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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

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!

Ryen and Mike's Salvatore's Italian Gardens Wedding Extravaganza

If we had to pick just one couple who exhibited the most excitement about their wedding day photography, of all the weddings we photographed this summer, it would have to be Mike and Ryen, without question! From the time these two saw their winter engagement session photos, they were just bursting at the seems in anticipation of their wedding day photography! So when the time came to celebrate their wedding day festivities with their friends and family, it was no surprise that a party ensued everywhere we went! From Salvatore's Grand Hotel, to Buffalo City Hall, to the Foundry Suites, to Salvatore's Italian Gardens, this wedding party was ready to have a good time!

We met Ryen the morning of the wedding at Salvatore's Grand Hotel, getting ready along with her bridesmaids and mom. No way was she going to let a few raindrops dampen her wedding day spirit!

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Ryen's best ladies made her a keepsake album complete with photos and hand-written messages. So sweet!

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Meanwhile, across town, Mike and his entourage were getting prepared for the big day as well. Mike's brother was on hand to help him out, as only a big brother could.

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Before too long, it was time for the ceremony to begin at Holy Cross Church. The guests were in keen anticipation of Ryen's arrival, as was Mike. No one was disappointed!

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Being so close to downtown, we suggested a stop by Buffalo City Hall for a few shots with the newlyweds and their bridal party. The architecture here never disappoints. Such a beautiful choice for such beautiful people!

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For our next adventure, we headed over to one of our new favorite venues in town - Buffalo's Foundry Suites - to get some shots of this crew, featuring Mike-- the most handsome new groom in town! We were impressed with this bridal party - they absolutely nailed these shots!

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It was very important to Mike to stop by Forest Lawn Cemetery before the reception, to pay respects to one of his best friends whose life was cut short in a tragic accident a few years ago. This was the one time during the day when the rain seemed very apropos. Matthew, you are missed but not forgotten.

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Next we headed over to the reception at Salvatore's Italian Gardens, where all the details were beautifully displayed for the festivities.

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Time to get this party started right!

After the dances, cake cutting, and speeches, the DJ from Whirlin' Disc Sound did a little something different. Instead of clinking glasses, he proposed the guests sing a love song to signal the bride and groom to kiss. The bridal party started things off - and were not a tad bit shy about their performances!

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Both the mother of the groom and the mother of the bride had a chance to celebrate on the dance floor. Then it was time to present the baked Alaska to the guests. The staff gave a stellar presentation!

Now all that was left to do was dance--and did they ever dance...and dance...and DANCE!

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Mike and Ryen - we must say it was our pleasure working with the two of you. Your enthusiasm was only topped by the beauty of the day! Thanks again for choosing us to capture it. We wish you all the best in your new adventures together as husband and wife!

Photography by:  Ascension Visionary Concepts

Bride's Hair and Makeup by: Beauty by Yaz

Limo Service Provided by:  Status Limo

DJ:  Whirlin' Disc Sound

Reception Venue:  Salvatore's Italian Gardens Restaurant

Hotel Accommodations by:  Salvatore's Grand Hotel

Special Thanks to:  Foundry Suites