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 (!!!):

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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
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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

Pearl St. Brewery, Delaware Park and Hotel Lafayette Wedding in Buffalo, NY,

Kim + Tom

The first official wedding of the season is in the books, and it sure was a pretty one. Kim and Tom had visions of whimsical bohemian details combined with a rustic urban setting, so a wedding at Hotel Lafayette and Pearl St. Brewery in Buffalo, NY was in order!

Kim and Tom brought in some real pros to see their vision through.  Vintage pieces from Quaint Rentals were styled by Rebecca Duda and the greens and flowers arranged by Alicia Reilly over at William’s Florist topped it all off.  Kim REALLY wanted lush greens for her portraits, and, well, the trees hadn’t bloomed here in Buffalo yet. We made the most of it though and rolled with some lush browns and spring blooms instead.  At the end of the day, it all created the perfect backdrop for Kim and Tom’s family and friends to come together, from all over the world, to celebrate their union.

Steve and I began the day with Kim and Tom at the Lofts on Pearl in Buffalo, NY. These hotel rooms are amazing for wedding preparation. They have big windows allowing for gorgeous natural light and beautiful exposed brick walls and wood floors for that warm rustic modern look.

details from whimsical urban woodland themed wedding photography in buffalo, ny at pearl at the webb lofts on pearl st
details from whimsical urban woodland themed wedding photography in buffalo, ny at pearl at the webb lofts on pearl st, lafayette hotel, pearl st brewery
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bride prepares for wedding in hotel room at Webb Lofts on Pearl St. in Buffalo, NY
bride prepares for wedding in hotel room at Webb Lofts on Pearl St. in Buffalo, NY
groom prepares for wedding in hotel room at Webb Lofts on Pearl St. in Buffalo, NY
groom prepares for wedding in hotel room at Webb Lofts on Pearl St. in Buffalo, NY
bride prepares for wedding in hotel room at Webb Lofts on Pearl St. in Buffalo, NY
bride prepares for wedding in hotel room at Webb Lofts on Pearl St. in Buffalo, NY
groom prepares for wedding in hotel room at Webb Lofts on Pearl St. in Buffalo, NY
bride prepares for wedding in hotel room at Webb Lofts on Pearl St. in Buffalo, NY
bride prepares for wedding in hotel room at Webb Lofts on Pearl St. in Buffalo, NY
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Time for a Hotel Lafayette wedding in Buffalo, NY!

The courtyard at the Hotel Lafayette is one of the most unique spots for a wedding ceremony in Buffalo. Guests are always surprised when they walk outside and see this charming courtyard waiting for them.

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bride and groom cheer after father walks bride down the aisle at whimsical urban woodland themed wedding ceremony at webb lofts, lafayette hotel, pearl st brewery in Buffalo, NY
groom waits for bride before whimsical urban woodland themed wedding ceremony at webb lofts, lafayette hotel, pearl st brewery in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom cheer after whimsical urban woodland themed wedding ceremony at webb lofts, lafayette hotel, pearl st brewery in Buffalo, NY
couple stands in courtyard during ceremony at whimsical urban woodland themed wedding in buffalo, ny at webb lofts, lafayette hotel, pearl st brewery
bride and groom cheer after whimsical urban woodland themed wedding ceremony at webb lofts, lafayette hotel, pearl st brewery in Buffalo, NY
bride sits with flower girls after whimsical urban woodland themed wedding ceremony at webb lofts, lafayette hotel, pearl st brewery in Buffalo, NY

Before leaving the Hotel Lafayette, guests gathered in front of the hotel for a balloon release. I love the video coverage of this that my friend Andy Morin captured!

guests and bridal party release balloons at whimsical urban woodland themed wedding in buffalo, ny at webb lofts, lafayette hotel, pearl st brewery in Buffalo, NY

From the Hotel Lafayette we ventured to Delaware Park, also in Buffalo, to create the couples wedding portraits with their wedding party. Delaware Park is a classic location for pictures with so much variety to offer! From the Ivy Bridge to Hoyt Lake, the Albright Knox Art Gallery and everything in between, there are different types of backdrops to suit all tastes. But first, wedding champagne!

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photography of bride among spring blossoms at whimsical urban woodland themed wedding in buffalo, ny at webb lofts, lafayette hotel, pearl st brewery

Off to the ever charming and cozy Pearl Street Brewery in Buffalo, NY for the wedding reception!

Kim and Tom’s wedding reception featured so many special personal touches, including a traditional Vietnamese wedding tea ceremony! The tradition calls for the parents sit around a small table and the bride and groom then serve the parents tea.  Afterwards, the parents offer their wedding gifts to the couple.

Tom is an Irish American from Niagara Falls, and, well, a brewery reception seems like upholding enough Irish tradition for this lass.

whimsical spring wedding details from Quaint Rentals and William
whimsical spring wedding details from Quaint Rentals and William
whimsical spring wedding details from Quaint Rentals and William
whimsical spring wedding details from Quaint Rentals and William
whimsical spring wedding details from Quaint Rentals and William
whimsical spring wedding details from Quaint Rentals and William
whimsical spring wedding details from Quaint Rentals and William
whimsical spring wedding details from Quaint Rentals and William

Many thanks to Kim and Tom for including us in this celebration! It has been a blast! Additional thanks to all these amazing vendors who brought this event to life:

Preparation:  Lofts on Pearl

Ceremony: Hotel Lafayette

Portraits: Delaware Park

Reception: Pearl St. Grill & Brewery

Flowers: William’s Florist / Alicia Reilly

Styling: Quaint Rentals / Rebecca Duda

Makeup: Makeup by Allina / Allina Morticella

Hair: Beauty by Summer / Summer Slomka

Cake: Village Bake Shop

Donuts: Paula’s Donuts

Video: Andy Morin

Groom’s Tux: Bureau

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

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

Maternity Photography in Buffalo, NY

On Impulses, Mindy, and it All Coming Together

The cherry blossom. A simultaneous representation of both the beauty and fragility of life. Here’s to taking advantage of these fleeting times while they last. Mindy had a maternity photography session scheduled here in Buffalo, NY a little later this month. But something happened and I decided, the time is now!

