Georgian Ballroom – Statler City – Buffalo, NY Wedding Photography

Maid of honor is brought to tears after seeing bride in veil for first time in the Georgian Ballroom at Statler City in Buffalo, NY

I was feeling guilty yesterday after sending a slightly passive aggressive email to a client who wanted to cancel their album order. I went on my high horse about the photos being a huge part of the legacy they leave for their children and grandchildren, about the wedding day being the culmination of everyone and everything that matters most in their lives, blah blah. I was bummed that they didn’t value those moments the way I did and was generally down about the whole thing.
Later in the day I met up with some photographer friends to critique some recent work. The theme of the critique was storytelling at weddings. Serendipitously, before we began, my pal @jennayresphoto made this passionate speech about how the wedding day is so much more than a day… it’s every day of two separate lives that lead to that day, all the people that got them there… it’s every day after… that the photo of moms tears as the bride walks down the aisle is so much more than a photo of a happy person, it’s a photo that represents all the years of blood and sweat and love that went in to raising this human being… and so on…
Sometimes friends say the things you need to hear when you need to hear them most.
Wedding photography has drifted a bit in to a world of styled shoots on mountain tops, and no one loves mountain tops more than me, but in the end, the photographs that truly tell the stories, capture the essence of all these characters, those are the ones that stand the test of time.
The photo above is of the maid of honor having a “can’t even” moment while seeing her best friend since the 6th grade in her wedding veil for the first time.  All that history, the peaks and valleys that got them to this happy slice in time… those stories fill this picture.  So hey, thanks Jenn for the reinforcement. This is what it’s truly all about. 🙌🏻

Radio Tokyo! Amazing Wedding Band at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center

groom and bride sing with best wedding band Radio Tokyo at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center

Jess and Gian with their wedding band, Radio!

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Jess and Gian searched near and far to find the perfect band for their wedding at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, and holy heck they nailed it. Radio Tokyo ( @radiotokyorocks ) from Pittsburgh was the best band for this crowd and the absolutely knocked it out of the park. Singer/rapper Ambition (aka Pretty Ricky!!!) was just incredible. We’re talking hover board through the crowd while singing incredible. We had an absolute blast working with you all!

A wedding band really makes a huge difference in the mood of a party. There are some amazing DJ’s in the Buffalo Niagara region I really enjoy working with, but the entertainment a band brings truly takes it up a level. For the guests who don’t enjoy dancing, there is still something for them to watch and enjoy. I find wedding guests stay later at receptions when there is a band and that the age range of the guests remains much more diverse as well. A great wedding band like Radio Tokyo is definitely worth the splurge if you have the budget!

Check out this fantastic band over on their website: https://www.radiotokyorocks.com/

Jess and Gian are also featured in my Engagement Photography Portfolio! http://dedario.com/engagement/devils-hole-whirlpool-state-park-wedding-engagement-photography-niagara-falls-2/

Thanks to Jess and Gian for having me document this amazing wedding and band at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center!

Grandma + Poop Hat = Photo “Booth” Fabulous – Rochester, NY Wedding Photography

…When your fabulous Grandma absolutely owns the giant smiling pile of crap on top of her head at your wedding… 😂😂😂 I recently saw an article posted by the equally fabulous @katiemakeup about “what not to wear after 30” and the answer following each photo was, “whatever the eff you want.” I think this lady would fit right in 🙂 Thanks to @joe_galdieri for manning the photo booth at this past weekends wedding! Awesome as always!!!

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Senior Portrait Photography in WNY

Alli – Maple Grove High School!

We had a WHIRLWIND of a senior portrait photography session with Alli a couple weeks ago. We ventured all over Bemus Point, NY, a charming small town near Buffalo in WNY.  Alli is a senior at Maple Grove HS this year and we made a point to incorporate a LOT of her home town experience in to her shoot. We went from the neighbors tree swing to the docks of Lake Chautauqua, from the Hotel Lenhart’s signature rockers to the local soccer field. We covered a LOT of ground!  Alli’s little sister Britta came along for the ride and jumped in for a few family photos too!

Congrats Alli on senior year, I hope it’s the best yet!  And bring home that soccer state title!!!

Maple Grove Senior Portrait of Alli on swing in Bemus Point, NY

Bemus Point is located right on Lake Chautauqua. There are beautiful views of the lake throughout the area, including on this dock in front of Alli’s friends house! Bemus Point and nearby Long Point State Park make for wonderful locations for senior portrait photography in WNY

Maple Grove Senior Portrait of Alli by Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
Maple Grove Senior Portrait of Alli by Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY

These colorful rocking chairs on the front porch of the Hotel Lenhart are a signature of Bemus Point. They actually serve a deliciously sweet cocktail called, you guessed it, “a rocker,” here at the hotel. My sister and I have enjoyed quite a few Rockers on this porch over the years!

Maple Grove Senior Portrait of Alli on rockers at Hotel Lenhart by Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
Maple Grove Senior Portrait of Alli and sister on rockers at Hotel Lenhart by Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
Maple Grove Senior Portrait of Alli near cottage by Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
Maple Grove Senior Portrait of Alli near cottage by Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
Maple Grove Senior Portrait of Alli near cottage by Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY

Alli is a star senior soccer player, and the Maple Grove ladies have a strong record. I hope they make states this year (and fair better than my team did, we lost in states, it was… sad)! At any rate it only made sense for us to get a few senior portraits of Alli on the soccer field during her photography session.

