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Columbus zoo wedding

Columbus Zoo Wedding

It’s my honor to showcase this incredible Columbus Zoo wedding today on the blog. What could be better than feeding a giraffe at cocktail hour? Staring down a sloth over hors d’oeuvre? Cradling a Kangeroo? Few things are better than that, but one is marrying your best friend. So this wedding was quite possibly the perfect day.

I met up with Abby in downtown Dublin, Ohio on a sunny summer day. Her friends were so much fun and kept her laughing all morning. Abby looked so elegant in her strapless lace-bodice gown. It was so much fun to pose her in the magical window light of the hotel.

After she was ready, Abby met Brent on the roof of the hotel at VASO for their first look. Brent’s face when he turned around and saw her was pure excitement. We walked around Vaso and the hotel lobby and took advantage of the beautiful natural light and modern spaces.

From the hotel, the entire wedding party ventured out to downtown Old Dublin for some really fun wedding photos. The city is alive with interesting architectural lines. It was really fun to play them up in their photos.

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Then, it was time to go to the Zoo to get these two married! A stunning flower arch stood between roaming giraffes and the wedding guests. To have such beautiful creatures hanging out in the background of your wedding ceremony was breathtaking. At cocktail hour, the Zoo brought out animals for the guests and the bride and groom. I’ve never seen a happier bride in my whole career than I did when Abby was able to hold a kangaroo.

Inside the reception space, the world’s largest cookie table was getting ready for its debut. Still to this day, it was the largest cookie spread of any I’ve ever photographed. I think it probably spanned five 5′ tables. It was glorious.

Abby and Brent were able to sneak out for sunset photos that were just awe-inspiring. The warm light flooded in and made the whole outdoor pavilion feel other-worldly. It was such a special day and I am so lucky to have been a part of it. Thank you so much to Abby and Brent for having me.

Vendors

Venue: The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium- Africa Event Center
Hotel: AC Marriot Dublin
Wedding Planner: Limelight Event Planning
Florist: Blooms by Amanda
DJ- Platinum DJ Productions
String Quartet- Columbus Musicians LLC
Cake: Our Cupcakery
Dress: Evaline’s Bridal
Hair and Makeup: The Spa at River Ridge
Groom’s Tux: Men’s Warehouse

Check out Abby and Brent’s engagement shoot here!

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Brookside Country Club Wedding

I have a very special Brookside Country Club wedding to share on the blog today. What a show-stopper this one is! The stunning bride and groom, the summer wildflowers, and the cultural details poured into the day, made this a must-see wedding.

You might recognize Elena and Jack from their engagement shoot I previously shared on the blog. When it came to their wedding, their Serbian heritage played a large role in the day’s festivities. Food, music, and drinks all paid homage to their family background.

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Brookside Country Club is a Columbus gem for many reasons. First, the bridal getting ready room is small and intimate, but so editorial. It was so much fun photographing Elena next to the large window overlooking the putting green. Elena wore a gown with long lace button-up sleeves. Her bridesmaids and mother surrounded her and took turns buttoning the buttons. A little bridesmaid carefully watched all of Elena’s preparations and can be spotted in quite a few photos.

Another reason to love Brookside is the manicured grounds fit for royalty. I just love photographing feminine portraits of a bride on this property. On this day, wildflowers and a cascading weeping willow tree made for a truly happy photographer.

One of the most wonderful details from the day was Elena had a three-piece band following her around all day. Yes, you read that right! From standing outside the getting-ready room, to watching her get into her car, to walking down the church steps with Jack, there was an accordion, a guitar, and a stand-up bass around every turn.

The celebration

Jack and Elena’s Serbian ceremony took place at St. Stevan in Columbus, Ohio. The interior of the church is ornate and very dark. Family surrounded them as they became man and wife, and the couple celebrated with a kiss outside the church.

The celebration re-convened at Brookside where Elena and Jack and their wedding party were able to take some photos together. At the reception, the night was one beautiful celebration of these two. I am so honored I was there to capture their love.

