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…
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 ;)
What I love about Toledo, is we really do have a tight knit group of photographers who are happy to help each other out. When I was asked by Grand Lubell to cover a wedding for them at Rosary Cathedral and Toledo Country Club, I was thrilled at the venue choices. After meeting Kristen and Carl a week or so later, I was honored to document the day for them and their families. Neither are from Toledo, Detroit area actually, so doing a destination wedding in Toledo was a choice. The couple was warm & so happy to have Sarah and I there for them. It was a great day.
Kristen and Carl has a dramatic ceremony at THE Rosary Cathedral in Toledo’s Old West End neighborhood. Their reception at Toledo Country Club was full of great dancing, stellar music provided by Bluewater Kings Band. Bartz Viviano, once again, crafted beautiful florals & bouquets!!! Beautiful July wedding!
Ceremony: Rosary Cathedral Toledo, Ohio
Reception: Toledo Country Club
Bride’s Gown: Robert Bullock at Bridal Couture
Flowers: Bartz Viviano
Band: Bluewater Kings Band