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.