Going back to pre-school, Liz and James’ lives have been entwined, but it wasn’t until almost 10 years later when they realized there was a spark! These true life-long sweethearts have been together since the 8th grade, and will be saying “I do,” in Buffalo, NY this upcoming October!

The couple was spending Labor Day with his family, kayaking and picnicking, when they decided to walk through the grapevines across the street from his parents house. Catching Liz by surprise in the midst of casual conversation, James got down on one knee and proposed. Both shaking with excitement, James then placed the stunning ring on her right hand…then appropriately on her left hand!  “It was very overwhelming, both of us in shock that this moment was finally happening,” Liz recalls. “James and I embraced this private, intimate moment by just holding each other. After catching our breath took a couple selfies – typical millennials, then went on to call our parents and dearest family and friends. It was truly the perfect moment, with the beautiful view of the grapevines overlooking the Buffalo skyline on a warm, sunny day, and love radiated between us. It was weekend to remember forever.

We were so excited to have our engagement picture session with Amy Greene from Anomaly Photography over Thanksgiving weekend. She made us feel comfortable, at ease, and like ourselves during the time of our session. We were excited by her inspiration behind the location of Silo City. We also were excited for pictures at the new ‘Greetings from Buffalo’ mural on Ellicott Street.

 

You can also submit your real love story to us for a chance to show off your special event! Weddings, showers, creative stag/stagettes, engagement shoots – you name it – we wanna share it! Make sure you’re following Buffalo and Rochester Indie Weddings on Facebook and Instagram! We announce monthly giveaways, share loads of inspiration right from our roster of talented members, and real wedding inspiration!
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Hi there! We’re StudioHue  – WNY’s traveling arts and crafts studio! Since May 2015, we’ve been partnering up with some of your favorite local venues to host an ever-changing lineup of social crafting parties (or p’ART’ies as we call them!) and were the first Buffalo-born studio to bring DIY Pallet Paint Parties to the WNY area!  We LOVE utilizing our passion for all things creative to help others channel their inner artist in a fun relaxing atmosphere and are even more excited to be able to help you put the “hue”-nique finishing touches on the wedding of your dreams.

When we started StudioHue, our idea was to provide our fellow Buffalonians with an alternative ‘night out’ experience that offered attendees the opportunity to get together with friends and socialize while doing something creative.  In our first year, we crafted with over 1,100 guests, painted 502 Buffalo-themed pallets, etched 403 glasses, stuffed 155 Buffalo pillows, and created 1,448 custom coasters so I guess you could say that our little passion project has grown into something so much more amazing than we could’ve ever dreamed- all thanks to the support and Buffalove of our awesome community!

So what exactly do we do and how does it work? We’re glad you asked!

Craft pARTies – Looking to add a unique twist to your Bachelorette, Bachelor Party, Bridal Shower, Bridal Party Meet and Greet? You name it, we can bring the pARTy! Gather all your favorite ladies and gents to create artistic masterpieces that reflect everyone’s individual fabulousness.  Choose from dozens of our existing projects or dream up your own. Our team makes crafting a snap by traveling to a location of your choosing then providing all the materials and instruction needed to help DIYers of all skill levels to create their very own custom projects in 1-2 hours.  The Bride/Groom – to – be always crafts for free and they’ll also get a special gift from the StudioHue team!

Favors and Gifts – We know how hard it can be to sum up how much you appreciate your awesome friends and family while staying within your theme and on budget. Choose from a selection of our existing favors and gifts or work with our team to customize some ideas of your own.  Our most popular favor item is our 4.5oz “Scents of the City” Buffalo themed soy candles – a collection of the best fragrances that Buffalo has to offer!

Guestbooks, Décor and More – Do you have the PERFECT décor idea in mind for your wedding but aren’t sure where to even start creating it? We hate that too! Send us a message and we’d be happy to help you make your wedding dreams a reality.  We also have a selection of pre-made (and rentable!) décor items available in our online shop! One of our favorite guest book designs is a string art pallet sign – you choose the design and then all of your wedding guests add a piece of colorful string at your reception to create the final image and symbolize the intertwining of two families.  The happy couple can also add the first strings in lieu of a wine or sand ceremony!

In case you couldn’t tell already – we love everything about Buffalo – the culture, the people, the food (we’re a little obsessed, really!) so almost everything we do has a bit of Buffalove woven in.   If that sounds like you, drop us a line! We’d love to help you personalize the wedding of your dreams.

Make sure to stop by our DIY station at the Buffalo Indie Weddings Bridal Show at The Foundry Suites on March 5th to say hello! We’ll be helping you to create some fun projects for your big day and we can’t wait to meet you 🙂

Let’s pARTy and create the things you wish existed!

