This may be the giveaway to end all giveaways! North Glow Photography has spear headed this amazingly generous opportunity of giving back to one lucky engaged couple! By pulling together many of their friends and colleagues in the Rochester wedding ‘biz, this couple will win a total package from the photography to the wedding cake!
Having the opportunity to serve the Rochester, NY area as a wedding vendor is something all of us are so grateful for. We came up with the idea of giving away our services! How amazing to receive huge parts of your wedding day as a gift? We wanted a really special couple, who represents this idea of gratitude and generosity to receive this gift. A couple who loves their story. We want to hear so many amazing stories! As small business owners this has to come from a real, true place. Every event we work on means so much to our whole business not only financially but personally. We give by choice because it means something to us. We hope this sentiment will spread throughout this holiday season. Give when you can. Love your story.

North Glow Photography | Dolce Amica Event Planning and Design | Studio 180 | Chapel Hill | Good Luck Restaurant | East Avenue Inn and Suites | Fingerlakes Entertainment | In Bloom Wedding Floral | Gourmet Goodies | Sweet Pea Print | Haven Hair Salon | Stella & Dot | Mann’s Jewelers | Nolan’s Rentals


Learn more about the prizes and  details here. Enter to win by submitting your story right here until January 1st!

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2016-11-27_0001“Joe and I met in 2010 at a music venue in downtown Buffalo. I dabbled in photography on the side and was taking photos of a local band that night. Joe was working and going to school full time, and with some pressure from his friends he decided to go out and see a few bands play. The moment we met was when he handed me a CD’s for his own band that night, and after I tried to find him, but he was nowhere to be found! The very next day I was taking promotional photographs for a fashion show with a local music mash-up, and Joe just so happened to be the guy that his band volunteered to model! With some small talk and a Facebook friend request, the rest, as they say is history!”

WNY Wedding Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding!
Moonshine Studio of Photography | Filmwell Studios | Hayloft In the Grove | Bridals By D | Daring Young Red Makeup | Jordyn Eckman and Kelly Cichocki Hair | Catered Creations | 189 Public House Bar | Dessert Deli | Toy Bros Entertainment | Outback Kettle Korn

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Some of the unique elements to our wedding day within our ceremony were having a family member as our officiant, choosing readings from special books like “Oh The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Suess, and unifying our marriage with shots of Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey! The Hayloft in the Grove really allowed us to specialize our entire wedding. From the ceremony to the reception, we were able to put tiny bits of who we are into all of the details and moments of our day! We made our own invitations and floral arrangements and centerpieces. We thrifted for months collecting glass vases of all varieties for the centerpieces! We utilized a globe as our guestbook, and special made glass coasters with a compass, our names and wedding date as favors.  We even had a “midnight snack” for our guests when Outback Kettle Korn set up!

Seeing everything come together was an amazing feeling. It was so great to see our guests enjoying themselves, both on and off the dance floor! Writing our own vows (though a little nerve-wracking!) was a great way to be in the moment together. For me, the most memorable moment was when my mom surprised us with a reading during the ceremony, where two people approached us with a wooden box. To our surprise, when we both opened our boxes white doves flew out of them! It was so amazing and I’ll never forget watching them fly away together.


Moonshine Studio of Photography | Filmwell Studios | Hayloft In the Grove | Bridals By D | Daring Young Red Makeup | Jordyn Eckman and Kelly Cichocki Hair | Catered Creations | 189 Public House Bar | Dessert Deli | Toy Bros Entertainment | Outback Kettle Korn

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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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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Spruce up your holiday weekend leftovers with a fresh and fabulous cocktail! Peerless Events is bringing us a twist on the classic Paloma! Palomas are that beautiful crisp seg-way for a margarita, and with grapefruits in season through winter, it’s a fresh take on a summer favorite. When thinking of beautiful cocktails for weddings in particular, we want to add champagne to EVERYTHING. I mean, can you really celebrate an occasion without it, or do you want to?

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The Paloma Royale

1.5 oz Tequila (Reposado suggested)
.5 oz Aperol
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz Agave Suryp (simple syrup will do)
1 oz Pink Grapefruit Juice
1 Healthy Pinch of Sea Salt
Prosecco or Dry Brut Champagne

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Shake well in shaker with ice, strain into glass (rocks glass is fine here), top with Prosecco or a Dry Brut Champagne. Sea salt adds that necessary kick to the drink, and as salt does, brings out the flavor in the tequila and grapefruit, that can easily be muddled by the champagne. Enjoy the treat, with it’s dusty rose color it’s lovely on the table!

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Cheers!
Love, Savannah
xoxxo

If you try this cocktail out, make sure to snap a photo and tag us with our hashtag, too! #partyonbrides!
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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If you are looking for a wedding venue that offers locations for awesome photos, great food and outstanding service, La Galleria is the place for your wedding!

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La Galleria features beamed cathedral ceilings, soaring brick arches, beautifully landscaped grounds, rustic woods, a stunning pergola, a wishing well and picturesque gazebos. Not only does La Galleria provide you with amazing grounds, but we are known for fabulous food, impressive service, flexible- and customizable event planning.

The banquet coordinators Cherie, Julianne, Gabriella, and Jill will help you plan your perfect day from beginning to end. Not only will they aid you in making decisions for your reception but they are happy to offer suggestions in all of the different aspects of your event. They work to get to know you and exactly how you want your wedding day. The day of the event a coordinator is on site through dessert to ensure that everything goes smoothly.

La Galleria Banquets
3923 Southwestern Blvd, Orchard Park, NY 14127
(716) 648-4880
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“We are weird and (we think!) a good time and wanted our wedding to be the same. After getting to the actual day as a couple, celebrating was our aim and we had so much help in every way. ” Joanna and Ian.

Photography: Sarah Bridgeman Photography | Planning, Florals, and Design: Costamagna Design | Gourmet Catering: Private Knives Catering & Events | Table and Tent Rentals: McCarthy Tents & Events | Venue: Knox Estate

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Our favorite part of the whole wedding day would have to be the dancing, dancing, and more dancing! And as we did, looking around and realizing we were surrounded by such phenomenal, important and loving people in our lives who were now all together in one tremendous place and time. Our biggest request was having a band that was alright with us storming in and taking over the guitar, vocals and drum set at any given moment. Besides that, having an enormous, sneaker-friendly outdoor dance party with so many people that we love so much, plus lots and lots of cupcakes. We knew that whatever we did for our wedding, we wanted it to be fun. Our save-the-dates were library cards, our RSVP cards quoted Kool and the Gang, and our after-party hosted pizza truck in a parking lot.

By sharing the wedding planning process with people who we knew, trusted, and adored it was so personal because it included these gems of people that we are lucky enough to know and have in our lives. A family friend and artist made our invites, our priest volunteers with Joanna, and the flower “fairies and sprites” were all our nieces and nephews (all eight of them!) Joanna’s brother sang at the ceremony, her cousin made the jewelry for the bridesmaids, her wildly talented student made our wedding sign, a friend brought his trumpet to join the band, and Ian’s friend spearheaded the after-party sound system.  To see touchstones of them all day, to have such meaning in these songs, quotes, photos, speeches and symbols was such a gift. Even people we went outside to for help, like planner Carla Measer-Costamagna and photographer Sarah Bridgeman, respected and cultivated that beautifully (while bending over backwards to help and making us laugh a LOT!), and by the end were a part of this awesome circle in every way. Our loud, conga-line-forming, life force of a support system of family and friends made this day everything it was- as they do every day!

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