Courtney and Carmen: buffalo NY wedding photographer

Your  first love was everything all at once. The kind you never fall back from. Never try to. Never want to. A love so big, so strong, it never dies. Never fades. Never loses its electricity. The kind of love you fight for. _ Author Unknown                     more photos here

 Videography : Nazarethroad productions Getting ready location: pearl street lofts: Buffalo NY hair: Jessi Darvil bridesmaids dresses: Candace Orton  makeup : Kelsey Jean and Ashley Rodriguez/ buffalotanningclub Flowers: fernshaw gardens in Eden, NY (gorgeous and best price I found) Dresses: Azazie   Brides dress: Emily Kotarski bridal, Charleston SC  rental stuff: Taylor Rental, Bufalo NY Food: The Catering Company, Hamburg NY (would recommend them to ANYONE!)  decorations: amazzzzing bridesmaids!! 

I will always love you........

Today i stopped... i dont mean stand still, but to embrace a moment and be more present then you could ever be. I stopped. I took in all that was around me. I was invited in to a moment . A precious moment where someone shares their soul with you. It was tender,  beautiful, rare and special. I was so honored to be there . Its a moment where you become inside out and life means more then it ever could.  its where you are listing to everything even the pin drops because you know that every word is a treasure and every moment is worth more then what you have.  

Natalie lost her mom. Natalie is getting married on Saturday and her mom won't be there physically. Today i photographed her in her moms wedding dress. We talked about her mom and what it looks and feels like not having a mom on your wedding day. Can you imagine? I got to "see" Natalie  her sadness , her brokeness and i also saw how suffering makes things beautiful. Natalie is beautiful.  I saw her strength and her ability to love deeper . She doesn't have her mom here right now but she has been given eyes and a heart to see whats valuable and important in life. To love with all you can. To embrace and treasure every moment. 

I am so thankful for Natalie and our time together i really dont have words for what i felt . I did hear a whisper in my soul tell me that this is whyi do what i do. I can't wait for Saturday to see all the little miracles and joyful surprises that i just know will be present at Brock and Natalies wedding. 

 

Jo-Linda and Tanner: chautauqua NY wedding

I often trespass. I know its not a good thing to do but i often dont have time to ask so i just do it and apologize later but i have learned after this wedding some people really dont want you to go on their property. It was really all for this wonderful willow tree!! It was calling out to me from the moment i saw it. I love willow trees because they are soft and romantic. I would do it agin i would but maybe not at the same place. To  the person who was not happy... i love ya!! thank you for having the best tree!!  

Jo- linda " Jo jo "is from a family i have known in the town i grew up in CLYMER NY!!! Woot Woot!!! I dont know this family on a day to day basis but my husband has worked on one of the family farms when he was a teenager and i have had conversations with them throughout the years . Do you know how you just know something with out actually knowing it? Well if you follow all that, i just know the Rhodes family is a great family! Its very obvious when you see how the kids love and treat their parents and their siblings. There carry this really nice presence about them. Rose who is Jo linda mother has always been someone to smile at me whenever i would see her. Theres not many people in the world who always make everyone feel known but Rose does! My heart feels so happy just thinking about her and their family. Jo jo carries her mothers smile . Just looking at her makes you feel warm and cozy!  oh and look at the porcelain skin! 

Tanner, tanner is one of those boys ... "the boy next door" i wanted to call him that but sometimes i say stuff that makes no sense . I did look up this term and this is what it said: Very sincere, sometimes shy, sometimes confiedent and rarely arrogant. A sweet boy, someone who girls are proud to bring home to their parents because of his charm, demeanor and sincerity. Im pretty sure this is Tanner!! Tanner loves Jo so much and is so good at it!! 

Together.. Jo's sister Jen  summed it up the best in her speech when she said she asked he if they ever fight and JO said Why? almost like that was something unheard of. 

I wish you guys an abundance of Love and happiness and to never fight. May your marriage be so blessed!!! Thanks for having me at the wedding!! 

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Ryan &Monica: Country Club of Buffalo Wedding

In NYC Ryan walked into a Buffalo Bills bar , Monica came in shortly after. He noticed the "beautiful women who walked in the door. There was a loud obnoxious woman close to Ryan and Monica walked up to him and said " control your woman" He said, "This is not my woman"  Then they began talking and Ryan said " what are you doing after the game?" So they went to a cafe in East Village and then to another place for desert  .. Ryan said he loves the Bills, they might not be the best team but they are the best matchmakers. Now they are married ! 

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Abbie: Chautauqua NY senior Portraits

Abbie: She is a light in this world. She has a deep peace that rests on her that soothes your soul. She is an example of Joy. Some may say that the photos are the morning sun but i say its a little sun and a whole lot of Abbie. She makes you feel warm and special. This girl has blessed so many and will do so much in her life time. Anyone who knows her or her mother knows what i mean.  