Maple Grove Senior Portrait of Alli at soccer field near Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
Maple Grove Senior Portrait of Alli at soccer field near Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY

SaveThanks for having me photograph your senior portrait photography, Alli, and best of luck with all your future endeavors!

If you love Maple Grove Seniors named Alli, check out another senior portrait photography session in WNY I was the photographer for here!

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Tifft Nature Preserve – Engagement Photography – Buffalo, NY

Ah, young love.  Tori and Alec met while working at their local grocery store and it was love at first sight.  The joy and excitement these two share for the future is palpable as they are as bright eyed and all smiles as they come.  They’ll be married this weekend at a private property in Honeyoye Falls, NY.  An outdoor wedding ceremony and a reception in what sounds like a beautiful old barn are planned.  I can’t WAIT to see it all put together.

In the meantime, a few engagement photos to enjoy…

The three of us explored the grounds of Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY.  Tifft is one of my FAVORITE locations to work in – always yielding gorgeous light and lush backgrounds at every turn.  From rolling hills of tall grassy fields to enchanted looking forest areas, the place is a dream.  If you’re lucky, you may even cross paths with some exciting wildlife.  I’m pretty sure we were standing 10 feet away from actual Bambi at one point.

On the nerdy photographer end of things, this was also an extra fun shoot for me in an unexpected way!  I had broken one of my favorite lenses (70-200 2.8) a few days prior to this shoot and so I decided to push myself to try some different things.  I shot all prime lenses!  It’s easy to get in to habits with photography and resort to what “works.”  Whenever people say they’re bored with a location or a subject matter, I always insist there are ways to make it exciting again – from emphasizing the story of the subjects to trying totally new angles, new poses, new lighting scenarios, and of course, experimenting with different lenses!  I find that when experimenting, you always pick up new ideas to implement in the future – it’s a great exercise and great way to keep things fresh!

Anyway… Enjoy!

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Wedding Photography at the Avanti Mansion

Ashley + Randy

A little sneak peak of the photography from Ashley and Randy’s picture perfect spring time wedding at Salon Elizabeth and the Avanti Mansion near Buffalo, NY

I began the day with Ashley and her bridesmaids at my friend Lizzy Dugan’s new salon, Salon Elizabeth in Elma, NY. The space Lizzy has built is just GORGEOUS and was clearly created with weddings and photography in mind. There is so much natural light and gorgeous details in every direction you look!

Looks like the bridesmaids approve of Ashley’s gorgeous style!

Lizzy added a beautiful room on the side of her Salon where brides can relax and get dressed for their wedding. Everything about Lizzy’s Salon was so thoughtfully created!

On to the Avanti Mansion to get dressed and ready for the outdoor wedding ceremony!

Ashley and Randy had their wedding ceremony outside the Avanti Mansion ballroom in their garden. The forested area behind the Avanti makes such a beautiful outdoor backdrop for wedding photos. A few spring blossoms and gorgeous flowers from Blossom’s n’ Treasures really topped it all off.

bride and groom look at each other in garden at outdoor wedding ceremony venue, the Avanti Mansion, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom smile at one another in garden with spring blossoms at outdoor wedding ceremony venue, the Avanti Mansion, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom touch noses in garden at outdoor wedding ceremony venue, the Avanti Mansion, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom look at each other in garden at outdoor wedding ceremony venue, the Avanti Mansion, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom hold hands in garden at outdoor wedding ceremony venue, the Avanti Mansion, near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom hold hands in garden at outdoor wedding ceremony venue, the Avanti Mansion, near Buffalo, NY

This gorgeous ballroom makes wedding photography at the Avanti Mansion a breeze. The lighting here is beautiful, especially with these colorful uplights. The stairs also allow photographers to get really unique perspectives of the dance floor!

ballroom and decor at wedding reception venue at the Avanti Mansion near Buffalo, NY
center pieces, cake and other decor at ballroom wedding reception venue at the Avanti Mansion in WNY
champagne with strawberries at ballroom wedding reception at the Avanti Mansion in WNY
bride and groom are introduced at ballroom wedding reception at the Avanti Mansion in WNY
best man delivers speech at ballroom wedding reception at the Avanti Mansion in WNY
maid of honor delivers speech at ballroom wedding reception at the Avanti Mansion in WNY
bride and groom share first dance at ballroom wedding reception at the Avanti Mansion in WNY
bride and groom share first dance at ballroom wedding reception at the Avanti Mansion in WNY
bride dances with father at ballroom wedding reception at the Avanti Mansion in WNY
bride dances with father at ballroom wedding reception at the Avanti Mansion in WNY
groom dances with mother at ballroom wedding reception at the Avanti Mansion in WNY
groom dances with mother at ballroom wedding reception at the Avanti Mansion in WNY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception at the Avanti Mansion in WNY
guests dance at ballroom wedding reception at the Avanti Mansion in WNY

Cheers to Lizzy Dugan and the Salon Elizabeth crew for their stellar hair and makeup skills (and beautiful new space!), Blossoms n’ Treasures for the classic white flower arrangements and the Avanti Mansion for hosting the event! And of course a high TEN to second shooter, Steve Karosik for all his help!

If you or someone you know is looking for a wedding photographer, please contact me here!

And if you would like to see more photography from the Avanti Mansion, check out this blog post!

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