Elishia & Ben. Woodville, Ohio

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Ben and my son met at church youth group when they were just teenagers. Ben stood along side my son Evan at his wedding, and I  was so honored to be asked to photograph their special day. It was hard to hold back tears watching this amazing young man marry the girl of his dreams. I know Ben’s heart and passion for life and it just gave me all the feels that day!

Ben & Elishia were married at Solomon Lutheran Church in Woodville, Ohio. Elishia’s mom owns a hair salon (Country hair Creations ) right down the street on the main road in Woodville, which is where the festivities began with all the girls getting ready for the day!

I asked Elishia & Ben a few questions about their recollection of their wedding day (I love to purposely have them recall things that happened that day that may otherwise be forgotten) and their responses are below, so be sure not to scroll too quickly so you can hear about their day in their own words!

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what were your first thoughts when you woke up that morning?
E- My first thoughts were…I’M GETTING MARRIED TODAY! I was nervous, anxious, excited. I think I literally felt every emotion that day. I was so excited to one: Enjoy the day that we had been waiting in anticipation for over 2 years and two: start this crazy fun marriage journey with my best friend! I was so excited to make it “official,” move into our new home together, and learn so much more about each other.
B- My first thought was “I need to keep practicing my vows.” Lol. We decided to memorize them and I was really, really nervous that I would stutter or forget them. It was a great experience, but for whatever reason, I was really stressed about it. Other than that, I was on cloud nine. I just kept thinking about the timeline and making sure I was where I needed to be.

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Did you choose to do a first look or read letters or pray together? Why or why not?
E- We did a first look with our parents. Ben got to see his mom and dad and my dad, mom, brother, and grandpa got to see me. Those were SO emotional and I am SO glad we did that. I think it was really important to us because our parents have been such strong influences in our lives. These were not only for the first look, but for the encouraging words and love we could share with each other before this big moment in our lives.

Ben and I also prayed together around the church door. Since the beginning of our relationship we have discussed the importance of growing together in all aspects, including prayer. It was important to us to begin our marriage in prayer and to remember that marriage is the unity of us with God.
B~We did all three. I did a first look with my mom and Elishia did a first look with her dad. We didn’t do a first look with each other, but we did a prayer together on opposite sides of the church doors before the wedding. That was an incredible experience and I am so happy we decided to do that. We also wrote letters to one another. It was a great way for me to put down my thoughts leading up to the wedding and to read what she wrote before our wedding. All of those things were incredible experiences that helped make our wedding day perfect for us.

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What did you feel/think when you first saw each other?
E-This sounds silly, but my thought was oh my gosh this is happening. We have talked about getting married since our first month of dating. We knew from the very start. I remember trying to take every moment in, including the nerves and butterflies as I walked down the aisle. I remember looking at him as I walked down the aisle and forgetting about the hundreds of people who attended our wedding and relishing in just us and the entire reason we were there together, to join as one.
B- My first thought was how can I possibly be this blessed? She looked absolutely gorgeous in her dress and everything was exactly how I hoped it would be. I thought I couldn’t be any happier and I was just blessed to be starting my life as her husband.

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what will you always remember about that day?
E- What I remember most is how emotional my dad was. I won’t forget the toast he gave about what to take from our parents as we embark on our journey. From our fathers, probably work ethic and the willingness to take a chance. And from our mother’s compassion for others and for each other. We felt so much love from everyone who was there and I really couldn’t extend the amount of gratitude we feel. We had friends and family from so many different states, and we were surrounded by so much love. It was overwhelming in the best way possible!
All of it. I will never forget any of it. It was perfectly captured in our photos and video. It is all exactly how I remember it. If I had to pick one thing I will never forget, I would pick my best man speeches. My brothers had me rolling from the very beginning.

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favorite part of the day?
E- We had a BLAST at the reception. When we look back at the pictures and video footage, there were SO many people up and dancing. We didn’t leave the dance floor. These are some of the best memories and we can’t thank our family and friends enough for being SO much fun to hang out with and making our day so special!
B- It was all awesome, but I probably enjoyed the reception the most. Just dancing, eating, and being with our closest family and friends was a blast.


