Sweet baby Gracie is just 8 days in these photos, all 5 lbs of her! She's such a tiny little girl!! Big brother, Declan, was not sure what was going on. He was very serious. We were joking that he was giving us Blue Steel. Whatever he was thinking, he was looking cute. Gracie girl was super adorable as we basically wrapped her up like a present. Such a little peanut!! I just love watching this family grow! I can't even believe Mike and Lizzii have 2 children now. I feel like it was yesterday that Mary and I were taking photos at their wedding! Now, they are parents of a beautiful baby girl and handsome little guy and I couldn't be happier for them! I am so thankful to be able to capture these milestones in their lives! Take it all in, that sweet baby smell, every coo, snuggle, hand being held...it all goes by too quickly!! (Says the mom who's last baby is now a toddler...where are all the sad emojis when I need them???)
Mary Catherine and Alex will be getting married in Tuscany in a few short weeks. Before the big day, they knew they needed to have a civil ceremony in the U.S. Since they were coming all the way from London, why not have all the wedding festivities during one trip?! With family in NJ and Buffalo, they somehow managed it! Engagement Party in NJ, check. Bridal shower in Buffalo, check. Legally become husband and wife, check. Next stop, a fairy tale wedding in the Italian countryside! Living the dream, these two! Congratulations Mary Catherine and Alex! It was a beautiful celebration and I was so happy to be a part of it. I hope you have the most wonderful wedding in Tuscany and I wish you a lifetime of happiness together! Ciao!!
How is our little peanut already one year old?! She is walking, trying to repeat words, clapping and not wanting to sit down. Ever. Not even in the tub or high chair, and especially not while at Wegman's or Target. This is one busy little girl. She was sick, teething and has scabs on the tops of every single toe from Joey taking her for a ride in the red push car, but she performed. Come on, we all knew she'd be fine with a cake in front of her. If there's one thing P like to do, it's eat! She walks around the house screaming MY with her hand out whenever she hears a package opening or someone in the kitchen. She is something!
Things I'd like to remember:
She has 4 teeth. The top 2 teeth are coming in going different directions, like East and West.
She loves playing rough with the boys and is not afraid to pile jump when she sees an opportunity.
She smiles and does a little dance when she hears a song she likes.
Has a few words: Dada, My, Mama, Bubba, Ow.
Her favorite item is "Pinky," her pink blanket that she pulls out of her crib and rubs up to her nose when she's tired.
She sucks her tongue to soothe herself and go to sleep.
Loves to sleep in her crib, definitely the easiest baby to put to bed. She doesn't make a peep.
Loves any type of ball or sword the boys leave behind.
Favorite thing to do is to go up the stairs or roll away while you are changing her diaper.
Happy Birthday baby girl!! We may have to call you the baby forever, even though you have thought you were 4 since birth.
It takes a village. I owe a huge thank you to Mary O'Sullivan and Fran for coming over to help entertain this little stinker and to Kelley Comerford for the beautiful floral arrangement she created for the cake! Thank you so very much!!!
Baby Reid has arrived to join his big brother and sister! They were beyond excited to welcome their newest sibling. Let the craziness of zone coverage begin! This tiniest addition is the sweetest little boy with beautiful blue eyes and chubby little cheeks. So far, Reid is happiest swaddled up and sleeping while Luke and Addison play around him. Win for mom and dad! Congratulations to the Boyle's! You have such a lovely family!!
This adorable guy was all smiles on his first birthday! He was quite the little ham, laughing and giggling for us. At one point, Jackson even put his hand on his hip and was posing for his pictures. He is something else! I love his toothy grin and his wispy blond hair, such a handsome fella. Jackson was surprisingly dainty while trying cake for the first time. Then, he realized he could flip the stand! Game over. He was covered in icing and wanted nothing more to do with it! Once the cake was properly destroyed, he stood up and clapped for himself! Way to go Jackson!! Hope you had a great first birthday, Buddy!!
I think 6 months is one of the cutest ages! This little brown eyed girly made everyone work hard for those baby smiles! Dad was throwing her in the air, mom was squatting and jumping singing "1, 2, 3....!!!" Even grandpa was enlisted to get Sienna to laugh! It was a workout!! She couldn't help but laugh at all the attention she was getting from the 5 adults staring at her. The things we do to make babies giggle...it sounds hilarious, but we all do it!! Haha!! But seriously, what is better than a happy baby? A chunky, naked one!!!! I love her!!!!! Happy half birthday sweet Sienna!
I about died when I saw Lucy's outfits! So stinking adorable!!!! The eyelet dress and that bonnet. I love it!!! Then she changed into a floral and lace romper with her chunky little thighs hanging out. Umm...I can't get enough! Sweet Pete was looking very handsome as well in his little seer sucker shorts. Everyone looked great!! These kiddos are so cute, they have the most beautiful big, blue eyes! I think the highlight of the evening for Pete and Lucy was eating grass and licking lollipops. I hope everyone enjoyed my rendition of the lollipop song, at least Pete did!! Lucy was very serious, she would not crack a smile with all of Dave's tricks or even after we gave her candy! Little stinker! Once Lucy had a few licks of her sucker, we all knew she was not going to give that thing up easily. Grass and flowers did not compare to the amazing taste of sugar! I'm pretty sure she could have been screaming and crying and still look totally adorable! <3
This little peanut is tipping the scales at just over 5 lbs. Leo Vincent came in to this world with a full head of blonde hair and the fairest little eyelashes. He had a rough night before his session...cluster feeding anyone? It's the worst!!! He must have been exhausted, because this sweet blondie did not even eat before or during his session. He slept right through everything! I love the way Leo would sleep. He would always fold up his tiny legs, right into himself, like he was still in the womb. It didn't matter if he was swaddled or not. Those little hands, were always up near his ears and he would get those feet crossed and right up to his face! He is so adorable! Congratulations Audrey and Nick, your precious baby boy is an absolute dream!
