Kim + Tom – Buffalo, NY Wedding Photography – Lofts on Pearl, Hotel Lafayette, Delaware Park, Pearl St. Brewery

The first official wedding of the season is in the books, and it sure was a pretty one. Kim and Tom had visions of whimsical bohemian details combined with a rustic urban setting for their wedding, and they brought in some real pros to see it all through.  Vintage pieces from Quaint Rentals were styled by Rebecca Duda and the greens and flowers arranged by Alicia Reilly over at William’s Florist topped it all off.  Kim REALLY wanted lush greens for her portraits, and, well, the trees hadn’t bloomed here in Buffalo yet, but we made the most of it and rolled with some lush browns and spring blooms instead.  At the end of the day, it all created the perfect backdrop for Kim and Tom’s family and friends to come together, from all over the world, to celebrate their union.

Kim’s family is originally from Vietnam and it was such a nice treat to see a traditional tea ceremony take place at the beginning of the reception.  The tradition calls for the parents sit around a small table and the bride and groom then serve the parents tea.  Afterwards, the parents offer their wedding gifts to the couple.

Tom is an Irish American from Niagara Falls, and, well, a brewery reception seems like upholding enough Irish tradition for this lass.

Many thanks to second shooter extraordinaire, Steve Karosik, and the fine folks behind the Lofts on Pearl, Hotel Lafayette, Delaware Park and Pearl St. Grill and Brewery for all their hard work making this event come to life!

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Preparation:  Lofts on Pearl

Ceremony: Hotel Lafayette

Portraits: Delaware Park

Reception: Pearl St. Grill & Brewery

Flowers: William’s Florist / Alicia Reilly

Styling: Quaint Rentals / Rebecca Duda

Makeup: Makeup by Allina / Allina Morticella

Hair: Beauty by Summer / Summer Slomka

Cake: Village Bake Shop

Donuts: Paula’s Donuts

Video: Andy Morin

Groom’s Tux: Bureau

On Impulses, Mindy, and it All Coming Together

The cherry blossom. A simultaneous representation of both the beauty and fragility of life. Here’s to taking advantage of these fleeting times while they last.

 

Every once in a while an impulse decision leads to an awkward situation, something along those lines, but for me, never a regret.  I can always rest easy knowing that I followed my gut, and maybe worst case scenario learned a lesson.  So there I was this past Saturday night, resting after a long, beautiful and eventful wedding, thinking back on all the places we went and events I witnessed, and… well… I just wanted more!!!  So I texted one of my favorite past clients, Mindy, literally in the middle of the night.  I had photographed Mindy’s engagement pictures, bachelorette and wedding a few years back and she and I have become friends in the process, but not like, “I can text you in the middle of the night” friends.  Whatever.  I knew if I waited I would forget or get busy or whatever other life stuff.  So I texted and asked if we could bump up her maternity session a little bit – I talked about the symbolism of the new life represented by the spring blossoms as a backdrop for the new life in Mindy’s belly… I don’t know it made sense in the moment.  Being all pregnant and such Mindy apparently doesn’t sleep much and replied right away!  Next thing I know she’s trying on dresses and I’m recharging batteries and suddenly we’re in the park making magic.

I left the shoot feeling really great, like I had put extra work in and it had really paid off!  But then I got a text from Mindy.  It was just a little, “thank you” because the session made HER feel so good about herself, that it was a boost she needed, stuff like that.  Trust me, this was a 100% a selfish idea on my part, making Mindy feel great was not my purpose.  But boy do I love when things just come together like that.  When impulses turn in to these magical little snippets in time and everyone is better for it.

Anyhow, without further ado – some maternity photos of Mindy taken at Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY

 

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