I know there are a lot of babies on this blog but I do photograph couples and weddings too. I only shoot a handful of weddings a year so I have weekends with my family, but I really do enjoy photographing couples! I am usually accidentally making a fool of myself and tripping over things while I shoot, so the laughs you see are real. And sometimes, I get to see my couples again as their families grow, which is really special!
Sarah and Matt were so much fun to hang out with. And aren't they a stunning couple?! They brought their adorable pups along for a few shots and I think one of my favorites is the image at the end, with their little doggie butts walking away. So cute!! I'm still not sure how we avoided the rain on this day, but it worked out and I actually love this overcast look. I cannot wait for their wedding next year!!
Courtney and Jim had such an amazing day surrounded by people they love. The girls started the big day at Courtney's home. Hair and makeup came right to them and everyone looked stunning. Courtney chose a sleek statin Madison James gown from M. A. Carr and paired it with jewel encrusted Madgley Mischka heels and a cathedral length veil. She was flawless! Her bridesmaids wore floor length gowns in dusty rose from Aazaie. Everyone looked gorgeous. The guys looked great in classic black and white suits with black ties and suspenders from Men's Wearhouse. Maureen's wholesale flowers created beautiful bouquets full of ivory blooms and greens for the girls and cream rose boutineers for the guys.
Courtney and Jim were wed In an abbreviated Catholic ceremony at St Louis Cathedral in downtown Buffalo. The priest gave a thoughtful homily and they had an impromptu exit from the church. We did some family photographs before the rain sprinkles began and headed to Knox Farm for some photos with the bridal party. The rain held out, just barely, and we got the pictures we wanted in the field with minimal showers!
Back at the Sheppard residence, Nicole Baldelli had everything looking picture perfect despite the rain. The rain stopped just as we pulled into the reception area. Ahhhhh! The table scapes were perfections with a mix of high and low centerpieces full of cream and ivory blooms, greens and gold accents. The cake from Muscoreils was not only beautiful, but also delicious. There were speeches from the Matron of Honor and Best Man that brought a lot of laughs. Bob from Toy Bros had everyone one the dance floor nonstop. It was hard for us to even leave because he was just so good and this crowd was a great time! Dancing, break dancing, the shout song, limbo-ing with ties, bride + groom on shoulders, it all happened on the dance floor! There was no shortage of fun and dancing at this wedding!
Congratulations Courtney + Jim! We were so grateful to be a small part of your special day. We truly enjoyed getting to know you and your sweet family and friends. We wish you all the best!
Thank you so much to this team of vendors who made this day so memorable:
Dress Designer: Madison James
Place of Purchase: M. A. Carr
Florist: Maureen’s Florist
Ceremony Venue: St. Louis Church
Reception Venue: Sheppard’s Residence
Wedding Coordinator: Nicole Baldelli
DJ/ Entertainment Services: Toy Bros
Cake: Muscoreils Fine Desserts
Catering: Lucarelli’s Banquet Center
Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie
Groomsmen and Groom attire: Men’s Warehouse
Hair: Groom Service
Makeup: Makeup by Mal
Rentals: McCarthy’s Tent Rental:
Photographer: Rooted Love Photography
Second Shooter: Mary O'Sullivan
I am so glad I was able to meet up with Alli and Mike while they were visiting from Boston. Boston... So how did our paths connect? Well, Alli is actually from Buffalo, NY! Mary and I have photographed some of her friends' weddings in WNY over the years. She reached out about engagement photos for when they were planning to vacation in Ft. Myers and everything happened to align. Lover's Key was the ideal location as it is a beautiful beach and she used to come here with her family when she was growing up. These two couldn't be more perfect! They are both so kind, fun and just a beautiful couple!! Some of my favorites from this bright and sunny beach engagement session are below!
These two are seriously the cutest together. They are high school sweethearts! He was overseas for 6 years and is finally back for good. It is easy to recognize how happy they make each other! They also brought a golden retriever puppy into their little fam who is so adorable! It was really difficult for me to narrow these down so I'm oversharing. Enjoy some of my many favorites from this sweet engagement session below!
Krissy and Brian are two the most warm and kind people I have met. They are just easy to be hang out with and to laugh with. They also happen to be the cutest together! It is always so wonderful when our couples know other friends who we have photographed on their wedding day. Lucky for us, Krissy and Brian know several! I was cracking up as they listed off all of the couples they know and recalling some of the weddings we have all been a part of. I am truly so grateful for all of the amazing couples we have been fortunate enough to work with and honored to be included in one of the biggest days of their lives. We can hardly wait for Krissy + Brian's wedding next year!!
Michaela and Jamie are just the sweetest couple and I love their adorable little pup, Chewie. Any Starwars fans out there? My boys thought is was the best name ever, because according to them, he looks like a miniature version of the real character. I am so appreciative for Michaela and Jamie' s flexibility in meeting me while I was back in Buffalo. I was checking the weather all day before my flight from Orlando, and the weather outlook was not favorable, to say the least. The temperature also dropped 20 degrees on this particular day. Luckily, it cleared up and we made it happen in this beautiful area full of spring blooms! A.k.a. not the original, chosen location. I really don't think it would matter where they where photographed, they are such a kind and lovely couple and that would show through anywhere! I can hardly wait for their wedding in January!!!
I love engagement sessions. It is so great to get to know a couple before their actual wedding date! Amanda and Matt are truly the sweetest couple, so kind, and just beautiful people. And, can I please have Amanda's hair?! Gah!! I had so much fun with them at their beach session. I can hardly wait until their summer wedding next year! For all of my friends in Orlando, here is proof that there are beaches near Buffalo and that it is not always snowing!! Only for about 7 months! Ha
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!!
Caitlin and Mike met the traditional way, at a bar on Chippewa, close to seven years ago. They discovered they couldn't live without each other about two years ago and made it official with their recent engagement. I'm obsessed with her sparkly, solitaire ring with that thin gold band!! Simple, elegant, gorgeous. Caitlin and Mike share a love for all things in the Queen City. They are passionate about living downtown so the most fitting setting for their photos was scenic, downtown Buffalo. Their outfits were perfect with a hint of red and blue symbolizing their upcoming summer wedding. Dying over that berry colored dress for Fall! Once we finished wandering through the Theatre District and the harbor, there was just enough light left for us to climb the stairs to their rooftop with the most amazing skyline views. We all may or may not have huffed and puffed our way up there, but it was so worth it! Below are some of my favorites from this fun engagement session!
Pinky promises and piggy back rides...I just love LOVE! This adorable pair is so much fun and so in love! Hearing about the proposal was so romantic and the bond these two share is amazing. Here are a few of my favorites from their playful engagement session!