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Toledo Country Club is one of Mary Wyar Photography’s favourite wedding venues! Outdoor ceremony and reception overlooking the Maumee River?! Yes, please.

jillian + austin

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Photos of a July wedding at Toledo Country Club with gorgeous flowers by Bartz Viviano, whimsical wedding stationery by Uppercase Designs.  Coordinators Bee for the Day expertly kept the day on track.

marissa + sean

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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…

maureen + dan

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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

wedding venues MWP loves!

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Not going to lie, it’s pretty exciting when a Toledo bride emails me before she has a wedding venue or even a date solidified.  It’s exciting!  Often those couples will ask me: ‘What are some of your favourite wedding locations to photograph?’  Love answering this!
I’m a lover of light, bright, refreshing spaces.  Unique wedding spaces are not hard to come by in Toledo!  I like when a venue has a minimalistic feel leaving the couple to ‘paint’ their canvas.  Here are 3 of my favourite venues to photograph weddings at and why!
Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion

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Probably the most modern venue in the area.  I love playing with all of the reflections, doesn’t pose a problem in photographing portraits, as some people may think.  Modern, clean aesthetic, there are so many different ways to add decor.
Bonus:  Amazing food AND a glass blowing demo for your guests during cocktail hour!
Registry Bistro
Industrial, modern feel.  In the Historic Secor Building downtown Toledo, this building is made of reinforced concrete which has been exposed during more recent renovations.  Massive concrete columns and polished concrete floors throughout.  The building is home to some of Toledo’s most interesting artists, which allows guests to wander throughout the galleries on floors 5, 6 & 7.

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Bonus: Also an art gallery and again, amazing food!
Toledo Country Club
My favourite part about TCC is the open vibe that lends itself perfectly to mingling.  The open porch and sunken outdoor dance floor on a warm night is just divine.  You’ll often see guests lounging on porch chairs in between dances.

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Bonus: Great backup room if it is raining for your outdoor ceremony… and amazing food!  Oh and a fresh coat of paint now gives the dining room a more modern, neutral feel!
I know I said 3 but I’ve got one more for you…
The Stables
One of NW Ohio’s newest venues, The Stables is in Whitehouse Ohio right near Oak Openings, which is just so dreamy let’s head over there for some portraits, right?!?  It doesn’t have the typical barn feel… it’s a mix of rustic/industrial/modern.  Polished concrete floors, exposed barn wood and open concept, another venue where the couple can choose how rustic to go.  Definitely don’t have to do mason jars and burlap at The Stables!

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Bonus: Dreamy yard for outdoor ceremony, ponies, around the corner from Oak Openings! And the string lights come standard!

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kati + bryan in the knot ohio!!

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Kati & Bryan’s stunning August wedding at Toledo Country Club has a gorgeous feature in the new issue of The Knot Ohio!  Loved their photos!

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Full wedding here!

 

kati + bryan | Toledo Country Club wedding

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Kati & Bryan’s love of Dave Matthews was the inspiration for their August wedding at Toledo Country Club, one of the top wedding venues in NW Ohio.  Their outdoor ceremony was beautiful under the canopy of trees on the side lawn.  Outdoor dancing with tunes by Decorative Sound helped keep the music lovers party going all night!  Perfect wedding day, congrats to the bride and groom!  Enjoy their photos!

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Event Design & Coordination: Elite Events
Ceremony & Reception: Toledo Country Club
Bride’s Gown: Mikaella
Reception Dress: BCBG
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids Dresses: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Attire: Ticknor’s
Flowers: Bartz Viviano
DJ: Decorative Sound
Band: Neon Black
Cake: Jane’s Cakes
Linens: Connie Duglan