Lima, Ohio | Allen County Farm Park | Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center | Hampshire Wedding
Ahhh… the last wedding of the year. This time is always bittersweet. I truly, from the bottom of my heart, love all my couples and LOVE my job. On my way to every wedding I pray for each and every couple and thank God for the AMAZING job he has blessed me with. So even though my slow season is definitely needed and enjoyed with my family.... I do miss it.
The weather was perfect for a November wedding, 50s and partly cloudy! The ladies arrived to the farm park in their flannel shirts with hair and makeup beautifully completed by the Beauty by Jill team. We grabbed up Kelsey's details and started shooting away as they nibbled on their lunch in the small cabin on the property. Kelsey's dress.... [sigh].... it was STUNNING!! I first was surprised by how light the dress was! I am so used to picking up a dress and feeling like I have a small toddler in my arms... not kidding folks...brides are the definition of "beauty is pain". The details on the gown were to die for! The gown was light and flowy with a train split into 3 sections. Lace details created the most unique lines all over the gown and the sheer back and neck allowed for lace illusions that lined the plunging V neckline and straight up the back. Kelsey wore her hair up at the nape of her neck with sprinkles of baby's breath tucked in. She wore flats, a simple neckless and intricate gold drop earrings. Her look was completed with a gorgeous light and airy bouquet, that complimented the florals on the ceremony arch. Her bridesmaids wore individually unique dresses of different shades. Huge shout out to them for helping me with the photo of all the dresses! That was definitely a team effort A) I'm vertically challenged and couldn't reach that high even with my step stool B) They helped with the color and hanger arrangements to make sure I got them in the right order!
Megan & Clay picked the beautiful Buckeye Barn Venue for their wedding day and it was the perfect setting for these two, since they both a have a huge passion for horses.
Megan had a gorgeous farmhouse to get ready in with her crew and the guys had an awesome Dude Cave complete with a foosball table and tv with a gaming system.
Megan wore a stunning strapless fitted lace gown with a beautiful jeweled detail on the belt line. On the skirt of the gown Megan wore her grandmother's broach. Her jewelry was simple, consisting of a heart neckless, diamond drop earrings, and a sweet bracelet. Megan completed her look with a fingertip veil, boots and a gorgeous bouquet that she and her crew made at The Flowerman the night before. If you have never heard of The Flowerman, they are a florist shop but hey have an option to take a class where a florist helps you design and make your own flowers for the wedding! << I just think that is the coolest thing!!
The morning was drizzly and chilly, but the rooms were filled with love and joy. Many wedding preps can be a complete whirlwind of activity, their day was definitely busy but each one took precious time to make sure that hugs and gifts were given, and letters were read with family members. This couple is and will be surrounded by much love as they grow together <3
Brittany & Dustin had a PERFECT fall day for their wedding! Just a few short days before the wedding we were still hitting the 80's for temps, and then just like that we dropped 30 degrees like Mother Nature realized she slept though her alarm clock :D
Brittany and her crew got ready next to the church. There were many smiles, laughs, and tears as Brittany transformed into a bride before their eyes. The interactions between the bride to be and her mother, future step-daughter, and friends were such a joy to watch.
Brittany wore an A-Line, strapless, lace gown with a sweetheart neckline with a beautiful beaded belt. Her hair was pulled up at the base of her neck with a stunning fingertip veil with lace trim tucked up underneath. Her shoes were a simple strappy jeweled heel and her bouquet was made of brilliant fall colors. She wore a sweet and simple bracelet give to her by her mother as a finishing touch (cue the waterworks <3)
Dustin wore gray trousers, a white shirt, white tie, suspenders and a "wicked" watch that his bride surprised him with right before the ceremony. (Wicked was his description...which I loved lol)
The couples ceremony took place in the gorgeous Transfiguration of the Lord Church in Upper Sandusky. It was simply, sweet, and full of laughter. Sweet Kaylee was so happy she couldn't hold back the tears as she walked down the aisle after the ceremony was finished. After the ceremony the couple was greeted with shouts of joy as they exited the church to take a quick trip with their daughter Kaylee in Dustin's grandpa's car.
