The only place you would have wanted to be on March 10th was a big warm room, full of people you love. So, lucky for Angie and Chris, it was their wedding day and exactly that! At La Galleria, guests slowly filtered in as I checked in with Chris (doing very well in the tears department) and Angie (doing not as well in the tears department) as they continued to get ready for their big day. Chris hung out and made jokes with his groomsmen and camera man. No nerves there, just pure excitement! Angie might have been nervous, or just full of love, but the tears were happening and her bridesmaids were lightly teasing her about it. I did too by the time the couple made their way to the alter. When Angie saw Chris and stood by his side, she looked like she was using all her self control to keep it together. I told her she was going to make it very hard on me (seeing people cry from happiness is hard!), and she laughed and I think relaxed a little. After a reading and vows it was time to exchange rings, and finally Chris seemed a little nervous! He was shaking a bit as he put her ring on and I knew they would both be happy when it was time to kiss and they could get out of the spotlight. So I announced them husband and wife and the room erupted! Congratulations Chris and Angie. I’m so happy after all this time you finally got married and had your special moment. I wish you a happy future together.
So winter is hanging on for dear life, but you wouldn’t have found anyone who cared at The Webb on March 3rd for Michelle and Matt’s wedding. I think not only were the guests happy to share the day with Michelle and Matt, but everyone is going stir crazy and couldn’t wait to get out of the house. Myself included! I found Matt when I first got there, and he was adorably nervous. I gave him the ‘ol arm rub it’s-gonna-be-ok, and he smiled and went back to being nervous. Michelle was upstairs in her room absolutely glowing, so I could tell she was less nervous and more excited. Weddings days are pretty crazy. You’re feeling so many emotions, and you don’t know what is going to hit you and when, so it’s fun to see couples experiencing EVERYTHING. After making sure everything was all set, and that everything looked amazing because it did, I headed to the alter to await the big moment. After an adorable flower girl led the way, Michelle came out and I watched the room go dark for Matt and could tell Michelle was now the only thing that existed in that space. They were nervous, but smiling, and after a friend read, Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, they loosed up and laughed and really fell into the moment. Their vows were classic and perfect for them, and soon enough I could feel their relief as I announced them husband and wife and they went in for a huge kiss! Congratulations Matt and Michelle! I’m so happy you found each other because it’s obvious you’re meant to be. Best wishes always!
Thank you so much Lauren & Justin for the most beautiful review. I’m a very lucky person to meet such humans.
Michelle was an absolutely AMAZING officiant for our wedding. My husband and I planned our wedding from almost two hours away, so it was a little bit scary trying to plan everything from a distance…one thing that we had absolutely no anxiety about was the ability of Michelle to do a beautiful, non-religious wedding ceremony for us. One compliment that we have received over and over about our wedding was how wonderful Michelle was. She is extremely well-spoken, professional, and was able to hold the attention of our guests. Many guests asked us if Michelle was a personal friend of ours–she spoke about us as if she had known us for years! Everything that we could possibly need to customize our wedding ceremony was handled by Michelle–she had samples of reading/vows for everything–the ring ceremony, marital vows, and the wine box ceremony. We chose to write our own vows, so it was helpful to have those sample vows to go from. We weren’t able to meet with her in person because of weather (have to love Buffalo in the winter!), but she we had a Skype conference with her where she asked us questions about our relationship so that she could personalize our wedding ceremony. I would recommend Michelle for anyone’s wedding with absolutely no hesitation! She is extremely responsive, personable, and her services came at a reasonable price!
February 17th is special every year because it’s my husband’s birthday, but this year had an extra exciting spin because it was Lauren and Justin’s wedding day! They are an amazing and patient people who dealt with me having an 8 day flu the week of their wedding, that really only ended the day before. I was a bit nervous and was sucking on two cough drops at Karpeles Manuscript Museum, hoping for a hack free moment for them. Of course, when I saw Justin he immediately asked how I was. Who cares about me, it’s your wedding day! What a guy. He seemed very excited as he waited for Lauren to arrive. Everything was lovely inside the Museum, and guests were excited as they began to gather. Finally it was time for Justin and I to head down to the alter because Lauren had arrived. And of course when I quickly checked with her, before I could tell her how beautiful she looked (which was a lot), she was asking me how I was feeling. Really, sweetest couple. Lauren made her way down to Justin and they seemed to get hit by nerves. Kept a little distance between them until the end when they grabbed hands. When it was vows time, and I almost lost it. Justin immediately began chocking up and it’s a very tender moment. Lauren made it through her vows, and after they added love letters to their wine box, it was time to kiss for the first time as husband and wife! Congratulations Justin and Lauren! You’re such a beautiful couple and I’m excited for the life you’ll have together starting now. Best wishes!
January 21st was what you’d call, a lucky winter day. It was chilly, but not the kind where your face hurts when you’re outside. So Sabrina and Jared were already ahead of the game when they got to the Rapid’s Theater in Niagara Falls to get ready for their big day. When I checked in with Sabrina, she had a dress over her head and bridesmaids all around here making things perfect, so I thought I’d go hang out with the guys for a bit and give her time! The Rapid’s Theater is a music venue, so behind the stage is a greenroom where the guys were, from the smell of it, enjoying some cold beverages. Jared definitely seemed nervous, but a very cute nervous. He just wasn’t sure what to expect from the day, and I love seeing grooms like that. I eventually saw Sabrina, and she looked amazing as she was now all ready to get hitched! I headed up to the stage with Jared and then the real fun started. All of a sudden the Game of Thrones music started bellowing and out came the groomsmen. I laughed thinking, now this is a couple that is very compatible. Then, as the bridesmaids started walking, the hobbits theme from Lord of the Rings started! Ok, not compatible, a perfect couple! And also, I love them even more now, because I know we are on the same nerd level.
As Sabrina made her way up the steps to the top of the stage, they both looked pretty nervous, but some jokes calmed them down and by the end, I could tell the nerves had past and they were just plain happy. Especially when it was time to kiss! Congratulations Jared and Sabrina. You two were made for each other and for a lifetime of playing board games together. Best wishes always!
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.