Mike & Kari hired me last summer and Mike reminded me of someone and I couldn’t think of who at first. Turns out he reminded me of someone whose wedding I did about 4 years ago… and he knows that person. Small world! I was excited to work at Pearl Street’s new Pearl @ The Webb, and to shoot at the Village Meeting House in Williamsville again.
I started the day at the Lofts on Pearl, upstairs from where the reception would take place later that evening. Mike & the guys were in one suite while Kari and the girls were downstairs in another. I got to shoot with the guys a little first, before heading to Kari’s room.
It was pretty hard to get this cool shot of the dresses hanging on the mirror without appearing in the mirror myself – but I did it, with no retouching! Mike gave Kari a handmade “bride” hanger for her dress, but unfortunately she didn’t open the gift until after her bridesmaids were already dressed, so we couldn’t recreate the picture, but I did use it for a solo shot of her dress.
When it was time for the first look, Mike waited patiently in the courtyard across Seneca Street for Kari to approach. I didn’t see a hint of nerves – he was so excited to see her! Love his reaction.
We drove down to Tifft where there was barely a cloud in the sky but plenty of breeze, which gave Kari’s dress quite a toss a couple times!
The ceremony was at the Village Meeting House in Williamsville – a great venue for a ceremony that’s not necessarily very religious, but indoors in a protected area in case of bad weather (not that this couple had to worry about that with sun coming from every direction!).
The ring bearers (Kari’s nephews) took their time coming down the aisle, loving the attention. Their dad appeared behind me at the front of the aisle, gesturing and saying, “Come here! Come sit with me!” “That’s my dad!” the younger one shouted, grinning widely. So cute.
Before exchanging rings, Mike & Kari had them passed through the wedding party and the immediate family for warm wishes & blessings. This is Kari’s dad holding the rings for a few moments.
Think your pew decorations are one use only? Think again!
Kari’s uncle was very zealous in his photo captures. This might have been with Kari’s dad’s camera – I hope you got some good pictures on that thing, George!
After a few more pictures outside the Meeting House, we drove back downtown to the Webb where we got to get inside before all the guests – wonderful for me to get a chance to photograph everything before the room is full of people, drinks, purses, etc! Also, chicken wing and jalapeno popper appetizers are my kind of food. Bonus.
Mike’s sister MADE this cake. Amazing.
I love this totally unplanned moment I snapped. Have you ever seen a bride & groom toast with chicken fingers & blue cheese? You have now.
After a few bites to eat, I sneaked them out into the alley for a couple more pictures before the party started. Then it was all party, all the time.
I was taking some pictures of the food (as I’ve been known to do) when the buffet got photobombed by the bride & groom. I wouldn’t have it any other way!
I can’t begin to pretend that the enormous windows in Pearl at the Webb aren’t amazing. I’m so glad there’s still enough daylight in the summer to make use of all this natural light!
Father Daughter dance – I love it.
Kari’s aunt & uncle led a Friendship Dance for any guests who wanted to join in.
I’m guessing the floors in there aren’t the cleanest in the world. Oh well, this little girl was having fun!
There were so many fun moments on the dancefloor that it’s about impossible to narrow it down for a sneak peek. I did my best!
Mike & Kari – I had a wonderful time, thank you for being so sweet and fun to work with!!! I hope you had exactly as much fun as these pictures show you having!!!!!
Venues: Lofts on Pearl, Tifft Nature Preserve, Village Meeting House in Williamsville, Pearl at the Webb
Event Planner: PEAR \ Planning
Florist: Szulis Florist and Greenhouses
Hair/Make Up: Now Salon Buffalo