2016-09-23_0001I had the most lovely shoot with Cami for her senior portraits! We started in the Theater District before heading over to Allentown for her stylish city session. She’s fashionable, fun, and was open to all of my crazy ideas.¬†So, this session might just be an all-time favorite ūüôā I love shooting creative senior sessions, and have a few fall spots left. Email me today to talk about yours!

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So excited to share some favorites from my lifestyle family session with Everett, Tommy & their parents! I do not offer traditional family portraits in a studio, but rather lifestyle shots, blending poses and play, on-location or in your home! I love at-home family sessions for so many reasons; the kids love to show off their space, the backdrops and areas we shoot in are so personalized (and the parents are more relaxed from not having to rush everyone around!) This particular shoot, we shoot inside and then¬†spent a lot of time playing in the backyard, because the light was just so dreamy!¬†The boys were so sweet, and we had a blast. I loved being able to capture this time in their beautiful family ūüôā

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Get ready for lots of laughter, pineapples, Bills gear, tequila shots, and so much more! We loved being invited to capture Amanda & Matt’s story. They had a sweet ceremony, at the same church, with the same priest that married Amanda’s parents. How special is that?! Afterwards, we headed to City Hall, and Forest Lawn for their portraits. Amanda’s bridesmaids had gorgeous dresses in an ombre of pinks, and they were perfect for photos. During the day, we had a little extra time, and I asked Amanda & Matt to name a place that was special to them, for date nights. They said “Cantina Loco!” so we popped in quickly to grab some shots of shots and takeover the bar ūüėČ It was a fun extra stop. Afterwards, we continued the party onto Avanti Mansion for sentimental toasts, delicious food, and lots of dancing! We even grabbed a shot of all of their guests, posing for us on the dancefloor. It was such a beautiful day, and we were so lucky to be a part of it!

Read more about their day below :

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“Our all-time favorite part of our wedding day was seeing the church packed full of family and friends there to see us finally¬†become husband and wife. Having that amount of support and love made us saying ‘I Do’ even more special! I know I was most excited for Matt to see me walk down the aisle in my wedding dress (no more Matt stealing my phone trying to sneak a look at the pictures!)” -A

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“A fun unplanned moment that really made our wedding us was going into Cantina Loco to catch some shots (and do some shots too) at our favorite restaurant!” -A

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“For any future brides and grooms, really try to steal moments throughout the day, whether it is just a quick hand squeeze or quick kiss, just to bring it back to the both of you, and the purpose of the whole day. It goes by so fast, that once it is over, you will be hanging on to all of those moments and memories! Let all the details go that day (it’s hard!)-in the end, it does not really matter. All that matters is that you just became Mr. and Mrs., and you have a lifetime of adventures ahead of you!” -A

2016-09-13_0137 2016-09-13_0138Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding :
Second Photographer : Colin Gordon
Ceremony Site : Our Lady of Bistrica Roman Catholic Church
Reception Site : Avanti Mansion
Hair/Makeup Artist : Angela Sambrotto
Videographer : Priore (Nicole)
Limo : Status Limousine
DJ : Toy Bros (Kevin)
Florist : Blossoms N Treasures
Wedding Cake¬†: Muscoreil’s
Favors : Aurora Popcorn Shop

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I¬†can barely contain my excitement as I upload Sarah & Ryan’s images! This day was just flawless, all-around. I had Colin Gordon along for the ride as second photographer, the weather was sunny, the locations they¬†chose for photos were perfect, the bridal party was so animated and fun, all of the elements of that S&R so thoughtfully selected¬†to be a part of their day were so gorgeous and came together seamlessly.¬†But¬†most importantly, we just loved spending time with Ryan & Sarah. They are two of the¬†sweetest, most fun-loving folks you’ll meet.¬†And they are just such pretty people, inside & out! They made our job so so easy. This entire season has been full of dream clients, and I just feel luckier and luckier with each wedding.

Ryan is also an amazing local videographer & owner of Ryan Palm Films (you’ll see him behind his camera a few times throughout the day), so he was really excited about helping plan photo locations. He & Sarah scouted out spots in Silo City that they loved, and they found a spot with a big, beautiful tree and swing. I fell hard for it too! Such¬†a dreamy backdrop¬†for them to first see each other on their big day!

Scroll down to see & read more from their day!

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“The flowers were absolutely stunning. I’m no florist, so I¬†gave William’s a lot of freedom and tried to be hands-off and let them do what they do best.¬†I could not have been more thrilled with the result. They were perfect!! It’s like they knew what I¬†wanted even better than I did.” -S

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“It is SO hard to pick a favorite part of the most perfect day ever.¬†Getting dressed and reading the sweet card Ryan wrote to me that morning really started to make everything feel real. I spent so much time planning and¬†thinking about the wedding that it was around that time it began to sink in that it was really our¬†wedding day.” – S

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Something we try to save time for each wedding, is a First Look between the bride & her father. It’s so just beautiful to have another moment like this captured! Sarah’s dad had us all tearing up, as he placed his mother’s ring on his daughter’s finger. The. Sweetest!

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Meanwhile, Colin was hanging with the men at The Pearl @ The Webb hotel before they headed over to Silo City to see the girls!

