Buffalo + Rochester Indie Weddings: 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Creative Buffalo Weddings: Real Love Story of Taylor and Chris

Married at the Chapel at Crosspoint after dating for four years, after dating long distance for most of our relationship, he moved to South Wales and popped the question on my birthday last year. On our wedding day we were surrounded by 28 of our closest family members, it was perfect. 

The location for the ceremony was an easy choice for us as we have attended The Chapel at Crosspoint for years. Not only was it “homey” but also the small chapel was perfect for a wedding our size! Since we were planning such a small wedding, closing a venue for the reception was a little trickier! With the help of our wedding planner, Carla Measer-Costamagna, we closed in on our wedding style. We were looking for something shabby chic and that would appropriately seat a group our size without being too crunched or too huge. After a long search and many venue visits, we finally came across Tempo Restaurant and it was perfect! The Belvedere Room, exquisite service, fine dining and overall feel was right on.   
We had so much fun planning a unique, intimate wedding weekend for our family. Since our family was all coming in from out of town we reserved a block of rooms and included all local favorites in their gift bags! Also due to this, we chose not to have a rehearsal dinner but instead planned a family picnic for the day after the wedding. That picnic was the best opportunity to really spend time with all our guests and visit with our family members that traveled so far to witness our marriage.
Guests were greeted by beautiful live music played by The Buffalo String Brothers. As a little side note, when my husband picked out my engagement ring he used a diamond for the center that came from his mother and engraved the verse that was read at my parents wedding on the inside of the band. So, for his wedding band, I had the other verse that was to be read at our wedding engraved on the inside of his band. Once we were all loaded and champagne was poured, we began our drive to Glen Falls Park for our family pictures. After pictures were taken, we loaded back up and headed to Tempo for our family dinner. 
 The rest of our evening was spent around one long table enjoying conversation, kisses, and creating the most incredible of memories. I wouldn’t change a single thing and it is a memory that I will cherish forever.

Wedding Planner/Designer/Florist: Costamagna Design
Live music at wedding ceremony: The String Brothers
Hairstylist: Leah at Anthony's Salon
Wedding Ceremony location: The Chapel at Crosspoint
Wedding Reception location: Tempo Restaurant
Party Bus: Mac Limo

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Contemporary Capes : From Vintage to Modern!

Capes and shoulder pieces are a new way for brides to make a statement on their wedding day! Whether it be a dramatic full length cape or a simple caplet, this accessory is bound to make you stand out. It is a great option for brides who want to wear different looks throughout their special day or to simply cover up. Capes can go in any direction from bohemian to vintage to theatrical. Regardless of which style you choose, any bride will be unforgettable wearing this fabulous and unique trend!

The beading and detail on this caplet is divine.
Photography: Jose Villa 
This cape gives a beautiful boho vibe.
Picture: Alberta Ferretti
What about this show stopping sequins!
Picture: Krikor Jabotian
The vintage lace detail on these capes are so classic!
The collar on this cape is absolutely adorable.
Picture: Santos Costura
Fabulous feathers for a fall wedding.

All photos provided by Pinterest

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

H&H Weddings favorite White Wedding Dress Alternatives!

"H&H Weddings is dedicated to providing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender couples with high end resources to plan and create a one-of-a-kind event. Every couple dreams of the perfect day that is exclusively theirs. Our goal is to help you put together a timeless and personal fête that you and your loved ones will always remember."

One of my all-time favorite things to talk about when people ask about H&H Weddings is alternative attire. Weddings, wedding websites, resources & stores tend to be very bridal gown driven, which is something that bothers me for a number of reasons. Primarily, it excludes a vast number of people who are getting married or want to get married. As people shift their hetero-normative views, the wedding industry will follow! For now, it’s pretty stuck in tradition.

I, however, refuse to let tradition rule, especially when it’s making things difficult for so many people. Brides tend to have the widest array of attire; some wear suits, some wear jumpsuits, some wear dresses. Lucky for me, I see all sorts of alternatives to the conventional white wedding dresses!