After the ceremony we hopped on out to Indian Mill park for our bridal party and Bride + Groom photos. The sun was shining, the cool fall air was still....it was perfect!
mr + mrs
These two were so great to work with! They could go from stunning serious looks to genuine laughter in a minute. I wish many many years of laughter together <3
The reception was held in the Masters Building located on the Wyandot County Fairgrounds. The venue was decorated in a fall rustic theme with vibrant center pieces designed by Brittany's grandmother.
Jeff and Jessica had a gorgeous day for a wedding. It was sunny with a high of 84! I know we were all a little shocked with that temperature for an October wedding but I will take it gratefully because we are VERY close to complaining about how cold it is :D
First up for the day was popping in with the groom at his house. We arrived to a large group of guys hanging out in the garage enjoying the day and each other's company. After locating Jeff's details and snapping a few photos, he opened his letter and gift from Jessica, which turned out to be a surprise engraving on the inside of his wedding band.
Next up, was checking in on the lovely ladies as they were at Jessica's parent's house getting prepped for the day in their beautiful floral robes. Midway through prep we took a break for Jessica to open her sweet letter and gift from Jeff. He gave her the metal rose to represent his everlasting love for his beautiful bride.
Jessica wore a stunning white and ivory fitted lace gown with a plunging V-neckline, buttoned back, and long sleeves with a line of buttons at the ends. Her dress was finished with a beautiful jeweled ivory belt cinched around her waist. She wore her hair half up with a delicate jeweled wire hair piece. Her shoes were a low profile jeweled wedge with "I DO" jewels place on the bottom. Her jewelry, borrowed from her mother was addition to her classic look.
Ohhhh you guys... for a girl that has a heart that feels at home in the mountains this wedding was a DREAM <3 <3
Janeka began her bridal prep at The Hyatt Regency where we would later return for the reception. We walked in to see one of the most impressive makeup displays! I couldn't help myself from snapping pictures of all the cool stuff surrounding us. After chatting and snapping for a bit we grabbed the details and started on our way to the prettiest little chapel on a cliff. It took us 15 minutes just to get to the top folks! I'm still in awe of the beauty we found there!
Janeka wore a gorgeous full A-line gown with a dreamily fluffy tulle skirt and a white lace bodice with blush material underneath and a dainty rose gold jeweled belt. The neckline was a deep V-line with romantic fabric draping from the shoulder line. The back of the dress was also a deep V-line with a small line of sweet pearl buttons. She wore her hair up with a finger tip veil, dramatic rose-gold earrings, rose gold bracelet, and rose-gold heels. Her bouquet designed by the mother of the groom was made of white, peach, and green blooms and finished with jewels around the stems.
Emily + Steve are seriously the sweetest couple! We loved every moment of their day <3 Their day took place at the Manor House at Wildwood park. This 30,000 square foot historic home was built by the founders of Champion Spark Plug Company in 1938. I loved this choice for them because it fit them perfectly. Their day was intimate, unique, and absolutely gorgeous.
All wedding dresses are special, but Emily's was a notch up in the special department as she was wearing her grandmother's wedding dress! It was a beautiful silky satin with a button back and unique neckline. She had the sleeves altered to put her own mark on the dress. She wore her hair half up with a stunning comb, beautiful pink heels, rose gold earrings and carried her grandmothers beautiful beaded clutch. The setting of the historic house, and the dress......gah perfection... One of the most unique elements of the day was her use of books. Emily, a bookworm, works at Barnes and Noble and brought this love into her special day by making her own bouquet out of pages from a book and having her bridesmaid carry books in stead of bouquets <3
Steve prepared for the day in the basement of the manor, which was fitting since it isn't a normal old basement. This one was a full man cave, before they were called man caves. It has a fireplace, bar, and shooting range! Steve wore a grey vest and trousers, with a green tie and a wedding ring made of oak.
