As I’ve said, WAY too many times this year, it’s been a rough spring. Chilly and rainy, but nothing takes the sting out of that like a beautiful wedding, and that’s just what I got on April 28th with Alicia & Patrick at Karpeles Manuscript Museum. When I first arrived, guests were milling about, and I could see the groomsmen all hanging together, but it took me awhile to find Patrick. He was way in the back hiding out, and I felt kinda bad that they stuck him back there all by himself for so long. That’s just too much time alone with your thoughts right before this big moment. Too much opportunity to get nervous. I know that Patrick was so happy for this moment, so when I found him he seemed to be handling things pretty well. But then again, he hadn’t seen Alicia yet…
Guests took their time finding their seats. I love the manuscript museum because it’s beautiful and has such amazing sound, but I’m always a little sad doing ceremonies where the reception isn’t because I don’t get to see any of the amazing decorations or the cake. I think the cake is one of my favorite parts! But I made do until Alicia arrived, looking stunning and excited as she gathered with her bridesmaids in the great lobby. I made my way down to the front and picked up Patrick who at this point, was all emotion. I mean all of it. I think the moment his toes hit that alter, tears were welling up in his eyes. Then as parents walked down and their little baby son, there were some tears streaming down. But the moment he saw Alicia, we’re talking fully crying. I’m only human so it’s hard for me to watch and not get emotional! It’s just so beautiful!
Alicia made her way down and they were finally together, only distracted by their adorable son running around after grandma lost control. He was cute and I think helped them come back to the moment and be fully present. They said their vows and exchanged rings and looked so happy to wrap each other up in their arms for their first big kiss. Congratulations Patrick and Alicia! It was a beautiful moment for two beautiful humans and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it. Much love always!
April 21st was an amazing day. Not only was it sunny outside, but inside the Niawanda Park Pavilion, there was a serious party going on. I can honestly say that this was my first pre-wedding ceremony that was playing the loudest, club-like music I’ve ever heard. Now THAT, is how you start a party! And it fit the style of Frances and Adam, who were super excited to start their married life together. The space also looked completely unique, and from this day on I recognize that all couples deserve a throne to sit on after they are married! 😉
After watching guests laugh and catch up, I found Adam who seemed a little nervous about everything. He had the kids there with him and Frances was running a little bit late…not unusual for a bride, but I could see Adam checking the door and answering all last minute questions people had. Finally the moment arrived and there was Frances, already looking beautiful even though she wasn’t in her dress yet. Her friends and family gathered around her to hug her and help her get into her gown. Soon enough, everyone was lining up, including the cutest ring bearer and flower girl you ever did see. As Frances made her way out to Adam, she looked shy and nervous, and he just looked so happy to be standing there with her. They shared their very beautiful vows with each other, and there was even some joyful calls from the audience who couldn’t contain their happiness. Finally, it was time for the kiss which happened swiftly and deeply. And I was lucky enough to see my first dance because they immediately went into that, which was incredibly touching and beautiful. Congratulations Adam and Frances! You’re such a wonderful couple and family and I know there will be nothing but happiness in your future!
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!