2016-07-11_0001At this time, one month ago today, you could find us at the Hotel Lafayette capturing Kathleen & Mitch’s big celebration! We had so much fun with them and their guests, throughout the entire day. They had a gorgeous ceremony at St. Joseph University Parish before we headed off to the Cobblestone District and The Outer Harbor for bridal party photos. We ended right in front of the hotel for one more set of images, with strong winds and magical light in Lafayette Square, before heading inside for their party! They had Radio Nation band to keep the crowd moving, and fun glow sticks and flip flops to get everyone on the dance floor. It was such a lovely day, and we loved being the ones to document it. Check out their beautiful story below!

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Second Photographer : Stephen Gabris
BeautyExcuria Salon
Videographer Phenomenon 
Limo : Buffalo Limousine
Band : Radio Nation
Florist : Maureen’s 
Bakery : Muscoreil’s
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2016-07-07_0001I love so many things about my job; right at the top of the list is getting to see my clients again & again, as they move through the different phases of their lives! It is so exciting to be selected to capture these milestone moments! From their engagement session, to their wedding, to their now maternity session, I have loved having Heather & Brian in front of my camera. They are the sweetest, and they bring my buddy Furry Murray along for visits 😉 I started my morning with them and a nice little hike around Tifft Nature Preserve. The light was perfect and they rocked it. I can’t wait to see them again, with Baby Griffin!

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A beautiful couple, a gorgeous venue, and perfect weather… a recipe for a dream wedding! Now, throw in an adorable dog, and we’re really set 😉 We had such a great time celebrating with Katie & Dan last month at The Butler Mansion & are so excited to share some favorite shots! I started my day with Katie at Shianne Waxing Studio on Elmwood, where she got her makeup done. What a place! I was enchanted with the record flooring, rock & roll decor, and wonderful staff. Katie left super glam, and we headed to the Butler to get her ready. Meanwhile, Melissa met Dan & his groomsmen over at Lockhouse Distillery for some of their ‘prep’ 😉 Man, the boys sure do have it easy ha! Afterwards, we all headed to the gardens at the mansion for a lovely ceremony, followed by an amazing cocktail hour & dinner, al fresco! The guests were pampered with fountain-side dining, followed by an insane dessert spread and wild party inside! The band kept the fun going all night, and we loved being there to capture it!

Katie & Dan, thank you for having us as part of your day & allowing us to document a small part of your story together!

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Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding
Second Photographer : Melissa Rathke
Ceremony & Reception Venue : The Butler Mansion
Food & Beverage : Three Pillars Catering

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We’re back at it with back-to-back blog posts from back-to-back weddings! We were so lucky to share our Memorial Day weekend with two amazing couples and their guests! Even better, both weddings took place at the Foundry, a venue which we adore. Mecaila & Alex’s Sunday wedding was simply perfect. They were so fun, and their bridal party was bursting with personality; they kept us laughing all day long!

They booked so many Buffalo Indie Weddings members as their vendors and it was so great to see all of those details come together. When I asked them what they were most excited about during the planning process, Alex said “Finding the right venue and meeting the vendors.  Watching Mecaila’s eyes light up with excitement as she instantaneously envisioned our wedding at the Foundry was something I’ll never forget.  The vendors we chose were absolutely amazing.  We weren’t just impressed with their quality of work, but we also saw a great amount of passion and enthusiasm in each of them.  Their passion is what helped make our wedding perfect and as stress free as it was.” Wedding photographer heart-melt material right there!!

On their wedding, we started at The Foundry Suites for prep photos before the boys met us for a beautiful First Look in the courtyard. Most brides hug their groom, but Mecaila walked right up and tugged on his ear, immediately cracking everyone up. Then, the look in Alex’s eyes as he saw his bride for the first time brought everyone right back to heartfelt tears. There were so many equally funny and overwhelmingly sweet moments like this throughout the entire day and we just loved being a part of it all! Thank you, A&M, so much for choosing us to capture your story! XOXO

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Loved this moment with Mecaila & her sister pinning a photograph of their family members inside her dress. What a sweet tradition!

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She rocked the most lovely flower crown from William’s Florist!

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After reading a sweet letter from her husband-to-be, Mecaila let me pose her for some shots. I hard a hard time stopping because she is just so STUNNING.

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Meanwhile, Colin was with Alex & his boys at another hotel. I love the shots he snagged of them getting ready.

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Alex sported a custom-made suit from Bureau. One of their signature marks is to stitch a personalized quote inside the collar of their jackets. Alex chose this quote from the song by Death Cab for Cutie. How special is that?
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After some shots around the hotel, we headed downtown for bridal party adventures!

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“Seeing Mecaila walk down the aisle was my favorite moment of the day. I was anxious about the wedding the whole day, hoping everything would be perfect, but at that moment, everything just became so clear.  It was the happiest I’ve been in my entire life.” – Alex

I mean, come on. I’m tearing up all over again just writing this!

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Mecaila & Alex’s advice, as a newly married couple : “Don’t forget why you’re getting married.  It’s so easy to stress out and argue about all the fine details, but do your best to compromise.  The wedding, as special and important as it is, still ends up being one day in the rest of your lives. Enjoy the process!” You guys are the best!

Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding : 
Second Photographer : Colin Gordon
Ceremony & Reception Venue : The Foundry Suites
Beauty Styling : Salon A Go-go
Videographer : Skinny Kid Films
Florist : William’s Florist Gift House
DJ : Toy Bros Entertainment
Bakery : Buffalo Cake Pops
Alex’s Suit : Bureau
Transportation : Fisher Bus Services

 

 

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One month ago today, we were hanging with these two beautiful people! Alyssa & AJ were such a dream to work with, right from day one. When Gabby from After 5 Events introduced us, we clicked right away & I was thrilled when they booked with City Lights 🙂 I think Gabby & I were just as excited for their wedding as they were haha. Everything turned out beautifully, of course. I started with the ladies at the Foundry Suites for their getting ready pictures, while Colin hung with the men. AJ met us there for a special first look by the fountain. Afterwards, we all headed over to Allentown for some fun and colorful portraits! It was HOT but they rocked it. We came back to the Foundry for a gorgeous ceremony, full of lots of tears (including my own!) and laughter, before partying the night away. I would love to shoot this day again & again!

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“Our favorite moment of the day was our first look. It was such a special moment for just the two of us.” -Alyssa

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Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding
Second Photographer : Colin Gordon
Wedding Planner : After 5 Events, Gabby
Ceremony & Reception : The Foundry Suites
Officiant : Sue Samuels
Floral : Flowers by Johnny
Cake & Cupcakes : Dessert Deli
Photo Booth and DJ : Toy Bros
Transportation : Zoladz

 

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