Steve is a character :D I laughed so much with them through out their day. I ended up having a terrible time narrowing down the images to use because they had so many cute interactions! Steve 100% brings light to Emily's eyes and I know these two are going to be laughing for years to come.
the love story | as told by Deena
Don and I actually met back in 2010 when he was the best man and I was the maid of honor for one of our good friends' wedding. However, we didn't hit it off until the end of 2015 - beginning of 2016. In 2017, we decided to move in together and see how things would go and that is when he popped the question later that year. And from there it's our very happy fairy tale ending.
Don proposed when we were on vacation in Disney taking my daughter to Magic Kingdom for her 10th birthday celebration. Little did I know, he surprised us with dinner for her birthday at the Cinderella castle. After dinner and while we were waiting on our desert, just as the fireworks were starting, he got down on one knee and proposed. It was a total surprise and a very happy ending. He even got a photographer to snapshot the whole proposal.
Deena & her bridesmaids all got ready at the ceremony site, Field & Stream in Spencerville. They had a super cute waffle & mimosa bar for everyone to nibble on during the morning prep. Deena wore a sleeveless, A-line gown with a v-line neck. The fabric had white pinstripes and the skirt was full of many different layers and pieces, almost like petals on a flower. She wore her hair up with a delicate barrette. Her jewelry was simple and stylish and she opted for cute and comfy with her white and gold converse sneakers (SUPER smart!!) Deena did get dressed in the lodge but we opted to head outside for the finishing touches. While we were out there a butterfly was hanging around. After the butterfly visited Deena, her niece became the keeper of the sweet little butterfly and he hung around on her dress till Deena's niece stepped into place for the family formals photo later that day. Now this is a neat thing all by itself, but I want to share that Deena's dad passed a few years back and I know we all liked to think of it as a sign of his presence on such a special day <3
mr + mrs
Toast: "May all your ups and downs be in the bedroom." lol....I have heard many toasts...that's a first for me folks.
the love story
as told by Spencer
Okay guys, I'll make this as short as I can. Let me know if you want to hear the whole thing...it's a good one! I first met Jenna at the ACT test in Wapakoneta. Romantic, I know. She was with Mindi, a mutual friend of ours that I knew from church and she knew from school. A few days after that, I asked Mindi for Jenna's information and got a hold of this girl I thought was cute and funny. We texted for a little while, but 17 year old Spencer wasn't too committed, and let her slip away. We hung out a few times in big groups after I graduated high school in 2013, but I was going off to college and wasn't looking for a relationship (also, I didn't think anyone liked me and all my goofiness). Fast Forward to the Fall of 2013, when the Homecoming dance was coming up. Mindi texted me on Jenna's phone, asking me to the dance. I agreed, ultimately thinking how fun it would be to see all my old friends. At the dance, I realized again how cool this Jenna girl was. We went to the dance and had a great time, but I had to go back and focus on my Freshmen year studies and such. Spring Break was quickly approaching, and Mindi (you'll notice she was pivotal in all this) let me know Jenna needed a date to the Prom, and let me know how much fun Jenna had at Homecoming. I began to text and call Jenna again, this time with much more intent. I let her know how much I liked her, and when I was home for break, I asked her to her Prom (Super Romantic, I know). By the time the dance rolled around, I knew Jenna was the girl I wanted to make my girlfriend, and luckily, she obliged. We have been dating now for over 4 years, and I am so excited that I get to be her husband forever!
as told by Jenna
So, I’m guessing you read Spencer’s version of our journey to Prom 2014, but it looks a little different from my perspective. I started noticing Spencer before he took much notice of me. I knew he was friends with Mindi and Lidia from church, and I’d met him a few times in passing. When he stopped texting me after the ACT, 16-year-old Jenna was pretty bummed because I thought he was really nice and funny. Later on, it wasn’t just me who took notice of him. My mom was around him a few times the summer after he graduated high school, and she noticed that he was so fun, hilarious, and a Christian. She would say things to me like, “What about Spencer Wolf? Isn’t he so funny? His mom Linda is so sweet! Are you attracted to him?” I about died every time she would ask me those things, but I didn’t admit to her that I definitely had a crush on him. I started to give up hope a little because he didn’t seem very interested in me specifically but more so interested in my group of friends as a whole. We went to Homecoming my senior year, simply as friends, but I was blown away that he was such a gentleman. He opened every door for me, paid for everything, and danced with me all night. Still just friends. Then, out of nowhere in the spring this handsome gentleman started pursuing me. So sweet and intentional, it was almost overwhelming! On the last slow dance of Prom, I agreed to date him as long as he asked my dad first. Not quite what he wanted to hear. Haha! Our story doesn’t end there though. That’s only where it started. Since then, God has been growing and changing us though our time at college and after. We have grown to love the Lord and each other more and more over the past 4 years. I thank God for Spencer in my life. He has matured in front of my eyes. He continues to serve me with a patient and kind heart. I only hope I can do the same. The way that he has loved and respected me has been a beautiful example of Christ’s love in my life. I pray that we continue chasing after God together in our marriage. I wouldn’t want to run the race with anyone else by my side.
