Mr. & Mrs. Brady | Blue and Eggplant Wedding in North Carolina

I can now say I’ve photographed a wedding in a hurricane. Florence made landfall the day we left. We had some rain on the way down, nothing too bad!

I can’t even begin to explain how excited & honored I was to photograph my sister in laws wedding! We spent some time friday evening with family at her rehearsal dinner and I try to find ways to incorporate personal aspects in my clients and with Jenny & Chris that meant digging DEEEEEEP and overcoming some fears. Slightly easier to do when you are in work mode!

We went back to their house so I could incorporate some of their “babies” in some ring shots!

Her wedding was simple, just like Jenny. She’s not a foo foo kinda girl but it was beautiful nonetheless!! Navy, blue steel and purple for colors, it was the perfect start to fall! It rained pretty much all day and had quite a few super strong wind gusts. Florence was making her way.

To all of our amusement, Jenny had her dad step into the first look the first time. Laughs all around and quite the shock to Chris!

It was an intimate wedding, perfect for Jenny & Chris! If you know Kenny’s family, you know they are quite the emotional bunch! Good for me, I fit right in! She’s the baby, last to get married! Her dress was stunning! She’s like me, would prefer comfy clothes! So to see her all dolled up was fun!

Here are a few of my favorites!! Congratulations Jenn & Chris, wishing you a lifetime of happiness!!

Life after Loss | A Brides Guide to Getting Married After Losing Someone Important.

Yesterday was my third wedding anniversary! I love going back through our wedding photos and re-watching our wedding videos! They bring me so much joy!

I can tell you that planning my wedding wasn’t the most exciting thing, which it usually is- and it should have been. But grief and heartache stole my joy. It stole the excitement of wedding planning.

Why you might ask? I was a bride planning my wedding without my mom. She had passed away when I was 15. I had been through a lot of exciting moments without her by the time my wedding came around, so I never thought it would be as hard as it was.

I rushed. I rushed through every little part of planning. If I rushed, then I wouldn’t have time to feel the hurt, to cry because she wasn’t there to help weigh the pros & cons of the different venues, try different cakes, try on a gazillion and 1 dresses, to talk about food and colors and how to wear my hair, do I wear a veil? There is so much that goes into wedding planning and I literally RUSHED through every. single. part of it.

It was easy to avoid my feelings, I had been doing it for a long time. I wish I wouldn’t have. I should have cried about it. I missed her and was incredibly sad that she couldn’t be there. I also had a lot of guilty feelings later about how much fun I did have and the happiness that overflowed my heart marrying Kenny that day.

Here’s my little piece of advice to those wedding planning without someone special.

1. Let yourself feel those feelings. There is nothing more healing than a good cry. A good conversation with the one you miss telling them that you wish they were here. If you are overflowing with sadness and grief. Thats OK!! No one expects you to keep it all together all the time. Especially in those moments! When you allow yourself to feel those feelings, to express them, you make room for enjoyment, for happiness to fill your heart!

2. If you don’t feel those overwhelming sad moments, thats OK!! I missed my mom so much on my day, and I struggled to keep it together walking down the aisle, I knew that so many of the tears coming from my family and friends was because they were sad that my mom wasn’t there. But I remember being all smiles for the most part, laughing & dancing the night away. I was with everyone that I love, that loves me and we were there to celebrate! For a short time after I felt bad that I didn’t have the stereotypical break down. I didn’t sob. I laughed, and danced and sang and hugged and was SO happy. My mom would have wanted nothing less or more. She would have loved Kenny. I know that! Enjoy your day, don’t let grief steal your joy!

Here are some wedding planning tips on how to incorporate those you’ve lost in a special way!

  1. We had a memorial table! Many people put up photos of their loved ones up, we did not. We put candles for each person and I also had a floral arrangement made by Ivy Hutch Flowers & Gifts that had yellow flowers because yellow was my moms favorite color!

2. You could wear apart of your loved one, If it was a woman you lost, you could wear their own wedding dress. Lots of people asked me if I was going to do that. There was no way! haha! My mom and I had different tastes. I knew she wouldn’t have wanted me to wear something I didn’t love. So you could incorporate a piece of it around your bouquet or sew a piece of someones clothing under your dress. ( Maybe something one of dad or grandpa’s blue shirts)

3. A photo charm on your bouquet! You could also wear a piece of their jewelry! I was originally going to wear a letter A necklace that was my moms until Kenny got me a necklace as a gift! I did have a charm with my moms picture as well as a charm from a necklace she asked my sister to give to me for my wedding day. It was really special!

4. Another thing we did was in lieu of favors, we made a donation to the James Cancer Hospital in honor of my mom.

5. Butterflies have always been our “sign” that mom is near. My grandma got these sweet little butterfly clips & pins that she wanted me to wear in my hair, they were so heavy so I pinned it to the other side of my bouquet! You could do a butterfly release, or even a dove release!

