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Stephen and Hailey’s Toledo Wedding

Stephen and Hailey are so perfect for each other!  It was love at first sight for Stephen.  He saw a picture of Hailey at his cousin’s house and wanted to meet her.  And their love for each other is so obvious, it just makes our job of capturing it all that easier!  As Toledo wedding photographers, we love it when a bit of history is involved with couples choosing their wedding venues.  Stephen and Hailey choose St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Toledo for their ceremony.  They chose it because not only was Hailey baptized there, but her parents AND her grandparents were both married there!  It was a beautiful ceremony!

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When asked what moment they will cherish the most, Stephen said when the doors opened for Hailey to walk down the aisle!  Hailey said, “Saying our vows.”Toledo Wedding PhotographersToledo Wedding Photographers Toledo Wedding Photographers Toledo Wedding Photographers Toledo Wedding Photographers

Cute shoes and beautiful flowers from Myrtle Flowers and Gifts!Toledo Wedding PhotographersToledo Wedding Photographers Toledo Wedding Photographers

Their reception was held at the beautiful St. George Banquet Hall in Rossford, Ohio.Toledo Wedding Photographers Toledo Wedding Photographers Toledo Wedding Photographers

Isn’t the cake topper cute?  The old ball-and-chain!  Ha!
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I wish we had taken a surrounding photo of the area to compare this shot to!  This little hill was next to the hall completely surrounded by 2 story homes.  We had to lay completely flat on the ground at the bottom of the hill to get a clean sky for this sunset!  SO worth it!  🙂

A big shout out to all of Stephen and Hailey’s Toledo wedding vendors:

Ceremony venue: St. Stephen’s Catholic Church

Bridal Attire: Atlas Bridal, The Gown Shop, David’s Bridal

Dillard’s Salon

Makeup Artist: Shadiyah Camile

Florist: Myrtle Flowers and Gifts

Invitations and Programs: Fiddle Stix

Tecumseh Trolley

Reception venue: St. George Banquet Hall

DJ Leo M. Kieswether III

Michael’s Catering

Wedding Cake: Wixey’s Bakery

Wedding Photography: JH Photography


Tia | High School Senior Pictures in Toledo

Tia | High School Senior Pictures in Toledo

Working with the beautiful and talented Tia for her high school senior pictures in Toledo was a blast!  With Tia’s session, she added on an extra location.  We started her session at our photography studio for her yearbook portrait and various backgrounds we offer, then went to the outdoor garden area.

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Doesn’t this scenery remind you of the movie the Secret Garden?  Tia, you are simply stunning!

Then we finished up her senior portraits at Toledo’s Wildwood Park using some of our favorite hidden locations.

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What a gorgeous day for outdoor portraits!  High school senior pictures in Toledo are fun with JH Photography with so many location options!  We loved giving Tia a variety of different locations, outfit changes, and backdrops.

Congratulations Tia on your senior year and good luck with your college applications!  You’ll go far!

Scott and Katie = Engaged! {Downtown Toledo Photographer}

Scott and Katie = Engaged!

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Scott and Katie’s wedding is right around the corner!  Next month, they’ll be saying “I do” at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and hosting their reception at the lovely Central Park West.  We can’t wait!  As a downtown Toledo photographer, we were so excited when they chose an urban look for their engagement session.  Downtown Toledo offers so many unique portrait locations, and with our lighting and posing style, the urban look is amazing for a ‘love’ session!

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A little snow didn’t keep us from venturing outdoors… but Scott and Katie were snuggling to keep warm!

I love to ask about the proposal!  And what a romantic one!  Scott had taken Katie to the beautiful Toledo Botanical Gardens for a date through the sculpted nursery.  They had been there a few years earlier together and had taken a picture together under the weeping willow, so Scott prompted them to take another picture of themselves while they were there.  As they walked out from underneath the tree, Scott knelt down on one knee and asked the love of his life to marry him.  And Katie said ‘yes’!

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downtown Toledo photographer The image above was their sneak peek that was shared online just 2 days after their downtown Toledo portrait session.  So romantic!

