Halloween was a gorgeous day. And very lucky for Baily and Brandon because there is no guarantee that October 31st will be a nice day, but it sure was at the Roycroft Chapel, part of the Roycroft Inn. I found the happy couple hiding out in the back with their wedding party, looking very excited and a tad nervous. Things were moving quickly, and as the guests filled inside, I made my way to the alter with Brandon and his many groomsmen. These two have a lot of friends! We watched Bailey make her way down the aisle and Brandon had such a look of love, nerves, excitement, more nerves, all on his face! They took hands and while they laughed a lot together, it was a romantic and intimate moment that you could tell was affecting them in real time. They tied a Fisherman’s Knot to symbolize the strength of their relationship, and after that, they were kissing for the first time as married humans! Congratulations Brandon and Bailey! You’re truly a beautiful couple and I wish you nothing but the best!
Luckily, I had another amazing couple I got to share a wonderful moment with on October 24th! This time at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. I was so happy to get to know Mary and Alex since they are adorable and perfect for each other. When I arrived, I talked to Alex and saw how excited/nervous he was, and then when I saw Mary, I was blow away by how beautiful she looked. When she made her way down the aisle, Alex couldn’t stop staring at her. It was so cute! They held hands and laughed a bit throughout, and then saved the day at one point when Mary remembered they were having a reading I didn’t know about. Smooth and good under pressure. And let me tell you, those are some good marriage qualities! It all worked out perfectly and soon the strings were swelling from the quartet as Mary and Alex kissed and the crowed cheered. Congratulations Alex and Mary! I’m so lucky to have been a part of your day and I send you much love for your long and happy future together!
October 24th was a lovey, but chilly day that I got to spend with two different wedding couples! First was Katherine and Vincent at the The Roycroft Inn for their simple and intimate ceremony, that was about the two of them and how wonderful they are together. I was happy to be in the small room with just a handful of friends and family. The safety of those they love was on the top of their minds, and they did a good job reigning in their big day so it wasn’t about stuff, it was about them. They stood at the alter, beaming at one another, tears in Katherine’s eyes. As they held hands they said their vows and it was a beautiful moment when the finally kissed as husband and wife! Congratulations Vincent and Katherine. It’s a real joy to marry fellow readers, and I’m so happy that you picked me! Best wishes.
To be in Ellicottville in New York State in October is a magical thing. So I was super excited to be a part of Katie and Kevin’s wedding at Ellicottville Brewing Company on October 18th. It was a chilly, but lovely morning, and I really like weddings at the Brewing Company. It’s super cute in there and feels very intimate. Plus I got to see one of my favorite photographers, Erica from City Lights Studio! When I first arrived I found Katie and Kevin about to get a few more photos taken. Katie had on a blush dress which was just amazing, and their space looked super cute as well. Guests were chatty and happy, and I could tell looking forward to the ceremony beginning. I finally made my way up with Kevin who was all smiles as he watched Katie make her way out to him. They had their 3 children their with them which was super cute, and funny because as we all know, you never stop being a parent, even when you’re in the middle of getting married. The kids had their own vows as they promised to listen to and take care of one another, and then the new family of 5 vowed to always be a place of love for all of them. It was very touching and you could see how important family was to them. Then before you knew it, they were kissing as husband and wife and surrounded by applause! Congratulations Kevin and Katie! I’m so glad you found each other after high school and that Katie wasn’t too cool for Kevin anymore. Best wishes always.
All weddings are equal yes, BUT there is a teeny tiny something extra when you marry your neighbors! And I was so lucky to do that on September 26th at Tewksbury Lodge. I moved into my home 5 years ago, and about a year after that, Kim and Jack moved in. And if you’ve ever had new neighbors move in, you know how stressful that can be. Who are they? What are they about? What if they only listen to pop country on loud and hate gardening? Well I had nothing to worry about because not only are Kim and Jack good neighbors, but they are good friends as well. And I can honestly say the first neighbors I’ve ever had that became my real life friend! So I was honored to be a part of their wedding day. They are no muss no fuss couple, which I love, so I knew everything would be perfect for their day. It was a small group and everyone was so happy to be there. The ceremony was outside and it was gorgeous, and across the water I could see family that had hung a huge Kim and Jack sign! It was a very special moment for me and I can’t wait to spend many more years with the best neighbors around. All my love Jack and Kim. I’m so happy you moved in and that you don’t complain about me peeking over the fence all the time to talk about nothing. Best always.
September 25th at Classics V, was like walking directly into a fairy tale book. I mean, once you see the literal book back drop for Megan and Evan’s ceremony, you know what I’m talking about! It was very sweet, with prince and princess themes happening all over, and it really suited them. When I arrived I found Evan, calm and ready to start, and Megan in her limo with her bridesmaids, saying she was good, but maybe looking a little nervous. I just know I was excited when it started to see the two of them together! When the stood at the alter they looked at each other and smiled, but seemed a bit nervous. It wasn’t until the took hands that I saw them completely loosen up and feel at ease. Helpful tip to couples in the future: take hands right away. There is nothing more comforting than holding on to your soulmate during such a crazy time. Soon enough I was announcing them husband and wife, and they looked so happy as they swept each other up in their arms! Congratulations Evan and Megan. There is no doubt that the two of you were made for each other and I know you’ll have your happily ever after!
