Senior Portrait Photographer in Buffalo, NY

I’ve been a senior portrait photographer in Buffalo, NY for many years, but this year will be extra special. With other events and weddings being cancelled or postponed left and right, I’ll be able to photograph even more senior portraits this year than ever before! I couldn’t be more excited!

Capturing all the excitement that comes with being a senior is so much fun. As a photographer, it’s important to me to capture not just what the seniors look like, but what it FEELS like to be around them during this fun, transitional time in their lives. I work with each senior before their session to learn a bit about their personality, their interests, etc. so that I can customize the backgrounds, posing, etc. to suit THEM. No two sessions are the same. I want to be sure each portrait session represents the seniors individual energy and spirit, no stale portraits here.

If this sounds like something you or someone you know may be interested in, please contact me!

Check out the sample gallery below from Zach’s senior portrait photography session near Buffalo, NY.

I photographed these first few images at Maple Grove High School. Football has been a huge part of Zach’s life so it was important to him to get a few shots at their home field.

senior picture of football player on field holding ball at Maple Grove high school during portrait session near Buffalo, NY
senior picture of football player on field holding ball at Maple Grove high school during portrait session near Buffalo, NY
senior portrait photographer lays on stomach in grass on football field near Buffalo, NY to get perfect angle for shot

By the way, this is what it took to get this angle with the school logo behind Zach. Thanks to Zach’s mom for capturing this ridiculous photographer moment!

senior picture of football player on bleachers at Maple Grove high school during portrait session near Buffalo, NY
senior picture of football player on bleachers holding ball at Maple Grove high school during portrait session near Buffalo, NY
senior football player standing with ball on football field at Maple Grove high school during portrait session near Buffalo, NY
senior football player standing with ball on football field at Maple Grove high school during portrait session near Buffalo, NY

Zach requested a photo in front of one of his friend and mentors jerseys in the lobby of Maple Grove High School. I thought this was such a sweet gesture and and amazing tribute to the players who came before him!

senior football player standing in front of jerseys in school at Maple Grove high school during portrait session near Buffalo, NY

From Maple Grove, we took a short drive to nearby Jamestown for a few additional portraits of Zach in a more urban setting. Jamestown has some really amazing old industrial photography locations right in the downtown area!

senior portrait of young man walking in front of brick wall in Jamestown during photography session
senior portrait of young man leaning on fence in front of brick wall in Jamestown during photography session
senior portrait of young man leaning on brick wall in Jamestown during photography session

Thanks for being such a fun senior to work with Zach, and best of luck at North Park University next fall! Go Vikings!

If you would like to see more senior portrait fun from a Maple Grove student, check out this gallery from Zach’s sister Allison’s senior portrait session a couple years back! Her session was completely different from Zach’s (think microphones and guitars instead of footballs) but just as much fun.

And as always, if you know anyone looking for a senior portrait photographer in the Buffalo, NY area, please reach out!

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A Mother’s Day 2020 Tribute – “Mom Moments” from Family Portrait and Wedding Photography in Buffalo, NY

Today is Mother’s Day, 2020. It’s a weird Mother’s Day. No one is going out for brunch. No one is really going anywhere. The world is on pause and so are our Mother’s Day festivities. It’s lame. But, all the more reason to celebrate the Moms of the world and reflect on all they do. As a photographer of family portraits and wedding photography in Buffalo, NY, I’m fortunate enough to have a front row seat for a lot of really, really special Mom moments. As I assemble this little collection every year, I realize how important these pictures are to families and what a privilege it is to make them for people. I’m feeling extra grateful, especially this year, not knowing when I’ll get to witness moments like this again.

Anyhoo, to all the moms out there, thanks for all you do to keep this world together. Without you, we have nothing! And to all those whose Mom’s are no longer with us, to those yearning to be a Mom, to those with complicated Mom relationships, socially distant virtual hugs from me to you.

But without further ado, a review of some favorite moments with Moms to soak up during this particularly mom deprived time.

To the Moms raising little rebel girls, high ten.

mother hugs baby in front of murals at Thin Man Chandler St. in Buffalo, NY
mother kisses baby in front of murals by Thin Man Chandler St. in Buffalo, NY

Devon’s also a rescue dog Mom, you’re doubly amazing, Devon!

mom pets dogs in front of murals by Thin Man Chandler St. in Buffalo, NY

The Moms who keep us put together and lookin’ sharp…

mom helps bride get ready for wedding in Buffalo, NY
mom helps bride get ready for wedding in Buffalo, NY

(see more from this wedding here!)

mom helps bride get ready for wedding in Lewiston, NY

…helping us balance and just… helping – we thank you!

mom helps bride get ready for wedding in Buffalo, NY
mom helps bride get ready for wedding in Buffalo, NY
mom helps groom get ready for wedding in Buffalo, NY

Mommas that keep us laughing…

bride and mom laugh before wedding in Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids laugh at mom before wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and mom laugh before wedding in Buffalo, NY
mother and groom dance at wedding reception at muranda cheese factory in Ithaca, NY
mother of bride delivers speech at wedding reception at Statler City in Buffalo, NY
mother and groom dance at wedding reception at Statler City in Buffalo, NY

…And Moms who let loose…

bride and mom dance at wedding reception at the Foundry in Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids and mom dance at wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY

And especially Grandmas who tear the house down with their rendition of “Who Let the Dogs Out” at every family wedding, you’re the best.

bride and grandma dance at wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY

Thanks for teaching us to walk on our own two feet…

mother holds baby up during family portrait photography session at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY

…celebrating us…

mother claps for baby during family portrait photography session at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY

…and knowing how to let go.

mother escorts bride up aisle during wedding ceremony at Hayloft in the Grove in Buffalo, NY

Thanks for those looks of admiration and pride, moms.

