top of the market wedding: liz and andrew

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To be entirely honest, photographing weddings can be such an odd emotional endeavor. You meet people maybe a handful of times before you are retained to follow them around with a camera on one of the most intensely emotional days of their lives. You see them at their rawest: before the hair and makeup is done, while changing clothes; crying with their friends and family (mostly happy tears, but often times a few sad one too, at the memories of those who couldn’t be present); and celebrating intensely. It is why choosing a photographer you feel comfortable with, who you connect to, is so important. And most photographers I know chose this job precisely because they cherish documenting those emotions. We’re a feeling bunch. I’m not saying I necessarily weep my way through every wedding, but the entire job is to be in tune to the various emotion pulsing through the day, and there are definitely moments where you can’t help but be moved by what you’re witnessing.

Liz and Andrew’s (remember their engagement session?) day was chock full of those moments. And the perfect example of a day that was both deeply spiritual and exuberantly, giddily joyful. Liz’s bridesmaids, their parents and the couple surrounded each other with prayer before their wedding, and their ceremony centered around the act of service of washing each others feet. But then, man! Could these guys dance :). (And I think Liz might win best “You are now husband and wife” reaction ever!) Liz and Andrew, thank you so much for giving me the honor of capturing your day. Though you were planning from out of town, and we only met all together once before your wedding, I can’t thank you enough for your faith in me, for letting me in and allowing me to document your love, joy and emotion without holding anything back. (And I have to give a special thank you to the ever-amazing, sweet-as-pie Andrea Dozier, who came along and helped me out, and who captured some of the photographs above.)

Ceremony Venue: Centerville Community Church; Reception Venue: Top of the Market; Flowers: Sue Kelzer; DJ: Doug Haney of Absolute DJs

Andrea - Love it! Especially the superheroes and the dancing at night- you did amazing Briana! Loved working with you & can’t wait to do it again!

-Andrea

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dayton wedding: dianne and john

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Pendra Lee Snyder - Wonderful, tasteful, elegant photos. Beautiful couple. Bri you captured the day!

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little red schoolhouse wedding: sujata & jeff

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Ceremony & Reception Venue: Little Red Schoolhouse; Officiant: Colleen Good-Crotty; Desserts: A Sweet Life; Tent Rental: A Gogo Rentals; Catering & Linens: Brotherton’s Restaurant ; Indian Appetizers: Dusmesh Restaurant;

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dayton engagement: liz and andrew

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dayton wedding: jennifer & nathan

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Though my focus as a photographer is the visuals of the wedding day–how everything looks–when I think of Jen and Nathan’s wedding, I can’t help but think of how the day sounded. Every part of the day was filled with joyful noise: beautiful hymns, weaved throughout the ceremony and all the way to the last song of the night, sung in harmony around the dance floor; dance music, as they danced their (epic!) first dance and their friend (a professional dance instructor) taught steps during cocktail hour; and the giggles, cries and questions of kids as they watched Jen & Nathan make their vows. (Choosing whether or not to involve children in a wedding day, whether as guests or actual participants in the ceremony, can be a complicated decision, but it wasn’t for these two. They wanted their day to be a full picture of the life of family and the church, including all ages.) This was also one of those weddings were I was privileged to call the couple (and many of the guests!) friends before the wedding day, and it made it that much more special to share in their joy. Congratulations again, Jen & Nathan, and thank you so much for having me be the one to capture such a spiritual, beautiful day–it was truly an honor.

Ceremony Venue: Christ the King Anglican Church; Reception Venue: Schuster Center (Mathile Theater); Makeup: Emily Brun; Flowers: The Flower Shoppe; DJ: John Bramhall; Cake: Ele Cake

Russell Clark (grandfather) - Loved the pix. Thanks for sharing them. It was a beautiful wedding, and so meaningful. My prayer is the wonderful start will continue throughout their lives. I believe it will.

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