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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 ūüôā 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 ūüôā

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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. РAshley

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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 ūüôā 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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2016-09-27_0001Kaitlin & Jesse’s¬†wedding was one of those ideal days that we would love to capture over & over again! They are so full of love and joy, and such wonderful people to spend time with. Their bridal party was a blast, the locations we chose together for their portraits were bursting with color and beauty, and the weather was so, so dreamy. Their ceremony was held inside Queen of Heaven, and was so thoughtfully led by the priest, and full of special moments, like¬†the¬†white roses placed on the first pews for Jesse’s parents and a praying mantis we found sitting inside the church during their ceremony¬†(Kaitlin told me they were hoping for a sign that his parents¬†were there in spirit that day :))

They chose The Foundry for their reception, and decorated the room in sparkling silver and bright pink. It all came together flawlessly, and I can’t wait for you see! See more from their day below :

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“I loved getting all dolled up by hairdressers and makeup artists all in preparation to see and marry my husband. I loved having all my friends and family in one place to celebrate with us. Seeing all of our hard work come together just perfectly was another exciting part of our big day!” – Kait

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“Try to take in the wedding day. Step away for a few minutes and take time alone with your new husband/wife to look around with no interruptions.¬† Take it in, that the day is here and all your hard work is done and in full action. Know that everyone is there to celebrate you and your significant other.¬† Enjoy & celebrate!!! This is the day you’ve been waiting for!” – Kait

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Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding :
Second Photographer :
Melissa Rathke
Ceremony : Queen of Heaven Church
Reception : The Foundry
Wedding Planner : Heavenlee Weddings
Makeup Artist : Huda Abdulla- Empowered Beauty
Florist : 
Flowers, etc
Dress : MA Carr 
Videographer : Direct Entertainment
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