Mother and groom dance during wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
Mother looks at bride getting ready for wedding at the Curtiss Hotel in downtown Buffalo, NY

Thanks for the big, warm, comforting Mom hugs… mmm. Remember hugs?!

mother hugs bride before wedding at the Foundry Suites in Buffalo, NY
Mother hugs son at wedding reception at Brookfield Country Club near Buffalo, NY

Moms who make two babies in one go… SUPERHEROES

parents with twins during day in the life family portrait photography session in Buffalo, NY
parents with twins during day in the life family portrait photography session in Buffalo, NY

I always have to send a shout out to the Aunts who are like second Moms – I had a couple of those myself!

mom and aunt help bride get ready before wedding ceremony at Hayloft in the Grove near Buffalo, NY
Aunts cry after bride and groom share first look at their wedding in Niagara Falls, NY
Aunts cry during wedding ceremony at the Westin Hotel in downtown Buffalo, NY

Thanks, Moms, for doing weird things like this pointy handshake? I’m not sure about this entry, but I couldn’t leave it out!

Bride and Mom gesture at each other before wedding ceremony at Hayloft in the Grove near Buffalo, NY

Thanks to the Mommas who are present and soak it all in…

Mom cries while hugging groom during first dance at wedding reception at the Foundry Suites in Buffalo, NY
Mom cries while hugging groom during first dance at wedding reception at Hayloft in the Grove in Buffalo, NY
Mom cries while hugging groom during first dance at wedding reception at the Park Country Club in Buffalo, NY
Mom cries during wedding ceremony at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY

To all the new Mommas holding their babies close, savor it all!

mom hugs baby during family portrait photography session at Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
mom laughs with baby during family portrait photography session at Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
mom holds newborn baby on staircase landing during family portrait photography session in Buffalo, NY
mom holds newborn baby on staircase landing during family portrait photography session in Buffalo, NY

Thanks to all the Moms still laughing at bad Dad jokes…

Mom laughs while dad delivers speech during wedding reception at the Westin Hotel in Buffalo, NY

To the Grandmas bringing smiles to generations…

Brides and groom pose with grandmas for portraits at weddings in Buffalo, NY

…and setting amazing examples for longevity.

This is Shirley. She was married to her husband for 65 years and received the bouquet for being the longest married couple at Eliana and Mark’s wedding! Unfortunately, Shirley is no longer with us, but what an amazing privilege it was to honor her legacy in this post. THIS is what wedding photography is all about.

Grandmother receives bouquet from bride after winning anniversary dance at wedding reception at the Foundry Suites in downtown Buffalo, NY

Hope all the moms out there had a happy and healthy Mother’s Day! Here’s looking forward to getting back at it, documenting family portraits and wedding photography in Buffalo, NY very soon!

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Small Wedding at Knox Farm, a WNY Wedding Venue

Ashley & David

Before we dive in to this super special small wedding at Knox Farm, I want to share a special note I received from the bride, Ashley. I don’t typically post accolades or reviews someone has left, it always feels a little… icky, but this note was particularly meaningful to me.

“Linds…you know how I know these are good? It’s more than the fact that they are beautiful. It’s that they made me laugh…they made me cry…they made me feel everything that was beautiful and memorable and awesome about that day. I think sometimes people get so fixated on making or getting beautiful photography, but the point isn’t to remember how great you all looked (though that’s also fun -haha)…it’s to remember how you FELT. And you gave us that. Thank you for your spectacular work!!!”

In my photography, the element that has always mattered most was that the pictures had a pulse, so to speak. Each picture should breath Life to couples memories – not just serve as a reminder of what everyone and everything looked like, but what it FELT like to be present in that moment. For my storytelling based work, that’s the true mark of a successful photograph.

In the photography world we talk about, “visual literacy,” what the untrained eye can and can not “see” when looking at a photograph. Most people look at a photo and they know they either like it or they don’t, but they don’t ask themselves why, they just feel their way through it. And that’s OK, that’s all the viewer needs to do! It’s my job to understand all the whys and hows of making a great, storytelling photograph. But when a client is able to articulate how their wedding pictures made them feel, beyond a surface level assessment of their initial beauty, that means the absolute world to me. That’s when I know I’m doing my job well and providing couples with something truly important.

Let’s be real though, this was a beautiful wedding and Ashley and David are beautiful humans. They made my job a little easier than normal this day. 🙂

So without further ado, Ashley and David’s wedding photos! We started and finished the day right at Knox Farm in East Aurora, NY – a small town near Buffalo. Ashley and her wedding party had their hair and makeup done at a salon and had me join them for the finishing touches in the mansion on the grounds at Knox. This specific room is SO unique with its mural crawling up on to the ceiling and it’s walls of windows. It makes a beautiful spot for photos. The best part? You enter through a secret spinning bookshelf door!

brides dress hangs in secret room at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and grooms accessories sit in secret room at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
mother of bride and bridesmaids help bride get ready in secret room at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
mother of bride and bridesmaids help bride get ready in secret room at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
mother of bride help bride get ready in secret room at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
mother of bride and bridesmaids help bride get ready in secret room at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groom straightens tie at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
mother of bride help bride get ready in secret room at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride reads card from groom in secret room at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

This wedding had more happy tears than I think I’ve seen at any wedding over the years. You could tell how loved Ashley and David are by their friends and family and how genuinely excited everyone was for them! Dad was the first to start, but you will soon see he was not the last. <3

father of bride tears up while watching bride read card from groom in secret room at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
father of bride escorts bride down stairs of wedding venue before small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

