Photography: Lovern Photography | Venue: Becker Farms  | Flowers: Flourish | Hair and Make Up: Groom Service | Videographer: Elegant Event Video | Favors: Sweet Fields Honey | Dress and Veil: Something Blue by Leeandi’s | Stationary: Hoopla House Creative | DJ: Mike McSparron | Photobooth: Snap Shack

The Beginning
My husband, Shawn and I met at our local church back in May of 2012, though we have a funny feeling our paths crossed well before that. It happens that his father and my uncle were the best of friends years ago, Shawn’s sister and my cousin have the same God parents, and even our parents traveled in the same circles over the years. It’s like we were destined to find each other again in our adult life.
The Engagement
We got engaged under a blue moon, on Friday July 31st, 2015. We took a local getaway weekend trip to the R&R Dude Ranch. We packed up our four wheeler and headed to the ranch. We rode horses all day and settled in near the bonfire. After a short while it began to rain, so we headed back to our cabin. Shawn embraced me like no other time and held me so tight, and I could tell he was fumbling with his pocket and I had a feeling this was finally happening! He asked me if I loved him, and then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Now, Shawn is one of those naturally charismatic, energetic, loves life kind of men, and in that moment he was so quiet, sweet and nervous. It is one of my most favorite memories of him to date and it was all mine.

The Details
We knew we wanted something different for our wedding. We got married on Friday June 16, 2017 at Becker Farms. We picked this date because it is my parent’s 38th wedding anniversary. We chose Becker Farms because when we got there, a feeling came over us and we just knew it was perfect! It was outdoors, but a beautiful pavilion for our reception space, had the original barn with amazing old barn equipment still hanging on the walls. We also loved that it needed little decorating. Our color palette was mint, creamsicle orange and dark grey.
The Dress
I fell in love with my 10 layer tulle ball gown in blush pink with lost and lots of sparkle and a hint of lace. I had these awesome sparkly smiley faced shoes for the bonfire, and they matched the dress really well. Mandi, and Something Blue cut the top portion off to make it strapless and added a hot pink crinoline. She also added a part of my mom’s wedding gown underneath mine. With the top portion off, Mandi then made me my veil of my dreams. She used the lace appliques and made me a 15 foot veil with blusher. All of the appliques were at the tail end of the veil and the extras draped more around my waist.
The Party
We figured not every gusts enjoys dancing, so some games could keep those guests, as well as the little ones busy! We built our own corn hole boards with custom made bags, yardzee and hula hoops. To add some additional color to the reception space, my mom and I made utensil holders. Each table had a certain color.  As place cards and favors, we had jars of local honey with “Take a treat and find your seat” tags! We opted for pies as dessert with a small cake to cut, as I love that tradition. Allowing our guests to celebrate and have a good time without the awkward “formalities” of a wedding was important to us, so we skipped the toasts and speeches, the bouquet and garter toss. We made our first dance a bit less traditional by combining the father and mother into it . To end our night we had a bonfire with late night snacks like s’mores that lasted until the wee early hours of the morning.
Favorite Moments
Some of my favorite moments from the big day were definitely walking down the aisle with my father, seeing my husband wipe his tears as I walked to him. Having our friends and family there celebrating with us and having as many kiddos running around being awesome. Another moment was when just my husband and I went across the street to the active barn where some animals live, with the Loverns and our videographer. There was something special about having your pictures taken with trusted talent and just being ourselves by laughing a lot. I also loved taking those 5 minutes away from everyone just after the sun went down, and Shawn and I sat in our ceremony rows and just reflected how blessed we are.

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If there’s one thing I know, it’s dessert tables. And as Owner and Creative Director at B Sweet Designs, I can tell you dessert tables are always a winner at weddings…. they really “take the cake” if you will. 😉 But for real, dessert tables are a great idea if you’re looking to offer your guests a variety of desserts, custom designed to coordinate with your color palette and theme. And when done right, they can be pretty darn unforgettable!
But there’s more that goes into executing a dessert table than what meets the eye. From the overall design to the execution day of, every last detail needs to be taken into consideration. Here’s a few things to think about when considering a dessert table for your wedding, and whether or not you should hire a professional or DIY.
A well-executed dessert table is much more than just setting dessert out on a platter. There should be a cohesive design, and I find it best to pull from the theme and/or color palette of the wedding. This helps tie the entire dessert table into the overall design of the big day. But in order to achieve this, it really comes down to the details. To obtain a beautiful aesthetic across the entire dessert table, each dessert item must be able to stand on its own. I like to push the envelope and add some special little touches that really take the dessert to the next level…think edible glitter doughnuts or sugar flowers on cupcakes wrapped in delicate, scalloped wrappers…. the possibilities are endless!
What you display your dessert on matters just as much as what your dessert looks like. It’s important to have a variety of display items that are not only beautiful on their own, but are neutral enough to let the gorgeous dessert items do the talking. Size and shape matter here. You’ll be surprised at how many different pieces you’ll need to not only achieve the right look, but to display all the dessert you’ll have to feed your guests! I usually mix in a lot of high-end pieces with some classic antiques to create an elegant look that can stand the test of time.
There are several things to consider here, first being “Can I afford to have a dessert table at my wedding?”, and second being “How much more (or less) is it to hire a professional vs. DIY?” Well, let’s take a look!
As you can see, if you DIY your dessert table, it could end up costing you twice as much as hiring a professional. Also, think about whether you have the time to not only set up and clean up your dessert table, but also design and order all the dessert, candy and detailed final touches.
The first question you should be asking yourself is “Who is going to set up this dessert table?”, and more importantly, “Who is going to clean it up at the end of the night?” Chances are you and your bridal party, including your parents, will be inundated with last minute details right before the wedding. And I’m willing to bet no one is going to want to volunteer to clean it up after a night of celebrating.
So why create one more thing to worry about? From my experience, it’s so worth it to bring in a professional. Let us do the dirty work so you can relax, sip champagne and enjoy your special day…after all, that’s what we’re here for!
Xoxo, Marisa
Marisa Battaglia is the Owner and Creative Director at B Sweet Designs. You can contact her by phone at 716-445-6044 or by email at for a free consultation. Visit for more info.
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IT’S PARTY TIME! We can hardly contain our excitement about these two incredible venues we’re throwing our big fall bridal shows in! Make sure you save the date for WNY’s most creative and exciting wedding shows ever!

