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Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

For some couples, a wedding vision comes together around a song. A specific date. A color. For Jennifer and Karl Gesing, the vision was all about their guests. “From the start, we wanted to make our day special for us, but a priority was to make sure our guests felt appreciated and thought of in the planning,” said Karl. “We were adamant that they would be able to en…

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

It all began with a peony. “I pretty much based my wedding date on a single flower,” said Kate Femia (formerly Kate McCoy). That peonies were in season in June was just the beginning of the botanic-inspired decisions for Kate and Ron’s 2018 wedding. Flowers set the stage for the Femias’ entire “garden dance party”-themed wedding, with thoughtful appointments that com…

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

After three years of sharing their love for Pizza Hut and obsessing over odd-looking animals, Rana Masoud and Jason Harhay were ready to say, “I do.” But the couple, who met in medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, had both just started their residencies with University at Buffalo and had no time for wedding plans. With only a reception venue in p…

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

Great food, cocktails and conversation—the inspiration behind Emily Baczynski and Mike Olek’s wedding—is also what first drew them together. The former coworkers instantly bonded over their many shared interests, “soon realizing that we basically shared a soul,” as Emily playfully puts it. And they’ve only cultivated that list since. The two bought their first house in …

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

Sophie and Chris Kennedy were tempted to elope from the moment he proposed at Lancaster High School in July 2017. The high school sweethearts—who met as freshman and started dating as juniors—didn’t want a long engagement, and the romantic notion of jetting away to say I do felt like the perfect plan. That is, until they started putting the idea through its paces. “The …

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

Erin Kelly and Parker Bean didn’t set out to have a large, grand hotel wedding. They envisioned a more rustic affair in the country, surrounded by lush landscape and a big, beautiful barn. But when the invite list began creeping toward 800, Erin came to terms with the fact that her original vision might not quite work out. Her mother, Jill, said that she came around to …

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

“Welcome to our beginning.” Anita and Brian had liked the thought, choosing that phrase to adorn the sign that greeted their guests. But it wasn’t until their wedding day actually arrived that they felt its true significance. The two met early on in college, clicking almost instantly. Fast forward five years—to Delaware Park on a perfect Buffalo spring day, where Brian …

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

Laura and John returned to Buffalo (where they got their doctorates) to make Canalside their home after a brief stint in New England. Shortly after the move, he suggested a walk along Bird Island Pier. Not realizing the gravity of the invitation, she initially declined. Luckily, he was able to convince her—proposing at the end of the stroll. The couple now regularly return…

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

Steve Pacer first caught the eye of Mike Rzepka in 2011. He thought he recognized the TV personality—Steve was a news reporter for an Albany ABC affiliate at the time—and after a bit of internet research, Mike realized the they’d attended SUNY Fredonia together and reached out. The two would go on their first date months later, and it was Mike who popped the question in…

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

LaShawna had plans to go out one night, but when the day came, wasn’t really feeling it. The hairstylist said as much to a client, who replied: “You never know, you might meet your husband.” And so she did. At the same bar for different events, the two noticed each other early on—then met later as they were both heading to their cars to leave. After they met, Keith join…

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

Ellina knew of Joe for years before they met—he was her older sister’s roommate’s brother, and they would joke about their younger siblings getting together one day. (Though Joe was none the wiser.) But it was a chance encounter after the annual outdoor hockey game between rivals Michigan (Joe) and Michigan State (Ellina) that brought them together for the first time durin…

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

John and Katie — who met in 2010 at St. Bonaventure University — married on a beautiful August day at The Avanti Mansion. "We wanted our wedding to be a really fun party with great food and music," Katie says. "We both love the summer and knew we wanted everything to be outdoors." Photography by Colin Gordon.

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

After meeting through mutual friends at SUNY Fredonia, Taylor and Jake chatted on trusty 'ol AIM — then had their first date at Ellicottville Brewing Company. The rest is history. (10 years of it, in fact!) The couple lived in Syracuse, Chicago, and the DMV area, then made the move back to Buffalo where they now live downtown on the medical campus with their two cats, Zak …

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

Christina and Tom — who first met over drinks at Gecko's Bar & Grille in 2013 — married on a perfectly snowy January day. Ceremony: St. Michael Church, Buffalo. Reception: Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Photographer: Alexandra Piotrowski, Expressions Studio of Photography.

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

Alix and Scott, the brains and brawn behind inadcminute.com, married on August 19, 2017 near the pond on their property in Medina, NY, which was actually Alix’s childhood home. Tying in the past suits them perfectly because their story dates all the way back to 6th grade dance denials and Christmas dates. Food and drink: FarmHouse Table Food. Invites: Pretty Sugar Co. Hair…