Statler City - Buffalo, NY
Ashley & JJ's wedding at Statler City in downtown Buffalo was a glitz and glam day we will not forget. So much of it was filled with what we geek out over to shoot -- rich architecture set amongst the historical City Hall and Statler Tower, elegant fur shawls set on top of glimmering beading, and a speakeasy reception full of fun details.
JJ treats Ashley with the utmost respect and admiration as the strong woman by his side. Ashley we can tell is so proud to call JJ her other half. They define a couple who embodies the word team. Totally the pair where one just has to give a look, and the other without effort knows exactly what they're trying to say without words. That takes love skills people!
These two longtime lovebirds were having their dreams come true with each step of our chilly fall day in Western New York. We could picture Ashley as a little girl, envisioning the special moment she had with her mom and sister as they adorned her with the delicate wedding dress as it slipped over her head and onto the body it was literally made for. The trinity of wedding rings belonging to her grandmother, mother, and her own being proudly displayed in the house she grew up in. Across town, JJ and his guys appropriately cheering on the Crimson Tide football team with beers in hand in the early afternoon, to start the wedding day off right with a win.
The momentous walk down the aisle where we don't think there was a dry eye in the church. That warm beaming light coming through the stain glass steeples of St. Stephen's, completely disguising the brisk November temps just beyond the walls.
The epic dramatic moments we had on the Buffalo City Hall steps to showcase columns hovering over your friends laughing about how their fingers might fall of from the cold. The warmth we then experienced set amongst the interior of Statler CIty, which seems to be just be built out of everything gold. In fact, that's what we would describe your day as guys -- pure gold.
Ashley & JJ, your dreams came true. The epic day you planned for what must have seemed like a lifetime went off without a hitch. All of the loving details and fun you two had jump out of your photos like we're back in the room again. We hope the beginning of yet another chapter for you brings nothing but adventures, joy, and even further growth as two people who are truly made for each other. Cheers to many more years of a beautiful life together!
CEREMONY: St. Steven Roman Catholic Church, Grand Island
RECEPTION: Statler City
PHOTOGRAPHY: Vita Bella Photography
VIDEOGRAPHY: Lanasa Studio
FLORIST: Evergreen Floral
CAKE: Chrusciki Bakery
DJ: Toy Brothers