Buffalo Weddings

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

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

Tracey & Adam's Avanti Mansion Wedding

From the time we photographed their Buffalo Botanical Gardens engagement session, we were counting down the months and weeks to Adam and Tracey's Avanti Mansion wedding. As we awakened to rain on this surprisingly cool June morning, we hoped the showers wouldn't dampen the spirit of the bride to be. So how relieved we were to see the joy on Tracey's face as she entered Avanti Mansion's foyer doors! The rainy weather on this June Sunday was not going to take away the shine of her wedding day!

We headed up to the Avanti Mansion bridal suite, where the bride would get ready for the day alongside her bridesmaids, flower girls, and of course her mom. All the details were laid out beautifully, and the mood was nothing but celebratory!

Once again we were happy to have Kelsey Watroba of Kelsey Gene Photography join us as our assistant for this wedding, and we are pleased to feature some of her photos here on the blog. (Thanks Kelsey!)

When Tracey's time had arrived to get into her dress, she had a full team assisting with the lace-up dress, and in the end it was a stunning fit for the bride!

Downstairs, Adam and his gents had already made the quick transformation into tuxedos, ties and top hats.

About this time, the bride's father stepped into the bridal suite to get a glimpse at his daughter. And the waterworks were on from there!

Meanwhile down in the ballroom, the guests were assembled, and Adam was waiting patiently for his bride to be escorted down the aisle. As the ceremony started, the ring bearer got a case of butterflies, which lightened everyone's mood with laughter just prior to the bride making her entrance.

The weather proved to be no match for this handsome newlywed couple and their fabulous bridal party. Rain, what rain? :)

As cocktail hour wrapped up, everyone was eagerly anticipating the introduction of the bride and groom. They made their grand entrance, and were showered with loving words from their best man and best lady.

First dances were in order, and they were just beautiful. From that moment on, the DJ got guests of all ages out on the dance floor!

After gathering the bridal party in the foyer for these last group shots, the bride and groom stepped outside with us for their last couple's photograph of the night.

Tracey and Adam - thanks so much for choosing us to capture your wedding day! We wish you much success in your new life together - and hope you enjoy your images for years to come!

A Summer Day on the Green: Tony and Theresa's Diamond Hawk Golf Course Wedding

On a warm Saturday in June, Tony and Theresa gathered their families and friends to celebrate their marriage together, and what a beautiful day they had! These newlyweds were so easy going and pleasant that they made photographing their day a piece of cake!

We met the two of them early that afternoon for their ceremony in Hamburg. Theresa was all smiles on the limo bus with her girls while Tony was inside with his groomsmen, fastening boutineers in final preparation before the ceremony would begin.

After the ceremony, we all headed over to Diamond Hawk Golf Course in Depew. Before the reception began, we ventured out on the green by way of golf carts for some fun shots with the bridal party. What a ride!

We were happy to have Kelsey Watroba of Kelsey Gene Photography as our assistant for this wedding, and we are pleased to feature some of her photos here on the blog. Thanks for coming along for the ride, Kelsey:)

The tall grasses in these summer fields were just perfect for photographing these newlyweds. These images are simply, beautiful!

The time had come for the bride and groom to make their reception entrance! As it worked out, were able to steal them away for a couple of golden hour shots just before sunset.

Once the bride and groom officially opened the dance floor, the party did not stop! We love seeing everyone have such a good time!

Buffalo Wedding Photography 53 Diamond Hawk Golf Course - Bridal Party Cool Pose

Tony and Theresa, congratulations on your wedding day - and thanks again for choosing us to capture your memories. We wish you both the best in your new journey as husband and wife!

Buffalo Wedding Photography 52 Diamond Hawk Golf Course - Bride Groom Sunset Golden Hour

Buffalo Wedding Photography: 2014 Year in Review

As the year draws to a close, we can't say "thank you" enough to all of our clients who helped make 2014 such a memorable and fun year for photography! Especially though, we have to thank our wedding clients for entrusting us to capture the memories of their special day. With so many choices for wedding photography out there these days, we really feel honored when our clients choose us! It means a great deal to read a review or receive an email or a hand-written card expressing how much our former brides and grooms enjoyed working with us and how much they and their families love their wedding photos!

In this vein, we are happy to share a recap of some of our favorite moments captured during the year. We've even slipped in some kind words our clients have shared with us. So please enjoy this year in review!

