kate + kevin // hotel lafayette

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We’re so very excited to share this super awesome couple with you! Their smiles are contagious and their love for one another really fills each photograph. Kate and Kevin wed in the absolutely gorgeous Greenhouse Terrance at The Hotel Lafayette in Downtown, Buffalo.

Read Kate and Kevin’s super sweet wedding day memories as you scroll through this perfect love story!

Kevin: “Kate and I had been together for ten years at the time of our wedding and we wanted the day to reflect the fact that honesty was at the core of our relationship. As much as possible, we chose to do things we felt would authentically reflect who we were – starting with the first look in Lafayette Square, across from the Lafayette Hotel. Traffic bustled around us, but the moment we first saw each other was incredibly intimate. Jenn and Ben were amazing at stepping back and letting us experience that excitement together while still capturing our emotions close-up.

Kate: “Meeting in the park before the ceremony solidified the fact that we were choosing to embark on the day together – and it calmed my nerves for our actual ceremony!

Kate: “The Lafayette Hotel had the perfect combination of incredible architecture and drop-dead gorgeous flowers – standing in front of it, twirling around in my dress, I felt like we were on the set of a romantic movie. People driving by were slowing down to wave and cheer us on! Having our wedding party join us for pre-ceremony photographs brought everyone together to relax and have fun greeting each other. The Buffalo Public Library’s gardens were in full bloom and created the perfect backdrop.

Kate: “It was a gamble to plan our ceremony on the Greenhouse Terrace – rain, space, and noise were all threats – but we are thrilled with how the cozy space made the ceremony personalized and intimate. Somehow, we fit one hundred people, a string trio, our wedding party, and a ribbon backdrop into that tiny space! It was miraculous and perfect.

Kevin: “Kate and I both agree that our ceremony was one of our favorite moments of the day. We chose to walk down the aisle together. Having been advised to pause at the end of the aisle to take it all in, we stood together, gripping hands almost painfully, and were overwhelmed with the emotion of seeing loved ones who were present to support our marriage. It’s a moment I will never, ever forget.

Kevin: “Jenn and Ben had suggested that we take a few more photographs together immediately after our ceremony. It was surreal and magical to go from standing in front of so many people to dancing in front of City Hall, just the two of us! The photographs really capture how excited we felt to be strolling the streets of Buffalo as a married couple.

Kate: “Choosing to have a live band at our wedding was a nod to our mutual love of music – Kevin was in a swing band throughout high school, and we became close friends as members of a wind ensemble. Having live musicians energized the guests. My grandmother danced until midnight after changing into pink slippers! We love looking back at the photographs that capture our closest friends and family celebrating together in one place.

Jenn and Ben were incredible at stepping back to let real moments happen and then discreetly and expertly photographing them. They gave suggestions about the timing of the day, shooting locations, and combinations of people, but never did they ask us to in-authentically pose or recreate an experience. It was a relief to know that we could be fully present in the ceremony and reception without having to worry about orchestrating certain shots. They are photographing Kate’s sister’s wedding in July and we can’t wait to work with them more then!

Wedding Vendors Include

Ceremony and Reception: The Hotel Lafayette
Florist: Flower Fields
Cake: Butterwood Desserts
Hair and Makeup: Lizzy Dugan
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal