[jenna and scott]

You just know that you are going to be in for super wedding when the couple you are about to photograph offers to dance at the beginning of their engagement session.  That couple is Jenna and Scott.  And yes, the wedding was much more than super.....marvellous, spectacular, I could go on and on.  I had to really reign myself in for this blog post too, so that I didn't end up with 100 images!

Trinity Lutheran Church is where all the festivities began....Jenna's uncle officiated the ceremony.  I mentioned in my last wedding post that the best weddings are those that are super personal and let you into the couple's lives.....this was one of those ceremonies.  I am always struck by vows that are written by the couple, and in this case, Jenna's uncle had a lot to contribute as well.

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And so began the sermon....Jenna's uncle had 2 backpacks filled with "essentials" both for camping, but as metaphors for a life together.....which started with two boxes of DOTS.

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It does not get any better than this....Jenna and Scott did nothing but smile at and cuddle with each other all day long.  Great camera material!

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Jenna's dream wedding vehicle was a jeep....wish granted!

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We then headed over to Tifft for some pictures....

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Ok.  So there is definitely something about Pearl Street for weddings.  There is a certain energy, or is it the people that choose Pearl Street who have the magic?  Don't know, but it was definitely something else!

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I think this really set the bar for the rest of the evening!

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Who else can pull off a TANGO for their first dance together?

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I love, love, love Pearl Street for the brick everywhere.  We sneaked outside for a few intimate photos....and then, I hear someone calling my name- Dave and Gretchen from a couple of years ago.  I love Buffalo's small town-ness!

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Another totally unique event at this wedding was the anniversary dance/garter removal.....Scott took a garter off of Jenna, then there was an anniversary dance, and then the lucky winners (Jenna's grandparents) got to put the garter back on.  Too cool!!

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Another wedding with lots and lots of kids!  And these kids knew how to dance!

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[link love]

As a little girl I always loved to make bouquets out of Queen Anne's lace.....and I love watching my own daughter do the same....I was so excited to see this post today over on Poppytalk today.  I hadn't checked out Project Wedding yet, but it has some wonderful DIY ideas.


[joan and todd]

It has been a fantastic summer for weddings....each one I shoot seems to be more and more unique and personalized and FUN.  I knew from the moment that I met Joan and Todd at Lake Effect Diner last spring that this one would be a good one for sure.  Joan had sent me their wedding invitation and had clued me in on some of the details prior to the wedding, so I was nearly bursting at the seams to get a look.  Besides, the wedding all took place at the Roycroft in East Aurora, and it was the sunniest day ever, so things could only be perfect, maybe even a bit more.

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Joan had been inspired by the peacock for the colors and design of their wedding....the girls look fantastic in their shades of violet, blue and teal

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Since the ceremony would be immediately followed by the cocktail hour and reception, Joan and Todd wanted to do a "first look".  We chose the courtyard for the meeting.  I never tire of these- while the ceremony is such an electric event, a first look is pure joy.  The couple can totally express every thought and bit of excitement they are feeling for each other and the day right then and there!

Joan's first look :)

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I've never seen white peacock feathers before....pretty cool!

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Other than the awesome readings during the ceremony, Joan and Todd had a "ring warming" which I had yet to see....they had the rings tied to this portrait of themselves and had it passed around to all of the guests to say a blessing over it...this way, the rings would be nice and warm for them to exchange when the time came.

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Another awesome thing about this wedding- it was rife with children!  I am finding that weddings with kids are the most fun of all (although I may be biased now and just missing my own kids when I am away from them...)  These kids rocked all night- they were dancing til the end and happily wore their little disguises and ran around for me when I asked them to.

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The peacock theme was pervasive throughout the was funny how many people already owned something with the circular design, from shoes to dresses and jewelery, and now had the perfect place to wear them!

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Joan and Todd had chosen all of the music for the dancing- and it rocked!  They even had a robot dance contest, can you guess who was the winner?

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[aubrey and jon]

You may remember them from their super sensational engagement shoot at Sunset Bay last summer...(if not, please check it out here!) It is quite possible that these two have the best luck on earth for fantastically beautiful days. Which complements them perfectly. 

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Off to Christ the King Chapel at Canisius for the ceremony....

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Jon surprised Aubrey with a dove release...

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We then headed to Delaware Park for some fun stuff...

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And then to the Ellicott Square Building for the reception.

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Aubrey's cousin Christa designed her invitations and many of the other graphic elements in her wedding....(here's her website!)

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The light inside the Ellicott Square building is stunning...

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by far my favorite-

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Many very determined ladies...

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And one very determined garter-catcher!

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