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Joyful Buffalo Elopement at The Terrace at Delaware Park

When Taylor and Chris started planning a Buffalo wedding, they automatically thought big - long guest list, large venue. Eventually, they realized that just didn’t feel true to them. They settled on an intimate Buffalo elopement instead. On a cozy Sunday afternoon, they treated their best friends and family members to a private ceremony and dinner at The Terrace at Delaware Park.


A bride and groom stand on a bridge with a bridal bouquet on a bridge railing beside them and Hoyt Lake and the Terrace at Delaware Park in the background.

A Buffalo Elopement for Taylor and Chris

Taylor and Chris wanted to have Buffalo elopement partly because the city has been such a big part of their relationship. The couple actually met as kids. Taylor’s grandparents lived next door to Chris’s family. They spent time together in the summers when Taylor and her siblings visited. Chris and Taylor lost touch but reconnected after attending college in Buffalo. They’ve been together ever since.


A bride and groom pose inside the Buffalo AKG Art Museum for their Buffalo elopement photos.

A bride and groom hold hands outside on the steps of the Buffalo AKG Art Museum.

A bride and groom sit and pose for Buffalo wedding photos an an art museum staircase.

This Buffalo elopement started with Chris and Taylor getting ready together. This is always a nice option for marriers who want to keep things laid back and simple. You don’t have to worry about finding separate venues just for getting ready, and you can soak up a little more quiet time together at home.


A bride and groom pose for portraits beside a window overlooking the Buffalo skyline before their elopement.

A bride and groom kiss underneath a skylight in the Buffalo AKG Art Museum.

Once they were ready, I met up with Chris and Taylor at Delaware Park. Through a connection, we were granted access to the newly remodeled Buffalo AKG Art Museum for portraits. This is such a cool space for wedding photos. The interior is really modern with interesting lines, curving staircases, and sweeping views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The Greek revival exterior creates a more classical backdrop with its elegant, towering columns and staircases. Since Chris and Taylor kept their elopement straightforward, we had plenty of time and flexibility to take advantage of these amazing settings.


A bride and groom embrace under a willow tree beside the water in Delaware Park Buffalo.

A bride and groom embrace and look into the distance beside Hoyt Lake before their Buffalo elopement.

After we wrapped up portraits, we walked through a few favorite spots in Delaware Park on the way to The Terrace. Delaware Park is a great place for wedding photos because there’s so much variety. Hoyt Lake is a favorite spot for photos. We took Taylor and Chris’s family photos there. The Delaware Park Rose Garden is gorgeous in the summer, too.


A bride and groom pose for formal wedding portraits in a Buffalo park.

A bride and groom hold hands and walk along a lakeside path on their way to their Buffalo elopement.

The Terrace at Delaware Park

Taylor and Chris held their Buffalo elopement ceremony at The Terrace Buffalo. A judge presided in front of a small group of honored guests. The Terrace is right on Hoyt Lake, and it was a beautiful backdrop for the simple ceremony. Taylor and Chris skipped elaborate wedding decor and embraced the natural beauty. A big tree framed their ceremony photos perfectly.


The Terrace at Delaware Park sits on the shore of Hoyt Lake on a wedding day.

A table is set with white linens and white wedding flowers for a Buffalo elopement.

An elegant and easy-going reception followed the ceremony. The guests gathered around a long table for a family-style meal. Creamy roses and white linens gave the meal a joyful “wedding” feeling. A lot of guests dressed in pink and peach florals. They made the reception feel a bit more like a cheerful garden party.


Family members greet a bride and groom on the patio of a Buffalo wedding venue.

A judge officiates a Buffalo elopement ceremony on a restaurant terrace.

The Terrace at Delaware Park is located in a building originally designed as a luxurious boat house on Hoyt Lake. It’s a great place for an intimate Buffalo elopement, but it can host much bigger weddings too. For weddings of 100 guests, packages range between $11,000 and $14,000.


A bride places a wedding ring on a groom's finger at a wedding at The Terrace at Delaware Park.

A bride and groom share a first kiss at a Buffalo elopement.

This Buffalo wedding venue has a few features that marriers love. One is the all-season patio. Even in a snowy Western New York winter, you can enjoy views of Hoyt Lake with heaters. Small ceremonies like Chris and Taylor’s can take place on the patio. Larger weddings, though, can be held in the rose garden.


A bride and groom pose with family members beside Hoyt Lake during a Buffalo elopement.

A bride poses with her mother and sisters beside a lake in Delaware Park Buffalo.

I love how close The Terrace at Delaware Park is to so many photo locations. There is, of course, Delaware Park with its lake, trees, and winding paths. Elmwood Village is nearby if you want charming shops and restaurants in your photos. There are multiple museums around the park’s perimeter, too. We took Taylor and Chris’s portraits around the AKG Art Museum, and the Buffalo History Museum is in the park.


A bride and her friends walk along a Buffalo lakeshore laughing.

A bride and groom embrace beside Hoyt Lake with a Buffalo museum in the distance.

Your Buffalo Elopement

Are you planning a Buffalo elopement? I want to be your Wedding Bestie! As a Buffalo wedding photographer, I share all the inside knowledge I’ve gathered with my clients. This makes their lives easier and their wedding days a heck of a lot more fun. Let me help you create an elopement experience and photos that are authentic to your relationship. Inquire with me here!


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