I had such a nice time hanging out with this sweet family and their newest little addition. Leo is such a happy 7 month old boy. His smile will light up a room and his giggles are contagious! And those cheeks...How doesn't want to squeeze them?! Leo was both intrigued and surprisingly content during his first encounter with grass. The whole gang, even Stella (that cute doggie), can't get enough of him! Spending some time in the rose gardens did not disappoint. It's such a beautiful time of year there with all the flowers in bloom. Below are a few of my favorites from this charming family session at Delaware Park!
This love story began when Chelsey was 16 years old and started working as a camp counselor at the YMCA. She met Peter and his two sisters while working there and the rest is history. Ten years later, Chelsey and Peter remain inseparable!
As his friends affectionately describe...Peter is slightly obsessed with Disney. So, it was fitting that their fairy tale engagement would happen at Walt Disney World. Chelsey incorporated just a touch of that Disney spirit into their big day with her Disney branded, "I Do" shoes and Mickey Mouse socks for Peter! This added a bit of playfulness to the gorgeous blush, white and navy color pallet selected for the wedding party. I just love these colors! I also like the unique styles the bridesmaids chose for their pale pink dresses. Their beautiful gowns combined with the blush, ivory and greens of the florals was perfection! Let's talk about Chelsey's dress for a minute. Gorgeous, right?! It was not exactly her first pick. She actually had purchased another dress and suddenly decided it was not 'the one'. Gasp....!! Bliss Bridal to rescue. She found this lace embellished stunner, paired it with a mid length veil, and never looked back! It was obviously the right decision, Chelsey was absolutely glowing all day long!!
One of my favorite parts of Chelsey + Peter's wedding day was when Chelsey read the note Peter had written to her. She actually read it aloud so Paul could get the audio and we all got to hear his heartfelt message. It was such a sweet and emotional moment and I love how he actually created his own greeting card with their favorite saying "Best Day Ever" on the back! So, so sweet!
Chelsey and Peter sealed the deal in a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Thomas Aquinas church in South Buffalo. They will becoming SB residents in the very near future, so we swung by their brand new home to get a picture with the SOLD sign. Their first home - how exciting!! Then of course, we had to get a picture in front of the YMCA, where it all began. After that, we were off to Delaware Park for a few photos, then it was party time at Pearl Street Bar and Grill. The reception room looked charming with twinkle lights and white hydrangeas offset with rustic touches like wine barrels and wood centerpieces. They included just the right amount of lace and candle light to soften the industrial feel of the room.
Chelsey and Peter's first dance left us speechless. It was seriously, one of the sweetest first dances I have witnessed to Ed Sheeran's "Tenerife Sea". They sang every word to each other with such passion and conviction. It was as if no one else was in the room. I think I will always remember their first dance when I hear that song, it was so incredibly sincere.
Chelsey and Peter, you are the nicest couple and have the most wonderful families. Mary and I are so honored that we were able to witness your love for each other and capture these memories. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Evaldi!!
Florals: Maureen's Wholesale Flowers
Ceremony: Saint Thomas Aquinas
Music: Stephen Schottman
Venue: Pearl Street Grill
Video: Monarch Videography
Cake: Ohlson's Bakery
Rings: Graeber Jewelers
Bridal Gown: Bliss Bridal
Veil: Bel Aire
Bridesmaid Dress: Adriana Pappel, David's Bridal
Hair/Makeup: Bella A'more
Elisha and Nick lived downtown for many years and recently moved to the burbs. During the days of city living and minimal yard space, they would frequent Delaware Park. Taking the family back to Delaware Park was a bit nostalgic. Those memories are probably now mingling with new ones of the kiddos acting silly and giggling while they were jumping up and down the stairs and running around Hoyt Lake. Ella and Alex are the cutest, with big blue eyes and full of energy! At 18 months, Alex does a good job keeping up with his big sister and mimics everything she does! They did their job of smiling for pictures and then it was time to hit the playground. To say they were excited would be an understatement, they were ready to play!! And so the fun began!
I had so much fun hanging out with this wonderful family at their beautiful, brand new home. They have the most gorgeous gardens and the kids love playing outdoors. After a lot of rain and some chilly days, it finally felt like spring in Buffalo! Their cousin, Pierce, was visiting when I arrived and I got to watch them all play together for a bit. They already have this little bond that is simply adorable. Baby Maria is about to have her first birthday and she is so stinking cute and happy. And the twins...it's been awhile since I've seen them and they are so grown up now at 4 years old. I had the best time playing with them! I have to thank Louis and Estelle for their camera skills and the many garden pictures I ended up with. We took a ton of photos because they really enjoyed pushing the button of my camera. I'm excited that we ended up with so many pretty flower photos! Below are a few of my favorites from this adorable family portrait session!!
This little nugget and those squishy cheeks!!!! Can't get enough! At first, I didn't think he looked like his older brother as a baby, but in these photos I can definitely see the resemblance! Nate was such a good little sleeper for us and loved being all swaddled up, nice and tight like a burrito. Then we messed with him. He pretty much hated us when we wrapped him with his arms and legs out and expressed himself by giving me the finger when he went back to sleep! Haha! I noticed it and loved it because his brother did the same thing with his finger in his newborn pictures. :) Some of my favorite photos are the groggy ones after he fought his arms out of the wrap. Sometimes, these sweet babies are best just left to do their thing and look natural!! I love their little arms and legs stretching out!
I was so excited to see this happy family again! Raegan is such a big girl now and she just loves her new brother, Quinn. She is an adorable, 2yr old ball of energy, with the best hair ever! Raegan is always ready to help with the baby and snuggle him whenever she thinks he needs it! It is so cute how she never wants to leave her brother, she always wants to be right there with him!! Quinn is a sweet and calm newborn. His tendency to be a good sleeper and his relaxed demeanor make for one happy mama! I love his fine, blonde, baby hair and those fair, fluttery eyelashes so, so much! I also adore how he sleeps with his mouth open, and as with all the babies, I am totally obsessed with his tiny little toes! Below are some of my favorites from this sweet photo session!
Happy, sweet and laid back, Drew is the perfect third child. This easy going little dude is all smiles and giggles. His favorite toys are any that his older siblings are playing with and his rocking giraffe that sings songs as he rides it. I mean, who wouldn't like that?! This guy is happiest when eating table food and currently weighs in at a solid 21lbs. Must be those third born babies...they seem to loooooove real food! He somehow looks exactly like his older brother and sister, who look just like their daddy! Jenny and I were pretty excited that he actually liked the cake, because as combined, we have 4 children who did not love cake at age 1. How is that possible? I have no idea. Well, Drew did pretty nice job on his cake and he had a good time while doing it! Happy 1st Birthday, big guy!!
Karen and Jeremy are just the nicest people. We had a great time strolling around Delaware Park, near Marcy Casino where they actually got married. This couple's beautiful children, Katie and Tommy, both have huge, crystal blue eyes and the fullest little lips. Katie is an adventurous 2 year old, keeping them on their toes, and Tommy is 6 months old with the best baby mohawk ever! There is really so much joy in this foursome. You can't help but smile while watching them interact! It was a surprisingly beautiful 90 degree day in Buffalo and the park was packed! The new restaurant is open by the way, can't wait to try it out!! Katie simply adores her baby brother. She can't get enough of him! After several snuggles from his big sister, Tommy was ready to relax with a tall bottle in the stroller, so we continued on to the playground for a little play time with Miss Kate. She said no to swinging but she loved climbing and would go down the slide with any takers! A perfect way to end a Springtime visit to the park!
First of all, I can't believe this little guy is already one. It feels like yesterday, I was taking his newborn photos. Then, he smiles at us, gets up, starts walking and then takes off RUNNING! What?!?!? He also likes to eat on his own, with silverware. Such an independent guy! And I love his baby cheeks! I just want to squeeeeze them!! Declan cut his first two teeth the same week that he began to walk. They grow up so fast!! He will be a very mature big brother to his little sister who is on the way. If anyone is counting, that makes 3 one year olds that I've seen this month with new siblings on the way and due before the fall! :) This happy boy loves balloons, Sesame Street, and laughing at mom and dad when they act silly. Lizzii made his cake and decorated it as his favorite character, Elmo. Look at that cake!! Those are some baking skills. Cake was fun for awhile... until it wasn't! Declan dove right into the black and white icing of Elmo's eyes and seemed to enjoy eating his cake. Then all of a sudden, he was done. I mean really done! Maybe he was upset that his friend Elmo looked strange? Or he realized the icing didn't come off of his hands? We will never know but he was mad at that cake! We didn't traumatize him too much. Declan got cleaned up, grabbed a few snuggles from mom and was quickly back to his happy self!! Happy 1st Birthday sweet boy!
This little girly has quite the personality on her! Ella is totally adorable with those gigantic blue eyes and she knows what she wants. Don't let her fool you. She did not want to sit down! Haha! This experienced crawler was on the move and she is fast! She really kept us on our toes!! Pearls and Puffs made her pause for a few moments before it was time to explore again! On a side note, who invented Puffs? What are these things made of?! They are like a baby's best friend. As a mother of a 7 month old, I certainly understand the power of a Puff and often wonder what parents did before these tiny treats! Back to Miss Ella...this happy girl already has a mouth full of teeth with more on the way. She's also standing up on her own, all before her first birthday. When it was cake time, Ella went right for the icing. That was delicious and kept her still for a few minutes! She may have brought in some pearls for a little added crunch with her new found new sugary concoction. Icing was fun until she figured out she could move the cake. Then, the real fun began as she tried to knock her cake off the stand and mom kept putting it back. Laughs and giggles galore with that game! Happy 1st Birthday Ella, you are such a little sweetheart!!