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Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

On a date night three years ago, Melissa and Paul—who married in a small affair in 2009 that included only their parents and his siblings—talked about marking their 10-year anniversary with a destination renewal. After a decade together, and their family grown to seven children, the couple wanted to celebrate their union with everyone. Paul has Scottish ancestry, so tha…

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

Fran & Jesse September 2019 Kin Loch Farmstead, Lockport You could say Craigslist has been good to Jesse and Fran DePalma. The newlyweds got their new air conditioning unit from the site, but even before that, they got each other. “We met when we were living in Chicago. I needed a place to live, so I found Jesse and his friend on a Craigslist posting," said Fran.…

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

Molly & Spencer August 2019 Holiday Valley Ski Resort, Ellicottville When Molly Eshbach and Spencer Timkey first met, skiing wasn’t just a hobby. It was their livelihood. Working at one of his family businesses, The Boardroom Snowboard Shop on Main Street in Ellicottville, Spencer was unloading merchandise when Molly caught his eye as she headed to work at The Ci…

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

Lisa & Joseph April 2019 Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo Lisa Zain and Joe Parshall opted to shortcut the traditional wedding trappings: The two instead eloped in Buffalo’s Forest Lawn Cemetery, a beautiful local landmark of pastoral beauty, the perfect-for-them place to create a unique marriage memory. “I think the idea of a secret wedding was not only romantic an…

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

They envisioned a backyard wedding from the start. Elana Korn and Daniel Myers first met in June of 2014 playing on a kickball team comprised of their mutual friends—and quickly realized they grew up just a few miles from one another and attended neighboring high schools. Buffalo has always been their home base, and the two couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere e…

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

Carolyn & Andrew June 2019 Canisius College Chapel What do you get when the local intramural sports scene brings together an HGTV lover and a soon-to-be condo owner? In true team spirit, you get a well-deserved cocktail after every game, but more importantly, you get the start of Carolyn and Andrew Russo’s love story. A mutual interest in sports landed Carolyn an…

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

Gretchen & Summer August 2019 Family getaway in Angelica “Call me sometime if you want to go on an adventure.” That simple phrase sparked Gretchen and Summer’s connection. And a three-year engagement meant time for the two to travel, build a cabin and play pinball. The couple has explored extensively stateside and internationally in their time together, includ…

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

Allina & Matt June 2019 Niagara University Alumni Chapel Most couples don’t fall for the first venue they visit, but that’s exactly what happened for high school sweethearts Allina and Matt Bolea the moment they stepped inside the Wurlitzer Building. “We knew in our hearts that this was it,” said Allina (formerly LaMorticella). The recently renovated North Ton…

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Mary & Ryan August 2019 Hindu Cultural Society of Western New York, Getzville A friend of a friend of a friend—and a dash of serendipity—is to thank for bringing Mary and Ryan together on St. Patrick’s Day 2017. Every year before the parade, Mary and her roommate, Alex, host a brunch at their apartment. And in walks Ryan, a friend of her roommate’s friend. The tw…

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

Jessica Mazur and Kyle Decker’s wedding is a testament to the healing power of love. The high-school sweethearts, who met at Iroquois High School and started dating in 2008, got engaged in 2015 — shortly after Jessica’s father passed away suddenly. “The proposal definitely turned things around for me and my family,” Jessica said. “I was excited to marry the love of my l…