I met with Jon + Mandy about 1 1/2 years ago and when they told me they were best friends with one of my favourite 2012 couples I got giddy… that whole, birds of a feather thing ;) They are kind, warm, gentled hearted, I’ve observed their soft spoken admiration and love for one another which was a joy to document. We explored Belle Isle in Detroit for their creative portraits, a location that is close to their heart and originally they planned to marry there. I was overjoyed to have my photog pal Noelle shooting with me & Detroit native, Beka, assisting me. It was a great close to our busy fall season. I love the soft, airiness to these images. It was a lovely day! Congrats to Mandy + Jon!!! I can’t wait to show you the whole collection of photos!!
Ceremony + Reception: Ford Piquette Plant Detroit Michigan
Florist: Lane Street Blooms
DJ: Night & Day Productions
Mandy’s Gown: Allure Bridal
Caterer: Golden Spice Catering
Cake: Holiday Market
From the very moment I met Michelle and Ben, I wanted to be their wedding photographer! They have a warmth and friendliness that draws people to them – and that was never as apparent as on their wedding day. Surrounded by people who love them, Ben and Michelle genuinely appreciated every guest and probably could have spent half an hour with each of them! Michelle’s dress was ahhhmazing… she found it online and threw Ben off when he said he was concerned for possible wedding day rain & her train getting damp ;) The ceremony at Wildwood, officiated by a family member, was the perfect blend of romance and joy. I could have spent all day photographing the two of them, as they were absolutely adorable together, but the party had to start sometime! Registry Bistro was rocking with Michelle and Ben’s perfect choice of wedding bands. The dance floor was packed, the couple was glowing, and I was thrilled to have been there.
It was a joy & an honor to be your photographer and get to know you both a bit. You are beautiful inside + out and have a deep love that made it easy breezy to photograph.
Ceremony: Wildwood Metropark Manor House Toledo
Reception: Registry Bistro The Secor Toledo
Michelle’s Dress: BHLDN
Florist/Event Design: La Boutique Nostalgie
Band: Organized K-Os
When a couple can be adorable + cuddly at a sunrise engagement session, I know their wedding day will be a breeze. Dana + Aaron passed that challenge with flying colors ;) Their wedding took place at Dana’s parents home which sits on several acres, so much rustic character, personal touches & emotion made their day one I will never forget. They both welcomed the emotions, let it wash over them, take it in & enjoyed every single second of how special it is to have the most important people surrounding you for one fantastic day.
Lauren and Brodie were the last of my September weddings, a month that had bookend perfect weather days and in the middle a bit more damp than we all would had preferred.
Most of the day was an ode to their hometown of Perrysburg. Lauren dressed at the darling Guesthouse downtown Perrysburg, a location I would highly recommend to anyone being married at Saint Rose! Their setup is top notch and much more photogenic the the beautiful Saint Rose basement location where my past bride’s had gotten ready. Lauren’s first look with her father gave us all goosebumps, a moment that makes me wish for a daughter for my husband. It is such a special bond & I adore when we have the chance to capture it.
A traditional Catholic ceremony was held at Saint Rose in Perrysburg… Brodie saw his wife to be for the first time as she walk down the aisle hand in hand with her father. The church is one of my favourites to photograph in. It is lit perfectly & makes for dramatic yet airy ceremony images.
The sunshine, blue skies & perfect amount of warmth hugged us all as we took to downtown Toledo for creative portraits. I was so very excited for the two of them not to have to worry about weather. I couldn’t contain my excitement to have not a cloud in the sky.
Registry Bistro hosted their reception… we have been there several times and it so cool to see how each couple uses the unique space to tailor it to their style and personalities!
