Missy & Corey – Tallmadge Historic Church Wedding – August 11, 2018

Missy and Corey are WILD!  Wild about each other and just plain crazy, fun wild too!  They and their wedding party were a blast to hang out with and they balanced shenanigans with celebration like seasoned pros.  And did I mention I finally got to cross off photographing a Tallmadge Historic Church wedding in my hometown?  Dreams coming true all over the place!

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AnnMarie & Steve Wedding – November 18, 2017 – The Barn on Enchanted Acres

AnnMarie and Steve got married on the rainiest weekend I can recall.  The kind of rain that you cannot even see through because it appears to be a waterfall  dropping down from an unseen sky.  Except…for about 2-1/2 hours in Dennison, Ohio at a place aptly named The Barn on Enchanted Acres, the rain stopped.  I can clearly recall driving to the venue wondering if the rain would delay guests arriving, it was that awful.  But as I got within about 15 minutes the rain was no longer a downpour, then a few miles out it was a drizzle, then a mist.  And as I pulled up, already clad in my raincoat, I stepped outside and not a drop was falling.  I zipped around getting location photos and outdoor details assuming this was a brief respite.  But as AnnMarie donned her gown, it held off.  As Steve and the guys raised a glass of whiskey to the day, it held off.  As the staff dried off the chairs at the outdoor ceremony site, no new rain fell.  So AnnMarie and Steve, who had such hopes and dreams were married in front of family and friends on a mild November day under a gray but non-threatening sky.  And after they became Mr. & Mrs.  we wandered around the gorgeous grounds; they swung on the floral swing a bit, cuddled as the air grew cooler, laughed with joy at their luck as we fit in our last few photos before entering their reception.  And within moments of their grand entrance I once again heard the sound of rain falling.  They say that rain on your wedding day is good luck.  AnnMarie and Steve had that and more in finding each other and if volume of rain counts, even with the break in the weather they still earned enough for several lifetimes on their wedding day.

A special thanks from the Bride and Groom to David Stewart who was an amazing wedding planner and florist.

Venue: The Barn on Enchanted Acres – Dennison, OH

Cake: Litty’s Cakes & Cookies – New Philadelphia, OH

Caterer: Benson’s Market & Catering – Dover, OH

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Katie & Jimmy – October 14, 2017 – McHale Barn Wedding – Ravenna, OH

When your heart is shared so completely with another person that your home is wherever the two of you are together you have the ultimate in freedom.  Katie & Jimmy are travelers, wanderers, explorers and part of me wants to be a mouse tucked into their wheeled home to go along with them.  I know they will make amazing friends, have wonderful adventures and always end their days talking about what the future holds.  But, I am a homebody who cannot rest unless it is in her own bed so I will be grateful to continue our friendship online and share in their adventures that way.

When I first spoke with Katie about her wedding, she was clear that the ceremony was important, but the people that were coming to share in the celebration were just as much so.  Everything was planned in such a guest friendly way, from blankets and hot cocoa in case the evening got chilly, to the magical comfort food of a Swenson’s Food Truck to Katie personally cooking up veggie burgers to ensure vegan guests did not go hungry, it was just a party where a couple happened to get married as well.  The setting was the country backyard we all wish we had that they found on AirBNB that really isn’t a wedding venue, but might sometimes be and really and truly should be because Lisa & Rich were amazing hosts!  McHale Barns & Grounds was the perfect setting for every part of Katie & Jimmy’s day!

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Tiffanie & Phil – August 19, 2017 – Hartville Kitchen Wedding

Tiffanie and Phil are a couple who laugh and love intensely.  They are truly the best of friends and deeply in love in that romantic way we all dream to be.  One of my favorite lines from one of my favorite movies, Steel Magnolias says “laughter through tears is my favorite emotion” and I couldn’t agree more!  From playing around and being silly one moment to the reality of six years of loving each other culminating in this celebration of love making them a family causing an overflow of tears, it could not and did not fail to move all of us deeply.  I can only wish them many years of happiness and many, many, many, many, many trips to Disney…because a couple that has Beauty & The Beast as their wedding theme AND has their honeymoon at the Magic Kingdom (in August!) are absolutely going to live their happily ever after to the max!

