Archive | September, 2014

Drotar Wedding {Schedel Gardens Wedding in Elmore Ohio}

Drotar Wedding

{Schedel Gardens Wedding in Elmore Ohio}

Sarah and Tim could not of selected a more beautiful location or day for their September wedding!  They recited their vows before family and friends at their lush Schedel Gardens wedding in Elmore, Ohio.  Schedel Gardens weddings are unique not only in location, but in privacy.  They had looked into Wildwood metropark as a location, but loved that Schedel was more intimate and private without visitors wandering around in the background.  (No joggers in short shorts running through your photos!)  Plus, Schedel Arboretum and Gardens has beautiful landscape with a Japanese garden, waterfall, pond with water fountain, and an on-site reception room that overlooks the outdoor venue.  What more could a bride and groom want?

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You wouldn’t believe it, but it was lightly raining just minutes before Tim and Sarah’s outdoor ceremony started!  But, then it cleared right up and the Schedel Gardens was ever so much greener for it!  Tim said the part of the wedding that he looked forward to most was putting the wedding ring on and their first kiss as husband and wife!  Sarah said, “It was definitely the ceremony”.  So much planning, thoughts, and waiting went into their perfect day!

Schedel Gardens Elmore 013_mini Schedel Gardens Elmore 014_mini The trickling waterfall in the Japanese Garden made this portrait a must-have!  Sarah and Tim, you two are seriously amazing together!Schedel Gardens Wedding 001_mini Schedel Gardens Elmore 017_mini Schedel Gardens Elmore 015_mini Schedel Gardens Elmore 021_mini Schedel Gardens Elmore 022_mini Schedel Gardens Elmore 023_miniSo very happy for the new Drotar family!  Thank you Sarah, Tim, and Marley for selecting JH Photography to be a part of your lovely Schedel Gardens wedding in Elmore Ohio!  We loved capturing your special day!

Schedel Gardens Wedding

Venue Location: Schedel Arboretum and Gardens

Florist: Glendale Flowers, reception center pieces by the garden of the bride’s brother

Catering: Grape Leaf Diner

Photographer: JH Photography

Zdybek Wedding at the Grand Plaza {Toledo Wedding Photographer}

Zdybek Wedding at the Grand Plaza

{Toledo Wedding Photographer}

Matt and Holly’s Grand Plaza Toledo wedding was spectacular! I love the little details that make each wedding unique: my two favorites were their first look and the anniversary cards that they had on each reception table that the guests could write a little note in for the couple to open on their next anniversary.  What a fun way to reminisce your wedding day and those that celebrated with you!  So happy to have been a part of your day as your Toledo wedding photographer, Matt and Holly!

Ooooo!  Don’t you just love her shoes and pearls?  How cute!

Toledo Wedding Photographer 001-2_mini Toledo Wedding Photographer 002-2_miniRight before we set up the First Look so they could see each other before the ceremony for portraits, Holly requested this beautiful moment to be captured.  Tears were flowing and they reached around the wall to hold hands!
Wedding Photographers in Toledo Oh 2_mini Their outdoor ceremony had to be moved indoors at the very last moment (and I mean, like the last 15 minutes before the ceremony began!) because it was so windy outside.  Big thanks to Jenn Maher and her staff at the Grand Plaza (and the guests who helped!) for making the transition so smooth for Matt and Holly.  Because of the weather, we decided to keep all the portraits indoors, too, which was no set-back since the Plaza has a beautiful lobby!   Here’s their first look, also watched by some of the wedding party and parents!Toledo Wedding Photographer 004_mini Toledo Wedding Photographer 005_mini Toledo Wedding Photographer 002_mini I’m in love with their first picture as a new family!  This location offers such a modern style for their portraits!  Such a beautiful family!Toledo Wedding Photographer 009_mini Wedding Photographers in Toledo Oh 1_mini Toledo Wedding Photographer 015_mini Toledo Wedding Photographer 017_mini

Jeremy, my second photographer and fabulous husband, captured this beautiful moment as they exited the Ashley Room after being pronounced the new Mr. and Mrs. Zdybek!
Toledo Wedding Photographer 003_mini Since their ceremony had to be moved indoors, we wanted to capture a private moment in the Ashley Room where they recited their vows.  Isn’t this room and chandelier stunning?Toledo Wedding Photographer 019_mini Toledo Wedding Photographer 018_mini Toledo Wedding Photographer 020_mini Toledo Wedding Photographer 021_mini Wedding Photographers in Toledo Ohio 1_mini Holly and Matthew’s cake cutting was so fun!  They included the boys with a surprise cake smash!Wedding Photographers in Toledo Oh_mini Toledo Wedding Photographer 027_mini Wedding Photographers in Toledo Ohio_miniI love their decor colors for their reception and the white sheer draping with the sparkling lights!
Toledo Wedding Photographer 027_miniWith the Grand Plaza right on the banks of the Maumee River in downtown Toledo, we looked forward to capturing our Signature Romantic Sunset Portraits there!  I love this shot with the Martin Luther King bridge in the background as Matt dips Holly in a kiss!

