Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Another wedding season is finished, and 2017 was as fulfilling as I hoped it would be. After 41 beautiful weddings for myself, and 28 for Karen, it couldn’t have gone any better! I wanted to wish everyone a happy and loving new year, and I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store!
December 29th was a cold one to be sure, but it was still Christmas inside the Brierwood Country Club, so you really didn’t mind it. As Jenna was getting ready upstairs, Christmas tunes played down below, while Chase as his groomsmen talked and laughed and awaited the big moment. With two fireplaces roaring, guests seems cozy and happy and excited for such a beautiful moment to take place. Although Chase looked a little nervous, he had already explained to me that he might have been anxious about everyone looking at him, but he was zero percent nervous about marrying Jenna. A couple that knew within 3 months they were destined for each other…so much so that within a year they had moved to foreign land together!
As Jenna made her way down the aisle, she looked radiant and Chase couldn’t take his eyes off her. They seemed a little nervous at first, standing a bit away from each other, looking in each others eyes, but then away so as to not cry. But by the time they said their handwritten vows and exchanged rings, they were holding hands and smiling and you could tell that it might be cold and blustery outside, but for them, everything felt perfect. Congratulations Chase and Jenna! You’re a magical couple and I’m so happy to have finished up my wedding season with the two of you. Much love in the new year and always.
I can’t believe I’m already at my second to last wedding of the year. I guess if this is how it’s gonna end, I couldn’t be happier than to spend my time at Karpeles Manuscript Museum with Lindsey and James. And of course, I can’t forget their Australian Shepherd/ring bearer, Dexter. November 10th was a cold November day, but it was warm and welcoming inside Karpeles. I was there before the couple so I was able to walk around and really take everything in, including the swelling strings of their quartet and of course, the SUPER excited-ness of Dexter. Soon after, Lindsey and her bridesmaids arrived, and she looked radiant, but was still completely in charge. She made sure everything was taken care of, and then entered into excited bride mode. Guest were slowly gathering and seemed really excited for the ceremony to start. After James arrived it was time for us to get this show on the road.
James started to look a little anxious as we waited at the alter, but he was all smiles when Lindsey finally came out. They just looked so happy to see each other. Between smiles and laughs, and the most beautiful reading that Lindsey’s Grandma wrote, it was time for their vows. Not only were they amazing, like truly amazing, but James mentioned that the first time he ever talked to Lindsey in school was to ask to borrow her notes. He then confessed he didn’t actually ever need her notes, and apologized for never giving them back. Until now. And then he pulled out her childhood notes that he had saved all those years!!! Seriously, I almost lost it then and Lindsey’s face of shock and love was one for the books. It was truly a beautiful moment that I’ll never forget. After their candle ceremony and big kiss, I was able to pronounce them husband and wife. And the crowd erupted! Congratulations James and Lindsey! You’ve been together a long time, so you already know you’re perfect together. I know you’ll have such a happy life ahead of you filled with love and of course, laughter. Much love always!
Now this is a couple that knows how to flip the script on weddings. Elena and Josh decided to get married on November 5th, at the Tonawanda Castle, at 10:00am and to serve breakfast afterwards. And I loved it! It’s hard to always come up with new ideas, but I’m pretty sure I heard red velvet waffles so…nailed it. I found Josh when I first arrived. He’s a man of few words so I couldn’t really tell if he was nervous or just excited, because he’s really good at keeping it all in. Elena though was all smiles and joy and I could tell that she was ready for the big moment. Josh did manage to peek in the room a few times, so I decided that meant he was was excited. Guests seemed very happy and alert for such an early time of day and it was obvious they were just as excited about a new and fun way to spend a lazy, rainy Sunday. Soon enough the music started and it was time to begin the ceremony. When Elena made her way to Josh, a small smile escaped his mysterious demeanor and I knew they were ready to go. Elena though, was all emotion. Big smiles and laughs and sometimes she would even say something to her guests! You can tell that they are a couple that balance each other out. You don’t have to marry someone who is just like you, just someone who brings out the best in you. Finally, after holding hands and looking deep into one another’s eyes, I was able to pronounce them husband and wife, and the kiss started off what I’m sure was an amazing after breakfast party. Congratulations Josh and Elena! I’m so happy that you found each other and that you found me as well. I wish you a lifetime of happiness!
I liked Laura and Greg from the second I met them. Easy going and full of love. And when their wedding day arrived on October 28th, cold and rainy, I knew that wouldn’t matter at all. Because these two people are going to be so happy no matter what, because it’s the day they are getting married! We could all learn a thing or two from them. The Freedom Run Winery is a really beautiful place, an old barn for the ceremony contrasts the beautiful wine-filled reception space. I checked in with the couple when I arrived. Of course Greg was still getting ready since guys can wait til the last minute, and Laura was upstairs with her daughter looking beautiful. And since their pet bird Alex was there, all was right with the world.
I waited in the barn for things to start, and soon enough a nervous looking Greg came in, eager for the moment to start. There was live music in the barn which sounded wonderful, and they started a new song when Laura eventually made her way in. They seemed so happy to see each other and clasped hands when they were side by side. That wonderful live music still sounded good, but fade out wasn’t in the cards, so the couple had a slight awkward moment as they had to stand looking at each other for a few minutes while the song finished up. It’s a lot when you know the whole room is staring at you! But finally it was time for their vows and smiles and a kiss that you could tell was long overdue. Congratulations Greg and Laura! Truly you are a remarkable couple and I’m so happy that you found each other. I wish you a lifetime of happiness and adventures with Alex the bird!
Nina and Nick had an amazing October 27th at the new Hotel Henry, and I had my first trip there and hopefully not my last! What a beautiful space! It is definitely like a labyrinth though, so I spent most of my time there looking for the couple who I knew was getting photos someone on the huge grounds. I eventually found Nick and his groomsmen, and I was worried for a second Nick was going to nervous sweat right out of his suit coat! He looked like he was ready for the wedding to begin AND that he needed an extension at the same time. Nerves will creep up on you on your wedding day! After a time, I found Nina, who was stunning (and a bridesmaid I knew from high school), and checked in to make sure she was feeling good. I think she heard only half of what I was saying because she also had that distracted look of someone who is ready to stop talking to people and really ready to get married to their best friend.
As guests gathered in the art-filled wing, Nina and Nick’s huge wedding party (maybe 19 people I think), started to walk down the aisle. They all smiled at Nick who looked cool and collected, until the moment Nina appeared. Then he broke down and cried with love at his soon to be wife. They hadn’t seen or spoken to each other all day, so they really missed each other! They immediately took hands and smiled, looking joyful and ready. They laughed throughout the ceremony and squeezed hands and chocked up a bit on their vows. But they managed to make it to the end where they kissed and began their new life together! Congratulations Nicholas and Nina! You were always meant to find each other and I’m just so happy I could share in this moment with you. I wish you nothing but happiness and love!