It was a pleasure and an honor for me to shoot this wedding for Rita and Carl. I knew I was in for a treat the minute I walked in because I was immediately treated like part of the family. Everyone welcomed me with open arms, and made me feel like we had been friends for years. There is something special to me about shooting in the Buffalo and the Western New York area. I grew up there, and know it well, so it always has been, and will continue to be home for me. Plus I usually get to see my own family when I am there, so that makes it even better.
I met up with Rita and her bridesmaids, as they were getting ready. This is one of my favorite parts of the day because it is fascinating to watch a woman transform into a bride. The air is filled with excitement, and there are so many different things going on all at the same time. People are also talking and having fun in the chaos too so it is a good time for me to get to know them. I could easily see how special family is to Rita. She would later say, “It is the most important thing!” Her Mom was just getting over having four strokes. She had two three months before the wedding, and another two the month before. She was actually released from the hospital just four days before the wedding. Rita’s Dad said that her Mom was the rock of the family. The incredible backbone that held it all together, and I have to agree that this woman truly is amazing. No one would ever know what she had been through just by looking at her because she danced into the late hours, and I never heard her complain once about anything. People that know me also know how extremely important family to me too. When I witness a family like this, and I’m able to do what I do for them, it is dear to my heart.
The ceremony was held in the beautiful St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Buffalo, and the reception was at Classics V. We stopped at The Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society for photos. I have shot there a few times now and it is a great place! CJ Sound did an incredible job making sure everyone had a bunch of fun, and Shaun & Kyla Handley from Shutter Dream Studio produced a wonderful video. Thank you so very much Rita, Carl, your families, and friends for allowing me to be part of this great day. I wish you much love and happiness and hope you enjoy your images as much as I enjoyed creating them for you.