Jessica + Matt – Hotel Henry & Delaware Park Wedding Engagement Photography – Buffalo, NY

Jessica and Matt recently moved home to Buffalo, NY from Mobile, AL and are feeling awfully excited to be back. It only made sense that these two picked some of Buffalo’s most iconic locations for their engagement photos. We focused our time around Hotel Henry & Delaware Park. The hotel is an architectural gem and former psychiatric hospital now turned boutique hotel (and wedding venue!) and it has a special presence about it. It has a sort of brooding appearance as it looms in a meadow like setting. Something about its stature and history make it feel simultaneously haunting and beautiful. Either way, there’s no arguing this space makes a stunning backdrop for photography.

engaged couple embraces for wedding engagement photography at hotel henry & delaware park

Hotel guest photo bomb!

engaged couple gazes at each other for wedding engagement photography at hotel henry & delaware park

From the Hotel Henry we ventured down the street to Delaware Park where we dipped in to a little champagne in the Rose Garden. Engagement Photos are always a little weird at first, but champagne helps!

engaged couple pops champagne in rose garden for wedding engagement photography at hotel henry & delaware park in Buffalo, NY
engaged couple pops champagne in rose garden for wedding engagement photography at hotel henry & delaware park in Buffalo, NY
engaged couple has champagne cheers in rose garden for wedding engagement photography at hotel henry & delaware park in Buffalo, NY
engaged couple laughs on bench in rose garden with champagne glasses for wedding engagement photography at hotel henry & delaware park
engaged couple has champagne on bench in rose garden for wedding engagement photography at hotel henry & delaware park in Buffalo, NY

One of the best parts of engagement (or wedding, etc.) photos in Delaware Park is the variety of backdrops you can achieve with just a short walk. From English gardens to this Beaux arts beauty, the Albright Knox Art Gallery, there are lovely settings in every direction.

engaged couple stands in front of Albright Knox Art Gallery for engagement photography at hotel henry & delaware park in Buffalo, NY
engaged couple stands in front of Albright Knox Art Gallery for engagement photography at hotel henry & delaware park in Buffalo, NY

In front of the Albright Knox you find Hoyt Lake. The south side of the lake is lined with gorgeous willow trees that sparkle and sway in the good light just before sunset.

engaged couple kisses beneath willow tree by Hoyt Lake for engagement photography at hotel henry & delaware park in Buffalo, NY
engaged couple walks on path by Hoyt Lake for engagement photography at hotel henry & delaware park in Buffalo, NY
engaged couple walks on path by Hoyt Lake for engagement photography at hotel henry & delaware park in Buffalo, NY

One last twilight stop at the Japanese Gardens to wrap up this session!

Jessica and Matt got engaged in Canandaigua, a special place with a personal history for them. I can’t wait to travel there for the wedding next summer! Thanks to these two for choosing me to document these happy times! And welcome home Jessica and Matt! We (speaking for Buffalo) are so glad you’re back and starting your lives together here!

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Jessica + Shaun – City Hall and Avanti Mansion Wedding Photography – Buffalo, NY

In all my years photographing weddings, Jessica and Shaun may have laughed more on this day than any other couple I’ve met. This day was filled with so much wedding joy and merriment that it’s hard to find photos in this collection where people aren’t laughing. During our engagement session, Shaun joked that I should feel free to say crazy things on the wedding day to get everyone laughing in the photos. There was absolutely no need for that. Scroll on through for some super fun memories from our portraits at Buffalo’s City Hall to a lovely Avanti Mansion wedding if you’re looking for a smile today.

But first, I began the day with Jessica and her party at the Westin Hotel in downtown Buffalo.

Salon 716 and The Makeup Parlour did such a gorgeous job with Jessica’s classic look.

I’m feeling some strong contenders for next years Mother’s Day post from this wedding…

Meanwhile Shaun and his crew hung out with second shooter Steve (can I start calling him SSS?) at this art deco gem, Buffalo’s City Hall! These guys were ready to ham it up.

