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

Julie & Chris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proud mom looking on from inside…

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

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

The guys all had socks denoting their country of origin.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here comes the bride!

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

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

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

Let the tearful vows begin!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dessert first, I’m with you Jules!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bride Preparation: Private Residence

Groom Preparation: Westin

Ceremony: Karpeles Manscript Library

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

Reception: Admiral Room at The Marin

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

Bride’s Gown: Jenny PackhamUltimate Bride Chicago

Florist: Evergreen Florist

Bakery: Village Bake Shop

Program + Menu Design: Justin Willard

DJ: Gary Hall

Transportation: DJ the Dee Jay

Second Photographer: Teri Fiske

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

[…] Can this room be any more gorgeous? I love the use of greenery to make a big statement in a big room where a small floral arrangement could easily get lost. Thanks to Honey Guild for supplying these! If you would like to see this room dressed up in a totally different color palette, check out this wedding! […]

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

Kelly + Sean

Kelly and Sean are beautiful inside and out, as individuals but particularly together. And their gorgeous wedding followed suite. It was such a pleasure documenting this celebration from start to finish. The lovely bride and groom, their lovely family and friends, their lovely vendors and venues – this wedding made my job a breeze. Most of this wedding photography comes from the Admiral Room in Buffalo, but I started the day at my friend Lizzy’s gorgeous Salon, Salon Elizabeth, where the Kelly and her bridesmaids made use of Lizzy’s bridal room to get dressed for the wedding. Lizzy has created such a beautiful space for wedding parties to get ready (and for photography) and she does pristine hair and makeup – I just love working here!

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

Meanwhile Sean and his crew got ready at his house where this adorable pup and ninja cat kept a watchful eye over the proceedings.

Off to Delaware Park’s Ivy Bridge area where these guys eagerly awaited Kelly’s arrival. Love these moments of anticipation before the big reveal!

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

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

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

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

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

Can this room be any more gorgeous? I love the use of greenery to make a big statement in a big room where a small floral arrangement could easily get lost. Thanks to Honey Guild for supplying these! If you would like to see this room dressed up in a totally different color palette, check out this wedding!

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

A balcony introduction for the bride and groom!

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

We took a few minutes after dinner to get some photos of Kelly and Sean outside the Admiral Room with some great historic city of Buffalo backdrops. So glad we took the time for this!!!

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

Back inside for dancing!

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

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

Bride Preparation: Salon Elizabeth

Groom Preparation: Private Residence

Reveal and Portraits: Ivy Bridge at Delaware Park

Ceremony: Admiral Room at The Marin

Reception: Admiral Room at The Marin

Event Planer: Social Maven – Syrie Roman

Hair + Makeup: Salon Elizabeth – Lizzy Dugan

Florist: Honey Guild

Bakery: Paula’s Donuts

DJ: Full Swing Sound

Second Photographer: Michelle Day

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Family Photography at Tifft Nature Preserve, Buffalo, NY

Mindy, Justin and Grace – 1 Year Family Photography Session

My friend Carla recently used the term “legacy client” to describe someone she had worked with many times over the span of many years. It made me think of who those people are to me.  There are a few people who I’ve worked with time and time again from their weddings to kids, to corporate head shots and more.  It means a lot when people trust me to photograph the times in their lives that they cherish so much. Mindy and Justin are legacy clients.  Before we get to their family photography session at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo – a back story.

I first ran in to these two at their friends wedding in 2013, and it was there that Mindy decided I would photograph her wedding, even though she wasn’t engaged.  I respect that level of planning.  From there I took their engagement photos in 2014, made a surprise cameo at Mindy’s bachelorette and then their wedding in 2015, maternity photos and newborn photos in 2018, and now 1 year family photos!   I’ve just loved watching Mindy and Justin’s love grow and expand over the years and spending time with clients who I have come to consider friends has been such a joy.

We ventured to Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY for this family photography session and Grace was all smiles. 

