Michelle and Ben are the kinds of people that you meet, and they immediately leave you feeling calm. Their values and passions align perfectly; they share a deep love for animals (Michelle is a vet) and have spent their lives together traveling all over the world. I loved hearing their light-hearted stories about their fur-child and favorite trips to visit during their engagement session, and that joy continued right on into their wedding day.
Knowing their taste, I knew Michelle and Ben would have a wedding day that was elegant and refined. From the second that you walked into Salon Elizabeth, there was such calming energy in the room. There were mimosas, laughter from the wedding party, and a room filled with Michelle’s immaculate details. The beautiful wall of vintage mirrors was the perfect backdrop for getting Michelle into her spectacular dress.
Now if there is a church in Buffalo that exemplifies splendor, it’s Our Lady of Victory Basilica. From the sweeping ceilings to the intricate details, it set the stage for Michelle and Ben’s beautiful ceremony. At the altar where Michelle attended church as a child, they exchanged their vows in front of all of their loved ones. Amid beaming grins, they celebrated their way back down the aisle for their first walk as married partners.
Buffalo clearly got the magnificent memo, because it showed up with the most brilliant fall leaves I have seen all year. They celebrated being married with their dearest friends among some of the most iconic spots around Buffalo (and a few margaritas at Cantina Loco – where they had their first date!)
After grinning through their chilly portrait session, we made our way over to the Statler for their reception. As one of the grander venues in Buffalo, it perfectly exemplified the feel of their wedding day. Amid hundreds of candles and flowers, they toasted, they ate cake, they danced their butts off, and they celebrated the heck out of being married.
Hair and Makeup – Salon Elizabeth
Florist – Salvatore’s Design
Church – Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Venue – Statler City
Event Design – Salvatore’s Design
Cake – Ohlson’s Bakery
DJ – Signature Sound (Mike Setlock)