Category: engagements

catherine +pat // Hoyt Lake and Albright Knox Engagement

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It’s pretty evident that Catherine’s infectious smile has captured Pat’s heart for the long haul. How are we so sure of this? Well, for one thing, he told us. But even if he hadn’t, the proof is right here in their adorable engagement shoot. Sometimes you can just tell when a couple is going to go the distance, and we really believe that Catherine and Pat are going to be one of those couples. For starters, they both have a beautiful, radiating positive energy around them, seemingly at all times. How could anyone not want to be surrounded by that forever and ever??

Pat: “Catherine and I met at Thirsty Buffalo during a Syracuse Basketball Final 4 party. Catherine is a Syracuse grad and a big orange fan, and I was there with a few of my friends who went to ‘cuse as well. To my surprise we had some mutual friends and chatted throughout the night. Unfortunately ‘cuse lost that night, but when the night was over I asked for Catherine’s phone number and the rest is history.

Catherine: “Our first date was at Sea Bar in downtown Buffalo. Like the gentleman that he is, Pat offered to pick me up for the date. I had moved home for grad school and was living with my parents at the time so I was a little nervous about someone meeting my family on a first date. To my surprise, rather than texting me that he was there, Pat came to the front door to get me. I can still hear my mom’s reaction when she met him ‘Oh, he’s cute!‘”

Pat: “It was a cool rainy day. We started the day by going to workout classes, and then I met Catherine for breakfast at one of our favorite breakfast spots, Kaylena’s Bakery. After, I arranged for Catherine to have a few hours at the spa to get her nails done and a massage. When she got back to our apartment she laid down on the couch with our dog Winston to take a nap after feeling relaxed from the spa. I came out of the bedroom and got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. She screamed and cried and it was the best day of our lives.

Catherine: “There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t feel loved and appreciated. Pat is one of the most patient people I have ever met, and he has a way of easing my worries and putting a smile on my face when I need it most.

Pat: “Catherine is the most supportive person I have ever met, and she inspires me to be the best person I can be. She is always there for me when I need someone to lean on. She has an infectious smile that will brighten your day no matter how your day is going.

When asked what they value most in life, Catherine and Pat said, “Each other.” (insert all the heart eyes)

Pat: “When its nice outside, you can find the two of us outdoors with our dog Winston. We love taking him to the park or the beach and grabbing brunch after at somewhere with outdoor seating for the big guy!


Can’t get enough of the beauty of Delaware Park?? Check out this adorable couple who got married there :)

jenny + mickey // Riverworks, Old First Ward and Hamburg Village

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Confession: I don’t usually check the weather forecast until the day of a session, because a) it can change every single day during the week leading up to the session, and b) I actually really love rainy day shooting. As long as its not pouring, shooting in the rain can be SO BEAUTIFUL!! I’m always hesitant to cancel or reschedule due to rain. Jenny and Mickey’s engagement session at Buffalo River Works and all around the Old First Ward is a perfect example. :)

The first hour of their shoot was just drizzle and some sprinkles, and I loved every minute of it. Toward the end, though, it did start pouring, so we had to call it quits. I offered to meet up with them again to take a few more non-rainy photos on another day, which is why you’ll see a combination of rainy and sunny photos throughout the post. I thought I would just mix them all together and share my favorites from both sessions!!

My favorite part of this whole post, though, is that they were kind enough to share all the details of their love story with all of us. We get to read about how they met, how they fell in love, their engagement story, and what they love most about each other!  They are the absolute sweetest, and I know you’re going to love them as much as we do! <3

Jenny: “Mickey and I met at a wedding in Ellicotville on September 13th, 2017. I was invited to be the date of the best man, his name was Ryan and I have known him since 2nd or 3rd grade. The wedding was beautiful. The ceremony took place at the bottom of the ski hill and we quickly moved into cocktail hour and were asked to find our seats for dinner. It was then I found myself sitting at Table 1. Shortly after sitting there Mickey took his seat next to me. I learned quickly that he was the date of a bridesmaid who needed a date also. Mickey and I kept the conversation very light through out dinner. We danced a little through out the evening and were both invited to spend the night with the rest of the bridal party and their dates at a ski cabin just down the road from the wedding venue. It was a huge beautiful house. All of us stayed up really late into the night playing games, eating snacks, etc. It was during these late night hours Mickey and I got a chance to talk and get to know each other a little better. We joked and laughed throughout the night. I left very early the next morning and we parted ways with out exchanging contact information. It was about 12 hours later when I received a new friend request on Facebook, and it was Mickey.

Mickey: “I knew by the time the reception had ended that I wanted to go out with her.

Jenny: “Mickey and I went on our first date just a few days after we met. We met in the municipal parking lot in the Village of Hamburg and drove together to Hoak’s Restaurant. I was actually pretty nervous. By this point, I knew I liked Mickey and I really wanted the date to go well. I never told him this, but I even looked up different interesting things to talk about when I was getting ready to make sure the date went well. Of course, I didn’t need this at all. The conversation went great and I was liking him more and more by the minute. After dinner, we drove back to the village and headed to Braymillers. We got some beverages and played darts. We bowled a game and then ran into Mickey’s long-time friend Mark and shortly after we were joined by another friend, Trevor. Normally, I think this would be weird and awkward, but Mark and Trevor were really entertaining and did not realize we were on a first date. We all sat and talked and kept getting to know each other for a while until it seemed like it was time to go home. Mickey walked me back to my car, where we shared a very modest and shy first kiss. I drove home to Silver Creek with a grin, ear to ear, excited to see what this relationship would bring.

Jenny: “Mickey and I love to share good meals together. When we first started dating, we visited tons of restaurants around the Buffalo area together. Now, we have started to spend more time at home having home cooked meals. We enjoy watching different movies and TV series together. We also love seeing our friends and family.

Jenny: “In late May, I went on a family trip to Florida for a week. Mickey couldn’t come due to a lack of vacation time and I missed him horribly. When he picked me up from the Buffalo airport and he had a haircut, he was wearing a new shirt, he had my favorite Starbucks drink and a long stemmed rose. I just thought he was being sweet because he missed me. The flight got in very early so I was interested in getting breakfast, but Mickey promised he had something at home that I would like a lot. We got to our recently purchased home in Hamburg and Mickey asked me to temporarily leave my bags in the car so he could share the surprise. He had me close my eyes and walked me into the living room. There he had me sit on the couch and promise to keep my eyes closed. Next thing I knew, Mickey had placed our cat, Pearl, in my lap. He told me he got her a new collar and asked if I liked it. The tag on Pearl’s collar had the date, 5/26/2017. I didn’t get it, but then Mickey told me to turn the tag over. It was then I realized what was going on. The other side of the tag read ‘Will you marry me?’ By this time Mickey was down on one knee, holding the ring out for me. He asked me out loud if I would marry him and I yelled ‘Absolutely!!’ I then got the chance to take in the moment and saw that our whole living room was filled was vases full of pink, red, and purple flowers of all kinds. I also learned that Mickey set up a Nest camera to record the entire thing. We spent the rest of the holiday weekend meeting with fiends and family to share the good news.

Jenny: “Mickey makes me happier than anyone else in the world. We have been able to help each other through difficult times and celebrate with each other when the times are good. He has become the first person I turn to for support. We share similar outlooks on what we would like in life and we make a great team.

Mickey: “Jenny and I have the same faith and values, the same goals and ideas of a peaceful life, and feel happy in each other company. We support each other and contribute to each other.

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thanks, Carrie!! Yes, it’s definitely one of our favorite spots for photos, too! :)

  • Carrie Sarnowski SAYS...

    I love taking pics down there! Great Pics!