It never fails to impress me when a couple is up for a sunrise engagement session and arrives bright eyed and ready to cuddle & laugh. Jillian and Austin were quite impressive! Downtown Toledo at sunrise is so peaceful. The light is gorgeous, the streets are quite and its lovely to see our city as it wakes up.
The lovebirds will be married this summer at Toledo Country Club, and while we won’t be starting photos quite as early, I have a feeling I’ll still be impressed with their positive vibes.
Stephanie & Devin were the winners of our huge engagement session contest we promoted early winter. We didn’t meet them until the day of the session and I was a little nervous that we may not vibe well without having had that initial consultation. Seconds after saying hello, we all knew they would be a blast to work with and cute as can be.
These lovebirds have been together since high school and have the cutest energy with one another.
Our videographer Jose was there to hear their love story to use for their Engagement Love Story Video. A video that is a fun way to add an extra element to your engagement session and share on social media, wedding website and to have as a keepsake.
Catie & Bryan originally planned a big wedding downtown Toledo with over 150 guests. After Save the Dates went out, they decided that a big wedding just wasn’t them and it didn’t make sense to do it just because it was the norm. They emailed me with the change of plans and was down for a low key wedding to photograph instead.
While I know I wouldn’t be able to make a living at photographing 4 hour weddings full time, having one every once in awhile is refreshing and puts in to perspective the simplicity of what the day is really about.
Ceremony: Monclova Country Church at Maumee Valley Historical Society, Maumee Ohio
Cocktails + Brunch: NINE at Hensville, Toledo, Ohio
Catie’s Dress: David’s Bridal
Flowers: In Bloom
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
The classic columns of the Toledo Museum of Art has made it the ‘go-to’ place for wedding photos for decades… and for this reason, I have avoided it. However, I am always up for challenging myself and wanted to look at this Toledo wonder with new eyes. Catie & Bryan woke up at the crack of dawn for their sunrise engagement session and we toured the lovely architecture of TMA. Toledo is lucky to host amazing buildings with incredible art inside and for us to be able to use them as a backdrop & sometimes foreground ;)
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
Erika + Nathan’s downtown Toledo wedding photos with Toledo’s skyline & murals are modern + artistic. When we were discussing photo locations for Erika and Nathan’s Toledo wedding, they said they wanted to highlight their home town of Toledo, classic downtown Toledo. They were getting married downtown at the gorgeous St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with a bridal parlor that made us swoon! Registry Bistro hosted their reception with grazing stations of amazing food by Chef Erika Rapp. The space has character, doubles as an art gallery. Registry Bistro is located in the historic Toledo building, Secor Hotel. It has a modern, industrial atmosphere. The ideal wedding venue for a modern, artistic couple looking for a non-cookie cutter Toledo Wedding Venue. The ballroom was decorated by Chicago Event designer Andi Allen which featured a custom made LOVE marquee light on the dance floor as a focal point. Their glow stick exit ended the night along with a vintage Nova. Toledo wedding photographer Mary Wyar Photography at Registry Bistro downtown Toledo reception.