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyReception details at Spring Garden Association | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyReception tables at Spring Garden Association | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

It was a sweaty first dance on a humid day in a non-air conditioned room, but it was every bit as beautiful.
Bride & Groom hugging during first dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFirst dance at Spring Garden Association | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the back of her dress.
Bride & Groom walking down the hill at Spring Garden Association | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

“Look at each other,” I said. They did, and almost immediately started laughing. “Who looks at each other from this close?! This is weird,” they said.
Bride & Groom laughing and smiling at each other | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom in the woods | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I knew they couldn’t do any sort of traditional pose showing off their rings, so I had them flex. Sorry Dan, I know flexing that way was not normal or comfortable, but we had to show your ring!
Bride & Groom showing their rings in an unconventional way | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Guests enjoyed the dancefloor despite the heat and thankfully when the sun went down so did the temperature and humidity.
Guests dancing at Spring Garden | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests dancing at Spring Garden | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I’m so glad you guys hired me for your super fun wedding – it was great to work with you and nice to be back at Spring Garden again! Congratulations on everything!

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Gavin & Meghan – Engaged! | Tifft Nature Preserve & Buffalo Outer Harbor | Buffalo Engagement Photography

Gavin & Meghan actually grew up going to school together but never talked! They reconnected as adults and have now started a life together! They’re getting married next summer and I’m so happy to be a part of it – I photographed both Gavin’s brother Brian’s wedding and his sister Brittany’s wedding and I love, love, love that the Hillery family is having me back again for another wedding – and I look forward to meeting all of Meghan’s family too!
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See you next summer!!

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