Wedding: Aaron & Megan

Hickory Lane Farms

I love when weddings have details that hold unique sentiment to the couple.  This was true for Aaron and Megan’s wedding. All throughout the day you could see the special touches unique to them! For instance, the reception took place at Megan’s home…the same place where her parents got married! Before I give too much away, allow me to share the story of their day through a few of their wedding pictures…If rings had a story to tell it would be these!! The story began when Aaron and Meg got engaged in Ireland. Aaron’s wedding band is hand crafted from Ireland. The marble is from the Connemara National Park where he proposed to Meg! The inner part of the ring is made from an old Irish penny. Another material used to make the ring was Irish bog oak (an ancient oak tree that has been buried and preserved in a peat bog for hundreds to thousands of year. Yeah, I had to look that up!😉) Interestingly enough, right before Aaron proposed to Meg she fell in a bog! Meg’s ring is a vintage-style floral ring, because she loves all things vintage! Aaron and Meg exchanged love letters to each other. Meg took a few minutes to read hers before getting ready at her parent’s home.  A piece from her grandma’s favorite blouse was cut in a heart and sewn into her wedding dress.  Meg gave Aaron a watch. Carved on the back it said, “Meet me at the altar at 12:30.” The first look! All of Aaron and Meg’s wedding portraits were taken at her parents farm, Hickory Lane Farms Nursery & Landscaping. Such a beautiful setting! The sun was super bright and honestly, the temperature was REALLY hot! But a few romantic shots with the bright sunlight and meadow setting were called for! Go ahead and count them!! 🙂 Yep…12 girls, 12 guys, two children, and the bride and groom!! They win the prize for the largest bridal party I’ve ever photographed! Aaron and Megan are two VERY LOVED people! “Going to the chapel and we’re going to get married!” The bridal party rode on this trailer to and from the church! Notice the “Farmersonly.com” sign! 🙂 Instead of a unity candle Aaron and Meg had a unity tree. They poured dirt on the tree from their childhood homes.  Notice in the picture above Meg is wiping her tears. What are you supposed to do with the tissue when you’re done? Well, you stuff it in your new husband’s pocket, obviously! (See below!) After the ceremony we took the time for a few boat pictures and I’m SO glad we did! The reception took place in the farm barn. I know for a fact, Megan worked HARD to make it look like an elegant venue…and she did it! There were so, SO many details all around!! Everywhere you looked was something special! Everyone was invited to take a tree home to plant! Such a neat idea! As they drove off down the lane, it only seems fitting to end with “Happily ever after!”

 

Special thanks to Deborah of DG Photography for second shooting for me, and to Emilee of Emily Hope Photography for assisting.

Florist: Spring Bouquet

Hair: Natalee Vance of Polished Hair & Nails

Makeup: Nikki Jackson Artistry

#happilyevershetler

Josh and Laura’s Downtown Columbus Engagement

Scioto Mile ~ Schiller Park ~ Winans Chocolates, Columbus, Ohio

I love, love, LOVED Josha and Laura’s engagement session! It took place the very end of March, so it was still a bit chilly and windy, but we came up with the perfect mix of outdoor/indoor settings AND to top it off we happened across some blossoming trees to add to the beauty! Now we’re looking forward to their August wedding!

Winans Chocolates, Coffees, and Wines was the perfect spot to warm up a bit. Such a classy setting for these pictures of Josh and Laura…it fit them perfectly! 

Logan & Erin’s Wren Farm Wedding

Logan and Erin’s day…a special couple, beautiful celebration, and lovely setting!

Their day took place at the beautiful Wren Farm in Mechanicsburg, Ohio. A heart cut from a piece of her dad’s clothing was sewn into Erin’s wedding dress. Erin wore her grandma’s lace bolero jacket. It was so elegant! First look! Erin’s grandmas got a special first look with the bride! The sun was very bright and it was quite hot during the ceremony. The pastor prayed that a little shade would come…a few minutes later a cloud floated by for a bit of relief! I love how God takes care of every detail! Logan and Erin had a unity tree. The dirt they poured on the tree came from their childhood homes. Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Hostetler!! We ended the evening taking a few pictures as the sun set. It wasn’t the brightest or most brilliant sunset, but they still have some sweet pictures as husband and wife! 

Thank you to Deborah Beachy of DG Photography for second shooting for me.