6. You could play a special song, dance with those that make you feel the closest to the one you’re missing.

There is SO many different ways to honor those who cannot be with you physically! Your wedding is a celebration, a time in your life to be happy, over the moon & joyful. Don’t let grief steal that from you. I can promise your loved one would want nothing more than a day full of smiles, laughter and love. Miss them, because its more than okay to do so!! But ENJOY your day! Your moment and Celebrate, not only their life, but your love!!

Happy Wedding Planning!!

Ashley & Mike | A Port Clinton & Marblehead Engagement Session

We had rescheduled once due to rain, and were too excited to put it off another week we put the forecast out of our mind and met up at Ashley & Mike's lake house! We headed to the light house and ran from the rain clouds to the beach! 

These two, SO FUN! I can already tell how loved they are and I only met their lake house neighbors! Easy going and adventurous! I quickly fell in love with shooting near the water, so pass along to all your friends!! I'm ready for the beach!!! ;) The skies may have been gloomy but these two have a love as bright as the sun- cheesy (I know!) but seriously so true! 

SO excited for their wedding next year!! Enjoy some of my favorites from Ashley & Mike's session!! 

Master Vendor Monday | Fox Event Group

I think everyone can agree that a wedding is a celebration! Big or small, extravagant or simple, your wedding is a celebration of love!

Your guest will be talking about your wedding for days, weeks even years following! One sure way to make sure they are shouting from the roof tops about how much fun they had at your wedding is making sure you have the perfect Dj to keep your party going from start to finish! 

Meet Andrew Fox of Fox Event Group! These guys are TOP NOTCH when it comes to keeping the party going, they know perfectly how to cater to the different crowds (ya know-- grandma & grandpa as well as all your college friends!) 

1. How did you get started in this business?? 

-Some of my friends and I really enjoyed music and started djing house parties. After a bit of that I was hired as the full time resident DJ for Harrys Hideaway.  I continued on as a DJ for other clubs and events until one of my best friends asked me to DJ a wedding. Little did I know at the time that this would be the beginning of something so amazing!

2. How do you think others would describe you?

-Honest, Caring, Hard working, Professional, Creative, a Great husband and father to his kids!

3. What do you enjoy doing when you are not Djing events?

-Definitely would be spending time with my 2 daughters and wife. Trying a new restaurant out, going to a local fair, pool, kings island, great wolf lodge or even staying home and cooking out on the grill and having quality family time.

4. What's the biggest music trend you are excited about this year?

-I personally like the meshing of pop and country by artists like Sam Hunt and Florida Georgia Line. It allows the ability to cater to a wide variety of guests.

5. What do you think having a good Dj can bring to a wedding? 

-Everything! A good DJ can create the perfect atmosphere for guests to have an incredible time! A good DJ offers WAY more than just  play music and make announcements. Coordination of all the special events as well as keeping vendors in the loop of whats going on so that everyone is on the same page and that things run smooth!

6. What do you want potenital brides to know about you and Fox Event Group? 

-We put our couples first and the goal  is to always exceed their expectations! We are proud to offer the most Professional and unique Wedding Entertainment around area. We are not your average DJ or  hobbyist using an ipad and speakers from radio shack with no care but to collect some extra cash. We LOVE what we do and want for our clients to have the most Amazing celebration!!

7. Cliche Question- whats your LEAST favorite song to play at a wedding?! 

- The one that clears the dance floor :) Don't really have a certain song but anything that kills the energy is frowned upon. Of course it depends on what portion of the reception we are into at the time. 

8. How big is your music Library? 

-We have one of the most extensive professional music libraries around with all the classics as well as clean versions of all the latest hits updated weekly. If we don't have a song we can always purchase it online from I-tunes, Amazon Mp3 or another music provider.

9. Is there anything else you can provide your bride with other than DJ Services??

-Ceremony DJ services, Photo Booth, Modern Lighting including our exclusive Wireless Led Uplighting, Wall Projection Mapping, Cake Mapping, Dancing on Clouds ,Sparkler Entrance, Wireless  Pinspot Lighting, Custom Motion Monogram, And various other lighting techniques!

(You guys!! Seriously--some of these things are AMAZING!!!!-- If you don't know what they are, ASK!)

10. Some of your favorite things?! Tell us more!  

-Music, Lighting and anything Tech related! I am also a big fan of weightlifting or simply a nice relaxing day at the pool with a cold drink :)

11. What sets Fox Event Group apart? 

-Although we specialize  in Wedding Entertainment we also provide Professional DJ, lighting, sound reinforcement services for Large events.

-Attention to Detail

-Experience 

-Trend Setting Lighting 

-Constant research and Education

-A constant drive to always go above and beyond! 

