Stephen & Kaley got married on a beautiful, hot summer day in Buffalo!
Kaley actually grew up just down the street from Liz, whose wedding I photographed last weekend! It was funny to be on the same street two weeks in a row. I met Kaley, her parents, and all of her bridal party in her childhood home where they played cards until it was time to get ready. Kaley’s tank said “I’m getting married” and her bridesmaids’ said “So we’re getting drunk”!
I loved their beautiful “Save the Date” card, using a photo I took at their engagement session last fall!
Kaley facetimed with her cousin and his little girl, whose first birthday was that day!
I wasn’t in the room when the videographer first recorded Kaley reading her card from Steve (so that he could have clear audio without any shutter sounds) but he had her read it a second time (with less crying) and then she opened her gift – a beautiful diamond necklace.
She had just her mom & maid of honor help her get dressed, so we arranged a “first look” for her bridesmaids to see her when she came downstairs! Waterworks.
Here is the family dog, Cooper, and Steve & Kaley’s puppy, Finnegan.
I left Lake View and drove up to Tonawanda where Steve was getting ready with his parents and groomsmen at his childhood home. They were already pretty well dressed except for cufflinks, pocket squares and shoes.
We took a couple pictures outside in the yard and one of the groomsmen, a cop, pretended to cuff Steve.
Steve opened his gifts from Kaley which included a new watch, cigars, his & hers mugs, and a big new Buffalo Bills flag!
When it became clear that the limo wasn’t going to arrive in time to get the guys to the church, everyone carried snacks & drinks out to their cars and carpooled the couple of blocks to St Christopher.
This is Steve’s family’s parish – his parents got married here, and Steve was the first baby baptized in the newly built church building in 1990.
I was told that Father Fran came out of retirement to perform this wedding mass!
After everything wrapped up at the church, everybody headed down to Gallagher Pier – big group, but everyone was very cooperative!
We also made a stop at Kaley’s workplace, Hamburg Brewing Company!
I should have asked what beers these were so I could give them a shoutout.
When her dad’s looking, but it’s okay now because you’re married.
From there, we made one last drive over to Sts Cyril and Methody Macedonian Orthodox Church in Blasdell for the reception.
This was one of the most animated cake smashes I’ve seen in a while!
So many of Steve & Kaley’s friends & family joined them on the dancefloor – it was a lot of fun to photograph!
Steve really went all out when it was time to remove Kaley’s garter! She even got a little lapdance as part of it.
The night ended with Paulas Donuts for everyone to take home!
What a beautiful day you guys had! Congratulations, and have a fantastic trip as Mr & Mrs!