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Styled Bridal Session {Wildwood Manor House Wedding Photographer}

Styled Bridal Session

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Once in a great while, we are blessed to work with some of our favorite Toledo wedding vendors on the same photo shoot.  And this styled bridal session was just that!  Wildwood Manor House weddings are breath-taking, which is why we selected this location for Kelsi’s styled shoot.  The 1930’s mansion of the Stranahan family offers over 30,000 square feet of beautiful furnishings and lavish tastes of a by gone era.  -The perfect backdrop for a bride!

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Stunning Stella York gown from Toledo’s Belle Amour Bridal Shop!

This gorgeous styled shoot was designed by Amy Lewis with the labor of love of 7 amazing artists:

Bridal Model: Kelsi Taylor

Wedding gowns, veils, and jewelry: Belle Amour Bridal

Hair Stylist: Candy Taylor

Makeup Artist: Amy Lewis

Bridal Bouquet and Floral Crowns: In Bloom Flowers and Gifts

Wedding Photographer: JH Photography

Toledo Venue: Wildwood Manor House

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Can’t believe this wedding dress comes in the color peony!  Such an elegant soft pink!

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In Bloom Flowers and Gifts

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Love this floral crown by In Bloom of Maumee, Ohio!

Makeup perfection once again, by Amy Lewis!  So important to have on your wedding day!

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This lace gown has the most amazing detail, brought out by the dark mahogany doors that lead to the ceremony room for Wildwood Manor House weddings!

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Girl, you’ll make a drop-dead gorgeous bride when you get married!

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Are you or someone you know getting married in the Toledo area?  If they want an intimate wedding venue that’s sure to make a statement, tell them about having a Wildwood Manor House wedding!  And if they want extraordinary photography, we’d love to be their Toledo wedding photographer!  Have them check out our Toledo wedding gallery!

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

See Us on Toledo’s “A Wedding Show”

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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.

Show Us the Love! Engagement Pictures {Toledo Engagement Photographer}

Show Us the Love! Engagement Pictures

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Your engagement is such a special time!  And professional engagement pictures is a fun way to showcase your love with family and friends anticipating your wedding day!  It’s also the perfect opportunity to get to know your photographer… they’ll be a big part of your wedding.  This is why we offer all of our full-day weddings with complimentary engagement pictures.  The session is on us!  We’ll meet you for an hour at any location in  the Toledo area.  Besides being a get-to-know you session, we’ll also get a chance to see how much posing guidance you’ll need from us.  We’re here to make you look your best, and our 10+ years of experience in posing and lighting techniques will be a guarantee that you’ll look absolutely amazing! During your engagement ordering appointment you can choose to add-on professional prints, digital files, or our popular customized Save-the-Date cards.

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Two of the biggest questions we get as a Toledo engagement photographer:  “What location should we choose?” and “What should we wear?”

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Toledo Engagement Pictures: Locations

We help couples choose their location based on their personality, hobbies, and their wedding theme.  Are you whimsical and care-free?  Are you modern or artistic? Toledo offers so many beautiful choices for locations (and ultimately wedding portraits)!  With JH Photography, we offer the option of either a traditional session or a theme-styled session.  The traditional session includes traditional and modern poses, without props, at on the local metroparks or downtown areas.  The theme-styled session is just that… it’s styled around you and your bobbies and personalities with some fun props to tell your unique love story.  Some theme options could be a picnic at the park, an ice cream date, a movie night, your favorite bookstore, a date to the local county fair… The possibilities are endless!

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Toledo Engagement Pictures: What to Wear

When choosing an outfit, we encourage couples to select outfits that yell THEM, but are yet playful.  We’re  a big fan of color because they can really add to your portraits!   Use at least 2-3 colors for the bride’s outfit, with the groom matching 1-2 of those colors.  And use accessories and layers to play it up!  Costume jewelry, scarves, vests  or light jackets, and belts will add the perfect touch!  Check out our Pinterest board on clothing ideas.

