St. Mark’s, Wilkeson Point & Kleinhan’s Music Hall Wedding Photography in Buffalo, NY

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

Tiffany + Vinny – Engagement Photography Session – WNY Southern Tier

When Tiffany and Vinny first contacted me about their engagement pictures, they mentioned some private property of Tiffany’s Grandfathers in the Southern Tier of WNY might be a fitting location.  This could have gone a number of ways, but I’m always up for adventure.  I made the drive, dirt road after dirt road, nearly hitting several deer, a bunny and turtle.  I eventually came upon a man (Tiffany’s dad) on a four wheeler who flagged me down.  I followed him up a steep hill and eventually arrived at a cabin situated on one of the most BEAUTIFUL properties imaginable.  Tiffany and Vinny’s vision was perfection.  We wandered around in some light rain from location to location and the whole place was just heavenly.

Many thanks to these two for inviting me out to this special place and all the best to you both with your wedding this winter!

bride and groom pose for engagement photography session in forest in southern tier of western NY near Buffalo

Geneseo Wedding in the Finger Lakes – Temple Hill Bed & Breakfast + Oaks at Livingston Country Club

It was roughly 207 degrees out for Katelynn and Scott’s Geneseo wedding in the Finger Lakes region of NY, and somehow that stopped zero fun.  Well maybe a little bit of fun was zapped on the broken air conditioner limo… but other than that, this day was laid back, beautiful and super fun.  We started the day at Katelynn’s Aunt’s gorgeous farm house in Geneseo.  The bride and groom had their first look overlooking the fields and it was nothing short of perfect.

From here we went on to the stunning Temple Hill Bed and Breakfast in Geneseo for the wedding portraits.  Temple Hill was built in 1826 as a school and was later converted to a private home.  The grounds of the now bed and breakfast made a lovely backdrop for our pictures and the owners were ever so gracious with their air conditioner in between photos.  Thanks Temple Hill!!!  This place is a true gem in the Finger Lakes.

Katelynn and Scott’s crew rolls deep and were effortless to work with.  Big bridal parties can be… terrible.  These people were not.  Also, let’s talk about the palette of the bridesmaids dresses color coordinating with the colors of Temple Hill?!  It’s perfect.  The gowns came from Show me your Mumu and these ladies rocked them.

This lil’ guy is my favorite.We ventured on to the Oaks at Livingston Country Club, also in Geneseo, for the ceremony and reception.  Guests gathered in a small shaded area off to the side of the ceremony area to escape the heat.  The seats remained mostly empty.  It was pretty hilarious.  This is Keith James.  Hire him.  Pretty sure everyone at this wedding got “ice’d” at some point.  The grooms brother delivered a great speech, but the tribute to their Grandma brought everyone to their feet and to tears.  Well done.  I hope I get this story right.  So.  Katelynn used to live in a house where one night they found jugs of moonshine in the basement.  Debauchery ensues.  Katelynn eventually moves out and life goes on.  Fast forward to the days leading up to this wedding, someone in this crew decided it would be a good idea to BREAK IN to this old house and steal the very last jug to bring to this wedding!!!  I’m pretty sure I just witnessed a bunch of people drink gasoline, but it was highly entertaining no less. 

Many thanks to Katelynn and Scott for including us in the celebration!  We had a blast working with you and your crew!

Preparation – private residence

Portraits – Temple Hill Bed and Breakfast

Ceremony & Reception – Oaks at Livingston Country Club

Hair and Makeup – Mackenzie Thompson

Live Music Performer – Keith James

DJ – Soundwave

Flowers – Ali Paige Floral

Bride’s Dress – Hayley Paige

Bridesmaid Dresses – Show me your Mumu

Second Photographer – Steve Karosik

Wedding Engagement Photography in Pittsburgh, PA – Incline & Point State Park

Hockey Fans Turned Pittsburgh Lovers – Tricia + Ryan

Ever since this wedding engagement photography shoot in Pittsburgh, I’ve been contemplating this: Have we, as Buffalonians, hit the point where it’s totally fair to have “another” team?  Are our sports programs SO wretched that we need backup to keep us engaged in the sports we love to watch?  I’d like to say that’s totally, 100%, cheating on your team… jerks… but… maybe there has to be a breaking point?  Can we really still hate on fair weather fans?  I’m torn.

