Glittery beading, shimmering chiffons, demure palettes and soft lips were all the rage at our fall bridal show at the Inn on Broadway! We can never get enough of the gorgeous gowns from Lovely Bride, and Special Occasion Hair Design and Sunless 2 Go always kill it with the styling! Each of these beautiful models truly shined in their looks. Can you pick a favorite?! Try them all out for yourselves!
Photography by Fresh Edge Photography.

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“Stephen pulled out a photo book (something we always make after trips or big events) of our life together, the last page asked, “Will you marry me?” While he’s obviously saying something sappy and sweet, I’m looking between the gorgeous ring, my handsome soon to be fiancé and our dog eating sand. I put the ring on myself, overcome with excitement. It was simple and sweet and intimate, but most of all it was perfect for us.”

Photographer: Michal-Kathryn Photography | Venue: Westminster Hall & Chapel | Cake & Cupcakes: Sinful Sweets  | Entertainment & Lighting: Encore Events | Suits: IncognitoMenswear | Dress: Lace Bridal by Karen Wu | Hair & Make up: Jenna & Keesha at MKW Salon and Day Spa  | Floral: Alison at Arjuna Florist and Gift Shoppe

“Stephen and I first met back in 8th grade math class, and after a lot of on-and-off agains throughout the years, we decided to give “us” another try later in college. Fourth time’s a charm, right? I moved out to Rochester our senior year of college to work as a RN and be closer to Stephen. One house, one dog and one cat later, in July of 2016 Stephen asked me to take Bo, our dog, for a walk on the beach so we could try to get him to like water. I thought nothing of it, even when Stephen was telling me I should probably put on nicer clothes than sweats and a dirty t-shirt.  Begrudgingly, I changed into jean shorts and a tank (not much better considering what was about to happen), and we drove a few minutes down the road to Durand Park where we walked Bo on the beach and sat down. Stephen pulled out a photo book (something we always make after trips or big events) of our life together, the last page asked, “Will you marry me?” While he’s obviously saying something sappy and sweet, I’m looking between the gorgeous ring, my handsome soon to be fiancé and our dog eating sand. I put the ring on myself, overcome with excitement. It was simple and sweet and intimate, but most of all it was perfect for us. We drove back to our house, Bo covered in sand, where our parents were waiting with champagne. Stephen had called them earlier in the day and asked them to meet us at our home. It was all perfect.

“For our engagement session, we took pictures on the beach where Stephen proposed.  We had a banner with our wedding date which was a fun prop.  We also had our dog with us since he aided in Stephen’s proposal.  Lastly, Stephen, the dog and I wore Eagles apparel as this is Stephen’s favorite NFL team.  For our save the dates, we had a graphic-designer friend who created our ‘signature’ which was used on our save the dates, invitations, favor boxes, photo booth print-outs as well as a projection at our reception.  It was a nice way to tie all those little things together.  For our favors, we did a candy buffet; each candy was one of the wedding party members’ favorite candy, labeled accordingly.

“Our favorite moment from our wedding was our first look and getting to see each other for the first time on our wedding day.  We also loved the quiet moment after the ceremony when we were able to take in the moment just after we became husband and wife.  We also loved doing pictures just the two of us after the ceremony.  Having a sweetheart table where we could eat together, just the two of us, and talk to each other about the day thus far was a really special moment during the reception.

“I feel like non-traditional is becoming the ‘traditional’ these days.  Some untraditional details of our wedding were having an uneven wedding party, an ice cream truck as part of dessert, a photo booth picture as a ‘signature’ in our guestbook and our first look.  We loved looking at the comments in our guest book after the wedding.  There were a lot of comments encouraging us to have babies!  Our fur-babies keep us plenty busy for now!

“We made our wedding our own by communicating with each other throughout the entire wedding planning.  We discussed our ideas with each other, purchased personalized champagne flutes, personalized cake cutter/server and forks and just made sure that everything at our wedding was liked by both the bride and groom.  For our cupcake display, we wanted to do something different so we ended up using large galvanized letters to display cupcakes in the letters of MR & MRS which turned out great!

“We are now a happily married couple who love to use the words ‘wifey’ and ‘hubby’.  Even though there were a few hiccups at the wedding, we could not be happier or more grateful for how our special day turned out.  Fortunately for us, we had an amazing photographer who put us both at ease the day of and made endless pictures seem effortless.”

