Jena + Rob’s “reveal” – Buffalo, NY Wedding Photography

I love, love, LOVE when couples do a “reveal” or “first look” before their ceremony.  I recommend it to all the non-superstitious couples out there for a number of reasons.  To begin with, it gives couples a unique opportunity to savor the moment, to say “wow, you look AMAZING!  I’m so excited to marry you today” in a comfortable space without worrying about all the formalities and stiffness of the typical ceremony setting.  Couples who do a reveal are so relaxed come ceremony time and are able to just soak in the entire experience.  Beyond all this, doing the reveal gives yours truly all the time in the world to take beautiful photos so once the ceremony is over there are no worries about pictures – it’s simply time to party (:  Here are a few shots from the latest “reveal.”  I absolutely adore them!!!

Special thanks to my lovely assistant Lisa Cooper for helping me with this shoot!

Katie + Jon’s Engagement Photography – Buffalo, NY

This has to be one of my favorite engagement sessions of the year.  Katie was a bridesmaid in a wedding I photographed last year and I remember taking one look at her and Jon and thinking, “I sure hope I have the chance to photograph their wedding some day!”  Well before we knew it they were engaged and I was lucky enough to get the gig.  (:  Katie came up with one of the longest lists of locations for their engagement session I’ve ever seen but I can’t resist an epic e-session so we made a whirlwind trip around the city starting at the site of their first date, Empire Grill and ending at one of my favorite locations along Buffalo’s waterfront where the magic really happened.  Raindrops began to fall for a few minutes then suddenly the clouds parted giving us a dramatic sky and for the last shot of night, a RAINBOW.  It was destiny (:  Without further ado I present Katie and Jon’s Engagement Photos!

 

Anitra - October 5, 2014 - 6:56 pm

I am wondering if you could let me know where these photos were taken? Specifically the park/wheat-field setting with the bridge and city in the background? Brainstorming ideas and locations!
Thanks!

Anitra

lindsay - July 1, 2015 - 10:06 am

Hi Anitra! The photo with the city in the background is LaSalle Park and the photo with the bridge is Squaw Island! Hope this helps!

Nora + Mark – Buffalo, NY Wedding Photography – Pearl St. at the Webb

Nora and Mark had a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic and came back home to Buffalo to celebrate with their friends and family at Pearl St. Brewery’s beautiful new facility at the Webb building.  Before we headed to the reception we hit some of Buffalo’s most iconic locations for some portraits.  All and all it was a relaxed and fun celebration of Nora and Mark’s wedding – I’m glad I could be a part of it!   Special thanks to my assistant Chris Henneberger for helping out with this one!

Wendy - July 10, 2012 - 8:51 am

I love love love that first black & white of the two of them in front of City Hall, and what a FUN dancefloor!! Great pictures of the reception!

Angela Hawk - July 10, 2012 - 10:10 am

Gorgeous shots! Where was the reception at?!

lindsay - July 10, 2012 - 12:49 pm

Thanks everyone! Angela – look at the title, silly. (: This is Pearl St.’s new facility in the Webb Building! All the character of Pearl St. without having to walk through a bar, restaurant and three other weddings to get to yours! (:

jen - January 18, 2013 - 12:28 pm

where are the pictures with the old brick buildings and wooden doors taken in buffalo? i love them!!

lindsay - January 31, 2013 - 2:34 am

Hi Jen! Those images you mentioned were taken in Buffalo’s Cobblestone District! (: Glad you like them!

Simple and Sweet Living Room Wedding – Lewiston, NY Wedding Photography

You may remember this lovely couple from their engagement photos I posted in April (http://dedario.com/blog/?p=1899).  Amanda and Brenden’s big day has since come and gone already and it was just the sweetest lil’ wedding.  It was a cool April day and this warm sunny living room setting was a charming and elegant space for their wedding ceremony followed by an elegant family dinner at a local restaurant.  The longer I do this wedding photography thing the more I’m really coming to appreciate days like this that are all about the good stuff, nothing more and nothing less (:

Special thanks to my spring intern, Holly Todd, for assisting me with this shoot!

 

Chestnut Ridge Engagement Photography in Orchard Park, NY

It was discovered during this particular engagement session that the key to adorably cute and kiss-y engagement photos is an awesome dog and champagne.  Lots of champagne. 😉 Andrea, Tom and I ventured all over Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park for their wedding engagement session. It was the perfect time of year to capture the fall foliage. Between the gorgeous fall color and a whole lotta’ love, this session was one for the books.  I can’t wait for Andrea and Tom’s wedding coming up this August, but in the meantime, here are a few of my favorites from their Chestnut Ridge engagement photography session!

couple kisses in road in Chestnut Ridge Park during their fall foliage engagement portraits in Orchard Park, NY
couple walks down road in Chestnut Ridge Park during their fall foliage engagement portraits in Orchard Park, NY

Chestnut Ridge Park is an amazing location for engagement photography. There’s such a variety of locations here. We didn’t even make our way around to all the different parts of the park! Fall foliage aside, Chestnut Ridge has interesting sculptures, gorgeous tree lined roads, views from the top of the ridge of all the greater Buffalo area, and so much more! I wish we had time to make our way to the Eternal Flame, but that requires a bit of a hike and we had big plans for the old train station back in the village of Orchard Park.

couple kisses under sculpture in Chestnut Ridge Park during their engagement portrait photo in Orchard Park, NY
couple laughs on bench in Chestnut Ridge Park during their engagement portrait photo in Orchard Park, NY
couple kisses on bench in Chestnut Ridge Park during their engagement portrait photo in Orchard Park, NY
couple laughs on train tracks during their fall during engagement session near Buffalo, NY
couple balances as they walk on train tracks during the fall during engagement session near Buffalo, NY
couple kisses on train tracks during the fall during engagement session near Buffalo, NY
couple stands on train during the fall while posing for photographer during engagement session near Buffalo, NY

If you or someone you know is looking for engagement photography, please have them contact me here!

