When Jill first contacted me about her wedding photography, I remembered her instantly as the maid of honor from her best friend Jenna’s wedding. Memories of bridal party members tend to come and go a bit over the years, but Jill had a magnetic smile that stuck with me. So needless to say, when I found out I was going to have the chance to photograph Jill again, I knew I was in for a celebration filled with the happiest of smiles. We started the day at Jill’s childhood home. I always feel lucky when I have the chance to photograph clients in places that are so personal to them, places filled with history and memories, and to add to those memories on the wedding day.
Meanwhile Andy and the groomsmen got ready at the Embassy Suites in downtown Buffalo. These custom sunglasses were gifts to the bridal party!
Jill walked me through her house and showed me a few options for where she could but on her dress. I just loved all the history of her childhood bedroom, it was a no-brainer. But… those clowns had to go. Look at those things that watched precious little Jill sleep at night!
I guess the groomsmen stopped by this garage sale for some last minute wedding gifts?
On to one of my favorite places in Buffalo, Wilkenson Pointe, for some bridal party portraits!
Much like my love for photographing couples getting ready in their childhood homes, stopping by the place where the couple met is always such a nice tribute to how things got started. We popped in to the Alley Cat in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood for a quick drink and maybe made a small scene during a fairly intimate open mic session but it was so lovely to spend a little time in the place where it all began.
On to Kleinhans for the wedding reception! This National Historic landmark is a music hall and the home of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Built in the 1930s by famed designers Eliel and Erol Sarrinen, it has a unique style that makes for a really special wedding backdrop.
Friends who mop up spilled drinks with this much style make for great wedding guests indeed.
Preparation Bride: Private Residence
Preparation Groom: Embassy Suites Buffalo
Ceremony: St. Marks
Portraits: Wilkenson Pointe/Outer Harbor Buffalo
Reception: Kleinhans Music Hall
DJ: Sean Heidenger
Flowers: William’s Florist
Bakery: Megan Kordrupel
Hair and Makeup: Sass Salon