She’s just the sweetest little lady and it seemed she was just seconds away from walking.  We were determined to get her first steps on camera!  Alas…

mom and dad hold baby
mom and dad hold baby
mom and dad stand with baby on top of hill in field during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
mom kisses baby
mom and dad smile at baby during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
mom holds up baby as she attempts first steps during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
baby hugs dad during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY

This was Mindy’s chair when she was a baby! I love the history represented here!

baby smiles for photographer during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
family smiles for photographer during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
mom looks at baby smiling for photographer during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY

Grace was SO close to taking those first steps! But today just wasn’t the day.

father holds up baby as she tries to take first steps during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY

Grace and Daddy have awfully similar scrunchy faces don’t they?

father and daughter make scrunchy faces at each other during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY

Thanks as always to Mindy and Justin for allowing me to document your growing family and all the love between you – it’s always a pleasure!!!

If you would like to see more work from Tifft, check out this beautiful engagement session!

Location:  Tifft Nature Preserve – Buffalo, NY

Yates Park at Green Lake & La Galleria Wedding Photography – Buffalo, NY

Tricia + Ryan

Topping Tricia and Ryan’s epic engagement photos in Pittsburgh was going to be difficult, but we had to try.  Tricia and Ryan love Pittsburgh and travel there often, so that was the easy theme for the engagement pictures.  Their La Galleria wedding theme though was all about their love of my favorite color and theirs, green!  Tricia is a graphic designer and created all of the invites, signage, etc. herself!  This is some next level DIY work.  More on that later.  Let’s get started.  Tricia and Ryan both got ready at the Staybridge Suites near their venue and a beautiful celebration was under way.  Check out the gorgeous wedding stationary Tricia created!The lace on Tricia’s Lillian West dress was so beautiful and sweet – and this open back design gave it that extra POW.  I just love it!Those are some proud parents looking on if I’ve ever seen them.  Tricia carried the memory of loved ones who had passed on her bouquet. <3Flower crown by William’s Florist for the WIN!From the hotel we traveled to Yates Park on Green Lake in Orchard Park, NY for the first look and portraits.  The couple visited the site ahead of time and decided this bridge was the perfect place to see each other for the first time on their wedding day, and I couldn’t have agreed more.  So serene and certainly picturesque.  And GREEN!From the bridge I somehow convinced these ladies to walk in heels down a hill and in to a field of daisy’s for more photos.  Sweltering heat, a dash of sunburn, mosquitoes and a snake that I *oops* failed to mention I saw on the way down were no match for this wedding party though.  To anyone with doubts on bridesmaids serving a purpose: From Green Lake it was time for a La Galleria wedding ceremony and reception! Let’s take a minute to appreciate these mirror signs.  Tricia designed, printed and placed all of these letters on these mirrors.  Amazing!  Also, photographers, these are so pretty right, but who’s secretly excited for this trend to end so we’re not constantly dealing with awkward reflections?  It takes a lot of work to get these to photograph perfectly, but they look so beautiful in real life!The opening line of this speech was, “I still can’t believe you asked me do this” and this best man did NOT disappoint with the humor. I absolutely LOVE when time allows me to steal the bride and groom away from the reception for some golden hour portraits.  The property at La Galleria has a wooded area out back that photographs beautifully, this was such a treat!

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

Bride Preparation: Staybridge Suites

Groom Preparation: Staybridge Suites

Portraits: Yates Park at Green Lake – Orchard Park, NY

Ceremony: La Galleria

Reception: La Galleria

Hair + Makeup: Care Frandina

Dress: Lillian West from Bliss Bridal

Florist: Williams’ Florist

Bakery: Ohlson’s

Videographer: Dave LaNassa

DJ: Whirlin’ Disc

Transportation: Status Limousine

Second Photographer: Steve Karosik

Family Portrait Photography in Buffalo, NY at Chandler St. Murals

Devon, Bob, Alice, Doggies

Every now and then I’m lucky enough to create some family portrait photography here in Buffalo for my former wedding clients growing families. It’s really the best.  I photographed Devon and Bob’s wedding a whole bunch of years back at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, and I’ll never forget their wedding for a lot of reasons…

#1 has to be that my intern and I BOTH got bit in the butt by a miniature horse during their engagement session.  That was a heck of a bruise from that little Rod Stewart lookin’ mini-horse.

