Perfect New York Fall Engagement : Wes + Amanda

Mary Dougherty

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It started at West Point. They were introduced by friends and began their own friendship which was continued at a few Army related schools after graduation. During their time at Fort Bliss they started dating and were eventually deployed together to Kuwait. You might have read earlier on this blog about their challenges of wedding planning while deployed and since that time Amanda had to take medical leave for a back injury so now they truly have a long distance relationship.

Wes came home as scheduled for a 2 week leave and it was during that time we were able to meet up for their engagement photos. It was the first time that Wes was able to visit western New York and see how gorgeous it can be. All of the other times it had been snowing (too much) or raining and we were all thankful for the perfect weather. Blue sky beckoned us to be outside among the colorful leaves at Chestnut Ridge Park, near Amanda’s hometown of Orchard Park.

They were casual, relaxed, and in love. Since they now spend more time apart it was so good for them to be together, and I can’t wait for their May wedding which will take place at Asbury Hall in downtown Buffalo. Until then they’ll be able to enjoy all of the pictures I captured and I hope you do too!



do you guys have to be so good looking? I can’t wait for your wedding day it’s going to be gorgeous! wa_blog09Wwa_blog10

Amanda and Wes, you both know how to work it. I love that you had fun in front of the camera and were confident – is that part of your Army training? wa_blog11wa_blog12

Amanda’s Carolina Herrera sweater was fabulous, and added a little bit of detail and sparkle to her outfit.


just a step back changed the light and added some softness and flare. We ended the session with a little hot cocoa and a cozy picnic. wa_blog16wa_blog17wa_blog18wa_blog19wa_blog22wa_blog21

Nothing like letting the one you love keep you warm. Wes and Amanda – if I didn’t say it enough let me say it one more time – I’m soo glad these pictures worked out so perfectly. You guys are fabulous and so easy to photograph and I’m really looking forward to May!

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