About Katie and Dylan:
How they met:
This adorable couple first met in the dorm building where they both lived at Syracuse University back in 2007. A few days after Dylan's birthday, a friend of Katie's who had been part of Dylan's birthday celebrations tipped her off that Dylan had guitar hero. Katie went searching for his room, and the rest, as they say, is history.
They officially became "an item" on September 2, 2007, after they returned from summer break; however, their first date was a few months before that. Dylan took Katie to a chain steakhouse restaurant. Katie is a vegetarian. There was basically nothing she could eat there. Katie noted that their subsequent dates were more successful.
Katie and Dylan were engaged on 12/04/15. It was a total surprise! Dylan told Katie his work was holding a holiday Christmas party at the Hotel Lafayette in downtown Buffalo. Katie got dressed up and took the bus downtown to meet Dylan for the party. When she got downtown, Dylan told her the market managers had booked a suite on the second floor for a pre-party gathering, and he told Katie to join him there for a few drinks and to meet the team. When Katie knocked on the door, Dylan was the only one there. He promptly got down on one knee and popped the question. He had champagne and roses and chocolate, and even an overnight bag packed for Katie, which he had packed and snuck out of the house right under her nose!
The couple noted that the proposal moment had been a long time coming as they had been together for several years and Katie kept dropping some pretty heavy hints about her intentions - but Dylan did a great job keeping Katie in the dark about when it was coming and how. It was perfect!
The Wedding Day!
On the day of the wedding, Tony and I met Katie and Dylan at the Bluestone, where they were both getting ready. They knew they wanted to have a first look before their ceremony, so the Bluestone was the perfect place to do so! We captured some details and getting ready shots and soon it was time for their first look at each other all prettied up.
The First Look
This couple did not disappoint us at their first look. Dylan, acting cool, calm and collective was probably screaming in anticipation on the inside, waiting for Katie to come out. After we told Dylan to turn around to look at his bride, the couple was all smiles at each other. After a couple of kisses and embraces, we got some bridal party shots, family shots and shots with just the two of them.
Signing of the Ketubah
Katie and Dylan signed the ketubah (marriage contract) in the beautiful courtyard at the synagogue, Congregation Beth Tikvah. The ketubah outlines the groom's various responsibilities: to provide his wife with food, shelter and clothing, and to be attentive to her emotional needs. Protecting the rights of a Jewish wife is so important that the marriage may not be solemnized until this contract has been completed. The document is signed by two witnesses and has the standing of a legally binding agreement. The ketubah is the property of the wife and she must have access to it throughout their marriage. The Ketubah is often written amidst beautiful artwork, to be framed and displayed in the home.
Katie and Dylan were and both escorted to the chuppah (canopy), a symbol of the home that the new couple will build together) by their parents. The couple then took turns circling each other before joining the Rabbi. Rabbi Rick Kellner married the couple performed a beautiful, traditional Jewish ceremony. Rabbi Kellner performed Sheva B'rachot (seven blessings), exchanged vows and then the breaking of the glass!
Cocktail hour was held at one of the many bars at the Bluestone. Guests enjoyed some of the fantastic food this venue offers and cocktails before dinner. After dinner, the couple's first dance, bride and father dance and the groom and mother dance were held. There weren't many dry eyes in the venue. After dances, the guests enjoyed partaking in the Hora and we loved photographing it! Before we left for the evening, Tony took Katie and Dylan outside to get a night shot outside of the venue.
Katie and Dylan- thank you for including us in your memories! We absolutely enjoyed your family and friends!
Made Possible By:
Here is a list of some of the amazing vendors that helped make Katie & Dylan's wedding extremely special:
Photography: Mak Rabbitt Photography
Ceremony Location: Congregation Beth Tikvah
Venue: The Bluestone
D.J.: Reflections Event Group
Florist: Flowerman (Katie's sister and her sister's mother-in-law made the arrangements)
Cake: Amie's Cupcakery
Wedding Gown: Bridal and Formal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Groom's Tux: Jos. A Bank
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