May this new year be filled with more love & less of that other stuff.
May this new year be filled with more love & less of that other stuff.
It’s somehow always a surprise when it arrives, but on December 11th, I celebrated not only Alyssa and Pat’s big day, but my LAST wedding of the year! At Statler City, I found a very happy and nervous (I’m looking at you Pat) couple, getting ready to share their love with each other, and their friends and family. Everything was run by Petite Soiree, so you KNOW it went smoothly, and soon enough we were waiting to head out, ready to enter the room that would happily change Alyssa and Pat’s life. As I then waited at the alter with Pat, he got teary eyed as Alyssa made her way out to Sea of Love by Cat Power which almost got to me too! She looked so beautiful and even though they had seen each other beforehand, it felt like he was seeing her for the first time on his wedding day. Their vows were unbelievable, so moving and meaningful, and I couldn’t have ended my season with a more perfect wedding. I think I was clapping the loudest for their first kiss. Congratulations Patrick and Alyssa! You’re a beautiful couple and I wish you a love filled lifetime together.
November 20th was a very special day at the Timberlodge at Arrowhead for Colleen and Grant. Finally their big day was upon them! They both immediately looked so happy and excited, I knew they were going to have a very beautiful moment. They had all of their guests take a glass of champagne for a group toast at the end of the ceremony! Their large wedding party stood by their side as they vowed to continue loving one another the best way they knew how, and you could feel the energy in the room. By the time they were kissing as husband and wife, everyone had their glasses in the air to loudly congratulate the couple. Congratulations Grant and Colleen! I was so happy to share in your lovely day and I wish you a lifetime of happiness!
November 6th was exciting not only because it was beautiful in November, but I got to see a new venue! After officiating for a decade, I’ve seen most of what Erie County has to offer, but The Bank in East Aurora was a new and exciting spot, one that was perfect for Colleen and Joe! I was immediately laughing at their perfect “it was worth the wait” sign, and then was laughing at Colleen’s energy and excitement. Joe was a little more reserved, but he couldn’t hide the excitement from his eyes. Soon enough we were outside watching Colleen make her beautiful entrance, and I think I was excited as both of them! It was a lovely moment that suited the two of them, and everyone erupted when they were finally announced husband and wife! Congratulations Joe and Colleen! I wish you a lifetime of happiness and it truly was worth the wait.
October 16th was a perfect fall day at Notting Hill Farm and I just knew the excitement Cassie and Zach would be feeling! When I found Cassie looking beautiful, she was a bit nervous, ready to get things going (so that the attention would be off of her soon enough), and Zach was hanging out with his groomsmen, taking all things in stride. Guests were excitedly checking out the beautiful space, and soon enough they were cuddling up outside in the fall air for Cassie and Zach to make their debut. They seemed happy once they saw each other out there together, and we got things moving! Finally they had their arms around each other, kissing as husband and wife! Congratulations Zach and Cassie! I know that you probably had an awesome party after that ceremony, and I wish you a lifetime of wonderful times together!
October 8th felt like a perfect fall day, and no where more so than at La Galleria for Krissy and Dave’s wedding! It was such a sweet spot for the two of them, who I found, laughing hysterically with their bridal party, drinks in hand, making this their best day ever. They are so well matched and you could tell that they weren’t nervous or worried about things being perfect, they just wanted to be married. And that makes for a perfect day. Outside everything was beautiful, especially Krissy coming down the aisle to Dave. They beamed at each other and I was beyond thrilled when I finally got to announce them as husband and wife. Congratulations Dave and Krissy! It was a beautiful moment that seemed perfect for the two of you, and I wish you so many more of the moments in your long and happy lives together!
September 25th had me worried because it was on and off rain all day. I didn’t want anything to spoil Evelyn and Marcel’s big day at Hoyt Lake and The Terrace, and luckily, it all worked out! The rain held up for such an adorable couple! When I arrived Marcel was organizing every last detail, while Evelyn looked beautiful and excited for the moment to begin! Guests were super amped up and I knew that after the ceremony was all over, there was going to be a heck of a party. As guest headed down to the lake, I stood with Marcel and his best man (which was a bonus surprise being Johnny Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls), and watched Evelyn make her stunning appearance. They made jokes throughout, or better yet Marcel did as Evelyn laughed and jokingly scolded him. You could tell how comfortable they were with each other and that this moment was a long time coming. Soon enough they were embracing and kissing as the crowd erupted! Congratulations Marcel and Evelyn! I hope your life is filled with love and adventure!
September 24th was the kind of day that made you feel like you might just blow away! At The Sterling at Arrowhead, I met up with Megan and Ryan, who were looking forward with their outdoor wedding because a little wind didn’t scare them! It turned out to be lovely outside, although I have to apologize in advance for what my hair must look like in photos. While they both seemed a little nervous, they also seemed ready for this moment. As I stood outside with Ryan, I watched him get some butterflies as he nervously muttered to himself. He looked so happy when Megan made her beautiful entrance and soon enough, we were on our way! They kept things simple and lovely, and soon enough, they were kissing as a newly married couple! Congratulations Ryan and Megan! You’re a perfect couple and I’m so happy for you and your long life together. Much love!
One of the best parts of living in Western New York, is that you get to go to weddings at Letchworth State Park! And that’s where I found myself September 17th for Julie and Kevin’s special day. It was a very intimate moment with just close friends and family, and a roaring waterfall behind them! Even though I had to yell in their faces a bit (see: waterfall), they were good sports and their vows to each other were only loud enough for each other to hear, which was beautiful and special. You could tell how happy they were to be sharing this moment with each other and you knew with certainty what a happy future that had ahead of them. Congratulations Kevin and Julie! I feel so lucky to have shared in such a noteworthy moment. Much love always.
September 3rd was a perfect day, at a perfect place, Glenora Wine Cellars, with a perfect couple, Jessica & Paul! It’s really all you could hope for in a wedding. They are such a loving and well-matched couple, that I knew this wedding was going to be a good time, and there was no doubt that it was! Between the laughter and the tears, it was a special moment for all who attended.
I watched Paul get teary eyed as Jessica made her way out to him, looking stunning, and they both pretty much melted into each others eyes. They were very present and laughed as I made fun of Phish, and beamed at each other as I talked about how special their love was. They also had a glass bead unity ceremony where they combined the beads which will be sent away and made into a lasting heirloom. Like I said, perfect! Congratulations Paul and Jessica. I really was honored to share in your day and to have a boutonniere, which I can’t lie, is my favorite! I wish you a long and happy life together!