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Travis & Kristy – October 18, 2015 | Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens | Buffalo Wedding Photography

Last fall, I met Travis & Kristy out at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center (gorgeous, especially in the autumn) for their engagement session. Trees are their passion (Kristy also loves moss as a specialty) and I did my best to honor that in both their engagement and wedding photos!
Bride & Groom kissing as they walk down a path | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They live only a few blocks from the Botanical Gardens so I stopped at their house first to do some photos of Travis & the guys getting ready. Their floral designer David Clark was there to help with boutonnieres and corsages – check out this awesome wire wrapped succulent boutonniere!
Wire wrapped succulent boutonniere | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I also got to meet their cats. They were not particularly interested in what I was doing.
Bride & Groom's cats | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Neither was Travis’s dad – he turned on the Bills/Bengals game, haha.
Groom's dad watching TV | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I didn’t realize ahead of time that Travis was going to be wearing a tunic, sword, and crown!
Groom posing in medieval tunic & crown | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom wearing medieval tunic and carrying sword | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

From there I drove over to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens where Kristy was getting ready in one of the classrooms. She wore a dagger on her lower leg, which they later used to cut the cake!
Bride wearing dagger on her lower leg| Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

As I said, Kristy’s specialty is moss so they had some books staged to be a nice backdrop. She also gave each of the women a bracelet with a tree-inspired charm.
Bride getting ready | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Her manicure was perfect!
Bride's nails painted with green leaves | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride's dress with lace leaf applique | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

When they opened the door and let her dad see her, his response was perfect.
Bride's dad reacting to seeing her for the first time | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

As I said, they are both very passionate about trees. They decided to have their “first look” INSIDE the weeping beech on the property at the Botanical Gardens. I got Travis in place underneath the branches and called to Kristy.
Bride entering the weeping beach for the first look | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride & Groom holding hands before the first look | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

It was seriously 37 degrees. Their smiles as they turned to each other warmed it up in there by at least 30 degrees!
Bride & Groom turning to each other for the first look | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Kristy had David Clark make “Kokedama moss ball bouquets” instead of traditional hand-held flowers. And yes, in addition to the green sash at her waist, she had a layer of green tulle sewn underneath the top lace layer of her skirt. It was a perfect subtle nod.
Bride & Groom posing underneath the branches of a weeping beach | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

I told them to take me around to any trees that were special or important to them. “This one!” Kristy said. “It’s a living fossil!”
Bride & Groom posing in front of tree | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Morty the corpse flower is on display inside the center dome and they brought him a bow tie. They said he was the guest of honor. Maybe it’s time I mention that Kristy works at the Botanical Gardens?! Not many people would want to get married at the place where they work, but not everyone works at such a beautiful place, or loves their job this much!
Bride & Groom posing with Morty the corpse flower | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyWedding Party with moss ball pomander bouquets | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Their rings were unique and I had a fun time photographing them in different places. Here they are on a bonsai.
Rings on the moss underneath a bonsai tree | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyMedieval battle of the wedding party | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

They had fun with the theme!
Medieval wedding portraits | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride knighting the groom | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBotanical themed wedding bands & engagement ring on the groom's sword | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Everything was so beautiful and green.
Moss card box, hand fasting ribbons | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

If you’re thinking that the ceremony should have started with Travis & the groomsmen walking out to the “Game of Thrones” theme song, don’t worry – it did. The girls walked in to another piece of music from The Lord of the Rings.
Ceremony in the Center Dome | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Michelle from YellowBird Wedding does such a great job officiating! Travis & Kristy chose to do a handfasting before they put on their rings.
YellowBird Weddings performing the hand fasting | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom putting bride's ring on her finger during ceremony | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

After the ceremony, I took a couple photos of them holding their “Just Married” sign. When I did a close-up, I told them they didn’t have to smile. I didn’t realize til I was going through the pictures that Kristy had stuck her tongue out!
Bride & Groom holding "Just Married" sign | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Travis’s nephew wanted to get in on the sword-wielding action!
Groom's nephew wearing his uncle's sword | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Kristy’s grandmother made this cake. If it had been in a more accessible, well-lit location, I think it may have beat Sam & Kristen’s LEGO cake for most-photographed!
Hobbit cake made by the bride's grandmother | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

“We’re having a surprise for our first dance,” Travis confided to me earlier in the day. “Can you let me in on the secret?” I asked. I wanted to be ready! “We’re having a battle.” They sure did! Don’t worry, no blood was shed.
Battle before the first dance | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyFormal dances | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyGroom's ring hand on the back of the bride's dress | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyBride, Groom, and guests enjoying the dancefloor in the center dome | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

As a thank you for their participation, Kristy’s mom hand-painted different flowers for each of the ladies involved in the wedding.
Bride's mom holding mini painting | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Even though it was below freezing and they had to wipe frost off the seat of the motorcycle, Travis & Kristy stuck with their plan for a motorcycle getaway at the end of the night. Never fear – they did put on helmets before they actually drove the ~4 blocks home!
Bride & Groom silhouette outside lit window | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell PhotographyMotorcycle getaway | Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding | Wendy Mitchell Photography

Congratulations to the two of you, THANK YOU for ending my season with such a happy & fun wedding, and I wish you so much joy in your lives!!!

October 22, 2015 - 2:56 pm

Suzanne Monroe - Wendy your pictures are awesome. What a beautiful wedding. Kristy looked elegant & Travis so handsome. Jim & I were so thrilled with this totally awesome event. Thank you for putting up the blog. Love it.

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