Sydney + Taylor’s Hotel Lafayette Wedding, Buffalo, NY

Sydney + Taylor’s Hotel Lafayette Wedding, Buffalo, NY

I have been looking forward to this wedding day for so long. I’m not even sure how to start writing about such an incredible day, filled with the BEST people.

To say that I grew up with Sydney, doesn’t seem like a full enough phrase for what her family means to me… They are more like family. The kind of people that SHOW UP in good times and bad. I can clearly remember playing with Syd as a toddler, and even then she had the best laugh in the entire universe, and still does.

I know am not alone when I say, that when I met Taylor, it just clicked. It was so obvious that they are the perfect match. And when you love someone as much as we love Sydney….. sometimes the standards can be pretty high of like, is this guy really good enough? But even her parents will tell you, they quickly fell in love with Taylor too.

These two have weathered some seriously gut wrenching stuff together, and have come out stronger and more in love than ever. I am sooooooo over the moon happy for you guys! And I can’t wait to see what is down the road for you both. Thank you for letting me be a part of your beautiful wedding day.

GETTING READY

Syd and her best of friends began their day getting ready at the Hotel Lafayette. These girls have the best stories of their adventures and travels together. It was such a happy and laughter filled morning. I can’t think of a better start to the best day ever.

Sydney and her bridesmaids spent the evening before putting together their own bouquets… and MY GOODNESS, they did a fabulous job!! (Anyone need a florist for their wedding? 😉 )

Meanwhile, Rachel, my friend and second shooter, was with Tyler and his groomsmen, as they got ready for the day at an Airbnb over on the westside.

Sydney and Taylor shared a first look in the courtyard of the Hotel Lafayette. Afterwards we got started with some portraits. We had sooo much fun with these two. I think one of my favorite things about their relationship is their sense of humor. Not only are they both super funny, they have the kind of relationship that allows them to laugh and find joy in even the smallest moments.

Over the months of planning, Sydney had been filling me in about some of her details for the wedding day, like coordinating dresses with leather jackets for the bridesmaids and different color suits for the groomsmen. To say the least, I was super excited to see how everything came together. This girl has got style, because everyone looked amazing!!!

THE CEREMONY

After we finished up with the portraits, we all headed to the Kingdom Hall for their ceremony. This is it! Time to get these two married.

Their ceremony was really beautiful. Highlighting their promises to each other as well as scriptural principals to help create a relationship that will withstand the test of time. There was a section where their friend, Mike, who officiated the wedding, read notes that the couple had written explaining why they loved the other person. It was truly special and so romantic! I am happy that they have it all on video to relive those moments.

After the ceremony, we headed out for more portraits! Sydney and Taylor really prioritized their time for photos, which obviously makes me SUPER happy! But you know what… in addition to have a large variety of incredible images of the two of them from their wedding day… having enough time also means that taking pictures can be super fun. Really? fun? Not what most people would consider a good time. But seriously, just ask Syd + Taylor! Not being rushed really does have such a great effect on everyone’s spirits. I had so much fun during their portraits, I am pretty sure they and the whole bridal party did too!!

THE RECEPTION

We all headed up to the Green House room in the Hotel Lafayette, where the cutest mini donuts were waiting for us.

The dance floor, was packed, like you’ve never seen before! I love that Syd and Taylor had a spot on their online rsvp form where guests could request songs that they’d like played. I really think that contributed to the completely PACKED dance floor. I’m not joking, at times I had to stand on a chair just to get a view onto the floor, it was that packed.

All in all it was such a fun day! At one point after I had packed up my gear and was out on the dance floor with Syd, she leaned over, and said, “I am so happy that this is how today is going! “

Sydney + Taylor, we could not be more happy for you and hope that your wedding day was everything you envisioned. I know you are going to have a fabulous life together, and I can’t wait to see where it takes you!

THE VENDORS

Venue: Hotel at the Lafayette

Photography: Kelsey Gene Photography with second shooter Rachel Hackett

Videography: Timothy Blake

Florals: DIY

Dress: Bliss Bridal

Groomsmen Suits: Indochino

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