Ashley’s dad walked her out of the mansion on the Knox Farm property to where David was waiting for their big reveal or, “first look” beneath some birch trees in front of the house.

groom waits for bride outside mansion at their venue for first look, aka reveal, at their small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

Here comes the bride!

bride walks up behind groom before their first look, aka reveal, at their small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride walks up behind groom before their first look, aka reveal, at their small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride walks up behind groom before their first look, aka reveal, at their small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom see each other for the first time during their first look, aka reveal at their small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and grooms hands as they see each other for the first time during their first look, aka reveal at their small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom see each other for the first time during their first look, aka reveal at their small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom see each other for the first time during their first look, aka reveal at their small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom see each other for the first time during their first look, aka reveal at their small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom see each other for the first time during their first look, aka reveal at their small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride poses for portraits against birch trees at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

The couples parents met us for their family portraits before the ceremony. It was so nice for everyone to be able to relax and spend some time together before the guests arrived! This tree-lined road that leads to the mansion at Knox Farm makes for a perfect photography backdrop too!

families stand for portraits on tree lined road at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

Whenever couples ask me about my style, I love to point them to the way I photograph group portraits. I want your friends and family to look like themselves! Everyone doesn’t need to stand in perfect uniformity for a balanced, beautiful portrait. There can be variety and natural poses as well!

bridesmaids stand for portraits on tree lined road at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids stand for portraits on tree lined road at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids laugh as they stand for portraits on tree lined road at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids make funny faces on tree lined road at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

While I photographed the ladies, David and the groomsmen enjoyed some whiskey in the ajacent field. I love these shots my assistant grabbed of the guys!

groomsmen pose for portraits in field with whiskey glasses at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groomsmen pose for portraits in field with whiskey glasses at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groomsmen pose for portraits on tree lined road at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groomsmen pose for portraits on tree lined road at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
wedding party poses for portraits on tree lined road at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

I grabbed a few quick portraits of Ashley and David in the field before the ceremony, but the real portraits would come later in the evening. Keep scrolling and your eyes will be very happy.

bride and groom pose for portraits in field at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

Time for an outdoor wedding ceremony!

decorations for ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groomsmen straighten ties before ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and bridesmaid hang out in house before ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

These photos of Ashley with her parents before walking down the aisle are EXACTLY what a second shooter is for. I love having multiple perspectives of the day and can’t imagine this collection without these pictures!

bride and mom look at each other in mansion on property before ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and dad look out window of house before ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
parents of bride walk her down stairs before ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
mother and father of bride escort bride through grass before ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
mother and father of bride escort bride through grass before ceremony at wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
mother and father of bride escort bride through grass before ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

How gorgeous is this woodland setting for a small wedding ceremony? I often see outdoor wedding venues set up where the couple is side lit by the sun and one poor person is looking straight in to the light the entire time. This shady spot eliminates any squinting and keeps everyone cool and comfortable on a warm summer night.

bride and groom stand between doors with trees behind them during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom look at each other during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
parents smile at bride and groom during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids flowers during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom smile at each other while mother of bride while she reads during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
mother of bride reads during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groomsmen smile during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom laugh during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids laugh during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom hold hands during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
wedding ceremony location under trees in field at wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groom reads vows to bride during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride reads vows to groom during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bridesmaid cries during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groom places ring on brides finger during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride places ring on grooms finger between two doors with forest behind them during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groom smiles at bride during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom join hands during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom have first kiss during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom walk up aisle during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom walk up aisle during ceremony at wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom walk through lawn to tented reception at wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

One of the things I love most about this location is that it’s adaptable to weddings of all sizes. A small wedding at Knox Farm can actually be held inside the mansion, but most opt for a tent in the yard. This sailcloth tent from McCarthy Tents and Events was absolutely beautiful. The wooden posts and flags adorning the top really dress it up.

tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
decoration inspiration at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
decoration inspiration at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
decoration inspiration at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
decoration inspiration at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
decoration inspiration at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
decoration inspiration at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guest enjoy cocktail hour in tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests enjoy cocktail hour at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests enjoy lawn games during cocktail hour at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests enjoy lawn games during cocktail hour at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests smile for the camera during cocktail hour at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests enjoy lawn games during cocktail hour at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests smile for the camera during cocktail hour at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

The wedding party was introduced from their seats and greeted the guests with their best royal waves.

maid of honor waives during wedding party introductions at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
best man waives during wedding party introductions at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom share first dance under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom share first dance under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom share first dance under tent at reception at wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom cut cake under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom feed each other cake under tent at reception at wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom feed each other cake under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
maid of honor delivers speech under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom laugh during speech under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
best man delivers speech under tent at reception at wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests listen during speech under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom laugh during speech under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
best man delivers speech under tent at reception at wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

Did I mention there was a lot of crying at this wedding?

guests cry during speech under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom cheers during speech under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom clap after speech under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groom hugs best man after speech under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride hugs maid of honor after speech under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

You can do a lot of unique things with your table layout when you have a small wedding at Knox Farm, including a giant head table like this!

wedding guests sit for dinner around giant table during tented reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and father dance during tented reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

Most weddings have a loving, emotional Aunt my camera falls in love with. This might be my all time favorite Aunt. Watch this progression…

aunt takes photo during tented reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
aunt cries during mother of the groom dance during tented reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
aunt cries during dance with bride and grandfather during tented reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride dances with grandpa during tented reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groom laughs during tented reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests cheers during tented reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

As the evening progressed, I had my eye on this field filled with yellow flowers. I wanted to wait for that perfect golden hour light. That time of day when the sun is low enough that everything just GLOWS with warm, soft light. When it was time, Ashley and David were ready! One of the things I love most about weddings at Knox Farm is the opportunity for photography at every turn (check out another shoot here!). There are beautiful paths through the woods, glorious golden fields, tree lined roads, it’s a dream for a photographer!

bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY

Back to the tent for the rest of the wedding reception!

guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

This gentleman reminded me just a touch of Meat Loaf (the singer!) in the best possible way.

guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at wedding venue Knox near Buffalo, NY
rings on book during tented reception at wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
tent in field at night during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

Many thanks to Ashley and David for having us document their small wedding at Knox Farm! And thank you to all these venues and vendors who helped make the day so great!

