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Photographer: Nickel City Studios | Ceremony: Blessed Sacrament Church | Venue: The Foundry Suites | Wedding Gown: Silk Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse | Florist: Williams Florist | Videographer: Black Horse Videography | Invitations: Zoom Copy | Event Decor & Signage: Rust Belt Love | Dessert: Fairy Cakes | Ceremony music: Kristen Puglisi violinist and Mark Mazur pianist | DJ: James Dovey | Hair: Patrick Higgins | Make up: Jaime Ruggiero | Limousine: Advantage Limo | Cigars: Virgil Avenue Tobacconist
Bobby and I met about eight or nine years ago through a mutual friend. I remember when I first saw him, I thought he was so cute and so nice, but he was unavailable. Throughout the years, I would ask our mutual friend about him, but our timing was always off. He’d be in a relationship or I would be in one. Just over two years ago, I asked our friend about Bobby and he finally said, “he’s single!” I told this friend to tell him that I was always interested and that I thought we should hang out soon. Before he even got the chance to relay the message, out of the blue, Bobby asked him about me! A couple weeks later, the three of us met out. Two days after that, we went out on our first date. We have been together ever since.
We got engaged in our home last May. Bobby is a little shy. He thought about proposing in front of friends and family or at some landmark, but got nervous at the thought. Instead, he put on my favorite song (which was the song played for our first dance at the wedding), dressed up our dog in a tuxedo, and sent him into the room I was in. Following him, was Bobby, who immediately dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him.
When we started planning our wedding, we both knew that we wanted everything in the city of Buffalo. We also knew that we didn’t want a banquet hall or a venue where we have both gone to for a lot of other events. We both come from big families and Bobby owns Mister Goodbar in the Elmwood village. The friends, family, and employees we wanted to invite made for a bigger than average guest list. We looked at and fell in love with the Connecticut Street Armory. I loved everything about the space. It was so beautiful, could fit our guests, and was a venue that none of our friends and family have used before. We could also pick and choose every detail we wanted. When you book the Armory, you just book the space. It was up to us to choose a caterer, get tables and chairs, extra decor, etc. It’s a lot of work and can get pricey, but fun to build your own wedding. With 12 weeks to go till our wedding, and planning at the Armory for eight months, our reception was cancelled. The Armory is a state building and an active armory where the military holds drill. We got a call from a colonel in the National Guard saying the building had toxic levels of lead dust in it and it needed to be tested and cleaned. All public events needed to be cancelled immediately for safety reasons. I was heart broken, and stressed, to say the least. We had to cancel vendors and plan a whole new reception. With a guest list exceeding 350 and a short amount of time till the big day, our options were limited. I must have called 30 venues. They were either booked or couldn’t accommodate the amount of people we were having. One thing that occurred that was positive through all of this was that every time I called a place, the people I spoke with were so kind and sympathetic to our situation. Even when a facility couldn’t hold us, their banquet or event manager offered to help. We received phone calls from friends, family, and facilities in the area offering to help us out and call around to get someone to accommodate us. It showed how good the people of Buffalo really are. It was sweet and uplifting. Eventually, I called the Foundry Suites. I had been to the facility once before and remembered how beautiful it was. I spoke to Don Warfe, the general manager, and he said the date was available. He also said it might be tight, but he would do anything to help us and promised to not let us down. He couldn’t have been more right. He was wonderful! We rented out the entire facility, which consisted of two banquet rooms, a courtyard, a bar, and 11 hotel rooms. Don also offered the bridal suite to us for free because of all we had been through. He and his staff were amazing! They were so attentive and kind. All our guests commented on how great the food and service were. After dealing with such a stressful and disappointing ordeal, Don and his staff made the transition smooth and successful. The entire facility looked gorgeous too! In the end, the day was still perfect and everything we’d hope it would be…and more! 
Our wedding was a pretty traditional wedding, however there were a few aspects that weren’t. We had a bridal party of 32 people and half of which were family members. Having a maid of honor, a matron of honor, 2 best men, 12 bridesmaids, 11 groomsmen, 3 ring bearers, and 2 flowers girls was a lot, but it gave us a chance to spend more time with our closest friends and family on the best day of our lives. We couldn’t imagine leaving any of those people out. Another non-traditional detail was that we didn’t do a lot of the traditional reception things. We didn’t cut a cake, we didn’t throw the bouquet and garter, and we didn’t have a head table or sweetheart table. We sat with our maid of honor, matron of honor, best men, and their significant others. We also didn’t really have any slow songs played other than our first dance and our dances with our mom and dad. We wanted to keep the dancing and upbeat songs and mood going all night. As far as uniqueness goes for our wedding, the locations we took our photos in between the ceremony and reception were unlike most I’ve seen or experienced. I knew I wanted to take pictures at a special, Buffalo landmark, but I didn’t want to go to the same places I always see couples go to. Sure, I love Canalside and City Hall, but I just wanted something different. So, we found a way to get into the Buffalo Central Terminal. It was so beautiful in there! The architecture and details throughout are extraordinary. The photographers, Rich and Alyssa Mattingly, were really excited to shoot in there as well. The photos turned out amazing. Another location we went to was Mister Goodbar. As I mentioned before, my husband is the owner. He closed the bar for the day so he could invite all his employees to attend the wedding. With the bar being empty, we took advantage and spent some time there. It’s obviously a very near and dear place to Bobby. And without a lot of people in it, you can see all the beautiful woodwork throughout, the copper covered bar, and stained glass fixtures. We took pictures behind the bar and on the roof. 
Another detail I found unique was our table names/numbers. I’ll admit, I picked the majority of the vendors, colors, decor, etc. How the tables were named and numbered was Bobby’s idea. Both being big sports fans, we named and numbered them after our favorite athletes. 
It’s hard to pinpoint my favorite part of our wedding day. The whole day was really fun! Every aspect of the day exceeded our expectations. I was able to get ready right at the Foundry with all my bridesmaids and mother, which I loved. I thought my favorite part of the day would be the reception, with all the drinks, dining, and dancing, but I really loved the ceremony! A friend of mine is a violinist. Her name is Kristen Puglisi and she plays with a pianist named Mark Mazur. They played so beautifully. It really made the ceremony. I also loved our photographers and videographers. They were so fun and so easy-going. There were no egos, impatience, or rudeness. It was a long day, the ceremony being at 1:00 p.m. and the reception going from 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. We also had a big wedding party to deal with. I was waiting for someone to eventually get a little short or annoyed with all of the hecticness, but no one ever did. They were excellent throughout and their work is amazing! Our photographers edited and had all our photos done and digitally sent to us by the Thursday following the wedding. The highlight video from the videographer was done by the Wednesday following the wedding.
 Another favorite moment of the day was when my best friend and matron of honor gave her speech at the reception. He name is also Kara and we have been best friends for nearly 20 years. Last year, she battled breast cancer and came out a survivor and is almost a year in remission. She had a really difficult time adjusting to all the physical changes that happened to her. To see her stand up with confidence, looking so stunning, and delivering such a heartfelt and great speech was amazing. She took my breath away and brought many tears to my eyes.
Overall, my favorite part of the whole day was just being surrounded by friends and family who genuinely and sincerely loved, supported and cared for us. When they told us they were happy for us, you really felt it. It was the best feeling in the world! We are blessed with big, amazing, loving families. We are lucky to have a lot of great, true friends. We had guests come from Boston, Raleigh, Sacramento, and even Okinawa, Japan. It was all so pleasantly overwhelming.

