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.

Unitarian Universalist Church, Duende at Silo City and Barrel Factory Wedding Photography in Buffalo, NY

Kara + Eric

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

Lewiston Art Park – Wedding Engagement Photography

Kelly + Brendan

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!

Hyatt, Tifft Nature Preserve and Rich’s Atrium Wedding in Buffalo, NY

Claire + Justin

Welcome to the highlights of Claire and Justin’s Tifft Nature Preserve and Rich’s Atrium wedding here in Buffalo!   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 in Buffalo for the wedding 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!

Jenny + Dave – Hydraulic Hearth Wedding Photography – Larkinville – Buffalo, NY

It’s easy to lose sight of the, “why” of our jobs, to get caught up in the busyness of it all and forget what makes it matter to us (and hopefully to others) in the first place.  The priceless refresher course for me?  Photograph people I personally know.

Every summer I head out on an annual camping trip with my boyfriend Paul and a group of his longstanding childhood friends.  We spend nearly two weeks on a picture perfect little island in the middle of an Adirondack mountain lake.  Typically there are a ton of friends around at any given time, but for whatever reason on this particular evening, it was just Jenny, Dave, Paul and me.  The sun was getting low in the sky and Dave asked if we wanted to go out in their boat to watch the sunset.  For whatever reason, we declined.  Fast forward an hour or so and we welcome Jenny and Dave back to shore.  Jenny is literally shaking and a sparkly new ring is resting on her finger.  Had we taken them up on the sunset cruise, who knows what/how that all would have went down, but here we are.

Jenny and Dave were one of those, “we don’t want a fuss” couples when it came to planning their wedding.  They wanted little more than a small, laid back celebration with the people closest to them.  As a photographer, I’ve been REALLY lucky.  My friends never ask me if I can, “just bring along a camera and snap a few photos,” and Jenny and Dave were no exception.  And since they didn’t ask, of course I volunteered.  AND I’M SO GLAD!!!  I’m happy to give my friends the gift of photos, but I’m also selfishly grateful for the experience of seeing pictures of people I care about behind my own lens.  It honestly changes things.  I pride myself on capturing my clients personalities, capturing the dynamic of their families and friends, but as an outsider, I’m never really sure if I have told their story properly.  You try to SEE people, like… really SEE them.  Showing clients how you see them is really one of the great joys of this profession.  But when it’s your own people, it opens your eyes to how much we as photographers really do see in others and how important the moments we capture really are.  Little facial expressions or hand gestures, some day those will all be gone, but the photographs that allow those intricacies to live on, that’s what it’s all about.  And I’m SO glad that these memories from Jenny and Dave’s wedding exist.  If these memories matter to ME,  then it also serves as a striking reminder of how special the photos must (I hope!) feel to them!

At any rate, enough sappy photo stuff, without further ado, a few of my favorite photos with my pals Jenny and Dave on their wedding day!  We started the day outside their house, a charming garden cottage in Buffalo, with a little bit of rain to keep things interesting.

From their house we headed over to Hydraulic Hearth in the Larkinville neighborhood of Buffalo.  An outdoor ceremony was planned, but we were rained out and so we gathered inside and got cozy instead.  The sun finally made an appearance after the ceremony ended and we were able to enjoy the rest of the day outside, eating delicious bagel sandwiches from Breadhive Bakery, playing shuffle board and attempting tandem cycling.  Thanks Jenny and Dave for a super fun day!  We all wish you the best!

Delaware Park, Karpeles Manuscript Library & Barrel Factory Wedding in Buffalo, NY

Emily and Chris celebrated their wedding in some of Buffalo, NY’s oldest buildings that also serve as some of our newest wedding venues, Karpeles Manuscript Library and the Barrel Factory! We also made stops for portraits at Hertel Avenue’s Gord Downey mural and Delaware Park where the couple also had their “first look” in front of the Ivy Bridge and family photos taken in front of the Albright Knox Art Gallery near Hoyt Lake!

Before we get to all that, let’s start at the beginning. I began the day with Emily and her sisters at the Embassy Suites in downtown Buffalo while second shooter Steve hung out with Chris and his groomsmen (and their perfect pup Dougie) at the couples home.

