Richelle + Justin's Spooktacular Union in Rochester, NY

Richelle and I are both from a small town nestled into the hills of Central NY called Frankfort. We've essentially known each other our entire lives. Justin is the cousin of one of my best friends from here in Buffalo, so when I say world's colliding happens often; I'm really not kidding! 

I couldn't have created a more perfect couple. Richelle and Justin offer a ton to learn about being in love and maintaining a healthy relationship. They support one another in their endeavors, they always include each other and most importantly, they make sure to laugh together. I can truly tell how much love there is between them when they look at one another and it is magical. Their wedding was one of a kind due to their love of Halloween. There was skeletons, vampire teeth, even Jason made an appearance! So many surprises happened during this reception. Richelle & Justin choreographed an 8 minute long dance that was dramatic and fun. Richelle herself surprised Justin with a song she wrote herself and then performed live in front of all their family and friends. They really sent me out with a bang for the end of my 2017 season. I can't thank you both enough for having me on your special day. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Acker! 

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Dylan & Ashley's Rustic Wedding at Akron Acres in Akron, NY

I met Ashley years ago when we both worked at a local portrait studio. She was my store manager, I, her employee. In that short amount of time, we bonded over how miserable our jobs were and various other things. Thankfully, we both found our way out of there and into a more promising field. Coincidentally, we are both wedding photographers! Dylan has been a package deal with Ashley since we met. He's goofy, kind and most importantly; fiercely in love with Ashley.  They met in college in Fredonia and the rest is history. I won't tell the detailed story but it really is super cute. I know plenty of people say this but they really do compliment each other and keep one another in check. They've built a beautiful home together and took this next step in spending their lives together. I truly couldn't be any happier for these two. It was such an honor to get to photograph the best day of their life! Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. England!! 

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Lena & Laird Get Hitched in Eden, NY!

Where do I even begin! I absolutely love working with the Capozzi family. Last year, I photographed Lena's cousins wedding which was when the T-Rex made an appearance! (Go back a few posts to find evidence of this) Now it was Lena's turn.

They decided to keep their special day a bit more intimate with just close friends & family joining them. Lena & Laird's love story is a right out of a novel. Lena run's her own Juice Bar that Laird began frequently visiting after noticing the cute owner (Lena, wink wink!). He would not so subtlety sit in the cafe peeking from behind a newspaper to steal quick glances at her. He finally asked her out and that was just two years ago. The rest is history! The love that permeated throughout the entire day was indescribable. Within the cozy confines of Grange Community Kitchen in Hamburg, everyone was connected.

Let's give a big congratulations to these newlyweds & well wishes for time to come! 

Kira & Garrett's International Wedding at Spring Garden in East Aurora, NY

Where do I even start?! Not only was this wedding absolutely awesome in hundreds of different ways but Kira & Garrett happen to be my landlords too! I hadn't realized that these two are truly world travelers. Their entire wedding theme in East Aurora's Spring Garden (little known treasure) German Event Hall circled around their love of travel. Each table was a country they had been to together and the food, OH the food! Food from almost every continent! Thai, German, Chinese, Jamaican all the way back to good ole' La Nova pizza & wings. Let's just say I may have put myself into a food coma. You'd think this was the last of the surprises but no! Remember the Mr. Softee ice cream truck? Yeah, well he was invited to this glorious celebration too. And you better believe I got a twist with rainbow sprinkles. Spring Gardens is this little paradise hidden in the woods and I am so incredibly grateful that Garrett and Kira had me there for their incredible day. Round of applause for these newlyweds! 

Hollis & Tom's Intimate Ceremony

I couldn't be more honored to have been a part of Tom & Hollis's wedding day. Their vows were sweet, honest and straight from their hearts. The two of them truly found their other halves within one another and that much was apparent. Her daughter made a speech during the ceremony where she had said "Thank you Tom for bringing back my mom. I hadn't realized how much I missed her." Those words resonated with me. While it is absolutely possible to be happy and fulfilled being single, there is so much joy in finding another person to share those moments with. No matter what age, race or ethnicity you are, we all deserve genuine love.

Kaylee & Ryan's Lakeside Wedding at the Otesaga, Cooperstown NY

I grew up in the Mohawk Valley but have relocated to Buffalo for the past six years. I'm always ecstatic when I have an excuse to come home. And especially when its for a storybook wedding like Kaylee & Ryan's. I have fond memories of Cooperstown from my childhood, so when Kaylee told me the location; I was ready! The entire day was humble, the love they shared was nurtured and real. We couldn't have asked for a better day or location. But what I can say caught me off guard was how good a dancer Kaylee is! Her and Ryan choreographed their first dance and went from the jive all the way to the dirty dancing move. Did I mention I have a terrible sweet tooth? This was my downfall in the night because they had an ENTIRE ROOM dedicated to all different types of pastries beyond your imagination. I might have gained five pounds but gained yet another heartfelt memory that love exists in all pockets of the world. You just have to be looking for it.  

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Nick & Leah's Big Day at Kloc's Grove

Where do I start? Leah & Nick both have such large personalities, but together? They are electric. They were so goofy and more importantly, just so, so happy on their wedding day. Leah cried about 100 times (happy tears!) and made sure to make everyone else cry too. But how in the world do you top your groom running in for his introduction in a giant, blowup T-Rex costume? I'll tell you how. When Leah snuck a Smirnoff Ice under her dress to "Ice" Nick during their garter ceremony. I couldn't stop laughing for most of the day as I'm sure neither could anyone else. These two are truly one of the most fun loving couples I have met to date. I couldn't be happier to have been able to witness such a blissful day. 

Elise & Erich Get Hitched at Knox Farms, East Aurora NY

My oh my,  I can't even to begin to describe how beautiful Erich & Elise's wedding was last month. Thankfully I don't have to because my writing skills is not how I pay the bills! The entire day was really relaxed with an airiness of simplistic, yet beautiful aesthetics that Elise, I'm sure painstakingly picked out. Most of all, these two are high school sweethearts! Can you believe it? In attendance of all their friends and family, these two made a commitment to each other legally although it was obvious they had long before this day. You want to know my favorite part though? Their family has a little tradition that began 16 couples ago. Pictured below is a velvet Elvis painting that was originally given to a couple as a wedding gift. Now it get's passed on to whoever marries next! Each person signs the back and would you believe..... Everyone who has had this painting, is still married! Good luck charm? I think so. I hope Elvis brings you both a little luck and happiness, although I'm sure you won't need it! 

Heather & Carl's Wedding at The Sonnenberg Gardens

I met Carl & Heather last year for their engagement session here in Buffalo. These two are quick witted and most definitely perfect for each other. During our shoot, Carl was cracking jokes to ease their way into having their photos done. I could expect no less on their wedding day. I had such a blast watching them interact and really appreciate one another. Not to mention, everyone really broke it down when some N*Sync came on (I, included). The entire day felt so surreal with the majestic setting of the gardens which to my surprise and glee, were jam packed of picture-esque locations that we couldn't possibly hit them all. But I think we did a pretty ok job. Congratulations Heather & Carl! I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds for you two.  

Heidi & Brad's International Wedding

Last winter, I photographed Heidi & Brad's small ceremony down at the Pearl Lofts. It was intimate and small but full of love. This time around, it was a beautiful warm day; friends and family flew from all over the world to celebrate their special day. It was classic, timeless and an absolute pleasure to be a part of. Did I mention there was a doggie too? Big thanks to Wilbur for his cooperation and cuteness. And also a special appearance from the biggest rainbow I've ever seen. Congrats to the happily married couple Heidi & Brad!