Gloria and Michael celebrated their beautiful summer wedding at The Estate at New Albany last June. This venue is so fresh and clean on the inside and light just pours into the windows. It’s a dream for any photographer to shoot here. The whole building is surrounded by these beautiful fields and the sunsets are magnificent.
Gloria and Michael’s wedding was a soft pink dream. Everything was so classy. I’m such a sucker for a man in a blue tux. Together these two looked like a wedding power couple. Some of my favorite details from the day were the soft pink undertones of Gloria’s dress, the touching tributes she had to her beloved mother, the little bow tie on their son, and the wreath of babies breath their daughter wore on her head.
Before the first look with Michael, Gloria did a first look with her dad where he cried and prayed over her and then held her in his arms. It was so quiet in the room you could hear a pin drop. It was so sentimental and a moment I know Gloria will remember forever. Those were also some of my favorite photos from the day.
Next came the first look with Michael! He was so excited! He swayed from foot to foot and clasped his hands as he waited for her with a huge smile on his face. As she turned the corner, a beam of sunlight hit her and she looked like an absolute vision. When they finally saw each other, it was so sweet. Gloria welled up with tears and just melted into his arms.
For portraits, we walked around the estate which is surrounded on two sides with picturesque (lucky for me lol) woods. As we made our way back to the bridal suite, we made some time to do a few family photos with Michael, Gloria, and their two darling children.
After the ceremony came the reception. These two have such an incredible family bond, and it shows. Their speeches were so heartfelt and sincere. Between the two of them, they had 6 people give speeches! So. Much. Love. And to top it all off, I think this wedding wins my best dance moves award from all the weddings I photographed in 2019. All weddings should have a soul train line, just sayin’. Thank you so much Gloria and Michael! This wedding was so perfect from beginning to end. It was so relaxed and filled with love. You made us feel like family and I can’t thank you enough for the honor of stepping into your incredible lives for just one day! XO Jess
Tanner and Justin are two of the most sincere and fun people you’ll ever meet. To know them is to love them! You might remember their engagement shoot I posted last year. That is still such a vivid day in my memory. The whole time it was just about to rain and there was this gorgeous haze in the air.
Fast forward to their wedding last year, it was quite literally the perfect day. The wedding started with the girls getting ready at Trinity United Methodist Church. This was the first time I had ever shot in this church and it quickly became one of my favorites. In the main entrance, there’s a glass dome ceiling. As the light poured through, it made the most spectacular starburst light pattern across the room. I knew we had to take advantage of that for a photo of Tanner! Her bridesmaids wore navy blue and everyone carried bouquets of white and green. Everything looked so romantic and sophisticated.
As Tanner and her father turned the corner to walk down the aisle toward Justin, they were both backlit and Tanner was literally glowing. I had never seen a more radiant bride! Justin wiped away tears as he saw his bride walk toward him. It was the perfect moment.
After the ceremony, the two celebrated as they walked into the hallway with cheers towards our cameras and the cutest “just-married” kisses! I couldn’t get enough of it! From there we traveled to Schiller Park where the was a slight breeze in the air and a duck who wanted to compete with the happy couple for photo time. From the park, we drove to High Line Car House which has the most photogenic back alley. It was a nice last few minutes they could spend together before the party started. And what a party it was! Just pure joy all night long. I feel so thankful to have been there to see it all! I hope you love these as much as I loved taking them! XO Jess
If you know anything about me, you know that I LOVE color!!! That’s one of the reasons I’m so in love with Tyler and Betsy’s wedding. All of the details that were so lovingly collected over many months made the most visually striking wedding.
When I arrived, Betsy and her brides-people were all hanging out on the lower level of The Club at Corazon. Each brides-person wore a different jewel tone and collectively made the most beautiful wedding party. Pair that with the elegant grounds of the venue, it was nearly impossible to take a bad picture of them. The sun was shining and the flowers were in full bloom. The Tuscan vibe at Corazon made everything feel so elegant.
