Month: November 2010

stephanie + chris

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October was a craaaaazy month for us!  We shot 7 weddings and 5 engagement sessions in 4 weeks, and while it was awesome to be that busy, I must admit:  it was pretty intense at times.  :)

Stephanie and Chris were our first wedding of October, and theirs was truly the epitome of a perfect, Fall-in-Western New York wedding.  It was an awesome kick-off to our October-Wedding-Extravaganza!  Before I go any further, I have to give Stephanie a HUGE shout out for being such a faithful blog commenter.  I know how busy everyone’s life is (including ours), but she takes the time to comment on our work, and that really means SO much to us.  THANK-YOU, Stephanie!!  We really, really appreciate it!

I started out the day with all the girls at Studio E Salon and Day Spa.  LOVED Stephanie’s shoes!  ;)

bride wears flat purple shoes with hearts on the soles

black and white wedding photojournalism of bride getting her hair done

wedding photojournalism by Jenn and Ben Ayres bride getting her make up done
Then, it was over to The Fairfield to grab some stunning detail shots, and of course, some shots of the gorgeous bride!  :)
flat silver wedding shoes and pearl wedding jewelry

gorgeous wedding dress with tiered gathered skirt
The bouquets were fabulous!
wedding bouquet of red orange and peach roses

wedding day photo of bouquets in the brides hotel room with the wedding dress hanging in the background

black and white wedding photography bride gets into her dress

black and white candid portrait of bride getting ready for wedding ceremony
LOVE!
gorgeous portrait of a bride on her wedding day by Ayres Photography
LOVE, LOVE!
black and white portrait of a gorgeous bride on her wedding day
Ben started out his day at The Fairfield with the guys.  (No early morning hair salon appointments for him – I’m sure he was hugely disappointed.)  I love this shot of the best man showing off his ring-carrying duties!
candid wedding photo of best man holding the brides wedding ring
The Fairfield has this great little hidden courtyard where the guys were all hanging out before the limo arrived.  This is a fabulous shot of guys doing what guys usually do on wedding days…LOVE it!  ;)
candid photo of groom and his groomsmen hanging out before the wedding ceremony

wedding photojournalism groom and groomsmen walking toward the church
Stephanie and Chris chose St. Barnabas Church in Depew for their ceremony.  It was our first time shooting there, and we were loving the natural light that was just pouring in through the windows and skylights.  I also love that Stephanie wore her veil over her face – so classic and traditional, and something you don’t really see that much anymore.
the bride and her father walk down the aisle during a wedding ceremony at St Barnabas Church in Depew
Check out the awesome lines in this shot!  It’s such a modern looking sanctuary.
wide angle shot of wedding ceremony at St Barnabas Church in Depew NY
Happiest unity candle lighting EVER…
black and white photojournalistic wedding photo of bride and groom lighting their unity candle

black and white wedding ceremony photo of bride and groom kissing
I love to capture the moment immediately following the kiss.  It’s like, a split second where the bride and groom get to reflect on what just happened, and it’s always so full of joy.
candid wedding photo of a bride and groom laughing right after their first kiss

bride and groom making their grand exit out of St Barnabas Church while guests blow bubbles
After the ceremony, we headed on over to Como Lake Park for some wedding party shots, and some photo time with our bride and groom!  The sun was ridiculously bright that day, and the sky was perfect.  This hill was the first thing we saw when we pulled into the parking lot, and we were like, “Ok, the top of this hill is a must-use.”  It was a pretty steep climb to get to the top, but we managed to convince them to do it, and I’m so glad they were willing, because the shots we took up there were stunning.  This one is more of a candid version of the shots we took up there – actually, it was one test shots for lighting, but I chose this one for the blog because I love what’s going on in it.  The girls are all in the correct places, just waiting to be photographed, and Chris is barking at the guys to pull it together and do what they’re told…HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!  I just love this shot, though…the sun, the sky, the long shadows…it’s all so lovely.
wedding party photojournalism
Ben grabbed this shot from the side while I was shooting the head-on version, and I adore it.
black and white wedding party photo from a side angle
These two really, really rocked their couples session.  Amazing job, guys!  :)
gorgeous portraits of a bride and groom at the beginning of Fall in Western New York