For Ryan, an avid hockey fan, that breaking point started creeping up around the time Sydney Crosby first put on his Pittsburgh sweater in 2005, and gradually grew as Crosby’s dynamic career has unfolded.  As the fandom blossomed, so did Ryan’s relationship with Tricia, and the two decided to travel to Pittsburgh to see Crosby on home ice.  This started to become a regular tradition for these two and they started to simply become fans of Pittsburgh as a whole.  These two still call Buffalo home, but Pittsburgh is a place they return to time and time again and has become an important place to them.

Tricia and Ryan are planning a wedding for next June back in Buffalo, but decided to bring me out to Pittsburgh for their engagement photos to honor this place that’s so special to them.  I had a blast working in some new places and exploring Pittsburgh for a day.  It’s sure a nice place.  But… let’s go Buff-a-lo!

engagement photography of couple laughing and holding hands while walking in Point Park in Pittsburgh with bridge and river behind them
engagement photography of couple laughing in Point Park in Pittsburgh with bridge and river behind them
black and white engagement photography of couple sitting on steps in Point Park in Pittsburgh with bridge and river behind them
engagement photography of couple holding hands and looking at each other with fountain behind them in Point Park in Pittsburgh
engagement photography of couple holding hands and looking at each other with fountain behind them in Point Park in Pittsburgh
photograph of engaged couple kissing under bride in Point Park in Pittsburgh
black and white photograph of engaged couple look at one another under bride in Point Park in Pittsburgh
wedding engagement photography of couple snuggling on the Pittsburgh Incline

Time for a ride back down on the Pittsburgh Incline! Bon Voyage you two!

wedding engagement photography of couple snuggling in the back of the Pittsburgh Incline with the skyline in the background
wedding engagement photography of couple snuggling on the Pittsburgh Incline

Thank you SO much to Tricia and Ryan for bringing me out to Pittsburgh to be part of this wedding engagement photography session. It was so much fun to explore new places with you both. Can’t wait for the wedding!

Update: The wedding happened! Check out their pictures here!

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Wedding Engagement Photography at Knox Farm in Buffalo, NY

Tahleen + Luke

Give me love and literal light – there will be photo magic. But before we get in to Tahleen and Luke’s wedding engagement photography session at Knox Farm, a little prelude.

People have asked if I ever know which couples will make it, which relationships will stand the test of time, and I like to think I do.  Honestly, my only credentials for making such a statement are that the one couple I’ve photographed in 12 years that I know has split was also the number one couple about which I thought, “meh… I dunno about those two.”  But this begs the question, what does love look like?  It certainly takes on many shapes as it molds to the personalities of those it inhabits, but there are just certain couples where you can see it, that THING, they have it!

When I critique photographers work, the sentiment I share more than any other is, “it doesn’t FEEL like anything.”  Taking a picture of a pretty thing – that’s easy.  Finding or creating good light, finding great color, using an engaging composition, all of these things are vital.  But if the photo doesn’t FEEL like anything, what’s it all for?  Sure, light and color and composition help create feeling, but there’s more.  Finding the light, the color, the composition, then finding Love, captial L-love, and using the elements and principles of art to let that Love shine, that’s where the magic lives.  That’s the photo that makes you take a deep breath,  soak it in, maybe even let out an audible “mmmm…” because you can just FEEL what it’s like to be present, then and there.

This magic trifecta came to fruition with Tahleen and Luke’s wedding engagement photography at Knox Farm.  At some point I realized I was being pretty quiet during this shoot.  That’s rare for me.  I’m always making conversation, jokes, asking questions… But this session was beyond.  The light was there, the love was there… all I needed to do was focus.  Not focus the camera, though that’s important too… but focus on how to make art out of everything the world was so generously throwing at me.

