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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.

Tyler & Cassandra – Engaged! | Buffalo Outer Harbor | Buffalo Engagement Photography

When Cassandra first emailed me back in January, she said she got my name from her older sister but she didn’t mention her sister’s name. At our meeting, she said her sister’s name was Emily and I realized that I photographed Emily’s wedding 10 years ago – but Emily didn’t tell Cassie that part!! Emily & her husband Michael now have two little boys and I took family pictures for them once, when they just had their first son, and Emily is also the cookie master who made the thank you cookies I used to send out to all of my couples!

Cassie & Tyler are such a fun-loving, warm couple and I was very happy to be available for their wedding date! They met me at the Outer Harbor last week for some (windy as heck) engagement photos! We used Wilkeson Pointe, the Buffalo Main Light (lighthouse), and Tifft Nature Preserve.
Engaged couple kissing in doorway of lighthouse | Buffalo Outer Harbor | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple next to lake | Buffalo Outer Harbor | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple under a concrete overpass | Buffalo Outer Harbor | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple with Buffalo skyline behind them | Buffalo Outer Harbor | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple in wooden lawn swing | Buffalo Outer Harbor | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple at Wilkeson Pointe wind sculpture | Buffalo Outer Harbor | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple holding hands, walking on brick pathway | Buffalo Outer Harbor | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple smiling at each other in front of lake | Buffalo Outer Harbor | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyEngaged couple in a silhouette kiss in front of a vibrant sunset | Buffalo Outer Harbor | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I had a great time with you guys and I’m glad we’re thrilled to be working with each other!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Jason & Jeanine – July 9, 2016 | St Louis Church | Avanti Mansion | Buffalo Wedding Photography

If you’re going to walk all the way out to the lighthouse, you do it right.
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Jason & Jeanine got married at St Louis RC Church, the oldest Roman Catholic church in Buffalo and the tallest open stonework spire in the United States!
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I think wedding ceremonies are not generally terribly interesting to the smalls.
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I loved Jason’s proud, happy smiles all day!
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The wind did about all it could to take Jeanine’s veil far, far away.
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A Rolls Royce in front of the Avanti Mansion made a perfect shot!
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This cake topper wasn’t on the cake – it was in a bell jar next to the cake. I was confused at first until I saw the sign listing all the weddings that have used it… over 30 weddings dating back to 1914!!
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These happy smiles right before they were announced into their reception!
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After Jeanine danced with her dad, she took the mic for a surprise announcement. Jay & Jeanine are expecting a baby, which everyone knew, but nobody knew that Jeanine had an early ultrasound to find out the baby’s sex! Even she didn’t know boy or girl – she had the tech write it down in a sealed envelope and gave the envelope to a friend, who was instructed to put either a crown or a tiara in a wrapped box for Jason & Jeanine and everyone to find out together.
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I’m sure at least 50% of the guests were crying happy tears at this point, especially Jason’s mom!
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Then the dancefloor opened and it was party, party, party the rest of the night!
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Congratulations on your marriage and your little boy – he is blessed to be entering such a big, loving family!!

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Jordan & Amanda – June 25, 2016 | Beaver Island Clubhouse | Grand Island NY Wedding Photography

Amanda & Jordan are married! Amanda saw one of these at a bridal show and instead of renting it, her stepdad made it for her! Gorgeous.
Bride & Groom posing with giant, handmade LOVE sign | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jordan & the guys got ready at his brother’s house on Grand Island. They all took a shot of Fireball, which was apparently infamous after Jordan’s stag.
Groom & groomsmen toasting with Fireball | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom & Groomsmen getting ready | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroomsmen sitting at patio table | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Amanda & her girls got ready at home, just a few minutes down Grand Island.
Bride's shoes & jewelry | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I loved their personalized buffalo!
Details at the house while bride is getting ready | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride hugging her dad | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's mom & sister helping with her jewelry | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride leaving the house | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jordan waited with balloons for Amanda to approach for their first look. I loved this smile on his face just before he turned around!
Groom waiting with balloons for first look | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom moments after seeing each other for the first look | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

All of their family was ready and waiting for photos, so that we could get everything done before the ceremony. Some family members were more eager than others.
Bride & Groom with niece and nephew, crying | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The beach & boardwalk were packed, but with some creative posing & exposure, we worked around it the best we could!
Bride & Groom on treed walkway at Beaver Island Clubhouse | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom in soft black & white | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photographycolored paper lanterns and lit up giant LOVE sign | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Guests arrived at the front of the building and walked down to the lower lawn for the ceremony. Thankfully it was short and sweet, because the guests were roasting in the bright, clear afternoon sun!!
Sign asking guests to go around for the ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWide shot of ceremony on the lawn at Beaver Island Clubhouse | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling at bride during ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride smiling at groom during ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom's kiss at the end of the ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The dinging room at the clubhouse was beautifully done in blush pink, mint green, and gold. They had “party animals” to tell everyone where to sit for dinner, and to indicate their meal choice!
Reception details for mint green, soft pink, and gold reception at Beaver Island Clubhouse | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGold painted animals as place cards | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

