Wedding at Knox Farm

Oh Knox Farm, you beautiful place you. Whenever I get an inquiry for a wedding at Knox Farm State Park, I almost automatically know it’s going to be a good fit. There’s just something about this wedding venue that brings out the best people. The ground are beautiful, of course, and filled with endless opportunities for photography. The mansion is spacious and perfect for wedding preparations. And the back lawn with it’s views of the surrounding farm land make an idyllic setting for a tented outdoor wedding. But there’s a certain tranquility about this place that seems to draw the sweetest people here, and Illika and Brendan were no different.

With this couple though, came folks from all over the world. From Dubai and India, to Washington DC, Buffalo and beyond – this was a colorful mix of the loveliest people. Illika and Brendan paid homage to these people, their heritage and international travels through out their decor and apparel. From Illika’s dress, handmade in Moldova where the couple currently resides, to their colorful lanterns, patterns and elephants reminiscent of Illika’s Indian background, to Brendan’s buffalo nickel cuff links, every detail told a story.

This wedding was such a joy to witness, I’m happy to now share it with all of you! Enjoy!

Many thanks to Illika and Brendan for having us document your day! And thank you to all these venues and vendors who helped make the day so great!

Hair/Makeup:  Salon Elizabeth

DJ: Tom Murano, Tom Tom Productions

Rentals: Buffalo Party Rentals

Florist: Moonrise Floral Design

Bakery: Buffalo Cake Pops

Catering: Fat Bobs

Planner: Dave Majaka

Second Photographer: Dorian Patrick

And if you just can’t get enough photography from weddings at Knox Farm, check out this link for another!

Marcy Casino Wedding Photography in Buffalo

Liam and Nicole

Liam and Nicole’s wedding celebration set off sparks at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY and the photography followed suit. These joyful wedding days are the good stuff photographers dream of. Happy tears abound and my camera is happy too.

I started the day with Nicole at the beautiful Hotel Lafayette in their famed balcony room. Second shooter, Jenny, joined Liam in a separate room in the hotel. These rooms are just ideal for wedding preparation photography. They’re spacious, beautifully lit and stylishly appointed. Toss in a couple of fun wedding parties and you have the foundation for a perfect wedding day.

Nicole wore her grandmothers pearls, which frankly happens often at weddings. But adding in a box with an inscription reading, “favorite pearl necklace and earrings, 1985, Christine” really gives them that extra special personal touch.

bride and bridesmaid chat on sofa while getting ready for wedding at Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY

A little heart to heart before putting the dress on, that’s what bridesmaids are for.

bride and bridesmaid chat on sofa while getting ready for wedding at Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride looks at dress on hangar while getting ready for wedding at Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride smiles while getting ready for wedding at Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride smiles in mirror while getting ready for wedding at Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY

Enter your first Harry Potter nod!

Love free y’all.

bridesmaids assist bride while getting ready for wedding at Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY

Nicole wore an anklet from India to honor her two Indian bridesmaids. I love all the little tributes to the women Nicole holds close that adorned her bridal look. She even had a family ring woven in to her hair!

bridesmaid assists bride while getting ready for wedding at Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY

This first look on the balcony of the Hotel Lafayette was all time. Jenny waited across the street from the hotel to create some views from street level while I got the closeups from inside the balcony door. I love the way they combine together to tell the story!

bride and groom share a reveal of first look before wedding at Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom share a reveal of first look before wedding at Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom share a reveal of first look before wedding at Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom share a reveal of first look before wedding at Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom share a reveal of first look before wedding at Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom share a reveal of first look before wedding at Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY

From the Hotel Lafayette we ventured to Buffalo’s theater district for portraits!

This is the neighborhood where Liam and Nicole had gone on their first date. I love the way they honored their history in Buffalo!

wedding party pose for portraits near Shea
wedding party poses for portraits near Shea
wedding party poses for portraits near Shea
wedding party poses for portraits near Shea
wedding party poses for portraits near Shea
wedding party poses for portraits near Shea
wedding party poses for portraits near Shea
wedding party poses for portraits near Shea

A little more Harry Potter sorcery!

wedding party poses for portraits near Shea
wedding party poses for portraits near Shea
wedding party poses for portraits near Shea
wedding party poses for portraits near Shea
bride and groom pose for wedding portraits near Shea
bride and groom pose for wedding portraits near Shea
bride and groom pose for wedding portraits near Shea
bride and groom pose for wedding portraits near Shea
bride and groom pose for wedding portraits near Shea
groomswoman poses for wedding portraits near Shea

Off to Buffalo’s Marcy Casino for an emotional wedding ceremony in the Rose Garden!

wedding party walks down aisle during wedding ceremony in rose garden at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
wedding party walks down aisle during wedding ceremony in rose garden at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
wedding party walks down aisle during wedding ceremony in rose garden at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY

Nicole’s dad rode her in to the rose garden on the back of his motorcycle! It was quite the entrance!

bride walks down aisle during wedding ceremony in rose garden at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
bride walks down aisle during wedding ceremony in rose garden at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY

This wedding ceremony would not have been complete without the bride and grooms pups!