VENDORS

Florist: All in Bloom
Cake: Short North Piece of Cake (no longer in business)
DJ: Midwest Pro DJ
Bride’s Dress: Stella York
Bride’s Makeup: Kenzie Bruck
Bride’s Hair: Always Elegant LLC
Groom’s Tux and Shoes: Men’s Warehouse

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strongwater industrial wedding

Strongwater Industrial Wedding

Today I have a treat for everyone with this Strongwater Industrial Wedding. Andrew and Joe are two of the best humans I’ve ever met. Way back in 2019, I was able to shoot their engagement shoot on a brisk December day. The plan was for them to get married the following year, but you guessed it! COVID though a wrench in their plans and they ended up waiting two whole years for their big day. They say good things come with time, and in this case, oh did the good times come!

This was probably one of my favorite weddings I’ve ever photographed. There are so many reasons why, but here are just a few.

Reasons I love this wedding

The people

This was a wedding full of genuine, down-to-earth, fun, and laid-back people. People that made you feel like you’ve known them your whole lives. People who were gracious enough to let me in on this day and document some truly intimate moments without holding back.

The speeches

Deeply personal speeches were given by the family during the ceremony. They were raw, emotional, sincere, and deeply moving. It created a quiet space of reflection for everyone and there wasn’t a dry eye in the place.

The dancing

This wedding was a throw-down. Any time you have DJ Axcess at your wedding you can expect great things, but this was just next level. This party would have raged until 4 am if the venue didn’t have time limits. After suffering the aftermath of COVID-19, being at a party like this was just soul-nourishing!

The details and desserts

Joe’s mother hand-crocheted all of the cutest favors that were placed at each table setting. They were so adorable and all completely different. The act of making that many favors was such a labor of love and a shining example of how much these two are loved.

As if that wasn’t enough, they had Buckeye Donuts as dessert! Quite possibly my favorite donuts in Columbus, that was the cherry on top of this wedding for me!

Thank you so much to Andrew and Joe for memories that will last me a lifetime. Thank you for being your authentic loveable selves. I’m so honored to have been a part of this incredible day!

Vendors

Venue: Strongwater Food and Spirits
Cake: Lavender & Honey
Donuts: Buckeye Donuts
Florist: The Flowerman
Joe’s Suit: Suitsupply
Shoes: Florsheim Shoes
Andrew’s Suit: Alan David
DJ: DJ Axcess

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Retreat 21 Spring Wedding

Today on the blog I am dreaming of warmer weather and so excited to share this incredibly gorgeous Retreat 21 Spring Wedding. Spring happens to be my all-time favorite season. It used to be fall, but as I get older, I have fallen deeply in love with the idea of the literal and metaphorical re-emergence of life. The air is muddy, all the little flower buds peek their heads out of the nutrient-rich earth, and life springs forth. It’s the promise of a full year of warm weather ahead. The birds are singing, and a new season of possibility offers itself in full colorful splendor. Quite literally, it was the perfect time for Kaitlin and Hayden to get married.

A spring color palate

The sage green dresses and details were the perfect compliment to this Spring wedding. The white dogwood trees were just starting to bud which only added to the visual splendor. A huge trend in 2023 was to use faux florals. Kaitlin chose a bouquet of Sola flowers or flowers made of wood. They are so delicate and intricate looking, but will also last forever!

A Retreat 21 Spring Wedding

On the property of Retreat 21, there is a grand old tree that is a show-stopping backdrop for any wedding. This is where Hayden and Kaitlin decided to share their vows in front of their friends, family, and all their loved ones. One of my favorite moments was right after their first kiss. Hayden pulled Kaitlin close, embraced her, and kissed her so sweetly on her forehead.

A unique party set in the woods

One of the best parts about having your wedding at Retreat 21 is the outdoor space for guests at the reception. There are open-air swings, a fire pit, and lawn games- all illuminated under a canopy of Edison bistro lights. It gives an intimate gathering place for people to reconnect under the canopy of the tall trees. This has quickly become one of my favorite places to photograph because it is just so beautiful at every turn. As the facility ages, the management keeps expanding the features of the grounds to make it more appealing. A special thank you to Hayden and Kaitlin for their trust in Jessica Miller Photography for their wedding day!

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Vendors

Venue: Retreat 21
Cake: Alice’s Piece of Cake
DJ: Vince Kendjorksy from Josh Staley Productions
Dress Shop: Dublin Bridal
Dress: Allure Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson and Keds
Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Hey Pretty Beauty
Groom’s Tux: Generation Tux

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Oak Grove Wedding Photography

I have been waiting a minute to post about this incredible Oak Grove wedding photography, and today’s the day!