A sweet picture of Amanda with her sister Tara, right before Tara let the bombs fall during her toast/roast! Jordan’s brothers, co-best men, didn’t take it any easier on them! I think I saw some people laughing so hard their eyes were watering.
Bride with her sister | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyMaid of honor pointing to giant rastafarian banana during her toast | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBest men laughing hard as groom covers his face during toasts | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBridesmaids laughing during best men toast | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBest men, groom's brothers, giving toast | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After dinner we sneaked out for just a couple more photos down on the boardwalk, since the light was softer and many of the beachgoers had left for the evening.
Bride & Groom on the boardwalk at Beaver Island State Park just before sunset | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jordan & Amanda surprised his parents by playing their first dance song to celebrate their 40th anniversary! After dancing together for a couple of minutes, they asked their kids to come join them.
Groom's parents celebrating their 40th anniversary with a dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's family dancing together | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The dance floor soon filled and the giant rasta banana even got in on the fun!
Guests dancing at Beaver Island Clubhouse | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests dancing at Beaver Island Clubhouse | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Congratulations on a beautiful wedding!!

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June 28, 2016 - 5:22 pm

Monica shelvay - It was an awesome and amazing day. Congratulations to the happy couple again. Love your cuz

Joshua & Amber – June 24, 2016 | Lucarelli’s Franklin Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Josh & Amber chose the Japanese Garden for their photos, and it was beautiful AND shady – both of which were appreciated by all!

Bride & Groom smiling in Delaware Park Japanese Garden | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Josh & the guys got ready at his cousin’s house, only about 6 blocks away from home. Thankfully he had good a/c to keep everyone cool on such a hot day!
Best man helping groom get ready | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom & groomsmen getting dressed | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I drove up to Josh & Amber’s house where her mom and all the bridesmaids were dressed and ready to help Amber with her finishing touches!
Bride and bridesmaids getting ready | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's mom helping button her dress | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride laughing as she puts in her earrings | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyMaid of honor helping bride with her shoes | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Just before the “first look” a touch of nerves hit Amber and she cried for a few seconds. Josh was already stationed outside with the sweetest look of anticipation on his face!!
Bride crying just before the first look | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's look of anticipation as he waits for his bride | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's sapphire and diamond earring | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and groom walking, holding hands | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Down in the Japanese Garden, we stuck to the shade for all the group shots – it was a hot day and the guys were all wearing three piece suits!
Bride laughing at groom's silly face | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and groom kissing in Japanese Garden | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Josh’s two cousins are also his best friends, and might as well be his brothers.
Groom with two cousins, his best men | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding Party in front of City Hall | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom in front of Buffalo City Hall | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

One of the girls gave this to Josh in remembrance of his mother.
Groom holding pin honoring his mother | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom's rings | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The best man, Erik, and his wife Kayla, whose wedding I photographed last June – her due date was THIS DAY!
Best man and his pregnant wife | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I loved seeing how excited Josh looked as Amber’s mom walked her down the aisle!
Groom's face as his bride comes down the aisle | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photographyring bearer, flower girl, and mom walking the bride down the aisle | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom putting bride's ring on her finger | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding on Lucarelli's outdoor patio | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Because Lucarelli’s Franklin Room has an elevated dance floor, Josh & Amber got to do a center-of-attention dip as the entered their reception!
Groom giving bride a dip as they enter the reception | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyPersonalized champagne flutes | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographySilver glitter Mr & Mrs sign on the head table | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographySimple white wedding cake with silver Mr. & Mrs. and blue flowers | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom's first dance in Lucarelli's Franklin Room | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling at bride during first dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride laughing with her father during their dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The DJ kept everyone going and we sneaked a couple of photo booth props onto the dance floor to ambush Josh. He liked it.
Guests enjoying the dance floor | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGuests dancing with the bride and groom | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Thank you for hiring me – I was glad to be there! You guys are so sweet and I wish you the best!!

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June 29, 2016 - 5:26 pm

Beth Harriger - We are so happy with the pictures. Wendy made a wonderful suggestion for pictures to be at the Japanese Garden. Thank you for the beautiful memories.

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