Photographer: Michal-Kathryn Photography | Venue: Westminster Hall & Chapel | Cake & Cupcakes: Sinful Sweets  | Entertainment & Lighting: Encore Events | Suits: IncognitoMenswear.com | Dress: Lace Bridal by Karen Wu | Hair & Make up: Jenna & Keesha at MKW Salon and Day Spa  | Floral: Alison at Arjuna Florist and Gift Shoppe

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Just in time for the holidays, Lace & Day has pulled together a fabulous night of pampering and shopping from a handful of classy local vendors! From 5-8PM on Tuesday, December 5th, enjoy complimentary champagne and treats from Row House, chair massages from OWM Spa and beauty demos from Groom Service! There will be in-store giveaways, and the first 16 guests who spend over $100 will receive a swag bag full of incredible gifts! This is the perfect opportunity to check off that shopping list with some things that you, AND your lover will really want this year! Come together and make a date night out of it so you can enjoy the experience and shop for things that will excite you this holiday season! You can also grab some gifts for just about anyone on your list from Blue Table Chocolates, Peg’s Hardware and Rust Belt Love! Don’t forget about those hard to shop for friends and family – grab them some gift cards! There’s no reason not to come and let yourself relax with this hip, Buffalovin’ crowd and shop while you’re getting pampered! Get ready to feel and look your best this holiday season with the pros at Lace & Day and these local vendors!

Find more information and RSVP here!

Lace & Day
445 Franklin St, Buffalo, New York 14202
(716) 884-1580

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From bride and grooms, wedding parties, and even your in laws – it’s hard to find people in this day and age without some sort of body modification. You may even hear that phrase and think it doesn’t apply to you, but you may be surprised; even the simplest ways of changing your body, like working out, dying your hair and even piercing your navel or your earlobes all falls under the beautiful umbrella of body modification.

CowPok Piercing Gallery has been a part of the community for over twenty five years, and has committed to not only staying up to date on techniques and quality, but the always evolving styles available for the modified community. Body jewelry has come a long way, and we’re so excited to show you just a fraction of what we can offer. With trained staff members not only for piercing, but in fine jewelry, we’re happy to assist in custom orders or put together a set with on-hand pieces that’ll give you or your partner a unique, but tasteful look. The jewelry you update with is a perfect reminder, every time you look in the mirror, of the excitement you felt on on your wedding day. And with jewelry that lasts a lifetime, why shouldn’t you treat yourself? Here’s a list of our top five favorites on the market now!

The Beaded Ring – a versatile ring that can work almost anywhere. With the smallest high polished beads you’ve ever seen, the pop of texture is surprisingly chic while noticeably subtle. Stack them in your cartilage for a sleek pop of shine, or in your nostril or septum to really get heads turning. This style is available in 14k white, yellow or rose led platinum as well. The Latchmi, BVLA.

The Hammered Shield – more bold flash with metallics, without the need for extra stones. The hammered texture in this piece packs a lot of punch for being so small, but is great for not only your big day, but beyond – skipping stones that lock you into color combinations makes this piece easy to match in your everyday wear. The Janna, BVLA.

The Mini Kandy – these are a CowPok favorite! A wonderful update for almost any facial or ear piercing, these tiny genuine stones with four tri-bead details add some texture while keeping looks classic and refined. The Mini Kandy, BVLA.

The Pave Disk – our absolute lowest piece in profile, with just the right about of sparkle. The pave finish along with a micro diamond tucked subtly in the center, these pieces are the ultimate update for nostrils and ears for wedding day photos. Keeping them super flat, this ensures just the tiniest bit of sparkle for your big day, with all of the elegance that you dreamt of. The Micro Pave, BVLA.

The Classic Diamond –  who said diamonds needed to be boring? We can order you just about any cut of diamond, in a huge array of colors to match the colors for your event in a subtle way. From chocolate and cognac, to ocean blue and rose pink, or a classic white diamond, the possibilities can be endless. In store we regularly have them in an array for sizes, set in white, yellow and rose gold and are a quick easy update for piercings you’ve had for years but never bothered to swap out. Diamond, BJR.

