Joe & Carolyn | Wedding Photographers Amherst NY | Banchetti by Rizzo’s Wedding

Wedding Photographers Amherst NY | AlekseyK

Ceremony and Reception | Banchetti by Rizzo’s Amherst NY

   I would like to congratulate newlyweds Carolyn and Joe. I had a fun time celebrating with them at Banchetti by Rizzo’s, in Amherst, NY.   The Rizzo Family restaurants have been a popular vendor in the Western New York area for nearly 35 years, and I’ve had the pleasure of working at various Rizzo Family facilities over the last couple years. I met Carolyn at her hotel, but unfortunately, the day was running late, so no time for creatives or formals. The ceremony took place in the Gazebo. The timing was just perfect, almost sunset. A special touch the Couple incorporated was a remembrance box (time capsule) that they symbolically nailed shut during the ceremony and plan to open at their 5 year anniversary. I also especially liked how both Carolyn and Joe’s children were incorporated into the day. Her youngest son walked her down the aisle and gave her away, bringing tears to everyone’s eyes. Later on, they asked me to take a formal picture of the new family with the grandparents holding a frame around them. It came out beautiful.

   Carolyn and Joe have Polish roots, which they expressed through a wide assortment of ethnic foods during the reception. For example: Polish Sausage, Golumpki. Right after dinner I had a chance to grab the two for some night shots in the Gazebo. This was a great time to practice using the ambient light from the Gazebo and off camera flash. I really try to give all my Couples this chance to get away from the crowd for a few minutes and relax. It’s nice that I can step back, act almost like I’m not there, and capture a few real moments of romance. Thank you again to Carolyn and Joe for letting me be a part of your special day!