Melina + Mike – St. Louis Church, Ellicott Square Building & Admiral Room Wedding Photography – Buffalo, NY

Melina and Mike, Mike and Melina, they even SOUND good together!  And on this rainy Saturday in early spring, they made together a forever thing.  This day was the perfect balance of elegance and sweetness.  The locations Melina and Mike picked for their celebration were some of Buffalo’s finest architectural feats, and the crowd of family and friends they brought along with them were spirited and engaged in every part of the day.  It was easy to see how much love and support follow Melina and Mike and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to document all of this for them.

I began the day with Melina and her bridal party at the Courtyard Marriott while Steve joined Mike and his crew over at the Hilton Garden Inn.

I must have taken 25 photos of these two little ladies on this couch and each one is as cute as the last.  <3Melina got Mikes mom a rock as a gift.  Never got the story behind that and I think maybe I prefer it that way.  All I know is this rock clearly brought a lot of joy to their faces.On to the stunning St. Louis R.C. Church for the ceremony!Classic spring Buffalo weather, high winds and torrential rains.  This flower girl gave up pretty early…I genuinly love when this happens… makes for a far more memorable photo!Steve took this photo.  He calls it “money phone.”  It’s random and I like it.  The Ellicott Square Building served as the backdrop for our portraits and it’s truly the “rainy day backup” location of photographer dreams.  This office building from 1896 was at the time of its completion the largest office building in the country!  I think my favorite thing about this building though was the mantra of the architect Daniel Burnham, “make no little plans, they have no magic.”  I think of that line every time I come here.  From Ellicott Square it was on to one of Buffalo’s most beautiful reception venues, the Admiral Room located in the Marin building.  I had the opportunity to tour this building 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 this place 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 weddings this summer!

Preparation Bride: Courtyard Marriott

Preparation Groom: Hilton Garden Inn

Ceremony: St. Louis R.C. Church

Portraits: Ellicott Square Building

Reception: The Admiral Room

Flowers: Maureen’s

Cake: Admiral Room Catering

Transportation: 716 Limo

Invitations and other Printed Materials: David Buck

Hair Styling: Fawn & Fox Salon

Makeup Artist: Ashley Hart

Brides Dress: Designed by Catherine Deane and purchased at BHLDN

Morgan + Tim – Beach or Bust – Couples Photography – Lake Erie – Buffalo, NY

“seeking semi-adventurous couple for free photo shoot”

Those were the words I tossed out in to the weird world of facebook, in hopes of getting someone, anyone, to volunteer to indulge my weird ideas.  Some 50 people replied!!!  How ever would I choose?!  Actually it was pretty easy.

I think a lot of people thought I was going to draw names out of a hat.  Maybe that would’ve been the right thing to do.  But this shoot was for ME, a rare off season treat where I could just go shoot for fun, and so I decided to be a little selfish.  I hand pick these two deserving people and gave myself an opportunity to serve a couple who has been serving me for years!  You see, Morgan and Tim own two of my favorite restaurants/bars, Lucky Day and Ballyhoo, and so it was nice to give back a bit.  Not to mention these two haven’t had their photos taken together professionally since my friend Aaron Ingrao photographed their wedding out in San Diego nearly a decade ago.  It was time.  Plus, c’mon look how cute they are?!

What planet did you take these photos on?

Thought you would never ask.  Planet earth, actually.  The inspiration for this location came earlier this winter while photographing one of our lovely Buffalo blizzards for my “side hustle,” Reuters.  As part of that assignment, I was taking photos of a very frozen Lake Erie and noticed large buildups of ice forming along the break-wall that protects the city of Buffalo from some of the turbulent water that passes through this choppy section of the lake.  These icy towers looked awesome, but getting a couple out on to the break-wall was going to be near impossible.  I decided to wander further down the lake, past the break-wall, to see if the beaches there had this type of ice build up.  The first beach was closed off for the winter and the second beach had a lot of ice, but it was as flat as could be.  Looking back toward the city though, I noticed one small section of beach with what appeared to be the giant ice towers of my dreams, and I was determined to find a way to get to them.  That turned out to be not so huge of a challenge.  I drove down all sorts of random side streets trying to find an access point to this part of the beach, but it’s an industrial area that is completely fenced off.  Then suddenly, an opening in the fence with a sign that said, “park closes at dusk.”  It was a legit, completely open to the public, no trespassing required secret little beach that had piles of ice piles sunbathing upon it.  And so the shoot was on.

Kara + Eric – Unitarian Universalist Church, Duende at Silo City and Barrel Factory Wedding Photography – Buffalo, NY

Kara and Eric were two of Buffalo’s dearly missed ex-pats, we have quite a few of those around here.  But somehow, it took moving all the way to Austin, TX for them to find each other… meant to be as they say.  These two planned their wedding from Austin, and since the wedding have actually moved back home!  The timing on that I suppose wasn’t ideal, but we sure are happy to be welcoming these two back to Buffalo!  Kara and Eric are sweet and fun, a lot of fun, and our bright city is shining a little brighter with these two love birds in it.

I began the wedding day with Kara in one of the Hyatt Regency’s top floor rooms.  The views stretch for miles from up there.  I tend to think you can tell a lot about the way a wedding is going to go down by the brides shoes.  If this shoe/sock combo didn’t show all the promise in the world, I would have no hope at all.  Because, c’mon!!!

