Buffalo + Rochester Indie Weddings: August 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Trending: Ombre Bridesmaids

Ilana here from Sugar and Type! I'm excited to talk about a trend I'm sure you've been seeing in magazine, at weddings, and on pinterest of course: mismatch bridesmaids! If you're thinking about doing something like this, be sure to read on for a couple tips. There's a couple ways to make each one of your bridesmaids look unique, that can be with color, or dress style. Before picking out your bridesmaids dresses, make sure you've got your color palette down. It's important to decide if you want to do the same dress in different colors, or a similar color in different styles.

These bridesmaids range from bright pink to a light purple. The flowers bring everything full circle, and the dresses really make a statement. It feels cohesive, while letting each bridesmaid feel totally unique! 


Thanks Mary for sharing these beautiful photos with us! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Real Love Stories: Christina + Jeff Engagement Shoot

Christina + Jeff

Lovers of all things Buffalo, beer, and cycling; Christina and Jeff's E-shoot with Michelle Day totally shows off their laid back attitudes, casual style and inseparable love.












"Jeff and I first met through a mutual friend at Waterstreet Music Hall in Rochester.  Jeff moved back after college and we started crossing paths at the Tudor Lounge and dive bars on Allen.  Jeff asked for my number and we started watching lots of hockey together, going to concerts together, eating at lots of restaurants together and the rest is history!  As different as our personalities can be, we are really just two peas in a pod and we balance each other out perfectly.  I can't wait to marry my best friend and start our lives together as Mr and Mrs Klaus!  Our wedding is on April 18, 2015.  The ceremony will be at Karples Manuscript Library and the reception is at Asbury Hall." 

Photography: Michelle Day







Sunday, August 17, 2014

Trending in ROC: Clear Tents

Hello Buffalo! I’m so excited to be a member of Buffalo Indie Weddings, rep'ping your sister city, Rochester! I’m Ilana from Sugar and Type, a design studio with a serious passion for paper (especially paper related to your wedding!). I started my business after getting my Bachelors of Fine Art from RIT, and it’s been an incredible journey. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing clients, and it’s been so fun to share my own journey planning my own wedding, which is this August (cue: DIY meltdown). - See more at: http://blog.buffaloindieweddings.com/2014/07/member-spotlight-sugar-and-type.html#sthash.Gb5DAyXJ.dpuf
Hello Buffalo! I’m so excited to be a member of Buffalo Indie Weddings, rep'ping your sister city, Rochester! I’m Ilana from Sugar and Type, a design studio with a serious passion for paper (especially paper related to your wedding!). I started my business after getting my Bachelors of Fine Art from RIT, and it’s been an incredible journey. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing clients, and it’s been so fun to share my own journey planning my own wedding, which is this August (cue: DIY meltdown). - See more at: http://blog.buffaloindieweddings.com/2014/07/member-spotlight-sugar-and-type.html#sthash.Gb5DAyXJ.dpuf
Guest blog post presented by Ilana from Sugar and Type, a design studio with a serious passion for paper!

Hello Buffalo! I’m so excited to be a member of Buffalo Indie Weddings, rep'ping your sister city, Rochester!
I started my business after getting my Bachelors of Fine Art from RIT, and it’s been an incredible journey. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing clients, and it’s been so fun to share my own journey planning my own wedding, which is this August (cue: DIY meltdown).
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I really had my heart set on an outdoor wedding, Gregg and I decided on an outdoor ceremony since we can't predict Rochester's weather, but I believe I'd found the perfect solution: clear tents! McCarthy Tents has been setting up incredible clear tents for years, and I can't believe I hadn't seen them sooner! If you haven't met them, the owners of McCarthy have got to be some of the kindest people I know. Heather is incredibly creative, and a pleasure to be around.




The photos above are all from an RPO Launch party at Eastman Theatre. These photos were from Heather's cell phone, and they're still mind blowing! 


