Karpeles Manuscript Library, Theater District and Admiral Room Wedding Photography in Buffalo, NY

Julie & Chris

Another Stuart wedding is in the books.  This is the third wedding I’ve photographed for this lovely family, and each one has been as beautiful and special as the last.  As a photographer, there’s a distinct benefit that comes with working with the same family multiple times.  In this case, I know which Aunt always cries during Mr. Stu’s speeches, I know the last dance will always be, “Piano Man.”  I know Grandma Stu will inexplicably dance her tail off to,  “Who Let the Dogs Out” and that the dessert spread will be next level.  I also grew up in the house next door to the bride (before they lived there) and so I even knew my way around the house.  It has been such a privilege to watch this family grow and change since cousin Kelly’s wedding some 8 years ago (now mom to 3 with another on the way!) and I can’t thank them enough for hiring me to document all these big moments in their lives.

This day was about Julie and Chris (aka Nigel) though, and Chris brought a whole cast of new characters in front of my lens, all the way from England!   You’ll notice the gorgeous hats and colorful wedding attire soon enough.  Please adopt this tradition Americans!  This made the wedding reception photography at the Admiral Room even more colorful and fun, that’s for sure. More on that later – let’s get started!

I began the day with Julie at her parents gorgeous home on the Niagara River in Lewiston, NY. Julie wasn’t originally planning to get ready here, as it’s a little bit of a drive from the rest of the festivities, but I’m SO glad she changed her mind. This house is just perfect for wedding pictures and the fact that it has a personal connection to the bride just makes it that much sweeter.

bride gets ready for wedding at home on Niagara River in Lewiston, NY
bride gets ready for wedding at home on Niagara River in Lewiston, NY
bride gets ready for wedding at home on Niagara River in Lewiston, NY

I have almost the EXACT same photo of Julie’s mom from her sister Lindsay’s wedding last year. That’s one proud momma <3

bride gets ready for wedding at home on Niagara River in Lewiston, NY

Julie’s dad joined us for an emotional “reveal” and gave Julie an embroidered handkerchief, another family tradition.

father sees bride for first time before wedding at home on Niagara River in Lewiston, NY
father sees bride for first time before wedding at home on Niagara River in Lewiston, NY
father sees bride for first time before wedding at home on Niagara River in Lewiston, NY

This next picture made me SO happy. Julie’s parents saved this folder of drawings Julie made of her future wedding gowns, and there they were, spread out on the coffee table on Julie’s wedding day. They had various design notes and an all important “STAY OUT!” memo on the cover. Gotta protect your copyright, respect Julie, respect. I know I mentioned earlier that I grew up in the house next door, and these instantly brought me back to the countless hours I spent with my neighbor Kristen drawing dresses in this exact house. I eventually went to college for illustration and now document weddings, and neighbor Kristen went on to become a painter. Must be something in the air on this street. <3

Julie rejoined her bridesmaids downstairs and a portrait session in the backyard was underway. Yes, this is the backyard… Gah!!!

bride and family pose for photography portraits in front of Niagara River before wedding in Lewiston, NY

Julie wore her sister Lindsay’s veil and it flew in much the same way it did on Lindsay’s big day.

bride and family pose for photography portraits in front of Niagara River before wedding in Lewiston, NY
bride poses for photography portraits in front of Niagara River before wedding in Lewiston, NY

Proud mom looking on from inside…

bride and bridesmaids pose for photography portraits in front of Niagara River before wedding in Lewiston, NY
bride and bridesmaids pose for photography portraits in front of Niagara River before wedding in Lewiston, NY

Meanwhile my second shooter for the day, Teri, spent a little time with these gentleman at the Westin Hotel in downtown Buffalo.

The guys all had socks denoting their country of origin.

This is the groom, Chris! Everyone calls him Nigel though. Apparently when Julie and Chris started dating, Julie and her friends decided “Chris” wasn’t a British enough name and started calling him Nigel instead. Turns out Nigel isn’t a very popular name in England and the whole thing just got funnier.

Julie met up with all her adorable flower girls and ring bearer before the ceremony for a quick little photo shoot. They were all SO excited to see her and be part of the big day!

bride greets flower girls and ring bearer before wedding at the elegant Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY

Adorable little black sheep on the right is my spirit animal.On to Karpeles Manuscript Library for the ceremony!

bride poses with flower girls before wedding at the elegant Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
pride poses for portrait before wedding at the elegant Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
bride poses for portrait before wedding at the elegant Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
wedding ceremony photography at Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street in Buffalo, NY

This gift to the groom was a collection of letters the bride had been writing to Chris every day throughout their engagement. I heard many people describe Julie as, “beautiful inside and out” on this day – and this was just one more testament. Not only did she write these letters to Chris, but this couple hand wrote a letter to EVERY single guest with a little message about what their presence means to them as their place card (pictured a little further down.) There was even one for me!

groomsmen pose for portrait outside wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street in Buffalo, NY

These fabulous British ladies walked to the ceremony and then changed in to their heels. I love them.

