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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 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!
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.
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Thank you to the vendors who made this wedding possible!
Photography: Kelly Kaz Photography
Coordinator: The Scarlett Agency
Venue: Reikart House
Florist: Flowers by Nature
Hair: Sarah Hickey of MJ Rose Salon
Makeup: Makeup & Skin by Shannon
Cake Baker: Blue Eyed Baker