My greatest goal with a picture is to transport people to a place in time, to give the world living, breathing pictures that they can FEEL with all the senses, not just sight.  I think these pictures have that… because I did my job, and Tahleen and Luke just have that THAT thing…

In short, to me, this is what love looks like folks.  Soak it in.

wedding engagement photography of bride and groom laughing and walking down tree lined street at Knox Farm State Park near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom kiss along old wood fence in field during wedding engagement photography at Knox Farm State Park near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom kiss in field during wedding engagement photography at Knox Farm State Park near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom laugh together during wedding engagement photography at Knox Farm State Park near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom kiss in field during wedding engagement photography at Knox Farm State Park near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom kiss in field during wedding engagement photography at Knox Farm State Park near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom kiss in field during wedding engagembride and groom look at each other and embrace along old wood fence during wedding engagement photography at Knox Farm State Park near Buffalo, NYent photography at Knox Farm State Park near Buffalo, NY

Many thanks to Tahleen and Luke for hiring me to document your engagement and wedding celebrations! Can’t wait for the wedding!

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

Garden Wedding at Samuel’s Grande Manor near Buffalo, NY

Kellie + Trevor

On the drive home from every wedding, I inevitably reflect back on the day – favorite moments, favorite photos, all the different characters I met, etc.  Leaving Kellie and Trevor’s garden wedding at Samuel’s Grande Manor near Buffalo I thought, “well that sure was pleasant.”  There was a calm among this crew.  Kellie and Trevor are those sorts of people you can tell really go out of their way to make the people around them feel great.  And I think it really reflected back on them during their wedding – you could look around and just FEEL everyone was genuinely happy for these two and so happy to share in the celebration.

We started the day at Kellie’s parents house which is always such a special and personal treat for me.  I love seeing where my clients grew up and the people and places that shaped them.  THE one and only Lizzy Dugan and the crew from Salon Elizabeth joined us and filled their lil’ kitchen with all the beauty and glam imaginable.  I can’t recommend these ladies enough – true top notch pros.

Meanwhile Trevor and his groomsmen got in to all sorts of shenanigans over at Kellie’s sisters house.  Trevor owned a skate shop for years and I knew he wanted to incorporate skateboarding in to his pictures, so I figured he and my second shooter would have a lot of fun working working together… had no idea it would lead to what you see below, but that’s all part of the  fun. (:

We spent the rest of the day at Samuel’s Grande Manor, an event venue near Buffalo, where the rain cleared JUST in time for a beautifully lush outdoor garden ceremony with a reception afterward in their second level ballroom.

Many thanks to Kellie and Trevor for including me in this celebration, it has been such a pleasure!  All the best to you both!

photography of brides dress hanging before garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
photography of brides shoes and jewelry before garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
photography of bride getting hair and makeup done by Lizzy Dugan of Salon Elizabeth before garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
photography of bride getting hair and makeup done by Lizzy Dugan of Salon Elizabeth before garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
photography of bride getting veil adjusted by Lizzy Dugan of Salon Elizabeth before garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
funny photos of groom shaving with knife before garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
mugshots of groomsmen before garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
groom skateboarding past groomsmen before garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
groom smiling in front of groomsmen before garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
groom high-fiving ring bearer before garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
groomsman fallen through deck stairs before garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride getting dress fastened by bridesmaids before garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride putting on earrings and shoes while flower girls parents dress her before garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
flower girl laughing while surrounded by puffy dress before garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride pinning boutonniere on father before garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
ring bearer relaxing before garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bagpipe player walks down aisle before garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride walks down aisle as groom reacts during wedding ceremony at Samuel
father giving bride away during garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride and groom look at each other during garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride and groom exchange vows during garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride and groom exchange vows during garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride and groom exchange vowsduring garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride and groom exchange vows behind flameduring garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
moms light candle during garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride and groom light candle during garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride and groom say vows during garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride and groom exchange vows during garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride and groom exchange vows during garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride and groom exchange rings during garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
wide angle photo during garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride and groom share first kiss during garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride and groom toast during garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
families pose for portraits after garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bridal party poses for portraits after garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bridal party poses for portraits after garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride and groom pose for portraits after garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride and groom pose for portraits after garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride and groom pose for portraits after garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride and groom pose for portraits after garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride and groom pose for portraits after garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
bride and groom pose for portraits after garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
brides flowers near fountain after garden wedding ceremony at Samuel
detail photos of room, cake, card box and center piecesduring wedding reception at Samuel
bride and groom are introduced and share first dance during wedding reception at Samuel
bride and groom share first dance during wedding reception at Samuel
bride cries while sharing first dance with groom during wedding reception at Samuel
bride and groom cut cake during wedding reception at Samuel
best man and maid of honor deliver speechesduring wedding reception at Samuel
guests cheers after toast during wedding reception at Samuel
uncle receives brithday cake during wedding reception at Samuel
bride dances with father during wedding reception at Samuel
bride dances with father during wedding reception at Samuel
groom dances with mother during wedding reception at Samuel
groom dances with mother during wedding reception at Samuel
guests dance during wedding reception at Samuel
bride tosses bouquet during wedding reception at Samuel
bride sings and dances during wedding reception at Samuel
bride and grooms rings during wedding reception at Samuel
bride and groom pose for portraits outside during wedding reception at Samuel

