Category: weddings

jen + jeff // knox farm state park

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Knox Farm State Park is quickly becoming a favorite wedding venue of mine. The scenery is some of the most beautiful that Western New York has to offer. There’s something kind of magical about it, too…almost as if you can feel the history of the place while you stroll the grounds. The fact that the entire park used to be someone’s backyard just boggles my mind! I can’t get enough of the rolling fields, gorgeous old growth trees, and beautiful sunsets.  It’s the perfect location for a laid-back, good vibes only wedding, and Jen and Jeff’s wedding was exactly that.

Jen and Jeff are both the best kind of people. They are kind, soft spoken, warm, gentle souls who make everyone feel equally important and loved. They aren’t local to Buffalo, so we weren’t able to get to know them as well as we would have liked to before the wedding, but when we walked in on their wedding day, it was immediately clear that none of that mattered at all. They welcomed us in as friends, and made us feel like we truly belonged there. From the first frame we shot until the very last frame, we felt the magic of this day and these wonderful people, and I’m so happy to finally be sharing it all. :)

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Jeff: “My favorite part of the day was reading my vows. I was really nervous that I was going to screw something up and was so relieved when I didn’t!

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Jen: “The ceremony was my favorite part of the wedding day. It was under this unreal old oak tree at the Knox. Jeff’s Grandpa officiated, and we wrote our own vows. It captured the essence of our relationship perfectly.

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Jeff: “After the ceremony, we led everyone into the house. We didn’t plan on doing a receiving line, but we stopped to talk to some of our friends and a line formed behind them. I’m really happy we got to say hello to everyone.

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Jen: “Cocktail hour was amazing! Getting to see all of the people who had traveled from near and far to be there at the wedding was magical.

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Jen: “Playing Kan-Jam in my wedding dress was a highlight.

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Jen: “I loved listening to the toasts at dinner. My dad, sister, and brother-in-law had me in tears I was laughing so hard!

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Jen: “We snuck away for a few photos just before sunset. Away from the party, just the two of us, I think that’s when it began to sink in. We were married!!

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Jen + Jeff: “At the end of the night after most of the guests had departed for the after party, we were left alone at the house with just a few of our stragglers. It was like the sudden calm that comes at the end of a big house party. We just remember thinking, ‘we pulled it off!’  And being so, so, happy.

A little bit of advice from the happy newlyweds: “Don’t sweat the details! When the day actually arrives, you’ll be so overcome by having all of the people you love most in one place celebrating this monumental thing you’ve just done that the details really don’t matter. It’s magical. This is your day, so make sure you enjoy it. Remember that everyone is here to celebrate you!


 

Wedding Vendors Include:

Ceremony and Reception: Knox Farm
Ceremony Music: String Brothers
Hair + Makeup: Salon-a-Go-Go
Wedding Dress: Jill Stuart from BHLDN
Bridesmaid Dresses: Vow to be Chic
Groom’s Look: Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding Coordinator: Carla Costamagna
Florist: Costamagna Design
Cake: Wegman’s with floral design from Costamagna Design
Cupcakes: KupKates
DJ: Party Squad
Rentals: Quaint and McCarthy Tents and Events
Caterer: Catered Creations

 

mary + nate // Hotel @ the Lafayette

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Mary and Nate are the kind of people that make you feel instantly comfortable. They both have an incredibly calming presence, and put you immediately at ease. They are soft spoken, genuine, kind, and thoughtful, and we enjoyed every minute we have spent with them :)

These images tell the story of all the love – past and present – that brought Mary and Nate to this day. It was a day filled with laughter and tears, warm hugs and knowing glances, grateful hearts and sweet dance moves, and I’m just so happy that we got to be a part of it.

Mary and Nate were kind enough to share some of their favorite memories from the day with us, so that we’d be able to share them with you! Be sure to read them as you scroll through the post!

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Mary: “Getting ready with my bridesmaids was so fun! The morning of our wedding was fantastic. It was such a relaxing and calm morning. Having our hair and makeup done together was great!” 

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Nate: “Getting dressed with the guys at our house was a little hectic.  Our little puppy Marcy (who is very photogenic!) was very excited from all the commotion and wanted to jump and slobber on all the guys.  I have to give a big shout out to Zak, the Matron of Honor’s husband and expert puppy occupier.  Without him there to distract the crazy pup I may have had a tattered suit for the ceremony!”

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Nate: “I made absolutely sure to get to the church with time to spare – I had nightmares of being late and did not want them to come true!  Spending that extra time in the beautiful cathedral really helped to calm things down after the eventful morning.  By the time the ceremony got started I was completely relaxed and ready to make things official.”

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Nate: “Seeing Mary in her dress for the first time was probably the highlight of the whole day for me.  I remember not being able to stop smiling as she was walking down the aisle because I was so happy to see her and how beautiful she looked in her dress.  I had been told so many times that it was poofy and blush colored and had no idea what to make from that description.  All I knew seeing her for the first time in it was that she looked absolutely amazing.”

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Mary: “One thing I will never forget was the sermon given by our priest. He spoke about how the foundation of any marriage is friendship. This is something I will forever cherish because first and foremost, I married my best friend, and I am forever grateful for the friendship we have that has turned into an everlasting love.”

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Mary: “Nathan and I always tell each other that we are one another’s one and only, forever and always. When we repeated our vows to each other, and looked one another in the eye, I truly felt that promise, and felt an incredible sense of appreciation for the man I have in my life.”

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Nate: “Taking pictures at Silo City was the perfect choice for us.  Anyone who knows us will tell you that we are Buffalo evangelists and love everything about the city.  To make the Buffalo and its history a part of our wedding day was very important.  Jenn and Ben knew exactly where to get the best pictures at Silo City, which was good since neither of us had ever had the chance to visit!”

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Mary: “I was so worried about everything turning out exactly the way I had envisioned it in my mind, and that worrying was SO not worth it. Walking into the reception and seeing my vision come to life was one of the best feelings I had the whole night. Everything was absolutely perfect. The floral arrangements were so gorgeous, and each table was decorated perfectly. There was not one detail lacking or anything that I would even think to change about the décor of the wedding. Although it is an oxymoron, I would describe it as simple, yet sophisticated with a hint of a rustic touch.” 

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Nate: “Sitting down to dinner with Mary at the sweetheart table I remember looking around and seeing our friends and family gathered and having a great time.  Seeing smiles on everyone’s faces and knowing that people were enjoying themselves made me realize that all the planning had paid off.”  

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Mary: “The reception was an absolute BLAST. I was probably told a hundred times that I looked like a Disney princess. The night was incredible. Dancing around with my dress and twirling it around was hands-down my favorite part of the whole day. I felt amazing, beautiful, and was overcome with absolute pure happiness. I honestly had the most outstanding time.”

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And now, a little advice from the beautiful, happy couple:

Our piece of advice to couples, as hard as this may be, is to make your day YOUR day. So many people think too much about pleasing other people, which is understandable especially if money is involved, but the most important thing is to make one another happy through the process. Enjoy every moment of planning, and stick to your dreams and visions. Plan for yourself and no one else. And when the day finally comes, RELAX. Take in all the moments.

Working with Ben and Jenn was so fun! Jenn always responded quickly to emails and answered any of our questions. When we did engagement photos, she helped us to feel comfortable in front of the camera. They were both so great on the day of the wedding. They really have an incredible skill and talent to seek out the perfect lighting. We loved that they capture moments, and do not try to take overly posed pictures. The natural look and the stunning beauty of the photos truly make them the best!


Wedding Vendors Include:
Ceremony: Saint Joseph Cathedral
Reception: Hotel @ the Lafayette Greenhouse Room
Hair and Makeup: Elizabeth Dugan
Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal from Victoria’s Bridal Shoppe
Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew
Groom’s Look: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations: Minted
Florist: Linda Brem
Cake: Carriage Trade Pastries 
DJ: Soundwave DJ

  • Molly SAYS...

    Amazing pictures of an amazing couple!

  • Sara SAYS...

    Absolutely gorgeous! These truly capture the spirit of such a fun day!

  • Kelly Fuetterer SAYS...

    Nate and Mary are a beautiful couple that share a timeless love for one another. The pictures are only another reflection of that. All my love to you both!

  • Colleen sutorius SAYS...

    This story And photos are so beautiful!! Best wedding ever! the cathedral was so majestic! just one wonderful memoRy after another! The most fun PEOPLE! Magical setting! Not to mention how delish the dinner was! Everyone dancing! The bEst! Looking at these gorgeous photos Lets us relive an unforgeTable day! Thank you!

  • Michele Cosmann SAYS...

    Mary and nate’s wedding day was awesome! we are so grateful to have nate and his family a part of ours!

  • Jeannie henry SAYS...

    What beautifUl pictures and what a beautifUl day it was for mary and nate. Their pHOtos capture perfectly their wedding day and the love they share!

  • SaRa SAYS...

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  • SamaRa steinbrenner SAYS...

    I met mary in college when we were both arudyinf psychology at ub and i reMember when she met nate. She would talk about Him when they were friends, and i knew There was something more There. i couldnt haVe Chosen a more perfect man for my best friend. They are such a relaxed, fun couple and i am so happy they found Their person. the wedding was beautiful and i love looking at the pictures and reliVing the day. The pictures pefectly captured The most serene and little momEnts that show mary and nate as a couple.

  • Caitlin s SAYS...

    Ahhh!! This is so beautiful!!! Lets do it again! Bo big deal right?!

  • Margaret coSmAnn SAYS...

    The whole wedding day was absolutely spectacular. ThE photos capture the magic of the day and the love that was in the Air. Jenn and ben, you did a great job at snap shotting the moments that meant the most. every photo is jaw droppingly beautiful.