Spencer proposed to me on May 19, 2017 at my parent's home. He took me out to a nice dinner, and we were all dressed up. So fun! We came back to the house and he somehow coaxed me out to the woods with him. Back story: We have a little log cabin in the woods at our house that I had helped my Dad build when I was little. I had worked hard to fix it up in high school, but it fell to disarray when animals got into it once again. Spencer had been secretly cleaning, painting, redoing the floor, etc. with my Dad and brother. I was oblivious. On May 19th he took me inside to find it renewed and filled with Christmas lights, countless pictures of us, flowers, and candles. He got down on one knee (so nervous and sweet), and he asked me to marry him and spend forever together. Oh yeah, and I said YES!!
We are going to Jamaica right after our wedding. We fly out Sunday morning! We will be so ready to relax on the beach and enjoy the resort together!
If you follow my blogs right about now you expect to see pretty details start filling the page... not today folks! Oh we will get to that shortly but we are going to start this bridal prep with the boys visiting a place where the pickle on top makes your heart go flippity flop <3 Spencer and his groomsmen walked across the street to one of the oldest burger joints in the U.S., good old Kewpee, so we thought we'd join them!
Meanwhile back at Trinity United Methodist the ladies were hanging out in their embroidered robes getting beautified for the day. Jenna wore a sleeveless satin A-line gown (with pockets, I LOVE dresses with pockets!) Her hair was elegantly swooped up to the base of her neck, she wore a delicately beaded headband and a beautiful jeweled fingertip veil. Her three bridesmaids wore a tea-length dress in a muted purple and beautiful bead details on the bodice. The bouquets were light and airy with filled with white and shades of purple, silver dollar eucalyptus and dusty miller leaves.
Jenna and Spencer decided on a traditional timeline for their day, but we did get them ever so close to read their letters to each other. After this sweet moment we brought in Jenna's dad to see her for the first time. <3
As you read in the couple's love story, their walk with the Lord is central to their relationship. Prior to the ceremony, friends and family filled their prep rooms to pray over this sweet couple as they embarked on the next chapter of their lives. The words were sweet and the tears many.
Family played a large part in their ceremony. Jenna's family members provided amazing live music, 6 little girls carried flowers in memory of the deceased, there were 2 adorable ring bearers, and the sweetest little flower girl that was escorted down the aisle by the best man. As Spencer stood on the stage awaiting his bride his nervous excitement was almost palpable. As Jenna walked down the aisle with her father, emotion overcame both Jenna and Spencer. Their ceremony was absolutely beautiful and filled with the Holy Spirit. Once more the family members joined them on stage to pray over the couple before they were officially announced husband and wife. After the ceremony the couple released each row of guests and we started the process of photographing their 4 large families then did a smaller more intimate bubble release with them after the photos were finished.
mr + mrs
The couple's reception was held at the Veteran's Memorial Civic Center. The decorations for the ballroom were garden inspired with potted plants scattered through out and hanging from the ceiling with string lights which felt like a garden courtyard when the lights were lowered for dancing. Joyous Occasions once again knocked this reception decorations out of the park! The night was filled with love, fun, laughter, toasts with a surprise sing-along, the shoe game, anniversary dance, and more!
