Joelle and Justin wanted a casual, relaxed wedding. That is exactly what they got! We arrived at the grooms house and gathered some shots with the easy going groomsmen and the couples dog, Brutus. Then it was on to the bridal prep which was also pretty calm. Joelle wore her mother's wedding gown with some slight modifications. It was perfect for her! They even made a veil from the extra material, which I loved! The ceremony was heartfelt and wonderful, and also included bubbles as they exited the church. After, we slipped back in the church for some formal images. Joelle requested a really neat shot with the parents on either side, which I think I might add to our idea list, I liked it so much! The bridal party escaped on a Trolley as we headed to the Erie Basin Marina. The Marina holds sentimental value to the newlyweds, as it's where they went on their first date. We got out on the pier and enjoyed the gorgeous day, even though it was a bit windy.
On to the Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center, where the gents changed into Hawaiian shirts for an awesome Margaritaville themed reception. They really thought the whole theme through with a smoothie bar making margaritas all night long in their customized margarita-glass-favors, and the birds of paradise flowers on the tables completed the room transformation. There was even a steel drum band during the cocktail hour, which was a surprise to the bride and groom from Joelle's mom! The whole setup was stunning!
A combination of DJ and live band got the party going and the guests enjoyed the food, drinks and dancing all night long. To make the night extra special, Joelle and Justin were featured on the big screen outside of the Convention Center, and we had some special four-legged guests join us for photos! It was a truly magical night, and we were honored to capture it.
Enjoy the photos, and congratulations Justin and Joelle!
We got to meet some great Buffalo Vendors: Hair and Makeup Stylist: Spa Alexis Transportation: Buffalo Trolley Officiant: Father Joe Bayne, St Francis Florist: Floral Accents Reception Venue: Buffalo Convention Center, Sue Kimmins Bakery: Dessert Deli Reception Band: Disco Duck Reception DJ: Absolute Sound Videography: Thumbs Up Video