Morgan + Richie – St. John’s, Albright Knox and Fox Valley Country Club Wedding – Buffalo, NY

When I first met Morgan and her mom for coffee in Buffalo, and Morgan told me about a wedding they had planned in her home town of Alden, I thought, “Alden?  I *think* I’ve heard of that?”  Needless to say, I didn’t really know what to expect from this little town.  Add to that, the groom Richie travels a lot for work and I hadn’t met him until the day of the wedding – so I knew I was in for a little bit of mystery!  Well… the day started like this:So, I guess that’s how they do things in Alden!  And I liked it.  Meanwhile my second shooter extraordinaire for the day, Dorian, joined Richie and the groomsmen for a little while as they got ready for the ceremony.  We had the sweetest little “first look” with Morgan and her dad, and then he helped out with the finishing touches.We had a second reveal for the bridesmaids out in the main room of the house and this reaction was priceless!A hop, skip and jump down the road was the sweetest little church, St. John’s, where the ceremony was held.  After the ceremony we made a mad dash for Buffalo to get photos at the iconic Albright Knox Art Gallery.  Morgan and I must have done the math 5 different times to make sure we could make this happen on the wedding day, and I’m so glad it worked out!  This spot is always a dream to photograph.After Albright Knox we headed to Fox Valley Country Club for a few more portraits and the reception.  We rode around on golf carts to find a spot for pictures and when I saw this little hill sitting in the good light I knew we struck gold.  Sometimes bridal parties suggest poses and internally I’m like, “ohhhhhhhkay… do we have to?” and externally I’m all, “ok awesome, let’s do it!”  But this was a case where I absolutely loved what they threw together!That lady in the front seat referred this wedding to me!  I was already booked for her wedding, but she passed my info anyway, and I’m so glad she did!  Thanks Tori!Back up to Fox Valley for the reception!Toy Bros DJs always do an aweasome job getting the crowd amped for photos, no exception here!Morgan’s cute shoes kill me in this one!

Many thanks to Morgan and Richie for having us document your day! And thank you to all these venues and vendors who helped make the day so great!

Bride Preparation: Private Residence

Groom Preparation: Private Residence

Ceremony: St. John’s – Alden, NY

Portraits: Albright Knox Art Gallery, Fox Valley Country Club

Reception: Fox Valley Country Club

Hair + Makeup:  Salon Elizabeth

Florist: Buffalo Floral Art

Bakery: Ohlson’s / Famous Donuts

DJ: Toy Bros (Mike)

Transportation: Buffalo Trolley

Second Photographer: Dorian Patrick

 

Karpeles Manuscript Library, Theater District and Admiral Room Wedding Photography in Buffalo, NY

Julie & Chris

Another Stuart wedding is in the books.  This is the third wedding I’ve photographed for this lovely family, and each one has been as beautiful and special as the last.  As a photographer, there’s a distinct benefit that comes with working with the same family multiple times.  In this case, I know which Aunt always cries during Mr. Stu’s speeches, I know the last dance will always be, “Piano Man.”  I know Grandma Stu will inexplicably dance her tail off to,  “Who Let the Dogs Out” and that the dessert spread will be next level.  I also grew up in the house next door to the bride (before they lived there) and so I even knew my way around the house. 

It has been such a privilege to watch this family grow and change since cousin Kelly’s wedding some 8 years ago (now mom to 3 with another on the way!) and I can’t thank them enough for hiring me to document all these big moments in their lives.

This day was about Julie and Chris (aka Nigel) though, and Chris brought a whole cast of new characters in front of my lens, all the way from England!   You’ll notice the gorgeous hats and colorful wedding attire soon enough.  Please adopt this tradition Americans!  This made the wedding reception photography at the Admiral Room even more colorful and fun, that’s for sure. More on that later – let’s get started!