– Alicia, Christine & Tina

Get your tickets for the bridal shows right here! If you’re a vendor who wants to get in on the parties, check us out

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If this unbelievably romantic inspirational photo shoot doesn’t get your heart rate pulsing for Valentine’s Day, we’re not sure what will! We began pulling this styled shoot together knowing we wanted to put a twist on the modern yet nostalgic bride, and we knew that The Inn on Broadway was the perfect setting. The rich, deep colors of vermillion, chartreuse and gold immediately captivated us, and were the perfect backdrop for the vibrant floral and invitation artwork, while the clean wedding gowns provided the ivory relief. We just love how the current styling and bridal fashions mesh with the vintage and modern accessories. The bold, vibrant colors of the bouquets are the perfect accompaniment to the vintage accessories and furniture, which looks at home inside this magical venue.

This shoot was comprised exclusively of Rochester Indie Weddings members! They were given a theme and brought their vision and talents to be captured on camera and film! See many of these vendors at our upcoming bridal show at Westminster on March 26th, 12-3pm! Pre-sale tickets available here!

Styling: Rochester Indie Weddings | Venue: Inn on Broadway | Photography: Natalie Sinisgalli Photography | Videography: Julia Hart Video Photo | Wardrobe: Lovely Bride Rochester NY | Hair/Makeup: Special Occasion Hair Design | Makeup/Nails: Sunless 2 Go | Floral: Buds & Blooms 716 | Rentals: Revival Vintage Rentals | Invitations: Louelle Design Studio | Accessories: B In A Bonnet | Jewelry: Adorn Jewelry and Accessories
Models: Olivia Staley and Emma Pratt

Rochester Indie Weddings Shoot from Julia Hart


Think you’ve got something special to show off to our brides and grooms?! Learn more about how to become a member and partake in all of the fun right here!

Brides and grooms – don’t miss the best bridal show in Rochester, happening March 26th at Westminster! Get your pre-sale tickets here!

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There are so many reasons to love our bridal shows, really. Even though there are others, none are quite like ours. Our bridal shows are full on parties, with the most creative wedding ideas around, cocktails, giveaways, DIY, fashion shows, and MORE.  These wedding ideas are presented by our kick ass members, who we carefully vet to make sure they fit in with our persnickety guidelines of awesomeness. We <3 our vendors. Our vendors BRING IT. We’re talkin’ no holds bar, givin’ it their all, pullin’ all the stops, goin’ all out,  and any other creative idioms you can think of.  They basically rock and the bridal show and marketplaces are their big chance to show you what they’re made of, and meet you face to face to see if that spark is there!
Spark?! Yeah, spark. The kind of fuzzy feeling you get when you leave your photography consultation and you both secretly think, “I totally want to be friends with this person.” Your wedding vendors are going to be there with you on one of the most important days of your life! You need to trust them and believe in them! You, as bride and groom will depend on your wedding vendors for so much, sometimes more than you think. Trust us… you need that spark.
Not only will  you get to meet some of WNY’s best wedding vendors at our bridal shows, but you’ll find inspiration left, right, up and down! Grab a cocktail from the DIY mimosa bar, and enjoy three completely unique and differently styled fashion shows highlighting the freshest bridal trends, beauty and style- there is really something for everyone. We always have a DIY department chocked full of the coolest, most unique ideas for wedding gifts, accessories and more that you get to do right at the show! There’s tons of activities and fun to be had from dancing with the DJ’s, posing in the selfie station and photo booths, swag bag and more!
Lastly… the giveaways. OH… the giveaways! Each vendor has their own unique giveaway that YOU can win! You can win as many as you can! Pick and choose what you’re most hopeful for and cross your fingers!
Did we mention the cocktails, yet? 😉 Get your pre-sale tickets today while they last! 

Photos above thanks to Poppyseed Photography and North Glow Photography.

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Celebrate sexy this Valentine’s Day with a last-minute photo shoot special from two of our members, City Lights StudioSalon Elizabeth! Surprise your partner, or do it just for yourself! Boudoir Teaser Sessions will be held this Sunday 01.29.17 inside the newly designed Salon Elizabeth!

This once a year special includes a spread of champagne & chocolates, express primping & pampering session, including glam hair styling, seductive eyes and lips, a 25 minute portrait session inside a private suite at the Salon featuring gorgeous furnishings,  including two outfits and multiple poses, $50 credit towards prints, books, or digital files, available before Valentine’s Day, and this session only, a special bonus from Salon Elizabeth! 20% off luxury retail products at the salon, and a $20 gift certificate towards $100 of future pampering!


Curious about booking your session? Click here to see more information!

 

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