amazing wedding photos in Como Lake Park by Ayres Photography
This one is hilarious, but totally “them,” so it had to be included.
black and white candid wedding photo of bride kissing groom

gorgeous wedding photo of groom kissing bride at Como Lake Park
BEAUTIFUL.
stunning black and white wedding photography by Ayres Photography
On the other side of the park, there’s this cool stone lighthouse, so we grabbed the wedding party for a few more shots.
creative posing ideas for large wedding parties

wedding photo of bride and groom kissing in front of como lake park lighthouse
Our last stop of the day, was Marygold Manor, for a fun and fabulous reception!
wedding photo of bride and groom being introduced into their reception at Marygold Manor

collage of wedding details from wedding at Marygold Manor in Depew NY

black and white artistic wedding ring photo shot with a macro lens

beautiful wedding cake photo taken at Marygold Manor

black and white candid wedding photo of bride and groom cutting cake
The first dance…
candid wedding photo of bride and grooms first dance

black and white wedding photojournalism of bride and grooms first dance
Stephanie and her dad….
bride dances with her father at Marygold Manor wedding reception
…and Chris and his mom!  (This was truly a kick-ass mother/son dance, if I do say so myself.)
groom dances with his mother at Marygold Manor wedding reception

wedding party opens up the dance floor at Marygold Manor

black and white wedding photography of bride dancing the YMCA at her Marygold Manor reception
We’ll leave you with a fabulous night portrait of a truly awesome couple!  :)
creative wedding photography lit portrait taken at night with colored backlight

Stephanie and Chris – thanks so much for choosing us to be a part of your wedding day! We had an amazing time! You two are really such a great couple, and you were a pleasure to work with! CONGRATULATIONS!!

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    YAY, Stephanie!! We’re soooo happy that you’re happy!! It really was such a fun day! ;)

  • Stephanie SAYS...

    OMG I’m in love!! Thank you so much for sharing in our special day. You guys did an AMAZING job!! They turned out better than I ever dreamed! :)

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thank-you, Meg! We love you! Can you guess whose idea the green and yellow back lighting was? Hmmmmm… HAHAHAHAHA!!! ;)

  • Meghan Connors SAYS...

    Great shots guys!! I LOVE the night shot at the end! So contemporary with the lighting & brick archway… just beautiful! (As usual…)

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thanks so much, Megan and Brian!! You guys are next! ;)

  • Megan & Brian SAYS...

    Beautiful pictures!!!

breanne + shawn

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Our final wedding of September 2010 had us back at one of our favorite places to shoot in all of Western New York! Breanne and Shawn chose the always amazing, stunningly gorgeous, Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards to be the backdrop for their fabulous wedding day. We were so psyched to spend the day with such an awesome couple, at such an awesome place. :)

Breanne and Shawn opted to do their “formal” session before the ceremony started, which is a really great thing to do whenever possible. (If you don’t mind seeing each other before the ceremony, it makes a ton of sense to do all of these shots – or as many as you can – ahead of time.) We met up with the bride and groom and their wedding party at the crumbly ruins of an old mill, just down the street from Becker Farms. It’s such a cool building; I absolutely love it. I tried to do some research to find out its history and such, but there isn’t much out there. All I could gather was that that area is (was) known as “the mill district,” due to the fact that there used to be five mills around there. This particular mill was destroyed in a fire in 1880, but the stone skeleton still remains.

