Maryann + Jason
Maryann and Jason made photography lemonade out of lemons with their gorgeous backyard wedding in Buffalo, NY. After COVID made the couples Canadian winery wedding plans come to a halt, they turned to my dear friend and oh so talented event planner, Syrie Roman of Social Maven, to plan a gorgeous backyard wedding reception for them.
Dorian (2nd photographer), and I began the day with “preparation” photography at private residences in Buffalo, before heading to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church for the wedding ceremony.
The Greek Orthodox church in Buffalo has a quaint and beautiful courtyard that Maryann and Jason spotted. They thought it would be perfect for their first look and wedding portraits, and I agree! This tiny space packed a gorgeous photography punch.
Part of the Greek Orthodox wedding tradition is for conjoined crowns (Stefana) to be placed on the couples heads. The crowns symbolize the glory and honor that is bestowed to them through the sacrament of marriage and crowns them King and Queen of their home which they are to “rule” with wisdom, justice and integrity. The ribbon that joins the crowns represents unity and a lifelong bond.
On to this beautiful Buffalo, NY backyard for the wedding reception photography!
The Greek wedding traditions continued with circle dances and throwing of money!
Many thanks to Maryann and Jason for having us photograph your day! And thank you to all these wedding venues and vendors here in Buffalo who helped make the day so great!
Event Design & Planning – Syrie Roman – Social Maven
Ceremony and Portrait Venue: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Second Photographer: Dorian Patrick
Makeup: Nicole Morris – Makeup Buffalo
Videographer: Nightfox Creative – Bryant
Transportation: Rolls Royce from Advantage Limo – driver Dave
DJ/Band: Gravity Entertainment – Brad
Florist: Wild Blossom Hollow – Christy Muck
Bakery: Fairy Cakes – Kelly
Officiant: Father Kristos
Caterer: Rich’s Catering
For more tented backyard wedding photography inspo, check out this gorgeous wedding at Knox Farm!