ON THE COVER
Happy couple Kristen and Andrew Peer have some wedding fun outside the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
Photo by kc kratt. Cover design by Chastity Taber. Florist: Maureen’s Buffalo Wholesale Flower Market; dress: Bridals by D; tuxedo: Marty’s Formal Wear; make-up: Dani Weiser; hair: by Capello’s.


WEDDINGS
This is most assuredly not your grandmother’s wedding issue, but we’re hoping granny will approve. And why wouldn’t she, when the stories, ideas, and fashions included are this stylish and this smart? There are offbeat, funky locales, cakes and music tips, an update on the same-sex marriage issue, and pretty much everything else that comes to mind when the “W” word is uttered. (Wines, websites, invitations, centerpieces ... ) Designs and locations may have changed since grandma’s day, but the dream of the perfect wedding has not. This issue might just make this goal a bit more attainable for the soon-to-be betrothed and should bring back some nice memories for those already living in wedded bliss.
By Catherine Berlin, Mark Criden, Bruce Eaton, Ron Ehmke, Jana Eisenberg, Megan Fitzgerald, Kevin Fryling, Jessica Keltz, Vicki G. Marshall, Kevin Purdy, Charlie Riley, Christopher Schobert, Margaret M. Toohey, and Julie Wesolowski


A seasonal celebration:
homegrown and beautiful

By Julie Wesolowski;
photos by McKay's Photography

When "I do" has strings attached
Same-sex couples face the same issues as everybody else getting married–and a host of others

By Jessica Keltz; photos by kc kratt
Your wedding website
doesn't have to be lame

By Kevin Purdy

TOP DOCS
Once again we are providing Castle Connelly’s list of top Western New York doctors.
We also include profiles of several of the docs, along with stories on current medical trends and technologies. In other words, all the info you need for a healthy 2010 is right here.
By Jana Eisenberg, Jessica Keltz, and Maria Scrivani


THE 716 / CALENDAR
Community: WNY Americorps helps make over a neighborhood
By Donna Hoke Kahwaty; photos by kc kratt
Picture This: Our readers show off as shutterbugs
By Spree readers
Cool stuff: Gary in the park, with strawberries:
WNY filmmakers give homelessness a human face

By Ann Marie Trietley
Cool stuff: Configuring a new space for dance in Buffalo
By Ann Marie Trietley
Spree Insider: Handbags, glad rags, and polar bites
By Megan Fitzgerald
The Hot 5: An opinionated to-do list
By Christopher Schobert
Books: Twenty boys, one writer:
Sarah Ockler turns teen trauma into YA fiction

By Julia Burke


ARTS
Visual Art: Robert Mangold at the Albright
By Bruce Adams
Profile: Naetzker’s intimations of mortality
By Donna Hoke Kahwaty
Profile: Trabucco Studio’s glass standard
By Bruce Eaton
Music: Local artists take on Cage
By Ron Ehmke
Music: An optimistic outlook for 2010
By Christopher Schobert
Theater: A post-holiday comeback
By Darwin McPherson
Media: Taking Stuff on the road, by bike
By Danielle Forsyth
Plus: Singing along with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, and admiring the art of Joseph Whalen at the Kenan Center.



LIVING
Gardening: Coping with deer
By Sally Cunningham
Beauty: VelaShape me
By Catherine Berlin
Vanity Wars: Truancy
By “Ambrose” and “Faith”
Gadget Planet
By William C. Altreuter and Catherine Berlin


FOOD
Reviews of Encore and Macri’s, WNY’s farm-to-chef movement keeps growing, a Kenmore pubcrawl, some recipes from Joe George’s Spree archives, and the month in charity events.
By Lisa Brown, Ron Ehmke, Joe George, Terri Parsell Hilmey, Lauren Newkirk Maynard, and Kevin Purdy

Lacovoring: Meat of the matter: WNY's farm-to-chef movement is going gangbusters, nose to tail
By Lauren Newkirk Maynard;
photos by kc kratt



IN EVERY ISSUE
Editor’s letter, Deadlines
Dining guide
Shopping Spree
Cultural listings
Marketplace
Index of advertisers
Who was there

Bflo Days:
Keeping it Extreme
By Elizabeth Licata and Christopher Schobert