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andrea + peter

If you follow along with our crazy adventures, then you know that this past February was our first international destination wedding photography experience!  We had the amazing opportunity to photograph a very intimate beach wedding in Costa Rica.  Considering that this was an exceptionally long Buffalo winter, getting away to the jungles of paradise was a welcome reprieve!  The first week of our trip was completely wedding focused.  Whether we were running around scouting out locations, meeting with the wedding planner, or visiting the reception venue, we were super focused on being prepared for the wedding.  The second week of our trip was just for us!  We explored hidden beaches, hiked in the jungle, visited neighboring villages, and took copious amounts of wildlife photos.  It was so good to get away, and just be together!

Andrea and Peter’s plan was to bring along only a very small, hand selected group of VIP guests with whom they could just be themselves and fully enjoy the experience of getting married.  The bonfire ceremony they had was so intimate, and their reception, which was basically just a luxurious dinner, was perfect in every way.  We love these two so much, and are so grateful to have been a part of such a unique wedding celebration!

Our lovely bride, Andrea, was kind enough to share some of her thoughts/memories/reflections about the whole experience.  Look for those throughout the post!!
Andrea:  “At first Pete and I thought about a traditional wedding, but it just seemed like it was too complicated and not our style.  So, we started thinking about a destination wedding.  Escaping for a beautiful, tropical beach wedding?! Yes yes yes!!  It was a no brainer!  We decided on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, which is an absolutely amazing place with easy marriage requirements.  We couldn’t have made a better choice!”Andrea:  “My wedding dress was made just for me by Ali at Anatomy in Buffalo, NY.  I found a dress online that I fell in love with but it was made by a designer in Africa and it was like $10,000, so I knew that was out of the question!  But my awesome sister suggested I take that picture to Ali to see if she could make me a similar dress, and what she came up with was so perfect.  What an amazing process having a dress made just for you!  I absolutely love my dress, and wish I had a reason to have another dress made!  If you are considering having a dress made just for you, go for it!  It will be exactly what you want.  I highly recommend Ali at Anatomy – she’s amazing!”Andrea:  ”Our ceremony on the beach was so simple and beautiful!  It was very special to have my brother walk me down the aisle.  Our ring exchange was hilarious because I forgot the rings at home, so we had to borrow rings, and of course, they didn’t fit!  We couldn’t stop laughing about the ring only going half way onto Pete’s finger!  There were locals at the beach watching our ceremony and cheering us on.  It was awesome!”

Andrea:  “We stayed at Korrigan Lodge: four little bungalows nestled in the rainforest.  Our hosts Ingrid and Erwan were absolutely wonderful!  They have a great watch dog, Bassam, that we all fell in love with.  He walked us down to the beach every day, and kept an eye on our belongings while we would swim.  We’re so glad we found Korrigan Lodge, and would stay there again in a heartbeat!”Andrea:  “We had a bonfire on the beach after the ceremony, and our friend Phylis surprised us with what she said was a Native American fire ceremony.  Everyone had a stick, and they had to say something about the bride and groom, give their best wishes, and throw the stick into the fire.  It was really nice!  We enjoyed hearing everyone’s kind words.”Andrea:  ”We had our reception dinner at Jungle Love Cafe. The owners, Yamu and Poppy, were excellent hosts!  The food was AMAZING.  Poppy made our beautiful wedding cake (it was so delicious), and my sister got me the cake topper.  I’m obsessed with foxes!  I LOVE it!”

Andrea:  ”We had such an amazing time in Punta Uva!  Thank you, Jenn and Ben, for going on this adventure with us and capturing our wedding day so beautifully!  Thank you to Ali Eagen for making me such a gorgeous wedding dress, and a big thank you to Yeiling at Gecko Trail Adventures for taking care of all the arrangements that made our wedding day a success!   If you are considering a destination wedding, go for it!  You won’t regret it!  The best advice I can give is to hire a wedding planner to take care of all the details, and everything will be perfect!  Oh, and make sure you choose a destination/location that will allow you to bring in your own photographer.  Your wedding photographs are far too valuable to leave up to chance!”

shannon - I loved looking at these photos! What a gorgeous couple and such a divine location. Gorgeous photography as usual!