I arrived with Jessica for the big reveal, which was *almost* serious until she spotted something in Shaun’s teeth and we all just went back to perpetual laughter.

bride and groom have reveal or first look at City Hall before their Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom have reveal or first look at City Hall before their Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom have reveal or first look at City Hall before their Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom have reveal or first look at City Hall before their Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom have reveal or first look at City Hall before their Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom have reveal or first look at City Hall before their Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom have reveal or first look at City Hall before their Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom have reveal or first look at City Hall before their Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portraits at City Hall before their Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portraits at City Hall before their Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portraits at City Hall before their Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portraits at City Hall before their Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portraits at City Hall before their Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY

After our portrait session we ventured to the Avanti Mansion where a garden ceremony and ballroom reception would take place.

bride and groom laugh during ceremony at avanti mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom say vows during ceremony at avanti mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom laugh during ceremony at avanti mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom laugh during ceremony at avanti mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY

Their pup had her own agenda for the ceremony…

bride laughs during ceremony at avanti mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom celebrate after ceremony at avanti mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY

In the Avanti Mansion wedding ballroom a beautiful reception was set in golds and blues for the guests to enjoy.

One thing to note about this crew, it was filled with dancers and gymnasts! It should have been no surprise when the wedding party introductions turned in to pirouettes and tumbling routines complete with judges.

These two had a nerf gun war for their introductions. They’re true romantics, what can I say.

bride and groom cut cake during reception at avanti mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during reception at avanti mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during reception at avanti mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during reception at avanti mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during reception at avanti mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY

This dance floor was nuts. People loved the props that the couple provided and just went to town with their singing and dancing.

guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during reception at avanti mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY

This limbo series below is probably my favorite sequence from the day. I must have laughed for five minutes straight when I sat down to edit these. Guess I got a little too close?

bride and groom dance during reception at avanti mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during reception at avanti mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during reception at avanti mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during reception at avanti mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during reception at avanti mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during reception at avanti mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
guest dance in ballroom at Avanti Mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during reception at avanti mansion wedding in Buffalo, NY

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

Bride Preparation: Westin Hotel

Groom Preparation: Private Residence

Ceremony: Avanti Mansion

Portraits: Buffalo City Hall

Reception: Avanti Mansion Ballroom

Hair + Makeup: Salon 716 (hair) / Makeup Parlour (makeup)

Florist: Piccirillo’s

Bakery: Muscoreil’s

DJ: Dave Paonessa

Second Photographer: Steve Karosik

Morgan + Richie – St. John’s, Albright Knox and Fox Valley Country Club Wedding – Buffalo, NY

When I first met Morgan and her mom for coffee in Buffalo, and Morgan told me about a wedding they had planned in her home town of Alden, I thought, “Alden?  I *think* I’ve heard of that?”  Needless to say, I didn’t really know what to expect from this little town.  Add to that, the groom Richie travels a lot for work and I hadn’t met him until the day of the wedding – so I knew I was in for a little bit of mystery!  Well… the day started like this:So, I guess that’s how they do things in Alden!  And I liked it.  Meanwhile my second shooter extraordinaire for the day, Dorian, joined Richie and the groomsmen for a little while as they got ready for the ceremony.  We had the sweetest little “first look” with Morgan and her dad, and then he helped out with the finishing touches.We had a second reveal for the bridesmaids out in the main room of the house and this reaction was priceless!A hop, skip and jump down the road was the sweetest little church, St. John’s, where the ceremony was held.  After the ceremony we made a mad dash for Buffalo to get photos at the iconic Albright Knox Art Gallery.  Morgan and I must have done the math 5 different times to make sure we could make this happen on the wedding day, and I’m so glad it worked out!  This spot is always a dream to photograph.After Albright Knox we headed to Fox Valley Country Club for a few more portraits and the reception.  We rode around on golf carts to find a spot for pictures and when I saw this little hill sitting in the good light I knew we struck gold.  Sometimes bridal parties suggest poses and internally I’m like, “ohhhhhhhkay… do we have to?” and externally I’m all, “ok awesome, let’s do it!”  But this was a case where I absolutely loved what they threw together!That lady in the front seat referred this wedding to me!  I was already booked for her wedding, but she passed my info anyway, and I’m so glad she did!  Thanks Tori!Back up to Fox Valley for the reception!Toy Bros DJs always do an aweasome job getting the crowd amped for photos, no exception here!Morgan’s cute shoes kill me in this one!

Many thanks to Morgan and Richie 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: Private Residence

Ceremony: St. John’s – Alden, NY

Portraits: Albright Knox Art Gallery, Fox Valley Country Club

Reception: Fox Valley Country Club

Hair + Makeup:  Salon Elizabeth

Florist: Buffalo Floral Art

Bakery: Ohlson’s / Famous Donuts

DJ: Toy Bros (Mike)

Transportation: Buffalo Trolley

Second Photographer: Dorian Patrick

 

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!

