Lauren and Mike are one of the funniest couples I have ever met. We knew this wedding would be a blast and it did not disappoint! With a wedding party of 28, you know that Lauren and Mike are loved by many. They each have a magnetic personality and as a couple, they have a charisma that you just want to be around. On their wedding day, that energy radiated throughout everyone. There were heartfelt moments with tears (just a few tears, rule of the day was no crying!) and so many laughs throughout this special day.
The bride's whimsical lace and tulle gown was from MA Carr Bridal in Orchard Park. For hair it was long, laid back waves for the beyond beautiful bride and unique styles for each of her bridesmaids. Jaime Ruggiero did an amazing job, as always, on everyone's makeup. All of the girls were just stunning in their palest pink chiffon Donna Morgan dresses. They were all ready and dancing in the bride's Tamarack Club condo before the limo bus picked them up for the traditional Catholic ceremony at Holy Name of Mary just down the road in downtown Ellicottville, NY. After the ceremony, close family and friends were invited back to Uncle Vinny's amazing hillside home for a pre-cocktail party with spectacular views of the entire ski village area. This cocktail party before the cocktail hour, seems to be a new trend!
More festivities began with the cocktail hour at Holiday Valley Lodge when Rich Variety Productions got the reception started and the wedding party made an entertaining entrance. The bride and groom danced over to cut their four tiered, monogrammed cake that was a delicious creation by Dessert Deli and Jeff from Custom Video Memories captured everything on video. The speeches were absolutely hysterical and had everyone roaring. Maureen's Wholesale Flower Market created the bride's vibrant bouquet with pops of magenta and light pink. Pale pink and ivory blooms were chosen for the bridesmaids, along with the lovely ivory hydrangea and baby's breath centerpieces that adorned each of the 39 tables at the elegant reception. Lauren and Mike even had a singer performing Frank Sinatra classics during their cocktail hour and the evening was complete with a visit to the outdoor patio area where a Cigar Roller was rolling custom cigars for all of the guests while they enjoyed taking in the magnificent views of Holiday Valley. The bride and groom were truly the life of this party and that showed on the dance floor when they were hoisted into the air by all of their friends. This crew loves to dance and the music was amazing, Lauren and Mike took a few turns spinning with the DJ and everyone was dancing and having a great time!
A huge thank you to Mary O'Sullivan for being my second shooter and for all of your help and gorgeous captures! Congratulations to Lauren + Mike, we were so happy to be a part of your big day. Wishing the two of you a beautiful life full of fun and laughter!