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Mr. & Mrs. Stykemain

I first met Cameron and Jen (great name, btw!) at a Panera Bread here in town.  We sat down and discussed their wedding details.  Since I had never shot at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Defiance, Ohio, I looked up their venue and immediately fell in love with it!  Cameron and Jen were so sweet together and completely relaxed about their wedding planning. I knew right away their wedding day was going to be beautiful!  And it was!  Jen’s dress was Ah-MAZING, and she looked so breath-taking as the church doors opened with her father leading her down the aisle on his arm.

With no prominent park in town, we actually took the non-formals at the local Defiance Library.  The location was perfect, with it’s red stone walls, carefully manicured lawn, and all overlooking the Maumee River.

Their reception was just as lovely, with beautiful decorative details in black and pink.  The new Mr. and Mrs. Stykemain were introduced and then immediately swung into their first dance as a couple…(always one of my favorite parts of the evening!).  The DJ kept the evening full of entertainment with table games and laughter for everyone.  Congratulations to them both!!!


Mr. & Mrs. Abtahi

Ali and Katie tied the knot on this beautiful day a few weeks ago!  Katie’s wedding gown brought one word to mind…exquisite!  The outer layered skirt was designed out of such a light material, that Katie seemed to just glide it in.  It was both elegant and whimsical!  The groom, Ali, of course was just as stunning…and hilarious!  This couple had me in stitches during their winter engagement session, and it was the same for their wedding day!  Ali was dashing, sweeping Katie into kisses throughout the day, but relaxed enough to show us his I’m-brushing-my-teeth pose during the formals (yes, he had a real toothbrush in his jacket pocket!).  This is definitely a healthy dose of what every couple needs:  romance and a little humor!

They recited their vows and exchanged rings at the beautiful St. Joesph’s Church in Sylvania, with a reception following at Lourdes College.

Mr. & Mrs. Steskal

I didn’t get a chance to meet either Nicole or Martin until their wedding day…so we kept in touch, emailing back and forth until then.  Nicole even emailed me a picture of her trying on her wedding dress!  It was so elegant and chic, that I instantly was getting ideas for poses!

They met in Austria, where they both grew up.   But, Nicole’s journey to the U.S. to complete her degree couldn’t keep them apart!  Nicole called me just a few days after their engagement; and two months before their wedding date!  I was so glad I had it available…it was an honor to photograph their special day!

I met Martin at the Ann Arbor Arboretum Garden, where we staged their “First Look”.  The excitement on Martin’s face was adorable as he beheld his bride’s gaze when she walked up.  It was a beautiful moment!  We spent the next hour or so, photographing them in the garden, along the trail, and at the river bank.  Then we packed up for a trip back to Toledo for their private ceremony outside of the courthouse.  They exchanged vows and rings…and became the new Mr. and Mrs. Steskal!



Kaylee + Stephen = Engaged!

Last month I met Kaylee and Stephen at Maumee Bay State Park (where they are also getting married at this summer!) for their engagement session.  Love was definitely in the air…with hand-held walks on a sandy beach and the waves washing up to the shore.  We even saw several families of baby ducks waddling their way to Lake Erie.  They were so cute!









Christine + Michael = Engaged!

What a fun morning at the Toledo Botanical Gardens!  I met Michael and Christine here for their engagement session…and despite the chilly and windy weather, we had a blast!  Nothing like 2 hours full of dancing, kissing, piggy-back riding, and blowing dandelions at each other!  These images were just as fun to edit, as they were to take!  Congrats to you both!  I can’t wait to photograph your wedding next month!

Mr. & Mrs. Benitez

Elizabeth and Roniel repeated their vows in front of their family and friends 2 weeks ago at Blessed John XXIII Church.  It was amazing to watch two people from different cultures who fell in love to be able to combine their heritages for a bilingual (and very beautiful!) ceremony.  Elizabeth was every bit the lovely bride, and Roniel the charming groom (he surprisingly dipped her for a kiss twice during the day!).  It was so much fun to capture these two on their happiest day of their lives!  Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Benitez!

Florist:  In Bloom Florist

Limousine:  Extreme Class Limousines

Reception Venue:  Nazareth Hall

Band:  Sinjon Smith Band (Great band!  Loved to meet all the guys- and the lead singing girl!  The evening was rocking fun!)

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