Miranda’s dress was a striking silhouette and featured a pointed lace train that gracefully flowed behind her when she walked. Her beautiful curls were pulled back into a low bun and fascinated with a crystal hair clip. A few curls framed her face to accent her incredible jawline. Kelvin looked like a million dollars in a blue suit that was accented with a soft pink tie.

The couple shared a “first touch” before the wedding where they held hands and said a prayer for the day and their marriage. It was an incredibly beautiful and quiet moment they were able to share with just eachother before they walked down the aisle to say “I do!”.

Gorgeous string music filled the greenhouse as guests took their seats. When Kelvin walked through the front doors, the whole crowd cheered for him. I have never seen a bigger smile on a groom walking down the aisle before. Pretty soon, Miranda turned the corner with her father and met Kelvin’s eyes waiting for her at the end of the greenhouse. Tears began to flow as he saw her approach.

Standing in front of all of their loved ones, and flanked by 12 of their very best friends, Miranda and Kelvin took their marriage vows in a romantic and heartwarming ceremony. Some of my favorite photos of the day were taken immediately following their walk back down the aisle. They were freshly married, alone in their reception room, and had no idea they were being photographed. It was just them, in the moment, together.

As you can tell, Oak Grove at Jorgenson Farms is an incredible editorial and photographs like a dream. For that reason, it is one of my favorite Columbus, Ohio wedding venues. I think one of the most exciting aspects of this venue is the potential for incredible night photography. The starburst lighting fixtures and Edison bulbs make a showstopping backdrop for dreamy nighttime portraits.

A special thank you to Miranda and Kelvin for having me capture this showstopping day. It will forever be one of my absolute favorite weddings I’ve photographed.

VENDORS

Venue: Jorgenson Farms Oak Grove
Florist: Petals & Leaves
Cake: Capital City Cakes
DJ: Jomar with Josh Staley Productions
Bride’s Dress: Justin Alexander
Bride’s Shoes: DB Studio
Groom’s Tux: Men’s Warehouse

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Estate Horse Farm Wedding

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Today on the blog is a striking private estate horse farm wedding. As if the location wasn’t enough of a wow! factor, the bride and groom are designers and curated a delightfully whimsical and romantic experience for all their guests.

Maddie and Adam’s wedding invitation featured the estate’s signature 6-sided barn on the front. The whole day was accented with a palate of soft greens and pinks. With details galore, everywhere you looked was eye candy of the most beautiful sort. Some of my favorite details included Maddie’s Happily Ever After clutch, her embroidered guest book, her hand-made cocktail hour backdrop made from sno cone cups, pom poms that lined the bar, and letterboards that displayed drink options. Needless to say, it was a photographer’s dream.

Their ceremony was nestled within a wooded area that featured towering trees. To say it was picturesque would be an understatement. The naturally swaying canopy of trees above made the couple’s vows feel even more intimate and meaningful. As part of the ceremony, they planned a small tree together using soil from their respective homes.

After Maddie and Adam said “I do”, guests were welcomed to a stunning outdoor cocktail hour. Bistro tables were adorned with flowers in bud vases. Drinks were shared out in the beautiful sunshine or under the shade of an umbrella.

During dinner, the couple and I snuck out for some more photos. We were able to get a few with the barn and out behind the barn as the sun became lower and warmer in the sky. Some of my favorites from this dinner session were with a classic car that was brought onto the property.

As the evening went on, so much laughter and love was shared as speeches were given under the tent. In true Ohio fashion, the weather was doing crazy things. Each time I looked at the radar on my phone, it said we were standing in a thunderstorm. The funny thing is, it wasn’t raining at all. The sky did become dark, however, and the most amazing thing happened. A gorgeous rainbow appeared across the sky. You better believe we took some photos with it.

Maddie and Adam’s wedding was simply put, enchanting. I think everyone who attended was left with memories of a truly unique and unforgettable evening. Thank you so much for having me there to capture it all!

Vendors

Planning and Coordination: Thyme and Details
Florals: Lagom Floral Gallery
Catering: Sweet Carrot
Rentals: Lasting Impressions
Cake: Lavender and Honey Cakery
HMUA: Le Reve
Dress: BHLDN
Suit: Indochino
DJ: Beat Squad Entertainment

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Columbus Museum of Art Wedding

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Allison and Mark knocked it out of the park when they had their Columbus Museum of Art Wedding last July. It’s not every day you can celebrate such an incredible life event amongst so much beauty.

