Mike & Mia are getting married next June at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and wanted their engagement session to be a little taste of that setting. We had beautiful weather, many laughs and I learned that a true Ohio State Buckeyes fan must have a real buckeye necklace. As far as accessories go that is certainly the most unique (and cool!) I have ever seen. I can’t wait for next summer and getting to be a part of these two lovely people’s wedding day.
Okay, so there’s one thing you need to know about Brian and Megan. They’re weird. Odd as codfish and sometimes a bit off their respective rockers. And you know that within….hmmm, about 30 seconds of meeting them. But what you also need to know is something they don’t wear quite so obviously as their silliness. They are two of the kindest, most caring and deeply devoted to making everyone they care for and everyone who is simply lucky enough to be in their presence feel good kinda people as well. That may take as long as a couple of minutes for you to pick up on.
These two are a perfect balance for each other. Megan is the planner, Brian is the wrench that loves to throw himself in the works. Megan is the whoopser, the klutz and reputedly the destroyer of motor vehicles and Brian is the guru of putting it all back to rights. Together they are an amazing team, whether racing their Mazda, Zoomy, at the track by Nelson’s Ledges (where they met lo these many years ago) or just chilling out cooking up delicious soups at Lobster Taco Racing Headquarters (that’s home to you regular folk) with their furry four legged canine kiddo.
I know I am supposed to get all bloggy about the details of their wedding day, but I prefer the photos to tell that tale. Suffice to say it was a whirlwind of fun and love and all the things a perfectly planned wedding can be. And somewhere in the myriad moments of silliness I made a request I’d never made before; I asked if I could be part of their day in the immortalized in a photo with them kinda way. So there’s your Where’s Waldo challenge; while you peruse with pleasure all the magical moments see if you can spot yours truly. Bon voyage!
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