#2 was that this couple had tons of guests flying in from southern California and England for a winter wonderland wedding here in Buffalo.  Well… winter isn’t always so wonderland-y ya know?  BUT, we had the most perfect fluffy snow for their wedding and it was absolute heaven.  I’ll never forget watching one of the bridesmaids looking out the window the morning of the wedding and saying, “Buffalo is magical.”  That was a first.

#3 their photobooth set had two taxidermied bears wearing bride and groom clothes.  No further explanation needed.

Devon and Bob have since relocated to Buffalo.  Devon’s working remotely as so many here seem to be these days and Bob has started a chocolate company! All I can say is that it’s always an adventure with these two and I was so happy to meet their new addition, Alice for our family portrait photography session in Buffalo, NY.  She’s a tiny bundle of energy and smiles, and chasing her all around this Chandler St. courtyard was a blast.

Big props to Chuck Tingley for providing the colorful murals we used as our backdrop!

child smiles for photographer during family portrait photography session in front of murals on Chandler St. in Buffalo, NY
mom tickles daughter during family portrait photography session in front of murals on Chandler St. in Buffalo, NY
little girl smiles at photographer while running during family portrait photography session in front of murals on Chandler St. in Buffalo, NY
small child shows belly while wearing rebel hat during photography session in front of murals on Chandler St. in Buffalo, NY
mother kisses daughter during family portrait photography session in front of murals on Chandler St. in Buffalo, NY
parents tickle daughter during family portrait photography session in front of murals on Chandler St. in Buffalo, NY
little girl wears rebel hat while smiling for photographer during family portrait photography session in front of murals on Chandler St. in Buffalo, NY
Family poses with dogs during family portrait photography session in front of murals on Chandler St. in Buffalo, NY
mom and dog pose for photographer during family session in front of murals on Chandler St. in Buffalo, NY
father lifts daughter during family portrait photography session in front of murals on Chandler St. in Buffalo, NY

If you or someone you know is interested in a family portrait photography session in the Buffalo, NY area, please have them contact me here!

Wedding Photography at the Barrel Factory and Wilkson Pointe in Buffalo, NY

Alanna + Ben

We got to spend the most emotional, fun day with Alanna and Ben last Saturday while creating the photography for their wedding as they celebrated with their family and friends at Wilkseon Pointe and the Barrel Factory here in Buffalo.   These two cried, and laughed, and cried, on repeat, all day long.  It was exactly as weddings should be.  I started the day with Alana at the Hilton Garden Hotel.  The views from her room were out of this world!

Meanwhile my partner in photo for the day, Teri, joined Ben and his groomsmen (and this adorable pup) at his house.Alanna and Ben love games – you’ll notice a game piece theme sneaking in to the details throughout the wedding from the cake topper to the guest book and more!When everyone was dressed and ready, it was off to Wilkeson Pointe on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor for a (very) sunny ceremony next to a perfectly sparkly blue Lake Erie.  A few rowdy boaters aside, it was an incredibly emotional, beautiful ceremony.  Not a dry eye to be seen.  Next we visited Main St. in Buffalo for some iconic Buffalo backdrops.  I think maybe we had a little fun with the photos… And finally we finished the day at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo’s Old First Ward neighborhood.  The factory is 116 years old but newly restored and now home to several great tenants, including this fabulous event center.  Don’t worry folks, those train tracks aren’t currently in use.  (:About this bouquet!  Alanna had her shower guests bring her a broach as a gift for her to create this fabulous (and HEAVY) bouquet from.  Some are family heirlooms, some new and some newly thrifted, they make quite a collection!There’s a lot to love about wedding photography at the Barrel Factory. This venue has quickly become one of my favorites in the city.  Not only are there a plethora of indoor spots that make great wedding portrait locations, but the vibe is so cozy and comfortable.  I could shoot in this space all day long!

Many thanks to Alanna and Ben for having us create your wedding photography at the Barrel Factory and Wilkeson Pointe! It was a perfect day.  And thank you to all these venues and vendors who helped make the day so great!