Betsy and Tyler were married inside out of the summer heat. The light was so soft in the room and it felt very intimate. After they were officially married, guests were treated to a cocktail hour that overlooked the lake in the back of the property. Before the reception started, I snuck in the ballroom to photograph the details. This was so much fun to document. Betsy and her mom had collected colored bottled for months leading up to the wedding. The result was a stunning visual as you walked into the room. Light just glistened off of every bottle and flower. It almost felt magical. For dessert, there was every kind of sweet imaginable. And for those who love savory, there was even a popcorn bar where you could choose your toppings! Then it was time for the live band, Willie Nelson Mandela, to start. Right before we left, we snuck out to the vineyard…yes, the vineyard!!!! As the sun set over the rolling hills, I just melted behind my camera as I saw how happy Tyler and Betsy were. I can’t thank them enough for allowing me to be there for this magical day!
It has been so much fun blogging and reliving all of the amazing weddings from over the past year. I truly love what I do and feel so blessed to be able to peek into so many’s lives even if just for a little bit.
This wedding was last June and was beautiful for so many reasons. I met up with Danielle as she was getting ready in the Bridal Suite at the Scioto Reserve Country Club. They were steaming her cathedral length veil when I arrived. There are very few things I love more than a longer-than-life veil. As she got her dress on, you could see the excitement in her eyes. It was a sunny day with no clouds in the sky. The country club has this amazing little spot of trees right near the back of the club where I just love to do portraits. This is where we did the first look with Charles. The expression on his face was so cute as he turned around and saw how stunning Danielle looked. We then hopped on a golf cart and took some photos around the grounds. The sun softly illuminated them both as they walked.
It was then time to get married! They had an outdoor ceremony in the back of the club. As Charles read his vows to Danielle, a beam of light came through and highlighted only his eyes. For me, it was a poetic moment. I’m such a sucker for cool lighting.
Inside the reception room, soft violet and cream accents adorned every corner. When the dancing started, it didn’t stop. There was so much joy and love in the room that night. Thank you so much to Danielle and Charles for letting me be a small part of it all!
Last month I posted Ben and Dustin’s German Village engagement shoot for pride month. I am so excited to post about their wedding today! I met up with them both at the downtown Columbus Renaissance Hotel where they were helping each other get ready. Right outside of their room, I took photos of just them around the pool deck. The soaring skyscrapers of downtown gave a modern twist to the photos. From our photos, Ben and Dustin walked hand-in-hand down the street to Trinity Episcopal Church, where they were to be married in a morning ceremony. I’ve done SO MANY weddings, and this was the first time I was able to photograph a same-sex marriage inside a church. It was so special for me as a wedding photographer. Ben mentioned it was also very special for him as well because religion has always played an important part in his life. One of my favorite photos I took was when both of them were walking through the doors of the church, and the sign above them read “A House of Prayer For All People”.
Outside the church, guests and family gathered. Let’s just talk for a minute about the kids who were at this wedding. They were the absolute cutest kids ever. They were so much fun to watch in front of the bright red church doors.
Inside, the wedding was beautiful. Ben and Dustin walked down the aisle together. They each said their vows with their sister and brother by their side. It was such a beautiful moment when the priest announced that they were married! Tears of joy were in both of their eyes and smiles beamed from ear-to-ear. Now, it was on to Jeffrey Mansion in Bexley to have a celebration lunch.
Ben’s sister made all of the desserts and I can’t even express to you how beautiful and unique they all were. It was truly a labor of love. I loved this reception. It was so laid back and happy. People were just enjoying walking the grounds of the mansion and being out in the sun. The reception had such a happy feeling in the air. It was such an honor to be there. Thank you so much to Ben and Dustin and cheers to many more years! XO Jess
SO, I REALLY missed their first anniversary, but this wedding needs to be seen by the world! It was so pretty and fun. I love Amber and Sean. They have the most amazing way of joking around with each other. I’ll never forget their first look. Sean was just talking to himself and making himself laugh. As Amber stood behind him waiting to tap him on his shoulder, Amber couldn’t stop laughing and was trying so hard to compose herself. They have a way of being so intimately funny.