And of course no wedding ceremony for dog lovers would be complete without reading “falling in love is like owning a dog” with your actual dogs by your side!

What a scene! (Minus that videographer, we won’t talk about him…yikes). The Rose Garden at Marcy Casino is such a charming wedding ceremony spot, with the chairs woven between the rows of flowers and the trees of Delaware Park standing tall in the background. The trick to great looking photos here is to making sure your in all sun, or all shade. At different times of day and different times of year, light hits this area differently. It’s important to make sure you know where to stand so you don’t end up with half your face in sun and half in the shade! I’ve seen it, it looks weird! Check out an all shade version of a Marcy Casino wedding ceremony in this blog post.

guests look on during wedding ceremony in rose garden at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY

Nicole planned a special surprise for Liam and invited some kids from Buffalo String Works to perform a song from Star Wars! Buffalo String Works is a music education program for refugee and immigrant children. With Nicole being a teacher, it made sense that she thought of these awesome kids and this wonderful program. Liam was in tears!

Buffalo String Works students perform during wedding ceremony in rose garden at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
groom cries during wedding ceremony in rose garden at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
Buffalo String Works performs during wedding ceremony in rose garden at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom exchange vows during wedding ceremony in rose garden at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom exchange vows during wedding ceremony in rose garden at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom exchange vows during wedding ceremony in rose garden at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom exchange vows during wedding ceremony in rose garden at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom exchange vows during wedding ceremony in rose garden at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom exchange vows during wedding ceremony in rose garden at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom exchange vows during wedding ceremony in rose garden at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom kiss during wedding ceremony in rose garden at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom cheer during wedding ceremony in rose garden at Marcy Casino in Buffalo,NY

That right there folks, that’s what joy looks like.

bride and groom laugh and walk up aisle during wedding ceremony in rose garden at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY

Weddings at Marcy Casino in Buffalo provide for no shortage of great photo backdrops. From the Ivy Bridge to the steps of the Albright Knox, opportunities are endless. Liam and Nicole opted for Hoyt Lake as the backdrop of their family photos.

family portrait in front of Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
family portrait in front of Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
family portrait in front of Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
family portrait in front of Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
family portrait in front of Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
family portrait in front of Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY

Inside Marcy Casino, the wedding reception was set and waiting, but first, cocktail hour on the patio!

decor during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
cake and cupcakes during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
cake during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY

As Harry Potter fans, of course they needed a Ravenclaw cake and a magician to entertain!

guests toast during cocktail hour during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY

Liam and Nicole were introduced in to the Casino where they also had their speeches and first dances.

bride and groom are introduced during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom cuddle during toasts during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
maid of honor speaks during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
maid of honor speaks during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
best woman speaks during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
groom and mother of groom dance during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
father of bride and bride dance during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY

Hot tip for cake cuttings at Marcy Casino – ask for a small cake table on the dance floor or to the side of your sweet heart table. This allows for more guests to see and also makes it so I don’t have to smoosh myself against this wall to try and get a photo. (: Thanks in advance.

bride and groom cut cake during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom cut cake during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY

Back out to Marcy Casino’s patio to dance away this gorgeous summer night in Buffalo!

bride and groom dance during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
guests dance during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
guests dance during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
guests dance during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
guests dance during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
guests dance during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
guests dance during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
guests dance during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
guests dance during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during wedding at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY

That’s it for this one! Many thanks to Nicole and Liam for having us create the photography for their beautiful wedding day at Marcy Casino in Buffalo. It was such an honor to witness all of this love and joy. And many thanks to the vendors and venues who made it what it was:

Preparation: Hotel Lafayette

Ceremony: Rose Garden in Delaware Park

Portraits: Main Street – Buffalo, NY

Reception: Marcy Casino

Catering: Marcy Casino

Ceremony Music: Buffalo String Works

DJ/Band: Boys of Summer

Florist: Maureens

Bakery: Wheatberry Bake Shop

Photobooth: Me! (: