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caitlin + joe

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Three cheers for Cait and Joe who planned a backyard country wedding that was elegant, sophisticated, relaxed, and super fun all at the same time! Who knew that Batavia could look this awesome?! We were so impressed. Both the ceremony and the reception took place at Caitlin’s parents’ home – a gorgeous country estate that has been in her family for generations. From Cait’s beautiful handmade brooch bouquet to the wedding venue itself and everything in between, it was all a celebration of Caitlin and Joe’s families and friends.  There was so much love surrounding them that day, and we feel so honored to have been there to capture it all.  :)

Cait and Joe shared a bunch of their favorite wedding day memories with us, so we could share them with all of you!  Look for those throughout the post!

Caitlin:  “Wearing Joe’s moms necklace that belonged to her mother and having part of her with me, and wearing my Nana’s ring that she got as a confirmation gift as my something blue.  My engagement ring being Joe’s grandmother’s and my wedding band being my grandmother’s really meant a lot.  It made it feel even more special.”
Caitlin:  “Getting to share the planning of the wedding with my family (mom, sister, aunt, cousin). I felt like it brought us closer.”
I got to spend a few minutes with all of these lovely ladies just before the ceremony.  We found a great little spot right next to the house to grab a few fun shots!  Caitlin is absolutely STUNNING, isn’t she?!  Just WOW.
Caitlin:  “Collecting all the brooches from estate sales, family and friends for my brooch bouquet and have to finally come together. To always have it as a memory and keepsake. I used every single one given to me.”
Meanwhile, just down the road a piece, Ben was busy grabbing some shots of Joe and the guys before they headed on over to the ceremony site!
Caitlin:  “Seeing Joe’s face for the first time as I walked down the aisle. It made my heart melt.”
Joe:  “Seeing Cait for first time in her wedding dress as her dad walked her down the aisle.”
Caitlin:  “Being the 6th person to be married at my parents house ( my 3 aunts, 1 cousin and my sister).”
The reception tent was beautifully decorated, and all of the table settings were a little bit different.  I loved it!
After the marriage license was signed and there were hugs all around, we made our way over to a gorgeous open field across the street for a few shots with Cait and Joe and their wedding party.  Some of the ladies got to ride the “wedding utility vehicle!”
High fives all around!!
Caitlin:  “Sharing our wedding day with all of our family and friends that mean so much to us. It wouldn’t have been complete without them.  And, being able to bring happiness and celebration to a year that had a lot of heartache.”

Joe:  “Having all of my friends and family near and far celebrating with us.  And…spraying Jenn with champagne.”

Ah yes…spraying Jenn with champagne…that was a funny moment, huh Joe?  Yeah.  I saw Joe getting ready to pop open a bottle of bubbly, so I walked over to capture the scene.  I thought, “this’ll be great!  I’ll capture the spray flying everywhere, and it’ll be awesome!”  Well, I captured the flying spray alright…straight into my eyeballs.  The last photo in this set is one of my favorites…Joe’s pre-bottle-popping excitedly evil grin.  LOVE.

Cait requested a mini shoot with her horse, Danny, so I happily obliged.  These photos are so sweet!!  You can see the love between a girl and her horse, and it is just beautiful.
Joe:  “Seeing Cait in her wedding dress with Danny the horse.”
Joe:  “Marrying Cait and knowing that this is the beginning of so much.”
I love that they decided at the last minute to have a “first dance.”  It wasn’t part of their original plan for the day, but then they did it anyway, and it made me sooooo happy.  ;)
Then the “dance floor” opened up and people started gettin’ down!!

The Ayres Photo Booth was there in full effect!!  Good times are always had.  ;)

Joe:  “The Photo Booth!!”

As the night went on there was much dancing and celebrating, and then, out of nowhere, people started just jumping in the pool with their clothes on and bottles of champagne.  The mark of a good party if ever there was one.

Caitlin:  “Having a sudden pool party with our guests (some in their clothes) and having bottles of champagne being passed around!”

Joe:  “Impromptu pool party!!”

Caitlin and Joe’s advice to all of you engaged couples out there is simple and perfect.  :)

“The advice that I would give to anyone planning a wedding:  Let your creativity out!  Have fun with it and think outside of the box.  Don’t let anyone say you can’t create something.  Don’t stress about the little things…in the end you’re marrying the person of your dreams.”

Cait and Joe – thank you both so much for choosing us to document your amazing wedding day!! You pulled off a gorgeous and amazing backyard wedding – seriously, SUPER impressive – and we’re so glad we could be a part of it! We loved every minute of working with you two, and wish you a bazillion years of love and happiness!! J + B :)

  • Mike SAYS...

    Wow, now THAT looked like a fun wedding!

