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1.16.2011

[Jenna and Kenji]


the day finally came!! i had so much fun working with jenna and kenji during their summer engagement shoot that i just couldn't wait for their wedding day to arrive!  What better way to start the new wedding season (or off season, maybe?) with blizzard-like conditions and a beautiful bride and groom and their amazing families?  Not to mention, all the gorgeous little children, balloon animals and a paper crane carved out of ice?  Ok, I think we all could have survived without the wind and cold, but it all came together in the end for a really memorable evening for everyone.  Check it out!



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Fox Valley is such a stunning place to have a reception...we took a little limo-bus ride to the barn for some quick pictures...

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If you're going to have a winter wedding, you have to know that anything is possible in Buffalo!  I loved that the girls were totally up for some snowy pictures....

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So many of the elements at the reception were made by the family.  Jenna's mom made all of the centerpieces, while Kenji's mom took care of all of the paper cranes.  And, all of the candles burning were so yummy and inviting...when you entered the reception the air was heavy with vanilla and warmth.  I am not a candle burner but I may begin!

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And the ice sculpture was made by Kenji's brother So, who has his own catering business, and just happened to also be the guy who carved the ice hockey table at last year's Powderkeg Festival downtown. 

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So also had a hand in all of the Japanese hors d'ouvres.

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Instead of a cake cutting, Kenji and Jenna took part in a Sake Ceremony.  Traditionally, the bride and groom offer each other Sake and then to their parents to signify the formal bond of the two families.

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Thanks you, thank you, thank you Jenna and Kenji!  You had a beautiful wedding day, and I am so happy I am so happy to have been there!