Caila + Nick | Buffalo Winter Engagement Session

Caila and Nick have to be two of the sweetest people I have ever met. Fun fact: I actually photographed Nick and his family when he was just starting college a number of years ago. Now, here I am writing about his engagement! It always blows my mind the connections we make that later come full circle. We all were acquainted through mu husband’s fire department. Nick’s mom has been a very good friend of mine for several years and one of the nicest, most genuine and fun-loving women I have ever met. So, when Nick and Caila got engaged, she plugged my name to them (thanks Cathy!) And, I am so grateful she did. The three of us hit it off right away. Caila’s sense of adventure is refreshing and Nick’s willingness to go wherever as long as he’s holding Caila’s hand is a gentle reminder of all the things that are good in our world. These two beam when they are with eachother and their devotion and investment into their relationship us transparent. All I did was guide them. They made the sparks fly. After talking with Caila about her vision for their session and what type of couple they are, we settled on Tifft Nature Preserve for their session. A favorite location of mine in Buffalo. There’s an alluring, quiet magic about this place, I’m telling you. The sunset was important to them and symbolic of the start of this new chapter in their lives. The reason? Nick proposed on the beach in Florida at sunset! So incredibly romantic. We traveled around the preserve (which is a whole different world in the winter time) through the melting snow thanks to some unseasonable Winter temps in Buffalo, encountered some furry friends along the way who wanted to be in the photos too, and caught the sunset on the mounds. Perhaps my favorite part of their session though, was when I said to them “your outfits are PERFECT for a location I’ve been so excited to photograph! We’re going to this mural downtown. Ready?!” And they dove in with me and said “why not!” This incredibly gorgeous mural painted by Louise Jones (Chen) has been calling my name since it was painted. We played in the parking lot, letting the shutter fly, capturing some free-spirited, authentic, and unexpectedly beautiful images. The best part of all of this was Caila and Nick’s unwavering trust in my creative vision and intuition. We made some true magic that day and I am so happy to share this beautiful, warm session with you all.

Cheers!

Michelle

Allie + Krissy | Buffalo Engagement Photographer

By now, most of my faithful followers are aware of my intense passion for deeper connection with my wedding clients. Just in case you’re new though, I’ll elaborate a bit more for you. As a photographer and foremost as a human, I have learned over the course of the past couple of years just how important it is to be the most authentic version of yourself possible. We are all given one go on this planet, so shouldn’t we make the best of it and be who we truly are. Find your values, live by them. Find your people, live life with them. This philosophy easily spilled right over into my business once I allowed it to and suddenly, I found my path crossing with the most incredible people. Individuals and couples who value human connection, the power of love, that love is love no matter who you choose, that photographs aren’t just pretty little rectangles meant to be stored in a box (although let’s face it we all have at least one box of pretty rectangles right?!) and that moments turn into stories, stories that are meant to be preserved and shared for generations to come. They are the most fun, energetic people who love their families and friends so hard it hurts. And my goodness to say it’s been unbelievable to watch this process unfold is a huge understatement. I’m grateful beyond measure.

Two of those beautiful people I met just by being in the right place at the right time. I remember when I met Allie and Krissy, they were meeting with my good friends at H&H Entertainment in the office next to mine. I came in for a usual evening of work. My door was open, so was theirs and I heard the most adorable, genuine laughter and warm conversation going on and thought to myself “wow they sound like super nice people!” I then heard Allie say “so tell us about this photographer girl!” I burst out laughing and said “this photographer girl is here!” We all shared a laugh in that moment. Allie and Krissy sat down to meet with me right there to discuss photographing their wedding. As we got to know eachother, it was like we were old friends. I knew I had to work with this couple and I literally prayed they would choose me as their wedding photographer. A few weeks later, they reached out with the best news. We scheduled their engagement session for all the spots they love and a fun city spot I hadn’t been to in forever! The elusive green garage door will always be famous in my books!

Our time together was nothing short of fun, authentic and connected. Their laughter was infectious. And they may not know it but they were total naturals in front of the camera. My engagement sessions are all about shedding what you think you should be or look like and being who you truly are as individuals and as a couple. Krissy and Allie definitely did that and their intimate collection of images tells a beautiful love story that’s about to blossom July! I can’t wait to document their wedding at Asbury Hall. Enjoy the highlights, thanks for stopping by and cheers.

Michelle

Sarah + Doug | Niagara Falls Wedding Photography

I personally believe that everything that happens to us and for us is for a reason. It’s all connected to the bigger picture in some way. And that may not always be clear to us right away but holding onto this personal value in business as well has allowed me to see a shift in business. I get to meet wonderful human beings like Sarah and Doug. Not out of chance but because life has a funny way of working out. I remember clearly our first conversation on the phone. Sarah’s voice was warm, friendly and calm. As we got to know eachother more and moved into the wedding day, everything fell into place and the three of us were easily cracking jokes as if we were old friends. From goose droppings getting on her dress (and me diminishing the stains with club soda! We inarguably agree with eachtoher that is THE funniest memory from their wedding day!) to joking that Doug looked like Mark Wahlberg, we laughed until our bellies hurt. I walked out of their portrait time feeling inspired and joy-filled. It was so effortless and authentic. And you’ll see why in these highlights: their connection is undeniable. Doug clearly makes Sarah’s heart smile and she obviously has his heart too. Plus I was able to sell her on cheesecake from Say Cheesecake for her wedding cake so she’s always a favorite in my book for that! Enjoy their beautiful story as told by them and some favorite images from their wedding day at the Sheraton Four Points in Niagara Falls!


How we met: Working together at FedEx in 2005

How he proposed: We were at home having dinner

Describe the type of wedding you planned and why?

“We wanted simple and convenient for our guests. I didn't want anyone to worry about anything other than having a great time. That is why we had such a small bridal party and the ceremony and reception all in the one venue.”

Describe the thoughts and feelings when you saw eachother for the first time on your wedding day:

“I came out of the building on my grandpa's arm and I told him to stop for a second just so I could take it all in.”

Sarah described her most emotional moment of their wedding day:

“The vows and our exchange of rings.”

What do you most look forward to being married to eachother?

“A lifetime of traveling!”

What do you two like to do as a couple?

“Travel. We never vacation the same place more than once.”

What is your favorite thing about Doug?

“He supports everything I do.”

What is your favorite thing about Sarah?

“Her pretty eyes!”

Do you have any bits of advice to offer couples planning their wedding?

“If you can afford a planner do it. Be sure to stop and just look around throughout the night!”

What was the best part of working with Michelle Day Photography to document your day?

“She was everywhere!” Thanks you two! I pride myself on my quick feet on a wedding day!

Sarah and Doug’s incredible wedding professional lineup:

Venue: Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls

DJ: Moving Music

Hair: Christine Conte (Vogue Salon)

Makeup: Stephanie Signorelli (The Makeup Parlour)

Sarah’s Dress: Tattler’s Lane Bridal

Doug’s Suit: Ike Behar

Bridesmaid Dresses: Morilee by Madeline Gardner

Florist: Sam’s Club

Decor: Boulevard Wedding Concepts

Wedding Cake: Just Say Cheesecake

Cookie Favors: East Aurora Cookie

Fireworks: Skylighters of WNY

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