Peter Jon and Ashley’s wedding was AMAZING!!! The weather was perfect, the couple was stunning, the details were beautiful…everything from start to finish was top notch! But all the details aside, what blessed me the most was seeing the hearts of Peter Jon and Ashley. You could tell the desire for their lives and marriage is to put God first. I’m sure the ceremony was a sweet aroma to God as they worshiped. And then at the reception Peter Jon and Ashley ate last after greeting their guests…they liked the symbolism of having their guests go first. Their joy was so much fun to capture in photos. I believe you’ll see their genuine spirits as you look through the pictures of their day… The day took place at Ashley’s home. What a beautiful setting! One of the gifts PJ gave Ashley was a magazine cover complete with details from their day and lives. For example, one of the features on the cover was, “Ash late to her own wedding…, ‘So normal’ says Peej.” Time for their first look! Peter Jon and Ashley are two of the top men’s and women’s Spikeball players in the world, so playing a little roundnet on their wedding day was a must! Peter Jon asked Ashley to be his girlfriend at this old one-room schoolhouse the night they graduated from high school. Over the years they’ve gone on dates at the schoolhouse, and last year PJ asked Ashley to marry him here! PJ even carved his wedding band out of wood from the school! During the ceremony Emma painted the scene. LOVE this!!! Breakfast, donuts, and pastries!!! YES!!!! The donut wall was on “display” when the guests entered the reception area and in no time the wall was emptied even before dinner!!! When it was filled again it was guarded by at least three people for approximately an hour until it was officially dessert time! Be sure to read the story below of the donkey salt and pepper shaker. 🙂 The sunset was absolutely gorgeous!!! First dance on the beach of the pond. Ice cream cones instead of feeding each other cake!
Florist: Roxanne of Perla Flor Designs
Wedding Coordinator/Designer: Tina Yoder
Hair & Makeup: Stacy at Rustic Roots
Wedding Dress: Wendy’s Bridal
Donuts :): Krispy Kreme
Special thanks to my photography second shooter, Emilee of Emilee Hope Photography.
Grove City, Ohio
Joe and Brittany’s wedding wrapped up my 2018 wedding season and what an ending…such a WONDERFUL day!!
We began the day with Brittany and her girls at the Courtyard in Grove City…
Brittany, you are stunning!! Then we were off to the Pinnacle Golf Club for the ceremony and reception. It was a bit of an unseasonably cold day for November, but Brittany and her girls braved the shivers and survived capturing a few pictures outside! I love this picture of Joe, his dad, and brothers. You could tell family is important to Joe and Brittany. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Ford!! Thank you, Joe and Brittany, for allowing me to capture the memories of your day! It was truly a privilege!
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Tuxedos: The Black Tux
Flowers: Flower Man
Venue: The Pinnacle Golf Club
Wedding Coordinator: Lisa Bapst
Hair/Makeup: Nancy Shockley
Cake: Cake Creations
Videographer: Andrew E. Weber
Special thanks to Deborah of DG Photography for joining me to second shoot for the day.
Prairie Oaks Metro Park
Thanks for dropping by to read a little about Ryan and Rebecca and to see some of their engagement pics! I feel like I have so much to tell you!!
Let’s start with their love story…
Rebecca shared, “We met our Freshman year of college while at a Christian conference in Indianapolis. I was really involved with a Christian organization on campus, so I signed up for the winter conference with my best friend Lauren. She mentioned a guy from her Econ class coming, but I didn’t think anything of it. Come to find out…it was Ryan! Ryan was not involved in the organization, but was pushed by friends to attend the conference. Lauren introduced us right before the first worship session of the conference. We became really good friends and here we are now! 🙂 We love to look back at the time we first met and see how our relationship began in the presence of Christ at the conference and how He continues to be at the center of our relationship.” Ryan, tell me a little about Rebecca and what you love about her. “Rebecca is a Christ-centered woman. She is a servant and puts others before herself. Becca loves to run, solve puzzles and do anything that is outdoors. I love the passion that she has to make children’s lives better by being a wonderful teacher. I fell in love with Rebecca because of her strong faith in the lord, as well as, her fun and adventurous personality. She is always willing to try something new! She is my best friend!” Rebecca, how would you describe Ryan? “Ryan is one of the biggest blessings that the Lord has given me. Ryan is such a hard worker and is extremely dedicated to anything he puts his mind to. Ryan loves everything outdoors from being at the farm to hunting, fishing, building things or laid back camping trips. I love Ryan because he chases after the Lord and selflessly serves others in any way that he can. I admire his strength, dedication, selflessness, and strong desire to continually chase after Christ. Ryan is my best friend and I am excited to see what God’s plan is for us.” Ryan and Rebecca love to go on adventures and explore new places. They can’t sit still! They spend a lot of time outside hiking, fishing, hunting, running and cycling. Ryan and Rebecca’s session took place in October on one of those not-so-nice fall weather days. It kept threatening to storm and even sprinkled on us a bit, but never enough that we felt we needed to reschedule. At the very end it got CRAZY windy and we joked about “where we were in the tornado of 2018” (thank You, Jesus, that didn’t happen!) But for the final photo opt and because they like running, it only seemed fitting to run and watch Rebecca’s hair blow in the wind! Ryan and Rebecca, I’m already looking forward to your wedding next year!
