Amanda and Nick were our first wedding of September! They weren’t able to make it to Buffalo to meet with us before the wedding, so we showed up that day not even knowing what they looked like!! As it turned out, it didn’t even matter, because they are such awesome people that we adored them instantly, and knew immediately that we were in for a super fun day. It was a while ago now, but I remember the heat on September 3rd like it was only yesterday. It was RIDICULOUSLY hot. I’m pretty sure it was at least 95 degrees with a billion percent humidity. Would I prefer that now over 32 degrees? Mmmmmmmm…that’s a tough question…I think I’d rather be cold and wearing five layers of clothing, than so hot that my brain short circuits. Thankfully, we had so much fun shooting this couple and their fabulous wedding party, that we hardly noticed we were about to pass out from heatstroke. ;)
I started out the day with Amanda and the girls at Ciao Hair Salon in Niagara Falls. Then, we made our way back to Amanda’s hotel room so she could get into her dress and head over to the ceremony! I absolutely LOVE this part of a wedding day – girls getting ready, general chaos, and lots of laughter and fun – always a good time.Love this shot of Amanda and her mom! :) Ben hung out with Nick and the guys before the ceremony. I love these personalized mustache flasks that Nick gave to his groomsmen! So cute!! Their church, St. Jude the Apostle in North Tonawanda, had the most amazing colored glass. The way the light shined through, and projected the colors all around the sanctuary was incredible. I absolutely LOVE the silhouette shot that Ben grabbed of all the guys before the ceremony. It’s gorgeous. This is yet another gorgeous shot by Ben. I am obsessed with it! The ceremony began, and Amanda’s mom walked her down the aisle. It was such a beautiful moment! Such an awesome ceremony…such a wonderful couple. :) From the ceremony, we headed out to Freedom Run Winery in Lockport to grab some shots of our fabulous bride and groom and their wedding party. It was our first time at Freedom Run, and we loved shooting there. Their tasting area is air conditioned (thank the LORD), and their grounds are simply breathtaking. There is also a super cute stone house, and a very cool-looking “vintage-y” barn that would also be a great location for a ceremony, just in case anyone’s interested!
I love this next shot so much!This is the inside of the barn. How gorgeous are these two?! This was the last set we took before it was unanimously decided that we were all dying of heatstroke. I love these so much. I can’t speak for Amanda and Nick, of course, but for us, these really capture exactly how we felt in that moment – hot, sweaty, slightly brain-fried, happy, and a little bit silly. :) It really was such an awesome day. We headed over to the reception (where there was glorious air conditioning), and got the party started! Amanda and Nick are both engineers, so their whole wedding had a theme of “gears,” which was super unique and fun. The gears on the cake were just fantastic, and really tied the theme together. Isn’t it so cute?! And, of course, we had to use gears for the ring shot. ;)
The speeches were so great. It’s kind of rare to see the groom stand up and toast his bride, but Nick did, and it was the sweetest thing in the world. Their love for each other is so obvious, and we feel honored to have been a part of their day.
Amanda and Nick – thank you, thank you, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your amazing wedding day! We are so glad you found us!! You were wonderful to work with, and we enjoyed every moment of your day! We wish you both all the happiness in the world! Much love, J + B :)