About Us

We specialize in transforming your extraordinary day into an unforgettable celebration

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Our Story

20 Years of Love.

Nestled in the heart of Western New York, the Avanti Mansion has been a witness to countless love stories, each one unique and special. For 20 years, couples have chosen this enchanting venue to embark on their journey of love, creating memories that will last a lifetime. The elegant architecture, picturesque gardens, and impeccable service have made it a cherished destination for weddings and celebrations. We look forward to many more years of helping couples turn their dreams into reality and celebrating their love stories in style. Here’s to the past, present, and future of love at the Avanti Mansion!

Photos: Richelle Rene Photography

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Core Values

Our values create the Avanti Difference.

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Service

Taking it a step further to create an exceptional experience for our clients and guests.

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Teamwork

The ability to come together to work towards a common vision.

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Awesomeness

With a positive attitude, any moment can become spectacular.

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Respect

Acting and communicating with kindness, fairness, and understanding those around you

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Efficiency

Work smarter, never harder!

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Loyalty

Being part of the Avanti Mansion Family means we have your back and you have ours

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Fun

Work shouldn’t suck! Have fun while still accomplishing a mutual goal.

Make a Difference

Every Avanti wedding helps save a dog

Since its inception in 2018, the Avanti Adopts program has helped local dog rescues raise over $75,000 to help offset the cost of medical treatments, transportation costs and foster care expenses. Additionally, the Avanti Mansion makes a cash donation to Open Arms Rescue for every wedding held on our estate.

So when you choose to have an Avanti wedding, you help a deserving dog find their fur-ever home.

Avanti History

Our Story

Bristol Woods

Businessman Pliny McNaughton bought 20 acres known as the Bristol Woods

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A Summer Home

McNaughton purchased additional land to complete the 27-acre estate and built his family a summer home, known as the Glen Isabel.
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Sold

After years of the McNaughton family, Hubbel family, and U.S. Sugar Company owning the property, it eventually fell to foreclosure and left abandoned.

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Humble Beginnings

Buffalo Road Catering Inc is founded by Laurie Clark, despite being told she’d never be successful. The company began as an off-premise caterer, working out of a small facility in Orchard Park.

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Growing Pains

Our expanding catering company needed more space. So we took a risk and bought a 27-acre estate that allowed us plenty of room for growth.

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Luxurious Estate

The evolution required a name to fit our vision. The Avanti Mansion was born, hosting 13 weddings the first year.
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Love & Growth

After several years of successful love stories, they expanded on the property and built the Amore building to accommodate year-round events.

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Mansion Makeover

The original mansion was fully renovated to accommodate overnight guests once again as their new division called Wed & Breakfast

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Avanti Elite

Avanti Mansion joined an elite, invitation-only, group of caterers known as the Leading Caterers of America.

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1,000th Wedding

To celebrate our 1,000th wedding on Avanti property, we gave away a $20,000 wedding to one lucky couple. That was fun!

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Honored and Grateful

Our team’s performance and dedication gets recognized as Avanti receives two prestigious awards – NY State’s Wedding Venue of the Year AND Buffalo’s Best Wedding Venue

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Recreated Garden Venue

After serving us well for 15 years, this venue got a new custom structure, a larger bar and a Summer Soiree to celebrate.

Amore Makeover

Avanti means “moving forward, progressive” in Italian. So to live up to our name, we completely renovated the Amore building.

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Present

The Avanti Mansion continues to host memorable events on their private property with the same luxurious feel that the property was originally built for.

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Our Team

Meet our Avanti Family

Award-winning hospitality is in our blood, and we are obsessed with creating extraordinary, fun and memorable experiences for you, and your guests.

