January 29th was Shelonda and Briana’s magical day at the Botanical Gardens. A couple that has been together for so many years, that when meeting them it was hard to ever imagine them apart. Since they loved the idea of an intimate wedding, no pandemic was going to stop them from telling each other how much these years have meant to them, and how much they are looking forward to the rest of their lives. When I first arrived, I found Briana taking care of business and slowly getting more nervous. She kept checking with me to make sure I knew what I was doing 😂 She wanted to make sure I would ask everyone to stand when Shelonda made her appearance and I assured her that is something I always do. Since the intro song was long, I would as soon as I saw her appear. The SECOND the song started Briana turned to her guests and told them to all stand! It was so funny that I laughed alongside guests. She was leaving NOTHING to chance and wanted to make sure Shelonda had a perfect moment. And perfect it was. They looked at each other with such love, and their vows were unbelievably moving. They participated in a sand ceremony, aware of the fact that once the sand was combined together, it could never be separated again. This is what they were here for. Congratulations Briana and Shelonda! You’re a beautiful couple and I’m so happy to have shared in this moment.
January 9th was cold at Letchworth State Park, but I wouldn’t have been anywhere else. Jessica and Jesse had planned their small, intimate wedding with just a handful of guests, standing in front of an ice covered waterfall, and it was as spectacular as you could imagine. They knew that their wedding was about them telling each other how they felt, what their love meant, and why they wanted to be married anywhere, anytime, including winter in Western New York! While they looked chilly, they smiled and laughed and their joy could melt anything. When they finally kissed as husband and wife, all you could feel was their love. Congratulations Jesse and Jessica. You’re a perfect match and I’m overjoyed that I got to meet you and share in this moment. And of course that I get to follow your cat on Instagram 😉
This was one of my favorite weddings. On December 19th I joined Maleeha and James at the Botanical Gardens for their very intimate wedding. Just 8 guests and them. Really, it’s all you need. They are a perfect couple. Very in love, but also very chill when it came to their big day. That way, so long as they ended up married at the end, they couldn’t be disappointed! I felt their love during the entire ceremony, and kept getting distracted by how beautiful Maleeha’s dress was! Their vows were so meaningful, and when Maleeha pulled out her 2 pages of handwritten vows, I knew I had to steady myself. I get emotional too! But we all made it through and I was overjoyed to have spent my last wedding of 2020 with them. Congratulations James and Maleeha. The moment suited the two of you perfectly and I hope your years can only go up from this point forward. Much love!
November 7th was a stunning day. And the drive to Ellicottville for Erinn and Jake’s wedding was unbeliavable! They were nested on a quite road in a gorgeous Airbnb for their intimate wedding with just family, and a video camera for all of those they love watching from home! It was really lovely to see them both, Erinn excited and full of energy, Jake looking a little nervous, but excited as well. Their family was so happy and that was made very clear during the three reading they gave during the ceremony that were all full of tears. It was honestly hard for me to not tear up! There was just so much love and emotion in the room, I was really moved to be there. After the happy couple holding hands, much laughing, and a unity candle combining their families, it was time to kiss as husband and wife. Congratulations Jake and Erinn! It was such a special moment and I’m so glad I spent it with you. Much love for a happy future!
Halloween was a gorgeous day. And very lucky for Baily and Brandon because there is no guarantee that October 31st will be a nice day, but it sure was at the Roycroft Chapel, part of the Roycroft Inn. I found the happy couple hiding out in the back with their wedding party, looking very excited and a tad nervous. Things were moving quickly, and as the guests filled inside, I made my way to the alter with Brandon and his many groomsmen. These two have a lot of friends! We watched Bailey make her way down the aisle and Brandon had such a look of love, nerves, excitement, more nerves, all on his face! They took hands and while they laughed a lot together, it was a romantic and intimate moment that you could tell was affecting them in real time. They tied a Fisherman’s Knot to symbolize the strength of their relationship, and after that, they were kissing for the first time as married humans! Congratulations Brandon and Bailey! You’re truly a beautiful couple and I wish you nothing but the best!
