Destination Wedding Photography

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!

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

Marie & Zachary's Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vineyards Wedding

We were truly excited once again to be back at Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vineyards for the June wedding of Zachary and Marie. Based on the energy and enthusiasm they had for the engagement session alone, we just knew that their vineyard wedding would be perfectly planned. So how excited we were to see it all come together among the rustic farm details and scenic vineyards that dot the landscape of this picture-perfect venue!

We met Marie and Zac at the Best Western Inn Lockport, as they prepared for the day with a little help from their family and friends. Zac must have had love on his mind!

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Marie had a lovely tea-length dress and the prettiest purple shoes! Among her personal effects she also had a book with a sonnet enclosed, written and presented earlier that day by her groom-to-be. It was such a touching memento! Zac - you get POINTS! :)

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After every hook and eye and button was fastened, Marie showed off some juggling moves and then settled into a few stunning bridal portraits. We love it!

Buffalo Wedding Photography by Ascension Visionary Concepts
Buffalo Wedding Photography by Ascension Visionary Concepts

Over at Becker Farms, the final touches were being put in place for the big day. Since the bride and groom were bringing together their families from Western New York and New England, they had Buffalo-style hot sauce and blueberry jam as favors to properly introduce them to each other. They even brought Muppets to the party, just as they did to their engagement session. How fun is that?

Buffalo Wedding Photography by Ascension Visionary Concepts

Zac had waited patiently to see Marie for the first time on their wedding day, and was not disappointed. The two were beaming with love as they saw each other. They made it so easy for us to capture love at its truest.

Buffalo Wedding Photography by Ascension Visionary Concepts
Buffalo Wedding Photography by Ascension Visionary Concepts
Buffalo Wedding Photography by Ascension Visionary Concepts

During the ceremony, in addition to some of the most touching personal vows you will ever hear, Marie's brother performed a poem in American Sign Language that was truly beautiful to see!

Buffalo Wedding Photography by Ascension Visionary Concepts
Buffalo Wedding Photography by Ascension Visionary Concepts
Buffalo Wedding Photography by Ascension Visionary Concepts
Buffalo Wedding Photography by Ascension Visionary Concepts
Buffalo Wedding Photography by Ascension Visionary Concepts
Buffalo Wedding Photography by Ascension Visionary Concepts
Buffalo Wedding Photography by Ascension Visionary Concepts
Buffalo Wedding Photography by Ascension Visionary Concepts

We may have failed to mention how perfect the weather was on this wedding day. So we were so happy that Marie and Zac took us up on the chance to capture a few timeless photographs in the most beautiful golden light, just before sunset. Simply...beautiful!

Buffalo Wedding Photography by Ascension Visionary Concepts
Buffalo Wedding Photography by Ascension Visionary Concepts
Buffalo Wedding Photography by Ascension Visionary Concepts

Back to the party we went - where the dance floor was jumping all night, as everyone young and old took some time to celebrate.

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Marie & Zac - we are so happy we had the opportunity to photograph your most special wedding day! You and your families made it so easy for us to capture your memories! We hope you enjoy them for years to come! :)

Buffalo Wedding Photography by Ascension Visionary Concepts

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

Blueberry Jam Favors by Worcester's Wild Blueberries:  www.wildblueberryproducts.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/

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