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The wait is over! Our next bridal shows are here! There’s nothing more that we love than a fabulous party, and these two are SURE to please!


Buf/Roc Indie Weddings wedding events are straight up parties! We invite only the best,most creative and authentic wedding vendors in town to showcase their talent for you to mingle with all day. Enjoy craft cocktails and treats with your whole crew, and in between the partying, feast your eyes on the best wedding inspiration and fashion shows! Stop in the DIY department to learn a few new ideas and take home some handmade treasures! Make sure you enter all of the giveaways that each one the vendors has to offer, including our grand prize giveaway! More details to come!

Grab your pre-sale tickets while they remain – ‘cuz they go fast – at only $8! If you bring your bridal party of 4 or more, the bride goes free! Holllller! Get your tickets for the party right here!

Make sure you’re following us on social media to stay up to date with all of the juicy event details, as well as the Facebook event pages, where you can learn what each vendor will be giving away at the event!

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We’re the best friend photography duo, Lori & Erin! We’ve been the Bride, we’ve been the bridesmaids, and we’ve also been the wedding planners. On top of that…we’re in the market to make great wedding photographs for you. It’s our goal to give you a great experience and awesome images. That being said, there are a few things you can do to get some great images from your big day. We’ve compiled a few tips that might give you some things to think about as you plan your day, from our humble perspectives.

1) Consider doing a first look on the day of your wedding. We talk a lot about them. Get all of those important photographs done in advance, while you look your best! And have a special moment to yourselves before the guests arrive. 

2) Do an engagement session. It’s a great chance to practice being in front of the camera! You’ll get comfortable in front of the camera, on your own terms, doing something fun together with your fiance! Knowing how your photographers will work with you will make your actual wedding day so much smoother, and your photographs will reflect that. Besides that, it’s a lot of fun!

3) Work together. We make it a point to go over the timeline of your day with you. We want to make sure there’s enough time for all of the important details. We’ll tell you if you have enough time planned for photography because it’s important that you and your photographers are on the same page all day! From working with you on your list of family photographs, to planning driving time in between locations. There’s so many things that a Bride and Groom can overlook in timeline planning. By planning ahead with us, we’ll make sure that your day is as stress free as possible because we already know what to expect! That way you’ll be able to enjoy that time in front of the camera so much more

4) Don’t rely on a pinterest “shot list.” We love Pinterest for gathering ideas. It’s a great place to share and learn, and to design your flowers and wedding color scheme. But when it comes to specific photographs you want taken, don’t rely on it completely! It’s perfectly ok to share your ideas, but it’s less ok to expect that exact same photograph you found on Pinterest. You are hiring photographers based on their style, and their unique vision for your day. And while I’m on that note, be sure you know what your photographer’s style is!

5) Request an unplugged wedding At the VERY least, unplug your ceremony. It makes us sad when a camera sticks out in that perfect moment of you seeing your fiance, or looking over at your dad. Let your guests have their hashtag fun at the reception, but ask them to stay in the moment with you when it counts. Your photographer is there to get the shot. We have a variety of ways over on Pinterest to help you get your point across.

Bonus Tip – Most importantly, trust us.  If your photographers come to you with what you think is a crazy idea – trust them! Sometimes the craziest ideas create amazing artwork for your walls. Again, you hired them for a reason…let go, trust them, and just have fun with the whole experience!