Second Shooter – Joey Galdieri

Hair + Makeup – Lizzie Dugan – Salon Elizabeth

DJ – Samuel’s Sound

Flowers – Michael’s Flowers

Bakery – Just Say Cheese Cake!

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

Lilac Festival – Highland Park in Rochester, NY

Each spring, Highland Park in Rochester, NY erupts with gorgeous blossoms and the city celebrates the season the way any fine city should, with a massive 10 day festival. Lilac Fest features dozens of concerts, rides, craft beer and wine tastings, a parade, running races, arts and crafts and so much more.  I had the opportunity to cover a couple days of the festival, a fairly massive undertaking as the activities are seemingly endless and span a massive portion of Highland Park.  It was a treat to experience the festival in such a hands on capacity.  Check out a few of my favorites below and check out the festival for yourself next May!

A few frames from the Lilac Festival Parade. Nothing like a marching band to kick off the summer in Highland Park in Rochester!

marching band and participants perform during parade in front of cherry blossoms Lilac Festival at Highland Park in Rochester, NY
clown on bike poses for photo during parade at Lilac Festival at Highland Park in Rochester, NY
veterans march with flags during parade Lilac Festival at Highland Park in Rochester, NY
participants laugh while marching in parade Lilac Festival at Highland Park in Rochester, NY

One of my favorite features of the Lilac Festival has got to be all the free hugs from these cuties!

group of people offer free hugs in purple cross walk Lilac Festival at Highland Park in Rochester, NY

The Arts and Crafts fair stretches seemingly for miles through Highland Park in Rochester! You can purchase all sorts of locally crafted goods here.

a juggler performs and visitors enjoy rides and art vendors Lilac Festival at Highland Park in Rochester, NY

There are, of course, the LILACS! Highland Park in Rochester has more lilac trees than I can count. It looks amazing and smells even better!

people walk through lilacs and cherry blossoms Lilac Festival at Highland Park in Rochester, NY
couple embraces in tree Lilac Festival at Highland Park in Rochester, NY

There are craft beer and wine tastings in a special tented area for guests to imbibe. Cheers to that!

couple laughs while enjoying wine at the craft wine tasting festival Lilac Festival at Highland Park in Rochester, NY
friends cheers during the craft beer festical Lilac Festival at Highland Park in Rochester, NY

And of course everyone’s favorite – the concerts! Dozens of amazing bands grace the Lilac Fest stage in Highland Park in Rochester, NY. Undoubtedly a highlight of the year in Rochester!

musicians perform concert Lilac Festival at Highland Park in Rochester, NY
musician performs at concert Lilac Festival at Highland Park in Rochester, NY
musicians perform at concert Lilac Festival at Highland Park in Rochester, NY

If you love spring blossoms and want to see more, pop over to this maternity photography session featuring Buffalo’s Cherry Blossom Festival!

