On Saturday, May 4, 2013, my wedding season officially began with the wedding of Don & Monique at Statler City in downtown Buffalo. I met them that morning at the Hyatt Regency for pictures while they got dressed & ready. I was joined for the first time by Mary Beth Flatau Photography as my second photographer, and Don & Monique hired 17 Video Production to provide videography for the day.
No, you don’t need to adjust your monitor – Monique chose a pale blue wedding dress!
We arranged a “first look” in the mezzanine of the hotel so Monique & Don could see each other for the first time that day before we left to take wedding party photos.
I love this shot of them smiling before riding the elevator down to the lobby. I think I just love how happy Monique looks!
First we drove to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. It was my first time ever having to wear a “photography permit” badge!
After leaving the gardens, we drove to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The girls were not adventurous (fool-hardy?) enough to get up amongst the columns like the guys – I think that was for the best. 🙂
Our final outdoor stop was Niagara Square, conveniently adjacent to Statler City. Everyone had definitely loosened up by this point!
We went to Statler City to meet Don & Monique’s families for formal photos, then the wedding party went to hide & relax before the ceremony started. The ceremony was filled with laughs from both Monique & Don – I loved seeing them smile so much, so happy to be marrying their best friend!
During the cocktail hour I took the opportunity to get a lot of shots of the details and the food – Monique loves paisley and worked it into her cake, her table numbers, and even the pattern on the ice sculpture!
After dinner, Don & Monique shared a dance before the dancefloor opened to all of the guests, who enjoyed the band and also a DJ for the evening!
This is my first attempt in a long time at a dragged-shutter exposure – it’s not perfect, but I still like the effect it gave of Don & Monique dancing slowly as their friends danced in a circle around them.
Congratulations to you both and to your families – what a GORGEOUS day you had and I thank you so much for hiring me to do your photography! I am honored and wish you guys years and years of those same smiles you had on Saturday!!