We all had goosebumps as Marissa buttoned the last button on the lace back of her stunning Pronovias wedding gown. It instantly set the tone of what our day was going to be. Beautifully intricate details, fashion forward attire and a day of love. The first look with her father was our second magical moment. I recall her sharing this special father/daughter relationship during their initial meeting. They work together and she is the youngest with two older brothers. It is something to treasure and one of my favourite parts of the day, seeing dad look at who used to be his tiny baby stand there looking like a bridal super model on her wedding day. As a parent myself, the moment brings me to watery eyes every time. Ugh! Even right now as I type this!
Marissa definitely chose the right gown to match the dramatic Holy Rosary Cathedral Church where they were married. You can’t do a subtle walk down the aisle in the massive holy building… I mean you could but why would you want to?! As she walked down the aisle we saw Sean’s eyes water, a bite on the lip and a smile that radiated. There was our third goosebumps moment. Whether its a first look in a hotel lobby or the walk down the aisle, that moment where the groom sees his bride for the first time is so special. When I am downloading photos the next day, its the first set of images I look through!
The reception at Toledo Country Club was elegant with European flair in the details. I loved the layout of the room they chose, with their sweetheart table set in the center back of the room. White Chiavari chairs, textured black linens and chandelier hanging anywhere one could hang in the dining room, helped continue the dramatic detailing from their cathedral wedding.
We commented that we could not recall a wedding reception where we saw our bride & groom together for almost every second. It was refreshing and romantic. It resulted in so many fun photos of Marissa and Sean together on the dance floor celebrating with their people.
Thank you Marissa & Sean for kicking off our wedding season with a spectacular love! It was a joy the whole day to be there. We left with an adrenaline rush and even though it was a long day, it was hard to fall asleep that night knowing we had thousands of amazing images to look through the next day. Also a tall thank you to Marissa’s father who was just the sweetest and stood in the middle of Collingwood Boulevard to prevent my turning in to roadkill so I could get what, we jokingly called, The Money Shot… yep, it was worth the risk…
Katelyn & Alex celebrated their wedding day during the holidays and I tell you what, if you’re going to do a winter wedding, do so while the cities are still lit with string lights! While it was freeze raining during their creative portrait time, I was geeking out that we had wet roads reflecting the lights adorning Downtown Sylvania. It was dreamy.
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
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
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!