Being that we also provide production services for large events it also allows us to utilize some of the same high quality, dependable equipment, experience and service to our smaller special events  such as weddings. We also are very diverse in different musical styles depending on what our clients favorite genres are.Through our combination of the right choice of music, lighting and Mc skills we can create one of the most fun and memorable days for our clients and their guests! Memories that they will cherish for a lifetime!

12. Who is Fox Event Group?? 

-We are a smaller company with focus on QUALITY, NOT Quantity. We are a member of the Better Business Bureau and have been in business since 2003.

Aaron, Zak, Justin, And a few part timers that help on larger events. (And of course he didn't mention himself--Andrew! 

If you have been to OWN THE AISLE, the local bridal show, you've seen some of Fox Event Groups Lighting and Dj abilities! It's Always amazing! They are FUN, so great to work with and know how to keep your wedding day on track as well as the dance floor FULL!! 

Andrew Fox

Fox Event Group LLC

419.233.3240

www.foxeventgroup.biz

https://www.facebook.com/Fox-Event-Group-157732577609282/

Mr. & Mrs. Rode | Dusty blue and Navy Wedding In Delphos Ohio

I first met them down in Cincinnati for their engagement session. It seems like ages ago, probably close to, if not longer than a year ago! I have been eagerly awaiting their beautiful day ever since! 

It was beautiful! The weather, sunny and 75! Thats what I call perfect! Completed with friends and family standing next to them I got to see the fun, and goofy side to both Myriah & Justin (and heard a few good stories!!) Justin, affectionately known as justy-bear by Myriah's entire family adores every thing about Myriah! I can honestly say that Myriah shares those feelings! 

They recently moved back to their home town of Delphos, bought a house, adorable dog and said I do in their home town church! The dusty blue was STUNNING with the pops of navy and tons of greenery & whites! 

I am so thankful that I get to work with the most amazing couples! Enjoy some of my favorites from the new Mr. & Mrs. Rode's wedding! 

Mr. & Mrs. Nolletti | A Garden Wedding at Kingwood Center Gardens

I know the day didn't start out how Morgan envisioned it, a few hiccups and a lot of rain. 

All and all, its not important how the day started, but how it ended! And it ended with Morgan & Malachi saying I do and dancing the with their friends and family. I honestly don't know if I have ever shared so many tears on a wedding day! I cried that their first look, her first look with her dad, I was a sobbing mess!!! 

As time for the ceremony approached the rain cleared and the rest of the night was full of fun and dancing! Kingwood Center Garden's is a GORGEOUS venue, so many different locations that are gorgeous for photos! Morgan had the most amazing details, one being her grandmothers bible from Jerusalem! So many things that really spoke to who Morgan and Malachi are! As we prepared for their day, Morgan kept saying, I just want a ton of photos of Malachi and I, and she set the time aside for it, SO MANY PORTRAITS! My heart could BURST! We did a first look, portaits after the ceremony as well as snuck away when this non sunset, but gorgeous red glow happened in the evening! It was amazing!! #couplegoals! 

Morgan is soft spoken, kind-hearted and head-over-heels for Malachi. The way that Malachi looks at Morgan is oozing with love, admiration! These two were meant for each other!! I am so thankful and honored that I got to be apart of their celebration! 

Enjoy some of my favorites from their day! Morgan & Malachi, wishing you a lifetime of happiness and love!! 

Jenny & Chris | Downtown Lima Engagment Session

I can't believe my sister-in-law is about to tie the knot! Sometimes it doesn't even feel like she's old enough to be getting married. (That could totally be me just not wanting to admit to my own age- Getting old over here!) 

Jenn moved away quite some time ago, first to Tennessee and now she's in North Carolina, we don't see her nearly as often as we would like. I know for sure Beckett and Arden would love to have her closer! They always warm right up to her whenever we do get to see her! 

I remember hearing the first time that Jenny had a boyfriend. It's so hard, because you can't really do the whole 50 questions thing when they live half way across the country. Needless to say we finally met Chris, after hearing lots of good things about him! It was easy to see that in the rush of a quick weekend visit- there was nothing too drastic to be alarmed about! 

I had such a great time with them at their engagement session, I got to see how much Chris makes Jenny laugh. Not chuckle, but good ol' fashioned belly laughs. Thanks Chris, for making Jenny laugh, smile and so happy! I'm so excited I get to capture these two next month, say I do!! 

Enjoy some of my favorites from Chris & Jenny's engagement session! 

Master Vendor Monday | Blackbird Farm

I cannot believe August is here!! This year is FLYING by!! This might sound a little crazy, but the next vendor I am going to introduce you to I've never had the pleasure of working with- YET! Blackbird farms is an amazing wedding venue just nestled in the country side of columbus grove, Ohio. Kind of between Lima & Findlay, Ohio

We've got something pretty exciting planning in the next few months, so keep your eyes peeled! You might be wondering why I am putting them on my vendors list when I've never had a wedding there?! The first time I met Deb, was at a local bridal show. Arden was just around 8 weeks old, I had just finished nursing her and wanted to introduce myself to Blackbird as I had heard SO many great things about them. I had walked down to Deb's booth, when within probably 20 seconds of being there, Arden projectile vomited all over the floor of her booth. I was basically mortified!! Deb never batted an eye!

