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December 10, 2009  -  Weddings

anne-marie + john

So, we're finally into winter weddings!! Anne-Marie + John had a great winter theme going on, and the weather even cooperated and busted out some snow for their awesome wedding day. I started out with Anne-Marie and her awesome bridal party at the Hyatt, and the minute I saw her shoes, I lost it a little. Seriously. Fun. Shoes!!
And absolutely perfect flowers...
And our absolutely perfect bride! When we got together with Anne-Marie + John for their e-shoot, we really had a pretty amazing time. They are both super fun, funny and we knew they'd have an unbelievable group of people with them for their day. And it was one absolutely awesome wedding party!
I really don't know what it is with getting in the limo, but more than any other time, that seems to be where the emotion comes to the surface. It's funny - all day Anne-Marie would get teary eyed and then she'd blame Christmas carols playing. Not that she was marrying John had anything to do with it!
The dudes were just abiding and hanging out - you know, guy stuff. It's impossible not to like John pretty much instantly. He's that guy you want to have a beer with, or date your sister or go to a tailgate party with, etc. Just a good dude! That's John there, up front. Murphy was like, "Is that daddy?" as you were uploading these a little while ago. Apparently, Murphy thinks all bald men with facial hair look the same.
Dude, this shot is so oddball and quirky, hon. I love it.
Thanks :) So, A+J got married at the Karpeles Manuscript Library, which we'd never shot in before, but it was a really cool space for a wedding.
Heck yeah! You walk in there and the first thing you see is they have an original copy of Wagner's wedding march - kindof apropos, right?

So, how rad is it to have one of your groomsmen also double up duty as your minister??
That is really pretty awesome. So, the manuscript library used to be a church, so it still has a similar set up. Anne-Marie and her dad just walked through some historic manuscripts prior to walking down the aisle :)
Coming up the aisle, all I could see were those super cool glasses at the display out front. Just a different perspective...
We headed over to the Albright-Knox for some photos, and I have to give so many major props to all the girls in this shot for not looking frozen. I was in a heavy sweater and still pretty cold. I think Anne-Marie's happiness was pretty contagious, but I also think you (Anne-Marie) had an amazing bridal party to rock outdoor shots without complaint in winter. You guys are awesome!
Oh, no doubt. A bad party or one full of people who don't mix all that well can be a wedding day disaster. Get it just right, though - and you get an amazing time. I laughed a LOT all day long.
Love this, babe. Love it.
So, we let the kids get back in the bus to warm up and kept Anne-Marie + John for a few more shots.
I loved all these - out in the snow = rad as hell.
I like it when our "direction" for a couple turns out to be, " Hey, go stand over there." All we have to do is watch them being happy and put that in context. Makes life really good, even when it's super cold outside. Hey - hold on a sec. Did I mention this post yet about how I secretly suspect Anne-Marie is a friggin' rocket scientist?? Like, she's a scientist and her company does things with rockets. Wicked smart, people. Well played, Big John, well played...
I would have posted some wistful shots, but these two just constantly are laughing. I absolutely adore that about them. And I think that's the best thing ever for your marriage. Rich has gotten away with a boatload in this life because he can make me laugh!
So, we had a small "detour" that I have some really great photos of - but I'll go ahead and skip to a quick shot I did down at Buffalo City Hall before we went to Pearl Street for the reception. Props to the impressive light-holding skills of best man Mathis. Some shots are just kindof classic and I'm glad we stopped for a couple frames :).
Rings and candy canes, ftw!
Love it. We definitely got some strange looks doing that :) I love it though. Nothing makes more sense for a winter wedding! Anne-Marie's come hither to start their dance! Love it!!
I love Pearl Street wedding receptions so much :)
Still laughing :)
Now hold VERY STILL :)
I love that guy ^. Seriously, cell-phone camera guy, every time I turned around you grabbed someone else and got them on the dance floor! For that, sir, you are awesome! Anne-Marie ditched her shoes just about immediately after her dance with her dad :)
Love this :) The groomsmen took a cigar break out on the balcony over looking the city.
And right about then you came over to me clapping - why? Because you found two mirrors next to each other - that happened to be tall and short, respectively :).
Where else can your hockey sweater double as formal attire when the team's in town?? I love Buffalo.
We met one of the guy's in charge of WNYPhoto Booths at the reception. NICE photo booths if you're looking into one.

