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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When my phone lit up with a new email titled “We neeeeed to have you!!”, I knew I was about to meet some fabulous new friends! I felt like I connected with Lindsay right away, and was SO excited when she & Turell *officially* asked me to be their wedding photographer 🙂 When I asked them if they had any special spots in mind for their e-session, they said “No, we just love the city!” Music to my ears. We wandered downtown together, snapping shots all over, laughing pretty much the whole way. I can only imagine how joyful the wedding day will be. Thanks for rocking your session, L&T! See you in October!

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So thrilled to be sharing another lovely wedding on the blog today! Meet Becky & Dave; aren’t they cute?! They were planning their wedding from NC, and found me online. We chatted on the phone for their initial consultation; I didn’t meet Becky until a month before the wedding, and didn’t meet Dave until the day-of. But, they are such warm and wonderful people, after just a few minutes, I felt like I had known them for so much longer 🙂

I started with the ladies at The Hotel Lafayette, while Steve hung with the boys around Hotel Henry (we couldn’t have asked for more picturesque getting-ready spots!) Becky & Dave opted for a smaller, simpler wedding, and had a beautiful (hot & sunny!) ceremony at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens. Becky has a HUGE, talented family, and many performed musical pieces during the ceremony; it was so sweet to see how they incorporated these special songs into their wedding day. Afterwards, we headed to City Hall for portraits, followed by a fuel-up at Lloyd’s Taco Factory, where the manager treated them to some bubbly & we did a toast to tacos! Then, we made a stop at Delaware Park for a row on Hoyt Lake, then off to D’Youville where B&D met. So many sweet stops before their reception at Chef’s Restaurant!

Thank you, Becky & Dave, for being so fabulous!! We LOVED spending our day with you, your friends & family. Let’s do it all over again!? 🙂


After their ceremony ended, B&D snuck off to take a minute alone, and Steve sneakily captured the following shots of the newlyweds celebrating! These are some of my favorite images of the whole day.

After the wedding, I asked B&D to tell me some of their favorite parts of the day. Dave’s answers had me cracking up :
“Favorite part was going to Lloyd’s; I was most excited to see my bride in her beautiful dress, and the most memorable part was going to Lloyd’s.”

Becky warned me that Dave doesn’t usually like photos… I would have never guessed!

I like to ask my couples if they have any advice for future brides/grooms; Becky’s response :
“Be purposeful about savoring each moment because the day really does fly by in a blur.”

SO. MUCH. YES!

Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding :
Second Photographer
: Stephen Gabris
Ceremony Venue : Buffalo Botanical Gardens
Reception Site : Chef’s Restaurant
Limo : Status Limousine
Florist : Wegmans
Bakery : Ohlson’s Bakery and Cafe
Hair : Groom Service

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