Tent and Rentals: McCarthy Tents & Events

Band: Vin DeRosa

Bride Preparation: Knox Farm State Park

Groom Preparation: Knox Farm State Park

Ceremony Venue: Knox Farm State Park

Portraits: Knox Farm State Park

Reception Venue: Knox Farm State Park

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[…] a mansion, Knox Farm really has it all. And side note, if you’re planning a wedding there (like this one!), I happen to be on their approved vendors list! (: It seems no matter who I photograph here though, […]

Photography of Wedding at Niagara Falls Country Club, Lewiston Gazeebo and Presbyterian Church

Lindsay + Isaac

Before we get to Lindsay and Isaac’s wedding at Niagara Falls Country Club, a little introduction to this day. As a photographer, walking in to a wedding with a sense of familiarity is always advantageous.  It brings a level of comfort and ease for both the clients and the photographer  – which inevitably leads to people feeling more themselves in front of the camera and thus, looking more natural in photographs.  This is a win for all.  Typically familiarity is gained from a couple meetings, maybe engagement photos, but with Lindsay and Isaac’s wedding, the familiarity came in many forms.

I first met Lindsay many years ago when she was a bridesmaid in her cousin Kelly’s wedding.  Kelly was my good friend in high school.  We actually performed in the talent show together senior year – her beautiful ballet skills combined with my mediocre piano skills brought us a win!  Kelly’s mom was also my Homeroom/English teacher (sorry for any typos here Mrs. Ruest!) in the 6th grade, the year I came to a new school.  I remember that Mrs. Ruest made me feel comfortable in a scary new place all those years ago.  I remember her being incredibly eloquent and the first teacher I recognized as being particularly good at what she did. At any rate, she was intuitive and heartfelt, and when you see the photos of her reading during Lindsay and Isaac’s ceremony, you’ll see not much has changed! 

To add to all this, Lindsay grew up in a pretty special house – the house next door to where I grew up and a place where I spent practically every day playing as a kid with a childhood bestie, Kristen.  I moved away long before Lindsay’s family moved in, but being back in this place where I have SO many happy memories was such a treat.  The 80’s lego phone and spiral stairs may be gone, but I still felt so much nostalgia being back here.  Memories of tree forts and diving rocks, macaroni n’ cheese in rainbow colored bowls, roller skating rehearsals, ghost in the graveyard, archeology digs, chalk walks, and so much more flashed before my eyes and added just a touch more familiarity to make me feel somehow connected to people I barely knew. Run on sentence, whatever Mrs. Ruest, I know! 😉

This story will carry on next July when I photograph Lindsay’s sister Julie’s wedding.  I’m so grateful to be a part of photographing the ongoing history of this family.  This day was such a blast and I can’t wait until the next one!

Without further ado – I began the day at Lindsay’s parents house while my second shooter extraordinaire, Teri, was with Isaac and the guys at the Niagara Crossing Hotel.  Oh hey there sparkly Kate Spade’s!

Next stop, the wedding ceremony at Lewiston Presbyterian Church!

The Lewiston gazeebo will forever be the prettiest gazeebo I know. I’m so glad we took the time for a quick detour here before heading to the wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club!

And now for the best part of a wedding at Niagara Falls Country Club, portraits with this incredible view!

wedding party portrait of bridesmaids before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY
wedding party portrait of groomsmen before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY
wedding party portrait before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY
family portrait before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY
family portrait before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY
portrait of bride and groom touching noses before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom smile for photographer before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom smile at each other before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom kiss before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY

The view from Niagara Falls Country Club features the lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and on a clear day you can see all the way to Toronto!

bride and groom walk along escarpment overlooking Niagara River and Lewiston before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY
Bride and groom smile at each other next to the flag on the 18th green before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY
guest gather on patio during cocktail hour of wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
table decor at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
centerpiece on head table at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
place settings at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
koozies at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
desserts from Village Bake Shop at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
desserts from Village Bake Shop at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
champagne poured at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests laugh at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests laugh during cocktail hour at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride smiles during cocktail hour at at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests play lawn games at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bridal party steals donuts at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride and groom introduced at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride and groom introduced at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests clap for bride and groom at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
father delivers speech at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests laugh during speech at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
father delivers speech at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
mom laughs during speech at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
parents smile during speech at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
aunts cry at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
maid of honor delivers speech at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests laugh at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride smiles at groom during speech at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
best man delivers speech at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
best man delivers speech at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
father of groom delivers prayer at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride and groom kiss at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride and groom cut cake at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride and groom dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride and father at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
father and bride dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride hugs father after dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
groom and mother dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
groom and mother smile for photographer at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
groom hugs mom after dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests limbo at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests limbo at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride and groom limbo at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests limbo at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY

Ted’s Hot Dogs (truck) for the win!!!

ted
bride and groom share Ted
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests lift groom above their heads at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests lift bride above their heads at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY

