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I Do BBQ Wedding Reception

What do you do when you want an elegant ceremony but also a laid-back wedding reception? Chris and Taylor found the answer! They eloped in Buffalo then hosted an I Do BBQ later in the summer. Their decision to split their celebration into two events meant they could really relax and focus on connecting with all of their friends and family. These candid wedding photos show just how much fun everyone had!

A bride and groom sit with wedding guests at picnic tables at their I Do BBQ wedding reception.

A Post-Elopement Wedding Reception

When Chris and Taylor first started planning their wedding, they assumed they would go big with a traditional celebration. They quickly realized they preferred a small, intimate ceremony. They held a ceremony and seated dinner wedding reception with a handful of family and friends at The Terrace at Delaware Park. The relaxed day felt just right for Chris and Taylor. You can see more from their Buffalo elopement here.

A bride and groom embrace during their Buffalo elopement beside Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park.

Wedding guests gather under a white wedding tent for a BBQ wedding reception near Buffalo.

A wedding guest stands beside a card table under a sign that says "I do BBQ".

The elopement was perfect, but Taylor and Chris still wanted to set aside time to connect with extended family and friends. A post-elopement wedding reception allowed them to do just that. Taylor’s uncle invited the couple to plan a big party on his property near Ellicottville. About an hour outside Buffalo, the property had a summery country feeling. It provided a wide open space for everyone to relax and celebrate the newlyweds.

Custom wedding koozies sit on a table at a wedding reception.

Pink, purple, and white wedding florals sit on a white table at an outdoor wedding reception.

Carson's food truck sits at the edge of a field at a New York wedding reception.

Chris and Taylor’s I Do BBQ

Chris and Taylor chose an “I do BBQ” theme for their wedding reception. They customized some details like you might expect at a wedding, but they kept it playful. They set out baskets of custom koozies in shades of blue that coordinated with the adirondack chairs and umbrellas. Their yard games included a corn hole game with their last name and wedding date on it. I love that they’ll be able to break this out at future gatherings and reminisce about their wedding.

Wedding guests line up to get food at a buffet table at a wedding BBQ.

Wedding guests sit around white tables under a tent eating a catered meal at an I Do BBQ.

A woman smiles as a man kisses a puppy at an outdoor wedding reception near Buffalo.

This wedding reception didn’t include a lot of traditions like a first dance or speeches. Without a strict formal timeline, people could ease into the evening. They made the most of every moment eating, mingling, and congratulating Chris and Taylor on their marriage. It was really gratifying for Taylor and Chris to see these people all in one place to celebrate their love.

A bride in a sun dress poses with a wedding guest in a field in Ellicottville.

A bride sits beside a football with a circle of friends in a field at a summer wedding reception near Buffalo.

A groom sits with friends in a circle of adirondack chairs at an I Do BBQ.

While some marriers might think they need to DIY everything with an I Do BBQ, Taylor and Chris took a smart approach. They hired Carson’s Food Truck to cater dinner. With their mobile kitchen, the staff didn’t even have to use the family home to prepare an incredible meal. Pink Cow provided deserts. You can’t help but smile when you see an ice cream truck pull up! It was a big hit with kids and adults alike.

Wedding guests get drinks from coolers in a garage decorated with strings of lights.

A groom poses with his arms around his friends at a Buffalo wedding reception.

A bride poses at a June wedding with a group of friends in coordinating outfits.

Taylor and Chris found other ways to encourage connection aside from the amazing food. They set up chairs in cozy circles. Yard games were set up in the fields. Even the gorgeous flower arrangements on the tables served as conversation starters. As the sun set, Chris and his friends built a fire to keep everyone cozy.

Wedding guests laugh and show each other pictures on their cell phones.

A bride and groom pose with all of their guests for a group photo at their I Do BBQ.

Wedding guests laugh and walk through a field during a summer wedding reception near Buffalo.

Your Buffalo Wedding Photography

Chris and Taylor’s choice to do an elopement and an I Do BBQ wedding reception gave them the best of both worlds. They got the swept-away romantic day in the city and a laid-back party with their friends.

A bride poses with friends in a field in Ellicottville.

Guests line up beside an ice cream truck at a summer wedding reception.

Wedding guests holding ice cream cones laugh outside a garage at an I Do BBQ.

Having two celebrations also made it easier to get every kind of photo you could want from a wedding. At the elopement, we focused on a combination of couples portraits and candids. We took advantage of the city’s art and architecture to create some cool images.

Wedding guests stand at cocktail tables and laugh over beers.

A bride and groom pose for a golden hour wedding portrait in a field outside Buffalo.

A groom stands talking and laughing with wedding guests at a BBQ.

At the BBQ, I took a more documentary approach, photographing people laughing, enjoying the food, and connecting with each other. With no hard timeline to stick to, I could also photograph Chris and Taylor with a lot more of their friends than I necessarily could on a traditional wedding day. We even did a big group photo! That combination of posed portraits and candid moments really portrays the I Do BBQ’s relaxed joy.

Three wedding guests drink cocktails near yard games at a wedding reception.

A groom and his friends build a fire in a pit at an I Do BBQ.

A bride walks towards her mother with her arms outstretched in a garage decorated for her I Do BBQ.

Are you interested in having me photograph your wedding? I’m a Buffalo wedding photographer, and I’ll document your wedding with lively, colorful photos. From the moment you inquire with me, I aim to be your Wedding Bestie - the person you can turn to for all things wedding. Let’s create a celebration that’s authentic to you! Inquire with me here.



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