Dougie.

dog in bowtie before wedding in Buffalo, NY
groomsmen pose for portrait before wedding in front of Gord Downey Tragically Hip "no dress rehearsal this is our life" mural in Buffalo, NY
groom poses for portrait before wedding in front of Gord Downey Tragically Hip "no dress rehearsal this is our life" mural in Buffalo, NY

The Ivy Bridge in Buffalo’s Delaware Park is the perfect location for a first look! I love the mystery of Emily in the shadows as she’s about to make her appearance!

bride and groom have first look reveal in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom have first look reveal in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom have first look reveal in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom have first look reveal in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom have first look reveal in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY

Isn’t this bouquet from Chickory Kin perfection? I love the way the edges are left looking organic and wild.

brides bouquet from Chickory Kin in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
grooms boutonniere from Chickory Kin in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
wedding party poses for portrait in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids pose for portraits in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
family of bride and groom pose for portraits in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
groomsmen pose for portrait in front of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY

This tour group popped by for a history lesson and the groomsmen figured they may as well learn something in the interim!

tourists gather for tour of Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY

Chris and Emily’s family’s then met us on these gorgeous steps in front of the Albright Knox for their family portraits.

bride, groom and family pose for portrait on wedding day in front of steps to Hoyt Lake in front of the Albright Knox Art Gallery at Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
grandmother and bride pose for portrait on wedding day in front of steps to Hoyt Lake in front of the Albright Knox Art Gallery at Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
bride, groom and family pose for portrait on wedding day in front of steps to Hoyt Lake in front of the Albright Knox Art Gallery at Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom hug on wedding day in front of steps to Hoyt Lake in front of the Albright Knox Art Gallery at Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom laugh while holding hands on wedding day in front of steps to Hoyt Lake in front of the Albright Knox Art Gallery at Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
groom kisses bride on cheek in Rose Garden by Marcy Casino on wedding day at Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY

On to the historic Karpeles Manuscript Library (Porter Ave. location) on Buffalo’s west side for a beautiful wedding ceremony.

Karpeles Manuscript Library on Porter Ave. in Buffalo, NY on wedding day
maid of honor assists bride with veil before ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
ring bearer walks down aisle ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
groom looks at bride and father as they walk down the aisle during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
groom looks at bride and father as they walk down aisle during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
father and mother offer brides hand to groom during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
groom smiles at bride during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY

Dougie made quite the appearance at this ceremony, roaming up and down the aisles barking and even coming up to the altar a couple times for some pets!

bride pets dog during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
groom and bride smile at each other during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pour soil in to potted tree during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
little girl rubs eyes in aisle during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom smile at each other  during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
groom places ring on brides finger during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom kiss during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pet dog during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom celebrate with arms in the air after wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom walk up aisle with dog after wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY

Our last stop for the day, the Barrel Factory for a wedding reception over on the south side of Buffalo. We really did the full city tour for this one!

wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
wedding decor at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
wedding decor and centerpieces at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
guests mingle during cocktail hour at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
guests mingle during cocktail hour at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom are introduced in to wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY with the arms raised
bride and groom look at each other smiling during first dance at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
groom kisses bride on cheek during first dance at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
groom and bride touch foreheads during first dance at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
flower girls cheer for bride and groom after first dance at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
father spins bride at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
groom and mom look at each other during dance at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids laugh while deliver speech to couple at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids laugh while deliver speech to couple at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
guests toast couple at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
groomsman delivers best man speech at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom cheers after speeches at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
best man toasts bride and groom at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
friend delivers prayer before dinner at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom cut cake at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom feed each other cake at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom kiss with frosting all over their faces after feeding each other cake at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
bride dances with guests at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
sister and grandmother of the bride sneak donuts at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
rings at at wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY

Many thanks to Emily and Chris for having us document their wedding day! It was such a treat to be part of this one.

Bride Preparation: Embassy Suites

Groom Preparation: Private Residence

Reveal + Portraits: Ivy Bridge, Albright Knox, Hoyt Lake & Rose Garden of Delaware Park

Ceremony: Karpeles Manuscript Library (Porter Ave. location)

Reception: The Barrel Factory

Hair + Makeup: Salon Lulo (Sarah + Becca)

Florist: Chicory Kin (Sarah)

Bakery: Paula’s Donuts

Faith Fellowship Church, Chestnut Ridge & La Galleria Wedding – Buffalo, NY

Tahleen + Luke

I love when I get to know clients a little bit and really enjoy being around them, then meet their families and friends, and it just explains everything about how the couple came to be as they are.  Tahleen and Luke were surrounded by such profound love and support on their wedding day, it was infectious to be around.  I’m so grateful for the opportunities I get to document special moments for people who I know really appreciate it.  It’s unquestionably one of the highlights of this profession.

