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On a date night three years ago, Melissa and Paul—who married in a small affair in 2009 that included only their parents and his siblings—talked about marking their 10-year anniversary with a destination renewal. After a decade together, and their family grown to seven children, the couple wanted to celebrate their union with everyone....
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Fran & Jesse September 2019 Kin Loch Farmstead, Lockport You could say Craigslist has been good to Jesse and Fran DePalma. The newlyweds got their new air conditioning unit from the site, but even before that, they got…

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Molly & Spencer August 2019 Holiday Valley Ski Resort, Ellicottville When Molly Eshbach and Spencer Timkey first met, skiing wasn’t just a hobby. It was their livelihood. Working at one of his family businesses, The…

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Lisa & Joseph April 2019 Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo Lisa Zain and Joe Parshall opted to shortcut the traditional wedding trappings: The two instead eloped in Buffalo’s Forest Lawn Cemetery, a beautiful local landmar…

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They envisioned a backyard wedding from the start. Elana Korn and Daniel Myers first met in June of 2014 playing on a kickball team comprised of their mutual friends—and quickly realized they grew up just a few miles from …

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Carolyn & Andrew June 2019 Canisius College Chapel What do you get when the local intramural sports scene brings together an HGTV lover and a soon-to-be condo owner? In true team spirit, you get a well-deserved cocktai…

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Gretchen & Summer August 2019 Family getaway in Angelica “Call me sometime if you want to go on an adventure.” That simple phrase sparked Gretchen and Summer’s connection. And a three-year engagement meant time for …

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Allina & Matt June 2019 Niagara University Alumni Chapel Most couples don’t fall for the first venue they visit, but that’s exactly what happened for high school sweethearts Allina and Matt Bolea the moment they steppe…

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Mary & Ryan August 2019 Hindu Cultural Society of Western New York, Getzville A friend of a friend of a friend—and a dash of serendipity—is to thank for bringing Mary and Ryan together on St. Patrick’s Day 2017. Eve…

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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, …

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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 fo…

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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 Osteopath…

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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. The former coworkers instantly bonded over their many shared interests, “soon realiz…

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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, an…

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

Paige and Patrick first met outside a Nichols School classroom at 15—and after years filled with adventures and long distances, months away from Patrick completing his master’s at Oxford, the two shared a moment of quiet unde…