Venue/Caterer/Desserts: Hartville Kitchen – Hartville, OH

DJ: Beach Boyz Entertainment

Bridal Gown: Vera Wang from David’s Bridal

Men’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

Jewelry: Kay’s Jewelers

 

 

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Heather & Rob – August 12, 2017 Wedding – Warren, OH

Heather and Rob’s wedding was surrounded in the swirling, whirling love of their family.  Their children, parents, grandparents all helped these long time loves celebrate their special day.  Their day began as they prepared for their ceremony at the lovely Grace Methodist Church and after they exchanged their vows and celebratory kiss we whirled off to be silly and take photos in downtown Warren.   Heather is the quiet counterbalance to the more gregarious Rob and their kids are a blast of wit and silliness and seeing how happy they were to see their parents married made all colors seem bright, all laughter last longer and the sun was only in part responsible for the warmth of the day.   Their reception was held at Aulizio’s Banquet Center where we dined and then rocked out on the dance floor.

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Katie & Lukas – Bluebird Farm Park Wedding – Carrollton, OH

People tell me I am fairly well spoken and “have a knack for words” which honestly maybe makes me a little more anxious to tell you about Katie & Lukas.  Because…pressure to get it right.  And maybe those very words are how I tell you about them; they got it right.  As in the way that that photo of the sailor kissing the nurse on V-J Day in Times Square makes you feel like love…real love and the exuberance and passion  it brings is within reach.*  For you, for me, for everyone.  Day to day life and sometimes knowing way too much about everyone’s business – be it someone who is famous or that girl from high school who you’ve not actually seen or spoken to in over a decade, but you get to hear all about the downward spiral of what was once “true love”.  It’s rough seeing that again and again and again.  And I get it that relationships are hard, they take work and sacrifice and compromise.  But there is a way to do so that strengthens your relationships instead of crumbling it.  And it’s simply in making clear that you do it because you are each worth it, that together you are worth sometimes being the priority and sometimes having to prioritize your partner.  That sometimes you’ve got to be ready to jump off your path in life because your path as a couple requires it.  That you don’t look for what will be your breaking point and instead look for the way to apply your shoulder, their shoulder or both of your shoulders to the lever and move the world.  And not even just on the big things, the life impacting things.  There are a million little things for every big thing and seeing a couple who doesn’t miss any small moment to celebrate or to lay a comforting hand  or cry as the mood takes them is the real key.  And if you can find a way to laugh either at the fun, the absurdity or the simple awfulness you’re going to be just fine.

I am not just speaking of Katie and Lukas and the truth of their love for each other through some crazy ups and downs that most would have just walked away from.   I too have been blessed with a partner in life that not only still gives me daily butterflies even after more than a decade together, but also is my support or inspiration or critic or jester, whichever is needed at any given time.   Like on Saturday when I tossed him a camera without telling him I completely changed the way it focuses, instead of breaking into my work flow for an explanation or giving up on taking any photos for me he messed up a few, fiddled with buttons for a minute and then somehow reckoned up what I’d told him at least 6 months ago when last I tossed him my camera and figured it out.  And he got some amazing photos (like that one with them under umbrellas, yup, that is his) and for a man who only photographs cars 364 days a year he stepped in and stepped up not because he loves weddings, or people in general (he doesn’t – he’s an 80 year old hermit at heart) but because he loves me.  Enough to enjoy it because I do.  Enough to go to work at a job that isn’t his during his only vacation in more than a year.  So yeah, real true love like in fairy tales (but without all the stranger danger) does exist.  I am glad it found me, ecstatic to see firsthand that it found Katie and Lukas and I hope it finds every person who reads this.  And bottom line, what they say is true; to find such love as a couple you must first love yourself.  Truth.

So….this got so very off of my usual wedding summary.  I blame Mr. & Mrs. Frey for inspiring me.   I don’t feel like I so much need to run through the usual information this time.  Bluebird Farm Park was the venue, the weather was lovely if hot and well, of course the only torrential rain shower came while we were taking photos of the Bride and Groom. Unsurprisingly they took it in stride and rocked it out anyway. You can read the vendor info below the photo gallery and let the pictures tell that story in depth this time.  Keep an eye on Katie & Lukas’ expression, they’re your official storytellers and they’re pros at it.

*Google that photo’s story, it is truly a “looks are deceiving” moment, but who really cares because oh what a feeling it still gives to see that image.

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The Details:

Photography: Kelly & Chad Pifer – Kelly Pifer Photography – Tallmadge, OH

Venue: Bluebird Farm Park – Carrollton, OH

Caterer: JB Chops at Bluebird Farm Park – Carrollton, OH

Cake/Dessert: The Bakery at Hartville Kitchen – Hartville, OH 

Bridal Gown & Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal 

Men’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

Florist: Richardson Flowers – Upper Sandusky, OH 

Wedding Jewelry – Helzberg Diamonds 

Hair: Salon Revive – Minerva, OH