Renata & Jacob are my kind of geeky, goofy and not a darn bit ashamed to be so couple. They combined traditional elegance with…well, Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em robots and pre-ceremony music from Indiana Jones to Lord of the Rings. So yeah, this was just a blast and beautiful as well. There were as many touching moments as there were silly and it was a complete honor to have been able to step into Renata’s childhoom bedroom to watch her become a Bride, to meet their amazing cat, Porg, to watch the Groomsmen use more pins to get boutonnieres on than I ever thought was possible, to see them throw out their chests as they exposed their superhero t-shirts and to be true heroes (along with the bridesmaids) in keeping the day full of laughter and crazy dance moves. I had never been to Paradise Lake Country Club before, despite living only ten minutes away from it, but I cannot wait to go back and experience it’s unique beauty and quality banquet venue many more times!
Boom! Wedding season 2018 has officially begun! And like most weddings many things were perfect, a few were not as planned (curse you, Ohio weather!), but in the end there new Mr. & Mrs. Slapnicker are soaking up the fun on their honeymoon and the celebration of their nuptials was one heck of a bash!
We decided to take advantage of the timelessly gorgeous Punderson Manor Lodge, where the bridal party had booked lodgings, for both getting ready and formal photos and while the weather decided to go all thunderstorm on us we found some simply stunning spots inside. So, the Bride donned her gown in the Library in the softly filtered light from the stained glass windows and the Groom and his fellows had some fun getting geared up in the custom Cavs jerseys which were gifts from the Bride and Groom. And from the moment that Nicole descended the grand staircase to join Bobby, who had simply the largest grin ever as he soaked in her glowing beauty, there was only the sound of laughter and maybe a few sniffles as tears of joy sparkled in several eyes.
The events team at Fowler’s Mill Golf Course did a wonderful job accommodating an impromptu indoor ceremony and we even snuck outside as the skies finally cleared shortly before the ceremony was scheduled to begin and took advantage of all the clean green that is so welcome after our extended winter. Personally I could not have stayed inside with the smell of the huge array of donuts permeating every inch of the venue! Fear not, I scored one or two and they were as delicious as they looked! I love me a couple who doesn’t stop at cake, but goes full baked good insanity!
Once the vows were said, the party kicked off and let me tell you that even though the Slapnickers were touted as the biggest partiers of them all, every one of the guests were over the moon to celebrate this couple. James, of Vybe Entertainment, was masterful at getting everyone up and shaking their groove thing. Folks did the Stroll and the Cha-cha-slide and no group has ever gone lower during Shout! And all throughout the evening our Newlyweds grabbed little moments alone, laughing and dancing and just giving off the “Just Married” glow that lets me and everyone else know just what true love looks like.
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.
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Ceremony/Reception Venue/Catering: The Quarry Golf Club – Canton, OH
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