Luckily, I had another amazing couple I got to share a wonderful moment with on October 24th! This time at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. I was so happy to get to know Mary and Alex since they are adorable and perfect for each other. When I arrived, I talked to Alex and saw how excited/nervous he was, and then when I saw Mary, I was blow away by how beautiful she looked. When she made her way down the aisle, Alex couldn’t stop staring at her. It was so cute! They held hands and laughed a bit throughout, and then saved the day at one point when Mary remembered they were having a reading I didn’t know about. Smooth and good under pressure. And let me tell you, those are some good marriage qualities! It all worked out perfectly and soon the strings were swelling from the quartet as Mary and Alex kissed and the crowed cheered. Congratulations Alex and Mary! I’m so lucky to have been a part of your day and I send you much love for your long and happy future together!
October 24th was a lovey, but chilly day that I got to spend with two different wedding couples! First was Katherine and Vincent at the The Roycroft Inn for their simple and intimate ceremony, that was about the two of them and how wonderful they are together. I was happy to be in the small room with just a handful of friends and family. The safety of those they love was on the top of their minds, and they did a good job reigning in their big day so it wasn’t about stuff, it was about them. They stood at the alter, beaming at one another, tears in Katherine’s eyes. As they held hands they said their vows and it was a beautiful moment when the finally kissed as husband and wife! Congratulations Vincent and Katherine. It’s a real joy to marry fellow readers, and I’m so happy that you picked me! Best wishes.
To be in Ellicottville in New York State in October is a magical thing. So I was super excited to be a part of Katie and Kevin’s wedding at Ellicottville Brewing Company on October 18th. It was a chilly, but lovely morning, and I really like weddings at the Brewing Company. It’s super cute in there and feels very intimate. Plus I got to see one of my favorite photographers, Erica from City Lights Studio! When I first arrived I found Katie and Kevin about to get a few more photos taken. Katie had on a blush dress which was just amazing, and their space looked super cute as well. Guests were chatty and happy, and I could tell looking forward to the ceremony beginning. I finally made my way up with Kevin who was all smiles as he watched Katie make her way out to him. They had their 3 children their with them which was super cute, and funny because as we all know, you never stop being a parent, even when you’re in the middle of getting married. The kids had their own vows as they promised to listen to and take care of one another, and then the new family of 5 vowed to always be a place of love for all of them. It was very touching and you could see how important family was to them. Then before you knew it, they were kissing as husband and wife and surrounded by applause! Congratulations Kevin and Katie! I’m so glad you found each other after high school and that Katie wasn’t too cool for Kevin anymore. Best wishes always.
All weddings are equal yes, BUT there is a teeny tiny something extra when you marry your neighbors! And I was so lucky to do that on September 26th at Tewksbury Lodge. I moved into my home 5 years ago, and about a year after that, Kim and Jack moved in. And if you’ve ever had new neighbors move in, you know how stressful that can be. Who are they? What are they about? What if they only listen to pop country on loud and hate gardening? Well I had nothing to worry about because not only are Kim and Jack good neighbors, but they are good friends as well. And I can honestly say the first neighbors I’ve ever had that became my real life friend! So I was honored to be a part of their wedding day. They are no muss no fuss couple, which I love, so I knew everything would be perfect for their day. It was a small group and everyone was so happy to be there. The ceremony was outside and it was gorgeous, and across the water I could see family that had hung a huge Kim and Jack sign! It was a very special moment for me and I can’t wait to spend many more years with the best neighbors around. All my love Jack and Kim. I’m so happy you moved in and that you don’t complain about me peeking over the fence all the time to talk about nothing. Best always.
September 25th at Classics V, was like walking directly into a fairy tale book. I mean, once you see the literal book back drop for Megan and Evan’s ceremony, you know what I’m talking about! It was very sweet, with prince and princess themes happening all over, and it really suited them. When I arrived I found Evan, calm and ready to start, and Megan in her limo with her bridesmaids, saying she was good, but maybe looking a little nervous. I just know I was excited when it started to see the two of them together! When the stood at the alter they looked at each other and smiled, but seemed a bit nervous. It wasn’t until the took hands that I saw them completely loosen up and feel at ease. Helpful tip to couples in the future: take hands right away. There is nothing more comforting than holding on to your soulmate during such a crazy time. Soon enough I was announcing them husband and wife, and they looked so happy as they swept each other up in their arms! Congratulations Evan and Megan. There is no doubt that the two of you were made for each other and I know you’ll have your happily ever after!