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Award winning High Line Car House Wedding Photos

Chelsea and Chris had a visually romantic and warm winter wedding, only enhanced by the excitement of it being on the night before New Year’s Eve, or as I affectionately describe it, New Years Eve-Eve.

Their wedding took place on an unusually temperate late December day. The bridesmaids wore maroon full-length gowns and fur wraps. The women all carried bespoke wedding bouquets that were adorned with deep red and white roses. The men wore black suits with maroon accents. Chis and Chelsea did a “first look” where they saw each other before their wedding. They did this for logistical reasons because of the time of year the wedding took place. Sun-down was around 5:20 p.m. and they wanted some outdoor photographs, so we timed the photos to be from 2-4:00 p.m.

As a photographer, I often get asked what my favorite venues are in Columbus, OH. I always have the High Line Car House on my shortlist. The building was built in 1873 as the headquarters for the High Street railroad company. Inside, the building housed streetcars and 40 horses. Nearly 150 years later, it has been transformed into a newer Columbus event venue. The building has its original brick walls, soaring ceilings, and an industrial shell that is perfect just the way it is or as a starting point for romantic florals, decor and lighting.  Huge rustic chandeliers accent the space with an old-world charm.

Photographically speaking, the venue can be dark and as a result, the person shooting needs to have mastered off-camera lighting techniques to allow for a well-lit environment while minimizing shadows. My goal is to always have the subjects I artificially light look just as good as if they were lit with natural light.

The street outside the venue still features its original exposed bricks. Years of traffic from streetcars, horses, and travelers have made the street warn and settled with time. This side street makes a fantastic location to photograph the couple and wedding party.

As the sun had just tucked under the horizon, Chelsea walked down a candle-lit aisle toward Chris. The ceremony itself was short and filled with lots of genuine laughter. Afterward, I had the honor of going back out with Chelsea and Chris and do some captivating night photography around downtown. When we arrived back at the venue, the warmth inside felt like a welcoming hug after coming in from the cold winter night. The rest of the evening was spent showering these two in love and laughter.

Excitingly enough, earlier this year this wedding collection was awarded the NACE Wedding Photography of the Year Award at their annual national conference. My husband and I got all dressed up and were able to have an amazing kid-free night together to celebrate at the gala. I felt like Cinderella!

 

High Line Car House Wedding Photos

Jennifer and Kyle were married at Worthington Christian Church on a temperate November day last year. Excitement grew as Jen and her girls got ready at the church. It was so much fun watching everyone come in and greet her with smiles, hugs, and laughter. Jenn’s Essence of Australia dress was stunning! It had lace on either side that dipped from the underarms down to the waist to create a sexy but sophisticated silhouette. She wore her hair back in a modern up-do that complimented her beautiful eyes and her warm smile.

When the suns ducks behind the horizon and the last bit of light fills the atmosphere with a light blue haze, that’s called blue hour. A blue hour can sometimes be challenging to shoot in but not on this day. The images we were getting were so elegant and oozed romance. The light from the Scioto Mile Bridge illuminated Jens cascading veil. Jen and Kyle looked so cosmopolitan against the modern lines of the bridge. A couple of details that I absolutely loved for the day that Jen wore was her grandmothers’ stole and her initials were adorned inside. Kyle also had a special embroidery inside his tux, their wedding date!

When we arrived at the High Line Car House, it was completely dark outside. I knew we wanted to get some portraits along the backside of the building so I brought out some off-camera lighting and we rocked it in the pitch black of night.

When you walked inside High Line, it’s hard to accurately describe the feeling. Madison House Designs had created an environment that wrapped guests in warmth, candlelight and every corner was dripping with greenery. A French provincial door was set on the sidewall, adorned with candles and the most beautiful flowers. The head table was crowned with the most breathtaking greenery and candles hanging from the chandelier. Overall, this wedding was nothing short of show-stopping and I feel so lucky to have crossed paths with these two! Thank you for the honor of capturing your perfect day! XO Jess

 

wedding party outside of high line car house

PUBLISHED! High Line Car House Wedding

YOU GUYS!!!! Molly and Eric’s stunning wedding has been published online at Brides & Weddings Magazine! I just love the write-up they did and how the blog didn’t simply copy what I’ve written, but took the time to really find out about the wedding, talk with the couple and showcase their wedding with such sophistication.  Thank you Brides & Weddings Magazine!

http://bridesandweddings.com/blog/2018/04/16/molly-and-eric-urban-industrial-sophistication/

Also, here is a link to my write-up from the day that you can see!

https://www.thejessicamillerphotos.com/high-line-car-house-wedding/

High Line Car House Wedding

Molly and Eric have captured my heart and I couldn’t be more honored to have spent their wedding day with them. They are both such triumphant people for so many reasons. It’s life-changing to be around anyone like this, let alone a couple!

In late August, I started the day with both the bride and groom at the Hilton in downtown Columbus. My second shooter went and met up with the guys while I got to hang out with the girls. Molly’s dress was hanging in the corner and was so beautiful just on a hanger- so I knew she was going to be a knockout in it! It had soft layers that dropped from the waist to different levels, giving a beautiful sense of dimension and movement. Her shoes were so fun and elegant- a true statement piece that I had to give a little photographic love to throughout the day.

The ceremony took place at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Victorian Village. This church is so old and beautiful- bursting with charm and character. It bridges the gap between being both a spiritual place to get married and a stunning romantic backdrop for a ceremony. After the ceremony, the bride and groom were tucked away in a back room. Using my stealthy creeper skills, I swiped a photo of them kissing behind a partially open door before they made their grand exit out of the church.

After the ceremony, we stopped at Schiller Park for some wedding photos and then headed over to their venue, High Line Car House, to finish up the shoot before they were introduced. I just love the area around that venue. It has a rustic urban feel but also feels very sophisticated.

Let’s talk for a minute about High Line Car House. I’d always wanted to shoot there and finally got my chance. It did not disappoint. This venue is so charming and warm inside. It was so fun watching Eric and Molly share their first dance under those giant chandeliers. I’m so excited to be posting this wedding! Sending lots of love to these two! XO Jess