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Brandi and Chris’ celebration of commitment & community

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Brandi wouldn’t change one thing about her whirlwind wedding with Chris. “At the end of the day, all that matters is that everybody is happy, healthy and willing to dance.”

The only question about Brandi and Chris’ whirlwind romance is why fate took so long to bring them together.

The pair’s 18-year streak of hearing about one another, but never meeting, ended when Brandi’s mom introduced the two at Foundation 214, the community non-profit where she works, which was founded by Chris’ family.

“We forgot anyone else was in the room,” says Brandi. “I was giggling like a little schoolgirl. Chris couldn’t get his words out—and that was it.”

One five-hour coffee date and a month or so of romance was all Chris needed before he asked Brandi’s sons for their blessing and proposed. The plan was to celebrate their love exactly one year after they met with an April 2022 wedding, but when Brandi’s mom asked her what the wait was for, she couldn’t think of a good reason to hold off—so they didn’t.

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Brandi and Chris were gifted an idyllic fall day for their October 2021 wedding.

Without a hitch along the way, the two married at the Park Country Club of Buffalo in October 2021. Aside from serendipitously having their date available, there was no better place to encapsulate Brandi and Chris’ vision of warm, vintage romance.

“The Park Country Club, to me, looks like a castle,” says Brandi.

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Anyone who knows Brandi knows her love of flowers—incorporating them into her dress design was a no brainer. Her eye-catching bouquet was created by Trillium Courtyard Florist.

The sprawling autumn scenes outside and roaring fireplaces inside beautifully complemented the color scheme, which combined the warm hues of fall with vintage-inspired shades like champagne, ivory and blush.

“Everything about it was that feeling of innocence and romance,” she says.

Day-of details

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All the details, including the day’s color palette, tied back to the maroon shoes that helped inspire Brandi’s vision.

In homage to their commitment to this community and one another, Brandi and Chris chose to forgo the traditional wedding registry and asked guests to consider donating to two local charities instead: The Buffalo City Mission and WNY Heroes. The opportunity to bring exposure and support to these organizations was well worth the sacrifice of a gravy boat.

“We know that there are people out there that need way more resources than what is available,” says Brandi.

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The pastor’s message of unity, among all who helped the pair celebrate, stands out as another favorite moment. “The speech our pastor gave was that we were all part of this,” says Brandi. “We will succeed because all of us are part of this love.”

Another element that made the celebration so special was that though this wasn’t her first marriage, it was her first wedding dress. Designed with Made by Anatomy, the large lace flowers were incorporated with a nod towards Brandi’s love for blooms. The fabric belt complimented the day’s romantic color scheme but was ultimately chosen to play off what she considers the star of the look: her gem-adorned maroon heels.

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Brandi’s boys accompanied her down the aisle for what became one of the evening’s most meaningful moments.

In the dress made just for her and the shoes that inspired it, Brandi walked down the aisle accompanied by her sons.

“Liam, my eldest, is the one who passed me off to Chris,” she says.

“It was a really emotional moment.”

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The couple danced for the first time as husband and wife to “At Last.”

When the day was all said and done, Brandi sent her guests off to the tune of “The time of my life,” in tribute to her late grandmother. 

“Her favorite movie in the entire world was ‘Dirty Dancing,’ and she would watch it religiously,” says Brandi.

During that final song, when Brandi looked around, not a single person was sitting.

“It just made the day so much more,” she says.

The dream team

Who helped the couple make it happen

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Photography / Alana Adetola Arts Photography

Wedding Coordinator / Daulton Van Kuren, Refined Host

Hair & makeup / Chez Ann

Wedding dress / Made By Anatomy

Tuxedos / Men’s Warehouse

Flowers / Trillium Courtyard Florist

Decor / Tesoro Event Rentals

Dessert bar & wedding cake / Dessert Deli

Band / Hot Club of Buffalo

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