As we all know, Spring has been quite fickle this year. But on April 14th, no one inside the Tonawanda Castle seemed to care at all. They were there for Jaci and Steve, who after more than a decade together, were finally tying that knot! When I got there and found them, I found two totally relaxed and happy people. No nerves here! This was less difficult for them than talking in high school gym class all those years ago. People were very high energy! The wedding party was cracking jokes and laughing, and there were a couple very smiley moms. I had to keep focused after I saw all the donuts that were available and remind myself, I was there for the ceremony and not the desserts (it’s often a challenge for me).
Everyone lined up and we began to make our way in. Steve and Jaci are so well matched, and his face truly lit up when she walked in the room, even though he had just been with her in the next room over. They perhaps seems a little nervous when they were finally standing face to face, but they ended up laughing and cracking jokes at each other, and I could see the nerves melt away and it was just the two of them again. I could hear some audible mom crying and knew that they were so happy for this moment to finally happen. Then, that beautiful kiss happened and they were husband and wife! Congratulations Steve and Jaci! I’m so happy I met the two of you and was able to share in this wonderful day. Best wishes to you always!
Erin and Mike are real troopers. They made the journey from cold DC to cold Buffalo, and yet somehow looked like the happiest people ever. Erin isn’t the kind of bride who is frazzled by little things. She felt that so long as everyone she loved could make it to the wedding, who cares what was happening outside. Especially if she was there with Mike, there are few other things that mattered. Now that’s the way to get married!
I found them waiting around at Statler City on April 7th, hanging out and drinking champagne with their wedding party, looking free of nerves and just ready to get this show on the road! Erin looked beautiful and was absolutely glowing. She’s the kind of person who is more worried about the happiness and comfort of the people around her than she is of herself. Everyone looked so happy to be a part of their day, and I was thrilled when finally it was time for Mike, his groomsmen and myself to make our way to the front. Mike might have started to look a little bit nervous, but once Erin made her entrance on her parents arms, he had the look of a man who knew exactly where he was supposed to be.
They immediately took hands and while they looked into each others eyes, I could tell they were very present, reacting to everything I said and really taking in the whole moment. It felt like the whole thing went too fast because just like that, I was watching them happily kiss and being their life as Mr. & Mrs.
Congratulations Mike and Erin! You are truly a perfect couple and I wish you a happy and bright future together. Thanks for letting me be a part of your big day.
March 24th was exciting not only because I actually had a need to wear sunglasses, but I found myself at a new venue with an amazing couple. New York Beer Project was a super cute and hip spot to get married, and had a low key environment which was perfect for Amanda and Robert. That had been together a long time and had a little Robert already, and were just looking to have a beautiful moment for the two of them. I felt very lucky to be included in such!
As guests started to gather, I looked around for Amanda and Robert’s sand ceremony, but couldn’t find the set up. There had been a mix-up and it never made its way to the venue. Luckily we were in a brewery, and was able to grab some grains and malt which made for an even better moment! They combined the grains and malt from two containers into one, symbolizing their joining together. It was a sweet, appropriate moment, that fit the two of them. Their vows were incredibly beautiful, even though I could tell I was getting looks from the audience when it was Robert’s turn because I didn’t give him the microphone. But he told me beforehand that moment was just for him and Amanda, and it didn’t matter if anyone else heard. It was a very sweet gesture and she seemed very moved. Finally, the took hands for the last moments, tears in both of their eyes, and leaned in for that first, perfect kiss! Congratulations Robert and Amanda! It’s hard to imagine a more perfect couple and I know you have nothing but happiness in your future. Much love!
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!