stacey + brad

A few weeks ago, we took a mini road trip out to Indianapolis, Indiana to meet up with Stacey and Brad for a very Indy e-session!  We checked out the Indianapolis Museum of Art (where Brad proposed to Stacey!), ate at some amazing restaurants, tried fried pickles for the first time, and laughed…a LOT.  We had so much fun, that weren’t ready for the weekend to end!  Actually, one of the restaurants was SO good, we ate there twice.  If you’re ever in the Indy area, you must, must, MUST eat at Patachou. The broken yolk sandwich is literally the best thing on earth! These are just a few of our favorites from their session.  We are over the moon excited to see them again this August for the big day!  Woo hoooo!!!  Can’t wait, you guys!  :)

chrissy + brian

We’re pretty lucky.  We have somehow managed to attract the most amazing people in the world to be our clients, so every wedding we photograph turns out to be another “BEST DAY EVER” for the Jenn and Ben show.  Chrissy and Brian’s wedding was no exception.  What made it the “BEST DAY EVER?”  Well, for starters, we laughed our faces off for a large portion of the day.  C + B are HILARIOUS.  Their awesome group of friends and family are equally hilarious.  If you know these people even a little bit, you know exactly what I mean.  I don’t think I stopped smiling the entire day.  I would love to keep rambling on, and tell a million tales about why this day was so amazing, but I think Chrissy and Brian do a much better job of telling the story in their own words.  Make sure you read their quotes throughout the post; they definitely give you a good sense of the overall vibe of the day!  :)

Chrissy:  “When the bridesmaids were finally all dressed and assembled in one room, we realized some had only the skirt of the dress hemmed, while others had the skirt and the mesh detail on the front hemmed. It wasn’t a huge deal, but no one wanted to look different and there also was some concern of tripping. My mom grabbed some scissors (very prepared!) and just cut through the mesh so it would be closer to the length of the dress. Talk about last minute alterations!”Brian: “So, I’m not proud of this, but my groomsmen and I got in the wrong limo (the driver said “Brian wedding?” we said “yes!” . . . not thinking that “Brian” was probably a last name, and we’d be the “Matthews” wedding).  My groomsmen and I were having so much fun singing Alanis Morrisette’s “Ironic” (it was raiiiin-ing on my wedding day) that I didn’t bother asking the limo driver if he was going to the right church until we were about 15 blocks past where we needed to be.”Brian:  “I didn’t realize how nervous I was until we actually got to the church and we were waiting for Chrissy and the rest of the bridal party to arrive. When I get nervous I tend to lose control of the volume of my voice, so I must have been screaming in the church.  My brother-in-law Tim totally took charge and made sure my groomsmen ushered people to their seats.”

Chrissy:  “I was so nervous when I realized I had to walk up that long aisle. Fortunately my dad keep up a steady stream of conversation to take my mind off the whole thing while we walked. I could not tell you one thing we talked about, I was just trying not to cry or have a panic attack.”Chrissy:  “I was not the most prepared bride and I had no idea where we could take pictures except city hall. When we realized it was literally crawling with bridal parties, we needed a last minute idea. Thankfully, Jenn and Ben are the best; when I put them on the spot, we ended up taking some amazing photos at great locations (despite the rain!).”Brian:  “Chrissy’s friend is an entomologist (and Chrissy and I both really like insects … well, me mostly).  He managed to keep about 50 butterflies in a hibernation-like state until we got to Templeton Landing (by the way, he traveled from Maryland with the butterflies in tow).  It was really fun opening the box and watching all of the butterflies fly out. There were envelopes with butterflies in them for guests to release too!”Brian:  “About a week before the wedding one of my friends suggested having a “basketball team” entrance to the reception for the guys and leave the girls to make up their own entrance.  Chrissy (rightly) reminded my friends that it was a wedding, “not a basketball game,” and they had to escort their partners.  At the reception, my friends presented us with a basketball signed by all of them – it’s in my office on my bookshelf to this day.”Chrissy:  “The MOH (my best friend since third grade), best man (Brian’s brother) and father of the bride (a Fanning family tradition) speeches were AMAZING. We laughed so hard, and I was bright red from embarrassment the whole time (the speeches included notes I passed to the MOH about boys from 5th grade, and my father’s home videos). Our guests said they had never been to a wedding where both the groom AND the bride were roasted so thoroughly!”Chrissy and Brian:  “Jenn and Ben were absolutely amazing. They are fun, professional, and made us feel relaxed through the whole process. We LOVE the photos they took and the memories they captured. Don’t get married without them!”

Brian’s advice:  “Make sure you know (for a fact) which limo you’re taking – also make sure to have a repair kit around, sometimes when you dance hard . . . you rip your tux.”

