This backyard Columbus Ohio wedding was quite simply, a dream. I was hired to photograph Nicholas and Joseph’s wedding because their larger blow-out celebration that was set to be in Chicago was sadly canceled because of COVID last year. When I arrived at their house, I walked into the backyard and was met with the most stunning table set up under hanging bistro lights. The landscaping was to die for. There were lots of little places to sit around the yard, a fire was going, and so. many. candles. You would have thought that the florals had been done by a professional florist, but Joseph actually did them himself!
When I arrived, Nick and Joe were getting ready inside and everyone was bustling about their home. A Cake for Leroy was putting the final touches on their cake in the kitchen. Their best friends were in and out the back door setting everything up. There was such fun energy in the air.
Right before guests arrived, Joe and Nick joined me for a few portraits around their yard. The table setup was so stunning I had to make it part of some shots. These two have such a deep bond with each other and I could really feel how important this day was for both of them. Happy tears streamed from both of them. Their love was palpable.
Joseph’s brother officiated the ceremony amongst an intimate group of friends and family. Their vows were some of the best I had ever heard. They described what it really felt like to meet the love of your life. The vows were also very poetic and sincere. The space these two created at that moment was electric, and one that I’ll never forget.
After the vows were exchanged and the rings were placed, it was time to party and celebrate! Cameron Mitchell provided the most beautiful appetizers and food for the event. Everyone gave Nick and Joe a champagne toast to their new marriage! As the sun tucked below the horizon, guests were seated and the happy couple danced in each other’s arms under the glow of the twinkling lights. Dinner continued into the dark of night and laughing faces were illuminated by the glow of candlelight. It was such a beautiful moment in time. I can’t thank Joseph and Nicholas enough for trusting me with capturing their vision.
These two celebrated their one-year anniversary yesterday so what better time to share their Hilliard Ohio wedding photos with the world! You might recognize them from their engagement shoot I posted a couple of weeks back. Lindsay and Jake are two of the funniest people you could ever be around. I laughed so hard I cried at least twice at this wedding. To have so much joy even though they were in the midst of having to pivot their original wedding plans because of the pandemic is a true testament to their relationship and bond.
When they realized their original wedding wasn’t going to work with COVID restrictions, at the last minute, Lindsay and Jake found the Norwich Pavilion which is a stunning outdoor facility in Hilliard’s Weaver Park. It is painted all white and just perfect for an outdoor wedding that’s also sheltered from a warm June day. As Lindsay walked toward the Pavillion, she and her dad emerged from a covered bridge into the bright sunlight. It was a major WOW factor! She looked stunning. Her dress had beautiful lace sleeves that kissed her shoulders. She wore her hair down in cascading curls. When Jake saw her, he was ear-to-ear smiles.
It wasn’t what they had originally planned, but this wedding was so beautiful and intimate. And, because of its size, we were able to get the best photo of everyone that attended the wedding! Congratulations to Lindsay and Jake and their one-year anniversary yesterday! I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you both. Lots of love, Jess
Today I am so delighted to share Eric and Bogna’s Park of Roses Elopement. When the world around you feels like it’s ending, postponing your wedding plans and everything else, I just love what Bogna and Eric said: F it! Let’s do this! I am so proud of them for following their hearts, pivoting during very uncertain COVID times, and tying the knot in a very small intimate ceremony at the Whetstone Park of Roses early last year.
Their adorable doggie joined the party, just like at their engagement shoot. All the trees in the park were newly coated green and some spring blossoms were still in full show. After the small ceremony, we walked around the park and took photos in the spring sunlight. When we came back, the family toasted the happy new couple, including some family across the world that was on zoom. It was so special and heartfelt.
I am so so excited to join them again later this year to have their bigger celebration with family and friends! Keep an eye out for these two on the blog later this year!
Today’s North 4th Corridor Wedding is simply put, phenomenal. When your bride is also a wedding planner, no stone will be left unturned.
Kendra is the master of everything events for Tartan Fields. She and Jacob actually met at work, where he used to teach golf lessons. Ever since I did their engagement shoot, I knew this wedding was going to be special. To know Kendra is to also know her love of travel, and more specifically, her love of France. It was no surprise her wedding was oozing with Parisian romance from top to bottom.
The moment I walked into the Hyatt suite downtown, I saw THE dress! The most beautiful custom pink gown that not just anyone could pull off. To match, not just any shoes would do. Stunning soft pink Christian Louboutin heels sat on the shelf in all their glory. Call me sheltered, but I’d never seen Louboutins in real life before. For me, it was like meeting a celebrity.
The ceremony took place outside at Brick & Mortar in the North 4th Corridor complex. Candles lit the aisle as the wedding party walked to the front of the courtyard. The sun was low enough in the sky that everything felt very romantic against the soft glow of the candles and the luminance of the hanging bistro lights.
Even though it was a large bridal party, everything felt so effortless and relaxed. I loved watching Kendra and Jacob mingle with their guests. It was very obvious how important everyone in that room was to them.
So without further ado, I preset this exquisite wedding. (This event was pre-COVID)
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
Let me just start this by saying if I were to re-do my wedding again, I would design it to be exactly like this. With an overarching astrological theme, this wedding was just so visually captivating. What a better place to get ready than the Downtown Columbus Lincoln LeVeque Tower hotel, which also has an astrological theme. LeeAnne’s dress was contemporary with smooth lines and a low-cut back. Her hair was styled to perfection by Jessica Broadwater and her makeup was flawlessly done by Kerry Smith from Full Face Artistry. LeeAnne chose chandelier earrings that resembled the north star. Andrew wore a blue tux with black tailored accents. Everything was perfectly styled. I felt like I was at a styled wedding.
Their ceremony was outdoors at COSI on the riverfront. Funny enough, there was a soul festival happening at the same time. LeeAnne got to walk down the aisle to both a string quartet and Al Greene. They had such an amazing sense of humor about it. As she walked, her long veil offered the perfect soft accent to the clean lines of her dress. As they said their vows to one another, tears welled up in their eyes. It was such a sincere moment that was so special to watch. After they were declared husband and wife, we went and took some wedding photos around downtown Columbus.
At their reception venue, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, guests were being dropped off by trolly and enjoyed the most beautiful (and delicious) charcuterie boards. A white cake from Cakes Creatively by Crystal sat in the corner and was adorned with a vintage bride and groom statuette. LeeAnne and Andrew honeymooned in Italy, and before they did, they wanted to share an Italian “cheers” with everyone at their wedding. As a favor, they gave each guest a bottle of Limoncello. A neon sign that said “The Smiths” provided such a fun backdrop for the night. And what a party it was! Dancing was going strong when we left well into the night. I can’t say enough amazing things about how many details were poured into this day. And hands down, it’s probably the best food I’ve ever had a wedding (one of the perks at having a reception at Wolf’s Ridge!). A huge thank you to LeeAnne and Andrew who are two incredible people. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you both! XO Jess
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!
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
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.