Toledo Engagement Photographer

Toledo Engagement Photographer

We can’t wait to plan out your complimentary engagement session!  Schedule your free wedding consultation today to see if we are available for your wedding day and to be your Toledo engagement photographer!  Contact us now!

Pamela: Downtown Toledo Fashion Shoot {Toledo Photography}

Pamela: Downtown Toledo Fashion Shoot

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Did you ever meet someone that was just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside?  That’s Pamela!  Gorgeous looks, a high sense of fashion, and a beautiful personality. When the Toledo City Paper contacted Pamela about featuring her in an upcoming fashion article, we both immediately thought of downtown Toledo as the perfect location for her session.  And it was!  Downtown Toledo fashion shoots are always a blast with the urban look, and somewhat desolate appearance of empty buildings that makes Toledo photography so artistic.  Within a few blocks, Pamela had portraits in front of everything from boarded-up buildings, trash-heaps, and graffiti walls.  And the effect was amazing with her stellar look and wardrobe!

For her fashion shoot, Pamela focused on one outfit with 4 different looks.  She styled a turtle-neck halter top black dress designed by Kamalikulture with first a jean jacket, then solo, then with a velvet evening shawl, and finally with midwestern accessories.  I can’t wait to read her featured article in Style Sense, which will be written by Jordan Killam.  (Jordan is an amazing journalist who features local Toledo-ans who have a great sense of fashion.)  Pamela will be featured in a few weeks, so stay tuned!  We’ll announce when it’s printed!

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Lindsay’s Bridal Session {Heatherdowns Country Club in Toledo}

Lindsay’s Bridal Session

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I’m so glad we get the chance to share Lindsay’s bridal session now that she’s officially Mrs. Alverman!  She and Dave tied the knot this past Saturday at the Heatherdowns Country Club in Toledo.  (But, those photos will come later!)  Lindsay was just gorgeous to get to photograph!  Her amazing hair was styled by Brookelyn Hauck from “The Look”, and her makeup by Allison of Nrgie Salon and Spa.  What a dynamic combo!  And a big thanks to Gina Gueli of Heatherdowns Country Club for working with Lindsay’s wedding crew’s schedule for her session!  Getting 5+ people on the same schedule is no easy task!

Lindsay chose to include a bridal session, which is one of our popular wedding package add-ons.  A bridal session is the perfect opportunity to trial run your wedding day attire and makeup!  Plus, what bride wouldn’t want a special session just focused on her wedding look and gown?  You can trial run your makeup, hair, and dress alterations all while having some fun!  It rained us out, but the Heatherdowns Country Club in Toledo was the perfect indoor location.  Not only did we keep her gown spotless, but their decor offered some stunning and unique areas for portraits!  And Lindsay, you are seriously such a beautiful bride!

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This next image was taken just feet from where she and Dave would have their first dance as a newly married couple!  And only a few days away, too!Heatherdowns Country Club in Toledo Toledo Wedding Photographer

Isn’t this the cutest picture by the grand piano?  Lindsay, you are just gorgeous!Toledo Bridal Photos Toledo Wedding Photos

Wow!  What beautiful eyes!Heatherdowns Country Club Wedding Photos in Toledo Toledo Bridal Photos -10Stay tuned for more fabulous images, next time from their Heatherdowns Country Club wedding!   We’ll be posting more images after Dave and Lindsay see them first-hand next week;  I can’t wait to show them their wedding day as captured by JH Photography.  Thank you for choosing us to be your Toledo wedding photographer!  It was an honor!

Mr. & Mrs. Killen {Toledo Wedding Photography at Premier Catering}

Mr. & Mrs. Killen {Toledo Wedding Photography at Premier Catering}

Tom and Parris were an amazing couple to work with!  It was obvious to me from the very start how much they were meant to be together.  Parris’ lovely smile at Tom’s humorous remarks and his adoration for his bride-to-be.  It was such an honor to be a part of their big day, which was stunning from start to finish (minus the cool and somewhat rainy weather- but that’s Toledo for you!).   They were married in front of their closest friends and family at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee, with their reception following at the Premier Catering Banquet Hall in Toledo.  Thank you for choosing JH Photography for your Toledo wedding photography!  We thoroughly enjoyed being a part of your special day!