I began the day with Tahleen at her families home, which is now going to be the home she and Luke share!  I love how much history there is here!

Generally when clients request a “first look” with their dad, that tells me they know dad might lose it a little bit.  Tahleen’s dad was certainly no exception.  He was SO excited for this day, proud and grateful, and as soon as I set him up for the big reveal, he instantly started choking up.  It was such a beautiful moment to witness!

Meanwhile second shooter extrodinaire Teri met up with Luke and the guys at their church, Faith Fellowship in Clarence, NY where they got ready for the day.  Luke’s socks clearly stole the show here.  Cute socks are my favorite.It doesn’t take a whole lot of time in Tahleen’s presence to realize she’s a thoughtful person, but I just love this story about the cards her dad is holding in the picture below.   So the story goes, when Tahleen was in 5th grade, she started making these index cards for when her dad was traveling for work – little pictures, bible verses, words of encouragement and so forth to remind him how much he was loved and missed.  Tahleen’s dad kept the notes with him, and now has 724 of them.  SEVEN HUNDRED AND TWENTY FOUR.   When Tahleen and Luke started dating, Tahleen started making Luke index cards as well and some of those have since been pinned to the wall in their house.  When Tahleen’s dad saw those cards hanging, he felt so thankful that she had Luke in her life and that Luke was getting his turn to receive the notes now. <3

After the ceremony we traveled over to Chestnut Ridge Park for a few portraits with the bridal party and family.  Chestnut ridge has a lot of really beautiful nooks to photograph in, it seems like I find a new little spot every time I visit. …When your parents have a really cute idea for a photo and you’re just like, what?…Every once in a blue moon a client will point out something stylistic that I do and it makes me SO EXCITED because it really means a lot to know that people notice these small things.  When I turned Luke and Tahleen for this portrait below Luke commented something along the lines of, “you love that back light.”  Why YES I DO!!!  (:Onward to La Galleria for the reception!  This campfire cookie cake stole a piece of my heart.Many thanks to Tahleen and Luke for selecting us to document this super special day.  It was such an honor to be a part of it!  And thanks to these awesome vendors below for their part!

Preparation: Bride – Private Residence / Groom – Faith Fellowship Church (Clarence, NY)

Ceremony: Faith Fellowship Church (Clarence, NY)

Officiant: Father of Bride

Portraits: Chestnut Ridge State Park

Reception: La Galleria

Flowers: Flowers by Johnny

Hair + Makeup : Jessica Bugay, Ape & Canary on Strathallan

DJ: Artistic Audio Entertainment

Cake: Tracy Wassink, The Ideal Cookie

Second Photographer: Teri Fiske

[…] Update: Tahleen and Luke are married! Check out some wedding photography highlights here! […]

Trinity Church, Delaware Park & Samuel’s Grande Manor Wedding Photography in Buffalo, NY

Lucy and Josh were married on a rainy late August day that somehow never really rained too much on us. I started the day with Lucy in her parents home where delicious Lebanese treats were instantly pushed on me.  This is ALWAYS a great sign of the day ahead.  Lucy and Josh’s family and friends were such lovely and EXCITED people, you could really feel the pride, love and support for these two.

Now let’s take a moment to appreciate the sparkly things:

Lucy and Josh both selected their siblings as their maid of honor and best man, looks like a good choice to me.

We traveled to Trinity Episcopal Church in Buffalo, NY for Lucy and Josh’s ceremony.  Trinity is a gem in Buffalo.  It’s an inclusive space that welcomes all, and it’s beauty is undeniable.  These cozy, candle lit ceremony’s may challenge photographers, but they sure take your breath away.

From Trinity we continued to the Japanese Gardens outside the Buffalo History Museum.  This is a classic location for wedding pictures and for good reason.  The rain must have scared away the other brides and grooms this day because we somehow had the place to ourselves.

A little light rain encouraged us to move beneath the columns of the stunning Albright Knox Art Gallery, another classic location that never, ever disappoints.

We finished the day off at Samuel’s Grande Manor where a festive reception was under way.  Sparkly table decorations filled the room and were complimented Flowers by Nature’s gorgeous center pieces and Ohlson’s incredible glittery cake! 

