Oh Spring I thought you would never get here....but I am so glad you were late!!! This session is seriously the only reason I would ever utter that statement. I don't think that I have had an engagement session line up with flowering trees before, I AM IN LOVE!!!!!
I wish Mother Nature was more predictable because I would be packing my schedule full during the couple of weeks that we get to witness this beauty! I have photographic proof in my phone that spring was almost a whole month late this year, but if she would have shown up in April like she did last year we would have totally miss out on these jaw dropping beautiful images of my friend Deena and her soon to be husband Don. I am excited to show them off and even more excited that they have selected me to be their wedding photographer this August!! Love you guys and this session <3
Models: Ashley & Jessica
Makeup: Liz Flowers, 12 Month Beauty
Photography: meeee :) Captured by Lydia
INTRODUCING the NEW Jameson Manor Boudoir Collection!!!
Boudoir has been a passion of mine since the start of my business 4 1/2 years ago. I have been photographing MANY beautiful women out of my home since then and recently decided I wanted to add another location option to my boudoir collections! What better place than the gorgeous Jameson Manor right here in Lima, Ohio?? The historic building is the perfect setting and they have the most gorgeous furniture to pose on and around <3
I had been tossing this idea around in my head for a couple months when my good friend and favorite makeup artist Liz Flowers of 12 Month Beauty, contacted me and proposed we do another project together. Miss Liz and I go back to the beginning of my boudoir journey! We met when she joined her makeup client at her boudoir session. She and I were both starting our careers at that time and through this chance meeting started a working relationship that became a friendship. We helped each other grow in our businesses and I am forever grateful for her <3 A year ago she LEFT ME ;) and moved to Columbus, Ohio. I miss her so much and was excited that she was reaching out to do a project! I told her about wanting to add Jameson to my boudoir locations and that I needed to do a shoot there for sample photos! She was completely on board and we place a model call shortly after!
Man what a fun day I had with all these wonderful women! It was so refreshing to gab it up and laugh while they were getting all dolled up. I loved getting to know our models before the shoot <3 These beautiful ladies were exceptional and made my job so easy. I am over the moon with the images. I love that I was able to pull two different looks from this amazing property. Some rooms are my typical bright and airy style, and some I was able to pull out the moody type images I love to look at online. I can't wait for you all to see the finished products below and hopefully get to photograph you in this amazing location!
Interested in a session? For pricing click HERE
Thank you ladies for being so great to work with and allowing me to show your beautiful selves to the world XOXO
Jameson Manor | Lima, OH | 2019 Senior Model Shoot | Simply Torn | Beauty by Jill | Jaden, Alexis, Kaitlyn, Shaylen, Kylee
I seriously don't know how we keep getting SOOO lucky with our beautiful models each year!!! These 5 were so easy to work with and so freaking gorgeous! Simply Torn and Beauty by Jill knocked it out of the park again and the icing on the cake was our beautiful location at the gorgeous Jameson Manor. Everything flowed together beautifully, and I couldn't be happier with the results.
We started out again at Beauty by Jill, where they warned the girls that this shoot is supposed to be a little out of the box so they won't be getting looks they would normally wear :) The makeup line that was used is actually a product of a Lima native. The line called Macy & Mia is super fun and affordable! They have the cutest unicorn makeup brushes, really fun colors and is available for purchase at Beauty by Jill on Main!
Everything went perfectly and we were even ready to head to location a half hour early! Way to go Beauty by Jill team!! Once at location Jamie and Jenna of Simply Torn put their sweet skills to work styling the outfits from top to bottom, complete with adorable gold tattoos <3
Jameson Manor is such a cool place and we literally spent 2/3rds of the shoot in 1 room!! I love to photograph there and I have photographed everything from bridal prep, cocktail hour, boudoir, and now this fun fashion shoot! If you are looking for a sweet and unique place for a shower, wedding, graduation party, or any other event this is the place for you!
These girls are representing our brands this year and did an amazing job at the shoot. They will be posting these pictures all year long but they also have some digital coupons for Simply Torn to send you, so get in touch with them if you'd like to get some sweet savings at this awesome boutique!
Without further ado.... the 2019 Senior Models...
