Megan + Brian | Westin Hotel Buffalo Wedding

How we met and how he proposed: “Brian and I were classmates starting our first year in medical school together when we first met. I was leading a medical mission trip to Haiti and both Brian and his mother, a pediatric nurse practitioner, were members on the trip.

Brian and I had finally finished our applications for residency and we went out to dinner at the Terrace on Hoyt Lake to celebrate. We usually don't go out to dinner at formal restaurants so he had his mother send us a "congratulations" gift card to cover the expense of dinner so I wouldn't be suspicious when he decided to get the best of the best on the dinner and wine menu. After dinner we went to walk around Hoyt lake when he pulled me aside by the water and popped the question.”

“We planned a wedding for the middle of June 2018 right before we planned to move to Pittsburgh to start our new medical residencies. We decided to have the ceremony at Christ the King Church, Brian's home parish and where he attended school up until high school. We decided to have the reception at the Westin in downtown Buffalo because we loved the space and wanted to highlight the awesome downtown Buffalo that I had come to love over the past 4 years.”

Megan’s emotional moment of the day (among many!): “Around 11:30 or Noon on wedding day as I was finally getting my hair and makeup started, Michelle and her assistant came to the house to start the day and the fact that everything was starting to happen so quickly was like an emotional wave that came over me. I started to cry, happy tears, but due to the overwhelming excitement, nervousness, and disbelief that this day was finally here.”

Megan and Brian recalled a big highlight of their day: “I think I can speak for Brian and myself when I say we had the best time out on the dance floor. Specifically, I loved the last three songs of the night "Piano Man", "Sweet Caroline", and "Shout". Shout out to our live band, Party of Nine, for helping us throw a great party.”

What went through your minds when you saw eachother for the first time?: “I distinctly remember feeling my heart beat out of my chest as I waited in the back room with dad waiting for all 8 pairs of bridesmaids and groomsmen to walk down the isle before it was my turn. I also visibly recall the overwhelming sense of peace I felt when I made it to the end of the isle and was able to stand next to Brian.”

What do you love to do together? “We like to embark on small new adventures together like learning to make homemade dumplings, and embarking on small old adventures like kayaking, jet skiing or going for walks in Silver Creek at the Killeen Family Cottage.”

Now that they’re pros at wedding planning, Megan and Brian offered a tidbit of advice to other engaged couples planning their wedding in Buffalo or anywhere: “Take wedding-planning-free days at least once a week or you may go crazy.”

Megan shared some truly sweet words with us about their experience with us! Love you too Megan! You’re a pretty incredible human as well! “She was so great to work with from the first minute to the last song on the dance floor. She put me at ease through the whole process and there was nothing I needed more than a comforting and fun to be around human on my big day.”

Venue: Westin Hotel Buffalo

Invitations/Stationery: Minted

Hair and makeup: Bella Paolini, Salon a Go Go, and Chez Ann Salon

Megan’s Dress: Bliss Bridal

Brian’s Attire: Marty’s Formal Wear

Floral: Maureen’s

Cake/Dessert: Wheatberry

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