I did shoot an engagement session for an out of town photographer at Blackbird, it was gorgeous, it was the first experience I've had at Blackbird and it was what made me get the itch! So if you are a blackbird bride, Hi!!! I want to shoot your wedding! haha! 

The morning I went out to snap some photos of Blackbird, it was raining. Clearly- rain or shine- Blackbird is a GORGEOUS setting!! 

1. Who is behind Blackbird?

-This is truly a team effort. My husband John is the “Jack of all trades” around here. My daughter Nicki brings

her practicality to our operation, and then there’s the Black Bird Crew. Jamonah, Jared, Kyle, Joy, Gabe and Hannah. They are a young but mighty crew with helpful hands and hearts.

Although she did not mention herself, Deb is the mama bird of the farm. She is intentional, she is caring and making sure each Couple gets the wedding they've dreamed about.

2. How did you get started in this business? 

-Almost three years ago in October my daughter chose the family farm as her place to get married. The farm was always a favorite family gathering place when she was growing up, with many fond memories. After the wedding, we received many positive comments, and the rest is history. 

3. How do you think others would describe you?! 

-Authentic and helpful with a can do spirit. I think so often brides dreams are not respected. I try hard to help them realize their own unique wedding day.

4.What do you enjoy doing when you are not at Blackbird

-Travel, reading, gardening. I enjoy learning new things. Oh and birds! Love to feed the birds!

5.Whats the biggest trend you are excited about this year?

-Simplicity. Soft tones of green, gray and blue. Fewer large center pieces replaced with simple greenery garlands.

6. What’s something you haven’t seen at the farm but wish would happen!?!

-A morning wedding followed by a beautiful champagne brunch, or a reception outside under the stars.

7. What do you want potential brides to know about you and Blackbird Farm?

-The whole concept of coming to the farm for your unique wedding day was designed to take some of the stress of the day and replace it with the calm of the countryside. We truly do hope to help Black Bird Farm brides feel at home on their wedding day.

8. Can the wedding party getting ready at your Venue? 

-Getting ready at the Black Bird is part of the whole experience. We have tried to restore the farmhouse with the needs of the bride and groom and their wedding party in mind. From the bridal suit with space for you and your girls to get their hair and makeup done. The Groom and his men have a room with manly decor complete with a flat screen TV and “Clyde” the boars head!

9. How would you describe your ideal Blackbird couple?!

-The couple that embraces the authentic down to earth experience of the farm. There is truly something special about a ceremony outside with the birds chirping and the crickets singing in the back ground. Celebrating in the barn with good food, dancing and your favorite cocktail is the things memories are made of. The soul of the ideal Black Bird couple recognizes the possibilities. 

10. Some of your favorite things? (food, candy bars, cats vs. dog? Tell us more! 

-Iced Coffee, cake all kinds, hummingbirds and Dogs! Oliver and Ottis especially!

11. Is there anything else you can provide your bride with other than the space.

-Here at the Black Bird we are always collecting vintage furniture to make our venue unique. We have old buffets, farmhouse tables, miss matched farmhouse chairs and several different side tables. We offer head table vintage miss matched china service complete with silver tableware and glassware. One of our favorite things is our Bridesmaids Brunch!

12. What sets Blackbird farm apart?

-Our location is very secluded and private. Our dedication to being a truly authentic farm experience with a certain sophistication to our esthetic. Our level of service to our couples.

I know my day at the farm will come, my couple will be amazing and the blackbird team will be sure to host their dream wedding! So excited to work with these two beautiful ladies soon! 

 

Mr. & Mrs. Kersker | A Woodland Wedding

Have I ever told you that I love backyard weddings?? In case you didn't know, I do! I love them so much! Melissa & Dylan's wooded wedding was just what my little heart needed as I gear up for the second half of wedding season! 

On her parents property, nestled back in the woods was the most beautiful ceremony space. The weather was unbelievably beautiful, and the highschool sweethearts tied the knot! We couldn't of asked for a more perfect day! 

Melissa made the most stunning bride! Her dress was GORGEOUS! The layers of lace were amazing! 

This was such an amazing start to the second half of wedding season! Enjoy some of my favorites from Melissa & Dylan's beautiful backyard wedding!

Canaan | Newborn

This blog is so late, but life has been crazy since our trip and so I figured better late than never! 

This sweet boy, let me tell you- no one thought he was possible. No one. His momma inquired and we emailed back and forth, tried to set up a time to chat and it seemed like weeks, maybe months went by before we actually were able to chat. 