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So many of our members aren’t exclusively bridal; moreover, they offer a wide range of services and products for loads of other occasions and events! With Mother’s Day coming up, we thought we’d help you out with some beautiful and inspiring gift ideas for all of the moms in your life!

The Little Gift
Big things can come in small packages! Many of these items are handmade and perfect for any budget.
Adorn Jewelry and Accessories | Little Blueberrry by Brooke | Little Button Craft and Press | Shampain’s Baubles
Doolittle Custom Engraving | Louelle Design Studio | Papercraft Miracles | Lace & Day | Stacy K Floral | Petrichor Paper

An Evening or Weekend Getaway
From the traditional Mother’s Day Brunches, to exciting nights out on the town, or a relaxing weekend relaxing in a local hotel – these options will definitely let your mama know you love her!
Public House 189 | The Inn on Broadway | Templeton Landing | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa | The Foundry Suites
The Inn On The Lake | La Galleria | The Mansion on Delaware
Or maybe you’d like to stay in for the weekend! Clean the house, do the chores and gardening, then have some food prepared and catered for your family!
Private Knives Catering | Peerless Events Catering

Sweet Treats
Obviously, you want to give your mom something just as sweet as she is and spoil her for the entire day! Carry home treats like artisanal chocolates, growlers for the beer lovers, or tea parties with cupcakes in tow.
Whimsy Confections | Boxcar Donuts | Fairy Cakes Cupcakery | Big Ditch Brewery | The Cake Place | Buffalo Cake Pops | That Popcorn Shack

Duh. The most classic Mother’s Day gift of all time! Get more creative with your heart-filled arrangements with our creative members!
Buds & Blooms 716 | Buffalo Floral Art | Costamagna Design | Flourish | Williams Florist  Gift House

Pamper Her
Treat her to the most relaxing and beautifying weekend ever!
Cortos Salons and Spas | Salon Elizabeth | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa

Share a DIY Experience
There are so many fun and exciting activities you can do with your mom that she will love! Plus, you get to spend that time together. Win, win!
Studio Hue Craft Parties | Buffalo Collective | Makers Buffalo | Rochester Brainery | Roycroft Campus Corporation

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For spring 2018, the majority of designers are showing so much love for the unconventional bride! Which we happen to love, because we are all about creating your own traditions! That being said, if you’re more of a traditional bride that’s OK too! There is plenty to love from the 2018 bridal trends, and our fashion shows sure did show some of them off! Delicate Chantilly laces are being replaced with textural and dimensional Guipure laces in wild, beautiful floral patterns as well as intricate geometrics. Shoulders are going bare, with fun capes and capelets to cover up for the ceremony. Another big idea that is definitely sticking around for a while longer are textural, 3-dimensional laces and appliques!