Venue: Wren Farm

Florist: Sherwood Florist

Cake: Let’s Eat Cake

Wedding Dress: Off White of Dublin

Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair/Makeup: Charles Penzone artists Mika and Cameran

Alex & Kara’s Lightning Tree Barn Wedding

Circleville, Ohio

Alex and Kara tied the knot a few weeks ago! People from numerous states across the country traveled to celebrate with them on their super hot and joy-filled day!  Here’s a little peek into their love story and the story of their day…

Alex and Kara met in Philadelphia and on their first coffee date chatting and relating with each other came easy. Kara shared that she wanted the theme of their day to be “bathed in prayer.” What a great way to start your marriage!  Kara gave Alex this tie clip. Inscribed on the back it says, “I get to love you 5.27.18” Their first dance as husband and wife was to the song “I get to love you” by Ruelle. Currently, they call Philly home while Alex continues his studies to become a Podiatrist.  Alex was originally from Tennessee and Kara from Ohio, so a wedding in Circleville, Ohio at Lightning Tree Barn was the setting of their big day.First look! Kara, you’re stunning!! Different shoes you may ask? Here’s the story…while they were dating Kara was training for a marathon and Alex couldn’t neglect his studies. The solution? Kara would run and Alex would ride his bike a few miles ahead, sit down to study and then when Kara would make it to him he’d be there ready with water! Sounds like a pretty good break to me! So…if they’re runners we might as well take a few running pictures, right?!! Ceremony time!  If you were in Ohio over Memorial Day weekend, you may remember the 90 degree weather we had that weekend. Yep…the second story of the barn was beautiful, but a bit toasty. 🙂 I wish someone would have taken the exact temperature, but my guess would be at least 105ish! Alex and Kara washed each other’s feet during their ceremony. Jesus also washed His disciples’ feet as an example of love and being a servant of all in John 13:1-17. For Alex and Kara it was a symbol of putting the other first, love and devotion. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Pilkinton! Kara’s friends have passed the & symbol pictured below from wedding to wedding. It’s been painted a different color for each wedding and Kara had to carry on the tradition! 

Thank you to Andrew Weber of Andrew E. Weber Photography for second shooting Alex and Kara’s wedding with me.

Thaddeus & Cherie’s Wedding, Plain City Ohio

Thad and Cherie’s May wedding day was filled with smiles and beauty. Seriously, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a bride smile as much as Cherie! Here’s the story of their day in pictures…

Our day began at Cherie’s house. The peonies were blooming outside and complimented Cherie’s colors beautifully! The first look took place beside the Little Darby Creek, which just happens to be in Thad’s backyard.  It’s such a lovely setting! As a surprise gift to Thad, Cherie gave him the journal she’d been keeping over the time they were dating.  It was a hot and sunny day, and even a little bit buggy with the pesky insects down by the creek. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve seen so many people swatting at bugs during pictures. Haha! But that didn’t dampen the joy of the day!  The ceremony and reception took place at United Bethel Mennonite Church in Plain City, Ohio.  The original plan was to have the reception by the creek at Thad’s home, but due to a rainy weather forecast the reception was brought indoors. It was a good move, because we would have gotten rained on! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Eichorn!!

Special thanks to Deborah Beachy of DG Photography (also Cherie’s cousin!) for second shooting. As always, she’s amazing!

Florist: Everyday Beauty Co.

Bride’s Dress: Mary Beachy

 

Engagement: Alex & Noel

Creekside Gahanna and Everal Barn

Alex and Noel’s engagement session took place on a perfect spring evening! The sun glowed beautifully on Noel’s long blonde hair! Fun fact: both Alex and Noel took their senior portraits at Creekside Gahanna, so they thought it’d be fun to use the same location together. We also made a stop at Everal Barn; such a unique and eye-catching barn. We’re all looking forward to their September, 2018 wedding! Congratulations, Alex and Noel!

Home Birth Story

I love photographing births! When Katelyn contacted me months ago about their home birth, you can guess how excited I was! While I’ve photographed numerous hospital births, this was my first one in a home!

The story…

Joe and Katelyn’s first two children came so quickly they didn’t even have time to make it to the hospital! Joe and Katelyn delivered their first two by themselves, but decided to pursue a planned home birth this time. Considering how quickly Katelyn’s labor and deliveries had gone in the past, I was praying I’d make it in time! The midwives and I arrived in time to find Katelyn on her bed, happy and chill! But like both of her other birth experiences it didn’t last long! One thing that stood out to me about the home birth experience was the atmosphere and spirit of family. The older kids were amazing at playing and entertaining themselves. Then after the baby was born they were right there with mom, dad and the baby together as a family.  When it was time for the baby to be born it all happened VERY quickly and Katelyn ended up having the baby on her knees in the middle of the bathroom! I love the picture below!! Just take in all that’s happening…mom’s holding their new baby boy while breathing a sigh of relief, dad’s over with big sister, and the midwife in the background is checking the time of the birth. Katelyn thought it might feel good to sit in the tub a bit after Dominic was born…I was super glad for the beautiful photo op! 🙂 Welcome to the family little one! Big brother wanted to capture some pictures with his camera, too! Big sister loved sitting with mom and the baby on the bed. She said, “I pet him!” 🙂 The Choice Midwives were great! I appreciated watching their expertise and attention to both the health and care of mom and baby.