Family tradition here is that every wedding ends with a circle of guests around the bride and groom, arm in arm singing, “Piano Man” at the tops of their lungs.  Why, “Piano Man” you ask?  I haven’t got that far.  It’s a VERY common tradition despite being a pretty sad song about a bunch of lonely people together in a bar –  but drunk people love it, and so I do too  (:

bride and groom dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests sing at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride and groom dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride and groom dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY

Many thanks to these two families for inviting me in for the day, it was such a pleasure!  If you haven’t had enough of these wonderful people – check out Lindsay’s sister Julie’s wedding here! And as always, much appreciation to the other venues and vendors who made the day what it was!  Here they are:

Preparation: Bride – private residence, Groom – Niagara Crossing Hotel

Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church – Lewiston, NY

Portraits:  Hennepin Park Gazeebo, Niagara Falls Country Club

Reception:  Niagara Falls Country Club

Flowers: Summertime Blooms

Makeup Artist: Lauren Miller

Cake/Desserts: The Village Bake Shoppe

Officiant: Rev. Dr. Joyce Sirianni

Videographer: Andy Morin

Second Photographer: Teri Fiske

[…] have almost the EXACT same photo of Julie’s mom from her sister Lindsay’s wedding last year. That’s one proud momma […]

Cornell University, Taughannock Falls, Muranda Cheese Wedding in Ithaca, NY

Whenever I see the words, “wedding in Ithaca, NY” in an inquiry email I immediately begin fantasizing about sparkly waterfalls, pristine blue lakes, charming small towns and warm people. That’s pretty close to the summary you could give Sage and Zach’s wedding. When Sage and I first started chatting about the plans for their wedding, she mentioned, a couple times, that it was very important that I was willing to hike to various waterfalls. I couldn’t possibly emphasize enough that she had come to the right place. When I’m not photographing weddings, I’m likely climbing mountains and exploring new areas. When I can combine the two in one day? Amazing. I looked forward to this wedding all summer long and it didn’t disappoint.

Sage and Zach met at Cornell University where they were both studying to be veterinarians. They decided to celebrate back where it all started and get married right in the chapel on campus, aptly named, “Sage Chapel.” But first, we started the day with the couple at the Del Lago Resort where everyone got ready.

This is where I met the long lost love I didn’t know I had, Pongo, Sage and Zach’s beautiful great dane. I’m sure I was missing my recently passed Emmet (who was part dane), but Pongo is just the sweetest, gentlest pup of mythical character and proportion. I’m so glad he was part of the day and made so many incredible cameos in the pictures!

The Cornell campus has some pretty legendary buildings. This outdoor corridor felt straight out of Harry Potter and made for the most regal of backdrops for portraits. I could have worked in this space all day long!

Pongo’s lip… <3

From Cornell we made two quick stops at Ithaca Falls and Taughannock Falls. I wish we had an entire day just to explore Ithaca’s falls and gorges, but we had to make these stops pretty quick. Totally worth the hike though!

Pongo!

On the hike to Taughannock Falls, a woman noticed Teri and I were carrying cameras, stopped us and said, “don’t bother, the sun ruins it.” I laughed thinking, that probably means it’s PERFECT for what I want to shoot… and it pretty much was. Some photographers prefer to shoot on overcast days because it’s easy. Not me. Give me all the sun, I know just what to do with it.

From Taughannock we ventured to the Muranda Cheese Company for a barn reception overlooking a beautiful farm. We worked with wonderful people from Serendipity Catering who provided both the dinner and desserts. Their ice cream bar was a hit! The Silver Arrow Band provided the entertainment and an amazing time was had by all. But first, check out all these incredible details – Arnold’s Florist killed it. Sooooo pretty!!!

Many thanks to Sage and Zach for having us document your wedding in Ithaca, NY! And thank you to all these venues and vendors who helped make the day so great!

Bride Preparation: Del Lago Resort

Groom Preparation: Del Lago Resort

Ceremony: Sage Chapel at Cornell University

Portraits: Cornell University, Buttermilk Falls, Taughannock Falls

Reception: Muranda Cheese Company

Hair + Makeup: Elite Beauty

Florist: Arnold’s Florist

Catering/Bakery: Serendipity Catering

Band: Silver Arrow Band

Transportation: Del Lago Resort

Second Photographer: Teri Fiske

Videographer: Associate of Jacquelyn Daley Films

Veronica + Rob – Wedding at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure – Buffalo, NY

Photographing a wedding at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure always seems to be exactly that, an adventure. The venue is certainly aptly named. Nestled in the hills of Varysburg, NY, you would never know it existed unless you happened to be out on a country drive and spotted an animal you know surely doesn’t typically roam free in upstate NY. With their pre-cocktail hour “safaris” showcasing animals like buffalo, zebra, camel and Texas longhorn, guests are treated to a very unique wedding experience!

Veronica and Rob spent the full day of their wedding at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure. They got ready right on site and had both their ceremony and reception on the grounds. It’s an idyllic spot for photography with beautiful natural backdrops in every direction. Videography can get interesting, as you may also hear some… special… animal sounds throughout the day as well! It’s always a great time.

wedding party poses for portraits  at wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY

It was starting to look like it may rain any second, so we decided this covered bridge would be the perfect location for the couples big reveal or “first look!”

bride and groom have a first look or "reveal" before their wedding ceremony at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom have a first look or "reveal" before their wedding ceremony at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom have a first look or "reveal" before their wedding ceremony at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom have a first look or "reveal" before their wedding ceremony at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY

This photo below might actually be the crowning achievement of my career. That’s a lot of little kids all looking right at me! I probably wouldn’t enjoy hearing back the crazy noises I was making to get their attention, but it worked!

wedding party with flower girls and ring bearers pose for portrait on covered bridge at wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
wedding party poses for portraits on covered bridge at wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
wedding party poses for portraits on covered bridge at wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY

Check out this stunning setting for the ceremony! A rain shower was brewing though and this scene would become a colorful array of umbrellas!

