Traditionally Modern: Daniel & Christine's Downtown Buffalo & Orchard Park Country Club Wedding

When we first met Daniel and Christine over Skype to talk about their wedding day plans, it was clear these two had an easy, natural chemistry stemming from a great friendship. So we had a really good feeling about how well their affection for each other would photograph on their wedding day, and we were right on the money.

We met Christine at her family's home in Orchard Park the afternoon of her wedding, where she was as cool as a cucumber in the company of her parents and bridesmaids.

After capturing that moment when her dad would see his daughter for the first time in her wedding dress, we had some time to capture some beautiful portraits of Christine. As we did, we couldn't help but be reminded of how Dan first described her smile and her bubbly, contagious laugh to us in that initial conversation. She was definitely a ray of sunshine!

Not to be outdone was Dan and his family who prepared for the wedding at the Salvatore's Garden Place Hotel. We love how sharp Dan and his gents look in their navy suits!

Since Daniel and Christine are both originally from Western New York, it was really important to them to capture some Buffalo landmarks as part of their bridal party photographs--and they worked in plenty of time between the ceremony and the reception to make it happen (we LOVE that)! So after their Orchard Park ceremony, we headed to downtown Buffalo, stopping first in the Cobblestone District, and then on to Buffalo City Hall. Of course, since the car show happened to be in town around the corner, we were thrilled to work in a classic car shot at the Pierce Arrow Museum in between stops :)

Still having some time before the guests would arrive for the reception, we headed to Orchard Park Country Club and had a few more beautiful moments with the bride and groom. The grounds of the Country Club were so picturesque, we could have kept these two out there on the green even longer - but the time had arrived for the reception to start!

Dan and Christine were overjoyed at their entrance and Dan even did a first dance before the 'official' first dance, which just set the tone of celebration that evening. The speeches from the maid of honor, the best man, and Christine's dad were so thoughtfully written and delivered that they just made your heart melt...not to mention the father-daughter and mother-son dances!

Dan and Christine were masters at the shoe game. Since their friendship goes back to their days of working together at YMCA day camp, they really know each other well!

Dan & Christine - we're so glad you found us in your wedding photography search on the worldwide web! It was our total pleasure to work with you, your families and friends on your gorgeous wedding day. We wish you both the best in your lives as husband and wife, and each other's best friend! :)

Wedding Photography by:  Ascension Visionary Concepts

Reception Venue:  Orchard Park Country Club

Bride's Dress:  Alfred Angelo

Bride's Shoes:  Steve Madden

Groom's Apparel:  Richel Formalwear

Bridesmaid Apparel:  Alfred Angelo

Wedding Cake:  Joanne Manning

DJ: The Hitmen

Limo Service provided by: TLC Limo Service

Favors:  Donation to Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Presenting Autumn's Class of 2016 Senior Portrait Session

Senior Year is a big deal. So why not kick it off with a little end-of-summer fun? That's what Autumn did for her Class of 2016 Senior Portrait Session. From the urban brick and mortar alleys of Downtown Buffalo's Historical Cobblestone District to the tall grasses of late summer at Tifft Nature Preserve, Autumn rocked every shot of her session! Her clean & simple styling was perfect--but wait til you see those eyes! :)

After a quick outfit change and a short drive down Route 5, we were ready for the second part of Autumn's shoot. We loved every minute of it!

Autumn - thanks for choosing us to photograph your Class of 2016 Senior Portrait Session! We wish you the best in your senior year and in your bright future ahead!

#dreandlishitched15: A Spencerport Wedding at Plantation Party House

The weeks just seemed to fly by from the time we photographed Andre and Melissa's engagement session, and suddenly their Spencerport wedding day was upon us. As we headed down I-90 from Buffalo to Rochester, surrounded by sunshine and the deep green of mid-summer trees, we could see it was shaping up to be a beautiful day.

We caught up with Melissa just as she was finishing up hair and makeup.  The blue in her details and bridesmaids dresses were the perfect compliment to her blue eyes--and the bright summer sky!

Melissa had multiple sets of jewelry and was still undecided until the moment she got dressed. Just then, a family member volunteered her diamond studs, and everyone agreed it was the perfect "something borrowed" that she needed to complete her wedding day look!

Meanwhile down the hall, Andre and his groomsmen were all suited up, just waiting for the ceremony to begin. Love the purple and blue orchid boutonniere against Andre's grey suit.  Just sharp!

Just before the ceremony, Andre came to exchange a gift and private sentiments with his bride. Although they didn't see each other, this hand-hold around the door was definitely the next best thing!

Andre personally rolled out the "white carpet" for his bride's walk down the aisle. With that, the ceremony began. It was a beautiful sight to see Melissa's father escort her toward her groom as friends and family looked on.

Next stop, Spencerport's Plantation Party House, where first we captured a few portraits of the stunning bride, followed by some fun shots with the bridal party.