All dolled up...off to Jameson!
Time to shoot!!
That's me :D I had my wedding 2nd shooter with me (AKA my mommy) This is one of the behind the scenes she captured...I'm pretty sure I am telling them how much I LOOOOVEE this and how excited I am....oh and how hot I was. Man I get so toasty when I shoot lol...thought I was going to have to strip down to my tank top after 5 minutes...after seeing how many behind the scenes photos made it online from our entourage (the models fams), I'm sooo glad I didn't bahaha... Okay back to the beauties <3
It's Senior Model time again!!! Man....we have had a heck of a time getting our paint shoot scheduled! Mother Nature has not been on our side at all. This shoot may look like a fun time, and it is! But fun isn't the only reason we do this shoot. Most of these girls each year have never met so we use this time as an icebreaker before tossing them into the styled group shoot and tell them to pile in and get close :) It is also a great time for them to get to know how I work behind the camera and get a little more comfortable in front of the lens while other people are watching. Needless to say I was starting to get nervous that we hadn't had a day work out for the shoot when we were only a little over a week out from the styled shoot! Thankfully Mother Nature decided to meet us half way and gave us 70 degrees with 18 mph winds...ok Nature we will roll with it, thanks for the natural "model fan look" lol. Unfortunately this shoot is not complete :( one of our models, Jaden, got called in to work at the last minute. We missed her greatly and wished we could have tried to reschedule again! I can't wait for you all to see her in the styled shoot pictures because she is gorgeous!
We had a lot of fun again this year and tried switching it up. Normally we do a mini shoot before the paint fight to go over the way I shoot then have fun at the end with the paint. This year we started with the paint and modeled with the paint on them. I'm IN LOVE!!! I think it looks amazing and I love the contrast of the serious faces modeling through the silly paint. These girls were a breeze to work with and I can't wait to see them all together with their AMAZING looks provided by Simply Torn and Beauty by Jill at our BEAUTIFUL venue Jameson Manor!! EEEEEEEE I am so excited!!
Gahhhh see these sweet faces? I mean all the heart eyes right? I was lucky enough to get to do a 6 month in home lifestyle session with these two sweet boys a few weeks ago. They were soooo good and made it incredibly hard for their mommy and daddy to choose what pictures they wanted! But before I show you some of the bajillion they picked (just kidding it wasn't that many lol) I want to step back and show you when I first met these two this past summer.
**sigh** gorgeous right??
Ok now to the squishy cheeks and dimpled arm cuteness!!
getting ready + details
Samantha and her bridesmaids gathered at her parent's home to start getting ready for the day. She wore a stunning ivory trumpet gown, with a sweetheart beaded bodice and a tulle skirt. She looked like a beautiful snow queen with her gorgeous headpiece, fur stole and large evergreen bouquet. Her bridesmaids looked stunning in their lace and sequence dresses and Samantha's daughter and niece where simply adorable in their white dresses, matching headpieces, rose gold converse, and green and fur capes.
The groom and groomsmen wore grey suits and vest with evergreen boutonnieres
Samantha + James had a sweet ceremony in a cozy little church. The lights were low with the sweet romantic glow of Christmas lights.
These guys were troopers! It was 9 degrees!!!
mr. + mrs.
Their reception was held at the Elks in downtown Lima. The entrance to the ballroom smelled of evergreen as you walked under a gorgeous evergreen arch into a room beautifully decorated in a rose gold and hunter green winter wonderland. The night was a joyous time of celebration with family and friends as they danced the night away.
It all started at FFA camp, freshman year in high school. Their schools took the same bus to camp, and that was where they first met. It was 5 years later before they had their first date. From there, the future started to become more and more clear. About 2 years into the relationship, they both knew they were meant for each other. 3 years, several dates, honey-do's, and intense situations into the relationship, Luke finally realized that there was just no way he could let Tiffany slip through his fingers. He planned out a romantic evening of a special dinner and a trip to the Christmas lights at the zoo, as well as a sentimental "speech" in which he would spill his heart to the woman he loves, then follow up with the proposal. It all went as planned.... until the time for the big question. Everything he had thought up to say was gone. None of it seemed to be enough to express exactly how he felt. He still managed to make it to one knee and asked that all important question that every woman wishes to hear, "Will you marry me?" Thankfully she could understand him through his shaky voice and said "About time."
