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Ashley and Taylor | Nighttime Buffalo Botanical Garden Wedding

A night time wedding in Buffalo, New York, my oh my! Ashley and Taylor were engaged at the Buffalo Botanical Garden. Ten short months later, they returned to become MARRIED AF!!

”What was the most memorable part of the day?”
Taylor: The most memorable part of the day for me was walking into the dome where the ceremony was going on and seeing Ashley for the first time that day. It was exciting and overwhelming and everything we had been preparing for was finally worth it. She looked amazing in that suit, didn’t she? I couldn’t help but tear up.

“What unique detail was the most important for you to include and why?”
It’s so hard to answer this question because so many things were important to me. I was pretty crazy about the music being right and on time since we didn’t hire a DJ. I wanted to prove that you didn’t need to hire a bunch of people to work your wedding. It worked out pretty seamlessly and I’m happy about that.

I also wanted to remember the rings, of course. I’m very forgetful and had full faith that someone else was taking care of that, haha.

“What came most as a surprise to you about the day?”
I was surprised with how much pressure was relieved after we said “I do.” The months of preparation, being scatterbrained, and last minute tasks finally paid off. Even though there were some hiccups, I was relaxed and had helpful people around me to make sure it was the best day of my life. I thought I’d be a lot more stressed out during the whole thing.

“If you could give one piece of advice to another couple about the wedding day, what would it be?”
Don’t rush through it. Don’t worry about having the biggest, most flashy wedding. It’s over in an instant and it’s a special moment for you and your new husband/wife, so don’t hurry through it or make it about what people will think. Just have fun and embrace the moment.

Sara and Brian | Shelldance Orchid Gardens Wedding

I can’t believe I’m finally getting around to blogging this wedding. Sara and Brian celebrated their wedding with about 50 of their closest friends and family in the tiny, cozy venue of Shelldance Orchid Gardens.

There are some weddings where I skip past the already beautiful venue and go gaga over the small moments I witness during the day, such as Sara’s mom massaging her hands as she’s getting ready and their Shiba Inu Miru who got to trot down the aisle alongside Brian.

One of the best things a couple can give me is a wide range of emotions that they’re not afraid of displaying, and Sara and Brian did just that. I truly enjoyed seeing and photographing the relationships between their friends and family. <3

Venue: Shelldance Orchid Gardens
Catering: Jersey Tomatoes
Dress: Lovely Bride
Cake: Noe Valley Bakery
Hair/Makeup: Sasha Salon

Sherin & Pankaj | A Small Bohemian Wedding at the Sunnyside Conservatory

I'm thrilled to share Sherin & Pankaj's small wedding at the Sunnyside Conservatory!

What I loved most about documenting their day was how much it was about connecting with their friends and family.

Sherin & Pankaj's apartment was just the right place to get ready together, between having Sherin's long-time best friend do her makeup, choosing which shoes to wear together, and just having the entire getting ready experience feel so comfortably day-to-day. 

Their set up at the Sunnyside Conservatory's intimate space encouraged mingling and connection. Everything just felt so casual, laid back, and honest - some of the best feelings to have on a day that's usually associated with being hectic and fast!

The cutest honest moment was when I caught the grin from Sherin immediately after someone handed her her bouquet and whispered "You forgot your bouquet for the ceremony!" at the last moment that she and Pankaj were walking down the aisle as a married couple.

Towards the end, we just took a short walk around the property for about 15 minutes and made a few portraits. Then they were right back to joining their closest friends.