Andrea and Michael: Spring Lake Winery

I asked the Groom earlier in the day about Andrea, he talked so much about how she's so nice to everyone. People she just meets at work she hugs and is so kind too. He later made a speech during the reception where he talked about this again. Telling everyone there that if you dont know her that you should !! I mentioned to Andrea while she was getting ready how Michael was bragging about her kindness and she smiled and said that he always does. Isn't that a perfect picture? A friend of mind recently told me she feels so safe because her husband loves her so much. Its so amazing how our words and love can give someone so much confidence and Joy that they could reach a potential unimaginable. It was obvious that Andrea Knew she was lucky!!! My favorite part of the wedding was just before the kiss Andrea reacted with such excitement. Like she was waiting to hear those words kiss the bride forever!! It was a beautiful venue in lockport NY It rained throughout the day but once again a miracle happened how it always does and there were perfect timed breaks for everything planned to happened!! Thank you God!! 

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John and Alisa, warren pa wedding

Alisa's mom walks out beautifully dressed and the bride crys, telling her mom how beautiful she is and thats she looks like a princess. ............The grooms mom closes her eyes through most of the mother/ son dance.... is she pondering his life and the moment she first held his tiny hand? And now she hold his strong grown hands and its the day she knew would come but it came too fast... if only she could freeze the moments of the past..... Its a bitter sweet moment.... its so good,  and happy but there is this tiny bit that wants to stop life and maybe go back. Its love....... you want to bask in it, and savor it because its so good! 

The day after this wedding someone asked my how my wedding was ? i said amazing. ....... my heart is full.... How do you feel when you watch fairytales come true? Everyday is becoming more and more like this as i draw closer to Jesus .. I'm seeing his goodness and all my worries and fears are being replace by thankfulness and amazement! 

Just listening to the beautiful sounds of whatever instrument it is in this video makes my heart still--it brings me to a place of peace and rest to reflect on Gods amazing gifts. The Bible says all good things come from God, I have come to a place where I don't just say this anymore but I can feel God when I see love. His very presence gives me a spirit of thankfulness. I celebrate with my couples because they are feeling God, experiencing him. Its wonderful and glorious...... and to think about how much Alisa and John feel for each other imagine how our creator feels about us!  Zephaniah 3:17 says  :The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. I posted this verse in my living room because it feels me with overwhelming love to know this is the way God feels about us! Love is God , its good!!  Alisa and John reflect God through their love... Alisa  and John may you always feel this in love ... you are both special... and made "perfect" for each other"  

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Bride dress: Mori Lee

Bridesmaid dresses: Bill Levkoff

Shoes: Blue by Betsey Johnson

Bride Jewlery & Headpiece: Bridal Elegance

Groom Tux: Vera Wang by Men's Wearhouse 

Girls getting ready location: Woman's club of Warren

Guys getting ready location: Hampton Inn & Suites 

Hair: Modern Edge Styling Salon

Makeup: Makeup by Kate

Flowers: Dan Van Gogh 

Reception: Conewango Club 

Video: nazareth road 

Julie and James : Peek and Peak ski resort wedding

Julie. When the bride first realized she had a loop under her dress that she could wrap around her wrist . She spun around and smiled. Im pretty sure she felt special. She felt blessed and so loved. She was marring the man of her dreams.  James. He opens the gift before the wedding. Inside there is a rock. Julie like penguins. When Penguins give rocks. Not just any rocks, though -- male gentoo penguins search through piles of pebbles to find the smoothest, most perfect ones. When a penguin has selected his pebble, he presents it to his intended companion. Penguins mate for life. Julie and James are forever and ever! 

So fun to work with Kim Kantola from Peek and Peak and since AW was in pittsburgh shooting a wedding ( ill post soon) i got to work with a awesome power couple from RTB productions

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Dustin and Ashley : Chautauqua Institution wedding

Hello! Thanks for stopping in to see Ashley and Dustins  beautiful Chautauqua Institution wedding. I know i have said it before but this venue is one of my favorite venues. I just love the charm of all the victorian homes,  plus i can get all the pretty colors that i love in my photos and it just fits well with this venue.  If i had to title this wedding i would title it "ALL SMILES" thats because Ashley smiled all day long. For real. Not just for photos but all the time. I have a feeling that she does this everyday.  How can i ever complain about my job when people are happy? Really how could i ever ever complain when anyone is Ashley happy? A higher level of happiness.  I get it though... i know her secret. Its being with a man like Dustin who makes her feel peace and love . A man who is her best friend. That she can dance with and forget anyones around her because he is her world! She's happy because her parents adore her... when i saw how much they loved her i questioned my parenting. They just looked at her like she was the sun and the stars.  She's happy because her world is surrounded by people who love her! Im so happy for all this happiness!! I loved it. .... and we all cried with tears of joy and lived happily ever after!               see full gallery here

video : nazarethroad  

Dress: Sorelle Bridal Salon (Washington, PA)

Shoes: Betsy Johnson

Suits: Men’s Wearhouse with shirts/ties/pocket squares rented from Sorelle

Florist: Francesca’s Floral (Jamestown)
Band: Keith James Band

Cake: Cakes by Brandy (Westfield, NY)

Venue: Hall of Philosophy/Athenaeum Hotel

Bridesmaid dresses: Sorelle Bridal