When I first met Lauren & Paul, I was so excited to hear about their wedding day plans (and their venue choice!) I have been dying to get back to The Red House in Cassadaga ever since I first shot there a few years ago. It’s such a dreamy property for a wedding, with a huge house for bridal prep, lovely ceremony spots, photo locations galore and a big barn to dance the night away. Lauren & Paul opted for a simple day, full of family and friends. They had a sweet outdoor ceremony on the lawn, officiated by Paul’s mother, which was an extra special touch. After photos around the beautiful grounds, we headed up to the barn for the party!

Paul & Lauren surprised each other with a song for their first dance; they didn’t know which song they each chose, and they danced to them both. It was so sweet! After dancing the night away, we headed outside for sparklers and a lovely goodbye. P&L, thank you for sharing your day with us! We loved being there to capture their story.


Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding :
Second Photographer
 : Stephen Gabris
Ceremony & Reception SiteThe Red House
Hair & Makeup Artist :  Ivy Grissom
DJ : CJ Sound

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Gold sparkling shoes, a t-rex cake, woodland creatures, and oh so much more. Laura & Sam’s wedding was full of whimsy and FUN, and we loved being there to capture it all. The girls started with prep at Salon Elizabeth, while the boys hung at The Shores. This bridal party was a blast; the boys rocked their custom Bureau suits, while Laura loved her time with her girls (who were all from Australia, and flew across the globe to celebrate with her!)

We journeyed to The Buffalo Launch Club for their ceremony & reception, where they were married under the lighthouse. Their ceremony was full of special touches including a Scottish hand fasting, a Spanish coin giving and a lot of laughter (especially when Laura vowed to always share her french fries, and quoted Outkast when she told Sam she’d love him forever, ever, forever, ever).

The whole day was full of magic.I think one of my favorite moments of the day, was right after their first kiss, when Sam & Laura took a minute to themselves, to just soak it all in, before walking down the aisle as husband & wife. We had gorgeous light for their portraits, and especially loved the lantern release at the end of the night. We left feeling like we had known them for years, and that says so much about who they are as a couple.

 

Aren’t they the cutest? And just in case you wanted to find them any more adorable, read their advice for future brides & grooms below :

“For the bride I would echo the advice given to me… Just enjoy the day and what ever happens, happens. You only get one wedding day so enjoy every second of it.” -Laura

“There is no reason to be nervous. You are with the person you love, in front of your friends and family (and if nothing else, you look damn good doing it!” – Sam

Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding :
Second Photographer
: Stephen Gabris
Ceremony & Reception Site
: The Buffalo Launch Club
Hair & Makeup : Salon Elizabeth
DJ
: Full Swing
Florist
: Fern Croft Floral
Bakery
Muscoreil’s Fine Desserts
Bride’s Dress
: Bell Street
Groom’s Suit
: Bureau

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I met this sweet family at the beach one night for some fun portraits. They wanted to surprise their mom for her birthday, and gifted her a photo shoot of all her children and grandchildren. How cute is that?! We did some bigger group shots, and then some mini-sessions for each family within, and I can’t wait for Mom to see them all (especially the sibling shot at the end) 🙂

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The best of my job is getting to document your big moments & celebrations. It’s even better when I get to see my client’s journeys, from the start. I was lucky enough to photograph AJ & Alyssa’s engagement session and beautiful wedding day, and now, their maternity session as they anxiously await the arrival of Baby L. I can’t wait to see them again for family portraits 🙂 Thanks for choosing me to capture your story, guys! XOXO

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We ended our June weddings with Charlene & Kevin at O’Brien’s Sleepy Hollow, and could not have asked for a more beautiful couple, place, or day to celebrate!

Steve and the boys hung at the Outer Harbor for some photos while I started with the ladies at Salon Elizabeth. The salon is gorgeously designed, and provided the perfect backdrop for detail shots, and the prep & pamper images. I’m especially a sucker for Lizzy’s mirror wall (which you’ll see in many of the images below!) The weather called for endless rain and we anxiously watched the skies while the girls got ready. Just as we were pulling into O’Brien’s for their ceremony, the skies cleared and the sun came out!

K&C had a sweet ceremony right next to the creek, featuring special readings, songs, and a lot of happy tears. There were so many elements of this day that I loved, like Kevin promising to always trim his nose hairs in his wedding vows and Charlene’s huge burst of laughter at that, but his poem from *elementary school* titled “If I Had a Gal”, with a stick figure bride & groom, framed and displayed as guests entered the ceremony, had to be a favorite. “If I had a gal so sweet, I would give her a treat. And that treat would be to marry me!” The. Best.

Afterwards, we captured wedding party photos right on-site (I was LOVING the dreamy summer light), while the guests mingled on the lawn before heading in for dinner, dancing and a Fairy Cakes dessert bar!

K&C shared their first dance to Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open The Door”, and it was adorable, fun, and oh-so-fitting to the whole entire day. And of course, we couldn’t leave without portraits by the twinkling tree, covered in lights!

We would love to capture this wedding again & again. Thank you, K&C, for being so wonderful to work with, and keeping things FUN!
XOXO

-Erica

Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding
Second Photographer : Stephen Gabris
Ceremony & Reception Site
 : O’Brien’s Sleepy Hollow 
Hair Styling & Girl’s Getting Ready Location : Salon Elizabeth
Makeup Artist : Bonnie Yoo
Florist : Maureen’s
Bakery : Fairy Cakes Cupcakery
Limo : Zoladz Executive Transportation
DJ : Sean Heidinger

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