I began the day with Julie at her parents gorgeous home on the Niagara River in Lewiston, NY. Julie wasn’t originally planning to get ready here, as it’s a little bit of a drive from the rest of the festivities, but I’m SO glad she changed her mind. This house is just perfect for wedding pictures and the fact that it has a personal connection to the bride just makes it that much sweeter.

bride has makeup done before wedding in Lewiston, NY
wedding invitation suite, flowers, shoes and jewelry displayed before wedding in Lewiston, NY
brides dress hangs in window before wedding in Lewiston, NY
mom helps bride get ready for wedding in Lewiston, NY
bride smiles while putting in earrings while getting ready for wedding in Lewiston, NY

I have almost the EXACT same photo of Julie’s mom from her sister Lindsay’s wedding last year. That’s one proud momma <3

maid of honor and mom help bride get ready for wedding in Lewiston, NY

Julie’s dad joined us for an emotional “reveal” and gave Julie an embroidered handkerchief, another family tradition.

father sees bride for first time before wedding in Lewiston, NY
dad gives bride handkerchief before wedding in Lewiston, NY
bride with handkerchief gifted by her dad before wedding in Lewiston, NY
bride with handkerchief gifted by her dad before wedding in Lewiston, NY

This next picture made me SO happy. Julie’s parents saved this folder of drawings Julie made of her future wedding gowns, and there they were, spread out on the coffee table on Julie’s wedding day. They had various design notes and an all important “STAY OUT!” memo on the cover. Gotta protect your copyright, respect Julie, respect. I know I mentioned earlier that I grew up in the house next door, and these instantly brought me back to the countless hours I spent with my neighbor Kristen drawing dresses in this exact house. I eventually went to college for illustration and now document weddings, and neighbor Kristen went on to become a painter. Must be something in the air on this street. <3

Julie rejoined her bridesmaids downstairs and a portrait session in the backyard was underway. Yes, this is the backyard… Gah!!!

bride poses for portrait with parents in backyard along the Niagara River in Lewiston, NY

Julie wore her sister Lindsay’s veil and it flew in much the same way it did on Lindsay’s big day.

bride poses for portrait with sister in backyard along the Niagara River in Lewiston, NY
bride poses for portrait in backyard along the Niagara River in Lewiston, NY

Proud mom looking on from inside…

mom looks on as bride poses for portrait with bridesmaids in backyard along the Niagara River in Lewiston, NY
bride poses for portrait with bridesmaids in backyard along the Niagara River in Lewiston, NY
bride poses for portrait with bridesmaids in backyard along the Niagara River in Lewiston, NY

Meanwhile my second shooter for the day, Teri, spent a little time with these gentleman at the Westin Hotel in downtown Buffalo.

groomsman have toast while getting ready for wedding ceremony at the Westin Hotel in Buffalo, NY

This is the groom, Chris! Everyone calls him Nigel though. Apparently when Julie and Chris started dating, Julie and her friends decided “Chris” wasn’t a British enough name and started calling him Nigel instead. Turns out Nigel isn’t a very popular name in England and the whole thing just got funnier.

groom poses for photographer before wedding ceremony at the Westin Hotel in Buffalo, NY

The guys all had socks denoting their country of origin.

groomsman laugh and relax while getting ready for wedding ceremony at the Westin Hotel in Buffalo, NY
groomsman relax while getting ready for wedding ceremony at the Westin Hotel in Buffalo, NY

Julie met up with all her adorable flower girls and ring bearer before the ceremony for a quick little photo shoot. They were all SO excited to see her and be part of the big day!

bride poses for portrait with flower girls at the Admiral Room wedding venue in Buffalo, NY
bride poses for portrait at the Admiral Room wedding venue in Buffalo, NY
bride poses for portrait at the Admiral Room wedding venue in Buffalo, NY

Adorable little black sheep on the right is my spirit animal. On to Karpeles Manuscript Library for the ceremony!

bride poses for portrait with flower girls at the Admiral Room wedding venue in Buffalo, NY

This gift to the groom was a collection of letters the bride had been writing to Chris every day throughout their engagement. I heard many people describe Julie as, “beautiful inside and out” on this day – and this was just one more testament. Not only did she write these letters to Chris, but this couple hand wrote a letter to EVERY single guest with a little message about what their presence means to them as their place card (pictured a little further down.) There was even one for me!

groom reads letters from bride before wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
groom and groomsman pose for portrait with photographer before wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
guests wait outside before wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
guests enter during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY

These fabulous British ladies walked to the ceremony and then changed in to their heels. I love them.