She told me about herself, some of her health issues, a lifetime battle of autoimmune diseases. They tried to have children, hormones weren't even helping her to ovulate, She was told she would never have children. Katie became extremely sick, doctors were unsure what was going on, she had rashes, bruises all over her body. The results from her blood test were all off the charts, two negative pregnancy tests (just before finding out she was pregnant). They told Katie that she could have a multitude of different cancers- non of which were true. They were praying for answers and received the most amazing answer to their prayers. Katie was in fact 11 weeks pregnant with non other than a miracle baby. They found out that Katie is allergic to her own progesterone, which commonly causes miscarriages around 10 weeks. And here they were already passed that point.  All the medications she took to get pregnant were in fact making her sick. Her doctors didn't think that Katie would be able to carry a baby full term, yet they both remained healthy throughout the entire pregnancy. 

God is so good! Canaan's story is such a testament of God's love and trust in his plan. I couldn't believe all that Katie was telling me, my mouth hung open our entire conversation! I couldn't wait to meet her and her sweet miracle baby!

Canaan, you are so sweet, so handsome and so loved!! I am so stinking happy that I get to watch you grow up, God obviously has big plans for you!  

Here are a few of my favorites of this little miracle man! 

Master Vendor Monday | Makeup By Ashley

 Put your makeup brushes down ladies, this next vendor is here to beautify you on your wedding day! Meet Ashley, owner and artist behind Makeup by Ashley! 

I was so blessed to have this gorgeous lady do my make up for my very own wedding and I couldn't of been happier, I honestly have never felt prettier! From a photography stand point, having your makeup done can do wonders for any session, not only does it help your skin to look smooth and flawless-- i've found it to give my clients a boost of confidence! (Sometimes they don't even realize it!)

1. How did you get started in this business?

-I have always had a passion for make up. My mother introduced me to make up and was really good at it! I started doing it for fun because I had always done everyone’s make up all of my friends through college and high school. I started looking into it and went to some make up classes in New York. I never dreamed I would be as busy as I am because I truly feel it is fun and not a “job”.

2. How do you think others would describe you?!

-I think others would describe me as I fun, creative and outgoing!

3. Whats the biggest trend you are excited about this year?

-I am definitely not a fan of make up trends because I feel it dates the photos...but I do love that eyebrows are becoming more popular. They really frame the face and people used to be resistant to letting me fill in their eyebrows a little bit. Now that brows are trending they are willing to try it! I always tell my ladies let me do one and tell me what you think. They can’t believe the difference it makes!

4. What do you do for people with sensitive skin?

-The make up I use is great for people with sensitive skin! I have never had a problem but I keep my brushes very clean and also offer trials if ladies have a sensitivity issue.

5. Do brides get a trial makeup run?

-I do offer trials! Anyone in the bridal party is welcome to have a trial for a reduced cost of $25.

**** I totally recommend brides do their trial run the day of their engagement session! ****

6. Do you offer airbrush makeup?

-I only offer airbrush makeup because it feels light weight on the face, has great coverage and is extremely long wearing. It is sprayed in a micro finest so it really has a beautiful finish that you cannot get with traditional make up!

7. Why should brides hire a professional vs. doing it themselves?

-I would say always hire a professional unless you are the expert in that area. This is your wedding day and you only do it once. Professionals do this routinely so they know what works best or in my case what looks best on you!

8. What do you enjoy doing when you are not doing makeup?

-I love spending time with my 2 daughters and shopping!

9. Do you travel on location? Provide makeup for bridesmaids/family as well as bride?

-I travel to wherever the bridal party is getting ready. When I started I felt like that would be the easiest for the bride. The last thing you need is one more place to go on your big day! It doesn’t matter how early you start or how much extra time you think you have you a day goes by so fast! I wanted to make it extremely convenient for the bride and bridal party. The bride is obviously the focus but I offer make up for the entire bridal party, any guests, or mothers that want their make up done too and I ALWAYS do the flower girl for free!

 

10. What are some of your favorite things? Tell us more?! 

-My favorite things are anything chocolate! I love dove chocolate covered almonds. I don’t have any pets but I did grow up doing 4H with goats! I am one of seven children. My family is my greatest blessing and I love that God gave us all talents! I see that in my siblings. I have sisters that are awesome at hair and nails and putting outfits together! We are a great team!

11. Why do you think Makeup is a must for the wedding day?

-I I think make up is a must for our wedding day because it completes your look! If there is ever a day you want to look your best and feel your best that is the day. It’s amazing to me how good the airbrush looks on the skin. I am a fan of natural looking make up so I love for a bride to look timeless!
My expert advice from doing makeup for all these years is always go for the lashes! They look extremely natural but really pop on your eyes. Also If you eat before the wedding most brides order Subway but don’t get the onions! They stink up the entire house and you cannot get them off of your breath LOL
Enjoy your day but remember it’s about the marriage and just enjoy the process.

