When you love your city, you want to show it off to visitors. What better way to give your loved ones the grand tour of all that’s best about Buffalo than inviting them to celebrate your big day in the City of Good Neighbors?
Relative newbies to Buffalo just may be even more deeply smitten with our fair city than Buffalo-born-and-bred folks, because they’re looking at it with fresh eyes. While we may take for granted all of our amazing architecture, gorgeous parks, first-class dining, incredible arts, and spectacular waterfront, those seeing it for the first time are impressed and soon fall for Western New York. Hard.
Take Kyle Wiley, 29, originally from Apopka, Florida, now working at M&T Bank in financial services, and his now-spouse Ryan Wiley, 38, originally from New London, Connecticut, who’s now in medical sales at Terumo Medical. When they decided to get married, there was just one place they wanted that knot tied.
Why did you decide to get married in the City of Buffalo?
We wanted to show how great the City of Buffalo is to our family and friends. Buffalo was meant to be a one-year assignment for me, and I’m glad that it has turned into a home with Ryan and our dogs. I wanted our loved ones to spend the weekend here, so they had the chance to see why we picked Buffalo as our place to settle down.
How far in advance did you start planning your wedding?
We started planning the bigger details right after we got engaged in July of 2017 in front of the North Park Theatre on Hertel Avenue. More details came about eight months before we said "I do."
What’s the first wedding-related thing you decided on?
The venue. We were afraid that all of our favorite spots would be booked, so we quickly booked as many tours as could fit our guest count. It was the toughest decision of the process.
If you dreamed of getting married when you were young, how did this day stack up?
The day I imagined when I was young was made better by the amazing people who actually brought our vision to life with their artistry. I cannot be more thankful for the artists/designers/creative minds who listened and interpreted our thoughts into something tangible.
What was the most difficult part of planning this wedding?
After going into it thinking it would be easy, the seating chart and table arrangement posed the most difficultly. I highly recommend a trip to the office supply store for Post-it notes and poster boards to help organize the chaos.
How did the venue add to the event?
The Hotel Lafayette is a historic and architectural landmark in downtown Buffalo and it completely helped to reinforce the things we’ve said about Buffalo being a hidden gem. The venue was the perfect setting to showcase our day.
If you could change anything, what would it be?
I wouldn’t change a thing–everything was executed flawlessly. I do, however, wish that I could have extended the day–it all went by in a blink! Thankfully, Ayres Photography was there to capture every perfect moment for us to look back on. They really took the time to get to know us and what we wanted to remember outside of the typical wedding shot.
What stands out most about your day?
The excitement and energy from friends and family throughout the day. We had an exceptionally magical ceremony thanks to our officiant (a friend, Liz Jones), and the eruption of applause after our first kiss is my favorite memory. It was incredible to look out at the crowd after she announced us as husbands in such a beautifully decorated setting (Thanks, Sloan at btan!).
How did your wedding planner help you?
Syrie Roman of Social Maven Event Planning was there for me every step of the wedding planning process. More important, Syrie consulted the overall design of the wedding and helped to connect me with the business owners in Buffalo who would be the best fit to deliver our style/vision, and always ensured that what we saw and expected was in our budget. The best part of having Syrie and Social Maven Event Planning was the day-of service that I received on our wedding day. I was better able to enjoy my "special day" because I had the reassurance that every detail was carefully attended to by Syrie and her staff. Syrie’s organization throughout the process and orchestration on the actual day is what makes her service an absolute necessity when getting married.
Can you offer advice for newly-engaged couples looking to get married in Buffalo?
Be sure to incorporate moments in your wedding day when you pause and reflect on the scene that you created; all of those people are there for you! And book everything way earlier than you think you need to. We should have started three months sooner…
Wiley wedding details
Wedding date: September 21, 2019
Wedding location: Crystal Ballroom, Hotel @ the Lafayette
Reception location: Marquis & AAA Ballrooms, Hotel @ the Lafayette
Caterer: Classic Events Catering
Wedding planner: Social Maven Event Planning
Photographer: Ayres Photography
Transportation: Buffalo Limousine
Tuxedos: Tom Barnett
Wedding Cake & Desserts: Fairy Cakes
Entertainment & Photobooth: GRAVY Entertainment, LLC
Entertainment: Fever Pitch String Quartet