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Elishia & Ben, I wish you every happiness and every blessing there is!!
xoxo JP

 

 

 

Ally & Nick {part 2} Nazareth Hall Grand Rapids, Ohio

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When couples write letters to each other and read them out loud for the video before delivering, it sets the tone for the entire day, and what  a sweet tone this was!

Allyson & Nick have this amazing dynamic between the (three) of them. Their ADORABLE son Julian makes their little family this powerhouse of strength and I can only see that growing as they add more littles in the future!

They had an absolutely gorgeous day for their nuptials at Nazareth Hall and here are a handful of my faves.

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How adorable are these hangers Ally had made for her bridesmaids?

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First looks are always a fun part of the day. It allows little jitters to be released and are ALWAYS filled with SOME kind of emotion. Especially when the bride gives her groom an unexpected gift and I get THESE reactions! (above) That ‘little black book” was of an intimate/sassy secrets session I offer my brides. Nick was TOTALLY shocked and said “How did you do this? She would NEVER do something like this! ” and I’m pretty sure he said some type of words on how awesome it was, but his face says it all!
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powerhouse trio

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maids aren’t the only ones to take group selfies….
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Loved this precious moment between Ally and her grandma :)

and then this message to her parents as a surprise

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Julian got the cake in the face! Poor little guy never saw it coming. Wait until his wedding day.. I wonder if he will pay them back?? haha

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Nick got to dance with his lovely aunt. Talk about no dry eyes in the place! Everyone was saying his mama was watching over him and would have been very proud. I’m sure Nick felt that.

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Ally & Nick, it was truly my honor to serve you that day and help your preserve memories I hope you will enjoy well into your gray haired days!

xoxo

Venue: Nazareth Hall, Grand Rapids, Oh

Music: Decorative Sound, Michael

Make up Artist (MUA): Jenelle Ahmad

Hair: Heather Tscherne

Florist: Sharry’s Touch

Videographer: Fordham Footage

Cake: Jane’s Cake

Suits: Jos. A Banks

Bride dress: Belle Amour Bridal

Rings: Jared

 

 

Meredith & Josh {married} Stone Oak Country Club

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It was, of course, a perfect day for a wedding. When I walked into the church and saw Meredith’s dress I had to catch my breath. It was truly an art piece of beading so fine and delicate, and it fit Meredith perfectly, in size and personality.

As Meredith walked down the aisle to Josh she couldn’t hold back the tears, but that’s okay, because her dad, John held on to her so tight.

Josh stood at the altar with his father, who got to be pastor who married them. How special! (My husband just performed the marriage ceremony of our youngest son also!)

After the ceremony we went to Wildwood for some family portraits and bridal party images before heading to Stone Oak Country Club for a few shots on the grounds before heading into the tented party. It was a beautiful night!

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some of my favorite moments of the day..

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Meredith and Josh, thanks for a GREAT experience with you all!

Tiffany & Brian {married}

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“My favorite thing about him is that he is so easy going, there are not too many things that bother him. It is funny how we made such an impact in each others’ lives, we have taken pages from each others’ books.  We really are Ying and Yang! I am not a big fan of that saying, but I don’t know what other phrase to describe our relationship! ” (Tiffany, talking about her new husband Brian).

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“my most favorite part of the wedding was walking down the aisle to Brian. It was also the most emotional part. Knowing that we were going before God, our closest friends and family and in our parish to unite in marriage was one of the most amazing feelings I have ever had!

I knew there would be tears of joy and laughter, but I didn’t know they would happen in the opening to our ceremony, when Father Mark said,”welcome to the cry fest!’

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” as crazy as it sounds, I am glad it rained ! (on our wedding day). The extra time with our amazing wedding party in the limo was perfect! We have such amazing friends and I am so glad we had a little bit of time to spend with just them! (Even if the rain wasn’t so great for the hair! ”

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I love hearing a recap from the bride about her wedding day! It puts it all into perspective!

Tiffany and Brian, wishing a a life of love and laughter .. and Fireball!

xo

Bliss Salon & Beauty Bar, Christol Kratzer HMUA

St. Aloysius Church, Bowling Green

Brides dress, Belle Amour , Toledo, Oh

Attendants Dresses, 2B Bridal

Tuxes, Ticknor

DJ Entertainment, Damon

Reception, The Clazel, Bowling Green

Videographer, Inspired Image