  • shannon SAYS...

    These photos are simply BEAUTIFUL; you’re both such amazing talents. Fantastic work, once again.

mary + john

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This has been a really awesome wedding season for us in every way possible. We’ve met and worked with so many amazing couples this year, and Mary and John are absolutely one of those couples. From the first time we met, we felt so comfortable with them. They are both incredible people with HUGE hearts, and it was such a pleasure to be a part of their wedding day. It was so hot that day…hotter than hot…it was feel-the-sweat-rolling-down-your-back HOT; but, man, did we have fun with Mary and John and their lovely wedding party. Thank you, M + J, for being such wonderfully authentic people.  You guys are the real deal. We couldn’t have asked for a better couple to work with.

Mary and John each shared a few of their favorite wedding day memories with us, so that we can share them with all of you!  I’ll be including those throughout the post.  :)

I started out the day at Mary’s parents’ home to capture some getting ready action with the ladies, and Ben started out just down the street with John and the guys at Mary’s grandmother’s house!

Mary:  “Having all of my bridesmaids (and their beautiful babies) and two of my aunts together to get ready.  I really missed my mom, but my sister and maid of honor, bridesmaids, and Aunts Linda and Jacqui did everything they could to make the day special and help remind me that my mom was really with me, all day and always.  They also helped me get into that dress, I think it took everyone!”
Mary:  “Seeing John- we had decided to do the “first look” before the ceremony, and we are so glad we did.  John is the calm to my storm and the laughter to my smile.   As we were walking to meet each other I was ready to run to hug him.  I knew at that moment everything was going to be perfect, and I was so excited to get married.”

John:  “Seeing Mary the first time.  We met in the middle of the street between her parents house and her grandparent’s house.  She looked beautiful.  It was the start of what would be the best day of my life.”

We had a few minutes before we had to be at the church, so we snagged a few pre-ceremony shots at the duck pond in Mary’s neighborhood!
John:  “Driving the cool car to church.  It really made us feel special to ride in style!  Thanks Mr. and Mrs. B!”

Mary:  “The wedding ceremony.  Saying the vows and making it official.  Becoming our family, it doesn’t get much better than that!”

John:  “The actual ceremony was very special and I will always remember it fondly.  Msgr. LiPuma made the ceremony personal and made a special effort to make sure we were able to see and feel the love and support from so many friends and family.”

John:  “Being introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Jordan for the first time, officially starting our life together.”
Right after the ceremony, we hit up the West Side Rowing Club for some photos!  Mary is a long time sailor and rower and has spent all sorts of time at this spot, so for her, it was a very special location for photos.  :)
Our last stop of the day was The Twentieth Century Club for an absolutely fabulous reception!  It was our first time shooting here, and hopefully there will be many more opportunities to come – what an insanely gorgeous place!!  Everything was perfect.
John:  “Our first dance, I had kept the song a secret from Mary and the second she realized it was “Better Together” she was really touched.  That was a song she had sent me when I was working in Afghanistan- I was hoping she would be excited and she was.”

Mary:  “Dad’s Speech and the father daughter dance were a tie!  My dad educated the guests of our wedding about some of Buffalo’s history and properly welcomed John into our family while asking for grandkids – it was pretty hysterical.  And, nope, no kids yet. :) The father Daughter dance was a combo— slow and fast.  When it was time to go fast Dad didn’t disappoint, he can twist with the best of ’em!”

Mary:  “Toward the end of the night I found a moment to get some cake and sit down and take in the party.  Luckily at that moment John found me, and we had some cake and admired our beautiful friends and family having an awesome time dancing, laughing, and sharing memories.”
Mary and John opted to have The Ayres Photo Booth at their reception, and although I may be slightly biased, I think it was definitely a good decision.  ;)  SO. MUCH. FUN.
We asked Mary and John to share some wedding related advice with our lovely readers, and this is what they had to say!  Thanks so much for sharing, guys!!

Mary: “If you think you want the photo booth, DO IT! It was a huge hit with our guests and we are so glad that we booked it. Thanks Jenn and Ben!!”

John: “Think about all the aspects of your day and identify what will be important to you, then take the time to live them, who cares if they aren’t as rehearsed or planned, they are a part of your day.”

Thank you so much, Mary and John! We loved every minute of your wedding day! Thanks for making us feel so welcome and like a part of your family – you two are THE BEST!! Much love, J + B :)

  • Mary SAYS...

    Thanks J+B, we are super happy with the photos. You guys are the best, and people are still talking about the photo booth!

  • brittney brinkworth SAYS...

    an honor to be apart of. it couldnt have been a more perfect day. peg and you both made it shine! i wish u a lifetime of happiness!
    xoxo love u always