Wedding at Pearl Street Brewery, St. Joseph’s and Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY

Sam + Sean

As years go by in a chosen profession, you realize little nuances, and not so little nuances that give your work meaning and purpose, your, “whys,” so to speak.  I’ve grown to realize many wedding photography, “whys” over time… free wedding cake, for example.  But there’s one that takes an ever-growing priority as time ticks.  One that has reshaped the entire structure of my business.  Connection.  When I’m able to personally connect with people, and through my work, connect these people to their pasts, the present of course, and even their futures, that keeps this job interesting and full of joy for me.  Using photography as a vehicle to connect people to their most important relationships gives the work greater meaning for me than “another wedding.” That’s when the work starts to feel like part of the legacy of the subjects. That’s when you can look at a photo and remember what it FELT like to be in someone’s presence. That’s the stuff the “keepers” are made of, and their are a lot of “keepers” in this upcoming collection from Sam and Sean’s wedding at Pearl Street Brewery.

This wedding season, more than ever before, I’ve been working to get to know my clients a bit before their weddings.  I used to photograph 35 weddings in a summer.  The weddings were a lot of fun.  The work load was not.  For me, for my work, I realized I wanted MORE time with the people, more time with the pictures, and I wanted to be more personally connected to all of it.  So now it’s 20 weddings per summer instead.  I’m texting with my clients all the time, getting together for coffee or an adult beverage before the wedding, trying to establish mutual access to one another.  In the end, this is a collaboration, I don’t want to just show up, snap some photos and collect a check.  I want to understand the depths of what I’m photographing, and it’s really hard to do that 35 times in a summer.

Other photographer’s have asked me about how to avoid “burnout” while hustling to wedding after wedding.  They worry about keeping things fresh and exciting.  “Should I get a new lens or maybe try out a new location” they’ll ask.  That’s all well and good, but my best advise it truly to invest in the people.  People are FASCINATING and family dynamics are as complex as could be.  Every story is unique and quirky and beautiful in it’s own way. It’s our job as photographers to find those special stories, all the little nooks n’ crannys a la English Muffins and document them.  That’s what keeps it fresh – fresh people, fresh personalities and stories, not a new pose or lighting technique.

Enter Sam and Sean.  I’ve photographed three weddings for this family and several others for their extended friend group.  I recognize the faces, I’m learning the traditions, people are familiar with me and that brings a comfort and ease to the day that makes it easier to really dig deep in to the story line without seeming like a total stranger weirdo with a camera to everyone.  I’ve loved getting to know all of these people and being present for SO many of their life events.  It has truly been a privilege.

I chatted with Sam’s dad for a little while just before the first dance was about to begin.  He said “giving away” his daughter was a really strange feeling and that it has been harder than he thought.  He went on to say how excited he was though, how strong Sam and Sean are together.  I added that Sam and Sean’s smiles shine bright on their own, but you can tell they stretch just a little further when they’re together.  He went on to say how they’re both special-ed teachers.  I mentioned how it takes special sorts of people for that sort of work and he agreed.  It was a very quick conversation, but it reminded me of how COMPLEX these days are, the range of emotions felt by so many involved.  How much leads up to it, decades of parenting – love, tears, support, discipline, etc. etc.  THAT is what I’m photographing.  Sure, there will be pretty pictures of centerpieces, flowers and other decor from this wedding at Pearl Street Brewery too, but it’s the pictures that represent a lifetimes worth of highs and lows leading up to this celebration that mean the most. Here’s hoping these pictures hold their place in Sam and Sean’s history and continue to tell their stories far long after we all can.

