YellowBird Wedding

because simple is beautiful

I’ve met Mike a few times over the years, since he’s a wedding photographer and you can’t help but bump into each other. So I was very honored that after seeing so many weddings, he asked me to marry him and his love! So on January 25th, I found myself at Rick’s on Main for an intimate wedding for a select group of friends and family, and lots of kids!
Mike and Tara seemed very comfortable and so content to be in this moment. The room was full of laughter and since they wanted something small and less formal, I could tell this was perfect for them. After the server filled the room with Shirley Temples (lots of kids), it was time to begin. Even though they were mostly relaxed, I LOVE when this moment begins, because that’s when things start to change. Mike suddenly looked a little more shocked, and Tara looked nervous. They held hands in front of the room and seemed like they were only aware of each other. I made some jokes that they laughed at, but I’m not even sure if they heard the whole ceremony…they were just focused on each other and how this was finally happening. Soon enough the spell was broken and it was time to kiss! Congratulations Mike and Tara! I’m so glad that I got to share in this beautiful moment with you and I wish you much love over the years.

Wow what a day! So I have a lot of things to say about January 18th. First off, it was the first real day of snow, and you could tell the Earth had been holding back. It looked like a winter wonderland outside, but it was warm and beautiful inside The Brickhall in the Hollow. I had never been there before and I’m so happy that the first time I got to experience it was with the ever adorable Karen and Greg! I knew I liked them immediately after I met them. They were down to earth and fun to be around, and you could tell, people that belonged together.
When I first arrived (and made it through the squall), I checked in with the couple. They were having a great time with their wedding party, and you could hear the laughter and joy emanating from downstairs as guest filed in. You could tell this was a well loved couple from the feeling in the room. Soon enough though, it was time to get started! I stood at the alter with Greg and listened to him work on his deep breathing. It’s amazing that a couple can do photos together and hang out until the last minute, and yet as you’re looking at each other, with an aisle between you, it’s as intense as if you’re seeing each other for the first time.
They made it through their incredible vows (Karen’s so moving and Greg’s including SINGING), and soon enough they were kissing as husband and wife as the crowd erupted! Congratulations Greg and Karen! I feel so lucky to have met you and wish you a lifetime of travel and happiness together.

On Friday, January 17th, I started off my new wedding season at the Botanical Gardens with Lisa and Phil. I had never done an evening wedding there in the winter, and the dome room was so romantic in the evening light. There are only a few lights so it had almost a mysterious feel to it. I found Phil taking care of business and chatting with guests and kids (so many kids!) and just waiting for things to get going. I (think) in typical Lisa fashion, she showed up about 20 minutes late and made an entrance. Although, you could see how happy everyone was and that they didn’t mind waiting for this moment.
I stood at the alter with Phil and we watched their kids enter together with little guy baby Phil who came barreling up the aisle on a mission! By the time Lisa got to Phil, she was already crying, but those tears didn’t compare to the ones that came during her vows! I think they caught her off guard because you’re never really sure how the moment is going to affect you, but it was beautiful to witness. But they made it through their vows and soon enough were kissing as husband and wife! Congratulations Phillip and Lisa! It was a perfect moment for the two of you and I wish you so many more in your future!

I love weddings at peoples homes. They are so intimate and lovely, and to have one on New Year’s Eve seems like the PERFECT way to celebrate a new year. So on December 31st, I found myself at Rickell and Anthony’s home, full of children, friends, family, and 3 adorable kittens as we prepared to take their 16 year relationship to the next level!
When Rickell first contacted me, I was already finished booking for the year. I thought, there is nothing that can convince me to take on another wedding. Well, that was before Rickell. I loved talking to her about her family and her love of Anthony and all they had been through together. After that, it was pretty much a no-brainer.
Rickell was getting ready upstairs with family, and Anthony was moving from room to room, setting everything up downstairs. Finally it was time, and since they couldn’t get the music to work, everyone sang here comes the bride as she descended the staircase. Way better! She was very emotional and I could tell how moved they both were as they said their vows, and shared in a unity candle ceremony. Afterwards they joyously kissed, and I watched their kids come up to hug them and all share in the moment. Congratulations Anthony and Rickell! I’m so happy that you found me and that I got to share in such a beautiful moment. Happy new year and so many more!