Learn more about Lori & Erin on their website, Facebook page or Instagram page

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“We’re so grateful for the village that came together to make our wedding so amazing.” 
Photographer: Bella Art Photography | Ceremony Venue: Granite Mills Park | Reception Venue: La Luna Restaurant | First Look Venue: 300 Alexander  | Getting Ready Venue: School 31 Luxury Lofts | Dress: Lovely Bride | Suits: Combatant Gent | Bridesmaid Dresses: Renz Rags | Sweets: Leo’s Bakery | Cake: An Affair with Cake |  Vintage Furniture: Revival Vintage Rentals | Alterations: I Do Alterations | Hair: Tanesha from iDuPretty | Make up: Kristen from Daring Young Red | DJ: DJ Alykhan | Floral: My Mom & Friends! | Transportation: S&S Limousine | Invitations: Magnolia Papers & Co
“Matt and I met at O’Callaghans Pub on Monroe Avenue in Rochester where we connected after mutual friends recognized each other. After we all chatted, we parted ways and my friends and I went to the other side of the bar. After an hour or so, this guy approached us with a smile on his face; he lifted up his hand and asked “if a girl is engaged, what hand does she wear her ring on?” as he tried to address the group and not stare right at me. I wore my grandmother’s engagement ring on my right hand and had experienced the same confusion before so I piped up with a smirk and told him it was the left hand. Matt dropped his hand, swooped around two of my friends and beelined it for me. Apparently his friend (best man four years later) didn’t know the answer either and to keep Matt from kicking himself later, he convinced him to give it a try and just ask. Thank goodness he did!
“We moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan in April of 2015 and got engaged there on January 3, 2016. We were out walking our dog in the winter with some friends. I’ll always remember Matt dressing in jeans and a sweater and me throwing on ratty sweatpants and no makeup before we left. He asked “are you really going to wear that?” to which I was really offended and confused why I needed to get dolled up for a hike…and I still did not change or put makeup on. After walking for a bit, we crossed a bridge where he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
“Some of the unique aspects of our wedding weekend were our rehearsal dinner at The Rochester Brainery, the Airbnb studio in an old school building on Goodman to get ready in, and our first look and wedding party photos that were outside 300 Alexander, the former Rochester Divinity School. Our reception decor was romantic with warm lighting in an industrial setting overlooking High Falls with touches of burgundy, gold, blush, and white. Our place cards were marble tiles with names in cursive gold, which Matt wrote all of! We love all things vintage and especially love design that mixes vintage and modern decor well. Our wedding featured antique furniture from Revival Rental, mirror trays, glass vases and decanters, antique picture frames, hundreds of dessert china plates, and homemade teacup candles. My mother-in-law and I collected from estate auctions and garage sales for over a year. It was fun to slowly piece together the decor just choosing things we liked as we went.
“My favorite moments were getting ready with my girls, getting dad to finally shed a tear, reciting our own vows, and dancing the night away. Getting ready was a weird feeling. I wasn’t nervous but couldn’t sit still. Being in the event planning business, I’ve always been the one managing the event and keeping everyone happy. Rather than just sitting down and relaxing, I was up steaming dresses, making sure everyone ate, and keeping everyone on schedule. It wasn’t until after the ceremony when I was able to ‘let go’ and really enjoy the rest of the day.
“We were married at Granite Mills Park in Brown’s Race Historic District near High Falls under an arch that my dad made. Our good friend, Nate, married us out of a Dr. Seuss book. We wrote our own vows and had the whole audience in tears. It made our wedding so personal and we loved making our promises in front of our dearest friends and family. Our dinner was served family style and we had the wedding party sit with their friends, spread out throughout the room, rather than all together. I loved the mix and match of the tables as well as being able to seat guests down for a communal dinner. Matt is Italian and big family dinners are a must so it was great to do that for our wedding reception. We ended the night by heading back to where it all started, O’Callaghans Pub, wedding dress and all.
“We’re so grateful for the village that came together to make our wedding so amazing – friends, family, family friends, and vendors who are now good friends as well. It was truly magical and we wish we could relive it again and again!”

Want to submit your own real love story to us for a chance to be featured on the blog? Go for it! Make sure you’re following up with us on social media to stay inspired by our talented vendors, creative ideas and giveaways!

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January 19th from 7-9pm enjoy an evening of painting, drinking, eating and touring the gorgeous venue that is La Galleria! You say you’re not a fine artist? No worries! They walk you through it! Paint your heart out on a canvas or wine glasses while you gab and laugh with your best gang!

There are limited spaces available, so visit the Facebook event page for more details, and reserve your spot here!

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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.

See more from our incredible fall bridal show right here! And make sure you’re following up with us on social media to stay inspired by our talented vendors, creative ideas and giveaways!

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