We have some exciting news! In addition to our new address at the Hotel Lafayette, we now have a new address on the web!!
Well, technically, it's the same as our website, but we're excited to share that our website & blog have now merged and can be found the same spot!
This blog will no longer be updated so if you've stumbled upon it, please head back over to www.city-lights-studio.com for the freshest content and exciting blog posts full of gorgeous photos :)
Nov 20, 2014
Nov 13, 2014
Brace yourself for cuteness overload... Baby Gavin has arrived! So excited to share images of this little babe, son to past wedding clients Matt & Melissa (remember their lovely maternity session?) Isn't he the sweetest? Melissa is a wonderful photographer herself, who started working with me after her own wedding, and was the maid of honor in our bride/her sister Chelsea's wedding. So she's been in front of my camera many times & I was honored to be asked to come capture these special shots of the next generation ;) We brought the studio over to her house (which, after having my own baby this year, I realize is SO nice for new mamas!) Melissa had great props ready for us (especially the holidays set-up, so cute I can't stand it!) and we had a perfectly happy babe for our session. Thanks for being such a great subject, Baby G!!
Nov 12, 2014
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I photographed Ashley & Michael's wedding years ago, and have so enjoyed hearing from them quite a few times since! I loved getting to photograph them with their daughter, Kimber, on their past few trips back to Buffalo, and was SO excited to get to meet their new little man, William, on their latest visit! We wanted somewhere fun, warm, and unique, and ended up at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum in Tonawanda before heading downtown for the classic Shea's shot. They are such an easy-going, fun-loving family (any parents who let their kids jump in puddles for the sake of photos are 100% alright with me) and I had a great time hanging with them for this session.
I loved getting to see you all again & it was so great to meet William! Can't wait for your next visit :)
Nov 11, 2014
I'll always remember my first meeting with Lauren & Evan, where walked into the studio & started our conversation by telling me how much they hated weddings. Not the typical start to a wedding consult meeting with a bride & groom haha, but I totally got it! They wanted to make sure I understood that they weren't looking for a standard, cookie-cutter day, and they really wanted their wedding to be their own, full of love and fun, and skipping most of the worn traditions and stress. I couldn't have agreed with them more, and left thinking "I MUST SHOOT THIS WEDDING!!" So when they called me the next day to book, I was thrilled!
Their gorgeous, simple and wildly fun wedding at The Mansion on Delaware Ave certainly did not disappoint! They had incredible details, which you'll see throughout this post, but in my opinion, the best by far is Lauren's mega-cool dress! I also adored the fact that they had their parents in the wedding party, and their dog, Grayson, as the ring bearer (he did great!) Scroll down to check out the rest of this super-sweet wedding!
I just love when my couples exchange letters before they see each other! Such a sweet, special moment in a crazy day :)
See what I mean about this dress?! AMAZING!
She's just stunning!
We did a First Look with Dad before the day kicked off :) This is such a nice moment to have on your wedding day!
Loved Evan's suit; a great modern take on a traditional look! Their First Look on the steps of the Mansion was so sweet.
We didn't even need to leave the grounds all day! There are so many great spots all over the Mansion to shoot. After we wrapped their photos, we headed downstairs for their ceremony.
Mom, aka Matron of Honor, with the Ring Bearer!
Their ceremony was led by a good friends of theirs, and included a beautiful wine blessing and incredible huppah to stand under!
LOVE this shot that Michelle grabbed of Lauren & Evan partying their way back upstairs into their cocktail hour!
In lieu of favors, they donated to a pet rescue group where they found Grayson. LOVE this!
Per usual, the Mansion was gorgeously decorated, and their Fall flower arrangements really popped agains that stunning dark wood!
Lauren & Evan made quite the entrance, and led right into an amazing dance, which led into an even better dance! They had so much fun with it & the crowd was going wild!
And just when you thought it was over...
They called everyone out to the dance floor to join them! This was ALL before dinner, and it was great to see how many people hopped in!
They then kicked a series of toasts, starting with Lauren's parents followed by a few friends (including a guest appearance by Kenny G haha). There were lots of tears & laughter throughout!
The dances they shared with their parents were so sweet. I loved that Lauren danced with her mom as well; I just adore everything about these moments.
Once the parent dances wrapped up, the party really got going! They kicked it off with an incredible Hava Nagila, with Lauren, Evan & both sets of parents flying above the crowd followed by some of the best dancing at any wedding EVER. It was so fun to photograph!!
Before we left, we just had to grab some shots outside, playing with light, the gorgeous building and this stunning couple! So in love with the results, especially the last shot!
L&E, you are just amazing. Thank you both so much for an action-packed, fabulous day!
Vendors Who Helped Rock This Wedding :
Second Photographer : Michelle Day
Venue : The Mansion on Delaware Ave
Wedding Planner : Lilypad Wedding and Events
Videographer : Boulevard Productions, Andy Quinn
DJ : Bill Watson
Florist : Brant