Thanks (and congrats) again to our 2014 clients! We hope to see you and your friends and family at a future event down the road! :)

Joe & Miranda - Kloc's Grove, West Seneca NY

I wanted to thank you again for the amazing job you did on our wedding pictures, they are truly wonderful and bring us right back to that day. Its obvious from the pictures you both love what you do, and I’ve received nothing but compliments about you guys. Everyone thought you did a great job and took beautiful shots.
— Miranda

Wedding Photography by:  Ascension Visionary Concepts

Wedding Venue:  Kloc's Grove

Bride and Bridesmaid Apparel by:  David's Bridal

Groom and Groomsmen Apparel by:  Tuxedo Junction

Florist: Expressions Floral and Gift Shoppe of Hamburg

DJ and Catering Service:  Kloc's Sound & Catering

Alex & Suzie - Tews Falls, Ontario

Thank you so very much for making our wedding day unforgettable. Your pictures are absolutely stunning and we love them!
— Alex & Suzie

Photography by:  Ascension Visionary Concepts

Bride and Bridesmaid Apparel:  Etsy.com

Bride's Makeup:  Holly Siddons

Bride's Hair:  Alana Goodwin

Groom's Ties:  The Tie Bar

Florist:  Young's Floral Market (bouquet by Mariann Dolina)

Photo Locations:  Tews Falls and Detour Roasters Coffee House 

Reception Hall:  Copetown Community Centre

Julian & Nakita - Freedom Run Winery, Lockport, NY

Photography by:  Ascension Visionary Concepts

Bridal Bouquet by:  Maureen's Buffalo Wholesale

DJ: Phenomenon Events

Bride's Makeup:  SalleyNycole Esthetics & Makeup Artistry

Bride's Hair:  Monique Latrice

Cake by:  Dessert Deli

Reception Dinner Catered by: Giancarlos Events

Reception Venue:  Freedom Run Winery

Mike & Ryen

Bridal - The Foundry Suites, Buffalo, NY / Wedding - Salvatore's Italian Gardens, Depew, NY

It is hard to express in words how amazing Tim & Dee are both professionally and personally. I guarantee after the first meeting with them you will be hooked. I remember being stressed about finding photography. I wanted to make sure I found the best one. As soon as my husband and I meet with Tim and Dee, we knew that they were the one and we could not have been more correct. They are extremely passionate about their work. They make sure that they are capturing the essence of you as “the couple.” They always had great suggestions and worked hard to make sure everything was perfect. They are great people and my husband and I truly enjoyed working with them and having them a part of our special day. They blew our high expectations out of the water. Thank you!!!
— Ryen

Photography by:  Ascension Visionary Concepts

Bridal Venue: Foundry Suites

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

Andrew & Michelle - Finger Lakes Wedding at Emerson Park Pavilion, Auburn, NY

Thank you for putting our concerns about being in front of a camera at ease. You two are a dynamic team. So many of our guests exclaimed how fun and professional you were. We want to also thank you for orchestrating one of our favorite moments, dancing on the porch with the music pouring out of the pavilion with only the porch lights illuminating the porch. That dance and walk in the park is so natural for us. Thank you again.
— Andrew & Michelle
This past weekend Tim and his wife did my son’s and now daughter in laws wedding—I am going to say on record they were unbelievable—-Tim moved like he was “man on a mission” and hustled every minute to simply get the perfect shots!!! The two of them were terrific together and did an outstanding job. I would strongly recommend them.
— Father of the Groom
Amazing and very professional. They even did family pictures for my family that weekend. Wonderful experience!
— Jessica

Photography by: Ascension Visionary Concepts

Reception Venue:  Noah Liff Opera Center

Bride's Apparel by: Glitz Nashville

Bride's Makeup & Hair by: Melonie Berry

Bridesmaid Apparel: The Dessy Group

Groom's and Groomsmen Apparel: Street Tuxedo

Flowers by: Emma’s

Wedding Cakes by: Dulce Desserts

Wedding Planner:  Events by Jared

Limo Service by:  Nashville's Top Limo

Zachary & Marie - Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vineyards, Gasport, NY

Tim and Deanne were wonderful photographers. They were fun to work with and seemed to be everywhere on our wedding day. The quality of the pictures we received were outstanding and their wedding album designs were fantastic.
— Marie

Photography by Ascension Visionary Concepts:  http://www.avisionaryconcept.com/

Wedding Venue - Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vineyards:  http://www.beckerfarms.com/

Bride's Hair by KaLu Salon in Amherst and Lockport, NY:  http://www.kalusalonandspa.com

Flowers by Elaine's Flower Shoppe in Depew, NY:  http://www.elainesflowershoppe.biz

Cake by Dorothy Morton, Becker Farms, Gasport, NY:  http://www.beckerfarms.com/

Ryan & Katy - Hayloft in the Grove, East Aurora, NY

I couldn’t have asked for a better photographer and couldn’t be happier with their services!
— Katy
We were thrilled when Tim & Deanne agreed to be our photographers for our Big Day! They were generous with their time beforehand making sure that through our phone/Skype conversations they had a crystal clear view of what we wanted...and they delivered... with perfection and professionalism. Thanks so much for traveling from Buffalo to Baltimore to capture our day. So many precious, happy, fun and funny moments! Never to be forgotten!!
— Risha

Photography by:  Ascension Visionary Concepts

Flowers by: Raimondi's Florist of Maryland - www.raimondisflorist.com

Reception Venue: Liberatore's Ristorante & Catering (Perry Hall, Maryland) - www.liberatores.com

Bride's Gown by: David's Bridal - www.davidsbridal.com

Groom's Suit by COOGI Luxe

Bridesmaids' dresses by: Alfred Angelo - www.alfredangelo.com