We could not have asked for a better winter day today! While we might not have had the sunshine, these two brought the spark. Energetic, fun and love all around is what makes a happy couple and a happy couple makes for beautiful photos. I hardly had to direct Karen nor Cory as they so naturally vibed off one another. I cannot express how excited I am for their wedding this year at the Hotel Lafayette!
I thought my job couldn't get any better, that was until Colleen asked me to photograph some of her amazing creations that she makes for her company Butterblock based right here in Buffalo. Colleen hand makes each and every one of her desserts to perfection whether it be a apple pie pop tart pastry all the way to a Gâteau Basque featured below. I was so graciously given a slice of this cake after we were done and oh my, this thing is heavenly. Enough of my gushing about these fabulous desserts, go try some for yourself. To find out where to get these, head on over to Butterblock's website. You'll be thanking me later!
While I have resided in Buffalo for almost a decade, I originally am from the Upstate New York. I travel there often, sometimes three times a month although sometimes less. It is certainly somewhere that is not only very dear to me but magical in its own way. Luckily for me, I was able to book up my entire weekend with some winter mini sessions back home. So not only did I get to photograph a bunch of adorable family's romping around in the snow, I also got to spend quality time with family and friends. You will notice a theme between these three sessions and it's crazy coincidence, (it's not the snow) but all three of these lovely ladies are expecting! Congratulations to Audrey, Brittie & Tracy on their new arrivals!
I've been taking photos of this little girl since before she was born! It's been amazing watching her go from growing in Courtney's belly, soothing her during her newborn pictures, coming back for her 6 month milestone and now we're here for her first full trip around the sun. In true Christmas fashion, we got the sled out with a few early presents and took advantage of this absolutely beautiful day here in Central New York. We did a quick outfit change into the most adorable outfit that her mom custom made for her themed birthday party; Alice in Wonderland.
A big thank you to Litchfield Tree Farm for allowing us the perfect location for our photos. If you're last minute looking for a Christmas Tree, this is the place to go!
Farm Location: 590 Silver Street, Ilion, NY 13357
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!
This adorable family contacted me for some last minute family photos while they were in town visiting. And surprise, they are from my hometown of Utica! We chatted a bit about where we were all from and romped around in the snow. It was a quick session because it was a brisk morning but I had such a lovely time working with them. I love when worlds collide!
About a year and a half ago, I photographed Kelly's twin sisters' wedding at the Sonnenburg Gardens in Canandaigua. Now it's her & Jake's turn. Space so graciously offered up their location to us to shoot in and I am so pleased that they did. The light in this place was fantastic! I absolutely loved the true Buffalo Industrial vibe we got to play around with here. Did I mention there were pinball machines downstairs? Because there are and we definitely got to play them. I'm so looking forward to getting to work with these two again on October 13th, 2018!
Give me a good destination wedding and you bet I'm all about it. Now make that destination the Adirondacks and you've really got my attention! From the campfires, to the smell of the woods on a dewy morning, I'm in my element. So when Meghan & Justin asked me to join them on their weekend away, I said yes before they could finish asking the question. We really lucked out for beautiful weather in October so it was better than anyone could have hoped for. With a small ceremony overlooking the lake, all their friends and family got to witness their heartfelt union to one another with the mountains to bear witness. Everyone switched gears into party mode once cocktails begun flowing and that dance floor opened up. Meghan herself DJ'ed the perfect 90's playlist that had everyone breaking out their killer dance moves while others got to sit around a blazing campfire roasting marshmallows & making s'mores. We ended our night with an epic sparkler exit surrounded by the laughter of all their friends and families. In my opinion, it couldn't have been more perfect.
Matthew & Mel's wedding was straight out of a magazine, just the right amount of glitz & glamour all while maintaining a classic feel. With Mel's exquisite design decisions, I was completely wowed by her presentation of this big day. These two had been living across the world in Amsterdam for quite some time until their recent big move back to New York City. They wanted to celebrate their biggest commitment to each other close to friends and family right here in Buffalo. After an intimate ceremony at the Delaware Mansion, they chose the most wonderful live music to have during their reception. The dance floor was alive with some killer dance moves and plenty of laughter. I can't thank you two enough for having me!
Where do I even start with these two? They are honestly some of the absolute sweetest people I have ever met. For example, all throughout the day Dan kept coming up to me and asking "How are you doing, is there anything I can get you?" On HIS wedding day! Marcey, on the other hand lit up every room she walked into with her beaming smile. You can really tell how deeply the two of them truly love one another by watching them interact. An intimate ceremony with friends and family was followed by dinner and an after party with even more scrumptious offerings and plenty of booze to go around. The whole room was electric with joy and togetherness.
I truly am blessed for the people I get to work with every day. Thank you again to these Dan & Marcey for having me!