Kelly + Sean – Salon Elizabeth, Delaware Park’s Ivy Bridge and Admiral Room at The Marin – Buffalo, NY Wedding Photography

Kelly and Sean are beautiful inside and out, as individuals but particularly together.  And their gorgeous wedding followed suite.  It was such a pleasure documenting this celebration from start to finish.  The lovely bride and groom, their lovely family and friends, their lovely vendors and venues – this wedding made my job a breeze.  I started the day at my friend Lizzy’s gorgeous Salon, Salon Elizabeth, where the Kelly and her bridesmaids made use of Lizzy’s bridal room to get dressed for the wedding.  Lizzy has created such a beautiful space for bridal parties to get ready and she does pristine hair and makeup – I just love working here!Meanwhile Sean and his crew got ready at his house where this adorable pup and ninja cat kept a watchful eye over the proceedings.  Off to Delaware Park’s Ivy Bridge area where these guys eagerly awaited Kelly’s arrival.Love these moments of anticipation before the big reveal!On to the gorgeous Admiral Room ballroom in The Marin building in downtown Buffalo for the ceremony and reception.  I LOVE working here.  My friend Syrie Roman of Social Maven did the planning for this wedding and made sure the details looked beautiful and everything went off without a noticeable hitch.  Thanks Syrie!Look how happy this bridal party is!  I love to see couples surrounded by people so genuinely happy for them.Can this room be any more gorgeous?  I love the use of greenery to make a big statement in a big room where a small floral arrangement could easily get lost. Thanks to Honey Guild for supplying these!A balcony introduction for the bride and groom!We took a few minutes after dinner to get some photos of Kelly and Sean outside the Admiral Room with some great historic city of Buffalo backdrops.  So glad we took the time for this!!!Back inside for dancing!

 

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

Bride Preparation: Salon Elizabeth

Groom Preparation: Private Residence

Reveal and Portraits: Ivy Bridge at Delaware Park

Ceremony: Admiral Room at The Marin

Reception: Admiral Room at The Marin

Event Planer: Social Maven – Syrie Roman

Hair + Makeup: Salon Elizabeth – Lizzy Dugan

Florist: Honey Guild

Bakery: Paula’s Donuts

DJ: Full Swing Sound

Second Photographer: Michelle Day

Mindy + Justin + Grace – 1 Year Family Photography Session – Tifft Nature Preserve, Buffalo, NY

My friend Carla recently used the term “legacy client” to describe someone she had worked with many times over the span of many years, and it made me think of who those people are to me.  There are a few people who I’ve worked with time and time again from their weddings to kids, to corporate head shots and more.  It means a lot when people trust me to document the times in their lives that they cherish so much, and so whenever Mindy and Justin ask me to photograph them, I’m thrilled.  I first ran in to these two at their friends wedding in 2013 and it was there that Mindy decided I would photograph her wedding, even though they weren’t engaged.  I respect that level of planning.  From there I took their engagement photos in 2014, made a surprise cameo at Mindy’s bachelorette and then their wedding in 2015, maternity photos and newborn photos in 2018, and now 1 year photos!   I’ve just loved watching Mindy and Justin’s love grow and expand over the years and spending time with clients who I have come to consider friends has been such a joy.

We ventured to Tifft Nature Preserve for this session and Grace was all smiles.  She’s just the sweetest little lady and it seemed she was just seconds away from walking.  We were determined to get her first steps on camera!  Alas…This was Mindy’s chair as a baby!  I love the history of it and the fact that they will have side by side photos of both of them in it <3Grace is such a little baby doll model isn’t she?  She was so, SOOOOOO close with these steps!!!Grace makes the cutest little scrunchy face that Justin definitely loves a whole lot – notice they’re making the face at each other here?Thanks as always to Mindy and Justin for allowing me to document your growing family and all the love between you – it’s always a pleasure!!!

 

Location:  Tifft Nature Preserve – Buffalo, NY

Tricia + Ryan – Yates Park at Green Lake & La Galleria Wedding Photography – Buffalo, NY

