Drew & Shea are married. The day was beautiful. They were beautiful. They looked so happy and it makes me happy.
Everyone got ready at the Foundry Suites on Elmwood Ave – Shea in one suite and Drew in another down the hall. Shea told her bridesmaids they could all pick out whatever dress they wanted, so they agreed on a general color range and picked out styles & colors that suited them! Her adorable nephew was the ring bearer, and her girls got to look at the scrapbook her dad had assembled as a gift for her. Shea had some fab Manolo Blahnik heels – wait til you see the bottoms!
When Shea arrived back at the hotel from the salon, she was handed a letter that explained Drew had hired a videographer (Phil from Bella Star Productions) as a surprise for her! He also gave her a diamond & emerald ring to go along with her wedding bands.
Drew & the guys were down the hall & around the corner, getting ready and helping each other figure out their ties and vests, and coordinating how far up they were going to roll their shirt sleeves. Drew opted for shirts/vests only (no jackets) and I loved the look!!
“This feels like senior pictures all over again,” he said.
I walked back over to Shea & the girls where Shea was just getting ready to put her dress on.
Seeing her mom’s face as they hugged – precious.
Everyone calls him Drew, but this Toy Story “ANDY” decal was too cute to resist – Shea ordered it from Etsy.
Shea’s sisters helped her with her veil as her mom & Drew’s mom looked on.
She did a quick FaceTime call with her best friend who had to miss the wedding due to the fact that she was approximately 40 weeks pregnant and had to stay close to home!
She gifted her dad this new pocket watch.
We walked downstairs to hop on the limo but it wasn’t back yet from taking Drew & the guys to the church, so Shea flopped down on this chaise. “We’re going to do the ceremony here,” she said. “I don’t think I’m getting back up.”
On the short drive from the hotel to the church, she said a quick prayer in the limo with her girls.
Once we got to St. Mark’s, I had to scramble to make this shot happen – they had told me they wanted to do a picture where they hold hands around a corner without seeing each other, and have a friend say a prayer over them before their ceremony. Due to the fact that the limo ran quite late, and the church didn’t have an ideal doorway for this, I was worried I wasn’t going to be able to make it happen, but we found a small bathroom off the foyer and voila!!
All of these emotions.
The priest asked everyone to extend their hands in blessing during a prayer over the couple.
Shea saw the idea on Pinterest that they could give their guests environmentally-friendly dried lavender for them to toss during their exit from the church. A few of the guests got… uh… really into it.
This is Shea’s Nonni!
For obvious reasons, Shea wanted to stop for a picture in front of Shea’s Performing Arts Center.
After a quick stop on Main St, we headed down to the Cobblestone District.
Some of the groomsmen opted for custom portraits with Drew. Happy to oblige!
The final stop we made was at River Fest Park. Nice to see the Buffalo River so busy on such a beautiful day!
We drove back to Foundry Suites for their reception and I sneaked right in to get some pictures in the dining room while everything was still crisp & perfect!
They had their first dance together right before dinner, and I had to laugh at Shea’s shameless grab. 😉
They bought 120-second sparklers and took just their wedding party out into the courtyard for some pictures. Fun, and way less hectic than trying to coordinate with everybody!
Shea’s dad adores her so. This is clear. Drew’s mom hung onto him pretty tightly during their dance too.
They brought light-up glasses, blinking foam wands, and a “now it’s time to party” attitude – the dancefloor was such a blast at this wedding!!
Here are a couple pictures from when I first met Drew & Shea at Bill & Holly’s wedding in Sept 2013! I’m so glad they kept me in mind & hired me, and it was great to see Bill & Holly again too (below)! Drew’s hair is shorter now, and mine is longer, haha!
It was my honor to be there with you guys. You guys are a blast and all of your friends & family were so nice, and I love how you guys look at each other. I hope these pictures help you remember the joy of this day forever and ever, and bring you the same smiles in 30, 40, 50 years that they bring today.