This couple really enjoys hunting and you can see this passion through out their wedding day. Inside their matching wedding bands is engraved "Love you deerly 11-25-17". Tiffany wore a Oleg Cassini lace gown with pockets (my fave!) from David's Bridal, a cathedral length veil, and cute ankle boots. Her garters were camo with deer charms to tie in with her groom's white camo vest. Her bouquet was a variety of white, blue and teal flowers. Luke wore a gray suit, black shirt, white tie, and white camo vest. He had the coolest gray and black boots and his boutonniere included a bullet casing.
the first look
Luke and Tiffany decided on a first look, so after getting ready at her parent's home we headed to the pretty Kendrick's Woods park. I adore first looks! I love seeing their reaction to each other and then watching them check each other out <3
Following in the footsteps of many of Tiffany's relatives the two got married in the gorgeous St. John's Catholic Church in Delphos. Tiffany's grand cathedral veil was perfect in this stunning church!
the bridal party
The couple had a massive bridal party including 12 bridesmaids, 12 groomsmen, 4 mini brides, and one mini groom! The ladies wore shades of teal, blue, and tan and the guys wore gray suits with camo vests, shot gun shell boutonnieres (and a little surprise under their shirts lol)
mr + mrs
For the bridal portraits we started after the first look at Kendrick's Woods where the sun peeked beautifully through the trees. After the ceremony we returned to Tiffany's parents house to do a couple fun pictures with a fur and feathered hat, and include Tiffany's pride and joy, her truck :)
The night finished up at the American Legion in Fort Jennings where their love of hunting could be seen through out the hall. After cake, toasts, and a delicious dinner provided by Tiffany's dad and Dick's Steakhouse, the guest danced the night away on the dance floor!
The couple took an AMAZING trip to Ireland for their honeymoon! I am so happy for these two and am honored to have been able to spend their wedding day with them <3 <3 <3
Ceremony: St. John's Catholic Church, Delphos
Reception: Fort Jennings American Legion
Hair: Lavish Salon and Spa
Makeup: Barb Metzner, Mary Kay
DJ: Kevin Siefker
Cake: Sharon Kraft Sheeter
Catering: Rick Recker (Bride's Father) and Dick's Steakhouse
Dresses: David's Bridal
Groom's attire: Men's Warehouse. Vests made by bride's aunt Barb Haggard
Invitations: Areo Printing
We split Maddie's session into two parts, believe it or not these two sessions were only taken a few weeks apart! Loved working with this beauty <3
Eileen and Kevin reside in Chicago, but decided to come back to Eileen's home town of Toledo to get married. Their day was filled with love, friends, and laughter. Anybody with a set of eyes can see the love and admiration these two have for each other and I was honored to be a part of their beautiful day!
The couple chose the stunning Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel for the place to get ready. Eileen had a gorgeous corner suite with an amazing view of the city skyline and river below. Her look was classic with a beautiful A-line gown with a full tulle skirt. The top of her gown was simple with lace, bead, and sheer details. Eileen wore her hair curled and down, red lips, simple jewelry, a cathedral length veil, stunning low profile shoes and occasionally for warmth, a white fur stole. Her gorgeous bouquet from Bartz Viviano was full of plumb, berry, and cream colors with a couple sweet little succulents tucked in.
The suite was full of smiles, hugs, and laughter as Eileen's bridesmaids got ready beside her. Each bridesmaid chose their unique gown from the plumb & berry families and looked absolutely gorgeous next to their beautiful friend!
The groom and groomsmen looked handsome in their grey vests and suits. Kevin does not know a stranger and is a friend to all. It was wonderful to follow him around all day and watch as he made time for a handshake, hug, and genuine smile for each guest as they crossed his path. He and his groomsmen were a joy to photograph!
I met Andrea & Josh last November for their engagement session. I knew then how amazing their wedding would be! I was not disappointed! In fact, I had to work REALLY hard to cut back the amount of beautiful pictures I wanted to show you from this wedding. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE <3
Andrea & Josh booked the classically beautiful Jameson Manor for the place the ladies would get ready,and for the first look. Wow! What a great decision, this location made such a beautiful backdrop for the morning's events.
