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Keith & Jamie – August 1, 2014 | Rustic Barn Wedding | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Jamie said that while she doesn’t normally do that sort of thing, she found this bench on the side of the road and called Keith and said she needed it. I agreed. It was the perfect bench for their farm wedding!
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Jamie got ready at home and it was a full house with both of her parents, 4 bridesmaids, 4 little kids, and 2 dogs (who had been relegated to the back yard). We only had half an hour so thankfully everything went really smoothly for her to get dressed and on the road for the 45 minute drive out to the farm!Bride's dress and sandals | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's mom helping button the top of her lace dress | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I normally try to reserve comment on the specifics of a bride or groom’s choices, but I *loved* Jamie’s hair. If I were doing it again, I’d have my hair done very much like this!!
Bride's romantic updo with beautiful pearl comb and sash around waist under keyhole back | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

There wasn’t a mirror in the room where she got dressed, so she stopped in the bathroom to see herself in the full-length mirror, and this was her reaction. Her bridesmaids shouted inappropriate stuff to try to get her to stop crying, then apologized to her dad, who was standing right behind her.
Bride tearing up after seeing herself in the mirror for the first time | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

We did manage to get a picture with her two dogs, who thankfully weren’t that excited about the whole situation, but also weren’t that keen on sitting in super helpful configurations, haha.
Bride with her two dogs | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jamie and her mom had a bunch of sweet moments.
Bride's mom giving her a kiss and pep talk | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I had never seen a fully crocheted bouquet before and it was gorgeous! Jamie – perfect!!!
Beautiful hand made bouquet with crocheted flowers, burlap and brooch | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

One of the girls (the oldest, I think) had shouted earlier, while Jamie was getting dressed, “The limbo is here!” As they stood on the sidewalk, she was telling the little girls, “It’s a fancy car, and we get to go in it.”
Little girls waiting to get into the limo | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I made the normally 40 minute drive out to the farm in about 50 thanks to backed up traffic at the Williamsville tolls and having to wait at a train crossing! The farm was a perfect setting for the wedding, from the peeling shingles to the outdoor cooking area to the detailed whiteboard to the farmer himself explaining to the groomsmen when & how the farm came to be in operation.
Details of ceremony and reception at a working farm | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBurlap wreath hung on door of barn as entrance to dining area | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When Jamie arrived, I got Keith in place for the “first look” and as Jamie came around the corner of the barn, I saw her tears start (or continue – I couldn’t see her as she walked from the limo!). His reaction was priceless.
That second before the first look | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's face, trying not to cry as he sees his bride | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride with tears running down her cheeks after the first look | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I took a couple detail shots while Jamie got her makeup rearranged, like Keith’s crocheted boutonniere to match Jamie’s bouquet!
Hand made crocheted boutonniere to match the bride's bouquet | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jamie & her girls looked amazing in the afternoon sun with their simple dresses & flowers.
Bride with bridesmaids in long navy dresses and baby's breath bouquets | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing under trees | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom kissing the bride as she smiles | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jamie & the girls had to go hide because guests started to arrive really early, so Keith and the guys took the time to go have a couple pictures in and around the barn.
Groom having a laugh while posing with tractors and farm equipment | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom and groomsmen in front of barn wall covered in ivy | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

“These pictures can’t go on the internet,” the ringbearer told me. Safety first!
Ringbearer holding the pillow in front of his face | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography
Bride's dad looking at his daughter as he walks her down the aisle | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom smiling at bride during outdoor ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyOutdoor farm ceremony with chairs all around | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After the ceremony the bride & groom went straight to their parents and gave them hugs & kisses – it was a very sweet couple of moments!
Bride crying as she hugs the groom's mom after the ceremony | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

The late afternoon light hitting the edge of the field was beautiful!
Bride & Groom standing on the edge of the field | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom kissing bride with keyhole back lace dress | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After we got a couple of “serious” photos, the fun started and everyone’s real personalities came out! Their friend who officiated the wedding didn’t have a clipboard or anything, so they took turns signing on each other’s backs.
Bride & Groom kissing while maid of honor, best man, and officiant sign the license | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyHusband and Wife mason jar tumblers | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

“Did you see my hoedown?” Jamie asked as she danced a little to the music coming from the barn. “Any dance where you get low is a hoedown,” said her bridesmaid Julie, to laughter from all.
Bride laughing with bridesmaids | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyDecorations and place settings on long farm tables | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I love this moment! “Growing old is inevitable – growing up is optional.”
Matron of Honor and Best Man skipping into the reception as the bride & groom laugh | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride and Groom sharing a very tender first dance | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom dancing, and laughing during toasts | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom kissing in the barn before dinner | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After dinner, desserts were set out – all made by bridesmaid Julie (whose wedding I did back in 2011, where I met Jamie when she was a bridesmaid). I limited myself to ONE cupcake, the chocolate salted caramel, and it was amazing. Julie – amazing job.
Gorgeous homemade desserts | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Not everyone is geared to last the entire wedding. Good thing kids are bendy and can fall asleep on some folding chairs!
Flowergirl who fell asleep on some chairs | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jamie’s dad took off his tie *immediately* after their dance was over and everyone laughed.
Bride dancing with her dad, who promptly took off his tie as soon as the dance was over | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Keith’s mom held it together during their dance – good job, mom!
Groom dancing with his mother | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Jamie’s mom forced at least half of the guests to uglycry as she sang “In My Daughter’s Eyes” (Martina McBride) to Jamie. They should have had boxes of tissues stationed all around the dancefloor!
Bride's mom singing "In my Daughter's Eyes" to the bride | Buffalo Wedding Photography | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I’ll end with some pictures of the dancefloor – anyone who has been stalking my blog religiously for the past few years should see a couple familiar faces from 2011 and 2012. It’s always wonderful to see my past brides & grooms at their friends’ weddings!
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August 4, 2014 - 9:23 am

Julie Russo - Wow, Wendy! You’ve done it again! Your pictures are absolutely stunning! You completely captured the beauty of the venue and the personalities of everyone involved. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

August 4, 2014 - 11:04 am

Wendy - Thank you Julie! It was a gorgeous wedding and I’m so glad Jamie & Keith chose me – and it was great to see you & Dan again!! 😀

August 4, 2014 - 8:55 pm

Marie dulak - Wendy these pictures are just outstanding. You truly love your job and it shows. The comments on these pictures are priceless and so are the pictures. Great job!!!

August 5, 2014 - 10:42 am

Wendy - Thank you Marie! It was my pleasure – I do truly love my job!!!

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