 

There is no better way to feel beautiful on your wedding day than being pampered by Ashley! She is incredibly sweet and insanely talented!! Ready to snag her up for your day?! 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MakeupByAshleyWilkins/

Phone: 419.302.5205 

Liz & Jake | Engaged

I literally think we tried to plan their engagement session probably 7 times. Between school and work and living so far apart, then getting rained out the last time, I'm convinced it was all because the night we actually shot was PERFECT. 

Gorgeous light, not too hot (although Jake might beg to differ!) and these two. They share the sweetest glances at each other! They both recently graduated from Ashland University and have so many amazing things happening before the end of the year, getting to be apart of their wedding is SO exciting for me!! 

They are adventurous, driven, hardworking, fun-they are SO SO fun! and both have smiles that could light the world! Thanks for exploring the city with me! Liz, I hope we changed Jake's jaded idea of "Lima"! Can't wait to celebrate in October!! 

Mia Grace | Newborn

Oh this sweet girl! I met her momma & daddy at Texas Roadhouse. They are both hardworking, in jobs that give back. I was so excited when a special person contacted me to gift them a newborn session! She came into this world a little upside down, but perfect non-the less! 

They asked about bringing Brian's fireman uniform and I mean, how could I say no?! It turned out better than I could have hoped for!! Mia Grace is so dainty, everything about her was itty bitty!! I was so excited when mom said they had no color preferences for blankets, this lavender one is AMAZING and it was the first time I got to photograph on it!! 

SO SO many favorites of this sweet girl!! Congratulations Brian & Christy!! Mia is BEAUTIFUL! 

Master Vendor Monday | Aspen Jean Planning

I couldn't tell you the first time I met Aspen, It feels like i've known her forever! She is one of the sweetest people I've ever met, and I am thrilled to introduce her to you all! I think as a photographer, a planner and coordinator is something I encourage ALL of my couples to have! There are so many details, and last minute things that show up come wedding day and I hate seeing my couples stressed to get it all together. Out of all of the wedding vendors, a planner/coordinator is one of the top few that I work closest with! Having someone that understands the roles of all your vendors is key to having everyone work flawlessly throughout your big day! 

For all you brides and grooms-- You don't want to miss out on having this girl! She has SO much to offer and I know that she's gonna help bring your dreams to reality! Meet Aspen, owner and extraordinaire of Aspen Jean Planning! 

1. How did you get started in this Business? 

  • I come from a very big family, which leads to lots of family weddings, showers, and parties of all sorts! I have grown up watching my mom, aunts and grandmother put on these beautiful events for my family for as long as I can remember! When I started college and picked my major, I knew I wanted to do something where I got to work closely alongside people! After several people telling me to try out Occupational Therapy I gave it a go. Not long after getting into the OT program at the University of Findlay, I knew it wasn’t the right fit for me. I switched over to the Event Management and Marketing and I fell in love! When I started planning my own wedding my junior year of college, I knew I could see myself doing it as a career. Deciding to start my own business towards the end of my senior year of college was very scary, but coming from an entrepreneurial family and with the support from my husband and parents, I decided to take the huge step!

2. Whats the difference between a planner and a coordinator?

  • Planning and Coordinating is a term that gets interchanged a lot and it is something I really try to clear up for all my couples! When working with a planner, they will assist with the planning of the wedding, leading up to the day. They help with making decisions on design, vendors and the many, many details that are involved with the wedding. A coordinator is there for assistance the day of the wedding and the few weeks prior. They help with creating a time schedule for the day and helping all the vendors and bridal party stick to it on the wedding day. They are also there to be a point person, to come up with a solution if any problems arise and make sure the details of the day are set up and completed, so that the couple can enjoy their day as stress free as possible.

3. How do you think others would describe you? 

  • A definite people person! I am one that thrives off being around people, whether they are old friends, or those I have just met!

4. What all services do you offer to your clients? 

  • I offer full planning and partial planning packages along with a coordinating package! I also offer custom packages to brides who are in between packages! In addition to my on-site packages, I have started doing décor rentals. Brides are not required to book my services to book my rentals!

5. What does your ideal client look like? 

  • My ideal client is someone who I feel like we just click right away. They can easily describe their vision of the day and know exactly the look they are going for. It makes it so much easier for me to recommend vendors that fit their needs best when I know just what they are looking for! I also love getting to work with someone who loves fresh flowers as much as me ☺.

6. What's your favorite part of the planning process?

  • I think every planner loves seeing all the details finally come together on the wedding day. It is amazing to see how all the little details come together and complement each other. One of my other favorites, aside from the father / bride first look moment and groom expression seeing his bride walking down the aisle, is the little moment the bride and groom have after they are pronounced for the first time and have receded down the aisle. When they finally get to fully embrace each other. It is a moment of pure joy and love, and being able to witness that is what makes my job so amazing.