Without further babbles, Sam and Sean’s wedding highlights (!!!):

mother of groom pins flower at wedding in buffalo ny
groom and groomsmen laugh during wedding at St. Joseph
groom poses with flower girl during wedding at St. Joseph
bride smiles before ceremony during wedding at St. Joseph
father walks bride down aisle during wedding at St. Joseph
bride and groom kneel during wedding at St. Joseph
bride and groom smile during wedding at St. Joseph
wedding at St. Joseph
bride and groom exchange vows during wedding at St. Joseph
 bride and groom exchange vowsduring wedding at St. Joseph
bride and groom kiss during wedding at St. Joseph
bride and groom smile at guests during wedding at St. Joseph
children dance during wedding at St. Joseph
priest blesses bride and groom during wedding at St. Joseph
groom smiles at bride during wedding at St. Joseph
guests pray for bride and groom during wedding at St. Joseph
bride and groom walk down aisle during wedding at St. Joseph
bride and groom look out door during wedding at St. Joseph
bride looks out window during wedding at St. Joseph
bride and groom exit church during wedding at St. Joseph
bride and groom exit church during wedding at St. Joseph
bride and groom exit church during wedding at St. Joseph
bride and groom pose for portrait near "greetings from Buffalo" mural in downtown Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait near "greetings from Buffalo" mural in downtown Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait near "greetings from Buffalo" mural in downtown Buffalo, NY
bride poses for portrait near "greetings from Buffalo" mural in downtown Buffalo, NY
groom poses for portrait near "greetings from Buffalo" mural in downtown Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portrait near "greetings from Buffalo" mural in downtown Buffalo, NY
bridal party walks at Tifft Nature preserve during wedding in Buffalo, NY
bridal party poses for portrait at Tifft Nature preserve during wedding in Buffalo, NY
bridal party poses for portrait at Tifft Nature preserve during wedding in Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids pose for portrait at Tifft Nature preserve during wedding in Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids pose for portraits at Tifft Nature preserve during wedding in Buffalo, NY
groomsen and women pose for portrait at Tifft Nature preserve during wedding in Buffalo, NY
groomsmen hug at Tifft Nature preserve during wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom embrace at tifft nature preserve during their wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom embrace at tifft nature preserve during their wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom embrace at tifft nature preserve during their wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom embrace at tifft nature preserve during their wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom embrace at tifft nature preserve during their wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom embrace at tifft nature preserve during their wedding in Buffalo, NY
room photo at wedding at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY
decoration details at wedding at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY
place settings and cake at wedding at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY
flowers at at wedding at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY
candy bar at wedding at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY
guests mingle during cocktail hour at wedding at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY
bridal party entrance dances at wedding at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom enter and eat cake at wedding at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY
people giving speeches at wedding at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance at wedding at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance with ribbon wrapped around them at wedding at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance with ribbon wrapped around them at wedding at Pearl St. Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance with ribbon wrapped around them at wedding at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance with ribbon wrapped around them at wedding at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY
bride tosses bouquet at wedding at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom kiss in front of cheering guests on dance floor at wedding at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY
guests dance at wedding at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY
guests lift bride during horah at wedding at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY
wedding photography of rings at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY
wedding photography of bride eating cake at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo, NY

Preparation:  Private Homes

Ceremony: St. Josephs University Parish

Portraits: Tifft Nature Preserve

Reception: Pearl St. Grill & Brewery

Second Shooter: Joey Galdieri

Flowers: Flourish

Makeup: Ashley Ledowski

Hair: Maria Miosi

Cake: Muscoreils

Video: Justin Bondi Productions

Limo: Status Limousine

DJ: Toy Bros

If you would like to see another wedding at Pearl Street Brewery in Buffalo, check out Kim and Tom’s!

BR + MRS + MSN NP = CHAMP bride. Rosanna & Justin – Holiday Valley Wedding – Ellicottville, NY

What happens when you complete your MSN, work a side hustle and plan a wedding simultaneously?  Bronchitis.  That’s what happens.  And so sometimes you just need to roll with the punches, medicate, get married and graduate within a 24 hour period – and that’s just what Rosanna did!  Despite all of that, Rosanna and Justin’s day was just beautiful.  This ski lodge wedding on a warm spring day was cozy and sweet, and maybe just what the doctor ordered.

 

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Venue: Yodeler Lodge at Holiday Valley – Ellicottville, NY

Second Shooter: Joey Galdieri

Hair: Hannah Clark (Enix Salon)

Makeup: Melissa Elnicki (makeup_by_mel)

Florist: Jackie Bartels

Cake: Dessert Deli