We had such a hard time narrowing down our favorite couple shots from this wedding. So we stopped narrowing. Enjoy! :)

Meanwhile inside the Party House, the guests were assembled and ready for the party to start!

We absolutely love the happy smiles on the faces the bride and groom's parents as they prepared to make their reception entrance. Everyone in the bridal party was ready to celebrate--but especially Melissa and Andre!

After speeches and dinner, the reception guests meandered along the grounds of the Plantation Party House, enjoying each other's company both indoors and out in the warm evening breeze. Since the newlyweds were soon to move to Hawaii, this day was all about having a good time with their friends and family...and that they did!

As the couple took their turns on the dance floor, first with each other, then with their parents, there was not a dry eye in the house. Such beautiful moments!

The dancing was just getting started, and once it did, it never stopped. This bunch nearly brought down the Party House!

The bride and groom couldn't have looked happier as they made a jovial exit to glow sticks!

And since we were all outside...why not get our final shots of the night alongside the couple's sweet wedding day ride?

Andre and Melissa - best wishes to the two of you as you begin your new life together in tropical Hawaii! So glad you chose us to capture your wedding-day send off from Western New York! Congratulations! Aloha! :)

A Canalside Celebration: Michelle & Ben's Lockport Locks Wedding

On a gorgeous July afternoon in Lockport, an unforgettable wedding celebration was in store along the Erie Canal. From the time we photographed their engagement session almost a year ago to the day, Michelle and Ben's excitement had been building for this event and, as we pulled up to meet Michelle and her entourage at the Lockport Inn and Suites, we knew it was going to be beautiful!

As Michelle prepared to get dressed, her mom presented her with a surprise - a personalized hanger for her lovely wedding dress. Now her details were complete!

Outside in the parking lot, we caught up with Ben and his groomsmen, and there was this classic car just begging for attention...so of course, this happened. Perfect timing!

Upon arriving at the Lockport Locks Canalside Banquet Center, we took a few moments to photograph some of the rustic details including the DIY centerpieces that the bride put together herself. Beautiful!

After the ceremony, we took advantage of a few private moments aboard the Lockport Locks Lockview V Boat with the bride and the groom.

Next, everyone jumped in the limo bus to head over to Upson Park for a few shots with the bridal party...and of course a few more with the newlyweds.

Before jumping aboard the Lockview V again for their sunset cruise, Michelle and Ben got a preview of the guest signature book, full of their favorite images from their engagement session. Ben's expression says it all!

Among the guests on the cruise were our past clients Erin & AJ whose beautiful Becker Farms wedding inspired Ben & Michelle to book us as their Lockport wedding photographers. Thanks guys!! :)

Back ashore, it was time for Michelle and Ben to make their reception entrance. One of the highlights was when Ben's father presented the newlyweds with a special heirloom memento to inaugurate their home. Not a dry eye in the place after that!

As dinner was being served, we couldn't resist the beautiful golden light shining through the trees along the canal. So we stole away the newlyweds (with very little effort) for a few sunset shots. Not long after, the two set the dance floor in motion with their first dance, and from there on the party was on! 

The last song of the night had arrived, and Michelle and Ben wanted it to be special. So they passed out sparklers to all of their guests, made a grand re-entry to the dance floor, and danced to their favorite song by sparkler-light. What beautiful end to a beautiful day!

Michelle and Ben - thanks so much for choosing us as your wedding day photographers! It was our pleasure to witness your celebration and capture memories for you two to cherish for years to come!

Buffalo Wedding Photography Lockport Locks Wedding 66 - Canalside Grove Outdoor Pavilion Wedding Reception Sparkler Dance

Photography by:  Ascension Visionary Concepts

Limo Service Provided by:  S&S Limousine

Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Lockport Canalside Banquet Center

Bride & Bridesmaid’s Apparel by:  David’s Bridal

Groom & Groomsmen Apparel by: Tuxedo Junction

Florist: Country Crossroads

Wedding Cake: Oh My Goodies Cakery

MUA: MakeUp By Holly

Class & Color: Tim & Tracy's Urban Chic Anniversary Portrait Session in Downtown Buffalo

As much as we love photographing the wedding day, when two people start their journey together, there is something so very inspiring about photographing a couple whose journey is well underway. Anniversary photography sessions are occasions to celebrate a husband and wife's commitment and dedication to live up to the vows they exchange, come what may. Tim and Tracy are such a couple, and this anniversary session is our way of celebrating their lasting love.

Although this anniversary session was just a few days after their 17th anniversary, their interaction during this shoot felt much more like that of newlyweds--as spoken by the photographs that follow.

As day turned to night, we found our way over to Niagara Square for a few more shots. We love how striking these two look at the Federal Courthouse Building with the colorful lights of Buffalo City Hall shining in the background.

Tracy, Tim, it was our pleasure to photograph your love story 17 years in the making. You two are an inspiration - on and off camera :) We wish a very happy anniversary to you both - this year and forevermore!