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…
Fran & Jesse
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.…
Molly & Spencer
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…
Lisa & Joseph
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…
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…
Carolyn & Andrew
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…
Gretchen & Summer
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…
Allina & Matt
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…
Mary & Ryan
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…
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…