Lauren and John chose one of my favorite spots for their wintry engagement session. Glamorgan Castle is a gorgeous and romantic backdrop, though it doesn’t do much to break winter’s icy winds. In order to keep Lauren from going full Popsicle we put the gas to the mat and fit an hour’s worth of love and laughter into about half that time. It is a special couple that can so quickly be comfortable in front of a camera; but I rather felt like any time Lauren and John were locking eyes, arms or lips I may as well have been on the Moon for all they noticed me.
Kelsey is a planner. And Nick is the man who keeps her laughing instead of losing her mind to the details. They had a vision and with the help of an amazing crew of family and friends every detail was perfection.
Their wedding was simply breathtaking from start to finish visually and emotionally. I had The Onesto on my bucket list for a while, the gorgeous interior was a spot I found myself daydreaming about. It did not let me down! But, the most beautiful locations are worthless without an amazing couple to show them off, and it only took talking with Kelsey once to know that this couple was extra special.
I had photographed Nick’s older brother, Nate and his lovely Bride, Lauren in the summer of 2016, and Nate was in the wedding party so I knew what a fun guy he was but I hadn’t gotten to know Kelsey. Much like the 2016 Fockler newlyweds, Nick and Kelsey were high school sweethearts whose love matured as they moved through college and they continued to be best friends and each other’s balance in life. So it felt like a family reunion to me as I spent more time with the Focklers and also got to know the equally amazing Soehnlens as well as the amazing group of friends that gathered to celebrate Kelsey and Nick’s newest chapter together.
Reception: The Historic Onesto – Canton, OH
Caterer: Robert J. Events & Catering
Hair Salon: Jennifer Franta Hair – Canton, OH
Make-up Artist: Andi Wheatley Makeup Artistry – Canton, OH
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.
Caterer: Benson’s Market & Catering – Dover, OH