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“As I walked toward Ryan at Silo City for our First Look, I was so ready for him to finally see the dress I’d been dying to show him for a year and I was beyond¬†excited to start our wedding day together. It was very fitting for our relationship. Nothing over the top or theatrical, just a wonderful moment that we got to share with our closest friends nearby watching but with so much more privacy and less pressure¬†than we would have had if we waited until the ceremony to see each other. The time we spent taking photos beforehand allowed me to really enjoy feeling like a bride all day before we saw our guests.” – S

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After their First Look, their dog Lady joined the party! She was a very important part of their day, and even had her own floral collar. So cute!

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I had to include this shot because it just cracks me up. Ryan also started to get sleepy during our engagement session and we have a similar shot from that haha. Being a pro model is hard work, huh buddy? ūüėČ

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After Silo City, we headed to City Hall for a very quick stop. We just *had* to find lovely stairs for a shot to showcase the EPIC train on Sarah’s dress!

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“Hire people you trust! We trusted all of our vendors to do a great job because they had great reviews online and from word of mouth of friends. Buffalo Indie Weddings was a great resource (and the most fun bridal show).¬†I’m elated with the way everything turned out. It’s easy to get caught up in wanting the perfect Pinterest wedding, but know your own style and don’t be afraid to go after it! Let the professionals do what they do without micromanaging, but make sure they know your style. I loved having a family friend officiate and a friend from NYC perform¬†our ceremony music.¬†Our wedding was so truly ‘us’ and I couldn’t be happier.” -S

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“I loved our place cards and table numbers. Alyson at Rust¬†Belt Love was so patient with me and so eager to do exactly what I wanted within my budget. I wanted to incorporate¬†rose gold because our rings are rose gold, and she did it in¬†such a beautiful way!” – S

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“The cake was a favorite part of our wedding!! I’ve gotten so many questions about the cake. We ordered it from NYC because it was a special place to us when we used to live there. Ryan bought me one of their birthday cakes every year and we decided we wanted to carry that into our wedding day. I’m sure a bakery here could have executed a similar cake flawlessly, but it was the specific cake and¬†bakery that was meaningful to us.¬†It was definitely a splurge to ship a wedding cake, but it was important to us and I don’t regret it one bit!” -S

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“THE DANCING! We had the world’s best DJ, Chris from Whirlin Disc Sound. I could rave¬†about him for days. He had the¬†dance floor¬†packed the whole night. And I guess it helps that we had a bridal party and guest list made primarily of Rockettes,¬†professional dancers,¬†and musical theater performers… I have never had so much fun!!” – S

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Advice for future brides & grooms :
“Spend as much time together as you can! I know it isn’t right for everyone, but we LOVED having a first look. Getting to spend time together before the wedding was so special. We also had moments to ourselves right before and after the ceremony. We had a sweetheart table at the reception, and it was so lovely to eat dinner just the two of us¬†and soak in all in.” -S

“The day flies by and there are so many people you want to connect with, and it’s important to make sure you get to enjoy time together and to soak in all of the amazing emotions you are experiencing.”¬†– R

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Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding :
Second Photographer :
 Colin Gordon
Ceremony & Reception Site : The Pearl @ the Webb
Hair & Makeup : Groom Service РKassie
Videographer : Daniel and Christopher Costanzo
Limo : Buffalo Trolley
DJ : Whirling Disc Sound РChris
Florist¬†:¬†William’s Florist¬†
Bakery : Momofuku Milk Bar NYC
Place Cards & Table Numbers : Rust Belt Love
Bride’s Jewelry : Wild Things Buffalo

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When Sammi reached out to me about her unique wedding, I was thrilled! Everything she wanted to do was unconventional, and I couldn’t wait to see how it came together. She & Brady focused on planning a day that was true reflection of who they are as a couple; low-key, fun, surprising! They held their wedding on a Thursday, brought in food trucks, featured home-brewed beers, had the most colorful bridal party, Sammi wore a gorgeous handmade skirt and crop top, and they incorporated two of their favorite things : wrestling and crayons (more on that below)!
They treated the day like one huge party, and their guests had a blast. The entire wedding was very relaxed, without a lot of the usual formalities. Sammi & Brady exchanged letters before a gorgeous first-look. After which, we did bridal party portraits before a big, beautiful ceremony in the Rose Garden. After they were announced husband & wife, they danced their way down the aisle, with their bridal party following. It was amazing! Enjoy reliving their day as you scroll below!

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One of Brady’s highlights of the day was finally¬†being able to finally take a sip of the holy grail of IPA, Heady Topper. ¬†He’s never had it before, and¬†this beer is only available in Vermont for purchase on Wednesdays and the line starts before 8am!¬†“Our wonderful friend who traveled from Vermont brought us a cooler full of beer from The Alchemist, along with some other hard to find beers only available there. ¬†While we are avid beer lovers, this was truly a special treat for us. ¬†They even sell empty beer cans on eBay!” –¬†Sammi

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“My advice to others planning is to remember that the wedding is about you and your significant other. ¬†While friends and family always seem to input their advice and suggestions, you can kindly decline and do it your way. ¬†Everything we did was a reflection of us. ¬†I hope that this was portrayed in everything that we did, as we wanted out guests to get a sense of who we are. ¬†We are huge foodies, who love wrestling, drinking and being silly with one another. ¬†While the extra frills work for some, it didn’t work for us.”
Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding : 
Ceremony : The Delaware Park Rose Garden
Reception Site : The Marcy Casino
Second Photographer : Colin Gordon
Florist : Graser’s¬†
Bakery : Fairy Cakes
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