After the first look, we hopped on some golf carts and explored the grounds at Tartan Fields and found some stunning little spots to take some dreamy photos. The bridesmaids’ sage green gowns looked perfect against the landscape. After photos, we all met up behind the Country Club because their ceremony was about to begin. This outdoor ceremony spot overlooked the perfectly manicured golf course and provided the perfect “wow” factor as they exchanged their vows.
After the ceremony, everyone was treated to a patio cocktail hour as the sun lowered in the sky. It was then time to party the night away. Their reception was detailed with white and sage green. Their cake was by Kelly’s Cakery and tasted delicious. I loved that both Sean and Amber individually stood and thanked their guests with very heartfelt speeches. Amber and Sean concluded dinner with their first dance where they were wrapped up tight in each other’s arms. After open dancing started, I saw some of the best dance moves from any of my 2019 weddings.
Amber and Sean, I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to have been there as you both said: “I do”. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you both! XO J
Happy first anniversary to Jamie and Robert! This past weekend we did a first-anniversary shoot. I figured before I posted that I should show you their incredibly charming wedding. Also, a year of marriage happens so quickly and is so worthy of being celebrated!
Jamie and Robert had a beautiful summer wedding with details of maroon, blush, and red. There were subtle nods to Robert’s Asian heritage with paper cranes and Jamie’s red reception dress. The summer sun was direct and flooded the Edgewater room at Nationwide Conference Center with light. In the photos, these two almost seem to glow as they are backlit at the altar. One of the sweetest moments I remember from their ceremony was how many people were crying. I think that’s a testament to those being in the moment with you. People were truly captivated with Jamie and Robert as they said their vows, gave loving glances at each other and started their marriage with a kiss and a loving embrace.
At the reception, small thoughtful details were around every corner. As you walked into the Edgewater room, you were met with hanging chandeliers made from hand-folded paper cranes. Cranedeliers , if you will. I love any time you can incorporate decor in your reception venue ceiling. My favorite part of the reception was when Jamie and Robert introduced their wedding party instead of being introduced last. The introductions were funny and a genuine demonstration of the friendship they had with their wedding party. It also set a certain energy level for the room that just felt electric. Another memorable detail was that each guest had a paper crane at their place setting. They were invited to put the paper crane in a box that represented a couple of charities that were meaningful to Jamie and Robert so a donation could be made on their behalf. I love that they used their wedding as a way to give back. I feel so blessed to have shot this wedding and our session last weekend. I can’t wait to share the new photos with you in the coming weeks. Until then, enjoy this perfect summer wedding!
Just a couple of months before this international pandemic reached our shores, Kati and Charles had already decided that they wanted to get married by eloping. You could say they did it before it was cool! WOW! What a perfect April day it was for their small intimate wedding. The sun was beaming down and all the spring blooms were bursting with life, color, and fragrance. When I arrived, I could see them walking towards the Schiller Park stage in the distance. Ever since I was little, my heart has always skipped a beat when I’ve seen a bride. And that day was no exception. Kati looked stunning in her cream lace dress. The only people there were Kati, Charles, Charles’ brother who was also the officiant and Charles’ parents. They set up a zoom call in the middle of the park so Kati’s parents could be there as well. The couple chose to get married in front of the Schiller Statue in the park, where the formal promenade comes to an intersection with the park walkways. The two of them exchanged handwritten vows and before you knew it, they were husband and wife!
Right after the intimate ceremony, we just strolled the park and took some beautiful spring photos. And keeping in true Schiller Park fashion, you never know what you’re going to get. As we were taking some portraits, a man nearby started to blast Nickleback over his radio. Kati and Charles had a very intimate Nickleback concert during their elopement photos. I’m sure it was the moment they’d always dreamed of.
This wedding was a perfect example of how love is stronger than any adversity. There is beauty and love even in the toughest of times. I can’t fully express how thankful I am to have been there to document this elopement. Thank you, Kati and Charles!
