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Halloween Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding

When I asked Lena and Nick to describe themselves as a couple, they replied, “Committed, supportive, and artistic.” Their Buffalo Botanical Gardens wedding illustrated each of these descriptors perfectly. As lovers of all things Halloween, they knew they wanted their intimate celebration to take place on their favorite holiday. Their themed details struck the perfect balance of gorgeous goth and campy fun.


A bride in a black wedding dress holds hands with a groom during a handfasting ceremony at their Buffalo Botanical Gardens wedding.

A Buffalo Botanical Gardens Wedding

The greenhouse of the Buffalo Botanical Gardens is pretty iconic with its elaborate domes. Many people choose to have outdoor ceremonies in the courtyard outside, but there’s something magical about a little ceremony in the greenhouse. The lush plants create an enchanted garden atmosphere that everyone loves.


A bride in a black wedding dress walks towards a groom for a first look in a greenhouse at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens.

A bride and groom pose on a greenhouse walkway at their Buffalo Botanical Gardens wedding.

As you might expect, spring and summer are popular times for a Buffalo Botanical Gardens wedding. Lena and Nick’s Halloween wedding is proof that the grounds are beautiful pretty much year round. The green house is worth a visit and could host a micro wedding in the winter, too.


A groom holds hands with a bride in a black wedding dress in a Buffalo wedding venue.

A bride in a black wedding dress leans on a groom's shoulder in the greenhouse of the Buffalo Botanical Gardens.

A bride in a black wedding dress poses for a bridal portrait at a Halloween wedding in Buffalo.

Site rental costs for a Buffalo Botanical Gardens wedding are relatively low. For a six-hour event, fees range between $2,380 and $4,300. If you just want to do a ceremony at the gardens like Nick and Lena did, it only costs between $800 and $1,800. Whether you go big or small, this Buffalo wedding venue can accommodate you. It has capacity for 100 guests for a seated dinner and 200 guests for a cocktail-style reception.


A family member shakes hands with a groom in a candid wedding photo.

A groom kisses a bride's shoulder while they sit on a bench at their Halloween-themed Buffalo Botanical Gardens wedding.

If you’ve got a very specific vision for your ceremony and reception, there are a few things you should consider when planning a Buffalo Botanical Gardens wedding. The venue includes a large parking lot and advertises as being accessible. (Reach out to the gardens about specific needs, though.) In terms of restrictions, the gardens forbid throws like confetti and rice. The venue also has to approve all decorations. The gardens are so beautiful that you may decide you hardly need any decor anyway.


A bride and groom pose in front of tropical plants for a Buffalo wedding photographer.

Halloween wedding details sit on a table covered in a black cloth.

A Halloween Wedding with On-theme Details

Having a Buffalo Botanical Gardens wedding on Halloween felt just right for Lena and Nick. Originally, they wanted to elope to New Orleans. With COVID concerns still looming, they decided to keep their micro wedding close to home. Fifteen of their closes loved ones joined them for a Halloween-themed celebration.


A groom stands in a greenhouse and smiles when he sees the bride coming down the aisle.

A bride enters a greenhouse for a Buffalo Botanical Gardens wedding holding a Halloween wedding bouquet.

A Buffalo bride and groom hold hands while their wedding officiant reads from a paper on a music stand.

Lena once described herself to me as an “80s goth wannabe with a passion for all things Halloween.” She really leaned into her authenticity with her incredible black dress. Its bustle and lace sleeves along with her Old Hollywood-style hair brought the glam.


A bride tears up as she listens to a groom read vows at a Buffalo Botanical Gardens wedding.

A guitar player stands to play a processional at a Buffalo wedding.

Since the Buffalo Botanical Gardens are so full of life, Nick and Lena didn’t have to add many details for their ceremony. They added a small table with some black candles and a sign. Other than that, they let Lena’s bouquet and the botanical gardens set the mood. The dark green plants, fairy lights, and foggy windows were the perfect backdrop for this micro wedding.


A woman in a floral dress stands and sings during a Buffalo wedding ceremony.

A bride and groom laugh during a Halloween wedding ceremony in the Buffalo Botanical Gardens.

A family member stands to hug a bride in a black wedding dress at a Halloween wedding.

An Intimate Handfasting

On the morning of Nick and Lena’s Buffalo Botanical Gardens wedding, I met them at the gardens for a first look. I set Nick up to face away from where Lena would enter. Little did he know that Lena had cut off a full twelve inches from her hair that afternoon. She arrived with her hair perfectly styled and in a drop-dead gorgeous black dress. It was such a fun first look with that extra element of surprise!


A bride poses with family members for family portraits at a Buffalo wedding.

A bride shows her Halloween wedding shoes to a Buffalo wedding photographer.

A bride in a black wedding dress walks down a path at a fall Buffalo Botanical Gardens wedding.

Then we spent a good hour exploring the botanical gardens. Since they were closed, we could take photos all along the way until it was ceremony time. Their friend Peter officiated, and Nick and Lena read personal vows. They were so moving that everyone got emotional. Their friends performed music as Lena walked down the aisle and again during the ceremony. With the help of more loved ones, they performed a handfasting to officially “tie the knot.”


A bride and groom pose beside a pumpkin and dark bridal bouquet for a Halloween wedding.

A groom kisses a bride's hand under a tree in the Buffalo Botanical Gardens.

A bride and groom hold hands and lean towards each other beside a jack-o-lantern beside a tree at a Halloween wedding at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens.

Are you planning a fun wedding in the Buffalo area? I’d love to document your wedding day with vibrant, personality-filled photos. Reach out to me here!



Thanks you to the vendors who made this Buffalo Botanical Gardens wedding so magical:

Dress Store: Bridal Chateau

Tailors: Tom & Luigi

Jewelry: Brilliant Earth and Rings by Lux

Faux Flowers: Kochetova Floral Accessories

Hair: Arrowhead Salon & Architect for Men

Makeup: Briana Ronan Beauty

Videographer: Seeloff Photography


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