P.S. Please say a prayer for Ryan and Rebecca and their family. Ryan’s dad passed away this week. While they have peace knowing he is with Jesus and has a new, cancer-free body, it’s still so hard to face the finality here on earth. All my love, hugs, and prayers to the Roll family.
Bryn Du Mansion, Granville, Ohio
I could use so many words to describe Brock and Katie’s day…beautiful, sweet and sentimental emotions, elegant, classy, gorgeous, and so many more! They say, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” so I’ll allow the pictures to tell you the story of their day with a few added tidbits here and there! Brock carved his wedding band out of deer antler! What a unique idea! Katie’s dad, Tom, got a special “first look” moment with Katie. Before he entered the room to see Katie, he asked to see the first love of his life…Kathleen, his wife. They exchanged a kiss and then went into the room to see Katie. So sweet! As you look at these pictures I hope you can feel the loving and tear-filled emotions felt during these moments…truly special. Katie had written a letter to each of her parents and then they took a few moments to pray with Katie. Brock and Katie’s first look took place in the formal garden of the mansion grounds. Brock wanted to watch Katie as she walked “down the aisle.” Brock’s mischievous side came out a bit when he wore his sunglasses for the beginning of their first look (he didn’t think Katie would want him to have sunglasses on! 🙂 ) He then slipped them off for the WOW moment as he watched Katie walk toward him! This little guy kept fluttering up to us, so we had to oblige and snap a few pictures of him, too! Katie surprised Brock by wearing a “blusher veil” over her face as she walked down the aisle. The tears flowed in this beautiful moment. Katie’s beautiful veil was made by Brock’s mom, Judy! In the two pictures below you’ll see a little smirk and giggles…Brock had asked the pastor to change Katie’s vows a bit to say something about promising to give a massage everyday!! As you can see Katie was surprised! 🙂 Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Yutzy!!
Special thanks to Deborah of DG Photography for joining me for the day and second shooting.
Forest of Pines and Prairie Oaks Fall Session
Shekinah Christian School
I LOVED Kaitlyn’s session! Prior to the session I learned that Kaitlyn is easy going, quiet, and artistic. When I know someone is artistically bent, it frees me a bit more to try unique shots…as you’ll see with the sunlight and her hair in a couple of the pictures! Kaitlyn wanted natural/wooded areas during the fall for her session. Technically, fall is very late in this part of Ohio and there wasn’t much fall colored foliage yet, BUT somehow all the colors, sunlight, and browns collided beautifully into a fall work of art!
Downtown Columbus Ohio
Shekinah Christian School
I’ve had the privilege of photographing all four of the Hershberger kids for their senior portraits, which means I was SUCH A NEWBIE when I photographed Ben’s oldest sister quite a few years ago…eeek! (Thank you to Ben’s mom, Sharla, for giving me the chance back then and NOW!! 😉 ) And now the youngest of the family, Ben, is graduating!!
Ben is tenacious, quiet, and yet has quite the sense of humor. He is currently doing both high school and college studies as he prepares to pursue Physical Therapy after graduation. He is also on the golf, basketball, and baseball teams at Shekinah Christian School, with his favorite sport being basketball. Many blessings, Ben, as you serve God in your future!
P.S. I just had to share a throw back picture that’s pretty special to me (be sure to see the pic at the end of the blog post!) When my youngest son was born Ben, his dad, Brian, who was the pastor of our church, and brother John Michael came to the hospital to visit me and AJ. How neat to watch Ben grow over the years!
If I were to describe Josh and Laura’s day in a few words they would be classy, elegant and stunning. While Josh and Laura currently live near New York city, they both grew up in Ohio and met at The Ohio State University, so their big day brought them back to their roots!
Thank you to Deborah of DG Photography for second shooting Josh and Laura’s wedding with me.
Barnyard and Prairie Oaks Session
Jonathan Alder High School
This summer I had the privilege of meeting Rachel at a local ministry, DNA Community Center. She was giving of her time to interact with children to show them Christ’s love. What an amazing way to spend part of the summer!
Fast forward a few month…it was a privilege to take Rachel’s senior pictures! We started at a barn and while we were taking the pictures I asked Rachel, “Are you a cowgirl?” The answer was “yes!” She also wanted to use a creek, so I found myself almost up to my knees in the water! Haha!
Many blessings to you, Rachel, as you continue to serve the Lord with all of your talents and abilities!
Plain City, Ohio
Shekinah Christian School
One of the best things about outdoor sessions is they can be customized to fit the person’s personality, activities, and likes. Anthony’s session was exactly this! We started in the country with his four wheeler where he often rides. Then he wanted pictures with his car and chose a nearby covered bridge. We ended in Plain City with a bit of a brick-look. Anthony chose all of these location…just what he wanted!