Updated: Jul 18
Want an iconic Buffalo wedding venue? Why not three? Allison and Bob’s wedding day included some very Buffalo locations. After their church wedding, we took portraits at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre. Then we headed to their reception at the beautiful Admiral Room at the Marin. The whole day felt like the perfect mix of laughter and quiet, intimate moments despite the wild Buffalo weather.
Wedding Photos at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre
Before we got to Allison and Bob’s Admiral Room wedding reception, we started the day at the Embassy Suites. Allison and Bob shared some downtime and laughter with their wedding party and parents. Based on the sunshine pouring through the windows, you would never know that the sky was about to take a turn for the worst.
Just as guests arrived at the church, a monsoon-style rainstorm hit. Hard winds and rain soaked guests arriving at the church, and everyone was a little wind-blown. It felt like a bit of an April Fools joke. (Yes, this wedding was on April first!) But everyone persevered. Judging by Allison’s elegance at the altar, you’d never know that we’d battled such a storm to get there. The clouds parted just before their first kiss, and we took advantage of the light to get some family photos.
Next we headed to Shea’s Buffalo Theatre where we had access to the entire lobby for an hour. This theater was built in the 1920s, and it has all the glitz and glam you’d expect from the Roaring 20s. Shea’s hosts weddings, but the lobby is definitely the highlight. It was so much fun taking time directly after the ceremony to soak up the stunning space.
I also loved taking this time before heading to the Admiral Room because Allison and Bob are naturally a bit reserved in front of the camera. They’re a Netflix-and-chill type of couple, so it was good to have time for them to loosen up and enjoy being together. The combination of playfulness and romance in these portraits is a perfect representation of who they are.
An Admiral Room Wedding Reception
An Admiral Room wedding reception was a great followup to the elegant portraits at Shea’s Buffalo Theater. The space is grand with towering columns and arches lit by chandeliers. Allison and Bob stuck to a neutral color scheme with gold accents for an elevated effect.
The Admiral Room is one of Buffalo’s bigger wedding venues with capacity for 360+ guests. You absolutely don’t have to have a wedding that large for the space to feel comfortable, though. Site fees for this venue start at $1,500 year-round with additional fees for catering. The Admiral Room provides catering on-site as well as an event planner to make your day as easy as possible.
On our way to the Admiral Room from Shea’s, the bad weather started up again. We trudged through 60+ mph winds to get to the reception. Luckily, once we arrived, everyone was able to dry off. Bob and Allison even got a reception reveal before everyone entered for cocktail hour.
Even though Allison and Bob were on the introverted side in front of the lens, they brought the energy to the dance floor! They brought LED light sticks for their wedding guests. I love the movement and color this brought to their photos. They kept everyone fueled for dancing with late night Mighty Taco!
By the time the cake cutting rolled around, Allison and Bob were feeling so lighthearted. Their candid photos are so funny and sweet. You practically can see the moment Allison decides she’s going to smush the cake in Bob’s face. These two knew how to be in the moment!
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Photography: Kelly Kaz Photography
Second Photographer: Cecilia Denise Photography
Reception Venue and Caterer: The Admiral Room at the Marin
Suit Store: Tom & Luigi
Cake Baker: Muscoreils Fine Desserts
Band: Violena Music
DJ: Toy Brothers
Jewelry: Melting Point Jewelers
Florist: Maureen's Flowers
Hair: Elle Aire Beauty Bar
Makeup: Marisa Borrello
Transportation: 716 Limo
Videographer: WesternWide Films