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!
the bridal party
the first look
The Renaissance graciously allowed us to proceed to their top floor to use The Heights for our first look location. The views were stunning!
Since Eileen and Kevin reside in Chicago, I had not had the pleasure of photographing them for their engagement photos and had no idea how they would act in front of the camera together. Folks, these two...so easy. Their love is abundant and overflowing for all the world to see. I simply could not stop gushing about how sweet and cute they were to each other! <3
the bride and groom
After the first look we made our way downstairs to join the bridal party on the super cool trolley the couple had reserved to tote us around town. We decided on using the Toledo Museum of Art for our main portrait location. I would like to take a moment to thank Mother Nature for arriving late to the party this year, because usually a November wedding is a little less colorful! After we finished at the museum we made a quick pit stop at the Toledo Loves Love wall and a quicker picture under the Adams Street sign!
The reception was held at the Toledo Club in downtown Toledo. The evening started with a cocktail hour, cake cutting, and the first (swing) dance on the first floor, followed by incredibly touching toasts and dinner on the third floor. After the delicious dinner, guests made their way back to the first floor for the father daughter dance and a wonderful evening full of fun and dancing to the live band, Stiletto Fire!