I will always have a special place in my heart for teeny tiny elopements. Dianne and John were planning a destination wedding, but, with a family member facing serious health concerns, the wedding was moved up. They married at Smith Gardens in Oakwood a few weeks ago, with just their nearest family and a dear friend who served as the officiant. There might have been just a few sprinkles as their said their vows and we took some portraits but then, right as they were about to head to dinner, the sun peeked out and let us create a last few gorgeous, light-filled images. I’m always so honored to be trusted to capture couples on one of their most precious days, but it is always a special privilege to be present at such an intimate event, and I’m so thankful that Dianne and John had me along.
Sujata & Jeff’s wedding was just the lovliest. They got married at the Little Red Schoolhouse, an actual old red-brick, one-room school house that has been converted to an event space–my first time at the venue, but a fast favorite! (And wouldn’t that chalkboard look fantastic with a big hand-lettered mural?) I was so happy that Sujata & Jeff chose me to capture their day, full of color and laughter and the palpable love of their friends and family who came to celebrate with them. Congratulations!!
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;
Is Liz, like, a supermodel, or what? These two are actually getting married TODAY, so we’re getting this post in right under the wire! They were planning their Dayton wedding from their home in LA, where Liz is a professional dancer (sidebar: Liz and Andrew are my third couple in a row this summer who are dancers, dance together or met dancing! My clients are seriously the coolest!), so we met up for a brief little getting-to-know-you session right when they got into town. Look for their wedding photos very soon!
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.
Julia & Paul’s wedding was just fantastic–so very Dayton, with an international flair (both Julia & Paul adore traveling, and met each other because of their adventures abroad). And so intentional! I love that they chose to host their reception at a local nonprofit, to make sure their wedding could benefit the Dayton community. That nonprofit just happened to be the Kroc Center, too, which we love. (Hey, Daytonians–the gym there is $60/YEAR! It is amazing!).
Julia & Paul, I was so honored to be a small part of your day. Congratulations, and best wishes for all of your adventures ahead!