Here comes the bride!

bride and father walk down aisle during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street in Buffalo, NY
bride and father walk down aisle during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street in Buffalo, NY
groom cries during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street in Buffalo, NY

Second shooters find the darndest things at weddings. No clue why this was posted, but it made me laugh. Thanks Teri!

bride and groom face each other during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street in Buffalo, NY
bride smiles at groom during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street in Buffalo, NY
groom smiles at bride during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street in Buffalo, NY

Let the tearful vows begin!

bride cries as groom reads vows during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street in Buffalo, NY
groom cries as bride reads vows during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom smile at each other during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street in Buffalo, NY
bride laughs and cries during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom cry during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom share first kiss during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom celebrate by raising their arms after wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom walk up aisle smiling during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom stop to kiss while walking up aisle during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street in Buffalo, NY

And then… as I had a giant group of Chris’ family lined up on the steps of the library for a photo, the annual “Naked Bike Ride” passed by and laughter ROARED. We all insisted it was an American wedding tradition. Amazing.

bride and groom pose for portrait after wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait after wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait after wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait after wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street in Buffalo, NY

From Karpeles we headed a little further downtown for photos in Buffalo’s theater district and in front of the, “Greetings from Buffalo” mural.

bride and groom pose for portrait after wedding ceremony at Greetings from Buffalo Mural in the theater district
bride and groom pose for portrait after wedding ceremony at Greetings from Buffalo Mural in the theater district
bride and groom pose for portrait after wedding ceremony at Greetings from Buffalo Mural in the theater district
bride and groom pose for portrait after wedding ceremony at Greetings from Buffalo Mural in the theater district
bride and groom pose for portrait after wedding ceremony in front of Shea

On to the stunning Admiral Room at The Marin to create some wedding photography from a reception to end all receptions. This crew had fun, a lot of fun.

wedding decor inspiration at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY

I absolutely love working at this venue. Wedding photography at the Admiral Room in Buffalo is such a breeze with it’s gorgeous arched windows and fabulous molding. It’s such a treat! If you would like to see more from the venue, check out this wedding when you’re done here!

wedding decor inspiration at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY

These are the letters I mentioned that the couple wrote to each guest. Each clip held an envelope with a handwritten letter and a table placement inside. So sweet!!!

wedding decor inspiration at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
wedding decor inspiration at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
wedding decor inspiration at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
wedding decor inspiration at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
wedding decor inspiration at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
wedding decor inspiration at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
wedding decor inspiration at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY

Dessert first, I’m with you Jules!

wedding decor inspiration at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
wedding decor inspiration at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
wedding decor inspiration at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
wedding decor inspiration at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY

Introducing the new Mr. and Mrs. – from the Admiral Room balcony!

bride and groom dancing at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dancing at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dancing at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dancing at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
bride and father dancing at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
bride and father dancing at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
groom and mother dancing at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
father delivers speech at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests laugh at speech at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY

Remember in the intro when I mentioned the Aunt who always cries? There she is!

guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY

And the best family tradition of them all, Grandma Stu and, “Who Let the Dogs Out!” This time, with a robotic Christmas dog! (?!)

guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY

And one last tradition – the couple dancing to Piano Man in a circle(ish) of guests for the last song. Julie told me that a photo of this dance ends up being every ones Christmas card after each wedding. I love this SO much.

bride and groom dancing at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dancing at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dancing at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dancing at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dancing at elegant ballroom wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY

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

Bride Preparation: Private Residence

Groom Preparation: Westin

Ceremony: Karpeles Manscript Library

Portraits: Karpeles, Greetings from Buffalo mural, Shea’s Performing Art Center

Reception: Admiral Room at The Marin

Hair + Makeup: Lauren Szafarian (hair) Makeup by Alinna (MUA)

Bride’s Gown: Jenny PackhamUltimate Bride Chicago

Florist: Evergreen Florist

Bakery: Village Bake Shop

Program + Menu Design: Justin Willard

DJ: Gary Hall

Transportation: DJ the Dee Jay

Second Photographer: Teri Fiske

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