Andrea wore a drop dead gorgeous fitted gown with a bateau neckline, beaded belt, sheer back and a dramatic sheer train. She wore her hair up in a chignon with a simple gold leaf barrette, and beautiful veil. Her jewelry was simple gold accents and her bouquet from Ivy Hutch Flowers was a beautiful arrangement of white, peach, blue, and burgundy flowers with long ribbons flowing from the bottom.
the bridal party
the first look
Have I mentioned how much I love First Looks??? Look at that emotion folks <3 <3
mr. + mrs.
After the ceremony we headed back to Jameson Manor for the cocktail hour. I just have to tell you how great this was! They had live music provided by SaMax, a brother and sister duo preforming with just his guitar and her crazy amazing voice! I could sit and listen to her all day! I just loved the intimate feeling the court yard, upper deck, and inside provided for this event. It was perfect!
A little party bus action and a quick stop to Andrea's old work place, Beer Barrel, for a little celebratory drink.
The reception was held at the Lima Knights of Columbus. The hall was decorated by Joyous Occasions with white and sparkly gold table cloths, stunning floral arrangements, and sweet fall themed items. Their delicious meal was served family style and catered by Milano's Café. I loved getting to know the family members of this sweet couple through their speeches. I could definitely see me hanging out with all these great people! Josh's brothers ended their toast with a rap they created for the night. Next up were Andrea's sisters, not to be out done, they too preformed a rap...it was EPIC!! The whole place erupted in applause. Well done ladies, well done! After dinner and the cake the dancing started for the evening. It was standing room only on that floor...ok dancing room only...but you couldn't go far, it was packed! Thank you all for that! Photographers love a good dance party :)
Wedding Planner - Aspen Jean Planning
Videographer - Lasting Memories
Cake - Homemade Goodness - Rhonda Maag
Cocktail Hour Band - Samax - Samantha and Max
Preparations and cocktail hour - Jameson Manor Event Venue
Decorations - Joyous Occasions Ft Jennings
Flowers - Ivy Hutch Flowers & Gifts
Hair and Makeup - Beauty by Jill
Wedding Dress - Twirl
Ceremony - St. Gerard Church
Reception - Knights of Columbus Lima #2661
Dinner - Milano Cafe
Emma, Senior Model 2018, attends Apollo Career Center. When we started discussing locations for her session she knew she wanted sunflowers. A good sunflower field isn't something Lima has to offer :( Any takers on starting one?!! I know many photographers that would be grateful! Emma had been to Yellow Springs with her family and suggested we go there. Not only do they have sunflowers but really cool nature trails and waterfalls. Unfortunately the water fall was a bit too much of a hike for the time we had allotted but I was still in awe of the area! Gosh I wish I lived closer to something cool like that! I was a bit of a drive to get to Yellow Springs but definitely worth it!
Dakota was also one of our 2018 Senior Models. She was my "assistant" because she always reminded me of things and pointed out details that can sometimes be missed when working with a group of girls. She was so helpful! We decided on Bluffton for her session so we could make a visit to the graffiti wall and swinging bridge at the nature preserve. Dakota also had the idea to do a glitter shot and I love how it turned out! I'm pretty sure I still have glitter in my bag and we are a couple months out from her session lol....totally worth it <3
Curtis and Elizabeth met their freshmen year of high school at LCC. She noticed him the first day of class! They quickly became friends and started to date the summer after freshmen year. They dated all through high school and graduated together. Four years later, he proposed :) And now, six years later they are getting married and spending the rest of their lives together!
This is their proposal story as told by Elizabeth: June 13, 2015 Curtis and were on camping trip at Indian Lake State Park with some friends. It was getting dark and it was rainy. Curtis kept insisting we go walk on the beach. I, being difficult, whined and complained about getting wet and being tired. Curtis had this towel with him that I thought was weird, but he said it was to keep us dry in the rain. When we got to the beach we sat under a shelter. Curtis uncover a box that was under that towel and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Again, me being difficult, I asked if he asked my dad and if he was serious?! He, of course, said yes, and so, of course, I said yes (and cried my eyes out)! He had one of our friends taking pictures the whole time.
