Classic, timeless, eternal; these words not only describe the look of Jake & Andrea’s wedding celebration, but also their love for each other. From the moment, just about a year ago, that I began speaking with Andrea about her wedding vision I knew this was going to be one special day, visually, spiritually and it certainly was. As soon as I turned up at Andrea’s house I was listening to a song Jake sang and sent to his Bride to tell her what was in his heart. And Andrea was busily writing a love letter to the man who would, in a few short hours, be her husband. No matter whether these two are standing hand in hand or miles apart they are constantly in each other’s thoughts. And heart.
The look of the Bridal Party was Roaring ’20s with the ladies in a combination of stunning flapper-esque beaded dresses and blinged out headbands and the men were looking quite natty in their vests and bowties (Bowties are COOL!) but the Bride and Groom – sigh, they were simply breathtaking. And once paired with their reception venue, The Tangier, it was an Art Deco dream come true. So many beautiful memories that I will let speak to you through these photos of the celebration.
All the details:
Ceremony: Christ Community Chapel of Stow
Reception: The Tangier – Akron, OH
Bride’s Hair: Catherine at Salon 180 – Green, OH
Bridal Party Make-up: Kat Cummins of Sprays Not Rays – Sevierville, TN
Bridal Gown: La Jolie – Chicago, IL
Cake/Cupcakes: Mother of the Groom – Kathy Kempf (be jealous, they were amazing!)
DJ: DJ James Hayes
Wedding Rings: Carioti Jewelers – Columbus, OH
Hunter is an amazing young man with big dreams, but with his feet on solid ground. When we were planning his session I was told of his model airplane hobby, and warned that the plane he wanted to bring to the session was big, but nothing prepared me for the finely crafted airplane he brought with him. Built by Hunter and already proven in flight it was just the beginning of his aeronautic Senior portrait session. M.A.P.S. air museum was the perfect location for his session and had we not been scurrying around taking photos we could have spent hours speaking with their amazingly knowledgeable and gracious staff. They gave us opportunities and access to so many types of aircraft that we normally would only be able to admire from a distance.
As wonderful as the location was, Hunter outshone it and I truly enjoyed getting to know this young man on the cusp of a grand adventure. And I am excited that I will get to spend a little more time with him and his family, who made me immediately feel as if I were a part of them, when I photograph his twin sister in a few weeks.
By trade I specialize in weddings, but when a friend from my own high school days asked me to take her son’s Senior portraits who am I to say no? And y’know what, I loved it! As in I fear I am going to carve out another niche for myself and do that dreaded move that makes it real…updating my website to add a Senior Portraits offering.
Now let’s talk a bit about Tone. He is pretty much the polar opposite of what I remember myself being lo these 20 years gone when I was starting my Senior year. He has plans, goals and already a full wardrobe of University of Kentucky t-shirts. He is an amazing rugby player, reputed to have the largest quads on the squad and the college recruiters haven’t failed to notice him. Beyond the athletic ability lies a mind and heart full of kindness, humor and wisdom beyond his years. I always enjoy taking photos, but with Tone I truly enjoyed conversing with him while we wended our way around Brandywine Falls.
Wherever the future takes Tone, I am sure it will be a bright one.