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 three Kanaley brothers, looking dapper.
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!
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. :)
Quite possibly my favorite “getting ready” shot that I have ever taken…EVER!!!
Ruth-Ann’s mom helping her into the dress and shoes…
…and, all of this preparation = a FLAWLESS bride
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!! ;)
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.
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!)
ADORABLE flower girls!
I am in love with this sequence:
3. yay! married!
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! :)
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!
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.
Towards the end of the night, and these two were still going strong! Favorite dance shot ever??
Or, is it this one??
There are just too many to decide…people were rocking OUT at this wedding (as evidenced by the following image). :)
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.
We took a bunch of awesome shots in the “bridal suite,” but this was my top pick for the blog…LOVE it!
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!