Seriously, though? How awesome is this building?

a bride and groom pose for a photo before their wedding ceremony at Becker Farms
To the middle of the road…
wedding party photos taken in front of Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards
…aaaaand back to the building.  :)
wedding party photos taken at the old mill ruins in Gasport NY
After taking a whole bunch of sweet “mill” shots, we scooted back up the road to the amazing Becker Farms/Vizcarra Vineyards to play around in the grapes.  LOVE these next two!
portrait of a bride and groom taken through the grape vines at Vizcarra Vineyards

photo of a bride and groom taken through the grape vines at Vizcarra Vineyards
Also:  LOVE.
wedding photo of a bride and groom kissing in a vineyard

wedding photo of the groom and his groomsmen at Becker Farms in Gasport NY
I love the simplicity of these flowers; so elegant.  :)
wedding photo of a bride and her bridesmaids taken on a vintage orange truck
It’s also pretty cool that they totally match the orange truck.
wedding photo of a bride and her bridesmaids taken at Becker Farms

photo of a bride and groom standing in front of a piece of vintage farm equipment at Becker Farms

photo of a bride and groom standing in front of a piece of farm equipment with a chicken in the foreground
After we wrapped up the wedding party, and bride/groom session, it was time for the ceremony to start!  This is Ben’s perspective of Breanne and her Dad’s walk down the aisle…

a bride and her father walk down the aisle at a Becker Farms wedding ceremony
…and this is my perspective.  I love both!  :)
a bride and her father begin their walk down the aisle at a Becker Farms wedding ceremony
It was an absolutely beautiful ceremony!
the bride and groom exchange rings during their wedding ceremony at Becker Farms

the bride and groom seal their vows with a kiss at the end of their wedding ceremony

Becker Farms is a beautiful place for a wedding ceremony
This is definitely one of my favorite captures of the day – right after the ceremony.  :)
black and white wedding photojournalism of a bride showing off her new wedding band

photo collage of wedding details from a Fall themed wedding
INTRO-ductions!!  This is Breanne and Shawn’s adorable son, Aiden, whom you may remember from their engagement session earlier this summer…SOOOOOO cute!
bride and groom and their son get introduced into the wedding reception at Becker Farms

photo of a gorgeous wedding cake at a Becker Farms wedding reception
Ok, I know this is a lot of cake cutting pictures, but I love all three of these and couldn’t choose.
bride and groom cut their cake
ME WANT CAKE!!!!
little boy cries for wedding cake
MMMMMMM, CAKE!!  Kids are hilarious.  :)
bride and groom feed wedding cake to their son

macro shot of wedding rings taken in a bin of Now and Laters
A little first dance action…
bride and groom dance their first dance at their Becker Farms wedding reception

black and white wedding photojournalism of a bride and grooms first dance
…and then, the party was rockin’!!
Becker Farms is the best place for a wedding reception in Western New York

little boy dances like John Travolta at his parents wedding reception
As always, we managed to grab this lovely couple for some night shots, and we headed straight for the Becker Farms apple orchards (which we are totally in love with)!
portraits of a bride and groom taken at night in an apple orchard using a red rim light
We’ll leave you with this STUNNING portrait, which will most definitely join the ranks of our all-time favorites.  :)
stunning black and white portrait of a bride and groom at night in an orchard

Breanne and Shawn – Thanks so much for choosing us to be your wedding photographers! We were thrilled to be a part of your special day! You are a wonderful couple, and with Aiden, you make an adorable little family. We wish you both nothing but the best! CONGRATS!!

  • Debra Stenzel SAYS...

    The pictures are beautiful. I especially liked the ones of brea and shawn sitting on the lawn.

  • debbie reed SAYS...

    You guys the pictures are incredible photographer did great ,but look what he had to work with, you guys look so “YOU” great pictures great wedding love ya

  • Breanne Wienke SAYS...

    Jen and Ben, Thank you sooooo much for these absolutely incredible photos! We couldn’t be happier! LOVE all of them…LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the final four! THANK YOU!!!! :)