And if you’d like to learn more about Chestnut Ridge Park, check out this link!

Kate G - June 29, 2012 - 11:36 pm

Really beautiful photos. Love the fall scenery and lighting. Can’t wait for the wedding!

Andrea - July 10, 2012 - 8:46 am

I love the new blog! Looking forward to working with you in a month!

Destination Wedding on Gasparilla Island a.k.a. Boca Grande, FL

What better way to close out the 2011 wedding season than with a gorgeous destination wedding on tropical Gasparilla Island (a.k.a.  Boca Grande), Fl?  Liz and Ryan’s wedding was beautiful, simple, sweet and just plain fun. 

How did I end up at this wedding in Florida you may wonder? Well the story starts with the fact that Liz and I went to 5th grade together and we were buddies for that year. Yup, just 5th grade – she moved in and I moved out the next year. Fast forward a couple decades and Liz and I found each other again while I was photographing her friends wedding here in Buffalo. Liz and I recognized each other immediately! Fast forward a couple more years and there I was at her destination wedding on Gasparilla Island.

Liz’s family actually owns a home in the Boca Grande area, just over the bride from Gasparilla Island where the wedding was held. Liz has always loved visiting the area so when it came time to get married, she knew this was the place. We started the day at Liz’s parents beautiful condo overlooking the islands and gorgeous southwestern Florida blue waters.

wedding dress and jewelry displayed before destination wedding on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
shoes and rings displayed before wedding on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
shoes and rings displayed before wedding on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
bridesmaid helps bride get ready in condo before destination wedding on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
bridesmaids help bride get ready for destination wedding on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
bride poses for portrait with colorful coral inspired flowers before destination wedding on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
bride and groom exiting church after destination wedding ceremony on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
bride and groom exiting church on golf cart after destination wedding ceremony on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
bride and groom exiting church on golf cart after destination wedding ceremony on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
wedding party poses for photographer under banyan trees  after destination wedding ceremony on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
wedding party poses for photographer under banyan trees  after destination wedding ceremony on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
groom kisses brides hand under banyan trees after destination wedding ceremony on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
bride and groom kiss under banyan trees after destination wedding ceremony on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
bride and groom hold hands under banyan trees after destination wedding ceremony on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
bride and groom smile at each other on beach after destination wedding ceremony on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
bride and groom hold hands and smile on beach after destination wedding ceremony on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
bride and groom smile for photographer on beach after destination wedding ceremony on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
wedding party smiles for photographer on boardwalk at beach after destination wedding ceremony on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
wedding decor on beach during destination reception on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
wedding decor on beach during destination reception on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
sunset from beach during destination reception on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
maid of honor delivers toast during destination reception on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
best man delivers toast during destination reception on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
bride and groom dance during destination reception on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
father and bride dance during destination reception on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
groom and mother dance during destination reception on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
guests dance during destination reception on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
wedding band performs during destination reception on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
guests dance during destination reception on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
guests jump in pool during destination reception on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL
guests jump in pool during destination reception on Gasparilla Island Boca Grande, FL

The biggest thanks to Liz and Ryan for having me document this beautiful wedding day. It was such an honor to be part of! Can’t wait to see what the future holds for you two.

Extra thanks to these amazing venues and vendors who helped make the day what it was!

Reception: Gasparilla Inn and Club

Ceremony: Boca Grande Lighthouse Church

Flowers: Blue Pagoda and Evolution Orchids

If you or someone you know is planning a wedding, please have them contact me here!

Amanda + Brenden – Engagement Photography – Devil’s Hole, Niagara Falls

Hello readers!  It has been a while since my last post!  2011 was an unbelievably busy year which sadly didn’t yield me a second for blogging.  Now, as I’m gearing up for the season ahead, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite shoots from the past year.  And in the 2012 season I promise I’ll be posting my new material on a more regular basis.  (:

So, in looking back, we’ll begin with the most recent shoot!  A gorgeous couple in a gorgeous location – Devil’s Hole in the Niagara River gorge.  This early spring day offered us some beautiful afternoon sunlight to work with and the subtle colors of the gorge and river were the perfect, tranquil background for this shoot.

I’m looking forward to photographing their wedding later this month!  Congratulations to Amanda and Brenden!

Holly + Zach – Java, NY Engagement Photography

Holly and Zach invited me out to their home town of North Java for this 4th of July picnic themed engagement shoot.  I was really excited when Holly mentioned the idea of a picnic for their shoot, but I was REALLY excited when I saw the location in person and the killer outfits they had picked out.  I absolutely love when couples add their personal flair to their engagement and wedding shoots.  You’ll notice the Harry Potter books, for example, which they decided to bring because they got engaged at a Harry Potter festival.  Adorable.  Enjoy!