Katelin Shaffer and Corey Coleman, partners in music, became partners in life June 22 when they married in Island Park, Williamsville.
The two professional musicians perform their original “bluesy Americana” music around their home in Atlanta as the duo “Kate and Corey,” both singing and playing acoustic guitars. But for their wedding and reception in the park pavilion following the ceremony, at which the Rev. Kevin M. Mason officiated, the couple left the music to their friends in the Niagara Falls band High Horse.
“They asked us beforehand, ‘Do you want to play?’ and we said, ‘Thanks, but we think we’ll pass today,’ ” said Kate Coleman.
Chuck DeRose of High Horse played “beautiful” acoustic music during the ceremony, she said.
Kate Coleman is the daughter of William Shaffer and Michele Shaffer of Cheektowaga. A graduate of Maryvale High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and dance from SUNY Buffalo State.
Corey Coleman is the son of Patti Marie Woods of Austintown, Ohio, and Stephen and Stacey Coleman of Westbrook, Conn., and a graduate of Carthage Senior High School. He is also, his new wife said, “an amazing lead guitarist.”
The Colemans have recently purchased a banjo and a mandolin and plan to work those instruments into their repertoire. They plan to tour the Southeast in the fall.
Before moving to Atlanta in September, the duo performed locally, including in the Niagara Falls Hard Rock Cafe and Buffalo’s Sportsmen’s Tavern, as well as at VIP receptions at Darien Lake for Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley.
The couple, not surprisingly, met through the world of local music. In late 2009, a local promoter brought Shaffer to a studio in Tonawanda where Coleman was practicing with a band. “Corey is very direct, so he just said to me, ‘I think you are wonderful, I think we should go out,’ ” she said. “We went on a couple of dates, then decided we weren’t in the right place to be seeing anybody right them.” The two mostly lost touch.
A year later, Shaffer went to hear the band 90 West playing at a bar in Niagara Falls. “Corey was their lead guitarist,” she said. “He took off his guitar, came up to me and said, ‘I think we need to go on another date and give this another shot.’ ” They agreed to go to dinner the next night and, she said, “we’ve been together ever since.”
After a visit to Cranberry Lake, near Carthage, the couple has returned home to Atlanta.
– Anne Neville