As we enter into the last few days of pride month, I am so excited to share this blog with you today from Carly and Alexxa’s wedding last September from WatersEdge Event and Conference Center in Hilliard, Ohio.
I met up with Carly and Alexxa at their hotel where they were getting ready in separate rooms. Their hair and makeup were being done by Always Elegant LLC when I arrived. It was so much fun to go back and forth from room to room and see all the little details that each of them had put together for the day. What was so striking, was how similar the cuts of their dresses were to each other. I don’t know if they planned it, but they were also wearing the same shirt to get ready in. There was nothing but ear-to-ear smiles in both rooms.
After they were both ready, we drove to WatersEdge to get the day started with a first look. Carly grabbed her Bloomtastic bouquet which was adorned with satin ribbons that gently blew in the breeze. It was just the perfect little detail that she planned to match the ribbon that was on the back of her dress. I was so excited as Alexxa approached because I knew this was going to be cute. But I can’t even explain in words how special it really was. They are truly soul mates. The way they interact is so genuine and sincere.
It was threatening rain all day. The clouds were rolling in, and the wind was picking up. But like so many other Ohio days, it didn’t rain and they were able to have the most beautiful outdoor ceremony. Signs, programs, invitations, and save-the-dates were all made and designed by Carly, who is also an extremely talented graphic designer. After they were married, we snuck out and took some more photos. If you can catch that moment when it’s about to rain and it doesn’t, the payoff can be huge. A slight wind, perfect overcast for photos, and the world can seem just a little more vibrant and saturated.
Now it was time to party! And I have to say, of all the hundreds of weddings I’ve been to, this wedding had the best speech hands down I’ve ever heard. Carly’s brother knocked it out of the park with his chart-enhanced story of him and Alexxa’s relationship over the years. The evening was perfectly rounded out with the most loving first dance with Carly and Alexxa, followed by some amazing dance moves from almost everyone at the wedding. D&M DJ Entertainment kept the dance floor alive all night. I think White Claw helped too lol. There was so much love in the room that night. The energy was electric and I feel so lucky to have been there to capture it all.
I have been so excited to share this wedding. It was one of my most memorable from 2019 simply because we took portraits in gale-force winds.
I posted about Jaimie and Dwayne’s engagement shoot a while back and you can see all the pretty here. Fast forward to their wedding day, and I found myself at the LeVeque Hotel in downtown Columbus with the ladies as they were getting ready. This hotel is one of my favorites for getting ready photos and offers amazing opportunities for portraits as well. The hotel has a celestial theme to it and the decor echos the art deco styles of the 1920s.
Jaimie and Dwayne did their “first look” in the hotel lobby. I just loved seeing Dwayne’s ear-to-ear smile as he turned around to see how beautiful Jaimie looked in her wedding dress. From there we walked around the lobby area and took some seriously cool photos. We utilized the building’s multiple floors to get cool angles and new perspectives. I just adore the portrait of the whole wedding party that also includes the towering multi-story chandelier. I actually got the entire wedding party to follow me out to the roof of the LeVeque parking garage, which is a very unique and fun place to shoot. However, on this particular day, it was so windy, we all immediately decided to come up with a different option. So we all headed over to the main library downtown and took some beautiful and classical portraits. While we were there, I asked how they would feel if we still headed over to take some outdoor photos in front of some new Columbus murals. They were awesome sports and agreed. While the wind was just crazy, it also gave us some of the coolest photos from the day, and a whole lot of genuine laughter.
I really enjoyed their ceremony as well. Dwayne’s brother officiated different parts of it which made it so sentimental and all the more memorable. After they tied the knot, I headed over to Dock 580 to photograph details and get ready for the reception. When I walked through the front doors, I wasn’t prepared for how beautiful it looked inside. Everywhere you looked there were stunning details. LIttle signs, geometric flower arrangements, and so many desserts you didn’t know where to look first. Above anything from this wedding that really stuck with me the most was the energy from their family and friends that was in the room with them that night. It was just electric. These two are so loved and for a very good reason. I feel so blessed to have been there. Thank you Jaimie and Dwayne for trusting me to capture your day!