CowPok ensures the highest quality jewelry available in the body piercing industry, and a tailored fit of any and all things necessary.  It’s important to remember that much like the fine jewelry you’d find in places like Tiffany’s and Cartier, one size rarely fits all. You deserve the best for your body, and jewelry should never sacrifice quality for style. Visiting us guarantees the best of both.

Thanks to Chloe DeSimone, Manager of CowPok Piercing Gallery for sharing these stylish and beautiful ideas with us! Contact her and her team of babes for all of your gorgeous accessory needs! 

177 Elmwood Ave |  5651 Main St
Buffalo, New York
www.cowpok.com

 

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“It’s wonderful to look to your close family, friends and partner and think about how lucky you are to have strong love in your life. It’s rare.”Hannah
Photographer: Megan Ann Photography | Venue: Knox Farm Estate  | Tent & Tables: McCarthy Tents & Events | Custom Bar: State of the Arc | Caterer: Fat Bob’s | Band: Kurts Back | Flowers: Maureen’s Wholesale | Bride’s Attire: M.A. Carr | Groom’s Attire: J. Crew and ASOS | Wedding Rings: Ben Garelick | Desserts: Blue Eyed Baker | Hair & Makeup: Ashley Soper and Amanda Holley Makeup
 
“We met on Tinder! We’re not ashamed anymore! 🙂 We had zero mutual friends and never went out to the same places, so we really feel that without Tinder, we never would have met. We got engaged on Mount Bonnell in Austin, Texas! I really wanted to move to Austin, but put the plans on hold when I moved back to Buffalo. In September of 2016, while visiting Austin on our first day there, Nathan took me on a hike and popped the question over boxed wine watching the sunset. We went on a moonlight boat cruise right after. It was amazing.

“Our wedding was a bit non-traditional in that we actually got married in a church on the Thursday before our “wedding day”. It was super important to our parents so we just did a very simple ceremony with only close family and a few friends. We then had a small champagne toast with cake sort of reception at my parents house. It really gave us a day to be in love without any chaos. Then on Saturday, the “wedding day,” we did a blessing outside. A fun element of our reception was when we did a football toss from me to my husband for our introduction since we both played and love football!”

“I tried to stay off wedding sites and Pinterest, and really focus on what I love. I love nature and hate glitz, glam and structure, so my wedding really was a reflection of my true style and our love. We kept everything simple. The wedding party and guests could wear whatever they wanted. Myself and my bridal party were all barefoot – something I had dreamt of being able to do! We wanted everything to just feel like a big dinner party and not a structured event, so we kept everyone at Knox for the ceremony then cocktail hour then reception to keep things flowing. We didn’t do a lot of the wedding things like garter toss because we didn’t want to pause for anything! We just wanted to dance with everyone all night!”

“Some ways in which we made our wedding truly “us” were our save the dates, which were our pee-wee football photos! Almost everything was handmade, including the bridesmaid flower clips, pocket squares (I even hand sewed my husband’s pocket square using fabric from his grandmother’s and mother’s wedding gown), and decorations. A good friend hand calligraphed the place cards, which were placed in the holders my mother made. I also hosted a crafting day where my bridesmaids all got together and made dream catchers to hang in the trees. A couple of the most special handmade items were the gorgeous arbor my father made, and a beautiful wooden bar that was made by a good friend and served as our guest book!  As favors we offered vintage glassware that we had been collecting for months before the wedding, and passed out match boxes and “tinder” as our favor. Get it… Tinder…?!”

“It’s tough to pinpoint my favorite moments from the wedding day, but I loved getting ready with all of my closest friends, professing my love in front of all of the people I love, getting married barefoot, having an outdoor dance floor, escaping with my husband to do an intimate photoshoot, and watching everyone dance the night away!”

“Nathan and I have an indescribable bond that we share which people have say they notice almost instantly. My husband is my other half and I am so happy and blessed to have him in my life. In a time of so much hurt and pain in the world, it’s wonderful to look to your close family, friends and partner and think about how lucky you are to have strong love in your life. It’s rare! And I think in regards to expressing that in our wedding, we just did what we want to do and what we loved and didn’t let anyone tell us how to do things. It’s so easy to get obsessed with trends and Instagram photos that you forget WHY you’re doing all of this in the first place. Love. I could not be happier about how everything turned out.”

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