When your makeup brush looks like a unicorn horn… you make the bride a unicorn!Meanwhile second shooter extraordinaire Steve, met Eric, his ole’ pal from high school (small world!), at the new Reikart House, a boutique hotel in nearby Amherst.  Eric and Kara BOTH picked their sisters to stand with them at their wedding – a touching tribute to their families.We all gathered together at the Unitarian Universalist Church in the Elmwood Village neighborhood of Buffalo for the ceremony.  This church is one of my all time favorites for a myrid of reasons.  For one, it’s gorgeous.  The stone and wood give it a cozy feel while the grandeur and massive stained glass windows make it feel regal and fill it with beautiful side-sweeping light.  Add to that this church has been home to some of my favorite weddings over the years.  Close friends and clients alike have chosen this space, for all the reasons noted above, but also because this church welcomes all.  I’ve photographed gay weddings, multi-cultural weddings, even a Beatles themed ceremony here!  It’s a special place bursting with love and acceptance, and isn’t that what marriage is all about?Kara and Eric wanted a distinct industrial Buffalo vibe for their portraits and Buffalo’s Silo City/Duende area provides one of the most unique industrial landscapes I’ve seen.  We had limited time to roam around, but there’s always time for a swing.   That time we were just taking wedding portraits and a guy walked through the brush beside us with a 2″x4″ on his head… We capped off the day with a reception at one of my favorite new venues in Buffalo, the Barrel Factory.  This was my second wedding at this location and so far I’ve just loved the relaxed energy of the room and the cozy, rustic look of the space. 

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

Bride Preparation: Hyatt Regency

Groom Preparation: Reikart House

Ceremony: Unitarian Universalist Church

Portraits:  Albright Knox and Hoyt Lake at Delaware Park

Reception: The Barrel Factory

Florist: Savilles Country Florist (bouquets)/ Barrel Factory (reception arrangements)

Bakery: Carriage Trade Pasteries

DJ: Jeremy Grodek

Second Photographer: Steve Karosik

Kelly + Brendan – Lewiston Art Park – Wedding Engagement Photography

As a photographer, it’s always nice to have the chance to photograph clients in places that are personal to them, but in this instance, Kelly and Brendan met me on my old stomping grounds, Lewiston Art Park.  I grew up close by and spent countless days wandering around the grounds as a kid.  I participated in all sorts of art activities on the ole’ “Art L,” creating everything from pottery to handmade paper and visiting the various resident artists to watch them create.  I attended art and theater camps here as well, it was truly a little aspiring artists dream.  As I grew older, Art Park lost funding for their programming and the property sat pretty still for some years.   I still wandered the grounds though, sometimes with a sketch book or a camera, sometimes with friends, sometimes just with my own thoughts, but the place has always been a sanctuary for me.

Kelly and Brendan were up for pretty much anything for their engagement session, they just wanted some fall foliage, so it was a perfect opportunity to take a little hike on the Art Park trails along side the lower Niagara River.  Many thanks to Kelly and Brendan for being so easy going and rolling with my more adventurous location ideas!  Can’t wait for the wedding next year at Statler City!

Claire + Justin – Hyatt, Tifft Nature Preserve and Rich’s Atrium Wedding – Buffalo, NY

Welcome to Claire and Justin’s wedding highlights!  This sweet couple was easy breezy to work with, we had such a great time documenting their wedding from start to finish!  I began the day with Claire at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Buffalo.  They had an incredible top floor room with views for miles and a bathtub with some of the prettiest clean white light I’ve seen.  Yes, you can scroll down to see pictures of Claire with the tub, because it was just that pretty!  But first, Claire’s details along with this adorable custom pennant from Oxford Pennant here in Buffalo!Meanwhile, my lovely assistant for the day, Jenny, spent some time with Justin and the groomsmen at his family’s beautiful Parkside neighborhood home where they got ready.2018 was the year for sunny and hot outdoor wedding ceremonies, and Claire and Justin’s day was no exception!  Guests gathered (most under the share of a nearby tree) at Tifft Nature Preserve for a heartfelt ceremony next to a beautiful pond in the preserve.  Hot days like these sometimes means rings don’t slide on exactly as expected… After Tifft, we headed over to Hoyt Lake at Delaware Park, a place Claire, Justin and their friends spent a lot of their time when they lived in Buffalo.  I think it’s SO nice when couples are able to incorporate locations that are personal to them into their wedding photos.  It makes them all the more meaningful!  On to nearby Rich’s Atrium for the reception!  Williams Florist went all in on the greens for these tall centerpieces.  I always say, if you’re going big, you need to go high so guests can see each other across the table, but they really took it to the next level!Cocktail hour surrounding Rich’s massive double sided fireplace is always a hit with guests!Many thanks to Claire and Justin for having us document your day!  And thank you to all these venues and vendors who helped make the day so great!

Bride Preparation: Hyatt Regency

Groom Preparation: Private Residence

Ceremony: Tifft Nature Preserve

Portraits:  Albright Knox and Hoyt Lake at Delaware Park

Reception: Rich’s Atrium

Hair + Makeup: Delmonte

Florist: William’s Florist

Bakery: Rich’s Catering

DJ: Whirlin Disc

Transportation: Affordable Limo

Second Photographer: Jenny Link Kiefer

David Buck - April 17, 2019 - 12:23 pm

lindsay, you killed it! thank you for capturing this amazing day with such skill and passion. db

lindsay - May 8, 2019 - 11:22 am

You’re very welcome David, it was such a pleasure getting to know you all and documenting such a special day! So glad you’re enjoying the photos!