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For some couples, a wedding vision comes together around a song. A specific date. A color. For Jennifer and Karl Gesing, the vision was all about their guests. “From the start, we wanted to make our day special for us, but a priority was to make sure our guests felt appreciated and thought of in the planning,” said Karl.

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It all began with a peony. “I pretty much based my wedding date on a single flower,” said Kate Femia (formerly Kate McCoy). That peonies were in season in June was just the beginning of the botanic-inspired decisions for Kate and Ron’s 2018 wedding. Flowers set the stage for the Femias’ entire “garden dance party”-themed wedding, with thoughtful appointments

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After three years of sharing their love for Pizza Hut and obsessing over odd-looking animals, Rana Masoud and Jason Harhay were ready to say, “I do.” But the couple, who met in medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, had both just started their residencies with University at Buffalo and had no time for wedding plans. With

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Great food, cocktails and conversation—the inspiration behind Emily Baczynski and Mike Olek’s wedding—is also what first drew them together.

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Sophie and Chris Kennedy were tempted to elope from the moment he proposed at Lancaster High School in July 2017. The high school sweethearts—who met as freshman and started dating as juniors—didn’t want a long engagement, and the romantic notion of jetting away to say I do felt like the perfect plan. That is, until they started putting the

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Erin Kelly and Parker Bean didn’t set out to have a large, grand hotel wedding. They envisioned a more rustic affair in the country, surrounded by lush landscape and a big, beautiful barn. But when the invite list began creeping toward 800, Erin came to terms with the fact that her original vision might not quite work out. Her

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“Welcome to our beginning.” Anita and Brian had liked the thought, choosing that phrase to adorn the sign that greeted their guests. But it wasn’t until their wedding day actually arrived that they felt its true significance. The two met early on in college, clicking almost instantly. Fast forward five years—to Delaware Park on a perfect Buffalo spring day,

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Ellina knew of Joe for years before they met—he was her older sister’s roommate’s brother, and they would joke about their younger siblings getting together one day. (Though Joe was none the wiser.) But it was a chance encounter after the annual outdoor hockey game between rivals Michigan (Joe) and Michigan State (Ellina) that brought them together for the

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John and Katie — who met in 2010 at St. Bonaventure University — married on a beautiful August day at The Avanti Mansion. “We wanted our wedding to be a really fun party with great food and music,” Katie says. “We both love the summer and knew we wanted everything to be

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After meeting through mutual friends at SUNY Fredonia, Taylor and Jake chatted on trusty ‘ol AIM — then had their first date at Ellicottville Brewing Company. The rest is history. (10 years of it, in fact!) The couple lived in Syracuse, Chicago, and the DMV area, then made the move back to Buffalo where they now live downtown on the medical campus with their two cats, Zak and Gaga. “In June of 2017 at our favorite vacation home in Seattle, Jake popped the question on the front deck, which he had decorated with lush flowers and sparkling champagne, overlooking the skyline. Of course the answer was “YES!” and the wedding planning began,” says Taylor. Taylor and Jacob tied the knot on April 27, 2018 at Hotel Henry in the Elmwood Village. “Planning our wedding with our incredible local vendors was an experience we’ll never forget. We couldn’t have done it without the help of our amazing families and for that we are eternally

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Christina and Tom – who first met over drinks at Gecko’s Bar & Grille in 2013 – married on a perfectly snowy January day. Ceremony: St. Michael Church, Buffalo. Reception: Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Photographer: Alexandra Piotrowski, Expressions Studio of

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Alix Gilman & Scott Robinson, the brains and brawn behind inadcminute.com, married on August 19, 2017 near the pond on their property in Medina, NY, which was actually Alix’s childhood home. Tying in the past suits them perfectly because their story dates all the way back to 6th grade dance denials and Christmas

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Both Erin and Ryan were born and raised in Buffalo – the northtown southtown debate happens so often in their household, it’s a longstanding inside joke. The two married February 17, 2018 at Erin’s childhood parish, St. Teresa’s Roman Catholic Church in South Buffalo, then headed to The Tonawanda Castle to

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As Frank Sinatra once crooned, “Love is lovelier the second time around.” This certainly seems to be the case for newlyweds Sue and Mike Lasky of Amherst, who exchanged vows in September after 20 years of dating. Each married once before, the happy couple appears to have uncovered the secret formula for bliss. “We don’t want our lives to