ruth ann + mike

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I have to start off this post by saying that Asbury Hall is currently my favorite place for wedding receptions. Sure, it’s absolutely enormous and dark (like an old church should be), and therefore difficult to light from a photographer’s standpoint (though we do love a good challenge), but nevertheless, the place has a character and a “personality” all its own. I saw Ani DiFranco play there a few years back, and was blown away back THEN; but now that I’ve seen weddings take place there, I’m even more amazed at how perfect it is. Great choice, guys! :)

Ruth Ann and Mike’s wedding was epic. We had a BLAST spending the day with them, and their families and friends! The weather was perfect for April, and the whole day came off without a hitch. A special thank-you goes out to the amazing Laura Linder of Better Together Events; she did an awesome job tying everything together. If anyone’s looking into hiring a wedding planner, she’s the one you want for sure!

So, to start out the day, Ben met up with the boys at The Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub for a little pre-getting-ready-for-the-ceremony luncheon!

the groom and his groomsmen standing outside of The Blackthorn Pub in South Buffalo
Then, it was back to the Kanaley household, so the boys could get ready for the big day.  I love that Mike is using the mirror in this curio cabinet to put on his tie.  :)
the groom getting ready for the wedding in his family home in Tonawanda

the groom and best man leaving their family house and heading over to the church
The three Kanaley brothers, looking dapper.
the groom and his groomsmen pose for a photo by the limo
Meanwhile, I was hanging out with the girls at the Embassy Suites in downtown Buff.  I have driven by this hotel many, many times, but had never been inside, so when I got up to Ruth Ann’s room, I was blown away by the show stopping view!!  Everything about this hotel is quality…I loved it.  So, it’s time to hit you with a few detail shots…for starters, here’s the gorgeous dress with the city in the background!
gorgeous bridal gown hanging in front of Buffalo cityscape

beautiful pink wedding shoes and their reflection in the marble ledge

bride's bouquet of peonies propped up on a red chair

close up of all three wedding rings on a green ribbon
Maybe it’s because I’m a closet girlie-girl (I hide it pretty well), or maybe it’s because I love make-up…I don’t know; but, I just ADORE the “getting ready” photos.  :)
reflection of bride applying mascara at the Embassy Suites in downtown Buffalo

close up of the brides wedding make up
Quite possibly my favorite “getting ready” shot that I have ever taken…EVER!!!
Bride and bridesmaids getting ready at the Embassy Suites in downtown Buffalo.
Ruth-Ann’s mom helping her into the dress and shoes…
Bride being zipped up by her mother at the Embassy Suites in downtown Buffalo.

Brides mother fixing her shoe at the Embassy Suites in downtown Buffalo.
…and, all of this preparation = a FLAWLESS bride
Bride at Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Buffalo.

Bride with Bouquet at Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Buffalo.

Bride with Bouquet and veil at Embassy Suites in downtown Buffalo.
Ruth Ann & Mike decided to have all of their large group shots done before the ceremony started, so they could all just enjoy the rest of the day.  They wanted the group photos of their bridal party, and part of their couple’s session to have an industrial look and feel, so this is what we came up with.  In my humble opinion, I’d say we NAILED it!!  ;)

Bridal party in First Ward Industrial Park just south of downtown Buffalo.

Bridal party at Michigan and Ohio St. Bridge in First Ward Industrial Park just South of Downtown Buffalo.

Bridal Party on lift-bridge next to General Mills where Cheerios are made!

Bridal party on old brick road at Ohio and Michigan St. in the old First Ward.

Bridal Party on Michigan St. lift bridge overlooking the Buffalo River.

Bridal Party chilling out on the Michigan St. Bridge in the Old First Ward, just South of downtown Buffalo.

Bride and Groom outside of Swannie House at Ohio and Michigan in the Old First Ward.

Bride and groom posing in front of painted brick wall, part of Swannie House, in Old first Ward, just South of downtown Buffalo.

Bride and Groom at Michigan and Ohio Street detour just before the wedding.
At the time this photo was taken, the Sabres were still in the running for the Cup, but……well, we all know what happened with that.
Bride and groom posing at Ohio and Michigan St., the Sabres were still alive against the Boston Bruins in the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Next, it was over to St. Louis to get hitched!  It’s such a gorgeous church…(P.S. – In case you ever get the chance, you should try to go all the way up to the top of the spires.  I’m pretty positive you’re not supposed to; it just seems like one of those things you’re not supposed to do.  But, Ben – who cares little for rules of any kind – went all the way to the top, and took some amazing shots in there!)
St. Louis Cathedral on Main and Edward St. in downtown Buffalo.

Groom and best man nervously await the bride at the St. Louis Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.
ADORABLE flower girls!
Flower girls looking adorable at the St. Louis Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.

Blushing Bride and her father taking a stroll down the isle to her patiently waiting groom.

View of St. Louis Cathedral from balcony, shot with a Nikon 85mm f/1.8.
I am in love with this sequence:

1. vows

Bride and Groom shot during the ceremony with Ordained Priest, Father Sal at the St. Louis Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.
2. you may kiss the bride
The Kiss! At St. Louis Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.
3.  yay!  married!
Just after the kiss at the St. Louis Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.
Ok, Ruth Ann, don’t be mad at me for posting this one…you probably think you have crazy-face in this shot, but I had to include it because you look so ridiculously happy!  I mean, really, just look at you!  :)
Bride and Groom taking their celebratory walk out of the church after being married at the St. Louis Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.
The reception was at Asbury Hall, which has to be one of my top faves for Buffalo receptions (as I’ve previously mentioned) – it’s so unique.  To make it even more unique, Ruth Ann and Mike did something I’ve actually never seen any other couple do before, and I loved it!  They had old wedding photos of family members on display (parents, grandparents, etc.)  Such a great idea!
Family photographs of bride and groom(s) respective families at Asbury Hall during the reception.

close up of pink and green wedding cake with giraffe cake topper

Bride and Groom cutting the cake at Asbury Hall, the Church is owned by Buffalo Folk Singer Ani Difranco.

Bride and Groom during their first dance to an Otis Redding song.

Happy Bride and Groom at Asbury Hall in downtown Buffalo.
After the traditional cake cutting, speeches, and dances, they fired up the dance floor – and let me tell you, this was without a doubt, one of the most dance-happy crowds I’ve ever experienced.
The big dance party as seen from the balcony at Asbury Hall in downtown Buffalo.

Bride dancing with friends at Asbury Hall during her wedding reception.

Black and white image of couple getting freaky at Asbury Hall in downtown Buffalo.
Towards the end of the night, and these two were still going strong!  Favorite dance shot ever??
Ladies getting their dance on at Asbury Hall in downtown Buffalo.
Or, is it this one??
Dancing with back light at Asbury Hall wedding reception in downtown Buffalo.
There are just too many to decide…people were rocking OUT at this wedding (as evidenced by the following image).  :)
Dancing and singing to the locomotion at the Asbury Hall during wedding reception in downtown Buffalo.
We got to do another mini-couple’s session at the reception, and the folks that run Asbury Hall were kind enough to grant us entry into the art gallery.  There was only this one exhibit, but it’s SWEET nonetheless.
Bride and Groom kissing at reception in art space in Asbury Hall.

Bride and Groom peering into each others eyes in art space at Asbury Hall.

We took a bunch of awesome shots in the “bridal suite,” but this was my top pick for the blog…LOVE it!
Oh the shoes, the beautiful shoes of the bride and groom at Asbury Hall in the bridal suite.

The poster hallway at Ashbury Hall is a quiet place for the bride and groom during an awesome reception in downtown Buffalo.

Ruth Ann and Mike, we can’t thank you ENOUGH for choosing us to tell the story of your wedding day with our cameras! We had such an amazing time at your wedding…seriously, we’re still talking about how great it was. Hopefully, you guys are having a kick-ass time on your honeymoon – you totally deserve it! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Check out Ruth Ann and Mike’s engagement session from a while back!

  • Jamie Allen SAYS...

    Wow. I love the Photo Diary of Ruth Ann getting ready for her special day. Especially the shots of Her shoes, bouquet, and her Mom helping her get dressed…That will mean so much to her. I’m sure it already does. The poses the wedding party struck on the bridge with all the steel work surrounding them were unique and artistic and a portrayal of the quality that has become an Ayres Photography Gold Standard. I love your work.

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Steve Po – Thanks so much, and we totally agree…they will be so glad they have these memories to remember their day by! :)

    Laura – Girl, you are the best! Thanks so much for commenting, and for all of your help on the wedding day – you were so great to work with! Keep in touch!

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Ruth Ann and Mike – Thanks for taking the time to comment from half way around the WORLD!! You guys are awesome, and we’re SO happy to hear that you love the photos! They wouldn’t be half as amazing as they are if it weren’t for you two. :) We’ll talk to you soon!

  • Laura Linder - Better Together Events SAYS...

    So great! You totally captured the spirit and beauty of the day! :)

  • Steve Po-Chedley SAYS...

    All of these shots are really great – the dark church shots look great and the shots around Buffalo will be great to look back on in the wedding album…

  • Ruth Ann SAYS...

    so amazing!!! we LOVE them!!!!