For the more masculine bride, finding suiting can be difficult. You can’t just grab a suit off the rack and expect it to fit (to be fair, most men can’t do that either). If you are in the market for suiting, companies like Saint Harridan offer a plethora of options for you. Generally speaking, any bespoke suiting company can custom make suits for women too. If you’re looking for something less formal, say a vest and slacks or suspenders, I suggest checking out DapperQ’s store guide that is chock-full of LGBTQ-friendly stores that are perfect for the masculine presenting women & trans-identified individuals out there. Want something out of the ordinary for your neckwear? Check out QWERTY’s line of Lady Ties. They are a slightly more feminine take on classic neckwear and are perfect for anyone!
Brides in the middle, I find, have the most difficult time. They know they don’t want a white wedding dress, but it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for them to wear a dress. It also wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for them to wear a suit. For the more fluid brides, I love a feminine tux or suit. I am also a massive fan of the jumpsuit making a comeback! You can find them in any shape, size or color that you like! There is one to flatter pretty much every body and they won’t break the bank (considering custom suiting starts at about $1000 and bridal gowns cost at least that). Plus, if you are having an informal ceremony, a jumpsuit is totally appropriate. And it can infuse some color! My personal fave to this day is this cobalt blue jumpsuit at Brooklyn Bridge Park wedding.
If you are the kind of bride that always dreamed of walking down the aisle to your wife in a wedding dress, don’t worry. There are options for you too! I adore the ladies who chose a boldly colored dress for their big day. Considering this is one of the biggest moments of your life and you’ve probably spent a lot of money on a photographer, you’re going to want those pictures to last. And, let’s be honest. White isn’t everyone’s color, so why not chose something that you look amazing in? A bride in blush pink with a wedding party in grey looks so chic and spring-ready. Summer nuptials? What about a black dress, bold florals and mismatched citrus colors for the wedding tribe? See. The choices are endless. Even though it seems overwhelming, it’s actually more freeing than anything! YOU get to decide what your wedding will look like, not some predetermined tradition that tries to put everyone in a box.

Want more inspiration and attire alternatives? Keep up on H&H Weddings and follow my Pinterest Boards: Suit Up, Dress Up & The (Not) White Wedding Dress for continued ideas and insight

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Real Buffalo Love Stories: Lindsay and Matt's Engagement Session

"Our engagement story takes place on September 20,2013. My now fiancé told me he really wanted to take me out to dinner at a surprise restaurant but the it was booked until 9 p.m. so he insisted on taking me shopping in East Aurora to kill time. After a new pair of boots and walking down Main Street we ran out of things to do. I was getting hungrier and hungrier and kept asking if we could eat yet. I would settle for anything! Matt told me he needed to check on something at his grandfather's land in West Falls then we could go eat, so we go out to West Falls, drove around the property and everything is fine. I express my excitement that it's time to eat! No...it's not. 
Matt tells me he bought a surprise for me and he wants to give it to me before dinner so he calls his mom and tells her to get the surprise out in the garage for me. Matt then has me close my eyes all the way down the street so I wouldn't see this surprise. I'm getting irritable because I'm hungry and I don't like surprises. We get to the house...eyes shut... and Matt helps me out of the truck. I follow him blindly...getting anxious and I sense we are in the house. He leads me into a room and tells me to open my eyes. I open them and find my mom and all his family in the living room and one man in the back corner that I have no idea who he is. I start to panic about the unknown man in the back and rack my mind about what I forgot! Who's birthday was it? Did someone get a promotion? 
Matt then calls my name and I turn to find him down on one knee and my eyes fill with tears. He asks me to marry him and I have every cliché reaction to the moment: my hands go to my mouth, no words come out and I just nod and give him a huge hug. I turn to my mom and we have a good ugly cry and everyone cheers for us. I had to close my eyes down the street because Matt had everyone park at his grandfather's house down the road and walk so I wouldn't see the cars and the man in the back was his friend Matt that I hadn't seen in a long time. We had an engagement dinner right after with our families and I was too excited to eat anything at that point!"

Photos taken at Becker Farms, Gasport NY.