Please pardon our absence, everyone! We’ve been out of town for a little over a week (for both work and to visit family in Utica), but we’re back in the office today, and the first order of business is to blog this amazingly gorgeous Winter wedding!! :)
We loved Molly and Vinny the minute we met them. They are so cute together, and such a fun couple! I can remember sitting across from them at our initial meeting, and listening to them talk about what they had planned so far. I kept getting more and more excited as Molly described what Park Country Club would look like at Christmastime, and I couldn’t wait to see it in person! The wedding date they chose was also my birthday, so I knew it was meant to be. What are the odds?! After the meeting, Ben said to me, “Are you sure you want to work on your birthday?” I definitely thought about that for a minute before replying, but the truth is, I can’t think of a better way to spend my birthday than by doing what I love!I’m one of those people who loves Christmas and all things Christmas-related, so I knew that it would be beautiful; but, I can hardly even find the words to describe how beautiful it truly was. We have shot at Park Country Club quite a few times now, but I have never seen it look as magical as it did that night. It might just be me, but I really think that Christmas decorations can make anything more beautiful! I started out the day with Molly and the girls at The Mansion on Delaware, which is always lovely, but of course, it was even more lovely than usual with all of the Christmas decorations! Molly and Vinny were kind enough to share their Top Five Favorite Wedding Day Memories with us, so I will be including those throughout the post. :) One of Molly’s Top Five: “When my dad first walked into the room at the Mansion, and saw me in my wedding dress.” That was definitely an amazing moment, and I feel honored to have been able to capture it!
After Molly and the girls were ready to roll, we took a few minutes to grab some portraits at the Mansion. I love these so much! Molly looked AMAZING!
Then, we hopped on the limo and had a fun ride over to St. Louis Church. ;) Ben started out the day with Vinny and the guys at Molly and Vinny’s apartment. I wasn’t there, of course, but from what I hear, trying to tie your own bow tie is pretty challenging stuff!
Here is one of Vinny’s Top Five: “Getting ready with the groomsmen and trying to figure out how to tie my bowtie!”St. Louis Church is one of the most stunning churches in Buffalo, and it’s always a pleasure for us to shoot there. The time of day Molly and Vinny chose to have their ceremony was absolute perfection! The light was gorgeous!
A few more Top Five Wedding Day Memories from our lovely couple!
Vinny: “Talking with my best man right before the ceremony started.” “Seeing my beautiful wife for the first time as the church doors opened.”
Molly: “Laughing and talking with my Dad in the back of St. Louis right before he walked me down the aisle.” “Saying my vows, and listening to Vinny say his. That was an incredibly powerful moment – even with everyone watching you feel like the only two people in the world!”
We did manage to convince them to step outside for just a few shots with the beautiful Winter sunset. I think it was less than 10 minutes total, but we still got some great shots! Then, we made our way over to Park Country Club for a rockin’ reception! I walked in, and my jaw literally just dropped. Park CC is so grand as it is, but never have I seen such a stunning display of Christmas decor!! I was immediately reminded of Christmas time at Hogwarts, and I could barely contain my excitement! I don’t usually blog the “introductions,” but these were especially fun, and I adore the red dresses. ;) Here are two more of Molly’s Top Five: “Our first dance. I had a ball and loved hearing people cheer and clap as we did our turns and dips–the dance lessons paid off!” “My sister’s beautiful toast!” After the formal dances, the dance floor opened up, and it was off the charts! What a party!! We had a great time shooting it! And, here are the last of Molly and Vinny’s Top Five Favorite Wedding Day Memories!
Molly: “Watching all of our friends and family on the dance floor! After all of the planning, it is the most amazing and worthwhile feeling to look around and see so many people you love dancing, smiling, and celebrating the day!”
Vinny: “The dance floor at Park, especially Shout!” “Classin’ up the evening with family and friends at Colter Bay and Jim’s Steakout!”
Advice from Vinny: “Try to step back and enjoy the day because it goes by too quickly!”
Molly and Vinny – we can’t thank you enough for choosing us to be a part of your wedding day! What a stunning celebration it was!! We had such an amazing time, and we are very grateful for the way that you and your families made us feel so welcome! I can’t think of a better way to have spent my birthday! You two are absolutely awesome, and we wish you both a lifetime of happiness. Much love, J + B :)