Guests hovered under the patio umbrellas as the rain began to fall, but eventually a parade of brave guests cuddled together under umbrellas and made their way out to the island for the ceremony.

guests hold colorful umbrellas during wedding ceremony at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
guests hold colorful umbrellas during wedding ceremony at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
guests hold colorful umbrellas during wedding ceremony at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
brides walks down the aisle with her father during wedding ceremony at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
guests hold colorful umbrellas as bride walks down the aisle during wedding ceremony at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY

The guests were all such great sports about the rain and I have to say, it really made for such a memorable, unique scene.

guests hold colorful umbrellas during wedding ceremony at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
guests hold colorful umbrellas during wedding ceremony at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
guests hold colorful umbrellas during wedding ceremony at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
photography of bride and groom holding hands at wedding ceremony at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
photography of bride and groom exchanging vows at wedding ceremony at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
photography of bride and groom exchanging rings at wedding ceremony at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
photography of bride and groom kissing at wedding ceremony at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY

After the ceremony, guests went on a trolley tour of the property and my second shooter Steve joined them! Hidden Valley Animal Adventure is home to 40 species of animals who roam the 63 acre property. Steve was very excited that he, “had to go on a safari” for work this day. (: All of these amazing animal shots are his!

While the guests enjoyed their safari, I stayed back with Veronica and Rob to capture their portraits.

bride and groom pose for wedding portraits in rain at their wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY

The rain was off and on all day, but we ended up having the most incredible “heavy metal” sky as Veronica and Rob called it. We had just a couple brief openings when the sun popped out of the clouds and in those moments this photographers eyes were VERY happy. Rainy day weddings always seem to have an extra little touch of magic!

bride and groom pose for wedding portraits in rain in front of stormy skies at their wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for wedding portraits in rain at their wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for wedding portraits in rain at their wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY

Reception time!

If you hadn’t guessed, Rob is a big heavy metal fan. You’ll notice a lot of bull horns from this point in the day onward!

bride and groom dance in lodge at their wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance in lodge at their wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance in lodge at their wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance in lodge at their wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
bride dances with father in lodge at wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
bride dances with father in lodge at wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
groom dances with mother in lodge at wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
groom dances with mother in lodge at wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
taxidermy bear growls at entrance to lodge at wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
guests dance in lodge at wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
guests dance in lodge at wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
guests dance in lodge at wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
guests dance in lodge at wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
guests dance in lodge at wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance in lodge at their wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
guests dance in lodge at wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
guests dance in lodge at wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance in lodge at their wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
guests dance in lodge at wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
guests dance in lodge at wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
guests dance in lodge at wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
guests dance in lodge at wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance in lodge at their wedding at hidden valley animal adventure near Buffalo, NY

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

Hair + Makeup: Serenity Salon

Florist: Russel’s

Bakery: Muscoreil’s

DJ: Toy Bros

Second Photographer: Steve Karosik

Wedding Engagement Session near Ellicottville, NY with Jonna and AJ

Whenever a client presents a location for their wedding engagement session that has a personal meaning to them, I’m always game. This particular location was just a bit extra special though. AJ’s family bought this property near Ellicottville, NY when AJ was just a kid. They set up a tipi on the property and spent weekends and vacations exploring. The property has some pretty fascinating stories. For example, there was an abandoned gas station on the property – which is literally at the end of a dead end dirt road and at the top of a hill, random! Behind the gas station was an old swimming pool. After they closed on the property, they noticed there was suddenly a HOLE DUG IN THE BOTTOM OF THE POOL WITH A SAFE INSIDE IT!!! Unfortunately, the safe was empty. Either way, solid hiding spot that leaves oh-so-much to the imagination!

AJ’s family eventually built a gorgeous log home on the property from gigantic trees that were burnt in a forest fire out in Wyoming. The property has become a second home to the family over the years. They even spend the holidays here. When AJ and Jonna started dating, they made a lot of trips to the cabin. It’s the place they feel they really got to know each other. I’m SO, so glad they suggested a wedding engagement session near Ellicottville, not only because it means so much to them, but it was so stunning and hitting peak fall color in perfect time for our shoot. It was absolutely perfect!

bride and groom pose for wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY
bride and groom pose for wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY
bride and groom walk while holding hands during wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY
bride and groom walk while holding hands during wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY

AJ brought along his motorcycle for a few shots, what a perfect place to ride!

bride and groom sit on motorcycle during wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY

This next series was taken along the driveway leading up to their cabin. The fall colors were incredible!

bride and groom hug in field during wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY
bride and groom laugh in field during wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY

As soon as I saw this pond I knew there was a reflection photo in our future. Unfortunately there was a little bit of a ripple in the water, otherwise this would have been perfection!

bride and groom walk past reflective pond during wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY
bride and groom walk past reflective pond during wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY
bride and groom hug next to reflective pond during wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY
bride and groom laugh in field during wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY
bride and groom embrace in field during wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY
bride and groom laugh in field during wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY

Popping that bottle of champagne you’ve been saving from the engagement party is ALWAYS a great idea.

bride and groom enjoy champagne on bench in field during wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY
bride and groom enjoy champagne on bench in field during wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY
bride and groom enjoy champagne on bench in field during wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY

This field was filled with buzzing fuzzy bumble bees! I thought they deserved a photo too (:

bride and groom enjoy champagne on bench in field during wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY
bride and groom enjoy champagne on bench in field during wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY
bride and groom enjoy champagne on bench in field during wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY
bride and groom walk while holding hands during wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY
bride and groom stand in silhouette during wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY
bride and groom stand in silhouette during wedding engagement photos among fall foliage at their property in Ellicottville, NY

Many thanks to Jonna and Aj for sharing such a special place with me! It was such a treat!

I’ll take another fall wedding engagement session near Ellicottville any day, please and thanks!

Callie + BJ – Hayloft in the Grove Wedding Photography – East Aurora, NY

Callie and BJ, BJ and Callie… this Hayloft in the Grove wedding was such a pleasure to be part of. When I first met these two, I could tell they were laid back, fun, super sweetly in love, and their wedding reflected just that. For couples that want relaxing, rustic charm where everyone feels comfortable and can celebrate without hesitation, Hayloft in the Grove is an idyllic setting. I think that’s exactly what this day was all about.

But First…

Before we get in to all that, I’d like to tell the story of how I came to photograph this beautiful day. Callie’s dad, Jim, was a fellow professional photographer, one of Buffalo’s longest working photographers at that, and a friend of mine! I got to know Jim over the years and would run in to him out and about all over Buffalo. Every time I would see him, he would be with someone I had never met, and would introduce both parties with such great kindness and affection. Jim was a mentor, friend, and connector of a great many people. And as you may have guessed, Jim connected me with Callie and BJ!

After Callie got engaged, Jim reached out and said he would like to come by the studio to talk about his daughter’s wedding. It’s always such a great honor to be considered by another photographer. So needless to say, I was thrilled that Jim, someone who had photographed weddings himself for so many years, was considering me! When Jim came by, I was ready to present all my materials as best I could, but Jim had other ideas. He said Callie would meet with me at some point, but he was sure it was the right fit. So that was that. We sat and chatted for a long time but it was hardly the business meeting I expected. Callie and BJ came in soon after that and made it official!

While this is a happy post about Callie and BJ’s wedding celebration, I would be remiss to not mention that Jim unfortunately fell sick and passed just a few weeks before the wedding. While there’s always pressure when working for another photographer, there was an extra gravity I felt to honor his legacy as a photographer. I hope I served him well! And while Jim was certainly missed, his presence was felt in so many ways throughout the day, and I know he was smiling down big time on this celebration.

Without Further Ado…

Let’s get to the festivities! I started the day with Callie and her closest ladies in Hayloft in the Grove’s on-site cottage. It’s a great little spot for couples to get ready, and conveniently located just steps from the rest of the wedding locations.

brides accessories in cottage at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
brides dress in cottage at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
brides getting ready in cottage at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
brides getting ready in cottage at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids getting ready in cottage at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY

Both Bj and Callie’s moms (left to right) were such a treat to photograph. They laughed, they cried, sometimes they simultaneously laughed and cried, and this photographer couldn’t get enough!

mothers of couple reading cards in cottage at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
brides getting ready in cottage at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids getting ready in cottage at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
brides getting ready in cottage at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
brides getting ready in cottage at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY

After just a few minutes with this crew you could tell that Callie was surrounded by so much love and support from her family and friends as her infectious smile reflected on the faces of every one of them.

aunt seeing bride dressed for first time in cottage at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
brides getting ready in cottage at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride getting ready in cottage at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
mother of groom seeing bride dressed for first time in cottage at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids seeing bride dressed for first time in cottage at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY

That golf cart driving lady there is Liane Roy, a planner at Hayloft. About a million years ago I worked with Liane on branding photos and a logo for her planning business. It was so great to see her again after all these years!

bride riding golf cart from cottage at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY

Meanwhile Steve joined BJ and his crew in a different house on site for a few photos before the ceremony. BJ wore both Callie’s dad Jim’s watch (on the left) and a historic watch from his own family (on the right.)

grooms accessories and watches at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
grooms baseball at Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
groom getting ready in cottage at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
groom getting ready in cottage at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
grooms laughing at Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY

Time to head over to the converted stables for a good ole’ Hayloft in the Grove wedding ceremony! An “unplugged wedding” sign greeted the guests and while those things mostly never work, this group was very well behaved!

wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY

The calla lily’s (Callie’s namesake) pictured below were a tribute to Jim.

wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY

Callie and her mom had so many cute little looks and motions to each other throughout the day, I couldn’t get enough of these two!

bride and mom laughing at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and mom laughing at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
timeline chalkboard sign at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests laughing at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
groom laughing at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests laughing at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY

The KING!

Elvis laughing at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
groom laughing at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
groom and mom hug at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
groom and dad shake hands at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
groom and future brother in law shake hands at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
wedding party laughs at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY

Here comes the bride! How gorgeous is the light at the end of the aisle?!

bride and mom walk down aisle at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
groom smiles as bride and mom walk down aisle at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
groom and mom hug at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY

I rehearsed this photo below a couple times before the ceremony started. Notice the antique camera in the bottom right? That camera represented Jim’s seat and I wanted to try and get “him” and all the other parents in this shot, AND IT WORKED! The expressions are all priceless too, I was so happy when I saw it!

mom clenches brides hand at end of aisle before "giving her away" at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and mom hug at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY

I love the way the draperies create leading lines to draw your eye right to the bride and groom!

wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove wedding in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom smile at each other at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom smile at each other at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom smile at each other at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom exchange rings at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom exchange rings at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom kiss at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom cheer at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom walk down aisle at wedding ceremony in converted stables at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY

After the ceremony we took a little “hay ride” out to a small pond for some portraits. This has to be one of the best parts of a Hayloft in the Grove wedding. Lots of fun was had on that ride 🙂

wedding party takes hayride to sunken pond for portraits at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
wedding party takes hayride to sunken pond for portraits at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
wedding party takes hayride to sunken pond for portraits at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
wedding party takes hayride to sunken pond for portraits at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
wedding party takes hayride to sunken pond for portraits at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
wedding party takes hayride to sunken pond for portraits at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
wedding party takes hayride to sunken pond for portraits at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
wedding party poses for portraits at sunken pond at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
wedding party poses for portraits at sunken pond at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
wedding party poses for portraits at sunken pond at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portraits at sunken pond at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portraits at sunken pond at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portraits at sunken pond at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portraits at sunken pond at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portraits at sunken pond at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY

This next one was a special memory for me too. Callie’s brother, Jimmy, is also a photographer! When I first met with Jim he told me that he would like to make a portrait of Callie and BJ at the wedding. Jim may not have been there to do that, but I was so happy that Jimmy brought along his camera and was able to make a portrait instead. <3

bride and groom pose for portraits at sunken pond at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portraits at sunken pond at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portraits at sunken pond at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY

Meanwhile the groomsmen were hanging out by this corn field and conjured up their own idea for a photoshoot…

bridal party poses for portraits at sunken pond at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bridal party poses for portraits at sunken pond at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
family poses for portraits at sunken pond at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
family poses for portraits at sunken pond at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portraits at sunken pond at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY

Reception time back at the Hayloft in the Grove wedding barn!

wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
wedding reception place cards in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
wedding reception cake and desserts in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
wedding reception decor in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
wedding reception decor in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
wedding reception decor in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY

Lots of laughter and tears filled these speeches, just the way they should!

speech at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
speech at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
speech at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
speech at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests smile during speech at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
speech at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
speech at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
speech at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
speech at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom cut cake at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom cut cake at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and mom dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and mom dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and mom dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and mom dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
groom and mom dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
groom and mom dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
groom and mom dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
groom and mom dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY

Looks like Callie’s grandma has some photography skills too! <3

grandma takes photos at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
groom and mom dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and brother dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and brother dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and brother dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests dance in front of band at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests laugh outside wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests pose for photo outside wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
flowers outside wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY

Apparently BJ had himself a boy band once upon a time… I think they’ve still got it!

guests dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
band plays at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY

ICE CREAM BAR!!!

guests enjoy ice cream bar at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance at wedding reception in barn at a Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, near Buffalo, NY

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

Bride Preparation: Hayloft in the Grove Cottage

Groom Preparation: Hayloft in the Grove

Ceremony: Hayloft in the Grove Stable

Portraits: Hayride through Hayloft in the Grove farm

Reception: Hayloft in the Grove Barn

Hair + Makeup: Primp Bar

Florist: A Snail’s Place

Bakery: Ice Cream Bar by Hayloft in the Grove / Cake by Wegmans

Band: Mark Mazur and Little Big Band

Officiant: John Parrone

Second Photographer: Steve Karosik

Kelly + Brendan’s Wedding – Curtiss Hotel, St. Andrews, Delaware Park and Statler City – Buffalo, NY

Every wedding I photograph has it’s own personality, its own energy and the same goes for the people involved. From start to finish, working with Kelly and Brendan has come with a certain calm, a particular pleasantness, a simple joy that surrounds these two. And it reflected so plainly on the faces of the friends and family who joined them on their wedding day. You could just tell they were surrounded by a ton of love and support – it was a treat to be around.  As if the warm energy from this couple weren’t enough, they planned an absolutely beautiful Statler City Buffalo wedding reception.  But before we get to that – I started the day with Kelly at the fabulous new Curtiss Hotel while Steve joined Brendan and his wedding party over at Brendan’s family’s home.

I’m not sure whose idea this photo was, but it has to be my favorite groomsman preparation photo of the year. Bravo Steve!

Kelly wanted to do a “reveal” with her bridesmaids, but Kelly’s mom thought she would surprise these ladies with a reveal of her own!

Here are the real reactions as Kelly enters the room (:

On to St. Andrews in Kenmore, NY for the wedding ceremony!

We ventured over to Delaware Park for some portraits with Kelly, Brendan and their wedding party. This Park has so many iconic backdrops, from the Albright Knox Art Gallery to Hoyt Lake, the Ivy Bridge to the Rose Garden, it’s easy to see why this location is so popular for wedding photography!

We wrapped up our day with a big, beautiful wedding reception in Statler City’s Terrace Room, one of Buffalo’s most elegant ballrooms and one my favorites to work in.

This nook in Statler City is a little corner of Buffalo I’ve returned to for photos time and time again. Almost every wedding I shoot here you can find me on this terrace moving around cocktail tables and checking back in to the room repeatedly waiting for the perfect light. And there it is! You sure shine bright in the golden hour, Statler City!

This photo was supposed to be an organized group photo… I think it’s perfect, but it should be noted that this is what group photos look like when they’re taken at the end of the night!

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

Bride Preparation: Curtiss Hotel

Groom Preparation: Private Residence

Ceremony: St. Andrews

Portraits: Albright Knox, Hoyt Lake and Ivy Bridge at Delaware Park

Reception: Statler City

Hair + Makeup: Care Frandina (hair) / Katie Morski (mua)

Florist: Maureen’s

Bakery: Muscoreil’s

DJ: H+H

Transportation: Triple Crown Limo

Videographer: Black Horse

Second Photographer: Steve Karosik

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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