Emily and Mike’s wedding at the Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana Boathouse was one of our last weddings of the year and we are feeling all the feels of their day posting it here today. As another wonderful season comes to a close we wake up feeling grateful; how lucky we are to work with such wonderful couples.
When Brian met up with Emily and Mike for their engagement session, he immediately knew they were the type of people we’d want to hang out with after their wedding after they served themselves up two Manhattans to relax before the session. Brian photographed their waterside ceremony and reception as they enjoyed a day full of friends, family, and hand-crafted cocktails. Cocktails were provided by Dram Box, one of Buffalo, NY premier cocktail services. Their wedding incorporated their relaxed and personalized vibe bringing in elements that celebrate who they are.
Emily and Mike are happily self-proclaimed “architecture school drop-outs,”. So, the Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana Boathouse checked all of their boxes for a wedding venue. And being along the water gave them a blank canvas to create their wedding day.
Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Wedding
The aesthetic of the wedding was inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright Era and Emily & Mike’s love of good food, good cocktails, and good conversation. This lead them to work with Private Knives Catering. Not only is Amy at Private Knives catering so passionate about what she does, but her food is incredible! Emily and Mike were able to work with her on all the menu details and even incorporate their favorite foods.
Continuing with desserts, the simple and timeless cake was created and inspired by The Dapper Goose, (which just happens to be one of our favorite restaurants in Buffalo too!), pastries made by the West Side Bazaar and the Croissants were created by Butter Block, a small-batch, Pop Up Patisserie in Buffalo, NY.
Flowers by Nature created the simple succulent topping for the cake along with Emily’s bouquet and Mike’s boutonniere. And they did the incredible green wedding arch they married under. (We absolutely love working with Flowers by Nature and if you want to see another one of their beautiful weddings, check out Ellie & Guy’s intimate backyard wedding.)
Unique Wedding Details
They even had one of their best friends who is also a designer, Annie Leue, create their party favors. They were these amazing little Cocktails For Two books listing all of Mike and Emily’s favorite cocktails. It was such a clever idea!
Emily looked elegant as ever in a beautiful Willowby by Watters dress with shoes from BHLDN. Mike was dapper and fit the era with a Brunello Cucinelli Tux, shirt and tie from Gitman Vintage and shoes from Allen Edmonds. Emily’s hair was done at Fawn & Fox, a local Buffalo Studio and Makeup by Kristen took care of all the bridal party and Emily’s makeup.
Our favorite personalized detail was their first dance song! Emily and Mike’s first dance was to “Se Piangi, Se Ridi” by Mina. Last year while they vacationed in Italy they found themselves at a little bar where they only served Italian-made liquor. They ended up chatting for a long time with the bartender (of course his name was Fabiano) about many subjects. One of them being Mina. When they left the bar and crossed the bridge to get to the restaurant where they were heading to for dinner, a huge firework show occurred out of nowhere. It was a magical time for them! They knew they’d want everyone to light sparklers during their first dance as a mini recreation of that moment.