With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we wanted to take a minute to celebrate some of our favorite ladies! From the first minute of planning, to the last minute of partying, Moms can play a huge part in your big day, and we know how important it is to capture that. We are so fortunate to have been invited to document so many beautiful, touching and FUN moments, and just had to share some of our favorites!
 

To all the Mamas out there, we hope you have a lovely (and relaxing) Sunday!

XOXO

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We kicked off our 2017 season last month with Sonia & Alex, and man, has the bar been set high for the year!! When I first met S&A, I loved their laid-back, fun-loving attitudes, and knew they were planning something great together. This wedding was a total party from start to finish, and the rainy weather didn’t matter one bit. We started the day at The Buffalo Club for prep. Once everyone was ready, we strolled right across the street to Trinity Church for a beautiful ceremony, followed by one of our favorite grand exits to-date (S&A armed their bridal party with bubble guns and colorful silk parasols; it was a photographer’s dream!) After a whirldwind round of bridal party photos, we headed inside The Buffalo Club for an action-packed reception! There was a band with sitar player for cocktails, a DJ for the dance floor, a piano player in the lounge, surprise performances, a bridal party dance-off, Bollywood movies on projection screens, jaw-dropping floral pieces by Ferncroft, endless toasts, a photobooth, an icecream sundae bar, outfit changes, hours of wild dancing, and so much more! I said it was a party, right!? I was lucky to have Steve shooting alongside, to keep up with all the action!

Thank you, Sonia & Alex, for inviting us to celebrate with you & allowing to capture this outrageously FUN part of your story together!!

 

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Five years ago today, we celebrated our own wedding! It was one of the most exciting days of our lives, and we’ll treasure our photos forever (thank you Dylan & Robyn!) Jay & I met at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2009, and it has been a special holiday for us ever since. When Jay proposed, and we realized the next St Patrick’s Day fell on a Saturday, we decided to go for it! This wedding was planned in less than three months, on a minimal budget, but we definitely didn’t scale back on the fun factor! Check out these wonderful story-telling images by Onion Studio below!

Jay surprised me with these rings on the morning of our wedding; I still wear them everyday! For Jay’s present, I gave him a book I had been writing in for the past year. Every day, I wrote down something that I loved about him, from taking out the trash, to moving my car on a snowy day, to proposing. I love that he wrote back to me & gave it to me to read right before our ceremony.

My bridesmaids made these fabulous shoe-clips for all of us! I had pink shoes, and they all had nude shoes in whatever style was comfortable for them. The shoe clips tied the look together & added so much fun. We handmade each of their bouquets, with silk pieces that we cut and sewed together to look like big, blooming flowers. Each bridesmaid gave me a gorgeous pin to insert into my bouquet; each one is special. I still have my bouquet on display on our mantle!

Using the same handmade flowers from the bouquets, I made all of the boutonnieres and added vintage keys and twine to tie it all together. We love fresh flowers, but have also really enjoy having all of these sweet momentos still.
To save a little money and add a lot of fun, we opted for a school bus to cart us all around for photos. We were able to do a split day, so we had the bus for photos then hours later, they came back to shuttle everyone off to their hotels. My bridesmaids decorated the inside & out, and it was great!
We headed off to City Hall, mine & Jay’s favorite building in Buffalo, for our First Look. Our ceremony & reception were at the same location, so we knew we wanted to do photos beforehand. A sweet and simple First Look was exactly what we were looking for! We opted to have our entire bridal party in the background and love the photos.
We had our bridal party to keep it simple with their outfits; they were excited to find out they didn’t have to buy specific dresses or tuxes. The ladies wore a short dress of their choosing in pinks and corals, and the guys wore white shirts, khakis, with suspenders & bowties we gave them. We love how the look came together!

After we bounced around downtown for photos, we headed over to the International Institute for our ceremony & reception! We loved the vibe of the space, the location on Delaware, and really loved that our rental fees went towards their refugee programs. We decorated the space with vintage jars we picked up at a yard sale, simple flowers Jay grabbed that morning at Wegman’s, and small candles. We found paper letters at a craft store and used them for our mantle decor, and created a large bare tree print for our sign-in book. We opted for a Honeyfund instead of a traditional registry, and invited our guests to participate in our trip to Thailand, so I made our cardbox with a map and paper flowers. We also made a wooden box, which we painted with our date & lined with some photos, for a wine ceremony. It was a little thrown together but it came together great!