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Laurie

Founder
• Started the company in 1999
• Favorite thing about Avanti: Driving in the main entrance and seeing the property restored to its original glory, circa1892. It's been a labor of love and I'm forever grateful for all the people who've helped us on this journey.
• Fun Fact: The Avanti Mansion was named after the classic car that my parents gave me as a graduation gift - a 1963 Studebaker Avanti.
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Sabrina

CFO / Visionary
• Began her career with Avanti in 2008
• Favorite thing about Avanti: Watching the evolution and growth of our company over the years; seeing us become a premier wedding venue in WNY while maintaining the bond that a small family business has.
• Fun Fact: When I'm not in wedding-creative mode, you can find me getting lost in the bass at a Deadmau5 show (I've seen him play over 30 times).
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Arrika

Director of Events
• Began her career with Avanti in 2017
• Favorite thing about Avanti: Being able to be a part of a couple's most important day of their lives and watching all the love in the air.
• Fun Fact: I'm highly obsessed with Forrest Gump.
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Rachael

Event Manager
• Began her career with Avanti in 2023
• Favorite thing about Avanti: Being able to bring our couple's vision to life and helping them create memories that will last them a lifetime.
• Fun Fact: My go-to binge tv show is Love Island UK
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Ashley

Event Manager
• Began her career with Avanti in 2023
• Favorite thing about Avanti: The company's dynamic because everyone's voice is heard.
• Fun Fact: I enjoy deer hunting.
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Colleen

Sr. Wedding Planner
• Began her career with Avanti in 2012
• Favorite thing about Avanti: I love what I do! And I absolutely love the people I get to work with everyday. They've truly become my second family.
• Fun Fact: I met my husband at Avant in 2013 when he worked here! For that reason, Avanti will always be very special to me.
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Kelly

Wedding Planner
• Began her career with Avanti in 2016
• Favorite thing about Avanti: I love being part of such a hard working team that all genuinely want to make our couple's dreams come true on their special day!
• Fun Fact: I love to go out & try new restaurants when they open!
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Raquel

Wedding Planner
• Began her career with Avanti in 2019
• Favorite thing about Avanti: I love that I get to work with so many different people and help plan their special day. Bonus is when those couples then become friends and I get to watch them navigate married life!
• Fun Fact: My favorite board game is Clue and I own every single version out there. Every once and a while I need to take a break from wedding planning and go solve a murder.
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Jessica

Jr. Wedding Planner
• Began her career with Avanti in 2022
• Favorite thing about Avanti: The team I work with. We have such a fun and loving staff that truly work hard to put on the perfect day for our couples.
• Fun Fact: I love animals. I want all of the pets possible!
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Leo

Excecutive Chef
• Began his career with Avanti in 2013
• Favorite thing about Avanti: Being able to execute amazing experiences with a rock star culinary team who I consider family!
• Fun Fact: I am CANADIAN!
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Shannon

Sous Chef
• Began her career with Avanti in 2010
• Favorite thing about Avanti: Hearing guests say we have the best wedding food they've ever had.
• Fun Fact: I am the longest standing employee on the staff!
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Ryan

Jr. Sous Chef
• Began his career with Avanti in 2022
• Favorite thing about Avanti: Being able to make the couple's day even more memorable with the food that we've created.
• Fun Fact: I love playing guitar in my free time.
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Josh

Jr. Sous Chef
• Began his career with Avanti in 2018
• Favorite thing about Avanti: Unlike other companies that I've worked for, Avanti really feels like a family. Especially in the kitchen. Everyone pitches in and helps each other with whatever's needed.
• Fun Fact: I enjoy playing the trumpet.
Careers

What's it like working for us? Here's what our team has to say...

Working for The Avanti Mansion is rewarding and my colleagues feel like family. It is fun — lots of fun!”

See our photos below

Photo 1: Eric Jahn | Photo 2: Megan Anne Photography

 
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TESTIMONIALS

We adore our Avanti couples.

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Absolutely stunning venue! Our wedding coordinator was quick to reply and extremely helpful throughout the entire planning period. The food was fantastic, and our guests had an amazing time. Hands down the best venue in Buffalo.

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Angela & David

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The Avanti staff made our wedding process very enjoyable, from start to finish! The decor, the food, the service- 10/10!! Thank you for making our big day everything we dreamed it would be and more!

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Thalia & Mike

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Everyone and everything at the Avanti was perfect from start to finish for my daughter’s wedding. The atmosphere, the food, the drinks, the service was spectacular! All of our guests were amazed at it all! Thank you for making my daughter’s dream wedding happen.

Barb, Mother of the Bride

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Getting married at the Avanti Mansion was an absolute dream come true! From the start, the entire team at Avanti Mansion has been so helpful in making wedding planning a stress free experience. I’m so thankful I put my trust in Avanti Mansion to help to create the wedding of my dreams!

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Megan & Matt

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