the love story | told by Katelynn
Nick and I met through a mutual friend on April 20th, 2012. Our connection was instant! We said yes to being boyfriend and girlfriend on May 5th, 2012 and have been together for 6 years. We dated long distance for awhile due to going to colleges in two different states, but despite the obstacles we faced we were able to make it through the tough times. Nick accepted a job offer with Chevron in Houston, Texas after we both graduated from college. One month after we graduated we moved to Houston and have been here ever since! Nick works a rotational schedule where he travels to an oil rig and stays there for two weeks working. I started my career as a dental hygienist shortly after moving here. We have two adorable dogs now, Kaylee and Zoey and we bought our first house together in March of 2016. Its been a long time coming, but we are happy to finally be saying "I do!" :)
In our current neighborhood we have a pretty lake with a dock to walk out onto. Nick asked me to marry him there, with a surprise photographer who captured the special moment. He also flew my parents down from Ohio to be there for the special day!
We are going to honeymoon at an all inclusive Sandals Resort in St. Lucia. We will be going a couple of weeks after our wedding!
Bridal prep for the ladies took place at Nick's grandparents house a short distance from the church. Katelynn wore a beautiful strapless lace A-line dress with a sweetheart neckline, her hair in an elegant chignon and a stunning cathedral length veil. Her gorgeous bouquet from the talented Ivy Hutch Flowers was made up of light pink and cream roses and cream hypericum berries. Katelynn and her bridemaids all wore cute floral robes for their bridal prep. When it was time to get ready her bridesmaids looked amazing in their navy dresses and each took turns helping Katelynn get ready.
Nick wore a grey suit, navy tie, brown shoes, and a cream rose boutonniere.
Katelynn and Nick had a HOT day, 93 degrees hot to be exact. But not once did they ever looked wilted nor complained. These two are so sweet, easy going, and a joy to photograph <3
the love story | told by Amber
Thane and I have known each other since elementary school. We started dating in jr. high and throughout high school. Thane and I just knew that we wanted to be together in high school. We talked about marriage; however, we both intended on going to college and wanted to wait until that chapter of our lives. We both attended the University of Toledo, where we were both active on campus and in Greek Life. In April 2016, Thane lavaliered me. This is essentially a pre-engagment ceremony that allowed him to share his (fraternity)letters with me. It began with a candle pass from my sorority sisters in the Greek village. Immediately following the candle pass, Thane and his fraternity brothers walked out of their house into the village and got down on one knee. They sang their 'Sweetheart' song and Thane presented me with a lavaliere (necklace) with his letters on it and stitch letters. A year later we were engaged!
Thane asked me to marry him after a family gathering, Thane got his parents and my parents together as well as our siblings. He got down on one knee in front of them and asked me to marry him. I was not expecting it at all so there was a lot of surprise. Afterwards, we were able to go out to dinner and celebrate. After our wedding we will be honeymooning in Barbados!
Bridal prep for the girls took place at Tree Links. Amber wore a beautiful sleeveless lace trumpet gown with v-line neck and jeweled buttoned back. Her hair was elegantly gathered at the nape of her neck. She wore a beautiful hair piece and a fingertip veil.
first look + bridal portraits
Amber and Thane were are first couple of 2018 to do a first look <3 I LOVE first looks!! (I enjoy traditional timelines too) however first looks are sweet an intimate and they also provide a lot more freedom for the day! We have more opportunities for photos if the weather isn't working and if the weather is working with us then couples have more time with their guests because all the pictures are finished before the ceremony. Anyway, Amber and Thane were so sweet, we had Amber call for Thane as she rounded the corner of the path so he could see his beautiful bride walking towards him. I think his smile said it all <3
the love story | told by Tori
Our story begins long before many actually know. When Bryce and I were about 10 years old, I would spend the night at Bryce's house because I was good friends with Bryce's sister from dance. As time drew on, visits were less and less often. Fast forward eight years later and Bryce and I were reunited through mutual friends and a spark was lit between us. It all started with text messages back and forth until Bryce popped the bubble and asked me out to the movies. A simple comedy, Identity Thief, seemed like a nice suggestion. This being Bryce's first date ever, he was nervous, so much so that he didn't even reach for my hand or give me a hug when he returned me home. I thought the nervousness and tepidness was kind of cute (Thank goodness!) and happily accepted a breakfast date to Bob Evans (Still today our favorite date location) a few days later
On March 19th Bryce and I found ourselves walking along the banks of the Scioto River. After awkwardly rearranging our positions to avoid me from sticking my cold hands into Bryce's left jacket pocket which contained the ring, he proposed!