British women change in to high heels on steps before wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
bride and flower girls wait to walk down aisle during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
Parents and grandparents are escorted down aisle during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
groom smiles as flower girl and ring bearer walk down aisle during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY

Here comes the bride!

bride and dad during processional during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
bride and father walk down aisle during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
groom and father look at bride during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
groom laughs during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY

Second shooters find the darndest things at weddings. No clue why this was posted, but it made me laugh. Thanks Teri!

bride smiles at groom during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
man and woman deliver readings during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY

Let the tearful vows begin!

bride and groom smiles at each other during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
bride wipes tears during vows during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
bride laughs as she wipes tears during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
groom wipes tears during vows during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom say vows during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom wipe tears 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 raise arms in celebration after wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom walk down aisle during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom kiss during wedding ceremony at Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo, NY
family poses for portrait on front steps of Karpeles Manuscript library after wedding ceremony in Buffalo, NY
family poses for portrait on front steps of Karpeles Manuscript library after wedding ceremony in Buffalo, NY
family poses for portrait on front steps of Karpeles Manuscript library after wedding ceremony in Buffalo, NY

And then… as I had a giant group of Chris’ family lined up on the steps of the library for a photo, the annual “Naked Bike Ride” passed by and laughter ROARED. We all insisted it was an American wedding tradition. Amazing.

naked bike ride passes by Karpeles wedding ceremony in Buffalo, NY
naked bike ride passes by Karpeles wedding ceremony in Buffalo, NY
wedding party poses for portrait on front steps of Karpeles Manuscript library in Buffalo, NY
Bride and groom pose for wedding portrait on front steps of Karpeles Manuscript library in Buffalo, NY
Bride and groom pose for wedding portrait on front steps of Karpeles Manuscript library in Buffalo, NY
Bride and groom pose for wedding portrait on front steps of Karpeles Manuscript library in Buffalo, NY
Bride and groom pose for wedding portrait on front steps of Karpeles Manuscript library in Buffalo, NY
Bride and groom pose for wedding portrait on front steps of Karpeles Manuscript library in Buffalo, NY

From Karpeles we headed a little further downtown for photos in Buffalo’s theater district and in front of the, “Greetings from Buffalo” mural.

Bride and groom pose for wedding portrait in front of Greetings from Buffalo mural the theater district of down town Buffalo.
Bride and groom pose for wedding portrait in the theater district of downtown Buffalo.
Bride and groom pose for wedding portrait in the theater district of downtown Buffalo.
Bride and groom pose for wedding portrait in the theater district of downtown Buffalo.
bride and groom pose for wedding portrait in the theater district of downtown Buffalo near Shea

On to the stunning Admiral Room at The Marin to create some wedding photography from a reception to end all receptions. This crew had fun, a lot of fun.

I absolutely love working at this venue. Wedding photography at the Admiral Room in Buffalo is such a breeze with it’s gorgeous arched windows and fabulous molding. It’s such a treat! If you would like to see more from the venue, check out this wedding when you’re done here!

wedding decor at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
wedding decor at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
wedding decor at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
wedding decor at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY

These are the letters I mentioned that the couple wrote to each guest. Each clip held an envelope with a handwritten letter and a table placement inside. So sweet!!!

wedding decor at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
wedding decor at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
wedding decor at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
wedding decor at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
wedding cake at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
wedding dessert decor at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
wedding cake pops and decor at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
wedding decor at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY

Dessert first, I’m with you Jules!

wedding decor at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY

Introducing the new Mr. and Mrs. – from the Admiral Room balcony!

bride and groom are introduced from balcony at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
bride and groom are introduced at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dance at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
father and bride dance at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
father and bride dance at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Mother and son dance at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
father of bride delivers speech at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests smile at bride and groom during speech at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests smile at bride and groom during speech at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
father of bride delivers speech at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY

Remember in the intro when I mentioned the Aunt who always cries? There she is!

guests smile at bride and groom during speech at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests smile at bride and groom during speech at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
bride and groom deliver speech at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests smile at bride and groom during speech at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests smile at bride and groom during speech at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
bride and groom deliver speech speech at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests toast after speech at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
bride and groom toast after speech at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
maid of honor delivers speech at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
maid of honor delivers speech at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
bride and groom laugh during speech at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests toast after speech at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
best man delivers speech at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
best man delivers speech at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Bride and groom cut cake at Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Exterior and entrance to Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY

And the best family tradition of them all, Grandma Stu and, “Who Let the Dogs Out!” This time, with a robotic Christmas dog! (?!)

Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY

And one last tradition – the couple dancing to Piano Man in a circle(ish) of guests for the last song. Julie told me that a photo of this dance ends up being every ones Christmas card after each wedding. I love this SO much.

Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY
Guests dance in the Admiral Room Ballroom wedding reception venue in downtown Buffalo, NY

Many thanks to Julie and Chris for having us document your day! And thank you to all these venues and vendors who helped make the day so great!

Bride Preparation: Private Residence

Groom Preparation: Westin

Ceremony: Karpeles Manscript Library

Portraits: Karpeles, Greetings from Buffalo mural, Shea’s Performing Art Center

Reception: Admiral Room at The Marin

Hair + Makeup: Lauren Szafarian (hair) Makeup by Alinna (MUA)

Bride’s Gown: Jenny PackhamUltimate Bride Chicago

Florist: Evergreen Florist

Bakery: Village Bake Shop

Program + Menu Design: Justin Willard

DJ: Gary Hall

Transportation: DJ the Dee Jay

Second Photographer: Teri Fiske

[…] From Ellicott Square we were off to one of the biggest and most impressive ballrooms in the city for the wedding reception, the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY. I had the opportunity to tour the Admiral Room several years ago when it was up for sale. A friend of mine had visions of turning it in to a wedding venue and wanted some feedback from a few of us in the industry. It was a big time YES from me, but he ended up passing on the opportunity. I’m SO glad someone else went through with this though because a special place such as this should not be sitting idle as an abandoned bank! The last time I saw the space there was carpeting and cubicles in here. It has taken a lot of time to get the Admiral Room up and running, but at long last it’s here! The staff was great and everything ran smoothly. I’m so excited to have this new space to work in – I’ll be back for a few more Admiral Room weddings in Buffalo this summer! (Update, check out another Admiral Room wedding here!) […]

[…] Can this room be any more gorgeous? I love the use of greenery to make a big statement in a big room where a small floral arrangement could easily get lost. Thanks to Honey Guild for supplying these! If you would like to see this room dressed up in a totally different color palette, check out this wedding! […]

[…] had enough of this wedding – check out Lindsay’s sister Julie’s wedding here! And as always, much appreciation to the other vendors who made the day what it was!  Here they […]

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Buffalo, NY Wedding Photography – Salon Elizabeth, Delaware Park’s Ivy Bridge and Admiral Room

Kelly + Sean

Kelly and Sean are beautiful inside and out, as individuals but particularly together. And their gorgeous wedding followed suite. It was such a pleasure documenting this celebration from start to finish. The lovely bride and groom, their lovely family and friends, their lovely vendors and venues – this wedding made my job a breeze. Most of this wedding photography comes from the Admiral Room in Buffalo, but I started the day at my friend Lizzy’s gorgeous Salon, Salon Elizabeth, where the Kelly and her bridesmaids made use of Lizzy’s bridal room to get dressed for the wedding. Lizzy has created such a beautiful space for wedding parties to get ready (and for photography) and she does pristine hair and makeup – I just love working here!

wedding dress hangs among small mirrors at Salon Elizabeth in Buffalo, NY
Lizzy Dugan of Salon Elizabeth does beautiful hair design on bride for her wedding
bridal portrait photography of bride at Salon Elizabeth in Buffalo NY on her wedding day

Meanwhile Sean and his crew got ready at his house where this adorable pup and ninja cat kept a watchful eye over the proceedings.

Off to Delaware Park’s Ivy Bridge area where these guys eagerly awaited Kelly’s arrival. Love these moments of anticipation before the big reveal!

bride and groom have reveal or first look in front of the Ivy Bridge on their wedding day in Buffalo, NY
wedding party portrait in front of ivy bridge in delaware park in Buffalo, NY
wedding party portrait in front of ivy bridge in delaware park in Buffalo, NY
wedding party portrait in front of ivy bridge in delaware park in Buffalo, NY
wedding party portrait with flower girls in front of ivy bridge in delaware park in Buffalo, NY
wedding party portrait in front of ivy bridge in delaware park in Buffalo, NY
wedding party portrait in front of ivy bridge in delaware park in Buffalo, NY
flower girls frolic in grass in Delaware Park in Buffalo NY on wedding day
flower girls frolic in grass in Delaware Park in Buffalo NY on wedding day
family portraits in front of ivy bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
family portraits in front of ivy bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom look at each other smiling in delaware park on their wedding day in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom look at each other smiling in delaware park on their wedding day in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom look at each other smiling in delaware park on their wedding day in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom look at each other smiling in delaware park on their wedding day in Buffalo, NY

