Buffalo Wedding and Engagement Photographers

The Columns Banquets: Bob & Mary's Summer Wedding Event

What an honor it was for us to be a part of Bob & Mary's summer wedding at the The Columns Banquets. Three years had passed so quickly since we photographed his brother and sister-in-law Andrew and Erin's Becker Farms Wedding. Just like that, we were all geared up for another beautiful wedding event with his family - and it certainly lived up to all expectations.

It was no coincidence that Mary seemed to be the calmest bride we've ever worked with. Her family commented on how laid back she and Bob both were. She definitely made our job easy, as she and her company of ladies got dolled up and dressed up in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere at the Buffalo Millennium Hotel.  

After taking some beautiful photographs of the bride, we headed off to the Columns Banquets where we met Bob and his groomsmen finishing up their preparations -- tying ties, fastening boutonnieres, and lacing up shoe strings. What a handsome and fun bunch!

The beauty of The Columns Banquets facility, inside and out, was a perfect setting for this gorgeous wedding. The Corinthian Ballroom was exquisitely adorned in purple details.

We loved how the grounds of The Columns Banquets made for both a beautiful outdoor ceremony and the perfect backdrop for couple's portraits, giving us just enough space to step away from the crowd for some quiet moments with the bride and groom. After which, we headed back inside for speeches, cake, and dancing. Bob and Mary's daughter stole the show as she danced in her mother's shoes (if you'd asked her, she would told you they were HER shoes).

It's always a pleasure of ours to reunite with past wedding clients at a wedding. Personal referrals are the best business one can have, so we had to capture this photo of three wedding clients together. At that moment, the party was just getting started. Love the energy both families had on the dance floor!

Bob and Mary - thanks for asking us to be a part of your wedding day! It has truly been our pleasure to work with your family and friends over the years. We certainly hope it's not the last time that we meet at a wedding! :)

Bob & Mary's Wedding Day Vendors:

Photography by:  Ascension Visionary Concepts

Ceremony & Reception Venue:  The Columns Banquets

Caterer: Alton's / The Columns Banquets

DJ Services by: CJ Sound

Bride's & Bridesmaid Apparel:  David's Bridal

Bride's Makeup by:  Sephora / Mariah Lucas

Groom's & Groomsmen Apparel:  Marty's Formal Wear

International Wedding Photography: A Love Story by Way of China

2016 has been full of changes for us, on a personal and professional level. Having spent the past several months in Asia, adjusting to a new city, country, continent and time zone, we have discovered the simple things in life that brought us happiness on the other side of the globe are the same that bring us happiness abroad. One of those is capturing love. No matter where we have traveled in this world, we have found that true love is the most inspiring emotion that exists on the planet. It transcends national borders, speaks its own language, and needs no interpretation. So imagine our excitement to share these pre-wedding photos from our first international wedding in China. Prepare to feel the happiness from all the way across the globe :)

International Wedding Photography - Beijing China Summer Palace Destination Wedding Photography Pre-Wedding Photography Bride & Groom
International Wedding Photography - Beijing China Summer Palace Destination Wedding Photography Pre-Wedding Photography Bride & Groom
International Wedding Photography - Beijing China Summer Palace Destination Wedding Photography Pre-Wedding Photography Bride & Groom
International Wedding Photography - Beijing China Summer Palace Destination Wedding Photography Pre-Wedding Photography Bride & Groom

We look forward to sharing more from our international experience soon!

First Looks to Remember: Jared & Laura's Spring Lake Winery Wedding

Every wedding has something about it that tugs at your heartstrings. It may be a moment during the vows, or speeches, or the father-daughter dance. For Laura and Jared, it was definitely their first looks at Spring Lake Winery. This was one of those weddings where, as a wedding photographer, you find yourself holding back tears as you photograph a beautiful, candid, intimate exchange of emotion. There in that moment, you are grateful and humbled to be the ones entrusted to document the love that brings together two people and their families.

On their Saturday wedding day, Laura and Jared awoke to a cool, late-summer rain that was so unrelenting, surely the skies were just weeping with joy for them. It must be, because these two had so much to celebrate.  That 'love at first sight' adage that Jared had heard about and doubted his whole life had found its fulfillment in Laura, and today he would make her his wife. Jared had told us, "I always wondered and I would ask, how did you know this person was the one?" Then he met Laura. "From the time I met her, there was something...I was drawn to her energy (also, she was beautiful)!" On the wedding day for sure, she was a beautiful bride.

We met Laura and her host of family and friends at the Homewood Suites in Amherst, New York. The bold yellow dresses and beaming sunflower bouquets added a little splash of sunshine to brighten the day.

Jared's gift to Laura was a Pandora bracelet with charms given throughout the day, representing different facets of their relationship. Jared would save the last charm to give to her personally later that afternoon.

Since Laura's sister was expecting, we had to get one baby bump photo before she could get in her dress. Her mom and sister helped her zip up - and we think Laura's mom may have had more fun with that than the bride! 

After Laura had her moment with dad, we had a few minutes with Laura to capture some beautiful bridal portraits.  

Soon we were headed down the road to Spring Lake Winery where we caught up with Jared and his groomsmen getting ready in the cottage along the lake. Jared was as sharp as could be, from the cufflinks to the bracelet to the cool shades. To top it off, his bride had given him a gift of engraved running shoe plates in loving memory of his parents; this way, they were step-by-step with him all day.

Jared's crew was sharp, down to the socks. Jared's brother-in-law may have stood out as different with his Canadian socks, but he was a welcome member among the bunch ;)

Jared and Laura had opted to see each other before the ceremony so they would have plenty of time for couples photographs. Just as they were preparing for their first looks, the light rain turned into a downpour! So we opted for first looks under the pavilion. Jared was just overcome with emotion when we saw Laura, as if he saw his past, present and future family all in one look. It was so touching!

Jared had one more charm for Laura to complete the gift set. As he handed it to Laura with a personal note, we were reminded of Laura's expressions about him. "Jared has a generous personality, willing to help out anyone and anybody; genuine. I try to do everything myself, but he still manages to find a way to be a gentleman." Clearly it shows.

During the ceremony, Laura and Jared were both asked to close their eyes as special memories and milestones throughout their relationship were recounted to them. The expressions on their faces during their recall, and during each other's personal vows, were priceless.

We would be remiss if we didn't mention how Laura's sister brought down the house with her speech. Half way through it, we were regretting we hadn't set up to video record it, because it was honestly one of the funniest we've ever heard! Laura laughed til she cried (so did we)! After dinner, Laura danced with his father, and Jared with his aunts, each in turn. These two are truly loved! 

Every bride wants sunshine on her wedding day, but it doesn't always turn out that way. So what do you do when the rain comes? Embrace it! We love that these two were willing to do that - it made for two of our favorite shots from their day!

As for the rest of the evening, well, the photos tell the story:  The party was on, the DJ kept the grooves coming, and everyone danced the night away! 

Laura and Jared - thanks for choosing us to capture your Spring Lake Winery wedding! We had an amazing time with your friends and family, and wish you both every happiness in your new adventures together as husband and wife!

Laura & Jared's Wedding Day Vendors:

Photography by:  Ascension Visionary Concepts

Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Spring Lake Winery

Catering by:  Salvatore's Italian Gardens

Flowers by:  Maureen's Wholesale Flowers

Wedding Planner:  After 5 Events

DJ Services by: Soundwaves LLC

Limo Service by:  Status Limosines

Bride's Makeup by:  Colour Me Pretty

Bus Shuttle Service by:  First Student Charter

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

#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! :)