Buffalo NY Wedding Styled: Made to Marry

A couple weeks ago, I had the honor of collaborating with a fabulous group of local vendors from Buffalo on a styled wedding shoot that I’m about to share with you today. Everything came together so beautifully, thanks to the ever-so-talented event planner Shannon Lach of PEAR. There are good peoples in the world, and I’m so thankful we were able to work together.

The concept behind the shoot was driven by the desire to showcase Buffalo, NY as a prime destination for elegant and tailored weddings. Shannon and I are both big on supporting small businesses, so armed with this common goal, we sought out to partner with local vendors in the area that were also passionate about working together as a team to help move the Buffalo wedding industry forward.

Shannon and Lindsay, PEAR’s darling intern who also played a major role in the planning and execution of this shoot, brought everything together the day-of and I didn’t have to worry about a single thing. They are true professionals. All photos were taken on-location at Room on Hertel Ave. Special thanks to Andrew Poczkalski for providing us the perfect backdrop.

This is Alyssa, our gorgeous bride that modeled for the shoot. Her headpiece was handmade by Shannon and looked absolutely perfect with the wedding gown.

I never would have guessed that the bride’s bouquet was going to come wrapped in a HUGE bow, but it was the perfect accent to the beautiful florals provided by Buffalo Wedding Florist. I love the added detail of the black dots at the bottom of the groom’s boutonniere.

Alyssa wore jewelry handmade by Bliss Designs. The stacked pearls look is one of my new favorites on brides.

Adam, oh Adam. You have to love a man who can dress himself so well, and who would volunteer an entire Saturday to be our groom.

Alyssa is wearing an ivory layered dress custom made by Ali from Made by Anatomy.

From Shannon:

This specific dress was cut to match the new bridal party line showcased in the shoot. Her hair was styled in loose curls, adorned with an accent braid and easy simple curls held into place with a light hair spray.

All makeup was done by Nicole Post, who chose a subtle look for Alyssa with the intention of letting brides know that you should accent your features with make up, not cover them. Her advice? If you choose a dark eyeliner, compliment with a soft nude lip.

The reception table set-up was perfectly paired next to this painting, which provided pops of color against a neutral background.

Some insight from Shannon on the design:

My design aesthetic is all about creating something never seen before. Alyssa helped me tie the bow, and I loved the idea of only having the bow as the centerpiece. Taking inspiration from the entire shoot — which was the bow, seen in the dresses, floral and other elements, I wanted to embrace the bow as the centerpiece and not overwhelm it. I happened to have a box if loose petals from the florist and before I knew it. I used the left over floral as an accent to the bow. I wanted to compliment it but also contrast with it.

I’m so in love with how Wendy of Firefly Cupcakes matched the yellow of the bow and fondant floral pieces to our whole color scheme. She nailed it. I hear these cupcakes taste just as good as they look . . . I’m sad I didn’t get to try one.

The bridesmaids are also wearing Made by Anatomy, and I love the bow-wrapped single stem rose that was provided for each girl.

Adam and the groomsmen were dressed in outfits from their personal wardrobes.

The second half of the shoot was a “second look” — we switched brides and swapped out some of the dresses for longer versions, then took the girls outside to shoot for the five minutes that day that it didn’t rain.

We also are using the fabricated bouquet, provided by LeeAndi’s Purple Roses.

All of the girls were jealous that Lindsay got to wear the trenchcoat… she was warm and stylish. Trenchcoat by Made by Anatomy.

We brought Lindsay back inside for some portraits to show off her beautiful dress and bouquet.

Special thanks to Beth over at Daily Dog Tag who featured Jack on her blog and introduced me to Shannon of PEAR. I’ll be sharing more prep & behind-the-scenes images from the shoot on the blog in the near future, as well as on Facebook, so stop over and say hello!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a fabulous weekend. My mama is coming to visit, so I’ll be taking the weekend off to spend time with her :)


Event Planning & Design: PEAR / Venue: Room Buffalo / Cake & Cupcakes: Firefly Cupcakes / Floral Design: Buffalo Wedding Florist, a wedding division of Plant Place & Flower Basket / Bride & Bridesmaids Dresses: Made by Anatomy / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: personal / Paper Goods: Nicole Scanlon Designs / Hair: Shannon Lach / Makeup: Nikki Post, Corto’s Salon and Spa / Hair Pieces: Shannon Lach and Rice Rafferty Couture Accessories / Jewelry: Bliss Designs / Fabric Bouquet: LeeAndi’s Purple Roses / Linens & Table Setting Rentals: Hank Parker / Bride Model: Alyssa Menickelly / Bridesmaids Models: Olivia Bitetti, Alisha Janicki, Lindsay Carroll, Katie Costello / Groom Model: Adam Rath / Groomsmen Models: Joe Vu, Jim Leising, Jared Syms, Sean Mapp / Photography: Tiff Photography