On to the gorgeous Admiral Room ballroom in the Marin building in downtown Buffalo for the ceremony and reception. I LOVE working here. Wedding photography at the Admiral Room in Buffalo gives me all sorts of heart eyes with it’s incredible architecture. Add to the mix my friend Syrie Roman of Social Maven to handle all the planning for this wedding and you can be sure the details looked perfect and everything went off without a hitch. Thanks Syrie!

bride and groom say vows during wedding ceremony in Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom say vows during wedding ceremony in Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom say vows during wedding ceremony in Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom say vows during wedding ceremony in Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY

Look how happy this wedding party is! I love to see couples surrounded by people so genuinely happy for them.

bride and groom say vows during wedding ceremony in Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom say vows during wedding ceremony in Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
groom places ring on brides finger during wedding ceremony in Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom kiss during wedding ceremony in Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom walk down aisle smiling after wedding ceremony in Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY

Can this room be any more gorgeous? I love the use of greenery to make a big statement in a big room where a small floral arrangement could easily get lost. Thanks to Honey Guild for supplying these! If you would like to see this room dressed up in a totally different color palette, check out this wedding!

admiral room ballroom flowers and table settings at Buffalo, NY wedding
admiral room ballroom place card and menu details at Buffalo, NY wedding
admiral room ballroom flowers,greenery, and table settings at Buffalo, NY wedding

A balcony introduction for the bride and groom!

wedding reception speech in admiral room ballroom wedding in Buffalo, NY
wedding reception speech in admiral room ballroom wedding in Buffalo, NY
wedding reception speech in admiral room ballroom wedding in Buffalo, NY
wedding reception speech in admiral room ballroom wedding in Buffalo, NY
wedding reception speech in admiral room ballroom wedding in Buffalo, NY
wedding reception speech in admiral room ballroom wedding in Buffalo, NY
wedding reception speech in admiral room ballroom wedding in Buffalo, NY

We took a few minutes after dinner to get some photos of Kelly and Sean outside the Admiral Room with some great historic city of Buffalo backdrops. So glad we took the time for this!!!

wedding portraits outside Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
wedding portraits outside Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
wedding portraits outside Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
wedding portraits outside Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
wedding portraits outside Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
wedding portraits outside Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY

Back inside for dancing!

bride and groom dancing at Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dancing at Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dancing at Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom dancing at Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
bride and dad dancing at Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
groom and mother of the groom dancing at Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
groom and mother of the groom dancing at Admiral Room ballroom in Buffalo, NY
guests dancing at Admiral Room ballroom wedding in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests dancing at Admiral Room ballroom wedding in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests dancing at Admiral Room ballroom wedding in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests dancing at Admiral Room ballroom wedding in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests dancing at Admiral Room ballroom wedding in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests dancing at Admiral Room ballroom wedding in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests dancing at Admiral Room ballroom wedding in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests dancing at Admiral Room ballroom wedding in downtown Buffalo, NY
guests dancing at Admiral Room ballroom wedding in downtown Buffalo, NY

Many thanks to Kelly and Sean for having us document your day! And thank you to all these venues and vendors who helped make the day so great!

Bride Preparation: Salon Elizabeth

Groom Preparation: Private Residence

Reveal and Portraits: Ivy Bridge at Delaware Park

Ceremony: Admiral Room at The Marin

Reception: Admiral Room at The Marin

Event Planer: Social Maven – Syrie Roman

Hair + Makeup: Salon Elizabeth – Lizzy Dugan

Florist: Honey Guild

Bakery: Paula’s Donuts

DJ: Full Swing Sound

Second Photographer: Michelle Day

[…] of the best parts of engagement (or wedding, etc.) photos in Delaware Park is the variety of backdrops you can achieve with just a short walk. From English gardens to this Beaux arts […]

Family Photography at Tifft Nature Preserve, Buffalo, NY

Mindy, Justin and Grace – 1 Year Family Photography Session

My friend Carla recently used the term “legacy client” to describe someone she had worked with many times over the span of many years. It made me think of who those people are to me.  There are a few people who I’ve worked with time and time again from their weddings to kids, to corporate head shots and more.  It means a lot when people trust me to photograph the times in their lives that they cherish so much. Mindy and Justin are legacy clients.  Before we get to their family photography session at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo – a back story.

