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Alison Elizabeth Brunger and Jeffrey Robert Hargrove were married at 4 p.m. June 15 in Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel, Cornell University, Ithaca. Guests gathered for a reception at Ithaca Holiday Inn. The Rev. Steven Felker of Christ Chapel, Ithaca, heard the couple’s vows. The bride’s parents are E. Geoffrey and Carol Brunger of Town of Tonawanda. The bridegroom’s parents are…

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Krista M. Shoemaker and Robert Drew Wooster were married at 5:30 p.m. June 22 in Wickham Park, Manchester, Conn. Guests gathered for a reception at Cabin Gardens, Wickham Park, Conn. Stepfather of the groom, the Rev. Frank Hanrahan, heard the couple’s vows. The bride’s parents are Henry G. Shoemaker Jr. and Linda R. Hiller of Williamsville. The bridegroom’s parents are Rob…

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Kate Sarata and Benjamin Bidell were married at 3 p.m. June 8 in Hall of Philosophy, Chautauqua Institution. Guests gathered for a reception at Athenaeum Hotel. Cousin of the groom, Pastor Nathan Lange of Trinity Methodist Church, Grand Island, heard the couple’s vows. The bride’s parents are David and Catherine Sarata of Colden. The bridegroom’s parents are Frederick and …

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Meghan E.P. Finamore and James R. Schaller Jr. were married at 2 p.m. June 29 in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Kenmore. Guests gathered for a reception at The Mansion on Delaware, Buffalo. Friend of the family the Rev. Richard A. Reina, spiritual director of Christ the King Seminary heard the couple’s vows. The bride’s parents are James and Deborah Finamore of Town…

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Erin E. Higgins and Daniel K. Clifford were married at 4 p.m. June 28 in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Buffalo. Guests gathered for a reception at Lucarelli’s Banquet Center, Lackawanna. The Rev. James G. Judge of St. Thomas Aquinas Church heard the couple’s vows. The bride’s parents are Michael J. and Maureen A. Higgins of Buffalo. The bridegroom’s parents are Mark J. and Ma…

Maria T. Toro and John McRae Alsup were married at 6 p.m. June 22 in Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club, Cashiers, N.C. Guests remained at Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club for a reception following the ceremony. Father Brian Sheridan of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Smyrna, Ga. heard the couple’s vows. The bride’s parents are Mark and Nancy Toro of Atlanta. The bridegr…

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Roseann S. Giordano and James C. Papafagos were married at 1 p.m. June 28 in St. George Orthodox Church, Lewiston. Guests gathered for a reception at Statler, Buffalo. Very Rev. Father Paul Solberg of St. George Orthodox Church heard the couple’s vows. The bride’s parents are Thomas and Antoinette Giordano of Amherst. The bridegroom’s parents are Alexander and Patricia Pap…

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Dana E. Puskas and Chad E. Walker were married at 2 p.m. on May 10 in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Lewiston. Guests gathered for a reception at Classics V, Amherst. The Rev. Susan Keppy heard the couple’s vows. The bride’s parents are David A. and Rozanne Puskas of Sanborn. The bridegroom’s parents are Edward and Patricia Walker of Lewiston. The bride is a graduate of Sta…

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For two decades, Jimmy- lee Taglis, of Buffalo, designed gowns and tuxedos for other people’s weddings.But he never dared dream about having a wedding of his own.“There was always a tear in my eye because I always thought, ‘This is never going to be me in Buffalo, N.Y.,’ ” Taglis said.But all that changed in 2011, when New York State passed the Marriage Equality Act and ma…

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NIAGARA FALLS – When New York State legalized gay marriage almost two years ago, many in Niagara Falls saw the potential to rekindle its image as the “honeymoon capital.”Most business owners and observers agree that the wedding industry experienced a surge right after same-sex marriages became legal but that the pace has since slowed.“The initial surge, I think, is cooling…

April M. Solecki and Jonathan P. Sayers were married at 5:30 p.m. December 22, 2012, in Tonawanda Castle, Tonawanda, where a reception was held following the ceremony. The Rev. Sue Olson heard the couple’s vows. The bride’s parents are David S. and Sandra A. Solecki of Cheektowaga. The bridegroom’s parents are Jerry Sayers of Williamsville and Karen Benton of Wheatfield. T…

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Michelle Fridey and Brenden Switzer were married at 2:30 p.m. December 22, 2012, in The Tabernacle, Orchard Park. Guests gathered for a reception at Classics V, Amherst. Pastor Jeremy Ziegler of Full Gospel Tabernacle Park heard the couple’s vows. The bride’s parents are Thomas and Susan Fridey of Williamsville. The bridegroom’s parents are Cynthia and Richard Switzer of W…

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Victoria Henry and Taylor Battaglia were married at 2 p.m. June 15 in St. Joseph University Parish, Buffalo. Guests gathered for a reception at Beaver Island Clubhouse, Grand Island. Father Jack Ledwon of St. Joseph University Parish heard the couple’s vows. The bride’s parents are Jack P. Henry and Hadia Henry of Amherst. The bridegroom’s parents are Louis Battaglia, Sher…

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Laura M. Rovner and Aric J. Fecher were married at 2 p.m. May 18 in Zion Lutheran Church, Clarence. Guests gathered for a reception at the Rapids Theatre, Niagara Falls. Pastor Randy Milleville of Zion Lutheran Church heard the couple’s vows. The bride’s parents are Janice E. and the late Ricki B. Rovner of Amherst. The bridegroom’s parents are Kim M. and Paul E. Fecher of…

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Following a 10 year courtship, Kathleen A. Serwacki and Timothy R. Sekuterski were married at 2 p.m. May 11 in St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, Elma. Guests gathered for a reception at Elma Fire Company, Elma. The Rev. Daniel Palys of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church heard the couple’s vows. The bride’s parents are Matthew J…