Their ceremony took place at Edwards Court. The ceiling is entirely made of windows which allows for natural light to pour into the space. A larger-than-life glass artwork by Dale Chihuly called Isola di San Giacomo in Palude, sits on one end of the atrium. It is an elegant and unique space and offers an experience only an art museum can.

The bridesmaids wore different shades of blue and Allison looked absolutely flawless in her white lace-trimmed A-lined gown. Details of white and blue could be found around every corner. Cascading bouquets were flanked on either side of the ceremony wall, the wedding invitations were adorned with a blue satin ribbon, a custom wedding hanger was embellished with blue and white flowers, and a blue velvet ring box showed off how beautiful Allison’s wedding rings were.

Inside and outside of the museum offered grand portrait backdrops. The lighting outside played against the walls and made for some pretty epic spotlight portraiture of Allison. One of my favorite details from the day was their ring bearer wore a bear costume and thus became known as the “ring bear.”

After portraits around the museum, we went to their reception venue, The Ellis. Allison is an avid swing dancer, so there were so many fantastic dance moves both during cocktail hour and the open dancing. Guests were also treated to a specially choreographed dance from Allison and her fellow dance group. It was so much fun to watch and super impressive to see her do it all in a wedding dress, no less!

Congratulations to these two. It was such an honor to be a part of this magical celebration!!

Vendors

Ceremony Venue: Columbus Museum of Art
Reception Venue: The Ellis
Florals: Fiori Florals
Cake: Sauer Cakes
DJ: D&M DJ Entertainment

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Nationwide Hotel LGBTQ Wedding

I cannot think of a better way to kick off Pride month than to feature this wonderful Nationwide Hotel LGBTQ Wedding! It was such an honor to capture Matt and Michael’s loving, genuine, and incredibly authentic celebration last year.

Eight years ago on June 26th, 2015, I was actually photographing a gay wedding. The couple didn’t know if their ceremony was going to be legal or not at the end of the day. It was announced at the reception that LGBTQ persons were now legally allowed to get married, and oh what a celebration that night was! People cheering, crying, and signing LEGAL documents! It’s become one of my favorite wedding-day core memories and a moment I’ll never forget.

It’s hard to believe up until that date and that moment, same-sex couples had been denied the right to legally marry. It goes without saying that for many reasons including this one, the LGBTQ community has felt excluded and marginalized. For that reason, any time an LGBTQ wedding happens, it’s also a celebration of equality and the right to marry and love whoever your heart loves, no matter what gender. These weddings are brave and make a statement to the world about love triumphing always. It’s one of the reasons LGBTQ weddings are some of my very favorites.

On this special day, Matt and Michael wore matching navy blue tuxedos with black accents. Everyone in their wedding party wore the same navy color and it was STUNNING. I adore monochromatic everything. Matt and Michael said their vows surrounded by their closest family and friends in the Edgewater Room at Nationwide Hotel. The sun beamed in on them as they made their marriage official.

Their reception was accented by a custom logo made from both of their initials. Elegant blue and white flowers decorated every table. My favorite part was the eye candy that OMG Sweets provided for the dessert table. As always, Nationwide knocked it out of the park with its incredible food.

After dinner, the couple was showered with love and some hilarious speeches. They then moved into the dancing room for their first dance where the love between them was simply palpable. Soon after, guests danced into the evening and celebrated and cheered Matt and Michael as they officially launched this new chapter of their lives together. Last month was their one-year anniversary and I’d like to wish them a very happy one year down!

Vendors

Venue: Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center
Desserts: OMG Sweets
Florals: Botanica Flowers
DJ: Buckeye Entertainment
Videographer: Up and Up Weddings

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Franklin Park Bride’s Garden Wedding

I am so excited to share this Franklin Park Bride’s Garden wedding with the world today. Life got away from me last year but this year I have made a consorted effort to sit down and share share share some of my favorite weddings from the past two years.

Angela and Eric met at a Chinese restaurant when they were living in Atlanta over 10 years ago. Eric just happened to sit down at a table near Angela and he ended up asking for her phone number before he left. Eight years later, the two decided to make it official and get married surrounded by their closest family and friends.