Anyway - we're about to crash hard for the night after a long day - but these photos and the day make us super happy. Anne-marie and John, we seriously love you guys. Hurry up and move back up herer, okay? Okay. I swear it's not REALLY gusting snow at 60mph right now ;)

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December 6, 2009  -  Weddings

julia + shawn

Julia + Shawn are pretty big animal people. They spend a lot of time finding homes for animals, and when we did their e-shoot, they happened to have a box of kittens in the car who they were in the process of taking to their new home. So, when their first choice of a venue location wasn't available, it was suggested they get married at the zoo, which was pretty much perfect for them. When they told us they were planning on getting hitched in the new rain forest exhibit, we dorked out hard. So, even though we were nervous about the weather (which, of course, was fine since this fall was totally trying to make up for the crappy summer), we were really looking forward to their wedding.

We started the day out at Julia's folks' home in Angola.
I loved Julia's shoes!
Dorked out hard?? Try, we've been waiting for this wedding for a LONG time!! We knew we had to bring it hard, being that it was going to be the first wedding ever held in the Buffalo Zoo's rainforest exhibit and we completely fell in love with Julia and Shawn and their story (and their love of animals - we're pretty hardcore animal lovers, too :) ) This next shot - a favorite, babe!
Thanks! Okay, so I know this post is about Julia + Shawn's wedding, but the flower girls were just so ridiculously cute, I had a hard time not including a boatload of photos of them. Julia kept saying how bad with kids she is, but you're totally a liar, Julia. You were fantastic with the girls! I have proof!!
I freakin' love this shot!!
All morning Julia was saying she didn't feel like she was getting married. She felt like she was maybe a 2 on the is-this-your-wedding-day-1-to-10 scale. But the minute she sat down in the limo bus, she went straight to 10.
Oh my God, I love the "don't let the happy tears smudge the mascara" acrobatics!
We did a first-look in front of the fountain by the lions and tigers - and it was AWESOME. Julia and Shawn were just so incredibly, infectiously happy that it just makes this job so kick-ass. I can't help it, I'm smiling like crazy just looking at these again.
Julia said that their first moments together was the thing she was most looking forward to (clearly, aside from actually marrying Shawn!), and it was great to watch. These two have been together since high school, so this day was a long time coming, and their first look did not disappoint!
Because we knew we were going to be pretty immobile during the ceremony (for those of you who haven't been there, the exhibit doesn't have large walkways, and they were full of guests), so we brought a photog friend along for the day - Clark Dever. This next shot is his!
When you showed me this next photo, I was like DAMMIT - WHY DIDN'T I SHOOT THAT?!?! I'm jealous in a, "I'm incredibly lucky to be able to shoot with you all the time" kind of way.
Thank you. I couldn't imagine shooting with anyone else, babe. :)

I was pretty unbelievably stoked that a lion was watching their first look. Awesome. So, we did their couple's session before the ceremony around the zoo...
And by "couple's session" you mean ten minutes of photo-taking fury :) It was perfect, a little overcast, not ENTIRELY freezing, and AT THE FRICKIN ZOO!
Gorgeous, babe.
Thank you - but I can't take any credit for Shawn and Julia pretty much looking like models. Money.
So, while we were waiting for the girls to first arrive at the zoo's rainforest exhibit, I MAYBE got a little crazy for a few minutes with the 300mm lens I rented for the wedding. We didn't exactly know what to expect from the space and where we could be, but we were pretty sure that we'd be unable to move around with all the guests lining the exhibit. Anyway, I nerded out at the new focal length.
Seriously, he was like, I want to put all these bird photos on the blog, and I was like, um, no. Seriously - they want to see pictures from the wedding not Rich turning all faux-nature photographer (it doesn't count if they can't fly away). Argh, but they are real pretty, so I conceded. Here. Birds. And a cayman. And.....bird feet
Start of the ceremony, Shawn coming out from behind the waterfall...
For those of you that know the space and are curious how they pulled it off, they had guests line one side and used the other as the aisle. Julia came around the back of the waterfall to meet Shawn at the bridge where they held the ceremony. Awesome.
At the end of the night, Shawn asked us if we got any good shots. I was like, hello! You got married in a rain forest!!! Loved it!
RE-diculously awesome! I couldn't move around, but I was swapping lenses like a fool and having a huge blast.
Favorite back-of-a-guest's camera shot ever.
The next two shots are also Clark's. Go Clark!
I love that they were able to do a bubble exit the last week of November. Awe. Some. (And I love this shot of yours, Rich. Perfect!)
Aw, thanks :)
The reception was at Glen Oak Golf Course, and it was a party and a half...
Yeah, it's really a fun space to shoot - we always have a blast there!
You can grow up, but your mom will STILL clean your face in public.
You rule, Alyssa. I love that you took this.
I love that Julia + Shawn busted out Julia's folks' wedding song, since it was also their anniversary for that dance. Really sweet!
You guys were so awesome - thank you guys for having us with you at your totally sweet and amazing wedding!

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