Chrissy’s advice:  “Things are going to go wrong. Your mom will tell you that only you will notice if things go wrong. This is not true (I think everyone noticed that the priest stopped the music in the middle of the bridesmaid procession to explain to the congregation how to walk up for communion); so just make sure to have a sense of humor about the whole thing.”

kristin + strat

Kristin and Strat’s wedding was everything that we always hope for in a wedding day!  It was centered around family, friends, love, hugs, laughter, tears, and celebration.  The best weddings always are.  :)

When I arrived at Kristin’s parents’ home in the morning to document all of the “getting ready” happenings, she presented me with the most beautiful fox pendant necklace.  It is so perfectly “me,” and has quickly become one of my favorite things to wear!  I call it my “good luck fox,” and I wear it every time we meet with a new couple for the first time.  It was so kind of her to think of me on a day that is supposed to be all about her; but, that’s just the kind of person she is. The world needs more people like Kristin.

There are so many reasons why I loved this day..way too many to list.  The Trail Mix Bar was definitely one of my favorite reception features of all time.  I also was obsessed with the fact that they danced their first dance to Jefferson Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.”  (Could they be any cooler?!  A favorite of mine, clearly.)  Then, there was Kristin’s willingness to sit in the grass in her wedding gown for photos; that made me all sorts of happy.  All I can really say is that from the beginning of the day until we gave them sweaty good bye hugs at the end, it was all amazing.  Thank you, Kristin and Strat, for welcoming us as friends!  Being a part of your day was an all-around fantastic experience!

Kristin and Strat were kind enough to share some wedding day memories and advice, so look for those throughout the post!

Kristin:  ”Stratos sent over the most beautiful necklace for me the morning of the wedding. We agreed not to buy each other wedding gifts, but both ended up surprising each other with a little gift anyway!  The necklace instantly became one of my most cherished possessions and I hope to pass it down to our children someday.”Kristin:  “The limo ride to the church with my bridesmaids was unforgettable!  We sipped champagne and danced to Brittney the whole way!”Stratos:  “When I was getting ready, Corey and Kevin brought me Kristin’s wedding present – a beautiful custom made beer stein, together with a 6-pack of my favorite beer in the world (brewed in Wyoming, and very tough to get outside of Wyoming).  I was so excited.”

Stratos:  “I was waiting for Kristin at the altar, and Tom walked her in to the bag pipes, which was a huge surprise – I had no idea.  She looked beautiful and the bag pipes always are emotional – I was fighting back the tears.”

Kristin:  “I will never forget that special moment I spent with my dad right before we walked down the aisle. We were saying funny things to each other to calm our nerves to keep from crying! There are so many emotions running through you!”Kristin:  “I couldn’t stop smiling as soon as I saw Stratos waiting for me at the end of the aisle. The feeling was indescribable. He looked so handsome and I couldn’t wait to get to him!”
Stratos:  “I loved taking photos on the hill together alone at Tifft Nature Preserve.  The scenery was breathtaking – something almost out of the hills of Ireland – and the day was perfect.  The sun was out in a bright blue sky.  We couldn’t have asked for a better day.”

Kristin:  “Making our grand reception entrance as husband and wife was amazing! I truly couldn’t have been prouder or happier to be announced as his wife.”Kristin:  ”One of the best parts of our wedding, was that it brought people together from all different parts of our lives. It’s so rare that you get to spend an entire day with all the people you love the most.”Kristin:  “I feel to lucky to have been able to dance “The Stroll” with my Grandma and 10 of her siblings. I will always look back and remember how lucky I was to be able to have done that.”

Stratos:  “Watching Kristin, Olivia, Kelsey, and Catie Irish dance was awesome.  I never get tired of watching Kristin Irish dance, and the four of them were in a full out dervish.  Along those same lines, watching my Dad lead the Greek line dance was great.  I knew then it was going to be one of those moments you cherish for a long time.”

Strat:  ”I think the best advice I can give anyone getting married is to make sure you remember it’s your day, and you do what makes you happy.  You cant make everyone happy, so don’t get too involved with others feelings, and make sure you are doing what you want to do that day.  Also, make sure you take a moment that day and appreciate whats happening – its a BIG day in your lives – and its over before you realize.”

Kristin:  “There is so much excitement and adrenaline on your wedding day that it can be hard for your brain to slow and process memories.  Take a minute to stop and step back and take it all in. Look around you and enjoy seeing everyone you love having a good time. You will cherish these memories more than anything!”

Irina - beautiful couple and a beautiful job (as always!)