Bride Preparation: Hilton Garden Inn

Groom Preparation: Private Residence

Ceremony: Wilkeson Pointe

Portraits: Wilkeson Pointe, Main St. Shea’s Theater and Barrel Factory

Reception: Barrel Factory

Hair + Makeup: Evilina Natoli (hair) Katie KTVD (makeup) of Teez Salon

Florist: DIY (bouquets) / Barrel Factory (reception decor)

Bakery: Chrusciki Bakery (cake), Paula’s (donuts)

DJ: Zach Munger – TNT Sound

Transportation: Simply the Best

Second Photographer: Teri Fiske

Wedding Photography at Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room, Delaware Park, Albright Knox and Buffalo Seminary

Caroline + Paul

Caroline and Paul had the most wonderful wedding filled with warm, lovely people and personal touches as sweet as them.  We ventured around Buffalo, NY to a few of its loveliest wedding photography locations including the chapel at Buffalo Seminary, the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Delaware Park and the Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room run by Pearl Street Brewery (check out a Pearl St. wedding here!).

Home Sweet Home

I started the day in Caroline’s parent’s house, the house she grew up in (a renovated barn!). Caroline is from a traditionally Irish neighborhood, South Buffalo, so it was no surprise at all to see these lucky shamrocks hanging from the rafters of Caroline’s family room.  Add an old nail to the beam and there we had the perfect place to hang Caroline’s dress. Meanwhile, Steve was off with Paul and his groomsmen at Paul and Caroline’s place

Caroline and Paul both wrote each other thoughtful notes to read the morning of the wedding. I feel like these letters always set the tone for the day – they bring laughter, tears and excitement, and the loving, calming words always seem to get things started right.

Buffalo Seminary

Once everyone was dressed and ready, we were off to Buffalo Seminary for the wedding ceremony. Caroline and all but one of her bridesmaids went to highschool here! It’s a beautiful, historic building right in the heart of one of Buffalo’s nicest neighborhoods. It was clear that Caroline had many fond memories of her time here and no surprise they chose this beautiful chapel for their ceremony.

The bride was greeted by a former teacher, “Mr. Sutton,” in the library. It was clear he was a beloved educator and staple of the school. Mr Sutton has since passed away and I’m SO grateful to have been there to photograph this moment!

As former students of Buffalo Seminary, it was only fitting while in this glorious library that the girls be photographed drinking champagne beneath the infamous head mistress.

Meanwhile guests (and doggie) gathered in the chapel upstairs as music filled the halls and friends and family greeted one another.

Easy to see, Caroline made quite an entrance and an emotional ceremony was under way. I love the two perspectives Steve and I got of the same moment!

They don’t call him the best man for nothing. Tissues were handed back and forth between the groom and the groomsmen until the best man finally took matters in to his own hands and did the wiping himself.

Albright Knox Art Gallery and Delaware Park

After the ceremony we made a quick trip down the street to the Albright Knox Art Gallery/Delaware Park for a few portraits of the wedding party.

And finally, it was time to make our way to the Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room for more wedding photography and one heck of a fun party.

wedding decor at wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
wedding decor at wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
wedding decor at wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
wedding decor at wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
guests gather for cocktail hour at wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY

A well known fact about the groom – HUGE Star Wars fan. He gifted each of the groomsmen a proper light sabre with their names engraved on the handles. They were awesome. I’ve always been a fan of the military sabre arch at a wedding, but this was next level.

bride and groom are introduced to greenhouse room under light sabres at wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom are introduced to greenhouse room under light sabres at wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
guests watch as bride and groom dance during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
father of bride gives speech during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride, groom and guests laugh during speech during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY

This reaction right here was the moment people started confessing to the groom they had never seen Star Wars. Hysterical!

maid of honor laughs while delivering speech during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom laugh during maid of honor speech during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
guests laugh and clap for speech during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
maid of honor delivers speech while laughing during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom toast during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
best man delivers speech during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride, groom and guests laugh during speech during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
best man delivers toast during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride, groom and best man toast during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY

Wedding pie for the win! A family friend made ALL of these pies for the guests to eat. Yum!

bride and groom cut pie during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
groom and mother dance during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
groom and mother dance during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride and father dance during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride and father dance during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
guests dance during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
guests dance during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
James Blonde wedding band plays during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY

About the band they hired. James Blonde. They’re a big YES from me. They killed it and the guests lost their minds dancing to their favorite songs. The groom even got up and rocked out the most epic version of Raconteurs, “Steady As She Goes” that 100% brought the house down. Big props to the groom. And also, hire James Blonde for your next event. They’re great.

groom plays with James Blonde Band during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
groom plays with James Blonde Band during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
groom plays with James Blonde Band during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
guests cheer for groom who played with James Blonde wedding band groom plays with James Blonde Band during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY

Then something really fortunate/unfortunate happened. It was an absolute monsoon outside the entire evening so I hadn’t taken an exterior shot of the reception venue. I looked out the window at some point and noticed it had let up a bit, so I headed outside to grab the shot. Then all the sudden… this LIGHT!!! I crossed the street to get this photo of the block and when I turned around, wouldn’t you know, an epic double rainbow right over the Hotel Lafayette!!! So there I am a block and three floors away from the party without my phone to try and get my assistant to get the couple outside. Rainbows are fleeting. Opportunity was lost. But at least now Caroline and Paul will forever know their wedding was adorned with magic.

city hall at sunset, across from wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
rainbow over exterior of Hotel Lafayette groom plays with James Blonde Band during wedding reception in Buffalo, NY
rainbow over exterior of Hotel Lafayette groom plays with James Blonde Band during wedding reception in Buffalo, NY
guests dance during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
guests dance during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY

Then we played with light sabres more….and a light sabre tickle fight ensued…

groomsmen pose with star wars light  during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
groom and groomsmen pose with star wars light  during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom kiss while dancing during wedding reception in Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY

Many thanks to Caroline and Paul for having us document this wonderful day!  We couldn’t have asked for better people to work with.  And thank you to all these venues and vendors who helped make the day so great!

Bride Preparation: Private Residence

Groom Preparation: Private Residence

Ceremony: Buffalo Seminary

Portraits: Albright Knox and Hoyt Lake at Delaware Park

Reception: Hotel Lafayette Greenhouse Room

Hair + Makeup:  Elle Air

Florist: Maureen’s

Bakery: Family friend

Band: James Blonde (formerly X-prime)

Transportation: Zoladz

Second Photographer: Steve Karosik

Cathy Jasper - June 13, 2019 - 7:41 pm

Thanks for sharing…looks like an awesome place for a wedding ceremony and a very unique venue. I would of loved to hear what was said during the toasts…everyone looks like they are in stitches. 😄.

God Bless them both as they live “Happily Ever After!”

lindsay - June 20, 2019 - 3:34 pm

They confessed to the groom they had never seen Star Wars!!!

A Tribute to Moms with Photography for Mother’s Day, 2019

One of the funny things about photographing weddings is that a lot of people assume I photograph the same basic things from celebration to celebration.  Certainly a lot remains the same week to week,  I see a lot of white dresses and tiered cakes.  I hear a lot of vows and toasts.  But it’s not the same really.  There’s an entire collection of unique personalities who have an intensely deep history, and when together, they create a one of a kind dynamic.  What keeps wedding photography spicy for me is diving in to this dynamic and allowing a couples deepest, truest relationships to shine bright in their photos.

I see weddings as a culmination of sorts, the actual marriage is simply a capstone to an entire lifetime of moments that got them from A to B.  So much of that history, that collection of moments, is reflected in the eyes of those the couple surrounds themselves by.  As the photographer, providing the viewer of the pictures an outlet to truly FEEL the nature of these relationships, that’s what it’s all about for me.  Parents are undoubtedly the biggest reflections of this history in most unions.  And since we’re celebrating moms today – this post is about some of my favorite moments with moms this past year.

I’m not a mom.  Becoming a mom has never really even crossed my mind in any sort of serious way at this juncture in my life.  And maybe it’s just because… I get it.  The sacrifice, the responsibility, the time and attention, the capacity to love unconditionally, the list is endless and it’s a wild leap to take in ones life.  One I quite literally haven’t been able to wrap my head around.  A lot of my friends are moms, my mom’s a mom, my sister is a mom, I know a lot of moms.  And THEY.  ARE.  ALL.  SUPER.  HEROES.  I stand in awe of every one of them and their commitment to others.

