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Karen Salsgiver and Bonnie Strunk figured Sunday was the right time to get married – 43 years after they began their relationship. With the mist from Niagara Falls rising in the distance, Strunk wrapped a flag dotted with rainbow-colored hearts around Salsgiver's shoulders and gently patted her back as the couple from suburban Syracuse listened to officiant Kitty Lamber…

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The most important decision after who to marry is where to get married. Buffalo's brides and grooms have a dizzying array of venue choices — from rustic barns to vast banquet halls, from refurbished historic buildings to hotel ballrooms. Today, established banquet facilities and event spaces in the suburbs are investing in upgrades to win over couples in the face of …

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It's not exactly Bills fans and Tom Brady, but Democrats and Republicans just don't get along very well these days. So we were pleasantly surprised to learn about a case of love overcoming political divisions. A.J. Baynes, a former chief of staff to Republican State Sen. Pat Gallivan of Elma, last weekend married Lauren Rivett, a former chief of staff to Democratic S…

Janelle M. Tryjankowski and James R. Gonos were married at 5 p.m. on Dec. 26, 2017, in St. Jude’s Roman Catholic Church, Mountain Top, Pa., where their vows were heard by the Rev. Joseph Evanko, pastor. Guests gathered for a reception at Le Manhattan Bistro in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The bride, daughter of Stephen and Betty Tryjankowski of Buffalo, is a graduate of Villa Maria A…

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Lisa M. Frandina and Thomas D. Pearce were married at 2 p.m. on March 4, 2017, in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Buffalo, where The Rev. David Munoz, parochial vicar, heard their vows. Guests gathered for a reception at Salvatore’s Hospitality in Lancaster. The bride’s parents are Joseph M. and Barbara J. Frandina of Williamsville. The bride, a graduate of Williamsville Sout…

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Elizabeth K. Mitchell and Anthony J. Cumbo were married at noon May 20, 2017, in St. Joseph Cathedral, Buffalo, where the Rev. Peter Drilling heard their vows. Guests gathered for a reception in the Marquis Ballroom in the Hotel Lafayette. The bride is the daughter of Sally and Joseph Mitchell of Syracuse. A graduate of Fayetteville-Manlius High School, she earned a bachel…

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Monica L. Kemp and Charles Simpson III were married at 4 p.m. on July 8, 2017 in Dunkirk Lighthouse, Dunkirk, where guests gathered for a reception. Christopher Penfold of Dunkirk heard their vows. The bride is the daughter of Lisa M. Jablonski and Kurt Wagner of Buffalo. A graduate of Cheektowaga Central School, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffal…

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Shannon L. Deibel and Brian S. Levy were married at 5 p.m. on Aug. 24, 2017 in Excellence El Carmen, Punta Cana, with Jose Luis Sanchez as officiant. Guests gathered for a reception at Excellence El Carmen. The bride, daughter of Mary Ellen Deibel and John J. Deibel of Orchard Park, is a graduate of Orchard Park High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical eng…

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Alexa M. Antonacci and Daniel D. Barrancotta were married at 2:30 p.m. on May 27, 2017, in St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Lewiston, where their vows were heard by Monsignor David G. LiPuma of St. Peter’s. Guests gathered for a reception at the Niagara Falls Conference Center. The bride, daughter of Mario and Donna Antonacci of Lewiston, is a graduate of Niagara Catholi…

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Theresa M. Fagan and John R. Kennedy were married at 1 p.m. on May 27, 2017, in St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church, Middleport, where their vows were heard by the Rev. Dan Fawls. Guests gathered for a reception at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, downtown Buffalo. The bride, daughter of James P. and Mary Patricia Fagan of Middleport, is a graduate of Royalton-Hartland. She earned a…

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Siobhan Hanley and Hendrik Kits van Heyningen were married at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 5, 2017, in St. Louis Church, Buffalo, where Monsignor David Lee heard their vows. Guests gathered for a reception at The Buffalo Club. The bride, daughter of Patrick M. and Sharon K. Hanley of Buffalo, is a graduate of Nichols School. She earned a classics degree from Yale University and is at…

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Lisa M. Perry and Steven C. Harris were married at 5 p.m. on Aug. 12, 2017 in Hope United Methodist Church of Niagara County, Sanborn, where their vows were heard by the Rev. Matthew Kofahl of Lewiston. Guests gathered for a reception at Niagara Falls Country Club, Lewiston. The bride, daughter of Timothy S. and Dorothy D. Perry of Sanborn, is a graduate of Starpoint Centr…

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Michelle Poweski and Christopher Gilmour were married at 1 p.m. on Aug. 12, 2017 in Queen of Heaven Church, where the Rev. Daniel Walsh and the Rev. Dave Richards heard the couple’s vows. Guests gathered for a reception at Michael’s Catering and Banquets. The bride, daughter of Thomas and Kim Poweski of Fredonia, is a graduate of Fredonia High School. She earned a degree f…

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Geurin “Gigi” S. Jones and Anthony J. Greene were married at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2017, in North Tonawanda City Hall, where Mayor Arthur Pappas heard their vows. The bride’s parents are the late Nancy G. Brawner-Jones and Fredric A. Jones and Mary Jones of Newport, Ore. The bride, a graduate of Newport High, earned an associate’s degree degree and works as a pharmacy te…