No Lebanese wedding is complete with out LOTS of circle dances!

Can you find second photographer Steve?!  I put him to the task of painting the sky with sparklers for a portrait of Lucy and Josh, but he didn’t quite manage to exit this scene on time.  I left him in this shot for comedy sake (:

Any Sound of Music fans?  I can’t help but sing the song “You are 16 going on 17” when I look at these photos in Samuel’s gazebo.

Many thanks to Lucy and Josh for having us document their wedding day!  And as always, thanks to all the other vendors who helped make this day special:

Preparation: Bride – Private Residence / Groom – Hilton Garden Inn

Ceremony: Trinity Episcopal

Officiant: Kirk Laubenstein

Portraits: Japanese Gardens, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Delaware Park

Reception: Samuel’s Grande Manor

Flowers: Flowers by Nature

Hair + Makeup : Hair I am

DJ: CJ Sound

Cake: Ohlson’s Bakery

Second Photographer: Steve Karosik

[…] If you would like to see more from Samuel’s Grande Manor, check out Lucy and Josh’s wedding here! […]

Engagement Photography at Tifft Nature Preserve + Gallagher Beach – Buffalo, NY

Mia and Morgan

How sad am I that Mia and Morgan will be getting married back in Mia’s homeland – Bar Harbor, Maine?  Very. BUT, I’m SO very grateful to have had the opportunity to meet these two lovely humans and give them this little photography memento of their time here in Buffalo, NY. 

We had the best time wandering around Tifft Nature Preserve and Gallagher Beach in Buffalo Harbor State Park creating these engagement photos.  Both of these locations offer such a huge variety of photography options, they’re a couple of my favorites! Scroll through for some of my favorite highlights!

First stop, Tifft Nature Preserve woods!

engagement photography of couple walking in in forest at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
engagement photography groom kissing brides forehead in forest at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
engagement photography of bride and groom looking at each other in forest at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
engagement photography of couple leaning on tree in woods at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
engagement photography of couple leaning on tree in woods at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
engagement photography of couple leaning on tree in woods at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY

Our second engagement photography spot was the rolling fields of tall grass at Tifft Nature Preserve.

engagement photos of couple holding hands and looking at each other in front of pine trees in field at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
engagement photos of couple holding hands and looking at each other in front of pine trees in field at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
engagement photos of couple embracing and laughing in front of pine trees in field at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
engagement photos of couple embracing and touching foreheads in front of pine trees in field at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
engagement photos of couple in front of pine trees in field at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
engagement photography of bride laughing as groom kisses her cheek in front of pine trees in field at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
engagement photography of bride and groom about to kiss in front of pine trees in field at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom smile at each other while standing among cat tails in Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY during their engagement photography session
bride and groom smile at each other while standing among cat tails in Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY during their engagement photography session

Last stop, Gallagher Beach in Buffalo Harbor State Park for some engagement photos with Morgan’s motorcycle!

Buffalo Harbor State Park has more amazing locations for photography than I could possibly count. From it’s amazing views of Lake Erie at Sunset to it’s piers and public art displays, there are opportunities for photographers to find the best backdrops at every turn. Since we had Morgan’s motorcycle with us, Gallagher Beach was a perfect spot. There is a paved boat launch that leads right in to the sand, so it made for an easy set up!

bride and groom stand on rocks as the sunsets behind them during wedding engagement photography session on Gallagher Beach at Buffalo Harbor
bride and groom kiss on rocks while the sun sets behind them during wedding engagement photography session on Gallagher Beach at Buffalo Harbor
bride wraps arms around grooms shoulders from behind him during wedding engagement photography session on Gallagher Beach at Buffalo Harbor
Bride and groom stand with their foreheads touching during wedding engagement photography session on Gallagher Beach at Buffalo Harbor State Park in Buffalo, NY
bride
bride looks at camera while groom faces her on Gallagher Beach at Buffalo Harbor State Park in Buffalo, NY

Thanks to Mia and Morgan for having me photograph this beautiful wedding engagement session at Tifft Nature Preserve and Gallagher Beach here in Buffalo! I’m so glad I could be part of it! Have the BEST time at your wedding in Bar Harbor this summer, wish I could be there!

Location 1:  Tifft Nature Preserve – Buffalo, NY

Location 2: Gallagher Beach in Buffalo Harbor State Park

If you would like to see more photos from Tifft Nature Preserve, check out this family photography session!