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Classic Wedding at Reikart House

Julia and Adam’s wedding had all the classic features - a stunning bouquet, perfectly coordinated wedding party, and sweet first look. What set their Reikart House wedding apart was the people. They had a LOT of fun moments with their wedding party and guests in this elegant venue. Check out these joyful wedding photos!


A bride and groom hold hands in front of a floral arch on the patio of Reikart House during their wedding ceremony.

Reikart House: An Elegant Buffalo Wedding Venue

Reikart House is a boutique hotel in the Buffalo area. It has multiple ballrooms that can accommodate between 96 and 192 guests. The decor is tasteful and pretty neutral. You can transform the rooms to create the experience you want without clashing with pre-existing design elements. In addition to the ballrooms, there’s outdoor space for ceremonies and cool, modern portraits spots in the lobby.


A bridal bouquet, veil, and shoes sit beside a wedding invitation suite for a Buffalo wedding.

A bride in a white silk robe sits on a hotel bed surrounded by bridesmaids toasting mimosas.

A bride in a white robe reads a card from her fiance in a hotel room.

Because Reikart House is a hotel, your guests can rent rooms. It’s only sixteen minutes from downtown Buffalo, though! Locals can enjoy this Buffalo wedding venue and head home at the end of the night (or after the afterparty).


Bridesmaids smile and cheer at a first look with a bride in a hotel room.

A groom in a wedding suit stands beside a window in a Reikart House hotel room smiling.

A bride twirls beside a groom at their first look at Glen Falls.

One of the great things about this Reikart House wedding was that Adam and Julia got ready in suites on site. They were able to have pre-wedding celebrations with their wedding parties, and I could easily move between the rooms to document it all. Julia really wanted to preserve the fun getting ready moments with her friends, so this layout was helpful.


A bride smiles at her father before he walks her up the aisle at an outdoor wedding in Buffalo.

A Buffalo bride walks up the aisle at a Reikart House wedding and smiles.

A bride's mother and father smile as they watch a wedding ceremony.

Since Julia and Adam had a mid-September wedding, we could do lots of portraits outside. We planned a first look at Glen Falls. This park is only five minutes away from Reikart House. The gorgeous waterfall was a great backdrop for the exciting moment when Adam and Julia first saw each other.


A bride places a ring on a smiling groom's finger at a Reikart House wedding.

A groom holds a bride's hand as a wedding officiant reads wedding script from a children's book.

A children's book sits beside wedding florals and a candle after a Reikart House wedding ceremony.

We also photographed wedding party portraits and couples portraits outside. Thankfully, the trees gave plenty of shade to keep everyone cool. You could tell how much Julia and Adam’s people loved being together. They’re probably the most lively wedding party I ever worked with. I had a lot of fun with this crew!


A smiling bride and groom hold hands and walk their recessional after their Reikart House wedding ceremony on a covered patio.

A bride and groom pose in front of a floral wedding arch with the bride's parents on either side of them.

A bride and groom pose with their wedding parties under the trees at a Buffalo park.

Classic Wedding Details for a Classic Couple

Julia and Adam have a pretty classic love story. I had a front row seat to it, too, since Julia’s older sister is a good friend of mine from high school. Julia and Adam met at a Labor Day party at a beach cottage in 2012. When Julia described it to me, she said their connection was so immediate that it was kind of cheesy. They exchanged numbers then dated for eight years before getting engaged.


A bride holding a bouquet looks over her shoulder in a shady Buffalo park.

A bride and groom stand under a veil and kiss.

A Buffalo bride and groom kiss in a park outside Reikart House.

Classic wedding details suited a love story like theirs. White roses, eucalyptus, and white cloth covered their arch for a romantic ambiance for the ceremony. Whites, greens, and neutrals carried throughout Julia’s bouquet and the reception decor too. Floral arrangements and candles lined the long reception tables in Reikart House. Even the men’s simple boutonnieres had a classic look. Flowers by Nature really outdid themselves!


A bride sits on a groom's lap in the lobby of Reikart House.

Bridesmaids waiving their bouquets enter a wedding reception in a hotel ballroom.

Groomsmen in matching suits carry a man into a wedding reception.

Even though this wedding drew inspiration from a traditional wedding aesthetic, so many details were deeply personal. Joy Burdzy, their officiant, actually taught Julia and Adam in elementary school. She read the entire ceremony from a children’s book. It was adorable and so unique.


A groom spins a bride on the dance floor at their wedding reception entrance.

Wedding guests eat dinner at a long reception table and listen to a speech in a Reikart House ballroom.

Sitting at the head of a long table, a bride and groom laugh at a wedding toast in the Reikart House ballroom.

A Lively Reception

Fun moments filled the entire day at this Reikart House wedding. Like I mentioned, Julia and Adam’s wedding parties were ready to make the most of this time together. Family members gave some heartfelt speeches. Then it didn’t take long for the dance floor to fill up!


A bride and groom embrace in front of Reikart House with the sun setting.

A bride and groom share their first dance in a Buffalo wedding venue.

During a father-daughter dance, a bride and her father smile at a Buffalo wedding photographer.

I love that Julia and Adam had LED sticks for their dance floor. It got guests so excited! It also added a cool element to their reception photos. The color and motion translated into images that portray the feeling of being at this wedding.


Wedding guests crowd onto a dance floor and sing along to a song.

Wedding guests grab each other's hands to form a circle on the dance floor.

A group of wedding guests drinks beers and laughs with lights blurring above them.

Props are one of my favorite ways to get a dance floor bumping at a wedding. If you want more ideas, check out this post!


Wedding guests wave LED light sticks on a dance floor.

A bride drinks a cocktail and waves LED light sticks with wedding guests in a Reikart House ballroom.

Would you like me to photograph your wedding? I’m a Buffalo wedding photographer who documents candid moments with colorful images. Inquire with me here!


Thank you to the vendors who made this wedding possible!

Coordinator: The Scarlett Agency

Hair: Sarah Hickey of MJ Rose Salon

Cake Baker: Blue Eyed Baker


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