How many times do people say “we met at a bar,” but then actually marry that person. Well, we did meet at a bar, and we did get married! Sometimes two people just fit perfectly like a cookie cutter fitting the last piece of dough.
Jason took me back to the exact spot of our first date, which was on Buffalo’s beautiful outer harbor at the farthest point of the dock overlooking the water. I had a hunch something big was about to happen, but by the time we had walked all that way to the end of the dock I almost thought nothing was going to happen! Then, Jason started with, “I wake up every morning with you in my thoughts….” and the rest is history!
Local Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding:
Marissa Deborah Photography & Kate Passanisi  Photography | Bridal Chateau Bride and Bridesmaids Attire | Something Blue Bridal Shop Brides Custom Shoes | Sonnenberg Gardens Ceremony Site | The Inn on the Lake Reception Venue | Carols Cake Cupboard Cake | Granger Homestead Flowers | Bred for Beauty Makeup
Being a model in the bridal industry for three years you would think wedding planning would be easy, but it makes it harder because you see so many cool ideas and amazing vendors it’s almost impossible to make a decision! I have been blessed by having tried on at least 100 wedding gowns for fashion shows so I knew I wanted a ball gown. To me, the best part of the bridal fashion industry is no longer being limited to stark white wedding gowns. Putting on the Morilee gown from Bridal Chateau made me feel like I was from another time, and as tears filled my eyes I knew my theme would be vintage and lace.
Every vendor that we used or our wedding was near and dear to us. The cake was made by an amazing little lady out in Lockport who bakes right out of her home. My shoes were custom made with love from Mandi at Something Blue. My photographers were some of my most dearest friends. Even our reception space was a place I have modeled with for 2 years. Our engagement photos were taken outside in the snow which is something you don’t see every day.
We picked Canandaigua NY because it’s close enough to us but far enough to feel destination. Sonnenberg Gardens is so historic and beautiful that as soon as I stepped on grounds I said, “I am getting married here.” I felt like the venue fit the dress and theme perfectly. We also chose the Inn on the Lake for it’s amazing view of the water. Guests attending were able to experience 6 themed gardens, a historic mansion, and the lake, all in one magical day!
Many things were handmade for our wedding. We gathered different tea cups from many antique shops, numbering the saucers in gold as table numbers for each table. We used old lanterns that were painted white for our centerpieces, and planter boxes that said “let love grow” to hold the candy flower place cards. The favors went with the tea cup theme by making each person a bundled tea bag with a ceramic tea bag holder, tied with lace saying “love is like a cup a tea, it’s all in how you make it.” I made my own pearl beaded garland and wrapped baby’s breath around for the vintage feel.
We had a violinist play at the ceremony, and we entered the reception by boat which made for a memorable entrance. Our flower girl walked down with fairy wings and a flower wand I made with lace, pearls and custom flower. The ring bearer wore a vintage hat and outfit.
My favorite moments were seeing my father waiting for me on the massive mansion porch, walking down the long pathway to meet Jason, and saying our own vows to one another. We also had 94 degree weather that day!
Marissa Deborah Photography & Kate Passanisi  Photography | Bridal Chateau Bride and Bridesmaids Attire | Something Blue Bridal Shop Brides Custom Shoes | Sonnenberg Gardens Ceremony Site | The Inn on the Lake Reception Venue | Carols Cake Cupboard Cake | Granger Homestead Flowers | Bred for Beauty Makeup
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We have some really big news to share as we ring in the new year! All of you lucky gals and guys who said “YES!” this holiday season will find everything you need for your upcoming weddings at our next bridal shows!! 03.05.17 @ The Foundry Suites in Buffalo / 03.26.17 @ Westminster in Rochester!

For those of you who haven’t been to a Buffalo & Rochester Indie Weddings bridal show, they are unlike any other around! They are filled with inspiration bursting from every corner of the room – with the most talented and creative local vendors who present the newest and most unique ideas for your wedding! All of our vendors are local, small businesses who care about each client and making a connection! It’s not about a sale to them! It’s about the memories that they help you create!

There are three unique fashion shows throughout the event, boasting the freshest, hippest and most beautiful wedding gowns around town! The hair and makeup styling is inspiring for every kind of bride! Don’t forget about the accessories and decor! Enjoy cocktails and apps all day long, along with a DIY department of crafts that you can sit down and do right there! There are giveaways all day long from each and every vendor! We want to keep you excited all day long!

Tickets will be available starting in January! Bring your girls, your mom’s and even your fiance for a day of the best, newest wedding inspiration around town! RSVP at the Facebook event pages for the Buffalo and Rochester shows to stay up to date on the vendors you’ll get to meet at the show as well as the specials they’ll be offering at the events! Also be sure to follow us on social media to stay in the know for our own giveaways and ticket information!!!

—> If you’re a local wedding vendor and you’re interested in participating in one of our amazing upcoming bridal shows, learn more here!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! We can’t wait to meet all of your beautiful, engaged couples! PARTY ON BRIDES AND GROOMS!

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We here at Buffalo & Rochester Indie Weddings wish all of you the best, merriest, happiest and most KICK ASS holiday season ever! No matter what you celebrate, we hope that it’s filled with friends, family, and of course, some good, good lovin’ with your honey! Don’t forget about the festive cocktails and of course… HOLIDAY ENGAGEMENTS!!!!!! We can’t wait to meet all of the new 2017-18 brides and grooms after this beautiful winter holiday season! Love each other with all of your might 🙂

To celebrate, some of our vendors want to share their favorite moments from recent holiday and winter weddings with you!

Megan Dailor Photography

Julia Hart Productions

Graphic Poetry by Elizabeth Rose Designs

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Westminster Hall and ChapelErich Camping Photographer

Fern Croft FloralSJ Bridgeman Photography

Flower City Nuptials

Williams Florist and Gift House

B Sweet Designs

City Lights Studio Photography

Onion Studio, Inc.

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We <3 Berta Bridal’s style, and you can probably guess that we’re fawning over their brand new line: Muse! Muse is a special line of bridal gowns with the essence of Berta Bridal’s heritage, but with a fresh, new look! It’s a total celebration of female beauty and the body, with the most stunning laces and fabrics! We hope you find it as inspiring as we do!

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Warehouse 127 Pop-Up Shop
137 Railroad Street, The Public Market, Rochester NY
December 8-11 / 15-18

Th 9-6pm | Fr 3-8pm | Sa 9-6pm | Su 9-5pm
585-506-9274

WH127, a unique vintage rentals company and newly opened pop-up shop is the brain child of Kelli and Nicole of Simply Beautiful Events. Located in the Public Market, the pop-up shop offers so many amazing items from small gifts like Soy candles, to feather down velvet pillows. You can also find some larger items for your home or events like hand woven Turkish carpets, black leather arm chairs with Acadia wood and pieces to entertain with like ceramic plates and serving wares! Kelli says that every piece is carefully chosen because it’s aesthetic rang true with hers!

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WH127’s pop-up shop is an extension of our Rental company. Over the years, many of our clients expressed immense interest in purchasing the items we used to stage their home or events because they connected with my aesthetic and could see it as a permanent fixture to their home.  So in 2016 as we started sourcing one of a kind and specific pieces for our rental collection, we kept our clients in mind! 

We have 2 weeks left in our current pop-up shop location, and we’re hoping to share some good news about our future permanent home and showroom!

If you get a chance to check out the pop-up shop, make sure to snap a photo and tag us with our hashtag, too! #partyonbrides!
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