This photo is from a reception at Argos Inn in Ithaca. Those string likes make me so happy! 


This clear tent is from last year's "white party" in Buffalo, NY. It raises funds for the Food Bank of WNY. 






Talk about a view! These are from a private vineyard residence. Can you imagine waking up to that view every morning? If you know someone who lives on the water with a private vineyard, be prepared for everyone to want to have their wedding in your backyard! Those Chiavari are so elegant!
String lights and balloons - another awesome trend! 
Be sure to check out all that McCarthy Events has to offer! McCarthy Events is a Rochester based company but have just branched out to Buffalo by popular demand! Their business model is to provide newer, cleaner, more trendy rental options to our customers. They are young, hip, serious business people with very high standards for ourselves. You can see people raving about them on wedding wire

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Buffalo Food Trucks: A Crash Course


Today’s bride and groom are constantly searching for something different to introduce into their big day.  Bring in a taste of home (quite literally) by having a specialty Buffalo food truck parked outside your reception venue. In the midst of a night full of dancing, drinks and fun, why not chow down on some delicious late night snacks? Food trucks are a trend we can totally raise a glass to. 

By now, everyone knows about Food Truck Tuesdays in the Larkin Center, but next week, think of it as scouting. Try as many different trucks as you can and choose your favorite! Food trucks are a fun way to include the not so fancy food we all love, but wouldn’t dare serve at the reception dinner.

1.  All the way from Rochester, N.Y. Le Petite Poutine makes it’s appearance at Food Truck Tuesdays to serve up everyone’s favorite Canadian delicacy. Started with hand cut fries, topped with homemade brown gravy and fresh cheese curds and finished with fresh thyme, this truck is sure to please.

Photo: Yelp

2.  Buffalo’s newest classic in the food scene, Lloyd Taco Truck is a name Buffalonians all know and salivate at the sound of. Serving up Mexican made from nothing but the best ingredients, (no really, check out how serious they are) Lloyd’s manages to please vegetarians and carnivores alike.

Photo: Yelp
3.  Find yourself surrounded by a majority of vegans or vegetarians at your wedding? Go with Amy’s Truck, a Mediterranean take on vegan cuisine. Don’t worry, there are plenty of options for meat eaters too! 





Photo: Buffalo Food Trucks

4.  If you have a sweet tooth, Buffalo’s first dessert food truck Sweet Hearth dishes out unique and tasty treats that will satisfy any wedding crowd. Baking things the old fashioned way, this truck will take even grandma’s famous pies for a ride.


Photo: Buffalo Eats

5.  Calling all foodies! Black Market Food Truck serves some of the most unique and delicious gourmet cuisine on wheels.  Sandwiches are sure to please the late night crowd, but be sure to try their variations on arancini (Italian rice balls) for a real delight. 


Photo: SJ. Bridgeman Photography



      6.  Looking for a real, down-home delicious food to feed the masses at your reception? Look no further than The Whole Hog. This truck uses only the freshest local produce and humanely sourced meat to create their delicious menu items. 


Photo: Yelp

7.  Cheesy Chick knows how to get down with some simple ingredients. The truck serves nothing but variations on grilled cheese, and we are totally ok with it.  This truck will please everyone from the flower girl to the grandmother, guaranteed.

Photo: Facebook


8.  Comfort food doesn’t get any better than mac and cheese, right? FallyMac’s twist on mom’s classic creamy style is sure to please guests of all ages. There are options to keep it simple with a classic style, or try something new like Crawfish Mac. 


Photo: Yelp



      Don’t want a whole truck parked at the reception? Southtown’s favorite Nick Charlap’s Ice Cream can set up a sundae bar that’s sure to please the kid in everyone. Simply have the reception site set out extra spoons and martini glasses to make your special treat wedding worthy.

Photo: Instagram

(Know of a food truck you love, but didn't make the roundup? Be sure to let us know!)

Happy taste testing! xo