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

[…] From Ellicott Square we were off to one of the biggest and most impressive ballrooms in the city for the wedding reception, the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY. I had the opportunity to tour the Admiral Room several years ago when it was up for sale. A friend of mine had visions of turning it in to a wedding venue and wanted some feedback from a few of us in the industry. It was a big time YES from me, but he ended up passing on the opportunity. I’m SO glad someone else went through with this though because a special place such as this should not be sitting idle as an abandoned bank! The last time I saw the space there was carpeting and cubicles in here. It has taken a lot of time to get the Admiral Room up and running, but at long last it’s here! The staff was great and everything ran smoothly. I’m so excited to have this new space to work in – I’ll be back for a few more Admiral Room weddings in Buffalo this summer! (Update, check out another Admiral Room wedding here!) […]

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

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. Most of this wedding photography comes from the Admiral Room in Buffalo, but 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 wedding parties to get ready (and for photography) and she does pristine hair and makeup – I just love working here!

wedding dress hangs among small mirrors at Salon Elizabeth in Buffalo, NY
Lizzy Dugan of Salon Elizabeth does beautiful hair design on bride for her wedding
bridal portrait photography of bride at Salon Elizabeth in Buffalo NY on her wedding day

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!

bride and groom have reveal or first look in front of the Ivy Bridge on their wedding day in Buffalo, NY
wedding party portrait in front of ivy bridge in delaware park in Buffalo, NY
wedding party portrait in front of ivy bridge in delaware park in Buffalo, NY
wedding party portrait in front of ivy bridge in delaware park in Buffalo, NY
wedding party portrait with flower girls in front of ivy bridge in delaware park in Buffalo, NY
wedding party portrait in front of ivy bridge in delaware park in Buffalo, NY
wedding party portrait in front of ivy bridge in delaware park in Buffalo, NY
flower girls frolic in grass in Delaware Park in Buffalo NY on wedding day
flower girls frolic in grass in Delaware Park in Buffalo NY on wedding day
family portraits in front of ivy bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
family portraits in front of ivy bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom look at each other smiling in delaware park on their wedding day in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom look at each other smiling in delaware park on their wedding day in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom look at each other smiling in delaware park on their wedding day in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom look at each other smiling in delaware park on their wedding day in Buffalo, NY

On to the gorgeous Admiral Room ballroom in the Marin building in downtown Buffalo for the ceremony and reception. I LOVE working here. Wedding photography at the Admiral Room in Buffalo gives me all sorts of heart eyes with it’s incredible architecture. Add to the mix my friend Syrie Roman of Social Maven to handle all the planning for this wedding and you can be sure the details looked perfect and everything went off without a hitch. Thanks Syrie!

bride and groom say vows during wedding ceremony in Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom say vows during wedding ceremony in Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom say vows during wedding ceremony in Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom say vows during wedding ceremony in Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY

Look how happy this wedding party is! I love to see couples surrounded by people so genuinely happy for them.

bride and groom say vows during wedding ceremony in Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom say vows during wedding ceremony in Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
groom places ring on brides finger during wedding ceremony in Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom kiss during wedding ceremony in Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom walk down aisle smiling after wedding ceremony in Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY

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!

admiral room ballroom flowers and table settings at Buffalo, NY wedding
admiral room ballroom place card and menu details at Buffalo, NY wedding
admiral room ballroom flowers,greenery, and table settings at Buffalo, NY wedding

A balcony introduction for the bride and groom!

wedding reception speech in admiral room ballroom wedding in Buffalo, NY
wedding reception speech in admiral room ballroom wedding in Buffalo, NY
wedding reception speech in admiral room ballroom wedding in Buffalo, NY
wedding reception speech in admiral room ballroom wedding in Buffalo, NY
wedding reception speech in admiral room ballroom wedding in Buffalo, NY
wedding reception speech in admiral room ballroom wedding in Buffalo, NY
wedding reception speech in admiral room ballroom wedding in Buffalo, NY

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!!!

wedding portraits outside Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
wedding portraits outside Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
wedding portraits outside Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
wedding portraits outside Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
wedding portraits outside Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
wedding portraits outside Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY

Back inside for dancing!

bride and groom dancing at Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dancing at Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dancing at Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dancing at Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
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groom and mother of the groom dancing at Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
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guests dancing at Admiral Room ballroom wedding in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests dancing at Admiral Room ballroom wedding in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests dancing at Admiral Room ballroom wedding in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests dancing at Admiral Room ballroom wedding in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests dancing at Admiral Room ballroom wedding in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests dancing at Admiral Room ballroom wedding in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests dancing at Admiral Room ballroom wedding in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests dancing at Admiral Room ballroom wedding in downtown Buffalo, NY

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

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