Kelly and Gary had several different ideas for their engagement session, but we definitely went with what is always the best option – choosing something personally meaningful to the couple. In their case that meant including their equine friends, Timmy and Doc. They are stabled at a farm that Kelly and Gary can walk to from their home and the surrounding fields and forest are just as sweet as the horses. I love getting the opportunity to try something new so photographing their four footed friends was quite a treat for me. And getting to know how funny, laid-back, in love this couple is made for a fantastic evening. They are the kind of people that after spending an hour with them you feel like you’ve been friends for years. I cannot wait to see them again as they become Mr. & Mrs. in a beautiful garden under the late September sun!
I had been counting down the days to Mark and Callie’s wedding ever since we started talking about booking me to take their photos. From talking to them I knew it was going to be an amazing day planned around not only their love for each other but all of their family and friends gathering to celebrate. They had such a clear vision of what they wanted for their day and were so flexible in inviting me to help them decide where to take their formal photos and to help plan the flow of the day that I knew it would be a show stopper wedding. And it was!
They held their ceremony at St. Louis Catholic Church in Louisville, OH, a truly majestic older cathedral style church and it was a simply breathtaking background to say their vows to each other. Callie’s mermaid style gown and classic updo hairstyle were perfect to highlight her timeless beauty and both the Bride and Groom’s smiles lit up the entire church the moment they saw each other as she proceeded down the aisle. And then it happened, two became one; a new family was created!
From there we had decided to re-visit the location they had had some engagement photos taken, Quail Hollow State Park and what was a lovely location in the Autumn was blooming with flowers for their wedding day. A little snafu with their limo bus having mechanical problems was not allowed to cloud their day as we packed most of the Bridal Party into my most recent investment, a conversion van that I was inspired to purchase in part because of an earlier wedding where the party bus no-showed and the Bridal Party was left scrambling for transportation to the reception. Phew, so glad we were able to all jump in and head off to Quail Hollow without losing too much time!
The Bridal Party was made up of family and friends and they were such a blast. We laughed and played and had a grand time together all day long. Callie & Mark held their reception at Sable Creek Golf Course in Hartville and their outdoor tent reception area afforded us cool breezes and a fantastic backdrop of the golf course. Callie and Mark’s monogram adorned everything from the cake table, can cover favors and they even had a monogrammed set of cornhole boards and a giant Jenga game set up for guests to enjoy as they partied the night away.
One of the most heart stopping moments of the night was when Callie got together with the very talented Rio Girls to see if she had what it took to do some cheerleading lifts in her wedding gown. Oh yeah, they all nailed it, lifting Callie high in the air over and over to the cheers of a crowd of guests. The party continued with sunset photos of the Bride and Groom and partying on the dance floor. It was an overall amazing day and the hardest part of my job has been trying not to choose every image for their gallery! I hope you enjoy this further look into their Wedding Celebration!
Ceremony: St. Louis Catholic Church | Louisville, OH
Formals: Quail Hollow State Park | Hartville, OH
Reception: Sable Creek Golf Course | Hartville, OH
Flowers: Forever Flowers | N. Canton, OH
Catering: Mr. Mike’s Catering | Canton, OH 330.452.6825
Cake: Checkerboard Cheesecake | Alliance, OH
DJ: DC Sound Productions | Canton, OH
Cory and Hannah are the exact type of couple I had in mind when I decided to never have a minimum booking time. They wanted a very simple, intimate wedding ceremony with only their immediate family at Springfield Lake Gazebo, but since Hannah herself is a photographer she knew she really, really wanted a professional photographer there to make sure she had the memories forever as they were and so they could share their wedding day with everyone they love who was not there in person. They only needed me for one hour, but oh what a magical hour it was! One hour changed their lives forever, committed them to a journey together as husband and wife and kicked off that new life together with lots of emotion; laughter, tears and pure joy.
Congratulations to you both, I know you’re enjoying your honeymoon jaunt all over Ohio and getting ready to bring your new hedgehog friend into your new little family. I wish you all the best and I am so, so very happy that I could be the one to stand behind the camera on your wedding day.