So, this one goes out to all the moms.

The moms who prepare us and lend helping hands.

Moms who “can’t even” during life’s biggest moments

Mom’s who still have wise words, even for adults.

Dogs moms count too.  Don’t be a hater.

Moms who teach us about friendship, sharing, helping others

and then become friends themselves

sisters can be like moms too

moms who look at their children with wonder and pride

Mom’s who are still learning and embracing the ride (those lighters really are impossible sometimes)

Grandmas who have passed a strong legacy and soak it all in too.

Moms who aren’t afraid to be silly and enjoy every moment

Mom’s who support dads.

…and let everyone know it’s ok to laugh hysterically at his bad dad jokes. For the record, this was not a bad dad joke, this guy was hilarious.  Then again, I love bad dad jokes…

Moms who have adorably cheesy ideas supported by no shame when it comes to embarrassing you

This isn’t a mom photo, but to whoever makes kids this cute.  Props.

Moms who laugh with us and share their joy, unabashed.

Aunts who are like second moms, I had my share of those

Moms who are the best huggers, ever.

…and Grandmas who spark spontaneous standing ovations for all they’ve done

moms who celebrate us, with open arms

Mom’s who still fix our hair

And moms who uphold family traditions

to the moms who are no longer with us, your legacy is carried in these photos and our hearts

and finally, to some of the brides who became moms this year too

It’s a true honor to have the opportunity to immortalize so many moms in photos throughout the year.  Your support and love for your families inspires me every day.  Thanks to all the great moms in this world, nothing exists without you.  Literally.  And we love you! Happy Mother’s Day!

Reen - May 13, 2019 - 6:38 am

Lindsay, I love this so much. What a beautiful collection of images and heartfelt words. So well done!

lindsay - June 20, 2019 - 3:35 pm

Thanks so much Reen!!! These moments are what it’s all about (:

Photography from St. Louis Church, Ellicott Square Building & Admiral Room Wedding in Buffalo, NY

Melina and Mike

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 represent some of the cities finest architectural feats, including a St. Louis Church ceremony, some Ellicott Square Building portraits and an Admiral Room wedding reception in Buffalo, NY. More importantly, the crowd of family and friends Melina and Mike 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.

wedding dress and shoes sitting out before wedding at Marriott Hotel in Buffalo, NY
wedding invitations and rings sitting out before wedding at Marriott Hotel in Buffalo, NY
bride reads card from groom before wedding at Marriott Hotel in Buffalo, NY
bride receives gift from groom before wedding at Marriott Hotel in Buffalo, NY
bride receives card and gift from groom before wedding at Marriott Hotel in Buffalo, NY
flower girl gets hair done before wedding at Marriott Hotel in Buffalo, NY
bride gets makeup done before wedding at Marriott Hotel in Buffalo, NY
bride looks at makeup in mirror before wedding at Marriott Hotel in Buffalo, NY
groom puts on watch and tie before wedding at Marriott Hotel in Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids huddle together for a photo before wedding at Marriott Hotel in Buffalo, NY

I must have taken 25 photos of these two little ladies on this couch and each one is as cute as the last. <3

flower girls look at each other on couch before wedding at Marriott Hotel in Buffalo, NY
mother ties dress ribbon for bride as she gets ready for wedding at Marriott Hotel in Buffalo, NY
bride puts on earrings as she gets ready for wedding at Marriott Hotel in Buffalo, NY
bride puts on shoes as she gets ready for wedding at Marriott Hotel in Buffalo, NY

Melina 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.

bride and mom laugh after receiving wedding gift at Marriott Hotel in Buffalo, NY
bride and mom hug after giving gifts before wedding at Marriott Hotel in Buffalo, NY

On to the stunning St. Louis R.C. Church for the ceremony!

guests arrive for wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY

Classic spring Buffalo weather, high winds and torrential rains.

wedding party fights rain and wind to enter wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY
bride hugs father before wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY
parents and bride smile as they wait together to go down aisle during wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY
flower girl picks up flowers during wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY

This flower girl gave up pretty early…I genuinely love when this happens… makes for a far more memorable photo!

wedding party, flower girls and ring bearer walk down aisle during wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY
parents of the bride escort her down the aisle during wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY
groom smiles at bride as she walks down aisle during wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY
parents of the bride escort her down the aisle during wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY
bride kisses mother and father after walking down the aisle during wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom smile at each other during wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY
guests deliver readings during wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom listen to priest during wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY
wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom exchange vows during wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY
bride places ring on grooms finger during wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom receive blessing during wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY
guest gives reading during wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom share first kiss during wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom smile at each other during wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom smile as they walk down aisle during wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom exit to cheering guests outside wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY
family portraits during wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY
family portraits during wedding ceremony at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, NY

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 wedding 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.

wedding party poses for portrait at Ellicott Square Building during wedding in Buffalo, NY
wedding party poses for portrait at Ellicott Square Building during wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait at Ellicott Square Building during wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait at Ellicott Square Building during wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait at Ellicott Square Building during wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait at Ellicott Square Building during wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait at Ellicott Square Building during wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait at Ellicott Square Building during wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait at Ellicott Square Building during wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride poses for portrait at Ellicott Square Building during wedding in Buffalo, NY
groom poses for portrait at Ellicott Square Building during wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride poses for portrait at Ellicott Square Building during wedding in Buffalo, NY

Next stop, a wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY

The Admiral Room is one of the biggest and most impressive ballrooms in Buffalo. I had the opportunity to tour the Admiral Room several years ago when it was up for sale. A friend of mine had visions of turning it in to a wedding venue and wanted some feedback from a few of us in the industry. It was a big time YES from me, but he ended up passing on the opportunity. I’m SO glad someone else went through with this though because a special place such as this should not be sitting idle as an abandoned bank! The last time I saw the space there was carpeting and cubicles in here.

It has taken a lot of time to get the Admiral Room up and running, but at long last it’s here! The staff was great and everything ran smoothly. I’m so excited to have this new space to work in – I’ll be back for a few more Admiral Room weddings in Buffalo this summer! (Update, check out another Admiral Room wedding here!)

flowers and decor inspiration from ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
flowers and decor inspiration from ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
signage and decor inspiration from ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
flowers and decor inspiration from ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
flowers and decor inspiration from ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guest signs guest book during ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests enjoy cocktail hour during ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests enjoy cocktail hour during ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests enjoy cocktail hour during ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance are introduced on balcony at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests clap for bride and groom at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance are introduced on balcony at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY

It’s hard to take a bad photo with backdrops like this at Admiral Room Weddings in Buffalo.

bride and groom dance during speech at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during speech at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during speech at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance during speech at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
father and daughter dance during speech at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
father and daughter dance during speech at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
father and daughter dance during speech at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
mother and son dance during speech at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
mother and son dance during speech at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
mother and son dance during speech at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
father of bride delivers speech at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
maid of honor delivers speech at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
best man delivers speech at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests laugh during speech at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
best man delivers speech at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom laugh during speeches at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests clap for bride and groom at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom toast at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom toast at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY

As it turns out, frozen wedding cakes are hard to cut!

bride and groom cut giant ice cream cookie cake or "chipwhich" at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom eat giant ice cream cookie cake or "chipwhich" at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom eat giant ice cream cookie cake or "chipwhich" at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
"chipwhich" ice cream cookie sandwiches at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
friends pose for picture at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception venue, the Admiral Room, in Buffalo, NY

Many thanks Melina and Mike for inviting us to document this gorgeous wedding. It was an absolute joy! Additional thanks to the amazing wedding venues and vendors who made this day what it was! Here they are:

Preparation Bride: Courtyard Marriott

Preparation Groom: Hilton Garden Inn

Ceremony Venue: St. Louis R.C. Church

Portrait Venue: Ellicott Square Building

Reception Venue: 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

Couples Photography – Woodlawn Beach – Buffalo, NY

Morgan + Tim – “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.