Topping Tricia and Ryan’s epic engagement photos in Pittsburgh was going to be difficult, but we had to try.  Tricia and Ryan love Pittsburgh and travel there often, so that was the easy theme for the engagement pictures – the wedding theme though was all about their love of my favorite color and theirs, green!  Tricia is a graphic designer and created all of the invites, signage, etc. herself!  This is some next level DIY work.  More on that later.  Let’s get started.  Tricia and Ryan both got ready at the Staybridge Suites near their venue and a beautiful celebration was under way.  Check out the gorgeous wedding stationary Tricia created!The lace on Tricia’s Lillian West dress was so beautiful and sweet – and this open back design gave it that extra POW.  I just love it!Those are some proud parents looking on if I’ve ever seen them.  Tricia carried the memory of loved ones who had passed on her bouquet. <3Flower crown by William’s Florist for the WIN!From the hotel we traveled to Yates Park on Green Lake in Orchard Park, NY for the first look and portraits.  The couple visited the site ahead of time and decided this bridge was the perfect place to see each other for the first time on their wedding day, and I couldn’t have agreed more.  So serene and certainly picturesque.  And GREEN!From the bridge I somehow convinced these ladies to walk in heels down a hill and in to a field of daisy’s for more photos.  Sweltering heat, a dash of sunburn, mosquitoes and a snake that I *oops* failed to mention I saw on the way down were no match for this wedding party though.  To anyone with doubts on bridesmaids serving a purpose: From Green Lake it was on to La Galleria for the ceremony and reception.  Let’s take a minute to appreciate these mirror signs – Tricia designed, printed and placed all of these letters on these mirrors.  Amazing!  Also, photographers, these are so pretty right, but who’s secretly excited for this trend to end so we’re not constantly dealing with awkward reflections?  It takes a lot of work to get these to photograph perfectly, but they look so beautiful in real life!The opening line of this speech was, “I still can’t believe you asked me do this” and this best man did NOT disappoint with the humor. I absolutely LOVE when time allows me to steal the bride and groom away from the reception for some golden hour portraits.  The property at La Galleria has a wooded area out back that photographs beautifully, this was such a treat!

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

Bride Preparation: Staybridge Suites

Groom Preparation: Staybridge Suites

Portraits: Yates Park at Green Lake – Orchard Park, NY

Ceremony: La Galleria

Reception: La Galleria

Hair + Makeup: Care Frandina

Dress: Lillian West from Bliss Bridal

Florist: Williams’ Florist

Bakery: Ohlson’s

Videographer: Dave LaNassa

DJ: Whirlin’ Disc

Transportation: Status Limousine

Second Photographer: Steve Karosik

Devon + Bob + Alice + Doggies! – Family Photography – Chandler St. Murals – Buffalo, NY

Every now and then I’m lucky enough to document my wedding clients growing families, and it’s really the best.  I photographed Devon and Bob’s wedding a whole bunch of years back at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, and I’ll never forget their wedding for a lot of reasons…

#1 has to be that my intern and I BOTH got bit in the butt by a miniature horse during their engagement session.  That was a heck of a bruise from that little Rod Stewart lookin’ mini-horse.

#2 was that this couple had tons of guests flying in from southern California and England for a winter wonderland wedding here in Buffalo.  Well… winter isn’t always so wonderland-y ya know?  BUT, we had the most perfect fluffy snow for their wedding and it was absolute heaven.  I’ll never forget watching one of the bridesmaids looking out the window the morning of the wedding and saying, “Buffalo is magical.”  That was a first.

#3 their photobooth set had two taxidermied bears wearing bride and groom clothes.  No further explanation needed.

Devon and Bob have since relocated to Buffalo.  Devon’s working remotely as so many here seem to be these days and Bob has started a chocolate company! All I can say is that it’s always an adventure with these two and I was so happy to meet their new addition, Alice for our session.  She’s a tiny bundle of energy and smiles, and chasing her all around this Chandler St. courtyard was a blast.

Big props to Chuck Tingley for providing the colorful murals we used as our backdrop!

Alanna + Ben – Wilkeson Pointe & Barrel Factory Wedding Photography – Buffalo, NY

We got to spend the most emotional, fun day with Alanna and Ben last Saturday as they celebrated their wedding with their family and friends.   These two cried, and laughed, and cried, on repeat, all day long.  It was exactly as weddings should be.  I started the day with Alana at the Hilton Garden Hotel.  The views from her room were out of this world!

Meanwhile my partner in photo for the day, Teri, joined Ben and his groomsmen (and this adorable pup) at his house.Alanna and Ben love games – you’ll notice a game piece theme sneaking in to the details throughout the wedding from the cake topper to the guest book and more!When everyone was dressed and ready, it was off to Wilkeson Pointe on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor for a (very) sunny ceremony next to a perfectly sparkly blue Lake Erie.  A few rowdy boaters aside, it was an incredibly emotional, beautiful ceremony.  Not a dry eye to be seen.  Next we visited Main St. in Buffalo for some iconic Buffalo backdrops.  I think maybe we had a little fun with the photos… And finally we finished the day at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo’s Old First Ward neighborhood.  The factory is 116 years old but newly restored and now home to several great tenants, including this fabulous event center.  Don’t worry folks, those train tracks aren’t currently in use.  (:About this bouquet!  Alanna had her shower guests bring her a broach as a gift for her to create this fabulous (and HEAVY) bouquet from.  Some are family heirlooms, some new and some newly thrifted, they make quite a collection!

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

Bride Preparation: Hilton Garden Inn

Groom Preparation: Private Residence

Ceremony: Wilkeson Pointe

Portraits: Wilkeson Pointe, Main St. Shea’s Theater and Barrel Factory

Reception: Barrel Factory

Hair + Makeup: Evilina Natoli (hair) Katie KTVD (makeup) of Teez Salon

Florist: DIY (bouquets) / Barrel Factory (reception decor)

Bakery: Chrusciki Bakery (cake), Paula’s (donuts)

DJ: Zach Munger – TNT Sound

Transportation: Simply the Best

Second Photographer: Teri Fiske