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We asked Parris and Tom to put in their own words, some of their story and what their favorite moment of their wedding day was:

“We have been good friends for many years, and we both feel so blessed to have found true love in the heart of a best friend.  What truer love that is lasting than in the one who knows you through and through… good and bad, and loves you through and because of all of it.  We share everything from secrets, laughs, hopes and dreams to chores and even dirty looks, as needed… LOL!  We have a sweet 1-yr old German Shepard named Dixie, who keeps us entertained and busy.  We are looking forward to our journey to forever, having a family and growing old together.  We feel so lucky to have one another.”

St Joe Church Maumee WeddingParris commented, “My favorite part of our wedding was when I made it to end of the aisle with my Dad and Stepdad and could finally see Tom’s face… he looked so sweet, nervous, and happy.  My other favorite part of our day was our first dance.  In all the years I have known Tom, never have I seen him as happy as he was in that moment.  I look forward to keeping him that happy forevermore.”

Tom said, “My favorite part of our wedding day was just before our kiss when Deacon Joe announced us as Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Killen.  That meant we were finally officially married!”

toledo wedding photographyThere were some amazing vendors and Toledo wedding venues that made this day so special for the newly married Mr. & Mrs. Killen.  A big thanks to everyone who came together to make this dream day possible for them!

Wedding Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph Catholic Church of Maumee Ohio

Flowers:  In Bloom Florist (these ladies are incredible with their designs!)

Wedding Videographer:  Flutterby Photography by Dee

Limobus: Total Image Limousine

Wedding Reception Venue:  The Premier Catering Banquet Hall

Wedding Cake: Eston’s Bakery

Reception DJ: The Entertainment Network by Paul Spoerl

Photobooth:  ToledoPhotoGuy

Wedding Photographer: JH Photography Studio

Tom and Parris tied the knot at the newly renovated St. Joe Parish right in downtown Maumee.  The natural light and tall stained glass windows were a breath-taking backdrop! Wedding Photographer in Toledo 002toledo wedding photography 002

Tom and most of the groomsmen are Toledo police officers, so what would be a more perfect location for their wedding party formals than in downtown Toledo by the courthouse?  I loved their choice!  And of course, we had to include some mugshots right in front of the jail!toledo wedding photography 004 toledo wedding photography 005 toledo wedding photography 006 toledo wedding photography 008 toledo police wedding officer toledo wedding photography 015

It just started to sprinkle as we started Parris and Tom’s bride and groom portraits.  With the gray overcast skies, we brought out some of our studio lighting to back-light and mimic the hidden sunshine.  No dull images are allowed for wedding days!  Looking closely, the rain drops look like little floating diamonds in the air!Premier Catering Banquet Hall Toledo 005

A big thanks to DJ Paul Spoerl of The Entertainment Network for keeping the reception lively with romantic and fun music!  Her first dance as Tom’s wife was Parris’ other favorite part of their day!Premier Catering Toledo Premier Catering ToledoWedding Receptions in ToledoAny brides looking for a fabulous Toledo wedding reception, we encourage you to visit Premier Catering!  Excellent service, delicious food, and stunning decor!

Thank you Parris and Tom for allowing us to capture your wedding day!

Sneak Peak From Lindsay & Dave’s Engagement Session! {Toledo Botanical Garden}

If you’re a fan of our Facebook page www.facebook.com/jhphotographystudiollc, then you already know that we LOVE to post sneak peak images!  Our session turn around is already a record-breaking 5-7 days, but we know our families would love to see an image from their amazing sessions before their order appointment.  So…. we post sneak peaks!  And here is one of my favorite sneak peaks of the week, from Lindsay and Dave’s beautiful engagement session at Botanical Gardens here in Toledo.  Isn’t she going to be a lovely bride?  I can’t wait to photograph their wedding next June!

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