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Lauren & Paul chose the North Tonawanda Botanical Gardens for their engagement session, and we lucked out with the most gorgeous October evening. I think I squealed about the sunlight about fifteen different times! They brought their pup Beans along and we captured some ‘family’ portraits. The setting was so lovely, and they showed me the spot where Paul proposed, under a willow tree by the creek; how perfect is that?! They were so fun to hang with, and Lauren, those EYES! Work it, girl! Can’t wait for the wedding!

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2016-10-03_0001I am smiling from ear-to-ear as I blog this wedding! I have been SO honored to be a part of such incredible celebrations this year; I mean seriously, my 2016 season has been so utterly beautiful. Every single wedding this year, I’ve wanted to pinch myself, because I just can’t believe how lucky I am to find clients like this. This wedding was no exception! I just loved being a part of Ashley & David’s day; their love for each other is simply contagious. And those smiles!! They are a model couple, in every sense 🙂 They, along with their families and bridal party, were just bursting with joy, and good, good energy. It was so wonderful to be surrounded by that, and to be invited to document it!

You’ll see what I mean below 🙂

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After prepping in separate rooms at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, Ashley & David headed over to the ceremony at Saint Joseph’s. Ashley & her father rode in style in a vintage Rolls Royce, and I love the shots Steve captured of them!

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2016-10-03_0034 2016-10-03_0035 2016-10-03_0036 2016-10-03_0037 2016-10-03_0038 2016-10-03_0039 2016-10-03_0040“My favorite part of the wedding day was looking into Ashley’s eyes, and seeing her joy.” – David
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“After the wedding the most memorable thing was how truly special our ceremony was. How I am happy that we did it at the church, in front of our family and friends, and what it truly means to us to be married. It gives me chills thinking about it.” – Ashley

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“Before the wedding I was most excited to see the reception space come together. (And when I got there and saw that it did, it was the best feeling in the world).” – Ashley

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“My favorite part of the wedding day was dancing at the reception. Being able to get everyone up, on the dance floor, and having a great time celebrating our love. It was pretty epic.” – Ashley

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Before their party truly kicked off, Ashley & David surprised their guests with a live caricature artist and with a 50th anniversary cake/dance dedicated to this couple. How fun is that?!

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“After the wedding, the most memorable thing was how our diverse families bonded, as if they have known each other forever. – David

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The memories made on that day will last forever, including those who spent the day with you, which means by default even those you hired to be there. With that being said we LOVED working with City Lights Studio. From beginning to end, Erica went out of her way to be there, answer questions, and make us feel truly special about our special day. For brides and grooms, I would say enjoy the moment. Laugh often. Embrace your surroundings and the memories that are being made. Take a step back and observe the abundant love that is being showered on you. – Ashley

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Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding : 
Second Photographer : Stephen Gabris
Ceremony : St. Joseph’s Cathedral
Reception : Hotel at The Lafayette, Crystal Ballroom
Hair Stylist : Salon Elizabeth
Makeup Artist :Ta’Miek Smith
Videographer : Black Horse Videography
Limo : Advantage Limousine
DJ : Nickel City Music
Florist : Kristi Dauria
Bakery : Ohlson’s
Caricature Artist : Billy Gallagher
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2016-10-04_0001Welcome to the world, Baby Liam! It was so, SO lovely to meet you, and spend some time with your parents, Lindsay & Adam 🙂 I shot their 2015 wedding, and was thrilled to the receive the email inviting me to capture their new life as parents! I headed to their house, for a casual lifestyle family session (my favorite way to photograph babies and children!) I loved being able to document another beautiful part of their story, and can’t wait to come back for more later on. XOXO!

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