Buffalo’s newest and most glamorous event venue and hotel, located inside the historic Richardson Complex is finally open and ready to party! This breathtaking complex is unlike any other in WNY! Its grand architecture and history has been paired with a modern, luxe interior design that is truly incredible to behold! Come and explore this landmark venue with us while we party with some of WNY’s most talented and creative wedding pro’s! It’s going to be our biggest bridal show yet! Find all of the inspiration you’re looking for for your wedding with us, through the hands on DIY department, impeccable cocktails and treats, huge prizes and giveaways, the best wedding vendors in town, and the most epic bridal fashion show you have ever seen. It’s going to be so crazy-insane-amazing! Get your tickets here!


The Inn On Broadway is one of Rochester’s oldest and most luxurious wedding venues! Constructed in 1929, The Inn on Broadway is Rochester’s only boutique hotel of its kind, with elegantly designed hotel rooms and event spaces that will make you feel like a movie star!  With 5-star, award winning catering and the most accommodating staff, your special event experience will be unlike any other. Join us for a fun and glamorous bridal event, showcasing Rochester’s most unique and custom wedding pro’s in the industry! Indulge in your wedding planning with cocktails and h’ors d’oeuvres, hands on DIY crafts, giveaways and prizes, the most amazing fashion show you’ve ever seen, and talented, trust-worthy wedding vendors who are ready to make your wedding day the best ever! Get your tickets today!

Our bridal shows are truly unlike any other around. They are full of the best wedding vendors in town who are nuts about making every wedding the best, over 25 huge prizes and giveaways, interactive DIY crafts that you can do right then and there, inspiring fashion shows for every kind of bride, cocktails and treats, swag… the list goes on and on! Check out some photos from our last bridal shows in Buffalo and Rochester to get you all hyped up, and reserve your tickets today!

Are you a creative wedding vendor who wants in on all of this action!? Join our team! Check in with us here to learn how you can become a member and party with all of WNY’s awesome brides and grooms!


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Our big summer party is here! Every summer we get together in one of Buffalo’s most fabulous bars and throw a major free networking party for every kind of creative business in the wedding industry! This year we’ve teamed up with Hydraulic Hearth for their refreshing, inventive cocktails, incredible beer selection, tasty pizzas and the epic outdoor beer garden! We’re totally takin’ over!

This event is free and open to all creative wedding pro’s in the area. Whether you’re a new business just gettin’ your feet wet, or you’re a vet who is looking for some more connections, we can’t wait to meet you and tell you all about what we do at Buffalo & Rochester Indie Weddings! Bring some business cards and get ready to have a blast!

Party starts at 6! Hydraulic Hearth 716 Swan St Buffalo, New York, NY 14210

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189 Public House is a restaurant and live music venue nestled right on Main Street in the village East Aurora, NY. The building itself boasts exposed brick and dark wood, giving it a very rustic atmosphere. Along with the regular day-to-day operations, they often host on-site private events in their upstairs loft or outdoor alley, as well as offer full bar service catering for off-site weddings!

“Planning an event can be stressful; there’s so much for couples to take into account, especially when you have to build the event from scratch and bring all of the vendors to the venue. I’ve always loved running events, from the planning to the execution. When you see it all come together the day of it’s such a wonderful feeling- you know that you’ve had a hand in making someone’s day really special. That moment is what I love about my job!” –Kaileigh Falkner

Events at 189

“From casual rehearsal dinners in the Loft to the not so traditional bridal shower cocktail party in the Alley, we want your event to be exactly how you’ve envisioned it! All food for these events is made on-site utilizing only the freshest ingredients- we want guests to leave feeling full and happy.”

Off-Site Weddings

“We often find that couples find the perfect venue and food caterer for their wedding, but then are left to find a business with a full liquor license to run their bar. That’s where we come in. Our experienced bartenders bring our knowledge to your event so that you don’t have to worry about a thing. A fun way to set your wedding apart is to offer a craft cocktail that we customize for you. Do you like Moscow Mules? How about Mai-Tai’s? Let us create a signature cocktail unique to your event!”

“We know that every detail counts when it comes to event planning. Kaileigh, our Event Coordinator, works one-on-one with all clients to ensure that every aspect is spot on. Having over 10 years in the industry has given her experience and an appreciation for all of the hard work and love that wedding professionals put into each event.”

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189 Main Street – East Aurora, NY 14052 | 716-652-8189

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