Bryce's parents are surprising us with a honeymoon immediately after the wedding. We will find out our honeymoon destination at the airport the following Monday after our wedding!
Tori and Bryce both prepped for the big day at their ceremony location, Delphos Trinity United Methodist Church, with their friends and family.
Tori wore a beautiful lace trumpet gown with a sweetheart neckline, jeweled button back, fingertip veil, and gorgeous jeweled cutout flats and a beautiful bracelet given to her by Bryce's mother. Her bouquet, from the talented Ivy Hutch Flower shop, was shades of purple and white flowers with pearl accents. Tori wrapped lace from her mother and grandmother's dresses around her bouquet and place her grandmothers earring in the wrap. Her hair was elegantly pulled up and she wore a delicate jeweled headband.
Bryce looked dapper in his gray suit and purple tie, vest, and pocket square. He wore silver cuff links and a watch given to him by his bride.
I met Kellie, Phil and their sweet family for the first time last fall when we did an engagement/family session. I knew right then that the wedding would be a great time. They are completely laid back and so funny. I remember laughing the whole time!
Our first stop for bridal prep was with Phil and his son Philly at the Mariott to capture his details. I love when we have extra time to pop in with the groom.
After hanging with the boys we hopped on over to Kellie's parents house were she, her mom and her daughter Kadance were getting ready. Kellie had mentioned in her questionnaire that she wanted her shoes photographed. UMMMM... can we talk about these gorgeous things??!! I wanted to just photograph them all. day. long. <3 <3
Kellie wore a gorgeous lace trumpet gown with a sweetheart neck and buttoned back, a sea foam jeweled belt and a fingertip veil. Her hair was lightly curled and pulled half up with the cutest succulent hair clips to match the succulents in her beautiful bouquet created by Ivy Hutch Flowers. AND let's not forget those UH-MAZING shoes! Kadance wore a pretty sea foam dress with a high neckline and the same sweet succulent hair clips.
Kellie + Phil's ceremony was held at the Allen County Farm Park. The barn was decorated simply in white, peach, & sea foam. Guests entered to live music provided by a strings quartet. The couple was married by Kellie's brother Dr. Jason Kesson in a sweet and simple ceremony with readings provided by Kellie's nephews and niece.
the proposal | as told by Caytlin
We went on a week long vacation to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He waited until two days before we were leaving and he got down on one knee in the cabin. He had gotten me up that morning and said he wanted me to see something because he had planned on taking me out to the boat dock behind our cabin but he saw there were other people out there so he chickened out and did it right there in the cabin.
If you have read my other wedding blogs recently you will notice a theme about this first part ;) The day of the wedding the first thing I did was snatch up my phone to see the latest hourly weather forecast...."oh boy" I thought! We are kicking off this years wedding season with 8 weddings in a row. Caytlin and Hank are my 3rd wedding out of that 8 stretch before we spread out the rest of this years weddings to a couple a month. Last weekend we had a double header and after studying my weather app it looked like Caytlin and Hank were on the path to have the opposite experience I had had both days last weekend. Last weekend it rained all day but cleared up for the perfect 2 hour window for the ceremony and pictures. This looked the opposite! It was going to be beautiful all day EXCEPT for that perfect little window I needed. But as we all know regardless of the weather a wedding must go on so I devised a plan to make the best of what the radar was telling me. I told Caytlin the new plan to take bridal portraits the second they walked out of the church while the guests lined up for bubbles, she was game and it went down without a hitch. Ahhhhh I love when things come together. In fact we were able to get everything knocked out with bridal portraits, bridal party, and family formals before we were were supposed to originally even start that part of the day! Sure enough as we finished up the rain blew in! WAY TO GO Caytlin and Hank's family and friends for hustling and making it happen <3
Bridal prep took place at Grace Fellowship Church. Her bridesmaids were dressed in sea foam green and coral. Caytlin wore an ballgown style gown with a sweetheart neckline, ruched bodice, with gorgeous jewel detail and a full tulle ruffled skirt. Her footwear was jeweled sandals and she wore her hair half up with a fingertip veil.