Biggest congrats to Lauren + Brodie! Their warmth and gentle nature was fantastic to document. They both had a calmness the whole day, which is rare and set the tone to what the day was really all about. :)
Lauren’s Dressing Location: The Guesthouse, Perrysburg, Ohio
Ceremony: Saint Rose Perrysburg, Ohio
Reception: Registry Bistro at The Secor Downtown Toledo, Ohio
DJ: Class Act
Event Designer: Magers Design by Chris Magers
Cake Artist: Eston’s
Videographer: 7th Floor Media
Hair Stylist: Shamas
Florist: In Bloom Flowers & Gifts
Kait+Pat’s mid century modern wedding at Toledo Country Club had me so very humbled to have made the cut! Bee for the Day made everything run smooth. Bartz Viviano outdid themselves with beautiful succulent planters with bright tropical flowers that made me wish I knew how to keep such lovely things alive in my own home. AND my girl Aimee at Modernly Events brought in pops of vintage decor, aqua + teak & all sorts of mid century modern goodness! Oh my EAMES ;)
When Rachel and I arrived at the hotel were Dan was getting in his tux + bow tie to blue skies and sunshine… I thought: We are SO not going to have a rainy day for these two! If you remember their engagement session, they basically beamed sunshine the whole time. They make their faces light up and laughs & smiles & things come so easily with this pair. They are a dream! Well… mother nature must have determined that their inner sunshine was all that we could handled because it RAINED. That’s a-ok, we are professionals and Toledo Country Club boasts a damn good porch that gave them all the coverage they needed ;)
Maureen, you are a stunner! That dress, holy cow. Dan, had his best Mad Men demeanor & worked that style icon energy. Loved it. Biggest congrats you two!!! We had a lovely time documenting this exciting moment in your lives.
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Toledo Country Club
Coordination, Linens & Flowers: Elite Events Toledo
Makeup Artist & Hair: Bliss Studio Salon
Maureen’s Gown: Wtoo by Watters
DJ:Beat Squad Entertainment
Pies: Call of the Canyon
I remember the evening I first FaceTimed with Maude + Zach, who live in Baltimore, I felt inspired by their enthusiasm, energy & overall good vibes. I hung up thinking, they would be amazing to work with! When their email came through to make it official a few days later, I was pumped. I knew it would be a lovely day.
Sometimes it isn’t so much about having pretty things to photograph, although their wedding certainly encompassed the colorful & lush florals that I recall them describing, but just having the honor in photographing a day for two people who you know are perfect compliments for one another. Soul twins- as I recently heard a best man describe another couple. Being able to witness the joy a whole family has for the couple, the traditions & personal touches that will make it a day where they were all together for a few hours just celebrating & having fun. Absorbing good vibrations in a tent in Perrysburg with our cameras. That is really what makes being a wedding photographer worth it. It is bonus points when there is an abundance of amazing tropical flowers & a wedding dress that takes your breath away… or the fireworks. I mean, it would be good to have more fireworks at weddings.
Thank you Maude and Zach for the honor of inviting our crew in documenting this special day for you & your families. It was beautiful in every way.
Ceremony + Reception: Private Residence, Perrysburg Ohio
Coordination: Bee for the Day
Florals: Angel 101
Lighting: Mager Designs
Cake: Designed & created by Maude (who works at Charm City Cakes)
Maude’s Dress: Carolina Herrera
Sister of Bride’s Dress: Stella McCartney
Groom’s Tie: Maude // Girl Group
Ice Sculpture: Ice Creations
Jess + Chris call Washington D.C. home but Catawba Island area is a quite special place to them. It is where Chris proposed to Jessica, a spot we visited again after they said I do and it is near Jessica’s mother’s home. The lake erie behaved for us, displayed an stunning sunset & all the pieces fell together so these two could celebrate with their closest friends and family. It was an absolutely gorgeous day for a lovely couple & we felt honored to photograph the celebration.
Biggest congrats you two!
Ceremony + Reception: Catawba Island Club | Port Clinton, Ohio
Coordinator: Bee For the Day
Bride’s Gown: Allure Bridal
Bride’s Hair + Makeup: Salon 53
Florist: Urban Flowers