We may have a family crush. The Barrick's and the McDonald's are just the best, Mary and I felt like part of the family. Everyone was so nice, thoughtful, fun...and they all love to dance! This wedding was like a reunion. We got to see so many friends from weddings we have photographed over the last couple of years. It was really so much fun to be there, watching the celebration of love between two amazing people.
Catherine and Devon are such a great couple. Their family and friends love them to pieces and being around either of them is sure to bring fun and laughter. There is no doubt in my mind that Catherine and Devon will have fun together for the rest of their lives! Devon, being the thoughtful guy that he is, surprised Catherine with the sweetest card and a brand new pair of J. Crew sunglasses she had been eyeing for their honeymoon! Nice way to start the day!!
Catherine's bridal gown was so gorgeous. It was a whimsical combination of lace and tulle, with a plunging neckline and a delicate criss-cross back. She paired her wedding dress with a cathedral length veil and crystal earrings for a romantic look. Catherine changed up her attire with an earring swap after the church ceremony for a more laid back look. Fawn and Fox Salon created a lovely twisted updo that paired wonderfully with the dress. Catherine looked incredible! The light pink roses and periwinkle blue hydrangea bouquets by Maureen's were the perfect accent to the crepe bridesmaid dresses in Arctic Ice. Jaime did a fantastic job with all of the girls makeup, everyone looked so, so pretty! Devon was looking sharp in his navy and black, custom made suit, complete with his initials underneath the collar. The groomsmen wore matching navy suits in a slightly darker hue that went beautifully with the paler shade of the bridesmaid dresses.
Catherine and Devon were married in a traditional Catholic ceremony at Catherine's childhood church, St. John the Baptist. I was pleased to see Father Van Dyke, the priest who married my husband and I, and a favorite teacher of many Canisius guys! It was pouring rain during the wedding ceremony and as soon as it was time for the new Mr. & Mrs. to walk out of the church, the rain miraculously stopped and the sun peeked out! Perfect timing for a celebratory exit!
Devon proposed near the Peace Bridge, so we headed over to Bird Island to get a few photos with the Peace Bridge in the background. It was a quick stop with 25mph wind gusts right on the water. It was wild! We got it done and headed right over to the hidden gem of Buffalo reception venues, the Twentieth Century Club. This place is right next to Tempo, but most people don't even know it exists. It's a women's club that rivals the authenticity of the other well known clubs in Buffalo. The interior is ornate and a bit eclectic and the ballroom is astonishing. We took a few more photos of the wedding party in the lush garden area and on the gorgeous patio. Catherine and Devon were lucky to have a cool day in the middle of August and the weather ended up being just perfect for outdoor cocktails in the garden area.
The views from the main level of the Twentieth Century Club were picturesque, with the ballroom elegantly decorated and all the windows open to the courtyard, overlooking the guests enjoying their time together. The sit down dinner was served in the grand ballroom with large, arched windows and an elaborate chandelier. The white tables were surrounded by gold chairs, and adorned with ivory hydrangeas, pale pink baby roses and a touch of greenery. The white table numbers were in gold frames with a single sprig of green foliage in the background. Simple and elegant. The room was stunning and all the details were gorgeous!
There were five speeches that were both thoughtful and hysterical. With heartfelt tears, followed by laughter, you could feel the love for Catherine and Devon from those that are closest to them. After dinner, came the dancing. This is what this couple was waiting for all day! The music was good. Really good. Catherine and Devon had a song request piece in their invitations, so they had a great list of songs ready to be played. Andy, from Toy Bros, was on point and the dance floor was never empty. The newlyweds were the first ones on the dance floor and never left. Everyone was out there dancing, even the grandparents! It was such a beautiful celebration and an incredibly fun day! Thank you, Catherine and Devon for trusting us to capture your special day. It was truly and honor to be a part of your wedding! Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. McDonald!!!
Dress: M.A. Carr
Shoes: Dolce Vita
Veil: Bel Aire Veil
Jewelry: Scherer's Jewelers
Cake: Dessert Deli
DJ: Toy Bros
Venue: Twentieth Century Club
Church: St John the Baptist
Bridesmaid Dresses: Paper Crown
Florals: Maureen's Wholesale Flower Market
Makeup: Jaime Ruggiero
Hair: Fawn & Fox Salon
Videographer: Video Portraits WNY
We have waited so long to meet Baby Schaus and to find out if it would be a boy or a girl. He's finally here!! This little love surprised everyone with the most amazing head of dark hair! When he was born, he had a natural side part, and after a bath, those locks are a little bit fluffier and a little bit lighter! Ben is the sweetest, sleepiest baby boy and makes the most adorable faces in his sleep. So far, he is pretty content sleeping in the car, stroller, and at parties. He's a keeper! He already has long, beautiful lashes that just keep getting darker and I love those tiny little baby cheeks. I'm pretty sure Ben is going to be a big boy... Check out the size of those paws! We are so excited for Melanie and Andy! Welcome to the world sweet Ben! He is so perfect in every way!!