I can’t believe how quickly time passes and that the year is just about over! On December 28th I was celebrating the end of a season (holiday, year, decade) at the Hotel Lafayette for Paige and Tim’s wedding! It’s such a lovely spot and it really fit the couple. After checking in with them and seeing how ready (and beautiful) they were, I went down to check out the happy guests (hey I know one of them!) and the beautiful space. Tim came down to greet guests and he really seemed calm and ready to begin. Then of course we stood at the alter together and he watched his future wife walk towards him, and the tears came. I love watching people get hit by emotion they weren’t expecting! But they made it through their vows and were kissing, joyfully before we knew it! Congratulations Timothy and Paige! You’re such a lovely couple and I wish you a happy life together!

Once Rachel and Josh knew they wanted to be together, there was no stopping them. So on December 7th I joined them at La Galleria to pair them up for life! The room was bustling when I arrived. Guests had shown up early and were laughing and taking photos and chatting, and it felt like I was at someone’s home for a family Christmas party. It was really lovely and I knew it was going to be a perfect day for Rachel and Josh.
Josh was greeting guests and joking around with his groomsmen. He led me to Rachel who definitely seemed nervous. I got the vibe that Rachel doesn’t like a ton of attention on her, and she was a little anxious about this moment. But her bridesmaids kept her company, and there was some liquid courage in her “colorful” flask. I knew that she just needed the moment to begin to feel more comfortable. And soon enough that moment arrived! I walked out to the alter with Josh and we watched Rachel make her way out. I could tell they were both nervous, but they made it through their vows and eventually took hands and were able to really look at each other. But not for too long cause soon enough I was pronouncing them husband and wife and they were lip-locked! Congratulations Josh and Rachel! I was so happy to be a part of your day and I wish you all the best!

On November 15th, I found myself at Statler City for Lara and Luke’s wedding. An adorable couple, it didn’t matter if it was cold outside, or if the marriage license got ruined (more on that in a moment), the only important thing was that they were together and they were about to be married! They were hanging out together waiting for guests to arrive. They had done their first look and photos and were warming up and laughing with their wedding party, when I had to come and ruin it by asking for the marriage license. Luke realized they must have left it in the limo, so they were calling around trying to get it to turn back. Luckily, it did and a groomsman went down to fetch it. When he came back up he was like, I GOT IT, and also the ice bucket spilled all over it. It was soaked and seemed ruined, and for the next 10 minutes, he knelt in front of the space heater until it dried out. That’s how you pick your party people.
Soon enough, this was behind us and Lara and Luke could focus on their approaching moment. I made my way to the alter and watched everyone excitedly come out. Finally Lara made her gorgeous debut, and we were off! It was an easy ceremony for two such cute humans, and they laughed and held hands and couldn’t wait for that final kiss. Congratulations Luke and Lara! I’m so happy I met you and know you have a happy future ahead of you!

It’s always difficult this time of year as weddings wind down. Breaks are nice, but I tend to miss the energy and excitement that fills a wedding ceremony hall. So I was delighted to still be in it on November 2nd, for Chloe and Joseph’s wedding at the Tonawanda Castle. I love Chloe and Joe because their first date involved Chloe asking him if he wanted to come see her pig (yes, she has a pet pig), and fate took over from there! They are fun and generous with each other, and seemed very excited for this day to be here. I checked in with both of them, at one point asking Joe if he had the marriage license in this room because Chloe said he did, and watching his mind half explode because he definitely didn’t. Luckily, a bridesmaid took over and pulled it out. Chloe was nervous, but she looked beautiful and they were both ready for everything to begin!
I headed out to the alter with Joe and watched everyone slowly enter, including an adorable flower girl and an equally adorable ring bearer, who I was impressed made it to the front! They Chloe came out and Joe stared at her with a sweet smile, and soon they were stumbling through vows and laughing about it, and taking hands before that big kiss. One smashed glass underfoot and they were Mr. & Mrs.! Congratulations Joseph and Chloe! I was so happy to share in your day and I wish you nothing but the best!