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One month ago today, Spring was in full-effect, the blossoms were popping, and we were celebrating with Jill & Dan! I am so excited to share some favorites from our time with them. They chose two of Buffalo’s beautiful city venues, St Anthony of Padua and Statler City, with stops at the Butler Mansion and Niagara Square for photos in between. Jill, Dan, their families, friends, and bridal party were so much fun, especially out on the dance floor 😉 They kept the party going all night! Everything about this day was perfect, and I would love to shoot this entire wedding all over again!

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“Our first dance song was ‘Over And Over Again’ by Nathan Sykes. We chose this song because of the lyrics. The song begins and continues with some really powerful and meaningful lines that just related to our relationship. It begins with a simple message on ‘from the first hello, that’s all it took’ to all the other beautifully written lyrics truly relates to how the past eight years of our relationship has felt and how it’s lead us to this next step we were about to take.” – Jill

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Jill and Dan were so sweet, from our first meeting, throughout the very last shot of the night. We loved working with them! I asked Jill what advice she had for other brides, and she gave some great tips!

“We kept Excel spreadsheets to keep us on track of all vendors, payments, ‘what to do next’ timelines, addresses, RSVP’s, etc. It was really helpful to have these to refer to while planning to not only stay on track but stay on budget and plan accordingly. This really helped us become less stressed as the day quickly approached! Overall though, remember that you guys are a team. So enjoy all the little appointments together, listen to each other’s inputs and try not to sweat the small stuff! Once the day finally comes, nothing matters more than the person standing beside you. You’ll instantly forget about all the stresses that comes with planning a wedding and become wrapped up in your own little world as husband and wife – as it should be!”

Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding : 
Second Photographer : Stephen Gabris
Ceremony Venue : St Anthony of Padua
Reception Venue : Statler City
DJ : Toy Brothers

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2016-06-14_0001One month ago today, we celebrated with Marissa & Erik down in Longboat Key, Florida! I was so happy when this Buffalo couple asked me to join them down in the sunshine state for their big day, and even happier when one of my fabulous photographer friends, Stephen Gabris of ING Photography, offered to come along for the ride! We enjoyed gorgeous weather, a beautiful ceremony, and a HUGE party at Longboat Key Club with these two! Marissa thought of every detail, and the day came together perfectly, with help from her local wedding planner, Korrin of NK Productions. Enjoy Marissa & Erik’s story below :

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We headed over for the gorgeous beach ceremony, full of love, laughter, and a whole lotta of high-fives!

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Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding : 
Second Photographer : Stephen Gabris
Ceremony, Reception & Photo Locations Site : Longboat Key Club
Wedding Planner : NK Productions Wedding Planning
Florist : Elegant Designs Floral Art Studio
Officiant : Reverend Butler
Cake : Pastries by Design
DJ : Goodley Entertainment Group
Lighting : Affairs in the Air
Hair : Kortney Womer
Makeup : Kyle Lynn Weddings

 

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Meet Molly & Bill & one of my favorite e-sessions ever! They were brave enough to say YES to sunrise portraits and I couldn’t be happier with the results! We meet just after 5AM to catch the sun coming over the city skyline, from a rooftop downtown. It was such a perfect setting for romantic portraits! We headed over to City Hall for our second location, to photograph Bill and his two loves: Molly & his Dodge Challenger 😉 I love that we were able to get their wedding venue, Statler City, in the background of some of these shots! We were feeling great, and the sunlight was just dreamy, so we decided to hop over to third location at the Outer Harbor. We walked the trails, and found a perfect beachy spot for some shots to end their session with. It was pretty wild finishing my shoots by 7AM, and we were tired, but it was SO worth it! Check out their photographs below!

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We had a blast playing at Shea’s and along the Theater District for Eilish & AJ’s engagement session this month! Eilish is in the theater community, so this location was a special spot for their session. We spent time inside the historic theater, and out front with the custom marquee (how cool is that!?) before heading down Main Street, exploring the city. I can’t wait for their wedding day!

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