Lovely Bride brought so many incredible wedding gowns to our Spring bridal shows that definitely showcase some of these big ideas. Check out some of our favorites here! Starting with some really romantic gowns that are all about that textured lace!

The other half of the bridal fashion show highlighted some of the most glamorous ball gowns and modern sleek dresses Lovely has to offer. Ball gowns are making a comeback next season, but in new and inventive ways with lots of drama! We just love the intricate lace appliques and unique use of patterned fabric used on some of the fuller styles. Of course, clean and chic styles never go out of style, so the elegant styles for the modern bride are to die for!

I mean… come on with the movement of these gowns, though, right!? Sue Egan Photography really captured the romance perfectly! Lovely Bride has just about everything to offer for brides (and maid’s, but that’s for another blog post!). Go visit them and see their amazing assortment of gowns, dresses, accessories and veils!

Photography Sue Egan Photography | Venue Westminster Hall & Chapel | Dresses Lovely Bride | Styling Special Occasion Hair Design and Sunless 2 Go | Accessories Adorn Jewelry and Accessories

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We’ve been documenting weddings together since 2009. When the church goes quiet right before your vows, we know what the other is thinking and can move silently to perfectly capture the moment.  We push each other to do better, be more creative, and keep each other dancing on long nights. We work hard to capture every person, moment and detail for you. Because this day, with these people will only happen once. It’s such an honor to be included, surrounded by a couple in love and the most important people in their lives. Every single time.

One of our favorite wedding days, was the day when it seemed the worst happened. Three minutes after all of the guests were seated at their outdoor ceremony, it started pouring. Rather than run everyone back to the building, the Bride and Groom decided to get married anyway. And even as the storm got worse, they smiled, laughed and persevered. Luckily we’d done most of our portraits right after their first look, so it all worked out perfectly. Back inside, they were slightly soggy during their first dance, but they were so thrilled finally be married that they didn’t care.

We love being a part of your relationships, and not just yours with your fiancé but all of the relationships you hold dear. We love capturing the moments between you and your parents before the ceremony, or you and your best friend of 15 years, and obviously you and your new spouse. Each one matters now, and in 50 years as you relive the day with your grandchildren through your wedding album.

Usually, when we ask our couples what they’re looking forward to most they say “just being together with everyone” and/or “just being married.” Our couples know that the details of the day are beautiful and important, but what matters most is the people they love being there with them celebrating their marriage.

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This styled shoot was inspired by the new Beauty and the Beast film that was released March 17th. This live version has a moodier vibe and look to it, and so the stylist, Rebecca Duda of Quaint wanted to create a shoot that represented the essence of this. Quaint is a vintage rental & design company in the Western New York area. She wanted to showcase how vintage and specialty rental pieces can be styled to create a one-of-kind, and inviting celebration for guests. This shoot can give brides ideas of how to incorporate the Beauty and the Beast theme into their big day, without being too literal.

Photographer Bridget JamesWedding Planner Rebecca DudaVenue Roycroft Inn ChapelFlorist Fern CroftStationer (Invitations) Queen B LetteringBaker Blue Eyed BakerBride’s Dress Something Blue by LeeAndi’s | Hair and Makeup Salon Elizabeth | Groom’s Attire Richel Formal Wear | Models Jaycie Fontaine Jacob Fontaine

There are two scenes, one to represent the “castle” and another to represent the winter season in the movie, so an outdoor wooded area was chosen. The Roycroft Chapel is an intimate and historic site in East Aurora, NY that had the presence of a castle-like feel. To create a romantic and intimate ceremony scene, candles were placed all around the 9ft mantel and greenery on top to have it look more woodland and as if the greens have been growing at this space. Added details, such as the nesting tables and bar cart, with the vintage books, the beautiful cake, and candles, all contributed to the idea of Belle and her love of reading and sense of adventure. There had to be a lumiere throughout this shoot, so shots of this candelabra around the different locations, and with “Belle”, all help to bring the story to life. Instead of wearing a typical wedding gown, Belle wore a gold sequined dress to represent the gold/yellow dress in the film. Her custom-made vintage veil was specifically made for this shoot, and it paired perfectly with this particular dress! Throughout the scenes, a deep plum shawl and cardigan were worn to bring that down to earth style of Belle to this elegant look. “Beast”, wore a navy blue suit to also represent the blue suit in the movie, but instead of a royal blue, we went with a darker shade to better pair with the darker vibe. Berry tones were used throughout to bring a rich and different look to this theme.
The second scene was in a wooded area at a private residence. This little nook created quite a magical scene! The 8ft farm table was used, along with our vintage chairs and chandeliers, to represent the dining scene in the movie. The lit chandeliers outdoors in the woods, allowed for that romantic look/feel to be present in the cold weather conditions. Bunches of greens and florals on the table, along with the fur, made this a more seasonal look, and the goal was to have it be imperfect, as if it was thrown together. Our secretary desk held the goblets for drinks, and to show brides how these pieces could be used at their wedding. The “Be Our Guest” frame features hand calligraphy, and welcomes the guests to the space, and our invite suite beautifully coordinates with the overall theme and style of this particular shoot.

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