Elizabeth had a classic look with a gorgeous satin dress with stunning beaded details and a plunging back. The icing on her already amazing dress is the POCKETS! I LOVE dresses with pockets!! Elizabeth wore her hair up and carried a beautiful bouquet of fall colored flowers. Curtis gave Elizabeth a sweet bracelet to complete her look.
Elizabeth's mother Janet passed away a few months before the wedding. Even though she could not be with Elizabeth here on Earth for this day, her memory was abundant in the hearts of her loved ones. As an outward symbol of her memory this beautiful image of her joined us throughout the day.
Curtis wore a gray suit, white vest and a red tie. Elizabeth gave him a watch to complete his look for the day.
the bridal party
mr. + mrs.
Ceremony: St. Gerard Catholic Church
Reception & Catering: Old Barn Out Back
Dress: Sister's Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal
Groom's Attire: Men's Warehouse
Florist: Petal Shed
Hair: Angel's Hair Salon
Make up: Christine Stauffer - Mary Kay
Cake: Baked to Perfection
DJ: CDR Productions Entertainment
Favors: Shirley's Popcorn (delicious s'mores popcorn! YUMMO!)
Grace was one of our 2018 Senior models! When we talked about her first session she definitely knew she wanted water and rocks. Coming back from a trip to the Smoky Mountains with my husband a month before left me a little disappointed in the local selection for this type of scenery ;) (My heart belongs in the Smokies <3 someday I will live there friends!) Anyway...back to Grace!! I was racking my brain for a location when this little spot from my childhood came to me. I grew up in Bluffton, and even though I definitely appreciate the beauty of that sweet little town I forget to view it through my grown up photographer eyes. It is so nice to go back and rediscover all the things I took for granted during my growing up years! Grace is stunning and looked amazing in all the spots <3
I first met Taylor and John at a bridal show in Findlay this past spring. Taylor called me that night to book with me and I was overjoyed! Soon we met again for their engagement session, they were a joy to work with, and their session turned out amazing!
I absolutely love how John looks at Taylor. You can tell how in love they are and I am not surprised he had such a sweet proposal for Taylor. "We lived on the second floor of our apartment and I had just gotten home from work. I walked inside the apartment building and flower petals were on the stairs. I thought it was cute but didn't think they were for me. Single roses were scattered around as well. Petals were leading from the first floor all the way to our apartment. I got to my door and realized they were all for me. I walked inside and flowers were everywhere! That's when I saw John and he handed me a glass of wine and proposed to me :)"
Taylor wore an absolutely gorgeous gown. She looked just like a princess in her A-line gown with a fully beaded bodice and full tulle skirt. She modified the train from the original gown but left a little bit behind for her mom :) She wore a beautiful diamond necklace from her late grandmother and a sweet tiara. Her bouquet was a large arrangement of fall colored flowers and the perfect addition to her fall themed wedding!
I think John enjoyed his gift from Taylor :) I helped make it and totally didn't put 2 and 2 together at first that that was what he was opening! Have to say I loved getting to witness it being opened!
John gave Taylor tickets to see the Packers play the Browns, she LOVED it!!
Taylor and John had a beautiful sunny 82 degree October day! I must add though, that we at times felt like we were in a hurricane! It was quite possibly the windiest situation I have photographed with gusts 20-30 mph but these two were champs and we would shoot between the gusts if we were in a gusty area.
The ceremony was held on Taylor's parent's property in a white tent situated a short distance from another tent that held the reception. We were sounded by trees and it was stunning.
mr + mrs
The fall theme continued into the tent which was full of the glow of string lights. The round white tables were decorated with beautiful arrangements in white pumpkins next to small tea candles. Hay bales were positioned at the entrance topped with metal tubs of ice, wine, and assorted beverages. Next to the drinks was a super cute smores station. The incredibly delicious meal was catered and served to guest by the AMAZING crew of The Gathering. A table near the back was overflowing with fall themed goodies next to their cake that continued the purple theme from the guys' vests and ties. Everything tied beautifully together and guests danced the night away to music provided by Speed of Sound Entertainment.
