When the snow started to fall on the day of their Nov. 14 wedding in Ellicottville, Jamie Frazer admits she was nervous.
“It started snowing in Ellicottville,” although not in the Buffalo area, said Jamie. With a wedding party of 10 bridesmaids, 10 groomsmen and three children, not to mention 200 guests, she said, “You get nervous when it snows, but it ended up being beautiful.”
When the couple stepped into the snow in their wedding attire to pose for photographer Dylan Buyskes of Onion Studio of Buffalo, “I didn’t really even feel cold, I think I had such an adrenaline rush,” said Jamie. The resulting striking photos, with backdrop of snow-dusted trees, “were perfect,” said Jamie. “I wanted to get the winter feel in my pictures. I figured I would use the weather to my advantage.”
The romantic journey to the picturesque wedding started back in 2001, when Jamie Frazer and Matt Miller met when he worked as a bar back at Soho on Chippewa Street with Jamie’s sister. “We knew each other, we just didn’t hang out or talk,” said Jamie.
But the acquaintanceship became a relationship on July 4, 2009, when Matt went along with a friend, who happened to be Jamie’s cousin, to the family’s Sodus Bay cottage. After the fireworks of the July 4 meeting, “We’ve pretty much been inseparable,” Jamie said.
What cemented their relationship, Jamie said, was Matt’s kindness toward her children, Marissa, 18, and Mason, 16. “He’s good to me and he is amazing to my children,” she said. “He took on the role of a stepdad even before we were married.”
Matt, she said, “is just a good person; I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like him.”
Matt’s proposal was “very casual” but a delightful surprise, said Jamie. While the two were dressing for a friend’s birthday party on Feb. 22, he tossed her a small object – a ring box. “I didn’t know what it was until I had it in my hand,” she said.
Needless to say, she said yes.
The couple’s wedding ceremony, officiated by Ellicottville Town Judge John C. Nelson, began at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 14 in Yodeler Lodge at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, where a reception followed the ceremony.
The bride, a graduate of Maryvale High School, is the daughter of Joseph and Gale Frazer of Cheektowaga and works as a manager at Safeguard Processing in Amherst.
The bridegroom, son of Nancy Miller of Clarence and the late Thomas Miller, graduated from Empire State College with a degree in business management and economics. He is an operations manager at ConServe in Cheektowaga.
The couple plan a Maine honeymoon in the spring.
– Anne Neville