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LEANNA + JOE | TIFFT NATURE PRESERVE AND RESURGENCE BREWING COMPANY

Where do I begin?  You know when it seems the stars have aligned and there is no possible way that something is just a coincidence?  This is one of those stories.  And a super good one!  Leanna and Joe reached out to me around May last year to talk about documenting their wedding in Buffalo in July.  When these two sat down in my studio, there was an immediate calm presence in the room.  And the more we talked and got to know eachother, the more it seemed that this was just a meant to be partnership.  Like myself, Leanna and Joe firmly believe that nothing happens by chance, that everything happens for a reason and every step of our journey is in some way or another connected to our greater purpose and the big picture.  We found eachother organically, but it turns out that we had more in common before we even knew eachother.  You see, Joe's mom was my photography professor in college.  Coincidence?  Definitely not.  They told me their sweet story of how they met (you'll read all about it below!) and began to paint the picture of the plans they had made for their wedding day so far.  A unique two day wedding, simple, beginning with a private elopement amongst the trees at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo's Outer Harbor and a heck of a good time party on day 2 at Resurgence Brewing Company, completel with the annual Parzych Beer Pong Tournament.  YES PLEASE!  You see, I live and breathe for the road less traveled.  I LOVE tradition and respect it, don't get me wrong.  But when a couple truly goes out on a limb and plans their wedding around who THEY are without any hesitation, it's truly remarkable.  Their story is one of authentic love and devotion, yoga, unending friendship, laughter, a love for nature and so much more.  Please enjoy getting to know this wonderful couple.  I could just keep going but the images and Leanna and Joe's words will speak for themselves. 

"We met at work (scandalous, right!!??) while working on some of the same educational projects together to improve the school... Joe was super persistent in asking me out to some group happy hours, that later turned into one to one dates ;) sneaky..."

"Joe proposed after a six hour scavenger hunt around the city of Buffalo-- it included all of my close friends, and some of my family members... I was actually NOT too thrilled about driving around for hours on end (because I didn't really catch on until much later in the hunt)--but the end, at the pier, seeing him down on one knee in his suit, WAS SO WORTH IT!"

"We planned a super laid-back party at Resurgence Brewery on July 3, 2017 (yep-- a Monday, but the following day, everyone was off for the 4th of July, so WIN!!!!)... Our vows took place at Tifft Nature Preserve and actually took place the evening prior (July 2, 2017) in an 'elopement' style ceremony. We surprised MOST guests when they arrived with a letter at the door, explaining that WE WERE ALREADY MARRIED! The ceremony was breathtaking, as we had picture-perfect sights, and only 5 other people accompanying us for this occasion... Michelle, being one of them :) and I wouldn't have ever changed a thing about that entire evening. It was perfect, and everything both Joe and I ever dreamed it could be."

Your favorite memory from your wedding:

"Exchanging our wedding vows, at the serene location in Tifft Nature Preserve, just 5 humans we love dearly..." 

What were your thoughts when you first saw one another on your wedding day?

"Well, I cannot get into our entire journey, as it would be a multiple chapter book; however, the emotion of that entire experience was one that THANK GOODNESS was captured in pictures, because words do not do it justice... truly amazingly indescribable, but the best, most heart warming feeling in the world."

Recall a funny moment from your wedding...

"I think in general, just making sure everyone found 'snakeroot trail,' and 'the second opening in the trees by the water' at Tifft!"

Leanna and Joe shared their most emotional moment from their wedding days and what tehy most look forward to being married to eachother:

"Our elopement style vow exchange, and then capturing the evening with Michelle with hours of pictures, just the three of us." 

"Life... our entire life together...and all the happiness and trials that life brings... but doing it together." 

A few of our favorite things...

"Yoga, hence, SUNS! at the ceremony, hiking/anything outdoors, traveling and running."

Leanna: "His sense of humor/goofiness, and how he constantly reminds me to not take life so seriously."

Joe: "Her grounding and humbling self... but in a way that she can also capture a room..."

A few wise words from the married couple on planning your wedding day (stress free!):

"Do not take it so seriously... and remember, it is only a DAY! You want to enjoy it, and make it everything you ever wished for, but remember, you're planning a life, not a day."

Leanna and Joe were so kind to share some humbling words about their experience working with Michelle Day Photography for their wedding day.  Words cannot express my gratitude for our paths crossing you two!

"Everything... she is amazing... she became someone I consider a friend, not a photographer... her style is unmatchable, and her eye for scenery, etc is breathtaking."

Venue: Tifft Nature Preserve and Resurgence Brewing Company

Invitations/Stationery: Rust Belt Love

Hair and Make up: Atomic Salon

Leanna's Dress: Modcloth

Joe's Attire: Banana Republic, Tie Bar and J. Crew

Florist: Maureen's

Cake/Dessert: Muscoreil's

DJ: Saxman Slim

Rings: Melting Point

Kate & Jeff | Becker Farms | Buffalo Wedding Photographer

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One of the aspects I most love about what I do is the relationships I build with my clients.  From the very first time we meet to after the wedding, we make a connection that often turns into a lasting friendship.  I get to know the back story to their relationship, where it all began, how long ago they met, what brought them to here and now, beginning a new and exciting chapter in their lives as individuals and most importantly, together as a couple.  It all plays an integral role in their chemistry and the emotional magnitude of their images created on their wedding day.  Kate and Jeff are no exception and I simply ADORE this couple.  Let's start here:  Kate is THE nicest and most genuine soul you will ever meet in your life.  Jeff has the ability to make anyone smile and laugh (ESPECIALLY Kate!) with one spoken word.  Together, they are a truly dynamic and made-for-eachother duo.  They have been together for what feels like a lifetime and their wedding put the seal on what I am positive will be a lifetime of lasting, evolving love and adoration.  Their wedding was held at the always gorgeous Becker Farms in Gasport, NY, offering a rustic and breathtaking backdrop for the perfect wedding day.  If you are planning your wedding, definitely check them out!  It was nothing but a joy to capture Kate and Jeff's wedding with beaming smiles and love at every turn.  Please enjoy some of our favorite shots from the day and their wedding story.

 

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Ever the comedian, Jeff left an adorable and hilarious "love poem" for Kate when she returned from the salon.  Not only did he say how much he loved her and as you see "Kate is the girl I'm going to marry," he also let everyone know where a spare key was to let the dogs out!

Buffalo wedding photographers-1-3Kate's dress had the most simple and elegant silhouette and a low back to die for!

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Jeff is an avid bike rider.  I remember asking Kate how Jeff was doing when I arrived at the salon and she of course said "Great!  He's actually taking a bike ride this morning!"  There was of course no surprise.  So, appropriately bicycles were the theme for the wedding.

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Kate and Jeff decided to do a first look, which I am a huge fan of!  It was so sweet watching Kate quietly approach her groom, and Jeff was so calm and relaxed.

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Every wedding brings with it personal elements that are truly unique and special.  Kate's father passed away a few years ago and they wanted a way to have him at the wedding.  Kate's mom brought out a framed picture and placed it on a seat in the front row.  This was such a touching moment in the day I had to capture it.

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Let the party begin!

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Thank you Kate and Jeff for allowing me the great pleasure and honor of telling your wedding story.  I had an awesome time photographing your wedding and working with your family and friends!

Rockin' Professionals who made their day possible:

Venue: Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards

DJ/Entertainment: Jammin' Sound

Flowers: Wegmans

Hair and Makeup: On the Fringe of Euphoria Salon

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