Lauren and Nate have many things, friendship, love, laughter and dagnabbit they have serious style as well. Their wedding was gorgeous in every detail and so many little details that had personal meaning as well; from Lauren’s Grandmother’s ring that she wore on her right hand, to the handkerchief she carried at her First Communion being carried again on her wedding day to a display of wedding photos from her parents and Grandparents there where little touches of them everywhere you turned. So yes, a photographers paradise!
Having my trusty second photographer, Heather, with me meant we could begin our day simultaneously spending time with the Bride and the Groom as they finished getting ready and prepared for the ceremony. I arrived just as Lauren was opening her gift from Nate, a beautiful gold necklace with a pendant that spelled out “Mrs.”. So yeah, there were tears from the very first moment. One of my favorite moments is always watching the Bride as she transforms from a woman on the verge of marriage into a Bride. That first time they see their self in a mirror always produces a big smile and that glow that comes with the day settles over them as gently as their veil.
Nate and Lauren’s ceremony overlooking the beautiful pond and greens of the golf course was simple, but with reading by family members, a unity candle and a special prayer before their first kiss for which the gathered guests were invited to stand and pledge to support the couple and their marriage was truly moving. Once the vows were said and a quick refreshing drink was grabbed (yeah, Lauren totally snagged Nate’s beer which was the REAL sign they were married) we gathered the family and bridal party for photos and then spent some time with the newlyweds capturing their sweet and silly sides before cooling off indoors as the reception was kicked off with toasts by the Best Man/Groom’s brother and Maid of Honor/Bride’s sister and a speech of thanks and prayer by the Father of the Bride. The dinner was sublime, from presentation to meltingly deliciousness the catering staff at The Quarry are simply amazing. From dinner to cake to opening the dance floor to celebrating the day under cooling breezes and the flickering flashes of a passing thunderstorm the gathered family and friends truly came together to honor the culmination of a love over a decade in building.
**Want all the venue and vendor details? Check them out below the gallery**
Ceremony/Reception Venue/Catering: The Quarry Golf Club – Canton, OH
DJ: Tony of Sound Waves Entertainment – Summit/Akron/Canton/Surrounding Areas
Cake/Cupcakes: Cupcakes by Anna – New Philadelphia, OH
Florist: Katrina Scherer Flowers
Make-up Artist: Erin Maroon, Mary Kay Cosmetics
Hair: Bella Sorella Hair & Nail Studio
Bridal Gown: Designed by Stella York from Lavender Bridal – Dover, OH
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Suits: Adam’s Men’s Clothier – Belden Village- Canton, OH
Wedding Jewelry: Bride’s Grandmother and Groom’s Mother