This sweet couple met on eHarmony and instantly clicked. Their connection was extremely intellectual; they talked for hours about history and books. Bailey & Joe started talking on March 9, 2016, had their first date on the 12th (dinner at La Cha and Suessical the Musical at Elida High School), and made it official on the 16th. Even though neither had said it at that point they both knew it was forever and always.
Joe proposed to Bailey by waking her up with a kiss before church on 10/16/16 and asked :) he said he wanted to plan something more "special" but it was the middle of harvest and he had already had the ring for months. Bailey said "it was perfect, and very special."
Bailey wore a beautiful cap sleeved gown, and rose gold details. She wore a simple nude heel for the ceremony and had the cutest rose gold sequence sneakers for the rest of the day! Her bridesmaids wore the sweet black and white tea length dresses with matching shoes.
Joe looked handsome in his vest and rolled sleeves and his groomsmen sported a similar look exchanging the vest for suspenders.
Dad's First Look
The First Look
Joe had a surprise for his soon to be sister-in-law
The ceremony was held on a beautiful sunny day at Joe's home church, St. John's Lutheran Church in Napoleon, Ohio.
They had their guest sign cornhole boards! I LOVE this idea!
Bailey's mom works for coke so they thought it would be super fun and cute to do a few photos with personalized coke bottles...they were right :)
Mr. + Mrs.
Bailey & Joe had their reception in the Findlay room at the beautiful Alexandria's Gastropub in Findlay, Ohio.
Lexi & Wes decided to get married surrounded by their family in a gazebo at the Toledo Botanical Gardens and it was PERFECT! Lexi wore a beautiful fitted lace gown and veil. Her bouquet was absolutely beautiful and created by HER with flowers from the grocery! What?? And this isn't something she already does, I was so impressed when I heard this! I would love to be able to just whip up something that looked this professional! Thank you Lexi & Wes for allowing me to join you and your family for such a special day! I wish you may years of happiness and joy <3
Kari & Clint are the perfect match, you can just tell from the way they look at each other. I remember telling them at their engagement session that they looked at each other very well (that may sound like a weird statement, but sometimes staring at someone, even if you love them isn't easy) I think Clint responded with something along the lines of, "Well why wouldn't I, look at what I'm looking at." Their wedding day was filled with those same looks and it was absolutely perfect.
Kari's look was sweet and soft, she wore a beautiful fitted lace gown with buttons alternating with crystals down the entire back of the dress. Her hair was softly curled and pulled half up. Her bouquet was a beautiful light and airy grouping of white baby's breath and spider mums. To top off her look Kari decided on boots for her footwear to surprise her husband to be
Clint gave Kari the sweetest gift. Since Kari is a massage therapist she cannot wear her rings while she works. He gave a necklace with a heart that will open at the bottom and hold her rings for her so she never has to put her rings down.
Kari had a piece of her mother's wedding dress sewn into her dress. Her mom had actually forgotten about this till we started taking photos of it. It was very emotional. <3
the first look
dad's first look
The ceremony was held on the property of the owners of the Winner Family Farm. As guests arrived to the location they were greeted by a grand gate to a gorgeous tree lined driveway. Bales of hay and beautiful mums led guests to their chairs. The chairs were set up on the side of a hill with the most amazing rock stairs cascading down to a beautiful blue pond.
mr. + mrs.
The matron of honor's grandparents had the best marriage advice ever.... lol
Kari's brothers had a surprise for the couple and preformed their parody of the COPS theme!
A beautiful warm and sunny day to end a week of crazy rain is just what this couple hoped for! Oh Findlay, how we love you....but we really need you to get your Blanchard River in check lol. Just a decade ago yours truly had to move her wedding ceremony to a different town 3 days before her wedding date because of our beloved Blanchard River...talk about stressful! Thankfully this was not the case for Alyson and Todd! We did have to alter one of our portrait locations but I'll take that any day over what it could have been!
Alyson and Todd have been together since they began dating in high school 8 years ago and it is obvious that they are head over heels for each other! They were so sweet at our pre-wedding meeting and I could feel the love and excitement for their upcoming day! I loved how vocal Todd was about not wanting to see his bride-to-be before their intimate ceremony <3 I love my grooms but usually that is more of a concern of the bride!
