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It all started in DellPlain Hall. We met sophomore year at Syracuse University, where we lived in quads across the hall from each other. Through countless college parties, late nights with all of our friends, and a mutual hatred for our business law class, we became fast friends, and we began dating junior year.

We headed down to Oak Bluffs in Martha’s Vineyard for an end-of-summer getaway, which we’d done for the past couple years. After checking in to the beach side hotel, the day was spent eating lobster rolls, riding mopeds around the island, and even spotting the Obama’s on vacation. Getting ready for dinner, Mike was oddly overprotective of his toiletry bag (turns out, that’s where the bling was hidden). He suggested walking on the beach on the way up to town, with the setting sun and ferries in view. About halfway down the beach (which was a favorite vacation spot of his dad’s), he turned to me and dropped to his knee. Lots of giggles and tears ensued (plus a yes!) and we celebrated with a seaside dinner and champagne toast.

Photographer: Vita Bella Photography / Videography: Black Horse Videography / Reception: Templeton Landing / Ceremony: St Gregory the Great / Gown: Cristina’s Bridal in Boston /Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew / Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse / Florist: Blossoms N’ Treasures / Rings: Long’s Jewelers in Boston / Hair & Makeup: Elizabeth Dugan / DJ: Toy Bros / Cakes: Muscoreils / Officiant: Rev. Steven Jekielek / Rentals: Gala Parties / Transportation: Buffalo Trolleys

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We wanted a classic and fun look to our wedding. We named each of the tables after places we had visited together, from the cities we visited while studying abroad, to our hometowns, to our honeymoon destination.  We also incorporated photos of our parents, grandparents, and siblings’ weddings as part of the decor.  For the favors, we stuck with some family tradition. We did custom mini champagne bottles, which the bride’s siblings have all done as favors at their own weddings over the past 20 years. They were topped with Jordan almonds, an Italian tradition from the bride’s mother’s side.

 

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The groom’s cake was a play on the rivalry between the Bills fans and Patriots fans amongst the guests. A group of about 25 family and friends, including the bride and groom, also went to the Bills vs patriots game the next day, which happened to be in Buffalo!


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We really had fun planning our wedding. Wedding planning can be stressful, but it should be fun! That was our mentality throughout the process. We incorporated personal touches, family traditions, and details that represented us as a couple. How many times will you have all of your family and friends together in one place for a huge party? Just this once. We embraced that and everything came together into such a fun day.

Right before I entered the church, my bridesmaids and I were waiting in the back for our cue. One of them made a comment to me that I seemed so calm and not nervous at all. I said it was because I had never felt so confident about any decision in my life. We giggled and tried to hold back happy tears so we didn’t mess up our makeup.

We both agree one of our favorite moments from the wedding was our entrance and first dance at the reception. As we were waiting in the wings to enter the ballroom, we heard the roar of our family and friends cheering for us, and we danced our way in to  “September,” his late father’s favorite song which was so fitting for the day. Our family and friends surrounded us on the dance floor as we went in to “The Best is Yet to Come” and while it felt like we the only ones in the room, we could also feel everyone around us and were aware of all the love that surrounded us.

Photographer: Vita Bella Photography / Videography: Black Horse Videography / Reception: Templeton Landing / Ceremony: St Gregory the Great / Gown: Cristina’s Bridal in Boston /Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew / Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse / Florist: Blossoms N’ Treasures / Rings: Long’s Jewelers in Boston / Hair & Makeup: Elizabeth Dugan / DJ: Toy Bros / Cakes: Muscoreils / Officiant: Rev. Steven Jekielek / Rentals: Gala Parties / Transportation: Buffalo Trolleys

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Designed and handmade in the Ukraine, Cathy Telle is a collection of whimsical and ethereal wedding gowns with a hint of vintage. The dresses are soft, lightweight and filled with feminine details like fabric covered buttons, hand-sewn Chantilly lace appliques, and delicate three-dimensional flowers and petals that cascade down the gowns. One of the things we like most about this collection of wedding dresses is how wearable they look. They exude beauty and comfort effortlessly! We especially like the use of front closure with buttons and plackets, a detail we don’t see too often in the wedding world!

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If you’re traveling to a far away, exotic destination or you’re heading to one of the many great local beaches along Lake Erie blanketed with shady trees and tall grasses, beach weddings can be so unique depending on the couple!

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To make sure you have everything you need for your individual beach wedding, we’ve compiled a list of our handmade must-have’s from Etsy!

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Fabulously beautiful gilded sandals from Bella Belle Shoes.

