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

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

Bride Preparation: Hyatt Regency

Groom Preparation: Private Residence

Ceremony: Tifft Nature Preserve

Portraits:  Albright Knox and Hoyt Lake at Delaware Park

Reception: Rich’s Atrium

Hair + Makeup: Delmonte

Florist: William’s Florist

Bakery: Rich’s Catering

DJ: Whirlin Disc

Transportation: Affordable Limo

Second Photographer: Jenny Link Kiefer

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

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

lindsay - May 8, 2019 - 11:22 am

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

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

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

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

Lucy + Josh – Trinity Episcopal Church, Delaware Park/Albright Knox/Japanese Gardens & Samuel’s Grande Manor Wedding Photography – 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