Alyson wore a light and airy, sweet heart necked gown, with a ruffled bottom from David's Bridal. Her jewelry and head piece were the perfect amount of sparkle to compliment her radiant smile. She had the most amazing blue shoes.. and I heard someone mention something about Sex in the City... I'm sure if you watched that series you will know what they were talking about :)
I had to add this one in here...this little guy was so curious I thought he was going to crawl up Alyson's dress!!! He followed us all around lol
Alyson's Bridesmaids looked amazing in their coral dresses that were also from David's Bridal. The two little ones gave me a run for my money :) The little guy wouldn't crack a smile for me for anything and our little flower girl wasn't too sure of me either! As soon as they gave her the basket she decided it was a great time to practice lol.
Todd looked dashing in his grey tuxedo and white vest from American Commodore Tuxedo. His groomsmen compliment his look well with their coral vests and ties.
These lovebirds decided to have a small intimate ceremony with their families in a sweet gazebo on the Findlay University Campus, it was perfect. The sweet flower girl ran full speed to her destination, Alyson looked absolutely radiant as she walked to the beautiful music coming from the harpist, and Todd was as anxious as ever to see his beautiful bride to be.
After the family formals we began to head to the front of the campus to get a picture under the arch and a long white limo pulled up in front of us in the distance. Alyson's father had booked the limo as a surprise and Alyson's squeal of delight after realizing it was for them was the perfect response <3 Before they hopped in we make a quick pit stop to snap so photos under the Findlay University arch since both are alumni!
Mr. + Mrs.
Their girls made a special appearance just for pictures! They were so excited to see their mom and dad :)
I have to tell you... Alyson's mom Brenda is exceptionally talented! She did all the florals and decorating for the entire day! WHAAAAT??? Wow, I am blown away! The reception was held in the grand Marathon center. It had an open upper lounge for the guest and the lower level was where the bridal table, immediate family tables, and dance floor were located. Each table had sweet little chocolate heart sucker as a memorial to Alyson's grandmother. She was known for her chocolates for special occasions. The room was filled with light from the floor to ceiling wall of windows. It was luxurious.
The food was catered by Special Occasions Catering and was delicious as always! Their loaded mashed potatoes and melt in your mouth roast is absolutely divine. For dessert the couple opted to have cheesecake for their guest so a sweet little cutting cake was all they needed. It was presented on a spinning cake stand with lights in the bottom.
Everything was the perfect setting to spend the night celebrating the marriage of the high school sweet hearts that are amazingly in love.
Ceremony Venue: Findlay University
Reception Venue: Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Florist: Brenda Combs (Mother of the Bride)
Wedding Planner: Brenda Combs (Mother of the Bride)
Hair: Tangles Salon
Dresses: David's Bridal
Tuxedo: American Commodore Tuxedo
Catering: Special Occasions Catering
Cake: Alexa Geise
Ashley and Luke could not have ordered a better day! It was 78 with a slight breeze which was absolutely perfect for their outdoor tent ceremony.
The girls started the day getting ready at Ashley's house. We arrived as Kristen was finishing up Ashley's makeup. Ashley's oldest daughter Maddie was a junior bridesmaid and looked absolutely adorable. Below she is looking at her necklace her mommy gave her.
Ashley's look was elegantly simple. She wore baby's breath in her hair, a light and airy dress with a sweetheart neckline from David's Bridal in Toledo, jeweled sandals, and a sweet and simple bracelet with a heart. She finished out her look with a darling bouquet filled with baby's breath, roses and daisy's from Great Scot Floral in Findlay.
Ashley had 3 bridesmaids and one junior bridesmaid. They too wore dresses from David's Bridal and looked amazing!
Luke looked handsome in his blue suspenders and bowtie.
The couples ceremony was held outdoors by a beautiful blue pond beneath a tent at Circle P Ranch in Findlay, Ohio.
Mr + Mrs <3
After our little trip to Litzenberg Memorial Park for our bridal portraits we returned back to Circle P for the reception to eat, dance & celebrate!
After Ashley and Luke's first dance they had a family dance with their sweet girls. Little Emerson thought that was good time to feed her daddy a strawberry haha.