Romance in the rain…you’ve got it! Basically, The Notebook come to life, but better! Picture a translucent canoe in the french countryside and village pub! BUT better yet is Joe and Samantha’s love story!! It’s the kind of love story that’s amazing and crazy all at the same time!!!
Let’s start with Samantha….she grew up in Ohio, but after some super tough life situations God led her to Colorado for a time of healing. While in Colorado she met a guy name Norman (aka Joe’s best friend!) Somehow after merely a sentence or two of conversation with Norman he knew Samantha was meant to be his best friend’s wife!
Norman immediately told Joe’s parents and they started praying for her over the next six months. Meanwhile, Samantha had NO IDEA about these sweet prayers or any of Norman’s ideas!! Norman did, however, tell Joe that he had found his wife for him and slowly over six months told Joe about Samantha. Let’s pause here to give you a little back story to Joe… Joe grew up in Papua New Guinea as a missionary kid until he was eleven-years-old. The culture in Papua New Guinea was that the opposite sex didn’t associate with each other AT ALL!! (He didn’t even associate with his girl cousins!) His family then moved to South Dakota…still no girlfriends until Norman’s idea entered the picture! Okay, here’s how it all went down! Six months passed when Norman finally told Samantha of his idea that his best friend, Joe, would be perfect for her. Joe left South Dakota at midnight and made the EIGHT HOUR drive to Colorado on a motorcycle to meet Samantha for the first time!! First impressions for Samantha?? Well, Joe arrived after the eight hour trip at a little coffee shop with an afro-like, total motorcycle helmet smashed hairdo and well, let’s just say he didn’t quite look like he does in these pictures! LOL! But their first blind date lasted 13 hours and included mountain hikes, easy silence, eating, and honest conversations. They both just knew it was right!
80 days later they committed to forever!! In Samantha’s words, “We barely knew each other, but we knew what counted: our foundation of person and heart. And for the first time, we found a perfect fit.”
Country Venue: French Hen Farm
Pub and Table Setting Venue: Strongwater Events
Event Planning & Florals: Inspired Settings
Gown: The Bride Babe
Tuxedo: Romanoff’s Classic Tuxedo
Hair & Makeup: Rustic Roots, Stacy Connor
Bridal accessories: Cori Lynn Co
Have you ever been invited to a meal and felt absolutely treated because of how the host took the time to make things special? Sometimes the smallest details on a table setting can make the biggest difference in making our guests feel at home and truly welcomed. I had the privilege of joining several local businesses to create two simple and welcoming settings.
The first is a “Tea for Two” themed party setting. Can’t you just imagine little girls having fun at this tea party?! Cupcakes, tea, flowers, and pillows to relax on! A little girls dream!
This next tablescape design was quite easy to pull together, and yet so warm and welcoming! The slight touches of eucalyptus and blue/green hues mixed with the wood-on-wood table and bowls gave the setting a natural and yet elegant look. The finishing touches of gold utensils and hand-scripted calligraphy name cards brought it all together beautifully. It was a pleasure to work with the following businesses:
Venue: The Barn on Chapel Road
Designer: MB Design Concepts
Stationary: Calligraphy By Katie
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.
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.
Josh and Lexi’s c and reception took place at Lexi’s home. The setting was absolutely lovely and all through the day not a detail was missed…simply beautiful!! Josh and Lexi designed their own invitations and stamps!! Such a sweet “first look” with dad. Josh and Lexi’s first look! Earlier when I mentioned everything took place at Lexi’s home I didn’t mentioned ALL the beautiful settings on the grounds! A pond, meadow with Queen Anne’s lace, weeping willow tree, and a bridge…to mention a few! AND Lexi’s dad built all of the white benches for the ceremony! Guests were asked to sign or leave a special message for Josh and Lexi in a Bible. Lexi’s grandparents played the violin and harmonica for Josh and Lexi’s first dance.
Special thanks to Emilee of Emilee Hope Photography for second shooting Josh and Lexi’s day with me.
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.
Alex and Noel’s day was filled with so much beauty! Everywhere you looked you could see pretty details and colors…not to mention the sweet bride and groom!
Here’s the story of their day captured in pictures…
Noel sewed Alex’s tie!!! How cool is that?!?! Their first look! Here comes the bride!!! We traveled to London, Ohio for some of their portraits. It was a great setting! Their colors blended beautifully with the Madison County Courthouse! This reception….SO PRETTY!!!!! Ceremony and Reception Location: Farmvilla, Plain City, Ohio
Wedding Dress: Wendy’s Bridal, Columbus, Ohio
Florist: Doreen Toman
Cake: Linda Wright
Tuxedos: Romanoff’s Classic Tuxedos
Hair: Kyli Mitchell
Makeup: 614 Beauty
Second Shooter: Andrew Weber of Andrew E. Weber Photography
Assistant: Jolene Garman of Creative Snaps Photography
Choctaw Lake, London Ohio
Lucas and Ashley tied the knot on a beautiful, sunny and fairly hot day in August. Their lakeside ceremony was a gorgeous setting with the occasional boat passerby to add to the interest of the scenery!
Allow me to tell you the story of their day through memories captured in the form of pictures…
As the reception neared the end we decided to take a walk to the lake and capture a few more pictures as the sun was setting. Lucas and Ashley took off their shoes and stepped in the cool water…it felt oh-so-good!!!
Thank you to Andrew of Andrew E. Weber Photography for second shooting with me for Lucas and Ashley’s wedding.