Every once in a while an impulse decision leads to an awkward situation, but for me, never a regret.  I can always rest easy knowing that I followed my gut, and maybe worst case scenario learned a lesson.  So there I was this past Saturday night, resting after a long, beautiful and eventful wedding, thinking back on all the places we went and events I witnessed, and… well… I just wanted more from this one magnolia tree I spotted in Delaware Park.

So I texted one of my favorite past clients, Mindy, way later at night than I should have.  I had photographed Mindy’s engagement pictures, bachelorette party and wedding a few years back and she and I have become friends in the process, but not like, “I can text you in the middle of the night” friends.  Whatever.  I knew if I waited I would forget or get busy or whatever with other life stuff.  So I texted and asked if we could bump up her maternity session a little bit. I talked about the symbolism of the new life represented by the spring blossoms as a backdrop for the new life in Mindy’s belly… I don’t know it made sense in the moment. 

Being all pregnant and such, Mindy apparently doesn’t sleep much and replied right away!  Next thing I know she’s trying on dresses and I’m recharging batteries and within a day we’re in Delaware Park in Buffalo making maternity photography magic.

I left the shoot feeling really great, like I had put extra work in and it had really paid off!  But then came the real payoff. I got a text from Mindy.  It was a little extra, “thank you” because the session made HER feel so good about herself, that it was a boost she needed, stuff like that.  Trust me, this was a 100% selfish idea on my part, making Mindy feel great was not my purpose.  But boy do I love when things just come together like that.  When impulses turn in to these magical little snippets in time and everyone is better for it.

Without further ado, some maternity photography of Mindy at Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY

pregnant woman in whimsical spring floral maternity photography session at Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY with cherry blossom and magnolia trees
pregnant woman in whimsical spring floral maternity photography session at Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY with cherry blossom and magnolia trees
pregnant woman in whimsical spring floral maternity photography session at Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY with cherry blossom and magnolia trees

If you or someone you know is looking for a maternity photographer in the Buffalo, NY area, please have them contact me here!

And if you would like to see another gorgeous maternity session, check out this beauty from Tifft Nature Preserve and Buffalo Harbor State Park!

[…] you love spring blossoms, pop over to this maternity photography session featuring Buffalo’s Cherry Blossom […]

Erica + James – Adirondack Wind Farm Wedding Photography

This post is a little extra special because this sweet and beautiful bride, Erica, is returning from a US Navy tour in the Indian Ocean!  Erica left for her tour shortly after the wedding, so this will be the first she lays eyes on her full collection of photos! Thank you Erica and James for your service to our country!!!  I hope you enjoy reliving all these memories!

So about this wedding… generally when someone tells me they’re getting married in their parents backyard, this isn’t exactly what I imagine.  Erica’s parents run a wind farm/farm-farm located in upstate NY in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.  Their property affords gorgeous views of the surrounding hills and made the most lovely scene for a wedding. With Erica and James’ ties to the service, there were a few military traditions in the celebration as well including the marine sword arch to conclude the ceremony and the cutting of cake with the sword.

Special thanks to my friend Aaron Ingrao for making the trek from Buffalo to assist on this shoot!  Aaron now lives in an RV and is traveling across the United States documenting the, “Keepers of the Craft,” a photography series on craft cocktails and those who uphold the traditions surrounding them.  Check out his site!  www.aaroningrao.com

Thanks to the other vendors whose fine work is represented here as well!

Hair: Flawless Beauty Bar

Makeup: Doll Face Artistry

Florist: Designs By Shelly

Groom Prep Location: Overlook Mansion

Bride Prep/Ceremony/Reception Location: Romer Farm (private)

 

Kendra + Colin – Wedding Engagement Session at Home – Buffalo, NY

I’m feeling extra grateful to have had the opportunity to photograph Kendra and Colin in the place that means the very most to them, home! I’ve always believed the more personal the photos are, the better, so photographing this in-home engagement session was a great opportunity to not only document this time in their lives, but also encapsulate this place they’ve put so much labor and love in to for the generations to come. Thanks for having me over you two!

© Lindsay DeDario 2018

© Lindsay DeDario 2018

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© Lindsay DeDario 2018

© Lindsay DeDario 2018

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© Lindsay DeDario 2018

Emily + Chris – Erie County Forest – Wedding Engagement Session

I’m typically the one encouraging couples to get a little adventurous with their photo shoot locations, but this place was all Emily and Chris.  They had visions of a snowy pine forest and hiked themselves all over western New York looking for the spot that spoke to them.  They eventually landed at Erie County Forest and knew it was the place, so they got their most glamorous outfits ready for the hike (because when else?!) and then it was just a matter of waiting for the snow.

This shoot was also a special opportunity for me to test out some new equipment!  Special thanks to my friend and fellow photographer, Aleksey Sergeevich, for letting me test out this beautiful lens, the Canon 135mm F2!  It’s a gem for sure!