September 20th was cute. It was cute at the Curtiss Hotel at 11:30am. It was cute because of the venue, cute because of the decorations, and it was mostly cute because it was full of Jessica and Jordan’s love on their wedding day! This is one of those super adorable couples, and I was so happy to be a part of their day. When I arrived at the venue, I went to find Jordan in his hotel room, all alone except for his nerves, barely keeping his emotions in check. My favorite kind of grooms! I love the ones that are feeling everything that is special about the day. Then I went and investigated their wedding space, and I just about died. A literary themed wedding! MY FAVORITE. I did a lot of that for my own wedding, so it’s super close to my heart. And everything looked so cozy and perfect, I wanted to spend the rest of my morning there. Then I saw Jessica, in her gorgeous wedding romper and let me tell you, I couldn’t have been more excited for this moment! Jordan and I made our way to the alter and watched their adorable daughters make their way in, with mom following behind. They both just lit up when they saw each other. The ceremony was full of laughs and smiles and all of their guests were really in the moment as well. There were misty eyes as vows were shared and when they finally kissed, it was such a joyful, and beautiful moment. Congratulations Jordan and Jessica! You are such a beautiful family and I know you’re going to have a full and happy life ahead of you. Best wishes always!
Ok. Some people have to re-plan their whole wedding because of a pandemic. AND THEN, some have to deal with that AND with rain. How to handle? Well first off, if you’re Sydney on September 5th at the Avanti Mansion, you look stunningly beautiful. Secondly, you take it all in stride and acknowledge that a little rain never hurt nobody! Sydney and James were just lovely and happy, and while they didn’t love the rain, they knew they were getting married and that is ALL that mattered. We started to gather outside, and Jimmy and I joked how their singer looked like a ghost because she had to have a sheet over her to keep the electrical equipment dry. But he didn’t care about the sprinkling at all. And then Sydney made her debut, and he just immediately started crying. It was so sweet and I was glad I almost always have an emergency tissue in my pocket! She joined him on the beautiful koi pond island, and they took hands as her maid of honor fixed her amazing dress. They wrote their own vows, and Jimmy read his which were so meaningful and full of love, and as Sydney pulled hers out, and let us know they were going to be long because she had lots of love to get off her chest, it started to really rain. Her party ran on got an umbrella for her, and I watched Jimmy get soaked while literally not even noticing. He only noticed her and every word she said. It was a really special moment. After that, they tucked their love letters into their wine box and soon enough were in each others arms kissing as husband and wife! Congratulations James and Sydney! You’re such a perfect couple and that is why your day was extra lucky with that wedding rain 😉 I wish you a lifetime of beauty and happiness.
On August 29th I found myself at Ilio DiPaolo’s for Lisa and Tim’s intimate wedding. While some people might get a little bummed that they couldn’t have the wedding they originally planned, Lisa and Tim seemed overjoyed just be getting married, regardless of the crowd! I found Tim when I arrived, greeting guests (responsibly with his mask of course), and getting everything together including music. I could tell he was nervous, but mostly I knew he was excited to start. There was a little worry in the air because Lisa’s make-up person showed up an hour and a half late (!), so she was running behind, but when she did arrive, she looked beautiful. Stressed, but beautiful. As soon as she saw Tim though, I could see all the weight leave her shoulders, and she just beamed at him. They stood together and looked deeply at each other throughout, and seemed to be filled with joy as each moment went on. Soon enough they were kissing as husband and wife and everyone cheered! Congratulations Tim and Lisa! I’m so happy we’re practically neighbors, and that you go to have your moment. Best wishes always.
Thursdays are boring, except August 20th, when I found myself heading to Mayville, NY for a wedding! I love couples who have weekday weddings! People get to leave work early, and it really helps make the weekend feel closer. And what a wedding it was! At a family friends house, I pulled in the driveway, and then drove what felt like a million miles more down a private path, until I was in a magical opening, looking over a glorious pond, with massive gazebo (which is not the correct way to describe it, but I’m not sure how), that was built solely for weddings! I was blown away and knew that this was going to be a really special moment for Kay and Chris. When I arrived guests were gathering and family was helping to set everything up. It was so lovely outside with a perfect breeze and it looked like a movie wedding. Chris showed up and seemed a little nervous, but maybe more just in awe of the moment that was approaching. And soon enough a car pulled up and we knew Kay was inside and it was going to start! As she walked down the aisle, she looked just stunning, and I could see both of their moms tearing up. More so when they were given roses to show how appreciated they were! Kay and Chris took hands and while there were tears, there were also laughs during their touching vows, and some straight giggles from Chris by the end. I like to think he was giddy that the kiss was coming up. And then just like that, they WERE kissing as husband and wife! Congratulations Chris and Kay! It was a really beautiful wedding and I’m so happy that you got to have a lovely moment even if it wasn’t the one your originally planned. Much love always!