7. What's the biggest trend you are excited about this year? 

  • Weddings have evolved so much in the last few years and there are so many new up and coming trends I am so excited about! Textures is a big one! I am loving all the textures that florists are using in their designs as well as the different textures in the tablescapes! One of my favorites though is how couples are moving to “experience” style venues instead of your traditional wedding halls. Weddings are starting to become more personalized to the couple and their own individual style!

8. What do you enjoy doing when you are not planning?

  • My husband and I just recently bought our first home together! We love to spend our free evenings and weekends (when we have them) putting on our own touch around the house! If I am not spending time with family or friends, you can probably find me cuddling with my kitties, binge watching a good Netflix series!

9. Why should couples invest in Aspen Jean Planning?

  • My top priority for my job is to make the couple’s wedding day as enjoyable and stress free as possible! So many couples do not want to look into a planner because they feel like they won’t get to be as involved in planning their own wedding, which is not the case at all! When you invest in my services, I am there during the whole journey to help make this process more enjoyable for you! Engagement is such a fun time in your relationship and it shouldn’t be a dreaded time because of all the added stress wedding planning can bring!

10.  What do you want future clients to know about you? 

  • When you book my services, you get me throughout the whole process! I am there from our first time meeting through the wedding day. Building a relationship and trust with my couples is so important to me and that is reason why I will always be the on site coordinator/planner for every wedding that I book.

Mr. & Mrs. Gratz | Married

I remember the first time I spoke with Elaine over facetime, and how she told me her and Jerry weren't crazy about photos, that they weren't comfortable in front of the camera. We almost didn't do an engagement session, but we did. It was amazing and they were amazing. 

Elaine & Jerry are the kind of people that you meet them for the first time and you just feel like friends, They are the people that you think to yourself, I hope to hang with them again. It wasn't a surprise at all to see the all the people that traveled all from all over for their day! Friendships that stemmed from all different phases of their lives. Childhood friends, college friends, family and more. 

These two, their love is so pure, and my favorite part about them, they are SO affectionate and they don't care who sees it! Their first look was perfect! As Elaine got closer, Jerry got the sweetest smirk, he could hear her dress swishing with each step as she approached him, his nerves were disappearing and his anxiousness to see his gorgeous bride was growing! Elaine did not disappoint, her dress was GORGEOUS! It glistened in the light. Seriously so so beautiful!

We hopped around Columbus which has such a special meaning to both Elaine & Jerry, as it was where their love story started, and ended their night at the amazing Boathouse with a little backstreet boys and Nsync. Their entire wedding party knew the dance to Nsync's "bye bye bye". Amazing! 

This day was perfect, enjoy some of my favorites! Congratulations Elaine & Jerry!! Wishing you a lifetime if love, happiness and fun travels! 

 

Mr. & Mrs. Kurth | Married

It is so rare that I don't get to meet my couples before their big day but that was last Saturday. I had never met Patricia or Thomas until wedding day. I walked into a crowded hotel room and found the girl who was glowing the most! I quickly realized how filled with love this whole day would be! 

They had so many people travel from all over to watch and celebrate their love! I don't know if I laughed that much in a long time! Their friends and family were so much fun! Their day was filled with beautiful bilingual toasts, amazing dancing. It was filled with beautiful displays of culture, I left on cloud nine! 

Thomas and Patricia are the sweetest, they were grateful for every ounce of their day! We explored all of Columbus, which is something I've realized all about my Columbus couples! The city is important to them! We always end up in the heart of downtown and I love it! 

Their reception was held at The Wells Barn at the Franklin Park Conservatory, it was beautiful. Every thing was so beautiful! By the grace of God, we missed all the rain and the sun came in and out all day! I'm not sure things could have been any better! 

Thank you Thomas & Patricia, for having me be apart of your celebration, your love! It was a BEAUTIFUL day! Enjoy some of my favorites! 

Emilee & Evan | Engaged

You'll never guess where I met Emilee. Ok, maybe you will. Yup, you're right! But this time it was Texas Roadhouse in Fairborn! She is seriously the sweetest ever, I honestly can't even believe she's old enough to get married!! 

The first time she met him, was when he picked her up for the first date. That was all they needed. They have an adorable house sitting in the country side, with their two adorable dogs and fat cat. We had the most perfect night, it was actually pretty warm, but the sun and sunset was PERFECT. Evan actually started the session super sick. I was worried he would be miserable and possibly unable to keep going. but he seriously was SUCH a trooper and I think he maybe even enjoyed himself! haha! 

My favorite thing about their session was seeing how much Evan loves Emilee, and how he is everything she needs and more. They really are perfect for each other. I am SO STINKING excited to watch them say I DO! 