Matt and Holly: it was an amazing experience to be a part of your special day!  Thank you for choosing JH Photography as your Toledo wedding photographer!  We are so happy for you both!

Grand Plaza Toledo Wedding

A big thanks to all the wonderful vendors and specialists that made Matt and Holly’s wedding day a success!

Wedding Venue: Grand Plaza Hotel

Grand Plaza Coordinator: Jenn Maher

Videographer: Fordham Footage

DJ and Reception Uplighting: Class Act by Bob Norris

Wedding Photographer: JH Photography

See Us on Toledo’s “A Wedding Show” {Toledo Wedding}

See Us on Toledo’s “A Wedding Show”

{Toledo Wedding}

We were so excited to be asked to be a part of Toledo’s newest local TV show, “A Wedding Show“.  The show is hosted by Gina Gueli of Heatherdowns Country Club and filmed by Mike Jameson of Creative Video Imagery.  This is truly an exciting new program for southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio brides.  It’s a new resource to bring couples information about local wedding venues in Toledo and wedding specialists, as well as provide interviews with real brides!  Episode 1 of the Toledo wedding show was filmed right at Heatherdowns Country Club in Toledo, Ohio and will air every Sunday this month at 8:00am on Buckeye Channel 5.

“A Wedding Show” for Toledo Weddings

Your local resource for all things wedding after you say ‘yes’ and before you say ‘I do!’

Here’s a behind-the-scene shots I took in-between takes.  And let me tell you, good thing this show wasn’t filmed live!  I would have been REALLY nervous!  Ha!  I can safely say that I enjoy being behind the camera, not in front of it!  But, nevertheless, Gina was a fantastic hostess.  And I can’t wait to see more of her work and future shows!  Isn’t this set adorable?

A Wedding Show Toledo OhioA big THANK YOU to Mrs. Lindsay Alverman, one of our amazing June brides this year, for being on the show, too.  Lindsay, you looked fabulous as always!  Lindsay and Dave’s gorgeous outdoor wedding was also hosted at the Heatherdowns Country Club, and you can view more from their day in this blog post here, or also in “A Wedding Show”‘s blog post here.

Two of the special portraits we discussed on the show, was our bridal session add-on option and our Signature Romantic Sunset Portraits.  The bridal session is an amazing option for the brides who want a special session dedicated to them that their wedding day timeline might not allow for.  You get a fun hour of wearing your gown for some exquisite images, plus, most makeup artists and hair stylists include a free trial run with their wedding packages.  It’s the perfect opportunity to trial your look and style before the big day!  Toledo Bridal Session Toledo Wedding Photographer Toledo Wedding Photos Wedding Photos in Toledo

And the Signature Romantic Sunset Portraits is something we actually include for free with every wedding that includes sunset coverage.  There’s a few varieties of images that we can do, depending on the location.  Typically, we sneak the bride and groom outside their reception venue for 10 minutes for some quiet romantic time with just the two of them and create some very portraits that only a gorgeous sunset coupled with our studio lighting can create.  The end result?  Stunning images that are the perfect addition to your wedding photography coverage!  And it’s an included session!

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We hope you tune into the Toledo wedding show for some resourceful and fun entertainment every Sunday at 8am on CW (Buckeye) Channel 5.

Clara + Mike = Engaged! {Engagement Photographer in Toledo Ohio}

Clara + Mike = Engaged!

{Engagement Photographer in Toledo Ohio}

Everything happens for a reason!  Clara met Mike during some extra free time she had while applying for a new career.  Their love endured through a long distance relationship until Mike eventually moved out to Pennsylvania to be with her.  And now they are engaged and ready to spend the rest of their lives together!  I’m so thrilled to be a part of their wedding day and to be their engagement photographer in Toledo Ohio.

Mike and Clara are so fun together and I had a blast photographing their engagement photo session in downtown Toledo.  Downtown offers so many versatile looks, from brick walls, empty buildings, new modern architecture… Plus, the Maumee River and the bridges are unique backgrounds for any love session!   Didn’t they choose the best coordinating shirts?  I love their outfits and color patterns against the red brick!Engagement Photographer in Toledo Ohio 005 Engagement Photographer in Toledo Ohio 007 Engagement Photographer in Toledo Ohio 006 Engagement Photographer in Toledo Ohio 008 Toledo Engagement Photographer 001 Another one of our favorite spots in downtown for Toledo engagement photos!  You’d never know we were in the middle of  the downtown area!Engagement Photographer in Toledo Ohio 009 Engagement Photographer in Toledo Ohio 010
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Ahhh! This last image is one of my favorites from their Toledo engagement session! I can’t wait to photograph their big day next year at Epworth United Methodist Church and The Premier Banquet Hall!  Congratulations to you both!  I’m so excited to be your wedding photographer!  Thank you for choosing JH Photography!

More info: Wedding and Engagement Photographer in Toledo Ohio

Setting a date for your wedding?  Give us a call for a free consultation for your special day!  We offer free engagement sessions and a wide selection of wedding day coverages to fit your style and needs.  Click here to visit us for more wedding info or here to contact us.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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