the love story | told by Haley
Tanner and I met in high school. He was a senior and I was a sophomore. We went to a very small school but somehow never really talked to one another. After the first time we hung out it was constant communication. We knew even at a young age we had found our forever love. We were able to experience high school, college, buying our first home, getting our first puppy, and so much more together. Now we are ready to commit our lives to being with each other. Our lives have been so blessed. I know our blessing will only continue with marriage.
I never thought Tanner would be able to surprise me but he proved me wrong. Every month or so two of my friends and I plan a “girls day out”. Tanner took advantage of this day and without my knowledge got in contact with them to plan my proposal. So the girls and I planned a day in Easton shopping, nail salon, dinner, and all. The two of them and Tanner were in contact all day making sure everything went as planned with me remaining in the dark. After we finished dinner we planned on taking a picture in front of the big Christmas tree. When went to take the photo my friends left my side I turned around to Tanner asking me to be his wife. It was by far the easiest question to answer in my life.
Tanner has planned the entire honeymoon. It will be right after the wedding. He will be surprising me with the whole thing! It’s hard for us to keep anything from each other so I almost can’t believe I haven’t caved and begged for him to tell me. I do know we need our passports and to bring plenty of swim suits. I am looking forward to my unknown paradise more than anyone can imagine!
Haley & Tanner selected the beautiful Tree Links venue in Bellefontaine, Ohio. This venue used to be a golf course and has an amazing property for photos <3 Mother Nature decided to throw us a curve ball and make it rain on and off. You know, the kind you can't predict, whenever she feels a good sprinkle is in order. The ceremony was going to be held outside in front of a gorgeous grove of tall pines, but the couple decided to lean on the safe side and moved their ceremony indoors.
Haley wore a Kenneth Winston gown from the Bridal Emporium. It was a satin gown with lace overlay, gorgeous cap sleeves and a stunning long lace train. She wore her impressively long hair in a loosely braid with flowers and a finger tip veil. Her flowers were light and airy and perfectly designed by her mother in law.
Sometimes weather isn't a big deal...and sometimes it is. Like when you have an outdoor ceremony and no Plan B. As any wedding photographer does, I started watching my weather app about the week before the wedding. It started out looking like we were golden, then progressively turned worse as the week marched on towards the day of the wedding. In the past this may have stressed me out, but I was completely calm & cool. I knew we had a gorgeous location both inside and out and a sweet couple and we would make it through the day. Regardless, I woke up Friday and snatched up my phone to see that a giant change on my weather app had NOT occurred and started to pray for a well timed break in the rain for the ceremony while I prepped my equipment.
I arrived to Jameson and the same calm I felt about the day was flowing through the venue. There were no major conversations about what to do... we just had faith that it would turn out ok. We started photographing the bridal prep as if the sun was shining outside and there were no worries. I'm pleased do tell you that God heard us, and as Tierra started to descend the staircase into the ceremony the last few drops fell and the rain gave us the break we needed for the ceremony and photos and came back to visit after everyone was safely inside the reception! Even though we probably would have all loved to have a full day of sun, I'm so excited that Tierra and Devonte have an awesome wedding story that includes God's favor on their important day.
Both Tierra & Devonte used Jameson Manor to get ready for the day. It's always exciting for us when the groom is on the same property as the bride during bridal prep, because so often we miss out on the neat pictures of the groom getting ready.
Tierra wore a sleek fitted gown with the most beautiful see through side details, high neck, glittery flats, and her hair pulled up elegantly with a sweet floral clip.
Devonte wore a grey suit, white bow tie, black shoes, silver cuff links, and the COOLEST watch!
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)
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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
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
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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
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
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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!)
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.
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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 :)
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Bailey & Joe had their reception in the Findlay room at the beautiful Alexandria's Gastropub in Findlay, Ohio.