Some of my favorites! 

Mackenzie & John | Engaged

Texas Roadhouse does it again! Met this gorgeous lady while working there when we moved home! We bartended a short while together, I got to know her and a little about John! Bless her heart, had to deal with me being cranky pregnant in a small closed off area! haha! 

I remember her talking about the wait. You see, her and John have been together for quite some time, and she had been anxiously awaiting the big question for what seems like an eternity. I know because I waited FOREVER for Kenny to ask me too! Fast forward: HE ASKED, in a surprise sweet at home proposal! She wasn't even sure if it was really happening, but she said YES! I can't wait for their wedding this year! Mackenzie has told me a little about it and let me tell you--- its gonna be GORGEOUS! 

I loved getting to chase the light in some new spots around lima, so thankful they trusted me!! This was the session I knew that spring was FINALLY here-- everything was gorgeous, the light, the trees had finally blossomed! I was oozing with excitement the whole session!! 

Enjoy some of my favorites!!! 

Master Vendor Monday | Ivy Hutch

I'm so excited to start this part of my blog!! We all know that there is A LOT of different aspects that go into making your dream wedding come to life. It can be overwhelming trying to learn about all the different vendors out there. So i'm gonna try to make your job a little easier!! Once a month, I'm going to be featuring & interviewing one of my favorite wedding vendors!!

So to kick things off I'm so excited to introduce you to Ivy Hutch! More specifically, Ivy Hutch Flowers & gifts! Ashley Etzkorn is the Owner and head designer! She's surrounded by some of the most amazing ladies that complete her team, not to mention her supportive husband! 

I remember the first time I spoke with Ashley, it was about my own wedding!! Gah, I still ooze over photos of my wedding flowers! So! Meet Ashley, & the Ivy Hutch Team! 

 

Q: How did you get started in this business?? 

A: I always loved designing and creating growing up and took as many art classes as I could in high school. I graduated with a Bachelors in Tourism and Event Planning from BGSU. I got a part-time job at a Findlay flower shop my last year of college and quickly fell in love with the industry. I had no previous floral design experience. I learned from the owner of the shop and the other girls that worked there. After college I moved home and continued in the floral industry at Ivy Hutch. After two years, the opportunity came to purchase the shop. I am blessed to have a career that I love! 

Q: How do you think others would describe you? 

A: Creative & energetic. I have a willingness to try anything at least once and am sometimes a perfectionist, haha! 

Q: What do you enjoy doing when you are not at Ivy Hutch? 

A: I am a dance instructor at the Dancer by Gina in Delphos and also enjoy running and hanging at home with my husband! 

Q: What's the biggest trend you are excited about this year? 

A: Boho, I love loose designs and lots of texture when it comes to bridal bouquets! 

Q: What do you think flowers can bring to a wedding?

A: They set the mood, they soften and bring warmth to the event. Flowers are symbolic of new life and new beginnings.

Q: What do you want potential brides to know about you an Ivy Hutch?

A:  We love working on each and every wedding. We treat each wedding as if it were our own!

Q: The cliche question- what's your favorite flower?!

A: Of course I love them all! (Again, cliche! haha!) But if I had to pick one, probably alstroemeria, it lasts forever and comes in so many colors! 

Q: What should brides do with the flowers after the wedding?

A: Some of our brides dry their petals and have them made into beads for jewelry. It's a great keepsake! 

Q: Is there anything else you can provide your bride with, other than flowers?  

A: We offer personalized gifts right in our store! Perfect for bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts! 
Examples: Engraved pocket knives, coasters, tumblers, cutting boards, serving trays. There are literally 300 different items!! 

Q: Some of your favorite things!? 

A: Sweat pants, any type of candy/chocolate (its actually an addiction!!) Dancing, movies and the beach! 

Q: What sets Ivy Hutch apart? 

A: We're modern and stay up on the trends. We love our work so much that each arrangement is so personal to us! 

 

Ready to include Ivy Hutch in your wedding day plans? Contact them via: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ivyhutchflowers/

Website: http://ivyhutchflowers.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ivyhutchflowers/

Phone: 419.692.2222

Jadin & Kenny | Engaged

Texas Roadhouse. It has played such a big roll in my life. It seems silly, but I worked their for over 10 years. 3 separate locations, One location twice. Second time around is when I met Jadin!! I couldn't believe that even though I had not worked there in so long she reached out about her wedding!! 

Jadin & Kenny have the sweetest little girl, Emersyn! She's a total daddy's girl!! As we walked around for their engagement session, I told them how excited I was that Emersyn too gets to be a part of their beautiful wedding day. Beckett was apart of ours and its still my favorite part of our day!! 

I can't wait to watch them say their "I do's" with Emersyn by their side!! Enjoy some of my favorites from their engagement session!