We wanted our ceremony to be personal, intimate and special. We had a friend play music, my grandfather read a poem, we wrote our own vows, and our mothers presented bottles of wine for us to save & open on our first anniversary. We will be opening it up again tomorrow when we celebrate #5!

After our ceremony, we mixed & mingled then brought the bridal party back in with introductions, read by Jay’s sisters. We surprised the bridal party & our guests by preparing personalized, hilarious intros calling out some of the things they’re famous for, like owning 1000 pairs of shoes, being obsessed with pickles or having a walrus tattooed on their tush haha. It was all in good fun & the entire room was cracking up throughout!

Jay said the only thing that was bumming him out about our wedding was that he couldn’t bring our dog Rexie. I surprised him with a big print haha. She “sat” on the mantle all night & partied with us 🙂

We had tables set-up with a loosely structured buffet of salads, roast beef and my favorite, a baked potato martini bar! We all enjoyed our signature cocktails like these peach mojitos. It was completely bizarre weather for a March wedding (temps in the 70’s!) so our guests were able to use the patio for dinner and drinks as well. We called everyone back in for an epic cake smash, and a fun first dance which started with sweet, slow songs by our friends and ended with a James Brown boogie-down!

One of my favorite moments had to be when all of my bridesmaids surprised me with an acoustic serenade of one of our favorite songs, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston. It was so sweet & my bridesmaid Kerry said she spend 3 days straight learning it for us!

We wanted to make sure the fun went all night, so we had a strawberry & peach shortcake bar, St Patricks’ day costumes with hats/boas/necklaces for everyone to wear, cigars for the guys, and sparklers for all! I still do not know where the beach balls on the dance floor came from!

The day was fun, beautiful and most importantly, totally us! We celebrated into night and kept the party going at the parade the whole next day. It was the best weekend ever & we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our love! We’re forever thankful for the friends, family and vendors who made it so great for us!!!
Photography : Onion Studio
Ceremony & Reception Site : International Institute 
Officiant : Yellowbird Wedding
Transportation : Fisher Bus Services
Fresh Flowers & Cake : Wegmans
Music : Ed Wyner, Dan Borodzik, Kerry Fey, DJ Nelson
Boutonnieres, Bouquets, Paper Items & Decor : Us & Friends!
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Speaking from experience, motherhood is the wildest ride… From pregnancy, to birth, to the newness of having a newborn, to the juggling act of infant life, to navigating the fierce waters of toddlerhood and beyond to the even deeper waters of teenagers, all while trying to celebrate every little perfect and bittersweet milestone along the way. You’ll never feel so needed; you’ll never feel so loved. You’ll never feel so tired, or so alive! It’s a journey of extremes… And it happens in a blink of an eye!

So, let’s press pause. Let’s capture those little faces. Let’s capture your love, your beauty, you & your babies (no matter how old they are now).  And let’s pamper, indulge and spoil. Because, damn, you have earned it. And let’s drink champagne, because, you’ve definitely earned that too. And then let’s take gorgeous photos of you & yours, that you can love forever. So when that blink of an eye is over, you have this moment. And so much more.

Join us on Sunday April 23rd for our first ever LUXE Sessions at the gorgeous Salon Elizabeth! Just in time for an early Mother’s Day surprise, this is a perfect gift for your hardworking wife, your own mother, or best of all, yourself! All ages of Mamas & Babes welcome 😉

Your LUXE Session will include :

  • Mimosas and wine to indulge, a juice bar for the babes, and sweet treats for all
  • Full pampering with professional makeup application, hair styling and glamorous manicure for Mama
  • Kiss of beauty mini-pampering for the little ladies or hair styling for the little gents
  • A private 30 minute glamour photo session with City Lights Studio
  • An invitation to City Lights Studio inside the Hotel Lafayette for a private reveal session of your finished images
  • $75 gift certificate towards prints, digitals, or albums of your choice
  • 20% off all retail products at Salon Elizabeth
  • A surprise gift bag for Mama, for some extra spoiling!

Investment : 

  • This LUXE Session is available at a special price of $375
  • Option to add additional adult into the session; includes full pampering session, drinks, treats, gift bag and 15 extra minutes of portrait session time, +$125/per person
  • Limited space available; offer valid on Sunday 04.23.17. Price does not include NYS sales tax. Deposit required for reservation.

View samples of a gorgeous session below, with four lovely generations! Email us today with any questions you may have, or to reserve your spot!

XOXO

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