I first ran in to these two at their friends wedding in 2013, and it was there that Mindy decided I would photograph her wedding, even though she wasn’t engaged.  I respect that level of planning.  From there I took their engagement photos in 2014, made a surprise cameo at Mindy’s bachelorette and then their wedding in 2015, maternity photos and newborn photos in 2018, and now 1 year family photos!   I’ve just loved watching Mindy and Justin’s love grow and expand over the years and spending time with clients who I have come to consider friends has been such a joy.

We ventured to Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY for this family photography session and Grace was all smiles. 

She’s just the sweetest little lady and it seemed she was just seconds away from walking.  We were determined to get her first steps on camera!  Alas…

mom and dad hold baby
mom and dad hold baby
mom and dad stand with baby on top of hill in field during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
mom kisses baby
mom and dad smile at baby during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
mom holds up baby as she attempts first steps during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
baby hugs dad during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY

This was Mindy’s chair when she was a baby! I love the history represented here!

baby smiles for photographer during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
family smiles for photographer during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
mom looks at baby smiling for photographer during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY

Grace was SO close to taking those first steps! But today just wasn’t the day.

father holds up baby as she tries to take first steps during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY

Grace and Daddy have awfully similar scrunchy faces don’t they?

father and daughter make scrunchy faces at each other during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY

Thanks as always to Mindy and Justin for allowing me to document your growing family and all the love between you – it’s always a pleasure!!!

If you would like to see more work from Tifft, check out this beautiful engagement session!

Location:  Tifft Nature Preserve – Buffalo, NY

Yates Park at Green Lake & La Galleria Wedding Photography – Buffalo, NY

Tricia + Ryan

Topping Tricia and Ryan’s epic engagement photos in Pittsburgh was going to be difficult, but we had to try.  Tricia and Ryan love Pittsburgh and travel there often, so that was the easy theme for the engagement pictures.  Their La Galleria wedding theme though was all about their love of my favorite color and theirs, green!  Tricia is a graphic designer and created all of the invites, signage, etc. herself!  This is some next level DIY work.  More on that later.  Let’s get started.  Tricia and Ryan both got ready at the Staybridge Suites near their venue and a beautiful celebration was under way.  Check out the gorgeous wedding stationary Tricia created!The lace on Tricia’s Lillian West dress was so beautiful and sweet – and this open back design gave it that extra POW.  I just love it!Those are some proud parents looking on if I’ve ever seen them.  Tricia carried the memory of loved ones who had passed on her bouquet. <3Flower crown by William’s Florist for the WIN!From the hotel we traveled to Yates Park on Green Lake in Orchard Park, NY for the first look and portraits.  The couple visited the site ahead of time and decided this bridge was the perfect place to see each other for the first time on their wedding day, and I couldn’t have agreed more.  So serene and certainly picturesque.  And GREEN!From the bridge I somehow convinced these ladies to walk in heels down a hill and in to a field of daisy’s for more photos.  Sweltering heat, a dash of sunburn, mosquitoes and a snake that I *oops* failed to mention I saw on the way down were no match for this wedding party though.  To anyone with doubts on bridesmaids serving a purpose: From Green Lake it was time for a La Galleria wedding ceremony and reception! Let’s take a minute to appreciate these mirror signs.  Tricia designed, printed and placed all of these letters on these mirrors.  Amazing!  Also, photographers, these are so pretty right, but who’s secretly excited for this trend to end so we’re not constantly dealing with awkward reflections?  It takes a lot of work to get these to photograph perfectly, but they look so beautiful in real life!The opening line of this speech was, “I still can’t believe you asked me do this” and this best man did NOT disappoint with the humor. I absolutely LOVE when time allows me to steal the bride and groom away from the reception for some golden hour portraits.  The property at La Galleria has a wooded area out back that photographs beautifully, this was such a treat!

Many thanks to Tricia and Ryan for having us document your day! And thank you to all these venues and vendors who helped make the day so great!

Bride Preparation: Staybridge Suites

Groom Preparation: Staybridge Suites

Portraits: Yates Park at Green Lake – Orchard Park, NY

Ceremony: La Galleria

Reception: La Galleria

Hair + Makeup: Care Frandina

Dress: Lillian West from Bliss Bridal

Florist: Williams’ Florist

Bakery: Ohlson’s

Videographer: Dave LaNassa

DJ: Whirlin’ Disc

Transportation: Status Limousine

Second Photographer: Steve Karosik