Lockport 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