[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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