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The dress. Made by Anatomy.

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Stackable, fresh water pearl bracelets from Pearly Jane Bridal are just perfect for any outfit.

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A simple starfish tie tack to finish off his look!

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Mini sea urchin decor!

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Favor idea no. 3: Starfish shaped soaps!

 koozieFavor idea no. 4: The classic customized coolie!

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This original cocktail recipe created by The Mansion’s Catering Manager, Lisa, celebrates the personality of that conventional preppy who displays a uniquely hipster twist…the preppy hipster…we all know one or two!

This cocktail’s twist on the classic preppy G&T are the savory aromatics in the flavor profile of the Tommyrotter Gin, the astringent sage cut fresh from The Mansion’s urban garden, and the alpine herbs in the bittersweet Breckenridge Bitters liqueur.

Hotel and special events guests enjoy The Mansion’s unique ‘Boutique Bar’ which features small batch & boutique spirits, including exceptional Buffalo-made products. Buffalo’s own Tommyrotter Distillery has made it quite easy to feature local spirits, doing their part to put Buffalo on the international spirits map by recently winning a silver medal at the world’s most prestigious annual spirits industry competition.
This recipe calls for green tea honey syrup and while you can find this ingredient at specialty grocers, we suggest that you get-your-DIY-on and steep a homemade batch. Pop the unused portion in the fridge and use to blend with sparkling water or drizzle over fresh fruit throughout the week.

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Ingredients:

2 oz. Tommyrotter Gin

½ oz. Breckenridge Bitters

½ oz. Green Tea Honey Syrup

½ oz. fresh lemon juice

5 oz. Fever Tree Bitter Lemon

Lemon slice and fresh sage garnish

 

  • Pour half the Fever Tree Bitter Lemon into a tall glass brimming with ice and 2 lemon slices
  • Add Tommyrotter Gin, Breckenridge Bitters, Green Tea Honey Syrup, and fresh lemon juice
  • Fill to the top with remaining Fever Tree Bitter Lemon
  • Garnish with fresh sage

 

DIY Green Tea Honey Syrup:

2 bags green tea

1 cup boiling water

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons honey

  • Steep the tea in boiling water for 5 minutes, then discard bags
  • Add sugar and stir until dissolved
  • Add honey and stir
  • Let cool, pour into jar & cover, store in fridge for up to 1 week

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modaRocLocated in downtown Buffalo, The Mansion on Delaware Avenue is a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning historic boutique luxury hotel that combines Second Empire architecture with modern elegance and comforts. Stay for the night, or host your special event with the style and high-class services that MoDA offers! Follow them on social media to stay up-to-date with various special events where you yourself can try out the delicious, hand crafted cocktails or sample their world-renown wine list!
The Mansion on Delaware Avenue – 414 Delaware Avenue,
Buffalo, NY 14202 – 716.886.3300

 

 

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Hold on to your strapless dresses, brides! You’re all about to go nuts for our next Bridal Show and Wedding Marketplace’s new home: The Admiral Room at the Marin! This venue is one of Buffalo’s newest, and soon to be most unique and beautiful wedding and special event venue’s in town!

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The renaissance revival styled high-rise was built in 1913, and housed the Marine Midland Bank until they moved across the street to the famously known One HSBC Center. This building is being rehab’ed back to it’s former glory and operated by the experienced pros’ at Brookwood Hospitality. With hotel names like Wyndham, Embassy Suites and Hampton, Brookwood Hospitality knows how to cater to upscale wedding’s and events!

The Admiral Room is so unique in that being a former bank built in Buffalo’s hay-day, you’ll be greeted with hand carved masonry, cast iron gates and doors with gilded details, and marble… so… much… marble. The original marble floors hold massive 60 foot tall stone columns that meet the intricate ceilings and grand chandeliers. Did we mention the vault’s downstairs? Yea… the actual vaults where the money was kept with their behemoth doors and all their gears are still intact and available for private use! #OMG

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If you haven’t been to a Buffalo & Rochester Indie Wedding’s bridal show – you’re in for a treat 😉 Spend the afternoon with your gals and guys meeting WNY’s best wedding vendors who LOVE their jobs and really care about making your wedding “the best wedding ever.” Enjoy craft cocktails, indie-designer fashion shows and even a DIY department to learn some new ideas! Tickets will be on sale soon, and we’ll keep you updated on all of the happenings up until the show! All photos below from our last Buffalo Indie Weddings show taken by Poppyseed Photography.

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