Aloha! The first email I received from Amy started with the Hawaiian greeting, my ears perked up & after we figured out the best time to FaceTime with the 6 hour difference between us, I crossed my fingers that they liked me + my work as much as I liked them. They have been together for over 15 years and were hesitant to tie the knot. Not because they weren’t committed but it just wasn’t something they thought they needed to do. After some hard times they decided a celebration of their love with the people closest to them was definitely in order! For me, it was a refreshing break from the norm… The dressed for their day together in a hotel room overlooking the city where they met nearly 2 decades ago. There is something poetic about a Groom zipping up his Bride’s dress. There was no First Look, no Bridal Party, no fuss, just big hearts + lots of love. Their ceremony was full of beautiful touches and perfectly executed by their officiant Leigh Ann from Roots of Change in Ann Arbor. With all of the tropical flowers they brought it, you wouldn’t know that they didn’t get married in Maui… other than the lack of palm trees & the rain that didn’t end in the rainbow. Fire dancers, teepees, sand mandala!
It was an honor documenting this love filled day for Amy & Matt. Biggest congrats to them!!!
Ceremony + Reception: Private Residence, Temperence, MI
Hotel Accommodations: Grand Plaza Hotel Downtown Toledo, OH
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Officiant: Leigh Ann Roots of Change Ann Arbor, MI
Caterer: Stella’s Swig Chef Rob Campbell Perrysburg, OH
Cake + Desserts: Baked by Amy Maui, HI
Fire Dancers: Sunshine Fire Entertainment Birmingham, MI
As a Toledo wedding photographer, our season wrapped at the end of October… and winter has left me longing to photograph pretty things! Luckily I know some pretty, pretty talented people who make spaces look spectacular. I headed up to Registry Bistro to photograph details for an engagement soirée designed by Elite Events. THIS is why Registry Bistro is one of my favourite Toledo wedding venues! Lighting and lounge furniture by Magers Designs!
We started our wedding season at Toledo Country Club and ended it there with Amanda + Zach. It truly was one of those days where I was so happy to have a wedding… PERFECT fall colors and that last hint of warmer summer temps. It was a gorgeous interfaith ceremony during that ‘golden hour’ photographers crave to shoot during. Amanda + Zach were beaming and those are the good vibes I love thriving off of. Biggest congrats to them!! Mazel! :)
Katie + Jared were married overlooking Lake Erie at Port Clinton’s Catawba Island Club. Their day was full of personal touches, big laughs & a jam packed dance floor thanks to their stellar band:Skyline and the Backstreet Horns. Such a great day!!!
Ceremony and Reception: Catawba Island Club Port Clinton, Ohio
Event Coordinator: Bee for the Day
Event Designer: Chris Magers
Makeup Artist: Make-Up by Maddy
Hair Stylist: Lindsay Geary
Florist: Mary’s Blossom Shop
Officiant: Robin Owens
Band: Skyline and the Backstreet Horns
Cake Artist: I Do Cakes
Videographer: Showcase Videography
Kristen + JJ had a lovely intimate Toledo wedding on, what felt like, Ohio’s first fall day. Their outdoor intimate ceremony overlooking the Maumee River at Walbridge park was picture perfect with blue skies and personal details. They passed leaves and stones to their guests during the ceremony, asking them each to give them a blessing for the couple. Their reception was downtown Toledo at the Blarney… Kristen + JJ take dance classes with their closest friends so the dance floor was packed and impressive.
Ceremony: Walbridge Park Toledo Ohio
Reception: The Blarney Event Center Toledo Ohio
Flowers: Bartz Viviano
A librarian and a doctor meet online. Sounds like the start of a corny joke, but it the lovely, not corny intro to how Samantha & JD met. They had a beautifully intimate restaurant wedding in Ann Arbor on, what felt like, the first real day of fall. Crisp air & blue skies were the backdrop for their exchange of vows. I loved documenting their wedding, which was, yet again, a refreshing break from traditional days. No bridal party, they started their ceremony walking down the aisle together, just lots of love, smiles, good food and a great dance party!
Ceremony + Reception: Gandy Dancer, Ann Arbor Michigan
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Prep Hotel: Weber’s Inn
DJ: Throw Your Hands Up!
Florist: Chelsea Village Flowers
Makeup Artist: MASQ
An intimate candlelit wedding at an art gallery in a the historic Secor Building with 30 guests… Yes!! Sign me up! Emily & Brad’s wedding day at Registry Bistro was simple, romantic, good food & good people. Great reminder that less is more sometimes. I was totally smitten with these two, they let their personalities shine throughout the whole day. It was a pleasure & an honor to document it for them… and a total blast trying my hand at photographing a candlelit ceremony with only available light. Congrats you two!!!
Ceremony + Reception: Registry Bistro | Secor Building Toledo Ohio
Dress: Vera Wang
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Hair: Beehive Salon Sylvania
Room Decor: Mager Designs
We want timeless, classic. We want it not to be obvious what year we got married. We want to look like the upstairs people on Downton Abbey. And with that description, I was sold that I was on board to photograph Katie & Damien’s wedding at Sylvania’s Highland Meadows Golf Club. They had a beautifully touching ceremony at Corpus Christi, a bright, modern church near University of Toledo. Also the family’s home church.
Katie & Damien just exude positive energy. They booked me about 6 weeks before their wedding day… and I couldn’t have been more excited to have them as another lovely couple to photograph this season.