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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: Ideas & Advice

The perfect wedding day look is an amalgamation that leaves you feeling radiant and special—and also distinctly you. But how do you strike that balance when donning a once-in-a-lifetime white dress...something that’s decidedly not normal? Put your finishing touch to work. Accessories are a bride’s best style ally, after all. Dress your overall look up or down, inject a …

Buffalo Magazine: Planning

Before the big day arrives, know the intricacies specific to obtaining a New York State marriage license—so when the time come to finally say “I do,” it’s official by law, too. It’s a fairly straightforward process that can be taken care of easily in an afternoon as long as you’re prepared. Here’s what you need to know about getting hitched in New York. Time restrictions …

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

Paige and Patrick first met outside a Nichols School classroom at 15—and after years filled with adventures and long distances, months away from Patrick completing his master’s at Oxford, the two shared a moment of quiet understanding in a London park. Confronted with a sea of choices to make about their future, the couple decided to start with the one they both felt sure …

Buffalo Magazine: Ideas & Advice

Let me first go back in time with a personal reflection. Some of my favorite wedding photos were waiting for me in my mailbox—a literal, real, next-to-the-curb one—when I arrived home from my honeymoon. The year was 2000. They were glossy prints from my friend Meredith, who had photographed us exchanging vows and walking back down the aisle in a set of lovely, candid…

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: Ideas & Advice

It’s a common progression of the wedding-planning process. At some point—typically one involving paper stocks or napkin fabrics—many couples remark that they could really use a drink. And that’s the perfect moment to consider one of the hottest trends in U.S. weddings: signature wedding cocktails. “We’re seeing that signature cocktails are as ubiquitous as a wedding has…

Buffalo Magazine: Ideas & Advice

Showstopping spreads From a heart-shaped doughnut pegboard to cake pops that look like mini-tuxedoes, Marisa Battaglia has made a career out of turning people’s wildest ideas into sweet Pinterest-worthy dessert tables. As owner and creative director of B Sweet Designs, she creates custom dessert tables for weddings and special events, paying attention to each detail—cu…

Buffalo Magazine: Ideas & Advice

All the planning and preparation lead up to one single day, and for most, the whirlwind of your wedding will pass in the blink of an eye. Snapshots from the day turn into keepsakes for a lifetime—which is why choosing the right locations can be so important. From iconic settings and popular spots to hidden gems, local wedding photographers share their favorite backdrops…

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: Ideas & Advice

Do “Go in open-minded. Listen to the girls who are working (at the store). They’re the ones who found my dress.” — Sarah “Show your personal style. Using little nods to your own tastes like bracelets, shoes or a pop of color can be fun and make the look your own.” — Taylor “Be secure in your decisions. Just know that you’ll know when it’s your dress.” — Natalie Don…

Buffalo Magazine: Ideas & Advice

These days, couples are moving away from old-school traditions—and instead creating their own. They’re nixing the cake completely, hiring out-of-the-box photographers, mixing up bridesmaid dress colors, working with local restaurants to give their guests a truly unique dining experience, and so much more to truly make their wedding a personal occasion. One of our favori…