Their choice of The Franklin Park Conservatory as their venue was intentional. Eric is a nature lover. He used to work in an arboretum and is a country boy at heart. Growing up he was always outdoors. I can personally attest to this passion of his. As we walked through different rooms and spaces of the conservatory, Eric would tell me all about whatever plant or tree was in front of us. He would inspect them as if each one was a precious jewel. Angela loved the space because it’s naturally beautiful and elegant in an authentic way. Authenticity was very important to her as she planned their celebration.

Another important aspect of their wedding was music. They own the Savoy Club which is a premiere Jazz, soul, and R&B Club in Columbus, Ohio. They incorporated live music acts from both their club and their church ( Mix Master Ice and Jerry Powell) to create an intimate and soulful experience for guests.

The entire event was expertly and flawlessly planned with Distinct Event Planning at the helm. Having owner Lucretia Williams take care of all the details allowed Angela to be a host without stressing. Their luxe invitation suite was custom designed by LePenn Designs. It was a black and white set that had a hidden strip of hot pink along the edge of the invitation. This same pop-of-color accent was carried into the reception florals with a hot-pink orchid placed on every charger.

Prema Designs knocked it out of the park with the reception tablescapes. Everything was so lush and alive. The head table featured cascading Lilies and greenery at different heights adorned with candles. Textured linen layers were paired with sparkly chargers, velvet napkins, and centerpieces that resembled trees.

More than anything this wedding was filled with joy. Since Angela and Eric were practically a married couple anyways, it was a fun and beautiful celebration where they were able to honor their love for each other in front of the people that mean the most to them.

Additional vendors:

Groom’s Suit: Indochino
Groom’s Shirt: Armani
Groom’s Shoes: Donald J. Pilner
Bride’s Dress: La Jeune Mariee Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Vera Wang
Bride’s Hair: KiEssence Grande Beauty & Barber
Bride’s MUA: SC Defined
Cake: Kennedy’s KAKES

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The Ellis Columbus Wedding

Hello, blog! It’s been a while! 2022 was one of the craziest years I’ve ever had and by far my most successful at Jessica Miller photography. I got to meet some amazing, amazing people. I got to shoot some of the most beautiful events I’ve ever been to. The events industry came roaring back, and I soaked it all up one weekend at a time.

Today I am sharing Lindsay and Scott’s showstopping wedding. From beginning to end, this wedding was relaxed and fun with a hint of glamour. When I walked into the room and saw Lindsay, her hairstyle took my breath away. Even though it was extremely hot and windy outside, it stayed put all day, and I’m still not sure what kind of voodoo magic took place to make that possible.

They both got ready at the LeVeque hotel autograph collection, which also happens to be one of my favorite hotels in downtown Columbus to photograph. The lighting in the suite is so editorial. I just had to take advantage of it for some shots of Lindsay after she got her dress on. those photos are still some of my favorites from the day. I talk a lot with my couples about how less can be more; this is a perfect example. Give me a neutral room with great window light and I’ll give you magic.

For their first look, we shot right outside the grand entrance overhang of the LeVeque Tower. It’s the place where chic art deco dreams are made. This location is so show-stopping to photograph, so it’s no surprise that Lindsay and Scott looked like absolute royalty.

After their first look, we took so many glamorous shots inside the LeVeque. Then with the whole bridal party, we went across the street to city hall. The bridesmaids’ dresses matched the windows of city hall and I love happy accidents like that. Our last stop before leaving for the venue was the rooftop of the LeVeque parking garage. It not only has a great view of the Columbus riverfront, but it also makes a killer backdrop for some champagne popping. Scott made everyone run away from him with the way the champagne was sprayed everywhere. It was so so funny and I just love the photos from this moment.

When we arrived at their venue, The Ellis, guests were greeted with a Champagne tower. The way the light hit each glass made the whole display so enchanting. Scott and Lindsay said their vows and “I dos” on the back patio in the warm afternoon sun.

The Ellis is in Italian Village and right in that area is so beautiful that we decided to do just a few more photos after Scott and Lindsay’s ceremony. The rest of the evening was such a beautiful blur. These two we’re surrounded by so much love, laughter, and friendship. Cheers to you both and thank you a million times over for trusting me with this perfect day!

Hotel: Hotel Leveque Autograph Collection
Venue: The Ellis
Suit: Pursuit
Florals: Fiori Florals
DJ: D and M DJ Entertainment
Dress: La Jeuene Mariee
Hair and Makeup: 614 Beauty
Cake: Sauer Cakes